I might spend some of my time moaning about the lack of Monday Night Football on tv here in England, but at least Sky TV get one American tradition spot on.
Archive for November, 2009
Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Bruce Gradkowski, Charles Woodson, Cowboys Thanksgiving, Lions Thanksgiving, Matthew Stafford, NFL Thanksgiving, Packers Thanksgiving, Raiders Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Football, Thanksgiving NFL, Todd Marinovich
Tags: Brady passing record, Brees passing record, Dan Marino, Dan Marino passing record, Drew Brees, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Matt Schaub, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, NFL, NFL passing record, NFL single season passing record, Peytomn Manning beating Dan Marino's passing record, Peyton Manning passing record, Schaub passing record, Single season passing record, Tom Brady, Usaine Bolt
It’s the NFL equivalent of the Holy Grail, it’s a record that has not been touched until last season, and it’s a record owned by a guy who never won a Superbowl.
Yes the annual pilgrimage by 32 NFL quarterbacks to eclipse former Miami Dolphins qb Dan Marino’s single season passing yards record of 5084 (in 1984) has begun in earnest.
The 2009 NFL season has seen passers come out of the blocks faster than Usaine Bolt realising he needs the toilet after some dodgy jerk chicken.
So who are the contenders to Sayers…oops…Marino’s title?
1) Matt Schaub – Houston Texans (9 games played so far, 2653 yards)
Schaub is on pace for 4716 yards, so he is 369 yards of pace to break the record. This means he needs to improve production per game by 52 yards a game.
2) Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts (8 games played so far, 2545 yards)
Manning is on pace for 5090 yards, so he is on pace to beat the record by 6 yards.
3) Tom Brady – New England Patriots (8 games played so far, 2364 yards)
Brady is on pace for 4728 yards, so he is 357 yards of pace to break the record. This means he needs to improve production per game by 45 yards a game.
4) Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (8 games played so far, 2336 yards)
Brees is on pace for 4672 yards, so he is 412 yards of pace to break the record. This means he needs to improve production by 52 yards a game.
Elsewhere Jay Cutler, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, Tony Romo and Kurt Warner are on pace for over 4000 yards but I think they are not going to be able to drastically improve production to get over the 5000 hump.
So coming into Week 10 the only person who is on pace is Colts Superbowl winning qb Peyton Manning. Miracle Manning has thrown for over 300 yards in 7 out of his 8 contests so far, and to top it off he has won every single encounter.
The Colts have a mega tough second half schedule, with games against the Patriots, Baltimore, Denver and the Jets.
Can Manning do it? Ill say yes. I said Brees could get the record last year, and whilst Brees had the bra off and the skirt hitched up, I see Manning breaking the seal on his pack of extra-large Trojans.
Tags: Around the Horn, Donnie Darko, ESPN, ESPN America, ESPN Classic, Mike Wilbon, NBA, NFL, NHL, PTI, Sky Sports, Superbowl 2010 Miami, Superbowl XLIV, Tony Kornheiser, Tony Reali, UFC, Woody Paige
I swore to my wife that I would do some more exercise and spend more time away from a tv screen (unless I was sweating profusely doing some Wii boxing).
Tags: NFL bet, NFL betting, NFL predictions, NFL Week 9, NFL Week 9 predictions, Week 9 NFL predictions
It has been a while I admit but it’s time to get back to the crystal ball gazing lark and give some NFL predictions.
Tags: Channel 5, Channel 5 NFL, Mike Carlson, Monday Night Football, NFL on tv in England, NFL on tv in UK, Nick Halling, Sky Sports NFL coverage, Sunday Night Football
Only a year ago NFL fans in the United Kingdom were treated to so much live NFL football it was probably better to live in Birmingham, England than Birmingham, Alabama if you wanted non-stop live action in your living room.
Tags: Laurence Maroney Patriots, Laurence Maroney touchdown video, Maroney London, Maroney touchdown London, New England Patriots, NFL, NFL Brady London, NFL International, NFL Wembley Stadium, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady, Wembley, Wembley Stadium
It was a blowout when the New England Patriots beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium in London just over a week ago.
The Buccs looked ugly, and I tend to agree with the guy from the Florida Tuskers UFL team (the 4 team league set up this Autumn) that said they could beat Tampa Bay.
I imagine one guy who was sure glad to be part of the on-field mobbing was Patriots running back Laurence Maroney. Maroney spent 2008 injured and was not expected to be a huge ‘playa’ in 2009.
Maroney has defied his critics and is performing well in a crowded New England backfield. With Sammy Morris injured Maroney made sure he looked good in London, and his late touchdown was a just reward for his efforts.
I was lucky enough to capture his score into the Patriots painted end zone. He took two attempts to score but he looked very happy. I managed to catch his celebratory hip hit jump after the score as well as his walk back to the sideline.
Tags: Caddilac Williams, Junior Seau, London NFL pictures, New England Patriots, NFL, NFL game in London, NFL Interational, NFL International, NFL London pictures, Randy Moss, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady, Wembley, Wembley Stadium
It wasn’t a close game, and in fact it never was going to be, as the New England Patriots bossed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from start to finish at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Still, six total touchdowns, no rain, and a masterclass from Tom Brady was well worth the entrance fee, and the slick Patriots offense had all of the fans from across Europe hypnotised.
I was sad not to see Randy Moss score a touchdown, but I did enjoy seeing the likes of Buccaneers RB Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams warming up in front of me, as well as witnessing Junior (oh the irony) Seau suit up and go after Josh Freeman as late as the fourth quarter.
The big questions now being asked are Can London host MORE than just one NFL regular season game? and in the future could there be enough interest for England to have its very own NFL franchise?
Judging by the knowledgable fans (yes here in England we do know the difference between the Wishbone and the Wildcat, and we can spot someone who has just been found guilty of illegal motion) I think that it is possible to sustain an NFL franchise here.
84,000 fans made their pilgrimage to Wembley from across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and many countries across Europe. I saw people from Germany, Italy and Finland just as a start.
If Roger Goodell needs any more proof that there are dedicated and loyal NFL fans in England then I do not know what to suggest.
Thankyou Roger and thankyou to all of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organisation, including the fans in Florida. You sacrificed a home game to enable passionate NFL fans from Europe to witness real NFL football in the flesh, and we are forever grateful.
Roll on 2010 – with maybe two NFL games in London. Can I put a bid in for the Redskins to come over please!