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Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Jayhawks went up top early in the game with a 14-3 lead and led all of the first half, finishing the half at 21-13.
But after the half Missouri fired back finishing the third quarter leading 33-28. To open the fourth Missouri got a field goal to make it 36-28. After that KU stormed down the field and hit a field goal as well but Missouri star All-American linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was called for unnecessary roughness on the play and on the next play KU scored and got the two pointer to tie it 36-36. KU forced Missouri to punt and then drove for a field goal to make the game 39-36. Missouri got the ball with 3:36 left but on a 3rd and one Missouri running back was tripped by Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert as he was handing it off and Missouri was forced to punt. They downed the punt at the 1 yard and KU had only 2:55 to run off the clock but opted to try a deep pass on first down. Then surprisingly throw on second down as well which forced them to pass on 3rd. On 3rd down Kansas QB Todd Reesing was sacked in the end zone for a safety and had to kick the ball to Missouri up by one. On the kick Missouri returned it to the 50 yard line and after a 24 yard run by Missouri halfback Derick Washington it set up a last second field goal by Missouri's Kicker Grant Russel who leads the league in kicking percentage only missing one field goal all season. He hit the field goal with no time remaining to give Missouri the win 41-39.
Missouri's receiver Demarrio Alexander won college football player of the week with 14 catches for 244 yards and 2 TD's. Also Kansas receiver Desmond Briscoe had a good game with 13 catches 272 yards 2 TD's but also 2 fumbles that lead to Missouri TD's. So Missouri denies Kansas a bowl game and takes home the bragging rights in a typical Border showdown shootout.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
So Texas will stay undefeated their next game is vs Nebraska for the Big 12 Championship.
Kyle Orton drove them on six scoring drives, Matt Prater kicked four field goals and safety Brian Dawkins led a ferocious defense 48 hours after calling a players-only meeting, and the Broncos beat the New York Giants 26-6 Thursday night.
Elvis Dumervil dumped Eli Manning twice, extending his NFL-leading sack total to 14. Dumervil's second one came in the fourth quarter and resulted in a fumble that sealed Denver's first win since Oct. 19.
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Sunday, November 8, 2009
They stated the season with Bryon Leftwich but after 4 games benched him and went with Josh Johnson but he also was benched in week 7, then finally they go to their rookie QB Josh Freeman this week and what do you know...they finally win 38-28 vs. Green Bay after 7 strait losses this season.
In the battle of the Bay's (Tampa Bay and Green Bay) Freeman finally lit the Buccaneers up with 3 passing TD's and 205 yards which gives Buccaneer fans a hope that the season might not be as glum as it looked as their 1st round draft pick gives Tampa a win. Aaron Rogers once again had a good game but once again it comes up short as they will go to 500. on the season.
So again this week a team that has not won a game gets their first win. The first was the Lions beating the Redskins, then the Browns beating the Bills, then the Chiefs beating the Redskins (notice yet that the Redskins helped a lot of teams get their first win), then the Titans beating the Jaguars and now the Buccaneers beating the Packers.
I wonder if now that every team has a win if the teams without a loss will start losing, you do know that the Colts play the Patriots this week?
Saturday, November 7, 2009
2. Peyton Manning
3. Ben Roethlisberger
4. Philip Rivers
5. Tom Brady
It was the first win over a top-10 opponent for the Wildcats (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten) since knocking off then-No. 6 Ohio State 33-27 in overtime in 2004.
Iowa lost quarterback Ricky Stanzi to an apparent ankle injury early in the second quarter. Freshman James Vandenberg was just 9 of 27 for 82 yards filling, and couldn't lead the Hawkeyes (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) to any points after Stanzi left the game.
Northwestern scored twice off turnovers in the second quarter. Thomas recovered a fumble in the end zone after the hit that knocked Stanzi out of the game, and Drake Dunsmore caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Persa after another turnover.
Brandon Wegher had 63 yards rushing for Iowa, whose national title hopes are all but over. The Hawkeyes can still win at least a share of the Big Ten title with victories over Ohio State and Minnesota in their final two games.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Who will win the MVP for NFL?
Peyton Manning (53%)
Phillip Rivers (23%)
Adrian Peterson (15%)
None of the Above (7%)
Who Will play in the Super Bowl
Two Teams from Above (50%)
None of the Above (25%)
Saints vs. Colts (12%)
Ravens vs. Giants (12%)
Who will play in the BCS National Championship
Florida vs. Texas (53%)
None of the Above (23%)
Florida vs. LSU (7%)
Texas vs. USC (7%)
Ohio State vs. Texas (7%)
Who will win the NFC East
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Jon: I think there is a possibility and if I had to pick I would probably go with the Rams but they have a MUCH weaker scedule then the Buccaneers who's only winable game this season is against Carolina this week and I don't think they will beat them. And after that the Buc's don't have a single team at home that is under 500. so it will be a long season for the Buccaneers. As for the Rams they play Detroit and Tennessee this season and have a weak divison. But I am not saying that the Rams will not go 0-16 I am just saying that the Buccaneers have more of a chance. Also you can throw the Chiefs into the mix but they have a good QB in Matt Cassel and a much better team then the Rams and Buccaneers.
Alex: For me it isen't a matter of will there be, it is more of a matter who will be. I think the team with the best chance of going 0-16 would probably be the Buccaneers. Most people would pick the Rams on account of the way they played but remember that was when QB Marc Bulger was injured he will be back this week. He actually came back late in last week's game vs the Vikings and was 7/7, 88 yards, and 1TD. That is pretty good stats on his first game of the season. Why I think the Buccaneers will go 0-16 is that they have no QB, no offense, and not a very good defense(which the rams have a good offense and ok defense.
Should the Tennessee Titans start Vince Young over Kerry Collins?
Jon: I think Vince Young. You drafted him with your 3rd overall pick and you need to see if he is the long term answer or not so you can maybe draft QB this year. I personally think it should be a no brainer, you are 0-5, Kerry Collins isn't playing well and Collins is a 15 year pro which I woundn't be surprised if he retired after this season. Meanwhile Young is young and might just put the life into this team that went 13-3 last season. Now for the Titans I think they will play Collins for a few more games but I think Young will definatly start a couple of games before the year is over.
Alex: Yes. Why? Kerry Collins is a 15 year pro he could retire anytime now at least see what Young has, and you know what he could end out being the answer for the Titans offense. Vince Young can throw just about as good as Collins and Young also is probably the best running QB in the League so that would free up the O-Line. He also has a good recieving core with Alge Crumpler, Nate Wahington, Justin Gage, and 1st round pick Kenny Britt so he could do alot of play action fakes and the Defense would have to cover him (running) and the WR's. Will the Titans start him instead of Collins? They Should but I don't think they will. They will probably let Collins finish the season.
Who will win the AFC North?
Jon: I think it will be a race between Ravens and Bengals. I think Ravens are the better team but they have a harder scedule and the Bengals scedule isn't near as hard as the Ravens. I don't think Steelers win even be in contetion to win it much less get a wildcard spot this year and the Browns are maybe looking at a 1-15 season so they are out of the question. I think if the Ravens Defense and Offense doesn't step up and help Joe Flacco win games the on fire Bengals will win the division. I think the game to watch is November 8, reason being is that the Bengals will be coming off a bye week and if they beat the Ravens a second time I think they will win the division. I can't decide which at the moment but I think the game on November 8 will decide it
Alex: I think the Ravens. Why? The Ravens have a good offense and a great defense and the only reason they aren't undefeated is because of bad calls. What about the Steelers? If the Steelers were the Steelers of last year they would sweep the division but this year they can never finish games. They have lost to the Bengals and Bears because of it and almost lost to the Chargers because of it. The Browns are dead this year and I don't think the Bengals streak will last.
Who is the Best RB in the NFL besides Adrian Peterson?
Jon: I'd have to say Chris Johnson. Ronnie Brown overall but if it came to that I'd rate him over Adrian Peterson in a heart beat. He runs the wildcat, he can pass in that formation, run in that formation and han the ball off in the wildcat. The reason I pick Chris Johnson is Ronnie Brown gets most of his yards in the wildcat and Chris Johnson gets his in your normal offensive formations. Nothing wrong with using the wildcat it is just that I think in your normal team I would take Chris Johnson over Ronnie Brown. Frank Gore is another good one but he hasn't been here enough of the season to really see what all he can do. As for Steven Jackson he plays for the Rams so unfortunatly he don't get enough credit or has the offensive line to really put up the numbers. Another thing I like about Chris Johnson over Brown, Gore and Jackson is he seems to take nothing plays (like Adrian Peterson) and turn them into TD's while with Brown and Gore it doesn't seem like they brake tackles as well. As for Steven Jackson I just haven't seen him enough this season.
Alex: I would have to go with Ronnie Brown. Why? Why not Chris Johnson? The Titans don't have a QB so naturally Chris Johnson would get alot of attempts to run. Not taking anything away from Johnson he is a very good RB but I think Ronnie Brown is better. Last week Ronnie Brown had 21 atts, 74 yards, and 2 TD's against one of the best Defenses in the league the Jets.
Bradford expects his recovery to take four to six months. (US Presswire)
The Oklahoma quarterback injured his right, throwing shoulder twice this season, most recently against Texas on Oct. 10.
The school announced Sunday that Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. Bradford is expected to address reporters following the Sooners' practice on Monday night in Norman, Okla.
"I dreamed about coming to Oklahoma my whole life," Bradford said Sunday in a statement. "That's the reason I came back for this season. And I came back to play, not sit on the bench. That's the reason I tried to play after the injury. I'm very disappointed that it didn't work out differently.
"Under these circumstances, and after talking to several people, this is the right thing for me to do at this point."
Bradford passed up the chance to be a first-round NFL Draft pick this year -- he was projected as high as No. 1 overall -- to play another season with the Sooners, who he grew up following as a child in Oklahoma City.
After he was hurt against the Longhorns, reaggravating a sprain of the AC joint in his shoulder, Bradford initially said he was going to wait until the end of the season to make a decision about his future. He then called a news conference for Wednesday on campus, then canceled it about two hours before it was scheduled to take place.
He accompanied Oklahoma to its 35-13 road win at Kansas on Saturday.
According to his statement, Bradford expects his recovery time to be four to six months. As of Sunday, the April 22 draft was about six months away.
"I'll be up to the challenge," Bradford said in the statement.
Bradford led the Sooners to the BCS championship game last season as a sophomore, setting school records with 4,720 yards passing and 50 touchdowns while throwing only eight interceptions. Oklahoma lost to Florida 24-14 in the championship game, and Bradford announced less than a week later that he intended to return for his junior year -- along with classmates and fellow NFL prospects Gerald McCoy, Jermaine Gresham and Trent Williams -- for another chance at the title.
It ended up being the exact opposite of what he expected.
He broke 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White's school record for passing yards in a career one play before he was hit by BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson just before halftime in the season opener. The Sooners ended up losing that game and again at Miami without Bradford before he returned to throw for 389 yards in a win against Baylor.
On the second series against archrival Texas, Bradford fell on the shoulder again when he was sacked by Texas cornerback Aaron Williams in what will likely be the last play of his college career. The Sooners, now ranked No. 22, lost for the third time this season to fall out of the national championship race and jeopardize their chances at a fourth straight Big 12 title.
Bradford also holds several other school records, including career touchdown passes (88) and yards passing in a game (468).
"We want Sam to pursue the best option for his recovery and future," coach Bob Stoops said in a statement. "We obviously feel this is best for his long-range future. Sam has led us to two Big 12 championships and an appearance in the national title game, and has demonstrated uncommon leadership skills. He is an absolute role model as a student-athlete and loyal teammate.
"We appreciate the incredible contributions he has made to this program and university."
Thursday, October 22, 2009
One is Tennessee, and that's a shocker. There never was a feeling that the Titans stunk ... not until last weekend. Then they got sand-blasted by New England, and, suddenly, people are questioning Jeff Fisher's future as the team's head coach. Please. There are few guys I trust more. I don't know what's happening there, but Fisher will put out the fire.
Tampa Bay and St. Louis, on the other hand, are on a five-alarm alert. There is already talk of the Bucs as this season's Detroit Lions, and one look at the schedule tells you why. I can't find a victory anywhere. It's almost as difficult with the Rams, but at least they have Tennessee and Detroit on the schedule. That's the good news. Now the bad: Both games are on the road.
Misery loves company, and there's plenty of it at the bottom of the NFL. Oakland stinks. Cleveland stinks. Washington is a mess. Kansas City is floundering. So is Detroit. And Buffalo. Hey, whatever happened to peace, love and understanding?
In some cases, belly flops have to do with a history of bad management and bad draft picks. In others, it's poor quarterbacking. All I know is that in 2007 we had one club win once. In 2008, we had another win zero times. Now we have three clubs pitching shutouts.
"It's going to affect the league in terms of how the season works out," said former Baltimore coach-turned TV analyst Brian Billick. "There are going to be teams that make a run of it at the end for no other reason than they're not playing strong teams."
Trust me, these are teams you wantto play. And there are plenty of them. You know who they are. Now let's get started to see which pull out of their tailspins first and why:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The good: It was 82 and sunny in Tampa today.
The bad: In Raheem Morris, the Bucs promoted an assistant who increasingly looks as if he's so far in over his head it might take a free diver to pull him to the surface. The team gutted the roster and started over, which is OK if you have a plan. I don't get that sense with Morris, and neither do a lot of people.
How they got here: By firing Jon Gruden and taking a flyer on a 32-year-old secondary coach who never was a coordinator. Excuse me, but isn't there another head coach with those qualifications who's on the endangered list?
Why there's hope: Rookie quarterback Josh Freeman. I don't know how good he is, but the more he doesn't play, the better he looks. At some point, he must get a sniff.
Long-term prognosis: It depends on Freeman. If he plays well, maybe they have a chance. If not, I give Morris maybe two more years before he goes back to being an assistant.
The good: Jeff Fisher is in charge, and there are quality starters on defense. Yeah, I know they rank 31st overall and 32nd against the pass, but that's what happens when your secondary is depleted by injuries.
The bad: The Kerry Collins Era is fading into black, and there is no conviction here about the backup, Vince Young. He started once, but there's a reluctance to start him again. Reason: Nobody has a conviction about the guy.
How they got here: They lost one of the top defensive players anywhere in Albert Haynesworth and a terrific defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz. Those are huge subtractions. But the club is misfiring everywhere, losing two key fumbles on returns in a game against the Jets that sank the season. Typical. The Titans lead the league in turnovers with 18, or three per game. This is not a
bad team. This is a team having a bad season.
Why there's hope: Because Jeff Fisher is the head coach, and he almost never suffers two straight down seasons. Remember, they had the best record in the AFC a year ago.
Long-term prognosis: It's good, but how about settling on a franchise quarterback? They signed Nate Washington and drafted Kenny Britt for a reason. Someone must get them the ball.
St. Louis Rams
The good: Steven Jackson. The guy still is one of the league's best backs. The offensive line is vastly improved over last year, but that's not saying much. Last year's line had holes the size of the Delaware Water Gap.
The bad: There are so many needs, starting with another wide receiver. Maybe two. A pass rusher. And a quarterback. Man, oh, man, it's time to start looking for the successor to Marc Bulger, and I'm not talking about Kyle Boller. I mean a guy who stays there the next 10 years.
How they got here: Poor management. Prior to Billy Devaney's arrival as GM the place was in disarray. There were so many personnel busts it seemed as if Rams made their choices by a dart board, not a draft board. Devaney will change that and already has. But we're talking the Big Dig here, people.
Why there's hope: Devaney and coach Steve Spagnuolo know what they're doing. The only question is: Will they have time to do what they want? Remember, the franchise is up for sale.
Long-term prognosis: Not good. There's not a franchise quarterback in place, and the club might be sold at any moment. Devaney said he expects to be competitive by next season. I don't see it. There is too much reconstruction going on.
Kansas City Chiefs
The good: They could've beaten Baltimore. They should've beaten Dallas. And they did beat Washington. Yes, they have holes everywhere, starting with the offensive line. But they're competitive, and they play smart. The evidence: Four turnovers, tied with New England and Minnesota for best in the league.
The bad: The offensive line is weak. They have one wide receiver of consequence, Dwayne Bowe, and he's fallen out of favor ... and I mean way out of favor. There are no playmakers on offense, and that includes Larry Johnson. Plus, management seems determined to turn the place upside down, ridding the club of most of the draft picks taken by the previous regime.
How they got here: The Chiefs got old, then ownership didn't have the patience to stick with Herman Edwards' plan. So they hired a new management team, and let it blow up the building.
Why there's hope: The quarterback is in place, and they don't beat themselves. Plus, GM Scott Pioli gets the benefit of the doubt in putting the pieces back together.
Long-term prognosis: The club will be back on its feet by 2011, and that may be conservative. I don't agree with some of the changes, but Pioli deserves time to make an impact. He has another year.
The good: Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Kevin Smith. You have a franchise quarterback and wide receiver, then add a decent running back. That's a good start. So is the hire of Jim Schwartz as head coach. Ask Tennessee how much he meant to a franchise.
The bad: There aren't a lot of good players, and that happens with eight years of bad drafting. This is not an overnight operation. It's a tear-down project.
How they got here: I can name that tune in three syllables: Matt Millen. Nice guy, terrible GM. Nice guys finish last, and Millen did.
Why there's hope: Schwartz knows what he's doing, and he has the franchise quarterback to start over. But Schwartz needs a GM who knows what he's doing, someone who knows what a draft pick looks like. You're only as good as your players, and the Lions' draft choices have been dreadful most of the past decade.
Long-term prognosis: They're right there with Kansas City. The rebuilding process is slow because there were years of dreadful drafts, and it takes time to build a foundation. I'm looking at 2011.
The good: Coach Eric Mangini is assembling a raft of draft picks for 2010, with the idea that the Browns rebuild the ol' fashioned way. Mangini better know what he's doing. He already flushed one season in a league where you may not get more than three to prove yourself. Mangini is the evidence -- he spent three seasons with the Jets, winning in two of them and going to the playoffs once. Then he was fired.
The bad: Mangini has alienated the media, fans and some people within his own organization with his Bill Belichick impersonation. As one NFL assistant said, "It's great to want to be like Bill. But you have to have the rings." Mangini doesn't. So he rips through the roster, ridding it of Phil Savage acquisitions, and turns the Browns into an expansion franchise again. Sad.
How they got here: Hiring Mangini. When they brought him in, major changes were inevitable. So he gets rid of Kellen Winslow. He gets rid of Braylon Edwards. He benches Brady Quinn. He infuriates players with a 10-hour bus ride -- in late spring, no less -- to Hartford, Conn. He puts together a club that can't run, can't pass and can't score and has Rolling Stone magazine, of all people, describing his short tenure in Cleveland as "a sort of Hurricane Andrew of football mismanagement." Yeah, whatever. All I know is the only game the Browns won was one where they completed two passes and didn't score a touchdown. Yeah, that will put people in the seats.
Why there's hope: Mangini's record with the Jets. Forget his personality, look at the record: He won in two of his three seasons there and made the playoffs.
Long-term prognosis: Not good. Mangini is disliked by too many people. Plus, there's not a franchise quarterback in place. Derek Anderson? You gotta be kidding. Mangini didn't hire him, and he won't be the starter a year from now.
The good: There is a lot of veteran talent here, more than anyone on this list. There is a franchise running back, a solid wide receiver and a dependable tight end. And talent in a lot of the right places on defense.
The bad: They can't score, and their head coach is walking the plank. In two of three homes games the Redskins failed to produce a touchdown. One was against St. Louis. Another was Kansas City. Of the Redskins' first six opponents, none had a victory when it met Washington. Yet the Redskins went 2-4. Pathetic.
How they got here: Hiring Jim Zorn looks like a mistake now, only no one will admit it. After winning six of his first eight last year, he's 4-10 and has Redskins' fans on the warpath. He lost his play-calling responsibilities this week, and that may be the beginning of the end. One of the reasons he was supposed to survive the season was because he called the plays. Now he doesn't. Say goodnight.
Why there's hope: There is too much talent here for the team to stay down long.
Long-term prognosis: It depends on the next quarterback. Jason Campbell is in his last season and has no future here. It also depends on the next head coach. Owner Daniel Snyder is a fan, but he needs to back off here and not hire the best name available but the most qualified man for the job. Zorn was worth a try, but it didn't work out. Now let's find someone who can put the ball in the end zone.
The good: They just beat Philadelphia.
The bad: JaMarcus Russell and an organization that isn't just dysfunctional. It's irrelevant, not winning more than five games in any year after 2002.
How they got here: Al Davis runs this organization from top to bottom, and that would be OK if it were 20 years ago. It's not. So the Raiders make poor draft choices and hire coaches so low on the radar they can't be found. There's a reason the Black Hole is here. You go in, then you get lost.
Why there's hope: There's not. I don't need to remind you why.
Long-term prognosis: Bleak. It doesn't change until Davis relinquishes control of the franchise, and there's a better chance of peace in the Mid-East.
The good: They just knocked off the Jets and took the heat off Dick Jauron.
The bad: They thought they had a franchise quarterback in Trent Edwards. Now, nobody is certain. Combine that with the club's failure to move the ball (they lost to a Cleveland club that completed two passes), and you have another early winter in western New York.
How they got here: Jauron is one of the most decent people on this planet, and a guy I'd trust with my mortgage. He's decent, He's honorable but he can't produce a winner. He's 7-9 in each of his first three seasons, and that might be a stretch this year. Too many bad things happen to this team -- like a raft of injuries, the Leodis McKelvin fumble vs. New England, last year's giveaway to Dallas -- and I'm beginning to chalk it up to bad karma. It just doesn't seem to work, and I hope I'm wrong. I like Jauron, and I have company in that department.
Why there's hope: The Bills draft well and continue to spring good, solid defensive players on us. Now, it's Jairus Byrd and Aaron Maybin. Paul Posluszny is a keeper. So is Donte Whitner. And Kyle Williams. There's talent on defense and an offensive line that needs time to come together, but look out for left tackle Demetrius Bell. The guy's a load.
Long-term prognosis: Good. But first find me a quarterback who isn't afraid to throw downfield. It could be Edwards, but I'm beginning to have my doubts. You didn't hire Terrell Owens to hand off to Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. So get the ball downfield. If Jauron and Edwards can't do it, the Bills will find someone who can.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
TD's, 2 INT's, 63 longest pass, and 109.5 passing rating. He is 3rd place in passer rating behind Drew Brees and Peyton Manning that is pretty good. if Favre lasts the Vikings could be a NFC Championship contender.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Well after another week of NFL there is a lot to talk about.
First is the New York Jets and my question is where is the Jets from week 2? There defense isn't playing as well and Sanchez is struggling with the cold conditions of New York. He said he had never played in weather colder then 55 degrees (since he spent all his college years at Southern California and also grow up there. The question for them is can Mark Sanchez handle the cold? If not they are in for a long season as in last nights game he throw 5 picks.
Second is the Tennessee Titans. They played an awful game against New England giving up 59 points and having 5 turnovers. Where is the 2008 13-3 Titans that no one could score on? Jeff Fisher needs to do a few things in Tennessee. One is either fire their defensive coordinator (although I'm not sure he is the problem) or threaten that they will no longer start if they do not step up. Also they need to see if Vince Young is their future QB or not. If not trade up to get one this coming draft.
The Broncos I admit have surprised the entire league and Josh McDaniels looks like a future hall of fame coach at the rate he is going right now. They are 6-0 and have beaten the Patriots, the Cowboys and the Chargers to prove they are one of the NFL's elite. Also they have finished most of the hard part of their season and only have four hard games left (Ravens, Giants, Colts and Steelers.
Another team that did awful this week is the Philadelphia Eagles. If you can only score 9 points on the Raiders that's pitiful. Where is McNabb of week 5? I personally said that I thought Kolb ran the offense better then McNabb and right now it is proving right.
The Giants are another team that either had a bad game last week or just isn't as good as everyone thought. If you look at their schedule the only descent team was Washington. Besides them they played the Buccaneers, Chiefs and Raiders all of which are picked to finish somewhere to the bottom of the NFL this year.
Meanwhile the Ravens defense is not showing up either as they have lost 3 strait games. Flacco is doing his job with the offense but the famous Ravens defense is not doing well. The Ravens have a hard schedule and if they want to get to the playoffs they better find out what is wrong.
One good thing this week for the Patriots is Tom Brady seems to have finally found his game as he throw 6 TD passes in his last game 5 of which in the second quarter (An NFL Record).
Saturday, October 17, 2009
#4 Virginia Tech 23
18 Georgia Tech 28
#7 Ohio State 18
#15 Nebraska 10
Texas Tech 31
#20 Oklahoma 13
#3 Texas 16
#21 South Florida 17
#8 Cincinnati 34
#22 South Carolina 6
#2 Alabama 20
#25 Norte Dame 27
#6 Southern California 34
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
4 Virginia Tech
5 Boise State
6 Southern California
7 Ohio State
9 Miami (Fla.)
14 Penn State
16 Oklahoma State
18 Brigham Young
19 Georgia Tech
21 South Florida
22 South Carolina
25 Notre Dame
"I can't imagine," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said, "a better defensive lineman in the country."
Nebraska's defensive tackle is approaching the point where he becomes the defensive equivalent of Tim Tebow -- able to control the game by himself. At 6-4, 300 pounds, he is Gumby -- able to stretch his body into places where it doesn't belong, able to achieve what no defensive tackle has done before him.
During the win at Missouri, Suh tallied six tackles, a sack, forced fumble and an interception. (US Presswire)
That's why his game is so hard to quantify. Suh, whose name is pronounced En-dom-ah-ken Soo, is coming off what might be the best game ever by a collegiate defensive tackle. On a rain-soaked Faurot Field at Missouri on Thursday, he was seemingly the only once with balance, so much so that he put together one of the more staggering lines for a tackle -- six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and an interception that led to the winning touchdown.
That's a good month for some defensive tackles. Before being drafted in the first round, LSU's Glenn Dorsey had an All-American season in 2007 making all of 69 tackles. Suh had 76 last season as a junior. That made him the first lineman to lead Nebraska in that statistic since 1973, plus the 76 tackles were the most by a Husker lineman since 1992.
Suh is tied for sixth nationally in passes defended, a category usually reserved for defensive backs. He is one of only three defensive linemen listed in the NCAA's top 100 in that category. At a position that is usually reserved for fat, stubby guys, Suh dominates. The Football Writers Association of America named him the national defensive player of the week.
How many defensive tackles do you know who can jump out of the gym? That's part of the reason why Suh has five career interceptions. Those are "outside numbers" at a "position inside" as Pinkel puts it.
"When I see him play, I think to myself that this is as good as I've seen around here," Charlie McBride, Nebraska's venerable former defensive coordinator, told the Associated Press before the season.
Former Huskers great Jason Peter wants to see a mean streak. The 1997 Outland Trophy finalist took Suh aside before the 2008 season and told him it's a matter of attitude. You see a guy's taking up the armrest next to you at the movies, knock it off. Walking down the street and dudes coming the other way? Make them move.
"You got to act like a bad [man]," Peter told Suh.
No, he's not going to win the Heisman, but in college football circles they are whispering that Suh has just about locked up the Outland, the defensive equivalent of the stiff-arm.
The trophy is sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, which would love to have one of its own in town to accept the hardware in January. Already, Suh is the nation's best defensive player, a title that he isn't likely to lose considering he is a slam-dunk top five pick in next year's draft. Pro comparisons range from Warren Sapp to Reggie White.
Nebraska would settle for him to be the next Peter. That would be a sign of progress for a program trying to re-establish itself. Peter was the last Husker All-American defensive lineman way back in 1997. That was the year of Nebraska's last national championship and only time a defensive player (Michigan's Charles Woodson) won the Heisman.
"I don't think he has a chance to win the Heisman," said Chris Huston, who operates HeismanPundit.com, which regularly polls voters across the country. "But he actually got a couple of first-place votes this week. The benefit of a guy [like Suh] going for the Heisman is that it will create that consolation effect of locking up the Outland."
Nebraska isn't doing much for Suh in the way of publicity other than to let him play. That Thursday night helped a lot, because Suh and fellow tackle Jared Crick were collapsing Missouri's line seemingly on every play. His advantage, Suh says, is lining up head up on the player in front of him. That makes it more difficult for defenses to double-team him.
"You never know where I'm going to go," Suh said. "I can go to the A gap, the B gap. We're always moving so there's really no way to just sit there and key on me. It's still tough to know where I'm going."
The Missouri game could be just an appetizer. This week the Huskers play Texas Tech and its pass-happy offense. Imagine Suh roaming free against the one-dimensional Red Raiders. Suh was neutralized in last year's meeting with Missouri, a 52-17 loss in Lincoln, but shortly after that he started to blossom. By the end of 2008, he was Nebraska's first All-Big 12 interior defensive lineman in nine years.
"There's more out there for him to get," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. "I don't think he's reached his potential yet."
That raises a couple of questions. Why did Suh come to Nebraska in the first place, becoming the Huskers' first scholarship player from Oregon, and why is he still around? Suh, a redshirt senior, could easily have left after last season -- the NFL projected him as a late first-, early second-round pick.
Give the reviled Bill Callahan some credit for getting the kid to Lincoln in 2005. Suh came to Nebraska because he wanted to be in an established program, even though Nebraska at the time was underachieving under the former coach. Suh stayed for a fifth year because he likes Pelini, a defensive zealot, who made a point to visit the player and his family in Portland following the season.
"I definitely thought about coming out," Suh said. "But when Coach Bo came out and spoke to my family before the bowl game, it was sort of a no-brainer for me to come back.
"It wasn't anything to persuade me to come back. It was an opportunity. I could move myself up. Then he said if I did come back he would work with me. At this point it's worth it for me to be a top 10 pick.
"I wanted to prove I wasn't a one-year wonder."
In this world of rogues and miscreants even at the college level, Suh speaks thoughtfully and articulately. His parents are divorced but he remains the proud product of his mother, an elementary teacher from Jamaica and a father who is a native of Cameroon. His name means "House of Spears" in the native tongue of the Ngema tribe.
After the career-altering Missouri game, Suh said his cell phone blew up with 27 messages, most of them from friends and family back in Oregon. Like all of us, they had seen that talking dog, that submarining car.
"The biggest thing for me was doing it on national television," Suh said. "Usually a lot of people back home don't get to see me play."
At his present pace, that's about to change. With the right cable hook-up, the NFL can be seen everywhere.
AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals
AFC South: Indianapolis Colts
AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC West: Denver Broncos
AFC Wildcard #1: Baltimore Ravens
AFC Wildcard #2: New York Jets
NFC North: Minnesota Vikings
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC East: New York Giants
NFC West: San Fransisco 49ers
NFC Wildcard #1: Philadelphia Eagles
NFC Wildcard #2: Atlanta Falcons/Green Bay Packers (this one was hard and I couldn't bring my self to chose)
Friday, October 9, 2009
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New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
New York Jets
St. Louis Rams
San Diego Chargers
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
MVP: Colts QB Peyton Manning. He is on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season record for passing yards. He is also tied with Saints quarterback Drew Brees for the NFL lead with nine touchdown passes. Manning has had four consecutive 300-yard games. Is anybody noticing this? Runners-up: Brees, Chargers QB Philip Rivers, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Ravens QB Joe Flacco, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson.
Offensive player: Manning. Who else? Runners-up: Rivers, Colts WR Reggie Wayne, Giants WR Steve Smith, Flacco, Brees, Peterson.
Defensive player: Broncos OLB Elvis Dumervil. He plays on the top defense and is tied with Cincinnati's Antwan Odom for the league lead in sacks with eight. Dumervil is an explosive edge player who has made a smooth transition to outside rusher. Runners-up: Jets CB Darrelle Revis, Vikings DE Jared Allen, 49ers LB Patrick Willis, Broncos LB D.J. Williams, Saints S Darren Sharper, Colts DE Dwight Freeney.
Coach: Josh McDaniels, Broncos. He has his team 4-0. How? He's done a great job, even if I still don't think trading Jay Cutler was the right move. Runners-up: Tom Coughlin, Giants; Brad Childress, Vikings; Jim Caldwell, Colts; Sean Payton, Saints; Rex Ryan, Jets.
Assistant coach: Mike Nolan, Broncos defensive coordinator. His defense is giving up 6½ points a game. That's amazing for a unit that was a disaster last season. Nolan is a big reason why Denver is 4-0. Runners-up: Gregg Williams, Saints defensive coordinator; Bill Sheridan, Giants defensive coordinator; Tom Moore, Colts offensive coordinator; Cam Cameron, Ravens offensive coordinator.
Offensive rookie: Ravens tackle Michael Oher. Forget that he has a movie about his life coming out soon. This kid is a player. The Ravens front office is raving about his play. Runners-up: Jets QB Mark Sanchez, Lions QB Matthew Stafford, Bears WR Johnny Knox, Titans WR Kenny Britt, Steelers WR Mike Wallace, Vikings WR-returner Percy Harvin.
Defensive rookie: Lions safety Louis Delmas. He plays with a veteran presence. The Lions bragged on him before the season, and now we know why. He will be a Pro Bowl player in another year. Runners-up: Seahawks LB Aaron Curry, Jaguars CB Derek Cox, Jaguars NT Terrance Knighton, Rams LB James Laurinaitis; Texans LB Brian Cushing.
Best trend: More passing and fewer running backs with big games. Why? The league is geared to the throwing game now. And teams are using the passing game more. Runner-up: More blitzing on defense. Rex Ryan and Gregg Williams bring it.
Perplexing trend: Fewer sacks by the elite sack men. Where have DeMarcus Ware, Shawne Merriman, LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison been all season? Runner-up: Coaches who hide secrets like their starting quarterback and injuries. You fans have a right to know.
Best free-agent pickup: Vikings QB Brett Favre. After four games, you have to give him his props. He has played well. Can he hold up? Runners-up: Sharper, Broncos LB Andra Davis, Jets LB Bart Scott, Saints CB Jabari Greer, Broncos NT Ronald Fields, Falcons LB Mike Peterson, Broncos RB Correll Buckhalter.
Biggest disappointment (team): Titans. Hands down. It isn't even close. One more loss and they are done. After going 13-3 last season? Wow. Runners-up: Panthers, Seahawks, Bills, Dolphins.
Biggest disappointment (player): LaMarr Woodley. He doesn't have a sack and I picked him to be the Defensive Player of the Year. He isn't making an impact in other ways either. Runners-up: Merriman, Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth, Texans DE Antonio Smith, Texans RB Steve Slaton, Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell.
Most improved player: Giants WR Steve Smith. He leads the league in catches with 34 and has four touchdowns. Plaxico who? Runners-up: Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker, Eagles QB Kevin Kolb, 49ers QB Shaun Hill, Steelers CB William Gay, Steelers T Max Starks.
Surprise team: Broncos. Anybody not from Denver who thought this team would be good, raise your hand. Just like I thought. Runners-up: Bengals, 49ers.
Surprise player: Smith. He has come on to spark the Giants passing game. It needed it without Burress. Runners-up: 49ers LB Manny Lawson, Sharper, Dumervil, Odom.
Best game: Indianapolis 27, Miami 23 (Week 2). The Dolphins controlled the football the entire game, but Manning went zip, zip, zip to the winning points in the final minute. Runners-up: Patriots 25, Bills 24 (Week 1); Giants 33, Cowboys 31 (Week 2); Vikings 27, 49ers 24 (Week 3); Vikings 30, Packers 23 (Week 4).
Best moment: Broncos WR Brandon Stokley plucking a deflected pass out of the air and racing 87 yards for the winning touchdown in the final seconds of a Week 1 victory over the Bengals.
Worst moment: Plaxico Burress going to prison, a sobering reminder to all players out there that they are not invincible.
Instead, the offense that had been anemic took advantage of two big interceptions to help spur a 20-point scoring flurry over a little more than 3 minutes early in the fourth quarter, leading to a 27-12 victory against No. 24 Missouri on Thursday.
Zac Lee threw three TD passes in the decisive fourth quarter for Nebraska (4-1, 1-0 Big 12), outplaying counterpart Blaine Gabbert. The Missouri quarterback entered the game ranked fourth nationally in passing efficiency and leading the Big 12.
"I was digging deep from the beginning," Lee said. "It just didn't show up until the end."
Missouri built a 12-0 lead after three quarters, its lone touchdown coming on Gabbert's 1-yard sneak on fourth down as time ran out in the first half. But Nebraska rallied with three touchdowns in a 3:22 span early in fourth quarter.
Lee hit Niles Paul with a 56-yard scoring pass to cut the lead to 12-7. On Missouri's next offensive play, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh deflected and then intercepted a Gabbert pass. The Huskers scored quickly on a 13-yard pass from Lee to Paul to make it 13-12. A 2-point conversion attempt failed.
A 40-yard interception return by Nebraska's Dejon Gomes on Missouri's next possession left the ball on Missouri's 10. Nebraska made it 20-12 on Lee's third TD, an 8-yard pass to tight end Mike McNeill.
Looking to run out the clock, Nebraska added a final TD on Roy Helu Jr.'s 5-yard run with 56 seconds remaining.
A steady downpour fell throughout much of the game. In the first half alone, the teams combined for 11 punts, nine penalties and six fumbles -- including three muffed punts by Nebraska. For the game, Nebraska had 12 penalties and Missouri eight, with each losing more than 100 yards for those violations. Both teams punted eight times.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel refused to target the sloppy conditions for his team's uneven performance.
"I'm not going to blame the weather on any of this," he said. "If you want to win a championship ... you have to play in any conditions. That's no excuse at all."
Columbia had more than 5 inches of rain and flash flooding throughout Thursday. A pregame campus power outage darkened all of Memorial Stadium for about 10 minutes before electricity was partially restored.
Passes routinely slipped through receivers' hands, and Missouri's lone score was aided by a 38-yard pass from Gabbert to Jared Perry after a Nebraska defender slipped and fell.
The Nebraska comeback kept Missouri from a third consecutive victory against its Big 12 North Division rival -- a streak the Tigers last accomplished in 1969. Until a 2003 home victory, Missouri had lost 24 straight to Nebraska.
Gabbert's two interceptions were his first of the season and the first of his career in 177 attempts. He had thrown 11 touchdowns this season but completed only 17 of 43 passes for 134 yards and no touchdowns. It was his first game this season without a TD pass.
Lee completed 14 of 33 passes for 158 yards and three TDs. Helu led the Huskers' running attack with 88 yards on 18 carries.
The Huskers' fourth-quarter outburst accounted for 160 yards of offense -- 57 more yards than they had for the entire game to that point.
"We just kept fighting," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. "In conditions like that, you have take advantage of your opportunities. They took advantage in the first half and we were able to get that done in the fourth quarter."
Missouri defensive lineman Jaron Baston suggested that the Tigers became unnerved after Nebraska's unexpected late-game surge.
"Some things went their way, and we just didn't react well," he said.
Missouri had only 225 yards of total offense, with running back Derrick Washington gaining 80 yards on 20 carries.
With power unavailable for a new, $3.5 million scoreboard in the north end zone, game officials resorted to hand signals instead of the play clock. Rules required officials to shut off the opposite play clock so one team would not have an advantage.