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NFL: Packers Toppled As Broncos And Patriots Clinch Divisions

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Can you believe we’re through week fifteen of the NFL season already? There are just two regular season games left, and yet it feels like it was only yesterday that the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks were in tremendous turmoil, and Philip Rivers was the favourite to become MVP. The New York Jets had a winning record, but that does feel like it was a long time ago. We’re right in the crunch of the action now, so let’s look back and see what happened in week fifteen.

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers (22-10)

The Denver Broncos claimed the AFC West crown for the fourth consecutive year with victory here. They even did so with Peyton Manning missing a chunk of time in the first half, but Brock Osweiler’s zero completions from two attempts is unlikely to unseat the Hall of Famer any time soon. Instead, Denver ran and ran hard, with C.J. Anderson taking 29 carries for 85 yards. Sure, not huge yardage, but it allowed the Broncos to control time of possession and protect their lead, keeping the defense on the sidelines. Demaryius Thomas had 123 yards and a touchdown off just six passes. Remember when people thought he was in a slump?  That well rested defense is bouncing back, only giving up ten points on the road to a divisional rival with a winning record. The Broncos are now bracing themselves for the post-season, but winning out could yet secure top seeding in the AFC. Continue reading

NFL: Tricky Games Ahead For Divisional Leaders

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With just three weeks left in the NFL regular season, a lot of teams have been officially and unofficially ruled out of the race to the playoffs. The cream has risen to the top in both conferences, and some very good football teams with winning records are going to miss out on the post-season. With the margins for success so narrow, nobody can afford to lose right now, meaning there are going to be plenty of big games to come over the next few weeks, with heroes and villains aplenty. Let’s look ahead to week fifteen. Continue reading

NFL: Seahawks And Steelers Gaining Momentum

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We have nought but three weeks left in the regular season, following the tumultuous end to week fourteen. Many teams suffered heartbreaking losses that put the playoffs beyond them, while several teams shot themselves in the foot when it mattered most. With so much still to play for in the last three weeks, we’ll analyse where those in the hunt went right and wrong with our recap of all the best week fourteen action from the NFL.

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles (24-14)

Another strong showing from the previously ailing Seattle Seahawks. The Super Bowl champs are now in the middle of a three game winning streak, getting hot at just the right time. The defense is playing lights out football, and they really shut down this high tempo offense, with Mark Sanchez finishing with less than one hundred yards passing, and only getting the ball to four receivers. They pressed hard at the line of scrimmage, and gave no separation to Jeremy Maclin and company. One of the touchdowns they gave up was the result of a short field off a muffed punt, so this could easily have been a bigger score. Russell Wilson is orchestrating the offense magnificently, and beat the defense through the air when they went all out to shut down Marshawn Lynch. Nobody wants to play Seattle right now. Continue reading

NFL: Crunch Time Across The Board

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Things change quickly in the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals, for example, are now ensconced in a losing streak and are fighting for their lives in the divisional race, just two weeks after having the best record of any NFL team. With just four games left to decide who’s in and who’s out in the playoff race, as well as who’s in and who’s out of the race for the no.1 overall draft pick in 2015, there is a lot left to play for- including job security for the majority of people. Let’s look ahead to week fourteen of the NFL regular season.

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles scored a huge divisional win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving to get some breathing room atop the NFC East. They did it by exposing an overmatched defense, wearing them down with furious and frenetic offensive series’. The Eagles defense showed up pretty well too and, with the number of chances their fast play gives the opposition, that will need to remain the case down the stretch. The Eagles three losses have all been against strong teams on the road, but they are facing one of the form teams in the NFL right now, and will need to be on top form to score another big win. Can Jeremy Maclin make big plays on the Legion of Boom? Can LeSean McCoy keep up his resurgent running? Can Mark Sanchez stop fumbling the ball? They need all three of those to be answered with a yes on Sunday. The fast pace won’t scare this team, like it spooked the Cowboys. Continue reading

NFL: Cowboys Reign In London

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Week ten of the NFL season is now over, and it was a dramatic weekend dominated by fourth quarter comebacks. Perhaps that is to be expected when a host of games pitted contenders against contenders. There was plenty of back and forth games, as well as the few big shocks that are now to be expected with the end of the regular season in sight. Everyone is still jockeying for position, and the intensity is only growing. With the hits getting harder and each play more and more crucial, lets take a look back at the week ten action.

New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks ( 17-38)

The Seattle Seahawks move on to a 6-3 record, but they had to work for this one.  They were a little scatty in the first half, going in trailing 17-14 at the half. Yet they had seen, through a series of Russell Wilson keep-and-run plays that the defense wasn’t being disciplined in protecting the outside channels. Wilson gashed the defense for four big plays in a couple of first half minutes. This set the scene nicely for Marshawn Lynch to pummel that defense in the second half, as he ran for 140 yards and four touchdowns on just 21 attempts. Wilson also went over a hundred on the ground, but looked less sure throwing the ball, giving up two interceptions. The defense played ok, but is clearly missing the injured Kam Chancellor, amongst others. Continue reading

NFL: Final London Game of 2014

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We are firmly ensconced in the home stretch of the 2014 NFL regular season. Entering week ten, every team has now played at half of their games.  The playoff race is heating up, and with a number of divisions in both conferences having at least two strong teams, it’s quite likely that a big win total will be needed to play January football,  even as a wild card. The very best teams are also trying to cling onto the number one seedings, which would guarantee them home field advantage. Things are getting intense now. Let’s look ahead to this week’s action, which includes the third London game of the year.

New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have gotten back to winning football games. They are currently on a two game winning streak, having overcome the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders in recent weeks. Neither victory was by more than one score though, and those are not the amongst the strongest teams in the league this season. The Seahawks passing attack is ranked thirtieth in the league,  which is a big part of their offensive malaise. They are second in rushing, leaving Seattle with an offense that is totally off kilter.  Pete Carroll’s side like to run the ball, but they are not making the devastating play action passes that helped them succeed last year. Still, at 5-3, they are starting to build up some momentum, and that defense is playing tough once again. Continue reading

NFL: Cowboys Stun Seahawks To Maintain Winning Streak

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It was a weekend of statement games for a lot of NFL teams. Make or break time, with big divisional clashes, old rivalries and the new kids on the block stepping up to take on the established big teams. The order of power is forever on a revolving axis in the NFL, with the hot new things often becoming has-beens overnight.  There were a few examples of all these things in week six. With no shortage of talking points, we will get right to reviewing the action.

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks (30-23)

It is hard to accurately state the magnitude of this victory, but it was a colossal one for the Dallas Cowboys. Going to Seattle, playing in the face of “the Twelfth Man”, and then dominating from the start? It is a massive momentum boost for the Cowboys, and puts all the detractors back in their place. There had been legitimate questions about Dallas’ record so far. The calibre of the opposition was the biggest one. Well, they just went to the toughest venue in football, took the Super Bowl Champions on at their own game, and literally ran right over them. DeMarco Murray is headed for an MVP award if he can stay healthy. That, of course, has never been his strong suit. But if he stays fit, keeps making big yards and opening the passing lanes for Tony Romo, who knows how this ends? Continue reading

NFL: Seahawks Out To Halt Cowboys Winning Streak

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Week six of the NFL regular season is coming up this weekend, and it’s getting near panic stations for all teams with losing records. Teams who already had their bye week have as many as twelve games left to play, but a run of losses at this stage can be very hard to overturn down the stretch. With the Oakland Raiders having already fired their head coach, it is a clear reminder that plenty of people’s jobs are on the line already. Can any of the early-season strugglers catch up to the big boys? Let’s take a look at the action coming up this weekend and find out.

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks were relatively comfortable in their win over Washington on Monday Night Football, winning by two scores despite having three Percy Harvin touchdowns chalked off for infringements. It was a remarkable night for Harvin in that respect, but the Seahawks showed off their offensive diversity, coasting to victory on the back of Russell Wilson’s ground game this time. If the defense has dropped off marginally, the offense has picked up the slack. The three-headed beast of Wilson, Harvin and traditional running back Marshawn Lynch is so diverse that it is nigh on impossible to contain, and that is just the ground game. They face an interesting challenge this weekend, but gamblers rarely prosper by betting against the Seahawks in CenturyLink Field. Continue reading

NFL Week 3: Big Wins For Seattle And Arizona

Reigning Superbowl Champions Seattle Seahawks in action

Reigning Superbowl Champions Seattle Seahawks in action

Week three of the NFL season saw plenty of points being put on the board, with several shoot-outs matched by a few crushing blowouts. The regular season is in full flow now, and week three saw some teams make serious declarations of their intent. Let’s review the action here:

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks (20-26)

The Seattle Seahawks win another regular season game at home, but they don’t often do it by surrendering a two-touchdown lead. Overall, the ‘hawks defense dominated Peyton Manning, giving him no time or room to do anything for the first three quarters, but then were hit three times on essentially the same play at the end, forcing overtime. The offense went away from the three-headed beast running game of weeks one and two, with Percy Harvin not getting a rushing attempt all day. Yet when they received the ball in overtime, Harvin was used very successfully as a decoy. It’s a neat variation on the read-option, and a very useful trick for Seattle to pull out, with Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson likely to profit from those plays. In the end, Seattle got it done when the game was on the line. If they get home-field advantage in the play-offs, they’ll go to the Super Bowl. Continue reading

NFL: Broncos Seek To Avenge Super Bowl Defeat

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Hard to believe that we’re previewing week three of the NFL season already, but perhaps that’s because everyone has been left reeling by some stunning results thus far. Who would have predicted that the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts would have recorded two defeats apiece to open the campaign? There are surely more shocks in store this weekend, so let’s take a look at the third week of NFL games.

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks

There is no point starting anywhere other than at the re-match of last season’s Super Bowl, in which the Seattle Seahawks decimated their illustrious opponents. An interesting psychological difference this time is that Seattle are coming in off the back of a loss, going down in San Diego last week. How much will that upset the Seahawks? It was a road loss, but this game is to be played in front of the twelfth man, a huge advantage for the Super Bowl champions. Russell Wilson looks so steady at quarterback, and he now boasts a career record of three touchdown passes to every interception. It undoubtedly helps that they have two other ground threats besides Wilson, with Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin already putting up big numbers through two weeks. But, like the Super Bowl, this game could well be decided by how dominant the Seahawks defense is. The Seahawks are not built to rack up big scores, so they need to make Denver relive their nightmare from February. Continue reading