Fly Eagles, Fly!

Official Eagles Reporter

By Roxaann Herrera // @roxaaneh

 

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. 

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Bear Down!

Introducing Wanda Wiedman: Official Chicago Bears Reporter // @WandaW63

 

I met the love of my life who happened to be from the
Windy City of Chicago! Though I am more of the jock than he is, we are
still a football family.  We have been married for 25+ years.  My son and daughter are grown adults, one of them in college. I admit I am a football junkie. I love hearing about it, watching
it and talking about it.

As a family, we hold our allegiances to the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Blackhawks.  However, I have a special place for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

It was the encouragement of my children that brought me to write about the game I
love. I started blogging and that led me to write for NFL Female, now OurTurf Football.

I love to play Fantasy Football and won two of our leagues taking first
place!  I host a Fantasy podcast, Third and Short with our Cleveland Browns Reporter, Kate. I’m a displaced fan, and I will be attending my first game at Soldier Field in 2017, and hoping to make it a yearly thing!

 

Are you a Bears Fan?  Chat with Wanda on Twitter @WandaW63 on Twitter.

 

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The Broncos have a Giant task ahead.

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

 

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 Bradley Roby 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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Four Reasons the Bears Can Beat the Ravens

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Let’s face it, the Chicago Bears have not started off on the right foot, as they are now 1-4 this season. But with a new quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky, it can only get better.

On his first real big stage, Trubisky managed to tie the game against the Minnesota Vikings but lost by a field goal. Pretty good for a rookie’s first big outing, wouldn’t you say?

So, now that he has had time to watch film, fix his mistakes, and prepare for his next game against the Baltimore Ravens, here are four reasons why the Bears can beat them.

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Carolina Panthers/Refs vs Philadelphia Eagles

Official Eagles Reporter

By Roxaan Herrera // @roxaaneh

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.

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Week 6 – Third and Short Fantasy Podcast

Yes, I know you were expecting a podcast…. but due to technical difficulties, you’re stuck with reading our Starts and Sits for Week 6, including injury options and Bye Week replacements!  Also, this week we’ve picked a few twitter followers with questions that we’ll answer here as well.  Good Luck!

Four Teams on Bye…Bills, Bengals, Cowboys and Seahawks

Quarterback

START

HOU Deshaun Watson vs Browns.

WAS Kirk Cousins vs 49ers./ Niners have allowed 8 total TDs and an average of 266.4 pass yards per matchup.

IND   Jacoby Brissett vs Titans / Brissett has found his rhythm

If your QB’s on bye, you can pick up Andy Dalton, Trevor Siemian and Case Keenum off Waivers

SIT

PIT Ben Roethlisberger vs Chiefs / Until Big Ben fixes his issues, Chiefs will pick him off double

LAR Jared Goff vs Jags / Jags defense is the real deal and the run game will be crucial.

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HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!

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.

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Patriots Squeak Out a Win: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Official Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

Patriots 19 – Buccaneers 14

Thursday Night Football has historically not provided us with entertaining games. Two teams, both usually on a short week, duke it out on the nationally televised stage. After a heartbreaking loss at home to the Carolina Panthers last week, mainly credited to the poor performance of the offensive line and communication issues on the defense, the New England Patriots headed to Tampa Bay to take on Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers.

The Patriots emerged the victors, and there were definitely some good elements to the game, but there is still a lot of work to do to make this team better. The Patriots, who are used to being at the top looking down in the AFC East division standings, are in a 3 way tie for first place with the Buffalo Bills, who have been playing good football, and the New York Jets. Some thoughts from the Patriots’ win over the Buccaneers:

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Week 6 NFL Capsules

AFC Coordinator Sharona

By Sharona // @SportsBySharona

Every week the NFL releases an information filled capsule of the week to come and they never disappoint. This includes notes on the matchups plus some historical data as well. Finally, it provides information on the officiating crews and broadcast information on where the game can be found.

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Philadelphia Eagles – On To The Next

Official Eagles Reporter

By Roxaan Herrera // @roxaaneh

FINAL: Eagles – 34, Cardinals – 7

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.

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