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Go For Two: Games of the week

Games to watch:

Lions at Bears:  With Aaron Rodgers breaking his collarbone it definitely adds intensity to this game. We don’t know how well Seneca Wallace will do. However, with all of the injuries and how high the competition is in this division, Green Bay can ill afford to fall behind even a game, certainly not two. Therefore, the stakes are high with this divisional game. Any chance the Lions or the Bears have in taking a lead will be critical to winning this division.

Eagles at Packers:  All eyes will be on Seneca Wallace. He performed poorly against the Bears. However, the defense didn’t do much to help limit the bleeding. The Packers put up 20 points without Rodgers … if the defense could have limited the scoring of a backup quarterback, they would have gotten the “W”. So this game against the Eagles isn’t just about losing Rodgers — it’s about the defense being able to help out what will inevitably be a struggling offense trying to figue out life after Rodgers.

Honorable mentions:

Panthers at 49ers: I like that Carolina fans have something to get behind this year. I really do. However, in the immortal words of Aretha Franklin “Ain’t No Way.” Seriously, Ain’t No Way the Panthers beat the San Francisco 49ers, in San Francisco, with the Niners coming off a bye. R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Cam Newton and Steve Smith, but, it’s a “W” in the 49ers column.

Broncos at Chargers: I get it. Divisional game. So maybe some people will want to see this. However, it’s a 7-1 team against a Rivers led 4-4 team. Question for some will be how the team gets along without Fox. I think they will be just fine — especially with Peyton as quarterback.

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Go For Two: Rant of the week

As I was looking at the games in order to pick my game of the week, I noticed that San Francisco is playing Jacksonville in London.

LONDON.

I do not agree with the NFL playing games in London.

First off, a captain obvious geography lesson — San Francisco is clear on the west coast with Jacksonville on the east. That alone is a big trip for San Francisco to make, but then to add on having to go across the pond to London? That is a massive difference in time zones. It is completely unfair for a west coast team to have to travel to London and play a team that is on the east coast. How unfair for the Niners.

In this instance, one can talk their way out of it saying that the Niners have the edge because they are the way better team. However, for arguments sake, what if it was the Niners versus the Saints? Now who has the advantage? That would be a conference game against teams that very well may be playing for seeding in the playoffs.

It’s also not fair to fans. I would be mad if I had season tickets and one of my beloved home games was in London. What an awful way for the NFL to treat the fans they already have.

I know that the NFL wants to expand. I know that the NFL wants to make more money. However, doesn’t the NFL already make enough money?

The main goal of the NFL is to make expansion teams and a whole other division in Europe. However, there is already talk that it would water down the product. That their are not enough quality players to go around.

In my opinion, it’s greedy, places some teams at an unfair disadvantage, waters down the products, and treats the fans the NFL already has poorly.

I vote no. But, then again, the NFL didn’t ask me.

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My game of the week is the Seahawks vs Texans

I’m a bad man

There are a few games this week that could be considered the game of the week. No, San Francisco, no one cares that you are playing the Rams.

I’m talking about perhaps New England versus Atlanta. New England is 3-0, but without any merit. They beat some of the worst teams in the entire NFL. Now, I know Atlanta is struggling, but this game could really highlight the Patriots deficiencies.

The other game that I considered highlighting and picking as the game of the week was the Miami Dolphins against the Saints. Everyone’s pumped that they have won 3 games, and yay for them. They have been so terrible, for so long, it’s nice to see them get some wins. Their wins are also more impressive than that of the Patriots, so that’s also pretty cool. However, they are going up against the monster machine of the Saints. I don’t see this going well for the Dolphins. However, if the Dolphins DO win, a lot more people are actually going to stop just talking about the Dolphins and actually start watching them.

Therefore, the game of the week is …

The Seattle Seahawks at the Houston Texans 1:00pm EST.

The Seahawks are an impressive 3-0 against Carolina, San Francisco, and Jacksonville. The San Francisco stomping was the most impressive because not only did they contain Kaepernick when he ran, but also in the air, something that my very shaky Packers could not do. Yet, What I like most about Seattle is the defense. They have held their opponents to very few points. Defenses in the league today seem to be nonexistent. Total points scored in games are so high these days — except against the Seahawks. Sherman is so stupidly annoying, but he is so darn good at his job. I would like him a lot more if he would just shut his mouth. I think Houston should be nervous, when it was only week 3, and Pete Carroll pulled Wilson and put in the backup since they were playing so hot.

As for Houston, they are 2-1 with win sagainst San Diego and Tennessee, but a loss to Baltimore. Ehh. I’m super impressed with this Houston team. Quarterback Schaub isn’t playing so hot. However, you can’t rule Houston out because of Watt and Cushing. They are so impressive it’s ridiculous.

We are gonna find out a lot about these two teams on Sunday. I for one, can’t wait.

 

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Go for Two: Water Cooler Topics For Thanksgiving Day

Image courtesy of letsplayballtickets.comThanksgiving football … such a time honored tradition. A tradition that is the most relevant in Detroit, which has hosted a turkey day game since 1934(with a small gap between 1939-1944).

I grew up in Detroit. I, strangely enough, have fond memories of driving to Pontiac on Thanksgiving to meet friends tailgating OUTSIDE in the parking lots surrounding the Pontiac Silverdome. I would have on a huge winter coat, thick gloves, and a scarf wrapped around not only my neck, but my chin too. I would chat with my friends and see my breath in the air. Then the best part. Someone would open their trunk, pull out a card table, and place a steaming hot turkey on it. I would pull out a sweet potato casserole, and other friends would pull out a list of side dishes that would make your mouth water.

Eating was always a challenge in and of itself. You had the option of trying to eat with gloved fingers, or as some dare-devil friend would try and do, pull off their gloves and try to eat their food before their fingers froze off in the bitter cold.

We would then pack it all up and head off to the stadium. Bellies full, excited to get out of the cold, and pumped to see a football game on Thanksgiving Day. Bonded together from navigating eating turkey in Michigan’s frigid winter air, we sometimes grab onto each other — trying not to slip on ice as we walked toward the Silverdome.

Ah. Then comfortably in our seats, with the best part of the experience behind us, we would then focus on the other time honored tradition of Lions football on Thanksgiving — the Lions losing.

Now that I live in San Francisco, I won’t be able to participate in the tailgating part of the tradition, but I will be able to experience the second part of the Lions Turkey Day tradition. From my comfy chair in my tiny San Francisco apartment, I’ll be able to watch the Lions lose their holiday football game.

Houston versus the Lions? Oh, man. This Thanksgiving for the Lions is gonna be ugly.

The football game you might actually want to watch is …

The Redskins at the Cowboys Turkey Day 4:15PM ET

Redskins are 4-6 and the Cowboys are 5-5. This game is important in the NFC for possible wildcard implications, but also within the NFC East division itself. The Giants are doing their typical November slump thing and with only being 6-4, this division is still up in the air.

As always LOSE COWBOYS

Image courtesy of Pop CrushPatriots at Jets Turkey Day 8:20PM ET

No one cares about this game. The Jets are horrible. The only reason people will watch this game is because they are on the couch and can’t get up because their bellies are too full. Those people will probably only watch 40% of this game because they will be napping from all the tryptophan coursing through their systems.

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