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Thanksgiving Football

Hi, guys, This week America celebrates Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is an American national holiday that’s celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November every year. It’s a day in which not unlike our Christmas, people traditionally eat Turkey and watch TV all day. Every Thanksgiving the NFL schedules 3 games. One is hosted by the Detroit Lions, another is hosted by the Dallas Cowboys and the third which is only being played since 2006 is played by no fixed opponents. This year Detroit host Green Bay, Dallas host Miami and Baltimore host the San Francisco 49ers. I’m going to talk to you about the Detroit vs Green Bay game.

This is a highly anticipated game played by two heavyweights of the NFC north division. Green Bay as I’ve talked about are the reigning Superbowl champions and are considered the best team in the league. Detroit are the new kids on the block. They started 5-0 this year and after years of poor records they now look to be real contenders. They’ve succeeded in turning around their team by using their high draft picks well. They drafted their quarterback Matthew Stafford number one overall and they drafted their beast defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh number two overall. Their star player this year however is who I’m going to tell you about, their wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Calvin Johnson is an amazing athlete. Hs nickname is “megatron” because of his unhuman talent. He has an unmatched combination of size, hands, speed, strength and leaping ability. He was chosen as the second overall pick in 2007. He is 6 foot 5 inches tall and weighs 16 stone. In the NFL combine he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.35 seconds which is amazing speed for the size of the guy. Since he came into the league he’s consistently made incredible catches. He’s caught 44 touchdowns since his NFL debut in 2007. Up until this year Johnson was known as just a good receiver but this year his career has taken off to a new level and many believe he’s now living up to his talent and could be the best receiver in the league. His catching ability makes him a nightmare to cover for any cornerback. This video showcases some of his amazing talents.

In the game once again Green Bay have to be fancies and lots of experts are tipping them to go undefeated this year  but if they are to be beaten, the Detroit Lions have the means to do it. Their head coach Jim Schwarz seems to have instilled a toughness in them this year. Some would even call their play dirty. They may have a mean streak in them but this makes them more interesting to watch as far as I’m concerned. None of their players play with more intensity than Ndamukong Suh, their defensive tackle. Suh has a reputation for living on the edge and is after receiving multiple fines from the league for dangerous hits. Suh and his defence along with Johnson and his quarterback Stafford are most definitely going to let Green Bay know they’re in for a game.

It is highly possible that these teams could meet again in the playoffs but they’ll most definitely want to get one up on the other and I’m anticipating a cracker.


Hi guys, this weeks results are as follows

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

New England Patriots 34-3 Kansas City Chiefs
Monday, 21 November 2011
New York Giants 10-17 Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, 20 November 2011
Atlanta Falcons 23-17 Tennessee Titans
Baltimore Ravens 31-24 Cincinnati Bengals
Chicago Bears 31-20 San Diego Chargers
Cleveland Browns 14-10 Jacksonville Jaguars
Detroit Lions 49-35 Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers 35-26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Miami Dolphins 35-8 Buffalo Bills
Minnesota Vikings 21-27 Oakland Raiders
San Francisco 49ers 23-7 Arizona Cardinals
St Louis Rams 7-24 Seattle Seahawks
Washington Redskins 24-27 Dallas Cowboys

As you can see the Ravens Bengals game turned out to be higher scoring than I expected. The Ravens performed well defensively in the first half, forcing the Bengals to punt six times. Overall the Ravens who were without their inspirational leader Ray Lewis who was ruled out late due to injury, picked off three interceptions which accounted for two of their touchdowns.

Here’s a video of the weeks best plays

Hi guys this week I’ll be previewing the Sunday match up of the Cincinnatti Bengals at the Baltimore Ravens which is on Sky Sports 3 at 6pm.

This will probably be a defensively dominated game played by two excellent teams. The Bengals come in with a record of 6-3. The Ravens also have a 6-3 record. I personally fancy the Ravens in this game and it’s the perfect opportunity to tell you about a player on the defensive side of the ball for a change. I’ve chosen future Hall of Fame Linebacker, number 52 Ray Lewis.

When all is said and done Ray Lewis will probably go down as the greatest linebacker ever to play the game. Lewis is one of my favourite players to watch because he is a born leader. From time to time he is shown on TV trying to fire up and motivate his team before kick off. This is a sight to behold. The passion he puts into the game is unmatched by anyone in the league.

Lewis stands 6 foot 1 and weighs 18 stone. This fairly typical for a linebacker but what sets good linebackers apart from average ones is their ability to read what the opposing offenses are going to do. For most it’s a bit of a guessing game but for the good ones it becomes almost instinct. At 36, Ray Lewis is one of the oldest players in the league but he is the best example you will find of this. You will see Lewis shouting instructions at his team mates immediately before every play in anticipation of what the opposing team is going to do. He claims himself he gains more knowledge every year and his play certainly doesn’t contradict this. He is the only player in league history to have over 30 sacks and over 30 interceptions. His knowledge along with his obvious physical abilities make him much feared by any offensive player. He plays like he has a blatant disregard for his own and anyone elses health and he dishes out some vicious hits week in week out. I found a great video here to showcasing his talents.

Ray Lewis Intensity

In Sundays game look out for Lewis along with mammoth defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and with ball hawk Safety Ed Reed.

Ngata and Reed are also players who are among the best in the game in their respective positions. These three players make Baltimore a tough team to beat in any situation.

Hi guys, this week I’m going to be previewing the Monday night match up with the Minnesota Vikings travelling to the Wisconsin’s Green Bay Packers.

As I wrote last week the Green Bay Packers are probably the best team in the league and they will be heavy favourites to win this game. They have a perfect 8-0 record while Minnesota are coming in with a 2-6 record. It is likely that Green Bay will win this game but the main reason I’m previewing this game is because it involves Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Last week I wrote about Aaron Rodgers as the best quarterback in the league and he will be on view in this game but what I am going to tell you about is, in my opinion the best running back in the league Adrian Peterson.

Peterson is as an impressive athlete as there is in the game. He stands 6 foot 2 and weighs just under 16 stone. He may not be the biggest back in the league but he runs really hard meaning he’s a real physical player and relishes contact. Combine this with the fact that he can run the 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds and he can switch direction on a dime as they say in the states. End result is your perfect prototype running back. What makes Peterson so good is that he can run over you and he can also run past you. He has a very rare combination of power and speed. He was chosen with the 7th pick of the 2007 draft. The reason he fell to 7th was the fact that he suffered some injuries in his final year in college and teams believed that he mightn’t be the most durable player but so far in his career he has stayed relatively injury free considering the physicality of the running back position. He earned the nickname AD which stands for All Day because of the enormous effort he seems to put into his play. Many say that Peterson developed a tough style of running because of his tough childhood. He lost his brother who was hit by a drunk driver when Peterson was 9 years old. When Peterson was thirteen, his father was arrested for laundering money for a crack cocaine ring.

This year Peterson signed a new contract with the Vikings worth a reported $100 which made him at the time the top paid running back in the league. Personally I think he was worth every penny as he is extremely consistent player and always a fan favourite to sell tickets and jerseys.

It’s going to be extremely difficult for Minnesota to beat Green Bay on their home turf but if they are to do it you would have to think the main reason would be Adrian Peterson. What you’ll see in this video is the reason why

Weekly Round-up

Hi guys this weeks results are as follows

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Philadelphia Eagles 24-30 Chicago Bears
Monday, 7 November 2011
Pittsburgh Steelers 20-23 Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Arizona Cardinals 19-13 St Louis Rams
Buffalo Bills 11-27 New York Jets
Dallas Cowboys 23-13 Seattle Seahawks
Houston Texans 30-12 Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts 7-31 Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs 3-31 Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots 20-24 New York Giants
New Orleans Saints 27-16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oakland Raiders 24-38 Denver Broncos
San Diego Chargers 38-45 Green Bay Packers
Tennessee Titans 17-24 Cincinnati Bengals
Washington Redskins 11-19 San Francisco 49ers

As you can see the Green Bay Packers defeated the San Diego Chargers in a high scoring shootout 45-38.

Another awesome performance from Aaron Rodgers in which he completed 21 of 26 passes, throwing for 247 yards and 4 touchdowns. His tally is up to an NFL high 24 touchdowns with an NFL low 3 interceptions. He proved yesterday again that he is the best quarterback in the NFL. He is playing quite simply as well as the position can played. If you were to watch one player and no other for the rest of the year Rodgers would be the player I would recommend.

Here is a video of the weekends highlights

Hi guys. This week I’ll be previewing the Sunday match up of the Superbowl Champion Green Bay Packers taking on the San Diego Chargers in Quallcom Stadium in San Diego. It’s being shown on Sky Sports 2 at 9pm on Sunday.

This is a match up of two teams who have aspirations to get into the playoffs. Green Bay are one of the best teams in the NFL to watch because they are a high scoring exciting offence. For this reason I’ll be shouting for them and I’ll be watching out for their quarterback number 12 Aaron Rodgers who is probably the best player in the league right now.

Rodgers is a great player to watch. He is probably the best pure thrower of the ball in the league. This year he is playing particularly well. He’s after throwing for over 2300 yards, 20 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Quarterbacks are often judged on passer rating which is a statistic that takes into account yards thrown for, interceptions and touchdowns. Rodgers has not only the best rating in the league this year but he has to date the best career passer rating in the history of the league. All statistics aside even someone that hasn’t watched much NFL could tell that Rodgers is a special player.

Quarterbacks throw the football by spinning it out of their hands. This way it cuts through the air more aerodynamically. This is called a spiral. If you want to see exactly how they throw the ball here’s a link to watch a video on it . Rodgers is not the biggest or strongest quarterback but his spiral is in my opinion hands down the best in the NFL. Even when he’s throwing on the run he can still throw a bullet of a pass. Just watch out for this on Sunday.

Another reason I pull for Rodgers is because of his history. He was supposed to be a high draft pick coming out of college. Rodgers is 6 foot 2 and 16 stone which is smaller than the average quarterback which experts say is a disadvantage because it might be more difficult to see the field over their huge offensive linemen. Many including Rodgers himself believe that this was the reason that on draft day as the whole country watched, he embarrassingly fell lower and lower in the draft before finally being drafted by Green Bay with the 24th pick. At the time Green Bay already had a great quarterback, Brett Favre, but as Favre was in his mid 30s, they drafted Rodgers to be his successor. This turned out to be an ugly situation as Favre did not like the fact they were picking someone to replace him. Rodgers had 3 seasons to learn from him and when Favre finally retired it all looked like it was going to plan for Rodgers. That was until Favre decided to come out of retirement to play another year. Favre was a big fan favourite and when Green Bay decided they wanted to move on with Rodgers instead of the ever popular Favre, lots of fans turned against Rodgers and made it incredibly difficult for him to succeed. Rodgers never bad mouthed Favre and always seemed to say the right thing and eventually he won over the Green Bay fans. Over the next three years Rodgers has become arguably the best player in the league and became a Superbowl MVP when he led his Packers to beat Pittsburgh last year.

What also makes Rodgers so tough for Defences to handle is like Mike Vick who I talked about last week, Rodgers has the ability to run as well as pass. He may not be able to run as well as Vick can but he can run enough to get himself out of trouble when necessary and his throwing is far superior to Vick. This year many pundits are saying that Rodgers is playing the quarterback position as well as it has ever been played and personally I love watching him play. Here are some of his highlights. Check out the bullet of a throw at 1:19 in the video.

Hi guys, this week i’m going to preview a much anticipated NFC East division game. The Dallas Cowcoys at the Philadelphia Eagles.

These are teams with huge fan bases and it’s on prime time US television Sunday night. Of course it’s early monday morning here at 1am on Channel 4.

The Dallas Cowboys are known as Americas team. They play in the most expensive stadium ever built and they are owned by an oil baron Jerry Jones who is also their general manager in charge of signing and releasing players.

Jerry is known for spending big money signing exciting players and the Cowboys usually have a lot of great players on their team but in the last 15 years or so this has brought little success but it has created a lot of interest year in year out around them. They have a huge following possibly because of this but also because they’re in Texas, the largest state in the US. Their old stadium was even on the Dallas TV show. Their record coming into this game is 3-3 but the general feeling is they should have a better record because they threw away a couple of games.

Philadelphia are an interesting story this year because they made huge moves signing players in the off season. They spent huge money on big name signings. One of these signing who is only their 2nd choice quarterback Vince Young dubbed Philadelphia “The Deam team”. Because of this arrogance and because they are perceived as trying to buy success they almost instantly became a disliked team who everybody seems to be rooting against. They got off to a poor start this year and their record is 2-4. Despite this record I’m picking them to win this game and the player you should watch out for to make this happen is Michael Vick.

Michael Vick is the Philadelphia quarterback. He is no doubt the fastest quarterback that ever played the game. His speed is electrifying. When Vick came out of college he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons and signed a huge long term $100 million contract. Her he played until 2006. In the summer of 2007 Vick was indicted for dog fighting. Vick is from the deep south where dog fighting although highly illegal is popular. He was running a dog fighting ring on his premises where a lot of dogs were killed cruelly and he got convicted of this in August 2007. Vick spent the next year and a half in jail. His NFL contracts were all voided and he went from being a $100 million athlete to being bankrupt and in jail. After Vick was released from prison he became one of the most polarising people in America. A lot of people wanted him to get a 2nd chance but a lot of other people wanted him to never again be allowed play.

The Philadelphia Eagles gave him a 2nd chance and they signed him for small money as it was thought he would never be the same player again after spending 18 months in jail away from the game. Michael Vick was the Eagles 3rd choice quarterback for his first year but after they traded away one of their quarterbacks the following off season and their other quarterback got injured in the season opener Vick got his big chance and he made the most of it. He played superbly for the rest of the season and he finished 2nd in MVP votes which is the NFLs most valuable player award.

Before the 2011 season Vick signed another $100 million contract this time with the Eagles and became the first player in history to sign two $100 million contracts.

Personally I’m conflicted. I’m a dog lover but at the same time I love watching him play. He’s is probably the most exciting player in the NFL to watch. He is definitely the player to watch in this game and here are some highlights to show you why.

Hi guys this week I’ll be talking about a game played on our side of the pond. The Tampa Bay buccaneers are taking on the Chicago Bears in Wembley Stadium in London.

It’s classed as a home game for Tampa Bay because they agreed to come to Wembley and host one of their home games over in London. It’s all part of the NFL trying to make their product a global one and market it more to countrys other than the US.

For three years in a row now Wembley have hosted a regular season game now and it’s likely that this trend will continue. It is no doubt an inconvenience for the two teams to travel that far to play, especially Tampa Bay who are giving up an all important home game. For their troubles it is likely that the teams were compensated probably with big brown envelopes under the table from the NFL. All kidding aside it is big business for the NFL who will have a full Wembley Stadium with over 90000 people crammed in to watch this extravaganza. A huge amount of money will be made from ticket sales but more importantly there will be more and more money made from merchandise which is all over London. There is a huge fanfare surrounding this game and below shows the list of entertainment on in London all weekend, it includes fan rallys and parties which will be attended by celebritys and ex NFL players and of course a tailgate party which is where people party at the backs of their cars in the car parks before the game. These parties generally involve lots of junk food and copious amounts of beer. What better way to prepare for a game.

Friday October 21, NFL Friday Night Lights, Trafalgar Square, 5:00-9:00 p.m

Saturday October 22, UK Talent Camp¸ London Soccerdome, Greenwich, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Saturday October 23, Commissioner Fan Forum, Landmark Hotel, London, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Saturday October 22, NFL Fan Rally, Trafalgar Square, 12 noon-5:00 p.m.

Sunday October 23, Wembley Stadium, Tailgate Party, 12noon-5:00 p.m.

As regards the game itself I’ll be watching out for number 22 Matt Forte the bears running back who is a really talented player up against an average Tampa Bay defense which is ranked 25th in the league this year. Forte is a great runner and is an exceptional receiver aswell which makes him a double threat as he can do damage against you running aswell as catching short passes in the backfield.

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.