NFL RECAP: Week 12

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The recap is as follows:

Vikings vs. Lions: Detroit won 16 to 13. The Vikings have fallen off significantly since the start of the season and it’s my opinion the loss of Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator has a lot to do with this melt down.  Yes, the offense was having some challenges prior to his resignation but he should have been asked to stay on for continuity.

Redskins vs. Cowboys: Cowboys won 31 to 26. Truthfully, this game should not have been this close.  Dallas has some gaping holes in their defense and unless the holes are plugged, it will be difficult for the team to get out of the playoffs.  Three of the team’s top defensive players have been suspended for drug abuse.  Dallas does not have a pass rush and without that they will continue to give up points and the offense will not be able to outscore the other team.

Steelers vs. Colts: Steelers won 28 to 7. Andrew Luck is out with another concussion and Big Ben is back, enough said.

Cardinals vs. Falcons: Falcons won 38 to 19. The Falcons have the fastest offense in the league and the Cardinals defense/offense is not close to what it was last year.

Bengals vs. Ravens: Ravens won 19 to 14. The Bengals are suffering because they lost their offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson, to the Browns.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Bills won 28 to 21. The problem with the Jaguars is coaching and probably a lack of financial resources from management to pay better quality players.  Gus Bradley was named the head coach in 2013 and the team has continued to regress.  I’m not a proponent of firing coaches unless they are just absolutely horrible and have been given a number of opportunities to turn the team around.  Bradley’s resume speaks for itself; he didn’t have the experience necessary to become an NFL head coach.

Titans vs. Bears: Titans won 27 to 21. The Bears receivers lost this game.  There were too many dropped passes in the end zone.

Giants vs. Browns: 27 to 13. The Browns need to focus on next season and use the next couple of games to work on schemes for next season.  The word is RGIII has been removed from injured reserve and will start in a couple of games.  That’s probably a good idea so that Hue Jackson can see what he’s bringing to the table.  Hopefully, it’s more than his Instagram girlfriend.

Chargers vs. Texans: Chargers won 21 to 13. Osweiler threw three (3) interceptions and there were two (2) fumbles by the running backs.  The Texans lost this game because of their mistakes.

49ers vs. Dolphins: Dolphins won 31 to 24. The 49ers need an offensive/defensive coordinator.  This was the team’s best game but a team can’t win if the defense gives up 31 points.  If the Bengals fire Marvin Lewis, the 49ers should hire him because defense is where he truly excels.  The 49ers need to hire Lane Kiffin as the offensive coordinator and leave Chip Kelly in as the figure head.  There is no reason to throw away more money because they made another bad coaching decision.  Do you miss Jim Harbaugh yet?  Also, it’s time to give Trent Baalke the boot.

Rams vs. Saints: Saints won 49 to 21. So what?

Seahawks vs. Buccaneers: Buccaneers won 14 to 5. Richard Sherman was burned by Mike Evans and the Bucs defense had Russell Wilson on the run all day.  The Bucs were firing on all cylinders and it was too much for the Seahawks.

Patriots vs. Jets: Patriots won 22 to 17. This is what happens when a team places its trust in a “journeyman” QB and listens to players instead of making professional decisions that are the best for the team.

Panthers vs. Raiders: Raiders won 35 to 32. This was the second best game of the day.  The Panthers defense is not what it was last year and that’s the team’s biggest problem. A team can’t give up 35 points and win.  The same thing goes for the Raiders.  The difference is the Raiders managed the clock better.

Chiefs vs. Broncos: Chiefs won 30 to 27. This was the best game of the day.  Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison picked the Broncos to win but I picked the Chiefs.  I chose the Chiefs because of the experience levels of the QBs and the Chiefs are slow and steady, which is the thing other teams have not figured out.

Packers vs. Eagles: Packers won 27 to 13. This was one of the Packers better played games.  The Packers defense showed up and that was the biggest difference in this game.  Rodgers didn’t have to throw pass after pass to keep the team in the game.  As a matter of fact, Rodgers and Wentz offense in terms of passing and rushing was fairly close.  Defense wins games.

 

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NFL RECAP: Week 11

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There were some surprising games in week 11. Jared Goff made his NFL debut but it was not enough to beat the Dolphins.  Another surprise was the thrashing the Redskins gave the Packers.  The Packers lost by more points than the 49ers, which is really surprising because the 49ers have the defense worst in the league. Dallas is making it harder and harder for me to keep them in the honorable mention category but I’m standing firm for now.  It is my opinion that the best teams in the league are the Seahawks and the Patriots.  Honorable mention teams are Dallas, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.  I’m adding another group and they are my X-Factor teams.  My X-Factors are: Miami, Washington and Oakland.

Now for the recap:

Saints vs. Panthers: Panthers won 23 to 20. The Panthers defense did a good job of stopping the Saints offense.  The Saints defense wasn’t bad either, which is unusual for them because more often than not the game plan for the Saints is just too out score the other team, which doesn’t work when you’re playing a team that has at a minimum a marginal defense.

Bills vs. Bengals: The Bills won 16 to 12. The loss of the Bengals offensive coordinator is clearly impacting the team this season.  It has nothing to do with Andy Dalton or Marvin Lewis but everything to do with not having the right offensive coordinator in place.  The Bills continue to be a surprise.

Steelers vs. Browns: Steelers won 24 to 9. No surprise there.  The Browns are rebuilding and it will take time.

Ravens vs. Cowboys: Cowboys won 27 to 17.  This was the best game of the day. The Cowboys had not beaten the Ravens in years but the rookie QB with nothing to lose made it happen.

Jaguars vs. Lions: Lions won 26 to 19. The Jaguars have an okay defense which explains why the games they lose are close.  The offense is not bad either because they score points and keep the game close, it’s a matter of learning how to close and that may be attributed to coaching.  Time will tell.

Titans vs. Colts: Colts won 24 to 17. The Titans thrashed the Packers last Sunday but lost to the Colts.  These two teams were evenly match and so were the coaching game plans, which explains why the game was close.

Buccaneers vs. Chiefs: Bucs won 19 to 17. This was the biggest surprise of the day. The Chiefs are definitely the better team but that’s football.

Vikings vs. Cardinals: Vikings won 30 to 24. This game could have gone either way.  Sam Bradford is regaining in confidence after the sudden resignation of Coach Norv Turner, the offensive coordinator.

Bears vs. Giants: Giants won 22 to 16.  Jay Cutler sustained an injury in this game and is out for the remainder of the season.  This sums up the hapless Bears.  This is what happens when you fire the coach that’s winning. Remember Lovie Smith?  I bet the management is wishing they had him back.

Dolphins vs. Rams: Dolphins won 14 to 10.  Seriously did anyone think starting Jared Goff would change the Lambs, oops, I mean the Rams losing ways.

Eagles vs. the Seahawks: Seahawks won 26 to 15. The Seahawks are on a roll right now.  Russell Wilson is healthy and the defense is strong.  If Pete Carroll doesn’t make any stupid play calls they might end up in the Super Bowl again.

Patriots vs. 49ers: Patriots won 30 to 17. The 49ers went into half time 10 to 13 but as usual the defense self-destructed. There has got to be better clock management by the offense and the team needs a new defensive coordinator.  Missing Jim Harbaugh yet?

Packers vs. Redskins: Redskins won 42 to 24.  This was the worst game of the day.  This is what happens when a team depends solely on the quarterback.  The Packers need a good fullback to enhance their running game and to block in the back field.

Texans vs. Raiders: Raiders won 27 to 20. This was a very well-played game and the second best game of the week.  The score went back and forth and the Raiders receivers dropped several good passes throughout the game and still found a way to win.  This is the reason the Raiders are in my X-Factor category.

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NFL Recap: Week 10

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WATCHED SOME GOOD GAMES LAST WEEK!!!

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday by the games that were played, with the exception of the Packers and “Da” Bears.  Last week, I said the Patriots were in a class all by themselves.  I’m revising that after the Seahawks went into Foxborough with the twelfth man and beat them in a thrilling showdown reminiscent of the 2015 Super Bowl but with a different outcome.  The game was a thriller and it wasn’t without Pete Carroll making one of his crazy mishap play calls, fortunately this one didn’t cost the Seahawks the game.  Pete you are a very good coach, but stop it with those “I’m smarter than everybody” play calls because they don’t work.  It didn’t work at USC and it hasn’t worked in the NFL so just stop.  I had to digress for a moment.

Best team in the league: It’s a tie between the Patriots and the Seahawks.  I know there are those of you crying foul at me for not saying Dallas but keep in mind Dak and Zeke are new to the NFL so I’m proceeding with caution until we’re further along in the season.  The Cowboys had their biggest test against the Steelers.  However, I don’t believe Big Ben was 100% so I’m not ready to concede it’s all about “Dem Boys” just yet.  Don’t misunderstand me, the Cowboys are good and a joy to watch but there’s still a whole lot of football to be played. Honorable mention: Dallas, Kansas City, Broncos.

Browns vs. Ravens: Ravens won 28 to 7. Nothing new here, this is a rebuilding period for the Browns and it will take time.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and the Browns football team will not be built in a season.

Chiefs vs. Panthers: Chiefs won 20 to 17.   This was a well-played game but the Panthers defense allowed the Chiefs to rack up 17 unanswered points.  Where art thou, oh where art thou Panthers defense, please reveal yourself?

Texans vs. Jaguars: Texans won 24 to 21. Although the Jaguars have not won a lot of games, most of their losses have been very close.  They need a running game.

Broncos vs. Saints: Broncos won 25 to 23. Defense, Defense, Defense.  Commentators want to tout the offense of the Saints, nobody cares, offense without a good defense, doesn’t win games.  Drew Brees threw two interceptions, which happens in most of his games.  The Saints need a running game, get one!!!

Rams vs. Jets: Rams won 9 to 6. Seriously, the problem is the Jets allowed Fitzpatrick to punk them and now they’re paying for it, “no pun intended.”

Falcons vs. Eagles: Eagles won 24 to 15. The Falcons are crumbling as they always do.  Also, the Eagles running game made the difference.

Buccaneers vs. Bears: Bucs won 36 to 10. Last week was a “mirage” Jay Cutler is not really back.

Packers vs. Titans: Titans won 47 to 25. Rout, Rout, Rout.  This is what happens when you don’t have a good running game and a team is totally dependent on the QB to make passes.  I believe the Packers are the better team but all of the pressure is on Aaron Rodgers to pull magic out of a hat and he’s not able to do that against a young mobile QB like Mariota who can throw the ball, run and has DeMarco Murray for a running back.

Vikings vs. Redskins: The Redskins won 26 to 20. The Vikings should have begged Coach Turner to remain as the offensive coordinator.  The team is completely out of synch now that he’s gone.

Dolphins vs. Chargers: Dolphins won 31 to 24. Philip Rivers threw 4 interceptions in the fourth quarter.  Did anyone run and get stats on this, like they did last year when Kap threw 4 interceptions in the 49ers game against the Cardinals?  Just saying…..  That being said, Miami has surprised everyone by implementing a running game, which has resulted in them winning.

49ers vs. Cardinals: Cardinals won 23 to 20. This was a good game to watch.  Kap is becoming more comfortable each game.  Chemistry is developing between Chip and Kap, which will result in the team starting to win.  All Chip Kelly has to do is allow Kap to use his instincts and run the “Read Option,” he’s one of the best QB’s for this type of offense.  Also, Carlos Hyde has to remain healthy.  The key to the 49ers winning will be getting back to “smash mouth” football.

Cowboys vs. Steelers: Cowboys won 35 to 30. This game was a nail biter and one of the best games of the day.  Big Ben was impressive but so were the best rookies in the league, Prescott and Elliott.  Dallas has the best offensive line in the league and it allows Prescott and Elliott to do just about whatever they want to do.

Seahawks vs. Patriots: Seahawks won 31 to 24. “Lawd have mercy” now this was the game of the day.  The raw genuine emotion displayed by Pete Carroll on the sideline is a joy to watch in comparison to the twisted up face of Bill Belichick.  It was obvious that the Seahawks are a much healthier team than they were in the 2015 Super Bowl.  Gronk took a hit that had him dazed and confused and the Seahawks defense had Brady on the run and so scared that he threw an interception and didn’t throw a touchdown in the game.  If a team is going to beat the Patriots they have to keep Brady on the run and the ball out of Gronk, Edelman and Amendola’s hands.  However, LeGarrette Blount was impressive so if he gets’ going that can be a game changer as well but the Seahawks were determined to deny the Patriots a win and they did.

Bengals vs. Giants: Giants won 21 to 20.    The Bengals made too many mistakes in this game.

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NFL Recap: Week 9

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In honor of Election Day, this is my face regarding the missed/no calls by the refs that we’re seeing across the league.

I’m pondering whether or not to move Dallas from honorable to mention to “bad ass” team ready to take names. Not just yet, Dak is still a rookie and there are still a lot of games to be played.  Well, let’s see what the games looked like this past week.

Falcons vs. Buccaneers: Falcons won 43 to 28. What do you expect when you fire the head coach and hire his offensive coordinator?

Steelers vs. Ravens: Ravens won 21 to 14.  Big Ben returned too early.  The Steelers need a back-up QB.

Cowboys vs. Browns: Cowboys won 35 to 10.  No surprise here.

Jaguars vs. Chiefs: Chiefs won 19 to 14.  No surprise here.

Lions vs. Vikings: Lions won 22 to 16.  This game was amazing.  The Lions came back and won in overtime.  Honestly, I thought the Vikings won the game but their defense faltered and allowed the Lions to get in field goal range to tie up the score and ultimately score a touchdown in sudden death overtime.

Eagles vs. Giants: Giants won 28 to 23.  This was anybody’s game.

Panthers vs. Rams: Panthers won 13 to 10.  The Panthers are showing signs of the team they were last year.  The Rams are the Rams.

Saints vs. 49ers: Saints won 41 to 23.  The 49ers will need an overhaul starting with getting rid of the GM, Trent Baalke.  Kap did a good job and a team should be able to win a game scoring 23 points but you can’t win games without a defense.

Colts vs. Green Bay: Colts won 31 to 26.  This was anybody’s game.  I know some people are crying foul about Aaron Rodgers but the team needs better receivers, an enhanced offensive line and a good fullback.  Get off “A-A-Ron’s” back!!!

Titans vs. Chargers: Chargers won 43 to 35. Seriously, how many more of these games are we going to be subjected to where there is no defense and just mindless touch downs.

Broncos vs. Raiders: Raiders won 30 to 20.  Elway should have gotten a QB.  There I said it.  Siemen is okay but he’s not there yet.

Bills vs. Seahawks: Seahawks won 31 to 25.  This was a very good game.  It could have gone either way but the truth is the refs won this game for the Seahawks.  Richard Sherman should have been called for roughing the kicker.  There were way to many blown and/or no calls in this game.

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NFL RECAP: Week 8

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We’re halfway through the season and the only team that stands out from the rest of the pack is the Patriots.  I removed the Vikings from the standout list because they’re experiencing some problems right now and the offensive coordinator just resigned.  That could spell trouble for a team that looked so good at the beginning of the season.  My honorable mention teams are: Dallas, Denver and the Falcons in that order.

Jaguars vs. Titans: Titans won 36 to 22.  Normally, I would just say “who cares” but this game reflects the one dimensional style of play that’s making the game unwatchable.  No defense, no critical thinking in terms of strategy just QBs throwing the ball.  Don’t get me wrong, Mariota is a good QB and he’s only been in the league for a couple of seasons but if the game plan is to just throw the ball, he will not last long.  Bortles is in a bad system and unless the coaching improves, he won’t be in the league long and it will not be his fault.

Redskins vs. Bengals: Tie 27 to 27. Really?

Chiefs vs. Colts: Chiefs won 30 to 14.  This wasn’t a surprise to me.  Nick Foles is proving to be a good acquisition by the Chiefs.  When the Rams traded him, I knew that was a mistake.  Also, Jeff Fisher is not a very good coach so Foles was the winner in that trade.

Cardinals vs. Panthers: Panthers won 20 to 30.  Don’t let the score fool you the game wasn’t close.  The Panthers won because they went back to what got them to the Super Bowl last year, defense plain and simple.

Raiders vs. Buccaneers: Raiders won 30 to 24 in overtime. The game was back and forth.  The Bucs were ahead originally but the defense allowed the Raiders to catchup and once that happened the Raiders won in overtime.  Also, the Raiders passing secured this win.

Seahawks vs. Saints: The Saints won 20 to 25. The Seahawks are missing Marshawn Lynch, plain and simple. They have got to find a replacement for him in order to get back to a high level of play.  Russel Wilson is a critical thinker, he is not the QB that’s going to throw pass, after pass, after pass and he shouldn’t have to.  Drew Brees is the pass, after pass, after pass QB and it really hasn’t gotten the Saints anywhere in years.  Both of these teams need a running game.

Lions vs. Texans: Texans won 20 to 13. These two teams were pretty evenly match on all levels.  Osweiler had one interception but it didn’t impact the outcome of the game.  It’s my opinion that the Texans running game did the trick for them.

Patriots vs. Bills: The Patriots won 41 to 25.  The only reason the Bills beat the Patriots in game four is because the backup QB’s thumb on his throwing hand was injured.  This game was the joke of the day.

Jets vs. Browns: The Jets won 31 to 28.  The Browns have played really strong all season and I thought they had this one on lock but they found a way to lose.  The Browns need to shore up the defense.  That’s the biggest problem with this team.

Chargers vs. Broncos: Broncos won 27 to 19.  Defense wins game.  The Chargers are still relying on the passing game, really?  Phillip Rivers threw 3 interceptions.  Teams are prone to interceptions when their entire offense rest on passing, enough of these shenanigans.

Packers vs. Falcons: Falcons won 33 to 32.  These two teams were evenly matched and it’s reflected in the stats.  It came down to coaching strategy and the Falcons coach was not about to make the same mistake he made the week before and lost the game.

Eagles vs. Cowboys: Cowboys won 29 to 23.  This was the battle of the rookie QBs.  Prescott won the battle this time and it was due to the magnificent running game the Cowboys have in place.  Elliott is a joy to watch.  The offensive line Dallas has in place provides the openings Elliott needs and he just powers through.  Although Prescott had his first interception, he didn’t get rattled and that’s important.

Vikings vs. Bears: The Bears won.  This was Cutler’s first game back from his injury and clearly being rested gave him clarity and the motivation to win.  The Vikings offensive coordinator resigned on Wednesday, what’s going on?  Sam Bradford has had some struggles the last couple of games but that’s natural in light of the fact that he’s in a new system.

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Bring back the Fullback Position for Continuity and Stability in the League

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BRING THE FULLBACK BACK TO PROMINENCE

The media would have fans believe that people are not watching/attending football games because Kaepernick and other players in the league are kneeling during the National Anthem.  Please, the National Anthem only last a few minutes and most fans are not sitting around their television sets watching the National Anthem being played.  The truth is the games are boring because the coaching is bad, the play calling is awful, the commentators are horrible, tickets, parking and food are too expensive.  Also, DirectTV is the only game in town to see all of the NFL games and it’s becoming too expense as well.

Why are football games so boring?  The game turned into a quarterback one dimensional game with QBs and coaches being changed out every couple of years because teams are not winning with that formula. Two key positions that are critical to the success of a team is the running back and fullback.  These two positions are not valued as much and for some teams no longer part of the offensive strategy.  Thankfully, we’re seeing a resurgence of the running back this season and it’s been a pleasure to watch.  The flip side of that however, is the position of the fullback which has been completely destroyed and has resulted in the game being destroyed.  Those of you reading this blog, please don’t confuse the running back with the fullback.  I know it’s been awhile since the fullback position has been a topic of conversation but it’s time to talk about the importance of this position and the need for it’s return.  The fullback position, although an offensive role, it’s also the second line of defense for the quarterback and the running back.  When a team has a strong fullback, like Daryl Johnston or Tom Rathman, pressure is taken off the QB, the running back and the offensive line.

Having a strong fullback can relieve pressure on the GM to go out and deliver a solid offensive line every season.  Let’s face it, every team in the league can’t have a great offensive line so other viable options must be incorporated into the offensive strategy of the team.  If the team has a good fullback that’s extra protection for the QB and the running back.  Additionally, having a good fullback adds to the stability of the team.

Removing the fullback position has made the game less exciting and it has created instability in the league.  It is my opinion that the fullback position is a critical role that needs to be returned to prominence.  The fullback plays two key roles, one is blocking for the QB and the running back and the fullback can run the ball as well.  If teams have a good running back and fullback the offensive options can be limitless.  Picture this, a mobile QB, a good running back and a good fullback this combination can keep the defense guessing what the next move is.  Commentators talk about the “West Coast Offense” and how great this spread out offense is.  Newsflash, when Joe Montana was running the “West Coast Offense” he had Tom Rathman blocking and running for him which was instrumental in the 49ers championship success.

The NFL didn’t do a smart thing by placing all of the pressure on the QB to throw the ball down field and rack up points. That has become stale and fans are no longer interested in watching games where the game is won by the team that has a lot of touchdowns.  Fans are being subjected to mindless football where there is no strategy being executed.  Instead we’re subjected to mindless commentators yammering on about how it’s the QB’s fault that the team is not winning.  Teams are not winning games because the offensive strategy is too one dimensional.   There was a time when teams had have several weapons to go to and the QB was just one of them.  College games are more interesting because the coaches have the talent to make adjustments.

Case in point, when Jalen Hurts, the freshmen QB for Alabama, ended up at Alabama, Coach Saban told him that he would teach how to be a pocket QB.  Well, guess what, Coach Saban didn’t force Hurts to stay in the pocket, he adjusted his offense to Hurts strengths and developed the team around him.  That’s great coaching!!!!

The NFL has allowed high schools and colleges to dictate the type of players that are being hired in the league.  The fullback position doesn’t exist in high school or college any longer, which is a shame.  NFL teams need to get back to the game of football and stop allowing the media and money to dictate the game. Bring back the fullback position and pound the football down the field.

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NFL RECAP: Week 7

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Wow, the last undefeated team fell last Sunday. I was hoping the Vikings could hold on a little bit longer but it wasn’t to be.  This season has turned out to be extremely interesting to say the least.  The Vikings and the Patriots are the best looking teams right now.  Honorable mention would be Dallas and Atlanta.  The rest of the teams in the league are a coin toss.

Bears vs. Packers: Packers won 26 to 10.  The Bears started off okay but there was no way they were going to beat the Packers.

Giants vs. Rams: The Giants won 17 to 10.  The Giants have Eli and OBJ so it stands to reason that they would beat the Rams.  The Rams have a decent defense which reflects the score.  The offense is dicey.

Browns vs. Bengals: Bengals won 31 to 17. The Browns are in a rebuilding stage so it will take a while for them to put a winning formula together.  As for the Bengals, they have had their share of struggles this season and I think a lot it has to do with injuries.

Redskins vs. Lions: Lions won 20 to 17. This was a good game.  The Redskins two turnovers caused this lost.

Raiders vs. Jaguars: Raiders won 33 to 16. Seriously, they played the Jaguars Jack Del Rio’s old team.

Saints vs. Chiefs: Chiefs won 27 to 21. I loved the way Andy Reid play called this game defensively.  I can’t stand games where the QB is just throwing the ball downfield.

Dolphins vs. Bills: Dolphins won 28 to 25. The Dolphins switching to a running game is racking up wins for them.

Ravens vs. Jets: Jets won 24 to 16. Geno starting made Fitzpatrick get it together.  Unfortunately, Geno has a torn ACL.

Eagles vs. Vikings: Eagles won 21 to 10. It was an off day for the Vikings defense.  However, the Eagles have a good defense as well and they were swarming Sam Bradford.  These two teams are pretty evenly matched defensively.  Coach Zimmer was not happy with the team’s performance and that’s understandable.

Colts vs. Titans: Colts won 34 to 26. The Colts running game and the one turnover was the difference in the game.

Chargers vs. Falcons: Chargers won 33 to 30. The coach caused this loss.

Buccaneers vs. 49ers: Buccaneers won 34 to 17. The 49ers need to improve the defensive and offensive lines.

Patriots vs. Steelers: Patriots won 27 to 16. No Big Ben.

Seahawks vs. Cardinals: Tie 6 to 6. This was the best defensive played game of the season thus far and enjoyable to watch.  One flaw that was exposed with respect to the Seahawks is how much they miss Marshawn Lynch.

Texans vs. Broncos: Broncos won 27 to 9.  The Broncos, after suffering back-to-back defeats, found its rhythm (i.e. defense) against the Texans.

 

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NFL RECAP: Week 6 Return of the Running Back

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RETURN OF THE RUNNING BACK, YES!!!

This has been an interesting six weeks of football. There are two teams that are really standing out and they are the Vikings and the Patriots.  I will give more kudos to the Vikings because Coach Zimmer hasn’t been the head coach for very long but he has done a great job with the team after losing the starting QB to a very serious injury during the preseason.  As for the Pats, one word – Belichick.

Broncos vs. Chargers: Chargers won 21 to 13.  The Chargers defense showed up, which has been uncommon.  The Chargers had more rushing yards than receiving yards.  Teams need a running game.

49ers vs. Bills: Bills won 45 to 16. Contrary to what some people want to say, Kap did well.  You can’t give up 45 points on defense and expect to win.

Eagles vs. Redskins: Redskins won 27 to 21. Matt Jones rushed for 134 yards and that’s what made the difference, not Cousins.

Browns vs. Titans: Titans won 28 to 26. The Browns just have to find a way to win.  They’ve lost some really close games so it’s a matter of figuring out what’s missing.

Ravens vs. Giants: Giants won 27 to 23. Does anyone really care?

Panthers vs. Saints: Saints won 41 to 38. The Panthers have gotten away from what made them so successful last year, DEFENSE.  Go back to being a defensive unit and things will change.

Jaguars vs. Bears: Jaguars won 17 to 16. I cry foul!!!

Rams vs. Lions: Lions won 31 to 28. Hmmm,

Steelers vs. Dolphins: Dolphins won 30 to 15. The Dolphins beat the pants off the Steelers and it was because of their running game that was a good change in their offense.

Chiefs vs. Raiders: Chiefs won 26 to 10. I have told people to stop saying the Raiders are back because they’re not.

Falcons vs. Seahawks: Seahawks won 26 to 24.  Seriously, the ref should have called pass interference on Richard Sherman but he didn’t that’s why the Falcons lost.

Cowboys vs. Packers: Cowboys won 30 to 16.  The media is beating up on Aaron Rodgers but actually, more credit should be given to the Cowboys strategy.  The Cowboys rookie running back and rookie quarterback proved to be too much for the Packers.  The Packers didn’t have an answer for the Cowboys running game.

Colts vs. Texans: Texans won 26 to 23.  Osweiler must have heard Rodney Harrison, who is a complete idiot say “he was trying hard not to say that Osweiler is a bad QB or football player.” Well Brock showed him.

Jets vs. Cardinals: Cardinals won 28 to 3. When Fitzpatrick was holding out for more money last summer, I said the Jets should let him go because he was a flash in the pan.  Geno is starting on Sunday.  It’s important not to listen to players on the team like Brandon Marshall because he is a player on the team and an employee, not the head coach.

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NFL RECAP: WEEK 5

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49ers vs. Cardinals: The Cardinals won 33 to 21.  Surely, no one thought the 49ers would win. Come on, I know you were holding out hope because Carson Palmer wasn’t starting but that’s not a good enough reason to believe the squad had a chance.  It’s not that the Cardinals are flourishing this season.  San Francisco’s front office has to boot Trent Baalke, the GM and allow Chip Kelly coach from his gut. Jed York needs to do Baalke what Jeffrey Lurie did to Chip Kelly, except don’t wait until before the week before the last game to fire him, fire Baalke now and let his uncle, Ed DeBartolo, Jr. become the interim GM.  Jed York was very inexperienced for the role of president so instead of seeking advice from Ed DeBartolo, Jr. he drank far too much Baalke juice which has resulted in the team going back to what it was when Jed York’s mother sued her brother, Ed DeBartolo, Jr. for the team.

Redskins vs. Ravens: Redskins won 16 to 10. The Ravens are imploding and it’s due to the team’s inability to get any offense going.  The defense is decent but the offense is horrible.  The Redskins won because they played the Ravens.

Patriots vs. Browns: Patriots won 33 to 13. I had to listen to Brady is back from all of the commentators, seriously guys they played the Browns.  Hue Jackson still has a lot of work to do and hopefully RG3 will get his mind off of his Instagram “side chick” and do his job when he returns from injuries.

Eagles vs. Lions: Lions won 24 to 23. This was a nail biter.  I was pulling for the Eagles to remain undefeated but it wasn’t to be. Consistency from your kicker can be the difference between a win, a tie or a loss.  The Eagles learned that the hard way yesterday.   

Bears vs. Colts: Colts won 29 to 23.  This is what happens to a team when you fire a winning coach (i.e. Lovie Smith).  All Smith did while he was in Chicago was win and now the team is at the bottom of the heap and that’s because the franchise is being poorly run.  Fans can cry about Jay Cutler all day but in my opinion the biggest problem with the team is the management.

Titans vs. Dolphins: Titans won 30 to 17. The fans were chanting for the backup QB to start for the Dolphins but let’s be real.  The Dolphins have bigger problems than the QB.  Tannenhill has his problems but when the OL is being pushed around, and Tannenhill is being knocked all over the field and is forced to run for his life come on now there are other problems. Also, the problems have existed for years.  The Dolphins Management hired 38 year old Adam Gase as the head coach last season after firing the head coach, Joe Philbin.  Gase served in a number of assistant roles in the NFL since 2003 but seriously, was he really qualified to be a head coach of an NFL team that has suffered defeat after defeat since the retirement of Don Shula.

Texans vs. Vikings: Vikings won 31 to 13.  The Vikings defense was just too much for the Texans.  The Vikings are the only undefeated team and that says a lot about how this season is playing out.

Falcons vs. Broncos: Falcons won 23 to 16. The Falcons up tempo offense threw the Broncos off their game.  They scored early and didn’t show any fear, which resulted in a win.  However, Siemens wasn’t able to play so the back-up QB was playing for Broncos so that played a role in the Broncos losing as well.

Cowboys vs. Bengals: Cowboys won 28 to 14. The Bengals are struggling this season but if this keeps up it’s possible they could miss the playoffs for the first time in a long time.  Jerry Jones said that Romo will start when he returns, seriously?

Bills vs. Rams: Bills won 30 to 19.  The Rams left L.A. a loser and they returned a loser, that’s all I have to say, except why do people believe Jeff Fisher is a good coach? One more thing, the Bills are not real.

Chargers vs. Raiders: Raiders won 34 to 31. Raider fans please don’t get your hopes up based on the commentators saying how real the Raiders are and they’re back.  Jack Del Rio is the coach and the team is only going to go so far before it implodes.

Giants vs. Packers: Packers won 23 to 16.  Packers won in spite of Aaron Rodgers being picked off twice, really?  The Giants have to be able to convert picks into points.  The Giants did a fairly good job putting pressure on Rodgers but if the offense can’t put points on the board it’s all for naught.

Panthers vs. Buccaneers: Bucs won 17 to 14.  This game came down to the kicker for the Bucs and he came through in the end after missing to field goals early in the game.  Cam didn’t play because of a concussion.  The Panthers MUST  improve the OL.  The Panthers are still a good team but they just need to find a way to get all of the cylinders firing again.

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NFL Recap: Week 4

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This season has been surprising early on but keep in mind there is still a lot of football to be played.  The biggest surprise of course being the Eagles.  Everyone including me thought that team would be in the garbage for the next ten years after what Chip Kelly did but Eagles owner, Jeffrey Lurie was not having it.  It’s truly amazing what he has done and drafting Carson Wentz was an excellent move.  The Cowboys Dak Prescott played in the league in another life.  The poise this young man exhibits is just uncanny for a newbie.  When the 49ers scored first, he was not bothered and the presence and calm he displays on the field trickles downs to the other players, which results in them playing at a higher level.  The Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos are just masters of the universe when it comes to defense and just a pleasure to watch.  There is nothing like a well oiled defense.  DEFENSE WINS GAMES ALL DAY LONG!!!

Dolphins vs. Bengals: Cincinnati won 22 to 7.  Miami has not had a good team since Don Shula retired and with a new coach, it’s just par for the course.

Colts vs. Jaguars: Jaguars won 30 to 27.  The Jaguars have played all of the opposing teams very close but lost in the list few minutes of the game.  Fortunately, they figured out a way to defeat the Colts.  The Colts are up and down thus far.  They need to figure out a rhythm.

Panthers vs. Falcons: Falcons won 48 to 33.  The Panthers have got to improve the offensive line because Cam is being slaughtered.  The protection is not there, Michael Orr is out with a concussion which leaves Cam’s blindside wide open.  The Falcons have been surprise but they have of tendency to fade to black later in the season so it’s wait and see for now.

Raiders vs. Ravens: Raiders won 28 to 27.  Surely, you didn’t think the Ravens would remain undefeated but the Ravens losing to Raiders shows that the team has a long way to go.

Lions vs. Bears: Bears won 17 to 14.  Brian Hoyer made the difference in this game.  I’ve said time and time again that Brian Hoyer is a good QB from the time he was with Browns but bad coaching and a subpar team will destroy a QB.  My recommendation to the Bears is to keep Hoyer in this role and relegate Jay Cutler to back-up.

Titans vs. Texans: Texans won 27 to 20.  Good defensive game by both teams, which is something I enjoy watching.

Bills vs. Patriots: Bills won 16 to 0.  Of the four games without Brady everyone predicted the Pats would lose one game and that would be the game against the Cardinals.  No one and I do mean no one expected the Bills to be the team to beat them.  That said, the Bills won because both of the Pats starting QBs are injured.  I’m not sure how real the Bills are right now after firing Greg Roman but time will tell.

Seahawks vs. Jets: Seahawks won 27 to 17.  Russell Wilson has been playing with injuries but shoring up the OL is what was needed to secure a victory.  The Jets placed their money on Fitzpatrick aka “The Journeyman” and they’re losing as a result.  It’s time to get another QB ready.

Browns vs. Redskins: Redskins won 31 to 20.  Seriously, nobody cares?

Broncos vs. Buccaneers: Broncs won 27 to 7. Of course the Broncos won.  However, the Bucs management fired Lovie Smith and promoted his offensive coordinator and he’s proving that he doesn’t have the skillset for this role.  Like the Bears this management decision will prove to be their undoing but the media will blame Jameis Winston, when the problem is poor coaching and management.

Rams vs. Cardinals: Rams won 17 to 13.  The Cardinals are imploding and it’s because Bruce Arians has placed all of his eggs in the Carson Palmer basket which was the wrong thing to do.  He expects Palmer to be able to throw long deep passes down the field when he doesn’t have the arm strength for that and manage the offense, not going to happen.  When you have a QB like Palmer the team’s OL has to carry him and so does the team’s defense.  Peyton Manning won a Super Bowl and he couldn’t throw a nerf football down field but the OL and DL carried the team.  Arians needs to come to terms with Palmer’s lack of arm strength and coach accordingly.  As for the Rams, time will tell if they’re real so the jury is still out on them.

Saints vs. Chargers: Saints won 35 to 34.  Seriously, enough of these “whichever team throws the most touchdowns” wins, it’s stupid and not interesting to watch.  Where is the defense?

Cowboys vs. 49ers: Cowboys won 24 to 17.  Blaine Gabbert put the 49ers in the lead first but completely fizzled out and couldn’t sustain the offense but I’m not surprised.  It’s my guess that Chip Kelly chose Gabbert over Kap because Trent Baalke told him to do so and if my hunch is right, it’s going to be a long season for Kelly for several reasons.  First, I don’t think he knows anything about assessing talent and that was obvious in Philly.  Second, he chose Gabbert over the QB that got the 49ers to the Super Bowl for the first time in many years because of the media and Baalke, who is really nothing but a scout and not a very good one.  Third, Kelly has no experience in coaching a team up from the ashes.  He’s always danced his way into a program that’s already experiencing success.  Kelly needs to take some chances, switch out the QB and coach from his gut, not because someone is telling him what to do or out of fear.  My prediction is that Baalke will be let go after this season for a number of reasons.  I believe Jed York may be finally coming into his own and is no longer drinking the Baalke juice.

Chiefs vs. Steelers: Steelers won 43 to 14.  I know the Steelers got a beat down last week but the Chiefs are no match for Big Ben and Company.

Giants vs. Vikings: Vikings won 24 to 10.  Coach Zimmer is just amazing to watch.  The Defense of the Vikings is just too much for the other teams.  I said this summer Coach Zimmer is my favorite coach.  Keep in mind when Chip Kelly was coaching the Eagles he traded Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford and Bradford was a marginal QB in Philly.  However, under Coach Zimmer he’s thriving.  It’s coaching people coaching that produces a competitive football team.  Football analysts need to stop placing 100% of the blame on the QB and conduct a deeper review of the coaching staff.

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