I fell in love with football when I was in the 5th grade. My family tried to brainwash me to like baseball and soccer, but they did succeed in making me a Los Angeles Lakers fan; but that’s for another day. I volunteered to play flag football one lunch recess and for my first run, I completed a first down and the rest is history. It really was that simple.
That same day, I had my brother explain the basics of football to me and though I had no particular team I was rooting for, I followed quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Brett Favre throughout their journey as two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.
If you think beating the Giants in Denver is the task, you’d be incorrect. The task is showing that they can play as well in the second half as well as the first. Even if the score is 52-0 at the end of the first half.
Denver is the worst team on third downs in the fourth quarter. How bad? 15% bad. Not only that, the run average and passing completions drop in second halves. Playing with a big lead against the Cowboys may have skewed the numbers a tad, but not that much. Denver has scored once in the 4th and it was a pick six against quarterback Dak Prescott.
Two things are happening. There is a killer mentality missing on offense in the second half of games. When that happens, the defense has to spend more time defending the pass. The offense is dominating the time of possession in first halves. That number drops to only 26 minutes out of a possible 60 in second halves. Split it in half and you have four minutes less than our opponents. Considering all but one turnover has occurred in the second half, you can see why.
Even so, Denver’s defense has done a pretty job. Only four TDs have been allowed in a second half and two were from quarterback Phillip Rivers in week one.
The four interceptions and a fumble lost, all happened in second halves. In their last two games they went from 83% on third downs to 34%. 0 conversions on goal to go.
The 0-5 Giants have a hurt quarterback Eli Manning, are without four starting wide receivers, they have an open gate for an OL and a defense that is ranked in the bottom of the league. They don’t have more than a sliver of a chance of winning. It would take the offense handing them the ball through many mistakes. With New York missing cornerback Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and having to use a previously benched cornerback Eli Apple, yeah….it’s probably not going to happen.
There’s only two ways to have a shot of doing it themselves. First, Manning needs to keep chucking the ball (without any turnovers) and hope a DB slips a couple times to get some scores and secondly, they can generate some kind of pass rush, or at least constant pressure. Also, make quarterback Trevor Siemian throw to the sidelines. Take away his comfort zone which are passes beyond ten yards and the sidelines.
The Giants can’t give up. Be prepared for the offense to come out swinging and put up some points. The second half is when they need to know they have a shot and play like it. In addition, the Giants need to use three tight ends and just dump and go and repeat. Use them for pass protection and as slots. Denver isn’t great against tight ends.
The Broncos need to know that Manning isn’t what he once was, but he’s pretty smart with the ball. All the young defensive backs, Justin Simmons, Will Parks, Brandan Langley and BradleyRoby must mentally be on their toes. No one has been able to run against Denver, so Manning will need an air attack, even if that attack is four yards at a time.
Giants defense have allowed 19, 24, 27, 25, and 27 points in their games. They faced Prescott, and quarterbacks Matthew Stafford, Carson Wentz, Jameis Winston and Rivers. Two running teams and three passing with good QBs. They didn’t play a mile up, though. While first half Siemian could be mentioned with the above group, second half can’t. Fortunately, the second half is when defenses get gassed in Denver.
The key, easier said than done for the Giants, is to keep within a score and harass Siemian. For Denver, the key is to remember Manning is like Rivers. They hang around in games and wait to find your weakness and then they attack it. Making sure the offense shows up in the fourth is how to keep Manning from having time to mount a comeback.
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Result: Eagles – 28, Panthers – 23 Frustrating game to say the least. I knew it was going to be a physically gritty game, but I did not expect the referees to get in on it, too. Anyone who watches and understands football knows that this Thursday night’s game was unfairly called.
I mean, the Philadelphia Eagles were called on what were (mostly questionable) 10 fouls for 126 yards, while the Carolina Panthers had ONE penalty for ONE yard, with multiple obvious missed calls. Carolina had the advantage by not only having home field on their side, but the refs as well. It’s discouraging when the officiating crew is not fair to both teams; it sends the wrong message. Players lose confidence because they’re not being allowed to play and fear that any more penalties called could cost them the game.
Introducing: Beth Auckland, Official Reporter Washington Redskins // @bauckland
HAIL TO THE REDSKINS! Between the months of July and January every year, this is my motto, an everyday utterance that is echoed by people around the world. Why? And just who am I that this simple four word phrase has such meaning to me? Well, that’s easy……
My name is Beth and I’m a die hard Redskins fan!!!
People always ask “Why are you such a fan of the Redskins? They haven’t done anything since 1992 when they won Super Bowl 26.” The answer is simple, my dad introduced me to the Redskins when I was a wee little one and he was introduced to the Redskins by his father, so it’s a family thing.
My dad was in the military and growing up, weekends were quality time with dad. In the fall/winter that quality time consisted of football. It didn’t matter if it was watching my brother play Pop Warner and eventually high school football or sitting on the couch Saturday and Sunday watching college (USC Trojans) and NFL (the Redskins if they were on), football was god in our house.
Five games down, 11 more to go. Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals was definitely one of the easiest, most anxiety-free games I’ve seen in a long time. The Philadelphia Eagles looked flawless.
After a win like this I would usually celebrate pretty much all week until Thursday, when the new week starts and then my focus turns to our next opponent. But seeing as this is a short week for Philadelphia, the high off this win came down early Sunday evening and I hope the Eagles aren’t letting these wins get to their head. It’s only Week 6, there’s a lot of football still to play and this is not the time to underestimate any team.
While watching the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, I was already thinking about writing my weekly article, and the title for this piece that kept coming back to me was “We’re Better Than This.” It was frustrating to watch the Packers and Cowboys trade the lead over and over, knowing that the Packers should have a larger lead.
It seemed like kicker Mason Crosby’s two missed field goals would make the difference between a win and a loss and it hurt thinking that this game might come down to two simple points. In all the years in the league, Crosby has never missed two extra points in a row. At the same time, this might be the first game in years where I wasn’t nervous during the times Green Bay was down.
On the last Thursday Night Football Game in September, we saw a dominant game by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and all the crew.
Rodgers has said that he’s very proud of the team during an interview and he should be. The offensive production has increased which means that Rodgers is accurate and his receivers are confident on the field. In other words, the offense is ready, willing and able to make it happen. Of course Rodgers and company work very hard on during the off and regular season, week in and week out. Since they work so hard, they’re a well oiled machine. It’s hard to fail when you are a well oiled machine.
“OK, that’s good, now look down at your feet and remember the place where you are at. You’ll need to hit that spot when we come out for pregame,” bellowed the coordinator. How could I forget? I looked down at my feet—32-yard marker on the field of Arrowhead. I looked up into the empty stadium, 3 hours before the Monday Night Football game between Kansas City and Washington. I scanned the faces of my new and old Arrowheads Abroad friends, all scattered about the edges of the United States-shaped flag. We were all grinning, not believing where we were and what we were going to be doing on national TV. This was the beginning of the end of a perfect long weekend that seemed too good to be true, even by Hollywood standards.
It all started on Friday, when they each landed in Kansas City, after at least half a day or more of travel from the UK. The unusually warm weather was as if they had ordered it so they could get the most out of every second they were here.
Right off, many of them began their BBQ odyssey, starting at Char Bar in Westport, which has a great outside patio. Saturday, they toured the National WW1 museum and Liberty Memorial. Several of them also made their way to see the lovely architecture of Union Station, and ambled around a bit in town. Continue reading “Chief Fans Get A New Perspective from UK”→
Well, they’re #1 in the NFC East. And only as of right now. But I’ll take what I can get—the good with the bad. For example, they have allowed the fewest points in the first three quarters of games so far this season, however, they have allowed the second-MOST in fourth quarters. Meaning, they don’t know how to finish a game and that’s not what wins Super Bowls.
Fortunately, head coach Doug Pederson has been calling more run plays, and according to an article on NFL.com, the Eagles ran the football 39 times on Sunday, the most in three years. THREE YEARS?! But it is only Week 4 and as long as they take advantage of running back LaGarrette Blount, the playoffs will definitely be a certainty.
Anyway, I originally wanted to write this entire article about Philadelphia’s stats against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, but because I actually attended the game, I decided to pen something a bit more personal.
Head coach Doug Pederson must have seen the pictures floating around social media this past week because fans were not happy with the lack of running plays that Pederson has been using. We have, arguably, two of the best running backs in LeGarette Blount and Darren Sproles, but they hadn’t touched much of the ball the first two games and Eagles fans were understandably upset so they picketed outside the practice field with signs that read “Run the Ball” and somehow word must have gotten through to the coaches because we finally saw a lot of the running game…but the Eagles wouldn’t be the Eagles without some (very avoidable) mistakes.
Nothing against the New York Giants, but there was no way the Eagles should have let them catch up, only to then take the lead after a lost fumble by tight end Zach Ertz. The appearances by the RBs proved that they are a force to reckoned with. Blount bulldozed through the Giants’ defense and racked up 67 yards, behind smaller RB Wendell Smallwood helped bringing in 71 yards. Speaking of small RBs, veteran player Darren Sproles suffered a couple nasty injuries during Sunday’s game; he tore his ACL and broke his arm resulting in him being out for the remainder of the year. His presence on the field will definitely be missed.