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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.

Better Off Dead Keys

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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Go For Two: When did Peyton Manning get to be so charming?

I love Peyton Manning.

But it wasn’t always that way.

When he first started out with the Colts, he reminded me a lot of what Eli has never grown out of — being annoying. A whiner. A “you blame everyone else on the team but yourself with that awe-shucks look”.

He must have heard those rumors — that most everyone outside of Indianapolis found him immensely irritating. What proof do I have? All you need to do is look at the MasterCard commercials he did.

They were funny. He was actually allowed to talk. Ever see Eli talk in a commercial? Nope.

The commercials, they kept coming. My favorite is this one …

They showed a more down-to-earth side of Peyton.

Then, the unbelievable happened. The guy who was touted as the greatest quarterback of all time was released by the Colts.

How could the Colts do that? Couldn’t they at least give him a shot?

Nope.

All of the sudden, the man who could do no wrong, was without a team.

This is when Peyton Manning went from being annoying, to being really astutely marketed, to being well-liked.

He became the underdog. He became the company man, that after 40 years of working for the auto plant, gets laid off. He was the guy who put his time in, and was hoping for something in return.

He became an American hero.

He overcame multiple neck surgeries. He overcame the naysayers.

With all of that adversity, he became the man in the MasterCard videos. It wasn’t just marketing anymore. It’s apparent in every interview he does. He is appreciative. He has lost that younger version of himself that felt he was owed something just for showing up. No more are the whiny looks. He’s relaxed in his interviews. He can poke fun at himself. Peyton allows himself the fun of being interviewed by Ron Burgundy. He can say what is on his mind … and it’s charming.

I love this clip.


Isn’t that what you would want to do after having to play the Chargers? I know I wanted a beer every time they showed crybaby Philip Rivers on the sideline. Tangent, my favorite punk-ass moment of Philip Rivers was when he threw his coat over his own head and started muttering to himself about the Chargers impending loss. This man has 6 kids. How about being a role model?

Back to Peyton … his latest interview continues the trend. When a female journalist asks Peyton why he likes “Omaha” so much (in reference to why he calls that out when calling plays at the line of scrimmage), he is nothing but charming in his response.

Peyton Manning, you are one charming man. Good luck in the playoffs. I hope you get your second Super Bowl ring. You deserve it.

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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: 10 Random Thoughts – Quarterbacks Addition

1. Why does Phillip Rivers look like such a douchepod? He looks like a guy you would want to beat up in school.

2. Andrew Luck looks like a caveman. Good comeback though.

3. Colin Kaepernick sounds like he’s trying to pass a kidney stone when he calls out his plays. It’s distracting.

4. When it was suggested to Matt Stafford that maybe he go to a quarterback guru to help him with his footwork and improve his game — he said he didn’t need a guru. Really? Who wouldn’t want to improve themselves? That’s the second biggest problem the Lions have after Schwartz. Well, now first.

5. Packer nation thanks the Chicago Bears organization for resigning Jay Cutler.

6. Peyton Manning is awesome. There is no way around it. Mentally = awesome. Physically = awesome. Perseverance = awesome. Skill level = awesome.

7. Eli Manning is not awesome. (Un)awesome. Awesome(less).

8. Will anyone give Tom Brady a high-five during the Patriot’s divisional playoff game? Poor guy.

9. Kyle Orton should become backup quarterback in Denver. I’m just saying, with hair like that, he belongs in a place where weed is legal.

10. Alex Smith has the worst luck ever. Honestly, I wouldn’t ride on an airplane with that guy.

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Go For Two: Peyton Mannng Needs To Win The Super Bowl – His Life Depends On It

Here’s the thing. I think Peyton Manning needs to win the Super Bowl. In fact, I think it is a matter of life and death.

After last week’s game against the Chargers, Peyton hurt his right ankle again. According to an article by Eddie Pells, both ankles were sore prior to the Chargers game. In fact, the article states that Peyton Manning claimed his ankles felt like something out of the movie Misery.

That makes a lot of sense watching him during the Chargers game. On the play in question, Peyton got hit low by Corey Liuget. It was what I saw after that has me concerned about Peyton.

Naturally, People came rushing. However, Peyton physically pushed them aside, giving verbal and nonverbal communication that he would be fine and that he was going to play. He then proceeds to start yelling at the ref while he is hobbling around the field. The image of Peyton limping around, angry as all hell, and determined to play despite his mounting injuries gives me the impression that this man does not care about his body after football. His neck has got to be paper thin with all the neck surgeries he has had. I fear for Peyton if he takes too many more hits.

So perhaps if Peyton Manning wins the Super Bowl this year he will finally be able to retire — somewhat in one piece. He may need to get Cortisone injections, pain killers, and who knows what other medicine to get him there, but he may, literally, die trying.

Hopefully, if he does win the Super Bowl, he will heed my advice and retire … and not pull a Brett Favre.

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