Posts Tagged ‘Michael Turner’

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?

 

Advertisements
Boldin and Fitzgerald will show their class during the crazy Wild Card weekend

Boldin and Fitzgerald will show their class during the crazy Wild Card weekend (Pic Lacy Atkins/The Chronicle)

This is where it all matters, where all the effort means death or glory, over four or maybe even five quarters.

I for one did not expect to see the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins or the Minnesota Vikings in the post season.
As for the Eagles, Colts, Chargers and Ravens – I thought they were capable of making it to part 2. I also had a degree of expectation that the Arizona Cardinals could scrape a wild card, but with such a weak division they surprised many and won a home playoff game.
Here are my predictions for the crazy crazy Wild Card Weekend………..
AFC
Sat., Jan. 3, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Indianapolis (12-4) @ San Diego (8-8)
Colts to win 31-27 – This will be some revenge for Peyton Manning and his Colts, who were killed off by the Chargers in the playoffs last season. I have a feeling the Colts will jump out to an early 14-0 lead but the Chargers will then dominate right up until the final drive, where Dominic Rhodes punches the winner in from 3 yards away.
Sun., Jan. 4, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Baltimore (11-5) @ Miami (11-5)
Baltimore to win 23-10 – This will unfortunately be a proverbial wicked witch coming down from her broomstick to spoil the fairytale Dolphins season. Not a pretty game to watch the Ravens will rely on their running game with Rice and McClain showing that they have plenty left in the tank. Pennington will again be accurate but he will not have the time to get big 10 play 80 yard drives.
NFC
Sat., Jan. 3, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Atlanta (11-5) @ Arizona (9-7)
Arizona to win 27-24 (OT) – This is my upset special even if the Cardinals are the division winning home team. Atlanta will look to establish the run with Michael Turner and the underrated Jerious Norwood (who I think could start somewhere like Denver). Kurt Warner will be expecting the pass rush from John Abraham, but with 3 1000 yard wideouts in his arsenal this will be the time for Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald to show that they are the top tandem in the NFL.
Sun., Jan 4, 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Philadelphia (9-6-1) @ Minnesota (10-6)
Philadelphia to win 29-16 – Brian Westbrook will show the entire NFL world that he is the best all purpose back in the NFL, as he goes for 175 all purpose yards and two touchdowns. Adrian Petersen will show some potential, but the playoff pressure will get to him and he will ultimately be the second best back on the field. One of the no name Eagles wideouts will get a huge td – someone like Hank Baskett or Jason Avant – and that will kill off the Vikings.
Cue the counter arguments……….

Kevin Jones

It was interesting to note that four NFL teams are interested in Kevin Jones – the oh so talented but oh so injured running back Kevin Jones. As a player I have carried on various fantasy teams I feel like I have been his coach at some points, and I hope that he finds himself a team. He is not in my opinion a 1,300 yard back that you can hitch the wagon onto and ride off into the sunset, he is however pretty much the perfect 3rd down/utility back. With 93 catches in the past two seasons this is one guy with some sweet hands. So who would he fit into ? Looking at teams firstly that utilise 3rd down backs, and those who have established bruisers in the backfield I am inclined to look at the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons.  All are teams that  can do with a utility back  to compliment the likes of Ron Dayne,  Jamal Lewis and  Michael Turner.  Above all KJ will scare teams who cant afford an injury laden back, but here is a guy who can get 1,000 all purpose yards a season, and importantly spell starters, and provide a spark. It just needs a team and a coach that can find the right fit.