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     Super Bowl XVIII reminded us once again that sometimes these games become blowouts.  I cannot remember a team that dominated Sports #1 Event like the Seattle Seahawks did since the 1980 49er and 1970 Steeler Dynasty Teams Did.  In no way am I comparing the Seahawks to those teams as they have much work to do to reach that level.  However, I think every sports fan in America was taken by surprise with the result of Sunday’s Game (Including all Seattle Fans).  Yes, the line was only 2 Points and the Broncos were favored.  How could they not be?  Peyton Manning, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Demariyus Thomas, Knowshon Moreno and all of that offensive talent.  That talent set many NFL records this season.

     Well I guess the old saying Defense wins Championships is really true.  Just like they always say that in Baseball that Pitching wins Championships.  We had an immovable object in this game with the League’s #1 Offense vs. the League’s #1 Defense.  When I look back at all of the previous Super Bowl Champions of years past there truly is one fact that stands out.  The teams that win the Big Dance always have a better than average Defense.  Let us just look at the past few years.  Last year, the Baltimore Ravens had the league’s most vaunted Defense with Ray Lewis and Company.  Before them, both Giants teams that won also had great defenses.  The Patriots teams that won in the past also had great defenses (in spite of their stellar offenses).  The list can go on and on.  The last Offense that I can remember that was on Denver’s level playing in the Super Bowl was the Saint Louis Rams and the Greatest Show on Turf.  However, that Rams team had one of the better defenses as well that season and went unnoticed.  

     The Denver Broncos of 2013 surely set many Offensive Records.  However, the Denver Defense may have been one of the worst ever.  They were ranked at the bottom in almost every category.  So fast forward to the game.  If it was not an omen on that first play from scrimmage when the ball was errantly hiked over Peyton Manning’s head that resulted in a safety, then I don’t know what an omen is.  Then Seattle went ahead 15-0 at halftime and people were like…ok the Broncos can still make a comeback.  I don’t know what coach John Fox said to the troops at halftime…however the players must have been listening to headphones because they came out after the half and let Percy Harvin go 109 yards for a Kickoff Return.  The game was definitely over there.

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     The Seattle Seahawks earned this win the old fashioned way.  They played smash mouth Football and totally dominated the line of scrimmage.  Everyone in the media is focusing on how Denver choked and that Peyton Manning can never win the big game.  I seriously do not think anyone is giving Seattle enough credit for what they were able to accomplish, with a sophomore Quarterback no less.  Yes, the Broncos failed to show up.  However, that had more to do with Seattle’s tenacity than a lack of effort from Denver.  Everyone will debate how Peyton Manning is just another Quarterback and thats a debate for another day.  This day needs to be a focus on the Seattle Seahawks and their amazing run to the championship.  I must admit, Im not a Denver fan but I did pick them to win the game.  I was STUNNED!!!

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Ok here we are now, Eli Manning is 2-0 in Super Bowls and Peyton Manning is 1-2.  Does that mean Eli Manning is a better Quarterback than his brother?  Of course not, Football is a team sport.  However, this loss did a lot to damage Peyton’s legacy.  No one will take away what Manning has accomplished and I still rank him in the Top 5 Quarterbacks of all-time.  However, he cannot be #1.  The Seahawks Defense were able to do what no other team did this season.  The Seahawks pressured Manning.  He threw two Interceptions.  He just was not the same player he was all season.  Through all of that, ironically he set a Super Bowl record for completions with 34.  Demariyus Thomas, Peyton’s favorite target in this game also set a record with 13 receptions.  And yes, Julius Thomas dropped quite a few would be first downs.  However, Kudos to Pete Carroll and the Seahawks for an excellent game plan.

IMG_0774 Check out this Tweet from NY’s WFAN.  I think this is perfect of an assessment that has been made regarding Peyton. I am sure there will be many debates in the days to come.  However, I think people need to stop dwelling on the negative (Denver and Peyton Losing) and focus more on the positive  (The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl Champions).  Wow, I can’t imagine.  I am an Eagles fan and still waiting for the thrill of winning.  Maybe next year.  Ok, well this was a great day for a Seattle and a dark day for Warren Sapp, who reportedly bet 10,000 Dollars on the Broncos.  Even more crazy, Floyd Mayweather bet 10,000,000 Dollars.  Ten Million Beans.  Oh well, thats why I never bet.  Well, stay tuned as I will be monitoring whats in store in the new year for music.

 

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SUPER BOWL PREVIEW: IN MY OWN WORDS

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So here we are…three days before Professional Sports most Prestigious Day.  It has been awhile for me so bear with me as I get reacclimated to the fantastic world of blogging.  One thing I have always enjoyed during my writing career is that there is no right or wrong.  What we have in writing is a matter of opinion.  Some people use educated analysis when forming an opinion as the proponderance of facts is supplied in order to prove a point.  Still, some people chose bias as a way of forming opinion and their way is the only right way.  And then there are those people in the middle who neither have facts or a rooting interest.  One thing is for sure no matter what category you may fall into.  History will be made on Sunday, February 2ND.  There will be a winner and loser in the Super Bowl.  It may be true that the best team wins.  In fact, the better team may lose.  Nonetheless, whichever team wins will be the team that makes more plays than the other.

Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II saw the illustrious Green Bay Packers take the first two crowns.  Of course, they were the legendary Vince Lombardi’s final games as an NFL coach.  There is no coincidence that the title now bears the great name of Vince Lombardi.  In Super Bowl III, the great Joe Namath, quarterback of the New York Jets, predicted a victory over the heavily favored Indianapolis Colts.  The GREAT Johnny Unitas was on the sideline as backup Morrow would begin the game.  After an injury that forced Morrow to leave the game, Johnny U would enter the game trying to lead a come back.  The come back would fall gallantly short and Namath’s prophesy came true.

Over the past 42 Years, the Super Bowl has evolved and has bested itself each year as far as the greatest sporting spectacle in Professional Sports.  During the past 42 years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won the most Super Bowls with a 6-2 record.  The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are second with 5 wins (San Francisco-5-1/Dallas-5-3).  Dallas and Pittsburgh lead the pack with Eight Appearances a piece.  The Buffalo Bills have the most consecutive appearances with Four, of course losing all four.  The New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, and Minnesota Vikings lead the Super Bowl with a record Four Losses.  Buffalo and Minnesota are both 0-4, while Denver is 2-4.  In all, 28 (18 Franchises) different teams have appeared in a Super Bowl, including teams that have shifted cities.  The Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions are the only four teams to have never appeared in a Super Bowl.  The NFC leads the way with 25 Wins to the AFC’s 22 Wins.

The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have Eight Appearances in the Super Bowl, which is an NFL record.  With the Denver Broncos advancing to the Super Bowl in 2014, this will be their Seventh Appearance.  With a win this Sunday, the Broncos will take their Super Bowl record to 3-4.  Their first two wins came in their last two Super Bowls behind the arm of Hall of Fame Quarterback John Elway.  Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks are playing in their Second Super Bowl.  They lost their first Super Bowl to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005.  Well, here we are Nine Years later and they will be trying to even their record.  As we look at the big dance, let us take a look at how both teams got to this point.

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DENVER BRONCOS (13-3, 1st Place AFC WEST, BYE, HOME FIELD)

     The Denver Broncos began the 2014 Season with a 9-1 Record and ultimately became the First Seed of the AFC Playoff Teams.  The Broncos, were lead by Peyton Manning in only his second season, as he set NFL records with 5,477 Yards Passing, 55 Touchdowns and a 115.1 Quarterback Rating.  Denver comes into the Super Bowl with the leagues highest scoring offense, with 7,317 Total Yards and 606 Points Scored, which was good enough for an average of 37.6 Points Per Game, exactly ten points more than the second leading scoring offense of the Philadelphia Eagles, who averaged 27.6.  The Broncos also averaged 457 Yards Per Game, an insane number in today’s NFL.

     Meanwhile, Denver was less than the middle of the pack with the league’s 19th Ranked Defense.  Along with Manning’s incredible passing resume, running back Knowshon Moreno had 1,038 Yards Rushing (12th), and had 10 Rushing Touchdowns.  The Broncos prolific offense also featured Demariyus Thomas and Eric Decker with over 85 Receptions, 1,200 Yards Receiving and 11 Touchdowns each.  Add Slot Receiver Wes Welker and all-pro Tight End Julius Thomas, and Denver was a recipe for disaster for any Defense.  During the regular season, the Broncos faced 6 Playoff Teams, winning each game except for losses to the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots.  Of course, they shook that monkey off their back by beating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (13-3, FIRST PLACE NFC WEST, BYE, #1 SEED

     The Seattle Seahawks were not a surprise this season, like they were in 2012.  The Seahawks boasted the League’s Number One Defense while they were Seventeenth in Offense.  The Seahawks were lead by sophomore Quarterback Russell Wilson and Running Back Marshawn Lynch, while boasting a ferocious Defensive Attack.  The Seahawks were also led by the TWELTH MAN, the fans in Seattle as they are referred to.

     The Seahawks faced Five Playoff Teams but also split wins against both the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, who just missed the playoffs by default.  In both of their playoff wins, the Seahawks scored 23 Points and gave up 15 and 17 respectively.  So one would say, wow this is a very dangerous team.

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Ok, so now I will give my early predictions and the reasons why I feel the way I do.  Super Bowl 43 features the Two Number One Seeds in each Conference, the first time this has happened in 20 Years.  In 1993-1994, the Super Bowl featured the Dallas Cowboys against the Buffalo Bills, both Number Ones.  This game will also feature the league’s best offense (Denver Broncos) vs the league’s best defense (Seattle Seahawks).  So, one would say which can stop each other, two immovable objects.  The Broncos Defense was less than spectacular, while the Seahawks Offense was less than average.  So, when looking at these two trends, one of these teams have to give.

     Peyton Manning, no matter how great of a Quarterback he has been in the regular season, will always be judged by how he performs in this Super Bowl.  He is trying to become the first Quarterback to win two Super Bowls with two different franchises.  If Manning wins, he goes to 2-1 in Super Bowls and Solidifies himself as one of the greatest passers of all-time.  If Manning loses, he becomes another Dan Marino.  A Quarterback that has all of the stats, but cannot win the big game.  All of the pressure is on Manning in this game.

     Secondly, Turnovers will be a huge factor in this game as they always are.  Super Bowls are not always pretty as everyones nerves are on high alert.  The Seahawks have the better Defense and were better at creating turnovers in the regular season.  And also, don’t forget the Special Teams Game.  With the Super Bowl traveling to New York (OMG…I am so sorry) I meant New Jersey, this will be the first cold weather Super Bowl in forever. Of course, earlier this week, there was talk of moving the game to another day.  However, it looks as if the Game will take place when its supposed to.  This factor plays into Seattle’s favor.  Seattle is a better suited team for the cold weather.  Let’s face it…Peyton Manning will admit that he is no fan of cold weather.  However, another Manning, Eli has won two Super Bowls, playing in a predominately cold climate.

     Run the Ball.  Everyone will be focused on Peyton Manning and the high flying Denver Offense.  However, don’t forget that the Broncos can pound the rock.  But so can Seattle, with the Number One Bruiser Marshawn Lynch.  Lynch is built for this game.  Nonetheless, Knowshon Moreno will be going back to his home town so he will have enough to play for.  John Fox vs. Pete Carroll.  These are two very genius coaches.  Fox has never won a Super Bowl and neither has Carroll.  However, neither is no stranger to the Big Stage.  Fox took the Carolina Panthers to one drive of beating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl years back.  Carroll coached USC to all of those National Championships.

     As we look to Sunday, there are so many factors and stories, as there is ever year this time.  The Super Bowl is the Super Stage.  Everyone is on the Pedestal.  When one looks at this matchup, you would have to agree with the very low point spread.  The Denver Broncos are favored by only two points.  They say Defense wins championships.  However, Seattle had better put up more than 23 points to beat the Broncos.  My gut says the Seahawks eke out an upset.  My brain however, says definitely Denver and Peyton.  This game will be decided on the field, not on paper or by statistics.  So without further a due….

MY EARLY PREDICTION…the 2013 NFL SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS…the DENVER BRONCOS.  The Broncos win this game 28-23.  The Broncos will not put up more than 30, however they will score just enough to beat the Seahawks in a very close and competitive game.  If this was any other team or Quarterback besides Peyton Manning, my bet would be with Seattle.  There is no way that I can bet against Manning after the marvelous record setting season that he has produced.  Manning wins and retires…just a hunch.  Well there ya have it folks, my preview and pick.  So as we get closer to Sunday, I look forward to all of your ideas and analysis.  Till the next time, this is THE BIRD, signing off.  Oh, and on a side note, good luck to all of the participants in the WING BOWL tomorrow back in PHILLY.

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL/NFL NEWS AND NOTES

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     Hello Fans…It has been a long Hiatus for me on the Blogging Sector but I am back and ready to give you all of the answers to your questions.  I have recently joined Twitter so you can also check out my material @mustaine3651#Twitter.  Anyways, Thursday Night pits two of the NFL’s worst teams.  My number one question would not be who is going to win the game?  However, I would ask how many NFL fans out there will be viewing this game either live or on television.  My guess would be not many.  What baffles me in this game is that the Texans, who have the league’s worst record, are favored in this game which is being played in Jacksonville.  However, the Texans are the more talented team.  Houston along with the Atlanta Falcons have to be the two most disappointing teams this season, as both were easily picked to go far in the playoffs.  Atlanta at one point was even the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.  However, injuries and horrible execution has plagued both of these teams.

     First of all, let us take a look at the Texans.  The loss of Arian Foster (one of the premier Running Backs in the league) has been devastating to an offense that is predicated on the Run.  Also, after winning their first two games, Houston has lost 10 Straight Games, a Franchise Record.  The Texans have many holes in their game and deficiencies on both sides of the ball.  For instance, the Texans are ranked number #1 in Total Defense as far as Yards but they are at the bottom when it comes to giving up points.  And when its all said and done, the Final Score is the only thing that matters in the NFL.  The Texans also are an abysmal minus-12 in the Turnover Differential.  During this 10 Game Slide, the Texans have been outscored 151-49 in the Second Half of Games.  Their offense has also been futile as their Starting Quarterback, Matt Schaub, has been benched after a horrible start to the season. He had 8 Touchdowns and 9 Interceptions when he was yanked from the Starting job, with six of the nine interceptions being PICK 6’s.  Case Keenum has been a completely different QB as far as production, throwing 8 TDs/3INT for 1,443 Yards in his first NFL action.  Arian Foster going down was the final nail in the coffin for Houston as he only had 2 100 Yard rushing games before being placed on IR.

     The Jacksonville Jaguars have been a different story.  First of all, you know that your team is doomed when your starting Running Back (Maurice Jones-Drew) has more passing Touchdowns for the season (3) than your starting Quarterback (Blaine Gabbert) who has only (1).  Chad Henne has took over the starting quarterback role and has not been much better posting a 75 QB Rating, 6TD, 10INT, and throwing for 2,319 Yards.  With all of these negative statistics, the Jaguars have somehow managed to win three of their last four games, after some say they were a lock to get the Number# 1 Pick in the Draft next season, which will most likely be Teddy Bridgewater.  Plus, it does not help that the Jaguars are 32nd in Team Offense (DEAD LAST).  They are also at the bottom at 25th in Total Team Defense.  However, they are 29th in points allowed with 352 Points allowed for a 29.3 Point Per Game Average.  However, despite all of these flaws, the Jaguars have somehow managed three wins.

     Ok, onto my pick for this game.  The Texans are favored by 3 Points on the Road.  I am going out on a limb and taking the Jags to win this game in front of their “tiny” crowd.  This game will find the Jaguars win 20-17.  Its ashamed that the league has not adopted an alternate schedule like they have during Sunday Games where they can change the times.  Well, in this case it would be harder as they would have to change the date.  However, I can see the ratings for GLEE being higher tonight than this football game.  Well, most Fantasy Football Leagues begin their playoffs this week.  Good luck to all of those participating and do not second guess your gut.  Too many times I have saw owners try to take the better matchup as opposed to the more consistent lineup and get burned.  Remember Folks, a team could be 11-0 at this point and get bounced out in the first round.  This is why the NFL Fantasy Football realm is so fun.  Its not over till the boy cries wolf.  I would say that so far, Peyton Manning has been the best Fantasy QB, Jamal Charles the best RB, Calvin Johnson the best WR, Jimmy Graham the best Tight End, Steven Gostikowski the best Kicker, and the Kansas City Chiefs the best Defense.  

     Around the league has a few key match ups.  The best game of the week and maybe most important as far as playoff implications go will be the New orleans Saints facing the Carolina Panthers.  Both teams are 9-3 and looking to get first round byes.  As hot as Carolina has been, I believe their run will end this week on the Saints turf, where Drew Brees has been amazing.  The Panthers are the more balanced team, however, the Saints are at home and can outscore just about anyone.  Another key game will be the 7-5 Eagles vs. 7-5 Lions.  The Eagles need a win to keep pace with the Cowboys for the Division Crown in the NFC.  The Lions are in the same boat as they are truing to fend off the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers to win the North.  The Eagles will not totally be able to eliminate Calvin Johnson (MEGATRON); however, if they can limit their mistakes they definitely match up well with the high flying offenses.  This game actually has the chance to be a major shootout.  Finally, the other huge game will be the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.  The 49ers have lost the first game against the Seahawks and are looking to get even.  The 49ers only chance I believe in this game will to be to try and run the ball, pound it and control the clock.  That will be a difficult task against the Seahawks Defense.  We shall see.  This week should go along way in opening the playoff picture.  Finally, Peyton Manning was invited to a wedding this week, in which he politely declined, but he did send an autographed invitation back to the couple.  What a class act by a Player that is having a season for the ages.  Also, lets see if Nick Foles, yes you heard it right, Nick Foles (Eagles QB) can break Peyton’s record of 20 TD’s without an INT to begin the season.  Foles has Nineteen so he only needs two.  It would be great to see Foles do this!

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NFL HALFWAY POINT: Winners, Losers, Fantasy Studs and Duds, Contenders and Pretenders

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     Wow, Time flies when we are having Fun.  Yes, we are officially at that time of the year again where everything gets complicated in the world of sports.  The NBA is back.  The most easy answer to the question: If you were able to pick anyone in the NBA today to build your franchise around…who would it be?  92 Percent of people that were asked this question in a recent poll voted Lebron James.  The NHL is in full swing and the Toronto Maple Leafs are off to the races.  The Philadelphia Flyers on the other hand are creating many angry faces.  The World Series culminates tonight in Boston with Game Six between the Saint Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox are hoping to clinch a championship in front of their home town fans for the first time since 1918.  Standing Room Tickets are going for $1,000 on EBAY.  Let us all hope that the Cardinals can win game six and force a Game 7 on Halloween Night.  Don’t forget, there is also a Football Game on Thursday Night with the Cincinnati Bengals playing the Miami Dolphins.  And as this very exciting time comes around again, we are officially at the halfway point of the NFL Season.

     First of all, I would like to analyze the season thus far and give you my list of Winners and Losers.  Well, who would have saw the Kansas City Chiefs going 8-0 after a dreadful 2012 season in which they finished dead last in the NFL.  This is an amazing turnaround.  Yes, many people will argue that Andy Reid stepped into the perfect situation.  However, I would argue that he had better Offensive Superstars in Philly and the one difference maker has been the Chief’s Defense.  Jamal Charles has been nothing less than spectacular.  However, Reid had LeSean McCoy in Philly so one could argue that there is no difference here.  Dwayne Bowe is the Chief’s best wide receiver and he has just been about average.  DeSean Jackson has been and is still one of the best wide receivers in the league.  And Michael Vick, injuries and all, will always be a better Quarterback on paper than Alex Smith.  However, they do not play this game on paper.  Yes, the Chiefs have been efficient on offense, barely turning the ball over, while creating many turnovers on Defense.  The Chiefs are ranked #1 on Defense and have the best turnover ratio.  So the Chiefs take first place on my winner board.

     The Denver Broncos have been nothing less than spectacular.  Peyton Manning leads the entire league with 2,919 Yards Passing, 29 Touchdowns/6 Interceptions/and 119.4 Quarterback Rating.  The Broncos are 7-1, there only loss coming to Peyton’s former team the Indianapolis Colts.  The Broncos are loaded with weapons: Demariyous Thomas (685 Yards-3rd in NFL/6 Touchdowns-9th in NFL), Wes Welker(9 Touchdowns-1st in NFL, 555 Receiving Yards-19th), Eric Decker(669 Yards-6th in NFL/4 Touchdowns-20th NFL) and Julius Thomas(8 Touchdowns-3rd NFL/39 Catches-451 Yards) at the Tight End position.  Take that receiving core and Add Running Back Knowshon Moreno into the mix.  Knowshon Moreno(457 Yards-11th/Touchdowns-8 Rushing/2 Receiving-1st in NFL).  That is a scary bunch of players.  Denver does not have the best Defense, but they have shown they can outscore any opponent, even the Dallas Cowboys who they beat two weeks ago, 51-48.  In that game, Tony Romo threw for over 500 Yards and 5 Touchdowns while the Dallas Offense put up well over 600 Yards of Offense.  No Problem Peyton Manning said, as he lead the Broncos to that winning score.

     The Seattle Seahawks have picked up where they left off in 2012.  The Seahawks are the best team in the NFC with a record of 7-1.  Ironically, the Seahawks only loss also came to the Indianapolis Colts.  Seattle is first place in the NFC West and are probably the most balanced team in the NFL as far as Offense and Defense.  Second Year Quarterback Russell Wilson has a 99.0 Quarterback Rating with 1,628 Yards Passing, 13 TD/4INT and another 339 Yards and 1 Rush TD.  Marshawn Lynch has 601 Rushing Yards and 6 Touchdowns, both good enough for 4th in the League.  Lynch has chipped in another 181 Yards Receiving and a TD through the air.  The Seahawks are Second in Total Defense and 15th in Offense.  However, they have the goods to go far in the playoffs.

    The New Orleans Saints appear like they are back and prepared to shock the NFL.  The Saints are 6-1.  They have the Sixth Ranked Offense and 12th Ranked Defense.  They are Second in creating Turnovers to the Chiefs.  Drew Brees is second to Manning with 19TD/5INT, 2,290 Yards and 109.2 Quarterback Rating.  Star Tight End Jimmy Graham has 40 Receptions for 630 Yards and 8 touchdowns.  He has been unstoppable.  Their Defense has been even more of a surprise.  Right now, the Saints lead the South by 2.5 Games over the surging Carolina Panthers.  This team is actually my sleeper pick to win the Super Bowl.

     The Cincinnati Bengals are my Fifth winner.  This team actually on paper is the most balanced of the list with the 8th Ranked Defense and 9th Ranked Offense.  Andy Dalton is coming into his own and has a legitimate receiving core with AJ Green and Marvin Jones.  Dalton has 183 Completions (Good Enough For 65.5Percent), 16TD/7INT, and 2,249 Yards Passing.  AJ Green is second only to Megatron in receiving yards with 734 and also has 5 Touchdowns.  His counterpart, Marvin Jones had a 4TD game on Sunday and is becoming an extra threat for teams to account for.  Marvin Jones has 379 Yards Receiving and a whopping 7 Touchdowns.  Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard have provided the lightning and thunder in the backfield rushing for over 700 Yards and 5 TD’s.  The Bengals are another dark horse in the league.

     Ok, that is the TOP 5…The Honorable Mention is the Indianapolis Colts (5-2), New England Patriots (6-2), San Francisco 49ers (6-2), Green Bay Packers (5-2) and the Detroit Lions (5-3).  The Colts have beaten the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.  Their two losses have come to the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers, so going by their tough schedule, they appear to be in this race until the end.  Miami and New Orleans are the only tow teams that the Patriots have beaten with winning records.  The Pats have been uncharacteristic on Offense and really are lucky to be leading their Division.  The 49ers have dominated after an early season struggle.  They held Houston to 3 Points, Tennessee to 17, and Jacksonville 10.  I mean, those are three bad teams but their Defense still has been on fire.  Kaepernick and Gore are playing top notch and Anquan Boldin and vernon Davis are having excellent seasons catching the ball.  Their two losses have come to Seattle and Indy.  Green Bay, despite all of their injuries are still leading the Division behind Aaron Rodgers.  And Finally, the Detroit Lions come in as another sleeper in the NFC.  They are 3rd in Total Offense.  Their Defense is 25th.  However, with Calvin Johnson, they are in  every game as they proved this past Sunday beating the Dallas Cowboys in the last minute of the game.

     Ok, now the fun part.  The worst team in the league is definitely the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jags may go 0-16.  They are 32nd in Offense, worst in the league and 28th on Defense.  The only four teams that have allowed more yards are the Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.  Hmmmmm…Notice something ironic.  Three of the Four worst Defenses come out of the NFC East.  When was the last time you remember this division this bad.  The NFC Least is Putrid and I say the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and New York Giants are my next three losers.  These teams have been horrible, none of them performing up to their Talent.  The Pittsburgh Steelers are my Sixth Loser at 2-5.  Pittsburgh has been downright horrible and very inconsistent.  I cannot remember a Steeler’s team that has played this bad in recent memory.  Of Course, rounding up the list of Losers is the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Buccaneers have been terrible and are the only other team besides the Jaguars without a win.  They even cut their Franchise Quarterback, talk about controversy.  

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     Ok, the halfway point of the season is also a time to analyze the best and worst performers in Fantasy Football.  I will provide a list of the Top 20 Performers Thus Far and this is of course in a PPR League, so some players may be ranked higher than others:

1) Peyton Manning (QB)- 322 Fantasy Points- At this point Manning is on a record setting pace both in Fantasy and on the GridIron.

2) Drew Brees (QB)- 242 Fantasy Points- Brees has been hot as of late, he tossed 5TDs last week.

3) Matt Stafford (QB)- 241 Fantasy Points- Stafford is having another excellent season and now has Reggie Bush along with Megatron.

4) Tony Romo (QB)- 229 Fantasy Points- Romo is having a career year thus far.

5) Aaron Rodgers (QB)- 214 Fantasy Points- Rodgers is always in the Top 5 Every Year.

6) Andy Dalton (QB)- 212 Fantasy Points- Dalton is somewhat of a surprise to be this high on the list.

7) Philip Rivers (QB)- 205 Fantasy Points- Rivers is another Steady Performer Week after Week.

8) Matt Ryan (QB)- 199 Fantasy Points- Ryan has struggled but that is more due to injuries to his weapons.

9) Cam Newton (QB)- 189 Fantasy Points- Newton is having another solid year and has been hot as of late.

10) Jamal Charles (RB)- 187 Fantasy Points- Charles is the First Non Quarterback on the list…thats saying something.

11) Russell Wilson (QB)- 184 Fantasy Points- Wilson is not having a sophomore slump!

12) Andrew Luck (QB)- 180 Fantasy Points- His production may drop off with the loss of Reggie Wayne for the season.

13) Sam Bradford (QB)- 179 Fantasy Points- Bradford was having a stellar year before his season ending injury.

14) Colin Kaepernick (QB)- 170 Fantasy Points- Consistent Performer.

15) Calvin Johnson aka Megatron (WR)- 169 Fantasy Points- Calvin leads all Receivers and don’t forget he missed two games with injuries.

16) RG GriffinIII (QB)- 163 Fantasy Points- Griffin has been hampered by injury.

17) Jay Cutler (QB)- 161 Fantasy Points- Cutler has been out with an injury.

18) Wes Welker (WR)- 159 Fantasy Points- Welker is on the Best Offense with the Best Weapons and still cracks the Top 20.

19) Knoshown Moreno (RB)- 158 Fantasy Points- Moreno is on fire and reaping the benefits of playing with Manning.

20) Dez Bryant (WR)- 155 Fantasy Points- Dez has been the most consistent Receiver week to week.

Now the worst of the worst…not by points but just sheer disappointment…

Marques Colston, Roddy White, Ryan Matthews, Tom Brady, Doug Martin, Trent Richardson, CJ Spiller, Dave Wilson, Miles Austin, Mike Williams, Robert Meachem, Joshua Cribbs, Mike Wallace, Maurice jones-drew, Kembrell Thompkins, Tayvon Austin.

****Best Fantasy Sleeper Picks****

Well, I took Josh Gordon with the very last pick in my draft and he is now my Number Two Receiver.  I would say he is the best.  Other Sleepers include Andy Dalton, Knowshon Moreno, Antonio Gates, Ruben Randel, TY Hilton, and Brandon Gibson.

Now for some of the best Free Agent/Waiver Picks:

Julius Thomas, Terrance Williams, Giovanni Bernard, Alshon Jeffery, Kendall Wright, Chris Clay, Ted Ginn, and Billal Powell.

Ok, last but not least…Contenders and Pretenders:

Contenders- Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions.

Pretenders- New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers.

MVP- Peyton Manning, Offensive MVP-Peyton Manning, Defensive MVP-Tamba Hali, Best WR- Calvin Johnson, Best Running Back- Jamal Charles, Best TE-Jimmy Graham, Best Defense- Houston Texans, Best Kicker- Matt Prater.

****Stay Tuned, I will have my Thursday Pick Tomorrow and I will Reveal My Next Installment, in the meantime…Go Saint Louis!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NFL WEEK 8 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT

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     Week #8 of the NFL Season provided more than it’s share of story lines and highlights.  First of all…Did I read the Box Score correctly?  Did my eyes truly see what my brain dictates?  Any fan of the NFL has to know where I am going with this.  Yesterday we not only witnessed history, but we also witnessed what is referred to as “MEGATRON.”  The Dallas Cowboys-Detroit Lions Game from yesterday will be an instant classic forever.  First of all, it was amazing enough to witness Calvin Johnson haul in Fourteen Passes for 329 RECEIVING YARDS.  By the way, his 329 Yards was the second highest single game total to the Ram’s Flipper Anderson’s 336 Yards, and that game went to overtime.  But what made yesterday’s game even more impressive was the circumstances, the pre game drama/hype, Dez Bryant’s circus act on the sideline, the Cowboy’s almost near win, and the last minute comeback that was lead by the Lion’s Matt Stafford.  

     Calvin’s 14th Reception was indiciative of the way the entire game went.  Calvin began the day with an 87 Yard Reception.  He had six catches of over 20 Yards on the day.  He only scored one touchdown but barely missed two more.  He lost a fumble while going in the end zone and also was tackled at the one on the last drive, before Quarterback Matt Stafford punched in the winning touchdown on the ground, with fourteen seconds left.  Pretty ironic eh…14 Receptions for Calvin Johnson and the Game Winning Touchdown was scored with fourteen seconds left…just saying.  On the day, Johnson single handedly had more yards on offense than Dallas, Washington, Minnesota, Miami, New England, New York Giants and Jets, Philly, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay had all day.  He also had more receiving yards than all but three quarterbacks had passing (Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Matt Stafford…his own lol.)  Finally, take note that this was Johnson’s Sixth 200 Yard Receiving Game in only his past 27 Games.  The Great Randy Moss only had ONE 200 yard game ever in fifteen years!  There have only been four receivers to ever eclipse 300 Yards Receiving and two of them are Johnson and Anderson.

     I hate to focus on this one game, but its hard not to after watching history.  The Cowboys came into the game leading the NFC least and would go two games up on Philly with a win.  We will get to Philly next.  Dez Bryant, the Cowboys stud receiver, had yapped earlier in the week that he could do anything Calvin could do.  Well, I guess Johnson made hime eat crow.  Bryant had an excellent game for any receiver’s standards, over 125 Yards Receiving and two touchdowns.  However, Bryant was shown that he is no Decepticon.  And Calvin Johnson did all of this without showboating or any other kind of bravado.  In contrast, Bryant was observed yelling numerous times at Quarterback Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and the coach.  Bryant was carrying on for some reason, I guess he did not like getting upstaged by Johnson after he talked all of that smack.  Anyways, Bryant is good but he also had another receiver, Terrance Williams go for 100 Yards and a score, and the Cowboy’s star Tight End Jason Witten was double teamed nearly the entire game, giving Bryant many one on one opportunities.  Wow…what a game, they will be talking and writing about this performance for decades.

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     Ok, 10 in a row.  What does that stand for you ask?  10 Straight Home Losses for the Philadelphia Eagles would have been the correct answer.  Yes, the Eagles lost their tenth straight home game, which has to even more show how futile this team is right now.  Already down Nick Foles with a concussion, Michael Vick left the game in the Second Quarter with another injury.  It is not known how long that Vick will be out.  However, one thing that is known is that Matt Barclay is nowhere near the Quarterback of the future for this team.  The Eagles came into this season with high hopes and expectations after the firing of Andy Reid and the hiring of Chip Kelly.  Well, who would have known that Kelly’s Eagles would be 3-5 and sinking fast, while Andy Reids’ Chiefs are 8-0, atop the AFC.  Kansas City is trying to go from worst to first.  Forget that Andy Reid had to be let go.  This has to be stinging Eagles fans to the core, seeing Reid coach a team with a mediocre Quarterback to a perfect record.  Well, I have ONE WORD…Defense.  The Chiefs have the best and the Eagles have the worst.  I do not care how good your offense is, without a Defense you will fail.

     Let’s put this in perspective.  The last time the Eagles won a game at home was 383 Days ago, when they beat the New York Giants.  The last eight Game home losing streak for the Birds was 70 years ago!!  As mentioned on Comcast Sports Net in Philly, 142 Million Babies have been born, 35.6 Million Commercial Airlines have flown and landed, Peyton Manning has thrown 49 Touchdowns and the Sixers have made over 518 Three Pointers.  Wow.  This has gotten ugly.  And in case you have not noticed, this team is getting better no time fast.  They are going no where on a freight train, this train has totally gone off the track.  The Eagles will be lucky to finish .500 this year while the Kansas City Chiefs are on their way to the Playoffs.  Playoffs?  Are we talking about playoffs?  Yes Andy Reid is on the road to victory.  As the high flying Eagles have been grounded. 

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     Let’s take a look at some off the other highlights of yesterday pass.  Drew Brees threw for 300 Yards and 5 Touchdowns as the Saints rolled to another win to go to 6-1.  The 49ers smoked the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.  And no, it was not raining this game.  The Denver Broncos scored 38 unanswered points as they demolished the Washington Redskins.  Peyton Manning once again had 300 yards passing and threw four touchdowns.  He even uncharacteristicaly threw 3 Interceptions.  The Bengal’s other wide receiver not named AJ Green had four touchdown receptions.  Yes thats right…Marvin Jones their third receiver had four scores.  Quarterback Andy Dalton had five total touchdown passes, tying a career high.  So, last week was the week of injuries and this week was the week of infamy.  The Miami Dolphins jumped out to a 17-3 lead against the New England Patriots before crumbling to the ground.  They also lost star wideout Brandon Gibson for the season.  Man there have been a shit ton of injuries in the past two weeks, especially at wide receiver.  

     Green Bay smoked the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.  They actually ran for three scores.  Washington lost RG III to an injury once again.  The Bronco’s lost star Tight End Julius Thomas to a foot injury, but it was confirmed today that there are no major issues and he should be back.  New orleans Saint’s Tight End Jimmy Graham had two touchdowns on one leg.  Matt Stafford ran in the game winning score to sink the Cowboys after faking a spike and waltzing into the end zone, a la Dan Marino.  The Chiefs remained unbeaten.  There were so many incredible moments Sunday, I am sure I have missed some.  Frank Gore had two  more touchdowns to take the league leading rushing total to eight.  Gore is also third in rushing yards.  

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     In conclusion, Sunday was a record setting day for the Detroit Lions.  Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson were a two man wrecking ball.  Dez Bryant needs to eat more wheaties because he just got punk’d. And then we had the Baseball Game.  For the second night in a row, the World Series ended in a way that had never been saw before.  The previous night, the Saint Louis Cardinals had been awarded the win as the winning run was tagged out at home after obstruction by the third baseman.  HUH??? Yes, this is actually a rule.  And then last night, with one on and no one out, Carlos Beltran (one of the all-time greatest post season hitters) up to bat, and the baserunner is picked off at first to end the game.

     *****STAY TUNED AS I WILL HAVE MY WEEK NINE PICKS AND FANTASY STUDS/DUDS********************

MANNING MAN HANDLES PHILLY@#@%@#%@#%@

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ImageDAVID AND GOLIATH WAS NO CONTEST….THE BRONCOS (GOLIATH) COMPLETELY DESTROYED THE BIRDS.  PEYTON MANNING IS SUPERMAN………ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER BLOWOUT!Image

ImageWHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SUNDAY”S MARQUEE NFL MATCHUP TURNED OUT TO BE ANOTHER NO CONTEST.  These games are becoming all to familiar with any team that faces the Denver Broncos these days.  On Sunday, Peyton Manning threw another 4 Touchdown Passes, which gives him 16 TD’s in only Four Games.  Even more Impressive is the fact that he has yet to throw an interception.  Peyton man handled the Philadelphia Eagles.  No matter what the Eagles defense scheme was, Manning had an answer.  The Eagles stacked Eight Men in the Box and blitzed and Manning threw the quick out.  The Eagles played zone and Manning picked them apart over the middle.  The Bronco’s Trindon Holiday, one of the premier Return Men in the game, even ran back a 105 Yard Kickoff Return for a score.  Hell…The Bronco’s even converted a blocked punt into a score.

    Yesterday I posted about the Eagles chances of beating the Bronco’s and what they would have to do to have success.  #1) Put Pressure on Manning…Check.  Well, the Eagles did anything but put pressure on Peyton as he looked like a statue back in the pocket.  #2) Run the Ball and slow down the game…Check.  Well, the Eagles had their lowest rushing total of the season and the Time of Possession was a joke.  #3) Change the Game plan Chip Kelly-Make Adjustments…Check.  My suspicion was right as Chip Kelly didn’t adjust and continued to try and run the “Oregon Duck” to the T.  Whats wrong with this picture right now folks.  Andy Reid and the Chiefs are 4-0 and the Eagles are 1-3.  It makes you really wonder was the Eagles problem really Andy Reid.  Look, I am in no way saying that a change was not needed.  However, I don’t care what type of offensive scheme you use…West Coast, Read Option, Run and Shoot, RUN, Play Action, No Huddle, Hurry Up, Roll Out, Shotgun.  None of these schemes will work when your team does not have the personnel to execute.

     First of all…the Eagles could play the Jacksonville Jaguars right now and still have trouble winning a game.  The fact is, this Defense is absolutely Putrid.  That is putting it lightly.  OK…THIS DEFENSE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!  Yes I said it.  The Eagles Defense, which used to be the backbone of this team in all of their successful seasons may be the worst I have ever saw.  They could cut everyone on this Defense and start over for all that I am concerned.  The Eagles have plenty of star power on Offense.  Mike Vick can be a star when he has time to throw the ball.  LeSean McCoy is one of the most dynamic running backs in the game.  DeSean Jackson “DJAX” is a highlight film in the making.  However, this offensive line is putrid just like the defense.  When will Jeff Lurie realize that the problem on this team is personnel.  I do not care if you had Bill Bellicheck coaching this team…I don’t care if you had Mike Ditka coaching this team…John Madden Anyone???  Yeah.

     I am a huge fan of Chip Kelly.  I am even more enamored with the “Oregon Duck” offensive scheme.  However, what this team lacks is tenacity.  And they truly cannot defend my grand mom…God rest her soul.  In the offseason, I made it a cry out for the Eagles to go against the Grain and sign a Defensive Minded Coach.  This team needs to learn the fundamentals of the game such as tackling, pass rushing, audibles, etc.  The amazing thing is…if the Eagles had the Bears 85 Defense…they still would have got their ASS KICKED yesterday.  Peyton Manning now has 16 Touchdowns/0 Interceptions/1400 Yards Passing…and most importantly his team is 4-0.  Manning is on pace to have 64 Touchdowns this season…can you say WOWWWWWWWWW!  Knowshon Moreno has been very serviceable in the backfield as he scored a Touchdown yesterday as well.

     The most glaring mistake that I saw yesterday was the inability of Chip Kelly to adjust his game plan.  Sound familiar???  What is it with all of these high profile coaches and their egos?  Note to Chip…If you can slow the game down then it will limit the amount of time that Manning is on the field which in turn will limit his damage.  But no Chip…you keep doing the same thing with all of your different packages, no huddle, hurry up, shot gun, etc.  You have LeSean McCoy!!!  He should have had at least 30 Touches in the game yesterday.  Oh well…it appears that Peyton Manning is going out on top while the precious Birds are getting a crash course in growing pains.  Look, no one significant expected the Eagles to make the playoff this year.  However, in this NFC least they still very well could do that as bad as this division is.  The thing is though, if they do not adjust the game plan, especially during a game, then they will fail every time.  Meanwhile, as a FOOTBALL fan, we all can just marvel at the man named PEYTON MANNING.  Peyton is the MAN right now.  He is putting up ridiculous stats  right now.  The Broncos could go undefeated.  They are the best team in the league hands down.  So Eagles, now it is off to New York to face the 0-4 New York Giants who want blood.  So…as we look back and move forward…we know this team is a long way from competing with the big boys.  Stay tuned tomorrow as I recap Week 4 in the NFL and analyze the winners and losers in Fantasy Football.  Enjoy this beautiful Monday Folks…HOLLA.

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CAN THE EAGLES PULL OFF AN UPSET??

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Well…here we are. David and Goliath. Peyton Manning VS Michael Vick. The 3-0 Denver Broncos VS Philadelphia Eagles. The Plethora of weapons on both sides of the ball on both teams. This game has the chance to be an offensive fantasy gem. Records could be set in this game under the scope of these dynamic offenses.

Peyton Manning has thrown 12 Touchdowns and 0 Interceptions in 3 Games. He has over 1,000 yards passing already. He has Wes Welker, Eric Decker, Demarious Thomas, Julius Thomas. He has a great offensive line. He has a decent above average running back in Knowshon Moreno who can also catch the ball out of the backfield. Denver is a powerhouse. Denver is Goliath.

The Eagles come into this game at 1-2. They have shown flashes of brilliance and this “Oregon Duck” offense has not even began to break the surface. Mike Vick has had two good games and one terrible game. Last season, Vick was horrible every week. In order for the Eagles to beat the Denver Broncos, there is only one way in my estimation that they can win this game. They cannot get into a shoot out with Manning…he will pick them apart.

Expect a steady dose of LeSean McCoy. McCoy needs to get 30-35 Touches in this game. Vick needs to run the ball also. If they can have early success with the run and run the ball through the halftime. Then it will set up the play action pass. So as we get about Four Hours from game time…My plea to Chip Kelly is run the ball. Control the clock. Please do not be stubborn like your predecessor Andy Reid. I know you live and breathe this offense. But in order to win this game…you must run the ball and keep Manning off of the field as much as possible. This is the ONLY way the Eagles win this game. Mark my words. It can be done…it all depends on Chip Kelly and his ego. Think outside of the box for once. Andy Reid never did that while he was here. In conclusion, McCoy-McCoy-McCoy and Brown-Brown-Brown. RUN THE BALL!!!

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FLY EAGLES FLY

TOP 20 QUARTERBACKS POST 1990

20130912-115043.jpg     As I sit down and prepare to enjoy the Thursday Night Game of the Week featuring the Patriots and Jets, I can’t help but think about Tom Brady.  I mean, Brady is still fairly young and he not only is the Top Quarterback of today, but he would also garner some votes for the Top Quarterback of all-time at this point.  So every time I think of the all-time greats it breeds more thought about who the Top Quarterbacks of our generation are.  I have decided to do a Top 20 List of Quarterbacks post 1990.  Any time that there is any “Top List”, it brings forth widespread debate and opinion.  Just think about it…I always have these sports debates with my buddy and we very rarely agree.  I always list Joe Montana and John Elway higher on my list than Dan Marino…due to their multiple Super Bowl wins.  I never discount the numbers and statistics that Marino put up and they definitely garner a lot of attention.  And although Football is a Team Sport, winning a championship should have tons of weight when ranking players just for the simple fact that their play raised their teams level to the top.  Nonetheless, this is obviously an opinion.  I am sure you could ask 200 People who the Top 20 QB’s since 1990 are and get a wide range of answers.  So here is my list:

20)  Jake Plummer (1997-2007 Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos)-  Jake “The Snake” just cracks the Top 20.  Jake was a second round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 1997.  His Career Stats were better than average as he threw 161 Touchdowns, 161 Interceptions, 29,253 Yards Passing, and a 74.6 Rating.  He never won nor went to a Super Bowl, but he did enjoy some decent seasons, most notably with the Broncos.

19)  Brad Johnson (1992-2008 Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys)-  Brad began his career as a backup and even left the NFL for the World League for one season.  He was a 2x Pro Bowl Selection in 1999 and 2002 and lead the Tampa Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl Championship in 2002.  Brad ended his career 166 TD/122 INT/29,054 Yards/82.5 Rating.

18)  Matt Hasselbeck (1998-Present Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts)-  Matt began his career on the bench behind the great Brett Favre until he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks.  Matt is a 3x Pro Bowl Player, and went to the Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2005 in a losing effort.  Matt could have been better with a supporting cast but it is what it is.  His stats: 201 TD/147INT/34,517 Yards/82.2 Rating.

17)  Phillip Rivers (2004- Present San Diego Chargers)-  Phillip can be remembered as the quarterback that was drafted first overall by the New York Giants and then traded to San Diego for Eli Manning.  Phillip is a 4x Pro Bowl and lead the NFL in Passing in 2010.  He is still in his prime.  Stats: 193 TD/94 INT/28,086 Yards, 94.6 Rating.

16)  Randall Cunningham (1985-2001 Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens)-  Randall was way ahead of his time as the prototype “Athlete” Quarterback who could Run as well as pass.  During his prime he was one of the most exciting Quarterbacks to watch ever.  He was a 4x Pro Bowl Player.  In 1998 Randall had one of the most prolific seasons for a Quarterback ever as he guided the Vikings to a 15-1 Record, Throwing 34 Touchdowns to 10 Interceptions, 3,407 Yards Passing, and an unheard of 106 Rating!  The Vikings scored a then record 556 Points.  Randall’s final Stats- 207 TD/134 INT/ 29,979 Yards/81.5 Rating/4,928 Yards Rushing and 35 Rushing TD’s.

15)  Steve McNair (1995-2007 Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens)-  McNair was the 3rd Pick of the Draft in 1995 by the Houston Oilers who would become the Tennessee Titans.  He was an AFC Champ with the Titans in 1999, and will be remembered for getting the Titans “one yard” away from winning a Super Bowl against the Saint Louis Rams.  Steve was also a 3x Pro Bowl Player and NFL MVP in 2003.  Stats- 174 TD/ 119 INT/31,304 Yards.

14)  Donovan McNabb (1999-2011 Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins)-  Donovan McNabb was a fixture in the Eagles locker room from 1999-2009.  He was another one of the prototype Quarterbacks and he lead the Eagles to Four Straight NFC Championships including a trip to the Super Bowl in 2004, where the Eagles lost by three to the Patriots.  Donovan was a 6x Pro Bowl Player, NFC Offensive Player of the Year in 2004, and is now retired as an Eagle.  Stats- 234 TD/117 INT/37,276 Yards Passing/85.6 Rating/3,459 Rushing Yards/29 Rushing TD’s.

13)  Warren Moon (1984-2000 Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs)-  Warren was the leader of the Houston Run and Shoot Offense through 1993.  He was a 9x Pro Bowl Player and 2x Passing Leader.  He began his career in the Canadian Football League.  If you were to combine his total stats from both leagues he would be the all-time leader in passing.  Stats- 291 TD/233 INT/49,325 Yards/80.9 Rating. 

12)  Drew Brees (2001-Present San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints)- Drew is a 7x Pro Bowl Player, 4x All-Pro, a Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP and 2x NFC MVP.  Stats- 326 TD/166INT/46,276 Yards/94.4 Rating.

11)  Ben Rothlisburger/Eli Manning (2004 Steelers/2004 Giants-Present)-  I am putting these two together as they were both drafted the same season.  Eli has 2 Super Bowls and so does Rothlisberger, Eli is a 3x Pro Bowl Player, 2x Super Bowl MVP, and Rothlisberger is a 2x Pro Bowl Player and 3x AFC Champion.  These guys are extremely close so I put them both 11.  Stats- Eli- 211 TD/ 144 INT/31,527 Yards/82.7 Rating…..Ben-192 TD/ 109 INT/30,035 Yards/92.5 Rating.

10)  Kurt Warner (1994-2009 Green Bay Packers, Saint Louis Rams, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals)-  Kurt came off the scrap heap to lead the powerhouse Rams in the late 1990’s.  He was a 4x Pro Bowl Player/2x League MVP, 1x Super Bowl Champion and 1x Super Bowl MVP.  Stats- 208 TD/ 128 INT/32,344 Yards, 93.7 Rating.

9)  Jim Kelly (1986-1996 Buffalo Bills)-  Jim lead the Bills to Four Straight Super Bowls where they unfortunately lost all of them.  However, he was still one of the greatest Quarterbacks of his day.  He was a 4x Pro Bowl Player, 4x AFC Champion, and he was even the USFL MVP before joining the NFL in 1984.  Stats- 237 TD/175 INT/35,467 Yards/84.4 Rating.

8)  Drew Bledsoe (1993-2006 New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys)-  Drew is the unsung hero in New England.  He actually lead the team to it’s first Super Bowl Win before Tom Brady took the helms.  He was a 4x Pro Bowl Player, 1x Super Bowl Champion, 2x AFC Champion, and 2x all-pro.  Stats- 251 TD/206INT/44,611 Yards/77.1 Rating.

7)  Steve Young (1985-1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers.)-  Steve is a 7x Pro Bowl Player, 3x Super Bowl Champion, 1x Super Bowl MVP, and 2x NFC MVP.  Stats- 232 TD/ 107 INT/33,124 Yards/96.8 Rating/43 Rushing TD’s/4,329 Yards Rushing.

6)  Troy Aikman (1989-2000 Dallas Cowboys)-  Aikman may not have the enormous stats that these other greats have.  However, he was one of the most consistent Quarterbacks in History.  During his career he was a 6x Pro Bowl Player/3x Super Bowl Champion/ 1x Super Bowl MVP, and a Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award.  Stats- 165 TD/ 141 INT/31,726 Yards/81.6 Rating. 

5)  John Elway (1983-1998 Denver Broncos)-  John Elway sometimes is picked as the best overall quarterback in history.  I will say this much, he may have been the best comeback QB in History.  And his other stats were never shabby either.  He is a member of the Pro Football HOF, 9x Pro Bowl Player, 1x League MVP, 2x Super Bowl Champion, and 5x AFC Champion.  Stats- 300 TD/226 INT/51,475 Yards/79.9 Rating.

4)  Dan Marino (1983-1989 Miami Dolphins)-  Dan did hold every passing record until Brett Favre broke them all.  He is actually rated #25 on the all-time list of NFL Players in History.  He was a 9x Pro Bowl Player, 1x League MVP, AFC Champion in 1984.  His only gaffe…not winning a Super Bowl.  Stats- 420 TD/252 INT/61,361 Yards, 86.4 Rating.

3)  Brett Favre (1991-2010 Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings)-  Brett Favre is another Quarterback that could easily be Number One on the List.  He holds almost every passing record around.  He is an 11x Pro Bowl Player, 3x League MVP, 5x NFC Player of the Year, 2x NFC Champion, and 1x Super Bowl Champion.  Stats- 508 TD/336 INT/71,838 Yards/86.0 Rating)

2)  Peyton Manning (1998-Present Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos)-  You could either go Peyton or Brady Number One.  I am only going Brady as he has three Super Bowls to Manning’s One.  Also, Brady has appeared in Five.  However, one could easily argue Peyton Manning.  His stats are gaudy.  He is a 12x Pro Bowl Player, 4x League MVP, NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP.  Manning is still going strong so this could always flip-flop.  Stats- 443 TD/209INT/59,949 Yards/96.0 Rating.

1)  Tom Brady (2000-Present New England Patriots)-  This is always questionable because his career is not over yet, but under the circumstances as a sixth round pick and what he has been able to accomplish with a team that has never been stacked with offensive Superstars.  Tom is a 2x League MVP, 8x Pro Bowl Player, 3x Super Bowl Champion, 2x Super Bowl MVP, has appeared in Five Super Bowls almost winning the other two (actually lost to the Giants both times)and even won Athlete of the Year in 2007.  His Numbers Speak For Themselves.  Stats- 334 TD/123 INT/44,806 Yards/96.6 Rating.  

Ok…So thats my list.  One Quarterback I forgot in the mix was Rich Gannon.  Gannon should be on this list so scratch off Plummer.  Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my Top 20…I dont expect everyone to agree.  Thats why it is called OPINION.  Anyway…Stay Tuned for my TOP 20 Running Backs.

NFL PLAYOFFS WEEK #2

Ok…here we are Week #2 of the NFL Playoffs. Andy Reid is well in to his head coaching job for the Kansas City Chiefs. Well, the Eagles have yet to find their man…what else is new? The Eagles search for a new head coach and assistants is going just like me searching for a pair of matching socks in a laundry basket. What are they waiting for…it’s like Jeff Lurie is scared to pull the trigger and make a mistake and get hung by the fans. C’MON ALREADY…pick up the phone, call Bill Cowher, give him control and all the money he wants, tell him he can pick his guys and lets move forward. The longer they wait, the more chance of losing the guy they want. I said it before and I will say it again, the way to go is not a College Coach. Anyways, that’s a discussion for another day. Onto this weeks games. First we have the Ravens with Ray Lewis on the road against the Denver Broncos. The Ravens looked good in their win against the Colts, but that was against a rookie quarterback. Sorry to say it Baltimore, but Ray Lewis career will end on the road in Denver. Peyton Manning is on a role and he wants another ring to tie his brother Eli with two! Denver wins a close one folks. Ok, the other AFC game is the Houston Texans traveling to Foxborough to face the perennial favorites the New England Patriots. Well, I wish I could say that the Texans stood a chance in this game, but I see Tom Brady lighting it up once again. I see the Patriots Defense rising to the occasion as it always does to stop Arian Foster. Another disappointing end to the Texans season. The Patriots win by at least two Touchdowns.

The NFC sees the Green Bay Packers travel across the country to face the San Francisco 49ers. Well the Niners have a rookie Quarterback, but they have a stellar Defense that creates turnovers. The Niners and Colin Kapernick have been inconsistent on offense. Unfortunately, the 49ers Defense will not be able to score more points than Aaron Rodgers which must happen for the Niners to Win. Packers by 10. Finally, we have the upstart surprise Seattle Seahawks going on the road to face the Atlanta Falcons. Normally I would go with the Falcons, but Matt Ryan has been inconsistent in the playoffs. Also, Russell Wilson will be playing much loser this weekend. I like the Hawks running game and ability to go deep. I say Seattle wins a tough won. On that is my quick picks…stay tuned to more analysis.

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NFL PLAYOFFS WEEK #2

Week One of the NFL Playoffs (The Wild Card Round) is in the books. So l went Three out of Four with my picks…missing the boat on the Houston Texans as they took care of the Cincinnati Bengals. I had picked the Bengals to upset the Texans. Oh well, it wouldn’t have mattered because either team will get spanked in the Second Round. Houston is facing the New England Patriots on the road in Fox-borough. The Patriots have been legendary at home in the playoffs and are seeking their fourth Superbowl win in the last 12 years. Tom Brady has many weapons at his disposal, and the last time these two teams met a few weeks back, The Patriots routed Houston making them look like a college team. The Texans began the season as the front runners to go to the Super Bowl, however their season will end this week in New England. This game will be much closer, but in the end Brady and the Patriots will roll. The other AFC game features the Baltimore Ravens visiting the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have win nine games in a row and Peyton Manning is playing like he did in his prime. This game will be much tougher, but in the end the Broncos will be victorious by a field goal. Peyton leads yet another comeback win. Ok, well in the NFC we have the Green Bay Packers visiting the San Francisco 49ers. This game brings back the memories of past rivalries featuring such players as Joe Montana, Steve Young, Brett Favre, Don Majikowski, Sterling Sharpe, Terrell Owens and many more. Well these two teams are a little different. The Packers have the MVP Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the high scoring offense while the 49ers are built on Defense! The 49ers are now lead by the versatile multi talented quarterback Colin Kapernick and star Running Back Frank Gore. As good as the 49ers have been, I am going to take the Packers to win this game and move on to the NFC Championship. In the other game, the Seattle Seahawks go on the road to face the Number 1 Seed Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta has faced much adversity this season despite its top record in the NFC. I say the Pressure is on the Falcons and the Seahawks will be lose after beating Washington on the road. One may say Seattle was lucky as RG3 played most of the game injured and was then knocked out of the game. However, the Seahawks are a resilient team and I am picking them as the upset of the second round. Russell Wilson is playing with a ton of confidence and Marshawn Lynch ran for almost 150 yards again. The Seahawks Defense continues to be dominant. This game will be close, but Seattle pulls it out in the end. So in conclusion, looking ahead to the next round, I have New England, Denver, Seattle and Green Bay moving on to the next round. Stay tuned to more Playoff Analysis. On a side note, the Washington Redskins should be ashamed of themselves as an organization as well as coach Mike Shannahan for letting RG3 play hurt despite the Doctors many orders to not let RG3 play due to a serious injury. As mentioned…stay tuned to the next round.

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