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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

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NFL: Football Returns With Great Opening Weekend

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Week one of the NFL season is now in the books, after reminding us of all the things that make the game so engrossing. Frantic comebacks, hilarious blunders and kicks to the face were all to be found in the first week’s scheduled games, as well as a couple of impressive upsets. Here we’ll take a look back at all the action and see where things went right and wrong for all thirty-two teams.

 

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (16-36)

  • The Seahawks are going to be the team to beat this year. Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin both went over a hundred yards and the dual threat allowed Russell Wilson to toy with the Packers defense.
  • The Seahawks D is still the best in the land, and they hunted Aaron Rodgers, sacking him three times, including one strip sack that led to a safety.
  • Green Bay showed that you need to be at full strength to stand a chance against Seattle. They lost Eddie Lacy and Bryan Bulaga early, and could not protect Rodgers after that.
  • The Packers defense is still underperforming. Dom Capers’ job is really on the line now.

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NFL: Football Returns As Packers Seek To Topple Seahawks

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It’s back. That other kind of football. The American one, where they throw the ball, wear all those big pads and make tackles with the velocity of lorries in fourth gear. The NFL never really goes away, because the draft has developed into a huge event with build-up starting the morning after the Super Bowl, and then pre-season training starts months in advance of the regular season. It is remarkable how the NFL has managed to be a year-round sport even though they only play for four months of the year. Maybe that’s why it is such a relief to have regular competition back now.

Thursday night will see the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks, kick the year off with a home game against the Green Bay Packers. No team has won successive Super Bowl’s since the Patriots in 2004/05, but the Seahawks were clearly the dominant side in the NFL last season. Although they have lost some talented guys, they look well positioned to reign once more. Continue reading

Irish Born Star Looking Forward To Croke Park Classic Homecoming

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Ahead of the inaugural Croke Park Classic, an American Football game between top college sides Penn State and the University of Central Florida at the end of August, we caught up with Irish-born kicker for UCF, Sean Galvin.

Sean Galvin was about fourteen years old when his family left the hometown of Bandon, fully immersed in the traditional GAA ways. “We rivalled Clonakilty and the likes around there. I was always into the hurling. Big into Diarmuid O’Sullivan. Sure he used to work in Bandon there for a while, doing construction work up there. The O’hAilpÌn brothers and Joe Deane and all them, they were my heroes growing up.” He hasn’t lost the accent, either. Continue reading

NFL Playoffs: Runners And Riders

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With only two games left to play in the regular season, it seems time for a comprehensive overview of the runners and riders for the playoff berths that are still to be decided. We already have three teams who have secured some kind of playoff game for themselves in January, but this is one of the most interesting periods in the NFL season, with everyone who is still mathematically in with a shout trying to claw their way forward for a shot at the Superbowl. Continue reading

Vikings And Steelers To Square Off In Battle Of London

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The NFL returns to Europe this Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings battle the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium in what is the seventh regular season NFL game to take place on English shores.

A London based NFL franchise has been muted but may not come to fruition for logistical reasons. However discussions are already under way for Wembley to host three games next year, adding an extra impetus for Sunday’s competitors to show Britain why they are the best to visit thus far.

The Pittsburgh Steelers arrived in London on Friday morning after flying overnight ahead of the game while , opting for a different approach to their opponents to playing a game overseas, preferring to spend the week preparing in the familiar territory of their practice facility. The Vikings arrived on Monday and have been acclimatizing in a hotel outside of London, practicing on a field just yards from their accommodation. Continue reading

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