Category:NFL
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:56 pm
 

NFL Expansion

I really hate this idea, but it keeps popping up its ugly head. I think it’s bound to happen because of greed in the system but I still don’t want it to. If it does it wont be fast, first it will be L.A and Las Vegas, then merge with the CFL, then finally London and Mexico City. Godell wants to be a world sport, but he needs to conquer all of North America first. If they do here is what I think would be reasonable, I know it moves some teams around but I like how it would line up. Dallas to the south may make fans mad but it wouldn’t matter too much. They would still play the Redskins like every year. Just like New England and Indianapolis do now. It wouldn’t be so bad. Same with Miami, Kansas City, Baltimore, and Indianapolis. Regional will be better for expanding outside of the US. And with that, I hate having to put London and Mexico City but I think that is what Roger Godell wants his legacy to be. He was the commissioner who put a team in London. And by the time this is all said and done, the Labor agreement will be up again and I bet 18 games will happen. So 40 NFL Teams with an 18 game schedule? Oh and all in the next 10 years. Then by 2030 it will be 48 teams in 10 differn't countries! When will it stop!? Well I wish it would be 32, but if it stopped at 40 I wouldn't mind either.

AFC                                                        NFC

EAST                                                      EAST

N.E.                                                        London
N.Y.                                                        N.Y.
Baltimore                                                Toronto
Montreal                                                  Philadelphia
Buffalo                                                    Washington

NORTH                                                    NORTH

Kansas City                                             Green Bay
Pittsburgh                                               Detroit
Cincinnati                                               Chicago
Cleveland                                               Minnesota
Indianapolis                                           Winnipeg

SOUTH                                                  SOUTH

Houston                                                New Orleans
Tennessee                                             Atlanta
Jacksonville                                           Dallas
Tampa Bay                                            Carolina
Miami                                                    Mexico City

WEST                                                     WEST

Denver                                                  San Fransico
Los Angeles                                           St. Louis
Oakland                                                Arizona
San Diego                                             Seattle
Las. Vegas                                            Edmonton

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:47 am
 

Super Bowl Pick

It has been a week and half since my last blog post, and it has been for good reason. I am a huge Patriots fan and don't want to talk about the superbowl until its over, or at all depending on the outcome... So here is my pick for the Super Bowl.

Patriots 27-24 over the Giants 
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:36 pm
 

NFL Conference Championship Games...

Where did I go right? Well not very many places. I picked New England to win in a shootout. They won but not a shootout. New England looked good where it really needed to on Sunday, the line of scrimmage. Both the defensive and offensive fronts looked particularly good against the Ravens. Brady wasn't on but he didn't need to be. I think this bodes well for the Patriots. The defense needs confidence going into the superbowl and they got it. Brady needs something to prove, I think he has that now. It was a good football game, even without the shootout. The Ravens played good enough to win but fell just short. They shouldn't hang their heads in any possible way. Ravens will be back next year and I wouldn't bet against them winning the superbowl in Ray Lewis' probable last season.

Where did I go wrong? Everywhere else. Between picking the shootout and picking the 49ers I had a bad Sunday. This was a damn close game, but it really didn't seem like it should have been. The 49ers were better, until when it mattered. And what is worse for them? They could be a one hit wonder... I’m not sure if this team has what it takes to make it back here next year. Bringing Alex Smith back is a start, but they need a change of pace back, a possession receiver, and a deep/speed threat. The defense will continue to be stellar but they will need to prove to me another year before I can truly believe in this team. The Giants on the other hand.... are a team that will continue to perplex me. Talent wise they shouldn't be here(division champs? Yeah. Superbowl Champs? No.), record wise (9-7), and Quarterback wise (Eli the lesser). Yet they still are here. Talent is no longer a question, just consistency. But what’s a losing streak in the regular season mean when your in the superbowl? Record? Well its 3-0 in the playoffs. Eli? Well a win away from having more rings then Payton. But with all that said the Giants will also not be back. It’s their M/O. They won't even make the playoffs next year. The Giants are the team that climbs the mountain and then takes a year off at the local pub down on the base.

So who wins the Superbowl? Well not a team coached by a Harbaugh. But maybe
next year.  

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Full Time Refs?

I wanted to post about this subject on Monday but decided to stew on it for awhile. The truth is that this is a complicated issue. But as always I have your solution. It’s easy and will never happen... The NFL needs to contract with a company to provide fulltime officials. This would be perfect for the NFL. Officials who can truly be held accountable for the actions, just not to the NFL. It allows them to safe face on both fronts. The "Ref Company" would be responsible for rewarding/reprimanding officials for game performances. The fans can keep complaining, just aimed away from the NFL which is what it truly wants anyway. By having fulltime officials the officiating will improve as well. The company can keep physical fitness standards, which can include sight and endurance. Improve the game? Check. Save face with the fans? Check. Win Win all the way.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Full Time Refs?

I wanted to post about this subject on Monday but decided to stew on it for awhile. The truth is that this is a complicated issue. But as always I have your solution. It’s easy and will never happen... The NFL needs to contract with a company to provide fulltime officials. This would be perfect for the NFL. Officials who can truly be held accountable for the actions, just not to the NFL. It allows them to safe face on both fronts. The "Ref Company" would be responsible for rewarding/reprimanding officials for game performances. The fans can keep complaining, just aimed away from the NFL which is what it truly wants anyway. By having fulltime officials the officiating will improve as well. The company can keep physical fitness standards, which can include sight and endurance. Improve the game? Check. Save face with the fans? Check. Win Win all the way.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Super Bowl Favorites?

There have been a lot of articles and blogs talking about the Conference championship games and who the favorites are and who is the favorite left to win the superbowl. Vegas put out its odds Sunday night and the media followed soon after. What is blowing my mind is how little respect and acknowledgement the 49ers have been getting. All they did was have tied for the second best record in the league, beat Pittsburgh who beat New England, then beat New Orleans. So a Giants team is hot and your write off the 49ers? It’s almost funny. I don't think they are laughing. The 49ers average over 27 points per home game. Hold opponents under 20 points per home game and have the best special teams in the league. That doesn't count for much in today’s NFL though. I get that the Giants are hot. But honestly they are not as hot as the Saints were. The 49ers seemed to be the splash of water the Saints needed to get back to earth, and I may be the only one, but I believe that the 49ers will be the same for the Giants. Eli has had a great year this year and proved that he is an Elite quarterback. It won't be enough. San Francisco's defense is what will win this game. They cause turnovers, they beat you up, and they win at the line of scrimmage. The Giants are hot and they are a good team, that also counts for something but not enough here. With San Francisco's offense peaking right now and the overall stellar caliber of the special team and defense I can't but think they should not only be the favorite to win this game but to move on and win the superbowl. They beat the Giants on Sunday. It’s not a landslide but it’s noticeable.

49ers 27-17 over the Giants

In the AFC Championship game I do agree with Vegas. The Patriots should win this game. The Patriots have flaws on defense; the Ravens have flaws on offense. But as an overall team, I believe the Patriots have the edge. San Francisco and New York proved that defenses still win in the playoffs, but does the Ravens D have enough team speed to keep up with that 2 TE spread? I just don't see it. This game will turn into a classic shoot out. The Ravens offense is not spectacular but unlike the Broncos the Ravens have the QB and receivers to pressure the patriots’ weak secondary. It won't be close, but it will be entertaining.

Patriots 52-36 over the Ravens

      
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:23 am
 

UGH GIANTS!!!

I was so close. So very close. Three games came and went and I was 3-0. Just one game left until divisional playoff perfection!!! But it didn't happen. The Packers came in and played like a team who had two weeks off and coming off a week where the franchise faced tragedy. The Giants came in and took advantage. They didn't play great. What the giants did was simple; they did their jobs. Each player did its job. I hate the Giants, I really do. Almost as much as I hate the Redskins and the Broncos, but the Giants deserve credit. They came in with confidence and played like they were going to win.

A lot of people may be down on Tim Tebow this week after what happened Saturday but they shouldn't. I am not a fan of him and I really hate the broncos but that loss to my Patriots(which made Saturday very sweet) really wasn't his fault. The Broncos D is to blame for that loss. You can't give up 5 first half touchdown passes to Tom Brady and expect to win. Tebow's game is game management through clock control and a positive team turnover margin. Down as badly as they were as quickly as they were gave Tebow no shot. All the credit goes to the Patriots on this day. Bill Belichick knew about Tebow and his "magic." The best way to counteract that magic? Run up the score! Take chances early and often. If you fail you fail. But if you don't and the game is close at the end then you lose anyway. That’s the way of Tebow.

How on was I about the 49ers-Saints game? How awesome of a game was that? My score was off but if it wasn't for those final few minutes I would have been right in the ball park. Of course if Alex Smith slides and the 49ers eat clock at the end there, it still would have been. A really great game and thanks to the giants win it sets up a epic rematch 21 years in the making. Farfetched? Yeah but fun none the less. January 20th 1991 the Giants beat the 49ers 15-13 in Candlestick Park. Remember that.

Ravens-Texans? egh. Barley a game. Congrats to the Ravens for winning but it barley looked like anybody won that game.

     
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:07 pm
 

PLAYOFFS!? PART DEUX

The weekend is here and that means the divisional playoffs are fast approaching. Last week I went 2-2 and the home teams all won. This week could be different...maybe? Let’s take a look.

Saturday Games

New Orleans @ San Francisco

"What kind of football do you usually get here?""We have both types, Country and Western." cough. ugh I mean Offense and Defense. Who are you trying to kid? Everybody loves The Blues Brothers... Anyway. I really want to pick New Orleans. Offense is so easy to watch.... But alas it’s not
going to happen. In 5 games outdoors this year the Saints went 3-2 and average 25.8 points. And if you take away the loss to a terrible defense in Green Bay and a win over a terrible defense in Carolina they went 2-1 and averaged only 21.6 points. None of those outdoor road games was against a defense as good as San Francisco’s. The question mark lies in the 49er's offense. Can they score 20 or more points? In 8 home games the 49er's averaged 27.6 points per game while only giving up 10.9 points per game. The 49er's defense will create turnovers and will get off the field on more 3rd downs then not. I think Frank Gore and the offense will score touchdowns on their red zone opportunities and David Akers will come through in the clutch.
San Francisco 23-20 over New Orleans

Denver @ New England

We have seen this before. The Patriots went to Denver and won 41-23. Now they are home and haven't lost a game since Nov 6th. As hard as it is to predict games with da Tebow at quarterback I’m feeling pretty confident here. New England can simply outpace Tebow and company. The Patriots d stinks out loud so expect Denver to put up points, it just won’t be enough.
New England 38-27 over Denver

Sunday Games

Houston @ Baltimore

Another game we have seen before. But the last time we saw this game Matt Schaub was playing quarterback for the Texans. The Ravens defense is not as good as they used to be. They are vulnerable to the vertical passing game. It’s too bad Houston doesn't have one. They run the ball and set up play action pass. That won't work here. The Ravens stuff running backs and they won't be fooled by the play action. The Texans' have a good defense as well so don't expect a crazy score from Baltimore.
Baltimore 22-13 over Houston

NY Giants @ Green Bay

The third rematch this weekend and the one I expect to be the least like the regular season. The Packers beat the Giants 38-35 in New York in week 13. This time it will be in Green Bay for the first home playoff game for Aaron Rodgers and the first one in Green Bay since the Giants beat Brett Favre. Green Bay has two weeks to prepare and three weeks of rest. If this offseason was any indicator on how the Packers will play, don't expect any rust. This stadium will be going crazy and Green Bay will be on fire. I expect a huge blowout here. Giants will score points but not like the packers can.
Green Bay 52-27 over NY Giants.

So I’m picking the home teams to sweep. They did last week so that means there is no way it could possibly happen again this week....

                     

Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
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