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Monday, 02 February 2015 06:00

Superbowl XLIX Review

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Uptown funk you up, said uptown funk you up, sayyyyy whattt??? Well, looks like Super Bowl XLIX went off without a hitch. No deflated balls, no lasers in the eyes of the Seahawks or anything else like that. I'm just saying, the Patriots won, fair and square. Like em or not, they are the BEST TEAM IN THE NFL for the next year. Hey, I got a large bag of cheese popcorn coming, so I have no complaints. My brother Chris said they should have given the Patriots a deflated Lombardi Trophy, LOL. Now Chris, there is still no proof of "deflategate" and they have dropped it. It was just something to keep people up in a ruckus until the Super Bowl. I'm just saying.

SUPER BOWL XLIX - 2/1/2015
​I'm just going to say it, if you missed the last maybe 5, but definitely 2-3 minutes of this game, you missed the game. Things were moving kinda slow at first. I'm like, what the hell, where is the life in this game, doe's anybody want it? ​The Patriots hadn't won a SB in 10 years while the Seahawks were fresh off one. I honestly didn't know who was going to win this one. Brady said, "You know, whatever it takes," and it took several things, including 4 TDs before all was said and done.  The Patriots rallied from a 10pt deficit while surviving a last ditch drive by Seattle.  I thought Seattle had it for sure with the luckiest catch of the season was juggled & caught by Jermaine Kearse. I said, awwhhh man, Seattle is going to win this game. But then something spectacular happened, Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo Lockette to pick off Russell Wilson's pass and complete one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes I have ever seen.  To top that off, it was Butler's FIRST, 1st, #1, uno career interception, what a time to take a ball. He truly was the reason the Patriots won. Seattle was hoping to become the first repeat NFL champion since New England a decade ago, was outplayed for the first half, even though they were tied at 14. The Seahawks took control in the 3rd period with 10pts, the only points scored in the 3rd Qtr. But y'all know when Brady gets that look on his face, things are about to happen. It didn't matter how much air was or wasn't in the balls, Brady was unstoppable when the pressure was the strongest. The Patriots pushed the controversy of "deflategate" behind them and moved the ball easily in the final 12 minutes. Brady surpassed Joe Montana's mark of 11 Super Bowl TD passes with a 4yder to Danny Amendola, add a FG from Gostkowski and we have a whole new game, 24-21, Seattle. Then with 2:02 left, Brady hits Edelman with a 3yd pass, tack on the last FG for the day for Gostkowski and there you are, 28-24. Seattle didn't give up either, they never do. With Kearse's 33yd catch with 1:06 remaining, that got it to the 5. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 4yds, then backup CB Butler, who was earlier victimized on Kearse's reception, made the biggest play of his first NFL season with 20 seconds remaining. That was it, game over. The Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin was salty over the play, instigated a near brawl, but was ejected instead. There you have it, 28-24. Game over man, nothing left to do. Some question the play which brought about the interception but what's done is done or so I've been told. I know this seems all about the Patriots, but you guys know my style by now, the winners always get the most press.  Nothing personal Seahawk fans but I gotta say, if they had won again, I don't think I could have taken another year of Sherman's mouth, I would have moved to India for the 2015 season, where I KNOW they don't have football. LOL. What else could Edelman & Butler do after winning the Super Bowl? They went to Disneyland. T. Brady threw for 328yds, 4 TDs & 2 ints. L. Blount had 14 carries for 40yds & J. Edelman had 9 receeptions for 109yds & 1 TD. Malcom Butler had the most important play of all THE INTERCEPTION that gave the Patriots the title. R. Wilson threw for 247yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. M. Lynch had 24 carries for 102yds & 1 TD. C. Matthews had 4 receptions for 109yds & 1 TD. 
Update: I heard that the Patriots are being investigated for using "Kilson" footballs instead of "Wilson", LOL, I crack myself up sometimes.

Until next season my friends. 
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

2015 AFC and NFC Championship Games

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I'm so glad we had this time together.  Yep, it's that time again, the end of the NFL season.  The season more men hate than women.  They will now get the, come on, go to the mall with me sweetie, there is no football on.  Or, what about, can you put up the shelves in the closet now, there's no football on for you to watch. Yes, it's the time of the year when you see grown men and women, brake down and cry, walking around the house, wondering what the heck to do for the next few months. Well, I recorded about 15 episodes of "a football life", I will be catching up on that.
Next blog will be the end of our "football love affair".  I really hope everyone enjoyed the season. Well, being a Bears fan and all, I enjoyed what I could, lol.


If I had not seen this game with my own two eyes, I would not have believed it. The Packers had the game in hand, they had it all under control. The loudest stadium in America was suddenly silent. Some of the Seattle fans had already left the stadium with their tails between their legs. Shame on them, for one thing, you gave up on your team so I am glad they didn't let you back in. The main thing is that those who left, missed the luckiest comeback in playoff history, according to my books. The Seahawks after being down & out of the game came back & won, 28-22 and this is how they did it.  Seattle trailed 19-7 with about 4 minutes left and had been ineffective on offense all game. Wilson finally put a drive together with passes to Doug Baldwin & Marshawn Lynch, whose TD was called back because he stepped out of bounds.  Wilson finished with a 1yd scoring run to cut the lead to 19-14 with 2:09 left. The onside kick went right to Packers TE Brandon Bostick, but he let it get away and Seattle's Chris Matthews recovered at the 50. The crowd, that was quite since the Seahawks fell behind 16-0, came to life.  Lynch sped his way into the end zone on a 24yd TD run. On the 2pt conversion, which was just ridiculous. Wilson was about to be sacked, threw a desperate pass hauled in by Luke Wilson to make it 22-19 with 1:25 remaining. The Packers gave Wilson about 2.5 minutes to find Luke just standing there in the end zone, waiting for the ball. At that very point, I knew that the Packers would lose this one. Seattle was NOT coming that close just to let it get away. I was right. Rodgers did manage to get kicker Mason Crosby close enough for his 5th FG and tied the game that took it into O.T. Then Wilson & Kearse struck. Wilson hit him for a 35yd TD @ 3:19 into OT to win it. Special teams helped lift the Seahawks back into the game, when they were down 16-0. Their 1st TD came on a fake FG when holder J. Ryan threw 19yds to tackle eligible G. Gilliam in the 3rd Qtr. I have never seen a team score 15 points in 44 seconds, who does that?  Clearly, the Seahawks did on this day. Packers are easing on down the road while the Seahawks get ready to go to the Super Bowl for the 2nd year straight. They will face the Patriots. This game will go down as one of the best, but I still say luckiest, comeback in NFL postseason history. Rodgers said, "It's going to be a missed opportunity that I'll probably think about for the rest of my career. We were the better team today, we played well enough to win. We can't blame anybody but ourselves."  R. Wilson threw for 209yds, 1 TD & 4 ints. M. Lynch had 25 carries for 157yds & 1 TD. D. Baldwin had 6 receptions for 106yds & 1 fumble. A. Rodgers threw for 178yds, 1 TD & 1 int. E. Lacy, who was really a non-factor in this most important game, had 21 carries for 73yds. J. Nelson didn't contribute much either when you consider what he usually does with 5 receptions for 71yds.

What was supposed to be a good ole fashioned football fight to the finish, turned into "deflategate".  Now, I don't know what happened but what I do know is that if the Patriots managed to play with 11-12 deflated balls in this game, what were the refs doing all day?  I could see maybe 1 or 2 but 11-12, come on man, HOW could that happen. Then you know what comes next the headlines like, Ravens warned the Colts of deflated footballs. Really, I didn't hear crap until this game was over so if the refs and the Colts were forewarned, how could the Patriots possibly pull this off?  Also, when the Patriots whipped the Colts in Nov., 42-20, they thought the balls felt light. The Colts notified the NFL about potential under-inflation AFTER COLTS safety, Mike Adams picked off Brady twice in that 42-20 smack down. In both cases, Adams took the ball to the sideline as a memento, then gave it to the team's equipment staff. So, why did Adams take the ball first to the sideline, chill with it as a keepsake, thennnn, give it to the equipment folks?  I'm just saying, it's some shading stuff going on round here. We all know the Patriots coach, Belichick, has been in the headlines a time or two concerning cheating and YES, he was busted red handed, so to speak. But, I'm talking simple logic people and I am not saying they did or didn't, I just really want to know HOW. It is still under investigation and I have been warned not to talk about it, LMAO. So, too little or too much air, didn't make a difference, the Pats still spanked the Colts butt 45-7 and sent the Colts home crying for their mommy. The Colts own Allen says the Patriots could have used "soap for ball" and still won. They got beat, plain and simple. Everybody wanna cry, moan & groan and find a reason why they lost.  You lost because you got beat, simple math. Nevertheless, a dark cloud hangs over the Patriots now and if they win the SB, look out, they are going to probably say that Brett Favre came in to play for Brady for the 2nd half of the game. Even D. Allen, TE for the Colts said, "It didn't matter if they used soap for balls, they beat us and that's all."  Maybe not those exact words, but y'all know how my memory is. At this point, it's just laughable. I'm more worried about being over taxed by the government than who wins these games. LOL. So, to sum it all up, the Colts lost, plain and simple. The Patriots won and are going to the SB to meet the Seahawks.  This is Brady 6th trip to the Super Bowl. Belichick will face Pete Carroll, whom he replaced as Patriots coach in 2000. In his first year as a starter, Brady led the Patriots to a SB win in the 2001 season, starting a run of 3 championships in 4 years. Now they have a chance for their first in 10 years. The biggest blowout in AFC title history was Buffalo's 51-3 win over the L.A. Raiders in the 1990 season. So the Colts don't have the worst lost in an AFC title game, that's something to be happy about. Luck said himself that his play was not up to par. That's all I have to say about this game, compared to the "deflategate" the game was boring. T. Brady threw for 226yds, 3 TDs & 1 int, that got the under-inflated ball, rolling, so to speak. L. Blount had 30 carries for 148yds & 3 TDs. J. Edelman had 9 receptions for 98yds. A. Luck threw for 126yds & 2 ints. D. Herron had 10 carries for 51yds & T. Hilton barely showed up with 1 reception for 36yds.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

NFL Update - AFC/NFC Divisional Title Games

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Sorry this is late guys.  One of the greatest sports fans passed last week and I had to put my blog to the side.  My Dad, Stanley Gossett passed away peacefully on 1/14/15. SHOUT OUT TO MY DAD!


Well, this football weekend ended in controversy. So Dallas feels they were cheated on the "catch" against Green Bay and they say it cost them the game. First of all, when you get to the point in a game where you were banking on one call to make up for all the other things you didn't do quite well during the whole game, then you are in trouble. I'm just saying.
The AFC & NFC Championship Games Blog will follow by this Friday.
One big comeback and then another and before you knew it, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are still alive and kicking. They beat the Baltimore Ravens, 35-31. The QB who treats deficits as distractions dug the Pats out of two 14pt holes, not one. They are the first team to do that in NFL history. They are headed to the AFC Championship Game for the 4th straight year with the win over the Ravens. Thanks to 3 TDs by Brady and one by college QB turned receiver Julian Edelman, the resilient Patriots kept their season alive. Brady led a masterful march, completing 8 of 9 passes and running for a first down to the decisive 23yd TD completion to Brandon LaFell with just over 5 minutes left to give the Patriots their first lead. The Patriots will host Indianapolis in the AFC Title Game. Yep, they beat the Broncos, and they should have, but that's another story that I will get to shortly. The Ravens had won 2 of 3 playoff games in Foxboroughover the past five seasons. But you know what they say, "all good things must come to an end."  Kamar Aiken of the Ravens said, "we came to their home field & fought them to the end, we just came up short." Yeah, it was close, but Ravens brought this lost on themselves. They had them down by 14pts twice in this game and let them come back, come on mannnn, you supposed to put the smack down even harder when you got folks on the ropes like that, but they didn't and now they are home, chilling with about 28 other teams. Brady completed 33 of 50 passes for 367yds for an offense that picked up just 14 on the ground, the second fewest in team playoff history.  His 46 career playoff TD passes surpasses Joe Montana's 45 for most in NFL history. Flacoo was 28 for 45 for 292yds & 2 ints. That was Flacco'sfirst 2 ints. in 6 playoff games. Justin Forsett, who replaced Ray Rice, had 24 carries for 129yds. Coach Harbaugh said he is proud of the way his team handled all of the off field drama that happened last year and game together to make it to the playoffs. The game went tit for tat. 2 TDs for the Ravens, 2 TDs for the Patriots, now repeat those TDs for each team. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team has erased a pair of 14pt deficits in a regular-season game since the K.C. Chiefs defeated the G. B. Packers on Oct., 12, 2003. The game ended with Flacco's desperation pass into the end zone being knocked down as time expired. Belichick tied Tom Landry for most postseason wins in NFL history with 20. Since the Patriots victory, three defending champions have earned byes only to lose in the divisional round, the last being Green Bay in the 2011 playoffs. T. Brady threw for 367yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. R. Gronkowski had 7 receptions for 108yds & 1 TD. J. Flacco threw for 292yds, 4 TDs & 2 ints. J. Forsett had 24 carries for 129yds & T. Smith had 3 receptions for 62yds. The Patriots finished 4th in scoring this season. They were ranked # 1 in scoring thru Week 16 but dropped to 4th in Week 17 after resting starters for that week.
Who ever didn't see this coming, needs to get their eyes checked. I knew the Panthers were not going to get past theSeahawks. They are just playing to good. But they went out there and gave it the ole college try and was sent home with a 31-17 lesson. Russell Wilson took extra care of business with his arm and passed the Seahawks right into the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. Wilson had one of the best QB passer ratings in NFL playoff history on Saturday night, right when the Seahawks needed it. He threw for 268yds & 3 TDs. Tonight was Kam Chancellors night.For all the tackles he made and his hurdling exhibition, it was the hulking safety running alone on a int. for 90yds for the first TD of his career that left Century Link Field shaking. It was the longest TD in Seattle's postseason history, topping Percy Harvin's 87yd kickoff return for a TD in last season's Super Bowl. Wilson threw a 16yd TD to D. Baldwin in the 1st Qtr, found J. Kearse for a 63yd TD in the 2nd Qtr & capped his night off with a 25yd strike to L. Wilson with 10:26 remaining that gave Seattle a 24-10 lead. Wilson simply said, "I'm made for these situations."  In an article I read in SI, they said he is the best on-the-move touch passer in the league, both short-distance and down field. For the 7-8-1 Panthers to pull off one of history's biggest upsets, against Seattle, they would have had to dictate the action through their ground game, they didn't get much past the Seahawks. Another article said of Cam Newton, "The real concern with Newton is his erratic-at times downright unrefined-throwing mechanics, which negate his sensational arm strength & occasionally leads to senseless incompletions."  That is very true, I know I have seen that happen with him on a number of occasions.  The Seahawks never trailed & became the first defending SB champion to win a playoff game the following season since New England in Jan., 2006. R. Wilson threw for 268yds & 3 TDs. M. Lynch had 14 carries for 59yds and "he's thankful," which was the only thing he would say to the press in his locker room interview,lol. J. Kearse had 3 receptions for 129yds & 1 TD. C. Newton threw for 246yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. J. Stewart had 13 carries for 70yds. K. Benjamin had 7 receptions for 75yds & 2 TDs.


Was you ready for some football, plenty of it going on in this game. For a while, I really didn't know who was going to win this one. Romo missing a snap, Rodgers getting pin downed to the ground, it was unpredictable. When all the calls or no calls were done, the Packers took this one home, 26-21. Now, let's talk about "THE CALL", lol. So, here we go again, the call that people are saying cost the Cowboys the game. OK, first let me say this, if one call, play or mishap cost you the game, then you never had it.  Then, to show you I'm right, I will just repeat what the OWNER of the Cowboys, J.J. said, "I want to be sure I'm clear here, whether they called a catch or a no-catch, there's still a lot of football left to be played and we certainly had a chance to win this game regardless of how that catch was ruled," Jones said. Cowboys executive VP, Stephen Jones is a member of the NFL's competition committee and says he fully expects the committee to review the rules on what constitutes a completed catch, now that Dez Bryant's spectacular no-grab on Sunday is part of a portfolio of other phenomenal receptions that were ruled incomplete. I tell you what does. Don't let it touch the ground, hold it tight to your body and don't let it bounce up out of your hands while you are still rolling. I'm just saying. Beautiful catch, but it touched the ground. Now, you know it's some bad karma on the Cowboys when almost the exact same thing happened when they beat the Lions last week, when they didn't call that pass interference on Dallas with Calvin Johnson. Dallas was like, hey they called it, I respect their calls, they were right.  Don't sound so good now that it pertains to you, does it? lol. What's even wilder, Gene Steratore was the same ref and made both calls.  Why y'all Cowboy fans think he's wrong this time. Pay back is a dog. Packers are off to face the Seahawks next week, I don't think the Packers are going to make it. Especially with Rodgers still not 100%. A. Rodgers threw for 316yds & 3 TDs. E. Lacy had 19 carries for 101yds, he's just a human bulldozer. D. Adams had 7 receptions for 117yds & 1 TD. T. Romo threw for 191yds & 2 TDs. I heard he was crying to his mom afterwards, just repeating what I hear, no need to kill the messenger. D. Murray had 25 carries for 123yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. Word on the street is that the Cowboys gave him an insulting offer, stay tuned for the update. J. Witten had 6 receptions for 71yds.

NFC DIVISIONAL GAME # 2 - 1//11/15
Well, sad to say, I thought that Denver would come back to life, back to reality. I said that if they played this game the way they have been playing the last 5 weeks, they would NOT get pass Indy.  Sure enough, Indy sent the Broncos out to pasture to win this divisional game, 24-13. Here's the funny stuff. They had all kinds of articles after this one."Manning passes the torch to Luck" or "Luck is legitimate in Indy now." My personal favorite, "Luck has his signature NFL win and it came against his predecessor, of all people."  Man, these NFL writers really need to find some original stuff, these are so lame, LOL. Now, they said this was an upset, but if you have been watching Denver play, it wasn't. They have skated by since week 14, I want to say. Luck threw 2 TD passes & outplayed Manning in leading the Colts past the Broncos. With this win, the Colts advanced to the AFC championship game at New England where they lost 42-20 on Nov., 16. The Patriots are a 7.5pt favorite. We will deal with that on the next update. So Luck, who hurt his arm by patting himself on the back said, "I'd like to think I am a better QB and would like to think we're a better team now. We are well equipped to handle the unknown, the unforeseen."  Lol, that is a line straight out of Any Given Sunday, at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. But if he would like to THINK, then he is still not sure. I don't think so, but just my personal thoughts. The Broncos are left to deal with the reality of yet another playoff choke and more importantly, question about Manning's future. He did say that he planned on coming back for an 18th season, but I don't think he is to sure now. There was also questions about Head coach, John Fox's future, but we know how that story ended. Yeahhh for Chicago. The Broncos were the AFC's only unbeaten team at home and the only team in the NFL with a top-five offense and a top-five defense, which after this game clearly means nothing, lol. Manning has gone one and done in the playoffs a record 9 times in his otherwise stellar career. That includes 2x in Denver, where he's 38-10 in the regular season but just 2-3 in the playoffs.  Irsay said that, "We needed to win this game for us. It wasn't about Peyton or Andrew or anything like that. It was about the Colts trying to beat the Broncos."  The Broncos only led one time, 7-0 in the 1st Qtr. The Colts led at half time, 21-10 and never even blinked. Terrence Knighton, who guaranteed the Broncos with an NFL high, 9 Pro Bowlers, would hoist the Lombardi Trophy next month, had one thing to say, "We picked a bad day to have a bad game." True that. A. Luck threw for 265yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. D. Herron had 23 carries for 63yds & 1 TD. T. Hilton had 4 receptions for 72yds. P. Manning threw for 211yds & 1 TD, man, that's gotta hurt. C. Anderson had 18 carries for 80yds & D. Thomas had 5 receptions for 59yds & 1 TD.
Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00

NFL Update Week 17

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Hi everyone, HAPPY NEW YEARS TO ALL. I'm back from our holiday break at work and needless to say I have been slacking, quite nicely if I say so myself.

So, on this update, it will be a "short and to the point" Week 17 update as well as the Wild card games that were played this weekend.

Sending out condolences to the family of Stuart Scott, he was the man on ESPN. Rest in peace Stuart.  BOO-YAHHHH!!


The Packers played the Lions and beat them 30-20. They won the NFC North title. They also get a week off.

The Lions lost to the Packers 30-20. Suh was up to his old tricks again, stepping on A. Rodgers ankle, twice then walked off. He was suspended, then reinstated on appeal and fined $70G. They will play the Cowboys in a wild card game. Loser goes home.
They played MY BEARS and won, 13-9. Nothing to play for but practice in this one.
We lost to the Vikings 13-9. We sucked this year, but I am in their corner for next year. Marc Trestman & Phil Emery are gone and talks of trade to Tennessee for Cutler. Word on the street: Some of the players would rather see Brandon Marshall gone. They say he is exhausting in the locker room.
Cowboys roped & tied the Redskins, 44-17. They move on to wild card game against Detroit next weekend.
They beat the Giants 34-26, but by that time, it was too late.

Even with their 34-26 loss to the Eagles, the Giants turned out a better record than the Bears.
They took their last beating from the Cowboys, 44-17. See ya next year.
They pulled it off, won the NFC South title by beating the Falcons, 34-13. They will face the Arizona Cardinals in a wild card game next weekend.

I really thought they were going to pull through and at least make it to the wild card round, but they didn't. They did beat Tampa Bay for a last game victory, 23-20.

Atlanta didn't stand a chance in this 34-13 beat down by the Panthers. Time for golf in Georgia right about now.

They finished the season they way they started, losing. They dropped their last game to the Saints, 23-20.  Maybe next year.  Rightttt, I say that all the time. lol.
Unbelievable is all I can come up with right now. I really did count them out. Well, they have shut me up for this season. They beat the Rams, 20-6, took the NFC West title and got a bye for the playoffs. Nuff said about that.
Good thing they already made the playoffs.  They let the 49ers beat them in their last game, 20-17. They will face the Panthers for the first round of wild card games. I don't know if they can pull this one off against the Panthers, especially with a 3rd string QB and the Panthers are hunger!! 

They put up one more win before they exited stage left. They beat the Cardinals, 20-17. Of course, Harbaugh was gone like a few hours after that game, not even the next day, that's cold. He ain't hurting, he got a big ole fat contract from University of Michigan, whose crying now?  Word on the street: Harbaugh & Kap were said to be pretty close, with him gone, Kap's future with the 49ers may be in flux. You can find the article in Pro Football Talk.
Rams went down at least trying to fight or maybe take out a player, I'm just saying. They lost to the Seahawks, 20-6.
The Steelers clinched the AFC North title, good for them.  This was a close one, the title was definitely up in the air for anyone to snatch. They beat the Bengals, 27-17 for the title.  They face the Baltimore Ravens in a wild card game next weekend.

Even though the lost the title, they still made it to the wild card round. They play the Colts in the first round. They lost to the Steelers in the last regular season game.
Truth be told, I didn't think they would make the cut, even for the wild card round. But they did. They beat the Cleveland Browns 20-10 in their last game. They will face the Steelers in the wild card games this weekend.
The Browns lost to the Ravens, 20-10. But hey, they have a better record than 10 other teams to close out the season.
They took the AFC South title and beat the Titans 27-10 to close out the regular season.  They face the Bengals in the wild card game this weekend. There is an article you can Google, "5 reasons why the Colts will win Super Bowl XLIX." It was written by rant sports. I Have no ideal who rant sports is.  I just repeat what I read, lol.
They didn't make it to the playoffs, even with their 23-17 win over the Jaguars. But, I do believe the have the MVP for the season on their team, we will see. J.J. Watt had a great season. More to come from him next year.
The Jaguars lost their last game to the Texans, 23-17. But they said they will be back, new & improved next season.

The Colts could have let them win 3 games this season but they were stingy and gave them their 14th loss instead, 23-17.  It's time to pull out the fishing poles. 
Yep, they got beat by the Bills, 17-9 in the last game of the season, but I am sure they are not sweating it.  They won the AFC East title, a bye and are looking good to go to the Super Bowl. I'm just saying.

They gave they Patriots the business for the last game of the season, beat them 17-9.  But like so many other teams, too little, too late.
You know it's bad when you let one of the worst team take the last game of the season from you. The Dolphins couldn't leave on a winning note with the lost to the Jets, 37-24. Well at least they made a respectable showing, more than I can say for a few other teams.
They turned out to be one of the lowly teams for the 2014-2015 season. They did manage to beat the PatriotsDolphins, 37-24 for a win before it was over and the close the doors on an awful season.
Denver went out on a high note with the 47-14 spanking of the Raiders. They also took the AFC West title and have a bye. They will meet the Colts next.
The Chiefs made sure they won their last game, at least the celebration would feel a little better. They beat the Chargers, 19-7. Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

I like Rivers, but the Chargers didn't make the cut like so many others. They also lost their last game to the K.C. Chiefs.  Haven't heard about any changes for this team.
Well, the energizer bunny kept on going and going and going. They did lose their last game to Denver though, 47-14.  At least their fans stuck around for them. More than I can say for a few teams.



GM-1: 1/3/15
Well, seek and ye shall find. The Panthers just psyched everybody out. Not only did they win their division title, they beat the Cardinals in Saturday's wild card game and did a pretty convincing job. I hoped that the Cardinals would win but with a 3rd string QB, it didn't seem possible and it wasn't.  They fell to the Panthers 27-16. I think had Carlson Palmer or even Drew Stanton been playing, it would have been a different outcome, but it's over and it's in the books. The Panthers held the Cardinals to 78yds and forced 3 turnovers in this win. It's the fewest yards ever allowed in an NFL postseason game. This is the franchise's first postseason victory in 9 years. The Panthers held Arizona to 12yds in the 2nd half, intercepted Ryan Lindley twice and sacked him 4x in a dominating performance. Carolinas defense have pulled themselves up from #27 in the league in Week 7 to 10th entering the playoffs. The New York Giants held the previous NFL record for fewest yards in a postseason game, limiting Cleveland to 86yds on Dec., 21, 1958. After a 9-1 start, Arizona's once promising season was undone by a rash of injuries, including two QBs, Palmer & Stanton. Lindley, though he really tried, just was not up to the task of leading a playoff team. Coach Arians refused to pin the blame on his young QB and he shouldn't, good for him. The Cardinals finished the season 11-6, but lost 5 of their last 7 games. The Panthers play Seattle next week. SMH, I think it may be over for the Panthers now, but at least they made the postseason. C. Newton threw for 198yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. J. Stewart had 24 carries for 123yds & 1 TD. F. Whittaker had 1 reception for 39yds & 1 TD. R. Lindley, who played to the best of his ability, threw for 82yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. No other stats worth mentioning for the Cardinals.
GM-2: 1/3/15
This was a decent game, but not as good as I thought or hoped it would be. The Ravens beat the Steelers, 30-17. They sent the steel city boys packing and looking towards next season. The fact that LeVeon Bell was out, did make a difference I believe. The Ravens survived a bit of drama during the season and for a minute, didn't seam to have their head in the games, but they got it together when it counted. JOHN Harbaugh, had the company of his brother Jim on the sidelines with him for this game. He was nothing but smiles with his Wolverines winter jacket on.  The Ravens won a playoff game in Pittsburgh for the first time in Franchise history, avenging postseason losses in 2008 and 2010 by quieting the NFL's second ranked offense. Baltimore sacked Big Ben 5x & kept All-Pro WR, Antonio Brown largely in check. The Steelers though, settled for FGs while the Ravens made TDs. Add that up any day of the week and you know how that turns out.  This was the Steelers first AFC North title in 4 years, but they couldn't do anything when it mattered the most, which was this game. The Ravens heads to New England to take on the top seeded Patriots next Saturday.  A place where they upset Tom Brady and company 2 years ago on the way to the franchise's second Super Bowl Title. This should be a GREAT game. I can't wait.  J. Flacco threw for 259yds & 2 TDs. S. Smith Sr., had 5 receptions for 101yds. Big Ben threw for 3343yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. A. Brown had 9 receptions for 117yds.
GM-3: 1/4/15
This was the game of the week.  I could not waittttt to see this game. First, let me put it out there, everyone is talking about the call that cost the Lions the game. That happens all season long to so many different teams. Pettigrew, the receiver said he didn't get an explanation for the reversal. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said, "he got an explanation, but not a good enough one. I'm going to leave it at that, Caldwell said. I'm not going to sit up here and act like that was the play that made a difference in the game. We still had our chances." EXACTLY, nothing else needs to be said on the "call". You all know there are bogus calls all the time in the NFL, heck, sports period. The Lions do what they usually do, they either give up a big lead and lose in the 4th Qtr or they come back from a big deficit and win it in the 4th. They were up 17-7 going into the 2nd half. The problem was not the call, the problem was the 17-3, 2nd half that was put on the board. The Lions could only muster up one FG in the whole 2nd half, that's what cost them the game. This was Dallas first playoff game in 5 years and they were determined not to lose it. They tried though, they had their sloppy moments, but they regrouped and got it together and won. The Cowboys wiped out an early 2 TD lead by the Lions to earn a trip back to GB, their first postseason visit there since a heartbreaking loss to the Packers in the Ice Bowl in 1967. The Lions went 99yds for one of 2, 1st Qtr TDs, but Stafford couldn't get them in the end zone again. He fell 0-2 in the playoffs three years after losing a wild card game to New Orleans. The Lions have not won a playoff game since the 1991 season, when they beat Dallas. The Cowboys were coming off 3 straight 8-8 seasons that ended with losses that kept them out of the playoffs, with Romo on the field for two of them. As for Suh, he got to play and afterward a tearful Suh said, "I'm speechless", after walking away from the podium and then returning. "Defense put it all out there. This team put it all out there, I didn't expect this outcome."  Well, the Cowboy's better strap on their boots tight, I do believe the Packers are going to knock them right out of their boots. Just my thoughts and I am entitled to have one since I write the blog, lol. Ice Bowl II Sunday, don't miss it people. T. Romo threw for 293yds & 2 TDs. D. Murray had 19 carries for 75yds & 1 TD. T. Williams had 3 receptions for 92yds & 2 TDs. M. Stafford threw for 323yds, 1 TD & 1 int. Oh yeah, almost forgot, the score was 24-20, Dallas.
GM-4: 1/4/15
I was hoping that the Bengals would win this one, but as you all know by now, it didn't work out that way. Colts did the job with a 26-10 win over the Bengals. It just showed that Andrew Luck stayed poised under pressure while the Bengals just collapsed, again. Luck managed to keep his feet and his poise on the biggest play of the game, and finished without an interception for the first time in a playoff match.  On the stats, the Colts had 482 to the Bengals 254 in total yards. That right there says a lot.  Luck joined Dan Fouts, Jim Kelly, Warren Moon and Drew Brees as the only NFL players with 3 straight 300yd games in the postseason.  The Bengals became the first team in NFL history to lose 4 consecutive opening round games. Dalton tied Warren Moon for the most consecutive opening round playoff losses by a QB, dropping to 0-4 all time. They haven't won a playoff game since Jan., 1991. Dalton's teammates thought he hung in there, played a good game. The Colts managed to hold on to the game even though they had 9 penalties. Colts kicker Vinatieri made a FG in his 12th consecutive playoff game, matching his own previous mark for the 2nd longest streak in NFL history. The Colts had a moment of silence for ESPN sports anchor Stuart Scott, who passed away Sunday. The Colts are headed to Denver this weekend and 9 penalties ain't gonna cut it. The Broncos opened as 7.5 point favorites over the Colts at William Hill's Nevada sports book. I don't gamble, I'm just sharing what I read, but if I did, my money would be on the  Denver Broncos.  But, I am wrong once every 10 years, could be that one time in this game, lol. A. Luck threw for 376yds & 1 TD. D. Herron had 12 carries for 56yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. T. Hilton had 6 receptions for 103yds. A. Dalton threw for 155yds, wow. J. Hill had 13 carries for 47yds & 1 TD. 

*SAT: 1/10/2015 - 3:35PM (NBC)

*SAT: 1/10/2015 - 7:15PM (FOX)
*SUN: 1/11/15 - 12:05PM (FOX)





*SUN: 1/18/15 - NFC, 2:05PM (FOX)
*SUN: 1/18/15 - AFC, 5:40PM (CBS)


Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 16

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Well, this is the last week of the regular season. Some of us fans are still licking our wounds while others are partying like it's 1999. I will be working on Week 17 and from what I have heard this morning, heads are rolling and not just in Chicago.
I hope you all have enjoyed the blogs for the regular season and continue to read through the postseason and Super Bowl. I don't know if I will write them next year, depends on if people would still be interested in reading them. ARE YOU???

TNF: 12/18/14:
So it was a battle of the losers and guess who came up the winner?  Yep, the Jaguars won this one to stay on top of the titans, 21-13. This match up was widely billed as unwatchable, Bortles, Todman & Marks offered some compelling moments in a relatively meaningless game. Bortles revived a stagnant offenses. Jordan Todman provided some cushion. And Sen'Derrick Marks sealed it with the most rewarding sack of his career.  Bortles ran for 50yds, playing with a sprained right foot. Todman's 62yd run put the Jaguars ahead for good. Marks play got the most attention and I did see this play. With the Titans driving, Marks sacked C. Whitehurst on the final play. It gave him 8 1/2 sacks on the season, triggering a $600,000 bonus in his contract.  CHA-CHING. B. bortles threw for 115yds & 1 TD. J. Todman had 5 carries for 71yds & 1 TD. M. Lee had 4 receptions for 65yds. C. Whitehurst threw for 287yds & 1 TD. K. Wright had 4 receptions for 73yds.
SAT-NF: 12/20/14:
Are you kidding me, the Eagles got punked by the Redskins, 27-24, on a FG by K. Forbath with 5 seconds left, 5 seconds. I just knew the Eagles would win this one. With this win the Redskins break a 6 game losing streak and pushed the Eagles to the brink of elimination. Man, the papers dogged the Eagles out. It said, The Philadelphia Eagles have proved themselves to be a mirage, a team that got away with it's faults until it couldn't any longer. Leaders in the NFC East as recently as a week ago, they're now just about done in the playoff race, and they're in no position to argue that they deserve any better. Penalties, (13/102), missed FGs, 2 more turnovers by Mark Sanchez and the inability to keep track of former teammate DeSean Jackson turned into a 27-24 loss to the lowly Redskins. Hey, I didn't write this one people, don't kill the messenger. I can't understand why they dogging them like that though. It's not like they the Jets or something. This gives the Eagles their 3rd straight lost and gives Dallas two chances to clinch the NFC East. Man, that's gotta hurt. RGIII threw for 220yds & 1 int. A. Morris had 21 carries for 83yds & 1 TD. D. Jackson had 4 receptions for 126yds. M. Sanchez threw for 374yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. L. McCoy had 22 carries for 88yds & 1 TD. He also said that this season was a waste of time, you think he mad about something? LOL. Z. Ertz had 15 receptions for 115yds.

SAT-NF: 12/20/14:
It's a done deal for the 49ers, if they thought they had a chance, the 38-35 lost to the Chargers put all guessing to rest. Check this out though, the 49ers were up, 28-7 going into the half. Instead of coming out and playing for their NFL season, they let the Chargers score 28pts to tie it up and take it into OT. Now, if you don't deserve to lose this game, I don't know what other game you should have lost. They ran up 28pts in the 2nd half while the 49ers could muster only 7. Then they get the FG in OT, lights out in Levi Stadium for the 49ers. Happy trailssss to you, until, we meet again. P. Rivers threw for 356yds, 4 TDs & 3 ints. B. Oliver had 13 carries for 53yds. E. Royal had 10 receptions for 94yds & 1 TD. C. Kaepernick threw for 114yds & 1 TD. F. Gore had 26 carries for 158yds & 1 TD. He was a beast in this game. A. Boldin had 7 receptions for 61yds.
MNF: 12/22/14:
OK. So, Denver clinched their division and are headed to the playoffs to boot. But, if they go into the playoffs, playing the way they did last night against the Bengals, losing 37-28, it's bye, bye Broncos. I know that the Bengals are not a la-di-da team, but come on man, the Broncos played bad, then played good, then played bad. At the end of the roller coaster, they ended up on the bottom.  I think Peyton had 4 ints in this game. OK, I know he has thrown an int or two in his day, but you name the last time he threw 4 in one game, I'm just saying. The Bengals picked off Manning in the closing minutes, twice, no less and ran themselves back into the playoffs. They really did play good on this night. The plot thickens. A. Dalton threw for 146yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. J. Hill had 22 carries for 147yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. J. Gresham had 9 receptions for 62yds & 1 TD. P. Manning threw for 311yds, 2 TDs & 4 ints. C. Anderson had 18 carries for 83yds & 1 TD. D. Thomas had 7 receptions for 115yds. Update: So I got a little curious and searched for the last time Manning threw multiple ints in a game. 1. He was the QB for the Colts, they played the Chargers, November 11, 2007.  He threw 6 interceptions. DANG. 2. Was when the Broncos played the Falcons, Sept. 2012. he threw 3 ints in the 1st Qtr.


The Lions had one more game against the Bears. I thought it would turn out worse than it did, but it didn't. We lost this one, 20-14 but NOT because of the QB, we lost because our receivers dropped 7 passes, 7, that is ridiculous. Detroit did nothing spectacular to me besides the dirty tricks they toss into a game when they think they can get away with it.  Detroit lost at least one player. Because of his stupidity, Dominic Raiola is suspended for the NFC Title Game on Sunday against the Packers. THAT will be the game to watch this weekend. M. Stafford threw for 243yds & 2 ints. J. Bell had 13 carries for 74yds & 1 TD. C. Johnson had 6 receptions for 103yds. J. Clausen threw for 181yds, 2 TDs & 1 int, NICE JOB CLAUSEN. M. Forte had 19 carries for 55yds & A. Jeffery had 6 receptions for 72yds & 1 TD. Should have been 10 receptions & maybe 2 TDs, ughh.

Really, Tampa Bay. Yep, the Packers beat the Buccaneers 20-3. That's no surprise. But this could have been anyone. They lost so ugly in their last game, they had to win to get the C factor back. Rodgers played with the flu and most of Sunday with a strained left calf. This win set up a showdown with Detroit for the NFC North title next Sunday at Lambeau Field. I wouldn't miss this game if somebody offered me $100. Let's be real, you know I wasn't going to say anything higher like $500. That money would have been mines, lol. The Bucs have lost 5 straight and remain in contention for the first overall pick in the 2015 draft. Josh McCown, my bud, was sacked 7x. Man, I just felt a hard hit to my back on that stat. Well, on to the NFC North title game. I will probably burn in hell for this but I hope the PACKERS beat the LIONS. There I said it and I haven't been struck by lightning yet, but the day is early my friends.A. Rodgers threw 318yds & 1 TD. E. Lacy had 17 carries for 999yds & 1 TD. R. Cobb had 11 receptions for 131yds. J. MCCown threw for 147yds & int. V. Jackson had 3 receptions for 60yds.

The Vikings went down fighting to the Dolphins, 37-35. Both teams were in the game playing for pride rather than a postseason berth. Read the details in the Dolphins update.


​YEAH, we played the Detroit Lions and yes they won.  Clausen was doing good for his first start in 4 years.  But you know the Lions, they losing, they start pulling out their dirty tricks. So Dominic Raiola, has got to be the stupidest person in the NFL right now. You have nothing to lose if you lost to the Bears. But you decided that you would stomp on the ankle of Chicago Bears DL, Ego Ferguson during the Lions 20-14 win. Well you know what that cost you dummy?  You will miss the NFC North title game against the Green Bay packers. Serves you right, lol. Even though he apologized to Ferguson and said it was unintentional, Merton Hanks, the League's NFL VP of football operations, suspend Raiola on Monday for Sunday's game. The NFL said this is  Raiola's 6th "safety-related rules violation since 2010." Bye, see you later. Brandon Marshall said he was a dirty player and a worst human being. Word on the street: Clausen is out with a concussion. Yep, from a dirty, illegal hit, being struck in the head, helmet to helmet by DE Ezekiel Ansah. I hope he gets fined up the butt........would be really nice if he was tossed from the title game. Reminds me of the Detroit Pistons and how they had to play dirty to win, I'm just saying. Oh yeah, Jay is gotta love football.

OK, I saw this one and the Colts were man-handled, rolled over and punked by the Cowboys, 42-7.  Man, I thought for sure they were going to shut the Colts out. But see, I said early in the season that the Colts ain't all they cracked up to be. They ain't bad, but they ain't there yet. The Cowboys ain't playing with nobody, they are on a mission and I tell you, if they don't make it out of the NFC, they will die with their boots on cuz it is on. They just played some ball, you had to see it to appreciate this game. DeMarco played with a messed up hand, which I thought he should have sat this one out, but they did take him out once they knew they had the game under control. Dez, well, Dez was Dez.  Romo threw 4 TD passes and broke Troy Aikman's franchise record for yards passing while the Cowboys ended a 3 game home losing streak, scoring TDs on their first 4 possessions. Dallas had an opening for it's first division title & postseason berth since 2009. Because of Philly's lost at Washington on Saturday, 27-24, the Eagles were eliminated with the Cowboys win. Now it's a party. T. Romo threw for 218yds & 4 TDs. D. Murray had 22 carries for 58yds & 1 TD. J. Witten had 7 receptions for 90yds & 1 TD. M. Hasselberg threw for 126yds & 1 TD, replacing Luck in the 3rd Qtr. D. Herron had 7 carries for 3yds, what? Did he get like .5yds per carry?  H. Nicks had 9 receptions for 72yds. Note:Murray now has 1,745 yds & needs 29 to break career NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith's franchise record of 1,773yds from 1995. Word on the street: Dallas is talking about putting a franchise tag on Dez Bryant.

Read about their possible season ending lost to the Redskins, 27-24 in the SAT-NF, GM 1.

The man of the Game in this 37-27 win over Rams was O. Beckham, he had 8 receptions for 148yds & 2 TDs.  The write up I read said that the N.Y. Giants are peaking behind a rookie that no one can cover. They all have his back too. Beckham set a franchise rookie record with his 10th & 11th TD catches, shattered another rookie mark for receptions & topped 1,000 yds. Beckham has 79 receptions, most in NFL history for a player in his first 11 career games and 5 more than the previous franchise rookie mark by Jeremy Shockey in 2003. There's more, but it's not the Beckham update, lol. The Rams put two late hits on Beckham. The 2nd late hit by linebacker A. Ogletree led to a brawl and 3 ejections.  T.J. McDonald was whistled for taunting after a sideline hit on Beckham earlier in the second Qtr. Even he admitted they (the Rams) took it too far. The  Rams had not allowed a TD in 3 straight games. The Giant players were pissed, they said they Rams are a dirty playing team and they were trying to hurt Beckham. Rams hating on the star rookie.
Eli Manning threw for 391yds & 3 TDs. A. Williams had 26 carries for 110yds. O. Beckham had 8 receptions for 148yds & 2 TDs. S. Hill threw for 290yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. T. Mason had 13 carries for 76yds & 1 TD. K. Britt had 9 receptions for 103yds. Boooo, never like the Rams anyway, they are known for taking players out. Carlson Palmer for one & I think back up QB Drew Stanton, both QBs for Arizona.


Washington was done, they had nothing coming in either losing or winning this game. They made sure that the Eagles were not far behind. Read about their win over the Eagles with a FG with 5 seconds left in the game. Check out the SAT-NF, GM 1.
OK, I'm not hating, but anytime a 6-and anything teams are playing for the division title, it's just has to be the worst division in the league. So yes, the Panthers who beat the Browns 17-13 are playing the Falcons for the NFC South title next week. I may or may not watch it, but I am pulling for the Falcons because of Hester.  Cam played in this game just 12 days after he suffered 2 fractures in his lower back after being hit by another car. First he said he didn't care when he would get back on the field, that didn't last long. I'm just saying this man, football will be here, your health, you never know when it will go. His team says he's a warrior, I guess. I just hope he doesn't get hurt any worse, the back is no joke. The winner of the Atlanta, Panthers game next week will join the 2010 Seahawks as the only teams to reach the postseason in a non-strike-shortened season with a losing record. The Panthers have won 3 straight after going more than 2 months without a victory. Johnny Manziel made his 2nd NFL start for Cleveland but left late in the 1st half with a hamstring injury when he was tackled near the Cleveland sideline. He did not return to the game.  NFL football is a far cry different than college ball Manziel. C. Newton threw for 201yds, 1 TD & 1 int. J. Stewart had 24 carries for 122yds. K. Benjamin had 5 receptions for 47yds. b. Hoyer threw for 134yds, 1 TD & 1 int. K. Crowell had 15 carries for 55yds. J. Cameron had 3 receptions for 88yds & 1 TD.
The Falcons were not taking any chances. No close game here, no OT FG to decide the end. They beat the Saints 30-14 and put themselves smack dab in the middle of a game against the Panthers, winner take all/division and eliminated the Saints at the same time.  A tenacious play by two backup defenders on Jimmy Grahams catch at the goal line and a little help from a disputed ruling helped save Atlanta in this one. Even though a take back of a TD by Graham changed the momentum of the game, it really didn't make a difference. Julio Jones was a man on fire with one double digit yard reception after another.  The fact that the Saints committed 3 turnovers in the 4th Qtr didn't help either. This was the Saints 5th straight loss at home. The Panthers win over the Browns made it official. The Saints went marching home. M. Ryan threw 322yds & 1 TD. D. Freeman had 5 carries for 36yds & 1 TD. J. Jone had 7 receptions for 107yds, after coming back off a hip injury. D. Brees threw for 313yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. M. Ingram had 13 carries for 38yds & 1TD. M. Colston had 6 receptions for 80yds.
Season on the rocks, ain't no surprise, just pour me a drink and I'll tell you why, lol. OK, no time for Neil Diamond songs, and yes, I like Neil Diamond. The Saints were sent marching home with all hopes of a postseason life snuffed out by the Falcons. Read the details in Atlanta's update.

Read about their 20-3 lost to the Green Bay Packers in that update. Were you expecting a different result?
OMG, the team I saw demolish the Cardinals 35-6 WAS the same team that won the Super Bowl last year. Seattle could do no wrong. Seahawks accumulated a franchise-record 596yds of offense. This win gave the Seahawks the NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the conference. Seattle moved into a tie with Arizona for 1st place in the NFC West & holds the tiebreaker by virtue of two wins over the Cardinals. A Seattle win at home over St. Louis in next weekend's regular season finale would clinch the NFC's No. 1 seed in the NFC. That would have Seattle at home throughout the playoffs. Arizona's only remaining hope of winning the division is to have the Seahawks lose to the Rams and the Cardinals win at San Francisco. Otherwise, Arizona will be relegated to a wild-card spot and a 1st round game on the road. Seahawks keep playing like this, it's going to be pretty ugly for the other teams going forward. R. Wilson threw for 339yds & 2 TDs. M. Lynch had 10 carries for 113yds & 2 TDs. L. Willson had 3 receptions for 139yds & 2 TDs. R. Lindley threw for 216yds & 1 int. Who is Lindley???  J. Brown had 3 receptions for 54yds. 

The Cardinals suffered their most one sided loss of the season and their only loss at home in 8 games. Read the details about their 35-6 spanking from the Seahawks in that update.

Man, so much turmoil. Their season got off track so quick, I am sure the 49ers heads are still spinning. They lost to the Chargers, 38-35 in OT. Read about it in the SAT-NF - GM2. Word on the street: Jay Glazer reports that the 49ers & head coach J. H. are expected to cut ties with 24-48 hours after the regular season ends.
They played dirty and still lost to the Giants, 37-27. Check out the details in the Giants update.
Not only did the Bengals put the beat down on the Broncos, 37-28, they looked good doing it.  Read the details in the MNF update.
Pittsburgh and it's gentle giant, Big Ben have awaken. They are headed back to the playoffs after a 3 year drought with the 20-12 win over the Chiefs. Pittsburgh faces Cincinnati next week for the AFC North title. Either way, the Steelers are in the playoffs for the first time since Tim Tebow & Denver stunned the defending AFC champions in the wild card round 3 years ago. Kansas city lost for the 4th time in 5 games. The Chiefs need to beat San Diego next week and get some help to make it back to the playoffs for a second straight year under Andy Reid. Let the games begin. B. Roethlisberger threw for 220yds & 1 TD. L. Bell had 20 carries for 63yds & 1 TD. A. Brown had 7 receptions for 72yds & 1 TD. A. Smith threw for 311yds. A. Wilson had 5 receptions for 87yds.

Man, the Ravens lost to the Texans, 25-13. Read the details in the Texans update.

The Browns lost this one to the Panthers.  They were eliminated from contention when San Diego beat San Francisco on Saturday. Read about that in Carolina's update. 
Andrew Luck threw for a season low 109yds with 2 ints. He was pulled in the 3rd Qtr with the game out of hand. They lost to Dallas 42-7, check out that update for the details.
You just can't make this stuff up. A week ago, Case Keenum was perched in a tree with a bow in his hands, hunting. On Sunday he was starting in the NFL again, leading the Houston Texans to a 25-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. RB Arian foster threw for a TD, R. Bullock made a franchise record 6 FGx & Houston's defense dominated. With 3 QBs hurt, the Texans looked to Keenum, who got his first win in 9 NFL starts. Keenum went 0-9 last season before being released by the Texans. That's a story to tell his grannies. Houston remains in the hunt a year after going 2-14 but needs several teams to lose next week. I wouldn't count on that guys, ain't nobody trying to go home right about now.  The Ravens now need some help next week to get into the postseason after J. Flacco threw a season high 3 ints, considering he had just one in his last 5 games. It didn't help that the offense struggled all day. Somebody better put some "Dear Santa, can the teams I need to lose next week do so? That's all I want for Christmas." C. Kennum threw for 185yds & 1 int. A. Foster had 25 carries for 96yds. A. Johnson had 6 receptions for 65yds. J. Flacco threw for 195yds, 2 TDs & 3 ints. T. Smith had 5 receptions for 59yds & 2 TDs.
Read about the Jaguars 21-13 win over the Titans in the TNF update. Trying to go out on a winning note.

Yep, the lost, but the last laugh is on the NFL.  They will probably have some serious draft pick standing coming up for 2015.  Read the details of their lost to the Jags in the TNF update.
The Patriots beat the New York Jets by 1 pt., 17-16. OK, so you won your division and now you just sitting back and letting the cellar dwellers beat you?  Had they lost this one, it would not change the fact that they won their division, but they would have lost a 1st round playoff bye. They will play next week but will be at home chilling at the start of the playoffs. The only question left is whether the AFC's road to the SB will run through New England. Brady said it's always tough to get a win in the MetLife Stadium. They waited until the 4th Qtr to come from behind with a go ahead TD by Jonas Gray on a 1yd run early in the 4th Qtr. The Patriots could earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs if Denver loses to the Bengals on MNF. If you read my MNF update, you know that Denver did lose, nuff said. The Patriots became the 1st team to earn 1st round byes in 5 straight season. Geno threw an int. that led to Gray's TD & Nick Folk missed a 52yd FG attempt that would have given the Jets the lead with a little over 5 minutes left. But Vince Wilfork partially blocked that. Game over man. T. Brady threw for 182yds, 1 TD & 1 int. B. LaFell had 7 receptions for 64yds. G. Smith threw for 210yds, 1 TD & 1 int. c. Ivory had 11 carries for 53yds & J. Kerley had 3 receptions for 54yds.
You can never tell about the Dolphins, I thought that the Vikings had been playing well enough to beat them but the fins said, NOPE, not today. They took down the Vikings 37-35. Even though they won this one, they will sit out the playoffs for the 6th year in a row. But, they are keeping their coach Joe Philbin for a 4th season. The players were happy to hear that.  This win for the Dolphins came from the hands of rookie Terrence Fede when he blocked a punt for a safety with 41 seconds left. Tannehill most certainly did his job with 4 TD passes, the most by a Dolphins QB since Dan Marino in 1998.  The Vikings, who have been out of the playoff race since turkey day, fell to 6-9 under 1st year coach Mike Zimmer. They blew a 14pt lead to lose for the 2nd week in a row. Don't worry Vikings, you play my Bears next week, we all know how that will turn out. R. Tannehill threw for 396yds, 4 TDs & 1 int. Nice days work Tan. L. Miller had 19 carries for 92yds & 1 TD. C. Clay said, gimme some of that and added 6 receptions for 114yds. T. Bridgewater, who btw is in the running for Rookie of the year threw for 259yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. M. Asiata had 16 carries for 58yds & 2 TDs. G. Jennings had 3 receptions for 56yds & 1 TD.

No where but the NFL. One week you beat the Green Bay Packers then you turn around and lose to the Oakland Raiders, 26-24.  This marks the 15th straight year that the Bills will miss the playoffs. Read the Raiders update for details.


LOL, if you thought the BEARS was happy to be done with this season, I can think of a team or two that is even happier, the Jets being one of them. They lost to the Patriots, 17-16. Check out the details in the Patriots update.
This game was just an ugly one for the Broncos and Manning. They lost this one, 37-28 against the Bengals. Read the details in the MNF update. Manning better tighten up on those int in they want to keep their dance card open.

Read about their rally from a 21pt deficit and beat the 49ers, 38-35. Check out the SAT-NF - GM 2.  I don't think they are ready to go home. Word on the street: Phillip Rivers is playing with a bulging disc in his back. All I can say, your health is more important.

The Chiefs are headed home after the Steelers beat them 20-12. Read the details in Pittsburgh's update.

The Raiders said if they going down, they taking the Bills with them. That's exactly what they did Sunday with a 26-24 win over the Bills. Now, this win means NOTHING to the Raiders other than pride and show that they can win a game or 3 in a season. This makes the 12th year straight that the Raiders have not made it to the playoffs but they do a good job keeping other teams out of the postseason as well. Derek Carr threw 2 TD passes, Sebastian Janikowski kicked 4 FGs and the Raiders knocked the Bills from playoff contention. Told you that wasn't going down alone. The Bills needed to win their final 2 games & get some help to end the NFL's longest active playoff drought at 14 season. But they failed at the easiest part, beating the Raiders and will miss the playoffs for a 15th straight year. Wonder who will be around on the Bills squad next year?  D. Carr threw for 214yds & 2 TDs. L. Murray had 23 carries for 86yds & K. Thompkins had 5 receptions for 90yds. K. Orton, who btw I heard is retiring after this season, threw for 329yds, 3 TDs & 2 ints. F. Jackson had 9 receptions for 93yds & 6 carries for 10yds.

1. The Patriots win was the 250th in 368 total games under Robert Kraft, tying him with Chicago's George Halas for the fastest an owner has reached the milestone. Bill Belichick broke a tie with Curly Lambeau for 4th place in overall NFL victories with his 230th.
2. The Jets LB David Harris finished with 10 total tackles for the season, giving him 1,008 for his career.
3. The Jaguars gave up 4 sacks in this weeks game, giving them 66 for the season and breaking the franchise record of 63 set in 2001. Jacksonville has allowed at least 4 sacks in 6 consecutive games.
4. Redskins player, DeSean Jackson, who was cut by the Eagles last season greeted them with a 4 pass, 126yd game in the Redskins win over the Eagles this week.
5. Miami's Dolphins Jarvis Landry broke Terry Kirby's team record for receptions by a rookie with 79th catch.
6. The Vikings have not won in Miami since 1976.
7. The Houston Texans WR, Andre Johnson had 6 receptions for 65yds to make him the 10th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career receptions (1,002). He passed Hines Ward for 9th most in NFL history.
8. The Saints lost 5 straight games at home in the same season for the 1st time since 1980, when Archie Manning was QB and New Orleans went 1-15.
9. The Colts barely extended their scoring streak to 336 games, 2nd longest behind Denver's 355.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers have won 6 straight games in December.
11. The Seahawks have allowed a combined 33pts in their 5 game winning streak. Seattle's previous total yards record was 591 at San Diego on Dec., 29, 2002. They had 596 in this game against the Cardinals.
12. Demaryius Thomas of Denver joined Marvin Harrison & Jerry Rice as the only players with 3 straight season of 1,400yds receiving and 10 TD catches.
13. Bengals, Jeremy Hill is the 3rd rookie in NFL history with 4 games of at least 140yds rushing, joining Eric Dickerson (1983) and Curtis Martin (1995), according to STATS.


Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

NFL Update Week 15

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Although we've come to the end of the road, still I can't let go. Yes, the season is almost over, here I am finishing up Week 15 & starting on Week 16. Well, I don't know about y'all but I recorded a few game and a lot of the series, "A Football Life" so I will have something to watch. I don't know if I would survive the winter without my recordings. It's bad enough there is no gardening to do, yes I garden and no golf to play. Winter sucks man!! On to Week 15.

Starting the week off with this little tidbit. Bears Chairman George McCaskey was involved in an altercation Monday night with a Saints Fan. McCaskey came to his seats in the stadium bowl area of Soldier Field to find a couple of Saints fans sitting in them. He talked briefly with one of the fans before heading to the concourse area to get security. AsMcCaskey walked in that direction, the Saints fan approached him from behind & pushed him in the back.  A BEARS FAN immediately came to his aid and tackled the Saints fan. Security arrived & ejected the Saints fan, Rich Kohnke 58, of N.O., he was processed at the stadium & charge with misdemeanor battery. McCaskey was not hurt.  Here is my question?  Did he get the name of the Bears fan that tackled the Saints fan?  Sounds like we could use him for 2015. ​


​TNF: 12/11/14:
The Rams came into this game on a streak of two shut out games against their last 2 opponents.  The Cardinals were not impressed and were frankly, quite tired of hearing about it. I am not sure if the Rams thought they were going to shut the Cardinals out, but it wasn't happening if they even had it on their minds. They went down 12-6. What Bruce Arians said made no sense. You be the judge. He said, "With the exception of the sack that injured QB Drew Stanton's right knee, they were not near our QB." Dude, the damage had already been done so they didn't need to get near your QB again, he is out. Not sure if he is out for the rest of the season. The win did put the Cardinals closer to clinching a playoff spot.  There were no TDs scored in this game, only FGs. An interesting fact, for the second straight meeting against St. Louis, the Cardinals lost a QB. L. Fitzgerald said he is glad they don't have to play them again. You scared Larry? lol. D. Stanton threw for 109yds. K. Williams had 15 carries for 75yds. M. Floyd had 2 receptions for 55yds. S. Hill threw for 229yds & 1 int. S. Bailey had 5 receptions for 74yds. And the guy that wants to be the best that ever touched a FB, T. Mason had 13 carries for 33yds & 1 fumble. Still going in the wrong direction for that Mason. 
MFN: 12/15/14:
Now, I don't know about y'all and I am SURE I was the only one that thought the Bears would beat the Saints.  They beat us easily, 31-15. All the Saints needed to do to solve their problems was to show up in Chicago. Nothing like playing the Bears to break a slump and to top it off, the Saints jumped into 1st place. Yep, the Saints found their mojolaying on LSD. LOL. This really sucks. How much can a girl  take, even the security guard gave me a hug when I came to work on Tuesday. He just said, "sorry Rainey, it's over." Hell, I know it's over but dang, go out with a bit of respect, go down fighting or something. The Saints that played this game were the Saints I have been used to seeing the last few years.  Maybe they put a hex on the Bears, I am sure it has nothing to do with how bad our team has been playing or a QB that sucks. Brees completed 29 of 36 passes and reached the 4,000yd mark for the 9th straight year. Cutler, well, as usual, he threw 3 ints. & was sacked 7 times. Oh, here's a record Jay has, he leads the NFL in turnovers with 24 now. Man, what the hell, even the O.C. A. Kromer expressed his displeasure with Jay, in public. Can't get lower than that. D. Brees threw for 375yds & 3 TDs. M. Ingram had 17 carries for 59yds & 1 TD. J. Graham had 5 receptions for 87yds. J. Cutler threw for 194yds, 2 TDs & 3 ints. SMH. M. Forte had 16 carries for 78yds. A. Jeffery had 4 receptions for 78yds & 1 TD


Well now, hell has finally frozen over.  The Lions over GB in the NFC North? No, it's not a misprint or mistake, it's the facts jack. Forrest Gump said it, "Momma said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get." I will bet my ant farm that nobody saw the Lions in 1st place over the pack in Week 15. They beat the Vikings 16-14 and for Christmas, the Packers lost to the Bills and helped push the Lions to the top/tie for 1st place. 1+1=2, that simple people. Detroit let Minnesota go up 14-0, giving them false hope, before the Lions hit the score board with 10pts in the 2nd Qtr. After that, the rest was blurry for the Vikings and when they could see again, the game was a wrap, 16-14 Lions. The Lions was not in the clear until after Blair Walsh attempted a 68yd FG in the game's final play, missed it and the Lions side line could breathe again. The Lions have won 3 games in a row and finally, looking down on GB. M. Stafford threw for 153yds & 1 TD. J. Bell had 15 carries for 62yds and C. Johnson had 4 receptions for 53yds, a slow day for Megatron. T. Bridgewater threw for 315yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. M. Asiata had 11 carries for 36yds & 1 TD. C. Johnson had 5 receptions for 72yds. He really looks like Donald Duck with that gold, curly Mohawk, I'm just saying.Update: Not so fast Detroit.  You gotta beat my Bears this weekend to clinch a playoff spot. ROTFLMAO, I still have hope, ain't that just crazy.

OK, this is NOT a misprint either. The Packers lost to the Bills, 21-13. Read about it in the Bills update. This was a bigger shock than my brother Chris reminding me that J. Harbaugh used to be a QB for the Bears. from 1987-1993, where the hell was I?  I still have no recollection. SMH. The mind is a terrible thing to waste people.
Jog up about 2 updates to Detroit and read the details of the Vikings lost to them, 16-14, shabby, but effective.

OK, we got our butts handed to us on MNF, read the details on the 31-15, "I told you not to come on the field" beating from the Saints in the MNF update. More importantly, Jay Cutler is BENCHED. Though Stafford will kill Claussen, who has NEVER started in an NFL game, it will be a needed change.  Too little, too late!
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. That's what Dallas did, they kept going and going until the last whistle and came up with a 38-27 win over the Eagles. Boy, good thing I am not a gambler, I did say I was going with the Eagles. Truth is though, the Cowboys are still in trouble. They had a 21-0 lead and then sat back and almost let the Eagles take the game away. The man for the night, was the unpredictable, Dez Bryant, pulling in 3 TDs. He couldn't drop a ball if you buttered up his gloves.  Poor Bradley Fletcher, he looked like a ballerina at a break dancing contest, he just couldn't keep up with Dez.  He was just extra good on this night and they definitely needed it. I did not expect them to run over the Eagles like they did. It was a good game that required a serious rally on the Cowboys end to pull it off.  Murray had a pair of TD runs to help seal the deal and 1st place in the NFC East. The Eagles pimp slapped the Cowboys, 33-10 on Turkey Day and I am sure that the Cowboys still remember that spanking.  LeSean McCoy, who is usually running the field like a chicken with it's head cut off, was held to 64yds rushing & Sanchez was sacked 4 times. Can you say shut down!! The Eagles beat the Cowboys last year in a winner-take-division game at Dallas in week 17.Romo missed that game after having back surgery.  Cowboys are saying now, "Whose the turkey now Eagles/" lol.Romo threw for 265yds & 3 TDs. D. Murray had 31 carries for 81yds & 2 TDs. D. Bryant had 6 receptions for 114yds & 3 TDs, outstanding! M. Sanchez threw for 252yds & 2 ints. L. McCoy had 16 carries for 64yds & J. Maclin had 4 receptions for 98yds.

Step back one spot and check out the Dallas update for the details on this 38-27 win by the Cowboys over the Eagles.
Tonight's the night, by Rod Stewart, you guys know that song? Well that's the song for O. Beckham in this game. Manning hit Beckham for 3TD passes in this 24-13 win over the Redskins. Beckham might be the man that starts the remaking of the Giants, it could happen. He and Eli hooked up 12x for 143yds with TD passes covering 10, 35 & 6yds.Beckham has a team high 9 TDs and his 972yds receiving are a team record for a rookie, beating Jeremy Shockey's894yds. After missing the first 4 games of the season, Beckham has 71 catches, including 61 in his last 7 games. This win was the 2nd straight for the Giants after 7 consecutive losses that eliminated them from playoff contention for the 3rd straight season. RGIII scrambled for an 8yd TD for a 17-7 lead, diving over the pylon, then running on to the field & spiking the ball with emphasis. All that for nothing. The video review showed that RGIII lost control of the ball diving over the pylon & the play was ruled a touch back. The call made veteran Redskins receiver Santana Moss so mad that he stormed after the officials and was ejected. Just like that, the fire is extinguished. They were pretty much done at that point, their only points in the 2nd half came on a 38yd FG by K. Forbath. Done for the day, go home Redskins. E. Manning threw for 250yds & 3 TDs. O. Beckham had 12 receptions for 143yds, 3 TDs & 1 fumble. RGIII threw for 236yds & 1 TD. A. Roberts had 2 receptions for 81yds.

The Redskins are finding all kinds of way to lose. Read about the 24-13 lost to the Giants in that update.  I wonder ifRGIII and Cutler are related?  Can anyone see the loser resemblance in both of them?  LOL, I crack myself up sometimes.
The Panthers barelyyyy made it past Tampa Bay with a 19-17 win. Sure it's not about how much you win by, but if the Panthers had played a better team, this would be a totally different update for the Panthers. Greg Olsen said he was going to stay up late and watch the Bear-Saints game. This game has major playoff implications for the Panthers. Hey, somebody still thinks we could possibly win a game, if they didn't why would they stay up & watch?  Too much, right, lol. The Panthers could take sole possession of 1st place if the Saints lost, but they didn't so you are not in 1st place alone. I bet this was the first time the Panthers & their fans was pulling for the Bears. But y'all only 1/2 game behind, keep on pushing, nobody knows how this season is going to end. D. Anderson threw for 277yds & 1 TD. J. Stewart had 22 carries for 75yds & 1 fumble. G. Olsen, Bears still stupid for getting rid of him, had 10 receptions for 110yds. J. McCown threw for 154yds, 1 TD & 1 int. D. Martin had 14 carries for 96yds. V. Jackson had 6 receptions for 70yds.
Quit playing with me, you know who the Saints beat and by how much. If you don't then go up to the MNF update and see.  It pains me to have to say it again. SMH. 


Man, the Falcons were picking up some steam until the ran into Big Ben & Co. They lost that battle, 27-20. Read about it in Pittsburgh update.

Read about their slim lost to the Panthers, 19-17 in that update.
They clinched a playoff berth since the Dallas-Eagles game did not end in a tie. How that factored in, I'm still learning, I have no clue. Read about their 12-6 win over the Rams in the TNF update and they lost another QB.
I tell you, I just don't want to see Seattle in the Super Bowl. That's just my preference. They did however get a step closer on the road to the SB with the 17-7 win over the troubled 49'ers. Kap was sacked 6x, man, I don't know how these guys get up after that. This win put the nail in San Francisco's coffin, they are a done deal. The question now is, can Seattle win their next two games?  That  will tell the story for them. I gotta admit, I did NOT see them with a double digit win season. Hey, I only do this for enjoyment, I got my regular 9-5. After 4 straight wins and the Packers lost at Buffalo on Sunday, the Seahawks have the chance at more than just a postseason berth. Losing to Seattle for the 5th time in 6 meetings & Detroit's win over Minnesota, eliminated SF. It's the first time in J. Harbaugh's four seasons the 49ers won't be playing in Jan. Don't cry 49ers, there's always Xbox and John Madden's NFL games. LOL. R. Wilson threw for 168yds, 1 TD & 1 int. M. Lynch had 21 carries for 91yds & 1 TD. J. Kearse had 5 receptions for 78yds. C. Kaepernick threw for 141yds. C. Hyde had 6 carries for 55yds. B. Miller had 4 receptions for 56yds.

They are done with their 17-5 lost to the Seahawks. Read that update for details. Don't be sad 49ers, you guys can come over to Solider Field and watch the playoffs on the jumbo tron with the Bears. We love company. LOL. Word on the street: Harbaugh `considering` Michigan's lucrative offer - but should he stay in the NFL? . And the 49ers cut Ray McDonald. I ain't touching that story.

Hey, the Rams didn't win the game but they did take out another QB. Read about their 12-6 lost to the Cardinals in the TNF update.
The Bengals managed to hold 1st place down by 1/2 game with their 30-0 win over Cleveland. And they weren't to nice to Johnny Football either. They roughed him up. My thought is, did a strand of hair on his head even fall out of place, does he use super hair jel or something?  I'm not trying to laugh, but he had a look on his face on one of the sacks, sitting there looking like, "What the hell was I thinking, I want to go back to the Johnny Jam Boogie commercials." LOL, sorry, just too funny to past up. The papers said they dismantled him. Manziel didn't come close to living up to the hype that has surrounded him before he even left college. Sounds a little like Brian Bosworth to me, I'm just saying. This is the first shut out the Bengals have recorded since Dec., 21, 2008 in Cleveland. The Bengals had 24 1st downs compared to the Browns 5. WOW. A. Dalton threw for 117yds & 1 int. J. Hill had 25 carries for 148yds & 2 TDs. Johnny Football threw for 80yds & 2 TDs. No other stats worth mentioning.

The Steelers said they are not going down without a fight. Their 27-20 win against the Falcons gave them more momentum. With this win, they got the 8 wins monkey off their backs. They are a 1/2 game behind the Bengals. Mike Tomlin said "we are not a perfect group by any stretch, but we're a group that will fight to the end together." I'll fight with you Mike. lol. Big Ben is on a mission to take the Steelers back to the playoffs after, missing it the last 2 years with 8-8 record each time. With this lost, the Falcons slipped out of 1st place in the NFC South. Atlanta can still make the playoffs by winning it's final two games against division rivals New Orleans & Carolina. Good luck with that, I'm pulling for Hester at this point. Big Ben threw for 360yds. L. Bell had 20 carries for 47yds & 2 TDs. A Brown had 10 receptions for 123yds. M. Ryan threw for 310yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. S. Douglas had 10 receptions for 131yds.

The Ravens are in the mix and stayed in it with this 20-12 win over the Jaguars. I am not surprised on the outcome of this one though I am worried that if the Ravens don't pick up their game, a more challenging opponent will take them down for the count and put them out of playoff contention. The Ravens trailed at halftime and never built up a commanding lead over the Jaguars, which everyone probably thought would be a cake walk. They did just enough to stay in the mix of the AFC playoff race.  8 sacks of rookie Blake Bortles & a TD on a blocked punt were the only highlights of an otherwise shabby performance by the Ravens. They better wake up and smell the coffee or they too, will be sitting at home watching the playoffs. J. Flacco threw for 221yds & 1 TD. M. Brown had 5 receptions for 66yds. B. Bortles threw for 210yds & 1 int. T. Gerhart had 13 carries for 54yds. C. shorts III had 6 receptions for 76yds.
Man, one week, the Browns are the "Cinderella Team" the next week, the are pretty much done for the season. That has to suck. I mean, by week 11, I knew my team was done so I had time to cope, not the Browns fans. Read about their 30-0 slaughter courtesy of the Bengals, in that update.
Rolling, rolling, rolling, keep them doggies rolling, rawhide. Yep, the Colts whipped the Texans done the range with a 17-10 win at home. This is their second straight AFC South title. To wrap it up and keep it moving, what happened was this. A. Luck threw 2 TD passes, Adam Vinateiri made a late FG & Indy's defense shut down Houston's offense. All that put together = a lost for the Texans and an AFC South title for the Colts.  Did you get all that?  I think the happiest player on the Colts was Reggie Wayne, who has reached the playoffs in 12 of his 14 NFL seasons. 3 years ago many thought his days in Indy were numbered after the Colts went 2-14. Coach Pagano said that he embodies what we talk about, represents everything that Mr. Jim Irsay talks about. Irsay is the owner & CEO of the Colts. Coach Pagano put Wayne in for the last snap of the game and gave him the game ball. They play Dallas next week, better get ready for that. They are hot right now.  A. Luck threw for 187yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. D. Herron had 11 carries for 60yds and T. Hilton had 4 receptions for 50yds. T. Savage threw for 127yds & 1 int. Who is T. Savage, I have to look him up. A. Foster had 26 carries for 99yds & D. Hopkins had 5 receptions for 77yds. p.s Luck & the Colts might need the giant rabbits foot in the last Transformers movie, lol.

You just read it a second ago, Houston had a problem, they lost to the Colts, 17-10. Nothing more to add.

OK, I know the Titans are one of the low teams on the totem pole, but to lose to the Jets gotta suck even more.  Read about the Jets what, 3rd win over the Titans, 16-11, in the Jets update.

Read about their just missed win against the Ravens in that update. The Ravens won 20-12 but it was just a sloppy win, a win none the less.
I guess it was time for the Patriots to make one of those statement games. I know the Dolphins hate to have been the team that showed up that day. They easily reminded the Dolphins of how it feels to be a fish out of water. They easily finished  the Dolphins off, 41-13. But, word is that Brady was not happy with his Patriots play in the first half.  He was so upset that the slow-footed QB made a rare scramble for a 1st down that sparked them to a big 3rd Qtr, 24pts exactly to the Dolphins 0pts in the 3rd Qtr. and even though the Patriots only scored 3pts in the 4th Qtr, again, Miami was scoreless.  With this win the Patriots clinch their 6th straight AFC East title. Tom said he wasn't in the best mood after the win. He and his teammates were feeling much better when they became the 1st team in NFL history with 11 division titles in 12 years. They missed only in 2008, when Brady had a season ending knee injury in the opener & Miami won the AFC East. T. Brady threw for 287yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. J. Gray had 11 carries for 62yds & Big Rob G., had 3 receptions for 96yds & 1 TD. R. Tannehill threw for 346yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. M. Wallace had 5 receptions for 104yds & 1 TD.

Bills had something to prove Sunday playing the Packers. They wanted to prove that the are still in the race. They gave a good convincing argument with their 21-13 win over the Green Bay Packers. I mean, this was destiny. When was the last time you know of that Rodgers threw for only 185yds? What, when he was 12? The Bills had all kind of help, Jordydropping balls, Lacy with only 97yds rushing, what the hell.  Not taking from the Bills but this sad performance by the Packers and the win by the Bills have built them up for a huge let down, I'm just saying people, you can't make this stuff up. The craziest play was at 1:51 on the clock. Rodgers had the ball ball and you knew it was going to be a, "Man, did you see how he threw the game winning TD and pulled this one out?" Instead, Rodgers fumbled, the ball went straight behind him, he was looking everywhere for that ball and finally one of his guys recovered in the end zone, giving the Bills a safety. Then the funny part, Kyle Williams said, "Its a testament to what we do." LOL, that's what they all say when they beat a real team. K. Orton threw for 158yds & 1 int. F. Jackson thad 20 carries for 71yds. A. Rodgers threw for 185yds & 2 ints. E. Lacy had 15 carries for 97yds & 1 TD and R. Cobb had 7 receptions for 96yds.
Yep, another one bites the dust. Miami saw it's slim postseason hopes dwindle further as it gave up a TD on a blocked FG & Ryan Tannehill threw 2 ints. Read about the 41-13 lost to the Patriots, in that update.

Chris Ivory scored on a 1yd TD run with 3:09 left and the Jets beat the Titans. This game was marked by a brawl by two teams who had nothing to play for but pride and the loser hoping for a better draft position. I would have gone with the Titans. Chuck Rex Ryan, who is standing on a banana peel, on a sheet of ice said this. "We're fighting every game, and we're going to fight next week too against the Patriots. Jet fans want to win, are you kidding me? We only got two of them." He was referring to wins, but cheer up coach, now you have 3 wins. This is their 1st win on the road for the season. Hey, I can't add anything further than what the coach said, I think he is correct. LOL. Ok, last thing. The fight started after DT Jurrell Casey hit Geno Smith. That's all I got people. G. Smith threw for 179yds & 1 TD. C. Johnson had 10 carries for 55yds & E. Decker had 7 receptions for 100yds. C. Whitehurst threw for 203yds. S. Greene had 16 carries for 50yds. N. Washington had 6 receptions for 102yds.

Denver manage to beat the Chargers, 22-10. Even though it was not a blowout, I thought it would be a closer game.  Peyton Manning was sick and sore. He took 4 bags of IV fluids between Saturday & Sunday morning and then hurt his right thigh in the 2nd Qtr., requiring more treatment. This can't be good for Denver, everyone knows, without Manning, they don't have a chance. They do have some good players but he is the key. Manning only had 1 TD but kicker Connor Barth had his back with 5 FGs to lead the Broncos to the win. C.J. Anderson said, so y'all don't think I said it, "He was sick. I don't think it was Jordan game flu sick, but he was sick."  Referring to how sick Michael Jordan was when he scored 38pts in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. Hey, a Broncos player said that, did you really think I wasn't going to put it in my blog, lol. This win gives the Broncos their 4th straight AFC West title. They are tied with New England for the  AFC's best record. New England beat the Broncos, 43-21 on Nov. 2. Denver's 12th straight division road win tied San Francisco's NFL record set from 1987-90. Manning also extended his own NFL record to 14 season with 4,000yds passing. P. Manning threw for 233yds & 1 TD. C. Anderson had 29 carries for 85yds. D. Thomas had 6 receptions for 123yds & 1 TD. P. Rivers threw for 232yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. A. Gates had 6 receptions for 54yds & 1 TD.

Coach Andy Reid preached it all week for the Chief's to find themselves, get that swagger back that had gone missing during a 3 game losing streak that put their playoff hopes in peril. Well, they found it during a 5 minute stretch of the 2nd half, Sunday. Their offense finally humming & their defense taking advantage of turnovers, the Chiefs scored 3 TDs in quick succession, propelling them to a 31-13 win over the Raiders. The Chiefs were clinging to a 10-6 lead early in the 3rd Qtr against the same team that started their skid last month. But after Knile Davis scored a TD to cap a 7oyd drive, the Chiefs recovered a fumble, scored again and then added one more TD to put the game away. Whose crying now? D. Carr, QB for the Raiders, was sacked 4x and fumbled a snap that led to a K.C. TD. Justin Tuck said it best, "Their athletes made more plays than we did, pretty much it." A. Smith threw for 297yds & 2 TDs. J. Charles had 12 carries for 52yds. K. Davis had 1 receptions for 70yds & 1 TD. D. Carr threw for 222yds & 1 TD. L. Murray had 12 carries for 59yds & A. Holmes had 5 receptions for 70yds.

The Chargers entered the game as the AFC's No. 6 seed and saw their wild-card chances diminished. They had already lost to New England a week earlier. Read the Broncos update for details of the 22-10 lost. Charger's QB P. Rivers said, "It's just a 2 game streak against the two top teams in the conference., We are not in their company yet. It's not like we lost to the bottom of the barrel."  I hear you Phil. Shout out to Antonio Gates of the Chargers. He joined Rob Gronkowski as the only tight ends in NFL history with 4 seasons with at least 10 TD catches.

The Raiders have lost 10 straight games on the road and still haven't won back-to-back games since Weeks 7 & 8 of the 2012 season. Read about their latest one in their lost to the Chiefs, 21-13, in that update.
Rainey, what does the X and Y means next to some of the teams????


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
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
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.

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.


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.

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.

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.....
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.

Go up to the TNF update to see who the Cowboys beat up on.  I'm not saying no names. LOL.
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.

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.
Read about the Falcons ALMOST win, giving Green Bay the business in the MNF update.  Good game.

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

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.

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.
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.

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.

Man, what the heck, 49er's drop one to the Raiders, 24-13. SMH, read the details in the Raiders update.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

The Titans dropped game # 11 against the N.Y. Giants. Read that update for details.

Sadly the Jaguars lose another one to the Texans 27-13.  Read the Texans update for details.
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.

Read about their possible playoff kill chances with the 28-31 lost to the Ravens in that update. 

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.

Read about their 30-24 beating by the Vikings in that update. Geno, Geno, Geno. That's all I can say.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Yep, you know it. Go to Game 2, TNF update for the well know beat down of the Cowboys, 33-10 by the Eagles.
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.
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.

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.

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."

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.
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.

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.
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.

Just like you did a moment ago. The details to this lost to the Seahawks, 19-3 is in Game 3, TNF update. 

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.
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.

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.

Steelers ran out of steam a bit before New Orleans. Read about their 35-32 lost to the Saints in that update.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing much to add to what I have already written. Read the Texans update for the details on Houston's 45-21 win.

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.
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.

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.

You can read all the details to this 16-13 slip pass the Jets in the MNF update.

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!

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. 
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.

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.

Read about the crazy 52-0 lost to the Rams in that update. SMH.



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.
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.
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?
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?
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.

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.
Can beach bums really be an NFL force?  Check the standings and the stats.
TMQ's pick to win the AFC, and I am sticking with my cards.

Both sputtering early, both potentially deep playoff contenders.

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
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
Read about their 21-24 loss to the Packers in that update.
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.

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.

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.
Read about their 27-34 lost to the Ravens in the MNF doubleheader.

The hits just keep on coming.  Read about their 24-26 lost to the Brown in that update.
The Panthers did not play, therefore they did not fold.
Read about their 13-21 lost to my BEARS in the Chicago update. 
Wow, the Cardinals bow to the Seahawks, 3-19. Read Seattle update for the details.

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.

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.

The Rams lose to the Chargers 24-27. Check out the details in the Chargers update.
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.
They did not play and are still in a tie for 2nd place.
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.

Read about their needed win over the Saints, 34-27 in the MNF doubleheader update.
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. 

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.

Read about their 43-24, Football 101, lesson from the Eagles in that update.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.
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.

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.



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
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
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.

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.
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.
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.

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

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

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

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. 
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.


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. 

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.
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.
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.

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


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.
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.

They did not play, therefore they did not lose.

Read about their win over the Bills in the TNF update. They won, 22-9. BORING!

Go ahead on up to the TNF update and read about this sleeper.
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.


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


They did not play, therefore they did not lose.

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.
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.
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.

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.
Read about their continued loss streak in the Chargers update, right above man, just look up.

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.
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