Sunday, October 23, 2016

Minnesota Vikings-Philadelphia Eagles Recap: Down Goes The Last Undefeated Team!

No one expected the Minnesota Vikings to be undefeated going into Week Seven’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Losing Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson should have meant the end of their season, but that has not been the case at all. Between getting enough offense out of Sam Bradford and stellar defensive play, the Vikings entered Sunday’s game as the lone undefeated team in the NFL—and they had the Eagles to thank for it.

Had the Eagles not traded their starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, to them, the Vikings would be competing with the Browns for the No. 1 pick in the next draft. But could Bradford do enough against his former team to help his current team remain undefeated?

via @AroundTheNFL

Ohio State On The Outside Of The College Football Playoffs Thanks To Penn State

The 2016 season was looking like another banner year for Ohio State and their head coach, Urban Meyer. After returning only a handful of starters from last year’s squad, they were well on their way to earning a spot in the College Football Playoffs. They had an undefeated record heading into Saturday’s game against Penn State and had no reason to believe they would lose even though they were playing a good Penn State team on the road.

They were riding a streak of 20 straight road wins, and expected to make it 21. They believed they would send the 107,000 Nittany Lions fans home in a bad mood because their team had lost to them again.

via @PennStateFootball

Friday, October 21, 2016

Aaron Rodgers And The Green Bay Packers Aren’t Back---Yet

A day after Aaron Rodgers had his first 300+ yard game since last November, many in the wide world of sports are ready to proclaim the Green Bay Packers and their star quarterback are back. It wasn’t so much because they beat the Chicago Bears 26-10, but that the offense looked pretty darn good in the second half (except the opening drive of the half, of course).

Heck—the second half was almost a thing of beauty. Yeah, the sack fumble that resulted in a touchdown for the Bears was pretty ugly, but otherwise, the Packers offense put on a clinic with three touchdown drives (13-plays, 85 yards; 8-plays, 88 yards; and 13-plays, 74 yards) that took over 18 minutes of the half.

His sweater game is certainly on point. Photo via AP/Twitter

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Monday Night Football Preview: Houston Texans At Denver Broncos—Time For Brock Osweiler To Put Up Or Shut Up—Or Die

If you just look at the big picture, there is nothing unique or extraordinary about Monday Night Football this week. At this point in the season, a win or a loss does not mean as much to the Houston Texans or Denver Broncos. No one will care beyond next week who was 5-2 or 4-3. They will be focused on trying to become 6-2 or 5-3.

However, on a personal level, the game means quite a bit to the two quarterbacks, Houston’s Brock Osweiler and Denver’s Trevor Siemian. A win would help validate each team’s decision to go with their respective quarterback. Both players could use the confidence boost that comes with beating a good team in front of a national audience.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

No. 17 Arkansas At No. 21 Auburn Preview—Ready For Some Fireworks?

A month ago it would have been a piece of cake to pick a winner between the Auburn Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks. Auburn had not looked great to start the season. To be fair, the losses were to a pair of pretty good schools (Clemson and Texas A&M). The defense was okay at best, and the offense was too inconsistent.

To start the season, Arkansas looked like a team breaking in a new starter at quarterback—because they were. They still had a good running game and the defense wasn’t bad—but the lack of consistency cost them against Texas A&M and nearly cost them against TCU.

No. 23 Ole Miss At No. 25 LSU Preview—A Must Win For Ed Orgeron?

Hopes were high for both Ole Miss and LSU before the 2016 season started. The Rebels had a Heisman contender in quarterback Chad Kelly and enough firepower behind him to make this Ole Miss’s year in the SEC. Many also believed LSU running back Leonard Fournette could win the Heisman while leading the Tigers to the national title game.

Well—none of that is going to happen now.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

No. 6 Texas A&M At No. 1 Alabama Preview—Can Trevor Knight Do It Again?

On paper, Saturday’s game between the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide appears like it could be an excellent game. Both come into the game undefeated. Texas A&M generates more offense than Alabama (532.8 yards/game to 504.7 yards/game). But the Crimson Tide are better at keeping opponents out of the end zone. Their defense is giving up just 15 points/game while the Aggies are giving up 19.2 points/game.

With the stats so close, you would think that the experts would look at this game as potentially being a close one. Both have high-powered offenses and solid defenses so theoretically fans should have a good game to look forward to.

Washington Redskins Need To Learn A Very Important Lesson--No One Cares About Last Season

The turning point for the Washington Redskins during the 2015 season was the miracle comeback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that gave rise to the infamous rally cry “You like that?!?” by Kirk Cousins. Fans liked the comeback, and they certainly liked the team’s second division title of the millennium.

The fans and players had every reason to look forward to the 2016 season. But two games in it looked like their quarterback of the future wasn’t going to live up to the hype and letting Alfred Morris go might have been a mistake. They were 0-2, couldn’t run the ball, and Kirk Cousins was looking like a flash in the pan.

Via Twitter