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NFL 2015 Wildcard Predictions and Preview

January 02, 2015 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Happy New Year. Now that the 2014-15 NFL regular season is over, the second season starts. By “second season,” I mean the playoffs, or the tournament. However you want to say it, twelve teams have qualified. This is the most exciting part of the season for me. I love the post-season. The drama gets more intense. The games get much more bigger, and each play is huge. I love writing about the post-season.

The twelve teams that made it to the post-season are, starting with the AFC (listed by seeding, the New England Patriots (1), the Denver Broncos (2), the Pittsburgh Steelers (3), the Indianapolis Colts (4), the Cincinnati Bengals (5), and the Baltimore Ravens (6). On the NFC side, the following qualifying teams are the Seattle Seahawks (1), the Green Bay Packers (2), the Dallas Cowboys (3), the Carolina Panthers (4), the Arizona Cardinals (5), and the Detroit Lions (6). Congratulations to all of these teams for earning their way into the playoffs. One of these teams will be your Super Bowl Champion. They all have interesting story lines. Can the Seahawks repeat? Can the Patriots break through their ten year drought? Can the Steelers win one in memory of the legendary Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll, who died before the 2014-15 NFL season began?

In this blog, I will be discussing these storylines and more, as I will be analyzing this weekend’s playoff games. NFL fans all know this weekend as Wildcard Weekend. The games for this weekend are Arizona at Carolina and Baltimore at Pittsburgh on Saturday. On Sunday, Cincinnati takes on Indianapolis and Detroit goes to Dallas. This weekend’s games look very interesting, so without further ado, here are my predictions for the 2014-15 post-season Wild Card games.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

#5 Arizona Cardinals at #4 Carolina Panthers
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Network : ESPN
Kickoff: 4:35PM EST

This game is going to be a defensive struggle. At first, it looked like Arizona was going to waltz through their schedule and land the #1 seed. After all, Coach Bruce Arians had that team rolling, despite some injuries, especially on the defensive side Problems came when starting QB Carson Palmer went down with an ACL tear. Yes, Palmer had a nerve issue earlier in the season, but backup Drew Stanton was able to hold the fort. The ACL tear to Palmer meant that Stanton was the starter. Well, on a Thursday Night Football game, Stanton went down. Now they are down to Ryan Linley. The team still has a very good defense, and they still have WR Larry Fitzgerald, but I don’t know what they’re going to do with their QB in this game against the Carolina defense.

In speaking of the home team, the Carolina Panthers, is this the best the NFC South could do? I know the entire division stunk up the joint, but to have a 7-8-1 team in the playoffs? Of course, a 7-9 Seattle Seahawks team won their division and won a playoff game. If you think this is bad, wait until the NFL expand the playoffs. It will be even worse.

Despite not winning their last 6 previous games, the Panthers were able to string together two wins at the end of the regular season, and wound up with the division. I am not sure how QB Cam Newton will handle a very good defense like Arizona. I am expecting Arizona’s Patrick Peterson to intercept Newton. I don’t expect RB Jonathan Stewart to have a great day against that Arizona defense. Newton will have to be Superman to win this game.

Prediction : Even though Arizona will be hamstrung by the QB, I think they’re the better team. I think they have the better coach in Bruce Arians as well. WINNER : Cardinals 24-10

#6 Baltimore Ravens at #3 Pittsburgh Steelers
Stadium: Heinz Field
Network: NBC
Kickoff: 8:25PM, EST

One of the greatest rivalries in the NFL starts up again in the playoffs on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. These teams just hate each other. It shows in the press and on the field. This is personal. As a football fan, I love it. I love the intensity of these two teams. The fan bases hate each other too (not really, but you get the idea).

Let’s discuss this matchup. Many pundits have called Baltimore “the most dangerous team in the playoffs.” Let’s see. They have an excellent defensive front. With the recently suspended Haloti Ngata returning, that part of the defense will get better. Their secondary is not their strong suit. Remember, the team no longer has Ed Reed or Ray Lewis. On offense, the Ravens. Despite all this, the Ravens ended the regular season 8th in total defense. ( http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense) I still wonder how that Baltimore defense let Philip Rivers and the Chargers march down the field and score that last minute game winning touchdown on their home field.

Let’s look at the Ravens offensively. Their quarterback Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense ranked #12 in Total Offense. ( http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/total) From my observation, the Baltimore Ravens offense was feast or famine. One week, Joe Flacco was kicking butt and taking names, like he did against the Tampa Bay Bucaneers (the same Bucs that beat the Steelers at Heinz Field). Another week, he looks like Joe Who, as he did against the Houston Texans.

Are the Ravens a formidable opponent? Yes. I take them very seriously. I respect all teams here. I’m not sure that they’re all that “dangerous.” As for the game, they’ll give the Steelers fits. I’m expecting a lot of bull rushing from that defensive line, especially from DE Terrell Suggs. I’m expecting the Ravens to turn the Steelers into a one dimensional team in a hurry. I expect Flacco to launch his bombs and hope that either Torry Smith or Owen Daniels catch it.

As for the AFC North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, they have the #18 ranked defense. ( http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/total/position/defense) What has helped the team on that side of the ball was the brief return of DE Brett Keisel (put on IR due to injury) and the return of LB James Harrison (much to the dismay of Commissioner Roger Goodell). The defense is much more energetic. Harrison is playing at a high level. The secondary is a bit worrisome. Sometimes DB William Gay comes through, and sometimes he makes bone headed mistakes. Who knows when Ike Taylor and/or Troy Polamalu will be back.

On the offensiveside of the ball, the Steelers are #2 in total offense. ( http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/total) Yes. I can’t believe it myself. Ben Roethlisberger has had a banner year. Ben threw for 4952 yards. He had 32 TDs and 9 picks. Antonio Brown stamped himself as one of the top WRs in the NFL with 1698 receiving yards and 13 TDs. Le’Veon Bell had a great season as well. Bell ran for 1361 yards and 8 TDs. I don’t know why it took so long for Roethlisberger to buy into offensive coordinator Tod Haley’s system, but I am glad to see awesome results.

As for the game, the Steelers defense needs to attack that Ravens offensive line as LT Eugene Monroe may or may not be able to play. Joe Flacco must be made uncomfortable. RB Justin Forsett must not get going either. Steelers special teams must play well in this game. They can’t let the Baltimore Ravens offense have great field position.

On offense, as the Steelers will likely not have Bell, The team better hope Dri Archer can get some sort of running game going. Ben Tate will likelybe used in pass protection, it appears. I’m going to guess that Ben will be using a lot of short passes and play action to neutralize the pass rush.

My Prediction: This could be a fairly low scoring game. I expect a defensive struggle. This will be nasty. The referees will be involved. I promise you that. Regardless, some folks are making a fuss about the possibility of rain. I’m of the mind that the best team overcomes any condition. The two teams split their regular season Even WITH Bell, they had a hard time running the ball against the Ravens in both matchups. Overall, the Steelers are the better team. WINNER : Pittsburgh 27-23

January 4, 2015

#5 Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts
Stadium : Lucas Oil Stadium
Network : CBS
Kickoff : 1:05 PM, EST

At the beginning of the season, the season, the Cincinnati Bengals were the hottest team around. They were kicking butt and taking names. QB Andy Dalton got a huge contact. Pundits claimed the team to be a Super Bowl team. The first four games certainly proved that to be true. After all, the Bengals were 4-0, and the big bad Patriots were done, finished, kaput, at least according to the talking heads.

That was until Week Five, on Sunday Night Football, when the two teams flipped the script. The Bengals became the Bungles, and the Patriots turned back into the holy terror they usually were. Ever since then, the Bengals became a fairly uneven team. They got blown out against the Indianapolis Colts, 27-0. They managed to sweep Baltimore. They got manhandled on Thursday Night Football by the Cleveland Browns. They were leading the Steelers at home until Big Ben got his offense moving. Even though the Bengals upset the Denver Broncos, on a Monday Night Football game, they went back to not doing well in the big game as they lost the AFC North Title to the Steelers.

The Indianapolis Colts are a great offensive juggernaut. That is not a surprise, given the fact that Andrew Luck is their QB. Luck has great chemistry with WR T. Y. Hilton, WR Reggie Wayne and his other weapons . Luck is a strong, smart QB, and has very good mobility. That being said, the Colts are not all that great on defense. Their best pass rusher, Robert Mathis, is out for the season. He was to come back after a suspension, but tore his Achilles while training privately. A team with a good running game can gash that defense line (Patriots RB Jonas Gray ran 201 yards on them.). The Colts secondary is decent.

As for the game, I am expecting a fairly high scoring game. Since it is in Indianapolis, I’m thinking that the Colts will play better. Andrew Luck and his receivers will have a field day with that fast track of a field. The Colts defense appears to be built to win with a lead. Andrew Luck will provide it. Yes, they did come back against the Chiefs last year, but again, it was at the Lucas Oil Stadium, and Chiefs Coach Andy Reid can be out-coached at times.

The Bengals have a very good defense. I am not sure they can stop Andrew Luck. In the regular season meeting, they gave up 27 points. The offense was not helping either that day. I am not all that confident that the defense can stop Luck on Sunday. No one, as of this writing, is sure if star WR A.J. Green is going to be able to play in this game, so that puts even more pressure on QB Andy Dalton to win the team’s first playoff game in 23 years.

My Prediction : The big question is whether the Cincinnati Bengals can go into a hostile environment and win a playoff game. Twenty three years is a very long drought. I’m not all that optimistic. The Bengals defense somehow have to get to Andrew Luck. They have to hit him constantly. The one weakness of the Colts appears to be that offensive line, as Luck gets hit a great deal. Luck throws a few picks, so guys like Reggie Nelson could have a good day if the defensive front can do something.

Andy Dalton can not make stupid throws. He must take care of the ball. I know he may be playing with or without a couple of targets, but if he has to rely on Gio Bernard, then he has to do that. WINNER : Indianapolis 35-28

#6 Detroit Lions at #3 Dallas Cowboys
Stadium :
Network : Fox
Kickoff : 4:40PM, EST

This game should be a great game. The Dallas Cowboys finally got a couple of monkeys off their collective backs. They did not go 8-8. They also didn’t collapse in December, and qualified for the post-season for the first time since 2009. The Cowboys won the NFC East as well. Now that they are in the playoffs, let’s see how far they will go.

Their opponents, the Detroit Lions were in the running for the NFC North title. They even were in the running for the #1 defense. However, they stubbed their collective toes, as the Seattle Seahawks are the #1 defense, and the Green Bay Packers are at home, getting ready for their divisional round opponent. The Lions also dealt with injuries to key players, such as RB Reggie Bush and DE Nick Fairley. However, the team qualified, despite all that.

As NFL fans know, DT Ndamukong Suh was initially suspended for this Sunday’s game because he walked backwards onto the injured calf of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. NFL Appeals officer Ted Cottrell reduced the punishment to $70,000. What saved Suh was that he had not been disciplined in 32 weeks. I think he was punished because of his past. His excuse was ridiculous. He said that his feet were freezing, and he could not feel Rodgers’ leg. He didn’t realize that his body was going up?

That being said, the fact that Suh will be in the game will change the dynamics of the game. Suh, whether you like him or not, is a game changer. That Dallas Cowboys offensive line is now going to have to account for Suh. I’m guessing that a TE will be used for max protection. With QB Tony Romo’s back condition, the last thing Cowboy fans want to see is Suh sacking Romo. Suh will be playing with a chip on his shoulder. I also expect to see quite a bit of play-action to slow down the Lions defensive front. I expect WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten to have a good day. I think the Dallas defense will be put to the test, but I think Rod Marinelli will have them prepared.

As for the Lions, QB Matthew Stafford needs to step up. He has to do better against teams with winning records. I know Calvin Johnson has been his main target, but Stafford needs to learn more about spreading the ball around. Golden Tate is another good target. The running game needs to step up. The cornerstone of the Lions going into the game is the defense. They have a very scary defensive front. They need to get to Tony Romo. The Lions need to interfere with his timing with Witten or Bryant.

Prediction : When Ndamukong Suh was initially suspended, I thought this was going to be a blowout by Dallas. I thought it was going to be easy sledding. Well, now that Suh is IN the game, I’m forced to rethink this. I’m still thinking that the Cowboys are the overall better team, as they’re the most balanced of the two. The fact that Suh is playing makes me think that this will be a closer game. Could an upset happen? It’s possible, but not likely. WINNER : Dallas 37-27

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Top Five Memorable NFL Wild Card Moments

January 02, 2015 By: Category: lists, NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

It is ironic when you look back at the last couple of decades of NFL Wild Card games and notice the plethora of exciting moments in the NFL playoffs. Often times you have one team that overlooks an opponent who takes them by surprise. Other times you have teams with nothing to lose who take that same attitude onto the football field.

NFL fans often overlook the NFL Wild Card playoff round as nothing more than a series of games between mismatched teams. Wild Card rounds generally feature at least one if not more teams that barely made the NFL postseason.

However some of the most exciting NFL playoff moments over the last two decades have come from this opening round of postseason play. Either way there is plenty of wild action in the Wild Card round and with that said let’s take a look back at the Top Five Memorable Moments in NFL Wild Card History.

Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans Jaunary 08, 2000. The Music City Miracle! We have all seen losing NFL teams try the lateral as time ends to try and pull off a last second score. It usually ends in chaos that looks like something out of circus. That was until the Music City Miracle. The Buffalo Bills had just pulled off the unlikely comeback kicking a field goal to go ahead with only 0:16 left. On the ensuing kickoff Lorenzo Neal took the ball, handed the ball to Frank Wycheck who then threw a lateral across the field to Kevin Dyson who scored a 75-yard touchdown with no time left. The Titans wound up going to the Super Bowl and were a few yards of winning the Lombardi trophy.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks January 06, 2007. The Cowboys set up for a game winning field goal, Tony Romo bobbles the snap with 1:19 left, and the Seahawks win the game. If you are an anti-Cowboys fan like me, this is probably top of the list. Romo and the Cowboys rolled into the playoffs and were picked by some to win the Super Bowl. The Cowboys set up for an easy 19 yard field goal which would have put them ahead and theoretically won the game. That was until Romo lost the snap, Jordan Babineaux from Seattle recovers the ball, and the Cowboys lose the game. NFL blogs still have fun with this one.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers January 04, 2004. Matt Hasselbeck tells the world, “We want the ball and we’re gonna score” in overtime and subsequently throws an interception. Unless you were a Green Bay Packers you stood up and went nuts in your living room when Hasselbeck said those infamous words to the referee after winning the coin toss in overtime. Unfortunately those words would come back to haunt the former Packer moments later after Al Harris returned a Hasselbeck interception 52 yards for the game winning touchdown.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers January 05, 2008. David Garrard’s game saving 32-yard scramble up the middle on 4th and 2 in the final two minutes. This is one of the most under appreciated clutch NFL moments in postseason history right here. The Steelers had gone a 19 point run in the fourth quarter to take the lead in what was shaping up to be one of the great comebacks in Steelers history. The Jaguars were stopped and on 4th and 2 were less than two minutes from one of the all time postseason collapses. Instead David Garrard scrambled to the 10 yard line and set up a game winning Josh Scobee 25-yard field goal.

Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers January 03, 1999. T.O. is born! San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens hauls in a 25-yard touchdown catch in traffic with :08 seconds to go to win the game. This was one of the greatest touchdown catches in NFL history as Terrell Owens not only caught the ball in traffic but was sandwiched between two Packer defenders as he reached the end zone for the win.

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NFL 2014-15 Season Q3 Analysis

November 26, 2014 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

I want to start by wishing everyone at Camelclutchblog.com, and all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving weekend. I hope that everyone has a wonderful time with their families and friends, including their four legged ones. Be careful traveling, and if you decide to go shopping on Black Friday, please be safe. There are enough nutcases out there, so don’t get into a fight over a TV. It’s not worth it.

In speaking of Thanksgiving, the NFL 2014-15 season has just 5 more weeks to go. In horse racing terms, the 32 teams have hit the top of the stretch. It’s after Thanksgiving, when the proverbial whips start to appear, and we fans see which teams are real playoff contenders or pretenders. As four weeks have passed, some teams have put themselves in a position for a playoff push, while others took steps backwards. Of course, there were teams that were never in contention, and will wind up finishing up the track. Many reasons why include drama and ineptitude.

In this blog, I will be discussing the events of the third quarter of the 2014-15 NFL Season. I will delve into the playoff front runners. I will be looking at teams fighting for wild card spots. I also will be discussing some crazy off field issues as well.

Again, I will be using the “Thumbs Up” and ” Thumbs Down” literary device. I hope my readers will enjoy the blog. Without further ado, here is my analysis of the third quarter of the 2014-15 NFL Season.

THUMBS UP:

The Baltimore Ravens:

Watch out for the Baltimore Ravens. The team has been on a roll. They’ve been on a hot winning streak lately. They’re on the outside looking in, as the 7th seed. The team has a pretty favorable schedule, and should they qualify for the playoffs, they won’t be an easy foe. Former North Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith has been lights out. After a shaky start to the NFL season, QB Joe Flacco is starting to adapt to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system. Needless to say, the Baltimore Ravens have a very good defense, led by Terrell Suggs.

The Green Bay Packers:

What can you say about MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers that hasn’t been said? He has been awesome. Before last Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field against the Vikings, Rodgers and the offense put up 50 plus points a game against the last two opponents. LB Clay Matthews has been terrific playing both inside and outside linebacker. I realize the team has some questions on defense, but so far, Dom Capers, Packers Defensive Coordinator has been doing a great job.

This Sunday’s tilt on November 30th against the AFC East leading juggernaut New England Patriots should be an awesome game. I’m very excited to see how Coach Bill Belichick game plans against Aaron Rodgers and that high powered offense. I wonder if Packers WR Jordy Nelson is going to be covered by Darelle Revis. I can’t wait to see what Packers Coach Mike McCarthy comes up with to try to out coach Belichick. Of course, can the Packers defense stop the Patriots offense led by Tom Brady?

The Arizona Cardinals:

I remember the days when this team was a joke. Well, not anymore. Over the years, they started getting talent and started to improve. The Cardinals, under QB Kurt Warner, made it to SB43 and gave my Steelers a run for their money.

Now, under (ironically) former Steelers Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians, who is now the Cardinals Head Coach (my pick for Coach of the Year) , the Cardinals are 9-2, and leading the NFC West. Now that QB Carson Palmer is out for the season due to his ACL injury, it remains to be seen how far QB Drew Stanton can take them.

Nevertheless, this is a good sign for a franchise that was 5-11 when Arians took over in 2012. They were 10-6 last year and missed the playoffs. Barring a collapse, it looks like the team will make the playoffs this year. How far they will go without Palmer is anyone’s guess. I am very happy for Bruce Arians and his success.

THUMBS DOWN

The Denver Broncos

I give Denver a mild “Thumbs Down .” QB Peyton Manning had a string of games (New England, Oakland, Rams) where he had thrown multiple interceptions. In the past few games. The Broncos have been starting games a bit slow, and have been having trouble running the ball due to issues on the offensive line and injuries to their top running backs. Having C.J. Anderson helps that issue.

The Broncos have been 2-2 in their last 4 games. They’ve had some injuries to key players, some of whom should be back in the coming weeks, so that’s why I don’t give them a total thumbs down. Don’t worry. They will be fine.

The Pittsburgh Steelers:

Why are the Steelers here? The Steelers have yet to understand that every game is important. I hope they have learned that while on their bye week. How on earth do you lose to the hapless New York Jets? That team had ONE WIN!!! Never underestimate ANY opponent!

The Steelers nearly blew it again against the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football. However, they managed to win that one. The team has to be prepared for all your opponents, no matter what their record is. No team is going to roll over and lay down just because you are the Pittsburgh Steelers. They get paid also.

The NFC South:

What a mess in the NFC South. Does anyone want to win the division? The Saints blew a chance to have sole possession of first place in their loss to the Ravens. They are tied with the Atlanta Falcons (both at 4-7). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2 games back in last place with a 2-9 record. The Carolina Panthers are in striking distance at 3-7-1.

What has happened to this division? The Saints can’t win on the road or even at home. The Saints used to be unbeatable at home. What’s happened to QB Drew Brees? The Falcons are a dumpster fire. The Panthers have no physicality. The Bucs have a great rookie receiver Mike Evans. The idea that a sub 500 team from this division is going to make the playoffs really rubs me the wrong way, as there will be teams will good records that will miss the playoffs.

Coaches on the Hot Seat:

It’s also that time of year when discussions of which coach might or might not be getting fired start warming up. I have a few that I suspect will be gone. I also sense that there will be some General Managers that will be on the outs. Mind you, I am just speculating.

It looks like Rex Ryan, the head coach of the New York Jets, is going to be out of a job by year’s end. I honestly think Coach Ryan’s season has been undermined by the ineptitude of GM John Idzik. Idzik is a cap guy. All he cares about is keeping spending down. I mean, I know that Ryan is a defensive guy. However, he did lead the team to two straight AFC Championship game appearances with Mark Sanchez as quarterback, so Ryan has success as a head coach.

I realize that lately the team’s been mediocre, this season has been a disaster. Hard to put it all on Ryan when he doesn’t have much of a team. The team signed Eric Decker, when Emmanuel Sanders was available. The team left the secondary cubbard bare, and the QB position is nonexistent. Geno Smith has just been named the starter. What a joke. Rex Ryan is a “dead man waking,” so to speak.

The Jets organization wouldn’t let him discuss his visit with his ailing father, the legendary Buddy Ryan. ( http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/11/26/jets-wouldnt-let-rex-talk-about-buddys-health-situation/ ) How petty is that? If/when Ryan goes, I think Idzik needs to go also. The entire Jets organization needs cleaning up from top to bottom. Will owner Woody Johnson do it? I don’t think so. I would dump Idzik over Ryan.

The New York Giants have been a dumpster fire as well. I am thinking that this will be coach Tom Coughlin’s last year with the team. I don’t see the team putting in a lot of effort. The new Offensive Coordinator is not very impressive. The defense can’t get a pass rush. In this past Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, QB Tony Romo had all day to throw.

I also feel that GM Jerry Reese needs to go also. The reasons are bad draft picks, outside of Odell Beckham, Jr. and bad trades. Both Coughlin and Reese have done great things for the Giants, but I think it’s time for them to go. As patient as the Mara family is, I am not sure if they will get rid of Reese.

Mark Trestman, head coach of the Chicago Bears, needs to go. Wow. I am still wondering why the Bears dumped former coach Lovie Smith. Smith got the team to a Super Bowl, and in what would be his last season, a 10-6 record, and he’s gone? What has this Trestman guy done? He’s been a disaster.

The once vaunted Chicago Bears defense is playing like the Bad News Bears. They can’t cover anyone. They gave up over 50 points to the blood rival Green Bay Packers, and to the New England Patriots the prior week. The offense has playmakers, but QB Jay Cutler is so erratic, and I am being kind. I don’t see that team being inspired by him at all, or even wanting to play for him. Trestman need to go.

Miscellaneous (DC issues, player safety inconsistency, clock management):

I realize that this is getting long, so I will wrap this up with a few items that deserve a huge “Thumbs Down.’ I will start with the issue of player safety involving Detroit Lions Center Dominic Raiola and New England Patriots rookie LB Zach Moore. After last Sunday’s game, Raiola admitted that he dove at Moore’s knees in retaliation for the Patriots going in for a score instead of taking three knees. ( http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/11/23/lions-dominic-raiola-admits-going-at-a-patriots-knees/ ) Raiola was not punished by the NFL. The NFL may not have seen a need to fine him, but I do wonder why the same NFL is so quick to fine players 10 grand for uniform violations, 100 grand for not having the right headphones, but won’t fine a guy who ADMITS he tried to take another player’s knees out. This is coming from a league that emphasizes player safety? Right.

Mr. Raiola, your Lions had 60 minutes to stop the Patriots from scoring. The Lions were the #1 defense right? You boasted in the article that you were “playing football” when you purposely dove at Moore’s knees. Well, what were the Patriots playing, solitaire? You and your team got beat. No need for the cheap shot. Your defense had chances to stop the Patriots and didn’t do it. Just be glad that the NFL looked the other way.

Looks like the Nation’s Capitol is going to have gridlock on its NFL team. What a mess. I mean, Coach Jay Gruden announces to the world that RGIII is basically a project. I was stunned. Look, I was tired of hearing RGIII throwing his teammates under the bus, but Gruden really pulled the trump card.

Now that RGIII has been benched for Colt McCoy, it will remain to be seen what the future brings for RGIII. Will owner Dan Snyder trade him? Will RGIII ever regain the promising talent he had? Stay tuned. This is far from over.

I have to say something about that clock management mess in Atlanta. Coach Mike Smith, another coach who I think is gone, had one of the most idiotic explanations after the game. I mean, he was afraid that Cleveland would use a time out, so that’s why he called timeout? I just shook my head.

That is exactly what you want the other team to do. You want them to start burning their timeouts. I could not believe that Mike Smith handed that game to the Browns like that. Owner Arthur Blank should have come down to the field and fired Smith on the spot.

I hope my readers enjoyed the blog. I’m looking forward to the post – Thanksgiving push to the playoffs. I think the last few games will be very interesting. Each game gets a little bit bigger. Enjoy the holidays and the games. Feedback is welcome. See you next time.

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NFL Week 10 Recap and Week 11 Chatter

November 13, 2014 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Week 10 Recap, Week 11 Questions / Predictions

  • Week 10 had its fair share of disappointing showings. Here’s a headline that has become all but routine: the Pittsburgh Steelers losing to a far lesser opponent. Let’s not forget the Bears were destroyed and embarrassed on national TV Sunday night. And we certainly can’t forget to start the week off it was the Bengals, who yet again, crumbled…..I mean absolutely crumbled in the primetime lights when it mattered the most. I look at all these games and there is one that sticks out the most to me. It was the Buffalo Bills going down at home to the Kansas City Chiefs. This was a huge let down. The Bills have battled all season through position changes, key injuries and still found themselves at 5-3 through 8 games. They faced off against a mirror image of themselves in the Chiefs and needed to capitalize with a victory to keep pace in the division and against a team that a potential Wild Card battle could be had at the end of the season. The Bills lead most of the game and kept Jamaal Charles contained for the most part, minus a 40 yard TD run but this game was theirs to have. Leading 13-3 in the 3rd quarter, the wheels of the infamous Bills wagon fell off. 2 TD’s late it was game over and I think it could have dare say ended a 5-4 teams playoff hopes already. Every team in the AFC north is 2 games above .500. 3 teams in the AFC West are over .500 and 2 other teams in the AFC east are as well. This is going to be one of the tightest playoff races in AFC history and the Bills needed to win this home game more than anything. The Bills next 3 games have them facing off with the Dolphins in a huge divisional game, then the lowly Jets come to Buffalo, then capped off with one of the NFL’s pleasant surprises, the Cleveland Browns. Buffalo needs to pick it up in the coming weeks or they will soon be out of the playoff picture.

Week 11 Questions / Preview / Quick Hits:

  • Has there ever been a more important game between two 3-6 teams? The Panthers and Falcons are matching up Sunday in Carolina in A BATTLE FOR SOLE POSSESSION OF 2ND PLACE in the division. How AWFUL is the NFC South? I predicted that the NFC East was going to be the worst division in football to start the season but I couldn’t have been more wrong. No matter what happens from this point on till the end, the NFC South will be by far the worst division to end the season. Someone is going to win this thing at 7-9 or 9-7 and then probably upset one of the best teams in the playoffs. Why? Because NFL, that’s why.
  • Every Steeler nation fan is going to be glued to the TV on Monday night against the Titans. The Steelers yet again disappointed their legion of fans by laying a dud against a much inferior opponent last Sunday. Arguably the Titans are even more inferior to the Jets and are next up for the Steelers. History shows that the Steelers should dispatch the Titans but from now until the rest of the season I have no faith in the Steelers to win a football game against teams with below .500 records. If they were playing the Eagles this week? Steelers win by 30. But they are playing the Titans, so they will more than likely lose on a last second field goal similar to a few years ago to the very same opponent.
  • Former NFL Quarterback Chris Simms was recently on the Jim Rome Radio Show (CBS Network). Simms never really got off the ground in the NFL as a Quarterback but did hang around for close to 10 years in the league. There is no doubt that Simms is one of the toughest men to ever play any sport. It’s a shame I have to refresh your memories but Simms was battered and beaten (literally) by the Panthers in a game during the 2006 season. Simms would leave with discomfort and then return in the same game to lead a successful scoring drive. Simms was in so much pain after the game that he stayed in Carolina and went to the hospital. What did the doctor’s discover? A ruptured spleen caused hours earlier. Simms had lost 5-6 pints of blood and doctor’s even brought in his family to say goodbye to him as he wasn’t supposed to make it. Simms would recover and even come back and play sparingly in the league for a few more years. Chris Simms = MAN. I sort of digressed off my original point so here goes: Simms commented on the Jim Rome Show that he would put Russell Wilson in the Top 5 NFL Quarterbacks currently playing. Who’s not on the list? Tom Brady. After Rome rephrased the question making sure Simms didn’t think it was a question about the “best future quarterback”, Simms stood tall and said “No” he would take Wilson over Brady as a Top 5 QB. Simms could not be more wrong with that. Wilson has looked rushed this season, panicked and allegedly rattled from a locker room deteriorating around him. I do think Wilson is good but if you swap Brady and Wilson right now, the Patriots are as bad as the Jets and Seattle would probably be 9-0. No chance and no scenario I take Wilson over Brady (this season). But kudos to Simms because he threw something out there and did get people talking about it. Just sad that he couldn’t be more wrong.

Recap from Week 10 predictions:

Bold Predication from Week 10: Titans over the Ravens. – WRONG- This game started in favor of the Titans. However, ever since the NFL instituted that pesky “4 quarters of play” rule the Titans have been doomed. They completely shelved the game after the 1st and the Ravens got a much needed win.

Guaranteed Lock from Week 10: Saints over the 49ers. – WRONG – Great job to Kaepernick and company continuing to scratch and claw in the NFC West and pull out the massive road victory. The Saints continue to be one of my biggest let downs of the season but yet, at 4-5, they are in complete control of the NFC South. Why? Because NFL, that’s why.

Week 11 predictions

Bold Prediction for Week 11: Texans over the Browns. I don’t know how shocking a 4-5 team beating a 6-3 team would really be but since the world has ordained Brian Hoyer as the biggest savior in Cleveland since LeBron and then the sequel, LeBron: Returns, Cleveland is bound to have a letdown soon. I’ll take that to happen this week against Houston’s savior, Ryan Mallet

Guaranteed Lock for Week 11: Raiders over the Chargers. Here, let me type it again. Raiders over the Chargers. Oakland has to win this game, you just can’t go 0-16. If they go 0-16, that franchise will crumble from the top to the bottom. San Diego has come down to earth in recent weeks, mainly since the Chiefs knocked them off. I believe in Derek Carr to lead this team to their first win of the season.

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October 15, 2014 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

  • Let’s be a little cautious with the Cleveland Brown hype train. Remember a few blogs ago I commented that due to a seemingly an easy early schedule the Houston Texans could have really set up their entire season for the rest of the year? The Texans have since faltered due to their own poor play and the fact that some of their opponents have been better than advertised. The Browns are now in a very similar situation that I showed the Texans to be in. After drubbing the Steelers on Sunday, Cleveland now faces the Jaguars, Raiders and Buccaneers in the next 3 games. I don’t expect them to win all of them but what if they did? These are by far the worst 3 teams in the NFL. That would put the Browns at 6-2. Then the Browns can be in a simple solution such as all they have to do for the rest of the year is win every other game and boom; 10-6 and potential playoffs. The Browns are not a pretty team. They currently rank 21st in the league in total offense and their passing stats are lower than all of that. There’s an old saying in the NFL that “winning is the best disguise for problems.” The world is in love with Brian Hoyer and this team and for many reasons they should be but the bottom line is that they are a mediocre offense, slightly above average defense and play in a division where none of the teams can make up their minds about how good they want to be.
  • As collective fans of the NFL we all need to take some deep breaths and slow down the hype trains that are all leaving the stations at once and will assuredly cause a pile up. Hype trains such as the above mentioned Browns, the Seahawks faltering and the Cowboys being the greatest team since the 85’ Bears. We just wrapped up Week 6 people. I know the Cowboys have looked better than they should and the last 4 games for the Seahawks are as pedestrian as they come but there is still so much out there to be answered. It’s fun and exciting to be caught up in the moment but that kind of excitement should be reserved for Weeks 14 or 15. We aren’t even halfway through the season yet and we have already crowned the Cowboys as Superbowl 49 champs.
  • Kudos to the NFL for an article I read this weekend from Sports Illustrated. The NFL plans on proposing potential loss of draft picks to teams whose players can’t seemingly stay out of trouble. For years, talent has always outweighed any off field issue in the league. Based off this I fully expect Ray Rice to be back in the league within the next year and barring any prolonged jail time, I expect Adrian Peterson back as well. Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for second chances but not the second chances that take place in the same week or season. Take for example a player with issues such as Santonio Holmes. He had multiple arrests over his career with the Steelers and the final straw had been an alleged night club incident where Holmes had thrown a glass at a woman. The Steelers were able to trade Holmes to the Jets for a 5th round pick (which in a roundabout way later became Antonio Brown) and cleansed themselves of the issues. The problem to me here was that Holmes had a mountain of off the field issues and the Jets (and most likely any other team) swept him up without fear and he was ready for the following season. So the Steelers chose to lose one of the best offensive players for morality purposes just so another team could have him? In the world of the NFL, everything is now right. Issues like this never get brought up again. “Yeah, this guy…this guy needed a change of scenery” is the most often used quote surrounding off the field issues leading to transactions with other teams. Rumors swirled about Desean Jackson’s abrupt departure after leading the Eagles in receiving last year. Rumors were that Chip Kelly and company feared Jackson had “gang involvements”. ……..So this didn’t deter the Redskins? Later more reports would come out about general attitude and comments that Jackson was “just not a good locker-room guy” that lead to the dismissal. How weird was that whole situation when it happened? How about Adam “never call me Pacman again” Jones. He was the 6th overall pick for the Tennessee Titans in 2005 and played that way at times. His mountain of off the field issues would be that of Mount Everest from 2005 – 2008. Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season and then the Titans traded him to the Dallas Cowboys the following season where the issues continued. So the Titans got a clear conscience and pass from media and fans but the Cowboys didn’t care about Jones’ never ending rap sheet? I remember almost little to no criticism to the Cowboys for that move. It was just met with the typical “Ha-Ha-Ha, well that’s the Cowboy’s for ya” remarks. After the failed experiment with Jones in Dallas (shocker!) he was then out of the league for 2 years and resurfaced with the Bengals in 2010. Finally holding NFL teams accountable for off the field issues where teams would be hit financially and/or with draft picks can finally send a message to the teams that multiple issues can no longer be ignored just because of overwhelming talent. Once again, I am all for second chances but a TRUE second chance is maybe after your first moronic DUI the team lets you back, not the 345 chances Adam Jones or many others have had. This would stop the idiotic process of forcing a team to get rid of a player that inevitably gets scooped up by another team in the same breath and will now make teams honestly think about their future with a player if it will do more harm than good.

Questions and Predictions for Week 7:

Cincinnati’s season is potentially on the line this week. The NFL is funny at times. The Bengals were once 3-0 and seemingly on top of the NFL. Now having lost 2 straight and rolling into Indianapolis to face the Colts (it appears without AJ Green), the odds don’t look good for the Bengals. The Bengals find themselves now falling with the Steelers and being passed by the Ravens and Browns in the AFC North.

My Guess: Colts go over on the Bengals.

Bold Prediction for Week 7: Chiefs over the Chargers. The Chiefs seemingly are putting things together this season on the field at last. This is a must win game for them. They are at the bottom staring up at the Broncos (4-1) and their Sunday opponents (5-1). Dropping to 2-4 is not an option in this division. I don’t think San Diego learns from the scare they got from the Raiders last week and officially falter this week against the Chiefs.

Guaranteed Lock for Week 7: Pittsburgh over Houston. You almost never bet against the Steelers in a home primetime game (defined as Thursday Night, Sunday Night and Monday night). Not counting playoffs the Steelers have had 36 primetime games since Mike Tomlin became head coach. The Steelers are 11-6 at home during these games (but just 10-9 on the road). Although Arian Foster will do damage to the defense, I fully expect the Steelers to win.

Recap from Questions and Predictions from last week:

Does Rex Ryan become the first mid-season termination in the NFL?

My Guess: Jets are destroyed and Rex Ryan is termed middle of the week. –RIGHT/UNDETERMINED –The Jets were more competitive than I thought they were going to be, even as close as being down by one score late. Then the wheels fell off, they became the Jets again and are now have lost 5 straight to be 1-5. The loss was probably not embarrassing enough to cost Ryan his job midweek (I was expecting Tampa Bay Buccaneers performances for that to happen).

Bold Prediction from Week 6: The Carolina Panthers take down the Cincinnati Bengals. –PUSH- Oh joy, the ever loving moment when a tie occurs in sports. I hate ties. I hated it in hockey, hate it in soccer, hate, hate—hate ties. This was your typical slugfest where each team exchanged the lead throughout the game. I was surprised how effective the Bengals were on offense without Mega Star Wide Receiver AJ Green. I can’t ignore that the Bengals did have a field goal chance late in overtime to win it but a team like Cincinnati shouldn’t take until 3 seconds left in overtime to decide on trying to beating a team.

Guaranteed Lock from Week 6: The Eagles defeat the Giants on Sunday Night Football. – RIGHT- I am surprised the Giants laid a huge goose egg in this game, specifically the offense. Eli was sacked 8 times and the Giants lost Victor Cruz to a season ending injury. It doesn’t get any easier for the Giants as they face the red hot Cowboys next week.

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*In my opinion these teams are officially done and need to start thinking about 2015 sooner rather than later. Probably the most surprising to me to be done this early would probably have to go to the Jets. I didn’t expect a Superbowl or even playoffs but to be 1-5 and just an utter complete mess of a team was a real let down for them this year. I fully expect Rex Ryan to be out in New York even before seasons end. Especially if the Jets have an eye on a top collegiate coach that they would need to move fast on.

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Oakland Raiders – (0-5)

Washington Redskins – (1-5)

Jacksonville Jaguars – (0-6)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5)

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Legendary Steelers Coach Chuck Noll Dead At 82

June 14, 2014 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

On Friday, June 13, 2014, the National Football League lost a legend.  Specifically,  the entire city of Pittsburgh, PA, and Steelers fans all over (aka Steelers Nation) lost a hero Legendary Coach Chuck Noll passed away from an undisclosed illness at his Sewickley, PA (a suburb of Pittsburgh) home. Chuck Noll coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969-91.  He led the team to 4 Super Bowl victories.  Noll leaves behind his wife Marianne, their son Chris, and legions of Steelers Nation members such as myself. Noll was 82.

Chuck Noll was born in Cleveland, OH on January 5, 1932. He played running back and tackle Benedictine High School.  He became such a good player, that he received all-state honors. This earned him a scholarship at the University of Dayton.  At the University of Dayton, he was a tackle and linebacker.  He would be eventually drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1953, where he played under Coach Paul Brown.  Noll would eventually retire as a player at the age of 28 to start a coaching career.

Noll was going to accept a coaching job at the University of Dayton, but Sid Gillman hired him to be an assistant coach with the Chargers, and the Chargers won five AFL Western Division Champions in the six seasons that Noll was with the team. Chuck Noll went on to be the defensive coordinator under Coach Don Shula for the Baltimore Colts in 1968.  The Colts had a 13-1 record, and in the infamous Super Bowl III, lost to the upstart AFL New York Jets, led by Joe Namath, 16-7.  On January 27, 1969, Chuck Noll was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as head coach for a hapless franchise.

The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a real change.  The team was a mess. It had a long history of being a losing franchise.  Even “Mean” Joe Greene was mad he was drafted by them. Who could blame him? Would you want to be on a team that only won 18 games in five years?  I wouldn’t.  Chuck Noll was not a magician, at first.  The team went 1-13 in 1969, which was his first year.  In the 1970 season, Noll’s Steelers went to 5-9. In 1971, the record was 6-8. The Steelers made the playoffs in 1972, and defeated the (Oakland fans skip over) Oakland Raiders via the “Immaculate Reception.”

However, there was one (of many) great qualities that Noll had, and it was the ability to build a team through the draft, and to judge talent. The aforementioned Greene was drafted in 1969. QB Terry Bradshaw (2x SB MVP, 4X SB Champ), was drafted in 1970. Who can forget arguably the best single draft by a team? I am referring to the 1974 class.  The team got WR Lynn Swann, LB Jack Lambert, WR John Stallworth, and C Mike Webster. Chuck Noll just knew talent. All six of these men not only have four rings, but are all Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees.  There are others, such as LB Jack Ham (1971 Draft), and Mel Blount (1970) but eventually,  Noll would turn the Steelers into a powerhouse, which would happen two years after the “Immaculate Reception” victory.

Chuck Noll was also great at allowing his team to be themselves, Many guys had their own personalities, especially Terry Bradshaw. They butted heads quite a bit. Noll was also described as a teacher.  His teams were tough, and when it was game time, the opponents better be ready.  Those Steelers teams, especially that “Steel Curtain,” were like hungry dogs wanting a steak.  On the other hand, Noll would have his entire team trained in the proper technique.  Noll emphasized things like the 3 point stance.  He called his teaching, “the how to.” He wanted his players to know how to block, and how to run, etc. He wasn’t into the shaking hands after the game bit either. Actually, one time, he confronted then Oilers coach Jerry Glanville after a game, because Noll thought Glanville’s players tried to hurt the Steelers players.

Of course, Chuck Noll’s legacy as a head coach speaks for itself.  He was head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 23 years.  His 70s Steelers is one of sports’ greatest dynasties.  The Steelers, under Chuck Noll won the Super Bowl in the 1974 season (d. Minnesota Vikings), the 1975 season (d. Dallas Cowboys), the 1978 Season (d. Dallas Cowboys),  and the 1979 season (d. L.A Rams). Chuck Noll is still the only head coach who has won four Lombardi Trophies. Chuck Noll is still the only head coach to win four Lombardi Trophies in six years.  He retired with a 209-156-1 record. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot.  What a career.

As a long time Steelers fan, my heart aches. From August, 1986 to about November, 1987, I attended Carnegie-Mellon University on Forbes Avenue, in Pittsburgh, PA.  I was on a violin scholarship at the College of Fine Arts at the University.  I had to leave due to personal reasons.  Anyway, I had never been to Three Rivers Stadium.  As a college student, I couldn’t afford to attend a game.  I had seen it. However, I thought it was awesome just to be in the same city as one of the greatest teams ever, even if they hadn’t won a Super Bowl in some time. I really regret not trying to get a ticket.  I had seen Coach Noll on TV, back in New Jersey (provided they were on TV, but they did show the Super Bowl, and the playoffs). It would have been neat just to be in the same building.

I just want to say that Chuck Noll will never be forgotten.  He will go down in history as one of the best coaches ever. I don’t think his feat of winning 4 Super Bowls in six years will ever be touched.  I am so grateful that the Steelers hired him, and that Chuck Noll turned a hapless franchise into a powerhouse, and a beloved franchise.

Thank you Coach Noll.

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NFL Week 17 Thoughts & Recap – Inside The Wheelhouse

December 31, 2012 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Let’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out from Week 17 in the National Football League!

– Tampa Bay closes out the 2012 regular season with a nice win against a not-so-competitive Atlanta Falcons team in Week 17. I’ve said it all season long and it’s only fitting that I say it again, Tampa is a good team and one that people should look out for in 2013. Really like what they accomplished this season, would’ve loved to seen them compete for a playoff spot in the final weeks.

- Not the way Atlanta wanted to end the regular season I’m sure but now they can look towards the playoffs and hope that the defensive injuries they suffered on Sunday aren’t that bad. Not sure what to think of this Falcons team heading into the playoffs but I’ll tell you this much, they don’t look like a #1 seed team.

– Buffalo has the right pieces as we saw in their win against the Jets in Week 17 but they need to fix some of their weaknesses (quarterback & head coach) before they can be competitive in the AFC East next season. Tough year for a team many people liked as a “sneaky pick” in the AFC.

– Perfect way to end the Jets regular season and if you thought their regular season was a circus act, wait till the offseason takes place. I believe it was Terrell Owens who once said: “get your popcorn ready.” I know I will.

– Sure Baltimore “mailed it in” during the Week 17 game but I really liked what I saw from the Bengals. Cincinnati kept their momentum going for the playoffs and I hope it helps them in postseason play this season. Amazing that a 6th seed could be the favorite over the 3rd seed in the playoffs but it may be possible for the Bengals.

– While I understand you want to rest your starters and save them for the playoffs, not sure if I agree with treating it like a preseason game in Week 17 especially for the Ravens. Baltimore has been so inconsistent lately that they needed to keep that good momentum going from their big win against the Giants in Week 16 and they didn’t, could hurt them versus Indianapolis next week.

– All season long I said the Bears were the best “smoke and mirrors” team in the NFL. Their record showed they were an “elite” team but when they played against “elite” teams they would be outclassed. Sure they got 10 wins and sure they won games when it counted at the end but they won’t be seeing any games past Week 17. I really wonder how this team will look in 2013.

– The Detroit Lions should’ve never been a 4 win team this season and a top 5 draft pick franchise going into the 2013 NFL Draft. Detroit is a better caliber team then they possessed all season long and if Jim Schwartz can’t get it done with this talent then it’s time to let him go. It will be a very interesting offseason for this franchise heading into 2013.

– Tennessee beat Jacksonville in Week 17 and there defense scored 4 times on Sunday. Good way to end this horrible season for the Titans and I wonder what there direction will be heading into 2013. Will CJ2K be back? I think he should.

– Congrats Jacksonville, prepare yourselves for “TebowMania!”

– The best story of the 2012 NFL season was Chuck Pagano beating cancer and the Indianapolis Colts making it into the playoffs. This team clearly got motivated by their cancer battling head coach and rallied behind his spirit to play another game past Week 17. Indianapolis can be that “very dangerous Football team” starting next week.

– This is not the way you should be entering the playoffs. Houston entered Week 17 with the #1 seed and walked out as the #3 seed. Instead of having home-field advantage and having a week off, they now will be stumbling against the Bengals in the Wild Card round (again). I wonder if this team will ever be able to put it together when it matters the most.

– Extremely strong way for the Panthers to finish their season as they won 5 of their last 6 games, including 4 straight games and finished the season 7-9. It appeared that Cam Newton was a “late bloomer” this season as it took him some time to get back to the way he played his rookie season. Carolina is once again a team to look out for in 2013.

– Overall this is a very disappointing season for the New Orleans Saints. They entered the year with a ton of controversy due in-part to “bountygate,” but were still considered by many as a NFC “elite” team. Instead New Orleans struggled all season long, finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs. It was a very tough season for the NOLA.

– The most disappointing team in the 2012 NFL season may be the defending Super Bowl Champion, New York Football Giants. New York gets huge victories over San Francisco & Green Bay, was at one point 6-2 on the season and then finished the year 3-5 to miss the playoffs. The Giants looked like an “elite” team at multiple points in the season even to the extent that they were considered the best team in the NFL and now they will be watching the playoffs from home. They should be very thankful they share the same city with the New York Jets!

– What is there to say about the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles season that hasn’t already been said before? Tough year and it’s time to move on from this current era. How this franchise handles this offseason could be very telling for seasons to come in Philadelphia. Since the “dream team” moniker was self-given to them, the Eagles have gone 12-20 in both seasons, pretty sure that’s a nightmare Vince Young.

– Steelers get the win in Week 17 and mercifully end their 2012 regular season. This isn’t what Pittsburgh was hoping for and now there will be many offseason questions to deal with. Similar to their in-state rival Philadelphia Eagles, there will be a lot of changes this offseason that will dictate the future of this franchise for years to come.

– Cleveland has a lot to work on for sometime and I hope the next person to run this franchise can get them onto some winning ways. There is definitely talent to build on in Cleveland; it just comes down to what this franchise does to put around some potentially young franchise players.

– If you’ve read this blog throughout the season then you know I’ve been very leery of the Denver Broncos. Their lack of schedule strength bothered me when it comes to them playing in the playoffs but I’m starting to turn the corner on it not affecting them after all. The Broncos could very well be the AFC representation in Super Bowl 47 right now. A lot is “clicking” at the right time for Denver.

– Congrats to Kansas City on winning the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Now the real question is whether or not they draft Geno Smith to be their quarterback. Personally I think that could be a huge mistake but they have plenty of time to think that over now.

– At one point it looked like the Patriots would have to play in the Wild Card round as the three seed but now they can sit at home next week and rest up for the Divisional Round. A well rested Patriots team is of course, a very dangerous playoff team. It almost seems like it’s too good to be true that we could get Denver (Peyton) vs. New England (Brady) in the AFC Championship Game again.

– I’m sure this isn’t the way Miami wanted to end their season but I do think this team is headed into the right direction right now. A couple moves in the offseason could have them competing for Wild Card playoff spots next year.

– Thanks for the memories Norv Turner. I will miss writing about you and wondering if you will be fired…every…regular…season. I have been doing these blogs for Camel Clutch Blog now for (I believe to be) 4 seasons, so that tells you how I long I’ve speculated Norv would be let go.

– The Raiders have taken steps forward the last couple years and now they have taken, yet again, dramatic steps back. I don’t know when this franchise can be turned around because right now it really looks bleak.

– Congrats to the San Francisco 49ers on winning the NFC West and getting the #2 seed in the NFC. In my opinion this team is the #1 seed in the NFC and I really like their chances to make Super Bowl 47 this season. When you have a really good defense and an offense that keeps getting better, good things will happen.

– Dear Arizona Cardinals, you know what to do during the offseason. Go get yourself a quarterback, you know, a real quarterback or you will have a very upset franchise wide receiver named Larry Fitzgerald. Sincerely yours, common sense.

– The Seahawks get the victory but I’m not sure it’s the way they wanted to head into the playoffs. Seattle struggled for most of this game and didn’t look as dominant as they have been in recent weeks. The Seahawks will still be a tough team to beat come playoff time but I wonder if they are losing their “luster” a bit, it’s something to definitely keep an eye on next week versus Washington in the Wild Card round.

– The St. Louis Rams really ended this 2012 regular season very strong. They were competitive against really good teams in their division, San Francisco & Seattle (even getting a big win against the 49ers this year) and they are improving heading into 2013. The defense is young and very talented but their offense seems to be lacking at the moment. I really hope Sam Bradford can be “the guy” for this St. Louis team in 2013 because I really like what I am seeing from the Rams right now.

– What a miracle season for the Minnesota Vikings in 2012. Nobody and I mean NOBODY saw this team as a playoff team, let alone a playoff contender this year. If you were like me you probably saw them as the last-place team in the NFC North. Well now they take on Green Bay in the Wild Card round and have nothing to lose because they weren’t “supposed to be there.” Oh and dear NFL, don’t forget to give Adrian Peterson the NFL MVP award this season!

– I’m sure this isn’t the way Green Bay wanted to end their season but not getting a first-round bye may be what this team needs. In 2010 they had no first-round bye and won the Super Bowl. In 2011 they had a first-round bye and got crushed in the divisional round. The Packers will be healthy against the Vikings, know what they need to do to stop Minnesota and will thankfully be home in a playoff game. I still like the Packers as a “quiet” pick right now in the NFC.

– Add Washington to the list of Indianapolis and Minnesota as surprise teams making the playoffs in 2012. Weeks ago this team was “left for dead” by their own head coach and now they are the 2012 NFC East division champions. No telling what this team can do come playoff time because like the Vikings, they “weren’t supposed to be here.” It’s the playoffs and as we have learned the last two seasons, anyone can win the Super Bowl.

- It almost seems fitting that Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys end their season like this. I really wonder how this team will look on Week 1 in 2013. A lot of major changes could be coming the way of this Dallas Cowboys franchise.

– Many thanks to you the reader and of course Eric Gargiulo for allowing me to blog after every week throughout the 2012 NFL regular season. It’s a job I have enjoyed here since 2009 and am glad to have another regular season under my belt. Stay tuned for my Wild Card predictions blog later this week and my Wild Card round thoughts blog a week from today!

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NFL Week 16 Thoughts & Recap – Inside The Wheelhouse

December 24, 2012 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Let’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out from Week 16 in the National Football League!

– Congrats to the Falcons on clinching the #1 seed in the NFC and having home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Personally, I believe while it’s a tremendous feat, they may be the weakest #1 seed in the NFL playoffs in some time. Their passing offense is great but their run game and defense can be shaky depending on the week. Let’s see if the ATL can make me eat my words yet again this season.

- Congrats to Calvin Johnson on breaking Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving record! Can we now say that the “Madden Curse” is done?

– Quietly, the Green Bay Packers are continuing to emerge in the NFC. While it is the Titans, they kept the momentum going throughout this one. Things are getting interesting for the Pack…

– At least the Titans put 7 points on the board and weren’t shut out…right?

– New Orleans gets to play spoiler against Dallas and can at least have a .500 record should they win next week. Nice to see the Saints giving it a shot and being competitive with nothing left to play for.

– What are the Cowboys doing!? They need to win these games and they are going through the same problem they always have this time of the year. Next week will be very interesting as the Cowboys will play for the NFC East division crown in Week 17 for the 2nd straight season.

– Congrats to the Indianapolis Colts on clinching a playoff berth this week. Better yet, Chuck Pagano will be returning to this playoff team very soon. Great story this year in the National Football League, I love that Chuck Pagano and the Colts are proving anyone can beat the odds.

– One more loss and the Chiefs clinch the #1 overall pick!

– Well at least Miami has a chance at a .500 season next week; they could be a sneaky pick in the NFC East next season.

– Buffalo needs to fire Chan Gailey at the end of the season.

– San Diego beats the New York Jets in Week 16; this is monumental because it could be Norv Turner’s last win as the Chargers head coach.

– So Tim Tebow gets flack for telling the coaching staff to not put him in the “Wildcat formation” after he was passed over for the 3rd string quarterback and people are complaining? Tebow has been a good solider for this Jets team all season long and when we look back on his tenure with this team the Jets could’ve really affected his NFL playing career based off of the way they handled him. He gets brought along basically to sell seats and not play, yet people have a problem with him removing himself from the “wildcat!?” C’mon man.

– Big win for the Redskins and they keep on rolling. It’s all on the line in Week 17 for them as they take on Dallas for the NFC East crown. The playoffs begin (and could end) next week for the ‘Skins.

– Fitting way for Andy Reid’s potentially last home game as the head coach of the Eagles to end like that.

– How about the Cincinnati Bengals this season? They force Roethlisberger to make a crucial interception in the final minute of the game, make a huge offensive play to set up the field goal and win it. That was a franchise achieving moment for the Bengals and their fans to knock out their rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

– I wonder if we could see any changes in the offseason to this Steelers team. They are getting older, the window is getting smaller and the coaches may not be gelling. Interesting times for this Steelers franchise and it could’ve been prevented had they won today.

– St. Louis is quietly ending their season very strong right now. This is another team that could enter 2013 as a surprise team in the NFC West. With the exception of Sam Bradford (the jury is still out on him), I like what is going in St. Louis.

– Tough to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to end their season like this. Really had high hopes for them at the midway point of the season.

– Carolina beats Oakland and this Panthers team continues to play well at the wrong point in the season. At least someone is probably keeping their job in Carolina, for now.

– Want to know how bad the Raiders are? Matt Leinart was the backup after Carson Palmer got hurt. How come they just didn’t bring Terrelle Pryor in to see what they got?

– A win-is-a-win but New England cannot be playing like this with less then two weeks to go until the playoffs. They played shaky against San Francisco last week and lost. They played shaky this week and almost lost. Hopefully it’s just a bad stretch for the Patriots so they can get it out of their system now and not in the Playoffs.

– If Jacksonville beat New England with Chad Henne as the Quarterback in Week 16 would that have saved him from the (rumored) incoming “TebowMania” next season?

– Minnesota needed this win and they got it. The Vikings are stepping up at the right time and didn’t need Adrian Peterson to pile on the rushing yards to do it. They win next week and they are in, it’s that simple.

– Houston is playing extremely sloppy at the wrong point in the season. It amazes me that they still have a chance at a First-Round bye next week.

– Denver is the only consistent team in the AFC right now and it’s coming at the right time with the playoffs nearing. I just hope that the Broncos weak schedule doesn’t come back to haunt them like it did for New England last season.

– Who saw the Cleveland Browns having 5 wins this season? They have a chance at 6 next week and amongst Browns fans that would be overachieving.

– Well they may have been struggling lately but they got a crucial win in Week 16 against Arizona. Lovie’s job as head coach is safe for at least this week; if they fail to beat Detroit in Week 17 or make the playoffs then it could be franchise-changing times in Chicago.

– Arizona really needs a quarterback and I don’t think Alex Smith or Mark Sanchez is the answer.

– All of us left the Ravens for “dead” and got proven wrong in Week 16. This is the type of win a team needs at this point in the season when they have been struggling and the Ravens got it. I still am not a huge believer in their playoffs chances but the win was really encouraging.

– I cannot believe there is a large probability that the Giants don’t make the playoffs this season. At times they have played like the best team in the league and in recent weeks they have been extremely inconsistent. The defending Super Bowl Champions need A LOT of things to happen next week, including for them to defeat Philadelphia of course, for them to make the playoffs.

– The Seattle Seahawks are proving to the NFL that they may just be the team to beat come January. What a huge win for the Seahawks against one of the best teams in the league, the San Francisco 49ers. This team is gaining momentum at the right time and we all know what that means come playoff time…

- Injuries and inconsistency in the last 6 quarters could be coming to haunt the Niners at the wrong time in the season. The fact that they may not have a first-round bye in the playoffs is extremely surprising and it’s possible that this team could be underachieving. Hopefully that changes once January hits.

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NFL Week 15 Thoughts & Recap – Inside The Wheelhouse

December 18, 2012 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Let’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out from Week 15 in the National Football League!

– Very solid win for the Cincinnati Bengals against the Philadelphia Eagles in the final Thursday Night game of the season. No game is an “easy win” for any team and the Bengals needed to get the “W” at any cost. Now they are in the driver seat of playoff positioning with just two weeks to go, a win against Pittsburgh could all but close the door for them to play past Week 17.

- Was hoping to see some more from Philadelphia against Cincinnati on Thursday, but I didn’t. The Eagles needed something encouraging as this season slowly comes to a close for Eagles fans. Amazing to see how far this franchise has fallen since the “dream team” comment.

– Talk about a “statement win.” This is the win Atlanta has been looking for all season long and it has come at the right time with just two weeks to go until the regular season closes out. Watch out for the Falcons, this could finally be their year.

– New York needs to stop play inconsistently and needs to stop now. The Giants are self-imploding and finding a way to back out of the playoff competition. New York entered Week 15 the 4th seed in the NFC playoffs and they walk out Week 15 as they 9th seed in the NFC Playoffs currently; rough loss for the defending Super Bowl Champions.

– Enter this season there were a lot of people out there who doubted the Green Bay Packers. They believe this would be the Bears season to capture the NFC North and it looked that way for most of the season. Since their loss to New York a couple weeks back the Packers have really turned it around by capturing the NFC North division and they are quietly emerging as a scary team entering the playoffs.

– Since Week 10 the Bears have gone 1-5 in their last 6 games. If they can’t make the playoffs with Arizona and Detroit on their schedule to close out 2012 then we can all say “good-bye” to Lovie Smith in Chicago.

– No RG III, no problem! Washington is now your new NFC East division leaders with two weeks to go and they made the right move to sit RGIII against a poor opponent in Cleveland. I will be shocked if Washington is not playing past Week 17 this year, I have really enjoyed watching this team grow in recent weeks.

– Does Nick Saban really want to return to Cleveland? Not sure if a loss like this entices a big-time College Football coach to leave his very cushioned job.

– The NFL needs to give Adrian Peterson the NFL MVP award. He is single-handily putting this team in playoff position with just two games to go. While Minnesota does sit in the 6th spot currently I will be very surprised if they can hold onto it. But then again, nothing should surprise us about this Vikings team.

– I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t think Sam Bradford is the answer in St. Louis.

– Miami beats Jacksonville in a meaningless game in December, nice to see who the best team in Florida is.

– Can this season end any quicker for Jaguar fans? This team looked so much fun to watch a couple weeks ago and then they reappeared to what they always were…

– Welcome back to the NFL, Drew Brees. Where was this type of play the last couple of weeks when they needed it?

– Very tough to see how poorly this Bucs team has collapsed in recent weeks. They were so much fun to watch and a very dangerous team if they continued to be in playoff contention. I just continue to hope they are building forward for next season.

– I’ve been very critical of the Denver Broncos not beating good teams this season. Technically the Broncos beat a playoff clinching team in the Baltimore Ravens but did they really come off like a team playing past Week 17? I’m still not completely sold on this Broncos squad, sorry Denver.

– How is it that the Baltimore Ravens are a playoff team this year? Amazing how quickly this team has fallen in the last month or so.

– Loved seeing the Houston Texans bounce back after that rough Monday Night showing against New England in Week 14. They are the AFC South division champions yet again and are in the driver seat for that 1st round bye in the AFC playoffs. Maybe that Monday Night loss to New England is what this young team needed to get them back to focus.

– Indianapolis could’ve made the AFC South very interesting with just two weeks to go but that won’t be the case now. If I’m the Colts I just focus on preparing myself for the playoffs in these last two games. Indy can be a very scary team if they play their cards right because they weren’t supposed to be a playoff team this season.

– Seattle is the most dangerous team entering the playoffs right now. I have no issues with them running up the score on their opponents because they should never back down from their competitive nature. That Week 16 game against San Francisco is going to be very fun to watch.

– Fire Chan Gailey and consider looking into another starting quarterback. Buffalo has potential; they just need the right people to tap into it before this current crop disbands.

– How did Arizona get the win against Detroit!? Are the Lions really that bad this season?

– Do you believe me now Detroit Lions fans? Fire Jim Schwartz.

– Where was this Panthers team at the start of this season? Another solid week for the Panthers and I’m sure they are hoping this is something they can build off of in 2013.

– Can’t you just fire Norv Turner and A.J. Smith now? I really wonder if the next person in-charge keeps Philip Rivers around in San Diego for much longer…

– Huge win for Dallas and this is exactly what they needed with two games to go. It’s a big victory that can carry this team for the final two games. While they may not be the “media darling” that the Washington Redskins are right now, do not sleep on the Cowboys.

– The Steelers have found a way to back out of the playoffs and now it doesn’t look so good for this team with 2 games to go. They need to beat Cincinnati in Week 16 or they can all but kiss their 2012 season goodbye, should be a very interesting game next week.

– Oakland wins 15-0, congrats on not being the worst team in the NFL this season.

– All Kansas City has to do the next two weeks is play worse then Jacksonville and the #1 overall pick is theirs! Been a while since I wrote something positive about Kansas City…then again, do you consider being the worst team in the league honors necessarily positive?

– So San Francisco beats New England in a matchup that many people believed (including me) put the best team in the NFC against the best team in the AFC. So does that mean the 49ers are the best team in the NFL? I think so.

– New England did not look like New England in the 1st half but bounced back pretty loudly in the 2nd half. It looked like it was the Patriots game to lose at one point in the 2nd half as they were dominating the 49ers throughout their comeback but it just wasn’t meant to be. This loss is something the Patriots needed to motivate them and keep them on their toes with just two games left in the season.

- Well at least Tennessee got to play spoiler at some point in their season…then again it was the New York Jets.

– As weird as it sounded that the Jets were in playoff contention going into the Monday Night game, it made a world of sense when they went out there and performed like that against Tennessee. The fact that this team had a shot at a playoff spot was a shame.
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NFL Week 14 Thoughts & Recap – Inside The Wheelhouse

December 11, 2012 By: Category: NFL | NCAA Football, Sports

Let’s take a look back at some of the things that stood out from Week 14 in the National Football League!

– Nice win for the Broncos on Thursday Night as they continue to play like the hottest team in the NFL. Only issue is their schedule is extremely weak, I wonder how much it will affect them come playoff time.

- Why don’t the Raiders just start Terrelle Pryor already? What do you have to lose at this point?

– I really have enjoyed how this St. Louis Rams team has played these last couple of weeks. If they can continue to finish this season strong they will become a nice threat in the NFC West next season. Only concern I continue to have with this team is whether or not Sam Bradford is the true answer at quarterback.

– Heartbreaking loss for the Bills in Week 14. I would assume the loss all but finishes any potential playoff hopes they had in 2012.

– Dallas has inserted themselves back into the NFC East with a big win against Cincinnati in Week 14. The Cowboys played a really good game against a really good team in the Bengals and they aren’t even the “media darlings” right now as Washington continues to get all the hype!

– Tough loss for the Bengals but they are thankfully still in the AFC Playoff race after the Steelers lose in Week 14. I really like this team’s chances when you have a decent QB with a big-time receiver. Cincy’s defense is also very underrated, don’t count this team out after a tough loss to Dallas.

– The Cleveland Browns have won three straight games and no it’s not the preseason.

– Where should this Chiefs team rebuild during the offseason? They nearly have a guaranteed top-3 pick in next year’s draft but I don’t think this is the QB class to draft someone in the 1st round.

– How about the Indianapolis Colts getting 9 wins this season!? Could they pull a 2009 New York Jets in the playoffs and do well while being led by a rookie QB? I’m starting to really like them as a sneaky playoff pick.

– If the Titans can give Jake Locker some solid weapons in the offseason this could be a surprising borderline playoff team in 2013. Despite some inconsistent troubles this team is definitely building in the right direction.

– Don’t count out the Minnesota Vikings just yet! Huge win for them against the Chicago Bears with their season on the line. The Bears were banged up but a-win-is-a-win and this will certainly help Minnesota’s confidence.

– The Chicago Bears are in trouble and making these final three games very interesting. Tough breaks like losing kicker Robbie Gould before the game begins is something you just cannot control. Lovie Smith could be looking for a job in the offseason should this continue.

– Nick Foles became a hero for the Eagles on Sunday vs. Tampa Bay and is doing what he can to end this season on a good note. I’m sure many Eagles fans weren’t happy with the win as the thought of Andy Reid staying another year could make their heads explode.

– A loss like this one for Tampa Bay could all but end any chance they have at making the playoffs this season. After being one of the hottest teams in the league a month ago they have had a rough stretch these last couple of weeks. Hopefully this young team uses it as a learning lesson.

– My sports fan intuition tells me that Washington will win the NFC East. Call me crazy but when you win games like the way Washington did versus Baltimore it becomes one of those “mean’t to be” situations.

– Baltimore cannot enter the AFC Playoffs playing the way they have in recent weeks. They have a huge game versus Denver in Week 15 and need a HUGE win to get back on track. If they can’t get the win then it could be leading to an early playoff exit this year.

– If Carolina needed a game to make it feel like their 2012 season wasn’t a complete “wash” then it was this game. Cam Newton looked like…well, let’s be honest…Cam Newton. It’ll be intriguing to see how they build off this big win for the rest of the season.

– Atlanta just cannot lose games like this if they want to avoid “can Atlanta finally get it done in the playoffs” discussions! Mind-boggling loss for a team that has looked really good in recent weeks. I wonder how much of Matt Ryan telling Carolina to “get off their field” in Week 4 helped motivate this loss.

– What’s more shocking: the Jets aren’t completely out of AFC Playoff discussions or that Mark Sanchez lasted the entire game as the QB?

– Jacksonville is a really bad team but I believe this would’ve been a completely different outcome had Cecil Shorts been healthy. Chad Henne did not have his deep threat available today on offense and the Jets secondary is pretty horrible.

– So is San Diego doing what they can to keep Norv Turner employed or are the Steelers just that bad? Talk about an outcome nobody saw coming.

– Pittsburgh does not deserve to be in the playoffs and at the end of the season I don’t think they will have that #6 spot. Shocking loss for a Steelers team that I thought was really starting to turn the corner after that big win versus Baltimore in Week 13. I believe the Bengals are a better team right now then the Pittsburgh Steelers when looking at potential #6 seed teams.

– San Francisco reestablishes itself as a top NFC team after a nice win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. I still think they are the best all-around team in the NFC but they are starting to show signs of being human.

– Miami has had a decent season thus far but they still have a lot to work on. I believe head coach Joe Philbin can turn this team around once he starts to get the right kind of guys in his offensive system. Look for Miami to continue focusing on some more WR threats for Ryan Tannehill heading into 2013.

– Talk about momentum. These are the type of games you want to play with just three games to go and you fighting for a playoff spot. Seattle could surprise us all as a strong playoff team should they make it this year.

– If you are Larry Fitzgerald there is no way you want to play for this team until they get you a decent Quarterback, right?

– New York continues to hold onto their slim lead in the NFC East after a dominating win against New Orleans in Week 14. The Giants are a baffling team lately as they play extremely well every other week it seems. They have a Week 15 matchup against Atlanta in what can give us a playoff glimpse into what both these teams can possess come January.

– What an embarrassing loss for the New Orleans Saints. Weeks ago it appeared they were making a miracle run at the playoffs and then once they got to .500 it all crumbled to pieces. It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the NOLA.

– Big win for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night as they can now clinch the NFC North with a victory over Chicago in Week 15. This team is starting to really put it together since their loss to New York back in Week 12. The running game is improving, the offensive line is getting better and the Packers are starting to get healthy…watch out.

– Detroit hasn’t beaten the Packers in Lambeau since 1991 and this is the 3rd straight game where the Lions had a lead of 10 points or more & lost. I really think there needs to be a coaching change in Detroit at the end of the season; this team should be playing much better then this.

- I hope Patriots fans have booked a trip to New Orleans right now. The Pats are looking like the most complete team in the AFC, if not the entire NFL right now. I cannot wait to watch them play San Francisco in Week 15.

– What happened to Houston!? They had a chance to make a very bold statement in the AFC and let the opportunity slip through their fingers. Horrible performance and hopefully this is a wake-up call for the Texans.

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