Hi guys.

Hopefully by now you will have watched a game or two and are beginning to understand the basics.  Now i’ll start telling you what to watch out for in the games each week and tip you off as to what should be entertaining viewing.

As you can see I’ve tweeted this weekends televised NFL games.

The game I will be previewing is on at 6 on Sunday.  The Carolina panthers visiting the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.





Both of these teams play in the same division, the NFC south. So needless to say they are fierce rivals and there is no love lost between them.

The Falcons were one of the best teams in the league last year and are playing at home where their record over the last couple of seasons is excellent. For his reason they are fancied to come away with the win. They’re bookies odds are currently  10/19 while the Panthers odds are 8/5.  They both have losing records, Carolina are 1-4 (one win four losses), while Atlanta are 2-3.  Personally i think Carolina are a good bet this week for a couple of reasons.

The first reason is Atlanta’s relative lack of form.  Last year they relied heavily on their running back Michael turner but he hasn’t set the world alight the last few games, only gaining 50 yards per game the last three.  Also their defence isn’t up to the standards they played to last year allowing the opposing offences gain 294.2 passing yards per game average.

The second reason I fancy Carolina to win is their quarterback, Cam Newton

This guy is impressive. He stands 6 foot 6 inches tall and weighs 18 stone.  He runs the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds.  He looks more like he should be playing defensive end rather than quarterback.  Last year he won the Heissman trophy which is the award given to the best college player in the country. After he decided to turn pro he was then selected by Carolina  as the first overall pick in this years NFL draft. What a good chice it is proving to be.  What makes Newton impressive is his ability to make yardage by running when his throwing options break down. For such a big guy his speed is phenomenal.  Combine this with the fact he has already completed 113 passes gaining over 1600 yards and 12 touchdowns and you have the total package. One hell of a talent.

His favourite receiver is Steve Smith who is a veteran speedy receiver who is also having a great year mainly due to Newtons passing.

If Carolina are to win this game these two players are vital and i’ll be watching for these two players to cause Atlanta a lot of problems.