Archive for December, 2010

Two years ago I predicted the Philadelphia Eagles to reach the Super Bowl and they went and lost the NFC Championship to the powerhouse that was the Arizona Cardinals.

This season I listened to many ‘experts’ thoughts on podcasts, read many blogs and my gut feeling with Kevin Kolb as the Philly QB was that the Eagles would finish badly – around 5-11 or 6-10.

Then the dog killer Vick (am I the only one who remembers this) comes in for an injured Kolb and looks like a human Madden video reel.

Then tonight to top it off pint-size dynamo DeSean Jackson signals ‘bring it on’ with his hands whilst waiting for the punt with 14 seconds left in a tied game. To make the play even more dramatic he decides to fumble the ball, and then like a bullet he runs through the Giants punt return team and has the brains to run along the one yard line before scoring the winning TD with 0.00 left in the game.

If this isn’t a sign that the Eagles are gonna win the Super Bowl then god only knows what is!

Oh the irony - Rex on his knees - just like the Redskins season now

Is there some sort of sick conspiracy against all Redskins fans?

Woke up this morning to some snow here in England but the matter responsible for the shiver up my spine was not the white flakes it was the news Rex Grossman is now Washington’s starting quarterback.

With the team 5-8 and out of the playoffs there is absolutely no point sticking in sexy Rexy for three weeks.

Yes Donovan McNabb has not been playing at a Pro Bowl level in 2010. This is not all his fault though. The offensive line has had injuries and lack of talent all season and the Redskins running game has been as consistent as a concussed crocodile.

The team has made so many humongous silly mistakes that installing Rex into the starting line-up seems to match the rest of the insanity.

Lets look at some of the ascending chickens (cock-ups):

  • Failed to persuade Chargers WR Vincent Jackson to depart the West Coast, leaving the team with a weak WR crew. In 13 games Redskins WRs have scored a TOTAL of 6 touchdowns. Jackson scored 3 in one game on Thursday just gone. Any team that had any degree of reliance in Joey Galloway is clearly in trouble. Lets not even mention former high draft picks Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly.
  • Special teams have been special needs, and that is being disrespectful to anyone who has any form of special needs. Graham Gano has missed 10 field goals, has not converted one of 5o yards or over, and has even managed to have a punt blocked. The signs were there in Week 2 when he missed a field goal in OT against the Texans.
  • Turned Michael Vick from a dog killer to an MVP candidate in just one game. Vick passed for four scores and ran a further two in, en-route to an Eagles Monday Night massacre of the Redskins in front of a global audience.
  • After 13 weeks the team is dead last in defensive yards allowed, averaging a ball aching 394.8 yards a game.

Perhaps the most bizarre statistic for the Burgundy and Gold after 13 weeks is the fact the team is Plus 1 in turnover ratio. Proof that again the finger of blame should not point simply at McNabb. Donovan may have fumbled a pretty poor 10 times so far but only one of them ended up being recovered by an opponent. Donovan has already surpassed 3,000 passing yards in 2010, the eighth time in his career he has broken the 3k barrier.

In the past three seasons (including this one) the ‘prolific’ Rex Grossman has thrown for a mind-blowing 334 yards – that’s a remarkable average of 7.4 yards a game.

The worst part of all of this is because the Redskins DID manage to get 5 wins in the first 10 weeks of this season they will miss out on the very top college prospects – Andrew Luck and Heisman winner Cam Newton.

This team is just one big joke – and to top it off they face the Cowboys this weekend, who will be hell-bent on revenge following their ‘holding call’ loss in Week 1.

Someone wake me up when this nightmare is all over.

Old man Brett Favre has had time finally catch up with him.

I’m still not quite believing it until I see the play by play on NFL.com, but it seems Brett Favre’s consecutive regular season streak is finally over.

297 games in a row is an achievement that I don’t think an NFL quarterback will ever be able to top.

Favre even by his own standards has to admit the 2010 season has not been hist best.

Under 12 months ago Favre was one drive away from a Super Bowl, defying all the odds, something he has done for 20 years until today.

Watching Monday Night countdown on ESPN Favre did look a peace with the fact he will not be playing – he looked glad that the circus will finally be leaving town, what with the fact his tent (Metrodome) has collapsed.

Yes the gods tried to buy Favre an additional 24 hours to recover by using their chosen weapon of snow to rip a hole in the roof of the Vikings stadium.

Alas it was not enough as Favre turned out to be human after all.

20 seasons for the ol’ gunslinger is remarkable and NFL FAN IN ENGLAND would like to pay respect to Brett Favre for each and every one of those 297 starts.

See you in Canton in 2016 Brett………..unless you are planning to comeback in 2011.

Turner has the legs to take the Falcons to the Super Bowl

I have to admit I have been somewhat lacklustre towards this blog in the past month. It has been brass monkeys here in England (damm cold to those who have no idea what I’m talking about).

The 2010 NFL season has been pretty weird overall, with very few teams rising to the top. Some players have had remarkable seasons so far, namely;

  • Broncos WR Brandon LLoyd – Lloyd’s COMBINED stats for 2007-2009 were a ghastly 36 catches for 495 yards and two tds. In JUST 12 games he has 60 catches for 1,153 yards and 9 scores. Lloyd deserves a trip to the Pro Bowl at this rate. What is even more staggering is his YPC – 19.2 freaking yards.
  • Texans RB Arian Foster – Yes Foster performed an admirable cameo towards the end of the 2009 season, but even the most optimistic fantasy fans did not project 1,230 yards rushing, 479 yards receiving and 15 total trips to the endzone. Foster is on target for a memorable season with over 1,500 rushing yards and possible the NFL rushing crown.
  • Colts QB Peyton Manning – At the rate he is going, having passed for over 4000 yards in 12 games, Peyton could (now watch me curse it!) break the NFL single season passing yards record held by Dan Marino. At present Manning is on pace to smash the record (his projected 16 game figure is 5370 yards).

Back before the start of the season I predicted a Vikings v Ravens Super Bowl. It’s December and I still stick with one half of my prediction.

I still have the Ravens representing the AFC in the big game, but my NFC prediction is now a toss up between the Packers and the Falcons.

Because the Falcons can run and pass with equal efficiency I see the ‘clean’ birds heading back to play for the Vince Lombardi trophy in the New Year.

What is YOUR Super Bowl prediction for this season?

 

My Facebook Madden NFL Superstars team - work to do !

I can’t believe it has been about a month since I last posted to my blog, so before I go any further can I apologise to anyone who viewed this and found no new content.

Do I blame myself or my wife – no, I blame a man who used to coach the Oakland Raiders and who is now retired from commentating on NFL football.

John Madden has hit Facebook and his rather addictive ‘Madden NFL Superstars’ game has me hooked like a crack whore.

I have gone from about 15 genuine Facebook friends to approximately 1,000 friends – none of which I know personally nor have ever met or even spoken  to.

The reason I have over 900 pretend friends is because they give me free ‘Madden Gifts’ that mean I can expand the size of my stadium or add to my Madden bank balance.

I do admit to spending a bit of real money to buy some players, but as it is now Christmas time I will have to rely on my fake friends to help me enhance my team.

I love the fact there is two main aspects to the game – firstly playing games and winning Super Bowls, and secondly you use the players that are not in your squad to go into your ‘card collection’. Once you complete a team set you can trade it for a very rare ‘elite’ card.

Anyone who wants to be my Facebook friend and play Madden NFL Superstars is welcome, my Facebook site is here.