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Observations gathered from NFL games of Dec. 15-16, 2013
1) At some point, everyone is going to run out of excuses for Tony Romo’s late game meltdowns.
2) There is nothing the Detroit Lions can’t screw up. Since both the Bears and Packers lost their starting QB’s, the Lions have gone 1-4 (with NFL-high 19 turnovers), instead of taking control of the division.
3) Amidst all the coaching drama, it has gone virtually unnoticed, that the Houston Texans have lost 12 straight, and guaranteed themselves at least a tie for worst record in the league. For all intents and purposes, they should be 0-14.
4) The Baltimore Ravens have the heart of a champion. If they make the playoffs, don’t be surprised if they do something spectacular. They have won four straight.
5) I do not trust Calvin Johnson to come up big in a big game.
6) I will be shocked if the Seattle Seahawks do not make it to the Super Bowl.
7) What I said last week, about Peyton Manning playing in the snow, still applies.
8) The Philadelphia Eagles can be forgiven for somehow losing to the Vikings, but should not be forgiven if they do not win the NFC East division.
9) For the third week in a row, the Cleveland Browns proved they are just a pathetic bunch of losers.
10) The Miami Dolphins may not make the playoffs this season, but their future looks awfully bright.
** NFL notes from Dec 16 and 17: 1) Bears DB Charles Tillman (torn triceps) – Out for season. 2) Bears LB Lance Briggs (shoulder) – expected to play this weekend. 3) WR’s Larry Fitzgerald – AZ Cards, and Victor Cruz – NY Giants are being evaluated for concussions. 4) Bengals punter Kevin Huber suffered broken jaw and cracked vertebrae after blindside hit from Steelers’ LB Terence Gavin. 5) Steelers LB Lamaar Woodley (calf) will not play vs Packers this weekend. 6) Jags WR Cecil Shorts (groin) has been placed on IR. 7) Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) will be evaluated later this week, and may be cleared to play this weekend.
1) Snow games are awesome. Just ask LeSean McCoy.
**NFL news/notes released Dec 9/Dec 10: 1) Indianapolis Colts signed RB Tashard Choice. 2) AZ Cards rookie DB Tyrann Mathieu (torn ACL/LCL) out for season. 3) Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) unlikely to play Thursday vs San Diego. 4) New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL) out for season. 5) Miami Dolphins starting DB Dimitri Patterson (groin) out for season. 6) Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (mid-foot sprain) unlikely to play this weekend – Xray/MRI revealed no lisfranc injury or fracture.
2) Tony Romo is NOT a clutch QB – throw out as many stats as you like, it still doesn’t make it so.
3) If the Minnesota Vikings ever start believing in themselves, they might not be half-bad.
4) Had Steelers‘ WR Antonio Brown not stepped out of bounds on the final play against Miami, the TD still would not have counted – Roethlisberger made an illegal forward pass, which would have nullified the score.
5) The DC meltdown is complete. Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is done. To avoid an ugly public divorce, he should probably just resign because of “personal reasons”.
6) The only thing missing from the last two mins of the Vikings/Ravens game, was the network switching to ‘Heidi’.
7) Peyton Manning can play well in the snow against a lousy team like Tennessee. He just can’t play well in the snow against a good team in a playoff game.
8) The Cleveland Browns are losers, plain and simple. Forget the questionable PI call at the end; all they had to do was cover the onside kick which the entire planet knew was coming, and the game would have been over. Josh Gordon’s considerable talents are being wasted.
10) The NFL starts haphazardly penalizing and fining defensive players for high hits, and now there is a concern over the increasing number of low hits. Who coulda seen that coming ?
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1) Courtesy of Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and RG III, the next ten years of NFL football are gonna be quite memorable.
* NFL Injury note – On Nov 5, 2013 it was announced that Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is expected to miss at least three weeks due to slight collarbone fracture suffered in 1st qtr of 27-20 loss to Chicago Bears on Nov 4.
2) As evidenced by the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks, teams which came back to win after having been down by 18 and 21 points respectively, winning is as much about attitude as it is about talent.
3) Nick Foles is the future of NFL football in Philadelphia. Do I smell playoffs ?
4) With Case Keenum at the helm, the Houston Texans will be competitive very soon, and into the future, but playoff dream is over for this season.
5) Kansas City Chiefs are the most fragile 9-0 team I have ever seen.
6) The real problem in Baltimore is not about effort or chemistry. It is that Ray Rice simply is not the dynamic force he once was. You heard it here first.
7) It has come to light that NFL coaches average 100 hour work weeks during the season, and then about 80 hours a week up until Draft day. Get well soon, Gary Kubiak and John Fox.
8) The 5-3 Carolina Panthers have the third best point differential (+98) in the NFL.
9) In the case of Trent Richardson, I have never before seen a player get traded to a team, underachieve with that team, and still somehow energize that same team.
10) I believe wholeheartedly in Geno Smith as a QB, and in the New York Jets as a team . . . I think.
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* NFL Injury news – Oct 29, 2013, it was announced that Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice is out for the season due to a torn ACL.1) They just don’t make anterior cruciate ligaments like they used to.
2) There are about 10 excellent quarterbacks in the NFL. Below that are about 5 very good QB’s. Below that is some downright scary stuff.
3) Brandon Meriweather made a valid point, despite his extremely poor choice of words.
4) Calvin Johnson proved again, that he is a bad dude. Little wonder as to why Dez Bryant is jealous of him.
5) The Jacksonville Jaguars are a disgrace to American professional sports.
6) Gary Kubiak’s future with the Houston Texans, is dependent on the performance of Case Keenum.
7) The Dallas Cowboys deserve an award for most over-analyzed .500 team in the last 50 years of sports. Not just the NFL, but ALL sports.
8) The Kansas City Chiefs are headed for playoff disaster.
9) Those televised Trade deadline specials are a tremendously tedious awkward waste of airtime. Highlights from the last three trade deadline days; Carson Palmer (2011), Aqib Talib (2012), Isaac Sopoaga (2013). Decent players, but all in all, not enough to justify a TV special lasting several hours, complete with a countdown clock and multiple analysts desperately trying to fill the overabundance of airtime.
10) I no longer believe in Geno Smith as a QB, or the New York Jets as a team . . . I think.
1) The Bum Phillips-led Houston Oilers teams of the 1970′s really meant a lot to the NFL. Both Phillips and Bud Adams will be missed.
2) If Peyton Manning does not have a problem with Big games; then it must be that big games have a problem with him. Maybe that’s what Jim Irsay really meant.
3) In the case of Houston Texans‘ QB Case Keenum, Keenum made a great case for himself in the game against Kansas City. Matt Schaub had gone belly-up before his injury, and TJ Yates has proven time and again, that he is not capable of playing NFL caliber football. Let the Case Keenum era begin.
4) Don’t know which quarterbacks are worse, those named “TJ” (Rubley, Yates) or those named “Billy Joe” (Tolliver, Hobert).
5) Last season, Joe Flacco’s decision to wait until season’s end to sign a knew contract, turned out to be a great move. Jay Cutler’s decision to do the same thing this season, has turned out to be a not so great move – Cutler’s groin injury this past weekend will sideline him 4-6 weeks.
6) Barring injury, Andrew Luck is going to have a stellar NFL career.
7) I had forgotten just how dynamic and exciting RG III is when healthy.
8) The NFL made the right move in suspending Brandon Meriweather for 2 games, after two helmet to helmet infractions in the game vs Chicago. Meriweather has been a cheapshot artist for years, and there is NO OTHER player in the league who has so consistently used the helmet as a weapon.
10) Something ain’t right in Baltimore.