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NFL: Thanksgiving Football Extravaganza

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Happy Thanksgiving! This week’s NFL preview comes to you a couple of days early, because week thirteen features the traditional Thanksgiving Football Extravaganza! Three huge NFC contests take place on Thursday, with two of them early enough to watch live in Irish time. This is one of the most tightly contested NFL seasons, both in terms of teams chasing divisional crowns and wild card spots. It seems certain that a few teams with good winning records will miss the post-season, making these final few encounters all the more vital. Let’s look ahead to the action. Continue reading

NFL: Patriots And Cardinals Take Giant Leap Forward

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Week eleven of the NFL season and its tumultuous twists and turns are now a matter of record in the schedules. The big shocks keep on coming, although perhaps we should have known that the giant slayers known as the St Louis Rams would serve Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos a severe blow in the seeding race. There were plenty of decisive victories that gave some top teams a little breathing room, and exposed others as pretenders to the crown. With so much wild action to look back on, we’ll start our review of the week here.

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts (42-20)

A comprehensive win for the New England Patriots, who stormed into Lucas Oil Stadium and stomped all over the Indianapolis Colts. Jonas Gray put his hand forward as another offensive difference-maker for the Pats, running in a whopping four touchdowns to put the game away relatively early. The Patriots offensive line has come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks, and they were a formidable presence here, dominating the trenches.  Tom Brady was a little off-kilter, tossing two picks, but that New England could record a blowout win away to a top AFC rival with the veteran quarterback having a bad day is probably the scariest part of this win. The Patriots are in a fantastic position to secure home field advantage for the playoffs now. Continue reading

NFL: Playoff Race Heats Up

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The NFL slate of fixtures is getting more and more impressive every week. As we head into week eleven of the regular season, opportunities for wins over rivals are getting more and more precious, with a victory over either a divisional or conference challenger a serious blow to their hopes of overtaking you. With seemingly every team in and around .500 still in with a serious shot of making the post-season, there are plenty of battles between contenders ahead. This weekend sees five contests between sides with winning records. There is some great football coming up, so lets preview it here. 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: Broncos Reach New Heights While Challengers Fall Away

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Week seven of the NFL season is now a thing of the past, but what exciting situations it has helped develop. The reigning Super Bowl champions are officially on a losing streak, following the trade of their most explosive playmaker. Their main divisional rivals have also fallen away somewhat, as a combination of free agency, injury, suspension and personal clashes continue to set them back. The Oakland Raiders are officially the last winless team, as the Jacksonville Jaguars won at home against the Cleveland Browns. And, perhaps most shocking of all, the Dallas Cowboys are on a six game winning streak. We’ll review the rest of the action here.

San Francisco Forty-Niners at Denver Broncos (17-42)

The Denver Broncos merely swatted aside their prestigious opposition here. Peyton Manning put on a tremendous display on this, the day he became the NFL’s most prolific touchdown passer. In the process of overtaking Brett Favre’s record, Manning was 22/26 for 318 yards and four touchdowns. Those are astronomical numbers, and they go some way to explaining the unusual blowout of NFC West opposition. Demaryius Thomas has certainly emerged from his early season slump. No doubt Wes Welker’s return, sending Thomas back outside, was a big factor. Thomas added another 171 yards and 2 touchdowns on Sunday Night Football. Can any team contain this guy on the outside? And to think, he was being criticised over drops just a few weeks ago. Denver look awesome. Continue reading

NFL: Forty Niners Seek Win In Denver

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Week seven of the NFL regular season is just a few days away now, and the weeks really are whizzing past us. As we approach the half way stage, the top teams are starting to pull away from the middle of the road wannabes and supposed dark horses. As we inch closer and closer to the crunch games at the end of the schedule, the top two sides in most divisions have some breathing room. The only divisions without a team with one win or less are the AFC North, which has four ultra-competitive sides, and the NFC North, where the Vikings are unlikely to make any huge comebacks this season. With each loss proving more and more costly for every side, let’s look ahead to the weekend’s games.

San Francisco Forty-Niners at Denver Broncos

This is the exact kind of opposition the Denver Broncos need to be facing. We all know that Peyton Manning and the Broncos are going to be heading to the playoffs. They will face a fight from the San Diego Chargers for the division title, but they will be playing in January. January has been the time of year when Denver has melted the last couple of times, though. With that sound Super Bowl trouncing still ringing in their ears, the Broncos re-upped their roster, with a view to matching up physically with the NFC powerhouses. They face one in Mile High this weekend, in a game that will tell us a lot about where they stand. Of particular interest will be the performance of their run stuffers up the middle. Denver weren’t that far ahead of the Jets last weekend, you know. Continue reading