The best of the best NFL celebrations so far this season

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The best decision the NFL has made was going back and allowing touchdown celebrations.  It even has a Twitter page dedicated to celebrations called @GetYaPopcorn.

Glad they got the message that celebrations are fun.  Wish they could get the message about other things, but that’s another post for another day.

Bottom line, the best thing for a good celebration, is winning.  One of the more clever ones is from the Chicago Bears, Club Dub.  They turn their locker room into a mock club environment and celebrate the win.  To show what a big person I am, I’m posting Club Dub-Thanksgiving Edition, when they beat the Lions.

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Are the Colts headed in the right direction for a playoff spot?

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_NFL

Colts 27 – Dolphins 24

Playoffs? (In my Jim Mora voice)

Yes indeed, who would have even guessed that this Indianapolis team that started off the season with a rocky 1-5 start would go on with a 5 game winning streak, a great offensive line and unbelievable defensive rookies making a name for themselves?

The Indianapolis Colts are sure making headlines in more than one way after defeating the Miami Dolphins at home in a nail-biting, and at times ugly 27-24 win.  Although the sackless streak for Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck ended, Luck is still making history.  

In 8 straight games, he has thrown at least 3 touchdown passes; that ties him with former Colts QB Peyton Manning.  If he keeps this up, he will pass Tom Brady, who did it for 10 games in a row.  Now, not only is Luck being talked about as becoming this season’s Comeback Player of the Year, but you can also hear the rumblings of MVP talks. Continue reading “Are the Colts headed in the right direction for a playoff spot?”

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Bears must take Giant step at MetLife Stadium

Wanda Wiedman, Reporter Chicago Bears

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Chicago Bears have won five straight games after their loss to New England. They won three division games within a span of 11 days. No one can question their hunger to win.

Even with starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky unable to play on Thanksgiving due to a shoulder sprain, his sideline presences and leadership were evident on every pass and every tackle. The entire team put their confidence on backup QB, veteran Chase Daniel to carry the team and with the help of the defense, it was a done deal.

Going into Sunday’s matchup, the Bears will have to take it on the road one more time to MetLife Stadium as they battle the Giants on their home turf. The Giants are coming off a close game against the Philadelphia Eagles, only to lose by a field goal. The Bears were able to enjoy the holidays and enjoy a few days of rest. But now it’s back to the grind and a win mindset for the hungry Monsters of the Midway.

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“Who are the Detroit Lions”

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

I’m really not asking this in a philosophical and/or rhetorical way.  If I’m being honest, they’re something different every week.  At this point, what can we really expect from this team?  That’s another question for  another post.

Last night, the Lions were again brought into the national spotlight.  This time by legendary game show host, and insurance spokesperson, Alex Trebek.

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Press Release from the Miami Dolphins

MIAMI – In the spirit of the holiday season, Miami Dolphins player TJ McDonald, staff and FOOTBALL UNITESTM community partners visited the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind to deliver four wearable artificial intelligence devices to selected recipients on Monday, Nov. 26. Purchased by the Israeli Consulate in Miami, the OrCam Technologies are designed to improve the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired and have reading difficulties.

“These OrCam devices help these children who are having trouble seeing, it helps them read, helps them recognize faces and it will help level the playing field for them,” Miami Dolphins Safety TJ McDonald said. “Talking to them, they all had similar interests as me growing up. I think that it will be able to eliminate some of the challenges they might have and be able to keep pushing forward and achieve their goals. It feels awesome, it’s exciting to be able to see the looks on their faces it definitely makes me feel good and I am excited for their futures.”

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Looking ahead, what the Seattle Seahawks schedule tells us

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The 2018 season for the Seattle Seahawks started out with a lot of pessimism. Media and fans had basically written this season off as a rebuilding season. A throwaway year as the team got their young players up to speed. But as we head into week 12, the Seahawks have proven that the team never bought into that narrative.

Seattle is smack dab in the middle of the playoff hunt after their win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The team was determined to keep their win streak in Carolina, now having won in Carolina the last 4 times they’ve met there during the regular season.  It was a must-win game if the Seahawks wanted to keep their foot in the postseason.

This win, along with the wins over Green Bay and Dallas, has the media changing their tune about Seattle. At the beginning of the season, Seattle was in the bottom 5 of the power rankings. Now they are top 10.

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The Detroit Lions Week 12 Pride Report

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Chicago Bears 23 – Detroit Lions 16

First off….I was eating before I wrote this, so forgive me if it goes astray.  I’m quite literally tryptophan wasted as I write this.  I was determined not to let the Detroit Lions ruin the dinner that my mom worked hard all day to cook.

Coming off of a win against the Carolina Panthers, that quite frankly not too many people were expecting, expectations were starting to creep up that the Lions may actually fare better in Detroit on Thanksgiving against the Chicago Bears than they did in Chicago.  Plus, the Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t going to be playing, it could be a win!

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Looking at the Panthers loss to the Lions

Cindy Davis, Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis

Detroit Lions 20 – Carolina Panthers 19

The Carolina Panthers have lost their last two games in heartbreaking fashion. First came the embarrassing blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on primetime. If that wasn’t already devastating enough for fans, the Panthers followed that game with a loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday by one point, 20-19. This loss marked the Panthers 4th loss, all of which have come on the road.

One of the most frustrating things about the Lions game was the fact that the Panthers had 10 days to mull over their embarrassing loss to the Steelers, and they still showed up to Detroit with an underwhelming and lackluster performance. There were so many missed opportunities in this game that it seemed as if the Panthers found a way to lose rather than finding ways to win.

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Colts Ring of Honor Inductee Reggie Wayne

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_NFL

March 2015.

News had traveled fast regarding the release of Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne.  And at that time, I had so many emotions. Knowing that he wanted to play for at least one more year, but didn’t want to see him play against us.

Something was just not right about this. Then, when the news broke that Reggie has signed on with the New England Patriots, more mixed emotions came upon me.

This was not right. I was happy when he didn’t continue with the Patriots, but something still didn’t feel right.  Colts Nation could never get that last chance to chant his name in “Reggie’s Corner.”

Until Sunday.

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The new Monsters of the Midway are real

Wanda Wiedman, Contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

In 1940-1941 the Chicago Bears were the most dominant team in the NFL.

It resurged again in 1984-1985 when the Bears built another dominant defense that consisted of “Samurai” Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton, Richard Dent, Otis Wilson, Ron Rivera, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, and William “Refridgerator” Perry, Lezlie Frasier, Dave Duerson, and Gary Fencik.

These prolific players took Chicago by storm. But shortly after that, the monsters hibernated, showing only glimpses in 1990-1991 and then again in 2005-2006 and 2010. 

Fast forward to 2013 when Marc Trestman was hired as head coach. His winning record in the CFL was enough to hire him as head coach to replace Lovie Smith, but he didn’t have the fire to back it up.

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