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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5 Things We Learned From Week 7

Week 7 of the NFL was the week of the injuries, as Doug Martin, Jay Cutler, Nick Foles, Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, Sam Bradford, and Reggie Wayne just to name a few. All left their games with injuries.

1. The Jets finally beat the Patriots to end their six game losing streak against the Pats, and the Pats also saw their 12 game winning streak against the AFC East come to a end by falling 30-27. Geno Smith went 17/33 for 233yards with a td, and 1 INT. He also ran for a touchdown. It was suppose to be a losing season for the Jets where they weren’t expected to win many games, and Rex Ryan was suppose to get fired. But after seven weeks the Jets sit at 4-3. The Pats are now at 5-2 for the season. Is Geno Smith really the long term answer in New York at qb? That’s something time will tell. Although the Patriots lost, I still say they win the AFC East. https://i1.wp.com/cdn3.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/19239581/20130908_gav_ae5_418.0_standard_352.0.jpg

2. Break out the Panthers as they have won a season high 2 games in a row by defeating the Rams on Sunday 30-15. Cam Newton went 15/17 for 204 yards, and 1 touchdown. I’m believing in this Panthers front seven as they racked up 4 sacks against the Rams. Rams lost their QB Sam Bradford for the remainder of the year with a torn ACL. Looks like the Panthers season is going one way, and the Rams season is going in the complete opposite. https://i0.wp.com/www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/38a79a3f486f1ebff4ef130cb35772594a82b466/c=91-71-2811-2116&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/USATODAY/USATODAY/2013/10/20/1382301879000-USP-NFL-St-Louis-Rams-at-Carolina-Panthers.jpg

3. We had a shootout in Detroit, as the Bengals offense out lasted the Lions offense…Thanks to the Bengals kicker Mike Nugent for kicking the game winner as time expired to win 27-24….This game had two of the best receivers in the NFL in Calvin Johnson, and AJ Green. An they didn’t disappoint.  Calvin Johnson went for 155 yards receiving to go along with 2 touchdowns. His most impressive touchdown was a 50 yard touchdown where he caught it in triple coverage. Yes this is a catch that you’ll only see in Madden. If you haven’t seen it, google it. AJ Green matched Calvin with 155 yards receiving, and added a touchdown of his own. The Bengals move to 5-2 on the season, as the Lions fall to 4-3. https://i2.wp.com/img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/002/564/401/ScreenShot2013-10-20at12.47.20PM_crop_north.png

4. The 49ers dominated the Titans by defeating them 31-17. 49ers look like they’re using Colin Kaepernick the way they used him last year, and that’s putting the ball in his hand and letting him run. Kaepernick ran for 68 yards on 11 rushes. His longest run was for 20yards which he scored a touchdown on.  If the 9ers continue to use Kaepernick the way they did last year there’s going to be many defensive coordinators losing sleep on Saturday nights before facing off against Kaepernick. https://i2.wp.com/l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/2y5LVItscBBB8unN2.Onrw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTQyMTtweG9mZj01MDtweW9mZj0wO3E9NzU7dz03NDk-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/743f55f46203c523400f6a706700510a.jpg

5. Last but not least we have the game of the week in which the Broncos took on the Colts. Yes, the game that’s been promoted all over television for the past several weeks has finally happened. Peyton Manning lead the 6-0 Broncos back to Indy to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts. Peyton scored the first td of the game, but after that it was the Andrew Luck show. As he ran for a touchdown and threw for three more to lead the Colts to the 39-33 upset. I’ll be honest, I was cheering for the Broncos due to Jim Irsay running his mouth all week. But the Broncos had a off night, and the Colts took advantage of that. The only negative for the Colts in this game, is that they lost Reggie Wayne for the season to a torn ACL. They need to find a way to replace his production for the remainder of the season. The Colts are now 5-2 on the year. I hope these two teams meet again in the playoffs.

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Things We Learned From Week 1 Of The NFL

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We learned that Colin Kaepernick is the real deal. I know people were curious about how Colin would do in his first full season in the NFL as a starter and I’m sure he answered those questions leading the 49ers to a 34-28 win over the Green Bay Packers. And for those of you that said Kaepernick is a run first QB he silenced you critics too. He ran 7 times for 22yards, but he threw for 412yards on 27/39 throwing attempts with 3 tds and no INTS. Look for the 49ers to be in the NFC title game this season and maybe even a return to the Super Bowl.

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Terrelle Pryor looks pretty darn good as a NFL starting quarterback. Now if you recall Terrelle Pryor was drafted in the supplemental draft back in 2011 after he was kicked out of school due to him accepting money for memorabilia. This is Pryors 3rd year in the NFL, but by all accounts he’s still learning on the job considering he didn’t play much in his first two years. Pryor showed that he’s made major improvements inn his mechanics. He rushed for 112 yards and threw for 217 yards becoming the 7th quarterback to throw for at least 200 yards  and run for at least 100 during a regular season game. Although the Raiders loss due to Pryor throwing a late game interception, he was named the starter for this weeks matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Look for Pryor to improve as the season rolls on.

We witnessed  9 starting black quarterbacks in the opening week of the NFL. Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, Michael Vick, Cam Newton, Terrelle Pryor, Geno Smith, Ej Manuel, and Josh Freeman. That’s a major step for the NFL, considering that the quarterback position isn’t played by black players. It looks like something we will see more considering that the new age quarterback is a dual threat who can run and throw. http://thegrio.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/black-quarterbacks-nfl.jpg?w=650

Chip Kelly’s offense looks like the real deal, and it will certainly cause problems for teams around the league. Monday night the Eagles kicked off their season against the Washingston Redskins.  The Eagles offense which is led by Michael Vick and Lesean Mccoy looked electric running 53 plays all in the first half. They did whatever they wanted to and had the Redskins gassed and confused. Michael Vick looks more comfortable and having a healthy offensive line contributes to that. The are Eagles easily the fastest offense in the NFL. Eagles let up a bit in the 2nd half which sparked a Redskins comeback, but they held on to win 33-27. If Vick can stay healthy for a full year and play the way he played against the Skins he will hear his name pop in the MVP discussion.

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Finally we learned that Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning haven’t missed a beat. Peterson opened up his game against the Lions with a 78 yard td run, and finished the game with 93 yards on the ground on 18 attempts and 3 touchdowns two running and one receiving. Peyton Manning torched the Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens for seven touchdowns.  If week 1 was a sign of things to come we can expect another great NFL season.

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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.