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Week 8 Games to Watch

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

There are only a few games this week with the potential to be great. Fortunately for you, I’m going to talk about some of them!

Week 8 Matchups to Watch!

Redskins(3-4) vs Steelers(3-3)
This game has it all, quarterbacks, running backs, offense, defense, ugly color combinations. These two teams are incredibly similar right now, if you hadn’t already noticed. Both quarterbacks have the potential to make the big plays both at any given moment and all game long. Both backfields can run the ground-and-pound all game long. Both defenses can play tough at times. Before this season, who thought you’d hear someone say the Redskins and the Steelers are incredibly similar?

The Redskins have Robert Griffin III at the helm and Alfred Morris in the backfield, quite the duo at this point in the season. Given the fact teams are learning to plan for both players to run the ball, and run it well, it’s no surprise Robert Griffin III has had so much success in the passing game. Combine that with a defense that has at times given up as many points as their talented offense can possibly score, and we could have quite the performance from the Redskins on offense.

The Steelers know how to make plays, with Ben Roethlisberger commanding the offense. Their defense is a little suspect this year, given a few injuries. Seeing a similarity yet? Combine the Ben Roethlisberger lead offense with a defense that hasn’t been as tough lately, and we could see the ball fly on a regular basis tonight with the Steelers.

Big plays are just around the corner, all we need is for both quarterbacks to play like they mean it. Two superstar quarterbacks going head-to-head with mediocre defenses make this a game to watch.

Giants(5-2) vs Cowboys(3-3)
This is one of those games where you hope both teams don’t have a bad night offensively. Between the Tony Romo lead Cowboys and the Eli Manning lead Giants, this game has a chance. The Cowboys have been falling apart lately, so it may take closer to a miracle for them to come together for an entire game, or enough in the 4th quarter. The Giants have been crushing teams, we just have to hope their defense doesn’t play so well tonight so the Cowboys have a chance.

The Giants are playing very well this year, with Eli Manning throwing the ball deep on a fairly regular basis. It also helps when your receivers catch the deep ball, as often as its thrown. The Giants defense can go hot or cold, but when they go hot they definitely are going to make somebody hurt. The Giants have a nice backfield as well, able to run the ball for a majority of the time between Eli Manning throwing the deep ball. Let’s hope we see more passes than runs.

The Cowboys need to get it together. Tony Romo smiles too much for the type of performance he’s been putting up, stinking up the place along with Dez Bryant. Miles Austin has had a pretty good last couple of games, so has DeMarco Murray who is unfortunately injured. The Cowboys need a helping hand tonight, and the only place they’re going to get it is on the defensive side of the ball with a turnover.

Here’s to hoping the Cowboys offense figures out what the problem is before we end up watching a one-sided game.
Having two teams in one game that can and have put up huge numbers despite the competition makes this a game to watch.

Saints(2-4) vs Broncos (3-3)
This game is going to be great. Drew Brees and the Saints always score points, their defense always gives up points. Combine that with Peyton Manning running the Broncos offense and we’ve got ourselves a game. This won’t be about defenses, although they might play tough and come up with a few big plays of their own. This game will be about the impressive offense of both teams.

The Saints have Drew Brees throwing the ball for them, a sure sign there will be passing touchdowns for the Saints by the end of this game. The large number of Saints players able to catch the ball and make plays after the catch is what gives them their incredible edge when comparing their offense to pretty much any defense. Their defense used to be revered, now they make the big hits while giving up the big plays, so nobody cares. If the Saints want to win this game they are going to have to score points, because their defense gives up more points than any other team in the NFL.

The Broncos have a well-balanced offense if you think about it. Peyton Manning is great, which he again proved this year, but he is throwing to only two wide-receivers and a question mark at tight end. The Broncos run game is actually doing pretty good, with Willis McGahee coming up big in yardage on a fairly regular basis. The Broncos defense isn’t what it was last season, but they are better than the Raiders defense so they can’t be the worst.

These are two teams that should be in the post season, at least to give us a show during the playoffs or the Super Bowl. Two fantastic teams, despite their records, going at it in a shootout is what makes this a definite game to watch.

Sleeper of the Week
Falcons(6-0) vs Eagles (3-3)
The Falcons are undefeated, their offense is consistently putting up numbers, their defense is consistently creating turnovers. The Eagles could or should have no wins, their offense is consistently turning the ball over, their defense is consistently stuffing offenses. This could be a great game and will likely generate a lot of highlights, on the defensive side of the ball.

Pink penalty flags?

October 24, 2012 1 comment

The NFL referees during the Dolphins-Jets game on Sunday will be throwing pink penalty flags. October is breast cancer awareness month and the NFL typically shows support throughout the month with pink cleats, pink gloves, pink towels, pink cups, pink hats, pink logos, you name it and they have done it. If not, they’ll probably end up doing it one of these days.

You might be one of many people thinking pink penalty flags are over the top. You also might be wondering who suggested the referees throw pink penalty flags? An 11-year-old suggested it in a letter to Roger Goodell, for breast cancer awareness month.

Tradition goes deep. Past-times are cherished. For a group of role models, from the players to the coaches and owners and staff and the groups they form that make the national football league, to remember that children are most important overall, that can make anyone smile. Including kids is one thing, involving them is a whole other ballgame. That kind of attitude is that makes tradition, and also what makes the NFL so great.

When you reach out to the people that give you their time, their energy, their attention, you build a connection between the community and the game, and that connection is bonded with that connection being between people who care. Whether they care about the game, themselves, or others, once that connection is made they will feel you and everything you feel. Tough bonds to break.

With the Visa contest for a kid to interview Ray Lewis, and now this suggestion from a fifth-grader to further support breast cancer awareness month in a new kind of way, the NFL is definitely heading in the right direction. Good job NFL, sincerity is noticed and so is effort.

Week 7 Games to Watch

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Every week there are some matchups that we should all watch, and some we wished we had watched. The Seahawks vs 49ers game this week was one of them, but that game is being played right now. A little late. There are still other potentially great matchups!

Week 7 Games to Watch!

Ravens (5-1) vs Texans (5-1)
This game could have a combined score under 30 points and also at the same time it could have a combined score over 60. These are two of the top defenses in the league without question, but both sides have suffered key losses. The Texans lost Brian Cushing for the year, which showed during their first loss of the year last week. The Ravens lost Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb last week, with Terrell Suggs still out this game. The defensive struggle we expect to see, may or may not happen.

The reason this is a game to watch this week isn’t just because of the team records or the solid defenses, these are two of the best, if not the top two, running backs in the league competing against depleted defenses. Matt Schaub has shown he can play well, and with Arian Foster the Texans stand to earn some yardage and put some points on the board. The Ravens have Joe Flacco who normally wouldn’t be a threat but he has been throwing the ball deep fairly well, not to mention Ray Rice who gains yards on any defense, especially this Texans defense.

Two 5-1 teams going head-to-head is always a game to watch.

Redskins (3-3) vs Giants (4-2)
The Redskins have woken up this season, again, and are likely to rise to the challenge of great teams. The Giants shut down the 49ers and have been scoring on everyone this year. Combine that with two defenses that can put up a fight and we’ve got ourselves a game. Both quarterbacks appear to find ways to dismantle defenses as the game goes along, overcoming the challenges before them. That is a sign of greatness, and there are two of them in one game.

The Giants have a traditional run game with running backs, while the Redskins have Robert Griffin III. Rushing for over 100 yards last week after suffering a concussion in Week 5 and putting up consistently big numbers, Robert Griffin III has given the Redskins new life and a fighting chance. The Giants have Eli Manning at the helm, with a solid list of offensive weapons. If these two quarterbacks get into a shootout, this could end up being the best game of the week.

Dueling quarterbacks with a green light to air it out make this a game to watch.

Titans (2-4) vs Bills (3-3)
This is an interesting matchup. The Titans have scored against poor defenses, while the Bills score on every defense. The Titans don’t have any consistent players, while the Bills consistently turn the ball over. The Bills have a great running game, while the Titans manage to get it done, very well, without a running game. Sounds like this could be a good game.

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been throwing interceptions left and right, while managing to throw enough touchdowns to keep the Bills in most every game this season. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller make up a strong backfield for the Bills. The Titans had a backfield last year with CJ2k Chris Johnson, they have no backfield this year. Somehow though, the Titans continue to get it done with good numbers and enough points to make every opponent take them seriously.

One team’s plan is throwing more touchdowns than interceptions and the other somehow getting it done on the scoreboard though nobody knows how are what make this a game to watch.

Sleeper of the Week
Cowboys (2-4) vs Panthers (1-4)
The Cowboys always have the potential to score 30 points, lucky for us so do the Panthers. This could be the week both teams find their groove. Let’s hope so.

Undefeated after five weeks

October 10, 2012 1 comment

There are two undefeated teams remaining after five weeks of football. The Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Texans. One team has a great offense and a good defense, while the other team has a good offense and a great defense.

The Atlanta Falcons offense is averaging 29 points per game, while passing for an average of 281 yards which leaves the opposing team’s secondary always preparing for a pass. Despite a mediocre run attack, the Falcons manage to pass successfully. Matt Ryan is surely to thank for the passing yards, having thrown for over 1,500 yards, 13 touchdowns and only 3 intercptions. There are other stars on the offense that have contributed to this success, Julio Jones and Roddy White are two names that come to mind. Tony Gonzalez has also continued to step up big despite saying this would be his final season. Even Michael Turner has surprised people by stepping up to help his team amass an average of 94 total rushing yards a game.

The Falcons defense has done it’s share of hard work so far this year, holding opponents to an average of 18 points and 203 passing yards a game. The numbers don’t lie for the Falcons defense with 13 sacks, 9 interceptions and 5 fumble recoveries. As long as the offense and defense continue to compliment each other, this team will see the benefits deep into the postseason.

The Houston Texans offense is averaging 29 points a game much like the Falcons, however the Texans also average 143 rushing yards a game which wears down the opposing defense and opens up the number of plays available. Arian Foster is definately one person that can be thanked for the rushing success in Houston. Matt Schaub has done a particularly good job getting back into the stride of things after his injury last year, having Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels to throw the ball to can’t hurt I’m sure.

The Texans defense has been one of the defenses to beat this year, holding opponents to an average of just 14 points and 275 total yards a game. The Texans defense also a few impressive numbers of their own, with 16 sacks, 7 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries and 2 touchdowns. To say this defense is the real deal is an understatement. If the offense can continue to run the ball well, this defense should be able to maintain it’s motor well into the postseason.

There are only two questions remaining about these teams. Will they lose this year? Who will lose first? The joy of being the best.

Chuck Pagano

October 3, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been wanting to write this for the past couple of days, but when it comes to life and death… Now I am ready to say this.

Chuck Pagano, it isn’t going to be easy. Despite how hard it is, or how hard it will be, you can’t leave, not yet. Your family and friends still need you. Your teammates need you. The fans need you. Football is a family, so is life. We may not know you personally, we may not know of the things you have done in life, but you entered our family when you were born and you entered our circle when you came to football, and we are thinking of you even if we can’t be with you. We want and need you to get better. From your family all the way down to your fans, stick around for a long time. And for what it’s worth, we appreciate you.

Looking forward to seeing you on the sideline again. Take care Chuck Pagano. Go Colts.

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The Patriots take the reigns

October 3, 2012 Leave a comment

The Patriots beat the Bills 52-28. The final score doesn’t do the game justice, not even close. The Patriots nearly shut out the Bills in the second half, while scoring 45 points in that same half. This game won’t soon be forgotten by either team.

So what happened? Tom Brady, that’s what happened. Prior to Sunday’s comeback blowout, Brady was playing a much different game than we are all used to seeing, despite looking good on paper with 887 yards passing, 4 touchdowns and over a 65% completion rate. On Sunday in the second half, Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady putting up 340 passing yards, throwing for 3 touchdowns and rushing for one touchdown. He went 22-36 passing.

The talk about Bill Belichick and his football mind or his plays and schemes had dropped to a minimum compared to the last few years. Perhaps it was the lack of two starting tight ends, instead having only one after such success with and planning for two. Grabbing the replacement official after a game was the most we had seen of Belichick this year, the media lacking in Belichick news all around. His plays and schemes managed to pull it off in the second half of Sunday’s game in a very big way, so we’ll probably be hearing his name on every sports show again.

One person that Patriots fans were undoubtedly glad to see on the field was Wes Welker. The talk of Welker being benched and training his replacement, coupled with his lack of performance, was beginning to seem like the real deal. Either they took the chains off Welker Sunday night, or he finally woke up. Either way it was a good game for the man, having caught 9 passes for 129 yards. Coincidence Welker was involved in the Patriots first positive showing? I doubt it. Will we ever know why he wasn’t being played? I doubt it.

The bench really stepped it up for the Patriots as well, especially in the running game with Brandon Bolden stepping up big, rushing for 137 yards and one touchdown. The Patriots defense deserves some credit as well, after giving up 21 points and being down 21-7, the Patriots held the Bills to just one more touchdown while their offense scored 6 touchdowns and 1 field goal. Impressive. The same cannot and should not be said about the Bills defense, because it is how you end the game that matters and the Bills giving up 45 points in one half of football is a solid reason not to compliment them, no matter how well they played in the first half against a struggling Patriots offense.

This win was big for the Patriots, not only did it show they can come together and focus, or that they can come from behind after comng together in an embarrassing game up to that point, but it shows they can still put up huge numbers. That alone will scare every opponent they face this year. Those 52 points are going to be in the back of every defensive opponent’s mind every time the Patriots offense takes the field.

MNF Here I Come

October 1, 2012 1 comment

I got home from work a few minutes ago and THE GAME IS STARTING!

The Monday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys has started without me! Darn you work! Darn you!

I’ll be writing while I watch the game from a comfy couch elsewhere, to which I will be leaving from here soon.

I just wanted to share something first, it ain’t easy being a Jets fan. 34-0. We’re the 0. Rex Ryan or Mark Sanchez better pick it up. Hopefully it’ll be Rex, whoever realizes they have to make a change first wins. And Woody burst in, grinning a grin, and said “REXY BOY, THIS IS A SHOW-DOWN!”

On to the game! *anybody else hear the music from Big Trouble starring Tim Allen?* ‘My feet can’t fail me now, please feet don’t fail me now’ over and over, while Tim Allen clearly was not running very fast. I am guessing on purpose for comedic effect, though he doesn’t look like a runner. It worked, I’m sold!