NFL Week 1

Football is back in full force this week. Anyone who’s not excited is lying, this is probably one of the best weeks of the year, right next to Christmas. Tonight is Steelers at Patriots, which is probably the most dramatic game we will have all year as Tom Brady steps into the game newly released from his “suspension” that didn’t really happen. It might be one of the most watched games this year and I can’t wait to see how the Patriots team handles this come back. I only hope for a great game from both teams and some serious sportsmanship because we need it, as fans, and the NFL needs it too. The Patriots are the strong favorite as Super Bowl Champs so I am sure it will be a good game.

On Sunday we have Colts at Bills, my vote is for the Colts. They are going to be coming in strong to make up for their terrible loss in the playoffs last year. We have Packers at Bears which, in my opinion, is the best game of the season. My vote is for Packers, despite the loss of Jordy Nelson, I think they are a strong team and will be able to pull out the win against the Bears in Chicago. We also have Chiefs at Texans and Panthers at Jaguars. If I had to place bets I would vote Texans and Panthers. I think JJ Watt is a phenomenal player and a great person all around and I would like to see him pull out the win with his team. Browns at Jets, not really looking forward to this game but my vote is for the Jets.

Seahwawks at Rams will be an interesting game. Rams were a weak team last year and Seattle was strong, however Rams pulled out the win in their game last season and it will be interesting to see what they do in this game. The Rams tend to play harder against teams in their division and I think they might pull out the win this game. Although the Seahawks are coming off the worst play in history of ever and are going to be trying to make up for it as the season starts. They need to do something so spectacular that it makes us forget about that Super Bowl.

Dolphins at Redskins, not much to say here, we will just have to wait and see. Saints at Cardinals will be a good game. Cardinals are coming off a great year that ended with so many injuries. I really hope they can do just as great this year and hopefully make it even further than last season.Lions at Chargers, I think the Lions will pull out the win. Ravens at Broncos, I think the Broncos will dominate this game. Bengals at Raiders. The Raiders are coming off one of the worst seasons in their history and I think they will be coming in hard to make up for it. Because they are in their hometown I think they will be able to pull out the win, or at least put up a good fight. Titans at Buccaneers, Giants at Cowboys, I think the Cowboys will win but I am secretly rooting for the Giants to pull the upset in Dallas.

Eagles at Falcons and Vikings at 49ers both finish out week 1 on Monday night. I think the Eagles will win in Atlanta and I think San Francisco will dominate in Minnesota. I can’t wait to see what actually happens and how my picks stood up. Do you see anything I am missing? Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments below and I can’t wait to discuss what happens this weekend!

NFL Draft 2014- Top Picks and Also Some Interesting Thoughts

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, another great prospect gets drafted first overall to the Houston Texans. He is a big guy standing at 6’5″ and weighing in at 266 pounds, but he is able to run quickly and will make a good addition to this teams defensive line. This is great for them because they will have an awesome defensive line this year and can hopefully do as well if not better than they did in 2012. 

Johnny Manziel, quarterback at Texas A&M, the highest prospect for the 2014 draft goes to the Cleveland Browns, will this help them win more games? What’s shocking is that he was the 22nd pick after so much speculation over him all year. I think they are still lacking a lot for their team. Regardless of getting a brand new shiny quarterback, you have to have a team that can back him up and catch the ball. We can hope for the Browns that this quarterback is worth it. Also, we can hope that Manziel will put in the work to prove himself, unlike great college quarterbacks before him like Matt Leinart. Where is he anyway? Poor guy can’t stay at one team and after bouncing around year to year from Cardinals to Texans, Raiders to Bills he is now a free agent, in case anybody wants him!

Michael Sam, DE, goes to the Rams and the whole world goes crazy. Honestly who cares about what he does in his personal time. He’s a decent player who tries hard and plays hard during each game. Although the Rams may be worried because Oprah just secured him a documentary of his life outside the Rams. They have agreed to film everywhere except the Rams facility, which may keep his head out of the game. 

Ha’Sean Clinton Dix goes to the Packers in the 20th pick overall. He is a good free safety, and he is fast. I think this is a good pick for the Packers, this will help Clay Matthews and Kuhn get some help on the defensive line. The Packers though obviously need a stronger offensive line to protect Aaron Rodger’s from getting sacked eight times in one half and I hope that they found what they are looking for in the rest of the draft. 

Plenty of interesting picks this year but these few are the most talked about, and favorites of the draft. I can’t wait until pre-season to see how everyone performs. If you have anything you’d like to add, or anyone you want to chat with me about then comment below! I would love to hear from you!

 

Tarik Black: Possible NFL player?

Tarik Black is a senior at University of Kansas, he’s 6 foot 9 and 260 pounds. He’s currently playing basketball, and hopes to play pro one day, but he could be playing in the NFL this year. Why? Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback, went to a Kansas game, invited by the coach, and really found an interest in Tarik. Such an interest that he wants him to come play for Green Bay! Tarik has no football experience, and was surprised my Aaron’s genuine interest in him. He wasn’t sure he wanted to try for the NFL, and wasn’t sure Aaron was serious about his intent, but decided to text him anyway just to make sure. Aaron Rodgers There are currently three NFL teams expressing their interests in getting him to come play tight end for them. He is still hoping to play for the NBA but right now is considering all of his options. 

Packers at Vikings

The first tie of the season, Vikings at Packers 26-26. This brings the injured Packers to a 5-5-1 and the Viking to a 2-8-1 record. The packers have been on a slippery slope since Aaron Rodgers’ collar bone injury in week 12. Both teams played sloppily, the Vikings dominated 23-7 in the first three quarters. The Pack already with two injured quarterbacks were on their third strings quarterback Scott Tolzien when after the third quarter they benched him and put in back up Matt Flynn. Flynn there for 218 yards and helped tie the game at 23-23. The teams went into overtime and were both only able to score field goals and had to settle for the 26-26 score.

NFL Week 1 Day Two

Another great day of American football down.

In San Francisco, Kaepernick, defeated the Packers once again. In what seemed to be a game of quarterback vs. quarterback Kaepernick threw for a total of 412 yards and three touchdowns compared to Aaron Rodgers 333 yards and three touchdowns. Kaep is proving to be a tough competitor for the once titled greatest quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, beating the Pack out of the playoffs last season and now winning against them in the first game of the season, a much anticipated game. 49ers won 34-28 over Green Bay.

In St. Louis the Rams handed a loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 27-24. Arizona working hard to prove they can move on from yet another switch of quarterbacks, were unable to hold off the Rams offense in the fourth quarter allowing them to comeback and score two touchdowns to win the game. Larry Fitzgerald still proving to be an amazing wide receiver was able to catch two touchdowns from the Cards new quarterback Carson Palmer.

In this weeks largest marginal loss game, Kansas City defeated Jacksonville with a score of 28-2. Jaguars were unable to hold the ball almost the entire game. Constant loss of the ball totaled 11 punts to the Chiefs setting a franchise record! Chiefs were able to score twice in the first quarter. Jaguars are hoping to come back stronger next week in Oakland.

In North Carolina, the Panthers lost to Seattle Seahawks with a score of 12-7. In the fourth quarter Wilson was able to throw a 43 yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse bringing them to the win with this turnover.

Tennessee handed Pittsburgh their first loss of the season with a score of 16-9. Pittsburgh offense allowed the Titans defense to sack Roethlisberger five times before the game was finished. This marked the first game opener loss for the Steelers in ten years!

In New Jersey the Jets skated by with a close win against Tampa Bay with a score of 18-17. The Jets were able to capitalize on a Buccaneer penalty and hold out for the win.

New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills with a 23-21 game. Tom Brady proved he doesn’t need Wes Welker in order to win, his replacement Danny Amendola was more productive in his first game than Wes Welker was with the Patriots. Brady managed to throw for two touchdowns to Julian Edelman. According to ESPN this game marked the 36th time Brady has won a game while being tied or trailing in the fourth quarter.

In Chicago the Bears won against the Cincinnati Bengals with a score of 24-21. The Bengals led most of the game, even through the beginning of the fourth quarter, until the Bears were able to take control and score a touchdown with nearly 8 minutes left. The Bengals were unable to recover and eventually this lead to their loss against the Bears.

In Cleveland, the Browns were handed a loss by the Miami Dolphins with a score of 23-10. This marks the ninth straight loss in an opener game for the Browns. Browns managed to hold a lead before halftime despite several penalties and interceptions, but could not hold on during the second half, allowing Daniel Thomas to score a field goal and Caleb Sturgis to score a 36 yard touchdown for the Dolphins. Dolphins hoping this means a more promising season than the previous four years.

In Detroit the Lions managed to Defeat the Minnesota Vikings with a score of 34-24. Reggie Bush looked strong in his first game with the lions, going for a 77 yard touchdown in the third quarter. The Lions are hoping that they will do better than their 4-12 year last season. Adrian Peterson, arguably the best running back in the NFL right now completed his fourth longest run and proved he is still a tough competitor with the Vikings.

In Indianapolis the Colts won against the Oakland Raiders with a score of 21-17. Luck is still going strong just as he did when he was a rookie. He threw 178 yards, two touchdowns, and even ran for a 19 yard field goal. They also started two new offensive lineman to help protect him and they worked together to do just that.

In New Orleans, the Saints won against the Atlanta Falcons with a score of 23-17. Drew Brees threw for 357 yards and two scores in Sunday afternoon’s game. Marques Colston set a franchise record by receiving his 533rd catch.