5 Things We Learned From Week 9

Week 9 is a wrap, and we have the 5 things we learned here at Swickass.

1. Last week in my 5 Things from Week 8 I called the Jets defeating the Saints, due to their odd and even season. The Jets have won all of their odd number games this year, and lost all of their even number games. And it continued Sunday as they defeated the New Orleans Saints 26-20. Geno Smith went 8-19 for 115 yards with no INTS, and the Jets running attack got going as Chris Ivory rushed for 139 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown against his former team. The Jets have a bye week this Sunday, but you can pencil them in to win next Sunday at Buffalo.

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2. If you thought Peyton Manning was going to be the only QB this season to throw for seven touchdowns in a game you were wrong. As Nick Foles became the seventh quarterback in NFL to throw for seven tds in a game as the Eagles annihilated the Raiders 49-20. Foles had a crazy stat line as he went 22/28 for 406 yards to go with those 7 touchdowns and he had no INTS. Remember Foles had a great game against the Bucs earlier this year, and followed it up with a awful game against the Cowboys the following week. Lets hope Foles remains hot when the Eagles take on the Packers this weekend.

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3. Don’t look now, but we had a CJ2k citing over the weekend as Chris Johnson exploded for 150 yards to go with two touchdowns on 23 carries. As the Titans defeated the Rams 28-21. CJ wasn’t the only running back that feasted on Sunday, as St. Louis Rams rookie sensation Zac Stacy rushed for 127 yards on 27carries to go with 2 touchdowns. Lets see if CJ keeps it up this week against Jacksonville.

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4. Tom Brady looks like he got back into his groove as the Patriots defeated the Steelers 55-31. Brady 22-33 for 432 yards for 4 tds. Brady will only get better as the games get more meaningful.

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5. Bears get a huge win on Monday night. In a game where the Bears weren’t favored to win by many experts. But they got the job done as they defeated the Packers 27-20. Aaron Rodgers left the game early in the 1st quarter with a shoulder injury. Then it turned into the backup bowl. As the Bears were already without starting QB Jay Cutler who’s nursing a groining injury. They got a big boost from backup QB Josh McCown and star running back Matt Forte. McCown went 22-41 for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Forte rushed for 125 yards and scored one td. Aaron Rodgers found out later that he had fractured collarbone which is expected to sideline him for 4-6 weeks. Lets see if Seneca Wallace can carry the Packers for the next several weeks as Rodgers recovers. We hope Rodgers has a speedy recovery.

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5 Things We Learned From Week 8

Another week of the NFL have come and gone. Here are the 5 Things We Learned From This week.

1. Geno Smith, and the New York Jets are way too inconsistent to be taken serious. After defeating the Patriots in week 7, and Geno Smith probably having his best game of his young NFL career. Geno and the Jets followed that up, with their worst game of the year by getting embarrassed by the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday 49-9. Geno was awful going 20-30 for 159yds, 2 interceptions, and a QBR of 4.1. If they continue their up and down roller coaster like season, they should upset the Saints at home this Sunday.

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2. Remember when the Eagles hired Chip Kelly this off-season and everyone had high expectations for their offense? Now eight games into the season Vick can’t stay healthy, leaving Sundays game after re-aggravating his hamstring. The backup to Vick is Nick Foles, who was also out with a concussion. So the Eagles turned to rookie quarterback Matt Barkley to step in. And it turns out that the Eagles offense isn’t who we thought they were.  Eagles gained a total of 200 yards on offense Sunday while losing to the Giants 15-7. Those 7points were scored on special teams. Eagles are 3-5 on the season, and haven’t won at home all year. The Giants have won two games in a row and are now 2-6 heading to their bye week.

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3. When Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos spot you a 21-7 lead you’re suppose to take advantage of that. And the Washington Redskins didn’t, as the Broncos scored 38pts unanswered on Sunday to defeat the Redskins 45-21. Peyton started off slow turning the ball over 4xs, but bounced back to to throw for 354 yards and four touchdowns. Broncos have a bye this week, but face the undefeated Chiefs in week 10.

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4. Don’t look now, but the Green Bay Packers finally have a consistent running game with rookie sensation Eddie Lacy. The Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday 44-31. Eddie Lacy carried the ball 29 times for 94 yards and a td. While Green Bays other running back James Starks chipped in with 7 carries for 57 yards and a td. The Packers now host the Bears this Monday night at home. The Bears need to be prepared for the Packers new two headed monster.

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5. Calvin Johnson maybe the greatest wide receiver that has ever walked this planet. I always thought that Jerry Rice was the greatest WR I’d see in my lifetime, but now I’m second guessing myself. As Calvin Johnson torched the Cowboys DBs for 329 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. The catches he made were unbelievable as well as his stat line. Calvin came up eight yards short of being the first receiver in NFL history with the most receiving yards in a game. Matthew Stafford lead the Lions down the field in epic fashion as he lunged over the Cowboys defense at the 1 yard line with 12 seconds left to defeat the Cowboys 31-30.  This was easily the best Football game of the entire season so far.

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Five Things We Learned From Week 5

Week 5 has wrapped up, and we have the Five Things We Learned From This Week.

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1. Terrelle Pryor is here to stay. Pryor has showed major improvement from week to week. In week 4 Pryor was forced to sit out due to a concussion he suffered during the week 3 loss to the Broncos. But Pryor bounced back and looked great in his first game since week 3 getting the Raiders off to a quick 14-0 lead,and never looking back defeating the Chargers 27-14. Pryor went 18-23 for 221yds and 2tds. Raiders may have found their Franchise QB.

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2. Geno Smith looks like he’s getting accustomed to the NFL by upsetting the highly favored Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. Geno went 16-20 for 199yds and 3tds. Jets were down 28-27 and Geno led the Jets down the field to setup a Nick Folks 43yd field goal in the game final seconds to defeat the Falcons 30-28. Looks like that 4th and 1 play the Falcons went for with 1sec left before halftime came back to hunt them after all. One positive thing from Geno is he had no turnovers this game for the first time this year. The Falcons now fall to a disappointing 1-4. Note to NFC South teams, don’t win the NFC South because when you do the following year you struggle.

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3. Texans need a new QB. The Houston Texans were embarrassed on Sunday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers losing 34-3. Matt Schaub has been turnover prone early on in the year as it continued Sunday night as the Texans QB has had four interceptions returned for TDs over the last four games. I wouldn’t say bench Schaub now because I don’t believe T.J. Yate or Chase Keenum will make a difference, but I believe the Texans should look elsewhere for QB help when the offseason comes around. By the way where are all those Schaub supporters from 3 years ago when you guys had him ranked in the top 10 for your QB rankings?

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4. The Colts are for real. Colts defeated the Seahawks Sunday 34-28. I’m not sure if many people gave the Colts a chance but they were ready to face the undefeated Seahawks. Luck lead the Colts to two 4th qtr scores and showed the NFL there’s a way to score on the Seahawks as he hit T.Y Hilton for two big passing tds. One pass went for 73 yards, and the other went for 29 yards. The Seahawks are just not the same on the road as they are when they’re at home. Colts have now defeated the Seahawks and 49ers in the same season. Not too many teams can say that in the NFL.

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5. What a difference Sean Payton makes. The Saints moved to 5-0 on the season as they defeated the Chicago Bears 26-18. The Saints look like they’re back after missing their head coach all last year who was suspended due to the Bountygate. With Brees having Payton back running this offense the sky is the limit for this team. The NFC South looks like it’s theirs for the taking.

Five Things We Learned From Week 3 Of The NFL

1.     The Colts look like the real deal defeating the NFC champs San Francisco 49ers 27-7. The Colts running game looks great with the 1-2punch in Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson. Bradshaw was the star back rushing for 95yards and a TD on 19 carries. Keep in mind Trent wasn’t used much in his first game as a Colt rushing for 39 yards and a td on 13 carries. That will change as the season goes on and he understands the playbook.

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2.     I think it’s safe to say the Jacksonville Jaguars is the worst team in the NFL. Yes they’re worse than the Cleveland Browns. The Jaguars lost to the Seattle Seahawks 45-17. The Jaguars will certainly be in the discussion for the 2014 NFL number 1 pick.

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3.     The Cowboys look like a real threat to win the NFC East. They defeated the St Louis Rams 31-7 on Sunday. If Romo doesn’t have his late season collapse we’re accustomed to seeing the Cowboys may finally make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

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4.     The Browns aren’t tanking on the season. After the Trent Richardson trade everyone expected the Browns to tank the rest of the season to get a high draft pick so they can draft a Franchise Quarterback. But lead by backup QB Brian Hoyer they defeated the Minnesota Vikings on the road 31-27.

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5.     The Bears had a statement game Sunday night. Going on the road and defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers on a national televised game 40-23 . Bears defense forced five turnovers, and the Bears offensive line is keeping Jay Cutler up and not allowing him to get sacked early on. If this good play continues lookout.

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6.     I know I said five things but I’m making two execptions for the Manning brothers. This is the best regular season quarterback in NFL history and one of the greatest QBs of my time. There’s no stopping him as he put on another clinic against the Oakland Raiders last night passing for 3 TDS and defeating them 37-21. Peyton now has 12 tds on the season and he doesn’t look like he has any plans to slow down. The Philadelphia Eagles have a problem on their hands this Sunday when they fly to Denver to take on the Broncos.

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Manning and the New York Giants fail to 0-3 on Sunday by getting embarrassed by the Carolina Panthers 31-0. The Giants are 0-3 for the first time since 1996. The Giants have several problems one problem is not protecting Eli Manning who’s tied for 2nd in the NFL in being sacked. Giants need to get their running game and defense in order.  The Giants will look for their first win this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Top 5 Things We Learned From Week 2

Top 5 Things We Learned From Week 2 Of The NFL

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1.     EJ Manuel looks like a star quarterback. Buffalo Bills look like they finally got it right by selecting Manuel in the 2013 NFL draft with the 16th pick overall. Manuel has looked great early on in his short NFL career leading the Bills to a nine play 80 yard drive to defeat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. If this was just a taste of Manuels potential Bills fans should have a lot to cheer about for several years.

2.     Aaron Rodgers is by far the best NFL quarterback on the planet. Rodgers torched the Washington Redskins on Sunday going 34-42 for 480 yards with 3 touchdowns. Rodgers made it look like he was playing a quick game of seven on seven with his receivers against the Redskins secondary. Look for Rodgers to have another fantastic season.

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3.     Jay Cutler is showing he’s in need of a payday. Bears fans had another game that went to the wire on Sunday and once again Jay Cutler stepped up and lead the Bears down the field to win the game. On the final drive Cutler went 7-9 passing and lead the Bears 76 yards down the field to beat the Vikings 31-30. If the Bears were smart they’ll pay Cutler soon. They don’t want to be in the same situation the Baltimore Ravens were in last years, and we all know how that turned out.

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4.     When the Seahawks are at home they’re impossible to beat.  With the help of the 12th man the Seahawks manhandled the 49ers on Sunday night 29-3.  Colin Kaepernick looked like a shell of himself managing just 127yards through the air with three interceptions. Richard Sherman shut down Anquan Boldin after Boldin was unstoppable last week vs the Packers. Look for the 49ers to seek revenge when they matchup with the Seahawks again on December 14th.

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5.     Although the Patriots are 2-0 Tom Brady needs some help on offense. Tom Brady is in a tough position with the Gronk injured, Danny Amedola injured, and Aaron Hernandez in jail. If you’re a receiver and can run routes correctly you should attempt to tryout for the Patriots. Maybe it’s time for the Patriots to kick the tires on Terrell Owens or even Ocho Cinco. Ok I was kidding about Ocho Cinco, but you get what I’m saying

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Kristin Cavallari Busted in Illinois

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Kristin Cavallari was taking into custody by Evanston Police this morning, forced to post bail claiming it was because of her driver’s license. The former MTV The Hills star was speeding and police had noticed that she does not have a valid Illinois license but a California license. Cavallari took to twitter to state, “Who knew having a California driver’s license in Illinois was a CRIME to be escorted to the police station to post bail?!! What a morning.”

In IL you are required to have an IL driver’s license once you have lived in the state for 90 days or you can be cited.

However, Mrs. Cutler is not a full-time IL resident and therefore shouldn’t be subjected to that law– considering she is there part time to support her husband Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler. She also tweeted about it saying, “I still have an apartment in LA so I’m a resident of California.”

Jahvid Best Released

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The Detroit Lions have finally given up on their 2010 1st Rd pick. Lions have released RB Jahvid Best. Best was selected with the 30th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Best saw his draft stock drop due to concussion concerns. Best hasn’t played in a NFL game since October 16, 2011. Best has battled concussions his entire playing career dating back to his days at University Of California, Berkeley. Best just couldn’t stay healthy enough to stay on the football field. In two seasons with the Lions Best had 945 rushing yard on 255 carries with six touchdowns, to go along with 85 receptions for 774yards with three touchdowns. Best will be remembered for his 88-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears on Monday night football in 2010 which is the second longest rushing TD in franchise history. I’m not sure if Best considers himself done playing football, but I hope he’s done playing. The years after football are the most important ones. But we wish Best good luck with whatever he decides to do.