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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 14

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OK, I have seen some crazy weeks in the NFL but this one gotta be #2 if not #1. The Panthers win another and think they made it to the Super Bowl. The Raiders BEAT the 49ers as the Harbaugh rumors get stronger and yes, my BEARS are officially done for the season. Next thing you know, gas will be $1.50 a gallon, lol.  On to week 14.

TNF: 12/04/14
CHICAGO BEARS (BLUES) VS. DALLAS COWBOYS:
OK, they wrong for this.  First my BEARS are fighting for dear life and then they go and put us on TNF for the world to see the 41-28 smack down, courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys.  That's gonna leave a bruise for a minute. Yep, like Dan Hampton said, the BEARS are an embarrassment to the fans and to themselves. He said that weekly, we are making stars out of dock workers. In other words, the average Joe player can get his name made in the NFL when playing the Bears.  As bad as the Saints played yesterday against the Panthers, they are STILL a 3pt favorite over the Bears next week. As I have said before, every week, a player or two have their night, for this night, it was Cole Beasley for Dallas. He was the shining star in this game, at least I thought so. He had 2 TD catches which basically put us away. Dez and DeMarco showed up as usual but Cole stood out to me. Maybe that's why Dez was pacing the sideline just cursing and what not, I don't know what he was pissed about. His teammates just looked at him and turned their heads.  Maybe Cole got the 2 TDs that he felt should have been his. I don't get the sense that he likes sharing the spotlight, not even with Murray. Then, to make the season an even further total loss, Brandon Marshall went down. The knee in the back was terrible and it cost him 2 cracked ribs and a punctured lung. He just got out of the hospital Sunday night, he is done for the season. They need to strap him down, he is the only one that will still try to get out there and make something happen. Chill Brandon, you tried and there is NOTHING else you can do for this year, it's a bust. This is the 7th time in 8 years that we will miss the playoffs. T. Romo threw for 205yds & 3 TDs. D. Murray had 32 carries for 179yds & 1 TD. C. Beasley had 2 TDs, not sure about the yards, but he beat out Dez this week. J. Cutler threw for 341yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. M. Forte had 13 carries for 26yds, 1 TD & 1 rare fumble. A. Jeffery had 6 receptions for 95yds & 1 TD. Word on the street: I hear that Mel Tucker is on the butcher block and that the Bears organization is having "buyer's remorse" on the big contract they gave Jay. NOOOO, you're kidding.
 
MNF: 12/08/14
ATLANTA FALCONS VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS:
OK, if you did not see this game, this game right here, this was the game of the week. The Falcons were not playing with the Packers. Yes, the Packers won,  43-37, but don't let that fool you people.  What seemed like a cake walk turned into a NFL game.  The man of the night was Julio Jones, I thought they was giving away free money as fast as he was running. When he finally slowed down and the steam cleared from under his feet, he had 11 receptions for 259yds & 1 TD. Who does that?  It was his night, just that simple. Too bad he ended the night with a hip injury. Hopefully he will be good for the rest of the season. Yes, Rodgers was again, stellar and just as smooth as a baby's butt. With Lacy and Jordy on the field, I just knew it would be a slaughter. Clay Matthews was playing against his cousin on ATL, but that didn't bother him, the beat goes on, we ain't related on the field cuz.  Lacy went out with a hip injury, didn't seem to be serious but was pulled on the better safe than sorry rule. Hats off to the Falcons, they really gave the packers a serious run-for-the-money.  It was a good game, that's what I'm talking about, some good ole, hitting, scoring, rushing, pretty spiral throws and some beautiful catches.  I just loved it. I wish I would have recorded this one, I could stand to watch it again. Had it not been for the 31-7 1st half, I'm not sure the Packers would have walked away with this one. They were outscored in the 2nd half, 30-11. Rodgers admitted that there may have been a "slight relaxation" at halftime, being up by 24. This made the 5th straight win for the cheese heads and they rule the NFC North, just one game up on the Lions. They currently tied with Arizona for the NFC's best record. The Falcons remain in 1st place tie with New Orleans. A. Rodgers threw for 327yds & 3 TDs. J. Starks had 10 carries for 75yds & 1 TD. J. Nelson had 8 receptions for 146yds & 2 TDs. M. Ryan threw for 375yds, 4 TDs & 1 int. Nice day at the office Matt. S. Jackson had 16 carries for 50yds & 1 TD. J. Jones had 11 receptions for 259yds & 1 TD. Making the bacon J.

NFC NORTH:
 
GREEN BAY PACKERS: 9-3
Same story, different update. The Packers win again. But for a change, they had to fight for it, I mean seriously fight.  Check it out in the MNF update.

DETROIT LIONS: 9-4

Apryl kept telling me that her Lions were the king of the jungle. Dammm, I hate when she's right.  Sadly, I must concede to her for this season. They are not winning because of other teams mistakes or bad play, they are playing ball, for real! They took down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-17 which officially sent the Bears packing for the season. Not to mention they had that very same score against the Bears on turkey day. They only trail GB by 1/2 game. I have no ideal who will win this division. I would think GB, but now, I'm not sure.  Tampa Bay was eliminated as well from playoff contention.  They played lazy.  They turned the ball over 3x in the second Qtr alone. Let's not even talk about the NO PASS PROTECTION for McCown, it was like he was one of those things that players tackle in practice, the hits just kept on coming.  They got to him so much that I was hurting & dazed.  I KNOW he is feeling those hits even more today.  Megatron and Stafford kept their chemistry going and it was immediate, like when they both stepped onto the field.  Throw in a little R. Bush and G. Tate and there you have it.  Looks like the Jungle has been reclaimed.  As good as it's going for the Lions, they still have it in the back of their minds the late collapse last season that cost them a playoff spot.  From what I've been seeing, they won't be dropping anytime soon.  M. Stafford threw for 311yds & 3 TDs. J. Bell had 18 carries for 83yds & 1 TD.  C. Johnson had 8 receptions for 158yds & 1 TD.  J. McCown threw for 250yds, 2 TDs and 2 ints. V. Jackson had 10 receptions for 159yds.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 6-7
With this win, the Vikings are doing what I hoped my Bears would do. At the least, save face for this season. They are not going to the playoffs either but they still winning. The Viking stepped over us into 3rd place with their 30-24 win over the, you guessed it, say it with me, the N.Y. Jets. Man, they are more pitiful than any team in the NFL to me, I'm just saying. The game went into OT and Jarius Wright ended the game with an 87yd reception from Teddy, the second, longest OT passing TD in NFL history.  With this loss, Jets coach Rex Ryan, moved one loss closer to a possible firing after the season. Yhe Viking fans booed P. Harvin every time his name was announced.  Really people, he was traded, he didn't walk away from the team, get over it Minnesota.  Harvin didn't care, he had a 35yd TD reception & a 47yd kick-off return. The Jets lost but he still got his in. This was Minnesota's 1st time beating the Jets in 8 match ups since Oct., 12, 1975. The only series with a longer stretch of one team beating the other was between the Jets and Eagles from Dec. 9, 1773. The Eagles have never lost to the Jets in 9 match ups. Denver's 10 straight wins over Cleveland is the longest active streak in the league by a number of games. There, that is the "you learn something new everyday." info for everyone. T. Bridgewater threw for 309yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. M. Asiata had 19 carries for 54yds and J. Wright had 4 receptions for 123yds & 1 TD. G. Smith threw for 254yds, 1 TD & 1 int. C. Ivory had 16 carries for 73yds & 1 fumble. P. Harvin had 6 receptions for 124yds & 1 TD.

CHICAGO BEARS: 5-8
So you guys are really going to make me do a recap, again, about our lost?  Nope, I won't do it. Go to the TNF update and get the details about the 41-28 lost to the Cowboys.  Hang in there Brandon.....
 
NFC EAST:
 
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 9-4
I know that one team in the NFC East is happy that Seattle won this one. This 24-14 lost to the Seahawks kept the Eagles tied for 1st place with the Cowboys. Read the details in the Seahawks update. Word on the street: Nick Foles is trying to come back next week so they can remember who he is.

DALLAS COWBOYS: 9-4
Go up to the TNF update to see who the Cowboys beat up on.  I'm not saying no names. LOL.
 
NEW YORK GIANTS: 4-9
Suddenly, life has new meaning, the Giants won a game y'all. They beat the Titans, 36-7. Hey, they had to take out all of that frustration out on somebody and the Titans were the next man up. This snaps a 7 game losing streak that the Giants had going. Giants coach was proud that his Giants finally ended their painful skid.  Even if the win came at the expense of a team that has more problems than they do. This was the Giants 1st win since Oct., 5th. With Manning & Beckham connecting early and often, they helped the Giants dominate with a 402-207 edge in total offense.  Odell Beckham Jr., set a team rookie record with his 4th game with 100yds receiving this season. Tennessee lost it's 11th straight & for the 11th time in 12 games with a performance that had fans booing & even a handful wearing paper bags over their heads. This is the franchise's longest slide since losing 11 straight in 1994 as the then, Houston Oilers. Man, even the Bears fans ain't that cold, lol. E. Manning had 260yds, 1 TD & 1 int. A. williams had 24 carries for 131yds & 1 TD. O. Beckham had 11 receptions for 130yds & 1 TD. Z. Mettenberger threw for 125yds & 1 int. D. Hagan had 6 receptions for 62yds.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 3-10
So first, your season just sucks to hell, then you are shut out by the Rams, 24-0. Read the ugly details in the Rams update.
 
NFC SOUTH:
 
ATLANTA FALCONS: 5-7
Read about the Falcons ALMOST win, giving Green Bay the business in the MNF update.  Good game.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 5-8
Did the Saints just let the Panthers whop up on them 41-10?  Why yes they did. Read about it in the Carolina update.

CAROLINA PANTHERS: 4-8
Cam Newton pissed the Saints off in this one and kind of incited a riot, OK, a small fight. lol. He did his superman thing after after he jumped over a pile of folks and scored a TD. Well, the Saints didn't take to kindly to that and thus the rumble was on. I can't say Carolina won the rumble, but they won the game, 41-10.  This was the Saints 4th straight home game loss. Panthers TE Brandon Williams was ejected for punching DE Cam Jordan.  Chris Lofton who said he saw straight disrespect from Newton, received a personal foul penalty for his role, but stayed in the game. He said he had no regrets and would respond to Newton's actions the way "100 times out of 100." On a more serious note. Cam was in a really bad car accident this week, he has a traverse fracture, another phrase for saying you are done for the season, but he is alive, that is good news. If you can believe this, they STILL have a chance at the playoffs with a 4-8 record in the NFC South.  What a weak division this year. C. Newton threw for 226yds & 3 TDs. J. Stewart had 20 carries for 155yds & 1 TD. G. Olsen had 10 receptions for 72yds & 1 TD. D. Brees threw for 235yds, 1 TD & 1 int. M. Colston had 5 receptions for 72yds.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 2-11
Do I really need to tell you the outcome of this game after the Bucs played the Lions?  If you really must know, ease on down the road to the Lions update and check it out.
 
NFC WEST:
 
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 10-3
After a few losing weeks, the Cardinals are fighting hard to stay in 1st place. The Cardinals added the K.C. Chiefs to their list of victims for this NFL season with a 17-14 win. Thing is, the Chiefs were in the lead 14-6, going into the half. After that, the Cardinals shut them down, 14pts would be all they would allow the Chiefs. The NFC West leading Cardinals took the lead when Drew Stanton threw a 26yd TD pass to Jaron Brown on 3rd & 18 in the 3rd Qtr, never looking back after that. The Cardinals 7 wins are the most at home for the franchise since the Chicago Cardinals won 11 of 13 in 1925. The Chiefs are tied with 4 other AFC wild-card hopefuls looking up at San Diego, Pittsburgh & Baltimore. The Cardinals have a 1 game lead over Seattle and they will deal with that issue when Seattle comes to Arizona in 2 weeks. Reminds me of the, "I'm gonna get you at 3:15". LOL. D. Stanton threw for 239yds & 1 TD. K. Williams had 19 carries for 100yds. M. Floyd had 4 receptions for 85yds. A. Smith threw for 293yds, 1 TD & 1 int. J. Charles had 10 carries for 91yds & 1 TD. T. Kelce had 7 receptions for 110yds & 1 fumble.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 9-4
So, the Seahawks are on a late roll.  With the 24-14 win over the Eagles, this makes their 3rd straight win and in 2nd place in the NFC West. I'm surprised, I really thought they were about done. Russell Wilson threw 2 TD passes, ran for another score and the Seahawks left with a win. Seattle held the ball for a franchise-record 41:56 and Philly ran just 45 plays. Seattle out gained the Eagles 242-67 and had the ball for 21:56 in the 1st half but only led by a FG. The Seahawks hadn't allowed a TD since a 24-20 loss at K.C. on Nov. 16th.  They had won 10 straight regular-season games at home. Pete Carroll was the winner in his first NFL match up against Kelly. In the coaches only other meeting, Kelly's Oregon Ducks beat Carroll and USC 47-20 on Oct., 31, 2009. 5 weeks ago I would say that Seattle would not get past the Cardinals, but now, I am not sure. R. Wilson threw for 263yds & 2 TDs. M. Lynch had 23 carries for 86yds & 1 fumble. D. Baldwin had 5 receptions for 97yds & 1 TD. M. Sanchez 10-20, 96yds, 2 TDs and 1 int. L. McCoy had 17 carries for 50yds & 1 fumble. Z. Ertz had 2 receptions for 39yds & 1 TD.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: 7-6
Man, what the heck, 49er's drop one to the Raiders, 24-13. SMH, read the details in the Raiders update.

ST. LOUIS RAMS: 6-7
Though this was a pretty convincing win, I think that it is too little too late for the Rams. This was their first back-to-back set of shutouts since 1945. They hammered the Redskins, 24-0.  They just beat the Raiders last week, 52-0. RGIII was benched 2 weeks ago and things haven't got better for Washington.  He did show up for the final 2 minutes after McCoy suffered a sprain neck, being sacked 6x that day. Man, these guys weeble & wobble and they fall down. Don't want to be his bag of bones in the morning. They got RGIII 1 time in his 2 minutes of play. S. Hill threw for 213yds & 2 TDs. T. Mason had 20 carries for 66yards, (this is the guy that wants to be the greatest football player to EVER touch the ball/played the game.) I'm just saying. J. Cook had 4 receptions for 61yds & 2 TDs. C. McCoy threw for 199yds & 2 ints. He tried to help with double duty, 2 carries for 11yds. Thus the 6 sacks, he probably started running away by the 3rd one. P. Garcon had 9 receptions for 95yds.

AFC NORTH:
 
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 8-4
The Bengals went down and the Steelers were the one to deliver that blow. Read about the 42-21, must win for the Steelers in that update.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 8-5
Usually when a team scores 25pts in the 4th Qtr, it's a pretty good indication that they will win the game.  Such was the result for the Steelers as they beat down the Bengals 42-21.  Going into the half, the Bengals were up 14-10.  In the 3rd Qtr, both teams only scored 7pts.  By the 4th Qtr, the Steelers had enough of this nonsense and proceeded to not only score 25pts in the 4th Qtr, they were stingy and didn't let the Bengals get any at all. Big Ben threw 3 TD passes, including a 94yder to rookie Martavis Bryant. But the man in the game besides Big Ben? L. Bell, he ran for 85yds, caught 6 more passes for 50yds & scored 3 TDs, all in the 2nd half. He became the 6th player in NFL history to have 200 all purpose yards, (rushing, receiving & returns) in 3 straight game and joined Walter "Sweetness" Payton as the only players with 200yds scrimmage in 3 consecutive games. That's what I'm talking bout.  Nothing else needs to be said here. The Bengals had been in control, up by a game and a 1/2 over everyone else. Another meltdown at home against a division rival left it anyones title. NOW, it's a party. Big Ben threw for 350yds & 3 TDs. L. Bell had 26 carries for 185yds & 2 TDs. A. Brown had 9 receptions for 117yds. A. Dalton threw for 302yds & 2 TDs. A. Green had 11 receptions for 224yds & 1 TD. Nice work Green.
 
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 8-5
Man, it's a tight race here, who knows what team will claim this division. With the 28-13 win over the Dolphins, the Ravens stayed in the mix in the NFC North. It didn't look like the Ravens would when, they were off to a slow start and down by 10 in the 2nd Qtr. They saw their playoff chances fading fast and woke up to pull this off. They had back to back TD drives of 97 & 75yds and added the clinching score after a favorable replay reversal to beat Miami. The win gave the Ravens a big edge over Miami in the AFC's scramble for a wild-card playoff berth.  They also tighten the screws in the AFC North even more with the help of the Bengals losing to the Steelers.  Merry Christmas Ravens, you got a gift with the Bengals lost, better take advantage. The Dolphins haven't been to the post season since 2008 and it ain't looking good right about now. J. Flacco threw for 269yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. J. Forsett had 13 carries for 71yds & 1 TD. S. Smith had 7 receptions for 70yds & 1 TD. R. Tannehill threw for 227yds & 1 TD. L. Miller had 12 carries for 53yds and J. Landry had 6 receptions for 55yds.  Has anyone ever seen the movie with Bruce Willis called, "Last Man Standing?"  Great title for this division and GREAT movie if you want to check it out after the season is over.

CLEVELAND BROWNS: 7-6
The chatter this week is focused on Johnny Football starting next week. They still doesn't erase the 1pt loss to the Colts, 25-24. Read about that in Indy's update.
 
AFC SOUTH:
 
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 9-4
I didn't watch this game, but I kept up with the QTR scores and I thought for sure they was going to let Cleveland take this one. The papers said that Luck was indecisive, unsteady & inaccurate. For 57 minutes, he looked nothing like a franchise QB or one of the NFL's biggest stars. Cleveland defense had him on the ropes, he could barely get away from them. But, they gave him one more chance to take this one and he did. Luck threw a 1yd TD pass to T.Y. Hilton with 32 seconds left, rallying Indy to a win on Sunday. They kept a pretty good jump on the rest of the AFC South with this win, but they can't play it close to the curve like this and expect the same results. To close to the end of the season and nobody is giving up anything easily. Hoyer couldn't keep the Browns on top and they too are seeing the road to the playoffs, closing fast. A. Luck threw for 294yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. A. Luck also had 5 carries for 37yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. T. Hilton had 10 receptions for 150yds, 2 TDs & 1 fumble. B. Hoyer threw for 136yds & 2 ints. T. West had 15 carries for 154yds.

HOUSTON TEXANS: 7-6
Still fighting, trying to stay in the race, the Texans got a step closer with a 27-13 win over the Jaguars. I am sure they were happy it was the Jags they were facing, trying to add a few more wins and this made it a little easier. The Texans didn't gain any ground on Indy because they beat Cleveland, but as I said, they kept pace in the AFC South division.  Next week is really going to be an interesting week. This win also gave the Texans consecutive wins for the first time in almost 3 months. This really could go in any directions but my money is still on the Colts. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 135yds. A. Foster had 24 carries for 127yds & 1 TD. B. Bortles threw for 205yds, 1 TD & 1 int. M. Lewis had 3 receptions for 69yds.

TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-11
The Titans dropped game # 11 against the N.Y. Giants. Read that update for details.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 2-11
Sadly the Jaguars lose another one to the Texans 27-13.  Read the Texans update for details.
 
AFC EAST:
 
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 10-3
New England put even more space between themselves and the Dolphins & Bills in the AFC East.  They beat the San Diego Charges 23-14 and for the 12th season, they have a 10-win season for the second-longest such streak in NFL history. They spent the week in San Diego after the loss to the Packers last week so they could cut down on late season travel and it worked. The Chargers looked almost like the road team, getting shut out in the 2nd half as a large portion of the crowd cheered for the Patriots.  Man, that's gotta be tough to swallow, you lose the game and YOUR fans cheer for the other team. Nobody wants you when you're down and out. I keep telling people that. SMH. T. Brady threw for 317yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. L. Blount had 20 carries for 66yds & J. Edelman had 8 receptions for 141yds & 1 TD. P. Rivers threw for 189yds, 1 TD & 1 int. M. floyd had 3 receptions for 54yds & 1 TD.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: 7-6
Read about their possible playoff kill chances with the 28-31 lost to the Ravens in that update. 

BUFFALO BILLS: 7-6
I know if I was the Bills I would be saying, "man, we have to play them this week?" Yep you do and yes you lost. Read about the 24-17 loss in Denver's update.

NEW YORK JETS: 2-11
Read about their 30-24 beating by the Vikings in that update. Geno, Geno, Geno. That's all I can say.
 
AFC WEST:
 
DENVER BRONCOS: 10-3
The Broncos are looking better than they did last year when they played in the SB. Even though Manning had an okay day, the rest of the guys didn't slow down. They beat the Bills, 24-17.  Manning's streak of 51 games with a TD throw-3 games shy of Drew Bree's NFL record, ended on a sun splashed, almost still afternoon. Despite 3 turnovers, the Broncos won their 3rd straight game since changing from a pass-oriented attack to run-heavy approach. I don't believe the Chargers are out of the pictures, they are the kind of team to sneak up on you, real quite like. The Broncos better sleep with one eye open. Though, my money is on the Broncos taking this division, that's if I was a gambling girl. P. Manning threw for 173yds & 2 ints. J. Thompson had 4 carries for 63yds and  W. Welker had 6 receptions for 82yds. K. Orton threw for 355yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. S. Watkins had 7 receptions for 127yds & 1 fumble. Hey, is it to late for US to have Orton back and they take Cutler? LOL.
 
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 8-5
Read about their 23-14 lost to the Patriots.  This may have been one lost too many for the Chargers.  But, I don't think they are done yet.
 
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 7-6
Nothing surprising about their lost to the Cardinals, 17-14. I'm more surprised the Chiefs have a 7-6 record. Read the Arizona update for details.

OAKLAND RAIDERS: 2-11
They beat the coal out of the 49ers, 24-13.  I know that wasn't much score wise, but the line was kind of funny, right? LOL. Man, not only did the 49ers lose to one of the worst teams in the NFL, it put a dent in their playoff chances. The Raiders already know, they ain't playing for nothing but excercise. Charles Woodson sealed the win with a late interception. Carr completely outplayed Colin Kaepernick in his best performance yet in his rookie season. They were beat down 52-0 last week and came back and played like it never happened. That's call either character or gettin paid, one or the two.  D. Carr threw for 254yds & 3 TDs. L. Murray had 23 carries for 76yds. M. Rivera had 7 receptions for 109yds & 1 TD. C. Kaepernick threw for 174yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. F. Gore had 12 carries for 63yds & M. Crabtree had 9 receptions for 56yds.

 

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 13

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Well, it seems that the teams that couldn't take the heat are leaving or have left the kitchen.  The races in a few of the divisions are tight and will not be handed to anyone without a fight.  What's even sadder than my BEARS not making the cut?  Football season is almost OVER!! What will I do with myself?  I hope you enjoyed your Turkey Day and this Week 13 update as well.

​TURKEY DAY FOOTBALL​: 11/27/14 
 
CHICAGO BEARS VS. DETROIT LIONS: GAME 1
When the going gets tough, my Bears do not show up and thus was the same story on Turkey Day.  We started off well, but when the turkey was cooked and ready to serve, the Bears laid lifeless on the platter. The Lions had Bears meat for Thanksgiving Day, they smashed the Bears, 34-17.  I don't know what the heck happened but we were looking good in the 1st Qtr, after that, our goose was cooked. Well, Megatron didn't help any. Besides having 11 receptions for 146yds & 2 TDs, he became the fastest player in NFL history to have 10,000 receiving yards. He did so in 115 games. The record was first set by former receiver Torry Holt who hit 10,000 in 116 games. C.J. had been held to 60yds in two of three games since returning from an ankle injury. I guess he shut up all those folks saying he was slowing down. Of course, it would be on the Bears, lol. This was the highest scoring game since a 35-14 victory over the  N.Y. Giants in it's opener. The Lions have now won back-to-back games on turkey day after losing their previous 9. Matt Forte was a non-factor on the ground with 6yds in 5 carries. Who does that?  Not use Forte, SMH. Lions WR Corey Fuller caught a 21yd pass in the 1st half and his brother Kyle, the Bears CB came over and playfully knocked the ball out of his hands after the play. Somebody on the Bears was having fun. M. Stafford threw for 390yds & 2 TDs. J. Bell had 23 carries for 91yds & 2 TDs. C. Johnson had 11 receptions for 146yds & 2 TDs. J. Cutler threw for 280yds, 2 TDs & his personal favorite stat, 2 ints. M. Bennett had 8 receptions for 109yds.
 
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS. DALLAS COWBOYS: GAME 2
Well, if there was any question on who's running the show in the NFC East, the Eagles put that to rest with the 33-10 spanking they put down on the Cowboys. It was a good game. I thought the Cowboys would put more fight into this one but I guess not. It was the "game at the OK Corral" and the Eagles left Texas with the win. This win did not give the Eagles a playoff berth, it just made the turkey day dinner go down a lot smoother.  Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost 3 years. McCoy clinched last season's rushing title & the Eagles won a playoffs-or-bust finale here on this AT&T field. Then, to wipe cranberry sauce in Dallas face, LeSean McCoy was presented with the 2014 Galloping Goblin Award. They said that Romo and the Cowboys looked a little sluggish in this game. This also made their 3rd straight lost at home. The Eagles opened with quick drives of 80 & 88yds for TDs. They took sole possession of the division with 4 games left. Sanchez was successful in NOT repeating his face-to-butt talents on this turkey day. He said he was happy about that, lol. M. Sanchez threw for 217yds & 1 TD. L. McCoy had 25 carries for 159yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. J. Maclin had 8 receptions for 108yds. T. Romo threw for 199yds & 2 ints. I think he is shell shocked right now, trying NOT to get hit in the back again. D. Murray had 20 carries for 73yds & 1 TD. D. Bryant had 4 receptions for 73yds.
 
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS VS. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: GAME 3
Breathe, is probably all Kaepernick could think of, hope for.  The Seahawks defense cut off his oxygen through the whole game. When they let the 49ers QB up for air, it was 19-3, Seattle. The 49ers scored only once in this game, 3rd Qtr, a FG. Sherman told the San Francisco sideline, "If they threw it my way, I'd end the game." He did exactly that. Sherman set up the only 2 TDs with another key defensive play in this heated rivalry, then made a 2nd interception with the 49ers driving late, and the Seahawks ended a 5 game losing streak on the 49ers home field on turkey night.  I know the fans were glad to see Sherman leave, he was blowing kisses at the fans in the stands. Seattle did overcome 14 penalties, giving up 105yds to hold on to this one.  Sherman said that when the word mediocre comes up, that distinction goes to the 49ers fans for vulgar name calling throughout the game. He also said a bottle was thrown as they exited the field. The sad thing is that the stadium was almost empty by I think they said the 3rd Qtr. Told you, the fans don't care about you if you losing, that's with any team in any sport. R. Wilson threw for 236yds & 1 TD. M. Lynch had 20 carries for 104yds and T. Moeaki had 1 reception for 63yds. I think Sherman had 2 interceptions, maybe 3. C. Kaepernick threw for 121yds & 2 ints. John Madden said that Kap has lost some of his swagger.
 
MNF:12/01/14
 
MIAMI DOLPHINS VS. NEW YORK JETS:
The first thing I want to say is that I am sure that the NFL scheduling crew have already figured out that they picked the wrong team for a MNF game. Besides New Yorkers, who watches the Jets?  The Dolphins stole this win over the Jets, 16-13. The Dolphins remain a factor in the wild-card race thanks to special teams, rookie Jarvis Landry's 8 receptions, Lamar Miller's 4yd TD run early in the 4th Qtr and plenty of defense when the Jets needed to pass. N.Y.'s Geno smith threw only 13 times, fewest in the NFL this season and gained 49yds. The Usually reliable Nick Folk missed 2 FGs and all together, N.Y. made enough key errors in the 2nd half to lose. Jet's coach Rex Ryan said. "I Can't believe we're 2-10, it's a joke." Sure is and so is G. Smith, lol. Ryan said, "We can't buy a win." Those Chicago Bears looking pretty good to me right about now, lol. R. Tannehill threw for 235yds & 1 int. L. Miller had 13 carries for 56yds & 1 TD. M. Wallace had 6 receptions for 69yds. G. Smith threw for 65yds & 1 int. C. Johnson had 17 carries for 105yds.


NFC NORTH:

GREEN BAY PACKERS: 9-3
This was one of the games I was waiting to see. It was worth the wait, Packers/Rodgers vs. Brady/Patriots. Well, I guess I don't have to tell you what happened. The Packers reign supreme with a 26-21 take down of the Patriots. It was a tight game man, I wasn't sure who was going to win this one. I enjoyed watching the two ELITE QBs go up against each other. In the end, Rodgers had more skill working with him on the field than Brady. I know Rodgers left hand was stepped on during one play, but he didn't let that distract him. It wasn't his throwing hand so did it really matter?  Nope. Some say it was a preview of the Super Bowl coming up. I don't know, so many teams are in the mix right now. Who knew the Lions would be 8-4 at this point or Philly 9-3?  So I am not sure at all WHO is going to the SB. This lost snaps the Patriots 7 game winning streak. He said he wish they had won this one, this one was important, a big test for them. Green Bay has won 4 in a row and 8 out of the last 9 games. Simmer down Brady, you two could very well meet up for the big dance. A. Rodgers threw for 368yds & 2 TDs. E. Lacy made a small showing with 21 caries for 98yds. D. Adams had a good day on the field with 6 receptions for 121yds. T. Brady threw for 245yds & 2 TDs. L. Blount had 10 carries for 58yds. r. Gronkowski did his thing again, minus a win with 7 receptions for 98yds.
 
DETROIT LIONS: 8-4
SMH. I know you Detroit fans loved the outcome on this one. Bear meat for turkey day. Yep, the Lions ate us up for dinner and tossed our bones to the side. Read about their 34-17 feasting on my BEARS in Game 1, TNF, turkey day style.
 
CHICAGO BEARS: 5-7
I don't know why anyone wants to continue to make me suffer. You know the deal, you know how it ended for my BEARS.  So go on up to the Game 1, TNF update for details.
 
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 5-7
What the hell, the Vikings went on a rampage and cut up the Panthers 31-13. Who knew?  Adam Thielen & Everson Griffen each returned blocked punts for TDs, the first time in 24 years one team had two in the same game. The last time a team scored on 2 blocked punts in the same NFL game was on 9/30/90 when K.C. did it against Cleveland. This is the 5th time it has happened in league history. This was the 7th coldest game in Viking history, 12 degrees and a windchill well below zero. They would pick this day to play outside for the 1st time since 1981. You don't think that was planned people?  It was. This was the Panthers 6th straight loss. Cam was sacked 4x, that's a relief from the 7 or 8 he took a couple of weeks ago. The Panthers were just 1/2 out of 1st place when they hit the field, who knows where they will land next. How do you like that, Vikings win another one and get in the record books at the same time. T. Bridgewater threw for 138yds & 2 TDs. M. Asiata had 14 carries for 52yds. G. Jennings had 5 receptions for 45yds & 1 TD. C. Newton threw for 194yds, 1 TD & 1 int. J. Stewart had 12 carries for 85yds & G. Olsen had 5 receptions for 59yds.
 
NFC EAST:
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 9-3
Game 2, TNF. This was better than the first. OK, I know my friend Lofton is going to say, WHATTT!!!! But I was pulling for the Eagles, I am a Sanchez fan, sorry Lofton, but that's how I rolled with this one. I said that Sanchez would improve with each game he plays, the man has been out for 23 months, that's 2 years, and he still got it. Read all the details in Game 2, TNF update. p.s. That emerald green sweater that Sanchez took a picture in on the cover of S.I. has nothinggg to do with it, lol.

DALLAS COWBOYS: 8-4
Yep, you know it. Go to Game 2, TNF update for the well know beat down of the Cowboys, 33-10 by the Eagles.
 
NEW YORK GIANTS: 3-9
Man, I bet the Giants are thinking, I'm going home I done my time. They were beaten by the Jaguars 25-24. That ain't the worse part, another team has been beaten by the Jaguars. But, the Giants had them on the ropes, down and out, 21-3 going into the half. Read the details in Jacksonville's update.
 
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 3-9
Who yo daddy now?  That would be the Indy Colts with the 49-27 spanking they put down on the Redskins.  Read the Colts update for details.
 
NFC SOUTH:

ATLANTA FALCONS: 5-7
OK, at first I was thinking, how the heck did the Falcons beat the Cardinals, 29-18 and tied for 1st place in the NFC South?  Then it dawned on me, Fitzgerald + Palmer out = a win for Atlanta. I didn't see this one but I didn't need to see this one to know it was not expected. The Falcons knew they could not lose this one. If they wanted a snowball's chance in hell of staying alive, they had to win this game, especially with the Saints winning earlier this day. Man, Atlanta wasn't playing, they racked up a total of 500yds compared to the Cardinals 329yds. They were on a mission & succeeded. Matt Bryant, kicker for the Falcons had a career high 5 FG's. Before this game the Cardinals had given up less that 300yds in each of it's 4 previous games. I guess the bigger they are, the harder they fall. M. Ryan threw for 361yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. S. Jackson had 18 carries for 101yds. J. Jones had 10 receptions for 189yds & 1 TD. D. Stanton (back-up for Palmer), threw for 294yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. J. Brown had 7 receptions for 75yds.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 5-7
The Saints came into this game on a 3 game skid, not knowing the outcome. They prevailed with a much needed win over the Steelers, 35-32. Wow, that was close.
It's hard to believe that the Saints are posting a 5-7 record right now, that is unusual and then fighting the Falcons for 1st place. The Steelers did put the clamps down on J. Graham and he did not contribute as much as he usually does. Brees on the other hand was his old self with 5 TDs to close out the day. It was easy to see that the Saints controlled the game from start to finish. I thought that the Steelers would be the victors this round but it was not to be. Interesting to see if the Saints can climb over ATL and stay on top of their division. D. Brees threw for 257yds & 5 TDs. M. Ingram had 23 carries for 122yds and K. Stills had 5 receptions for 162yds & 1 TD. Big Ben threw for 435yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. Dang, 435yds. L. Bell had 21 carries for 95yds & 1 TD. L. Bell did double duty with 8 receptions for 159yds. Word on the street: There were rumors that the Saints are preparing to draft D. Brees potential successor next year. Brees said, "There's absolutely no validity to that rumor."

CAROLINA PANTHERS: 3-8
Momma said they'll be days like this. Read about their 31-13 smashing from the Vikings in that update. The Vikings must have pulled out those big mullet type hammers on them, lol. p.s. At least Ron Rivera is standing by Cam and think it's unfair to put the teams current issues on his QBs shoulder. Stand by your QB.
 
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 2-10
It doesn't get any closer than this. Tampa Bay missed out on a possible 3rd win for the season by 1pt.  They lost to the Bengals 13-14. Read the Bengals update for details. I Know Lovie thinking, with all things considered, I rather be fishing.
 
NFC WEST:

ARIZONA CARDINALS: 9-3
They better figure out something FAST before they are in 2nd or even 3rd in the NFC West. Read about their 18-29 fall to the Falcons in that update.
 
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 8-4
Well, seems like the number 3 is the lucky number for the week for the Seahawks. They played Game 3, TNF and left the 49ers wondering, "what the heck just happened?"  Read about it in Game 3, TNF update.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: 7-5
Just like you did a moment ago. The details to this lost to the Seahawks, 19-3 is in Game 3, TNF update. 

ST. LOUIS RAMS: 5-7
OK, St. Louis is wrong for this, 52-0 over the Oakland Raiders. Ain't it enough that they have a 1-11 record? I didn't watch and really have no interest in watching a one sided game, I need some competition man. This is my thing, after reading the article "Rams ride 38pt half to 52-0 rout over Raiders."  Dude, you didn't beat Denver, Indy or Philly, you beat the Raiders and while I am sure you are celebrating, you really didn't do anything. Here is the funny quote of the season by Tre Mason of the Rams, "I told myself to achieve greatness. I want to be the best player ever to touch a football." Really, after beating the Raiders, you think that's where you are headed? LMAO. Dream young man, dream. I never even heard of Tre. I'm just saying. S. Hill threw for 183yds & 2 TDs. T. Mason had 14 carries for 117yds & 2 TDs. That is not the making of the best player to touch a football, just so you know. S. Bailey had 5 receptions for 100yds. D. Carr threw for 173yds & 2 ints. Sad, nothing else to write about for the Raiders.
 
AFC NORTH:
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 8-3-1
No matter how small the win, point wise, it is helping keep the Bengals on top in the AFC North. They beat Tampa Bay 14-13. Was it really a win Bengals, you let the Bucs get within 1 pt. of taking you down. I don't know about y'all, but I would rather lose by 20 than by 1, that's just me talking. This was the 3rd straight win for the Bengals, it was sloppy, but it was a win. Dalton & the Bengals tried to give it away with 3, first half interceptions and 10 penalties, but it wasn't in the stars for them to throw this one away. As poorly as the Bengals played, Tampa Bay had the biggest blunder of the day. They had a 12th man out there hanging around, taken up space and causing a penalty. That turned over a 21yd pass & completion that would have moved the Bucs into position for a possible game winning field goal. So actually, the Bengals didn't beat the Bucs, they beat themselves. A. Dalton threw for 176yds, 1 TD & 3 ints. J. Wright had 3 receptions for 59yds. J. McCown threw for 190yds & 1 int. D. Martin had 18 carries for 58yds & 1 TD.

BALTIMORE RAVENS: 7-5
You never know what you are going to get in a box of cracker jacks. For the Ravens, it was a lost to the Chargers, 34-33. That dang 1pt again, that hurts more than anything else. At least losing by 10 or 20, you pretty much didn't have a chance anyway, but by 1, it was that 1 thing you could have done to change it around. Read the Chargers update for details.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 7-5
Steelers ran out of steam a bit before New Orleans. Read about their 35-32 lost to the Saints in that update.
 
CLEVELAND BROWNS: 7-5
OK, I'm not sure if the Brown know, but I do believe that the Bills are hanging around to stay. Read about the lost to the Bills, 26-10 in that update.
 
AFC SOUTH:
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 8-4
The Colts showed us why they are the front runners in the AFC South after another win over the Washington Redskins, 49-27. While Luck was showing how a QB is supposed to play, RGIII sat back and took notes. You can't write down talent son, you have to have it. Luck is having a good year while RGIII year is gone, not going, down the drain. This was a long awaited showdown between these two, but this time, RGIII was the back up. They were the top 2 draft picks from 2012. Luck finished 2nd to RGIII in voting for the 2011 Heisman Trophy and 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the year voting. Luck broke P. Mannings franchise record for most 300yd games in one season. Luck has 10 with Indy. He also became the 5th NFL player since 1970 to win 30 regular season games in a player's first 3 seasons and joined the short list of players to throw for 4,000yds in 2 of their first seasons.  A club that previously included only Manning & Dan Marino. He made or broke a few more franchise records, but this will do for today. A. Luck threw for 370yds, 5 TDs & 1 int. D. Herron had 8 carries for 88yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. D. Moncrief had 3 receptions for 134yds & 2 TDs. C. McCoy threw for 392yds & 3 TDs. A. Morris had 17 carries for 67yds. J. Reed wrapped it up with 9 receptions for 123yds. Word on the street: Gruden is said to be DONE with RGIII. I'm just saying.
 
HOUSTON TEXANS: 6-6
So lately, the Texans couldn't beat on any big boy teams so they go pick a fight with the Titans. They beat them down to the ground, 45-21. Not to much to say about that. All they talk about is JJ being possible MVP, I guess it means something even though your team is officially done for the season. I guess Ryan Fitzpatrick got tired of the 1, 2 TD games and did it up in style with 6 of those puppies. The Texans set a team record for points, with this 45-21 win. JJ had his 3rd TD reception, 2 sacks, forced and recovered a fumble for Houston. If he wins the MVP for this season, it will be the 1st defensive MVP since Lawrence Taylor in 1986. Fitzpatrick started after being benched for 2 games. Ryan Mallett, suffered a season ending chest injury last week. Fitz was like, OK, I'm getting my TDs in that I didn't get a chance to throw in the last two games. Keep that up Fitz, you may stay off the bench for the rest of the season. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 358yds & 6 TDs. Talk about making up for lost games. A. Foster had 19 carries for 79yds & D. Hopkins had 9 receptions for 238yds & 2 TDs, now that's how you put some stats on the board. Z. Mettenberger threw for 184yds, 1 TD & 1 int. Mettenberger injured his right shoulder, he will have an MRI to see if he plays next week. K. Wright had 7 receptions for 132yds & 1 TD.
 
TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-10
Nothing much to add to what I have already written. Read the Texans update for the details on Houston's 45-21 win.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 2-10
Welly, well, well. The Jaguars won their second game this year. They took down the Giants, 25-24. The Jaguars was tired of being the butt of the NFL, if only for a weekend. Blake Bortles notched his first game winning drive, the defense scored 2x in the same game for the first time this season. And, to put more icing on the cake, this was their largest comeback e-v-e-r!!! The Jaguars ended a 4 game losing streak while the Giants suffered a 7th straight loss, man, that's gonna leave a bruise.  Good for the Jaguars, maybe they will show up for the next season. B. Bortles threw for 194yds & 1 TD. Pulling double duty, he also had 5 carries for 68yds. M. Lee had 6 receptions for 75yds & 1 TD. E. Manning threw for 247yds & 1 TD. R. Jennings had 26 carries for 91yds & 2 TDs. O. Beckham had 7 receptions for 90yds.
 
AFC EAST:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 9-3
Boy, I would have loved for Brady to be mic'd up on the sidelines when he realized his team will be on the losing end of this game. Read about their 26-21 lost to none other than Aaron Rodgers & the Packer in that update.

BUFFALO BILLS: 7-5
Then I saw your face, now I'm a believer. I for one kept thinking that the Bills were a fluke, just winning a few here and there. But, turns out, I could be wrong. Here in Week 13, they are 7-5 and in 2nd place in the AFC East. It's not often I take back what I said, but this is one instance I will. I was wrong, they are doing something right. OK, there, I said it. They beat the Browns, who were on a football high for the last few weeks. It was over with 26-10 determining the winner. The Bills are definitely contenders in this division, sorry Bills, I stand corrected. Johnny Football did come in for Hoyer, but he could not save the day. Most not have done nothing to noticeable in the game because he will not be starting in the next one. I'm just saying. The Browns playoff light just got a little dimmer. K. Orton threw for 190yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. F. Jackson had 21 carries for 70yds. R. Woods had his say with 4 receptions for 71yds. B. Hoyer threw for 192yds & 2 ints. M. Austin had 7 receptions for 86yds.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: 6-5
You can read all the details to this 16-13 slip pass the Jets in the MNF update.

NEW YORK JETS: 2-9
So, you read the details to their 16-13 lost to the Dolphins. But, word on the street is that a lot of the players were unhappy with Vick being benched & Smith playing. Metro's Kristian Dyer spoke to a nameless "veteran" player just days after the Jets loss to the Dolphins on MNF, which ended with a smith interception. I don't want to get nothing wrong, so I copied & pasted, word for word. Here's what he had to say: "We've packed it in, waved the white flag, whatever you want to call it. It wasn't a good sign, not at all. They gave [Geno] how many chances over the past year? He does badly, gets benched and starts the next week. Mike has one bad game in three starts and he's put down for the rest of the yea​r. I AGREE, NUFF SAID!
 
AFC WEST:

DENVER BRONCOS: 9-3
Boy, just when they need em, the Broncos keep pulling the wins out of the hat. They remained the 1st place team in the AFC West with a 29-16 win over the Chiefs. The Broncos signed Connor Barth to take over their kicking duties this week. the vet asked to wear No. 1 in honor of longtime Broncos kicker Jason Elam. Who had a tremendous career. Barth returned from a long absence from the NFL to connect on all 5 of his FG attempts Sunday night, matching Elam's franchise game record and lifting the Broncos to the victory over the Chiefs. If you want to read about all of Elam's records/stats, just google him. This loss dropped the Chiefs 2 games back with their 6th straight loss to the Broncos. Alex Smith was sacked 6 times in this game and the Chiefs were held to 151yds of total offense. The Chiefs did wear all red in honor of veteran Safety Eric Berry, who will miss the rest of the season after a mass suspected to be lymphoma was found in his chest. The Chiefs said that Berry loves the red on red look. The stadium had tons of fans wishing Berry nothing but the best and a speedy recovery, myself as well. P. Manning threw for 179yds & 2 TDs. C. Anderson had 32 carries for 168yds. e. Sanders brought up the rear with 6 receptions for 73yds. A. Smith threw for 153yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. Nothing else to mention for the Chiefs. 
 
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 8-4
The Chargers got one step closer to Denver with their 34-33 win over the Ravens. San Diego trailed the whole game until Rivers capped a 1yd TD pass to Eddie Royal with 38 seconds to go, giving the Chargers the victory, just like that. The Ravens had to be sick.  You winning the whole game, unlacing your cleats on the side lines and give a high five here and there and BAM#*&, you lose in the last 38 seconds. Both teams punted only once and both offenses were clicking all day long, so that made the win that much sweeter. The Chargers didn't win only because the other team was playing bad. Oh well, somebody had to lose. P. Rivers threw for 383yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. R. Matthews had 12 carries for 40yds & 1 TD. K. Allen had 11 receptions for 121yds & 2 TDs. J. Flacco threw for 225yds & 2 TDs. J. Forsett had 24 carries for 106yds. T. smith wrapped it up with 6 receptions for 65yds & 2 TDs.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 7-5
You just passed the details on the beating of the Chiefs by their own division leader, the Denver Broncos, 29-16. Read that update for details.

OAKLAND RAIDERS: 1-11
Read about the crazy 52-0 lost to the Rams in that update. SMH.

NFL SEASON PREDICTIONS, PART 4: WHO WILL WIN THE SUPERBOWL?
​THIS IS THE 4TH AND FINAL PART OF THIS SERIES.  I LIKE THIS ONE A LOT.

 

1. CINCINNATI BENGALS: 8-3 - AFC NORTH
Lots of victories in recent season but has not won a playoff contest since 1990.  This is the league's longest drought.  The Bengals are on an 0-4 streak in nationally televised games, folding in the limelight.
 
2. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 9-3 - AFC EAST
A little early season turmoil never hurt a good team.  Of recent clubs to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, the Baltimore Ravens were openly feuding in their Super Bowl season, including firing their OC.  The Giants began their recent Super Bowl season with a dreadful loss to rival Washington.  The 2010 Super Bowl champion Packers took an early loss on MNF.  All used early turmoil to work out their issues and were powerful late.
 
3. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: 7-5 - NFC WEST
Early turmoil can also lead to late turmoil. The 49ers have significant meltdown potential.  But they've reached 3 consecutive NFC title games. Will they be like the early-1970s Oakland Raiders: lots of bridesmaid seasons then finally a bride?
 
4. ARIZONA CARDINALS: 9-3 - NFC WEST
Down to a 3rd string rookie QB, they hung with the Broncos in the Colorado air til the 4th Qtr. This year's Super Bowl will occur in the Cardinals' stadium.  No team has ever reached the SB on it's own field; no team has even appeared in a conference title game in the season in the season during which the SB was played on it's field.  The last host-field team to even make the playoffs was the Buccaneers in the 2000 season, and they lost at the wild-card round. Will Arizona break these trends?
 
5. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 9-3 - NFC EAST
A team that fell behind 17-0 to Jacksonville, then at home allowed St. Louis, with a 3rd string QB, to run up 21 unanswered points, may be hard to take seriously. "Tough 4-1, soft 4-1. It doesn't matter," Chip Kelly said Sunday. That's the attitude of a football-factory coach looking for non-conference cupcakes to schedule.

6. DALLAS COWBOYS: 8-4 - NFC EAST
The Cowboys lead the league in rushing.  I must keep typing those words to believe them.  The less Tony Romo throws, the better Dallas chances.
 
7. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 8-4 - AFC WEST
Can beach bums really be an NFL force?  Check the standings and the stats.
 
8. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 8-4 - AFC SOUTH
TMQ's pick to win the AFC, and I am sticking with my cards.
 
LINGERING BUT STILL A THREAT:

GREEN BAY AND NEW ORLEANS:
Both sputtering early, both potentially deep playoff contenders.

SEATTLE AND DENVER:
If the Super Bowl were tomorrow, football enthusiasts would choose this pairing.  But a rematch has only happened once - Bills-Cowboys in 1993 and run it back in 1994. Logic says not to expect a rematch this season.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 12

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Oops, I had Drew Brees playing for the Patriots as well as the Saints in last weeks blog.  Sorry Patriots fans.  So, on to Week 12. First and foremost, if you didn't watch the Giants and Cowboys you missed what had to be, THE BEST CATCH IN NFL HISTORY. I have seen some amazing catches, but Beckham Jr., out did them all. Go to you tube or somewhere and check it out. Well this week, do to the CRAZEEE snow in Buffalo, N.Y., we had two games on MNF. 
 
p.s. I will try to keep this one short and to the point, but I can't promise anything. I love writing this stuff and sometimes I get carried away. Sorry, but really I'm not.
 
 
TNF: 11/20/14
OAKLAND RAIDERS VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS:
I did get a chance to watch this game, well, it was the only game on and wasn't about to miss any football since the season is near the end.  If you watched too, you actually witnessed the Raiders winning their FIRST game of the season. They smacked the Chiefs around 24-20. Not to hard, but enough to let them know they lost. This ended a 368days/16 straight losses for the Oakland Raiders. Rookie Derek Carr threw a 9yd TD pass to James Jones with 1:42 left in the game to seal the deal. Alex Smith helped tighten the seal when he threw an incomplete pass on 4th and 13 from his 48, then he was sacked to make sure the deal was done. The Raiders became just the 3rd team since the merger to beat a 1st place team for their 1st win after losing at least 10 games to start the season. This also broke the Chiefs 5 game winning streak.  So, naturally, the update is not about the game, it's about the celebration of the Raiders and fans winning a game.  I mean they hung around hugging, give out high fives, signing autographs, this was their Super Bowl.  I can't be sure or can't remember but I think I saw confetti flying around.  Hey, they were at home and they were not going to pass up the chance to celebrate, super bowl style, they may not get another win this year so they did it up. D. Carr threw for 174yds & 1 TD. L. Murray had 4 carries for 112yds & 2 TDs. A. Holmes had 5 receptions for 55yds. A. Smith, who looked so, "what the hell just happened?" after the game, threw for 234yds & 2TDs. J. Charles had 19 carries for 80yds and T. Kelce had 4 receptions for 67yds.
 
MNF: 11/24/14 - DOUBLEHEADER
BALTIMORE RAVENS VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Man, I turned on a fight and a football game broke out.  After watching this one, that's exactly what it seemed like. When all the kicking, punching, holding and whatever other calls were missed, the Ravens had this one, 34-27. The game was tight from the start. I can't believe they are going down like this. It's one of the best games I have watched but I am surprised that the Saints loss. Justin Forsett was the man of the night for the Ravens. He did a stutter step and shoulder fake to the right, which seemed to throw the Saints defense off for a moment. That was all he needed to run through a hole to his left and jog 20yds, untouched for the game winning TD. Forsett, whose 5-4yds per carry coming into the game led all NFL RB's, averaged 8.3yds per rush in this game. His first scoring run went for 13yds in the 2nd Qtr. What I tell you about a person's day?  You never know when it's coming, but you have to be ready andForsett was. This is the Saints 3rd straight loss. I don't know if they will come back from this one. J. flacco threw fro 243yds & 1 TD. J. Forsett had 22 carries for 182yds & 2 TDs. T. Smith had 5 receptions for 98yds. D. Brees threw for 420yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. Man, all that hard work, gone down the drain. J. Morgan had 1 carry for 67yds. K. Stills had 8 receptions for 98yds.
 
NEW YORK (FIZZLES) JETS VS. BUFFALO BILLS
So the Jets and the the Bills went to Detroit and played in Ford field for this one. too much snow in Buffalo to even think about trying to play there. Nope, didn't watch this one but it turned out how I figured it would. Jets spanked in Detroit, 38-3. But hey, the coaches are happy with Smith so they should expect this every time they take the field. I heard he is starting again for Week 13. If I was a betting girl, I would always bet against the Jets. They say this is one of the best games that the Bills have played. Buffalo broke the game open in the 3rd with 17pts. A. Dixon blocked a punt & M. Lawson recovered it in the end zone, and F. Jackson added a 5yd TD run. The Bills fans were loyal and traveled to Detroit.  That's what I'm talking bout, be loyal and support your team. The Jets looked confused through the game, but really, is anyone surprised? Jet's coach Ryan said, "This was a horrible performance, we didn't block, we didn't tackle we didn't do anything." Nothing else for me to say folks. K. Orton threw for 230yds & 2 TDs. A. Dixon had 12 carries for 54yds & 1 TD. R. Woods had 9 receptions for 118yds & 1 TD. G. Smith threw for 89yds. OK, in all fairness, he didn't come in until early in the 3rd Qtr. He still a buster. J. Kerley had 5 receptions for 66yds.

NFC NORTH:
GREEN BAY PACKERS: 8-3
OK, we knew that the Packers would win, at least I did. They went easy on the Vikings and beat them 24-21. I thought it was going to be a beat down of epic proportions, but it wasn't.  Lacey and the O-Line delivered a 4yd run on 3rd & 2 to take the clock to the 2 minute warning and with one more first down sealed a 24-21 win over the Vikings. Rodgers gave the Packers his usual confident, accurate, productive game and Lacey contributed highly with 25 carries for 125yds. Just that simple. The Vikings were successful in holding both Randall Cobb & Jordy Nelson to under 100yds for only the 4th time this season.  This win kept the cheese heads on top, at least until next week. A. Rodgers threw for 209yds & 2 TDs. E. Lacey had 25 caries for 125yds & 1 TD. J. Nelson had 8 receptions for 68yds. T. Bridgewater threw for 210yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. J. McKinnon had 15 carries for 54yds & C. Johnson had 3 receptions for 52yds & 1 TD.

DETROIT LIONS: 7-4
The Lions were tamed by the Patriots, 34-9. They failed to prove that they are a legitimate contender by beating or even scoring a TD against one of the league's top teams. Check it out in New England's update.

CHICAGO BEARS: 5-6
OMG, if we had lost this game, I would have lost the rest of my hair. We beat Tampa Bay, 21-13. I am on the verge of just losing my mind. I checked out the stats on the game and Tampa Bay beat us hands down in EVERYTHING except rushing yards and penalties. That makes no sense at all. Don't get me wrong, I am happy we won but if we don't do better than this, we have nothing else coming this season. I am a realist and I know the playoffs are out of our reach but man, can we go down fighting?  Matt Forte did a great job and the defense made some big, key plays but as a whole, come on man, it was Tampa Bay, not Green Bay. We have a tough schedule left, Detroit, Cowboys, Saints, Detroit and Vikings. We are not going to do well at all if we don't get on the good foot. J. Cutler threw for 130yds & 1 TD. M. Forte had 23 carries for 89yds & 2 TDs. Nothing else worth mentioning. J. McCown had 341yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. Yes, he knocked Cutler out the box, stat wise. V. Jackson had 5 receptions for 117yds & 1 fumble.
 
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 4-7
Read about their 21-24 loss to the Packers in that update.
 
NFC EAST:
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 8-3
The Eagles did the do and took down the Titans 43-24, putting them into a tie for 1st place with the Cowboys. The Eagles were demolished last week by the Packers, 53-20. It took them just 13 seconds to wipe that terrible loss from their memory. J. Huff returned the opening kickoff for 107yds TD. That was the beginning of a sweet victory for the Eagles.  This was Huff first career TD & his return was the longest in franchise history and the 10th non-offensive TD for the Eagles this season.  Mark Sanchez seems to be adjusting well and feeling more of himself in this game. He piled on the stats quite thick in this one.  He had 300yds passing in 3 straight games, tying a team record. He took over for Nick who?  I guess it's do on to others as the Packers have done on to you, lol. The Eagles sacked Mettenberger 5x, including 2 1/2 by Connor Barwin & 2 for Trent Cole. McCoy, the reigning NFL rushing champion hasn't been himself lately, so the media says. He was irritated this week by questions suggesting he had lost a step. He put that nonsense to a halt with his 3rd straight 100yd game in the past 6 games. The Cowboys & Eagles meet next week. It is a fight to the finish in the NFC East. Who will be the top dog in this division when all is said and done?  I don't know for sure on this one, to close to call. M. Sanchez threw for 307yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. L. McCoy had 21 carries for 130yds & 1 TD. J. Matthews had 6 receptions for 77yds. Z. Mettenberger threw for 345yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. D. Walker had 5 receptions for 155yds.

DALLAS COWBOYS: 8-3
They played and beat the N.Y. Giants 31-28.  The Cowboys had to rope & lasso the Giants to keep the game.  The Giants were not going quietly into that good night.  Dallas had to win this one to stay in step and in 1st place with the Eagles. The Cowboys, like everyone else was in awe of Beckham's catch, but got back to business and finished this game. The Giants tried, they even had a 21-10 lead going into half time. Romo and Bryant went to work at that point. Bryant had 2 TDs, but the winner came from Romo with 1:01 left in the game. Sign, sealed and delivered. This was the 6th straight lost for the Giants. Hey, maybe they can watch the playoffs with my Bears, just a thought, lol. T. Romothrew for 275yds & 4 TDs. D. Murray ahd 24 carries for 121yds. D. Bryant had 7 receptions had 86yds & 2 TDs. E. Manning had 338yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. R. Jennings had 19 carries for 52yds. O. Beckham had 10 receptions for 146yds, 2TDs and the BEST CATCH in NFL history.

N.Y. GIANTS: 3-8
Even though they lost this game to Dallas, we were honored with the best catch in NFL history by Odell Beckham Jr's. I am sure the Giants would have rather had the win, but you can't have everything.  They played well. Check out the Cowboys update for details.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 3-8
Though they tried with all their might, they could not get pass the 49ers and lost this one, 13-17. Read about it in the 49ers update.
 
NFC SOUTH:
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 4-6
Read about their 27-34 lost to the Ravens in the MNF doubleheader.

ATLANTA FALCONS: 4-7
The hits just keep on coming.  Read about their 24-26 lost to the Brown in that update.
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 3-7
The Panthers did not play, therefore they did not fold.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 2-9
Read about their 13-21 lost to my BEARS in the Chicago update. 
 
NFC WEST:
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 9-2
Wow, the Cardinals bow to the Seahawks, 3-19. Read Seattle update for the details.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 7-4
What do you know, the Seahawks beat the Cardinals, 19-3. I was pulling for the Cardinals myself, but that doesn't really matter. I guess some of the egos on the Seahawks have finally died down and now they can function as a team. This is the 4th win in 5 games for the Seahawks. Wilson was sacked 7x by the Cardinals but it did not diminish his game at all. This was only the 2nd lost for the Cardinals this season and they have a firm, but not big lead on the NFC West. I think the Seahawks got lucky with both QB Carlson Palmer out with a torn ACL and Larry Fitzgerald out sprained MCL in his left knee. That, combined with a dropped TD by J. Brown late in the 1st half, made the game a give-a-way for the Cardinals. I'm still pulling for the Cardinals in the NFC West. R. Wilson threw for 211yds & 1 TD. R. Wilson againnnnn, had 10 carries for 73yds. D. Stanton threw for 149yds & 1 TD.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: 7-4
It took a 4th Qtr TD for the 49ers to beat out the Redskins, 17-13. I gotta say the 49ers are hanging in there in the NFC West. They are tied for 2nd place with Seattle. The 49ers needed this win to keep their playoff hopes alive. A.Boldin made a 10yd reception, leading to Carlos Hyde go-ahead 4yd TD with 2:59 left. This was the first TD by San Francisco's first team offense in the 4th Qtr this season. They squeaked by on this one, but who cares, a win is a win. The Seahawks and San Francisco, will battle it out on Turkey Day, let's see who takes over 2nd place after that. C.Kaepernick threw for 256yds, 1 TD & 1 int. A. Boldin had 9 receptions for 137yds & 1 TD. RGIII threw for 106yds, and I heard he is benched for the next game. A. Morris had 21 carries for 125yds & 1 TD.

ST. LOUIS RAMS: 4-7
The Rams lose to the Chargers 24-27. Check out the details in the Chargers update.
 
AFC NORTH:
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 7-3-1
The Bengals beat the Texans, 22-13. But really, who isn't beating the Texans these days?  A. Dalton gave his father Greg a special 55th B-day present by finally getting a win in his hometown. Dalton had lost his first 3 tgames against the Texans, including twice here in the playoffs. Dad had bragging rights for his birthday. He probably would have disowned Andy had he lost this one. LOL, I'm just playing, it's only a joke people. Of course his dad loves him more than football, or does he???  This is the 2nd straight win for the Bengals, keeping them in 1st place in a tight division. The Texans are on rolling down the hill, picking up speed with each lost. Yeah, I know, I can't talk with the BEARS record.  But, I'm not talking, I'm writing so I can say it. lol. p.s. I didn't know Dalton was from Houston. A. Dalton threw for 233yds, 1 TD & 1 int. J. Hill had 18 carries for 87yds & 1 TD. A. Green had 12 receptions for 121yds. R.Mallett threw for 189yds & 1 int.
 
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 7-4
They did not play and are still in a tie for 2nd place.
 
CLEVELAND BROWNS: 7-4
Brian Hoyer managed to keep his cool, even with 3 ints in this game and beat the Atlanta Falcons 26-24. The Falcons drove close enough to insure a 53yd FG by Matt Bryant with 44 seconds remaining and took the lead. Turns out they left a little too much time on the clock for the Browns to work with. Hoyer had 4 straight passes, including a 24yder to J. Gordon down the middle of the field. the last of the throws went to M. Austin, who took it to the Falcons 19. The Browns hustled to the line, spiked the ball with 5 seconds left and sent on Cundiff for his 4th FG of the game, it was a 37yder and the winner. With another 4th Qtr meltdown, the Falcons dropped to 0-7 against teams outside their division. B. Hoyer threw for 322yds & 3 ints. I. Crowell had 12 carries for 88yds & 2 TDs. J. Gordon had 8 receptions for 120yds. M. Ryan threw for 273yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. S. Jackson had 13 carries for 34yds & 1 TD. R. White had 9 receptions for 96yds.

BALTIMORE RAVENS: 6-4
Read about their needed win over the Saints, 34-27 in the MNF doubleheader update.
 
AFC SOUTH:
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 7-4
They played the Jaguars and yes, of course they won. 23-3. This one is probably thanks to T.Y. Hilton. He made a promise to his newborn daughter on Sunday. The 3rd year receiver raced from the hospital to Lucas Oil Stadium, then hauled in a 73yd TD catch midway through the 3rd Qtr to give the Colts the play they needed to get pass Jacksonville. OK, writing this part a little teary eyed. Hilton said, "When I was out there, I wanted it to be special, I was going to to play every play for her, just give it my all. When I get back to the hospital, I will take her the football." OK, I have nothing else to say on this update, just wonderful. OK, one more thing, the Colts are holding down 1st place in the AFC South. Al Luck threw for 253yds & 1 TD. D. Herron had 12 carries for 65yds & 1 fumble. Daddy, T.Y. Hilton had 4 receptions for 122yds & 1 TD for his baby girl. B. Bortles threw for 146yds & int. M. Lee had 3 receptions for 52yds. 

HOUSTON TEXANS: 5-6
Either the Texans just plain stink or they can't stand all of the hoopla surrounding the Cowboys. They dropped another one, this time to the Bengals, 13-22. Read Cincinnati's update for details.

TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-9
Read about their 43-24, Football 101, lesson from the Eagles in that update.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 1-10
They keep showing up and you gotta give them credit for that. But they lost again to the Indy Colts, 3-23. Check that update out.

AFC EAST:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 9-2
The Patriots got straight to the point and beat the Lions 34-9 in Gillette Stadium. Checking out the box scores, the Patriots jumped out front 24-6 going into the half and that was pretty much it for the Lions, they never caught up, they didn't even score a TD in this game. The Patriots showed off their passing game this week, last week it was their rushing game they was on display and the outcome was the same, a blowout win over a top team. Yep, Detroit is a top team this year, they cannot be over looked as much as I would love to. I'm just saying. The Patriots defense held the Lions without a TD and two outstanding special teams plays, and the team with the AFC's best record rolled over the team with the NFL's stingiest defense, for their 7th straight win. The Patriots routed a division leader for the 3rd straight week, following wins over Denver & Indy. Boy, I do recall early in the season win everyone was talking about the Patriots were done, bench Tom Brady. Boy, I wish my team had the Patriots problems, lol.  For the 2nd straight week, the Lions have lost to a conference leader, having fallen to Arizona 14-6 a week earlier. Let's hope they take that losing streak into next week against the Bears. Hey, A girl can have hope. T. Brady threw for 349yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. L.Blount had 12 carries for 78yds & 2 TDs. B. LaFell had 9 receptions for 98yds. M. Stafford threw for 264yds & 1 int. J. Bell had 19 carries for 48yds. G. Tate had 4 receptions for 97yds.

BUFFALO BILLS: 5-5
Read about their win over the Jets in Ford Field, 38-3 in the MNF doubleheader update. The game was moved to Detroit due to snow in Buffalo.

New York Jets: 2-8
Read about their lost to the Bills in the MNF doubleheader update. BTW, Geno said he didn't know anything about any snow. As clueless as is game. I'm just saying.

A​FC WEST:

DENVER BRONCOS: 8-3
Denver barely won this one, beating the Dolphins, 39-36. I think the Broncos had some explaining to do with their recent performances and they said it loud and clear in Mile High Stadium. The O-Line had been blamed for the Broncos slide in the last few games and they were not happy about it.  Don't you guys know that the fans don't love you, unless you are winning, I'm just saying. As soon as Denver dropped a few, it was off with their heads, now they love you this week. Weak fans. With 35 runs and 35 throws, the Broncos overcame an 11pt, 4th Qtr deficit to stay atop the highly competitive AFC West. C.J. Anderson ran for 167yds & the go ahead score for the game. The Chiefs losing was a big help as well. This is one of the better games the Tannehill played, I saw a different QB in this game. I have to watchhim more in the future. Manning became the 3rd player in NFL history with TD passes in 50 consecutive games, joining D. Brees (54) and T. Brady (52). It's is hot in the AFC West, the Broncos better get it together or leave it alone. They can't afford anymore games in the L column. P. Manning threw for 257yds & 4 TDs. C. Anderson had 27 carries for 167yds & 1 TD. E. Sanders had 9 receptions for 125yds. R. Tannehill threw for 228yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. L. Miller had 12 carries for 59yds. J. Landry had 7 receptions for 50yes & 2 TDs.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS:​ 7-4
Yep, you guessed it. The Chiefs were the first team to lose to the Oakland Raiders, 24-20. On TNF no less.  Read theTNF update for details. ​ Lucky for Denver they lost.
 
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 7-4
They beat the Rams 27-24. It was a late interception by M. Gilchrist's, 56 seconds left to be exact, that pushed the Chargers over the hump and tuck another win under their belts. It's only tightens this race in the AFC West, with the Broncos barely having control. It could go either way, but I will say it will end up with the Broncos & Chargers fighting it out. I could be wrong, but that's why I have a day job. P. Rivers threw for 291yds, 1 TD & 1 int. R. Mathews had 12 carries for 105yds & 1 TD. K. Allen had 6 receptions for 104yds, 1 TD & 2 fumbles. Good thing they won or he may have been the scapegoat is a loss. S. Hill threw for 198yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. T. Mason had 16 carries for 62yds. S. Bailey had 7 receptions for 89yds & 1 TD.

OAKLAND RAIDERS: 1-10
Celebrate good times, come on, it's a celebration. Yes, the Raiders won their first game this season. They beat the Chiefs, 24-20 on TNF. Read that update for details.

NFL SEASON PREDICTIONS, PART 4: WHO WILL WIN THE SUPERBOWL?
​THIS 4TH AND LAST PART SERIES WILL BE ON WEEK 13 UPDATE. ​

 

Monday, 01 December 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 11

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Man, people lose games and the finger pointing starts. RGIII throws his team under the bus after their loss.  D. Jackson had a reply for that.  Players walking off the field and then get cut.  Another record or two broke or made. There were rumors going around about the Colts and Ray Rice hooking up. But the Colts said, not a chance.  Andddd, MY BEARS won another game!!  What more could you ask for in Week 11.  Read on people. p.s. If you get a chance, check out "A Football Life" It features so many players, mostly past, some present, that you just forgot about and how awesome it was to see them play. I'm just saying if you are hungry for more FB.

TNF: 11/13/2014
 
BUFFALO BILLS VS. MIAMI DOLPHINS:
I did TRY to watch this game but it did not hold my attention, that's really bad when it's the only game in town on for the night.  Miami won this "paint drying" contest, 22-9.  You guessed it, Tannehill came riding in on his white horse with 2 late TDs to rally his team and take this one. The nail in the Bills coffin was the 4th Qtr where they were shut out on scoring 10-0. I hate when the only game on for the night is boring, it really sucks. Tannehill threw for 240yds & 2 TDs. L. Miller had 15 carries for 86yds and B. Hartline had 3 receptions for 55yds. K. Orton threw for 193yds. He is constantly shooting himself in the foot. C. Hogan had 7 receptions for 74yds.
 
MNF: 11/17/2014
 
PITTSBURGH STEELERS VS. TENNESSEE TITANS:
Boy, this had more twist and turns than a pretzel. The Steelers had to fight and fight hard for this one. The Titans were leading the Steelers 24-13 going into the 4th Qtr. I knew they were happppyyyy. But that too, would be short lived. When the dust cleared, the Steelers came up the winner. But, that is not the story. So the Steelers cut LeGarrette Blount, seems he left the game a tad bit early, like before it was over. By the time the last teammate came into the locker room, he was fully dressed and headed out. Joey Porter, defensive assistant coach of the Steelers called out to him to come back.  He ignored the first 2 calls, and then had the nerves to turn around after Porter called him the 3rd time and said, "What do you want?" He told him to "Get in here, get in here." He followed his orders, but left again a few minutes later.  The Steelers cut Blount on Tuesday but the Patriots picked him back up on Thursday. They said he's a jerk, so who wants him around. Just repeating what I hear/read folks. He probably was upset because he feels he doesn't get the ball enough. With LeVeon Bell racking up 204yds, you probably still wouldn't. Big Ben threw for 207yds, 1 TD & 1 int. L. Bell had 33 carries for 204yds & 1 TD. A. Brown had 9 receptions for 91yds & 1 TD. Z. Mettenberger threw for 263yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. B. Sankey had 11 carries for 38yds & 1 TD. N. Washington had 1 reception for 80yds & 1 TD. He got that out the way in one play.

NFC NORTH:
 
CHICAGO BEARS: 4-6
The first timeeee, ever I sawwww your faceeee. I still love my BEARS. They made me even happier with a win over the Vikings 21-13. I know you are all saying, "It's over Rainey, it's doesn't matter how many they win now, they ain't going nowhere." I hear ya loud and clear and I'm cool with that, I have accepted those facts. But, guess what?  Neither are the Vikings, LOL. We finally won another game, the last time we won a game was against the Falcons on 10/12/14. That's the cold, hard truth people. But, in the mean time, the good news on this win is this.  The Offense finally got their act together and controlled the ball for nearly 40 minutes. Everyone was so shocked, even the game clock, it stopped working, lol. The Vikings were awful, it was like listening to me sing, trust me it's not music to your ears. They held Bridgewater to 158yds and looking very puzzled and indecisive at the same time. Kyle Long said that Marshall was a monster, a workhorse. Well, we know he can take a beating because Long continued to beat on him in celebration of his 2nd TD, it was too funny. Vikings not only left as losers they left blaming the game clock, not knowing how much time the had to work made it difficult.  Yeah, let's go with that for the reason. Thanks to MY BEARS.  J. Cutler threw for 330yds, 3 TDs & 2 ints. He just gotta have his ints. SMH. M. Forte had 26 carries for 117yds. A. Jeffery had 11 receptions for 135yds & 1 TD. Don't leave out B. Marshall with 7 receptions for 90yds & 2 TDs. T. Bridgewater threw for 158yds, 1 TD & 1 int. C. Johnson had 6 receptions for 87yds.
 
GREEN BAY PACKERS: 7-3
OK, so the cheese heads beat down my BEARS last week, 55-14.  Yeah, we went home crying and stuff.  But, when they turn around and beat the brakes off the Eagles, 53-20, all of a sudden, we can hold our heads up.  That means nobody is leaving the Packers, without singing the blues.  If you saw adventures in babysitting, you would get that line, lol. Yes, without mercy, the Packers bestowed another humiliation type of beating, like taking your girl from you when you know you had a firm grip on that relationship. It was a mess. The Eagles were mortified. They had their first major special-teams blunder when they let Micah Hyde's 75yd punt return for a TD. Now, this was the cold part, Rodgers handed off to Eddie Lacy, turned and started jogging to the sideline before his RB had crossed the goal line for a 1yd TD. He just knew what time it was.  But wait, this is the kicker, J. Peppers had a int. and ran it in for a TD, 52yds. This was JP second int. of the season the former BEAR returned for a score. I didn't see none of that in Chicago, I'm just saying. Rodgers broke Tom Brady's NFL record of 288 straight passes at home without an interception. The Eagles, well, they lost.  Nuff said about that. A. Rodgers threw for 341yds & 3 TDs. E. Lacy had 10 carries for 69yds & 1 TD and R. Cobb had 10 receptions for 129yds. M. Sanchez threw for 346yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. L. McCoy had 23 carries for 88yds and J. Matthews had 5 receptions for 107yds & 1 TD.
 
DETROIT LIONS: 7-3
Usually, in the cartoons, it's the cat eating the bird. Not today, the Cardinals had the last word in this 14-6 win over the Lions. Read about it in the Arizona update.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 4-6
Yes, somebody else in the NFC North is done for the season. Read about their 21-13 loss to my favorite team.  DA BEARS.

NFC EAST:
 
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 7-3
Man, they felt the wrath of the Packers this week. Read about their 53-20 beat down in Green Bay's update.
 
DALLAS COWBOYS: 7-3
The Cowboys did not play and the Eagles did not win. So we have a tie for 1st place in the NFC East folks.

NEW YORK GIANTS: 3-7
All I have to say is, Eli threw 5 interceptions, you can figure out the rest from there. Read about there 16-10 loss to the 49ers. Word on the street: Michael Irvin said that if Eli wasn't a Manning, he'd be getting his head chopped off. He said if Romo did what Eli has done so far this season, it would not be good for him. Check out the 49ers update for details.
 
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 3-7
When it rains, it pours. Washington dropped this one to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-7. I am sure they did not see that coming.  On a personal note, this got pretty ugly for the Redskins. RGIII throws his teammates under a bus after his own bad game. He threw 2 ints. and was sacked 6 times. RGIII said, "It takes 11 men, it doesn't take one guy and that's proven. If you want to look at the good teams in this league & the great QBs, Manning and Rodgers. Those guy's don't play well if their guys don't play well."  Well, all DeSean Jackson had to say was this, "You can't do epic s#%t with basic people."  All man, that was cold. Read the Bucs update for details on their second win of the season.
 
NFC SOUTH:
 
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 4-6
OK, when you are 4-6 and the papers say there is still a chance for you to make the playoffs, there is one or two things that they are considering. 1. Your division is that weak.  2. You are the Saints. Even with their 27-10 loss to the Bengals, they still can take this division. Read the Bengals update for the 411.
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 3-7
They decline of the Panthers has started and if you guys remember, I said it was coming. They bowed to the Falcons, 19-17. Read the Falcons update for details.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 2-8
Two and counting. That's gotta be the sweetest 2 that the Bucs have every seen. They got another win folks against the Redskins, 27-7.  I would say that's a pretty good spanking they dished out. The Rookie Mike Evans, was telling the 35yr old QB, McCown, what to do. The way he was playing, no one was going to argue. He had 7 receptions for 209yds & 2 TDs. He is 6'5, 231 pounds, and he's coming to Chicago. DANG!!  He is now the 1st rookie to post 3 consecutive 100yd games with at least 1 TD in each since Moss in 1998. According to STATS, he's also the 1st rookie with 200yds receiving & 2 TDs since Anquan Bolding in 2003. And not to finish shabbily, Evans was 7yds shy of Vincent Jackson's franchise record of 216. Wow. Is there anything else to say for this game, clearly, Evans was the man for the day. J. McCown threw for 288yds & 2 TDs. To repeat M. Evans stats would be just rubbing it in the Redskins face. RGIII, came from behind the bus he later used on this teammates and threw for 207yds & 1 TD & 2 ints. A. Morris had 20 carries for 96yds & r. Helu had 6 receptions for 57yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble.

ATLANTA FALCONS: 4-6
So, with this win, 19-17 over their division rivals the Panthers. Atlanta shares a piece of the 1st place pie in the NFC South with the Saints. No one is is just as surprised as anyone else that they are tied with the Saints as Ryan is but he is not complaining.  I told you this season was going to be crazy.  A 4-6 win record has you tied for 1st place in any division is just laughable. Newton threw 2 ints. The Panthers have lost 5 straight games and are 1-7-1 since starting the season 2-0. But, in this division, they are not done. That doesn't stop Cam from crying  M. Ryan threw for 268yds & 1 TD. R. White had 8 receptions for 75yds & 1 TD. C. Newton threw for 292yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. K. Benjamin had 9 receptions for 109yds & 1 TD.
 
NFC WEST:

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 6-4
Rolling on down the hill.  Yep, the Seahawks still ain't got it together. Read about their 24-20 lost to the Chiefs in that update.  Word on the street: So Lynch has been fined a total of $100K for ignoring the NFL media policy that players must be available to the media during the practice week, at the team facilities and in the locker room following a game. $50K of it was carried over from last year.  The fans of Seattle are outraged and have started a fund to help him pay his fine. Really, he can't use any of the MILLIONS that he already has?  You people are crazy, he ain't giving you NOTHING but a good game to watch and that ain't on a regular bases. So you will take your rent, grocery or kids lunch money and help poor Lynch. LMAO!!! He said that any money he gets from the fund he will double and give to charity. We will never know, will we?  He is appealing the fines. Hey, here's a thought, maybe he can take the money from the fund and pay for a win. 
 
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: 6-4
Looks like they are back to their winning way with a 16-10 win over the N.Y. Giants. Question is, who isn't beating the Giants?  I am sure that the 49ers don't care who it is, a win is a win. Rookie LB Chris Borland had 2 ints in this game. Borland is the first 49ers rookie with 2 picks in a game.  He joined Ken Norton Jr. in 1995 as the only 49ers LBs with 2 ints in a game over the past 40yrs. They are now tied for 2nd place with Seattle, that's a plus. Manning capped a 5 play drive with a 19yd TD pass to Donnell.  It marked the 1st time in 20 games that N.Y. scored a TD on it's opening drive. That's a long dry spell, SMH. This was the Giants 5th straight loss. C. Kaep threw for 193yds & 1 TD. F. Gore had 19 carries for 95yds & 1 fumble. M. Crabtree had 3 receptions for 85yds & 1 TD. E. Manning threw for 280yds, 1 TD & 5 ints. R. Jennings had 18 carries for 59yds. R. Randle had 7 receptions for 112yds.

ARIZONA CARDINALS: 9-1

The Lions could not get it done against the best team in the NFL today. The Cardinals beat the Lions, 14-6 and added a Lions head on their mantle. They have the best record in the NFL, now being 9-1.  I know this was the worse lost of the season for the lions.  Winning this one would have given them sole possession of 1st place in the NFC North. Being tied is not a bad place to be in either. I really thought the Lions would win this one since Palmer is out for the remainder of the season. But, Drew Stanton said hold up, don't count me out yet. Drew did a great job, the defense was excellent. Coach Bruce Arians said, "Whoever steps in steps up." You can't say it any simpler than that. D. Stanton threw for 306yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. J. Brown had 5 receptions for 69yds. M. Stafford threw for 183yds & 1 int. J. Bell had 14 carries for 85yds & C. Johnson had 5 receptions for 59yds. 

ST. LOUIS RAMS: 4-6
OK, I said it, don't go messing around in Rams territory. They put they horns to the Broncos and delivered a 22-7 beating. The Rams are the only team in the NFL that has beaten both of last year Superbowl teams. The 34yr old QB Shaun Hill got the game ball from coach Jeff Fisher after the Rams beat an elite team for the 3rd time this season. Hill kept it clean with a turnover-free outing that was a nice compliment to the defense that had 2 ints and made the stops that counted. Hat's off to the Rams. S. Hill threw for 220yds & 1 TD. T. Mason had 29 carries for 113yds. K. Britt had 4 receptions for 128yds & 1 TD. P. Manning threw for 389yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. Boy, he must have pinched himself to see if he was Eli, lol.
 
AFC NORTH:
 
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 6-3
Didn't look like the Saints put up much resistance in this 27-10 clawing from the Bengals. It's was like a fat man in a pie shop, he was doomed before he entered. This was the Saints 2nd straight loss at home. It was pretty clear by the end of the 3rd Qtr that the Bengals were in control with a 20-3 lead. They threw the Saints another 7pts in the 4th and added 7 of their own and called it a day. I can't figure out was eating the Saints besides maybe Drew has been drinking too much Nyquill in his commercials.  He better wake up and smell the playoffs, they are coming. Dalton, well he redeemed himself from one of the worst outing of his career with a composed, ruthlessly efficient performance to win this one, He completed 73% of his throws for 3 TDs.  Remember, they thought they were going to beat the Browns last week and Dalton finished with a passer rating of 2.0, that's just crazy.  He had to get that pie off his face. Maybe they are on an upswing now, we will see. Dalton threw for 220yds & 3 TDs. J. Hill had 27 carries for 152yds. A. Green had 6 receptions for 127yds & 1 TD. D. Bfees threw for 255yds & 1 TD. M. Ingram had 23 carries for 67yds. M. Colston had 4 receptions for 56yds.
 
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 6-4
They did not play but check this out.  This division is tighter than my size 10 jeans that I USED to wear. Ain't no room for error here boy. The Bengals are 6-3 & everyone else is 6-4.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 6-4
Read about the Steelers narrow escape from the Titans with a 27-24 win. Check it out in the MNF update.

CLEVELAND BROWNS: 6-4

Well, from what I gathered, there is no love lost between the Browns and the Texans. But the winner in this fight would be the Texans, 23-7. Read about it in the Texans update.
 
AFC EAST:
 
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 8-2
It a few things I enjoy in life. The Colts losing to the Patriots 42-20 is one of them. Yes, this was indeed a good one to watch. I enjoyed it immensely!! It even has me pulling out my words with more than 4 letters, lol. RB, Jonas Gray has franchise-record 4 rush TDs when this fiasco was over. Just think, Bill was on the verge of cutting him in training camp.  New England just saves up the good stuff to whup up on the Colts. It's like every time they touched the ball, they scored. I loved it. This was N.E. 6th straight win and 5th consecutive win in the series. But, Luck is still stacking up other things. He has the Colts franchise record for consecutive 300yd games at eight. He need one more to match drew Brees. See Andrew, something positive did come out of this game for you though I am sure you would have preferred the win. Well, you can't have it all.  D. Brees threw for 257yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. J. Gray had 37 carries for 201yds & 4 TDs. Dang. R. Gronkowski had 4 receptions for 71yds & 1 TD. A. Luck threw for 303yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. A. Luck had 3 carries for 15yds. C. Fleener had 7 receptions for 144yds.

NEW YORK JETS: 2-8
They did not play, therefore they did not lose.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: 6-4
Read about their win over the Bills in the TNF update. They won, 22-9. BORING!

BUFFALO BILLS: 5-5
Go ahead on up to the TNF update and read about this sleeper.
 
AFC SOUTH:
 
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 6-4
Read about the can of whup a#@ that the Patriots opened up on the Colts in the Pats update.  42-20, that's going to leave a bruise. Record alert: Indy kicker Adam Vinatieri reached two against the Pats, his former team. He scored 8pts for his 17th 100-pt season, breaking a tie with Jason Elam for the most in NFL history. He became the 4th member of the 2,100pt club. He finished the game with 2,106 pts.

TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-7

Read about how they ALMOST beat the Steelers. Check out MNF update. ​

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 1-9

They did not play, therefore they did not lose.

HOUSTON TEXANS: 5-5
The Texans and JJ Watt took down the Browns, 23-7. I didn't see this game so this update will be kinda, unconcerned, lol. Watt nearly beat Cleveland himself, catching a 2yd TD pass from Ryan Mallett and dominating on defense, he cleared the path for the Texans to win this win easily. He scored his 4th TD for the season, recorded a strip sack, 5 tackles, three of them for a loss, recovered a fumble and hurried Hoyer into several bad throws, he was unstoppable. After the game, JJ met Brian Hoyer near midfield and gave him a hug. It's the least he could do since he was his daddy for the day, lol  R. Mallett threw for 211yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. A. Blue had 36 carries for 156yds. D. Hopkins had 4 receptions for 80yds. B. Hoyer threw for 330yds, 1 TD & 1 int., I like Hoyer. I. Crowell had 14 carries for 61yds & 1 fumble. A. Hawkins had 6 receptions for 97yds & 1 TD.
 
AFC WEST:
 
DENVER BRONCOS: 7-3
Denver's charge is halted by the Rams, 22-7.  Check out the details in the Rams update. p.s. I said if the Broncos ain't careful, K.C. would be leading this league. One more loss for the Broncos + 1 more win by the Chiefs and, well, you know what I'm driving at.
 
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 7-3
They Chiefs took down the Seahawks, 24-20. It always warm my heart when Seattle loses. The win wasn't big in numbers but definitely big in game record. Jamaal Charles would clown on this day. The Chiefs pried open holes for him to run free against the Seahawks. The Chiefs held Seattle on 4th & down 3 times in the final Qtr. They just could not get the ole motor going tonight. Oh well, that's life. A. Smith threw for 108yds. J. Charles had 20 carries for 159yds, 2 TDs & 1 fumble. T. Kelce had 3 receptions for 37yds & 1 fumble. R. Wilson threw for 178yds & 2 TDs. M. Lynch had 24 carries for 124yds, shhhhhh, don't say nothing...J. Kearse had 5 receptions for 54yds.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 6-4
The Chargers are hanging in there.  With the expected 13-6 meager win over the Raiders, they are still in the mix in the AFC West. Not much to write here folks. We came, we saw, we conquered. This would snap a 3 game skid for the Chargers but would hand the Raiders their 16th straight loss. Monday, 11/17 was the one year anniversary of their last win, 28-23 at Houston. Wow, you gotta be tough to show up for work everyday with that record hanging over your head. My hats off this week goes to the, yet to win a game this season, Raiders. You still come out every game and hold your head up and play, not whining like some of the prima-donnas in the league. P. Rivers threw for 193yds & 1 TD. R. Mathews had 16 carries for 70yds. K. Allen had 8 receptions for 63yds. D. Carr threw for 172yds. L. Murray had 4 carries for 43yds. K. Thompkins had 2 receptions for 47yds.
 
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-10 
Read about their continued loss streak in the Chargers update, right above man, just look up.

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NFL SEASON PREDICTIONS, PART 3: THE IMPROVED EIGHT:
These are the 8 NFL teams that "experts" say will improve the most heading into the 2014 season. Every fan base has reason to believe their team dramatically improved when the calendar date falls somewhere between the draft & Week 1 of the regular season. Unfortunately, not all of them will make the leap and become playoff contenders. So we're going to highlight which ones have the most clear and substantial reasons for a boost in optimism. My thoughts: I think they were wayyyy off on these picks.

New York Giants:
They have a chance to jump start Eli Manning's career after two tough seasons. Arranging an array of quick releases and combo routes should ignite Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr. and especially Rueben Randle, who struggled mightily to grasp the option-route system and saw 8 interceptions on passes targeting him last season. If Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie can continue to lock down dominant receivers and Johnathan Hankins consistently flashes his interior power and gets to play more snaps, New York's defense could improve on an underrated 2013 campaign that was shadowed by offensive struggles.

Indianapolis Colts:
They must find a health balance between the run-gun-style in which Andrew Luck flourished when the Colts (reluctantly) went that route when trailing last year, and the big sets OC, Pep Hamiliton likes to employ.  With TE, Dwayne Allen returning from season-long injury to join improving teammate Coby Fleener and mid season acquisition Trent Richardson, perhaps Hamilton's bigger packages can finally succeed at the pro level. Indy even used packages with 6 linemen, second-most in the league, according to football sources. Luck enters his 3rd year flush with weapons.  With the right offensive approach from kickoff, Indy can compete with any team.
 
St. Louis Rams:
There are few more difficult tasks in today's game than pushing around an NFC West front seven. The Rams managed to do this at times in 2013-springing Zac Stacy for 134yds against the Seahawks on MNF-and look poised to improve up front even more. If Jake Long can stay healthy, then the left side possesses a nice mix of agility and power with top pick Greg Robinson aside center Scott Wells, each veteran ranking in the upper-half of their position in Pro Football Focus positional grading. The Rams defense finished 3rd in the NFL in sacks and should only instill more terror in opposing QBs by adding interior penetration from rookie DT Aaron Donald, the Rams 2nd, 1st-round pck this May.  They somehow became more dangerous in the trenches. If Sam Bradford finds the form shown just before his season-ending injury, St. Louis just may escape the vaunted NFC West with a playoff bid.

Chicago Bears:
Chicago didn't necessarily trade great defense for prolific offense by firing Lovie Smith and hiring Marc Trestman.  The Bears have had play makers on both sides of the ball in the past two season, but the defense got older, and the offensive unit really began to improve.  Charles Tillman, Henry Melton and Julius Peppers fell off just as Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett added crucial extra threats int he passing game.  Meanwhile, the O-line was revamped with new talent. It's tough to lose a defensive mind like Smith but Chicago's defense could rebound dramatically in their second year post-Lovie.  Kyle Fuller injects needed toughness and versatility into the secondary while the additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young replace much of a defensive line that got pushed around last season.  Mel Tucker's not a bad coordinator, he just had a rough unit in 2013.

Tennessee Titans:
Tis is Jake Locker's last chance to be the team's starting QB and Ken Whisenhunt will make the most of it. A. Phillip Rivers-level rejuvenation is a bit steep to ask, rocketing from Pro Football Focus No. 23 QB pre-Whisenhunt in 2012 to No. 2 behind only Peyton Manning in 2013.  But protecting Tennessee's passer through effective use of run game, manipulation of down-and-distance and implementing Dexter McCluster in a Woodhead-esque role may just keep Locker healthy for once in his short pro career.  The Titans clearly hope to reclaim the early 2013 Locker who led Tennessee out to a 3-1 start with a 6-0 TD-INT ratio and a 67% completion percentage in the latter two weeks of that stretch.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Lovie Smith is my preseason pick for the 2014 NFL Coach of the Year award given the Schiano bump and also how much better an extremely talented defense will be utilized.  The Bucs posses elite talent in the front-seven with DT Gerald McCoy and OLB Lavonte David while the addition of Alterraun Verner should fit well in Smith's Tampa-2 zone concepts.  It's not crazy to think this trio could be as effective as Chicago's equal of Peppers, Briggs & Tillman.  No OLB instinctively shoots gaps like David currently does, and at 24 he should only grow better at wreaking havoc on opposing QBs. Josh McCown opened his tenure with the Bucs in abysmal fashion but it's rash to draw a firm conclusion from Week 1 of the preseason in a new offense. If things do go south with the bet QB, TB does have a reliable-enough younger passer on the bench who can win thanks to a stout, ball-hawking Lovie Smith defense making plays on the other side of the ball.
 
Washington Redskins:
Projecting the Redskins will finish this season comes on whether the ordeal in Cincinnati was Andy Dalton holding back Jay Gruden or vice verse.  Measuring Dalton's overall production against some of his train-wreck performances-this January's playoff loss comes to mind-I believe the new Redskins coach did a nice job much of the time getting Dalton to release quickly.  He also put RB Gio Bernard in position to make plays in the open field (12th in YAC of all positions as a rookie) while finding good moments to dial up shot plays.  Not saying Gruden was perfect but these elements should translate as the )Skins now have the offensive weapons to do both of these things quite well.  DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed provide Gruden with a nice cast to ignite RGIII.  But this season's fate largely comes down to RGIII's confidence in his knee and showing his worth as a pocket passer at this level.  Capitalizing on the ample WR talent comes down to how Gruden and Griffin click.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 10

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​MY, MY, MY how the season passes by when you are getting beat down. My BEARS were taken down extra hard by the Packers, but that update is coming up shortly. Word on the street: The Sun-Times put in BOLD letters that the FANS should Boycott the game Sunday.  Hey, somebody can give me their sky box tickets.  When you having a good time, the hurt goes down a little easier, I'm just saying.  We got a QB that's making a comeback in Philly, a QB that is getting a chance to show that he still has it in N.Y. and I don't mean Eli and a QB that is out for the season with a torn ACL.  Enjoy week 10 folks. ​

TNF:11/6/14
 
CINCINNATI BENGALS VS. CLEVELAND BROWNS:
Oops upside your head, I said, oops upside your head. OK, I don't no about anybody else, but this game was so lopsided.  The sports announcers said it and I thought it, the Bengals were going to blow the Browns out.  Well, by now, you know that didn't happen.  The Browns were in attach mode from the word go. It's like they put a GPS on the Bengals. They knew every move, direction and turn they planned from the word go. The Browns snapped their 17 straight losses to division opponents on the road. By the time the Browns were done intercepting or batting down Dalton's passes, they came out on top convincingly, 24-3.  This gives Cincinnati an 18-41 record in prime time.  The game marked the first since 1986 when Bernie Kosar & Boomer Esiason were the QBs, that the intrastate rivals played with 1st place on the line so late in the season.  The Browns won that one, 34-3. The Browns have been the AFC North's bottom-dweller team for years but climbed to the top spot on Thursday night. Looks like Cinderella has found her glass slipper. My brother Chris seems to think it's the Lebron effect as the explanation for the Browns turn around. We shall see. B. Hoyer threw for 198yds. T. West had 26 carries for 94yds & 1 TD. A. Dalton threw for 86yds, dang, that's crazy. Add 3 ints. and 2 sacks for the day. J. Hill had 12 carries for 55yds & 1 fumble.
 
MNF: 11/10/14
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES VS. CAROLINA PANTHERS:
You HAD to see this game to believe it. From the word go, the Panthers were doomed. Cam Newton was sacked 9 times in this game.  After the 3rd or 4th sack, you could see the effects. They hit him so much, it seemed like even when he was on the sidelines, the Eagles still hit him. His offensive line did NOTHING to protect him, even the announcers said that it was ridiculous.  The Panthers were de-clawed by the Eagles, 45-21. The Eagles had 2 hero's on this night.  One was Mark Sanchez. He was amazing last night. No butt bumps, accurate and on the money, it was exciting watching him play.  23 months off from playing, sitting and waiting, not only humbled him, he has matured and will be a force to reckon with in upcoming games.  Watch!  He said he was dying to get on the field.  I know Nick Foles is saying, man, I'm a goner!!  Then you had Darren Sproles with 2 TDs, one was a 65yd punt return and the other a 34yd int.  I was watching him run, his feet were moving so fast, it's like they were not moving, you know what I'm trying to say?  The little engine that could.  I will give Cam props, he, as the QB took the blame for this loss, but it TRULY was not all on him.  He did throw 3 ints. but if you had been hit 9 times, would you hold on to the ball?  How do you let a team get to your QB 9 times? No gold watches for the OL this year. The crazy thing is that the Panthers time of possession was 38:05 & the Eagles was 21:55. M. Sanchez threw for 332yds & 2 TDs, it was really good seeing him do his thing. L. McCoy had 12 carries for 19yds & 1 TD. J. Matthews had 7 receptions for 138yds & 2 TDs. You saw Sproles contribution earlier in the update. C. Newton, aka: Man down, threw for 306yds, 2 TDs & 3 ints. J Stewart had 11 carries for 36yds & 1 TD. G. Olsen had 6 receptions for 119yds. 
 
NFC NORTH:
 
CHICAGO BEARS: 3-6 (dead last)
Is my eye still black?  More than likely it is.  The Packers beat the crap out of my BEARS, 55-14 then they threw cheese at us. I saw one article that read, "The Bears are out of hibernation, the rematch is on." After last night, it was more like open season on the Bears.  Hampton said the BEARS are competing with the Jaguars, Raiders and Tampa Bay to see who turns out the laughing stock of the NFL. He said that the Bears have become "a stink bomb of epic proportions." I saw this video that showed this guy burning his Cutler jersey. He kept saying, "you suck man, quit football."  They gave him $126 million for 7 years. You guys gotta realize that we are stuck with Jay, I'm just saying. You know the cheap BEARS organization will NOT pay him just to get rid of him. I was reading  "grading the Bears."  It's a weekly grading of the Bears games in the Sun-Times. We got an F all around the board except for coaching, that was an F-.  Just so you guys know, our back-up QB Clausen, he is 1-9 as a starter in the NFL with 3 TDs & 9 ints. to boast about.  Really, that's who has our back?  By the 3rd Qtr, there was nothing left to play for but pride. All but one player had given up and he continued to fight, that was Brandon Marshall.  He had to battle for every single 112yds and the 1 TD he had.  Had it not been for him, we could have easily ended up 0-55. Marshall showed heart on Sunday night, something the rest of his teammates lacked.  He never complains about not getting the ball and he plays, even when he's in pain, just to help his team. My THANK YOU goes to B.M. He ALWAYS gives a 110%.  p.s. personally, I was at a wedding receptions, dancing, enjoying several martini's.  They grew in number each time the Packers scored.  I didn't feel much pain at all on this one

GREEN BAY PACKERS: 6-3
Really, do I have to stab myself repeatedly in this blog?  Yes, the Packers stomped us, shamed us and took our lunch money. GB did everything to us except slap our kids. 55-14, that's all I should say, but in all fairness, I will give the Packers their update. So, where do I start?  With the 6 TDs that Rodgers threw to tie the GB game record and match the NFL record for a half. The extra slap in the face as  Cutler was sacked by Peppers that he more than likely, put some extra stank on just for Cutler. That one caused a fumble and a score.  No matter where I start, it wasembarrassing!!  We had 11 penalties that cost us 163yds. We had 55 rushing yards to the Packers 132. Most importantly, our QB had 1 TD when theirs had 6. As the game progressed and Aaron Rodgers continued to shred the Bears defense with a smile on his face, it became clear that NOW is a good time to start planning for next year.  A. Rodgers threw for 315yds & 6 TDs. D. Harris had 8 carries for 52yds and J. Nelson had 6 receptions for 152yds & 2TDs, what else is new there? J. Cutler threw for 272yds, 1 TD, 2 ints and was sacked twice. M. Forte had 17 carries for 54yds, WTH?? B. Marshall had 8 receptions for 112yds & 1 TD.

DETROIT LIONS: 7-2
Give credit where credit is due. In the NFC North, that would be the Lions. Taking their record to 7-2 and are in place, all by their lonesome. Lions beat the Dolphins, 20-16. Matt Stafford threw an 11yd TD pass to Theo Riddick with 29 seconds remaining in the game and just like that, the Lions pulled another one out of their hats. Nothing has come easy for the Lions lately, yet, they keep on winning. It was the Lions 4th straight win. The past three have been by a combined 6pts, all with 4th Qtr comebacks. Stafford said, "It's a good feeling for a QB to have the ball in his hand at the end of the game. By no means are we playing perfect, bet we're finding ways to win game." Nothing more for me to say on this one. Well, one more thing, all the announcers keep saying that Tannehill is playing more like Marino. Really, what games are they looking at? I'm just saying. M. Stafford threw for 280yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. C.J. back in form had 7receptions for 113yds & 1 TD. R. Tannehill threw for 207 yds, 1 TD & 1 int. J. Landry had 7 receptions for 53yds.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 4-5
They did not play and they are still ahead of the Bears.
 
NFC EAST:
 
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 6-2
Check out the moves that Sproles and Sanchez made on their way to a 45-21 win over the Panthers in the MNF update.
 
DALLAS COWBOYS: 7-3
OK, y'all know that the Jaguars didn't stand a chance against the Cowboys. They just took their weekly beat down, 31-17 and went on home. I still felt that Romo should not have played this one, if that can't beat the Jaguars withoutRomo, then they are done anyway. They did manage to snap a two game losing streak though, so that had to feel good. Romo was was hurt two weeks ago, fracturing two small bones in his back. He started in London to help the Cowboys snap a 2 game losing streak. DeMarco Murray ran for 100yds but had his record streak of eight straight 100yd games to start a season snapped by the Cardinals last week. The Jaguars did have a glimmer of hope as they held a 7-3 lead in the 1st Qtr. I just laughed when I saw the score. I said boy, the Cowboys would be pissseddd if they loss this one. So far, Romo is now 25-5 in November. I know he wish all 16 games could be played in November since that seems to be his good luck month. T. Romo threw for 246yds & 3 TDs. D. Murray had 19 carries for 100yds. D. Bryant with a commanding 6 receptions for 158yds & 2 TDs.  Word on the street: Dez & a bunch of the younger players blew off curfew to celebrate Dez Birthday, I think it was the night before the game. The owner & coaching staff was not very happy.  One thing is for sure, they didn't renew his contract as a present.  And my personal favorite article this week. Cowboys, Jaguars brass party on $110 million yacht in London, the night before the big game. And you wonder why you players ain't listening to you about a curfew.

NEW YORK GIANTS: 3-6

Man, when it rains, it pours. The Giants drop another one, this time to the Seahawks, 38-17.  Read about it in Seattle's update.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 3-6
They did not play.
 
NFC SOUTH:
 
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 4-5
I bet they are still kicking themselves about this loss. They had this game and let it get away. Read about their 27-24 give-a-game to the 49ers in that update.
 
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 3-5
Check out the MNF update on the sack fest on Cam Newton as the Panthers took a 45-21 spanking by the Eagles.
 
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 1-8
Read about their valiant but failed effort to win a 2nd game for the season. They loss to the Falcons, 27-17. I felt bad for Josh McCown. They said he was really emotional after the game. He said, "As you get older, the opportunities are less and less no matter if you're a franchise QB or not. When you are 35, you know that the clock is ticking.  You don't want to let these moments slip away. I think that's why it hurts, because it got away."  If it were up to the fans, we would have gladly kept you in Chi Town Josh.  Check out Atlanta's update.

ATLANTA FALCONS: 3-6

Well, what do you know, the Falcons snap a 5 game skid with this 27-17 win over the Bucs. I didn't see this game, didn't want to see this game either, had troubles of my own brewing this particular Sunday. This was the Falcons first victory since they blew out the Bucs on Sept., 18th, 56-14.  The Falcons said that there is still a lot of winning to do to get back into the NFC South race. Now normally, I would say they are done but you have the Saints at 4-5 so they have a legitimate chance to turn it around in their division. That's crazy, but true.  M. Ryan threw for 219yds & 1 TD. S. Jackson had 16 carries for 81yds & 1 TD. J. Jones had 8 receptions for 119yds.  J. McCown threw 301yds, 2 TDs & 2 int. J. McCown also had 5 carries for 39yds, we miss you J in Chicago. M. Evans had 7 receptions for 125yds & 1 TD.
 
NFC WEST:
 
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 6-3
Lynch finally clowned on the field and the Seahawks beat down the Giants, 38-17. At this point in the season, I  wasn't sure who was going to win this one. I knew that the Seahawks should win but wasn't betting my paycheck on it.  NYGhad the Seahawks by the wings with a 14-7 lead.  M. Lynch had a 2yd TD run with 1:57 left in the 2nd Qtr, tying the game up 14 all. Then the NYG kicker, Josh Brown would have the last word in the half with a 41yds FG, giving the Giants a 17-14 lead going into half time. I said man, the Seahawks better pick up their game.  The beginning of the end for the Giants came when Hauschka kicked a 28yd FG to tie the game 17-17 with 4:13 left in the 3rd.  Lynch went to work from there.  The Giants never saw what hit em. He had a total of 4 TDs in this game, he was a mad man. R. Wilson threw for 172yds & 2 ints. He even ran in a 1yd TD with 5:19 left in the 4th. M. Lynch had 21 carries for 140yds & 4 TDs. J. Kearse had 3 receptions for 70yds. E. Manning threw for 283yds, 1 TD & 3 ints. A. Williams had 13 carries for 33yds & 1 TD. O. Beckham had 7 receptions for 108yds.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: 5-4
Awhhh, snappp.  The 49ers came to play ball today. They won this one in OT, 27-24. The Saints did the dummy when they gave Kap like 5 minutes to throw a 51yd pass to Crabtree, who caught it and set the 49ers up for a FG to tie the game with 0.44 left in the game. You guessed it, Dawson nailed a 45yd FG and took the game into OT. It was anyonesgame in OT but Ahmad Brooks made sure it was the 49ers.  He sacked and stripped Bress in OT and Dawson kicked a 35yd FG to seal and steal the win. This win put a halt to a two game skid for the 49ers and marked the 1st home loss for the Saints in more than a season. N.O. had won 11 straight in the Superdome and 20 straight at home in games coached by Sean Payton. It looked like the streak would continue after the Saints erased an 11pt halftime deficit and took the lead on Brees 2yd scoring pass to Jimmy Graham with 1:52 left. They did "win" for about 2 minutes but the TD by Graham was negated when he was called for pushing off. You know the rest of the story. C. Kaepernick threw for 210yds & 1 TD. F. Gore had 23 carries for 81yds & 1 TD, he was not to be stopped this night. A. Boldin had 6 receptions for 95yds & 1 TD. He and Gore played tag team. D. Brees threw for 292yds, 3 TDs & 2 ints. M. Ingram had 27 carries for 120yds & B. Cooks had 5 receptions for 90 yds & 1 TD. Man, they was thissssss close.

ARIZONA CARDINALS: 8-1
The Cardinals won this one, 31-14 against the Rams. But, they were actually the losing team of the day with Carlson Palmer going down in the 4th Qtr with a new injury. Turns out he will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The Cardinals were losing this one, 14-10 going into the 4th Qtr. But, after their QB was hurt, back-up QB Drew Stanton came in and he and the Cardinals put a hurting on the Rams with a 21-0 4th Qtr run. Well, time for Stanton to step up, he is the man. He has a great 8-1 record to come in and take over, let's hope he can keep it going. But something tells me, he is not going to have it easy. Will they remain in first place since Carlson is gone?  Stay tuned. C. Palmer threw for 241yds & 1 int. A. Ellington had 18 carries for 23yds & 1 TD. L. Fitzgerald had 9 receptions for 112yds. A. Davis threw for 216yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. J. Cook had 2 receptions for 84yds & 1 TD.

ST. LOUIS RAMS: 3-6
Read about their 31-14 spanking from the Cardinals in that update.
 
AFC NORTH:
 
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 5-3
The Bengals lost this OHIO fight with the Browns, 24-3. Read about it in the TNF update.
 
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 6-4
Ravens take down the Titans 21-7. The Titans started out strong in the 1st Qtr, with a 7-0 lead and kept it for a wholeQtr. That would be their claim to fame for the day.  They did nothing else at all in this one. The Ravens were on a two game losing streak and to add salt to the wound, they are in dead last in the AFC North. Bet they didn't see that coming. They got back to basis and pulled this much needed win out of the bag. The Ravens kept the pressure on rookie QB Zach Mettenberger. This was his first road start in the NFL and he rarely got a chance to comfortably plant both feet in the pocket & was unable to move the offense after the first Qtr. The Ravens limited the Titans to just 68yds after the 1st Qtr. It was a save face, gotta win game since the beat down they took from the Steelers 43-23, where Big Ben threw 6 TDs. The Titans have lost 7 of 8. I know the feeling Titans, just can't get a good season going this year. J.flacco threw for 169yds & 1 TD. J. Forsett had 20 carries for 112yds & 2 TDs. T. Smith had 5 receptions for 75yds & 1 TD. Z. Mettenberger threw for 179yds, 1 TD & 1 int. b. Sankey had 16 carries for 55yds & K. Wright had 4 receptions for 53yds.
 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 6-4
Two weeks, 6 TDs in two games and then you come to the 1-8 Jets. Big Ben couldn't muster enough TDs in this one to give the Jets a 1-9 record. Vick and the Jets took this one, 20-13. Read about it in the Jets update.

CLEVELAND BROWNS: 6-3
Yep, the Browns took down the Bengals and has SOLE possession of 1st place in the AFC North. Read about it in theTNF update.
 
AFC EAST:
 
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 7-2
The did not play.

NEW YORK JETS: 2-8
Who knew?  The Jets stepped up and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-13. I am sure nobody saw this coming.  But the Jets flipped the script on the Steelers and instead of putting sure loser Geno Smith in, the went with Mike Vick. On ANY given Sunday, Vick can QB circles are Geno. Now instead of being happy his team won another one, he is mopping around about being on the bench. It's all about the team Geno, you are never bigger than the team. Rex Ryan was able to smile after this game, he hasn't had a reason to smile since week 1. The Jets forced 4 turnovers, including 2 interceptions by J. Jarrett. Vick set a new NFL record. He is the first QB in NFL history to run for 6,000 career yards. Yep, they shut down Big Ben & the Steelers, broke an 8 game losing streak and made a new record for the books, all in one day. What are they going to do next, go to Disney world? M. Vick threw for 132yds & 2 TDs. C. Ivory had 14 carries for 51yds & T. Graham had 1 reception for 67yds & 1 TD. Big Ben threw for 343yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. M. Bryant had 4 receptions for 143yds & 1 TD. p.s. little funny note I saw in the papers. They said that on Saturday, the Steelers prayed with Justin Bieber. On Sunday, they forgot how to play football. LOL, I told you, I can't make this stuff up.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: 5-4
Finless in Detroit. That's how it turned out for the Dolphin against the Lions. Read about their 20-16 loss in that update. They lost it with 29 seconds left. SMH.

BUFFALO BILLS: 5-4
I guess the buck stopped here for the Bills.  They have been sliding by on a few wins they should not have won. The K.C. Chiefs put a stop to that with a 17-13 win. Read the Chiefs update for the 411.
 
AF​C SOUTH:
 
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 6-3
They did not play. They still have a solid hold on the AFC South.
 
TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-7
Read about their, "we almost had it" loss to the Ravens, 21-7 in Baltimore's update.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 1-9
The Jaguars showed some heart in their 31-17 loss to the Cowboys. Read Dallas update for all the details.

HOUSTON TEXANS: 4-5
They did not play. They are the only visible threat to the Colts in this division. They better wake up and smell the Oil.lol
 
AFC WEST:
 
DENVER BRONCOS: 7-2
The Broncos know they are wrong for that. Dangling a 3-3 tie after the 1st Qtr, giving the winless Raiders a glimmer of hope and then, opened up a can of whip a## on em.  They beat the team that every other team that played them has beaten. Denver took down the Raiders, 41-17. I am not talking about any other team, my BEARS have injured me almost to the point of no repair. But that's another story. Shut the front door, Peyton added 5 more TDs to his resume and he did it in less than 17 minutes. SMH.  He is far from being done people. Sooo, let me get this straight. The moreTDs that Brady, Big Ben, Rodgers, Brees & Luck throw, he just tacks on 4-5 more each game. Y'all better hope he quits soon or his record will be out of reach for anyone. So in essence, you guys really ain't did nothing to get closer to his record. I'm just saying. P. Manning threw for 340yds, 5 TDs & 2 ints. C. Anderson had 13 carries for 90yds. D. Thomas had 11 receptions for 108yds. D. Carr threw for 192yds, 2 TDS & 2 ints M. Rivera had 6 receptions for 64yds & 1 TD.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 6-3
The Chiefs pulled out another one tonight. They beat the Buffalo Bills, 17-13. Not much of a win but hey, makes no difference whether you win by 1 or 51, it's all the same in the books. They are staying pretty close on Denver's heel, one slip up by the Broncos combined with a win for them and BAM, they are tied for 1st place next week. Better stay on your job Denver.  The saving factor in this game for the Chiefs was a recovered fumble by Anthony Sherman to set up Alex Smith's 8yd TD run with about 9 minutes left in the game. Story over Bills, you can go home now. A. Smith threw for 177yds and ran in a 8yd TD to win the game. J. Charles had 15 carries for 98yds & 1 TD. D. Bowe had 8 receptions for 93yds. K. Orton threw for 259yds & 1 TD, man Kyle, you were that close. A. Dixon had 9 carries for 62yds. B. Brown had 6 receptions for 65yds & 1 fumble. Wonder if that's the one that cost them the game. 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 5-4
They did not play.

OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-9
The Raiders were winning early in this game but would end up with a 41-17 beating from the Broncos.  Read about it in that update.

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NFL SEASON PREDICTIONS, PART 2: THE FALLING STARS:
These are the 8 teams they picked that are likely to decline in 2014. Are close were they on these predictions?  Too close for comfort for me.

Arizona Cardinals:
2013 Record: 10-6
2013 Strength of Schedule: Toughest in NFL
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: Toughest
2014 Record as of Week 10: 8-1
Best Case Scenario: Ellington breaks out as a Jamaal Charles-style weapon in a larger role, while Patrick Peterson holds another patchwork secondary together amid injuries and turmoil to produce an above-average pass defense. One of the big two in the NFC West slips, and the Cardinals make it into the play-offs at 10-6. 
Worst Case Scenario: Palmer and Ellington get hurt and Arians turns to 4th rounder Logan Thomas and plodding ex-Steelers back Jonathan Dwyer.  Arizona fields the worst non-Cowboys set of linebackers, the pass rush disappears, and the Cardinals fall all the way back to 5-11. 

 

Chicago Bears:
2013 Record: 8-8
2013 Strength of Schedule: 5th-easiest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 6th-hardest
2014 Record as of Week 10: 3-6
Best Case Scenario: The big names on defense turn Mel Tucker's unit around. Cutler plays his first uninterrupted season since 2009, and the Bears outpace the Packers for the NFC North trophy. 
Worst Case Scenario: Allen, Briggs, and Tillman aren't their former selves. The defense stays subpar and Cutler gets taken out by a vengeful Peppers in Week 4, consigning the Bears to 3 months of Clausen.  
 
Dallas Cowboys:
2013 Record: 8-8
2013 Strength of Schedule: 13th-easiest schedule in NFL
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 14th-hardest
2014 Record as of Week 10: 7-3
Best Case Scenario: Did you see that defensive depth chart?  Look it up.
Worst Case Scenario: Jerry Jones blames a disastrous season on the Cowboys not drafting Johnny Manziel and trades a top-five pick to Cleveland to acquire him.
 
New York Giants:
2013 Record: 7-9
2013 Strength of Schedule: 7th-toughest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 14th-easiest
2014 Record as of Week 10: 3-6
Best Case Scenario: I'm right about Manning and wrong about the rest of the team and the Giants go 10-6.
Worst Case Scenario: I'm wrong about Manning and right about the rest of the team and the Giants go small number-big number.

Indianapolis Colts:
2013 Record: 11-5
2013 Strength of Schedule: 12th-toughest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule:
 3rd-easiest
2014 Record as of Week 10: 6-3
Best Case Scenario: The Colts turn the offense over to Luck, who wins his first MVP trophy while leading the league in passing yards & TDs. Trent Richardson disappears in a cloud of dust.
Worst Case Scenario: Luck gets injured, and with Matt Hasselbeck at the helm, Pep Hamilton turns to Richardson, who continues to be Richardson.
 
Kansas City Chiefs:
2013 Record: 11-5
2013 Strength of Schedule: 4th-easiest in NFL
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 15th-toughest
2014 Record as of Week 10: 6-3
Best Case Scenario:
 Consolidate this! Playing off his stunning performance in that wild-card game, the Chiefs open up the playbook and Smith produces a borderline MVP season while winning 11 games and leading the Chiefs to the playoffs.  special teams coach Dave Toub (remember him from a few capsules ago?) turns De'Anthony Thomas into the new Devin Hester.
Worst Case Scenario: Charles tears his ACL in Week 2. The replacements on the offensive line fail to coalesce, and Smith regresses to his Mike Singletary days.
 
Philadelphia Eagles:
2013 Record: 10-6
2013 Strength of Schedule: 2nd-easiest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 16th-toughest
2014 Record as of Week 10: 6-2
Best Case Scenario: Kelly stays about seven steps ahead of the rest of the league, Foles repeats his incredible numbers, and the Eagles go 13-3 before winning the Superbowl.
Worst Case Scenario: Foles and McCoy can't stay healty, Mark Sanchez is actually Mark Sanchez and not that guy from the preseason, and the defense struggles to stop opposing passers.  The Eagles finish 6-10 and Mark Helfrich's St. Louis Rams select Marcus Mariota one pick before Kelly can nab him in the 2015 draft.
 
San Diego Chargers:
2013 Record: 9-7
​2013 Strength of Schedule: 12th-toughest
​Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule:​13th easiest
2014 Record as of Week 10: 5-4
​Best Case Scenario: The development of those two young receivers gives Rivers a pair of YAC machines, and as the defense improves to league-average, the Chargers have plenty of ammunition to go 10-6 and claim another wild-card spot.
Worst Case Scenario:​ The low-wattage offensive line doesn't do enough to open up holes in the running game, teams tee off on Rivers on 3rd and long. The pass defense never comes around as San Diego finishes 5-11.
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 9

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So, my BEARS had a much needed bye week and then the play the Packers in Green Bay, Really!!!  Big Ben throws 12TDs in 2 weeks and the Saints are marching over all others that come their way.  p.s. I have a really interesting 4 part series I started this week.  You may want to read this blog on Wednesday, when there is no football, I'm just saying.  The second half of the season is on fire. 
 
TNF: 10/30/14
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS VS. CAROLINA PANTHERS:
OK, I had to record this one and check it out after Scandal. I kept getting the alerts on the scores, close game, end of game, etc. So I cut off my phone so I would not know what the deal was until I watched it. The Saints looked kind of sloppy in the beginning and I just knew they were going to let the Panthers take it from them, but just like I did last week, they woke up and went to work. Brees even got in on the game more than usual and ran for a TD besides the usual stuff he does. Jimmy Graham was on the job again with 7 catches for 83yds & 1 TD. Before the Panthers could shake a stick, they were walking off the field with a 28-10 loss. With this win, the Saints took over 1st place in the NFC South and shook off a 7 game road losing streak. The Panthers who are the NFC South defending Champs have only won once in the past 7 games after opening the season with back to back wins. They have 10 days before their next game to figure out how to turn things around. Y'all know Cam does crack under pressure, lol.  D. Brees threw for 297yds & 1 int. M. Ingram had 30 carries for 100yds & 2 TDS. I already mentioned Graham's contribution. C. Newton threw for 151yds & 1 int. No one else did anything worth mentioning.

 
MNF: 11/3/14
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS VS. NEW YORK GIANTS:
So, now that they have strung a couple of wins together some of the articles going around read, "Are the Colts now SB contenders?"  Really, with a 5-3 record, you automatically become a SB contender?  I think not. They beat the Giants 40-24. Did we think this was going to go any other way?  I didn't get a chance to see the whole game but the half I did watchwas just boring, so I exercised my right to turn and tune in to something else.  After the 51-34 beating the Colts took from the Steelers last week, they pretty much had to win this one to just look at themselves in the mirror. This is Luck's franchise record 7th consecutive 300+ yard game. The Colts pounced early on the Giants, not even giving them a chance to stay in the game. By the end of the half the score was 16-3 and even worse by the end of the 3rd with a 37-10 lead. In the end, this would be the Giants their 3rd straight loss. I think the Giants have fallen down the bean stalk and can't get back up. My main question is this?  Were the Colts Super Bowl contenders when the Steelers beat the horseshoes off them last week 51-34?  It's way to early for the Colts to start taking down ring sizes, I'm just saying.  A. Luck threw for 354yds & 4 TDs. A. Bradshaw had 7 carries for 50yds. C. Fleener had 4 receptions for 77yds & 1 TD. Kicker Adam Vinatieri deserves a shout out with 4 FG & is perfect with 20 for this season.  E. Manning threw for 359yds & 2 TDs. O. Beckham had 8 receptions for 156yds.
 
NFC NORTH:
CHICAGO BEARS: 3-5
God has love for old folks, babies and the Chicago Bears.  We did not play, therefore, we did not lose!!  I'll take that. But we are in DEAD LAST in the NFC North thanks to the Vikings winning another one, lol. I gotta laugh to stop from crying.
 
GREEN BAY PACKERS: 5-3
The Packers did not play.
 
DETROIT LIONS: 6-2
The first place Lions did not play.
 
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 4-5
Vikings took it upon themselves to ruin RGIII return to the game with a 29-26 win over him and his Redskins. Bridgewater said that "Sometimes you're going to have some slow starts, but it's all about how you finish the game."  Wow, Teddy got some words of wisdom for everybody now, lol. I ain't laughing at him to hard, they are ahead of my BEARS. I didn't see this game, but the Vikings were down 10-0, 20-14 & 26-21, but clearly fought back and overcame those deficits.  They also gave RGIII, 5 welcome back sacks, that had to leave a bruise, ouch.  The two buses carrying the Redskins players, coaches & other staff members crashed on the interstate exit ramp a few blocks away. It was hard enough to shatter the windshield and cause some minor injuries, but everyone was OK. Word on the locker room beat is that there was disharmony in the locker room surrounding RGIII return to the field. This was before the game. How is a QB supposed to function after all of that?  T. Bridgewater threw for 268yds & 1 TD. J. McKinnon had 14 carries for 54yds & G. Jennings had 6 receptions for 76yds. RGIII threw for 251yds, 1 TD & 1 int. A. Morris had 19 carries for 92yds & 2 TDs. D. Jackson rounded things out with 4 receptions for 120yds & 1 TD.
 
NFC EAST:
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 6-2
Mark Sanchez came in for the injured Nick Foles and lead the Eagles to a 31-21 win over the Houston Texans. If you recall, Foles hurt his left shoulder late in the 1st QTR. Mark came in and minus the 2 ints. he threw, he wrapped the game up in a tidy bow for the Eagles. It looks like Sanchez has been on the sidelines practicing, not missing a beat and had no problem stepping in. Mark missed all of last season after tearing the Labrum in his right shoulder in the preseason.  This win kept the Eagles in first place in this division.  He did admit to being a bit nervous but was cool after his first strike. You go Mark!  M. Sanchez threw for 202yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. L. McCoy had 23 carries for 117yds. J.Maclin had 6 receptions for 158yds & 2 TDs. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 203yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. A. Foster had 15 carries for 56yds and D. Hopkins had 6 receptions for 115yds & 1 TD. Word on the street: Sources close to the Eagles camps says that brass has soured on Foles. After last season's TD to interception ratio, most assumed that Nick Foles is a lock for QB of the future. Not so fast.

DALLAS COWBOYS: 6-3
Slip, sliding away, you know the nearer your destination, the more you slip, slide away. Read about the Cowboys 2nd straight loss in as many weeks against the 1st place, AFC West Arizona Cardinals, 28-17.  Check out that update.

NEW YORK GIANTS: 3-4
Read about their 40-24 spanking, courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts in the MNF update.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 3-6
Read about their 29-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in that update.
 
NFC SOUTH:
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 4-4
This weeks victim for the Saints was the Carolina Panthers.  Read about their 28-10 dismissal of the Panthers in theTNF update.

CAROLINA PANTHERS: 3-5-1
The Panthers stepped into the path of the Saints and came out losers, 28-10. Read about it in the TNF update.  I know the Panthers are wishing they had another win instead of that tie.
 
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 1-7
Have you guys seen Lovies resume floating around out there anywhere?  It's gotta be out there with this 22-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns. I am sure his is not the only one out there either, lol.  Read the details in the Browns update.

ATLANTA FALCONS: 2-6
Did not play.
 
NFC WEST:
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 5-3
Now you guys know, I don't care how bad it's been going for the Seahawks, they were NOT losing to the Oakland Raiders who are now 0-8 with their 30-24 loss to the Seahawks. Looks like Seattle barely skated away with this one. They said that the person that helped them win this one was non other than, M. Lynch with 2 TDs in this game. Did he have on headphones while he was on the field? I'm just asking, lol. I see looking at the stats that Lynch did double duty, rushing & receiving yards in this game. Either he is trying to get back in good with his team or peddling his skills for the next team, who knows.  Not all was perfect for Seattle. Wilson didn't play up to his usual standards. This was one of his worst passing games and the team as a whole didn't take advantage of numerous chances they had to run over the Raiders in this game. They limped away with a 30-24 win. It was ugly again, but you know what we say, a win is a win. The Raiders, will they win at least one game this year? Only 8 to go, let's see if they do. R. Wilson threw for 379yds. M. Lynch had 21 carries for 67yds & 2 TDs. M. Lynch also contributed 5 receptions for 76yds. D. Carr threw for 194yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. Nobody else had any worth while stats for the Raiders.
 
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: 4-4
It seems an earthquake has struck the 49ers and they can't get around it. Another loss for the week. Losing to the last place team in their division, the Rams, 13-10. Ain't no sunshine when you losing.  Read the Rams update for the details.

ARIZONA CARDINALS: 7-1
Things were at little shaky for Carlson Palmer in the beginning with an early interception that the Cowboys returned for a score.  But Carlson pulled himself up by his boot straps and threw 3 TDs for a 28-17 win over the Cowboys. The Cardinals have beat the Cowboys for the 4th straight time with this win.  Palmer stayed perfect as the starter for Arizona this season, while Weeden couldn't get the Cowboys into the end zone until the game was out of reach. Yep, Tony Romo is still out and Weeden was the man for Dallas. I am pretty sure that if Romo had played, it would have still been the same outcome. The Cardinals are red hot and have not loss to anyone since Week 5 and they were 3-0 before that loss. Yep, the Broncos have given them there only loss this season, so far. They are the best team in the NFL going into Week 10 with the Patriots on there heels with a 7-2 record. C. Palmer threw for 249yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. A. Ellington had 21 carries for 95yds. L. Fitzgerald had 5 receptions for 70yds. B. Weeden threw for 183yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. D. Murray had 19 carries for 79yds. J. Witten had 6 receptions for 62yds. Is Weeden even using Dez Bryant?  Word on the street: Romo will play Sunday against the Jaguars. Now, if they need Romo to beat the Jaguars, they are worse off than I thought. I'm just saying.

ST. LOUIS RAMS: 3-5
I guess the Rams said that ain't got nothing to lose but another game, but it would not be this one. They beat the 49ers, 13-10. Colin did NOT have a good game. Not only was he sacked 8 times, danggggg. He fumbled the ball at the goal line with 2 seconds remaining in the game, trying for the go-ahead score. That's gotta suck, for any QB.  The play was reviewed and the call was upheld, a fumble. The Rams were 9 1/2 pts underdogs in this game. They never let Kapget comfortable. He spent more time on the ground and running from Rams defenders than he did directing offense. Let's just call him the running man for this week. A. Davis threw for 105yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. T. Mason had 19 carries for 65yds. C. Kae3pernick threw for 237yds & 1 TD. F. Gore had 14 carries for 49yds. A. Bolding had 6 receptions for 93yds & 1 TD. 
 
AFC NORTH:
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 5-2-1
The Bengals played the Jaguars and as expected, won this one 33-23. It doesn't sound like the Jaguars went quietly into that good night, they gave the Bengals a fight. The Rookie, with his first start, who saved the Bengals was Jeremy Hill. He ran for a career high 154 yds and a pair of TDs on Sunday.  He stayed around the stadium long after the game, uniform still on.  He said, "I'm soaking it all in man. You never know when you re going to get another opportunity like that. It's the opportunity of a lifetime." After all was said and done, he made the plays that pulled them through. This puts the Jaguars at 1-8, certainly looking very bleak now, I am sure, they are done for the season. Just playing now because it's their job. I think they will get 1 more win. Thank goodness they don't play my BEARS. LOL. The Bengals held onto 1st place in this division, even though they played sloppy. A. Dalton threw for 233yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. J. Hill had 24 carries for 154yds & 2 TDs. M. Sanu had 4 receptions for 95yds & 1 TD. B. Bortles threw for 247yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. D. Robinson had 17 carries for 94yds & 1 TD. A. Hurns had 7 receptions for 112yds & 2 TDs.

BALTIMORE RAVENS: 5-4
Well, somebody had to win and somebody had to lose.  Check out the Steelers update for the 411 on their win over the Ravens, 43-23. It was a crash & burn for the Ravens, I can still see some of the feathers on the ground at Heinz Field.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 6-3
Who yo daddy now?  That's what the Steelers are asking each team as they start to stack up the wins. They pulled the wings off the Ravens with a 43-23 beating. Now, I guess Big Ben didn't get enough of a good thing with the 6 TDs he threw just LAST week.  You guessed it, he threw 6 more in this win and set an NFL record for most TD passes in consecutive games. This breaks the 11 TDs set by Tom Flores for Oakland in the AFL in 1963 & matched by N.E. Tom Brady in 2007.  Baltimore was playing sloppy. You can't have 10 penalties costing you 108yds and win a game.  It's not a good day for any team when you give up that many yards.  The teams were about even on everything else, time of possession included. Big Ben still says that the Steelers remain a work in progress.  LOL, if this is not done yet, mercy on the teams that meet up with them in the coming weeks.  They don't show any signs of letting up. Man, throw in a pep talk by Mean Joe Greene, whose # 75 was retired and an "old man" so to speak, James Harrison getting a call to come back out of retirement no less and have a dynamic game, the Ravens didn't stand a chance. Big Ben threw for 340yds & 6 TDs. Who doe's that?? A. Brown had 11 receptions for 144yds & 1 TD. J. Flacco threw for 303yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. don't forget the 4 sacks.  J. Forsett had a total of 9 carries for 38yds & 5 receptions for 67yds.

CLEVELAND BROWNS: 5-3
The Browns joined the 5-3 league with this win over the Buccaneers, 22-17. Yes, there are 9 teams with either a 5-3 or 5-4 record as we close out Week # 9. I would love to be one of those teams at this point, SMH. The Browns were 5-3 at the midway point in 2007. Now, seven years, several coaching changes and a carousel of starting QBs later, Cleveland is 5-3 again and they are pretty happy about it. Hey, you can't steal their thunder.  B. Hoyer threw for 300yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. T. Gabriel had 5 receptions for 87yds & 1 TD. M. Glennon threw for 260yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. B. Rainey had 19 carries for 87yds and M. Evans had 7 receptions for 124yds & 2 TDs.
 
AFC EAST:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 7-2
Here I am, looking for a shoot out at the wild, wild west between the Patriots & the Broncos.  What I got was a, you ain't big enough to hang with me yet. That the words Brady seemed to convey as he and the Patriots took down the Broncos, 43-21. This is the 16th time that the two elite QBs had it out on the field. I am not sure who has the overall win record, but Brady was da man for this one. This was his 200th career start as well.  He gave the Broncos a centennial a#$ whooping. After the 1st Qtr, it was the Patriots game, no looking back for them. With the Patriots 5th straight win, they broke the Broncos 4 game winning streak. I bet you can't say that fast 3x. Manning and crew rarely leave Foxborough smiling. They will meet again. T. Brady threw for 33yds, 4 TDs & 1 int. R. Gronkowski had 9 receptions for 105yds & 1 TD. Edelman chimed in with a 84yd punt return for a score. Game over man. P. Manning threw for 438yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. E. Sanders had 10 receptions for 151yds.

NEW YORK JETS: 1-8
Hummmm, who did the Jets lose to this week?  Try the K.C. Chiefs, 24-10. Check out that update for details.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: 5-3
Another one of those 5-3 teams. The Dolphins stomped the San Diego Chargers 37-0.  It's not much you can write about this, but I will give it a shot. OK, so it's the Dolphins 3rd straight win.  Tannehill's head is probably bigger than the tunnel they run out of for the game and they made the Chargers cough up the ball 4 times. This was the Chargers first shut-out since 1999. This is the first shut-out that the Dolphins has earned since 2006. The overall stats agrees with the score. Things like 28 1st downs to the Chargers 10. My personal favorite, 441 total yds to 178 for the Chargers. I don't have to explain anymore. R. Tannehill threw for 288yds & 3 TDs. L. Miller had 11 carries for 49yds & 1 TD. C. Clay had 5 receptions for 65yds & 1 TD. P. Rivers threw for 138yds & 3 ints. M. Floyd had 4 receptions for 60yds.
BUFFALO BILLS: 5-3
Did not play.
 
AFC SOUTH:
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 5-3
Read about the predicted win over the Giants, 40-14 in the MNF update. 

TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-6
Did not play.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 1-8

Read about their 33-23 loss against the Bengals in that update. This is a conversation I made up for the Jaguars players when they make it home after each game.  Kid, "Hey dad, did you win today?" Player, "No, we didn't win, but I can buy you a new play station."  Kid, "Great, I want to pick Big Ben for my fantasy team." Player, runs in the room crying. LOL, I crack myself up sometimes. OK Jaguars fans, just a joke, having a good time here, OK?

HOUSTON TEXANS: 4-5
Read about their 31-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in that update. All I'm saying is ever since JJ Watt started dancing on TV, he has not danced on the field. Just my thoughts people.
 
AFC WEST:
DENVER BRONCOS: 6-2
I cannot believe that Denver, CHOKED under the pressure and got the dog poop beat out of them by the Patriots, 43-21.  Check out New England's update for that one.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 5-3
Rack up another win for the Chiefs and loss for the Jets. Chiefs have an expected 24-10 win over the ailing Jets.  This is nothing new.  K.C. has been getting all kind of freaky plays during their 3 game winning streak. Nobody says the plays have to be pretty, just effective. A. smith threw for 199yds & 2 TDs. J. Charles had 20 carries for 78yds & 1 TD. T.Kelce had 4 receptions for 67yds & 1 TD. M. Vick threw for 196yds & 1 TD. C. Johnson had 11 carries for 69yds & P.Harvin had 11 receptions for 129yds. Whatttt, he finally made the stat board.
 
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 5-4
I think we can give the Chargers the worst shut-out for the season pin with a 37-0 skinning by the Miami Dolphins.  Check out the Dolphins update.

OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-8
Same story, different beating. This time the Raiders were burned by the Seahawks, 30-24. Check out Seattle's update for the expected details.
 
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*I found this 4 part series in the beginning of the season. Now is a good time to see if the "EXPERTS" knew what they were talking about.*


NFL SEASON PREDICTIONS, PART 1: THE CELLAR DWELLERS:
These are the 8 teams they picked for the worst football records this year. You guys are going to love this 4 part series. They are pretty much on point so far. Crazy but true.

Buffalo Bills:

2013 Record: 6-10
2013 Strength of Schedule: 18th-toughest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 23rd-toughest
2014 Record as of Week 9: 5-3
Best Case Scenario: Orton takes over for Manuel after learning the playbook and plays like a perfectly average starting QB, while Watkins and C.J. Spiller form a pair of devastating big-play specialist.  Schwartz gets enough out of the pass rush for Buffalo to go 9-7 and produce its first winning season since 2004. 

Worst Case Scenario:
 The defense collapses after losing two stars, and the Bills spend the entire season going back and forth between a disappointing Manuel and an uninterested Orton while Watkins struggles through a series of nagging injuries.
 
Carolina Panthers:
2013 Record: 12-4
2013 Strength of Schedule: 10th-toughest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 3rd-toughest
2014 Record as of Week 9: 3-5-1
Best Case Scenario: Carolina's strengths (the front seven and a bruising running game) overcome its weaknesses (the secondary and a passing game lacking for options). First-round pick Kelvin Benjamin forms an immediate connection with his new QB and the Panthers overcome a tough schedule to go 10-6. 
 
Worst Case Scenario: Newton never gets healthy and plays at a diminished level before finally taking the rest he needs.  The secondary gives up too many big plays, and key players like Thomas Davis & Ryan Kalil struggle to stay healthy during the year.
 
Cleveland Browns:
2013 Record: 4-12
2013 Strength of Schedule: 8th-easiest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 5th-easiest
2014 Record as of Week 9: 5-3
Best Case Scenario: Johnny mania takes over in Cleveland as Manziel leads the Browns to a series of close victories in an RG3-esque run to the AFC North title.  Hey, Kyle Shanahan's even here!

Worst Case Scenario:  Oh no, Kyle Shanahan's here!  The Browns shuffle through another middling season while waiting for Gordon to return.  Even worse, the Bills make the playoffs, pushing that bonus first-round pick into the 20s.

Jacksonville Jaguars:
2013 Record: 4-12
2013 Strength of Schedule: 9th-easiest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 7th-easiest
2014 Record as of Week 9: 1-8
Best Case Scenario:  Bortles is every bit as good as he's looked in the preseason with imports like Red Bryant and Chris Clemons already familiar with Gus Bradley's playbook from Seattle, the defense takes a leap forward overnight.  With the Texans held back by their QB and the Colts held back by everything but their QB, the 9-7 Jaguars complete a shocking overnight rise to the AFC South title.
 
Worst Case Scenario: The preseason success pressures the Jaguars into starting Bortles earlier than his still-evolving skills warrant, while offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch "takes the pressure off Bortles" by letting Gerhart run into the line 300 times for 900 ydards.  The thin defense struggles with injuries and the Jaguars fail to wine even 6 games for the 4th straight year.

New York Jets:
2013 Record: 8-8
2013 Strength of Schedule: 11th-easiest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 18th-toughest
2014 Record as of Week 9: 1-8
Best Case Scenario: The Jets bench Smith early in the season and get a rare 10-week stretch during which Michael Vick is both healthy and effective, while Ryan rides the league's best run defense to a year of 3rd and longs.  With Eric Decker doing just enough to extend drives, the Jets squeeze the clock all the way to a 9-7 record and a wild-card berth.
 
Worst Case Scenario: Everything falls apart by Halloween thanks to a 6 game stretch that sees the Jets play the Packers, Bears, Lions, Chargers, Broncos & Patriots.  Post-peak additions like Vick, Babin and Chris Johnson contribute little and Ryan is run of out town before the season even finishes.
 
Oakland Raiders:
2013 Record: 4-12
2013 Strength of Schedule: 12th-easiest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 8th-toughest
2014 Record as of Week 9: 0-8
Best Case Scenario: This is really tough. Let's just say that Carr plays really well and the 2009 Pro Bowl team that's been assembled to play defense finds the fountain of youth.  The chiefs and Chargers get worse and the Raiders finish 9-7 for their first winning season since 2002.
 
Worst case Scenario: Bay Area residents looking for cheap rent actually take over the Coliseum, leaving the Raiders to try to run plays around various domiciles in a "Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles" style situation.  Lost at football, the Raiders subtly transition to a new tech patent trolling, which leads to their removal from the league. Lol, this is just crazy!!
 
St. Louis Rams:
2013 Record: 7-9
2013 Strength of Schedule: 3rd-toughest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 7th-toughest
2014 Record as of Week 9: 3-5
Best Case Scenario: Stick the Rams in the AFC South and give them Alex Smith at QB and they would win 10 games.  If only it were that simple. It somehow becomes that simple.
 
Worst Case Scenario: Hill gets hurt early, and despite picking at the top of the 2015 draft, the Rams decide to give Bradford one more year.
 
Tennessee Titans:
2013 Record: 7-9
2013 Strength of Schedule: 10th-easiest
Estimated 2014 Strength of Schedule: 2nd-easiest
2014 Record as of Week 9: 2-6
Best Case Scenario: Whisenhunt rebuilds Locker into a viable starter and the Titans win a bunch of close games before beating the Colts at home in Week 17 to claim the AFC South.
 
Worst Case Scenario: Whisenhunt's work with Locker is more John Skelton than Rivers.  We get to see moreWhitehurst than should be seen before the watershed hour.  The defense fails to adapt to the 3-4, and Tennessee ends up as the worst team in football.
 
Next Week: NFL Season Predictions, Part 2: The Falling Stars:
These are the predicted 8 teams that are likely to decline in 2014.

 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 8

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Mannn, my head is still spinning.  Pillage and plunder all over the place and it just wasn't on my BEARS.  Yes, I came to work, geared up with my BEARS stuff on. I know I was probably the only person in Chicago to do so today but that's me. I NEVER QUIT.  Hey it's like when Michael Jordan's son was cut from the B-BAll team, did he disown his son?  Nooooo!!  You don't quit on your team because they suck and again, my BEARS are still in there, I don't care with all the text said that I got Sunday from people who claim they love me. LMAO.  You guys go ahead and read and enjoy the update.  I am headed out to my therapy session. Man, it really gets cold out on those window ledges.  LOLLLL. 



TNF: 10/23/14

DENVER BRONCOS VS. SAD DIEGO CHARGERS:

Manning and the Broncos picked up where they left off.  After the beat down they gave the 49'ers, they had some left for the Chargers and dismissed them with a warning, 35-21, lol.  The affair for the night with Peyton was with Emmanuel Sanders. He waited 6 long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a TD from Peyton. He had 3 in this game, now he has 4 in less than a week. The way he was playing, I don't think it will be his last.  He caught all 9 passes that came his way.  Sanders said, "We understand that it can be any ones night at any moment. I'm just happy tonight was mines."  I told you!  Everybody wanted a piece of this cornbread. Rookie running back Juwan Thompson had two TD runs to contribute to this spanking. Wes Welker recovered a Sanders fumble. Peyton had no interceptions in this game. But River's and his crew did not take it lying down, at least not at first. Each time Thompson scored, the Chargers responded with 80yd drives that ended in TDs. Rivers did however throw 2 ints and what do we say about ints?  They are not your friend. Broncos kicker, Brandon McManus missed a 53yd FG with 6 mins. remaining, giving the Chargers great field position, but safety Rahim Moore intercepted Rivers pass at the Denver 4 & the Broncos put out the rally for the Chargers at that point. Manning broke ANOTHER Favre record this night, he now has 16 seasons with 20 or more TD passes, one more than Favre. And he's approaching another of Favre's marks with his 157th career multiple TD game, Manning is 2 shy of Favre's mark in that territory. I guess Peyton said he's just going to go ahead and knock out all the records he can this season, you never know when you are done on the field, so better do it now while you can. Peyton Manning threw for 286yds & 3 TDs. R. Hillman had 20 carries for 109yds. E. Sanders had his night with 9 receptions for 120yds & 3 TDs.  P. Rivers threw for 252yds, 3 TDs and 2 ints. K. Allen had 9 receptions for 73yds & 1 TD. I love watching the Broncos play, especially when my BEARS lose, it's like chicken soup for my soul.

 


MNF: 10/27/14

DALLAS COWBOYS VS. WASHINGTON REDSKINS:

The Cowboys were the hot ticket going into this game. They were playing the worse team in their division and they are on top of their division, they were destined to fall in this one.

Romo went down, DeMarco dropping balls, next thing you know, they lose to the Redskins, 20-17. McCoy lead the Redskins to their first NFC East win since beating Dallas with a playoff spot on the line in the 2012 Finale.  McCoy's successful return to his home state trumped Tony Romo's dramatic return to the game. He took over for an ineffective Kirk Cousins at half time last weekend.  This is McCoy's first time playing in Dallas stadium since his Texas-record 45th Victory in the 2009 Big 12 championship game against Nebraska. This was his first NFL start in nearly 3 years. I know he hopes RGIII stays down. I'm just saying.  It snapped a 6 game winning streak for the Cowboys. Romo went out for a little bit, but came back in, WHY?  He should have let Weeden finish this one. Weeden tied the game 17 all with a 25yd pass to Jason Witten. Then the coaches decide to bring Romo back in, bad move. You guys had to know he was not operating at 100% at that point. Kai Forbath had the last word in this one with a 40yd FG with 9:43 left in OT. That was all she wrote. Is this the start of the fall of the Cowboys?  A source close to the Dallas organization said Romo will miss some time, how much is not sure just yet.  Man, that had to really hurt, I don't wish that kind of pain on anyone.  C. McCoy, who held his own, threw for 299yds & 1 int. A. Morris had 18 carries for 73yds & 1 TD. D. Jackson had 6 receptions for 136yds. He finally played like his old self, once he took off, they couldn't catch him. T. Romo threw for 209yds & 1 TD and again, he may be gone for the season. D. Murray had 19 carries for 141yds & 1 fumble, costly one at that. He also had 4 receptions for 80yds

NFC NORTH:

CHICAGO BEARS:3-5 :o(
It finally happened, we beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Nobody thought we would, but I knew we would.  It was the best game ever, we smashed them 51-23. I was celebrating, doing my victory dance and thennn, I WOKE UP!!! Yeah, those nightmares, they don't let you sleep.  Everything happened so fast, I really didn't know what the heck was going on. I was in my front room, sitting there stunned. You mean to tell me we are not going to put up a fight?  Dan Hampton said it and I thought it through the whole game. They are playing like they don't care anymore, at least 95% of the team. They were not ready, they were slow and the Patriots ran through our defensive line like it was wet toilet paper and I mean the dollar store brand. It was just crazy. I'm sitting there and my friend Chrissy had not made it by yet, early second Qtr, so I am sitting there suffering by myself.  Then a wonderful thing happened, my good friend Orea & her daughter showed up with coolers, miller lite & ordered chicken wings. I was so happy to have someone else here to feel the pain. Orea said, "Nobody should have to watch this game alone."  That was so cool, it did deaden the pain of the beat down. Chrissy followed shortly behind. So, my questions is this.  Is Brady going for Manning's record now?  He played like a man on fire, 5 TDs, 3 of them in the last two minutes of the first half.  It's safe to say we were dead at the first blow of the whistle. 38-7 going into the half, yeah, we were toast. They didn't miss NUTHIN!!!  Big Gronkowski catching the ball like he's Deion Sanders, what's up with that?  It was just his game tonight, that simple.  This is the Patriots 4th straight win and it was a convincing one. One thing is for sure, whatever happened in the locker room last week, did NOT help the BEARS any. I still say Marshall was the only one who had the guts to say anything. Marc T. & Cutler sucks. Dan Hampton said that some former BEARS players were saying that it was a disgrace to George Halas as well as former BEARS players. I'm still not calling it a season until the last second ticks off the clock at the Superbowl.  That's when I know it's over. Gotaa have faith. T. Brady threw for 354yds & 5 TDs. J. Gray had 17 carries for 86yds. Big Rob Gronkowski had 9 receptions for 149yds & 3 TDs. Yummy, BEAR meat for dinner. J. Gutless threw for 227yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. M. Forte had 19 carries for 114yds and M. Bennett, tried hard as usual had 6 receptions for 95yds & 1 TD. 
p.s. Defensive ends can't dance. Shout out to dummy DE Lamarr Houston, he discounted his knee, with the discount double break, really, didn't you see that happen already with Lions LB Stephen Tulloch. He's now done for the season as well.

GREEN BAY PACKERS:
5-3

Man, a funny thing happened on the way to a win. Read about the Saints strip down of the Packers, 44-23 in that update.

DETROIT LIONS:

6-2

You gotta give credit, where credit is due, no matter how much you really don't want to, lol. The Lions were down 21-0 going into half time. 

The Lions came alive in London and turned the tables on the Falcons, outscoring them 22-0 in the 2nd half and would win this one, 22-21. Whether you like the Lions or not, and that's a not for me, you gotta give them their props on this one. Now, let's go back a couple of weeks.  Didn't I say that the Falcons would need some of those overkill points they put on Tampa Bay?  This loss for the Falcons didn't hurt, it was embarassing.

This little tidbit should help the Falcons fell better. The biggest comeback was an NFL playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Oilers played January 3, 1993. It featured the Bills recovering from a 32-point deficit to win in overtime, 41–38, and it remains the largest comeback in NFL history.

M. Stafford threw for 325yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. G. Tate had 7 receptions for 151yds & 1 TD. M. Ryan threw for 228yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. S. Jackson had 18 carries for 60yds & 1 TD. R. white had 5 receptions for 66yds.

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 3-5

OK, first I gain 5lbs and then the Vikings win another game?  Life just ain't fair! the Vikings beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-13. I did see the last few minutes of this game that went into OT.  Anthony Barr striped the ball, scooped it up and took off for the end zone for a 27yd fumble return. End of story. Lovie had this look that said, what the hell just happened?  Lovie, trust me, I do know the feeling. T.  Bridgewater threw for 241yds & 1 TD. J. McKinnon had 16 carries for 83yds & C. Patterson had 6 receptions for 86yds. M. Glennon threw for 171yds, 1 TD & 1 int. M. Evans had 4 receptions for 78yds.


NFC EAST:
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES:5-2

Read about their 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in that update.


DALLAS COWBOYS: 6-1

The Redskins took the boot to Dallas and broke their 6 game winning streak with a 20-17 win. Read about it in the MNF update. Not sure if Tony will be back next week.  


NEW YORK GIANTS: 3-4

The Giants did not play, therefore, they did not lose.


WASHINGTON REDSKINS:

2-5

Like I said earlier, the 1-5 Redskins cut off the path to a 7-1 start for the Cowboys at the OK Corral. Read about it in the MNF update.

NFC SOUTH:

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:

Man, I tell you, when the Saints come marching in, it ain't nothing pretty for the other team. They took down the Packers, 44-23.  This was truly a battle of two elite QBs and Drew Brees would come out on top.  Sure, the Cheese head fans will say it was because Rodgers had a sore hamstring. GB said they don't think it will have a lingering effect.  Quit your belly aching cheese heads, you were in there from the beginning, exchanging TDs & FGs, then the jolly green giant, J. Graham got into his rhythm and Brandon Cook pitched in, it was over for the Packers. Brees was in rare form, mix that up with the rest of the Saints doing their thing and start cooking, the Packers were nothing but cheese gumbo. The Saints have now reclaimed the NFC South and snapped the Packers 4 game winning streak. R-E-L-A-X GB fans, Aaron said that you guys are in good hands, but you really weren't for this game.  Cool Brees is back with 311yds & 3 TDs. M. Ingram had 24 carries for 172yds & 1 TD. B. Cooks had 6 receptions for 94yds & 1 TD. J. Graham had 1 TD. A. Rodgers threw for 418yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. and I do believe he was sacked 4x, ouch. E. Lacy had 13 carries for 59yds & R. Cobb had 5 receptions for 126yds & 1 TD.

CAROLINA PANTHERS: 3-4

This is where the plaster starts to crack for the panthers, prowling around in the win column, not a worry in the world and then you get the air knocked out of you. Read about their 13-9 loss to the Seahawks in that update.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 1-6

1-6, I know somebody sharing the hurt with me. Another tough one dropped in their lost to the Vikings, 19-13 with a fumble in OT. SMH. 

ATLANTA FALCONS: 2-6

The Falcons falls victim to the Lions 22-21, with one of the biggest comebacks of the season. Read

about it in Detroit's update.

NFC WEST:
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS:4-3

Trouble in Champ Camp, even though the Seahawks pulled this one out and beat the Panthers 13-9, word on the street is that there is no love for Lynch with the Seahawks anymore. He is so arrogant, he wins one ring and he thinks he's Walter Payton or Emmitt Smith.  He has a lot to learn. What's up with Richard Sherman? You don't hear that mouth rambling much right now. lol. Funny how losing can quite the biggest mouths in sports, period.  Nope, it wasn't a beat down but it was the 3rd straight year Wilson has brought the Seahawks back from a 2nd half deficit to beat the Panthers on this same field in the previous two seasons. It don't take much to break down the Panthers. I wonder will this loss have a domino effect on the rest of their season. I know, I'm talking like my BEARS are 8-0 but I know what I'm working with, I'm just saying.  The Panthers had this one up until the last 47 seconds of the game when Russell hit Luke Willson for a 23yd TD pass, lights out, game over. I think the falling Seahawks needed this more for mental stability than anything else. R. Wilson threw for 199yds, 1 TD & 1 int. M. Lynch had 14 carries for 62yds & D. Baldwin had 6 receptions for 61yds. C. Newton threw for 171yds & 1 int. J. Stewart had 16 carries for 79yds & K. Benjamin had 4 receptions for 94yds.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: 4-3

The 49'ers had a bye week, we will see them this weekend.

ARIZONA CARDINALS: 6-1

My how games fly by when you're winning.  I think it's safe to say the Cardinals got this division sewed up. They added another one in the W column with their 24-20 win over the Eagles. I did want to check that one out but I was busy watching my BEARS, do what they do, don't make me say it people, you know what I'm trying to say. The Winning TD was a 75yd TD pass to rookie John Brown from C. Palmer with 1:21 left to play in the game. This was a match-up of two of the NFL's four remaining 1 loss teams on Sunday. That's one reason I wanted to see it, plus I got a crush on L. Fitzgerald. The Eagles probably were on the sidelines, yeah, we got this, 7-1 baby, we are on the way and then Palmer launches an almost 100yd pass to a rookie, who I can guarantee you was saying to himself, "Please god, if you let me catch this one, I will never ask for another thing."  You know he did, and you know he caught it. Good for you Rookie but bad for the Eagles.  C. Palmer threw for 329yds & 2 TDs. A. Ellington had 23 carries for 71yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. L. Fitzgerald had 7 receptions for 160yds & 1 TD. Again, rookie John Brown had the biggest receptions of the day, a 75yd TD pass. N. Foles threw for a whopping 411yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. L. McCoy had 21 carries for 83yds and J. Maclin had 12 receptions for 187yds & 2 TDs. Not bad Mac.

ST. LOUIS RAMS: 2-5

The Rams loss to the Chiefs, 34-7.  Read about that slaughter in Kansas City's update.

AFC NORTH:

CINCINNATI BENGALS: 4-2

I didn't see the Bengals beating the Ravens 27-24. Something about a 1yd sneak  at the end of the game by Andy Dalton that got the job done. As I said, it's been a lot of trickery in the NFL this year. Dalton more than made up for his 2, 4th Qtr turnovers by scoring with 57 seconds left in the game. It changed the AFC North's pecking order with the Bengals in 1st place. It was the first TD that the Ravens had allowed in the final 2 minutes of a game this season. Joe Flacco did give it the ole college try with a throw to Steve Smith, who went 80yds for an apparent TD with 32 seconds left. Smith was called for pushing off on George Iloka to get open, nullifying the play. With that, the Bengals had their first series sweep of the Ravens since 2009. A. Dalton threw for 266yds & 1 int. G. Bernard had 16 carries for 45yds & 1 TD. M. Sanu had 5 receptions for 125yds. J. Flacco threw for 295ys & 2 ints. J. Forsett had 17 carries for 68yds. Another game won by seconds....

BALTIMORE RAVENS: 5-3

Baltimore Ravens caged by the Bengals, 27-24. Read the Bengals update to get the 411.


PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 5-3

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 There’s a lot of hype going around this win about Big Bens performance in the Steelers win over the Colts, 51-34. To make it short and simple I added a snip it from an article I read, check this out. ​ Call it the greatest game by a quarterback in NFL history. There have been 14,315 NFL games, counting those played in the defunct AFL, and arguably no quarterback ever passed the ball so well in so many ways as Ben Roethlisberger did Sunday against the Colts.  Passers have thrown for more yards and more touchdowns, and completed more passes. But, at least statistically, no quarterback has had an overall performance better than Roethlisberger: 40 of 49 for 522 yards, six touchdowns, no interceptions and no sacks. That pretty much says it all. Big Ben got down!! ​

My question is, was it the Steelers that beat the Colts or was it Bumble Bee and his kids? I know I have seen those Halloween costumes before, but they just get uglier each time, it took my mind off the game, I couldn't stop looking at the uniforms. I am sure that the Colts were a bit distracted as well, how could you play with big, giant bees coming at you? This was Big Ben's 100th victory in his 150th start. Tomlin probably got in Ben's head, he kept telling him how great a QB Luck was. By the end of this game, it was Luck who? Tomlin said that Ben would not admit it, but he is sure it got under his skin. This also broke a 5 game winning streak for the Colts. The 907yds combined yards passing by the two QB's were the second most ever, trailing only the 971yds Detroit and Green Bay put up on Jan 1, 2012.  A. Roethlisberger threw for 522yds & 6 TDs, no sacks, no ints. L. Bell had 24 carries for 92yds. A. Brown had 10 receptions for 133yds & 2 TDs. A. Luck threw for 400yds, 3 TDs & 2 ints. A. Bradshaw had 6 receptions for 35yds & 1 TD. T. Hilton had 6 receptions for 155yds & 1 TD.

CLEVELAND BROWNS: 4-3

Surprise, surprise, surprise. The Brown beat the Raiders, 23-13. Ok, it's not a surprise but they did win, improving them to a 4-3 record so far. They said that the Browns win was a struggle but they did it. B. Hoyer said that nobody cares who gets the credit, as long as they win the game. Hoyer's win this week quieted the calls for rookie Johnny Football for another week.  Johnny Football, really, SMH. The Raiders have not won since Nov., 17, 2013, at Houston.  Did I put that in last week?  Oh well, if I did, you know for sure now. Cleveland is 4-3 for the first time since 2007.  B. Hoyer threw for 275yds & 1 TD. B. Tate had 15 carries for 26yds & 1 TD. A. Hawkins had 7 receptions for 88yds & 1 TD. D. Carr threw for 328yds & 1 TD. D. McFadden had 12 carries for 59yds & 1 COSTLY fumble. M. Rivera, had 7 receptions for 83yds.


AFC EAST:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 6-2

I'm not going to open up this wound too much in this update. Yep, Patriots beat the BEARS like they stole something, 51-23. Read the BEARS update for this sad story.

NEW YORK JETS: 1-7

It's so funny, same story, different week for the Jets in the NFL. They fell to the Buffalo Bills 43-23. Again, down by 20+ pts and Vick is sent in to save the day. Nope, it didn't happen, made no difference, again.  Read the story in the Bills update. I am sure Joe Namath is just throwing up watching these guys, week in, week out. Geno has gotten to the point where if he is not playing, he's sitting on the bench crying like a 3 year old who lost his sucker. Man up dude, it's only gets worse before it gets better.  Update: Vick will start on Sunday against the K.C.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: 4-3

The Dolphins got a big win for morale and the win column in taking down the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-13.  They are saying that QB Bortles mistakes helped the Dolphins.  He had 2 ints. that lead to 2 TDs. The Dolphins didn't even feel good about this win. It's like they didn't even earn it, the won, based on the mistakes of the other team, not because of their effective playing.  Ryan Tannehill said they his team, including himself, did not play up to their own standards and they have to correct that. That's because your team sucks Tannehill.  They played just as flat as always against the Jags and still came up with the win. But, say it with me people, a win is a win.  Nope, didn't see it but, reading is fundamental as well as informative, and that's where I get most of my info. I do add a little flair myself to keep you guys reading. The Jaguars dominated the first half, but trailed 10-3 at the break because of a slew of mistakes. Bortles became the first QB since the N.Y. Jets Geno Smith last year to have two picks returned for TDs in the same game. Smith did it against the Bengals, also in week 8. B. Bortles, as always admitted his mistakes. He simply said, "I'm killing us, I've got to try to eliminate different things & get better." Good luck Bortles, I am rooting for you.  R. Tannehill threw for 196yds, 1 TD & 1 int. L. Miller had 14 carries for 78yds and M. Wallace had 2 receptions for 59yds. B. Bortles threw for 221yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. D. Robinson had 18 carries for 108yds and A. Robinson had 5 receptions for 82yds & 1 TD.

BUFFALO BILLS: 5-3

The Bills keep winning.  They are right behind the Saints now in the AFC East. They ran over the N.Y. Jets, 43-23.  Kyle Orton threw 4 TDs and the Bills forced 6 turnovers, 3 each by Smith & Vick. Orton had a career high with his 4 TD passes, and won for the 3rd time in 4 games since replacing EJ Manuel as the starting QB for the Bills. The Jets have lost 7 in a row for the first time since 2005, in Herm Edwards final season as coach. Coach Rex Ryan, and he is a fire cracker, said, "Let me tell you, I'm getting sick and tired of the losing, that's for sure." I would almost bet my next mortgage payment that those were NOT the exact words, lol. OK, here's the funny part, they said that Smith had x-rays on his right shoulder after the game, but did not immediately announce the results.  The injury was not believed to have affected Smith's performance. Really, he suck's, a hard hit may have helped him. Percy Harvin played but as you can see, it was not a game changer. K. Orton threw for 238yds & 4 TDs. S. Watkins had 3 receptions for 157yds & 1 TD. M. Vick threw for 153yds & 1 int. he also had 8 carries for 69yds & 2 fumbles. I'll take Vick over Smith anytime. J. Amaro had 5 receptions for 51yds.

AFC SOUTH:

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS:5-3

YESSS, somebody else got blindsided. The Colts shared the beat down of the week with the BEARS with their 51-34 loss to the Steelers. My question is, were the Colts beaten by the Steelers or attacked by bumble bees?  I'm just saying. Read the Steelers update to find the answer.


TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-6

Well, this is not a shocker, Titans lose to the Texans, 30-16. What else is new?  Read about it in the Texans update.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 1-7

Read about the 7th loss of the season to the Dolphins 27-13 in that update.


HOUSTON TEXANS: 4-4

Well, no news flash here.  Texans pimp slap the Titans around 30-16 like they owed them some money.  I am sure nobody else was expecting anything differently. I see Arian Foster had his day in the sun with 151 rushing yards & 2 TDs. Watts took down first time starter and rookie Zach Mettenberger twice in this game. Welcome to the NFL Zack. This is the silly part of the game. JJ Watt apparently felt that the rookie QB was not serious about the game and said if he was a rookie playing in his first game, he wouldn't be taking a selfie.  Really JJ, you are all over the tv dancing, having fun and making a couple of extra bucks.  Does anyone question whether you are serious or not about the game?  Why you mad JJ?  Zack was excited about his first game.  Who are you to decide if he was serious about the game or not? Because he took a selfie before the game, he wasn't serious?  Are you worried that another NFL player will steal the spotlight from you?  Grow up dude. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 227yds & 1 TD. A. Foster had 20 carries for 151yds & 2 TDs. D. Hopkins had 5 receptions for 95yds. Watt was somewhere worrying about someone taking a selfie before the game, smh. Z. Mettenberger threw for 299yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. N. Washington had 4 receptions for 68yds.

AFC WEST:
DENVER BRONCOS: 6-1

Read about the continued take down of yet another team in the 35-21 victory over the Chargers. It's all in the MNF update.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 4-3

Jamaal Charles cut through the Rams like butter on a pair of TD runs.  Knile Davis returned a kickoff 99yds for another score. To add insult to injury in this 34-7 loss to the Chiefs, Rams QB Austin Davis was sacked 7 times.  What more do you really need to know in this update but the stats?  Alex Smith threw for 226yds. J. Charles had 13 carries for 73yds & 2 TDs. D. Bowe had 6 receptions for 64yds. A. Davis, probably black & blue at this point, threw for 160yds, 1 TD & 1 int. and again, sacked 7 times. K. Britt had 2 receptions for 52yds.


SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 5-3

Read about their beat down by the Broncos, 35-21 in the MNF update.


OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-7 :o(((

The Raiders drop another one, 23-13 to the Browns. Read that expected outcome in the Browns update.  Man, it's gotta be lonely at the veryyyy bottom.

**So, who is most likely to overtake Peyton’s ultimate record? A little something I ran into online. I would say Brees or Rodgers. I think Brady is too beat up to make it.  Manning says Rodgers, ESPN said Brees.  Who do you think can take it over?**

*1. Andrew Luck 
TD total: 
65 at age 25
Percent chance: 18.8%

Andrew Luck is the future of the NFL. Once a No. 1 overall pick, Luck is looking like a young Peyton Manning, playing for the same Colts squad and leading them to the playoffs. After only throwing 23 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, Luck is on pace for 43.4 touchdowns this year. 

How To Pass Peyton: If Luck can maintain a 35-passing touchdown per year pace or better, he will likely need to start until around the age of 38 to pass Peyton—or longer if Manning plays past the age of 40.

*2. Drew Brees
TD total:
 374 at age 35
Percent chance: 16.5% 

Like Manning, Brees consistently puts up huge passing numbers in Sean Payton’s offense. Also like Manning, Brees is no spring chicken. Brees is essentially 3.5 years behind Peyton in terms of passing touchdown pace, but only three years behind him in age and two years behind him in seasons played. 

How To Pass Peyton: If Brees can maintain or increase his close to 40-passing touchdown per year pace and he is able to play about a season longer than Peyton, Brees will have a chance to bring home the record himself. That means if Peyton plays until he is 40, Brees will likely have to play and perform at a high level until he is at least 41.

*3. Matthew Stafford
TD total:
 118 at age 26
Percent chance: 8.0%

Another young gun in a pass-heavy offense, Stafford is a little behind the Manning pace due to injuries in his first two seasons. Remember that Manning never missed a game with the exception of the entire 2011 season. Having started playing at the age of 21, though, Stafford has the potential to play for a very long time. Despite being on pace for just 20 touchdowns this season, Stafford has averaged 30 passing touchdowns per year recently and is the unquestioned franchise quarterback of the Detroit Lions.

How To Pass Peyton: Stafford’s best bet is for Manning to retire ASAP, but if he can return to his 41-touchdown 2011 form, he would have a shot at breaking Manning’s record around the age of 40. 

*4. Aaron Rodgers
TD total:
 206 at age 31
Percent chance: 6.7% 

Like Stafford, Rodgers missed significant time in his career due to injury. He also did not start in the NFL until he was 25—three years into his career. Rodgers is without a doubt one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league, and he’s on pace to have his third season with at least 39 touchdown passes in the last four years. Unrelated, Rodgers also rarely throws interceptions—he has thrown more than 10 just twice in his career.

How To Pass Peyton: If Rodgers throws 40 touchdowns per year and plays until he is 39, he would end up with around 550 total touchdowns. That means, like many others, he would either need Peyton to retire in the next year-and-a-half or Rodgers would need to play well into his 40s.

*5. Tom Brady
TD total:
 372 at age 37
Percent chance: 5.2%

The most common debate in modern football: who is the better quarterback, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? You already know my opinion, despite Bradys three Super Bowl rings. Brady has been a pinnacle of good health like Manning, missing significant time only in 2008 during the Matt Cassel spectacle. While he sat behind Drew Bledsoe in his first season, Brady has put up numbers consistently throughout his career. Brady is on pace for close to 30 touchdowns in 2014, which is right around his average in recent seasons. Only one year younger than Manning, does Brady have an outside chance at the record?

How To Pass Peyton: Unless he puts up numbers like the 2007 undefeated, 50-touchdown season, Brady essentially needs Manning to retire in the next year and would have to throw his 30 touchdowns for another five seasons. That means Brady would have to produce at the same level until he was around 42 years old. If Manning plays until he is 42, Brady would likely need to start until he was 45!

Is anyone likely to break Peyton Manning’s eventual passing touchdown record? No. Is it doable? Yes. It just might take a little Luck, that’s all. 

AFTER READING WITH THE "EXPERTS" HAVE TO SAY. HERE ARE WHERE THE TOP QBS STAND AS OF 10/31/2014

RANK

NAME

TDs

1.

Peyton Manning

513

2.

Brett Favre

508

3.

Dan Marino

420

4.

Drew Brees

372

5.

Tom Brady

363

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 7

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Week 7 is over and it's been an event of a few more upsets, more records broken and just good ole NFL football.  Jacksonville got their first win of the season. I don't know about anybody else, but I am so glad that it was not my team that took that one. I read about an interview that Urlacher had and he said something I agree with. "Cutler is NOT an elite QB, he has an elite QB's pay." True DAT Brian, true DAT.

TNF: 10/16/14

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS VS. NEW YORK JETS
​Week 7 was kicked off with the Patriots taking one from the New York Jets on TNF. The score ended, 27-25. I did watch this game and honestly, the Jets had a chance to win this one but failed with at a 2pt. conversion to at least tie it and take it into overtime.  Add on a blocked FG and game over man.  Now, as always, a refs decision or actions are called on the floor a day or two after a game.  DT Chris Jones blocked the Jets kicker Nick Folk's 58yd FG attempt as time expired to seal the Pat's win.  There was the question of the move that one of the refs did when he nudged a Pat's player away from the line of scrimmage just before the kick, that turned into a blocked field goal that cost the Jets the game.  I am NOT going to go deep into this one, you can just look it up under the games recap, too long to add in the blog. Most people are not surprised that this game ended with some form of controversy?  The NFL said that it was standard officiating procedure that occurs regularly.  Nuff said about that.  Word on the street is that Percy Harvin was brought in for Geno Smith. He used the excuse that he had no weapons around him. Let's see what he does now.  One thing I read was that Harvin is a "troubled" "malcontent" whose gym bag has nothing in it but the tent and the circus poles he plans to install in the middle of the One Jets Drive locker room. Hey now, the circus is coming to town. LOL.  T. Brady threw for 261yds & 3 TDs. S. Vereen had 11 carries for 43yds & doing double duty with 5 receptions for 71yds & 2 TDs. G. Smith threw for 226yds & 1 TD. C. Ivory had 21 carries for 107yds & 1 TD. E. Decker had 4 receptions for 65yds.

 

​MNF: 10/20/14
HOUSTON TEXANS VS. PITTSBURGH STEELERS​

 

​You never know what you are going to get on MNF.  Well guess what, the Steelers showed up to play.  I was just watching a documentary on the 1976 & 1978 Steelers and mannn, I miss that kind of FB from the Steelers. Well, apparently the Steelers watched it too and played some good ole Pittsburgh Steelers football and brought down the Texans, 30-23.  The Texan made a lot of mistakes on the field and sadly JJ Watt did not get a chance to do his "nay-nay" dance in the end zone this time. I really enjoyed watching this game.  JJ did show up, he had his 3rd sack of the season & recovered a fumble, but not to the extent that the Texan fans had hoped for. The 3 turnovers that the Texans made had a lot to do with their demise. You really had to see this game to appreciate it. ​
​Big Ben threw for 265yds & 2 TDs. L. Bell had 12 carries for 57yds & A. Brown had 9 receptions for 90yds. R. Fitzpatrick, who looks like a real Viking by the way with the bear & mustache, threw for 262yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. A foster had 20 carries for 102yds, but added a fumble. D. Hopkins had 6 receptions for 108yds & you guessed it, 1 fumble. ​




​NFC NORTH:
CHICAGO BEARS: 3-4 
Why you treat me so bad, why you treat me so bad?  My BEARS know I love them, loyal to the end but these roller coaster rides are killing me. We dropped another one, 27-14 to the Dolphins.  To make the lost even worse, we loss Kyle Fuller to a hip injury and a broken hand.  I going to keep this short and go with the words of Brandon Marshall, a 3-4 start is UNACCEPTABLE, that's it, that's all. Dan Hampton said that Marc T., needs to stop with the "getting in touch with your inner feelings and being friends and coach his team or he will lose them." I so agree with that. I can't stomach to listen to either him or Cutler anymore. Like I told you, Cutler is singing "easy money" every time he comes to work. You got Tannehill looking like Dan Marion and that he surely is not. He was flat footed on the field and did nothing spectacular but he got the job done. Even with 277yds & 2 TDs, it just wasn't exciting to watch him, I mean everrr.  Cutler, did his usual thing, at least 1 int. Every time he has thrown an int. in a game, we lose.  I know it's not all on Cutler, well, most of the time it is.  But, he is the leader of the pack, show some fire, get pissed, say something other than, we are making some mistakes, I don't know what it is but we have to fix it. Ya think?  Cutler, you sound about as clueless as the captain of the Titanic!!  R. Tannehill threw for 277yds & 2 TDs. L. Miller had 18 carries for 61yds & 1 TD. C. Clay had 4 receptions for 58yds & 1 TD. Cutler threw for 190yds, 1 TD and his favorite stat, 1 int. M. Forte had 12 carries for 49yds & 1 TD & being the player he is, added 6 receptions for 60yds & 1 more TD.
 

GREEN BAY PACKERS: 5-2 
Yeah, yeah, heard it all before, lol. Packers beat the Panthers, 38-17. As usual, Aaron Rodgers near-perfect in win over Panthers and my personal favorite, Rodgers connects with Jordy Nelson for 59yd TD. Same lines every week, just different teams and numbers, kinda like, fill in the blanks.  This was Rodgers 6th straight game without an interception. The Panthers had only run six plays by the time the Packers scored their 3rd TD.  Carolina grew more frustrated as the deficit grew. LB, Luke Kuechly was ejected late in the 3rd Qtr. Not sure what he did, but he was out of there.  After all was said and done, the Ketchup stain on Cobb's jersey after jumping into the ledge with the GB Fans after his TD, was about the only stain on the Packers spotless game. The game was pretty much over going into half time with a 28-3 score. Sorry Panthers fans I totally know this feeling. Newton is confident the Panthers will pick up the pieces and come together.  A. Rodgers threw for 255yds & 3 TDs. E. Lacy had 12 carries for 63yds & 1 TD. R. Cobb had 6 receptions for 121yds, 1 TD & 1 ketchup stain on his jersey. C. Newton threw for 205yds, 1 TD & 1 int. J. Stewart had 13 carries for 50yds & G. Olsen had 8 receptions for 105yds, another former BEAR player doing his thing elsewhere.

DETROIT LIONS: 5-2 
OK, I am not going to lie, I was celebrating a Lions lost since the Packers clearly were going to win their game and BAM, out of nowhere a miracle happened and the Lions pulled this one out from under the Saints, 24-23. The Lions were outscored going into halftime with the score 10-3.  I Guess they decided that they were ready to roar and put out a 21-13 second half.  For starters, with 3:38 left in the 4th Qtr, Golden Tate pulled in a 73yd catch & run from Starfford which made the score 23-17.  Then, putting the hammer down with 1:48 left in the game, Corey Fuller catches a 5yd TD pass from Stafford, which was the game winning TD and the party was over for the Saints. All I can say is whateverrr, lol.  M. Stafford threw for 299yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints., and still won it. J. Bell had 18 carries for 48yds & 1 TD. G. Tate had 10 receptions for 154yds & 1 TD. D. Brees threw for 342yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. M. Colston had 6 receptions for 111yds.
 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 2-5 
Boy, I know the Vikings have got to be thinking, when it rain, it pours. I thought they would win this one but it turned out to be no different than last week. They got dropped by the Bills, 17-16. That's gotta hurt, so close but yet so far. Seems like Kyle Orton is holding it down, at least every other game. Kyle hit Sammy Watkins on a 2yd TD for the win with 1 second left in the game and stunned the Vikings. Man, now that's an upset, you literally had the game and lost it in 1 second. That sucks man, for any team. Kyle Orton threw for 283yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. C. Spiller had 1 carry for 53yds, he made that count. S. Watkins had 9 receptions for 22yds & 2 TD. T. Bridgewater threw for 157yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. J. McKinnon  had 19 carries for 103yds & G. Jennings had 6 receptions for 77yds. Thanks Vikings, somebody else is losing besides my BEARS in the NFC North.
 
 
 
NFC EAST:
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 5-1 
They did not play, but I am sure they saw with the Cowboys did.
 
DALLAS COWBOYS: 6-1 
The wins keep on coming in Dallas. They took down the Giants, 31-21 This was a pretty good, no, damm good game. T.R. had 3 TDs.  DeMarco Murray broke Jim Brown's, 56-year old NFL records with his 7th straight 100yd rushing game to start a season and he is the NFL rushing leader with 913yds and counting. This is quite a record going for Murray.  Emmitt Smith & Tony Dorsett never put together 7 consecutive 100yd rushing games at any point during an NFL season. Add to that Eric Dickerson, Franco Harris or Marshall Faulk. But they say that Murray has to keep stringing those 100yd games together and keep the Cowboys on track on the road to the Super Bowl.  You got your work cut out Murray.  To make the pie even sweeter, the Cowboys won their 6th straight game. Talking about the stars being aligned in your favor, I think the universe is in their favor right now. Last year they ended 8-8, looks like they have put that behind them and making it for it as well.  It was an even game going into half time with the score 14 all, but the Cowboys would have the last say in this one. In the meantime the Giants are on a 2 game skid after winning 3 in a row. I think it's safe to say that the Giant's are missing Victor Cruz.  Bryant had his TD taken away, it was a "stretch" to get that TD and it did not work. T. Romo threw for 279yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. D. Murray had 28 carries for 128yds and 1 TD and he broke a 56 year old NFL record. D. Bryant had 9 receptions for 151yds. E. Manning threw for 248yds & 3 TDs. A. Williams had 18 carries for 51yds & L. Donnell had 7 receptions for 90yds & 2 fumbles.
 
NEW YORK GIANTS: 3-4
Sadly, we know this story. Read about their 31-21 lost to the Cowboys in that update. Go ahead, just look up one spot. This loss to the Cowboys means their playoff hopes may be done. I know, I don't need nobody telling me that my BEARS are in the same boat. :o(
 
 
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 2-5
The Redskins managed to win this one, 19-17 against the Titans. Kai Forbath kicked a 22yd FG on the last play of the game and Colt McCoy stepped in after Kirk Cousins was benched at halftime Sunday to lead the Redskins to a win. Simple as that, nothing extraordinary or out of the regular. Kirk went out with his 10th & 11th turnover of the season. Nope, didn't see it and didn't want to, lol. It's been 2 years since McCoy played and he was thankful for the chance. K. Cousins threw for 139yds & 1 int. P. Garcon had 5 receptions for 87yds & 1 TD. C. Whitehurst threw for 160yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. B. Sankey had 16 carries for 56yds. K. Wright had 6 receptions for 68yds & 1 TD.
 
 
 
NFC SOUTH:
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 2-4
Read about the last minute take away by the Detroit Lions to give the Saints their 2-4 start. Wow, I bet they are trippingggg. Check it out in the Lions update.
 
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 3-3
All the Panthers had to do is ask somebody and they would have told them about the foreseeable loss to the Packers, 38-17.  Want to read more?  You already did in the Packers update.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 1-5
They did not play.  IF they did, would it have made a difference? I'm just saying.

ATLANTA FALCONS: 2-5 

I bet you any amount of money that Hester would take being on the Bears instead of ATL right about now. I still hate that he's gone. Back down memory lane. So, to tie this one up, just read the update for the Ravens and their 29-7 slap down of the Falcons. Adios.
 
NFC WEST:
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 3-3
I told them early in the season, just because you win the Superbowl the season before, it's not an auto win season. They are still pretty lost as this point, wondering where it all went wrong. They probably thought they had this in the win column when the Rams' used a fake punt for the last of three big plays by the Rams special teams in their 28-26 stunner over the Seahawks.  The Rams weren't surprised, they said they've been practicing that play for a long time and it worked like a charm.  That had to be in slow motion where the Seahawks can see it about to happen but can't register their mind quick enough to try and stop it.  I know it's close to Halloween and the Rams pulled a few tricks out of their helmets. I particularly like the one when the Seahawks was expecting one guy to catch the punt and Stedman Bailey got it instead and had a 90yd TD. Sweettt!! RELAX Seattle, there's still time but the first thing you need to do is find the chemistry that you had last year. I think you guys have figured it out by now that ain't nobody shaking in their boots when the Seahawks take the field. They don't think about you winning the Superbowl last year, they think about how they are going to win it this year.  I'm just saying, it's not like I want you to win the SB again or anything, my BEARS got that wrapped up, LMAO.  Hey, you gotta have FAITH!!! A. Davis threw for 155yds & 2 TDs. T. Mason had 18 carries for 85yds & 1 TD. B. Cunningham had 5 receptions for 45yds & 1 TD. R. Wilson threw for 313yds & 2 TDs. Again, R. Wilson had 7 carries for 106yds & 1 TD. He did all he could to win this one, SMH. D. Baldwin had 7 receptions for 123yds & 1 TD.
 
SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: 4-3
Man, did anybody get the license plate of the truck that ran over and smashed the 49'ers. I think it was Orange and Blue. Read about how the Broncos, scrambled the 49'ers like a Rubik's Cube and they couldn't get themselves back together. It's all in Denver's update, 42-17, nothing nice. 
 
 
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 5-1
You already know, but I'm going to tell you anyway. The Cardinals, as predicted put the smack down on Oakland, 24-13.  In saying that, who hasn't?  They still have not won one game this season and it ain't looking like they will. This marks the Raiders 12th straight loss. Carlson Palmer came back to play against his former team and stated that he loved playing there when he was wearing the silver & black but it's even sweeter to come back as an opponent and win.  It wasn't a big fancy win, but it was a win. The Cardinals went into halftime with a 14-10 lead and the Raiders never regrouped after that. The Raiders are off to their worst start to a season since losing their first 13 games in 1962. Well, at least the players are getting paid, it's gotta be something positive you can say about the season so far, getting paid is all I can think of.  Safety Charles Woodson said, "How much worse can it get than not winning a game?" Uuhhh, Charles, try not winning any games at all one all season, I am pretty sure that would be worse.  Carlson Palmer threw for 253yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. A. Ellington had 24 carries for 88yds & even more with 6 receptions for 72yds. D. Carr threw for 173yds, who is D. Carr? D. McFadden had 14 carries for 48yds & 1 TD. B. Butler had 1 reception for 55yds.
 
 
ST. LOUIS RAMS: 2-4
I kinda went backwards and did the whole write up on the Rams 28-26 stunner over the Seahawks in that update. Read it there. 
 
 
 
AFC NORTH:
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 3-3
What time is it?  Shut out time! Yep, the Bengals were shut out by the Indy Colts, 27-0, read about it in that update.
 
 
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 5-2
Ravens beat down the Falcons 29-7. For the 5th time this season, the Falcons have had their wings clipped and been grounded. It was an easy undertaking for the Ravens who have been doing well after a little shabby start in the season. It was a sack party for the Ravens and Elvis Dumervil & Pernell McPhee each had 2, that along with a dominant defensive performance put this game in the bag for the Ravens. Baltimore allowed only 4 1st downs in the first half, had a total of 5 sacks and had a shutout going over the first 52 minutes. The Falcons dodged their first shutout loss since Dec., 2004 when Ryan connect with Roddy White for a 4yd TD with 7:12 remaining to make it 20-7.  It was ATL's first 4th Qtr score in 5 games. Well, look at the bright side Falcons, at least you were not shut out. I have no other comfort to add, lol.  I did not see this one, only because I was watching another game. Like I said, I would love another TV on my wall to catch at least 6 games every Sunday. J. Flacco threw for 258yds, 2 TDS & 2 ints. J. Forsett had 23 carries for 95yds & T. Smith brought up the end with 3 receptions for 81yds & 1 TD. M. Ryan threw for 228yds & 1 TD. R. White had 9 receptions for 100yds & 1 TD.
 
 
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 3-3
Read about their statement game of the season when they took down the Houston Texans, 30-23 on MNF. Prime Time baby.
 
 
CLEVELAND BROWNS: 3-3
Read about the unfortunate victims to the Jaguars, giving them their first win of the season, 24-6. Check out the Jaguars update.
 
 
AFC EAST:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 5-2
Read about the  "skin of their teeth" win over the losing N.Y. Jets, 27-15 in the TNF update.
MIAMI DOLPHINS: 3-3
I won't go into overkill on this one where the Dolphins beat the BEARS, 27-14. Just go on up to the BEARS update and check it out.

NEW YORK JETS:
 1-6
Down and out once again, Geno and the Jets couldn't pull this one out against the Patriots and this time, they really had a chance to.  Check it out in the TNF update.

BUFFALO BILLS:
 4-3
Well thank goodness the Bills beat the Vikings, 17-16. At least another NFC North team lost Sunday. Check it out in the Vikings update.
 
AFC SOUTH:
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 5-2
Guess whose creeping up in the win column, yep, the Colts. This win over the Bengals put them at 5-2, head honchos in the AFC South. The simple answer is that the Colts defense dominated the Bengals, shut them down, no field goals, no TDs. They were efficient with 3 sacks on Dalton, with a previous league low of 2 in the previous 5 games they played. The Bengals only managed 8 plays in the Colts territory and only 8 first downs. They were down 17-0 going into the 4th Qtr and would not recover. It was Indy's first shut out since beating Tennessee in the final game of the 2008 season. Looks like there's a new contender for the ring this year. A. Luck threw for 344yds & 2 TDs. T. Richardson had 14 carries for 77yds & T. Hilton had 7 receptions for 107yds. A. Daltion had, and yes, no typo, 126yds. G. Bernard had 7 carries for 17yds, is this stat even real, that's crazy. M. Sanu who almost surpassed Dalton with 3 receptions for 54yds. SMH
 

TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-5
Read about their near miss for a win with the 19-17 loss to the Redskins in that update.
 

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 1-6
Happy days are here again! The Jaguars got their very first win of the season over the Cleveland Browns, 24-6.  I would NOT want to be the team that the Jaguars beat, but you knew it was coming.  Yes, the Jaguars snapped a 9 game losing streak and did it in a matter of fact way.  The mascot was so happy, he dived into one of the pools at Everbank Field, everybody just celebrating. They said the defense came up big in the red zone. This was their first win since beating Houston on Dec., 15, 2013. Man, almost 1 whole year before a win, that's just crazy.  On this day, the Browns would settle for 2 field goals and that would be all they could muster. The Brown, who came into the game with the league's 3rd best rushing attack, was held in check most of the day. See how stuff just happens. I am sure the Browns did NOT see this one coming. Happy 1st win Jaguars. B. Bortles threw for 159yds, 1 TD & 3 ints. D. Robinson had 22 carries for 127yds & 1 TD. A. Robinson had 4 receptions for 60yds & 1 TD. B. Hoyer threw for 215yds & 1 int. A. Hawkins had 5 receptions for 112yds.

HOUSTON TEXANS: 3-3
Read about their 30-23 lost to the Steelers on MNF. The truth of the matter is that there was nothing the Texans could do to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers that night. They were clearly on a mission.  Check it out in the MNF update.
 
 
 
AFC WEST:
DENVER BRONCOS: 5-1
I been waiting all day for Sunday Night!!! This was the game, rightttt here. Peyton Manning toyed with the 49'ers and broke the all time passing TD record, knocking Brett Favre off the top of the heap in the beat down of  San Francisco, 42-17. I was really anxious to see this game. For one, I love Peyton, I knew the cheap Chicago Bears organization would not pay for him to come here. I have been a fan since he stepped into the league. Once again, he showed why he has so many people that love watching him work his magic. But what made the whole night worth it, IT WAS A GOOD GAME.  I know the score doesn't reflect that and SF certainly doesn't think so, but it was. He hit Demaryius Thomas late in the 2nd Qtr to surpass Brett's record. His receivers played keep-away with the ball for a bit. The 49'ers were playing without several key starters and you could tell, I don't think they've been beat like that in a minute. They missed tackles, allowed 6 sacks, dropped 4 passes and had a couple of costly overthrown balls.  The 49'ers did very little right on this day. Don't feel bad SF, I don't think anybody could have beat the Broncos on this night.  P. Manning threw for 318yds & 4 TDs and an NFL 510 TDs. R. Hillman had 14 carries for 74yds & 2 TDs. D. Thomas had 8 receptions for 171yds & 2 TDs. C. Kaepernick threw for 263yds, 1 TD & 1 int. S. Johnson had 5 receptions for 79yds & 1 TD.  Peyton Manning also has the most games in NFL history with 4-plus TD passes thrown (33).

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 3-3

The Chiefs said, enough is enough and they pulled one out of the bag on the Chargers with a 23-20 win. Not only did they win the game, they snapped the Charger's 5 game winning streak. With 21 seconds left in the game, Cairo Santos kicked a 48yd FG to steal the game away from the Chargers. I hate losing in the last seconds, I'd rather get beat and be done than have the game in my hands only to lose it with as little as 1-2 seconds on the clock, that happened this week as well. I always say, you gotta watch any team that is 1-4 or 0-6, those are the ones that will take the big boys down, you know I ain't lying. Shake it off Rivers, you know you guys are facing Denver on TNF to kick off Week 8. Good luck with that, lol. A. Smith threw for 221yds & 1 TD. J. Charles had 22 carries for 95yds & 1 TD. D. Bowe had 5 receptions for 84yds. P. Rivers threw for 205yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. B. Oliver had 15 carries for 66yds & A. Gates had 3 receptions for 61yds & 1 TD.
 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 5-2
Take a look up about, 3" give or take and read about the slim 23-20 loss to the Chiefs in that update.
 

OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-6
So what did you think I was going to write this week?  The Raider went on to stay the only win less team in the NFL this season. They lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 24-13. Read about it in the Cardinals update.
 

 

 
AMERICA'S FAVORITE TEAM:
​Hey everybody, I thought this would be a nice read, if you have time. At least my BEARS are in the top 10, they haven't fallen to far down the list. The Cowboys have been dethroned as America's Team. 

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.

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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.


COMING WEEK 8, WHO, IF ANYONE, WILL BE THE NEW TD KING and PREDICTIONS OF WHO WOULD BE WHO IN THE NFL THIS YEAR.
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GO BEARS ! ! !
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 6

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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



TNF: 10/9/14

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.

MNF:

10/13/14

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.

NFC NORTH:

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.

NFC EAST:

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.

NFC SOUTH:

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.

NFC WEST:

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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. 


AFC NORTH:

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.

AFC EAST:

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.

AFC SOUTH:

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.

AFC WEST:

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.

CHICAGO BEARS:

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.


N.Y. GIANTS:

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.

PHILLY EAGLES:
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.

MIAMI DOLPHINS:

Running back, Knowshon Moreno is headed to IR list with a season ending ACL injury.


DETROIT LIONS:

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.

CLEVELAND BROWNS:

Center, Alex Mack suffered a broken leg. He is definitely out for the season.


GOBEARS!!!

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 5

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My how time flies when you're having fun. Week 5 is done people.  There are no longer any UNDEFEATED teams left going into Week 6. But, there are two teams that have yet to record a win.  You know it, Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-5 and the Oakland Raiders, 0-4. There were records broken, QB's benched, Sherman talking smack as usual and some more coach gossip, whose on the hot seat? Check it out. 


TNF: 10/2/14
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.

MNF: 10/6/14
​SEATTLE SEAHAWKS VS. WASHINGTON REDSKINS ​

 

​They say the Seahawks won ugly in their defeat of the Redskins, 27-17. But you know what they say, a win is a win. I headed out to do laundry and the stinking tv there was set on dancing with the stars, how depressing. So, this is definitely hear say people, but I got good sources, lol. They said there was a lot of ugly in this game, ugly officiating, ugly blocking against an ugly team with an ugly name on an ugly field. Man, do these guys dislike the Redskins or what?  They said that the Seahawks had horrendous execution from the offensive line and a ton of unnecessary penalties and still pulled it out. It was 17-7 at the half, not a bad deficit to try to come from behind on. But when the QB has 11 carries for 122yds & 1 TD, you know it ain't your day. All that with the Seahawks having 7 penalties in the first half and Percy Harvin having 3 TDs negated, all on penalties. When all was done, the Seahawks ended the day with 13 penalties for 90yds while the Chiefs only had 3 for 30yds. But man, they killed them on rushing yards, 225-32. Which, keep in mind, Russell had 122 of those rushing yards. It was then that the writing was on the wall, the Redskins would not be on the winning end of this game. R. Wilson threw for 201yds & 2 TDs. He was also busy with 11 carries for 122yds & 1 TD. D. Baldwin had 4 receptions for 50yds. K. Cousins threw for 283yds & 2 TDs. D. Jackson had 5 receptions for 157yds & 1 TD. I bet he wish he was still with the Eagles.

 

NFC NORTH:
CHICAGO BEARS: 2-3
OK, so let's talk about the obvious, Jay Cutler stinks, plain and simple! I love my bears but you can only take the torture for so long before speaking out. As it stands, it was a GROUP effort on this loss to the Panthers.  We had the Panthers down by 14 points and then ole reliable does his thing. Interceptions and this would have been a good time to show case this "cannon" they always talking about. They had my guy's Forte number from the first whistle blow and though he had almost 200yds in rushing & receiving, that 1 fumble made you forget all of that. I still got love for you Forte.  When was the last time you've seen Robbie miss a FG, well I'll tell you, in this game and that alone was like, wait, what the hell just happened?  But, it is not the reason we lost. They say Trestman was brought in to fix Cutler but the QB Whisperer has not changed anything, oh wait, yes he has, they gave him $100 Million Dollar contract. I know Cutler singing, "EASY MONEY" every time he comes to work. Cutler has been bad, but spread the blame around fairly. They said that even though Marshall has said he is fully healthy and explosive, he has managed just 3 catches for 44yds. Maybe he's too busy jetting off to N.Y. every week to be properly prepared. If there is not a personal training camp up there, then he needs to be grounded, I'm just saying. He's making these appearances on Inside the NFL, let's win some MORE games, then maybe you can talk. I'm reading all of these articles, trying to figure out what the heck is going on and they say that the blame with the Bears poor start this season rests with one man, head coach Marc Trestman.  Where is the discipline, where is the leadership?  You don't let your players go to open up restaurants on the first day of "for real" practice. Well, in all fairness, Briggs did get an interception in this game.  Yep, they put it out there. The Panthers were ripe for the picking, we could have handed them their 3rd straight loss, instead we sent them away feeling like they were going to the Super Bowl, celebrating in the locker room, patting each other on the head, Cam not crying. But the man of the day for the game was Greg Olsen, need I say a former Bear to boot. With this win, Carolina has recaptured sole possession of 1st place in the NFC South.  Nuff said about that. Cutler did say in a post game interview that a lot of that is on me. First time for everything. J. Cutler threw for 289yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. M. Forte had 17 carries for 61yds & 1 fumble then he continued with 12 receptions for 105yds and 1 TD. C. Newton threw for 255yds, 2 TDs and 1 int. G. Olsen had 6 receptions for 72yds & 2 TDs. Well, at least the Lions lost. Oh yeah, an article in the Sun-Times I believe said that Coach T. ran a training camp that was softer than a Twinkie. Come on, ya'll know I can't make this stuff up, LOL.
GREEN BAY PACKERS: 3-2
Read about the not so surprising win over the Minnesota Vikings, 42-10 in TNF update. They are now tied with Detroit for 1st place in the NFC North.
DETROIT LIONS: 3-2
OK, to be honest, I thought the Lions had this game, they gave it up, 17-14. I switched back and forth on it but it didn't turn out to be. The Lions lost to the Bills, same Bills that took us down in the first game of the season, see how that works. But the story is NOT about the Bills win, it's the Laser Conspiracy, SMH.  Yeah, turns out some Lions fan brought a laser with him to the game, shining into players eyes, Bills players of course.  The Bills filed a complaint with NFL security officials after both holder Colton Schmidt & QB Kyle Orton said that someone in the stands was shining a laser pointer in their eyes. NFL spokesman Mike Signora said that the league is waiting for it's security rep in Detroit to file a game report. The coach for the Bills said it was more of a motivator than a distraction. Then the alleged fool gets on Twitter and says, "hey ya'll if you see some lasers in your eyes, it's just me, lol." Word on the Twit is that they deactivated his account and are looking to talk to the guy, who they said used his real name.  World's dumbest criminal, lol. The Bills snapped a 2 game skid in Orton's comeback debut. He has done this so many times, he has got to be dizzy, maybe it wasn't the laser after all. Not only did Detroit drop this one after a 14-0 lead, C.J. reaggravated a right ankle injury and Reggie hurt his ankle as well.  Golden Tate did pick up the slack for Detroit but it was too late to save the game. Worst of all, more than the 6 sacks on Stafford, 3 missed FGs by Alex Henery. The Lions are now 4 of 12 on FG attempts in 5 games. They starting to live the story of many teams in the NFL this season, "man down."  M. Stafford threw for 221yds, 1 TD & 1 int. G. Tate had 7 receptions for 134yds & 1 TD. K. Orton threw for 308yds, 1 TD & 1 int. S. Watkins had 7 receptions for 87yds. The Bills won this one on a 58yd FG with 4 seconds left. 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 2-3
Read about their loss to the Packers, 42-10 in the TNF update.
 
NFC EAST:
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 4-1
The Eagles went back to their winning ways with a 34-28 win over the St. Louis Rams. From the look of things, it wasn't as clean cut as one might think. Word on the street is that undrafted QB Austin Davis was channeling Kurt Warner as he threw for 142yds & 2 TDs in the final 12 minutes of the game. The Eagles had to play hard to stop the Rams from what looked like a sure come back win. Now, let's keep in mind, the Eagles were leading 34-7 with 2:15 left in the 3rd qtr and ONLY won by 6pts when the feathers and horns cleared. OC Bill Davis said that "We've got to do better, there's no way you can let people come back on you like that in the 2nd half." With 2 turnovers, a 2nd Qtr interception converted into a TD & a 4th Qtr fumble followed by 14 unanswered points and a Rams comeback that should have never been. Seems as if this game was another case of "winning ugly." The consensus is that Nick Foles is 12-3 as a starting QB under Chip Kelly and yet, something is still missing.  Hold up Nick, you might want to leave well enough alone, you guys are 4-1, so you can't be that messed up. Well, maybe the haircut, you know the one that looks like the dumb & dumber brothers, he may want to change that.  The Rams helped though, they had 10 penalties for 82yds, everything else was pretty much even steven. N. Foles threw for 207yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. L. McCoy had 24 carries for 81yds & 1 fumble. J. Maclin had 5 receptions for 76yds & 1 TD. A. Davis threw for 375yds & 3 TDs. B. Cunningham had 7 carries for 47yds & 1 TD and to finish out the losing effort, B. Quick had 5 receptions for 87yds & 2 TDs. Bet he wished he saved those until next game.
DALLAS COWBOYS: 4-1
Who dat owning the football in Texas right now?  I'll give you a hint, it ain't the Texans with their 20-17 loss to the Cowboys.  Yes sirrrr, the Cowboys are sitting a little higher in the saddle in TX tonight. Tony Romo stayed on the ground a few minutes longer and raised his arm in celebration after a long TD pass and most importantly, he escaped what looked to be a sure sack for JJ Watts. Now, I'm no math teacher, but  J.J. Watt's size and mass against Tony's slim physique, would have meant disaster for Romo. I would be on the ground thanking my lucky stars in Texas too. I wish I had saw this spectacular catch that Dez made that they say saved the Cowboys from a melt down. It set up Dan Bailey's winning 49yd FG. And right at that very moment, the Cowboys bounced back from blowing a 10pt lead late in the 4th Qtr. Word to the Eagles, I told you, the dust you see behind you, is NOT the wind blowing, it's the Cowboys on ya'll BUTTS and they are moving, full steam ahead. The Cowboys won their 4th straight game for the first time since 2011. One thing is for sure though, the truly won this one by the skin of their teeth. The Texans fought like they was at the last Alamo. It was decided by a FG in OT. T. Romo threw for 324yds, 2 TDS & 1 int. D. Murray had 31 carries for 136yds & 1 fumble. The savior of the day, Dez Bryant had 9 receptions for 85yds & 1 TD. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 154yds & 1 int. A Foster had 23 carries for 157yds & 2 TDs. D. Hopkins had 6 receptions for 63yds. I have a feeling these cow pokes will see each other again. I won't miss that one.
NEW YORK GIANTS: 3-2
So, Odell Beckham catches the game winning TD and the Giants win their 3rd straight game with a 30-20 win over the Falcons.  This was Odell's NFL debut, he's finally healthy after month's of hamstring problems.  First, let me say, didn't I say the Falcons would need some of those 56 points they put down on Tampa Bay? I'm just saying. They Giants smiles are so big after this win, they have finally over .500 for the first times since 2012.  Eli beating his chest talking bout, "Peyton who." OK, maybe not, but you never know. All of a sudden, the sun is shining brighter, the birds are singing sweeter and the players for the Giants don't have to go home and say, "Son, we lost another one." They are now 3-2 and feeling good about where they are in their division. It really is a lot of football yet to play, so they ain't doing bad at all. Now, it wasn't always sunshine lollipops this game. When Antone Smith caught Matt Ryan's swing pass, faked Antrel Rolle out of his cleats and sped 74yds for a TD to put ATL ahead 20-10, the life seemed to drain from Metlife. Then Andre Williams and I don't mean my brother in law, fought for 65yds, including a hard charging 3yd TD run that closed the gap to 20-17 & capped a nine play, 81yd drive. People stopped running out of the stadium crying and turned around to watch the rest of the game. So, the Giants forced a 3 and out, Manning got the ball and marched his team 64yds on 11 plays, finished the drive with that go-ahead TD to Becham and BAMM, just like that, the Falcons wings were clipped. Hey, I think that's a pretty sweet recap of this game, right? lol.  E. Manning threw for 200yds & 2 TDs. A. Williams had 20 carries for 65yds & 1 TD. P. Parker had 3 receptions for 61yds & 1 fumble. He fumbled, but they won so his stats still count. Rule of Rainey. M. Ryan threw for 316yds, 1 TD & 1 int. J. Jones had 11 receptions for 105yds.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 1-3
Read about their likely demise in MNF update, losing to Seattle 27-17.
 
NFC SOUTH:
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: 2-3
When the Saints ruled the NFC South, that's the story in the history books right now. When have you known the Saints to be one win better than Tampa Bay? Momma said there would be days like this, but who knew it would be the Saints. The Saints crawled pass the Bucs, 37-31. And they had to go to OT to win it. SMH. D. Brees threw for 371 yds, 2 TDs & 3 ints. K. Robinson had 21 carries for 89yds & 1 TD. P. Thomas had 8 receptions for 77yds & 1 TD. Anybody seen Graham in this game, just asking? M. Glennon threw for 249yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. V. Jackson had 8 receptions for 144yds.
 
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 3-2
Read about their come from behind win, 31-24 over my Bears in that update. For the first time, they hanging with the Saints. Cherish it Panthers, it won't last. You will NOT win this division, just my personal thoughts, no need to get rowdy anyone. Peace!!!

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 1-4
Well at least they have one win under their belt, but not this one. Read about their 37-31 lost to the Saints.
 
ATLANTA FALCONS: 2-3
Read about their 30-20 loss to the N.Y. Giants in that update.
 
NFC WEST:
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: 2-1
Read about their "ugly" win over the Redskins in MNF update.

SAN FRANCISCO 49'ERS: 3-2
San Francisco manage to trick their way into a win against Kansas City Chiefs. On a fake punt, deep in their territory and leaning on Phil Dawsons 5 FGS, the 49ers took down the Chiefs, 22-17. The 49ers did this one in style with a trick play to beat the Chief and sent former QB for the 49ers Alex Smith home with no revenge to be had. He said it wasn't about revenge, for real Alex, you just going to stand there and lie like that. OK, if you insist. Well, you can believe that Kap was probably trying to show that they made the right decision, I'm just saying. But, the real story and what Deion said last week, the players on the 49ers want Harbaugh gone. For real, that's whats going around. Annndddd, Fox Sports NFL insider, Jay Glazer says there's no way Harbaugh return to S.F. next season, even if they win the Super Bowl, what the heck???  Even though the players have publicly endorsed their coach, the rumor/storyline refuses to die down. What happened was this, and I know this is not about the game, but it kind of is. ESPN reports surfaced that cracks in the relationship go as far back as 2012 when Harbaugh tried to lure free agent, you guessed it, Peyton Manning. That didn't sit well with some players especially Alex Smith, then QB of the 49ers. Smith specifically asked Harbaugh about the 49ers interest in Manning & did not get an answer. They say Harbaugh had flew to N.C. to meet and work out with Manning. As one team source told ESPN, "that was the first big sign to the players that they couldn't trust Jim." Dang, tune in next week on "As the 49ers Turn." C. Kap threw for 201yds & 1 TD. F. Gore had 18 carries for 107yds, he was knocking folks down like bowling pins. B. Lloyd had 3 receptions for 76yds. A. Smith threw for 175yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. J. Charles had 15 carries for 80yds & J. Hemingway had 4 receptions for 50yds, man his stats just made print.

ARIZONA CARDINALS: 3-1
Read about their 41-20 loss to Denver and Peyton's 500th TD in Denver's update.
 
ST. LOUIS RAMS: 1-3
Read about the 34-28 loss to the Eagles in that update.
 
AFC NORTH:
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 3-1
So the Bengals holding it down in the AFC North by one game. Wonder how long that's gonna last. You can't tell they got the lead in their division after the 43-17 spanking the Patriots put on them.  That alone is a surprise with the way New England has been playing. Read about it in the Patriots update.
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 3-2
Read about the Ravens 20-13 lost to the Indy Colts in that update.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 3-2

For one minute or maybe two, I thought that Jacksonville was going to take down the Steelers.  But Pittsburgh did NOT want to be the first team to lose to the Jaguars and they pulled this one out, 17-9. After the at home, embarrassing loss to Tampa Bay, I don't think they could survive another one.  If Brice McCain had not made an interception, early in the 4th Qtr and  returned it 22yds for a TD, this could have been a totally different update.  This game was tighter than a women trying to squeeze into a size 7 shoe, when she knows she wears a 9, that's tight people and it's gotta hurt, lol. It only got worse for the Jags, they lost 3 RB's to ankle injuries at different points in the game. Sounds fishy to me, if I'm hurt, then I can say I had no part of our 5th loss of the season, I'm just saying. Big Ben threw for 273yds & 1 TD. L. Bell had 15 carries for 82yds & A. Brown got in on the winning effort with 5 receptions for 84yds. B. Bortles threw for 191yds & 2 ints. Poor rookie, he just takes the blame after every game, even if it is not his fault, he will wise up by next season. A. Robinson had 5 receptions for 51yds. 

CLEVELAND BROWNS: 2-2
The Browns are hanging on by a thread and in last place in the AFC North with a 2-2 record after Week 5.  They got a much needed win over the Titans, 29-28 and I do mean barely. With only 1:09 left in the game, Brian Hoyer threw a 6yd TD pass to Travis Benjamin and rallied for the win over the Titans. This is the killer right here, the Titans were down, 28-10 going into half time. After the second half was over, the Titans did not score not one point. The Browns won the second half, 19-0 and so the story goes. This was the Browns first road win in more than a year. B. Hoyer threw for 292yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. B. Tate had 22 carries for 123yds and T. Gabriel had 4 receptions for 95yds. C. Whitehurst threw for 194yds & 2 TDs. J. Hunter had 3 receptions for 99yds & 1 TD.
 
AFC EAST:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 3-2
After the Patriots were done beating on the Bengals, I am sure they were seeing some stars, stripes, red, white & blue and I don't mean the Patriots uniforms. They devoured the Bengals like they were fresh meat off the grill, 43-17. Tom Brady became the 6th QB to throw 50,000 career yards when he hit Rob Gronkowski on a 27yd pass in the 1st Qtr of the game. The rest in is the books for this game. Old or not, 50,000yds comes from a lot of good work put in to reach that goal. People can say what they want, Bradys shoes are some big shoes to fill. The statue of liberty shoe size is 879, that's about how big Toms are when it comes to filling them.Hat's off to you Tom Brady!! I know he would trade that record in for now if they could be 5-0 but it ain't happening right now Brady. Talk is the 2014 Rookie QB was brought in for Brady's replacement, sooner rather than later. Just repeating what I hear people, no need to throw tomatoes, lol. Even with the loss, the Bengals managed to stay on top of the AFC North with Baltimore's loss in Indy. They are a 1/2 game ahead. The game was clearly won by the Pats according to not only the score, but the stats. The Patriots had 30-17 in first downs. 505-320 total yards and 220-79 rushing yards. But the Patriots won the penalty game, they had 12/114 yds compared to 4/37 for the Bengals. The Bengals could not have possibly monopolized on an of those penalties at all. The Pats kept the ball about 5 minutes short of double time compared to the Bengals. Well, better luck next time Bengals. Brady Threw for 292yds & 2 TDs. S. Ridley got his piece of cake with 27 carries for 1136ds & 1 TD. R. Gronkowski, always contributes with 6 receptions for 100yds & 1 TD. A. Dalton threw for 204yds & 2 TDs. G. Bernard had 13 carries for 62yds and A. Green finished with 5 receptions for 81yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: 2-2
DID NOT PLAY.

NEW YORK JETS: 1-4
With all things considered, I am sure that the QB's for the Jets, especially Geno, would rather be in Kansas.  Click your heals Geno, you might get there. They were attacked by the Chargers and got pimp slapped, 31-0. No TDs or FGs, nothing. Read about it in the Chargers update. Oh yeah, word on the NFL scene? There is talk about Tebow in the Jet's camp. I love the NFL, you can't make this stuff up.

BUFFALO BILLS: 3-2
Read about the Bills surprising win over the Detroit Lions, 17-14 with a 58yd FG with 0:04 on the game clock.  Check out the Lions update.
 
AFC SOUTH:
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: 3-2
The Colts are winning more games lately, but the Texans are not letting them get to far ahead. They are both 3-2 going into Week 6. I see Luck had his rabbit's foot again, beating the Ravens 20-13. Luck threw for 2 ints., Indy lost 2 fumbles and had a TD negated and STILL one this won.  Sounds like Luck to me. Dwayne Allen said, "we didn't really play Colts FB to the best of our ability for the entire game." What, did you guys think you should have won by more, take the win and go home. Flacco said, "we made too many mistakes, we didn't convert first downs and we didn't put ourselves in very good position."  True that Flacco, you gotta clean it up man or you guys will be 3-3 after Week 6. A. Luck threw for 312yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. A. Bradshaw had 15 carries for 68yds but had to fumble 1. T. Hilton had 9 receptions for 90yds. J. Flacco threw for 235yds & 1 int. not 1 TD to add to his stats on this one. J. Forsett had 6 carries for 42yds & 1 TD. O. Daniels had 5 receptions for 70yds, not that it mattered. Adios Amigos.

TENNESSEE TITANS: 1-4
Read about their loss to the Browns, 29-28 in that update.  They kept it close though.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 0-5
Read about their 5th loss of this winless season for the Jags to the Steelers, 17-9 in Pittsburgh's update.

HOUSTON TEXANS: 3-2
We already know this story. The Cowboys dusted the Texans, 20-17. Read about it in the cowboys update.
 
AFC WEST:
DENVER BRONCOS: 3-1
The Broncos took the Cardinals down a notch and gave them their 1st loss of the season, 41-20 and Peyton Manning recorded his 500TD for the books. Manning said, "FB is the ultimate team game and I guess one man has to accept it and I really accept it on behalf of a lot of coaches & teammates."  The Cardinals were soaring high coming into this game, looking to make it a 4-0 start for the season. The Broncos stepped on the birdies and that was all she wrote. I said a few records were broken in Week 5. Demaryius Thomas set a franchise record with 228yds on 8 catches, beating Shannon Sharpe's mark of 214yds set against K.C. in 2002. Wes Welker got in on the record breaking party with 7 receptions that moved him pas Rod Smith for the most catches in NFL history for an UNDRAFTED player.  He has 854, five more than Smith caught for Denver between 1995-2006. I'm just going to say this Denver, then I'm done.  All these records don't mean jack if you go to the Super Bowl and choke. So ya'll better get it together and save some for the big one, just in case. P. Manning threw for 479yds, 4TDs & 2 ints. R. Hillman had 15 carries for 64yds & D. Thomas had 8 receptions for 226yds & 2 TDs. D. Stanton threw for 118yds. A. Ellington had 16 carries for 32yds & 1 TD. A. Ellington had 4 receptions for 112yds & 1 TD. Not bad Ellington for a days work. To bad it didn't help. 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 2-3
Read about their loss, 22-17 to the S.F. 49ers in that update.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 4-1
I am guessing with the whipping given to the Jets by the Chargers, 31-0, it might just explain why they are 4-1 and holding down the AFC West, including Denver. So let me get this straight, the Jets are losing 31-0, you bench Geno Smith, bring in Mike Vick and you give the loss to Vick, sounds like some sneaky stuff going on to me. Geno had the nerves to say that he didn't like getting benched but he had to change his mindset to support the guys. WAKE UP FOOL, you ain't doing nothing. Then they say that Geno & Mike combined for 100yds passing, just can't let the cry baby Geno take the blame himself. Man Vick, ain't you tired of getting thrown under the bus. I mean, I know you can't say no when they tell you to go in the game, start off the second half and you down 21-0. Even a back up need some type of playing time. I bet they told you, "come on Mike, you can win this thing for us."  Well, they scored 10 on Vick and with the previous 21 on Geno, you do the math. Even though the Jets managed to sack Rivers 3 times, he had his way with them. This is the killer, Smith was 4 of 12 for 27yds and guess what, he gets to lose the game again next week for the Jets, the coach said he is starting against OMG, Denver, I hope they beat them 56-0. BUT, those are the teams to watch, lol, they will probably beat Denver, everybody knows how that goes.  He is just weak to me and doesn't show any QB experience at all. Hell, Cutler can throw the ball, but is he winning games? I'm done with this game. P. Rivers threw for 288yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. B. Oliver had 19 carries for 114yds & 1 TD. M. Floyd had 3 receptions for 72yds. The stats for the Jets were less than 50 in passing, rushing & receiving, not even worth mentioning.

OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-4
DID NOT PLAY.
 
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*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.*

# 5 - Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis and a couple of his friends were partying in Atlanta for Super Bowl XXXIV. Sometime after the celebration parties ended, Lewis and his friends were involved in a fight, which led to the stabbing deaths of two men.  Lew was indicted on murder and aggravated assault, but he accepted a plea deal and testified against his friends.  Now, instead of being known as a two-time Super Bowl champion and one of the all-time greatest linebackers in NFL history, he is known for getting away with murder.
# 4 - Donte Stallworth
Donte is another moron who was involved in the killing of a person.  Unlike Lewis, Stallworth was guilty of hitting and killing a pedestrian while he was driving drunk. He was charged with DUI manslaughter and accepted a plea deal that would sentence him to only 30 days in jail. Why the light sentence? Because the man killed, was not crossing the street at a crosswalk.  Stallworth's NFL career is practically over - he played in 19 games since 2009 and he is now cemented as a moron.
# 3 - Sam Hurd
And now, Sam Hurd.  Yet another NFL player who never had any trouble during his NFL career until he crossed into ultimate moronic territory.  On December 14, 2011, Hurd was arrested in Chicago.  What for you ask?  Well, he attempted to purchase and distribute large quantities of cocaine and marijuana.  While the investigation was going on, Hurd also failed two drug test.  This led to him being jailed indefinitely before receiving a 15 year season. My thoughts: Kill a person, you get 3 months, sell drugs, you get 15 years, something wrong with that picture.

# 2 - Michael Vick
Michael Vick pulled off one of the most moronic moves in recent NFL memory. Vick made national headlines when a property he owned was raided during a drug investigation.  During the search, police found evidence of unlawful dog fighting activities.  Everything led back to Vick and he was eventually charged and sentenced to 23 months in federal prison.  Vick spent 18 months in prison before returning to the NFL in 2009.
# 1 - Aaron Hernandez
You can't have any list dealing with moronic decisions without having Aaron Hernandez. Charged with first degree murder and looking to spend the rest of his life in prison, Hernandez made the ultimate moronic decision. But everyone knows Hernandez's story, murder and mayhem. So here he sits as our No. 1 NFL moron.
If you don't know, all you have to do is google him.
 
 
Here's a little something to chew on.  Willie Young left the Detroit Lions for the Chicago Bears this past off-season. He wouldn't mind seeing Ndamukong Suh follow suit next year. I'm just saying, I hear things, I pass them on.

Coming next week:
NFL Season Predictions, Part 1: The Cellar Dwellers. 8 teams for footballs worst record this season.

 

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