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Go For Two: NFL Week 17 Games To Watch

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I’d like to see some of this Sunday

Despite it being my team, really, the game of the week is the Lions at the Packers. It has huge implications, which I will get into below.

The NFL picked the Bengals at Steelers to be the game of the week and flexed it to the Sunday Night Football spot on NBC. This game, too, has similar implications — winning the division title. However, unlike the Lions/Packers game, it is a lot harder for the Bengals to get a first round bye. The Lions/Packers game has much more significance because the winner will get a first round bye. Plus, in the entire NFL, home field means more for the Hawks and the Packers than it does for any other team. No one wants to go through Seattle or Green Bay. Green Bay won every single game at home this year.

Lions at Packers 4:25PM EST: Holy crap, this is for all the marbles. Lions versus Packers for the second seed and NFC North champs. This is huge for the Lions (I don’t care, Go Pack!). The Lions have not won the division in 21 years. Does that even compute? Twenty-one years. The Lions haven’t even won in Wisconsin since 1991. What? How is that even possible? Man, tough break, Lions.

An even tougher break is losing your center, Raiola, because your team is a bunch of idiots. Honestly, why even stomp on the guy’s leg? What does that prove? How does that serve your team? You were playing the Bears, come on! However, to me, that wasn’t even the worst. The helmet-to-helmet by Detroit Lions defensive end Ansah to Jimmy Clausen was too much. Ansah clearly is leading with his helmet, plus, his hands and arms aren’t even in the equation. It was a kill shot.

One of the reasons I don’t like the Lions is because they are dirty, dirty players. People don’t want to root for your team because no one likes a bully. I thought Jim Caldwell had stopped this narrative from taking place. Apparently, not. I’d love to see what kind of facial reaction he had in regards to the suspension of Raiola. Does Caldwell even have an expression outside of no expression? I’m not even sure why he has a headset on during the games. He barely talks into the damn thing.

The complete opposite of the Lions, personality wise, are the Green Bay Packers. Everyone likes Aaron Rodgers. He’s competitive, but not a jerk. Jordy Nelson? A farmer from Kansas. He shakes hands with his team after he gets a touchdown. Eddie Lacy? Buys his parents a house after hurricane Katrina. Ah, that’s why the Packers are one of the most-liked teams in the NFL. Sorry, Cowboys, you are not America’s team anymore. The difference between the Cowboys and other teams is this. If you are not a Chiefs fan, you don’t hate the Chiefs. As for the Cowboys, if you aren’t a fan, you hate them. To reiterate, I’m not a Raiders fan … but I don’t hate them. I HATE the Cowboys. Someone should do a stat on that. (Proof can be found in the latest out of Dallas. Dallas is pushing for Romo to be the MVP. Cowboys, THAT’S WHY WE HATE YOU!)

I’m just making the case for our win based on a popularity contest. Look, I don’t care how we get the win, I just want the win.

Panthers at Falcons 4:25PM EST: Despite these two teams being sub par, there is nothing like win and you’re in. I would put this game above others. I mean, (shrug), the Bengals are in. I don’t really care if they move around in seeding. Seeding, to me, doesn’t seem as important in the AFC. Yet, win or go home, now that has HUGE implications! As long as you can make it in, you always have a chance. Look at that happened for Green Bay in 2010? They made it in as a wild card and then went on to win the Super Bowl. That’s why this game is so important! The most critical thing is just getting in. I certainly wouldn’t rule out the Falcons being able to squeak a win out in the playoffs if they get in. The Cardinals with their 3rd string QB are now beatable. The Cowboys? I’m not sold on them. They are beatable.

I’m rooting for the Falcons. I like Julio Jones. I like Fitzgerald. I like Matt Ryan, but, apparently, who doesn’t?

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Good lucks Falcons.

Other important games are the Chargers at the Chiefs, and the Browns at the Ravens. For a more detailed account of what it will take for the Chargers or Ravens to get into the playoffs click this NFL.com link. It makes my head hurt, so thanks NFL for doing it for me.

~Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Diego. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com

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Go For Two: NFL Week 11 Games To Watch

Week 10 had some amazing outcomes! Teams won, and lost, in spectacular fashion. Some, like my Green Bay Packers, demolished a terrible Bears team that, at one point, just started to make everyone uneasy — much like the Eagles over the Panthers. Congrats to the NFL for another shitty Monday Night Football game. Lions are annoying us GBP fans by continually winning games this year in the final moments of the game that the Lions of yesteryear would have lost. Steelers keep doing there wow yay (!) and wow huh (?) routine — winning by huge numbers against the Colts (score 51-34) and Ravens (score 43-23), then losing to the Jets (score 13-20)? The Jets? A 1-8, now 2-8 team? Saints versus Niners did not end the way I wanted it to, and that absolutely pisses me off. Drew Brees was not making the best decisions during that game, at one point throwing into triple coverage. Drew, baby, you’re not 24 anymore. You may have, I know this is hard to hear, lost a little, a little … not much! But, buddy, we all get older, we all lose a step or two. You gotta adjust. You’re still great! Just … adjust my friend.

Now, week 11. What games should you watch?

There are some big games this week:

Buffalo Bills (5-4) at Miami Dolphins (5-4): Big division game. Yes the Patriots lead the AFC East division at 7-2, but the wildcard seems to be wide open. There is still a lot of season left to be played, and no one can tell the future. Just ask the Patriots at the beginning of the season when they were supposedly finished. The Chiefs, Brown, and Bengals are all over the place with who they beat and who they don’t. Therefore, big game for both Buffalo and Miami. Miami’s loses were really, really close games.  The games against the Lions and the Packers especially. If the Dolphins can just tweak their play a little bit, they could be in the playoffs.

Also, I’m kind of loving Tannehill. Did you see him chase down the Lions after the interception? Yeah, I know, he threw an interception, but that kid has some wheels .. and some guts! He was a total baller on the play. Too bad he is going into the divisional game with a bad knee and shoulder. Get well, Tannehill, I like what I’m seeing.

However, I can only care about this game so much as I don’t get NFL Network.

Lions (7-2) at Cardinals (8-1): Why, oh why Carson Palmer did you have to get hurt! I’m still a girl, and it makes me happy that so many fans, even Settle and Niners, are wishing him well. Too often fans get kind of ugly when it comes to injuries. Great job fans. Plus, it’s a testament to how much everyone likes Carson Palmer. Good guy.

I’m a little worried about poor Drew Stanton against big, bad, awesome Suh. Suh has cleaned up his act this year and it shows. The decrease in Suh’s penalties have really helped his team. The team overall has fewer penalties, which has led to more wins. This Lions defense is very, very good. It’s ranked number one. Last week’s win against the Dolphins was a statement win. Before that, the Lions had only played one team with a winning record. The win over the Dolphins proved the Lions legitimacy. Now, with two more games to go in the hard stretch of their schedule, they need to eek out another win. I believe a win against the Cardinals is much more likely that against the Patriots. Let’s see how they do.

On a personal note, please, please, please Arizona win this game!

Eagles (7-2) at Packers (6-3): Big favor request here, can the Eagles be tired from the Monday night game? I guess that’s a fool’s wish as how could they be? The game was too easy against the Panthers.

Green Bay’s defense sucks. Don’t let the game against the Bears fool you. The Bears are terrible. We have not fixed our defense yet. An explosive team in the Philadelphia Eagles could really have their way with us. LeSean McCoy could have a huge game against us. Also, our special teams is also terrible. Please Green Bay, do NOT kick it to Darren Sproles. Just don’t. Honestly, are you listening? Just DO. NOT. DO.IT.

Hopefully Mark Sanchez is too full of all that Philly Cheesesteak to move well in the pocket and Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers can have a huge day against the quarterback.

On our offense, we really need to get our run game going. We need to keep a high-powered offense like the Eagles off the field. Eddie Lacy seems to be having trouble this season. I don’t know if the offensive line isn’t creating enough holes for him, if Eddie is being too patient for holes to open up or what? He just seems to get stuffed real fast.

In my opinion, if Eddie Lacy can get the run game going, and our defense can stop the Eagles run game, Packers win.

This is a must win for both teams, as the Lions (7-2) and the Cowboys (7-3) are ahead in each respective division. Green Bay is only one game behind, but can not afford to be two. I know, obviously, but still. As of right now, the season really could come down to the last game for the Lions and Packers, as they play each other the final game of the season at Lambeau. What absolute craziness. As for the Eagles, they are neck-and-neck. This year, i would not want to leave my chances up to the wildcard in the NFC. The NFC is a madhouse this year.

Finally, wow. What another spectacularly bad MNF game. Steelers (6-4) at Titans (2-7). Who scheduled these games?

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~Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com

Go For Two: NFL Week 9 Games To Watch

Week 9! I can’t hardly wait! First though, a very small recap of week 8.

Week 8 had entirely too much football on Sunday. Waking up to a Lions game at the brink of dawn on the west coast was a bit daunting. However, it wasn’t as daunting as watching the Falcons blow at 21-0 lead at the half. It was mind-numbing to watch a missed field goal by Prater, turn into a delay of game penalty (replay shows time did not, in fact, expire), and ultimately a game winning field goal. I needed the Lions to lose that game. The Lions were graciously complying with my request until the Falcons and the refs decided to actively participate in helping the Lions win. The Lions fan base thanks you.

Atlanta Falcons coach, Mike Smith, it was nice seeing you on the sidelines, but your days are numbered. You deserve to be fired. I’m not even a Falcons fan, but that shit was crazy.

Don’t be worried though, you won’t be alone. Sexy-Rexy will be your new best bud as you two watch next season from your seats at the bar, and not the sidelines.

Then there is everyone’s favorite lost soul. Oh, Jay Cutler. The best thing to happen to the GBP.

Thank you for being you, Jay cutler. Thank you.

Now on to week 9.

What a week it will be. It seems the entire NFC North division (save for the Vikings, but we all know that they don’t count) is on hiatus this week. I’m thankful for this as it gives me a bit of a reprieve. I needed a mental rest from the absurdity of some of these Lions wins as of late. Plus Green Bay’s offense needs the rest if they are going to have to keep putting up massive amounts of points to counter what our defense keeps giving up.

Saints (3-4) at Panthers (3-4-1): I love that this division is still wide open because they all have shitty, shitty records. All the teams in the NFC South should be better than they are, well, except for the Buccaneers. The Bucs are really just that bad. The Panthers, Saints, and Falcons show glimpses of being good from time-to-time and it makes us want to believe they can be winners — but they just aren’t.

Saints beating up on the Packers? Don’t get too excited Saints.

medalWe had the second to worst run defense, and now, thanks to you guys, we have the worst. Our defense couldn’t stop my 4-year-old niece if she ran the ball toward the end zone — even when she stops to pick some of the grass. We had some monumental bad play calling. Davante Adams, while getting in the mix, had a bad turnover when he just flat out stopped running his route.

What I’m saying is, while the Saints looked good Sunday night, there is a reason they have a 3-4 record. The Saints have all four losses when they don’t play in their dome. Well, welcome to Carolina.

Cardinals (6-1) at Cowboys (6-2):

Ha ha Cowboys! You lost to Washington!

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However, Cowboys will be going to the playoffs because have you seen their schedule! It’s so ridiculously easy they would have to seriously fuck up to not go 6-2 for the rest of the season.

I wonder how the Cowboys will play against a legitimate team, like the Cardinals? It will be interesting to watch.

And watch I will. It’s time I start checking out this Arizona team.

Broncos (6-1) at Patriots (6-2):

The hype of the Peyton vs Brady game will be overwhelming. Enough already. This game is legitimate on its own merits. Two great coaches in John Fox and Belichick. Two great quarterbacks, no matter what those morons said about Brady in the beginning of the season.

I’m honestly excited for this game.

Ravens (5-3) at Steelers (5-3):

When did the Steelers get a 5-3 record? I feel like the Steelers cheated on some test. There is no way this team has a 5-3 record. Division match. A game from a gone era. Still completely watchable.

On a side note, I think there needs to be a shout-out to my favorite defensive coordinator Dom Capers! Congratulations! You now are in charge of the worst run defense in the league! How does it feel to be the main reason the Packers are losing games! Hats off to you, sir, hats off to you.

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Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com

Go For Two: NFL week 7 games of the week

What a week 6! Cowboys beat the Seahawks? God, now the Cowboys will never stop being the game of the week, or the game picked to be shown on regular television when the Niners or Raiders aren’t on. Blech.

Some things we learned, Patriots were counted out too early. Joe Flacco had a huge week. The Falcons are on a downward slide, and the Browns are a legit, winning football team? Well, let’s not get a head of ourselves, but they are 3-2 and are at .600.

Who’s the best in the NFC East? Well, the Eagles made fast work of the Giants, so they aren’t going to be too keen on all the glory going to the Cowboys.

The week had some very, very thrilling games. Green Bay Packers versus the Miami Dolphins goes without saying. It came down to the last 3 minutes and Green Bay needed a lot of heroics to win that game. A Rodgers fumble almost ended the game with 1:37 remaining, but a head’s up play by Lang occurred when he quickly fell on the ball. In all actuality, it really came down to the last six seconds. The play before went to a rookie, Adams, on a fake snap and the last play to a backup now starter (?) tight end in Quarless.

The Bengals and the Panthers went into overtime and they came out the other side STILL tied. San Diego and Oakland was a close game, but I didn’t see it, as I don’t give two craps about either of those teams.

This all begs the question, what surprises will come during week 7?

Week 7 games:

Bengals (3-1-1) at Colts (4-2): This should be a good game. The leads in the AFC North and AFC South will battle it out. It was a big disappointment when Cincinnati did not get a win against the Panthers. They had every opportunity. The kicker missed the big one, and that was that. The Bengals and the Colts have good offenses, but where this battle will be fought is on the Bengals defense, which is ranked 28th overall. Andrew Luck and company have the potential to put up big numbers and this Bengals defense is going to have it’s hands full. It could be a shootout, but if the Bengals defense doesn’t step it up, the Colts might do a repeat of the Jaguars or the Titans, and have a blowout.

Panthers (3-1-1) at Packers (4-2): This is a tough game. Even our Eligible Receiver writers can’t decide to get on, or off, the Panthers bandwagon. One week they look great, the next week, not so much. What will they bring against the Packers?

The Packers are obviously coming off a huge high from their last drive-for-a-win against the Miami Dolphins. The thing is, on paper, the GBP look like crap. 26th overall offense, 19th on overall defense. I get the offense because Eddie Lacy keeps shitting eggs every week, save for one – the Vikings game (not really too competitive eh?) I know this not only because the GBP are my favorite team, but I have him on my fantasy team and his ass is getting benched. If he improves later in the year, I’ll give him the start, but right now, come on dude — get it together.

A little more surprising is that the GBP are 20th in passing. Really, the great Aaron Rodgers isn’t up there in the stats? That’s concerning. We’ve been missing this season a great third receiver option. Perhaps after last week in Miami, Davante Adams, the rookie who had the head’s up play of the game by catching Rodgers faked spike, will now fulfill that role left vacant my James Jones from last year, and two years ago from Greg Jennings. (FYI, I always get a little happy when receivers leave a team for more money and then they wind-up on shitty-shitty teams. You’re welcome to the money Raiders James Jones and Minnesota Vikings Greg Jennings.)

49ers (4-2) at Broncos (4-1): These two teams are pretty evenly matched, save for the Broncos poor showing at the run. It will be interesting to see how the Niners do against the Broncos. Niners have won against two good teams, Dallas and Eagles, but were a little too close for comfort against the Rams who had to get their quarterback off the street and was actually released from the team at one point. One of their two losses was to Chicago, which is still trying to determine it’s identity. The Cardinals are also a mixed bag, as they are a good team with a lot of injuries. The Broncos will prove to be their hardest challenge yet.

As for the Broncos, they have handily beat all the teams they won against. Their only loss was to Seattle, in Seattle. I feel as if, much like the GBP Achilles heel is the Niners, so is Seattle the Achilles heel of Denver.

Therefore, the Niners will be a great challenge for Denver and I think that absolutely can win.

I look forward to this game. I do believe it is the game of the week.

Side notes:

Are you thinking I left out the Saints at the Lions. No, no I did not.

Also, as is the tradition this year, yet another horrible Monday night game. Honestly? Who picks these? Yes, Monday’s game between the Rams and the Niners ended up being better than we thought, but still, come on. That wound-up being a good turn-of-luck. This week, ughh. Steelers at home against the Texans. Why? Seriously, why?

Side notes 2:

Get better guys, we need our starting cornerbacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Go For Two: Games to watch week 5

cameron-thats-messed-up-modern-familyI really don’t know what to say about this season. It’s really all over the place. Atlanta destroyed the Buccaneers in a blowout and then the following week, Atlanta gets beat by the Vikings? Huh? The Bucs looked disastrous, but then the Bucs beat the Steelers? What is happening?

Things literally change week to week. It seems to me one has to now qualify what team you are talking about based on the week. Week 1 Kansas City Chiefs looked awful. Week 4 Kansas City Chiefs looked great.

Forrest Gump, you just never know what you’re gonna get.

Some things we do know.

The Patriots are officially in trouble, as are the Jets, and the Saints.

Wait, did I just say the Saints?

The Saints are 1-3.

The Raiders are so shitty they just fired their coach, and no one even considers Jacksonville in any discussion other than terrible.

I think the biggest thing to gain from all of this is that unlike years past, you can’t so easily pick who is going to win. Green Bay can’t just look at their schedule and automatically count the Vikings as a win, nor can they automatically look at the Saints and think that’s the hardest game coming up on the schedule. You also can’t just say the Saints are good and the Vikings are bad. That’s just not the case.

One thing still remains though, idiotic Cowboys fans.

NFL.com has this posted …

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Please, stop. You’re just as moronic as the Vikings were after week one proclaiming this was their year! How about we wait until at least midseason to start handing out the division winners.

The above screenshot is why people hate the Cowboys.

And why do we even have a playoff picture on NFL.com? It is week FOUR! Stop it!

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The Giants are patting themselves on the back for being 2-2 and winning their last two games, but, come on, elite? You guys beat Washington and the Texans. I wouldn’t be booking any flights to Arizona quite yet.

Even my beloved Green Bay Packers are singing their own praises. See? They tell us … we told you to relax. We won! Yeah, I don’t think anyone is winning when GB’s defense is in last place on rush defense, 7th in total yards allowed (the Bucs are better), and 21st overall for sacks. I mean, that makes sense. When GB played the Bears, Jay Cutler fumbled the ball twice and each time he was the only person who went for it. He still managed to fumble the ball, pick it up himself, and throw it for a completion against this awesome GB defense. The offense isn’t so spectacular either — 15th in overall passing (behind the Rams) and 28th overall for rushing. I think Jordy Nelson can buy his bikini for Hawaii for the pro bowl, but Eddie Lacy might want to think about booking a ticket to go see mom and dad at that house he bought them (still, what a nice guy).

Because of all this madness, these are the games that I will be watching this glorious week 5 of the NFL.

Vikings at Green Bay Thursday 8:25PM ET

Both teams are 2-2. This game will be a good gauge as to whether GB has turned their season around or if they can be exposed yet again for their many problems on offense and defense. For the Vikes, it will help clear up the muddy waters. They lost to a terrible Pats team and a terrible Saints team but beat a good Falcons team and the Rams (I don’t know what to make of the Rams). No Adrian Peterson to work against the worst rush defense in the league, but McKinnon put up 135 yards against the Falcons so there is a good chance that those numbers will not only repeat, but increase against the Pack. New addition Bridgewater (317 yards against Falcons)  will have his first start against an NFC North team, first start for an away game, and first start at Lambeau. Not only that, but if the Vikings win, it will be the teams first win at Lambeau since since 11/01/2009. Bridgewater may be questionable with a sprained ankle. I’m not really sure who is left to play quarterback. Greg Jennings? Hold on, I just received a memo that it would be Ponder. Oh dear God, I hope so. Wait, I’m not sure. Gimpy ankle or Ponder? Good questions.

Bears at Panthers Sunday 1:00PM ET

Both teams are 2-2. I like both these teams. As for stats, they are pretty evenly matched. NFC conference game. I think it will come down to who can work out the kinks in their armor for this game.

Falcons at Giants Sunday 1:00PM ET

I really just want to watch the Falcons wipe the floor with the Giants. That is all. I love me some Matt Ryan and hate on Eli Manning.

Ravens at Colts 1:00PM ET

This one intrigues me. The Colts have put up some big numbers against some teams, but there is a HUGE footnote. Those big numbers and two wins were against the Jaguars and Titans. That doesn’t count. That’s like me trying to sack Aaron Rodgers — not gonna happen. However, their losses were to the Broncos, and not by much, and the Eagles –both very good teams. I not 100% sold on the Ravens. This game truly has merit to watch.

Final thoughts:

I really wish the Eagles would have won. It’s the first time I have cheered for them since 2004 and the infamous 4th and 26 with Donovan McNabb at the helm during the playoffs. No shit, there is a Wikipedia link for this. I didn’t cheer from them long before that because the Eagles, at the time, were always a thorn in GB’s side, much like the 49ers have been as of late. However, this game, this stupid f’ing game was seared into my memory and solidified my hatred of the Eagles.

Why’d you guys have to go and let me down? I hate you all over again for tempting me to root for you.

Lastly, Tom Brady. I’m not sure how I feel about it because I didn’t watch the whole Monday night game. From what I hear, it wasn’t his fault, well, not only his fault. I’m not sure you pull Brady and bench him. What message does that send your team? It just seems so shitty. Think what you will of the organization. Hate them because they dominated over every other team for what seemed like forever. Yet, Tom Brady getting pulled? That just doesn’t seem right. I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on it who watch more Patriots games than I do. For heaven’s sake, Geno Smith should get pulled, but he doesn’t. Not when he blew it against the Pack and not when he looked like hell against the Lions. It just doesn’t sit well with me.

Oh, I just found this Gif, Steve Smith, what a dick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com

Go For Two: Week 3 NFL Games I’ll Keep My Eye On

I’m excited to watch week 3 of the NFL. Here are the

The Packers at the Lions Sunday 1:00PM ET.

So far the NFC North is tied with everyone in the division at 1-1. Some of those losses were uglier than others. Because everyone in the division is tied at 1-1, this divisional game is of the utmost importance.

I was a bit surprised when I looked at the stats of the game. It shouldn’t surprise me that the Packers are ranked with the 24th offense. We haven’t been very stellar lately. It’s pretty shocking that our offense is worse than our defense, with our defense 19th overall.

In comparison, The Lions are ranked with the 10th overall offense and a defense that is 2nd overall. Those numbers do not instill confidence going into this game.

However, I did just watch the Lions shoot themselves in the foot this past Sunday against the Panthers. The Lions managed to slowly but surely fall so behind on the Panthers that there was no way to dig themselves out. Unless Reggie Bush has a ten foot clearing for him, he does not run the ball effectively.

Also, someone needs to send Stafford the memo that Calvin Johnson is not the only receiver on the team anymore. He could actually throw to Golden Tate — that would open things up a bit. Stafford forced a few too many passes to Calvin and that cost them any chance of making a comeback …

Like my Packers did against the Jets.

The Packers got down real early against the Jets. I’m still mystified how they were able to pull out the win on that one. The Pack need to be breathing a collective sigh of relief that they walked out of that game with a win. They should absolutely feel good about their ability to keep up the good fight, which ultimately allowed them to win, but GUYS! You should also be shitting yourselves with how badly you played in the first quarter last week.

Both the Lions and the Pack are going into this game with something to prove. Stafford needs to spread the ball around more and the Packers need to clean up the mistakes and play better defense.

This is anyone’s game

Other games I will be keeping my eye on:

Ravens (1-1) at Browns (1-1) 1:00PM ET

This is an interesting game. The Ravens had a decisive win against the Steelers in week 2. Steelers, guys, you don’t look so hot this season. As for the Browns, man, you gotta love a team that just beat the Saints and caused Sean Payton to lose his shit on the sideline. Really, that is just embarrassing. When things don’t go right for Payton, he goes all tantrum. The Saints have been an NFC darling for many years as of late. Perhaps their run is over. Starting the season out 0-2 is not gonna sit well for New Orleans, but I digress.

All I really want to say is I hope the Browns win. It’s like seeing the younger brother who’s been kicked around the division year after year finally get a chance to come out on top. Good luck Browns, I’m rooting for you.

As for the Ravens, perhaps they found their rhythm? This divisional game will go a long way in helping eek out who’s good, and who’s just getting by.

Denver (2-0) at Seattle (1-1) 1:25PM ET.

Yadda, yadda, yadda. Super Bowl repeat game. Too much hype for this game and I don’t really care. Seattle is going to be seething about the loss to the Chargers and are gonna come into this game angry. I hope Peyton serves them a piece of humble pie. Also, all those power rankings (okay, I’m looking at you NFL.com) out there that kissed the asses of Seattle after the GB game and were all the rage of repeat Super Bowl? Yeah, well those dumb-asses just got off the ass-kissing train and dropped Seattle to number 7, down 6 spots. Let’s all settle down. And, seriously? You can’t say one week they are going to for sure repeat, and then with one loss, drop them to number 7, after two games. Come on.

 

Lastly, I’d like to laugh at the Vikes. Ha ha. You idiots were sooooooo proud of yourselves from week one. Again, one game does not make a season. I do not wish ill of you. I just would like some perspective. No, you can’t win one game and then lay claim to the NFC North title as if it were already set in stone.

To the New York Football GIants fans out there, no, you may not fire Eli. Remember the 2011 season? You guys asked for Tom Coughlin’s head on a platter. Oh, you guys were gonna fire him! Small side note, you won the Super Bowl that year.

 

I just really like Cutler looking like an idiot

 

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Go For Two: Green Bay versus Seattle at 5:30 PM PST Thursday September 4th

Green Bay versus Seattle. The first game of the season. The most important for Green Bay.

Everyone will be watching.

What do you need to know?

First off, you need to know what time is the game on so you can have all of your requisite snacks ready. The Seattle versus Green Bay game is on NBC starting at 5:30 PM PST.

The last time these two teams met it changed the course of the 2012 season. At the time NFL referees were on a lockout in a labor dispute with the NFL. After the infamous Fail Mary, the two sides came to an agreement.

Pete Carroll was obnoxious in that game sealing my absolute dislike for him. That on top of his shading dealings at USC, the man is a sketchy at best.

 

Things to know about the Green Bay Packers:

The Green Bay Packers last won the Super Bowl in 2011. Many of the same people are on the team. Over the years since, GB has been plagued by devastating injuries, a horrible defensive coordinator, a horrible defense, and an Achilles Heel of an opponent in San Francisco. We made poor decisions in the 2013 off and preseason when it came to our backup QB situation, which was unfortunately immediately highlighted that very year with multiple Qb’s at the helm while Aaron Rodgers was healing from a broken collarbone.

We went 8-7-1 last season, which, considering the direness of our situation, was pretty spectacular. We still somehow made it into the playoffs (in large part to the utter self-destruction of the Lions and the mediocrity of the Bears), only to have to play, yes, you guessed it, stupid San Francisco.

Here’s what we did to fix the situation.

We used our first draft pick on Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at safety. Okay. I like it.

We acquired some help from the Chicago Bears by getting Julius Peppers. That supposed to help free up Clay Matthews. Although, Peppers is fitted for a 4-3 defense, not a 3-4. That will be something to keep an eye on. Peppers is marketing as a chance for him to showcase his many skills that he hasn’t had a chance to show off. We shall see.

Chicago Bears gave Jay Cutler a huge contract. Yes, I’m counting this in the win category. I was relieved when the Bears took out McCown and put Jay Cutler back in last season when Cutler became healthy again. It’s one of the reasons we went to the playoffs and won our division. Can Jay Cutler be dangerous? Sure. Is he always? No. I’d much rather take my chances playing against Weeping Willow.

GB lost wide receiver James Jones. Who will emerge as the number three in our three wide receiver set?

Questions.

We need better special teams. It’d be nice to not start backed-up against our own end zone. It’d be nice to have a return guy. A confident, non-dropsey kind of player.

Our center is a rookie. Yikes. His name is Corey Linsley and he was a fifth round pick. He did not play in any of the preseason games.

Also, apparently, to replace Raji is Letroy Guion. I have no comment. Well, one. Shit. Good luck Dom Capers. Hope your genius starts kicking in now. I mean, in a 3-4 defense, you sort of need a good nose tackle.

 

Things to know about Seattle:

 

It’s very, very hard to repeat. Very, very few teams have been able to do it. The reason? Loss of teammates to other teams, cockiness, loss of coaching staff, and injuries.  In fact, the 8 Super Bowl winners prior to this Seattle team have not only failed to repeat, but failed to win a playoff game.

Russell Wilson is a great quarterback. This will be his third year in the league. He has a 101.2 passer rating, 7th overall last season. People don’t think he is an elite quarterback, but ask what the Bengals would do to have Russell Wilson, or the Jaguars, or the Dolphins …. the list goes on.

During the off season, Seattle did what they had to do and gave big contracts to two star defensive players, Thomas and Sherman. Sherman was an absolute necessity. Not only for his talent, but if that man didn’t get his pay day, I think there would have been HUGE locker room problems.

Percy Harvin made his presence known in the Super Bowl. He will be a huge target this season for Wilson, something that was not an option for the regular season as Harvin was hurt. He is listed as their number one receiver.

The loss of Golden Tate to Detroit takes away one of Wilson’s receivers. It will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate.  So far, Baldwin is listed as the number two receiver.

The nose tackle, Brandon Mebane will be dealing with rookie center Linsley. Yikes. No one wants a repeat of the Super Bowl’s missed snap for the Broncos.

All I have to say now is I can’t wait for game time!

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