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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: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Games Of The Week

Game of the Week:

Broncos v Patriots: Two AFC powerhouses are playing Sunday night. Denver looks fantastic. The Patriots have some weak spots. Two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. That’s reason enough to watch. Denver will be hoping to get Welker back, but I think it is highly unlikely. Another big area of concern is that Peyton sat out practice. Maybe those injuries are catching up with him.

Good, almost The Game of the Week:

Colts v Cardinals: This game could actually be some really good football. The Colts are 7-3 and the Cards are 6-4. The Cardinals seemingly get lost in their division with the Niners, and Hawks, but they have a good record. They are one slot away from a wildcard spot. You better believe that San Francisco is keeping and eye on this game. This game intrigues me. I will be curious to see how this one plays out.

Good games of the week:

Steelers v Browns: Although both teams are 4-6, this should be a good game. Steelers are coming off of a win against the Lions and are looking to gain some momentum. This is a division rivalry. This also, sadly, could have playoff implications. 6 teams are 4-6 in the conference. One of the wildcard teams (if the playoffs started today) are 5-5. Really? FIVE and FIVE.

Cowboys v Giants: I hate the fact this division creates, even with their mediocrity, so much hype. However, the Eagles suddenly find themselves in first. The Cowboys are on shaky ground. The Giants have one four straight. If the Giants beat the Cowboys, they are tied in the division. Oh, lord.

Bad games of the week:

Bad, yes. But do they have some merit to keep your eye on the score …. debatable.

Bucs v Detroit: Only reason to watch this game is to see the magic that is Megatron. Secondly, with the Packers nearly lost to the playoffs due to their awful defense (yes, I’m absolutely giving a pass to Tolzien) this could be, gasp, the Lions year. Albeit, their year due to default. Look for the Lions to win so they can pull away from Chicago.

Ugly games of the week:

These games are so ugly. I mean, really.

Saints v Falcons: Saints 8-2 are so far and above better than the 2-8 Falcons.

Chargers v Chiefs: The 9-1 Chiefs with Alex Smith against division rival Chargers is gonna be such a bore fest. However, see the Chargers really try and win this one. Here’s why. The AFC has clear division winners save for this division. The Wildcard spots at this point are anyone’s chance.

Uh, oh – I think I might be fired.

Jaguars v Houston: No comment. Actually, I lied. Why play this game? Couldn’t they just flip a coin to see who wins and save everyone the hassle?

Titans v Raiders: Both are 4-6 and the Raiders have no hope in their division. Zero. Nadda. Again, I say flip a coin.

Vikings v Packers. Yes. I am putting my own team here. The Packers lost to the Giants. THE GIANTS. We have no defense. Honestly. I say let Rodgers fully heal up. Don’t rush him back. If you look at the teams that are heading into the playoffs, namely, the Saints, Seattle, and Niners … we can’t beat those teams. Not with our defense. I say scratch this year, fire Dom Capers, and start again. Yes. I said fire Dom Capers. I defense has been horrible for years. We tried drafting new defensive players. That hasn’t worked. We need to start looking up the food chain. We lost in 2011 in the playoffs because when our offense was slightly, slightly sluggish, our defense couldn’t help us out. It’s been like that for a few years now. You can be a good team without a great defense, but you can’t win Super Bowls. Now, this is football, and anything can happen, but at this point in the season, it looks lost. Unless we can somehow make it into the playoffs, Rodgers comes back, Cobb comes back, and our defense improves — we need to just regroup. I love my Packers and I love Rodgers. I say protect our franchise quarterback and fix things for next year.

Oh, back to my original point (did I have one?). This is an ugly game, because it’s too painful for Packers’ fans to watch us struggle to beat the  freaking Vikings. Although, I do think we can win this one, it ain’t gonna be pretty and fans will probably turn off their televisions with a bad taste in their mouth.

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Go For Two: Week 5 games of the week

Welcome back Burnett

There are two games of the week that are worth highlighting.

First off, the Lions at Green Bay 1:00pm EST.

This is huge for GB. They are 1-2 right now. According to me, it was okay for us to lose to the Niners. We played a really good game, and, hey, everyone loses one every once in awhile, right?

The Bengals sting. Bad. Real bad. We went down 0-14 in the first quarter. Second and third quarters we came back and put up 30 points to their 7.  Then GB lose by having 13 unanswered points scored against us. Yikes. How did that happen? Outside of the obvious Ross muff, their was bad passing on the part of Rodgers. Once Clay Matthews went out, guess what? That’s when the Bengals started scoring again. I actually am not too concerned that Franklin fumbled the ball. He was our third string running back, and, actually, before that, I was pretty impressed. The call on that play was what was awful. Finally, the fact that we had to put Ross in, a wide receiver, in place of running back because we were clear out of them …. ugh.

The Packers desperately need to get someone else going besides Matthews to pass rush. You can’t lose a a game defensively because one person goes out. Not acceptable. I’m tired of letting teams put up sick points against us. Cause Even my beloved Rodgers has a bad game, and he deserves to have a break every once in awhile. Our offensive line needs to get their shit together. He can’t keep getting sacked, tipped balls, and no time to throw the ball.

I fear for Rodgers life against the Lions.

That brings me to the point of the long winded rant about why this is the game of the week, or at least, very crucial to the NFC North.

The Lions showed the world the ugly truth about the Bears — the Bears aren’t a 3-0 team. They got to 3-0 against some very, very bad teams. This week the Bears go against the Saints. It’s going to be so ugly. So very ugly for the Bears.

That leaves the fact that if the Lions can beat the Packers, they are in very good shape in the division. That means Green Bay would go (gulp) 1-3, with the Lions achieving a 4-1 record. No one really wants to play the Lions. They are a mean, violent team. The coach, Schwartz, is clearly an asshole. Really? You throw your headset to the ground! Yeah, and people wonder where the bad behavior of the players comes from.

I really don’t even want to watch this game. I very well may wear every single article of Green Bay gear I have to see if that will help us win.

The second game is Houston at San Francisco 8:30PM EST

Both teams are 2-2. Houston was supposed to be amazing this year. Eh. They don’t look so good. As for San Francisco, they were the front runner of the NFC, until they lost to Seattle and the Colts. Teams have figured out the read-option and have limited Kaepernick.

The most interesting thing is, both teams lost to Seattle.

So what will this game tell us? It will tell us whether Houston or SF merely got defeated by a great team, or if they may not be that great after all.

My money is on San Francisco. Kaepernick is an explosive quarterback, and that is where the Houston Texans will realize that Schaub didn’t just have an off game against Seattle, but has bigger issues at being quarterback.

On a side note, I always loved Matt Flynn. Poor Matt Flynn just got demoted to 3rd string at the Raiders. Ugh. Can’t we just take him back in GB?

Good luck, and as always, Go Green Bay.

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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: Playoffs! Seahawks at Redskins

courtesy of csnwashington.com

Wow! Rookie against rookie. Both of these quarterbacks have shined in their NFL debut season. It was thought that RGIII could be a star, but nobody new how much. On the other hand, it was presumed during off-season that Matt Flynn, who shined in the 2011 season finale of the Packers versus the Lions, would be the starter for the Seahawks. Then, gasp, Old Pete picked Russel Wilson instead.

But it’s not just the quarterbacks that shine in these two offenses. Both have excellent running backs in Alfred Morris and Marshawn Lynch. Lynch was more of a known quantity, but Morris? Another Washington rookie — but he seemed to come out of the blue (not out of the blue, exactly. He came from Florida Atlantic.)

Washington will have to prepare for Seattle’s ability to put up big points. 58 points against the Cards, 50 against the Bills, and 42 against the 49ers. Those are impressive numbers.

courtesy of articles.latimes.com

Another scary aspect of Seattle is their secondary. Sherman is a tough and talented cornerback although, a little hot-headed. He was the one that started talking smack to Brady as Mr. Bundchen tried to walk off the field when the Patriots lost to the Seahawks. You don’t have to like the guy, which I don’t, but you do have to prepare for him.

courtesy of grantland

So here is what it really comes down to for me. I don’t like Pete Carroll. I don’t like Sherman’s attitude. I don’t like the Fail Mary that got them here and cost my Packers the 2nd seed. On the other hand, I do like RGIII, I do like the fact that Washington is in the playoffs because they beat two teams that I despise — the New York Football Giants, and America’s team, the Cowboys.

GO REDSKINS

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