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HOUSTON TEXANS VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
GREEN BAY PACKERS: 5-2
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 2-5
They did not play. IF they did, would it have made a difference? I'm just saying.
ATLANTA FALCONS: 2-5
NEW YORK JETS: 1-6
BUFFALO BILLS: 4-3
TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-5
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 1-6
HOUSTON TEXANS: 3-3
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 3-3
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 5-2
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-6
NEW YORK , N.Y. - October 14, 2014 - The 2014-2015 football season is in full swing, and while off-field stories have been occupying as much of the news cycle as on-field drama, that doesn't seem to be detracting from interest in the sport overall. Viewership has been up for the season so far, and the majority of U.S. adults (55%, up slightly from 54% last year) continue to say that they follow professional football. A few of them may have changed which team they're following most closely though, as the Dallas Cowboys have dropped to the #4 spot this year, after spending six years as the favorite team of adults who follow professional football.
At the top of the list are the Denver Broncos, moving up two spots. They're followed by the N.Y. Giants (who have moved up two spots to 2nd ) and the Green Bay Packers (who dropped one spot to 3rd). Rounding out the top five favorite football teams are the Dallas Cowboys in 4th and thePittsburgh Steelers, up two spots from 7th to 5th.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,543 adults (1,275 of whom follow professional football) surveyed online between September 10-17, 2014.
The Seattle Seahawks moved up six spots to the 6th position on the list. The San Francisco 49ers have risen one spot to 7th, while the New England Patriots have dropped three spots to 8th. Completing the top ten are the Chicago Bears, falling three spots to 9th, and the New Orleans Saints, rising one spot to 10th.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are at the bottom of the list for the fifth year running, though at least this time around they're not alone - they share the spot with the Tennessee Titans this year.
THESE GUYS COULD PILE EM UP!!!
Sitting at the top of the mountain is Barry Sanders, who rushed for 100 yards in 14 consecutive games in 1997 on the way to a 2,000-yard season for Detroit.
Chris Johnson compiled a 12-game streak for the Tennessee Titans at the close of the 2009 season and start of 2010.
Marcus Allen reeled off 11 100s in a row for the Raiders at the close of the 1985 season and the start of 1986.
Walter Payton strung together nine consecutive 100-yard games for the Chicago Bears in 1985 on the way to the Super Bowl.
LaDainian Tomlinson also put together a nine-game streak for the San Diego Chargers in 2006.
SNAP, CRACKLE & POP. There has been a lot of that going around these last few weeks. I put a small list together on a few guys. For some, it was a season ending injury. C'mon Mannnn, Joseph Randle, a running back with the Dallas Cowboys, who has a $500K contract is arrested at Dillard's for trying to steal a $80 bottle of cologne, a tester bottle at that and $40 worth of underware. REALLY? This dude really needs to learn how to celebrate.
Update: I heard he will be fined $10K-$15k for the merchandise. They should go ahead and give it to him now. SMH
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS VS. HOUSTON TEXANS
The Colts were breathing a little easier after they got away with this one from the Texans, 33-28. The Colts were scoring in every Qtr until they got to the 4th Qtr where they didn't score anything. Thank goodness for the 24pt, 1st Qtr, that's what put them ahead to stay and win this one. A. Luck threw for 370yds, 3 TD's & 1 int. T. Richardson had 17 carries for 41 measly yards, but added 1 TD. Dang, A. Hilton did the do with 9 receptions for 223yds & 1 TD. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 212yds & 1 TD. A. Foster had 20 carries for 109yds & 2 TDs. A. Johnson had 7 receptions for 99yds, 1 TD and 1 fumble.
SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS VS. ST. LOUIS RAMS
Slip, slidingggg away. That's about all the Rams could say after their 31-17 loss to the 49'ers. The Rams had a 14-0 lead going into the 2nd Qtr, which means nothing in football these days. The 49'ers would allow them 3 more points in the 4th Qtr, a simple FG and then took this one home. I didn't watch this one, Transformers: Age of Extinction, caught my eye this night. What I did see was the Rams with a 14-0 lead going into the 2nd Qtr, then they were done. MNF must be one of Kap's favorite days to play. They are hanging on in the NFC WEST, this is their 3rd straight win. The 49ers are suddenly magicians now, pulling a trick out on the Rams and just like magic, a win appeared. C. Kap threw for 343yds and 3 TD's, he got some big boy yards this game. A. Boldin had 7 receptions for 94yds & 1 TD. A. Davis threw for 236yds, 1 TD, 4 ints. & was sacked 5 times. J. Cook had 4 receptions for 74yds.
CHICAGO BEARS: 3-3
I did it myyyyy wayyyy. Cheering, jumping up on this bad knee, having a good ole time Sunday as my Bears caged the Falcons, 27-13. We are alive and well in the NFC North. So, let me just share some thoughts with you guys from a few of my friends, you might know them. CBS Sports, Pro-Football talk, NFL.com & ESPN. I'm sure you have heard of them. Don't hate, cuz if it's your team, you brag & boast. You guys know I act a fool on MY blog when MY BEARS win. Why should this one be different? CBS SportsComments:"The Bears should just play all of their games on the road. Thanks to the 27-13 win, Chicago is now 3-1 this season when they're not playing in Chicago."
Pro Football TalkComments:"Missing four linebackers and playing in a usually intimidating road environment, the Bears reached back and delivered one of their strongest performances of the season Sunday in Atlanta."NFL.comComments:"Chicago's pass rush finally woke up because they were playing Atlanta's dreadful line. Meanwhile, the Falcons got no pressure on Jay Cutlerall day. He responded with 381 yards and no turnovers." And my personal favorite and totally agree,ESPN Comments:"Exhale, Bears fans. This season isn't over yet. At 3-3, Chicago is alive. My main worry and it didn't happen? Hester breaking out on us and getting #21. Nobody can steal my thunder this week.J. Cutler threw for 381yds & 1 TD. Anddd, wait for ittttt, NO INTS and NO SACKS. M. Forte had 17 carries for 80yds & 2TDs, go MATTTTT. A. Jeffery had 5 receptions for 136yds, he just amazing to watch. M. Ryan threw for 271yds, 1 TD & 1 int. J. Jones had 4 receptions for 68yds.
GREEN BAY PACKERS: 4-2
The headlines said, "Rodgers works magic in win." I'm just saying, the Dolphins had them down. Neck and neck through the whole game and A.R. pulls it out, 27-24 win. Aaron threw 42 passes in this game, that's a lot considering he only threw 45 in the previous two games. They said that he pulled a page out of Dan Marino's book, in Miami no less. They said it was a mastery of the QB position on display. Now you know I didn't make that one up. Rodgers faced a lot of pressure & partially as a result of that, had a season-low 57.1 completion percentage. One big reason that the 57.1 rating didn't matter is that on a Vernon and Wake combined sack of Rodgers in the final minutes that caused a fumble, the alert T.J. Lang recovered it and saved what otherwise would have resulted in a Miami win from that Sack. So the real hero for the Packers is T.J. Lang. Share the love Aaron. They say that GB is ranked as the league's worst run defense and that the game was not impressive for the Packers. You know guys, I am sure they could give a fart, a win is a win. There were many opportunities for this game to be won by the Dolphins, but they let it slip away. A. Rodgers threw fro 264yds & 3 TDs. J. Nelson, aka, Money Nelson had 9 receptions for 107yds & 1 TD. R. Tannehill threw for 244yds, 2TDs & 2 ints. L. Miller had 14 carries for 53yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. J. Landry had 6 receptions for 75yds & 1 TD.
DETROIT LIONS: 4-2
Lions win, they beat the Vikings 17-3. That's no surprise. For now, it's a tie for first place in the NFC North, but you never know what's coming around the corner. One article said that the Vikings looked like a team unprepared for the game. The offense struggled mightily against Detroit's top-ranked defense. See, I'm fair in my blog, I share the good and the bad I read. I'm just saying. The QB Bridgewater, was not only sacked 8 times, he had a 41.3 QB rating in this loss to the Lions. The Lions are still licking their paws from this slap down. Tahir Whitehead intercepted Bridgewater twice. Let's just say that the 9 day's off took it's toll on an already ailing team. To top it off, Coach Mike Zimmer said that he had to fine a couple more players than usual last week for missing or being late for meetings or treatments. Six game into his first season, the coach is dealing with undisciplined players. You know what, it's a whole lot of guys who would wear that Vikings uniform and be on time for everything. They don't believe fat meat is greasy do they? M. Stafford threw for 185yds & 1 TD. J. Bell had 18 carries for 74yds & 1 TD. T. Riddick had 5 receptions for 75yds & 1 TD. T. Bridgewater threw for 188yds & 3 ints.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 2-4
Read about another blow to the Vikings, 17-3. Thank to the Lions. Read the update above.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 5-1
The Eagles continued their winning ways when they slayed the Giants 27-0. They shut them down, down to the ground. Y'all like that rhyme don't you, lol. So, now, if you go back to week 3 update I believe it is, when I said that the Giants fans and the media were going a bit overboard because the Giants had won 2 games in a row. Buttttt, noooo, did they listen to me? Not only was this the first shutout in 18 years, this 27-0 shut-out proves that, they ain't ready Freddy. Eli only completed 13 of 23 passes and was sacked 6 times in this game, 6, that's more than some QB's get sacked all season. That's gonna leave a bruise. Some say he has lost his heart for the game. I wouldn't go that far, he's having one of those seasons that NO player wants to have, especially a QB, but it happens. The Eagles did more than shut the Giants out, they put an end to their three game winning streak in convincing fashion. From the start to the finish of the games, the Eagles had this one. The Giants just played poorly, yep, saw this one. They played flat, no zest for this game, at least to me. Eli looked confused, I felt bad for him. With the Cruz season ending injury, it just made the day more bleak. Hey, the Eagles wore all black uniforms for the first time in franchise history. Do you think they knew they would bury the Giant?? I'm just saying. N. Foles threw for 248yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. L. McCoy had 22 carries for 149yds and R. Cooper had 5 receptions for 59yds. E. Manning threw for 151yds, that's it, that's all. A. Williams had 16 carries for 58yds. R. Randle had 5 receptions for 58yds.
DALLAS COWBOYS: 5-1
Ok, so, I am not a big Cowboys fan but, I gotta say, the boys were sitting pretty tall in the saddle after their win over the Seahawks, 30-23. It was the shock of the week. I just checked out some footage from the game, Dez Bryant, gave Sherman the business, he couldn't do nothingggg to Dez. He tried to stop him, grabbing around his collar, trying to trip him up, but Dez kept shaking and baking him. I loved it. This was HIS game, all of the athletics have them at one point in their career, more than once if they are lucky. Now, I am sure this shook the Seahawks to the core, so we will see what happens next. During halftime of the Dez show, DeMarco Murray was busy becoming the second running back in NFL history with 6 straight 100yd games to start a season. The hits just keep coming don't they. The Cowboys are on the hills if not pass the Eagles in the NFC East. If the determination for who owns the NFC East was based on Sunday's games, the Cowboys beat the Eagles hands down, no question. Giddy Up! T. Romo threw for 250yds & 2 TDs. D. Murray had 29 carries for 115yds & 1 TD. T. Williams had 2 receptions for 70yds. Dez didn't score, but he beat Sherman in the "whose the man" game this week. R. Wilson threw for 126yds & 1 int. M. Lynch had 10 carries for 61yds. J. Kearse had 34 receptions for 62yds.
NEW YORK GIANTS: 3-3
Read about their terrible 27-0 shutout vs. the Eagles in that update.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 1-5
Read about their expected loss to the Arizona Cardinals, 30-20 in that update. It's all down hill from here for the Redskins.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 2-3
DID NOT PLAY.
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 3-2-1
Carolina got away with a tie this week with the Bengals 37-37. A couple of things happened in this game like RB Giovani Bernard scores a 89yd TD, the 2nd longest in Bengals history. But, what the Bengals will remember most is Mike Nugent missing a 36yd FG with 2 seconds to go to win the game in OT. So, nobody won, but nobody lost so I guess it's good & bad. That's the first tied game of the season. Did anybody check with McNabb who said that he didn't know a FB could end in a tie, lol. Cam Newton re-emerged as a dual-threat danger and Any Dalton missed on only one pass in OT, a sack-saving throwaway. They went back and forth and in the end, no one could claim this game. The player's all are saying that they don't really know what it means, me either. C. Newton threw for 284yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. C. Newton had 17 carries for 107yds & 1 TD. Shame to waste all that on a win/lost/who knows game. G. Olsen had 6 receptions for 62yds & 1 TD. A. Dalton threw for 323yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. G. Bernard had 18 carries for 137yds & 1 TD.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 1-5
As usual, they were beat down by Baltimore, 48-17. Read the Ravens update for the 411.
ATLANTA FALCONS: 2-4
Better them than US! Read about their 27-13 loss to DA BEARS in that update.
EATTLE SEAHAWKS: 3-2
If the first lost of the season had them stunned, then this one must feel like a heart attack to the Seahawks with their 30-23 lost to the Cowboys. Mosey on up to the Dallas update and check it out.
SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: 3-2
The 49ers are starting to pile up some wins. Read about their MNF spanking of the Rams, 31-17, in that update.
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 4-1
I'm flying high, everybody is a love junkie, flying high. I am sure a few folks can figure out what song that lyric is from. That was the Cardinals song for the week, from me. So, to keep the train moving up the track the Cardinals took down the lowly Washington Redskins and Carson Palmer came back. That's two wins for the Cardinals in one day. I know I said it once and I just got to say it again, I know DeSean Jackson wishes he was still with the Eagles and with that, I'm gonna leave that alone. C. Palmer threw for 250yds & 2 TDs. A. Ellington had 19 carries for 67yds & my future husband, L. Fitzgerald had 6 receptions for 98yds & 1 TD. Hey, maybe he's not, but nobody can steal my dreams. I'm am on the way Larry. lol. K. Cousins threw for 354yds, 2TDs & this may have helped in the lost, 3 ints. D. Jackson had 3 receptions for 115yds & 1 TD.
ST. LOUIS RAMS: 1-3
Another one bites the dust. Read about their 31-17 loss to the 49ers in the MNF update.
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 3-1-1
Read about their confusing win/lost/who knows game with the Panthers in that update. They called it a draw at 37-37.
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 4-2
Oh no, not again! This had to be the thought going through Tampa Bay's mind when the Ravens cut them down to pieces, 48-17. Flacco threw 5 TDs in 16:03, which is now down in the books as the fatest time that any NFL player has thrown for 5 TDs in a game. Adding to the sureness of the Ravens this game, they scored on their first 6 possession to put this game out of reach early. TB did manage to sack flacco 4x in this game. Had they not, this could have turned out worst than the 56-14 slap down that they got from ATL on Sept. 18. TB was pretty much down & out going into the half with the score, 38-0. Looks like the Ravens have finally woke up for the 2014-2015 season. I had some doubts in what they were doing in the very start. But they are looking good and are holding down the AFC North with a 4-2 record. All Lovie had to say was "They're a good football team and we're not a good football team, it's as simple as that." Man, your own coach has no faith, that's colder than a vortex day in Chicago. J. Flacco threw for 306yds & 5 TDs, fatest in the book @ 16:03. J. Forsett threw for 14 carries for 111yds. S. Smith had 5 receptions for 110yds & 1 TD. M. Glennon threw for 314yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. L. Murphy had 7 receptions for 72yds & 1 TD.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 3-3
Seems like the Steelers just can't get it together with another lost. Read the details to their 31-10 spanking thanks to the Cleveland Browns in that update. I'm not saying 3-3 is bad, that's where my BEARS are so there is still hope for the 3-3 teams. I hope! lol. I also read that Hines Ward blames the bad season on Big Ben because of the no-offense huddle. Not sure if that's it, I'm just saying.
CLEVELAND BROWNS: 3-2
Looks like the Browns came to throw down today and they did that convincingly against the Steelers, 31-10. This is the only the 3rd time that the Browns have beat Pittsburgh in 23rd games. The last time the Cleveland Browns beat the Steelers was on Nov., 25, 2012 when Hoyer was then a back-up QB for the Steelers. Now he is running the show and lead the Browns to this beat down and a much needed morale win over the Steelers. I gotta say, with the way the Steelers have been playing, I am not surprised at this outcome. This was only Big Ben's second loss in 20 games to the Browns. Cleveland lead by 18 at halftime and never let up or looked back after that. B. Hoyer threw fro 217yds & 1 TD. B. Tate had 25 carries & 2 TDs. J. Cameron had 3 receptons for 102yds & 1 TD. Big Ben threw for 228yds, 1 TD & 1 int. L. Bell had 18 carries for 82yds. A. Brown had 7 receptions for 118yds.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 4-2
The Patriots made short use of the Bills and sent them home with a 37-22 rout.
Making the bacon and going for some records, Brady had his 60th, 300yd game. He's is the NFL's 5th player with their name on the books for that, anddd he is 2 300yd games shy of matching Brett Favre's total. He also recorded his 16th career game with four or more TDs & no interceptions. People can say what they want, Tom might be done after this season, but he getting it all in before he goes and everyone will know he was here. The Patriots have took sole possession of 1st place in the AFC East. Kyle Orton is trying to hold it down, it's not going to good. How long was that contract they gave him? Was it just for the season. Manuel might be back if Kyle don't help get some wins in the W column. I mean the Pat's were only up 13-7 going into half time. Bill's tight end Scott Chandler said, "It's frustrating, they have been the top dog in our division since the division was formed." The word in the sports columns is that the Patriots showed some toughness. They also said that the Bill's offense was sloppy and it's defense was uncharacteristically porous. Now, you KNOW I didn't take time to come up with that 30+ letter word, wayyyy to long. They could have just said they sucked. It would have gotten the point across much better and quicker. The Pat's still haven't convinced me yet, but then, who am I? Just a Chicago Bears fan, that's all. T. Brady threw for 361yds & 4 TDs. B. LaFell had 4 receptions for 97yds & 2 TDs. K. Orton threw for 299yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. F. Jackson had 10 carries for a sorry 26yds but had 1 TD to cover that. S. Chandler had 6 receptions for 105yds.
MIAMI DOLPHINS: 2-3
Read about their loss to the Packers in that update. They should have won this, but instead they gave it away, 27-24.
NEW YORK JETS: 1-5
The Jets actually played a decent game and went down fighting against Denver but came up with a losing effort, 31-17. Read about it Denver's update.
BUFFALO BILLS: 3-3
Read about their 37-22 lost to the Patriots in that update.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 4-2
Slow and steady, wins the race. Read about their slow but steady climb in the AFC East with their 33-28 win over the Texans in the TNF update.
TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-4
The Titans said, we may be losing, but it won't be to the Jaguars. They took this one, barely, 16-14. I didn't watch any of this game and just going by the write-ups, it was like watching paint dry on the wall. Boring!!! This is a tale of two teams and who will end up with the worst record, don't forget to add the Raiders. Titans is fairing a better than the Jaguars but they ain't got nothing to write home about. Well, to be fair, Sammie Hill did block a FG attempt in the final seconds & that helped the Titans keep this win at home. That's about it folks. C. Whitehurst threw for 233yds. B. Sankey had 18 carries for 61yds & J. Hunter had 3 receptions for 77yds. B. Bortles threw for 336yds, ! TD & 1 int. He tried hard and added 5 carries for 38yds. I like how he never gives up. C. Shorts III had 10 receptions for 103yds & 1 fumble.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 0-6
From the score, it looks like the Jaguars fought the good fight but came up short, 16-14 against the Titans. Read about it in the Titans update, just roll your eyes upward. I am going to have to check for the team with the worst season ever in the NFL and see where the Jaguars stand on that.
HOUSTON TEXANS: 3-3
The Texans were spurred again with their lost to the Colts. Check out the TNF update.
DENVER BRONCOS: 4-1
The Jet's would give the Broncos a fight but it did not turn out in their favor with the 31-17 lost. To be honest, I really thought it would be something like 48-7, even the papers said it wasn't nearly the blowout that many expected coming into this game. The Jets did have a chance to tie when they got the ball deep in their own territory with less than a minute left. But after a sack put the ball at the 1, Geno was intercepted by Aqib Talib, who returned it 22yds for a sealing TD. That's it, that's all. Peyton did his thing with 2 more TDs and is only 2 shy of Brett Favre's career mark. Brett said that he is glad that Peyton is the one that is going to break it. They are playing the 49ers Sunday, he better bring it on. Jet's coach Rex Ryan said about Peyton, "It's just ridiculous how good he is." P. Manning threw for 237yds & 3 TDs. R. Hillman had 24 carries, 100yds. D. Thomas had 10 receptions 124yds & 1 TD. G. Smith threw for 190yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. G. Smith also contributed 2 carries for 11yds. A. Amaro had 10 receptions for 68ys & 1 TD.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 2-3
DID NOT PLAY.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 5-1
Everyone pretty much figured out who would win this one but it was not by much. The Chargers detoured Oakland first win still with a 31-28 roadblock. Both team scored 7pts each Qtr until the 4th, when the Chargers edged the Raiders, 10-7. Just that simple. P. Rivers threw for 313yds & 3 TDs. B. Oliver had 26 carries for 101yds & 1 TD. M. Floyd had 5 receptions for 103yds & 1 TD. D. Carr threw for 282yds, 4 TDs & 1 int. D. McFadden had 14 carries for 80yds. A. Holmes had 4 receptions for 121yds & 2 TDs.
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-5
Sorry, no win for the Raiders this week. Read the Chargers update for the little bit of details on their 31-28 lost.
BAD WEEK FOR THE BOYS OF THE NFL:
I am sure there are more players that went down in weeks 5 & 6. I'm just going with these that I caught headlines on and that may impact their team the most.
Linebacker, Lance Briggs is out with a rib injury. No return date has been given.
Safety, Chris Conte, as usual is out. Shoulder injury. No return date has been given.
Wide Receiver, Victor Cruz had surgery Monday to repair a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. He will miss the rest of the season.
Running back, Darren Sproles suffered a relatively mild left MCL sprain. He is expected to be out of the lineup for a week or 2 after the Eagles come back from their bye week.
N. E. PATRIOTS:
Running back, Stevan Ridley, out for the year with ACL/MCL tears.
Linebacker, Jerod Mayo Knee injury, done for the season.
Running back, Knowshon Moreno is headed to IR list with a season ending ACL injury.
Wide receiver, Calvin Johnson suffered an ankle injury in Week 5. Have not seen expected return date yet.
Running back, Reggie Bush suffered an ankle injury in Week 5. Have not seen expected return date yet.
Center, Alex Mack suffered a broken leg. He is definitely out for the season.
GREEN BAY PACKERS VS. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Packers slaughter Vikings, 42-10. It just that simple people. No break down needed, no, what went wrong for the Vikings, none of that. It's plain and simple, the Packers are back and they are on the move to make up for what they have been lacking in the beginning of the season. This reminds me of when Tiger Woods was out for a while. There was a commercial that showed all of the other players in the PGA locker room, smiling, slapping each other high fives, just happy to have a chance to win a tournament. Then, Tiger walks in the locker room and you can hear a pin drop. The smiles turn to frowns and they all have this "nooooooo, my chances for a PGA title is gone." Tiger simply says hi guys, and keeps it moving. So goes the story of Packers. Not to mention Peppers returns an interception for 49yds & a TD. The Vikings, are slowly pushing the boats out to sea, setting themselves on fire in honor of the fallen Vikings. At least that's what I've seen in the movies, LOL. They didn't stand a chance. They were scoreless up until the 4th Qtr. A. Rodgers threw for 156yds & 3 TDs. E. Lacy, should we say, sleeping beauty has awaken. He had 13 carries for 105yds & 2 TDs. J. Nelson, took it down a bit this game and only had 1 receptions for 66yds & 1 TD. C. Ponder, who looked beat down, threw for 222yds & 2 ints. M. Asiata, who is this guy, had 15 carries for 72yds & 1 fumble.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 2-3
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 1-3
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 1-4
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 2-1
SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: 3-2
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 3-1
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 3-2
CLEVELAND BROWNS: 2-2
MIAMI DOLPHINS: 2-2
BUFFALO BILLS: 3-2
TENNESSEE TITANS: 1-4
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 0-5
DENVER BRONCOS: 3-1
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 2-3
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 4-1
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-4
*We are down to the last 5 of the 25 most moronic players in NFL history. Now I am sure they can add a ton of more players out since this article was done but I will go with the original list.*
If you don't know, all you have to do is google him.
Coming next week:
Did I not say it was going to be a crazy season? The Texans start week 4, with a 3-0 record. Tom Brady is benched and E.J. Manuel, QB of the Bills was replaced by Kyle Orton. The craziness is not over either, wait until week 5 update. Enjoy Week 4 folks. I hope this is not too long for you guys. Sorry in advance. No I'm not. lol.
NEW YORK GIANTS VS. WASHINGTON REDSKINS
The headlines are saying, "Eli Manning looks like a "10" again." They say the numbers don't tell the story of how good he was in the 45-14, whose your daddy now win that they put on Washington, for everybody to see on TNF. His teammates said that they knew it was only a matter of time before they saw Eli do what he do. I watched some of it but to be honest, I tuned in to "Scandal" and "How To Get Away With Murder" along with 47.5 million other people. So I can't really comment much on what happened. Just keeping it real people. So the Giants are at a 2-2 record now and this could be the start of a much needed turn around for them. Like another 2-2 team I know. I'm not saying any names, lol. I'm just telling the NFC East that the Giants have put you guys on notice. The article I read about Washington said that it does not matter who the QB is. It won't make all of the problems that the Redskins are having. A dreadful defense, a shambles of an offensive line whose members seem offended by the very idea of pass protection, LMAO, that is too funny. Even funnier, A diabolical special teams that gives away big plays as though they are prizes in a raffle. I could go on and on and believe me, the last few lines weren't mines but they are masterfully put. Plus they got some really meaty, can hardly move guys too. Just throwing my 2 cents worth of observations in. Let's see what the Giants do next. E. Manning threw for 300yds, 4 TDs + 1 he ran in himself = 5 and 1 int. A. Williams had 15 carries for 66yds & 1 TD. V. Cruz had 6 receptions for 108yds. K. Cousins threw for 257yds, 1 TD and OUCH, 4 ints. A. Morris had 12 carries for 63yds & 1 TD. R. Helu had 5 receptions for 78yds.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOT'S VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
I bet you didn't see this coming. K.C. Chiefs 41-14 over the New England Patriots. It was so bad, one reporter asked Belichick if the QB position would be evaluated this week, he just laughed at that fool. I did watch some of this game, it was not entertaining and Brady did not do his usual thing, I like when he plays well, it's great to watch. Brady was taken out of the game late in the 4th Qtr and gave rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo a chance to wet his beak. They asked Belichick why he put the rookie in the game, he said he played all team members tonight. I guess with a spanking like that, you can spread the hurt around. At the beginning of the season, Brady was asked about how long he'd like to play, he said, "When I suck, I'll retire." I'm just saying Tom, you sucked on this Monday night. For Kansas, Jamall Charles returned from an injury to score 3 TDS. Brady did get picked twice, this was one of the worst losses that Belichick has had as the Patriots coach. That's all I have to say about this game. T. Brady threw for 159yds, 1TD & 2 ints. Yep, 159yds, don't adjust your glasses. B. LaFell had 6 receptions for 119yds & 1 TD. A. Smith threw for 248yds & 3 TDs. K. Davis had 16 receptions for 107yds. T. Kelce had 8 receptions for 93yds and 1 TD.
CHICAGO BEARS: 2-2
Last week I was singing, "how sweet it is to be loved by you" now, sadly I'm singing "it's my party and I'll cry if I want to." Yeah, we got our butts handed to us courtesy of the Green Bay Packers. You know how that feels, it just gives you a knot in your stomach. It's like when you are in high school and Joe breaks up with you and then he dates Suzi, the girl that you NEVER wanted to see him with. I would rather lose to Jacksonville than to the Packers. We started off so good, playing good solid football, letting the Packers know, this is our house and we got this. So it's half time, you dancing around the table while you grab a wing or two and you sit down to finish watching and then, outta nowhere, your whole NFL world comes crumbling down. By the end of the game, I was kicking people out my house, not feeding my dogs, not talking to my grand kids, it was just ugly, LOL. I could say there was some bogus calls, but that doesn't account for a 38-17 beat down or 2 interceptions thrown by Cutler or no defense at all, so I won't mention the bogus calls. It was more of only producing a total of 3pts after reaching the 1yd line on two, first half possession to all with all of the previous stuff I mentioned. This is the 189th meeting of the Bears and Packers and as they said Sunday, the Packers got our number. Until we beat them, WITH A.R. playing, we are never going to be legit. Tell me how do you overthrow a 6'6 receiver who has got to be 7feet leaping into the air? So, here we are 2-2, Detroit won to add more salt to the wound. Rodgers, he told the Green Bay Cheeseheads to RELAX and he did not let them down. He got it started with Jordy Nelson and it was over for my BEARS. But, I don't give up that easy. Can't say that for my brother Chris, he was like, "that's it, until the get rid of Cutler, I'm outta here". I managed to calm him down and he's back on the bus with me and the Bears, lol. The Bears & Packers did make history on Sunday. For only the 2nd time in the 95 year history of the NFL, a regular season game unfolded with no punts. The first one was on September 13, 1992 between the Bills and 49ers. Bennett set a career highs with 9 catches for 1346ds. It was his first 100yd receiving game of his career. He now leads the Bears with 29 receptions for 295yds. Rodgers said he just wanted to remind the fans that it's a long season and that at some point we're going to get it right, he had it all right in this one. A. Rodgers threw for 302yds & 4 TDs. E. Lacy had 17 carries for 48yds & 1 TD. R. Cobb had 7 receptions for 113ydcs & 2 TDs. J. Cutler threw for 256yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. M. Forte had 23 carries for 122yds. Forte surpassed the 10,000 total yards for his career. He has 10,037. Bennett set a career highs with 9 catches for 1346ds. It was his first 100yd receiving game of his career. He now leads the Bears with 29 receptions for 295yds.
GREEN BAY PACKERS:
Read about the dissection of the Bears by the Packers, 38-17 in the Bears update.
DETROIT LIONS: 3-1
Matt Stafford figured with not having Calving Johnson 100% healthy, he would have to do some of the work himself and he did just that. He threw for 2 TDs and ran in another himself to seal the deal as they took down the Jets, 24-17. This game was a match up of Detroit's top-ranked defense & New York's No. 2. Each team only scored 3pts in the first Qtr, Detroit took the lead into halftime, 17-3 and never looked back. Geno Smith has been struggling since the start of the season and it looks like it's not getting any better. The Jet's fans chanting, "We want Vick", started to gain momentum after Geno threw a 4th Qtr interception. But the powers that be want Geno in there so he is still head of the team. Then, adding disaster to his already bad day, he turned to a fan and yelled the F*%# word while leaving the field. Probably not the smartest thing to do. Of course he apologized later, dont' they always? I think his days are numbered, just my opinion. M. Stafford threw for 293yds & 2 TDS, he also rand one in himself. G. Tate had 8 receptions for 116yds. G. Smith threw for 209yds, 1 TD, 1 int and a potty mouth. C. Ivory had 17 carries for 84yds. G. Salas had 2 receptions for 60yds.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 2-2
Everybody winning in the NFC North this week but my Bears. The Vikings beat the Falcons 41-28. I told ATL they was going to need some of those 56pts before it was said and done. The Vikings have play the Packers tonight. It don't really matter to me who wins this one. Bridgewater, with his first career start for the Vikings didn't finish the game but he pretty much had it wrapped up when he left. Hester had 5 receptions for 70yds & 1 TD. T. Bridgewater threw for 317yds, he left the game with an ankle sprang. J. McKinnon had 18 carries for 135yds. J. Wright had 8 receptions for 132yds. M. Ryan threw for 298yds, 3 TDs & 2 ints. A. Smith had 4 carries for 62yds & 1 TD. J. Jones had 6 receptions for 82yds.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 3-1
The Eagles went into this game, 3-0. The last time they were at 3-0 was in 2004, which was the last time they went to the SB. When the dust cleared and 26-21 pts later, they would leave the day, 3-1 in the NFC East. They still have a grip on first place but the Cowboys are on the tail. They played the SF 49ers, I watched the remainder of this game after watching my Bears go down. I thought for sure the Eagles had this one and they would go into Week 5, 4-0. The 49ers said, not so fast, we still have some time. Kap and the crew were trying to avoid a 3 game skid. The 49ers finally won their first game at their new stadium but thousands of fans left at halftime. Oh yee of little faith. This Sunday, they seemed like the 49ers of last year, unstoppable, well up until it counted. Foles said that they just didn't execute, that's it, that's all, he never offers excuses, he keeps it real. Kap threw for 218yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. He did get sacked 4 times. F. Gore had 24 carries for 119yds & 1 TD. This was his first 100yd game this year. A. Boldin had 5 receptions for 62yds. N. Foles had 195yds and 2 ints. J. Maclin had 4 receptions for 57yds. Darren Sproles had a career best, 82yd punt return for a TD.
DALLAS COWBOYS: 3-1
Timeeee is on my side, yes it is....the Cowboys said they were not worried about their first lost of the season. Since then, they have won 3 more games and is in a tug-of-war for first place with the Eagles after polishing off the Saints, 38-17 and looked good while they did it. Both Terrance Williams and DeMarco Murray had a pair of TDs. Now, I don't know about anybody else, but are the Saints playing that bad or is everyone else playing better than last year. I am not taking way from any to the teams that have beat the Saints but the Saints are NOT the Saints I know. They were trailing Dallas 24-0 at the half. I'm just saying, maybe if Brees and Graham focus more on the game and stop making commercials, they might put some things together. The Saints didn't even score a TD until the 4th Qtr, now, they are tied for last place in the NFC South with, waitttt for itttt, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Momma said there be days like this. I would love to be a fly on the wall in the Saints locker room. T. Romo threw for 262yds & 3 TDs. D. Murray had 24 carries for 149yds & 2 TDs. Not to mention that Murray is the NFL's leading rusher and he became only the 6th back in NFL history to open the season with 4 consecutive 100yd games. Go DeMarco, it's your birthday, well feels like it anyway, lol. T. Williams had 6 receptions for 77yds & 2 TDs. D. Brees threw for 340yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. K. Robinson had 8 carries for 87yds. J. Graham had 8 receptions for 86yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. Did he even fumble at all last year? I don't think so. One more loss and I think the Saints can call it a wrap for the year. If the Cowboys are not careful, they might win 12-13 games this year, time will tell.
NEW YORK GIANTS: 2-2
They're alive!!! The Giants are showing signs of life with their 2nd win of the season against the Redskins, 45-14. They did not leave any room for doubt with this one. Read about it in the TNF update.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 1-3
Yep, just talked about this a second ago. Read the skinning of the Redskins by the Giants, 45-14 in the TNF update.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:1-3
We already know about the dismemberment of the Saints by the Cowboys, 38-17. Read about it in Dallas update.
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 2-2
It's always a sad, sorry day when a former team member helps in a beat down of their former team. That was the case when Steve Smith had 7 catches for 139yds & 2 TDs in the Ravens 38-10 win over the Panthers. Revenge is best served with TDs.... Smith was with the Panthers for 13 seasons and was released during the off season to cut cost. He proved he is not ready to go out to pasture just yet. He is the oldest player in NFL history with 400yds in his first 4 games. They asked him how was he going to celebrate the day, he said, watch some film, eat some apple pie and call it a day. This man is 35yrs old, that's 55 in NFL years, lol, but he still managed to get it done. I know they are still saying Cam is hurt, then why won't he sit down, you are not helping your team out there trying to be Superman!!! This is the Panthers 2nd straight loss. Newton was sacked twice. I think they should sit him down for a minute and let him regroup, but they won't. J Flacco threw for 327yds & 3 TDs. J. Forsett had 14 carries for 66yds & 1 TD. S. Smith, the man of the hour had 7 receptions for 139yds & 2 TDs and made his old team eat crow. C. Newton threw for 197yds & 1 TD. J. Cotchery had 5 receptions for 80yds.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 1-3
It's a tough fight staying in last place but it seems like that's where the Bucs are most at home. They do have company with their 1-3 start this year, remember who it is, I just talked about it. But, they did win their 1st game of the season this week against the Steelers, 27-24. Come on mannnnnn, yall can't beat the Bucs. The Bucs lost to ATL by 6 TDs more than a week ago but showed life by rallying from 7pts down in the 4th Qtr to give Lovie his first win at his second head coaching job. I am sure each and every time the Bucs hit the field, they have nothing to lose, those are the teams that will get you. You know they probably partied like it's 1999. They may not win anymore this season, but you can never tell with the slow starters. Lovie said, "I was out last year, so it's been a long time since I've tasted winning a game, we as a team, needed this." Coach Tomlin of the Steelers first said he wanted to compliment Coach Lovie & the Bucs, they did what was necessary to win. He said the bottom line is that we are an undisciplined group and we are too highly penalized and they need to fix that. M. Glennon threw for 302yds, 2 TDS & 1 int. D. Martin 14 carries for 40yds & 1 TD. L. Murphy had 6 receptions for 99yds and the whole team had kool-aid smiles after the game was over :o) Big Ben, is going down fast, he threw for 314yds & 3 TDs. L. Bell had 19 carries for 63yds & A. Brown had 7 receptions for 131yds & 2 TDs.
ATLANTA FALCONS: 2-2
Read about their 41-28 lashing in the Vikings update. But, they are tied with Carolina for first place, so they aren't doing to bad or is the NFC South is just that soft? You be the judge.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 2-1
DID NOT PLAY.
SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: 2-2
Read about their stop to their losing streak with a 26-21 win over the Eagles in that update.
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 3 -0
DID NOT PLAY.. THE CARDINALS ARE ONE OF ONLY 2 UNDEFEATED TEAMS LEFT THIS SEASON.
ST. LOUIS RAMS: 1-2
DID NOT PLAY.
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 3-0
DID NOT PLAY.. THE BENGALS IS THE OTHER TEAM THAT IS STILL UNDEFEATED FOR THIS SEASON.
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 3-1
Read about their smashing of the Panthers, 38-10 in that update and how Steve Smith stole the day. The Ravens are 3-1 for the 5th time under Harbaugh. Each of the previous 4 times they started 3-1, they made the playoffs, but the last six times they started a season 3-1, they made the playoffs and twice won a super bowl. I'm just saying.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 2-2
Lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-24, NUFF SAID. Read about it in the Bucs update.
CLEVELAND BROWNS: 1-2
DID NOT PLAY.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:
Read about their embarrassing 41-14 beat down by the K.C. Chiefs in the MNF update.
What else is new, the Raiders lost again, this time to the Dolphins 38-14. To top it off, the went all the way to London for this beat down. The Raiders took the lead early in the 1st Qtr, outscoring the Dolphins 7-3. Well, that didn't last long. By the time half time came, the score was 24-7 and that was the beginning of the end of the Raiders for this game. I didn't get a chance to watch this one either. Oh yeah, btw, no budget for me for new tvs so I can watch more games, I did give it the ole college try, lol. Seriously though, did anyone think that the Raiders would win except the Raiders maybe. The Raiders showed some life at the beginning of the 2nd half when the Dolphins fumbled at the goal line and Charles Woodson recovered and gave possession back to them with ample time to do something with it. Then wouldn't you know it, the ugly monster, interception reared it's ugly head and the Dolphins ran it back deep into their neck of the woods and before you could say, hello, the Dolphins scored again, FG & bammmm, 31-7. I think we know how it ends folks, no need to drag out the apparent ending. Another slap in the face, Carr suffered an ankle and knee injury and was replaced midway through the 3rd Qtr by Matt McGloin. Again, snap, crackle and pop, another Dolphin TD, end of story, for real. The Raiders did score one more TD and headed off into their much needed bye week, we won't see them again until October 12th. From what I can tell the Dolphins had fins flying around everywhere. Tannehill still mad that he did not get endorsed as the starter so he put some extra stank on his game. Take that coach, I'm the starter whether you like it or not. He did not let any opportunities get away from him in this game. Then there are rumors flying that the Raiders head coach Dennis Allen might be fired. Give him a break Tannehill, the coach is not even sure if he still has a job, why should he tell you where your fate lies. R. Tannehill threw for 278yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. L. Miller had 12 carries for 64yds & 2 TDs and yes, 1 fumble. B. Hartline had 6 receptions for 74yards. D. Carr threw for 146yds, 1 TD & 1 int. J. Jones had 6 receptions for 83yds.
NEW YORK JETS:
Mosey on back up to the Detroit Lions update and read about how they feasted on the Jets to the tune of 24-17. Not a beat down, but a loss just the same.
Nothing much went right for the Bills this game against the Texans. Not only did they lose, 23-17. E.J. Manuel was replaced as starting QB by Kyle Orton, former Bears QB. Mannnn that's cold.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 2-2
The Colts are who we thought they were!! LOL. I remember the coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Dennis Green, screaming that in a post game interview after the Bears came back to beat them after the Cardinals. He added a couple of other choice words too. Hilarioussssss. So, I'm saying all that to say, I guess the Luck/Colts are who everyone I hear saying they are. I'm still not convinced. Maybe Luck got that big ole rabbits foot from Shia LeBouf in Transformer 3. I'm just saying. It's gonna take a lot more than a blow out of the Titans for me to be a believer. The Colts answered the question on whether the 25yr old QB & 35yr old receiver, Reggie Wayne could get back in sync again. They did. Wayne had is first 100yd game and first TD of the season and Luck, well he just went rabbid with 393yds & 4 TDS. Luck did have 1 interception but hey, nobody's perfect. Luck has now thrown for 763yds & 8 TDs in the last 2 games. How can they only be 2-2 with those kinds of stats? See what I'm saying. The Titans are 1-3 and are not showing any signs of adding more games to the win column, we will see where they stand after Week 5. A. Luck threw for 393yds, 4 TDs & 1 int. T. Richardson had 20 carries for 47yd & 1 TD. Who does that, 20 carries & 47yds, that's about 2.3 yds per carry. SMH. R. Wayne had 7 receptions for 119yds & 1 TD. C. Whitehurst had 177yds, 1 TD & 1 int. D. Walker had 5 receptions for 84yds and 1 TD.
TENNESSEE TITANS: 1-3
Read about the constant fall of the Titans in the Colts update.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 0-4
Read about the expected 33-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers in that update.
HOUSTON TEXANS: 3-1
Not only can the Texans win this year, J.J. Watts can dance, block a pass by EJ Manuel, tip it to himself and run 80yds for a TD then jump back in line and play defense. Watts is the first player in NFL history to have 35 or more sacks and a TD receiving and an interception return in his career. I'm just saying, he da man right now!! He did get flagged twice for roughing the passer though. Going into Week 5 last year, the Texan were 2-3. I guess they said none of that this year, they are 3-1 and holding on to the AFC South with authority. They rolled over the Bills, 23-17. Buffalo was leading this game up until the interception by Watts. That one play turned the whole game around and woke up the Texan fans. It put them ahead 14-10 but it took 3 second half FGs to seal the deal. Ain't nobody every said that FGs don't count and the Texans proved that today. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 268yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. and to make it clear that he was not playing with the Bills, he had 5 carries for 14yds. A. Johnson had 6 receptions for 71yds & 1 fumble. E.J. Manuel threw for 225yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. C. Spiller had 15 carries for 60yds. M. Williams gave it a winning effort with 2 receptions for 84yds & 1 TD.
DENVER BRONCOS: 2-1
DID NOT PLAY.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 1-2
Read about their smack down of 41-14 over the New England Patriots in the MNF update.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 3-1
Well, as expected, it was the Chargers turn to beat up on the Jaguars. They charged and ran over the Jaguars, 33-14. I mean really guys, what is there for me to really write about? We knew this was coming and so did the Jaguars. To be fair to the Jaguars, they have a new QB, Blake Bortles who just walked into this mess and he's a rookie, talk about training day!!! He had Jacksonville in the lead early but they could not hold on. This is the 5th straight loss in double digits for the Jaguars, going back to last seasons finale. They have been outscored 152-58 THIS season. Man, I wonder how many Jaguars jersey's are still being worn in public? Rivers got up there and showed the rookie QB how it's done. Rivers was on top of his game for this one. He had 3 TDS, 377yds & no interceptions. This was his 35th time throwing for 300+ yds and his 24th straight game throwing a TD. Rivers runs deep and thus the Chargers are 3-1. K. Allen had 10 receptions for 135yds. B. Bortles threw for 254yds, 1 TD & 2 ints., the little engine that could, or at least tried. T. Gerhart had 10 carries for 32yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. C. Harbor had 8 receptions for 70 yds.
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-4
Read about the not so surprising lashing from the Dolphins, 38-14 in the Dolphins update.
* Continuing my feature presentation on the 25 most moronic players in NFL history. I give you moron's # 10-6. Again, this stuff is true*
# 10 - Adam Jones
Where do we begin with Adam Jones: Jones was on probation when he was drafted, then after the draft he was arrested for assault and felony vandalism. He was arrested again in 2006 after an incident at his house and then again during training camp that year for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His biggest mistake came during the 2007 NBA All-Star Game weekend where he was involved in a skirmish at a gentleman's club that led to 3 people being shot. While Jones was not the shooter, witnesses claimed the shooter was part of Jones entourage. My thoughts: What entourage is that, the one full of IDIOTS!!!
# 9 - Ben Rothlisberger
Big Ben should only be known for his two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, Big Ben is more known for being accused twice of sexually assaulting women. The first incident happened in 2009 when a woman tried to get pregnant with a "little Roethlisberger:. That failed, so she tried to make some money by accusing him of sexual assault. A year later, Roethlisberger was investigated for sexual assault of a woman inside a nightclub bathroom.
# 8 - Richie Incognito
It's been well documented that Richie Incognito has some anger issues and they haven't subsided. He was a force on the field, but his anger issues got the best of him as he drew penalties left and right. Incognitos true moronic side showed itself this season after a disturbing incident came to light. Fellow teammate Jonathan Martin claimed Incognito sent him threatening and racially charged texts and voice mails.
# 7 - Plaxico Burress
Plaxico Burress was another NFL player who kept his nose clean for the most part. Sure he had the occasional driving violation or civil lawsuite, but nothing too moronic. That all changed on November 28, 2008, nine months after catching the game winning TD in Super Bowl XLll, when Burress like a moron, shot himself in the thigh in a New York City nightclub. The worst part is that the incident landed him in jail. My thoughts: He should be on the idiot list. I'm just saying.
# 6 - Titus Young
Titus Young easily made the moron list for being arrested 3 times in 5 days. But his moronic decisions started before that. In 2011, Young sucker punched Detroit Lions teammate Louis Delmas, then in a game during the 2012 season he deliberately lined up in the wrong position, twice. Young was arrested for suspected DUI on May 5, 2013. 14 hours later he was arrested again for trying to steal his car from the impound lot. Then, on May 10, he was arrested and charged with suspicion of burglary, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer. My thoughts: lock him up already and call it a day!
I just want to start by thanking my mom, my brother Chris, he really got me into FB a long time ago and, oh wait, I'm sorry, I was practicing my acceptance speech for UPSET OF THE WEEK. That's right baby!! I said it and nobody believed me. Just read the Bears update and see what I'm talking ‘bout.
PITTSURGH STEELERS VS. BALTIMORE RAVENS
I did get a chance to watch this game. It was a decent game and the only FB going on this night, so I enjoyed it. The Ravens, trying hard to avoid a 0-2 start knew they had to handle business. They were at home, had already lost the season opener and needed a win in their column this week. They accomplished their mission quite handily with a 26-6 win over the Steelers. Flacco, in my opinion was on point. He got the job done and looked good while doing it. Big Ben on the other hand, looked tired, slow and to be frank and just keeping it real folks, he looked a little chubby. You know what they say though, the cameras add 10lbs, so let's go with that. The Steelers won their first game, so they already avoided the 0-2 start. Maybe if Ben stops whining that he is NOT getting his props as one of the elite QB's, he may be able to concentrate on the game more. Flacco finished with 166yds & 2 TD's. B. Pierce had 22 carries for 96yds & S. Smith Sr., brought up the end with 6 receptions for 71yds. Ben threw for 217yds & 1 interception, there's that damn bug going around again. The Steelers did not have not 1, one, uno, touchdown, 2 field goals was all they could muster. People are starting to wonder if the Steelers have gone soft? Just repeating what I read people, don't kill the messenger.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS VS. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
This was the comeback kids vs. the choke crew and I am sure we know which is which at this point. You guessed it, Indy outscored & dominated the first half, leading the Eagles 17-6. Nick Foles threw on his superman cape and when it was said and done, Nick & the Eagles outscored the Colts, 24-10, winning 30-27 and thus joining the 0-2 club with a few other teams in Week 2. Nick threw a game tying TD pass with 3:25 to go, then set up Cody Parkey for the winning 36yd FG as time expired. Parkey first kicked like maybe a 44yd FG that was good, but you know the ole, we called a timeout, well the Colts did that so he had to kick it over and that was good too. Again, Luck had none of that with him in this game. Foles threw for 331yds, 1 TD & 1 int. that darn int. bug is still hanging around the NFL. L. McCoy, had 20 carries for 79yds & 1 TD. Darren Sproles finally showed up after leaving the Saints with 7 receptions for 152yds, he pretty much had his way with the Colts, or maybe, he was to short for anyone to grab, you decide, lol. A. (un)Luck had 172yds, 3 TD's & 1 int. T. Richardson had 21 carries for 79yds & 1 fumble. T. Hilton had t receptions for 65yds. I'm telling you, Luck better go get him a rabbit's foot or change his last name. Something!
CHICAGO BEARS: 1-1
Well you make me wanna SHOUT!!! Yes, My Bears pulled it off. I told everybody that we were going to win by 3 pts., so I was 5 points short, who cares. You know I could not wait to get to work & strut my stuff. Evette in our finance dept. said she is going to cut off my corporate bank card. She is a Kap fan, not because of football too much, lol. Clyde came and gave me a high five. Johnathan, who is a BEARS fan said, he thought we lost it but the BEARS came back and then he added "But the 49ers didn't play well, not taking away from the BEARS." Really, we played a crappy 1st half but we played ball in the 2nd half. My theory? After that hit straight to Cutlers chest, he got to see the wizard while he was down on the ground and he asked for a heart. The Wizard gave it to him and it was over for the 49ers at that point. Brandon was awe inspiring, especially with the one handed grab, pull it in catch. It just melted my heart. They took kap straight out of his game, he was so mad, he had a couple of choice words, that he got the penalty flag for, I'm a ladyyy, I can't repeat them, lol. Boy I tell you, miller lite never tasted so good & the pizza & wings, just the best ever. I don't care what people say, I don't care if Kap was playing with 1 arm & 1 leg, a win, is a win. Evette said, yall only won by 1 TD. I said no, 1 TD & 1 pt., since we counting. So, there it is, I ended the night singing, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day. Don't be hating! I know, it's only the 2nd game, yada, yada, yada, you can't steal my thunder on this one. I could go on talking about this win but I will stop now. PSYCHE, I have more. So, after the game, Brandon Marshall walked up to Jay and gave him a congratulatory kiss on the head, showing his admiration, appreciation & their shared relief. I feel sorry for Clausen though, he was warming up on the sidelines, put me in coach, I'm ready. Not this time son. So it's a 4 way tie in the NFC North. NOW, it's a party!!! Jay Cutler threw for a total of 176yds & 4, read em people, not 3, but 4 TD's, 3 of them to Marshall. Then, this is just awful, me throwing this in folks face, but Cutler ALSO had 5 carries for 25yds, Marshall had 5 receptions for 48yds & 3 TD's. Bennett got into the fun, and added 1 TD to pretty up his stat sheet a little more. Kyle Fuller, first round pick in this year's draft, was on target with his 2 interceptions and named NFC Defensive player of the week to boot. Conte had 1 int., but went out with a dislocated shoulder. Sadly, Peanut Tillman, torn tricep, out for the season & maybe his career is done. We will see. Potty mouth Kap threw for 248yds, 1 TD and, waitttt forrr itttt, 3 interceptions. He added 9 carries for 66yds but threw in a fumble with that. M. Crabtree had 7 receptions for 82yds & 1 TD. Ok, I'm done, for now. Momma Bear is Happy. Kap was fined $11,000 for his potty mouth but maintains that he said nothing wrong. Really, you think that @$!%$^%&&$!@!#!##$$ and #!%$^@&&;@#$@@ was ok to say, LOL.
GREEN BAY PACKERS: 1-1
I thought this game had slipped through GB hand at the last minute. But the craziest thing happened on the way to a sure O.T. game. With 5 minutes left in the game, Geno Smith throw a really nice 37yd TD pass to Jeremy Kerley on 4th down. He caught the ball, Jets celebrating, dancing to, "oh yes it's ladies night & the feeling right" and then BAM, somebody on the Jets side line called a time out and the TD was call back. Ryan was furious, screaming that he did not call a timeout. So everybody looking around trying to figure out who did. Not me, did you, nawh, not me man. LOL. Turned out to be OC, Marty Mornhinweg. But wait, it's get better, the refs did not see him call the time out. So, I imagine Sheldon Richardson was pretty sure this was NOT going to be a TD, leaned over to tell the ref that Mornhinweg called for a timeout. Sayyyyy what, you got turned in by one of your own players. That was just crazy. Sheldon thinking, ok, the refs don't see Marty calling for a timeout and we can get a do over so I'm just going whisper in his ear that we want a timeout. They got the timeout and what was sure to be a game going into overtime, ended in a 31-24 loss. Putting the Packers at 1-1 and a 4 way tie in the NFC North. Rodgers threw for 346yds & 3 TDs, & should be buying Nelson a Rolex. Jordy Nelson, well he had velcro on his gloves & finished with 9 receptions for 209yds & 1 TD. Which later in the locker room, Randall Cobb dubbed him Mr. 200! Eddie Lacey was MIA. Geno Smith had 176yds, 1 TD & 1 int. C. Ivory had 13 carries but managed 1 TD. E. Decker had 4 receptions for 63yds & 1 TD.
DETROIT LIONS: 1-1
It was a battle between the Lions & the Panthers and usually, the Lion is the king of the jungle, but, today, they were road kill for the Panthers in their 24-7 loss. Even the coach for the Panthers agreed that Cam look rusty at times but once he settled down, he made some really good decisions. At least he didn't cry about anything in this game. Carolina was trailing the Lions 7-6 in the 3rd Qtr when Newton mastered a 72yd scoring drive by completing 5-of-6 passes, the last of which was a straight arrow to Jason Avanti for what turned out to be the game winning 14yd TD. Newton was sacked 5 times, but he managed to get up, wipe himself off, and finish off the little lion pups. I know the fans in Detroit are screaming deja booo. C.J., aka, Mega-tron was involved in another end zone play that resulted in a TD catch being called an incomplete catch. Last time that happened to him, he was in BEAR country. QB Matt Stafford threw a 31yd pass to C.J., he grabbed it, looked to have made the catch as he was going to the ground, but as he rolled over the ball came out. It was ruled an incomplete pass. Hey, sounds fair to me, but one wonders why the lion pups didn't call for a review of the play? The Lions had 0, zero turn overs in their season opening game. They went from 0 turnovers to 3 turnovers in 5.5 seconds, well not quite that fast. To make it even uglier, they missed 2 FG attempts while the Panthers made all 3. And, to add further insult to injury, they dropped 6 passes. SMH. Cam Newton, aka, Baby Cam, threw for 281yds & 1 TD. J. Stewart had 15 carries for 37yds & 1 TD. G. Olsen, said give the drummer some and he got 6 receptions for 72yds. Matt Stafford threw for 291yds, 1 TD & that dang dreaded stat, 1 int. J. Bell had 10 carries for 35yds & he fumbled one. C. Johnson had 6 receptions for 83yds.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 1-1
Well, I didn't expect any less from Minnesota. They played the New England Patriots and as a blind man could have seen, they lost this one, 30-7. Even better, the Patriots released the hounds on the Vikings. I am sure there is more to come, losses that is, for the the Vikings. A. Peterson is out, then in, then out again, so he won't touch a NFL football field until the smoke is cleared in situation. They play the Saints in Week 3. The Saints are looking rather shabby themselves, so maybe the Vikings have a chance. Nawh, no they don't. The Patriots cruised to this 30-7 rout. They took advantage of A>P. absence & Matt Cassel's 4 interceptions. Chandler Jones, blocked a Minnesota FG & took it 58yds to the house. He was the star of the play. He did the blocking, scooping it up and scoring. He said that three factors were in sync on that play that made it successful. Preparation, teamwork and a little bit of luck. The Vikings were all but cooked after Jones play. T. Brady threw for 149yds & 1 TD. S. Ridley had 25 carries for 101yds & 1 TD. Joining in on the TD party was J. Edelman with 6 receptions for 81yds & 1 TD. Gostkowski did add his 4 cents with 2 FG's in this win. Matt Cassel threw for 202yds, 1 TD & 4 int., man, bet that hurt. No body else contributed anything for Minnesota, thus you have a 30-7 game.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 2-0
The Eagles made a comeback for the second time this season and remained the only unbeaten team in the NFC East. Read about their win in the MNF update, beating the choke Colts, 30-27. Really good game.
DALLAS COWBOYS: 1-1
The Cowboys was trying to do with every other team that was 0-1 after week 1, not end the day being 0-2. The Cowboys have not started at 0-2 since 2010. Like Romo said, 0-2 is a very big hold you don't want to be in. They avoided the black hole by breezing past the Titans, 26-10. I didn't see this one. I'm still checking on the budget from finance for more tvs at home, but it's not going to well. LOL. From what I heard and read DeMarco Murray was the man, again. The Cowboys had 2 sacks and 2 int. that led to 10 points. The Titans struggled in all areas and missed on their first 2-0 start since 2008. They beat K.C. Chiefs last week. Dez Bryant had a 3-yd TD catch and then headed into the locker room to get his shoulder checked out. The loss spoiled the Titans new coach Ken Whisenhunt's home debut. Whisenhunt's is the Titans 3rd head coach since their last playoff berth in 2008. They looked pretty promising coming off the big win against K.C. last week. The Titans finally got to scoring in the 3rd qtr with 10 pts, including a 61yd TD pass from Locker to Delanie Walker. Romo ended with 176yds & 1 TD and extended his streak to 30 straight games with at least 1 TD per game. D. Murray had 29 carries for 167yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. Dez Bryant had 10 receptions for 103yds & 1 TD. Jake Locker finished with 2343yds, 1 TD & 2 int. D. Walker had 10 receptions for 142yds & 1 TD. Did anyone really think the Titans would go 2-0?
NEW YORK GIANTS: 0-2
Man, I know by now the N.Y. Giants gotta be thinking, are we having a bad nightmare? We can't be off to a 0-2 start. Sorry guys, it's true, you guys suck right now. The papers in N.J. aren't making it any better. Winless Giants see reasons for hope is what the headline reads. Alright, keep thinking that. Ask Jacksonville & Houston about that from last year. Every single team has their S#@t season and this may be theirs. The Giants started off last season 0-6. The time to wake up is now. The Giants also racked up 4 turnovers. They lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 25-14. You guessed it, the Cardinals are the only unbeaten team in the NFC West, 2-0. Coach Coughlin said that, "We are getting closer, we just have to eliminate these bizarre events which take the heart right out of you." I'm thinking more like, stop the interceptions, turnovers and fumbles, then you may win one. The Arizona Cardinals are finding ways to win even without QB Carson Palmer. It's the second straight game that the Cardinals have pulled out a win in the 4th Qtr. This comeback gave them their 9th win in 11 games. D. Stanton threw for 167yds & led the Cardinals on three long scoring drives. He was 14 of 19 and did not turn over the ball. Ted Ginn Jr. ran 71yds on a punt return for a 4th Qtr TD. A. Ellington had 15 carries for 91yds. L. Fitzgerald had 6 receptions for 51yds. E. Manning threw for 277yds for 2 TD's & 2 int., shooting yourself in the foot. R. Jennings had 18 carries for 64yds & 1 fumble for butterfingers. L. Donnell had 7 receptions for 81yds.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 1-1
The beat down of the week goes to the Washington Redskins with their declawing of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 41-10. I think we all knew that Washington would win this one, but at what price? This win left them without RGlll & DeSean Jackson. I heard both injuries were pretty ugly but I think RGlll may be done for the season. Coach Jay Gruden said that he did not call more running plays in their loss to the Texans last week. He made up for it this week. They ran the ball 42 times for 191yds against the Jaguars. Before he went out with a dislocated ankle, RG had 2 carries for 22yds. That boy got some skinny legs, he might want to do some weight lifting to build up his lower, heck, and upper body. Even the rookie Silas Redd get into the action with 8 carries for 41yds & a TD. K. Cousins, who came in for RG, threw for 250yds & 2 TD's. A. Morris had 22 carries for 85yds & 2 TD's, yum, yum, gimme some of that! N. Paul had 8 receptions for 99yds & 1 TD. Thank you, I'll take that piece right there. Several players got a piece of that pie. C. Henne threw for 193yds, 1 TD & 1 int. C. Henne, tried to play 2 positions, he had 3 carries for 17yds, but it didn't help. A. Robinson had 4 receptions for 75 yds. I wonder if RG is out for the season? Last word on RGlll was he avoided surgery and could possibly return for the season.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 0-2
Clearly, there are NO saints watching over Drew Brees and the crew. Do you guys know when was the last time that the Saints started off with an 0-2 Season? I don't, let me know. They lost to the Cleveland Browns. I have not had the chance to catch any of the Saints games nor the Browns. But I know, you guys gotta be wondering how are the Saints 0-2 and the Browns are 2-0? I think LeBron brought hope back to Cleveland when he returned, even the Football team feels renewed and energized. Well, that my take on it anyway. Billy Cundiff kicked a 29yd FG with 3 seconds left, giving the Browns the win over the Saints. I heard the lost against the Browns was a shocker, I guess so, 3 seconds left and you lose it, been there, done that. I will try to catch the next Saints game. I like watching them play, well, they ain't been playing lately, but I am sure they will pick up. B. Hoyer had 204yds & 1 TD. T. West had 19 carries for 68yds & 1 TD. A. Hawkins had 6 receptions for 70yds. D. Brees had 237yds, 2 TDs & you know it, 1 int. M. Ingram had 11 carries for 83yds & 1 TD. J. Graham had 10 receptions for 118yds & 2 TD's. He's my favorite Saint.
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 2-0
Read about their win over the Detroit Cubs in the Cubs update. With a 2-0 start, Newton's head probably so big, it can't fit through the tunnel leading to the locker room, lol.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 0-2
Lovie's team aint fairing too well with an 0-2 start. They lost to the St. Louis Rams, 19-17. It seems the only person that was scoring at all and putting up the definite points on either team was the kicker for the Rams, Greg Zuerlein, he had 4 of them for 12pts & 1 after a TD. 13 + 6 = 19, all day long. McCown, he did ok, but I am sure he will do better. I still like him though even though he is no longer with us in Chicago. The Rams are 1-1 which seems to be the story for more than half of the NFL teams at the end of week 2. A. Davis threw for 235yds. Z. Stacy had 19 carries for 71yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. B. Quick had 7 receptions for 74yds. J. McCown had 179yds & 1 int. B. Rainey had 22 carries for 144yds and V. Jackson pulled up the end with 4 receptions for 51yds.
ATLANTA FALCONS: 1-1
The Bengals held it down against the Atlanta Falcons and turned up with a 24-10 win. This brings the Bengals to an 2-0 start with the rest of the AFC North behind, tied at 1-1 each. At least the Falcons aren't in the 0-2 club. Anybody heard from Hester?? A. Dalton threw for 252yds & 1 TD. G. Bernard had 27 carries for 90yds & 1 TD. M. Sanu had 3 receptions for 87yds & 1 TD. M. Ryan had 231yds, 1 TD & the dreaded 3 ints., that had to leave a bruise. S. Jackson had 11 carries for 46yds & J. Jones had 7 receptions for 88yds & 1 TD.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 1-1
The Seahawks were handed their first loss of the 2014-2015 season at the hand of Phil Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. They dropped them down a peg with a 30-21 win. Rivers been throwing passes to Antonio Gates for 9 seasons now, so games like Sunday's are bound to happen. Gates had 3 TD catches, including a spectacular, one handed grab, they said it was EPIC. The Chargers controlled the tempo to keep Russell & Lynch off the field and take the game. Rivers has thrown 65 TD passes to Gates, the most in NFL history between a QB and a TE. Dwight Freeney sacked Wilson to force the Seahawks to punt on their first drive. Novak kicked a 50yd FG for SD. Wilson wasted no time in leading the Seahawks 61 yds in 5 plays, connecting with Robert Turbin on a 3-yd TD pass to pull to 20-14. Even Wilson chimed in and said that "They did a real good job on 3rd down when they had the ball," "They just kept us off the field offensively". Rivers finished with 284yds, & 3 TDs. A. Gates had a nice 7 receptions for 96yds & 3 TDs. Russell had 202yds & 2 TDs. Percy Harvin who was on fire the last few games fell short with 2 carries for 45yds, 1 fumble & yes, 1 TD. J. Kearse had 4 receptions for 61yds. S.D. had the ball for 42:15 mins. compared to 17:45 for Seattle & gained 26 1st downs to 14 for the Seahawks. Wow, talk about lopsided numbers. All's well that ends well. They are probably sitting in the film room as we speak, what did we do wrong? Get over it, it's only game #2. I read that they were really upset about this lost, they were reviewing the film & owning up to their mistakes. Really guys, if you going to take it this hard, you might as well throw in the towel now. Winning the Super Bowl doesn't mean you will never lose again. It's ok, take a minute. Now get ready for Week 3.
SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: 1-1
Oh happy day, oh happy day. Read about the smack down that MY BEARS gave the 49ers in their NEW stadium, 28-20. Did I mention that Kap was so pissed and was cursing and swearing and got a flag for that. LMAO. I know people, it was just our first win of the season, but it doesn't get better than this. Read the full details in Chicago Bears Update. I told ya'll they were going to win, but nooooo, everybody was walking around saying, poor Rainey, she just don't know, they Bears are dead meat Sunday. GOT ALL YALL!!! LOL.
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 2-0
Read about their 25-14 win over the N.Y. Giants in the Giants update.
ST. LOUIS RAMS: 1-1
Hold the presses, the Rams lose to Minnesota and turn around the next week and take down the SB Champs, 30-21. Upset # 2 of Week 2. What was Upset # 1 of Week 2 you ask??? DA BEARS taking down the 49'ers. I'm just saying. Read about it in Seattle's update.
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 2-0
Only two weeks into the season but Pacman Jones thinks that his team can be a Superbowl contender. Hey stranger things have happened. Read about their 24-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons update.
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 1-1
The Ravens let the Steelers have it. They were facing an 0-2 start for the new season and I am thinking that was not too appealing to them at all. Read the full details of their 26-6 win over the Steelers in the TNF Update.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 1-1
Read about their first loss of the seasons against the Ravens. Read all about it in the TNF update. Hammered them down, 26-6.
Read about the Browns take down of the New Orleans Saints in the update for the Saints. Putting the Saints at an 0-2 start.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 1-1
They made it a practice day for their team with their 30-7 win over the Vikings. Read about it in the Vikings update.
MIAMI DOLPHINS: 1-1
OK, now either the Dolphins played extremely bad or the Buffalo Bills have Andrew Lucks rabbit foot. Either way, who saw the Bills kicking off the season with a 2-0 start? Not me & if most folks are truthful, neither did too many others. Yes, we, the BEARS were their first victims. First Oprah & Stedman break up, now this, LOL.
Read about the Bills trip to a 2-0 start, snubbing out the Dolphins, 29-10 in the Bills update.
NEW YORK JETS: 1-1
Read about their 31-27 loss to the Packers and a negated TD for the Jets. It's all in the Packers update.
BUFFALO BILLS: 2-0
You gotta give credit, where credit is due. The Bills, so far, are due their just credit. They are playing ball and they are playing to win. No matter who they have beaten, they are looking good. They didn't win because the other team didn't give them a good game, they are just playing good. Well, they didn't beat us by 19pts. That's all I'm saying. Thank god C.J. Spiller saved his 102yd kickoff return for a TD for this game. Spiller is the Bills 2010 first-round pick out of Clemson. The Bills are claiming the AFC East with everyone else left in their dust. The Dolphins had no clue against their AFC East rivals. The crowd was right there with them, I think they out shouted/cheered their Bills more than the Seahawks fans have this season. Dan Carpenter hit 5 FGs & the Bills had 4 sacks in helping Buffalo get off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2011 & only the 6th time since 2000. The Dolphins that showed up for this game was NOT the same Dolphins that beat the Patriots, 33-20 just last weekend. The biggest blow for the Dolphins was when Knowshon Moreno was hurt on his first carry. Driving up the middle for a 4yd gain, he was first hit on the right side by Nickell Robey then Nigel Bradham struck him from the left, hitting him directly on the arm. Those kind of sandwiches really hurt. Tannehill said, "We just didnt play well, we didn't get first downs, we didn't rush the ball, we didn't throw the ball or catch it, we just didn't do anything right." Finally, a man that can stand up and say, we were crap this game. Hat's off to Tannehill. E.J. Manuel threw for 202yds & 1 TD. C. Spiller had 12 carries for 69yds. Not to mention the 102yd k/o return for a TD. S. Watkins had 8 receptions for 117yds & 1 TD. R. Tannehill had 241yds, 1 TD & 1 int. L. Miller had 11 carries for 46yds. M. Wallace had 5 receptions for 56yds & 1 TD.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 0-2
Read about the Colts choking loss and the Eagles 30-27 comeback win in the MNF update. Yep, on the bottom of the totem poll in the AFC South.
TENNESSEE TITANS: 1-1
The Titans tried with all their might but could not pull in that second win for a 2-0 start to the season. Read about their 26-10 loss to the Cowboys in that update.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 0-2
You gotta love consistency when it comes to people, teams, etc. True to form, the Jaguars are starting off the 2014 season exactly as they had last year. I don't think they won a game last year until I think game # 10. Read about their 41-10 stumping in the Washing Redskins update. They still gotta feel that foot up their butt after this one.
Well, time certainly does bring about a change. This time last year, at the end of week 2, if memory serves me right, they were 0-2 at this time. Now, my memory ain't great so look it up for yourself. But, it's looking like the Texans are saying, "There's a new sheriff in town." They were leading the game, 27-0 at the end of the 3rd. They handed the Raiders their 2nd lost of the new season and quite forceful I might add with a 30-14 win. Nobody is really surprised about the outcome of this game, the Raiders are 0-2 when the dust settled on week 2. Let's see what the little doggies have up their sleeve to keep the winning streak going. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 139yds & 2 TDs. A. Foster had 28 carries for 138yds & 1 TD. A. Johnson had 6 receptions for 74yds. J.J. Watts added 1 TD to boot. D. Carr threw for 263yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. Carr also trying to play both ends had 4 carries for 58yds, not bad Carr. J. Jones had 9 receptions for 112yds, 1 TD & you know it, 1 fumble.
DENVER BRONCOS: 2-0
Same ole story here, Broncos starting off with a winning season. But let's hope if they make it back to the SB, they don't just damn choke!!! Worst SB I had seen in years. So, enough about that, just had to get it off my chest. So they lightly, pimp slapped K.C. with a 24-17 win. Denver was only leading 21-10 going into half time, neither team scored in the 3rd Qtr, I think that's where the chief missed their chance. Andy Reid blamed himself for poor play calls in the red zone, but Smith said Charles absence was sorely felt close to the goal line. Broncos only scored 3 in the 4th Qtr. Can't let the golden opportunities pass you by. In both games this season, the Broncos Defense has made a play on 4th down to stop a rally & come away with the win. Two long drives by K.C. in the 2nd half ended in zero points. That failure to finish drives meant what could have been an upset win over the Broncos, instead ended in a loss. With Wes Welker is still out, but Peyton is turning to his TEs for help. They head to Seattle next week who handed them a shellacking in the SB and then trash talked them in the off season. I GOTTA SEE THAT GAME!!! Peyton Manning threw for 242yds & 3 TDs. Usual stuff for Manning. M. Ball had 12 carries for 60yds. E. Sanders had 8 receptions for 108yds. A. Smith threw for 255yds. K. Davis had 22 carries for 79yds & 2 TDs. T. Kelce had 4 receptions for 81yds.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 0-2
Read about their 24-17 slap from the Broncos. This time last year, they was on fireeee. Wake up little suzy...
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 1-1
Read about their win over the Seahawks, 31-20. They put something on their minds this past Sunday. Read about it in the Chargers Update. Anybody heard from Sherman or Lynch this game, I'm just saying.
I am sure Seattle thought they had this one in the bag, well guess what, you didn't. The chargers had other plans for Seattle.
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-2
Read about their expected 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans in that update.
*Continuing my 25 most moronic players in NFL history. Here are #'s 20-16. The moronic acts get crazier as we go on each week, stay tuned.*
# 20 - Pat McAfee
Who doesn't love to go swimming? Pat MCAfee sure does, and he doesn't care where or what time of day. On October 20, 2010, McAfee was arrested in the wee hours of the morning after a woman called police and said a wet, shirtless man tried to get into her car. When police arrived they asked McAfee how much he had to drink, to which he answered, "a lot, because I'm drunk." While it was a somewhat harmless act, it's one that has tainted his reputation and landed him on the moron list.
# 19 - Dez Bryant
His troubles began in college when he missed over half of his junior year after the NCAA suspended him when they found out he had failed to disclose his interactions with Deion Sanders. Since he has been with the Dallas Cowboys, he has been thrown out of and banned from a mall, supposedly got into a fight with rapper Lil' Wayne in a Miami nightclub and was arrested for a domestic violence charge against his MOTHER. Shame on him, his MOM?
# 18 - Von Miller
Since entering the league Von Miller has shown an affinity for breaking the law. Miller gives off the vibe that he is above the law because of his societal status, but the only thing he's shown is that he's immature and a complete moron. If he keeps it up, he could throw away a possible amazing career.
# 17 - Rolando McClain
The moron in Rolando McClain broke through in 2011 when he was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm inside the city limits. This all stemmed from McClain apparently putting a gun to someones head and firing a shot next the their ear. He was then arrested in April 203 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he said "F*#k the police" and pulled away multiple times as officers tried to place him under arrest.
# 16 - JaMarcus Russell
A once promising college star, J.R. jumped to the NFL his junior season and ended up going No. 1 overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He received a six-year, $68 million contract with $31.5 million guaranteed, from the Oakland Raiders, but never earned his keep. It was well documented that JaMarcus had a work ethic problem. He essentially let himself go after being released. In 2010, Russell was arrested for possessing codeine syrup without a prescription.
It's the most anticipated week of the year, WEEK 1 OF THE NFL. I don't know about you guys, but I am so ready for some football, I could almost bust. Preseason was OK, but now, as I said, it's time for the real deal and time to separate the MEN from the BOYS.
I want to give a shout out to Apryl, Clyde, Jean, Tina and Evette. I NEVER see eye-eye with these folks during the NFL season. So while we got love for each other in the off season, right now, IT IS ON!!!!
**Again, I hope you all enjoy reading these as much as I love writing them. Thanks for reading**
TNF: 9/4/2014: Green Bay vs. Seattle
So we started off the season with a BANG, or so I thought it would be. The Green Bay Packer vs. the reining Superbowl Champs, Seattle Seahawks. I got my popcorn ready, some miller lite, got my note pad ready and then it happened. Green Bay got spanked and not just by a few points, try 20 pts., 36-16. Now, I know this is just the first game for the cheese heads, but they looked like they were still playing pre-season ball. Seattle definitely picked up where they left all. As my GB friends keep telling me, it's a long season Rainey, buckle down. Oh yeah, back to the real story, YES, I have friends that are GB fans, but I don't hold that against them, lol. Wilson was in superstar mode, throwing, running, poised, he was good. Aaron, what's up? You seemed so confused. Eddie Lacy could not get a yard in edge wise, he even dropped a hand off before he even started running. Clay Matthews, well, he was a beast in this game. The highlight man of the night was Marshawn Lynch, finishing with 110-yards and 2 TD's. Harvin, got some too. He had 100 combined yards in rushing and receiving. Russell finished with 191 yards. Rogers finished with 189 yards, he was sacked 3 times. Lacy was a no-show with 12 carries for 34yds.
MNF: 9/8/2014: Detroit Lions vs. N.Y. Giants - GM 1
This is was the Lions from start to finish. I watched and wondered where the hell was Eli. Watching a sports show yesterday explained it all. They said that Eli has lost his self confidence. After last season, I can see that. He just did not look himself at all, he looked confused, not sure when he decided to throw the ball, if he should, shuffled around way too much. Matt Stafford & the Lions on the other hand, looked better than where they left off last year. Ok, I'm done throwing up after having said that. I know it's early in the season but so far, they are the best looking team in the NFC North. M. Stafford threw for 346yds and 2 TDs. C. Johnson, aka, Megatron, had 7 receptions for 164yds & 2 TDs. E. Manning had 163yds, 1 TD & 2 interceptions and loss even more confidence in this 35-14 loss.
MNF: 9/8/2014: Arizona vs. San Diego - GM 2
This was definitely a better game to watch, a little more competition. With the Cardinals down 14-6 by the end of the first half, they came back and won the game, 18-17. Sounds like our game Sunday. Sorry, that loss still has me pissed. lol.
I enjoyed this one, no drama surrounding either team so there was really nothing but good, ole, football. I can assure you that the Chargers thought they had this one in the bag. Just like I did with our game against the Bills, shoot, there I go again, sorry, no more about the loss to the Bills. The nail in the coffin you ask? John Brown caught a 13-yd pass from Palmer with 2:25 to play. With turns out to be the winning catch for a TD. The Cardinals rallied to beat the Charges. Hey, they knew the 2 minute warning was coming, they didn't know it would be a score that would cost them the game. Well, easy come, easy go. C. Palmer ended the day with 304yds & 2 TDs. Malcolm Floyd had 5 receptions for 119yds total. Rivers had 238yds, 1 TD and 1 Interception. Ryan Matthews had 12 carries for 40 yds & 1 TD. A. Gates brought up the rear with 6 receptions for 81 yds.
CHICAGO BEARS: 0-1
Ok, is this still 2013?? It sure felt like it when My Bears played the Bills. I'm like, OK, we can start the season with a win, we all good, got this one and then what the hell, we lost. I gotta say, I'm not feeling good about this season at all. We lost 4 major guys in one game. If that's not bad enough, 2 of the players were Brandon and Alshon, can you say MIGRAINE. Then I was really confused because I thought Cutler would come back after being given, not earning, a $100 Million contract. He did his usual, thinking he is in the wild, wild west, just firing off long passes and YES of course, the Bills got two of those. Then he had the nerves to be pissed at the media when they asked him what's up? He cried like Cam Newton, you guys don't know what we do out there, it's so hard, sniffles. Man up and play some damn ball and earn your money. Marc, stop making excuses for him, make him earn the money, get some self respect man. What does "we did some good things out there today" mean? Were you there Marc when the Bills just beat us like we were, a pee-wee league team, not even worthy of being called a high school team. How does a man throw rack up 349 yds for a game and lose to the opposing QB who had 173yd? I tell you how, 2 interceptions and trying to prove to the masses that he has THE arm. We just don't need the ARM Jay, we need the WHOLE QB, including a brain. Jay did have 2 TD's to his credit, whateverrr. Matt Forte got his for a total of 169yds, rushing and receiving. Shout out to Martellus Bennett for not slamming a fellow team mate into the ground and actually getting our 1st TD for the 2014-2015 season. E.J. Manuel ended on a winning note with 173yds, 1 TD and 1 Interception. R. Woods had 4 receptions for a total of 78yds. Excuse me now while I go throw up again.
GREEN BAY PACKERS: 0-1
They played Seattle for the first official game of the 2014-2015 season and got spanked 36-16. Read my update in the TNF update.
DETROIT LIONS: 1-0
Read about the lashing the Lions gave the Giants in the 1st game of a double header on MNF. Read in the MNF, Game 1 update above.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 1-0
It's a sad day, for me anyway when Minnesota is tied for 1st place with the Lions after Week 1 of the season. I am not worried about that though, they will fall. They played the St. Louis Rams so no big feat there. The man for the Vikings was NOT A. Peterson, it was C. Patterson with a 67 yard run off the kick, bam, score. when all was said and done, he 3 carries for 102 yds & 1 TD. The Vikings took this one easily from the Rams, 34-6. I bet Minnesota is still celebrating. The Rams didn't even get a TD in this game, just 2 FGs. Matt Cassel had 170yds & 2 TDs. We know what Patterson did and Greg Jennings had 6 receptions for 58yds & 1 TD. A. Davis had 192yds passing and 1 interception. B. Quick tried to help out with 7 receptions for 99 yds, but it was not to be. A.P. will NOT be playing this Sunday, he's been benched, deactivated for this game.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 1-0
I didn't have the pleasure of watching this game. The Eagles started off the season with a 34-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. No surprise what so ever. Nick Foles is earning his spot, not like a QB # 6 whose team I won't mention, smh. Foles threw a 68yd TD pass to Jeremy Maclin in the 4th Qtr and the Eagles rallied from a 17-0 second half deficit to beat the Jaguars 34-17. As I said, no surprise, they had it 17-0 and the Jaguars let it slip away. Nick Foles threw for 322yds , 2 TDs and 1 interception. L. McCoy had 21 carries for 74yds. J. Maclin said, let me get some of that and had 4 receptions for 97yds and 1 TD. Chad Henne laid out a respectable showing with 266yds and 2 TDs, but it would be to no avail. Allen Hurns had 4 receptions for a total of 110yds & 2 TDs, wonder will he do that again.
DALLAS COWBOYS: 0-1
So, I'm watching sports nation yesterday and Steven A. Smith called the Bears, the Cowboys of the Midwest. Dang, that hurts and so did the minor infraction that the 49'ers laid on the Cowboys with a 28-17 loss. I tried to watch this game, but just so many games. I wonder if my job would give me a FB Analyst Budget so that I can mount about 3 more TVs in my living room so I can keep up. It don't hurt to ask, you only lose it if you don't ask, I'll keep you posted, LOL. So Colin Kaepernick threw 2 TD passes to Vernon Davis, one right after the first of 3 interceptions by Tony Romo. There it was, the 49ers started the season with a win over the Cowboys. As much as I hate to say it, I think Romo is done, time will tell but I am guessing this may be his last season. C. Kaepernick threw for 201yds & 2 TDs. A. Boldin had 8 receptions for 99yds. Tony Romo had 281yds, 1 TD and the killer, 3 interceptions. DeMarco Murray had 22 carries for 118yds, 1 TD and 1 fumble. Dez Bryant was not a factor, even before that HIT on him that was just UGLY to see in the replay. On C.K., please lord, please let him not have the same type of game this Sunday, they are playing some team, I'm not saying, but just give him a bad game. One can wish people.
NEW YORK GIANTS: 0-1
I am sure that the Giants don't want me to hash this up again so just read about it in the MNF, Game 2 against the Detroit Lions. The Giants loss. That's it, that's all.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 0-1
Talk about fall from grace. I know that Washington wasn't expecting to lose to the Houston Texans. The Texans was one of the worst teams last year. Washington wasn't all that, but they did beat the Texans last year. New Season I guess. The Texans rode into the sunset with a 17-6 win over the Redskins. Rookie Alfred Blue blocked a punt & returned it for a TD. J.J. Watt lived up to his massive new contract to help the Texans snap a 14-game losing streak with this win over Washington. R. Fitzpatrick had 206yds passing and 1 TD. A. Foster had 27 carries for 103yds & 1 fumble. Dang, 23 carries and all he ended up with was 103yds? A. Johnson brought up the end with 6 receptions for 93 yds. RGlll ahd 267yd passing. A. Morris had 14 carries for 91yds. N. Paul had 4 receptions for 86yds and 1 fumble. Lots of jugglers this past week.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 0-1
Read about their 34-37 lost to the Falcons, just a line or two below in the Falcons update.
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 1-0
No surprise here, the Panthers won this one, 20-14. Derek Anderson played in the place of the injured Cam Newton. Ohhh, that explains it. Anyway, Anderson throws 2 TDs to lead the Panthers to a 1-0 record to start off the season. D. Anderson had 230 passing yds & 2 TDs. D. Williams had 14 carries for 72yds and K. Benjamin brought up the end with receptions for 92yds & 1 TD. J. McCown, (I miss you man), had 183yds passing with 2 TDs but the cursed 2 interceptions. On the highlights I saw, McCown was knocked around pretty good. Still like him better than JC.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 0-1
Read about their 14-20 loss the Panthers in that update, just look about 2 lines up my friends.
ATLANTA FALCONS: 1-0
There was a storm a brewing in Atlanta. They were hosting the New Orleans Saints for their season opener. I thought for sure that the Saints would walk away with it. But again, a season opener decided by 3 points. The Falcons would walk away with a 37-34 win over the Saints. Who saw that coming. Seems the Saints are so busy shooting so many commercials, they are forgetting what their real jobs are, that's just me and my thoughts. Matt Bryant kicked a 51-yd fg on the final play of regulation, then booted a 52yder in OT to give the Falcons a 37-34 win. So another decided by a FG. Drew Brees had 333yds, 1 TD & 1 interceptions. M. Ingram had 13 carries for 60yds & 2 TDs. M. Colston had 5 receptions for 110yds & 1 fumble. Matt Ryan had 448yds & 3 TDs. Man, that's the most passing yards I have seen for Week 1. J. Jones helped out with 7 receptions for 116yds and again, 1 fumble. What the heck is it with the fumbles & interceptions in Week 1. Plenty to go around for all teams.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 1-0
They picked up where they left off and the end result was a 36-16 spanking of the Green Bay Packers. Read about it in the TNF update.
SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: 1-0
Read about their 28-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the 49ers update.
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 1-0
Read about their last their last minute rally to beat the San Diego in the MNF update, Game 2.
ST. LOUIS RAMS: 0-1
I am sure the Rams are still trying to figure out what happened in the field ending in a 34-6 lashing from the Vikings. Read about it in Minnesota's update.
Yep, the Bengals beat the Ravens 23-16. Just look 1 update down and you can read all about it.
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 0-1
The Ravens lost to the Cincinnati Bengals. Yep, I didn't see that coming. But hey, it's early, I am sure they will bounce back in Week 2 when they play the Steelers on TNF. The Bengals got the best of them with a 23-16 win. Didn't see this one either. Joe Flacco didn't get the job done today, he did have some good numbers though when all was said and done. He had 345 passing yds, 1 TD but had to toss that 1 interception in there. Andy Dalton finished with 301yds passing & 1 TD. A. Green had 6 receptions for 131yds & 1 TD. Not bad for a days work.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 1-0
The Steelers start the season out with a wind over the Cleveland Brown, 30-27. They got away by the skin of their teeth, but a Win is a Win. No matter how much you win by. Big Ben had 365 passing yds with 1 TD & 1 interception. B. Hoyer had 230yds & 1 TD. T. West had 16 carries for 100yds & A. Hawkins finished with 8 receptions for 87yds.
The Browns loss their season opener to the Steelers, 30-27. Just take a glance above at the Steelers update and get the details.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 0-1
Say whattttt, Patriots 20, Miami 33. You reading it right. The Dolphins took the muskets and shot down the Patriots. I was really surprised the Patriots loss their home opener to Miami. I'm sure the Dolphins aren't. At least that's their story and they are sticking to it. Knowshon Moreno rushed for 134yds & a TD to help in this route of the Patriots. Ryan Tannehill threw for 2 scores. When the fins cleared, the Dolphins put the stop on the Patriots. R. Tannehill had 178 passing yds, 2 TDs & wait for itttt, 1 interception, it's a int. virus going around, I am convinced. K. Moreno put his foot down to the tune of 24 carries for 134yds & 1 TD. M. Wallace said, hey, I gotta get my stats in here, we may not have too many wins this year. So he ended with 7 receptions for 81yds, 1 TD & again, it's fumble time & he had 1. T. Brady had 249yds & 1 TD. S. Vereen had 7 carries for 36yds but added 1 TD as well. J. Edelman had 6 receptions for 95yds.
MIAMI DOLPHINS: 1-0
Read it, remember it. The Dolphins beat the Patriots 33-20. Read about it in New England's update. Look up :o).
NEW YORK JETS: 1-0
Well, this was a losing game from the start. Just depended on who had the most points when the time ran out. You guessed it, the Jets won over the Raiders, 19-14. Geno Smith had 221yds, 1 TD & you know it, 1 interception. C. Ivory added 10 carries for 102yds & 1 TD. E. Decker sealed the deal with 5 receptions for 74yds. D. Carr, never heard of him, had 151 passing yds & 2 TDs. R. Streater had 5 receptions for 46yds & 1 TD.
BUFFALO BILLS: 1-0
Dang, who they beat to start the season off with a win. Oh yeah, My Bears. Well, I have said enough about the 23-20 win for the Bills. Read the full update in the Bears update.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 0-1
Don't know why I love when the Colts lose, I just do. They lost again to Denver, 31-24. Read all about it in the Broncos update a few updates below.
TENNESSEE TITANS: 1-0
OK, so when I started writing this one, I had to take off my glasses, clean them, and look again. As sure as I'm 5lbs overweight, well that's all I'm admitting to, the Titans BEAT the K.C. Chiefs 26-10. Jake Locker threw for 266yds & 2 TDs. Alex Smith threw 3 interceptions & the Titans rolled to a 26-10 win. Good for you Tennessee, I will get back to you when you when another one. Keep hope alive. So, to help out Locker, S. Greene had 15 carries for 71yds and J. Hunter got a piece of the pie with 3 receptions for 63yds. A. Smith wanted to add 1 TD & 3 interceptions to is 202 passing yards. Not a good combination as you can see. D. Avery had 7 receptions for 84yds.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 0-1
Read about their 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in that update.
HOUSTON TEXANS: 1-0
Can you believe it, the Texans start off with a win to break a 14-game losing streak. Beating the Washington Redskins 17-6. Read about it in the Redskins update.
DENVER BRONCOS: 1-0
I don't know why I get such a thrill out of Denver beating Indy. Every single time I just have a good laugh about that. You think Luck had his rabbit foot with him when they dropped this one 31-24? LOL. Nope! With Wes Welker being out, Peyton had a new man crush, TE, Julius Thomas. He threw3 TD passes to J.T. in the 1st 1/2 alone. It was a really good game, loved watching it. It's all about the level of play in each game and this one did not disappoint. Peyton ended the day with 269yds & 3 TDs. Not a lot of yards for Peyton, but I am sure he will take them. J. Thomas ended the day with 7 receptions for 104yds & 3, three, TDs. M. Ball, was like, hey, hit me one time Peyton. He ended with 23 carries for 67yds & 1 TD.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 0-1
K.C. gave it up to the Titans to the tune of 26-10. Read all about it in the Titans update.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 0-1
Read about their last minute loss to the Arizona Cardinals, 18-17 in the MNF, Game 2 update.
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-1
Yep, they starting off this year as they did last year. They lost their season opener to the New York Jets, 19-14. Now that's a story in itself. Read the N.Y. Jets update for all details.
For those of you that read my blogs regularly, you know I like to add trivia, info on teams/players and this year, I have a few new ones I think people will find amusing. I found an amusing write up called "The 25 most moronic players in NFL history". Come on, you know I can't make this stuff up!! I'll start with the lease to the worst moron.
# 25 - Riley Cooper
In July 2013, Riley Cooper attended a Kenny Chesney concert and, because no one knew who he was, he was refused backstage access. Cooper became a little angry, which was caught on video, and decided to drop the N-word while referring to the bouncer who had denied him. Sounds pretty dumb if you ask me.
# 24 - Donovan McNabb
Did Donovan McNabb kill anyone? No. Did he get caught with drugs? No. So why is he on this list? Because McNabb did NOT know an NFL game could end in a tie. His reasoning was that he had never played in a game ending in a tie...Really, you was in the league for 10 years and are not a sports commentator and you didn't know that? Personally, if I was McNabb, I would never have admitted that one. SMH.
# 23- Antonio Cromartie
Antonio has had a clean NFL career. No issues on or off the field, no run-ins with coaches of other players; nothing to put him on anyone's radar. Except for the scene during HBO's Hard Knocks where they asked him the names of his seven children at the time. Now, it's not my place to call a guy a moron for having what is now 12 children with 8 different women, but if you can't even remember their names, then may you should not continue to make them. Wasn't he on Jerry Springer? LMAO.
# 22 - Mark Sanchez
Mark is known more for his moronic decisions on-the-field than anything he has done off-the-field. His relationship with a 17 year old female made national headlines back in 2011, bit it's the infamous "butt fumble" that lands Sanchez on the list. During the 2012 Thanksgiving Day game against the Patriots, Sanchez attempted to scramble and while sliding face planted into the backside of one of his teammates, he fumbled the ball, which turned into 6 points for the Patriots. Seems to me that him seeing a 17 year old TEENAGER, would make him more of a moron. I'm just saying.
# 21 - Justin Blackmon
In April of 2013, Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season by the NFL for violating the substance abuse program. He eventually returned to the field and picked up right where he left off in 2012. But after four games he was suspended indefinitely by the league for violating their substance abuse program once again. Blackmon's career is still within reach, but if he continues to have these moronic episodes then his career will fizzle out long before the high wears off. DUMMY!! Some of these guys still don't get it, you can't take PED and other substances and play pro ball, they are going to find out. Especially when you either turn into the Hulk by mid-season or have the munchies while standing on side lines during every game. SMH.
That rounds out #'s 25-21 morons for this update. We will see the next 5 in Week 2 update.
Training camp is underway. Practices have begun, scrimmages had, fights in practice already happeneing, and the Madden video game is only weeks away from coming out. Ladies and gentlemen the Chicago Bears begun preparation for the 2014-2015 season with high expectations. With their 1st pre-season game coming this Friday here's the team's 1st un-official depth chart going into the game, and some position battles to keep a close eye on this pre-season.
QB - Cutler, Palmer, Clausen, Fales
RB - Forte, Draughn, Ford, Carey
WR - Marshall, Wilson, Bellamy, Williams
WR - Jeffrey, Weems, Morgan, Spurlock
TE - Bennett, Rosario, Miller, Mulligan
FB - Fiammetta
LT - Bushrod, Leno jr.
LG - Slauson, Brown
C - Garza, de la Puente, Boggs
RG - Long, Ola
GT - Mills, Britton
LE - Houston, Young
DT - Ratliff, Sutton, Collins
NT - Paea, Furgeson
RE - Allen, Scott, Washington
WLB - Briggs, Greene, Franklin
MLB - Williams/Bostic, Lattimore
SLB - McCellin, Jones, Senn
CB - Jennings, Fuller, McMannis
SS - Mundy, McCray, Wilson
FS - Vereen, Jennings, Conte
CB - Tillman, Hayden, Frey
K - Gould
P - O'Donnell, Way
LS - Hartson, Rempel
KR - Weems, Ford, Williams
PR - Weems, Williams, Spurlock
And now the battles to watch for....
Back-up QB - Palmer vs. Clausen: Palmer has the arm and works well with the coaching staff. There is a very optimistic hope that he thrives just like last season's back-up qu did. Clausen has the experience as a starter and alot of upside. Plus his connection to the coaching staff and poise gives him an advantage if he has a good pre-season. There is also rumblins of reaching out to former Bears QB Kyle Orton.
Back-up RB - Draughn vs. Ford vs. Carey: The Bears would love for the rookie carey to emerge the overall winner of this battle, however the speed and versatility of Ford could eventually give him the edge.
3rd WR - Wilson vs every wide reciever living: You need more than just 2 wide recievers to make a great offense work, and Wilson still has to prove himself. Knowing that the job is still open, there's a ton of hungry recievers who could impress and steal Wilson's spotlight if he doesnt step up. Not even 12 hours after this article was written Wilson broke his clavicle in practice. Next Man up...is Earl Bennett still accepting our calls??
TE - Rosario vs. Miller vs. Mulligan: Who will win the bigger role behind Bennett? Who will eventually get cut. While Rosario has the edge for now, there's a lot of upside going in for Mulligan and the Bears will give him every chance to grab a bigger role and make the team.
DT, NT back-up - Furgeson, Sutton, Collins: Nate Collins was going strong playinng for the Bears, but an injury knocked him off his wagon, leaving the door open for two rookies to grab his role in the defense. Can Collins past the rooks on the depth chart or will Furegson actually emerge as the break-through player on D the Bears expect out of him.
Starting MLB - Williams vs. Bostic: Right now both are listed as starters, but only one can ultimately emerge as the starter.
Starting SS - Mundy vs. McCray vs. Wilson: Mundy has the job as starter as camp runs its course, however McCray has been playing great. A former starter in Dallas, if McCray keeps playing like this he could win the job. Wilson is a former pro-bowl saftey and shouldnt be taken for granted.
Starting FS - Vereen vs. Conte: Can the rookie keep the job or will Conte bounce back from off-season surgery and win his job back in an effort to turn around an ugly 2013 season.
Long Snapper - Hartson vs. Rempel: A who versus who battle. With Patrick Mannelly gone this job now becomes an issue. Ultimately doesn't matter, just dont screw up the snap.
Punter - O'Donnell vs. Way: New punter, and he's a rookie draft pick....don't screw up the punt!!! O'Donnell must not only prove he's worthy of the Bears using a pick on him.
Returner - Weems vs. Ford vs. Williams: With Devin Hester gone, the Bears are hoping someone emerges as a non-fumbling speeder who picks up yards. It's anyone's job right now.
Jordan Lynch vs. The World: can the former NIU star and heisman finalist find a spot on the roster?
Week one was not good to the Minnesota Vikings. Sure they can score. Sure AP got off to a great start. Unfortunately, by the end of the day the game showed more flaws than firepower, and another division loss to the Bears could drop them into dire straits.
While Adrian Peterson is still probably the best running back in the NFL, he's missing a key ingredient from last season, as his All Pro fullback Jerome Felton will be sitting on the sidelines instead of blocking. While he did tear out the gate for a 78 yard run his first time out, AP only finished with 98 yards. This should help the Bears contain AP somewhat, but they still need to contain! As for the passing game, well you'd think if you had one stud receiver you'd throw to him more, and they did, except it wasn’t their big money free agent pick-up Greg Jennings. Jennings caught 3 passes last week, which could mean he's looking for a break-out game. Unfortunately chances are he'll be matched up against Peanut Tillman, who only had two interceptions last week.
The Lions used running back Reggie Bush much like the Bears use Matt Forte, keeping the Vikings off-guard with passes and runs. The difference is Forte is a much more dominant runner, and with DT Kevin Williams still banged up that could open up some big holes for Forte. Linebackers Greenway and Henderson are staples from the past, nothing too exciting, just steady players. The Bears line gave up no sacks last week, plus KEY STAT HERE: Vikings lineman Jared Allen has never gotten a sack on Bears lineman Jerrod Bushmond. Never. The Vikings also have no cornerbacks. What does that mean? It means call tomorrow and you might get a try-out. It also means that that if the Bears offensive line gives Jay Cutler the same time they did last week then it could be a very big day for Bears receivers.
It's been yet to be proven if Christian Ponder is indeed a quality NFL starting quarterback. It didn't help that the Lions offensive line was garbage last week. Ponder went 18 for 28 with 3 sacks and 2 interceptions for only 248 yards against the Lions. Ponder spent most of the game on his back or running for his life, although he did find receiver Jerome Simpson for over 140 yards, yet no TD’s. Matt Cassell was signed just in case the Ponder experiment goes bad, and Julius Peppers matching up with a weak offensive line could make things go bad really quick. Many are expecting bigger things this week from peppers and inside tackle Henry Melton, so don’t be surprised to see an extra pep in their step.
Everything is in place for another Bears home victory on Sunday. Let’s just hope and Coach Trestman crew read the signs . And wouldn’t it be nice to see J’Marcus Webb make an appearance?
Ah, the miracles of televison. It's televison that can make the great look weak, the good look evil, and the mediocre look magnificent. Many feel thats what HBO's "Hard Knocks" tv show has done for the Cincinnati Bengals, albeit they have appeared in the play-offs the past two years. While it's great for exposure and story-telling, it also gives you an impression that they are better than they appear. The truth will come out when they open up against the Chicago Bears. Will the Bengals look as mighty as they appear on tv, or will this emperor appear without thou clothes.
As they prepare for their opening day battle against the Chicago Bears, here's how veteran coach Marvin Lewis' team stacks up against rookie coach Marc Trestman's Bears. It's a new era for the Bears...new coach, a new offensive line, and new team leader. As the face of the franchise, Brian Urlacher, now shows off that face in a broadcast booth, and for a a guy who barked at and despised the media for his entire career that will be some great tv in itself. With Urlacher's retirement it will be very interesting to see who steps up as the man on the Bears "D".
Anyways, HBO's "Hard Knocks" would have you believe that the Bengals offense is just a mish-mosh of speeders, led by the lively young arm of Andy Dalton. Dalton is a big, tough qb who can hit targets anywhere on the field, which is great if your recievers are just above average. Speedy, but just average. The Bengals are loaded with the same type of speedy receivers in Brandon Tate, Marvin Jones, and starter Mohamed Sanu - all putting up average numbers of 200 yards or less. They brought in the sure hands of former Bear Dane Sanzenbacher to sure up the recieving core, but he's more specialty than big time reciever. But the reason no one frets over these average receivers is because of All Pro A.J. Green. Green is a monster, he's Dalton's favorite target, and has game-changing speed. For Bears fans to understand, he's their Brandon Marshall.
Runningback-wise the Bengals will call on Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis to carry the load. Green-Ellis is a bulldozier, with two 1,000 seasons to his name, including one in pass-happy New England. He won't be much of threat in the pass game, plus he put the ball on the ground three times last season. Look for "Hard Knock's" star rookie Giovani Benard to get a lot of looks. Benard has quite the motor for a little guy, as he's as fast as some of the recievers on the team, and can also return kicks. The Bengals also feature two fast-striking tight ends in Jermaine Gresham and rookie Tyler Eifert, both big boys who can eat up yards in a hurry.
You history buffs know that the last time the Bears played the Bengals back in 2009 they ended up getting smashed 45-10. Things have changed since then, as the once laughed at defense of the Bengals is now one of the more feared "D's" in football. While left-end veterans Carlos Dunlap and Robert Geathers are big guys, they dont really make a huge impact defensively, just hold the fort, which is fine if the right side of your line features the 6'7 "Sharknado" Michael Johnson and his 12 sacks. The inside gets scarier with big rookie Margus Hunt, Devon Still, and Domata Pera stopping the run, made even better with the league's best interior defensive lineman, Geno Atkins. Believe the hype when it comes Atkins, he's the real deal.
Much like their receiving corp the Bengals have a bunch of average linebackers with speed, and then one gem of the bunch. Luckily for them that gem is one of the baddest men in football in James Harrison. While he's gotten up there in age, he's still healthy, bigger ansd stronger than most linebackers, and the look in his eyes to destroy any and every quarterback he sees. With his change of scenery he's ready to make a big impact this season for the Bengals.
The secondary is a steady bunch, with physical cornerbacks like Leon Hall and Terrance Newsome starting, along with Pacman Jones. All fast, all ballhawks, all very physical. Add to them with theeven more physical play of safties George Ilora, Reggie Nelson, and future star Taylor Mays, and it may be very difficult completing any long plays downfield.
As for game-planning, look for Bears QB Jay Cutler to attack the Bengals corners with their bigger recievers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffreys. While marshall is one of the biggest and more physical receivers in football, it's jeffreys that has been tearing it up in training camp. Both big guys could over-power a defender in one on one coverage.That should take some pressure off the line and give Matt Forte some room to operate. The Bears did a lot to re-vamp their line in protecting Cutler, and seeing how well the rookies hold up will be important. The key here is Forte, as the Bengals are not a team you want to attempt to spend the day passing on. Leaving your quarterback back there as target practice for Johnson and Harrison is not a good idea. The Bears also have a huge advantage defensively, as the offensive line of the Bengals is already battered, as both starting tackles have knee issues, while the guards are big but still young. Plus the Bears "D" should be able to bully the Bengals receivers all day. Look for Julius Peppers and even 2nd year man Shea McCellan to have a good opening day.