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NFL RAPID REACTIONS – WEEK 8

The passing game has evolved so much over the years in the NFL. This Sunday was the first time there was 4 quarterbacks who passed for 400+ yards on the same day. Same thing can be said for the versatility of the modern day running back as guys like LeVeon Bell, Andre Ellington, LeSean McCoy, and Arian Foster continue to show the true value of a guy who can run+catch. Many great players were showcased Sunday along with some great games to boot.  My week 8 thoughts…….

DENVER 35  CHARGERS 21

The Chargers simply couldn’t keep up with the Broncos.  It is extremely hard to keep up with a offense as prolific as the one Peyton runs. The Chargers would have had to be perfect…but they weren’t so of course they loss.

LIONS 22  FALCONS 21

A complete meltdown on behalf of the Falcons. They were up 21 to 3 at the half and managed to go scoreless in the 2nd half. That loss clearly symbolizes the way there season is going. Meanwhile the Lions were without several key players but found a way to win.

SEAHAWKS 13  PANTHERS 9

A much needed win for the Seahawks and they got it in there typical blue collar way. Tough defense and timely scoring got the victory.  The Panthers defense showed flashes of last year but Cam has to be better for them to string wins together.

BENGALS 27  RAVENS 24

The Bengals got the win as most should have expected.  They were back in their comfy role of “nobody expects much of us” where they thrive most.  This AFC North battle is always tough but the Ravens shouldn’t have had this much trouble with Cincy.

DOLPHINS 27  JAGUARS 13

It didn’t take much for the Dolphins to get this victory going against a terrible Jags team. Bortles has plenty promise but the rookie mistakes are killing him and the Jags right now. 

KC 34  RAMS 7

The Rams were riding high off their “Super Bowl” win from last week against Seattle. However, this Sunday the Rams quickly got brought back down to reality. They were beat in all three phases of the game as KC was just too much for the average talented Rams team. 

PATRIOTS 51  BEARS 23

Jay Cutler obviously lacks major leadership skills to guide a team to the Super Bowl. He has all the weapons a qb can need but the Bears still are middle of the pack offensively. Also, it needs to be noted that the Bears defense is historically bad for their franchise. This may be the worst defense the Bears ever put on the field. They have key injuries though so to some extent you have to expect that.  The offense has no excuses. Brady is killing everthing moving and Gronk’s health might be the biggest reason.

BILLS 43  JETS 23

Kyle Orton is showing just how well the Bills can function with a capable quarterback.  EJ Manuel was clearly holding them back.  One could say the same about the Jets QB play but then again they are a mess for several reason. Geno had 3 picks in the first quarter and this game was over from the start.

VIKINGS 19  BUCS 13

Both of these teams are heading nowhere but the Vikings look to have more promise. Lovie Smith continues to prove to everyone that he doesn’t like to score points as he owns another anemic offense.

TEXANS 30  TITANS 16

Houston is a superior team to the Titans as Arian Foster ran circles around them all day to the tune of 3 TD’s. Ken Whisenhunt is knows as somewhat of a QB whisperer but nothing has seemed to pan out at that position. They started their third QB this season as Mettenberger got his turn. Same results. Loss.

CARDINALS 24  EAGLES 20

Philly’s inefficiency in the redzone came back to haunt them this game as they had two turnovers when having an opportunity to score. The Cardinals are the real deal as they continue to play solid defense with 2nd stringers in key spots. Philly just ran into a better team.  Most teams can’t exploit the Eagles susect secondary but the Cards did when Palmer found rookie John Brown for the game winning bomb for a TD. Checkmate.

BROWNS 23  RAIDERS 13

Too many mistakes for the Raiders, but then again that is what bad teams do.  The Raiders constantly find ways to lose.  Cleveland has a winning record after week 8 which is great but you have to wonder if they can compete with the big dogs moving forward.

STEELERS 51  COLTS 34

Ok maybe the Steelers do want to have a good season. Two impressive wins in a row shows they aren’t going away quietly.  Big Ben threw for over 500 yards but the flood gates opened when Colts CB Vonte Davis (who has been possibly the best CB in the league this year) left the game with an injury. I’m sure the Colts defense would like a “do-over.”

SAINTS 44  PACKERS 23

Drew Brees and the Saints are back from the dead seemingly. It should be pointed out that they always play this way when they have games in the national tv primetime slots at home. It is away from home on a good ol Sunday morning they need to prove they can win. Rodgers was masterful as he has been in recent weeks but a hamstring tweak may have tok the wind out of their sails in this game.  

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NFL RAPID REACTIONS – WEEK 6

As I watched the games this Sunday, I realized we are in for a great 2nd quarter of the year. Many of the league stars are warming up and playing at a high level (alas). Aaron Rodgers is on fire, Cam’s ankle is healing and he looked much like his old self, Romo continues to dazzle, and Shady FINALLY showed us just how electric he can be.  It was a welcomed sight to see the NFL crank it up a notch.

COLTS 33  TEXANS 28

Andrew Luck and JJ Watt showed us why they are two of the brightest young stars in our game today. Both guys scored touchdowns but the only thing is one guy plays defense! This game came down to the fact that Indy had Luck at qb and the Texans had Fitzpatrick at qb.  Luck made more plays (predictably) and right on schedule Fitzpatrick made the final mistake (fumble from lack of pocket awareness) to seal the victory for Indy. 

PATRIOTS 37  BILLS 22

We might be able to officially say the Patriots are back on track.  Brady dominated this game throwing 4 tds and beating the Bills yet again as he has done so many times in his career. The Bills need to trade CJ Spiller.  They have misused him ever since he has been there.

PANTHERS 37  BENGALS 37

The highest scoring tie game ever!  Cam Newton looks like he is getting back to his Superman type ways as his anke keeps healing.  Major concern to see how far the Panthers dominate defense has fell off.  They let the Bengals put 37 points without AJ Green on the field.  Not good…..

Mike Nugent misses game winning FG, TIE against Carolina

BROWNS 31  STEELERS 10

I’m not sure if the Browns are the real deal or if the Steelers are just awful.  However the Browns have a powerful run game and a solid defense that seems to play inspired. The Steelers have some real issues ranging from front office, coaching and all the way down to the field.  Very concerning to see the Steelers could only muster 10 points versus a Browns team that were without Joe Haden. Also Browns qb Brian Hoyer had 217yds passing on just eight passes….8.

PACKERS 27  DOLPHINS 24

 The Packers won a gutsy game that they probably should have loss.  Aaron Rodgers decided they weren’t going to lose as he put on a performance for the ages. He marched the Packers down the field on a game winning drive that ended with a walk off touchdown. Aaron’s passing prowess sometimes leaves you speechless.

Aaron Rodgers game winning touchdown pass against Miami

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LIONS 17  VIKINGS 3

The Lions were severely undermanned against the Vikings, but it doesn’t take much to beat this team.  The Vikings are in a complete youth movement after losing AP and their starting qb for the year.  The Lions boast the #1 defense in football which was just enough to get the W.

BRONCOS 31  JETS 17

Rex Ryan is a deadman walking and the Jets are spiraling down fast.  The Broncos are simply in another class to the Jets. This game was closer than expected mainly because the jets played inspired due to the fact they were at home. They also blitzed constantly putting heat on the Broncos O-line with their freakish D-line. It wasn’t enough thugh as the Jets lose once again.

RAVENS 48  BUCS 17

The Bucs are terrible and a game like that is exactly what Flacco needed to get back on track. Flacco threw 5tds in the first half as they completely dismantled a dismal Bucs team. Lovie Smith could be gone after just his first season as this team is worse than they should actually be.

TITANS 16  JAGUARS 14

Two bad teams headed nowhere yet someone had to win (by default).

CHARGERS 31  RAIDERS 28

The Raiders gave the Chargers all they could handle as thier long time rival. Derek Carr looks like a legitimate future franchise qb for this Raiders team. Phillip Rivers continues to roll as they have now found a secret weapon in 4th string rb Brandon Oliver. The 2nd week in a row Oliver was a beast all-purpose back that should surely be heavily involved even as Ryan Matthews returns.

CARDINALS 30  REDSKINS 20

Carson Palmer makes the Cardinals offense so much more potent when he is under center. It is quite impressive how well they are playing depsite all the injuries on defense and Palmer missing multiple games with a nerve issue. The Redskins would clearly like to hit the “reset” button.

BEARS 27  FALCONS 13

Brandon Marshall got the Falcons at the right time as he got out of his slump quickly in this game. The Falcons only managed to put up 13 points at home which is highly unusual. Their offensive line woes are a major issue and thye are reeling after this one. The Bears pretty much did whatever they wanted to do offensively as everyone shined.

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COWBOYS 30  SEAHAWKS 23

This was the surprise of the weekend as the Cowboys went to Seattle and handled them fairly easy. The Cowboys gave the Seahawks a couple of turnovers (in a typical fashion) but they established a dominant run game that broke the Seahawks will. Romo continues to make brilliant plays and the Cowboys continue to roll. The NFL is a better place when the Cowboys are relevant.

EAGLES 27  GIANTS 0

The Giants talked trash all week then come out and get blanked.  That is just emabarrassing.  It also did not hel them that they came out and stomped on the Eagles logo prior to the game.  All the Eagles did is run right over them as Shady ran all over them and the defense made Eli look like yesteryear.  In the process they lost Cruz for the year which is a big blow. The Eagles are going to be even more dangerous if this is a sign of whats to come regarding the run game and ferocious blitzing defense.

Victor Cruz injury against Philadelphia

49ERS 31  RAMS 17

 St. Louis put up a good fight, but we all knew how this story would end.  Kaepernick torched the Rams secondary that lacks discipline all while finding plenty time to throw the ball. The Rams have 1 sack in 5 games which sent the 49ers qb up for a career high type night with 300+ yards passing. There has been plenty buzz about the Rams new qb Austin Davis but he was highly unimpressive on Monday Night with too many errant throws.  49ers real test is next week versus Denver. 

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JJ Watt Scores Third Touchdown of Season, Should Be Viable MVP Candidate [Video]

J.J. Watt scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery against Indianopolis

JJ Watt is having the best defensive offensive season of his dominate career. The pro bowler scooped the ball up after Andrew Luck bobbled the snap, and returned it to the house for six. If he keeps playing at this torrid pace and is not in legitimate contention for the MVP award at the end of the season.

J.J. Watt touchdown dance

Fantasy owners your going to want to think about drafting JJ in your league next year.

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NFL FANTASY BOOM/BUST – WEEK 6

I’m sure many of us would like to see some of our coveted draft picks hit a “boom” this Sunday. It would be great if Shady could wake up, if Cordarrelle Patterson could be used more, and if Keenan Allen can get a few passes his way. Stars tend to shine as the season rolls on so I wish each of you all the luck this weekend with your big stars to “BOOM”.  Week 6 should be a wild one to say the least…..

COLTS vs TEXANS

  • *Yawn* Thursday games have been awful all year but this one seems to have hopes for competition. Andrew Luck has been on a tear and he is my BOOM player for this game. The Texans aren’t equipped enough to slow down Luck. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Andre Johnson. Dre is dealing with an ankle issue and now he has to turn around on a short week against a Colts defense that has been on fire lately (plus Fitzpatrick is the QB).

PATRIOTS vs BILLS

  •  This will prove to be a more true test to the Patriots supposed “turnaround.” The Brady bunch always seem to struggle at Buffalo so it should be a good one.  My BOOM player for this game is Julian Edelman. Edelman will find plenty opening in the Bills secondary that isn’t exactly imposing despite the fact they have quality corners. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Sammy Watkins. Sammy won’t be able to get away from Revis or Browner in this game.

PANTHERS vs BENGALS

  •  Both of these teams can use a win badly (for different reasons) even though the Panthers just had a big home win.  My BOOM player for this game is AJ Green (if he plays) but if he does not then I think the rb tandem of Gio/Hill will play well.  The Panthers defense has been leaky lately as a run defense. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Cam Newton. He has limited weapons and he will be facing an angry Bengals defense that got stomped in New England. He still seems bothered by the offseason surgery to his ankle.

STEELERS vs BROWNS

  • This rematch will be fun to see because the Browns are a scrappy bunch that won’t go away. Plus the first game was very competitive.  My BOOM player for this game is Antonio Brown. Joe Haden might not play and rookie Justin Gilbert has no chance of checking Brown. 
  • My BUST player in ths game is Heath Miller. Heath will be decent but the outside weapons should be open frequently.

PACKERS vs DOLPHINS

  • The Packers are rolling right now and the Dolphins are still trying to find themselves so this will be a big test for the Fins.  My BOOM player for this game is Aaron Rodgers.  Rodgers has been on fire 2 weeks straight and it usually takes awhile for elite qb’s to cool off. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Eddie Lacy.  Lacy won’t be bad but don’t expect the explosion form last Thursday night.  A modest day will probably be in store for him versus a good Dolphins defense.

LIONS vs VIKINGS

  • Matt Stafford will most likely be without his bff receiver Megatron so the adjustments they make should be interesting to watch.  My BOOM player for this game is Golden Tate.  Tate will be highly targeted and has built a nice rapport with Stafford.  He should have a good day as the alpha dog receiver for a day. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Cordarrelle Patterson.  He has been highly disappointing to many this season and now he gets a game against a top 5 Lions defense. No Thanks.

BRONCOS vs JETS

  • The Jets are in a sad state of affairs but they might actually put up a fight in this game. Well, at least for the 1st half.  My BOOM player for this game is Peyton Manning. The Jets can’t defend the pass and Peyton loves to pass which isn’t a good thing for Rex’s crew. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Chris Ivory.  Ivory will have a decent day but as the only real weapo the Jets have it is going to be a long day.

RAVENS vs BUCS

  • The Ravens need a bounce back win and it couldn’t have setup to be a better opponent for the fix. My BOOM player for this game is Steve Smith. “Smitty” had a down week but playing the 3rd worst pass defense should help solve things (lookout for Torrey too). 
  • My BUST player for this game is Doug Martin. Doug has been struggling most of this early season and now he has to try to find running room against that rugged Ravens front four.  Not…gonna…happen.

JAGUARS vs TITANS

  • Hopefully you have nobody on your team starting in this game but then again fantasy football can get gloomy.  My BOOM player for this game is Blake Bortles.  I think he comes out and has a good game against a Titans team that just lost their defensive captain Bernard Pollard for the year (lookout for Jags rb Storm Johnson if he gets his shot this week).  I also think the Titans receiver Wright/Hunter could have a sneaky good game versus that awful Jags secondary. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Shonn Greene.  He is getting a large chunk of the carries but not really doing much with them.  He is a plodder and Sankey is emerging…..I wrote way too much about this game…Ugh.

CHARGERS vs RAIDERS

  • This AFC West rivalry game is always a wild one.  My BOOM player for this game is Phillip Rivers. Rivers has been cookin with the stove on high all season and now he gets the woeful Raiders.  It doesn’t matter that it is in Oakland they are still bad. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Darren McFadden. DMC won’t have much running room against the most improved defense in football.

WASHINGTON vs CARDINALS

  • The Redskins desperately need a win to save their season and the Cardinals are pretty upset about the embarrassing loss to Denver last week. Something has to give. My BOOM player for this game is Michael Floyd. Hopefully Stanton or Palmer return this week but Floyd should find paydirt regardless against this pathetic Redskins secondary.
  • My BUST player for this game is Alfred Morris. The Cardinals are a top 10 defense at defending the run and they crank it up a notch on defense at home. This won’t be a comfy game for Alfred to run.

BEARS vs FALCONS

  • There should be a ton of points scored in this game with two high powered offenses. MY BOOM player for this game is Matt Ryan.  Ryan is Superman at home and he will shred that Bears defense to pieces.
  • My BUST player for this game is Steven Jackson. He should have a decent day but that backfield is shared by 3 other guys as well so his opportunities will be limited.

COWBOYS vs SEAHAWKS

  • Cowboys should get a good gauge of where they truly are based on this game versus the defending champs in their house. My BOOM player for this game is Marshawn Lynch. Foster just ran right through that Dallas D like wet tissue and Marshawn should do the same.
  • My BUST player for this game is Dez Bryant. The Seahawks will be paying plenty attention to Dez as he goes up against the best secondary in football.  He will have some catches but don’t expect major impact.

GIANTS vs EAGLES

  • NFC East primetime games are always fun to watch.  My BOOM player for this game is Odell Beckham. Yes, he is a rookie and yes, he will probably not be starting on a bnch of fantasy squads but he will be huge facing the 3rd CB on a Eagles team that already doesn’t defend the pass well. His blazing speed and precise route running will be problematic for Philly. (Andre Wiliams should have a good game as well).
  • My BUST player for this game is LeSean McCoy.  Shady will have a modest day but until he breaks out don’t assume it is coming. 

49ERS vs RAMS

  • The Rams always seem to play well (defensively) when the lights come on which needs to happen in this NFC West matchup.  My BOOM player for this game is Frank Gore.  Gore has been playing well of late since they actually give him the ball now, but the Rams haven’t defended the run well either.  Here comes Gore into town to wreck shop. 
  • My BUST player for this game is Zac Stacy.  Stacy is almost in a full blown timeshare and now add that to the fact the Niners don’t give opponents much room to run. 

 

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NFL RAPID REACTIONS – WEEK 5

 Watching the games this Sunday, I thought there would be separation amongst the “good teams’ versus the “not so good.”  There is still a bunch of teams muddled together while the injuries continue to pile up. I’m still waiting for “Shady” to emerge and the NFC South to play some defense. Either way there was plenty excitement and wild finishes during the early games as usual.  Seems as if many teams would like to hit the “restart” button.

PACKERS 42 VIKINGS 10

The Packers seem to be on track offensively after 2 straight games of explosiveness. Lacy looks to still be able to run the ball.  Christian Ponder confirmed his  role as merely a 3rd stringer (which could be generous).  The Vikings pretty much look like a JV team now without AP and a rookie QB. However, Teddy has plenty promise.

PANTHERS 31  BEARS 24

The Bears had a complete meltdown as they were up 21 points at halftime. Bears coach Marc Trestman completely botched this game and needs to be under more scrutiny for how that offense isn’t nearly as explosive as it should be. Panthers are still bad but the Bears are just worse right now.

Cam Newton blocks Lance Briggs

COWBOYS 20  TEXANS 17

Cowboys showing a ton of resiliency which is something they have sorely lacked for years. They are somehow 4-1 and making a ton of plays on both sides of the ball.  Huge test next week in Seattle.

BILLS 17  LIONS 14

I’m sure the Lions will have a new kicker this coming week being that their current one essentially cost them the game. Megatron went down with an ankle injury that was already shaky coming into this game. Jim Schwartz the foromer Lions coach should be ashamed of himself for requesting his players to carry him off the field.  He had a losing record as the Lions coach.

Kyle Orton celebrating Bills win over Detroit-b

COLTS 20  RAVENS 13

Maybe the Colts are a little tougher than I gave them credit to be.  This was a physical hard fought battle which is to be expected from a crew led by Colts coach Chuck Pagano. However, Flacco is exactly who I thought he was and I didn’t let him off the hook. ( Hi Dennis Green)

STEELERS 17  JAGUARS 9

For some strange reason the Steelers offense is regressing as they should be putting more points on the board. Bell hasn’t scored in 2 weeks and Big Ben goes through long spells of poor play. They worry me but it doesn’t take much to beat the Jags.

SAINTS 37  BUCS 31

The Bucs showed exactly why they are the Bucs as the squandered a double digit lead in the 2nd half. The Saints were in desperation mode as the season would have been all but over had they lost to the woeful Bucs at home. The Saints get a much needed bye but will need to get clicking soon if they want to contend this year.

GIANTS 30  FALCONS 20

Atlanta continues to struggle on the road and I’m starting to believe they just don’t have what it takes. The Giants are quickly emerging as a team to recognize in the NFC East. They also got back their prized 1st round pick in Odell Beckham which just add to the weapons they already have offensively.  Good things on the horizon for NYG.

EAGLES 34  RAMS 28

I’m not impressed with this Philly bunch as their defense has more td’s than the offense over the last couple of weeks. They can’t keep this up and at some point the offense has to get in gear. I guess you can’t say much when a team is 4-1.

BROWNS 29  TITANS 28

The Browns were involved in another one of the wild comebacks from this weekend of games. Browns QB Brian Hoyer put together 4 straight scoring drives in the 2nd half that got the Browns the win. I think that gutsy performance has all but assured us that Johnny Football won’t play much this year unless Hoyer gets injured.

BRONCOS 41  CARDINALS 20

Peyton did what Peyton does as he completely dismantled the Cardinals vaunted secondary.  He threw 6 touchdowns and in the process knocked the Cardinals only viable qb out of the game. This game got ugly quick in the 2nd half.

CHARGERS 31  JETS 0

The Chargers are awesome and the Jets are not. They had zero points so what else is there to say.  Well maybe they need more offensive talent….yeah

Julian Edelman and Tom Brady juggle ball and spike

49ERS 22  CHIEFS 17

Quietly the Niners have won 3 straight games.  If the players don’t like their coach Harbaugh then this is cetainly a great way of showing it.  The Niners offense still looks jittery but they continue to find way to win which is what matter most. Andy Reid is a very underrated coach who deserves more credit for what he is doing with a team that needs more weapons at receiver and lost key pieces on defense.

PATRIOTS 43  BENGALS 17

Yet again the Bengals prove they simply aren’t ready for the big stage type football game. The weird part is it wasn’t Andy Dalton as the main culprit. Brady came out and shredded the Bengals defense and the offensively line was fired up to prove they aren’t the weak link.  You could tell this was going to be a “Brady game” right from the jump as he got to his traditional head butting teammates early.

Russell Wilson is magical against Washington

SEAHAWKS 27  WASHINGTON 17

Seattle should have hung 40 on the Redskins but penalties stalled this game all night. The Seahawks weren’t as sharp coming off a bye but Russ Wilson was sensational. Russ looked like Mike Vick the way he was running all over the Redskins defense that lacks athleticism everywhere.  It was cool to see Kirk Cousins bounce back from the Giants game debacle to have a very productive night against a stingy Seattle defense.  Not a surprise Seattle took care of business though.

 

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Levi’s Stadium Bathroom Brawl: Two 49ers Fans Arrested, Two Taken to Hospital [Video]

This is the second viral 49ers fan brawl we’ve seen this season. The first one included a stairwell knockdown and a lot of blood, and this one involves a guy in a Frank Gore jersey punching a fellow Niners fan in a Colin Kaepernick jersey in the face. Then there’s another drag-down. The video uploader says the fight stemmed from “impatience for an open stall.”

Two fans wearing San Francisco 49ers gear suspected of assaulting two men in a Levi’s Stadium restroom were arrested before kickoff of Sunday’s game.

Santa Clara Police Lt. Kurt Clarke identified the suspects Monday as relatives Dario Rebollero, 34, and Amador Rebollero, 27, of King City. The two were booked on felony assault charges. Clarke would not say how the two are related or what started the fight.

The San Jose Mercury-News reports that two men were taken two the hospital.

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