You see advertisements all the time from people asking for your vote. Most of the time these people asking are government officials, senators, politicians, something along those lines. However, for Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton he’s asking for yours.
Posted on Youtube by SportsNationESPN, Newton in a seven minute long video pleads his case to be on the cover of this years edition of EA Sports, NFL Madden 13 video game.
With just about one day left to vote as the winner will be announced at 5 P.M. Eastern time on ESPN’s television show, Sports Nation aired on ESPN 2, Newton, is looking for all the votes he can get.
Matched up against the number sixth seed, Detroit Lions wide receiver, Calvin Johnson who lead all wide receivers last year with 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns is hard player to go up against. Though, despite facing a very notable player, Newton, is the number one seed.
Newton, NFL rookie of the year winner through for 4,051 yards last season, an NFL record for a rookie quarterback also rushed for 14 touchdowns, that too an NFL record for most rushing touchdowns by any NFL quarterback ever.
To get to the Madden Cover vote finals, Cam Newton etched out San Francisco 49ers linebacker, Patrick Willis by six percent winning, 53 percent to 47 percent of all voters. As for Johnson he dominated Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers winning by 34 percent, 67 percent to 33 percent of all voters.
So, in the second year of the Madden cover voting, does Newton have the upper hand as the number one seed? He did make a seven minute long video? Or does the number six seed, Calvin “Megatron” Johnson have the upper hand?
No one knows and no one will know, until tomorrow at 5 P.M. Eastern time.
Newton’s video is up to over 140,000 views and is still climbing and just incase you haven’t viewed Newton’s ad for the 2013 EA Sports NFL Madden video game’s cover boy, then here it is below:
In the first round of the NFL Playoffs the Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans faced off in Houston where the winner of the game would face the Baltimore Ravens. Striking first the Cincinnati Bengals would take the lead off of a one yard touchdown run from Cedric Benson.
It was a drive that was lead by rookie quarterback Andy Dalton who was trying to one up the other rookie on the opposing sideline; T.J. Yates. However Yates would respond striking back on the next drive which he would set up running back Arian Foster for an eight yard touchdown.
Both teams would go onto score field goals in the second quarter, however with less than a minute to go in the first half Dalton would throw a pick to J.J. Watt who would take it all the way to the end zone for a score. It was a costly turnover right at the end of the half that was the turning point of the game that may have cost them the game.
Coming out in the second half it would be all Houston as there was no problem as the Texans would score twice knocking the Bengals out of the playoffs, 31-10 your final.
In game two of the day was the NFC Wild Card matchup between the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints. It was a game that was set for a shoot out as both teams had high powered offenses lead by high powered quarterbacks who both (Drew Brees and Mathew Stafford) threw for 5,000 plus yards on the season (Stafford 5,038 and Brees 5,476).
The Lions who received the ball first, would score on the opening drive off of a 10 yard Will Heller touchdown reception from Stafford. However as we saw in the first game, scoring first in the game didn’t necessarily mean that the game was going to result in a win.
Stopping the Saints on their next to drives, the Lions would lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Opening up the second quarter the Saints would score off of a two yard Darren Sproles touchdown tying the game at 7-7. Though, the Lions wouldn’t settle as they would respond with a 13 yard touchdown reception from Calvin Johnson thrown by Stafford, 14-7 Lions lead.
Holding the Saints scoreless on their next drive and to a field goal on their last drive the Lions would head into the locker room up, 14-10. That first half deficit was the second first half deficit at the Super Dome this season for the Saints as the only other time that it happened was against the Houston Texans 16-10. Luckily for the Saints, they would go onto win that game 40-33.
Starting the second half off the Saints would go 78 yards on just four plays to score on a 41 yard touchdown reception to Devery Henderson thrown by Brees, 17-14 Saints. Though the Lions wouldn’t respond as the Saints stopped them and continued the beating in the making as they would score again off of a three yard Jimmy Graham touchdown thrown by Brees giving them a 24-14 lead.
The Lions would respond with a score cutting it to three however once the fourth quarter would start, the Lions would just collapse as the Saints would go onto win 45-28.
The Houston Texans will face the Baltimore Ravens next week and the New Orleans Saints will face the San Francisco 49ers.
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.