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NFL: Patriots And Cardinals The Ones To Catch

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Another huge weekend has just whizzed by in NFL land. The big results just keep coming and coming and, as teams realise that they are already running out of fixtures, each win is more satisfying and each loss more damaging to the hopes of football in January. There were also some pretty stunning upsets, with the St. Louis Rams taking down the playoff chasing San Francisco Forty-Niners.  It is those kind of losses that can be pivotal come season’s end, especially with a multitude of teams chasing the wild-card berths in the NFC. Let’s review the action here.

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (21-43)

The people suggesting Tom Brady was over the hill look pretty dumb right now. The New England Patriots won this clash of the titans at a canter. Brady was immaculate, throwing 33/53 for 333 yards and four touchdowns. Admittedly there was a second half interception to slightly take the gloss off the numbers, but Brady was immaculate. With Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman taking off for just under two hundred yards between them, it is fair to say Brady had his way with the defense. But the narrative of Brady being better than Peyton Manning in colder conditions is probably unfair. The Patriots actually did most of their damage playing into the wind. Every home advantage is different, and you can make a case that New England benefits from playing in Gillette Stadium as Denver do playing in Mile High. That Pats defense should get a lot of credit too. They are banged up, but the new guys made a big impact, particularly Akeem Ayers, who sacked Manning on 4th and 6 when the game was still right in the balance. Continue reading

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NFL : Patriots And Broncos Square Off

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We are over the halfway point in the NFL regular season now, and time is running out for teams in the race for the playoffs. Things are starting to really heat up, and the fixtures are just getting bigger and bigger. This weekend will see clashes between old divisional rivals, the hot new contenders and, of course, we’ll have the bout of the NFL’s best two quarterbacks of the last fifteen years. It’s all set for a tremendous weekend’s action, so let’s take a look at what’s coming up. Continue reading

The NFL London Franchise Conundrum

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This weekend will see the struggling Atlanta Falcons take on the high flying Detroit Lions. It is a big fixture for both these sides, who each need the win. The Falcons are 2-5, but still somehow remain in contention for the NFC South crown. The Lions are leading the way in the NFC North, but only by a tie breaker over the Green Bay Packers.

Yet that introduction completely misses the biggest aspect of this particular clash. The venue will be Wembley in London, England. It is the second of three games to be played in London this year, as the NFL looks to increase its market and potential abroad. The London series has been a fixture since 2007, and this is the first year that three games have been played there. But what are the long term future plans for the NFL in London? 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

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

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