Thursday, October 29, 2009

2 Min. Drill - Part I

NEWS:
Oakland gets blown out by the New York Jets

REACTION:
Last week - "playoffs"
This week - "crickets"

NEWS:
Titans starting Young over Collins.

REACTION:
They needed to do something to turn their team around. This probably won't be enough to raise eyebrows, but might give them the edge over Jacksonville.

NEWS:
Favre returns to Green Bay

REACTION:
And this time he'll piss off the Packer Fans by walking away with a win...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Week 7 Picks *UPDATE*

Green Bay
San Diego
Houston
Indianapolis
Minnesota
New England
Carolina
NY Jets
Chicago
Atlanta 
New Orleans
NY Giants


MNF:
Philadelphia

Friday, October 23, 2009

Week 7 Picks

Ok people, after some deliberation and analysis, my week 7 Picks are in. I am, however, very disappointed in myself, having gone 7-7 for the past 2 weeks, and am an overall 59-31 on the season. In my defense it seems some of the experts (on ESPN, NFL.com) have also had trouble predicting games the past few weeks, but hey that's why I love this game - "Any Given Sunday", as the saying goes.

Anyway, here they are (in bright team colors):

Green Bay
San Diego
Houston
Indianapolis
Minnesota
New England
Carolina
NY Jets
Chicago
Atlanta 
New Orleans
NY Giants
Philadelphia

Jim Zorn Keeps His Job


Washington Redskins' vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato announced today that Jim Zorn will keep his job as head coach for the remainder of the season.


REACTION:
On the positive side, Washington no longer has to worry about the "Head Coach" distraction. The players and the team can focus now on the games and not worry about weather Zorn will survive another game. This might bring some new found fight to the floundering Skins.

Negatively, however, I'm predicting a long and trying season in DC. The problems they have run deeper than Jim Zorn, but he doesn't seem to be the guy to address or solve those issues. Campbell just isn't clicking this season and the inability to run the ball effectively doesn't help. The Defense can still prevent teams from scoring, somewhat, but the Skins can't seem to score any points offensively when they need to.

Jim Zorn has his job for the rest of the season, yes, but don't even think for a second that the Skins' management isn't keeping their eyes and ears open for next season's coaching possibilities...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

L.A. football stadium construction clears hurdle

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Seymour Makes a Bold Prediction


Well, it seems the struggling Oakland Raiders have nothing left to fear, for a prophesy has been told. As Defensive lineman Richard Seymour stated on a Cincinnati Radio interview: "You can mark it down, the Raiders will be in the playoffs. The Raiders are going to the playoffs."

REACTION:
Do you mean this year? Or several years from now?  Mike Ditka put it best saying (on ESPN) that the Raiders will only make the playoffs if the rest of the team plays football like Richard Seymour.

Somehow that doesn't seem like it's going to happen this year. They had a solid showing against the Eagles, and all of a sudden the Raiders are bound for the post-season? Look Richard, you're not on the Patriots anymore; come back to reality. I'll give you the fact that there is a lot of season left to play, but it's hard not to laugh at such a prediction when you have the Chargers and the Broncos, one of the biggest surprises and best teams in football this year, in your division...and you've lost to both of them already! Here's my response Richard: take out the Jets, who come to town next week, and go into San Diego the following week and beat the Chargers, taking the Raiders into the bye week 4-4. Do that, and we'll reevaluate your theory. Until then, worry about your team playing its best every week. The Playoffs are still a long way off...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NFL back in LA?


Is there an NFL team moving back to Los Angeles in the near future? Gov. Schwarzenegger seems to think so. NBCLosAngeles.com reports that the Governator has agreed to sign a bill that will allow real estate developer Majestic Realty Co. to begin construction on a new stadium to be located in Southern California's City of Industry. Majestic Reality Co. has targeted several NFL teams in hopes the new stadium will entice franchises to move to LA and have one playing in the new stadium by 2013. Interestingly enough, the teams targeted include all of California's current teams (49ers, Raiders, and Chargers), who are all facing the end of their current stadium agreements.

REACTION:
Targeting the existing California teams make little sense to me. The Chargers and the 49ers seem firmly planted in their hometowns with solid fanbases, and the Raiders, who have been struggling in recent years, have already moved back and forth from Oakland twice. Perhaps another move back to LA will reestablish the Raiders all but forgotten dominance. I'm more intrigued by teams around the country who are struggling not only in the win column, but also in ticket sales.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, who are at the top of my "should-be LA-bound" list of teams, have had several games blacked out due to a decline in ticket sales. At some point in the early 90s, Jacksonville was presented as a viable location for an NFL expansion team. What someone didn't realize is that Jacksonville (practically in Georgia) is only a stone's throw away from Gainesville, home of the ever dominant Gators. A close friend of mine pointed out that northern Floridians would be hard pressed to pay big bucks for a struggling NFL Team, when they have a winning team around the corner at a college bargain. Makes sense, no? Maybe we'll see green and gold, or turquoise, or whatever colors the Jags are, change coasts in the coming years.

The St. Louis Rams are also looking for new ownership and possibilities, but they seem to want to stay firmly grounded on the turf in St. Louis, minimizing the chances of a return to LA. Moving on...

One team that has already expressed disinterest in renewing its stadium lease, up in 2011, happens to be in Minnesota. Would the Vikings give up their Metrodome for sunny Southern Cali? Possibly, but they are currently one of the top teams in the league, and if Favre and Peterson can push the Vikes to the playoffs and beyond, I can imagine we'd see pro football in the 'Land of 1,000 Lakes' for many years to come.

Finally, we have a team that's already discussed moving cities. The Buffalo Bills, also facing franchise problems (ownership, management, coaching, winning...and...well anyway), have entertained notions of moving to Toronto. Even that, however, seemed short lived after the games played across the border revealed a somewhat lack of enthusiasm for a future Canadian team. The Los Angeles Bills? Doesn't sound quite right, but I wouldn't rule out the idea. After all, locations aren't the only thing that can be changed...

For more info on the LA stadium check out http://www.losangelesfootballstadium.com/

NFLReaction.com Joins Sports Blog Net


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

NFLReaction.com Power Rankings - Week 7



No surprise here, the four remaining undefeated teams comprise the top of the list this week. The Saints proved they were the best in the league after powering through the Giants top ranked defense on Sunday. The Colts are a close seconds and should have relatively smooth sailing the rest of the year. With a little luck, the Vikings remained undefeated as they beat out the Ravens, but Favre, Peterson and Co. showed they are a force to be reckoned with. The Broncos traveled to sunny San Diego last night and showed the Chargers (and the rest of the league) that their special teams are back on track, and Orton and the offense can make the big plays too.

The Jets tumble down the ranks this week after a tough loss to the Bills.  Finally, the Titans find themselves dead last after an abysmal showing in New England. There's a lot to talk about in Tennessee during their week 7 bye.


Compare and contrast this weeks rankings on ESPN.com and NFL.com.







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