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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 8 Games To Watch

It’s week 8 — what games should we be watching?

Thursday 8:25PM EST – Chargers (5-2) at Broncos.(5-1): First off, like everyone else on the planet, due props to Peyton Manning. I have loved him since his first MasterCard commercial.

As for what the rest of the planet thinks of the Chargers being 5-2 …

That pretty much sums it up. The newly voted America’s team, the Broncos, against the team most likely to be voted America’s Meh team.

Let’s just think for one moment if the Chargers made it to the Super Bowl, would anyone even care? Wouldn’t you kinda secretly be rolling your eyes?

Fortunately, the Broncos will be standing in the Chargers way. This game is a big AFC showdown, even if it is only week 8. These two teams are in a battle for the AFC West. This game very well may define seeding for the AFC. I believe two teams will be coming out of the AFC West into the playoffs. This game will determine who gets what seed. Kansas City Chiefs aren’t done by any stretch of the imagination. They lost favor with fans, like me, when they lost 5 of their last 7 games last year. It takes a lot out a fan to get over that. It takes even more for a fan of the NFL who only casually watches a team, to suddenly have their interest peeked, to then get the rug pulled out from under them. I am so much less likely to give two shits about the Kansas City Chiefs because of their debacle last year. Yet, these three will be jockeying for wins in this division.

Sunday 1:00PM EST – Rams (2-4) at Chiefs (3-3): Yes, but only to look at the score as it flashes by on the ticker. The Rams are intriguing. Yes, they lost to the Vikings – ugh, but they were also kinda sorta in it against the Niners, Cowboys, and Eagles, despite losing those games. The Chiefs? Who cares.

Sunday 1:00PM EST – Eagles (5-1) at Cardinals (5-1): This game is weird for me. I really, really like the fact that the Seahawks are 3-3 and that the Niners aren’t the gods everyone thought they were. It thrills me to no end that the Arizona Cardinals are in the lead of the NFC West. It’s exciting that they are winning even though they have started three separate quarterbacks. I love Bruce Arians. The guy is awesome.

Ask me to watch the game … oooh, right. Uh, yeah. I don’t think so.

Sunday 8:30PM EST – Packers (5-2) at Saints (2-4): In the not so distant past, this game would have been the game of the week, which is probably why it is the Sunday night game. Two NFC powerhouses. Well, not anymore. All you had to do was watch the last 1:48 of the Lions/Saints game to watch Drew Brees look like utter hell. What happened to the Saints? One minute and forty-eights seconds for the Saints of the past would have been all the time they needed. Not this team.

Yet, you know you will keep your eye on this game out of respect for the past. You never know, and that’s, as they say, why they play the game.

What games are ridiculous for even being aired?

The Washington Football Team at Cowboys: Ah, the streak continues of worthless MNF games. Who cares? Washington is on their 3rd string QB. Jesus.

Dolphins at Jaguars: Really? I’d rather watch Better Off Dead. One, it’s an awesome movie. Two, it has John Cusack in it. Third, The Jaguars would be better off dead.

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Vikings at Buccaneers. Couldn’t they just air another great 80’s movie instead? How about Overboard. Now I’d much rather watch that than this game.

This is definitely what it would feel like to have to watch this game.

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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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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