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What We Learned After Week 11 In The NFL

November 24, 2009

– The Lions and Browns should just play each other the rest of the year, that way each team can feel good about their squads, and the fans can be treated to an entertaining game.

– The Browns are still the worst team in the NFL this year. That won’t change.

– The Patriots will be the most dangerous team in the playoffs this year. Maybe not the best, but with the experience and coaching, definitely the most dangerous.

– The Jaguars are now 6-4. Holy crap. I doubt most people outside of Jacksonville even know who’s on this team expect for David Garrard and Maurice Jones Drew.

– Just when you think the Bengals are for real, they choke in the last minute against the Raiders, allowing 10 points in the last minute (!!) of the game and losing 20-17. Few teams could pull that kind of feat off, one of them is unfortunately the Bengals. Anyone remember Week 1 against the Broncos? Bengals are still in the driver’s seat for the AFC North crown, but it’s not a lock yet (would’ve been with a win yesterday).

– There’s either something wrong physically with Jay Cutler or something wrong mentally. Take your pick, but he had a flat out bad game against the Eagles, missing 3 wide open WR’s that would’ve all gone for TD’s. Not the kind of performance you want from a QB you just traded two 1st round picks for.

– Broncos are officially in trouble. I didn’t think they would fold like the Jets last year. I was wrong. I’d actually be shocked if they make the playoffs at this point, with remaining games against the Giants, Colts and Eagles. They’ll have to win at least 1 of those games and beat the Raiders, and Chiefs twice to get in.

– Eli Manning actually had a good game. I’m sure the media will let you know.

– Favre is still playing at a high level (4 TD’s Sunday) unlike last season when his play took a nosedive with the Jets. I’ll say it for the hundredth time, the Vikes will only go as far as Favre goes.

– The Dolphins are still very alive for the one of the Wildcard spots after beating the Panthers. Carolina is pretty much out at this point.

– The Cowboys offense is now the weak link of their team. That and Wade Philips. They’ve scored something like 2 TD’s in two games.

Other Observations

– The Steelers have now allowed in 8 straight games a return for a TD. That’s a new NFL record. That’s a big reason the team is 6-4 right now and a big reason the Chiefs beat them yesterday. That all points back to the questionable coaching on the Steelers team right now. The Steelers are still one of the most talented teams in the NFL right now but without the proper coaching any team can lose to anyone in this league.

– I used to think that Ravens coach Cam Cameron was one of the better offensive coordinators in the league. Not so sure after watching the Ravens this year and most notably yesterday against the Colts. It seemed like every 1st down the Ravens were running the ball directly up the gut against the Colts. Yes, the Colts run defense is suspect, but when they know you’re going to run it, the run game will not be as effective. Whenver Flacco was throwing the ball it seemed like it was all deep outs, that’s a pretty tough pass to complete over and over again. The Ravens offense couldn’t score a TD all game and the final game-deciding INT by Joe Flacco was a result of Cameron calling the same play he had called earlier in the game and the Colts recognizing it.

Bad Coaching Decision of the Week – With the game tied 24-24 in OT, the Steelers face a 3rd and 2 at the Kansas City 35 yard line. Getting at least a yard or even no yards would allow for a long FG attempt. What does head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator call Bruce Arians call in this situation? A slow developing pitch play to Mewelde Moore, the slowest running back on the team. Recieving the pitch literally 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage, he stands no chance and is tackled for a 3 yard loss. Just a horrible, horrible call. The Steelers can’t even line up for a FG attempt and have to punt the ball. The Chiefs score on the ensuing drive and shock the Steelers in OT.

Horrible Officiating Watch – Basically, it’s the Ron Winters officiating crew watch. Winters and his crew did just a horrible job in the Broncos-Chargers game with tons of questionable officiating calls all game long. I won’t do a run down of the calls, but anyone that saw this game knows exactly what I’m talking about.

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Football Fury’s Power Rankings For Week 11

November 18, 2009

1. Minnesota Vikings – THE GOOD – Vikings look like the most complete team right now which is why they’re at the #1 spot for the first time this year. Their only loss came to the Steelers, where they looked like the better team. D-line is tenacious, Favre is playing great, run game looks great. Secondary is playing well. Vikes run defense is great. THE BAD – The biggest question mark remains unanswered – Will Favre hold up through the long haul? Defense still has lapses where they don’t look great. CONTENDER? Yep.

2. New Orleans Saints – THE GOOD – Another week, another win. The Saints fall to #2 for the first time this year. The reason? Too many close games and come from behind victories against inferior opponents recently. Brees is playing great, although he had a below average game against the Rams. Offense is guaranteed to score over 20 points in virtually every game. THE BAD – Defense still gives up yards and points, the team barely beat a bad Rams team. Defense is starting to show some leaks, the Rams had over 400 yards of offense. CONTENDER? Yes.

3. New England Patriots – THE GOOD – Tom Brady is still Tom Brady. Offense is really coming on strong. Defense plays bend but don’t break better than just about any other defense right now. Gameplanning is excellentThe team leaps over the Colts in the rankings even though they lost. The reason? Simply because they looked like a better team for most of the game. THE BAD – Defense definitely isn’t dominant (it may not have to be, though). Belichick outsmarted himself and Sunday and it cost the Pats a win. CONTENDER? Yep, frankly they look like the team to beat in the AFC right now, even though the Colts will probably get the #1 seed.

4. Indianapolis Colts – THE GOOD – Manning continues to be the Colts offense and is doing a good job at carrying the load so far. Defense is playing well at times. THE BAD – The Colts and their defense showed some serious weaknesses against the Pats, even they beat New England they fall in the rankings. No one can convince me that at this point the Colts are a better team than the Pats after Sunday’s game. Run game is still meek. Run defense is still a problem. With the Pats focusing on Dallas Clark, the Colts offense struggled at times. CONTENDER? Yep.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – THE GOOD – Bengals fans have to be loving this season so far with the Bengals sweeping the Ravens and Steelers. Defense is playing lights out right now. Offense is buying into the new ball-control style of running the ball and throwing it here and there. THE BAD – This team is relying heavily on their defense, the offense doesn’t score a lot of points and isn’t that explosive. CONTENDER? Yep, although the offense needs to improve if the Bengals are going to go deep into the playoffs.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers – THE GOOD – After a close, tough loss to the Bengals, the Steelers fall in the rankings. O-line is still playing well. Defense is keeping opponents to low scores.  THE BAD – The coaching on this team is a real question mark outside of DC Dick Lebeau. Offense isn’t consistent, gameplanning is suspect. Defense isn’t as dominant as last year. CONTENDER? Yep.

7. San Diego Chargers – THE GOOD – Don’t look now but here comes everyone’s favorite AFC underachievers, the Chargers. Rivers is playing great, LT seems to be coming on all the sudden. Defense is playing well at times. THE BAD – Defense was shredded by McNabb on Sunday. Defense, and secondary in particular, doesn’t really look that good right now. Norv Turner is still the head coach. CONTENDER? Doubtful, defense has too many holes and Turner is the head coach.

8. Arizona Cardinals – THE GOOD – Kurt Warner continues to up put great numbers when playing well. Offense can be explosive. Defense continues to play well AT TIMES. There’s talent here and there. THE BAD – The defense looked very spotty against an average Seahawks offense. Questionable coaching at times. CONTENDER? Same as last week, who the hell knows, I don’t even think the Cardinals know. It’s hard picturing them getting past the Saints or Vikes to get to the Super Bowl, though.

9. Green Bay Packers – THE GOOD – Packers have been playing better of late. Rodgers continues to put up solid numbers. Defense is looking really good at times. CB Charles Woodson is playing great. Running game is looking good. THE BAD – O-line might be slightly improved but still doesn’t look that great. Defense still has some weaknesses. CONTENDER? Doubtful, but with an relatively easy schedule the rest of the way, the Packers could use the big win against the Cowboys as momentum going into the 2nd half of the season.

10. Dallas Cowboys – THE GOOD – Even though the Cowboys lost, Romo put up decent numbers. Defense continues to play well for the most part. THE BAD – Romo reverted back to his choker moniker status by having a couple very costly turnovers against the Packers. Coaching continues to be a huge question mark. For most of the game, the Cowboys were either tied or down only by 3 points on Sunday but only ran the ball a total of 11 times not counting the 3 scrambles by Romo. That made no sense at all. CONTENDER? Not yet, and they probably won’t be until they get a new head coach (and maybe QB).

What We Learned After Week 10 In The NFL

November 16, 2009

09000d5d81439b00_gallery_600– The Packers are still very alive in the NFC playoff race.

– The Bears, not so much.

– Even with Kyle Orton struggling a little bit here and there, it still looks like the Broncos got the better of the Cutler-Orton trade. Cutler had 5 INT’s against the 49ers. No QB can have that many INT’s in any game.

– Titans are still alive for a Wildcard spot. Just thought I’d throw that out there. They killed the Bills 41-17.

– The Bills will have a new head coach next year. They might have a new city in a couple years (Toronto?).

– The Panthers are also still alive for a Wildcard spot after an impressive win against the Falcons. Unfortunately for the Panthers their remaining schedule includes games against the Dolphins, Patriots, Vikings, Giants and Saints. They’ll have to play great and hope the other Wildcard teams falter down the stretch.

– The Bengals will win the AFC North this year.

– The defending Super Bowl champs, the Steelers will be a Wildcard team.

– The Jets will not be in the playoffs this year. I think we already mentioned that on here, but just re-stating it.

– The Jags keep hanging around. The NFL franchise that everyone else keeps forgetting is even in the NFL.

– Pay no attention to this site’s “Lock of the Week”.

– The Chargers are suddenly 6-3. Even with Norv Turner at HC.

– Never bet on the Cowboys.

Other Observations

-After the Cardinals 31-20 win over the Seahawks, they now have a 2 game lead in the NFC West. With a somewhat easy remaining schedule, the Cards should win it. SHOULD is the key word here, you never know with the Cardinals, although it looks like they are clearly the best team in the Stinker Division this year.

-The Colts pulled out a miracle win against the Patriots at home. I’m sure most saw the game since it was hyped up like a Super Bowl game throughout the week. It didn’t disappoint, either. I’ve said before that I’ll be shocked to see the Colts in the Super Bowl and I still stand by that statement. The Colts defense couldn’t stop the Pats all game. The Pats were leading at one point 24-7 and then were up 34-21 with less than 4 minutes in the game. All this at the RCA Dome. It wasn’t even in Foxboro. I could see the Colts losing to the Pats, Steelers, Bengals, even the Chargers in the playoffs this year. Keep in mind that the Chargers have owned the Colts in recent years.

– The Bengals are for real. I’ve always been hesitant to put them in the contender status, but no more after another impressive win. This one against the Steelers. As stated on here before, the Bengals defense is better than their numbers would indicate and they definitely showed that all game against a really good Steeler offense.

– The Vikings came back from their bye and quietly won another game. It’s hard to not picture the Vikings and Saints in the NFC Championship game this year. The Vikes could present some problems for the Saints. Speaking of the NFC playoffs, it’ll be very interesting to see who gets the Wildcard spots at this point. The Vikes and Saints are virtually locked in at the 1 and 2 seeds. Cards look like they got the NFC West. The NFC East is up for grabs between the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants.  The 2 losers will be fighting it out with the Packers (5-4) and  Falcons (5-4),  while the Panthers, Bears and 49ers are all at 4-5. Should be crazy down the stretch.

– I’ve stated on here that the Broncos will not falter like the Jets did last year, but I may have to take that back after the Broncos loss against the Redskins. That’s a game you have to win if you’re going to be a real playoff contender. Could be a back breaker after the other recent losses. Plus, Orton got hurt. Ouch.

– Bad Coaching Decision of the Week – Everyone already knows this one. Belichick’s decision to go for it on the Pats own 28 yard line was simply crazy. Part of what makes Belichick such a great coach is his ability to think outside the box and be aggressive at the right times. This was clearly not one of those times. The Pats defense was playing well enough that you simply punt the ball. There was just over 2 minutes left in the game. Will that decision come back to haunt the Patriots? It could because right now the Bengals are in the driver’s seat for the #2 seed, believe it or not. And the Bengals have a fairly easy schedule the rest of the way. In other words, the Pats could’ve lost out on a playoff bye because of this loss and decision.

Bobby’s Thoughts For the Week

November 14, 2009

stumbled across a UFL game the other night. Woah man. So that’s what happened to Dennis Green. You’d think he would’ve just stuck with the NFL Network. Anyway, the God-awful uniforms reminded me of the Carolina Panther’s uniform. Now the Panthers don’t look that bad, but they are still pretty bad. Plus, the team is called the Panthers, could you pick a more lame, generic name? I really don’t think you can. And to top that off they have the worst logo in the NFL. Look at this thing. Carolina-Panthers-Logo

It looks like a 15 year old came up with it. If you look at it from a distance it just looks like a big black blob. With a lot of NFL teams making alterations to their uniforms I think it’s high time the Panthers follow suit.

 

570Everytime I see the Texans logo I think of something you’d see on a package of meat you’d get at the grocery store. Does the USDA have a logo for the meat industry in America? And if so does it look anything like the Texans logo?

 

1041Call me crazy but I kinda liked seeing the Bucs in their old orange uniforms last week. Look at their old logo, not only is he winking at you, but he’s got a dagger in his mouth so you know he might kick your ass! What an underrated logo.

 

 

896The Patriots old logo is so hilarious it’s actually kind of cool. With them wearing the throw back uni’s this year it might be a good idea to continue to alternate uniforms every season. There’s only so much “flying elvis” that people can take.

In other thoughts, what happened to John Madden? How rich is that guy? I actually found myself sort of missing the old fart last Sunday night, even though I’ve never been a fan of his play by play. I’m not sure Chris Collinsworth is a good replacement. On Monday Night Football Jon Gruden is doing a great job. Not only is he funny but he makes some interesting observations.

Games to Watch in Week 10

New England vs. Indianapolis – The media has been very happy this week.

Philadelphia vs. San Diego – Two teams with winning records trying to close the gap in their respective divisions.

Dallas vs. Green Bay – Dallas trying to widen their lead in the division. Green Bay trying to get back in the playoff picture.

Jacksonville vs. New York Jets – Two 4-4 teams trying to get some positioning in the playoff picture. Loser could be in serious trouble.

Lock of the Week

Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh – The Steelers should roll in this one. In their previous game in Cincinnati, the Steelers dominated for 3 quarters and looked like the clearly better team but let up in the 4th quarter. That probably won’t happen this time. The Bengals have a number of defensive injuries, while the Steelers have RB Rashard Mendenhall and safety Troy Polamalu in the lineup, both of whom were absent in the previous game against the Bengals.

What We Learned After Week 9 In The NFL

November 9, 2009

09000d5d81406e36_gallery_600– The Giants will not be making the playoffs after losing at home against the Chargers. I’m already writing them off, especially with such a brutal schedule the rest of the way.

– The Cardinals continue to be one of the most unpredictable teams in the NFL. After losing 34-21 at home against Carolina, they go on the road and spank the Bears 41-21.

– The Buccaneers will not go winless this year. Way to go, Bucs!

– The Packers are officially in trouble of making the playoffs this year. Losing to the Bucs could be devastating. It at least shows the Packers are not serious contenders this year.

– The Saints defense has scored more points than the Browns offense so far this year. Just for this statistic alone the Browns are officially the worst team in the NFL this season.

– Seahawk fans may not feel like their team actually won yesterday. After being down 17-0 to the Lions in the 1st quarter the Seahawks managed to scrape out a win, but not after playing a pretty poor game against one of the bottom-dwellers in the NFL.

Matthew Stafford is playing like a rookie QB.

– The Chicago Bears will not be making the playoffs this year.

– The Titans have not been officially eliminated from playoff contention. Just sayin’.

Other Observations-

– The Bengals defense is playing better than their actual numbers are showing. They had arguably their most impressive game of the season against the Ravens this weekend, shutting down Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense for most of the game in a huge divisional showdown. The secondary is playing a lot better of late.

– I’ve touted the Ravens as contenders all year, but losing like they did against the Bengals has to be pretty concerning for Ravens fans everywhere. The offense isn’t progressing as the season goes on and the Ravens defense is clearly aging and the team is not adequately replacing the older players. Losing Rex Ryan has been huge. I’m not ready to completely write this team off, but it’s not looking good.

– The Texans played their hearts out against the Colts in Indianapolis. If not for a goal line fumble and/or a missed FG in the last seconds of the game, the Texans might’ve won, but that’s what separates the best from the rest. The Texans still haven’t taken that next step. I do have to question some of the overly safe playcalling by the Texans offense in this game. A lot of run plays on first and second down even though the Colts were missing half their starting secondary and the fact that the Texans are a passing team.

– The Colts beat the Texans to remain undefeated but consider this – Peyton Manning had 40 passing attempts in the first half (!!!) and threw for over 200 yards but the Colts were only up 13-3 at halftime. That is precisely why I’d be surprised if the Colts make it to the Super Bowl. For an 8-0 team the Colts haven’t exactly be overly impressive.

– The Miami Dolphins know how to play against the Patriots. Even though they lost 27-17, the game was a lot closer than the score indicates. The Pats defense seems to struggle against the Wild Cat formation and the Dolphins defense knows how to play against the Pats passing game. They just single covered Randy Moss and covered the short passing game, which is the Pats bread and butter. Almost worked Sunday, but not quite.

– It looks like the Cowboys defense may have finally turned a corner over the past few games. Constantly underperforming for most of last year and into this season, the Cowboys defense is finally playing up to it’s potential. Defensive line is getting good pressure on the QB and the secondary, which has long under achieved, is finally playing great.

– Bad coaching decision of the week – Trailing the Cowboys 20-13 with just under 5 minutes left in the game and with NO time outs left, Andy Reid elects for the team to attempt a 52 yard FG. The ball barely breaks the crossbar. Why is this a bad coaching decision? Well, for one it’s a 52 YARD FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT. There’s a decent chance your kicker won’t even make the field goal, which would give the Cowboys the ball near midfield. But even if he makes it (which he did) the Cowboys get the ball with just over 4 minutes left, your team has no time outs left and all the Cowboys have to do is pick up a couple first downs to run out the clock. Which is precisely what they did. But even if you force the Cowboys to punt you will have no time outs left AND you still need a TD with little time left! Andy Reid can put together a good team but his on field decision making and clock management is very questionable at times.

– Horrible officiating watch – There were a number of bad calls on Sunday. In the Texans-Colts game there was a horrible unnecessary roughness call on a Texan defensive back when he hit Dallas Clark around the shoulder pads as he was attempting to catch a ball. Why is that a penalty?? There was a strange defensive offsides call on the Texans defense that helped the Colts to keep a drive alive. I sure didn’t see it on the play. Of course CBS never showed a replay so we’ll never know for sure whether there was offsides or not on the play.

In the Lions-Seahawks game there was a pass interference call on a Lions DB, even though a.) the ball was uncatchable and b.) if anything there was offensive pass interference on the Seahawk WR on the play when he grabbed the Lions DB. The Seahawks would go on to score on that drive.

In the Dolphins-Pariots game the Dolphins had to challenge a play where Miami QB Chad Henne was hit as his arm was going forward and lost the ball but the refs called it a fumble and the Pats recovered it. It’s totally ridiculous that a team has to use a challenge on a play where it’s clear and obvious that the play is not a fumble. There was horrible pass interference call on a Pats DB, when Miami’s WR Ted Ginn basically ran into him. Last time I checked a DB is allowed his space on the field. Is there a rule that I’m not aware of where a DB has to get out of the way of a WR? Pretty sure that’s not in the rulebook.

In the Cowboys-Eagles game there was horrible unsportsmanslike conduct call on Eagles DB Assante Samuels, even though he helped up the player he was supposedly taunting! I still don’t understand how the Eagles didn’t get a first down on the QB sneak by Donovan McNabb in the fourth quarter. Just a horrible spot by the refs. The Eagles challenged the spot on the field but it was bizarrely upheld, even though it was clear that McNabb had gotten the first down.

Bobby’s Thoughts on the Midway Point and Predictions for the Rest of the Season

November 7, 2009

– The New York Jets will not be making the playoffs this year, losing at home to the Dolphins last week is a huge blow, knocking the Jets down to 4-4 instead of 5-3. Their remaining schedule is tough enough to prevent them from getting in (they’ll basically have to go 7-1 or at the very least 6-2 just to get a Wildcard spot). Sorry, Rex Ryan, the Jets aren’t going to the Super Bowl this year. Although I do expect to see a Sports Center clip of Ryan saying something crazy in a post-game news conference later this year.

– The Denver Broncos will not have a second half collapse like the Jets had last year, although they may end up with a record not quite as impressive as their current 6-1 record.

– What happened to Brandon Jacobs? It seemed like the media have totally forgotten about him and maybe for good reason. He has just under 4 yards a carry, just 2 TD’s and seems to be getting less carries as the weeks go by and is on pace for just over 1,000 yards, which isn’t that impressive really.

– Speaking of the Giants, they are not making the playoffs unless the Cowboys and Eagles implode, which could happen.

– The Cardinals have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way, look for them to finish 9-7 or 10-6 which will be more than good enough to win the NFC West. Of course the Cardinals could easily end up 7-9 and miss the playoffs all together, this team is fairly unpredictable, but they do have an easier road than their closest competitor, the 49ers.

– If I were Jim Zorn I’d kick Dan Snyder in the nuts. Yeah, he’d get fired and possibly arrested, but wouldn’t it be worth it? The chances of Zorn being succesful in Washington with Snyder as owner is about the same as being successful as a  head coach in Oakland with Al Davis as owner. It just ain’t happening.

– If I were Philip Rivers I’d kick Norv Turner in the nuts. Yeah, he’s get fined and probably traded, but wouldn’t that be good for Rivers? Having Norv Turner as your head coach means you’re not going to get to the Super Bowl. Ever.

– Speaking of Rivers and the Chargers, I see San Diego fighting tough through the second half of the season, but it won’t be enough. With games against Philly, the Giants, Denver, Dallas and Cincy, I see the Chargers finishing 8-8 or 9-7 and just missing that last playoff spot (that spot is going to the Texans, who will make their first playoff appearance in franchise history).

– The Green Bay Packers are clearly at least a year away from being one of the better teams in the NFL as last week against the Vikings showed. They may make it into the playoffs but they’re not doing any damage if they get there this season. O-line needs to be improved, defense is still adjusting to a new 3-4 scheme, young players are still learning their roles, WR’s need to be more consistent. They may be really good next year, though. I will however have to change my Super Bowl prediction.

– What ever happened to Terrell Owens? Oh, that’s right, he went off to play for the Buffalo Bills which is like the NFL equivalant of being sent off to a Siberian prison. The less I have to hear of him, the better.

– Remember when former KC head coach Dick Vermeil said it was time for RB Larry Johnson to take the diapers off? It was true and funny then and it’s still funny now! And Johnson still needs to take those damn diapers off!! I think it might be too late actually.

– It’s almost like the defending SB champs the Steelers aren’t even playing this year, everyone is talking about the Saints, Colts, the Pats, the struggling Giants, the Ravens beating the Broncos. The Steelers are just quietly flying under the radar. The Monday night game in Denver could be bigger than a lot of people realize. If Denver wins, it could help them regain momentum and a possible #2 seed in the playoffs, but if Pittsburgh wins they in fact could end up with the #2 seed considering the relatively easy schedule they have the rest of the way. Huge game.

– If I were the Browns I’d consider firing Eric Mangini at the end of the season. I don’t see anything that he does that helps this team.

– The officiating in this league has continued to be a joke this year. I’ve given up posting weekly officiating posts. Just not worth it.

– You can just tell the media wants to jump back on the Cowboys bandwagon, but they’re a little scared. I’d be scared too with Tony Romo at QB and Wade Philips as head coach.

Biggest Surprises of the Year (In a Good Way)

1. Denver Broncos (6-1) – This one is a no-brainer. New, inexperienced head coach, new QB, new coaching staff. No one picked them to start the season like this. So far, so good.

2. Indianapolis Colts (7-0) – No doubt some picked the Colts to do well, but sitting right now at 7-0 with a new head coach, no running game, questionable defense and injuries is pretty impressive and pretty surprising. I guess Peyton Manning is the MVP of the league.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) – I thought the Bengals would be tough this year, but most certaintly didn’t see them starting off 5-2. With a bend but don’t break defense and a new ball-control offense the Bengals are finding ways to win games this year. Marvin Lewis is having one of his best years as a head coach so far.

Biggest Surprises of the Year (In a Bad Way)

1. Tennessee Titans (1-6) – Another no-brainer, who would’ve thought the Titans would be 1-6 right now? No one. Losing Albert Haynesworth might’ve been a bigger blow to the team than previously thought.

2. Carolina Panthers (3-4) – Considering how good Carolina looked last year it’s pretty surprising to see them play this bad for most of the season this year. Maybe it’s time to find a new coach.

3. New York Giants (5-3) – The Giants have a winning record but considering how badly the team has played in the past month it’s a little surprising.

Super Bowl Prediction

Steelers/Saints

What We Learned After Week 6 In The NFL

October 21, 2009

09000d5d81380e22_gallery_600Jeff Fisher might be coaching another team in a couple years. Too bad for the Titans.

Apparently the Pats think they’re playing Division I football and running up the score will get them placed higher in the Top 25. I don’t care if the Titans did give up in that game, going for it on fourth down in the second half is ridiculous. The Pats still have some problems but this game could be a warning to the rest of the league.

Eli Manning is not anywhere close to being an elite NFL QB without the help of a dominating running attack.

The Jets continue to show they may be in trouble the rest of the year with Mark Sanchez struggling as a rookie QB (as predicted on here weeks back).

The Steelers quietly have one of the most explosive offenses in the league.

The Ravens defense isn’t nearly as good as it used to be.

There’s some talent on the Raiders defense.

Norv Turner is outcoached for the 100th straight time in his career. San Diego may not make the playoffs. Turner should go back to being an offensive coordinator.

Ron Rivera may have been part of a great Bears defense as a linebacker in the 80’s, but he’s not doing a very good job with San Diego’s defense as defensive coordinator.

Seattle is probably not making the playoffs this year.

Kyle Orton is playing better and better each week for the Broncos.

Other observations –

With the NFL making more and more rule changes favoring offenses, we’re seeing a lot of 300 yard passing games from QB’s along with high completion percentages. There were 8 QB’s with over 300 yards of passing in Week 6. Along with that there were 5 or 6 other QB’s with numbers close to that. I honestly miss the days of seeing QB’s actually earn those numbers as opposed to being handed it by defenses not being allowed to play actual defense. I’m sure others, especially those that play Fantasy Football, would disagree.

It seems like the days of dominating defenses are coming to an end. There’s only so much defenses can do when they are being handcuffed by new rules and refs all too willing to throw the yellow flag on any kind of contact on passing situations.

What We Learned After Week 4 In The NFL

October 6, 2009

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JaMarcus Russell is still a horrible NFL QB.

The Raiders are still the Raiders.

If the Texans defense improves it’s play, they could sneak into the playoffs this year.

The Titans are this year’s surprise team, but not in a good way.

The 49ers are the clear cut favorites at this point to win the Stinker Division.

Dick Jauron is probably going to be on the hotseat in a couple weeks.

St. Louis is the worst team in the NFL, now that the Browns almost won a game.

The Buccaneers are bad, but not as bad the Rams.

The Bengals are 3-1and improved but still not that impressive.

Jim Mora, Jr. might not have been the best choice as head coach for the Seahawks.

The Seahawks have the most boring offense in the NFL.

Peyton Manning is having an incredible year so far.

The Colts might rely on Manning just a little too much.

The Chargers aren’t a very impressive team.

The Steelers seem incapable of winning comfortably even when outgaining their opponents 2-1 in yards and leading in the 2nd half, 28-0. Maybe they like to keep things exciting for the fans for all 4 quarters.

Games in Depth

Baltimore 21 vs. New England 27 – This game could’ve gone either way. At times it looked like the Patriots defense simply didn’t have an answer for the Ravens offense. Strangely, the Ravens didn’t run the ball much but should have(Ray Rice had 11 carries for 103 yards!). Tom Brady progressively played better as the game went on. The officiating in this game was simply horrible and the Pats benefitted from mostly bad one-sided calls throughout. The Ravens receivers are starting to show their age, Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton dropped passes deep in Pats territory on their last drive that resulted in a change of possession and the end of the game. It’s evident that both team’s defenses have some serious weaknesses (Pats against the run, the Ravens against the pass). Joe Flacco is the real deal, he had a few great passes in this game, including the sweet TD pass to Mason on a third and goal from around the 15 yard line.

New York Jets 10 vs. New Orleans 24 – The final score was not indicative of how close this game was. One of the more entertaining games of the year so far. The Saints defense looks like the real deal under new defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams. In fact, they look like a completely different defense than last year, aggressive, smart, fast. Free safety Darren Sharper looks like a great FA pick up and was huge in this game, returning a bad Mark Sanchez pass back for a TD. As I predicted last week, Sanchez struggled in this game and Jets fans, that trend could continue as the season goes on and more teams have game film of him. Rex Ryan’s prediction of a Jets Super Bowl appearance this year might be a year or two premature. The good news for the Jets is they did a pretty decent job on the Saints offense for most of the game. Saints running back Pierre Thomas is the real deal and is looking like one of the best RB’s in the league right now.

Dallas 10, vs. Denver 17 – Denver is 4-0 and that’s a shocker, even with their relatively easy schedule. The Cowboys talented defense played sloppily and undisciplined throughout this game. The Brandon Marshall TD pass and run should be an embarrassment to all involved in Cowboys country. The Broncos defense looks more and more impressive under ex-49ers coach, Mike Nolan. The Cowboys receivers had a hard time getting separation from an aggressive Broncos secondary. QB Tony Romo progressively played worse and worse as this game went on, throwing passes behind, in front, and high of his receivers. He laid out WR Roy Williams over the middle with an over throw, resulting in Williams leaving the game with an injury. This whole game reeked of a poorly coached game by Cowboys head coach Wade Philips.

Matchups To Watch In Week 3

September 26, 2009

Tennessee Titans (0-2) vs. New York Jets (2-0)– Last season the Jets went into Tennessee and gave the Titans a good ol’ fashion whooping and their first loss of the year. Titans could easily be 2-0 instead of 0-2 this season, but the bottomline is they will be in serious trouble if they lose on Sunday against the Jets, they simply need a win in the biggest way. Watch the hype start to rise on Mark Sanchez and the Jets if they pull out a win. Sanchez could have his biggest game as a rookie against a shaky Titans secondary. Titans QB Kerry Collins will have to get rid of the ball quickly against an aggressive Jets defense that hasn’t allowed a TD so far this season. A big play downfield may be there if the Titans look for it. This will be a very tough game for the Titans to win with the way the Jets are playing right now. The Titans could benefit from a Jets letdown after the emotional win against divisional rival Pats, plus Sanchez is still a rookie QB.

San Francisco 49ers (2-0) vs. Minnesota Vikings (2-0) – This might end up being one of the boringest games on Sunday but both teams are 2-0, so it’s worth pointing out this matchup. One of the favorites in the NFC, the Vikings have been fairly unimpressive outside of Adrian Peterson so far. The 49ers are a surprise team so far and have looked pretty good beating the two NFC West favorites, the Seahawks and Cardinals. Something has to give. If I were playing the Vikings I’d just put 9 guys up in the box to stop Peterson, I don’t think Favre has thrown a pass longer than 10 yards this season and the Vikes WR’s shouldn’t scare anyone. San Fran RB Frank Gore is one of the most underrated running backs in the league, partially due to the fact that he plays for the 49ers, but he had a huge game last week against the Seahawks. If he’s productive against the Vikes stout D-line, the 49ers could pull off the upset.

New Orleans Saints (2-0) vs. Buffalo Bills (1-1) – If only this game was played two months from now instead of this Sunday, the Bills might actually have a shot to slow down the Saints offense. The Bills best defense in this game will be their offense, if they can chew up the clock on long drives to keep the ball away from the Saints offense, they have a shot in this one. Here’s the big problem with that – the Bills run a primarily No-Huddle offense now, so that might be hard to do. I’d test that questionable Saints secondary a lot with deep balls to TO and Lee Evans. For the Saints, just keep scoring in the 40’s and odds are you’ll win. It’ll be interesting to see how long that holds up. It probably won’t stop this weekend, though. The Bills have to hope for some turnovers.

Carolina Panthers (0-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) – It’s almost panic time in Carolina if the Panthers  lose this one. The Panthers might have a hard time moving the ball against the Cowboys tough defense, especially if Delhomme struggles again. If I were Tony Romo I’d just throw the ball to Jason Whitten every down. You can’t lose, unless you thrown an interception, which is always a possibly with Tony Romo. If the Panthers mix it up nicely on offense and Delhomme has a good game AND Romo gives some balls away, the Panthers can win this. Also, Wade Phillips is the Cowboys head coach, so you got that going for you, Panthers fans.

Miami Dolphins (0-2) vs. San Diego Chargers (1-1) – While the heavily-favored-to-win-the-AFC-West-Divison Chargers could easily be 2-0 right now, they could just as easily be 0-2, such is the way when your team has Norv Turner as head coach. It’s still early, but if the Dolphins lose this game there’s a very, very good chance they don’t make the playoffs this year, especially considering the Jets, Bills and Pats are in their division. LB’s Joey Porter and Jason Taylor need to keep the pressure on Philip Rivers as much as possible, the Dolphins offense needs to slow down the game. I wonder if Philip Rivers realizes that his chances of making the Super Bowl with Norv Turner as his coach is about .01%?

Denver Broncos (2-0) vs. Oakland Raiders (1-1) – The scariest thing about this game is both teams potentially could have winning records going into Week 4. At the very least the Broncos will have a winning record regardless going into Week 4 and that’s enough for one to stop and ponder things a while. Tom Cable is doing a good job so far as head coach in a tough place.

Indianapolis Colts (2-0) vs. Arizona Cardinals (1-1) – This could be a fun one. The Cardinals don’t want to lose another home game after the opening weekend loss to the 49ers, the Colts meanwhile want to keep getting as many early wins as possible to try to pull away from what could end up being a tough division down the stretch. A Cards defense that is still growing will face their toughest test of the year. The Colts defense had a very hard time stopping the Dolphins run game last week. It should be interesting to see how much the Cards try to run it.

NFL Preview – Let’s Get It On!!

September 7, 2009

Hello  all, the name is Bobby Myers and I’ll be updating this blog throughout the season with analysis and observations. Let’s kick it off with a preview of the upcoming season!

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AFC East

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1  New England Patriots – The Pats pretty much win this division by default. Belichick is a great coach, Brady is a great QB, but don’t listen to the dummies in the sports media, the Pats still have a TON of question marks. How good is their aging defense going to be? There’s definitely holes there. How good is the O-line (one thing that has been continually overlooked by all the sports “experts”)?. Will Roger Goodell cry if the Pats don’t win the SB this year? So many questions.

2 Miami Dolphins – I was watching the Dolphins-Bucs preseason game a couple weeks back and was thinking “what the hell is this doing on TV and why the hell am I watching it?”. Dolphins might have the worst offense in the league going into this season (their starting offense had 1 first down and no points against the Bucs). Pennington is a good, underrated QB but the lack of weapons and a questionable offensive scheme puts a ton of pressure on their D. They’ll have to play mistake free football and hope for some breaks to repeat what they did last year.

3 New York Jets – I’m surprised, Sanchez looks pretty good (so far). Unfortunately for Jets fans, the rest of the team looks pretty average across the board. Is Kenny Roger’s son the answer at Head Coach? Time will tell, but the Jets will have a tough time just getting 7 or 8 wins this year.

4 Buffalo Bills – I don’t know what the hell is going on up in Buffalo, but I feel for you Bills fans, I’m afraid you’re in for another long season. You know things aren’t going your way when the Offensive Coordinator is fired just weeks before the regular season start and the entire O-line has new starters from last year. Blame Ralph Wilson, the guy obviously doesn’t give two shits whether Buffalo wins or not.

AFC North

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1. Pittsburgh Steelers – The defending champs return 20 or 22 starters and look to make another serious run at the SB. The defense could actually be better with the super athletic Lawrence Timmons replacing MLB Larry Foote and 1st round pick Ziggy Hood filling in at the DL. The team is loaded with depth. The only thing standing in their way is a mediocre O-line and a retard for an OC, Bruce Arians.

2. Baltimore Ravens – How much longer is Ray Lewis going to play? I mean, shit, the guy is like 50 years old. Flacco had a very good year as a rookie last year, but the wheels started to come off towards the end of the season. It got to point where he was basically throwing short outs and dump offs and deep sideline patterns, and that was about it. Is he in for a sophomore slump? That could determine how far the Ravens go this year. John Harbaugh might already be one of the best HC’s in the league right now, which should make Ravens fans feel pretty good about the future.

3. Cincinnati Bengals – Here’s a little shocking secret for you – the Bengals (yes, the CINCINNATI BENGALS) are actually putting together a pretty good defense. In fact, don’t be completely shocked if the Bengals edge out the Ravens for the #2 spot in the division this year. If only they could get rid of sissy boy Palmer and get some decent draft picks for him, they could be sitting pretty good for the future. Marvin Lewis talks a good game but it’s time for him to put up or shut up or he’ll be looking for a new job…Continually signing troubled hoodlums definitely doesn’t help his cause.

4. Cleveland Browns– Is it time for the Browns to leave Cleveland again for another city? Remember when all the “experts” were picking these jokers to get to the AFC Championship or even the Super Bowl a couple years ago? Yeah, that was pretty funny. Sorry, Browns fans, but it’s not looking good this year.

AFC West

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1. San Diego Chargers – Another team that should win the division by default. This team is good, but don’t believe the “THIS MIGHT BE THE MOST TALENTED TEAM IN THE LEAGUE!” crap that the sports media has been spouting for the last 2 or 3 years. Rivers is great, Tomlinson is great (but definitely not in his prime anymore), but the defense has some holes and the WR corps is questionable, but the biggest problem the Chargers is it might have one of the worst HC’s this league has ever seen in Norv Turner. I actually feel bad for Rivers and San Diego fans everywhere. This team would still have to overcome some hurdles to get to the Super Bowl but with Turner at HC, it’s almost Mission Impossible. I mean, can you picture that guy ever holding the Lombardi Trophy? even if they did somehow win it with him as HC, the NFL shouldn’t allow that sort of thing.

2. Kansas City Chiefs – Is it shocking to pick this team at #2? I’m looking at who else is in this division and I don’t think so. This is a team that virtually no one knows about, it’s almost like they don’t even exist, but there is some talent on this team. You just have to believe… Uh oh, another team that fired their OC, but I think in this case it’s a difference in philosophy due to the new HC, Todd Haley, who was the OC at Arizona last season. Just a hunch. A little fun fact, RB Larry Johnson (you know the guy that former HC, Dick Vermeil, said had to “take the diapers off”) averaged a cool 4.5 yards a carry last year. IF they get improved QB play, the Chiefs could surprised some people, you just have to believe.

3. Denver Broncos – This team ain’t looking so hot, and it’s not because Jay Cutler no longer plays here. I have a bad feeling about the new HC, Josh McDaniels, combine inexperience, youth, cockiness and maybe a good dose of arrogance and that spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E….Plus the team just doesn’t look that good. Everyone knows about the problems with Brandon Marshall, but take that away and there is still a good bit of question marks with this team. Defense could be improved, but probably not enough, the team gave up the 3rd most points a game last year(28!). Sorry, Broncos fans.

4. Oakland Raiders – I see a good bit of media pundits taking the Raiders to finish 2nd in this division, even though Al Davis is still the owner, and the new HC punched someone, and the team just had one of the worst drafts in recent memory and the offense and defense were both ranked near the bottom in almost every category last year and Jamarcus Russell is still the starting QB… I could keep going. There is no doubt SOME talent on this team, Nnamdi Asomugha is probably the best CB in the league right now and RB Darren McFadden is great, but weren’t these guys on the team last year? Just not enough.

AFC South

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1. Tennessee Titans – This division is really up for grabs, but I think from top to bottom the Titans, like last year, are the deepest team. The defense should be one of the top 4 or 5 in the league, even without Haynesworth. The key is for the offense to continue to improve, however they can. That unit cost them in the playoffs last year and has always been a weak spot during Jeff Fisher’s stellar coaching tenure. At the very least, Vince Young is not the starting QB and Titans fans that’s gotta make you feel pretty good. Plus, the running game should be pretty damn good.

2. Houston Texans – The Texans finally get over the hump, beat the Colts at least once and MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!!! Or do they? I might end up eating my words if the Texans defense can’t improve from last year, but if they do it might be enough to get this young promising team into the playoffs for the first time in their history. Look for Andre Johnson, a top 3 WR and young RB Steve Slaton to have big numbers this season. Remember Texans fans, the key is the D but you probably already know that.

3. Indianapolis Colts – I don’t believe that the Colts defense is as good as it was statistically ranked last year, but it might have to be for the team to do some serious damage this year. I’m a little concerned that the new HC always looks like he doesn’t know where he is. Is he aware that he’s the HC of the team? Is Peyton Manning the real Head Coach? I wonder… The Colts offense under Manning should be efficient as always, but maybe not as good as some think, there’s some question marks at WR and RB. Should be interesting.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jags could surprise some people, but nothing really stands out to make me think they will. Garrard is a solid QB but he’s not going to carry a team, the offense just doesn’t have enough weapons. The defense took a real nosedive last year and I don’t think there’s going to be a big turnaround from last year. This division is too tough this season for this team to make a big turnaround.

NFC East

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1. New York Giants – Y’know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a luckier QB than Eli Manning. Last year he threw up about 20 passes that looked like short punts and hardly any of them were intercepted and the Giants rewarded him with a GIGANTIC contract! Not only that but he’s on one of the only teams in the NFL right now that can actually run the ball over and over again with success. What’s that saying, “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good?” I guess so! Some are picking the Giants to fall this season, but that punishing run attack should be back along with one of the best D-lines around. That should be enough to win a somewhat overrated NFL East.

2. Dallas Cowboys – Alright, Tony Romo is kind of a question mark, does he have the drive and heart of a champion? That aspect is so overlooked in sports but it’s a huge determining factor in how well someone does at the pro level. He’s talented and has some talent around him. Add to that DeMarcus Ware and a pretty good D and that SHOULD be enough for this squad to finish 2nd in the division and a possible playoff appearance. Wade Phillips has to scare the hell out of Cowboys fans, though. Along with that huge monstrosity that is the Cowboys Stadium scoreboard.

3. Philadelphia Eagles – A lot of folks are taking this team to win the division and maybe even get to the Super Bowl, not so fast. Losing MLB Stewart Bradley for the year hurts their defense more than most realize. Another huge red flag is Andy Reid looking overly giddy when reporters asked him about Vick’s 7/11 for 26 yards and 1 INT preseason performance against the Jets…That’s like 2 yards a completion. Eagles fans, watch out!

4. Washington Redskins – Someone has to finish last. The Skins could surprise some folks. Campbell has looked pretty good in preseason but that offense isn’t going to be lighting up the scoreboard, although maybe it won’t have to if the Skins defense finishes in the top 5 in yards allowed like last season.

NFC North

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1. Green Bay Packers – Are the Packers one of the NFL’s little secrets? It seems like the most attention they’ve gotten recently is when drama boy Favre left town, even though they’re putting together a pretty damn good team (they had a good draft this year) and Aaron Rodgers had a great year last season (4,000 yards, 28 TD’s, 13 INT’s). The defense struggled at times last year but it looks like definite improvements are on the way in the development of younger players and a new 3-4 D thanks to new DC Dom Capers. This division is up for grabs but I’m liking what I see in the Packers.

2. Minnesota Vikings – Is it just me or is it extremely weird to see Brett Favre in a Vikings uniform? I don’t blame Packers fans for hating this guy, kind of an asshole move on his part. Any way, the Vikings could win the division, the defense looks good (although they gave up 20 points a game last season), especially the front 7 but the secondary has some question marks (ranked 18 last year), Adrian Peterson leads one of the only grind it out offensive running games you’ll see in the NFL these days. All Favre has to do is limit the mistakes and play smart footba—, oh who am I kidding, thtat’s like asking a fat kid to only buy one double cheeseburger at McDonalds when they’re only $1, it’s not happening!! But if by some miracle, Favre does play smart football the Vikes could be pretty damn good.

3. Chicago Bears – Why are people taking this team to win the division? Because of Jay Cutler?? Who’s he throwing the ball to this season? The defense ranked in the bottom third last year, good run defense but the team gave up 22 points a game and the secondary was a big weak spot. The offense fared even worse finishing the season ranked 26th and while Cutler may help, I see this division as a two team race. Sorry, Bears fans.

4. Detroit Lions – Stafford looks like the real deal and he does have some weapons to throw to (WR Calvin Johnson might be the most talented WR in the NFL right now). Lions fans keep the expectations low, which I’m sure they are, and you might actually enjoy this season for what it is. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Lions finished 3rd in the division, not saying it’s going to happen, but….

NFC West

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1. Arizona Cardinals – I know most aren’t taking this team to win the division, but someone has to! The offense will put up points and the defense has made strides since Whisenhut was made HC. I think it’s enough to win this stinker of a division, although if Warner goes down (which is a distinct possibility) all bets are off. If the Cards can get 9 or 10 wins that should be enough.

2. Seattle Seahawks – Now that “asleep-at-the-wheel” Holmgren is gone will the Seahawks wake up? I’m not so sure. Noodle arm Matt Hasselback won’t be enough to turn around one of the most boring offenses this side of Miami. The defense should improve with rookie Aaron Curry at LB, but I don’t think it’ll be enough. Last year everyone said that the Seahawks had a great LB corps, and maybe on paper they did, but on the field it was a whole other matter. Seahawks fans, keep the expectations in check and you might enjoy this season.

3. San Francisco 49ers – I don’t know what the hell has been going on out in San Francisco lately, but I will say I think Joe Montana can still play. This team has some talent but is still at least a year or two away from playing with the big boys.

4. St. Louis Rams – Oh no. I always forget that the Rams are still part of the NFL, I don’t think I’m the only one. This team has been in turmoil for a while, Rams fans everywhere are hoping a revamped O-line does wonders for the team this year. Steven Jackson is a great RB that has been wasting away his career thus far. The defense has plenty of holes, just hope Steve Spagnuolo does a good job Rams fans.

NFC South

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1. Carolina Panthers – This division is up for grabs, and while it’s tempting to take the Falcons or Saints, neither team has proven they have the defense to get the job done (yet). The Panthers D is questionable as well but has proven to be more consistent than the other two. Look for the Panthers to continue to run the ball very well with the one two punch of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams and for Delhomme to continue to lead at QB.

2. Atlanta Falcons – Matt Ryan was impressive as a rookie QB and I don’t see much of a letdown from last year. The defense for the Falcons is the big question mark, they loaded up on defense in the draft but it may not be enough for this season. Finishing 2nd in this division may be good enough to get into the playoffs.

3. New Orleans Saints – The Saints and Falcons could very easily switch positions in this division, but for now I just can’t overlook the Saints softee defense. They also loaded up in the draft on defense but I just don’t see that making a huge impact on the upcoming season. The Saints have one of the most potent offenses in the league, but unfortunately that’s all they have right now. Sorry, Saints fans.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Buccaneers have had one of the most consistently boring and unproductive offenses for a while now. Don’t expect that to change this year. Journeyman Byron Leftwich is the starting QB and has looked inconsistent in the preseason, don’t expect him to make a huge difference this year, especially given the offensive weapons on this team. The defense for the Bucs is in a state of transition after longtime DC Monte Kiffin left the team. Expect a down year Bucs fans.

AFC Championship

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Pats vs. Steelers – In the game for team of the decade! Pats have 3 SB wins, the Steelers 2. Fantasy Football nerds everywhere don’t see how the Pats can lose since Brady is their QB. Steelers squeak by the Pats to advance to a second consecutive SB.

NFC Championship

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Vikings vs. Packers – In one of the most hyped games in recent memory, Favre returns for a second time in one year as a Viking. He ends up throwing 3 crazy passes up for grabs in the 2nd half for INT’s, ensuring yet another Favre choke job in the playoffs. Packers advance to their first SB since Favre was their starting QB.

Super Bowl Prediction

Steelers vs. Packers – Steelers win their 7th SB.