2011 NFL Week 15 Remix by Lloyd Vance

 In a week full of upsets around the National Football League, none was bigger than Romeo Crennel’s Kansas City Chiefs handing the Green Bay Packers (13-1) their first loss of the season in a 19-14 win at Arrowhead Stadium

(Philadelphia, PA) — Week 15 of the 92nd NFL Season is in the books and even though the NFL’s slogan for the 2011 season is “Back to Football”, it should really be “This is One Wacky Season!!” From week to week fans have no idea where the next upset, game-winning field goal, or team entering/leaving the playoff race will come from next.  Remember what former Colts head coach Tony Dungy said about professional football this time of the year, “NFL football is really still about November and December”.

This week brought many upsets (7 teams with losing records beating teams with winning records); the surprising end of perfection (Chiefs shocked the formerly undefeated Green Bay Packers); thankfully the ending of an ugly winless streak (Colts finally got a win as quarterback Dan Orlovsky and WR Reggie Wayne led the way), playoff clinching moments (Steelers, Ravens, and Saints); Patriots finally muzzling Tebow Mania (Brady showed the youngster what a veteran superstar looks like); and some teams staying alive with playoff hopes in their eyes (Eagles, Bengals, Seahawks, and Cardinals). Continue reading

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Can Tim Tebow Become the NFL’s First Successful Run-First Quarterback in Decades by Lloyd Vance

Can Tim Tebow lead the Denver Broncos to an AFC West divisional crown by doing it the, “Steve Grogan” way, i.e.  running the football

In tonight’s NFL Network Thursday Night Football Game between the New York Jets (5-4) and the host Denver Broncos (4-5), a national television audience will be exposed to a new breed of quarterback.  At a time where National Football League quarterbacks are feasting on some unprepared defenses for 400-yard passing performances – mostly due to the lack of overall practice time during the offseason’s lockout – the Broncos have decided to go in an entirely different direction. Continue reading

2011 NFL Week 10 Remix by Lloyd Vance

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is Taking It to the House’s Week 10 Game Ball award winner for his huge day in Arizona’s comeback win over the Eagles

With only 7 games left to be played for 28 of the league’s 32 teams, there is much more separation left to do within the NFL’s standings before January’s playoffs.  There are still the “Have’s” (5 teams with 7 wins or more including the league’s only undefeated team — Packers 9-0) and the “Have Nots” (11 teams with 3 or less wins, who are now basically spoilers).  But the majority of the NFL (16 teams) are still playing within former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s parity dream section. 

With records ranging from 6-3 to 4-5 including 6 Teams with a record of 5-4 — Bills, NY Jets, Falcons, Cowboys, Titans, and Raiders that need to figure out if they are “Contenders” or “Pretenders” in the upcoming weeks.  There are 12 covet playoff spots up for grabs and you have to expect that some teams will soon be giving thanks this Thanksgiving holiday for their opportunity in the playoffs. Continue reading

2011 NFL Week 7 Remix by Lloyd Vance

Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte brought some serious NFL talent to Europe as his team thumped the Tampa Bay Bucs in the return of American professional football to London’s Wembley Stadium for the 5th straight season

(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 aka “The Suck for Andrew Luck Sweepstakes”.

In looking at the current NFL standings here’s the breakdown: The “Elite” – Packers (7-0), Patriots (5-1), Niners (5-1), and Saints (5-2); “Teams on the Cusp” — Lions (5-2),  Steelers (5-2), Ravens (4-2), Chargers (4-2), Giants (4-2), and Bills (4-2);  “Stuck in the Middle” glut of 11 inconsistent teams (records of 4-3 or 3-3), who are caught in the NFL’s parity-filled middle and either need to join the playoff hunt or fall back – Bucs (4-3), Raiders (4-3), NY Jets (4-3), Texans (4-3), Bears (4-3), Falcons (4-3), Cowboys (3-3), Browns (3-3), Chiefs (3-3), Titans (3-3), and Redskins (3-3);  The “Pretenders”, who are only a shade away from the league’s bottom rung – Seahawks (2-4), Eagles (2-4), Broncos (2-4), Panthers (2-5), and Jaguars (2-5); and lastly  the “Putrid” (i.e. These teams should just skip to the 2012 NFL Draft) – Cardinals (1-5), Vikings (1-6), Rams (0-6), Dolphins (0-6), and Colts (0-7)

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2011 NFL Week 5 – Huddle Up: An Emotional Win for the Raiders by Jason King

 
One of the highlights of 2011 NFL Week 5 was QB Jason Campbell leading the heavy-hearted Oakland Raiders to an emotional win, only one day after team owner Al Davis passed away at age 82.  So let’s “huddle up” and recap another great week in the NFL
 
We are just over a quarter of the way through the NFL season, and it has been a very intriguing 5 weeks.  The Packers and Lions are the only undefeated teams left.  The Colts, Dolphins, and Rams are the only winless teams left.  The Patriots, Packers, and Saints have a combined record of 13-2. 
 
The Lions, Bills, and 49ers have a combined record of 13-2.  The Eagles and Jets have a combined record of 3-7.  The NFL prides itself on parity, and this season is providing a chance for some perennial losing franchises over the last few years to get back to prominence.  Continue reading

AFC South and AFC West Preview by Jason King

 

The AFC South and AFC West are looking for their first team, other than the Indianapolis Colts, to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl — last time Oakland Raiders in XXXVII.  Right now, you would have to think both divisions are up-for-grabs in 2011, especially with Peyton Manning iffy (neck) for the start of  the 2011 NFL regular season.

AFC South Preview

 The AFC South belongs to the Indianapolis Colts.  Since the division was created in 2002, the Colts have won 7 division titles (2 straight) and the Titans won the other two.  The Colts have been in the playoffs for 9 straight years.  Could the Houston Texans win their first AFC South division title?  Could the Colts be in for their first losing season in 9 years?  Is Chris Johnson the best player in the division?  There are a lot of questions to be answered in the AFC South this season. Continue reading

Huddle Up Pre-Season Week 2: By Jason King

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a breakout season last year.  But despite finishing 10-6, they missed out on the playoffs.  They are the youngest team in the league and are hoping to have another successful year. 

Third year coach Raheem Morris is one of the most respected coaches in the NFL, despite being the youngest.  He is only 34 years old.  The Bucs finished 3-13 in his first season at the helm.  After that season, many people called for Morris to lose his job.  Mark Dominik, the Bucs general manager, stuck with him despite the criticism. Continue reading