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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Five Things We Learned From Week 6

Another Football week has come and gone. I have the Five Things We Learned from Week 6.

1. That Kansas City Chiefs defense is legit. I wasn’t too sure if I should believe the Chiefs hype, but I’m a true believer of their defense. Chiefs defense continued their dominance Sunday as they defeated the Raiders 24-7 to reach 6-0 on the year. The Chiefs sacked Terrelle Pryor 10 times. If the Chiefs get some contribution from players on offense not named Jamaal Charles, they should be in great shape.

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2. We have a QB controversy in Philadelphia. Due Michael Vick hamstring injury which he suffered in last weeks game against the Giants. Nick Foles got the start Sunday, and he didn’t disappoint. As he went 22-31 for 296 yards with 3 TDs, and the Eagles defeated the Bucs 31-20. Let’s see if Foles continues his hot play this Sunday against the Cowboys, and if he does who will be the QB in Philly once Vick is healthy?

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3.  The Texans lose 4 in a row. It’s shocking that this team lost 4 in a row, due to their high expectations coming into the season. But it’s even more shocking to see them get embarrassed at home like they did against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday by losing 38-13. To make matters worse, Schaub suffered a gruesome leg injury that Texans fans cheered about. I know it’s been a disappointing season for you Texans fans, but have some respect. I never like to see any athlete get injured. I wrote last week about staying with Schaub for the rest of the year, and then addressing the QB situation at the end of the year because I didn’t think TJ Yates or Case Keenum would make a difference. But due to the Schaubs injury Yates was forced into action, and he proved what I said last week was correct. Throwing two interceptions (one was taken back for a TD). There’s a dark cloud over Houston right now. I wish the Texans signed Matt Flynn, and let him be the starter while Schaub is out. That would be a great punishment for the fans that cheered for Schaubs injury on Sunday. But too bad the Bills signed him today.

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4. Just because Tom Brady isn’t having the kind of year we’re accustomed to seeing, we can’t forget about how clutch the man is. But if you forgot, he reminded us on Sunday. As he lead the Patriots down the field in the closing seconds to defeat the New Orleans Saints 30-27. The Patriots are now 5-1 on the year, and look like the favorites to win the AFC East. Sorry to all the Patriot fans that left the game early, and didn’t witness Brady throw a TD with 5 seconds remaining to Kenbrell Thompkins.

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5. Last but not least, I have to show some love to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although they didn’t win, they didn’t allow the Broncos to cover the 27 pts they were given in Las Vegas betting lines. Instead the Broncos pulled away late to defeat the Jaguars 35-19. This will probably be my first, and last post about the Jaguars all year. So I had to make sure I made it a good one! And if you’re keeping score at home the Jaguars are 0-6. While the Broncos are 6-0.

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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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Forbes Top 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

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Forbes released it’s top 50 most valuable sports franchises today and we have the list. Two FIFA Soccer teams lead the way at one and two in Real Madrid and Manchester United. I must admit, it’s a good feeling seeing the team you root for on this list.

#1 Real Madrid

Value: $3.3 billion
Owner: Club members

#2 Manchester United

Value: $3.165 billion
Owner: Glazer family

#3 Barcelona

Value: $2.6 billion
Owner: Club members

#4 New York Yankees

Value: $2.3 billion
Owner: Steinbrenner Family

#5 Dallas Cowboys

Value: $2.1 billion
Owner: Jerry Jones

#6 New England Patriots

Value: $1.635 billion
Owner: Robert Kraft

#7 Los Angeles Dodgers

Value: $1.615 billion
Owner: Guggenheim Baseball

#8 Washington Redskins

Value: $1.6 billion
Owner: Daniel Snyder

#9 New York Giants

Value: $1.468 billion
Owners: John Mara, Steven Tisch

#10 Arsenal

Value: $1.326 billion
Owner: Stan Kroenke

#11 Boston Red Sox

Value: $1.312 billion
Owners: John Henry, Thomas Werner

#12 Bayern Munich

Value: $1.309 billion
Owner: Club members

#13 Houston Texans

Value: $1.305 billion
Owner: Robert McNair

#14 New York Jets

Value: $1.284 billion
Owner: Robert Wood Johnson IV

#15 Philadelphia Eagles

Value: $1.26 billion
Owner: Jeffrey Lurie

#16 Chicago Bears

Value: $1.19 billion
Owner: McCaskey Family

#17 San Francisco 49ers

Value: $1.175 billion
Owners: Denise DeBartolo York, John York

#18 Green Bay Packers

Value: $1.161 billion
Owner: Shareholder-owned

#19 Baltimore Ravens

Value: $1.157 billion
Owner: Stephen Bisciotti

#20 Indianapolis Colts

Value: $1.154 billion
Owner: James Irsay

#21 Ferrari

Value: $1.15 billion
Owner: Fiat Group

#22 Denver Broncos

Value: $1.132 billion
Owner: Patrick Bowlen

#23 New York Knicks

Value: $1.1 billion
Owner: Madison Square Garden Co.

#24 Pittsburgh Steelers

Value: $1.1 billion
Owners: Daniel Rooney, Art Rooney II

#25 Miami Dolphins

Value: $1.06 billion
Owner: Stephen Ross

#26 Carolina Panthers

Value: $1.048 billion
Owner: Jerry Richardson

#27 Seattle Seahawks

Value: $1.04 billion
Owner: Paul Allen

#28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Value: $1.033 billion
Owner: Glazer family

#29 Tennessee Titans

Value: $1.011 billion
Owner: Kenneth Adams Jr

#30 Kansas City Chiefs

Value: $1.008 billion
Owner: Lamar Hunt Family

#31 Chicago Cubs

Value: $1 billion
Owner: Ricketts Family

#32 Los Angeles Lakers

Value: $1 billion
Owners: Buss family, Philp Anschutz

#33 Toronto Maple Leafs

Value: $1 billion
Owners: Bell Canada, Rogers Communications

#34 Cleveland Browns

Value: $987 million
Owner: Jimmy Haslam

#35 Minnesota Vikings

Value: $975 million
Owner: Zygmunt Wilf

#36 New Orleans Saints

Value: $971 million
Owners: Thomas Benson, Rita Benson LeBlanc

#37 AC Milan

Value: $945 million
Owner: Silvio Berlusconi

#38 San Diego Chargers

Value: $936 million
Owner: Spanos family

#39 Arizona Cardinals

Value: $922 million
Owner: William Bidwill

#40 Chelsea

Value: $901 million
Owner: Roman Abramovich

#41 Philadelphia Phillies

Value: $893 million
Owners: Partnership led by David Montgomery

#42 Cincinnati Bengals

Value: $871 million
Owner: Michael Brown

#43 Detroit Lions

Value: $855 million
Owner: William Clay Ford

#44 Atlanta Falcons

Value: $837 million
Owner: Arthur Blank

#45 New York Mets

Value: $811 million
Owners: Fred and Jeff Wilpon, Saul Katz

#46 Buffalo Bills

Value: $805 million
Owner: Ralph Wilson Jr

#47 Chicago Bulls

Value: $800 million
Owner: Jerry Reinsdorf

#48 McLaren

Value: $800 million
Owner: McLaren Group

#49 San Francisco Giants

Value: $786 million
Owners: Partnership led by Charles Johnson

#50 Oakland Raiders

Value: $785 million
Owner: Mark Davis

         

The Patriot Games

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Looks like Tim Tebow has found a new home and, in shocking news, it’s with the New England Patriots.  This was very surprising considering last month I read an article about Bill Belichick disliking Tim Tebow, and there was “no chance” of the Patriots even signing Tebow. Later Belichick came out and denied the claim. Now Tebow has found a home, and that’s big because everyone thought Tebow was done in the NFL and now the Patriots have signed him continuing Tebow’s dream of being a star NFL quarterback.

You may not like the way he throws or his mechanics, but the man just wins football games no matter what. His will to win and his heart and love for the game goes a long way. He can throw 5/20 in a game and make one big throw when the game is on the line and win you a game. That’s what you have to learn to accept if Tebow’s on your team. People forget he has a winning record in limited time as a NFL starting QB (8-6) and has won a playoff game. Not too many QBs can say that in this day and age.

Now Tebow has a chance to work with one of the greatest QBs of our time, Tom Brady. That will be a good chance for Tebow to just sit back and learn from a H.O.F QB. Plus, we all know Belichick will make sure Tebow stays out of the media, especially since he’s projected to be the 3rd QB on the depth chart behind Brady and Mallet.

I’m sure the Patriots will also continue to work with Tebow on his mechanics and see if they can get more out of him as far as throwing the football with accuracy. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh Mcdaniels will definitely play a part in helping Tebow grow as a QB as well. Mcdaniels saw something in Tebow when he drafted him with the 25th pick in the first round as the Denver Bronco’s head coach. I hope Tebow really develops and becomes a legit NFL QB.

One thing I ask from the Patriots is that they let Tebow get in both games when they play the Jets and let him score a touchdown or two in those games. The Jets used him and made a mockery of Tebow putting him in punt formations and lining him up all across the field. I just want to see a Tebow or two once he scores because the Jets will deserve that, and I know Belichick will take that into consideration during their first game September 12th on Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network.

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