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

Philadelphia Eagles Wrap-up: Patriots Throttle Reid’s Reeling Squad

In a “Must Win” situation, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) came-up very small in a humiliating 38-20 home loss — have now lost 8 of their last 9 at the Linc — to the surging New England Patriots (8-3).  In the rather easy win, Tom Brady and company could do no wrong, while the Birds after an early lead couldn’t do anything right for the next 50 minutes of the game.  There were penalties, Patriots receivers running free, in-fighting, not enough touches for LeSean Mccoy, and most importantly several dropped passes — including two in the endzone by WR DeSean Jackson (benched).

Unfortunately for him, Taking It to the House Lead Writer Matt Lombardo was there to take in the ugly scene — Chants of “Reid Must Go” in the air — and he filed the following wrap-up report.

Listless Eagles Fall to Patriots As Season Slips Away by Matt Lombardo

In a season of frustration, the Eagles may have found a tipping point in Sunday afternoon’s 38-20 loss to the New England Patriots. After failing to convert on back-to-back plays inside the two-yard line in the third quarter, fans chanted “Fire Andy” over and over for the remainder of the game. 

With their season on the line Sunday against the Patriots, the undermanned Eagles needed to play a near-perfect game to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive. Those hopes were all but extinguished at the hands of the nearly flawless Patriots, like the last candle around the Thanksgiving table after all the turkey was consumed. Continue reading

Patriots-Eagles Preview: Another Must Win Situation by Lloyd Vance

CBS Sports video preview of the Eagles-Patriots game in Week 12

In a highly anticipated game, the Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) will further try to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive when they take-on the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (7-3) at Lincoln Field this Sunday.  The game will be the CBS featured afternoon match-up as a national viewing audience will be tuning in at 4:00 PM EST to see if the underdog undermanned Birds and their beleaguered head coach — Andy Reid fighting for possibly his job — can pull off a miracle. Continue reading

2011 NFL Week 11 Remix by Lloyd Vance

In the Week 11 Remix, the undefeated Green Packers (10-0) continued their march back to the playoffs and possibly a return trip to the Super Bowl, with a solid win over the pesky Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  One of the game’s biggest plays was QB Aaron Rodgers hitting emerging WR Jordy Nelson for a 40-yard game-clinching touchdown.

With only six weeks left in the NFL Season, the intensity has surely picked-up around the league.  With America’s holiday, Thanksgiving , upon us there are 24 teams with records ranging from 4-6 to 10-0 hoping to be thankful for one of the NFL’s 12 coveted playoff berths come this January.  But there is still is a lot of football left to be played and as shown by earlier season upsets  — Rams over the Saints and the Jaguars over the Ravens — nothing is guaranteed.  So every NFL team better be prepared weekly as the separation into “Contenders” and “Pretenders” continues. Continue reading

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

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