Monthly Archives: November 2011
Green Bay Packers (10-0) at Detroit Lions (7-3) 12:30: The undefeated Green Bay Packers travel into Detroit’s Ford Field to take on the Lions. It’s going to be a loud atmosphere for the Packers as for once the Lions are actually good and for once the Lions are good on Thanksgiving.
Coming into this Thursday’s game the Detroit Lions have lost seven consecutive holiday games and they have lost them by an average of 22.9 points. As for their overall record on the holiday of Thanksgiving games, is 4-27.
Now despite always losing on Thanksgiving Day the Lions aren’t worried as the past is the past, “From what it’s been in the past to now, it’s different,” said Detroit defensive lineman Corey Williams to ESPN. “For us to be doing as good as we’re doing right now, it’s real exciting. Then we’ve got Green Bay coming in — the big, 10-0 Green Bay. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be like a mini-Super Bowl, I think, atmosphere-wise.”
So with that being said now it’s time to pick a winner; Detroit. The reason why I believe the Lions are going to win is because of the crowd; it plays a big factor in games and this Ford Field crowd especially on prime time games gets really loud. So loud that it does effect play. Remember the Monday Night game against the Chicago Bears in week five? The Bears had nine false start penalties and lost 35-13. Though fast forward too week 10, the Bears played the Lions again except at home and they beat Detroit 24-13.
So that just goes to show you that crowds can play a role and that the crowd of Ford Field plays an even bigger one. Also when you add in that the Packers defense not playing well plays a factor too with this Lions team who averages 30.1 points per game.
Prediction: Detroit wins.
Miami Dolphins (3-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-4) 4:15: Do I even have to say it? Like come on seriously, you’re really asking who’s going to win between the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys? I mean just three weeks ago this team was DE-feated and in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. But because they beat the Kansas City Chiefs (4-6), the Washington Redskins (3-7) who the Cowboys already beat twice this season, and the Buffalo Bills (5-5) that there all of sudden good is just plain out ridiculous.
The Dolphins are 1-4 on the road and as for the Cowboys their 4-1 at home so that right there pretty much sums it up. However if that’s not good enough for you then we’ll continue; Matt Moore he’s your starting quarterback. Jason Taylor; he’s still on your team? Shouldn’t he be vacationing with Brett Favre or something?
Now yes Reggie Bush has been doing a lot better since he started seeing Kim Kardashian again, but that doesn’t mean that his team is going to be good too. Kim only helps him, not the team…at least as we know it’s only Reggie.
I have two words for the Miami Dolphins…game over.
Prediction: Dallas wins.
San Francisco 49ers (9-1) at Baltimore Ravens (7-3) 8:20: Its brother versus brother, and mother and father versus 49ers apparel or Ravens apparel. But all jokes aside it really is and for the first time in NFL history there will be a game where two brothers as head coaches will face each other. That right there makes this game alone a great one to watch but because the 49ers at 9-1 are having such a great season for the first time in years, makes it a great one as well.
With Ray Lewis’s status still up in the air for Thursday’s game really plays a factor in determining who will win because he’s the general of that unstoppable Ravens defense. Now saying Lewis does play, that give the Ravens a great edge. Now saying Lewis doesn’t play could mean a lot of trouble for the Baltimore Ravens.
It could mean trouble in the fact that Frank Gore is the 49ers main ingredient to success on the 49ers offense and without Lewis; the Ravens did awful against the run. Last week without Lewis, the Ravens allowed Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson to score two touchdowns. Which means that Gore would most likely do the same if not better as let’s face it Gore is a lot better than Benson.
Though don’t underrate this 49ers team as Gore isn’t the only good thing on their team as they wouldn’t be in this position if he was the only option. Their defense has been the other ingredient for them this season as well. Allowing not one opposing running back to score a touchdown is a great stat and very hard stat to have and with Ray Rice being such a key factor for the Ravens, this too could also play a role in determining a winner.
So with that being said if Ray Lewis can’t go and if Ray Rice is held scoreless and shutdown then expect the 49ers to win this football game. However if Lewis plays which he’s listed as a game time decision then the Ravens have a big edge in this game as stopping Gore will be a lot easier. This will make the 49ers have to pass the ball putting the pressure on quarterback Alex Smith which is something the 49ers don’t want to do as last time that happened was in Dallas which as you all know resulted in a loss.
Prediction: 49ers win.
The San Diego Chargers, a team with a loaded offense with quarterback Phillip Rivers, running backs Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert, wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd, and last but not least tight end Antonio Gates. Don’t forget a mediocre defense to go with that. However the San Diego Chargers usually Super Bowl favorites every year to win it are 4-6 and tied for last in the AFC West.
Though who would’ve thought that in week 11 of this NFL season that the Chargers would be in this situation; 4-6 and tied for dead last in the AFC West? No one would, especially after starting off 4-1 with that only loss coming to them by the New England Patriots. However after having that tremendous 4-1 start they headed into the bye week and came back out a different team as they have now lost five straight.
Losing to the New York Jets 27-21, the Kansas City Chiefs 23-20 in overtime in a game that should’ve been won but because of a fumbled snap between Rivers and center Nick Hardwick, the Chargers lost. Then losing to the Green Bay Packers in a game that appeared to be over but a late comeback by the Chargers wasn’t enough to pull off the upset (45-38, Green Bay). Then in week 10 they would lose to the Oakland Raiders 24-17 and then this week in a game that they really needed a win, they would lose to the Chicago Bears 31-20.
So at 4-6 and tied for last in the AFC West the San Diego Chargers in pretty much a must win situation face divisional opponent and second place Denver who has been 4-1 since switching to quarterback Tim Tebow.
Which brings up the question; what’s wrong with this San Diego Chargers team? For starters; injuries, Gates missed three games, Mathews one game (resulted in a loss), Tolbert one game (resulted in a loss), and Malcom Floyd three games (all resulted in losses). Next up; turnovers, Rivers has thrown a career high 17 interceptions and has tied a career high six fumbles. Though he’s not the only one as Mathews tied his career high in fumbles as well. Lastly is the loss of running back Darren Sproles. Sproles rushed for 267 yards off of 50 carries last year but that wasn’t all as he played a key factor in the passing game as he caught 59 passes for 520 yards and two touchdowns. Another key note was that Sproles only fumbled the ball once.
So if the Chargers expect to turn this season around they’ll need to get control of those three things. Now obviously injuries aren’t really avoidable but preventing turnovers and finding another Sproles can be done. For instance running back Jacob Hester could be that “Sproles” type guy IF he can catch the ball.
The Chargers have six games left in the 2011 regular season against the Denver Broncos (5-5), the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7), the Buffalo Bills (5-5), the Baltimore Ravens (7-3), the Detroit Lions (7-3), and the Oakland Raiders (6-4). They’re two games back out of first place and in a situation where they could most likely win at least four out of their last six games; their chances of making the playoffs looks slightly good.
When Alabama lost to LSU 9-6 in overtime on November 5th, the Oklahoma State Cowboys’ National Championship hopes came alive. Due to the Alabama loss, the Crimson Tide would drop to the number third team in the country and since the Cowboys beat the Kansas State Wildcats 52-45, they would move to number two in the country.
It was a spot many people would’ve never have thought that the Cowboys could make it too and if they were to win out, they could shock the world even more as come January they would be playing in the BCS National Championship game.
In their first game as the number two team in the country the Cowboys would travel to Lubbock, Texas where they would face the unranked Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Cowboys would score early on a two yard Justin Blackmon touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden and they wouldn’t look back. The Cowboys would go onto score 59 more points and defeat the Red Raiders 66 to 6.
“There is pressure. Each week I know you can feel it” said Gundy. “But it’s our responsibility to manage it.”
The Cowboys would improve to 10-0 on the win and for the first time in Oklahoma State history, the Cowboys were 10-0.
The Cowboys had two games left on their schedule and if they won both, that meant that they were going to the BCS National Championship game. Those two opponents; unranked Iowa State and number five ranked, Oklahoma. Unranked Iowa State appeared to be a very manageable win for the Cowboys as they didn’t really matchup well. But Oklahoma would appear to be a lot harder and a true test for the Cowboys as many thought that that game would determine their season and their BCS Championship hopes.
Though no game is ever a for sure win as that’s why you play the game so on Friday night, the Cowboys would face the Iowa State Cyclones. The Cowboys would jump out to an early 10-0 lead before the Cyclones would respond with a touchdown of their own. But the comeback wouldn’t last long as the Cowboys score two straight touchdowns extending their lead to 17 (24-7). However the Cyclones wouldn’t lie down as they would score 17 straight points and because of a Cowboys missed field goal the game would go into overtime.
Then in overtime both teams would score sending the game to a double overtime. In double overtime the Cowboys would get the ball first but not for long as their first pass was intercepted; Iowa State ball. After getting the ball off of an interception, the Cyclones would score off of a 4 yard touchdown run and would go onto win 37-31.
Due to the loss to Iowa State the Cowboys BCS National title hopes would be crushed as Alabama beat Georgia South 45-21. It was unbelievable turn of events as the Iowa State Cyclones fought back from a 17 point deficit to win in double overtime.
“I hate it for the guys. But it’s real simple. If you lose the turnover battle in such a big fashion, it’s extremely hard to win a game, especially on the road,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.
As you all know by now Joe Paterno who has been coaching at Penn State since 1950 has been fired. Paterno was fired due to the arrest of defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky who was arrested for molestation charges that occurred on Penn State University grounds.
Paterno was planning on retiring at the end of the season due to the allegations surrounding the University; however the board felt that the right time was now as he was removed of his coaching duties or as the board said “relived of his coaching duties.”
Paterno was very disappointed about the board’s decision but he respected it. Though he wasn’t the only one disappointed, as riots broke out around campus where law enforcement officials were forced to use pepper spray and tear gas in efforts to attempt to calm the riots.
Though, it didn’t stop there as players, former players, and close friends paid visits to Paterno’s home to show their support.
As anyone would be if they were in Paterno’s shoes, he has been very quiet about the whole incident surrounding Penn State as he has remained in his Pennsylvania home. But if you think about it, what does he really have to talk about? The firing? We know he’s disappointed. The case? He most likely can’t say anything, due to legal reasons? The school? He loves it; it’s his life.
Maybe something else could be asked, but it’s not really necessary; at least it’s not necessary enough to the point where media members are outside staking out his house. Legally, he didn’t do anything wrong, Sandusky did, could he have done more? Maybe, but you don’t need to stake out his house.
The accusation was made; the man accused (Sandusky) was arrested; the University responded; Paterno was fired; and the school, students, coaching staff, and Paterno have all moved on, so the media should too. Pack up of your stuff, put your notebooks away, pens in your pocket, get in your cars, and leave. Just give the man and his family time to heal and take in these past few days, he’ll talk when he wants to talk; in the meantime just respect him as a citizen and give him peace.