2011 NFL Week 6 Remix by Lloyd Vance

Week 6 of the 2011 NFL Season was very exciting as teams like the Packers (6-0) and Patriots (5-1) continued to march towards the playoffs.  But all that was on every fan’s mind was talking about “Handshake Gate” as Niners HC Jim Harbaugh and Lions HC Jim Schwartz had a “misunderstanding” after San Francisco ended Detroit’s undefeated hopes

(Philadelphia,Pa) — This is one of my favorite times on the NFL calendar right before the midway part of the season.  Teams are starting to separate into “Contenders” and “Pretenders” and each week certain teams are getting closer to the playoffs while others get closer to preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft — hello Stanford QB Andrew Luck. Continue reading


2011 NFL Week 5 Remix by Lloyd Vance

Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson was overcome with emotion as his team, “Just Won One” for the late Al Davis.  The Raiders defeated the Houston Texans 25-20 in a bittersweet win

(Philadelphia, Pa) — The 2nd quarter of the NFL season began with a wild weekend filled with upsets, furious finishes, unbelievable comebacks, teams rising, teams falling toward the “parity” packed middle, downtrodden teams (1 or fewer wins) slipping toward preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft and further distinctions between contenders and pretenders.  As hard as it is to believe the NFL season is moving closer to being half over.  But the important thing for everyone is to enjoy the wackiest and quickest league around while it is lasts.  Week 5 of the 2011 NFL Season should have been titled, “Moving Week”.  Because this is the time of an NFL season where teams start to distinguish themselves as they move towards season-defining November and December games.

I love this time of the year, because separation starts between the good teams, middle of the road teams, bad teams, and wretched teams, that are “Believing in Later”, looking towards the draft in April.  As we get closer to the mid-point of the NFL season boundaries will become clearly defined between these different levels of teams.  That is not to say though that there will be some games where a surprise upset unfolds.  One of the bigger parts of this time in the NFL schedule is that byes (weeks 4-10) are crucial for resting injured players, making personnel moves, and overall reflection for teams to see where they stand post training camp/early season as they prepare for a playoff run or the draft. Continue reading

2011 NFL Week 3 Remix by Lloyd Vance

The Baltimore Ravens (2-1) look to be back near the top of the AFC and rookie WR Torrey Smith was one of the stars from  Week 3 of the 2011 NFL Season

As the calendar changes to autumn, the NFL moves closer to the first quarter marker of the 2011 NFL season.  Week 3, which I dubbed “Separation Sunday”, definitely helped continue the 12-week process of sorting out which teams are contenders and pretenders before November and December’s playoff push.   T

One thing is apparent, no one in their right mind could have predicted the wacky start to this season.  Week 3 had an NFL record 9 games that were decided by 3 points or less.  The capricious world of the NFL was never more on display than this week as the Buffalo Bills coming off a  4-12 season impressively beat the New England Patriots 34-31 in Orchard Park, NY.  The win ended the Patriots’ 15-game regular-season winning streak over their AFC East rival.  The Bills also became the first team in NFL history to win consecutive games after trailing by 18 points or more.  Unbelievably the Bills were the last team to win in 2010, but this is a whole different season. Continue reading


2011 NFL Week 2 Remix by Lloyd Vance

After their comeback 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders, everyone is talking about the hard-charging undefeated Buffalo Bills (2-0)  and their heady former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

Now that the glitz and glamour of the opening week of the 2011 NFL Season is over, Week 2 brought the league’s standard weekly journey.   And to be honest with you, everyone seemed to be glad that this week’s schedule only had two game-days with 15 games on Sunday and the usual one game match-up on Monday Night Football.

After a Week 1 that had some great performances, including Carolina Panthers rookie Cam Newton demolishing the league’s Rookie Record Book, NFL Universe wasn’t sure if Week 2 could live-up to the hype of opening week.  But to no one’s surprise, Week 2 was even better, in my opinion.  I think not having the “Butterflies” of opening games helped players concentrate on their tasks and it helped in having crisper and closer games. 

There were 9 games where the final score had a margin of 10 points or less, including a thrilling overtime win by the Dallas Cowboys 27-24 over the San Francisco49ers.  Unfortunately there were also four serious blowouts, where the final score margin was greater than 14 points, including a shutout by the Steelers 24-0 over the hapless Seahawks.  The worst of the bunch had be the Detroit Lions’ coming-of-age franchise record 48-3 thrashing of the battered Kansas City Chiefs. Continue reading


2011 NFL Season: Week 1 Remix by Lloyd Vance

WR Calvin “Megratron” Johnson and his fellow Lions came to play as Detroit knocked off the Bucs in one of Sunday’s more entertaining games

After a lockout that lasted 136 Days and it seemed the longest training camp/preseason ever, the first regular season game weekend of the 92st NFL season titled: “Back to Football” was finally played. NFL Universe just couldn’t get enough of America’s Game as Week 1 stretched over three game days (September 8th, September 11th, and September 12th).  Fans turned out in record numbers as even the downtrodden Jacksonville Jaguars played to a sellout.  Excitement was all around the league that fan’s get enough of.  But there was also solemn remembrances as the NFL and it’s fans remembered the tragic events from September 11, 2011 with much reflection.  There were stirring National Athems — I like Queen Latifah’s renditionat the US Open Tennis Championships the best — Players wearing patriotic gear, and great commercials — loved the State Farm ad of little kids singing “I Love New York” to the firemen.

Overall the first week of the 2011 NFL season brought surprises (Ravens demolishing the Steelers, Raiders ending the Broncos opener win streak, Cowboy losing a 14+ point lead for the first time in team history, Bills thumping 2009 playoff team, the KC Chiefs and several photo finishes), Non-surprises (Colts struggling without Peyton Manning; Michael Vick looking like a “Human joystick” again, Tom Brady winning in an opener again,  Redskins and NY Jets winning emotional games at home on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11), Cheers, and Tears (Sorry Cowboys fans…Romo just didn’t have enough “killer” instinct to knockoout the NY Jets when he had the chance) that only NFL drama can provoke. The wins and losses no doubt will create a buzz of “Monday Morning Quarterbacking” around the water cooler and on sports radio, but remember the NFL season is a 17-Week Marathon. Continue reading