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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

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

NFL: Surprise Defeat For Seahawks And Forty Niners

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Week two of the NFL season is now behind us, and the unpredictability factor rages on. A lot of teams considered to be Super Bowl contenders lost again this week, as the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco Forty-Niners and Seattle Seahawks all lost. We’ll review five of the biggest games here.

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers (7-24)

One of the big question marks hanging over the Carolina Panthers during the off-season was who would Cam Newton be able to throw the ball to. It didn’t look like such a problem this weekend, as Greg Olsen was open time and again for the Panthers. First-round draft selection Kelvin Benjamin made the most of the two passes that came his way, while Jason Avant and Jerricho Catchery put up solid numbers. If those guys keep getting open, the Panthers will go a long way. Cam looked good, despite missing last week’s win over the Tampa Bay Bucanneers, and maybe it was no bad thing that backup Derek Anderson played well down there to pressure Newton. Carolina struggled to establish their run game, and the likelihood is that teams will dare them to throw the ball. If the Panthers can continue to exploit defenses with less coverage, then retaining their NFC South crown is a distinct possibility. Continue reading

NFL: Chargers Face Tough Task To Earn First Win

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Week two of the NFL regular season is ahead this weekend, and if it can live up to the high standards of week one then we will be in for a treat. It is also a critical juncture for a lot of teams, and results at the end of this week may set the tone for the season. Start the season with two losses and it’s a long road back, with the words losing streak echoing around the camp. On the other hand, any team that can notch its second victory is already well-placed to make a run for a playoff spot. With so much on the line already, let’s preview five of the weekend’s most highly anticipated games.

Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers were somewhat surprising week one winners, overcoming the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in spite of starting quarterback Cam Newton missing the action. Picking up a victory away from home in the NFC South could be telling come the end of the season, and it’s all the more impressive considering the Panthers secondary and wide receiver positions were decimated in the off-season.  Back-up quarterback Derek Anderson did well in Cam’s absence, but the 2011 first overall draft pick will be back under center this weekend. The Panthers vowed not to change the playbook with Cam out, but Anderson failed to supply the same running threat. Newton’s return should give Carolina’s running backs more room to run. Continue reading

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

NFL Playoffs: Conference Championships

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We are one week further down the road in the NFL Playoffs, and are considerably lighter now, having let go of the collective bulk of the Panthers, Chargers, Colts and Saints. At this point, as you would hope by Conference Championship weekend, we are left with the very finest teams in the NFL. On Sunday, the AFC will be settled between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, while the NFC title will go to the winner of the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco Forty-Niners. As much as it’s great to win your conference and receive the trophy that comes with it, the Conference Championship really is just the final hurdle to get over on the road to the Super Bowl. Here is our preview of the Conference deciders. Continue reading

NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round

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Last weekend saw the elimination of the Packers, Bengals, Chiefs and Eagles from the race to the Super Bowl. It did go to show that the suggested changes to the playoff system in future years would be absurd, as it brought about two good games, one great one and one frankly absurd comeback win. Twelve top teams getting the chance to compete for the Super Bowl seems like the right fit, and it would be a shame to see the level of post-season games be diluted in years to come. Whether that matters if more money could be made with changes is an entirely different matter.

This weekend sees the winners of last weekend (Colts, Saints, Chargers and Forty-Niners) progress to the next round, where their reward is to play against the top two sides from their respective conferences. Scant reward, a game against one of the Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks or Panthers, who will be coming off of a week’s rest. But everyone left standing is in with a shot of going to New York for Super Bowl XLVIII. Here, we review the games taking place this weekend, which will set up the conference deciders. Continue reading