Archive for September, 2009

29
Sep
09

Random NFL Blabs

By Ben Linton

Okay first, somebody please tell me what is this:

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Hands down this has got to be one of the worst football jerseys of all time. I mean the Seahawks already had an awful color scheme of navy blue, gray, and turqouise. But lime green? Absolutely disgusting! No wonder they lost to the Bears, these jerseys look like vomit!

Also I gotta say something about this press conference with Terrell Owens:

For once in maybe his life, TO may have taken the high road in a tricky situation. After not catching a pass in Sunday’s loss to the Saints, the media antagonized him and tried to get him to say something bad about the coach, the play calling, or his quarterback. It was unlike Owens to respond with “I’m just going with the plays that are called,” and “I’m not trying to throw anyone under the bus.” I doubt that TO has changed, but it shows that he has matured (somewhat). But for the Bills to be successful this year, they need to get the ball in number 81’s hands, because he is still one of the best recievers in the NFL.

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28
Sep
09

Ravens Cruise Past Browns

Former Browns vs The Browns

Former Browns vs The Browns

By Jesse Jones

Today the Browns of old met the Browns of now for their first meeting this season.  The Ravens had just come off a win at San Diego, improving them to 2-0 but with many question marks raised by the lack of pass defense.  However, the offense had averaged the second most points in the league, behind the high-powered Saints.  On the other side of the ball, the Browns came in with quarterback questions, no Jamal Lewis, and defensive questions.  Here’s the breakdown of the game.

The Good

  1. The Ravens scored on all four of their first half possessions, putting them up 20-0.
  2. Willis McGahee racked up two more touchdowns, putting him at 5 this season.
  3. Flacco had no turnovers, something that plagued him early last year.
  4. Kelley Washington and Todd Heap are getting incorporated into the offense very effectively, and Mason and Clayton had their usual contribution.
  5. The defense had an excellent game.  Once again, no 100 yard rusher, and Braylon Edwards was shut down.  The team intercepted 4 balls, thanks to Domonique Foxworth (UMD), Ed Reed, Brendan Ayanbadejo, and Dawan Landry.
  6. All this resulted in a 34-3 win for the Ravens.

The Bad

  1. It’s hard to find something bad from a blowout, but Joe Flacco threw some balls that could have and should have been intercepted, but were somehow caught.  It seemed as if the Browns players were just discouraged from their season so far and not as aware as they should have been.

The Ravens are now 3-0, sitting atop the AFC North with the Bengals in second at 2-1, and could be tied for first.  Baltimore travels to New England next weekend to play in a huge game against the Patriots, who looked pretty good today against the Falcons.  Kickoff is at 1 PM.

27
Sep
09

Dumbfounded in Detroit

Redskins Lions Football

By Ben Linton

It was bound to happen: The Detriot Lions snapped a 19-game losing streak and won this Sunday. Too bad it was against the Redskins. But a 13 point first half defecit was too much for Washington to overcome as they gave the Lions their first win since 2007. Once again, the good the bad and the ugly from week 3.

The Good:

Hard to say that anything was really that good, but slumping Santana Moss got back on track this season by hauling in a 57 yard touchdown pass and finished with 10 catches and 178 yards. Also, say what you want about him, but Jason Campbell threw for 34o yards and 2 touchdowns (one interception). He was not the reason that Washington lost this game.

The Bad:

Once again, Washington could not get anything going on the ground as Portis struggled with only 42 yards rushing. He has yet to find the end zone this year and this could become a huge problem for the Skins. Also, the Redskins D could not stop Lions running back Kevin Smith, as he ran for over 100 yards and averaged over 5 yards per carry. The Redskins made a couple of dumb plays, such as Campbell fumbling numerous times, crucial penalties that killed drives and helped the Lions score.

The Ugly:

The Redskins still could not score when in the red zone. On their first drive, the Skins drove all the way down to the 1 yard line and went for it on fourth and goal but could not get in. I like the call by Jim Zorn to go for it because it shows the aggression and faith he has in the O Line. It just wasn’t meant to be. The Offense and Defense both struggled mightily on third downs. The D gave up 10 of 18 3rd down conversions, and the Offense only managed to convert 2 of 10. But most importantly the Redskins lost to a team with a 19-game losing streak. Just unacceptable.

Although many people in Washington will begin to panic (including owner Daniel Snyder), patience will be the key with this team. It is only Week 3, and its not like the Lions were going to never win a football game this season, they will have more wins this season. This upcoming game against the Buccaneers is very important for the Skins, they can bounce back and break even at .500 next week with a win. Although it hurts bad right now, its not the end of the world. Congradulations to the Detriot Lions, you deserve it.

27
Sep
09

Second Half Meltdown

Rutgers Maryland Football

By Ben Linton

After losing to Middle Tennessee State the previous week, the Maryland Terrapins football team was in need of a bounce back win over Rutgers. The Terps took the lead at half time going into the locker room, but a 24-0 second half helped Rutgers to end up crushing the Terps 34-13. Part of this was due to Maryland’s five turnovers. Chris Turner threw three interceptions, two of which were errant throws, the other was tipped, and also fumbled in the endzone on a sack, then Rutgers George Johnson fell on it to give Rutgers the lead 17-13. Da’Rel Scott could not get anything going on the ground, rushing for 22 yards and fumbling once.

The biggest problem for Maryland thus far this season has been turnovers. The Terps have committed 13 turnovers in four games, and are 1-3 for the first time since 1997. Maryland had positives in some areas and negatives in others. They passed for 271 yards, but only ran for 28. They held Rutgers to only 42 passing yards, but gave up 207 on the ground. Maryland Football is in a state of distress right now and next week’s game against Clemson is very important. The Terps season can either turn around game by game as the Terps try to make a bowl, or it can go south very quickly.

25
Sep
09

What Grinds My Gears Pt. 5

I really do not understand this at all….

21
Sep
09

Redskins in the Win Column

Rams Redskins Football

By Ben Linton

It was sloppy, ugly, and gritty. But at the end of the day, the Washington Redskins won their first game of 2009. They beat the St. Louis Rams, who have been a thorn in the Redskins side the past couple years by a score of 9-7 at Fed Ex Field on Sunday. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly from week 2.

The Good:

1. Of course Shaun Suisham, whose three field goals (21,28,23) were the Skins only scores and the difference in the game.

2. Washington’s pass rush, although they only recorded one sack, was exceptional. They were in Marc Bulger’s face all day and forced him into  making tough passes and was hit five times.

3. Jason Campbell looked sharp against the Rams. He found Chris Cooley seven times for 83 yards and passed for 242 yards on 23 completions. He had a couple nice scrambles when the play broke down as well.

The Bad:

1. It looks like Guard Randy Thomas (right tricep) will be out for a while, which could possibly shake up the Offensive Line. This means Guard Will Montgomery will have to step up in his place. It is imperative that the O Line stays healthy this year, because it killed Washington in the latter portion of the season last year.

The Ugly:

1. Four red zone possessions, three field goals, one turnover, zero touchdowns. The Redskins have scored one touchdown in eight quarters so far this season. Enough said.

Although many Redskins fans would have liked to have seen the Redskins win in a more flashy fashion, the result is still the same. The Redskins are 1-1 and travel to Detroit next week to take on the lowly Lions. But, expect a close game as today showed that anybody can beat anybody, almost.

20
Sep
09

Rocky Bottom?

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By Jesse Jones

Lane Kiffin was looking forward to singing Rocky Top “all night long” after they would beat Florida this year.  After yesterday’s 23-13 loss to Florida, putting the Vols at 1-2, I don’t think that Kiffin is singing Rocky Top any time soon.  Although the loss was only by 10 points against the defending National Champions, if you’re going to call a team out multiple times, and do not back it up, you lose credibility.

Kiffin’s play-calling was questionable against the Gators, as the Vols threw only 19 passes, while rushing 32 times.  If you want to succeed in college and professional football, you must have balance in your offense.  You also have to stop the run.  The Gators ran up and down the field, totaling 208 yards.

I am pretty confident that Kiffin believed his team would not be 1-2 after three games, with losses to UCLA and Florida.  This is just proof that the Volunteers still have a lot of work to do with their passing offense and rush defense if they want to sing Rocky Top “all night long”.




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