My Football Jerseys

I own eight football jerseys. It seems that no matter which one I wear, I always get at least one comment about them. Whether it’s one of the older ones I wear to work, or one of my newer ones that I’ll wear out and about, someone always feels the need to say something about them to me. When out in public, it’s usually some comment about the team I’m wearing. Either they really like them, or it’s a cacophony of “Your team sucks!”

The people at work however, comment about something else. They comment on the amount of teams that I have a jersey for. All of my college jerseys are for the same team. It’s all about my Ohio State Buckeyes. I have four Ohio State jerseys. My NFL jerseys are a different story.

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Week 13 Thoughts: MNU

I’m going to start with the games that I actually watched at least some of.

* The Bengals got killed 35-7. They were beaten in all 3 phases of the game. While there is hope for the Bengals in the future, this game proved that they still have some work to do before they catch up to the Steelers.

*Tebow brought the Broncos back again, this time against the Vikings 35-32. Willis McGahee has looked like a beast since Tebow has taken over. Maybe the Broncos have a playoff chance after all.

*Even when the Packers don’t have their best game, they still find a way to win. His receivers were dropping passes all day, but Aaron Rodgers still brought them back to beat the Giants 38-35. It was an awesome game to watch.

*I only watched a few minutes of the Saints/Lions game, but I really didn’t miss much from what I saw of the highlights. The Saints pretty much dominated, beating the Lions 31-17. The Lions have fallen apart, and now stand at 7-5 after starting the season 5-0.

Onto the games I didn’t see any of, except for highlights.

*Only one thing of note happened in the Chiefs 10-3 victory over the Bears, and that was the injury to Matt Forte. The Bears’ offense revolved around Forte, especially with Jay Cutler being injured, and without Forte for at least 2 weeks, their playoff chances are all but gone.

*The Eagles implosion continued as they lost to the worse-than-average Seahawks 31-14. Marshawn Lynch had another “Beast Mode” run, and it was awesome.

*The Colts at least made the score respectable in their loss against the Patriots, 31-24. Dan Orlovsky, of running out of the back of the endzone fame, had what will probably be the best game of his career, completing 30 of 37 passes for 353 yards and 2 TDs.

*The 49ers spanked the Rams 26-0. Nothing else really needs to be said about this game.

*Ray Rice rushed for over 200 yards as the Ravens destroyed the Browns 24-10. The only reason I cared about this game is that I have Rice on my fantasy team.

*Dallas drops another December game they should have won, this time losing to the Cardinals 19-13. All talk after the game was about Jason Garrett icing his own kicker at the end of regulation, leading to his kicker missing a game winning field goal. All I can do is laugh at them.

*I don’t know how the Falcons lost to the Texans, even though the Texans were down to their 3rd string rookie QB and with Andre Johnson injuring his other hamstring in the 3rd quarter.

There’s a few games I haven’t done, but they really didn’t matter to me. So in the interest of saving the best for last, here goes my take on my Panthers:

The Panthers finally put together a complete game, owning the Bucs 38-19. Cam Newton ran for 3 TDs and threw for another. His best stat of the game? No turnovers. Stewart and WIlliams combined to rush for over 100 yards and 1 TD.

The defense finally had a good game, holding Tampa Bay’s offense to less than 300 yards, allowing only 78 yards rushing on only 2.9 yards per rush. Where has that been all year? I know some people will say, “Yeah, but the Bucs were without Josh Freeman.” So what? Freeman hasn’t been all that good this year anyways. He sure as hell isn’t as good as he was last year.

I just hope that both sides of the ball learn from this game and keep it going. If the defense can stay with it, it will take some pressure off of the offense. If Cam can continue to limit his turnovers, something he hasn’t been doing to well all year, then this will be a dangerous team.

*Monday Night Update: The Chargers finally showed up for a game, beating the Jags 38-14. Granted, it was against the Jags, but San Diego’s offense finally looked like they should have all season. If only they could play this way all year…

NFL Week 2 Review

Green Bay vs Carolina: Once again Cam Newton went over 400 yards in a loss, this time going down 30 – 23 to the Packers. I must admit that I thought the Panthers would get stomped in this game. I figured Newton would have multiple interceptions (he threw 3), but I thought he’d throw less than 200 yards. He proved me wrong again. I just hope the next time he proves me wrong it comes during a win. Honestly, I think Newton’s season will end up like Vick’s did last year. He started off on fire, but once teams started getting film on him, he cooled down at the end of the season.

Washington is 2-0. I don’t think anyone saw that coming.

The Steelers rebounded from their opening week spanking to shut out the Seahawks. Granted, the Seahawks blow, but a win is a win.

Detroit destroyed Kansas City. The Lions have looked really good so far this season. The Chiefs have looked horrible. Kansas City has been outscored 89-10 in their 2 games this season.

Buffalo came back and scored in the final minute to beat Oakland 38-35 in a shootout. The Bills offense has been good. If they can get their defense on track, they can contend this year.

The Texans could only muster 230 passing yards against the defense (Miami) that gave up 500 to the Patriots. Houston’s passing game is as good as New England’s so what’s up with that?

Indianapolis’ offense looked better, but they still lost to the Browns. Their defense still looks like crap, though.

NFL Week 1 Review

Since it’s impossible to watch every game during the week (unless that’s your job), most of what I’m about to say is based on stats and highlights. I’m not going to go over every game, just certain things that caught my attention.

Green Bay vs New Orleans: The Packers still look like the champions. They played a pretty good game in all phases. I’ve heard some people claim that their defense looked weak, but most defenses don’t look all that good against Drew Brees and the Saints offense. The scary part? As good as Aaron Rodgers is playing, he looks like he’s getting better every game.

Pittsburgh vs Baltimore: The Ravens made the Steelers look bad. Very bad. The Ravens defense, which is getting older but is still pretty good, forced 7 turnovers. Big Ben threw 3 interceptions and lost 2 fumbles. The question now is “Are the Ravens really that good, or did Ben just have a really bad game?”

Atlanta vs Chicago: I did watch half of this game (I was flipping back and forth between this and the Bengals game), and while Cutler did have some good numbers, it was only because of his receivers that he did. The touchdown pass to Forte is a good example. Forte caught the ball maybe 5 yards from the line of scrimmage and did the rest of the work on his way to a 56 yard touchdown, aided by one of the worst tackle attempts I’ve ever seen. During the offseason, Atlanta tried to upgrade its defense, but apparently it wasn’t nearly enough because they looked terrible. Chicago’s offense isn’t nearly as good as the Falcons made them look.

Indianapolis vs. Houston: The only thing that can be said about this game is the Colts are completely screwed until Manning comes back.

Buffalo vs Kansas City: KC’s offense looked like crap and Buffalo’s looked awesome. This was an outcome that nobody saw coming. There might have been people out there that picked the Bills to win, but nobody thought that they’d put a 34 point butt-kicking on them. I hope Buffalo can keep this up all year, if only so they beat the Patriots and Jets.

Carolina vs Arizona: Cam Newton put up huge numbers in this game. That only happened for, what I believe, two reasons. One, the Cardinals stacked the box to stop the run. Two, their defense isn’t all that good anyways, and they traded away their best secondary player to get Kevin Kolb. I’m predicting that those numbers will go down big time next week as the Panthers are playing the Packers.

That’s all I can think of right now. What stood out to you in Week 1 of the NFL season?

NFL Wild Card Weekend

The NFL playoffs began on Saturday, and the first game was a shocker. It was a result that almost nobody saw coming. That game was one of the great things about the NFL: you never know what’s going to happen. Here’s my take on the four games from this weekend.

Seahawks 41- Saints 36: Like I said, almost nobody gave the Seahawks a chance in this game, and who could blame them? The Seahawks are the first team in NFL history to make it into the playoffs with a losing record at 7-9. All 9 of the games they lost, they lost by over 15 points. All during the week, they didn’t even know who their starting quarterback would be, because Matt Hasselbeck was getting over an injury. Even with all of that, they still managed to go out onto the field and beat the defending Super Bowl champions. I’ll be the first to admit that I thought they’d get demolished. I’m not a huge Pete Carroll fan, but I have to give him credit for having his team ready, and for having them believe that they had a chance to win. The MVP of this game has to be Matt Hasselbeck who threw for 4 TDs, although Marshawn Lynch deserves a mention for that awesome run he made, breaking 6 tackles, including a statement stiffarm that threw a defender 5 yards.

Jets 17 – Colts 16: I didn’t watch as much of this game as I wanted to, because I was busy punting Ewoks. When I turned this game back on, it was 14-13 Jets with about 4 minutes left to go in the game. The Colts drove down the field and kicked a field goal to go up 16-14 with a minute left on the clock. The Colts special teams then let the rest of the team down by allowing a 40 kickoff return, allowing the Jets good field position. The Jets were then able to drive down the field and kick the game winning field goal as time expired. I thought the Colts were going to win this game. The Jets were starting to falter down the stretch, which started when they got destroyed by the Patriots. The MVP of this game would be LT. He ran for 84 yards and 2 TDs.

Ravens 30 – Chiefs 7: After the first quarter, this actually looked like a game. The Chiefs were up 7-3 and they looked like they were up to the task of challenging the Ravens. Then they just fell apart. The Ravens rolled off 27 straight points to end the game. Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell looked lost after the first quarter, throwing 3 picks and getting sacked 3 times. I know that Baltimore’s defense does that to a lot of teams, but this to me, looked more like Cassell choking than Baltimore’s D throwing their game plan off track. The MVP of this game is Todd Heap. He didn’t have any touchdowns, but every time the Ravens needed a big reception on 3rd down, they went to Heap. He kept their drives going by catching 10 passes for 108 yards.

Packers 21 – Eagles 16: This was a good game. One of the deciding factors, in my opinion, is when DeShaun Jackson was out of the game for a quarter with a knee injury. He wasn’t the same for the rest of the game. Normally, defenders can’t keep up with him, but they had no trouble after he came back into the game. He only had 2 catches the whole game. James Starks, a 6th round pick by the Packers, ran for 123 yards, giving balance to their offense for probably the first time since Ryan Grant went down with a season ending injury. Vick also injured his ankle late in the game and didn’t look like he did during the regular season afterwards. Vick ended the game with a bad interception in the end zone with 30 seconds left in the game. The MVP is either Starks or Aaron Rodgers, who threw 3 TDs. Before this game, “experts” were knocking Rodgers for not having won a playoff game yet. His only playoff game so far was a 51-45 loss to the Cardinals last year. Rodgers played great in that game, throwing 4 TDs. It’s not his fault that his defense gave up that many points. He didn’t lose that game, his defense did. Leave Aaron Rodgers alone. He’s played like a top 5 NFL quarterback since he’s taken over for Brett Favre.