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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.

Overtime!

September 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Overtime games are the best, aren’t they? This last Sunday, of the 9 morning games 3 of them ended in OT. When was the last time you remember an overtime game before this most recent Sunday of fantastic football? Heck, when was the last time you remember so many close games on one day? The lead changed so many times in some of those games, I lost count.

Let’s talk about the overtime games we saw this weekend, in order of least awesome to most awesome.

First, we have the Chiefs. vs. Saints game. Down 24-6, the Chiefs definitely were not doing well. Having, well, sucked all game, somehow the Chiefs picked it up and came back to tie the game 24-24 and force overtime. Everyone who knows of the Saints, knows they are explosive on the offense. Everyone who knows the Chiefs, knows they’ve never really been explosive on offense.

Talk about surprising, the Saints failed to score on their opening overtime drive, giving the Chiefs their best chance to win the game, all they had to do was score. The kick is up, its Good! Chiefs win! The Chiefs won 27-24 over the Saints. Good game from the 4th quarter on.

Next, there was the Dolphins vs. Jets game. The Jets were down 7-17 in the second quarter, coming back to within 4 in the fourth quarter, 13-17, it looked like they would lose to the Dolphins. They came back 20-17, with the Dolphins tying the game up at 20. Mark Sanchez almost gave the game away in overtime, fumbling the ball but recovering it himself. The Jets didn’t score on the opening overtime drive, often the prelude to the closing curtain in overtime.

Were you also expect that to be it for the Jets? Nope, just starting a new paragraph. I know, I’m also in shock. Miami made it well into Jets territory before attempting a field goal. A 48-yard attempt for the win, wide-right. Ouch. The Jets moved into the Miami red zone and attempted a field goal. Kick is up, it’s good! With a 33-yard field goal to win the game in overtime, Jets won 23-20 over the Dolphins.

Finally, is the Lions vs. Titans game. This one, was a monster of a game. It tied at 41-41 to send the game into overtime, after a  huge, unexpected comeback by the Lions that included Matthew Stafford going out injured, and a backup QB named Shaun Hill throwing 2 touchdowns to bring the Lions back and tie the Titans in the 4th quarter. 41-41, forty-one to forty-one, one more time, 41 forty-one to 41 forty-one. Amazing.

The Lions scored 14 points in 18 seconds to end the 4th quarter and tie the game. Can this get anymore unrealistic? Nobody is going to believe this. “Ah yes, well you see, the Tennessee Titans scored 41 points, and the Lions with their backup QB in scored 14 points in 18 seconds to tie the game and end the fourth quarter” to which a reasonable person would pick up the phone and ask the person that answers it if family or friends can be committed to a mental hospital involuntarily.

After the game was tied at 41, overtime started. This one was pretty good. The Titans scored on the first drive of overtime with a field goal to put them up 3, putting the Lions in a tough spot, score or lose. The Lions did not disappoint, going as far as the Tennessee 7-yard line. On 4th down with 2 yards to go for a first down, the crowd was into it, causing the Lions to accidentally snap the ball despite wanting to call a timeout after failing to draw the Titans off-sides. QB Shaun Hill got nowhere, game over, Titans win. The Titans won 44-41 over the Lions in what is sure to be remembered as the best overtime game of the season.

Everyone enjoys a good overtime game, but three in one week? That’s my kind of week. Close games, lead changes, low scores, high scores, comebacks, upsets, this is the NFL I know and love. Between the overtime games and the games that changed leaders over and over or were within 1 score multiple times in the 4th quarter, I don’t know about you but, I hope every week is like this.