Friday, November 21st, 2014

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– NFL Preview –


  • Don’t let that (4-6) Rams record deceive you.  And don’t let Mike McCoy’s statements on injuries fool you either.  The Rams have beaten the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos, and lost by 3-to the Eagles and 6-to the Cowboys.  That defense goes and gets quarterbacks. And that quarterback, Philip Rivers is ailing.  Look for the Bolts to hand out a heavy dose of Ryan Mathews-Brandon Oliver to slow down the Rams pass rush and to better protect Rivers.  And San Diego’s defense, which played fast last week, will likely cause havoc this week against journeyman QB-Shaun Hill.  The real matchup Sunday will be the brain power of Mike McCoy-Frank Reich against the Rams coaching clan of Jeff Fisher and his wild coordinator Greg Williams.  Bolts win, won’t be easy though.


  • This is a litmus test for Detroit.  QB-Matthew Stafford’s passing numbers are down, probably linked to the on-going injury issues with Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson, but that defensive front punishes people.  The Patriots though are playing at a tremendously high level right now on offense.  Brady’s bunch gets it done.


  • The Cardinals (9-1) could end the Seahawks playoff hopes this weekend with a win up there.  Expect a heavy does of scrambling QB-Russell Wilson and the angry Marshawn Lynch.  Think Seattle needs to make a statement they are not done.  An ailing Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t help a team missing QB-Carson Palmer.  Seahawks slug them.


  • It has not been easy for Peyton Manning the last couple of weeks.  Teams are blitzing him and beating up his WRs.  He does not really have a healthy run game, but is is in cold Denver weather, and assume that impacts Ryan Tannehill more than anyone.  1st place in the AFC-West now looms out there for the Broncos after what happened last night in Kansas City.  Too much Manning, too much cold for the Dolphins to cope with.


  • New Orleans is no longer elite.  Baltimore has enough firepower to make this a night for a victory in the Crescent City.  Joe Flacco and Drew Brees will put on an aerial show, and the Ravens desperately need this victory on the road.  They should get it.


  • Both teams having problems.  Colin Kaeperneck’s offense is no longer dynamic, and struggles to score.  the Redskins have problems on the field, and now problems in the lockeroom with egos, divas, a rookie coach who cannot control his loudmouth players.  Ugly 49ers win, ugly finish to a Washington season.

Tampa Bay-Chicago

  • Jay Cutler got a reprieve for at least one week, and now can put together a mini-winning streak.  Can you imagine the shock of the Bucs leaving the Suncoast, having to play in frosty Soldier Field?  This will be an awful homecoming for ex-Bears coach Lovie Smith.


  • A real dogfite in the AFC-North and Andy Dalton must deal with the pressure to keep up with the leaders in the division, and the pressure from JJ Watt and Texans defense.  Houston has never had all its key guys on the field on defense yet this season, and won’t Sunday.  Bengals get a win, but everyone else in the North likely does too.


  • Andrew Luck goes looking for another 300-yard passing day and Jacksonville is the next victim.  QB-Blake Bortels is doing everything he can to keep his team in games, but just does not have enough firepower and talent around him.  Colts cannot afford any more RB-injuries, having lost Vic Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw for the year.  Indy wins.


  • Aaron Rogers has 28TDs, rookie QB-Teddy Bridgewater has 4TD passes.  That’s all you need to know about this.  Green Bay OL, once a weakness, has had a strong second half of the season, and will too on Sunday.


  • Bryan Hoyer gets more help on the offense with the re-emergence of troubled WR-Josh Gordon, coming off a 10G-suspension.  The Browns could be the surprise team of the year for Coach Mike Pettine has cranked up that defense, and Hoyer now has another bullet in the gun to fire on offense.  Cleveland win.


  • Chip Kelly never seems satisfied, but QB-Mark Sanchez is playing solid ball and making tons of correct throws.  Getting the run game working should still be a priority but the Philly OL is hurting.  The Titans have talent on paper, but it has not jelled yet, but QB-Zach Mettenberger is coming fast.  Philly wins, Tennessee seeks improvement.


  • What a week.  The Bills missed 3-days in a row of practice of the the Blizzards.  Now they lose another home game as this is shifted to Detroit.  Kyle Orton desperately needs a win, but now there is no homefield advantage, no weather on his side, with this going indoors.  Orchard Park had 48′ inches of snow on the ground Wednesday, by Friday night there will be 24″ more on top of that.  Think the Jets find a way to capitalize on the Buffalo adversity.  The league should have put the game in Pittsburgh; Bills fans might have made the trip and the cold weather would have played in favor of Doug Marrone’s team.

– Thursday Night Football –

Raiders-W-Chiefs (24-20)

  • QB-Derek Carr led Oakland on a 7-and-half minute drive at the end of the game, and threw a TD pass with (1:24) left to help the Raiders snap their 16-game losing streak.  Justin Tuck and the Raiders defense hounded QB-Alex Smith the entire first half and on the final drive.  RB-Latavius Murray bolted for a 90Y-TD run before going down with a concussion for Oakland.  KC may regret losing this game, though they have the home schedule in their favor in December.
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