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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq7ax9xQrE0&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL60BCF77B65EB9170 . 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.

My NFL Blog

Hi there. My name is Barry.

While visiting America many years ago I noticed how incredibly popular the game of American football was. Growing up I had always thought of American football as a slow moving game played by players who weren’t the best of athletes. Putting my childhood impression of the game aside I decided to watch a game or two to see what all the Americans were fussing about. When the rules were explained to me I quickly realised my impression of the game was nothing like reality. I developed a real liking for the game and am now in fact a huge fan.

Over the next number of weeks I’m going to blog about the game and maybe show some of you my current impression of the game. A highly strategic game played by superb athletes of all sizes (mostly large).

My initial blogs will be about the rules and objectives of the game. Hopefully you will start to learn about how the game is played and be able to watch a game without feeling like your watching Einstein discussing astro physics.

Once I’ve explained the rules of the game I’ll get onto profiling players and previewing games. Some of the best athletes in the world play this game and I will be telling you about these athletes and advising you on what games to watch and what players to look out for in these games. Games are televised every Sunday with one Monday night game every week also.

I look forward to talking about this game with you and I hope I can open your eyes and turn you into a fanatic of one of the greatest sports in the world.

ps. If you don’t believe me about these guys being good athletes here’s a clip of a guy called Barry Sanders who retired in 1998. A freakish athlete who played as a running back for the Detroit lions.