Monday, September 15, 2014

NFL - Week Two Review

Chargers TE Antonio Gates burned the Seahawks D for three touchdowns.
There were more surprises around the NFL in Week Two as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks were knocked off by the host San Diego Chargers, 30-21 behind a dominating offense that held the football for over 42 minutes in the game.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed for 284 yards and three touchdowns, all of them to tight end Antonio Gates, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, who had seven receptions for 96 yards and the three touchdowns.
The Chicago Bears beat the host San Francisco 49ers, 28-20 in the Sunday Night Football game in a huge comeback effort (they trailed 17-0 at one time) as QB Jay Cutler had four touchdown passes, three of them to wide receiver Brandon Marshall, to spark the effort. The Bears defense rose up and sacked 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick four times while also intercepting three passes, two of them by rookie Kyle Fuller. The 49ers had 16 penalties (for 118 yards) in the loss.
The Green Bay Packers had a similar performance to Chicago's earlier in the day as they overcame a 21-3 deficit at home to top the New York Jets, 31-24 behind three TD passes from Aaron Rodgers, who also passed for 346 yards. Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson had a career high 209 receiving yards, including an 80-yard TD reception, to help the big comeback win.
The Jets thought they had the potential tying score late in the game, but the touchdown pass was taken off the board because an assistant coach (Marty Mohrinweg) had called for time out just before the snap.
The Cleveland Browns won their home opener on a last second 29-yard field goal by kicker Billy Cundiff to shock the winless New Orleans Saints, 26-24. Browns defensive back Tashaun Gipson had a "pick six" interception, taking it back 62 yards to open a 16-3 lead prior to the Saints coming back to twice have a one-point edge, including 24-23 when running back Mark Ingram scored on a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter. But the Browns rallied as QB Brian Hoyer directed the game winning drive in the final minutes.

                                                              Around the NFL . . . . . . . .  

Carolina rolled over the Detroit Lions in a 24-7 win as the defense forced three turnovers and had four QB sacks to lead the way . . . . .  The New England Patriots got a big road win, blasting the Minnesota Vikings, 30-7 as their defense limited the Vikings to just 217 yards in total offense . . . . .  The Dallas Cowboys ambushed the host Tennessee Titans, 26-10 with four field goals and a huge game from RB DeMarco Murray, who ran for 167 yards and scored a touchdown . . . . .  Arizona improved to 2-0 with a 25-14 road win against the New York Giants as the defense got four turnovers, including two interceptions thrown by Eli Manning. The special teams played a big role in the victory for the Cardinals with four field goals and a 71-yard punt return for a score by Ted Ginn, Jr . . . . .  Buffalo won at home, 29-10 over a listless Miami Dolphins team as kicker Dan Carpenter (a former Dolphins player) drilled five field goals while C.J. Spiller took a kickoff back 102 yards for a touchdown . . . . .  The Washington Redskins pasted the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, 41-10 but lost starting QB Robert Griffin III to an ankle injury and WR DeSean Jackson to a shoulder injury. Backup QB Kirk Cousins passed for 250 yards and a pair of scoring passes in the rout . . . . .  Houston won a yawner on the road 30-14 against the Oakland Raiders as they raced out to a 27-0 lead behind solid defense, which had four turnovers in the win. The Texans had good balance on offense, rushing for 188 yards and getting a TD pass from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick  . . . . .  The Cincinnati Bengals dominated in a home win, 24-10 over the Atlanta Falcons as they gained 472 total yards in offense, including 170 on the ground. The Bengals defense intercepted three passes in the win  . . . . .  Denver won at home, 24-17 against the Kansas City Chiefs as QB Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns even though the Broncos were out gained in total yardage in the win . . . . .  The Baltimore Ravens steam rolled the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-6 last Thursday night behind two TD passes from Joe Flacco and 157 rushing yards in a balanced attack to improve to 1-1 for the season.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NFL - Week Two Preview

After last week's start to the NFL season, what more can you say football fans?
This is going to be yet another one of those totally unpredictable NFL seasons once again.
Who knows what to expect as the 32 teams go at it again in Week Two ... so here's a capsule style look at the games this weekend.

Miami at Buffalo - Can the Bills do it again? They shut out the Dolphins last season in Orchard Park.

Jacksonville at Washington - Zzzzzzz.

Dallas at Tennessee - Remember the Titans? They might just well be back this season. Titans roll!

Arizona at NY Giants - The Cards squeaked one out on Monday night in the desert while the Giants were blown out in Detroit.

New England at Minnesota - The Vikes will be without Adrian Peterson. Not good... take the Patriots because it seems hard to believe they will start the season at 0-2.

New Orleans at Cleveland - Beware the Browns!

Atlanta at Cincinnati - Battle of the QB's in Cincy ... Matt Ryan or Andy Dalton? This should be a good one.

Detroit at Carolina - The Panthers defense vs. the Lions amped up offense.

St. Louis at Tampa Bay - The Bucs should win this one against the punchless Rams.

Seattle at San Diego - Chargers QB Philip Rivers could be in for a long day.

Houston at Oakland - This game could go either way ...  Taking the Texans in a tight one.

NY Jets at Green Bay - Packers roll!

Kansas City at Denver - Will the Broncos struggle at home with the Chiefs? Nope!

Chicago at San Francisco - The 49ers win big in their opening game at their brand new stadium.

Philadelphia at Indianapolis - This game should be a shootout ... take the Colts in a tight one.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Two  . . .          (Home teams are listed in BOLD type and Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

Pittsburgh over Baltimore
Buffalo over Miami
Washington over Jacksonville
Tennessee over Dallas
NY Giants over Arizona
New England over Minnesota
Cleveland over New Orleans
Cincinnati over Atlanta
Carolina over Detroit
Tampa Bay over St. Louis
Seattle over San Diego
Houston over Oakland
Green Bay over NY Jets
Denver over Kansas City
SAN FRANCISCO over Chicago
Indianapolis over Philadelphia

Last Week's Record:  9-7


Lock of the Week Record:  1-0


Monday, September 8, 2014

NFL - Week One Review

There was a certain trend around the NFL in Week One as several teams blew huge leads and either lost the game or nearly lost as a result of their second half efforts.
The Pittsburgh Steelers held on for a 30-27 home win against the Cleveland Browns on a 41-yard Shaun Suisham field goal as time expired. Pittsburgh had a commanding 27-3 lead at the half before the Browns, behind two rushing touchdowns by running back Isaiah Crowell and a TD pass by QB Brian Hoyer, tied the game in fourth quarter. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 365 yards with a TD pass in the win.
The New England Patriots squandered a ten-point halftime lead and lost at Miami, 33-20 as the Dolphins came out in the second half and smoked the Pats, sacking QB Tom Brady four times, including two by DE Cameron Wake. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill threw two TD passes in the win. It was New England's first season opening loss in eleven years.
The New Orleans Saints led Atlanta by 13 points late in the first half before succumbing in OT, 37-34 as Falcons' kicker Matt Bryant nailed a 52-yard field goal in the extra session to win the game.
Atlanta QB Matt Ryan
Bryant also nailed a 51-yarder to force the OT as time expired after the Saints had gone ahead with just 1:20 left in regulation as RB Mark Ingram scored his second rushing TD of the game.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan, the Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week, passed for 448 yards and three touchdowns in leading the comeback win. Saints QB Drew Brees had 333 yards passing in the loss.
The Denver Broncos nearly squandered their game (they led 31-10 early in the fourth quarter) at home against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, but held on for a 31-24 win behind Peyton Manning (269 passing yards with three TD passes) who connected with tight end Julius Thomas for all three TD passes in the first half. Indy QB Andrew Luck threw for 370 yards with two TD strikes and two interceptions in the loss.
The Jacksonville Jaguars blew a 17-point halftime lead and lost at Philadelphia, 34-17 as the Eagles dominated the second half behind two TD passes from QB Nick Foles and a 49-yard scoring run by Darren Sproles as well as a defensive score off a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter to ice the game. Jags' QB Chad Henne had two TD passes with wide receiver Allen Hurns (four catches for 110 yards) in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills pulled off the upset of the day as they stunned the host Chicago Bears, 23-20 in overtime as kicker Dan Carpenter made a 27-yard field goal to win it after RB Fred Jackson rumbled 38 yards to set up the winning kick. The Bills rushed for 193 yards in the game and their defense forced three turnovers (fumble and two interceptions) to make the difference in the outcome. Bears QB Jay Cutler passed for 349 yards with two TD and two picks in defeat.
The Tennessee Titans went on the road and pounded the Kansas City Chiefs, 26-10 behind solid defense (four QB sacks and allowing just 245 total yards in offense) and a pair of TD passes from QB Jake Locker and four field goals by former Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop.
San Francisco throttled the host Dallas Cowboys, 28-17 as they built a 28-3 halftime edge behind a pair of scoring passes by 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick to TE Vernon Davis and a defensive score off a fumble return for touchdown just a minute into the game. Cowboys QB Tony Romo was intercepted three times in the loss.
The Cincinnati Bengals won on the road, beating the Baltimore Ravens, 23-16 as kicker Mike Nugent drilled five field goals and QB Andy Dalton hooked up with WR A.J. Green on a 77-yard scoring pass right after Ravens QB Joe Flacco connected with Steve Smith on a 80-yard scoring pass.

And on Monday afternoon, the Ravens released running back Ray Rice, (pictured right) who had been suspended by the NFL for the first two games this season, after a new videotape (from TMZ) surfaced showing him punching and knocking out cold his fiancee'/wife in an elevator. In addition, the NFL has suspended Rice indefinitely following the new taped evidence that prompted the Ravens to terminate Rice's contract effective immediately. 

In other NFL action this weekend . . . . .   The New York Jets won a lack luster game at home, 19-14 over the Oakland Raiders as RB Chris Ivory ran 71 yards for the clinching score . . . . .  The Minnesota Vikings stunned the host St. Louis Rams, 34-6 behind two TD passes from Matt Cassel and 102 yards rushing (on just THREE CARRIES) by Cordarrelle Patterson, who raced 67 yards for a touchdown in the rout . . . . .  Carolina topped the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 20-14 as backup Panthers QB Derek Anderson threw for two scores and the defense limited the Bucs to just 264 yards in total offense . . . . .  The Houston Texans won a 17-6 yawner at home against the Washington Redskins, recovering two fumbles and recording three QB sacks. Texans' rookie DE Jadeveon Clowney left the game with a knee injury that could sideline the NFL's top draft pick for anywhere from four to six weeks . . . . .  The Seattle Seahawks opened the season last Thursday night with a  home field thumping of the Green Bay Packers, 36-16 as the defending Super Bowl champions picked up right where they left off by pressuring Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers while the offense was led by running back Marshawn Lynch (110 yards rushing and two TD) and QB Russell Wilson, who threw for two more scores in the rout.


The traditional double header of MNF games for the season opener saw the Detroit Lions pound the visiting New York Giants, 35-14 as QB Matthew Stafford threw for for 346 yards and two touchdowns, both to WR Calvin Johnson, who made seven receptions for 164 yards. Giants QB Eli Manning was intercepted twice in the blowout loss . . . . .  The late game saw the Arizona Cardinals rally behind the play of QB Carson Palmer, who passed for 304 yards and two touchdowns in a 18-17 win over the visiting San Diego Chargers. San Diego QB Philip Rivers passed for 238 yards with a touchdown and interception in the loss. San Diego squandered a 17-6 lead in the fourth quarter.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Are You Kidding Me?


This sign is a joke, right?                                                                                            

I saw this on a morning walk recently in the neighborhood ... you have got to be kidding me. Some
people just do not get it!
Have they not seen what's been going on in states such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Jersey, Kansas ... do I have to continue?
Republicans control those states with the office of governor as well as controlling the state legislatures.
LMFAO is the only way to describe my initial reaction to this sign.
Illinois is a BLUE STATE and will remain that way because we here in the "Land of Lincoln" have a state legislature that is Democratically controlled with a VETO PROOF majority. So even if that ass clown named Bruce Rauner is able to defeat Governor Pat Quinn in the November election, he doesn't know what he is in for.

As for that sign, these people have to be kidding because we here in Illinois are not "Koch Suckers" and that's a fact.

Friday, September 5, 2014

NFL - Week One Preview

The 2014 NFL season kicked off Thursday night (and as expected) with Seattle topping the visiting Green Bay Packers, 36-16. The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks picked up right where they left off by pressuring Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers while the offense was led by running back Marshawn Lynch (110 yards rushing and two TD) and QB Russell Wilson, who threw for two more scores in the rout.

Now it's on to the rest of the action around the NFL in Week One as Heftyinfo will provide a capsule style preview of each game this weekend as well as predicting the games.

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears - The Bears are loaded on offense and the Bills are not... Bears roll!

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens  - Key AFC North matchup in Week One... Will the real Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco please stand up.

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers - Another key AFC North matchup in Week One ... Steelers roll in this one.

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - This game could be a toss up if Matt Ryan comes to play because we know QB Drew Brees and the Saints certainly will.

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams - The Rams are going with Shaun Hill at quarterback. Huh? The Rams defense is solid and should save the day here in this yawner of an opener.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles - Seems everyone is jumping on the Jacksonville bandwagon as a team that will surprise people this season. Not likely to happen here in this game or at all this season for the Jags. Take the Eagles!

Oakland Raiders at New York Jets -This very well could be the stinker game of the week.

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans - This game could go to overtime.

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs - Will the Chiefs start 9-0 again this year? They can attempt to start another run here in this game... Titans will be tough opponent in this one.

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins - Tom Brady and the Pats should win this game, but the Dolphins defense is solid and will keep it close.

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Last year's surprise team (Carolina) against what many project to be this season's surprise team in the Bucs. This game should go down to the wire.

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys - Shootout in Big D this Sunday ... take the 'Niners.

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos - Peyton Manning vs. Andrew Luck ... Manning!


New York Giants at Detroit Lions - Can Eli Manning and the Giants beat the Lions (with new Head Coach Jim Caldwell) in Motown?  Nope.

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals - Chargers bolt out to a big lead again in MNF season opener night cap ... only this time they hang on and win a close one.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week One  . . .          (Home teams are listed in BOLD type and Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

SEATTLE over Green Bay
Chicago over Buffalo
Cincinnati over Baltimore
Pittsburgh over Cleveland
New Orleans over Atlanta
St. Louis over Minnesota
Philadelphia over Jacksonville
NY Jets over Oakland
Houston over Washington
Kansas City over Tennessee
New England over Miami
Tampa Bay over Carolina
San Francisco over Dallas
Denver over Indianapolis
Detroit over NY Giants
San Diego over Arizona

Last Season's Record: 168-87-1 

Lock of the Week Record: 15-2-0

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NFL Football - Season Opening Kickoff Game Preview

The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the defending Super Bowl champions, will get the 2014 NFL season started Thursday night in the Great Northwest.
It should be a great game, given the offensive fire power the Packers have, led by All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The running game features Eddie Lacy, who rumbled for over 1,000 yards in his rookie season. The Seahawks tenacious defense, led by the "Legion of Boom" secondary that led the NFL in pass defense last year, will present a stiff challenge to Green Bay's offense.
Of course, the Seahawks can score points too and are led by third-year QB Russell Wilson, who in his first two seasons already has a Super Bowl ring.
Running back Marshawn Lynch will attempt to get back in "Beast Mode" after going for over 1,200 yards (in 2013) while leading the running attack. Wilson can also run as well as pass the ball and that will present problems for the vulnerable Green Bay defense, which struggled last season.
And let's not forget the "12th Man" ... the home crowd in Seattle that can get ridiculously loud during games at CenturyLink Field.
Heftyinfo likes the Seahawks to repeat as Super Bowl champions this season, so getting the season started off right is a big step for them realizing that goal.

                           PREDICTION -  Seattle 27, Green Bay 20