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NFL ACTION… PARITY AT IT’S BEST

I will preface this article by saying that I’m a Kansas City Chief fan. With that said, how the heck to the Green Bay Packers lose to the Chiefs?  13-1 Packers against 6-8 Chiefs? Packers with pretty much all their starters against the Chiefs with a quarterback that just joined the team 2 weeks ago? I don’t understand. The Packers have been destroying most teams every week.  They had gone through the tough part of their schedule and had  one away game left on their schedule, at Arrowhead.  Trap game?  Not sure if you can call it that.  I can call it playing down to the level of your competition.  A lot of dropped balls by the WR corp.  Having watched sports for many, many moons, I’ve learned that no matter who you are playing, if you enter the 4th quarter with a close game when you should be up by a lot, all bets are off.  Pride kicks in? Ask the Trojans a few years ago when the Bruins ruined their National title  hopes.  This was going to be a perfect season for the Packers, capped off by a Superbowl victory.  Hasn’t been done since those wretched Dolphins.  Now we have to hear about how Mercury Morris and his cronies popped a bottle of champagne.  Tom Brady and his bunch could’ve done it a few years ago but Eli and company took him down.  Great win for the Chiefs though.  Not sure why they can’t play like this every week?  The problem with this win is that it will probably get interim coach Romeo Cronell the job, which is not what the Chiefs need.  Oh well, it is nice to play spoiler though.

 

December 19, 2011 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

STEELERS v. PACKERS, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!

Pittsburgh Steelers against the Green Bay Packers, WOW!  The two best teams facing off in Big D on February 6, 2011.  This might be the first time in a long time that people will be watching the game for the the sport itself as opposed to those million-dollar commercials.  I’ll get right to the point here, how the heck are the Steelers underdogs in this game?  This is their 3rd trip to the show in the last 6 years (winning the last two).  The only difference between those Steeler teams and this one is the running game which has improved for the Steelers.  They went from Jerome Bettis, to Willie Parker, to Rashard Mendenhall.  Big Ben is still the clutchest quarterback in the game right now.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Aaron Rodgers, but look at the teams they’ve beaten in the playoffs.  The Atlanta Falcons who we all agree are overrated and the Cutler-less Chicago Bears.  And let me tell you something, Green Bay looked good in the 1st quarter against the Bears but disappeared the rest of the game. If it wasn’t for that Baji pick 6, we might be talking about the Bears and the Steelers.  I’ll give the Pack credit though for winning both games on the road. The Steelers on the other hand, beat the Ravens and the Jets. Their offense, while also a dirty grindy team, can definitely put up points with the best of them.  They still have Hines Ward, Heath Miller and a pair of rookie WRs that are turning heads.  Don’t forget about that vaunted D led by all-pro Troy Polamalu. So I think you know which way I’m leaning, take the Steelers, take the win.  Forget about the 2.5  Big Ben always has a way to pull it out.  He might not put up Peyton Manning or Tom Brady numbers but at the end of the day, who would you rather have to lead your 2:00 minute drill in the fourth quarter?

January 28, 2011 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL SEASON: WHO’S ON TOP OF THEIR GAME?

With the NFL season about to start, it’s time to pick my Superbowl favorites. But first we have to differentiate from the pretenders I’m not going to analyze every team but there are some out there that people need to get over.  The NY Jets for example are one.  Having been a USC fan for ever, I can tell you New Yorkers that the Mark Sanchez you saw last year isn’t going to get better. They got hot and lucky at the end of the season and made a respectable run in the playoffs. But if you want my opinion, they won’t even make the playoffs this year.  The Vikings are another team that will end up with a disappointing season.  Even if Brett Farve comes back, there’s no way he’s gonna play better than he did last year.  Assuming he doesn’t get too banged up in the regular season, I have a feeling that the Vikes aren’t going to be that offensive juggernaut they were in 2009.  Everyone’s picking the Cowboys to go all the way this year.  Clearly they haven’t realized that their #1 WR Roy Williams is an overrated diva.  Marion Barber has taken a beating over the years and it showed last year.  Their quarterback Tony Romo is a B+ at best and their coach, Wade Phillips is a joke. As for the rest: the Falcons and Ravens(not there yet), Chargers and Patriots (window closing fast), and the Steelers (too many off-field issues).

I hate to be THAT guy, but I love the Colts and the Saints to repeat.  Hear me out. The only thing both teams have done over the offseason is get healthier.  All the offensive weapons are there.  Each team has the best quarterback in their respective conferences.  Both teams play in the dirty South  where they’ll be able to rack up some easy wins and gain home field throughout the playoffs. I do have one sleeper pick, the Green Bay Packers.  I have to acknowledge my mancrush on QB Aaron Rogers.  He’s quickly become one of the smartest and accurate passers in the game.  The key to winning in this league is a stud at the helm.  A solid defense is huge, but look at the last few Superbowl winners: all quarterbacks at the top of their respective games.

NFL season is right around the corner and for those of you who gamble on football spreads, there’s no better time.  Aside from Monday Night Football, the games are all on Sunday giving you all week to research and prep for your “locks.” While there are thousands of online gambling sites, one of my favorites is PointSpread.com.  They even have preseason spreads just in case you can’t wait till the regular season kicks off in September. Are you ready for the football?!?!?

August 17, 2010 Posted by | NFL FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment