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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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Go For Two: Early-season awards

Week 4 in the NFL. The season is starting to take shape. It’s becoming clearer who the good teams and who the God-awful teams are.

Therefore, this week I will be giving out some early-season awards.

So without further delay …

And the Emmy/Oscar/Espy goes to  …

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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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NFL Preview: NFC North

Last season was interesting for the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers was hurt in week 9. Oh joy for the Lions and the Bears! Still, no benefit to the Vikings, they are just shit.

The 2013 Lions were 7-5, having just beat the Packers in week 13. Their future looked bright. I mean, seriously. Rodgers is out, and with 4 games left, and one against the Vikings, they had the NFC North in the bag, right?

Wrong.

The Lions lost all four of their last games.

What will 2014 bring?

Let’s start with my favorite team.

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Go For Two: NFL Preview NFC West

First of all, wow has this division pulled itself out of the gutter in the last few years. Want to know what I think about that?

Who gives a shit.

San Francisco Niners

I live in San Francisco. There could not be worse fans here. That’s why it’s so hard to get behind this team. When I moved here in 2004, I was excited. What a storied history between the Green Bay Packers and the Niners. I thought, how great. When my team isn’t playing, I’ll go down to the local sports bar and watch with some Niners fans. Nope. There were none there. I asked some doctor friends of mine if there were a lot of Niners fans. They said no, pretty universally. The Niners sucked, so no need to watch. Wow. What faithful fans.

McTeagues on NFL Sunday  in 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, they come out of the wood-works.

Stupid new fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco in general has gotten pretty douchey. I’m sure you have read all the articles about the Google buses, and the protests, and of 88 year old people being kicked out of their apartments because they have rent control at $800 a month for a 600sq ft apartment and the owners want to charge $3-4K. Yes, this is true. So a bunch of pimple-faced, too good to say hi to you on the street kids come into the city from San Jose and create all kinds of annoyances.

I say this because our football stadium just moved to Santa Clara, which is smack dab in the heart of Silicone Valley.

First of all, lets be realistic. The old stadium sucked. I went in October 2005 to save my beloved Peyton Manning when the Colts played the Niners. My seats sucked. There was a huge pillar in the way so that I couldn’t see anything. Thank God I didn’t wear my Colts hat, because someone would have killed me.

The fans were annoying, the stadium wasn’t accessible, my seats sucked, and it took forever to get there. Public transport was a joke.

The new stadium? Nothing has changed. Well, I think the seats are good.

Apparently, there was a soccer game there and people sat on the freeway or whatever the heck people call them here in San Francisco for hours. My friends left for the stadium 4 hours before a preseason game because of the rumors about the soccer game. Four hours!

Now there will be more Silicone Valley annoying fans, my friends seats, for a preseason game cost $170 a piece! He said some gaIMG_3679mes were upwards of $400! What the F!

New stadium pics:

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So all I have to say about the NFC West San Francisco 49ers is that when you see the game on tv, you are watching from a much, MUCH better seat.

What do I think about their year? They will be great, but people will be figuring out Kaepernick. Plus, they will have one less win this season since they don’t have to play my Green Bay Packers.

Seattle Seahawks:

What can I say about this team? They have a great QB in Russel Wilson. They secured their stars on defense, Sherman and Thomas. The offense still has running back Marshawn Lynch. I’m never clear if there are any star receivers for Seattle, but who am I to say anything? Seattle dominated Denver in the Super Bowl and I really don’t see much changing.

The NFC North pulled the NFC West rotational schedule, or whatever the hell they call it. All I know is the best team in the NFC North has to play the best team in the NFC West, and down the ratings chart. That’s why Green Bay pulled Seattle to play this year. Fine. Whatever. We have opened our season each year with a beyond difficult team, or last years Super Bowl winner. So yay us.

I don’t put much stock in the Fail Mary being a repeat issue for the opening game of the season. I’m pretty sure no one on the Green Bay team cares anymore. However, to note, it’s very hard to win in Seattle, due to the outstanding fans — lovingly called the 12th man.

The Fail Mary was played in Seattle, and we should have won. So I’m not as concerned for Green Bay when it comes to playing in Seattle against the 12th man. Our defense, save for our Julius Peppers acquisition, is pretty much the same. We still have Don Capers. So, forget about the 12th man. I’m worried about one man, Dom Capers and his distinct inability to manage a defense.

Here is the Seattle Seahawks depth chart.

Arizona Cardinals:

This is a good football team, lest people forget, they went 10-6 in a division with Seattle and San Francisco. I would not overlook this team this year. If I had to play them, and, do I? Wait, let me check … I don’t. I would count this game as a 50-50 chance. You don’t know what you are going to get.  Preparation for a game against the Cardinals is a necessity.

They have a skilled quarterback with Carson Palmer. I know, he’s old, but I’d rather have him than say Andy Dalton. They have a fantastic coach in Bruce Arians. That is no small thing. Larry Fitzgerald is still on the team, so that is a huge weapon. Newcomers in their second year now will be making the leap, like Mathieu.

I would keep my eye on this team if I were you. Poor Lions pulled the Cardinals. I wouldn’t want to play them.

St. Louis Rams:

Who?

Just kidding.

Every year we hear how this is their year. How they win a game or two in the beginning, and everyone gets fired up. Then they fizzle out. Last year was no different. However, a lot of the misery of the season can be bestowed on Sam Bradford and that horrific injury he sustained. I’m a nurse, and man, that looked ugly. It’s been a long road to recovery on his ACL.

Honestly, I don’t even know who else is on the Rams.

Here is a Rams depth chart, for all of us.

They went 7-9, 1-5 in the conference. Yikes. They were 3-3 for their first 6 games before losing Sam Bradford against the Panthers. So, having Sam Bradford back is not like getting Aaron Rodgers back from a collarbone injury. No miraculous season just by having him back.

The Vikings got the Rams. That may be an equally matched game.

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Go For Two: Final Thoughts on Green Bay

I’m sad.

My Green Bay packers are done for the season.

This is the time to look back and reflect on the season. To appreciate the things we did well, and to take a hard look at what we need and should improve on.

Offense.

We weathered the storm of missing our two best players on offense — Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb. It was blatantly apparent in the last two games what magic those two can create when working together. I thought we did fairly well when we got Matt Flynn in there. Yet, it highlighted what everyone has been mumbling about for a while. The protection for Aaron Rodgers in the pocket needs to improve. Aaron is the best in the game. He has to release the ball that quick because his offensive line doesn’t allow for all that much time to throw the ball before the pocket collapses. Matt Flynn tried his best, but his inability to get the ball out lightening-quick highlighted just how bad the pocket protection is when the Packers don’t have Aaron Rodgers. What I’m trying to say, is Aaron Rodgers masks just how bad our offensive line is. That is something I would certainly like to see fixed in the offseason.

Other things I would like fixed. Our random inability to score in the redzone was a bit weird as the season wore on. James Jones, while not completely reverting to his old ways, did seem to lose some of his laser-focus he displayed last year. He dropped some mighty important throws in that postseason game. That makes me nervous.

I’d like to get rid of Jermichael Finley. He is too inconsistent. While he may be good at blocking (I don’t know), he is not a great pass-catcher. I would love a stat of how many balls he drops. I’d rather not have him open, and have Aaron Rodgers questioning whether if he throws Jermichael the ball, that he will actually catch it. Plus, then Jermichael whines and cries to the media about Aaron. How about he looks at himself before he starts complaining about others?

I have really enjoyed the emergence of Boykin.

I loved that Mason Crosby got himself back on track this year. He showed true grit when he took a reduced contract, but with multiple incentives, to stay on the Packers. That’s integrity.

Eddie Lacy. I love him. I absolutely adore him. Great running back, great person, great perseverance. He really came through for the team this year. He didn’t start off great, and I, probably like others, were thinking that he would peter out like Cedric Benson did. Nope. He excelled. Boy-oh-boy do I hope he wins rookie of the year. I love watching interviews with him. Great smile, great character. I honestly can not say enough nice things about him.

Jordy Nelson deserves an award this season. He was a rock when everything around him was falling apart. Calm, focused, never wavered. Always amazing. Great player on and off the field. Love you Jordy.

Defense.

What do I say about defense that hasn’t already been said? I did hear Aaron say something that did give me pause. That the defense held the Niners to 23 points and that’s a game the offense should win. Yes, in fact, he was right (I would never presume to argue with Rodgers). I’m constantly complaining that we allow multiple games with over 30 points. Here was one where we didn’t. I think, in this particular game, a lot of it was, for the offense, the slow start, the multiple sacks, the dropped (big play) balls by James Jones.

However, on the last drive, all I kept thinking was, just stop them here. 3rd and 8 — here is your chance. They couldn’t. mental errors, losing contain, broken tackles … all the things that have plagued the Packers defense for the last few years. Now, I know, we didn’t have any of our starts. Still, they, too, make tons of mental errors. Also? I’m not super happy with this bend not break theory of Capers. Bending is not okay because we do break on the big plays. We let a lot of big plays happen. enough.

Enough is enough with the defense. We spent the last two years working on our defense. Do something. I still think the answer is firing Dom Capers. However, we need to get a good defensive coordinator. I know, how about my alumni coach Mark Dantonio? That would be a dream. His record, especially on defense, is impressive.

Now I root for Denver. Peyton Manning — you’re amazing. Classy, talented, and a great leader. You have showed your greatness on and off the field. You have put to rest what Manning brother is the greatest – you. As if there was any debate (actually, obviously there was, which was ridiculous). Plus, this needs to be your last year brother. I worry about you. That neck of yours is made of glass. Please just win this Super Bowl and have that be enough. I don’t want to hear about you in a few years when some articles explains how you are in constant, chronic pain.

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Go For Two: Game of the Week – Packers versus Bears

Aaron photobombing again

I am so excited for this Sunday’s game! Of course I would make this the game of the week!

Packers versus Bears! Sunday 4:25pm EST. Win and your in! It’s the best way to end the season. This is exactly what the NFL was hoping for when they scheduled all division games at the end of the season.

The rivalry began in 1921. It is the most played in all of the league with 187 regular and post season games between them (the longest rivalry is Pack/Lions). When Lovie Smith first got the head coaching gig at the Bears, he stated his first goal was to beat the Packers.

That’s exciting football if you ask me.

I know my team isn’t the best right now. However, I adore my team. There doesn’t seem to be an asshole in the bunch. Eddie Lacy, Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, B.J. Raji — I love them all.

Look at the Happy Holidays video posted on their website.

I hate the Bears.

Really? Jay Cutler? Honestly, I would hate it if he was my quarterback. He is such a douchepod. How can you a cheer a team on with him as your leader?

The Bears didn’t have a Happy Holidays video for their fans. Hmm. Doesn’t surprise me.

All their website had was a trailer for the upcoming game. I’m only sharing it here because I get to see Aaron Rodgers in the clip, and we all know we haven’t seen much of him lately.

Ok, enough of my diatribe about why I hate the Bears — but, truly … a Packer’s fan hating the Bears is kind of what makes the rivalry great.

The other win and your in game is the Cowboys versus Eagles. However, this game is not nearly as exciting with Romo on the bench due to a herniated disc.

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