The 0-2 Teams that are in the Most Trouble


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Author: Joey Carr

The 0-2 Teams that are in the Most Trouble No matter how you script it, there will always be teams that start the season slower than others. These sluggish starts sometimes can be attributed to injuries, personnel turnover, or just sloppy play. Many expected the Titans and Bucs to lose their first couple of games due to the fact that they have two rookies under center who are still trying to get the lay of the land. However, they’re both 1-1 and have looked decent thus far, with Jameis Winston outshining Drew Brees in New Orleans this past Sunday. The Titans and Bucs join a few other lower tier teams from last year in the 1-1 club, including the Jaguars and Browns. In fact, the only teams that are 0-2, with the exception of the Bears, had high playoff aspirations coming into this year. But after some turbulent starts, they’re just trying to stay afloat in their divisions. Out of the 0-2 teams, which include: the Seahawks, Colts, Eagles, Saints, Giants, Lions, Bears, Ravens, and Texans, there are a few teams in particular that should be hitting the panic button sooner rather than later.

Eagles- The Philadelphia Eagles are arguably the most disappointing team out of the gate. They have no running attack, even though they landed 2014 rushing champ DeMarco Murray in free agency, an average passing game with Sam Bradford, and a defense that has nothing too special about it. The additions of Bradford and Murray paired with the offensive mind of head coach Chip Kelly was supposed to elevate this offense to new heights but instead they’re ranked 25th in the league in total yards with 312.5. However, that number is a bit misleading due to the fact the Eagles have a pitiful 70 yards of rushing on the year. DeMarco Murray has 11 of those yards. 11. LeSean McCoy on the other hand has 130 yards rushing, who was traded by Philly to the Bills in the offseason for linebacker Kiko Alonso, who is now out for some time with a partial ACL tear. To sum it up, the Eagles have nothing going on offense, looking stagnant most of the time due to the issue that the offense Chip Kelly wants to run isn’t working because he doesn’t have the right personnel to execute it. The defense is giving up an average of 377 yards per game, which isn’t going to cut it with the offense averaging a mere 17 points per game. If Philly can’t right the ship within the next couple of weeks, we might be seeing a roster overhaul come midseason. However, if they can turn things around, they have a decent shot at winning the NFC East with the Giants at 0-2 and the Cowboys without Tony Romo.

Ravens- Last year, the Ravens were one interception away from reaching the AFC Championship. This year, they’ve lost to an aging Peyton Manning in week 1 and the Oakland Raiders in week 2, resulting in an 0-2 record. Their defense looked tremendous against Denver, allowing only field goals and one touchdown late in the game. However, they lost their anchor on defense, Terrell Suggs, for the year with an achilles tear, which is a huge blow to morale and performance overall. The loss of Suggs really showed in their next game against the Raiders, when they allowed 37 points to last year’s 26th ranked offense. Derek Carr picked apart the Ravens secondary, passing for 351 yards and tossing 3 touchdowns in the process, including a 68-yard bomb to Amari Cooper. This is obviously a concern, as the Raiders shouldn’t be able to dissect a defense that was supposed to be top 10 in the league. The offense is also an issue, as it has been very inconsistent over the past two games. Justin Forsett, who was one of the top rushers a year ago, hasn’t been able to get anything going on the ground, managing only 111 yards on 29 carries. If the Ravens want to capture that elusive AFC North Title, they’ll have to shore up their defense and run game and find a way to start winning games, as they have suffered last minute losses in both of their games.

Colts- “Finally their year to reach the Super Bowl.” “Andrew Luck is the favorite to win the MVP Trophy this season.” “This offense could possibly be the best we’ve ever seen.” All of these were things we heard before the season about the Indianapolis Colts. Each year they’ve had Andrew Luck, they’ve progressed one round in the playoffs, and this year was their year to reach the Super Bowl after falling to New England in the AFC Championship last year. They added proven skill players in Frank Gore and Andre Johnson in the offseason, hoping age wasn’t going to be an issue with either of them. They would be getting Robert Mathis back, who in 2013 had 19.5 sacks but missed all of last season due to injury. They added a couple more players to their defensive and offensive lines and of course, still had Andrew Luck, who led all quarterbacks in yards last year. The talent on the roster seemed like it was a recipe for success and Indy could book a plane ticket to Santa Clara, California. But so far, the Colts are living a nightmare instead of a fairy tale. The offense that was believed to be one of the best in the league has only scrounged up 21 points in two games, almost getting shut out by the Jets on Monday night. Andrew Luck has thrown 5 interceptions and coughed up one fumble. Frank Gore has shown to be ineffective so far and even fumbled on the goal line in the loss against the Jets. The defense is letting the opposing offenses walk over them, as they are giving up 343 yards per game so far. The offensive line can’t protect Luck at all, causing him to throw erroneous passes into No Man’s Land half the time. This team is anything but a Super Bowl favorite right now. The high aspirations Colts fans had going into the season are disappearing and some fans are surely pounding the panic button. Some boos could even be heard from the crowd on Monday night. Indy has got to find a way to get their offense back on track otherwise they’ll let Marcus Mariota and the Titans steal away the AFC South from them.

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Roethlisberger and the Steelers give the San Francisco 49ers the juice:


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Author: Jon Kuzma

Even though the Steelers came up short against New England in their opener. Football analyst knew it was only a matter of time before the Steelers offense broke out and did great things. That finally happened in week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers. In the match up which took place at Heinz field, the Steelers were able to get out in front early striking quickly against the Niners. Ben Roethlisberger looked in charge and in control all night and the Steelers had a commanding 29-3 lead at halftime. Roethlisberger would contribute 3 touchdown passes and 369 passing yards. Completing 21 of 27 passes and compiling a 155.8 passer rating. It was evident that his deep ball is a weapon to be feared at this point for the Steelers. Roethlisberger was able to complete a number of bombs against the 49ers really showing off his deep pass accuracy. He took advantage of the Niners secondary time and time again. Whether it was connecting with Darrius Heward-Bey on a 35 yard touchdown pass. Or hitting Markus Wheaton on a 48 yard strike which had Niners defensive backs arguing their assignments with each other. If you’re a Ben Roethlisberger fantasy football owner you’re likely going to be enjoying a fine year of production from the former Miami of Ohio Quarterback. Other notable performers for this Steelers offense were DeAngelo Williams who has been on fire for the Steelers so far. He has rushed for 204 yards and 3 touchdowns over the first two games of the season. Showing that maybe the Steelers ground attack is a result of the whole unit being strong rather than just Le’Veon Bell being the star. The offensive line seems to open holes no matter who is in the backfield. However Williams has been phenomenal with ball in his hands and has made the most of his opportunities. Antonio Brown was also a force for the Steelers in that match recording 9 receptions for 195 yards. Brown is showing yet again why he is one of the best receivers in the National Football League after his dominant performance in 2014. This season over the course of two games he has been able to haul in 18 receptions for 328 yards and 3 touchdowns. Good enough to have him right back in the hunt for the #1 receiver spot in the league. Keep an eye on all of these playmaker and what they are able to do throughout the regular season. Because of them they were able to finish this game against the Niners with a 43-18 victory. Thus far it’s been a lot of fun to watch!

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Manziel impresses in his first start of 2015 as Brown top Titans:


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Manziel looked good in his first start of the 2015 season. After Josh McCown was sidelined with a concussion the young Manziel showed glimpses of why the Browns drafted him in the first round. While Manziel completed just 8 passes for the Browns. Two of them were touchdown passes which helped lead the Browns to victory over the Titans. The match was highly anticipated because it pitted Manziel versus Marcus Mariota. The second pick overall in the 2015 draft and a player who threw for four touchdowns in week one. In fact all the praise was on Mariota coming into this week, while people drew questions marks when speaking about Manziel. Well that all changed when they got on the field. Manziel’s two touchdowns passes were brought in by Browns receiver Travis Benjamin. Benjamin has been on fire for the Browns scoring four out of their five touchdowns this season. The offense in Cleveland is clearly more dynamic when Manziel is at the helm. While the team likes McCown, that first touchdown score was just a play Josh McCown will never be able to make. It would be in the Browns best interest to allow Manziel to continue to lead this team regardless if McCown comes back this week from his concussion or not. When things aren’t broke you shouldn’t try to fix things and clearly the Browns are not broke with Johnny Football at the helm. It will be exciting to see what decision the team makes and if they do decide to start Manziel,will he continue to play at a high level like he did against the Titans? All signs seem to point to him continuing to progress. The number 2 jersey should be selling well this season out in Cleveland. Now if he just make this club a winning football team the whole state of Ohio will hail him.


Football predictions for every week 2 game


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Author: Joey Carr

Week 1 of the NFL Regular Season gave us a great glimpse into what we should expect this year. Many of the teams that were supposed to impress didn’t necessarily live up to expectations (Minnesota, Indianapolis, Houston). But a couple teams surprised the league with their Week 1 performances, and look to continue that upward trend in Week 2. Let’s take a look at which teams will impress and which teams won’t in the second Sunday of the football year:

Patriots vs. Bills

In what many people are calling the Game of the Week after the trash talking and trolling by Buffalo, we’ll get to see if the Bills can back up the talk of their head coach and if the Patriots can handle the atmosphere at Ralph Wilson Stadium. After great showings by the Patriots offense and Bills defense in Week 1, something will have to give in Week 2. Could the pre-game antics by Rex Ryan and the Bills motivate the Pats enough to overcome the hostility of Buffalo? Or will the Tyrod Taylor led team capture that elusive victory against New England in their “Regular Season Super Bowl”?

Prediction: Brady and the Pats show the rest of the AFC East that they’re still the leader of the pack and that trash talking still doesn’t work.

Patriots 27 Bills 22

Texans vs. Panthers

Newly named starter Ryan Mallett will try to rejuvenate the Texans offense against an average Carolina defense while Cam Newton will do his best to find a way past J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney but it will be a difficult task to accomplish. And without a serviceable receiving corps, the task becomes that much more challenging.

Prediction: Houston’s defense is too much for Newton to handle and Ryan Mallett shows why he should’ve been named the starter from the get go.

Texans 24 Panthers 13

Chargers vs. Bengals

This matchup should be one of the better games of the afternoon, featuring two quarterbacks that desperately need to get off to good starts. Phillip Rivers faces a tough assignment against the Bengals defense that shutout the Raiders for most of the game last Sunday while Andy Dalton and Jeremy Hill look to keep their offense on the right track.

Prediction: The Bengal’s offense has another great showing against an average San Diego defense but Phillip Rivers and Keenan Allen keep the game close with another successful afternoon through the air.

Bengals 31 Chargers 27

Buccaneers vs. Saints

With his first game behind him, Jameis Winston will improve but not by a lot. He showed promise at the end of last week’s blowout loss against Marcus Mariota and his Titans. Early on in the game however, he looked uncomfortable and hesitant, qualities in a quarterback that aren’t attractive to a GM. Look for Doug Martin to get more carries as a result of last week’s game.

Prediction: Drew Brees will avenge the loss New Orleans suffered at the hands of Carson Palmer and the Cardinals, having a great day through the air.

Saints 30 Buccaneers 16

49ers vs. Steelers

The Steelers felt the wrath of an angry Tom Brady last week, and there was nothing they could do to stop him. The offense however showed signs of talent, even without Le’Veon Bell. The Niners, however, impressed the league last Monday with a remarkable 20-3 win over Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. Carlos Hyde showed that he is a capable back in the NFL, and should continue to run wild against defenses.

Prediction: The 49ers will come into Pittsburgh and show the league that losing their head coach and key players won’t affect them, with Carlos Hyde running all over the Steelers defense.

49ers 28 Steelers 23

Titans vs. Browns

Marcus Mariota vs. Johnny Manziel is the headline of this game and nothing will change that. Mariota shined in his first game as starting QB, tossing 4 touchdowns to 0 interceptions. Manziel looks to prove his doubters wrong but has a lack of weapons on offense, which will hurt him as long as he is starter.

Prediction: Mariota has another great game but not as great of a game as he did against Tampa Bay. Joe Haden picks off a pass and Manziel throws a touchdown but it’s not enough to overcome the Titans offense.

Titans 23 Browns 17

Cardinals vs. Bears

Last week Carson Palmer showed why he’s one of the most valuable quarterbacks in the league. Arizona is a completely different team when he’s heading the huddle, and against a weak Bears defense, he should continue to prove that the Cardinals are a real threat in the NFC West.

Prediction: Arizona’s offense, even without Andre Ellington, will run all over Chicago’s defense but Matt Forte along with Jay Cutler will keep pace with the Cardinal’s just like they did Week 1 with the Packers.

Cardinals 25 Bears 20

Lions vs. Vikings

The Lions suffered a brutal loss out west last week against the Chargers and will try to overcome a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson this week. The Vikings did not look impressive at all last Monday in Santa Clara but should look to run the ball more this week while the Lions will attempt to replicate their first half performance against San Diego last week.

Prediction: Matthew Stafford didn’t target Megatron last week all that much but that will change this week against a weak Vikings secondary. The Vikes will get AP more involved but it won’t be enough as the rest of the offense lags behind.

Lions 30 Vikings 20

Falcons vs. Giants

The Giants experienced a heartbreaking loss in the finals seconds last Sunday night against Dallas and look to rebound at home this week. The Falcons on the other hand upset the Eagles on Monday night, showing vast improvement on defense and a healthy Julio Jones made all the difference in the world for Atlanta and Matt Ryan, who should continue to surprise the league week after week.

Prediction: The Giants suffer another last minute loss as Matt Ryan and the Falcons drive down the field and let Julio Jones walk all over their secondary, giving the Falcons their first 2-0 record since 2012.

Falcons 24 Giants 21

Rams vs. Redskins

The Rams surprised everyone last week when they upset the defending NFC champion Seahawks in overtime and look to go 2-0 when they face a mess of a team in the Redskins. Washington held it’s own when they played the Dolphins last week but it’s clear that this year is a development year for the Redskins, which bodes well for St. Louis this week.

Prediction: Nick Foles will have his running backs back this week and a decent run attack will definitely help the Rams offense. The defense will continue to dominate with Aaron Donald and company mowing down the opposition.

Rams 24 Redskins 12

Ravens vs. Raiders

Both these teams lost key players last week, with the Raiders losing Derek Carr and the Ravens losing Terrell Suggs. These losses will affect both teams greatly, but the Ravens have enough depth at linebacker to make the loss manageable. The Raiders are in for another rough year however, as their defense got shown up by Andy Dalton and Cincy last week, and the offense isn’t near what it was projected to be.

Prediction: The Ravens will cruise to a victory in Oakland as Justin Forsett bounces back from a bad Week 1 performance.

Ravens 31 Raiders 11

Dolphins vs. Jaguars

The Dolphins were almost upset by Washington last week as Ryan Tannehill struggled but against the Jags defense, he should bounce back nicely with his defense creating problems for Blake Bortles and the offense.

Prediction: Miami will not let Jacksonville make this a close game like they did with Washington. The Fins defense will overwhelm Bortles and earn them the first shutout game of the year.

Dolphins 21 Jaguars 0

Cowboys vs. Eagles

An age-old rivalry is renewed, and even more fuel is added to the fire between these teams, as DeMarco Murray left Dallas for Philly in the offseason. Murray now gets the chance to prove to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys that he doesn’t need their offensive line to do well in this league as his Eagles look to rebound from a Monday night loss at the hands of the Falcons.

Prediction: Dallas will come into Philly and show them that they are the real kings of the NFC East. Tony Romo will forget the loss of Dez Bryant as Terrance Williams has a big game and Dallas’ plethora of running backs show Murray that he isn’t needed in the backfield.

Cowboys 27 Eagles 18

Seahawks vs. Packers

A rematch of the NFC Championship game on Sunday Night Football should make for an amazing game. The Packers are surely bitter after Brandon Bostick dropped the onside kick that would’ve sent Green Bay to the Super Bowl. Seattle should be heated as well, as they lost an overtime thriller to St. Louis a week ago. This will be a battle to the end, and if we’re lucky, another final second thriller will take place at Lambeau.

Prediction: Aaron Rodgers hasn’t thrown a pick at Lambeau Field since 2013, and interceptions are what the Seahawks feed off of. It’s doubtful that Rodgers will break his streak of interception-less games at home and will avenge last year’s title game loss in Seattle, giving Russell Wilson and the Hawks an 0-2 record.

Packers 26 Seahawks 21

Jets vs. Colts

New York and Indy battle it out on Monday Night Football, but the team with the 0-1 record isn’t the one you’d expect. The Colts struggled mightily against the Bills last Sunday, with their defense and offense not showing up at all the first half. The Jets beat the Browns in Week 1, which isn’t exactly a big deal but Chris Ivory did show that he can be a capable back in the NFL. The Colts will be in front of their home crowd however, who will try and give the team a spark to avoid an 0-2 start.

Prediction: The Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick will give all the Colts they can handle on Monday, forcing Andrew Luck and the offense to score often. The game will be tight up until the fourth quarter, when the Jets pull away with a heavy does of Chris Ivory. Andrew Luck throws a couple more picks as he takes a trip to Revis Island, and the run game will still be nonexistent for Indy.

Jets 22 Colts 20


Manziel gets the nod for Sunday: Make or Break time


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Johnny Manziel will get his first start of the season after Cleveland’s starter Josh McCown was ruled out of the game this week with a concussion. Manziel enters the match up Sunday with 182 passing yards on the season. He also has 1 touchdown pass and one interception. His play hasn’t been outstanding but he does look noticeably better than he did last year during this time. Now being the starter and being in the game the whole time we should get a true assessment of what Manziel can do at the helm for the Browns. While it seems like many people are rooting against the second year pro. It should be noted that when playing at an optimal level Manziel could be an effective player for the Browns offense. Manziel has clearly made a commitment to becoming a stronger person at least mentally. His rehab stint was a step in the right direction as far as getting his personal life together off the field goes. Maybe that calmer lifestyle will allow Manziel to be more poised Sunday. We should definitely keep an eye on how well he commands the offense and how well he does with the leadership side of things. Those intangibles seem to be the thing holding him back the most in his progression. Last year a few players stated that “Manziel could barely call the plays in the huddle.” Something that is ridiculous when you think about how important Manziel is to that team. This year though he has actually won over a lot of his teammates in training camp and has even received praise from Joe Thomas. Who stated Manziel has “made a lot of progress.” Now it’s up to the second year player to go out and prove his worth. He will be going head to head against rookie stand out Marcus Mariota who is already proving his worth to the Titans. Adding a little more pressure to Manziel, it’s certainly make or break time for Johnny Football.

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Chiefs miss huge opportunity to elevate themselves:


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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Kansas City Chiefs found themselves in a great position to beat the Denver Broncos last night in Thursday night football action. Only to squander that lead late on a fumble by Jamaal Charles, which led to a Broncos scoop and score. The Andy Reid era in Kansas City seems to be a promising one. The Chiefs were on the cusp of dethroning the Broncos from atop of the AFC West standing. Now the Chiefs instead find themselves sitting in third place with a 1-1 record. The win would of been a huge step forward for the Chiefs, but still you have to admit that the Chiefs are heading in the right direction. A couple plays here or there and they are the leader of the that division. Which is a huge testament of the moves the Chiefs front office have made. Manning would praise the Chiefs’ defense after the game stating that “There defense is much better than last year.” The improved stoutness of the defense is a result of retaining their star player in Justin Houston. Houston was able to record 22 sacks last year for the Chiefs, and is one of the marquee defensive players in the league. The other factor in improving this defense was another year of being Andy Reid’s system. His approach to the game on offense, defense, and special teams are what have this team back on the right track. While this is a set back along the way, there are many things they can take away from this and try to improve on. A couple tweaks here and there and good things could be coming for this franchise. It’s good to see the Chiefs back having some good things going for them. It all starts with Andy Reid and his approach.

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Bengals spoil Derek Carr’s Party:


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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Raiders had high expectations coming into their regular season opener against the Bengals. Derek Carr was coming off a tremendous rookie season and everyone was looking for a strong start from Raider nation. The Cincinnati Bengals had other plans however, they would knock Carr out of the game and go on to beat the Raiders 33-13. Marvin Lewis had the Bengals fired up and it was noticeable in the teams play on both sides of the ball. Andy Dalton overcame his preseason struggles and started the regular season with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Dalton looked poised in the pocket and showed why he been able to hold down a starting quarterback job in the NFL for five seasons. Tyler Eifert who is in his 3rd season with the Bengals was on the receiving end of both of Andy Dalton’s touchdown passes. Proving that he can be another viable option for this offense, and at the same time showcasing his outstanding receiving skills. As for the Bengals rushing attack Jeremy Hill bolstered the bulk of the production. He amassed 63 yards for 2 touchdowns having a nice day for himself carrying the ball. Giovani Bernard was also able to contribute 63 yards to the Bengals rushing efforts, with most of those yards coming in the second half. Defensively the Bengals were stifling keeping the Raiders offense in check nearly the entire game. Notable performances were turned in by Adam “Pacman” Jones who recorded 10 tackles and a forced fumble. Showing that he can still be an effective player for the Bengals. Geno Atkins also added 2 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. Knocking Carr out of the game proved to be a winning tactic. The Raiders offense was sluggish after and the Bengals were able to capitalize on several mistakes. The Bengals start the year off 1-0 and look right back in the swing of things in the AFC division.

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Week 1 assessment: Patriots will repeat as Super Bowl Champions

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08/28/09

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Now that week 1 action is complete we are now able to look back and reflect on all of the outcomes. While in the off-season you speculate who is going to have success and who won’t. Now we have tangible evidence of what some teams are going to do this upcoming year. Coach Mike Krzyzewski Duke’s basketball coach had a great quote that stuck with me one time “If a team can’t perform on a moments notice they probably won’t be worth much in the end.” If you take that quote and put it in context for the Patriots you would see the phrase matches up perfectly. The Patriots came into the opener and rolled the Steelers 28-21. While the score showed a closer game than there actually was. It was clear that New England has a better offensive system than the Steelers. Bill Belichick out coached Mike Tomlin for all four quarters of the game. Also collectively New England as a team is still the team to beat in the entire league. Brady with all of the off-season heat that he has been facing was magnificent for the Patriots offense throwing for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. One thing opposing defenses must truly respect is the Patriots passing system. Josh McDaniels has done a terrific job of pushing the offensive play calling envelope with a much more conservative Belichick at the helm. Together McDaniels’ aggressiveness as play caller, and Belichick’s conservative and calming demeanor they create a great balance for the Patriots offensively. When you have a talented cast like the Patriots do coaching wise, Tom Brady gets to focus more on the field playing wise rather than what play call should be made next. The formula was a Super Bowl winning one last year, and it looks like the Patriots will repeat again. “Remember if a team can’t perform on a moments notice it won’t be worth much in the end”. Well the Patriots just handled business in their opener with the black cloud of spygate hanging over their organization. A sign for good things in the Patriots future.

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Detroit lions suffer meltdown in first game against the Chargers:


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The Detroit Lions had an outstanding start against the San Diego Chargers in their regular season opener before facing a catastrophic meltdown. The Lions would start the game 21-3 before facing 30 unanswered points and losing the game 33-28. The let down was clearly an example of the team’s lack of mental toughness. While some losses can signify that a team is doomed from the start, this was not the case with the Lions. The Detroit Lions are a talented team that have plenty of weapons to succeed. This was clear in the regular season opener because when they were playing at an optimal level they were handling the Chargers. They just have to mature and learn how to win or in other words learn how to close games out. Closing games out or finishing the game is what separates the good teams from the bad teams in the National Football League. Each week there are several games that come down to the very last possession. The teams that can learn how to execute in the clutch when the pressure is on are the teams that eventually become successful in pro football. The Lions have talent, Ameer Abdullah was playing phenomenally for the Lions before they decided to go away from him in the second half. Another problem you have to have with the Lions meltdown is the fact that they were winning the football game significantly at one point, so why not rely on your run game to shorten the game a little bit when you’re ahead? Bell has been banged up recently but 13 carries between both Bell and Abdullah is ridiculously low. Good backs in the league can handle 20 carries to themselves. Why not feed one of those guys and wear down the defensive a little bit? Even if Theo Reddick had to take some carriers, that’s fine but to instead “air it out” when you’re ahead is just bad football I.Q by the Lions coaching staff. Whether it’s playing the game or coaching the game if you use bad fundamentals you are going to lose the game and that was the case for the Lion in their meltdown in San Diego. Bad fundamentals.


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Bortles looks to catch NFL defenders in his crosshairs this time around:

Jaguars at Ravens 12/14/14

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Author: Jon Kuzma

When the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Blake Bortles with the 3rd pick overall in the 2014 draft they were hoping to land an instant stand out quarterback. They didn’t necessarily get that with Bortles. While he starred as a quarterback in college at the University of Central Florida, Bortles didn’t find immediate success in his rookie season. He struggled in terms of touchdown pass to interception ratio for the Jags. Throwing just 11 touchdowns and 17 interceptions all of last year. While Bortles might have struggled last year, it may be too soon to write him off. Peyton Manning is another promising quarterback who struggled in his rookie season. However it must be noted that Manning still threw for 26 touchdowns that year. That is what has to be so frightening for the front office in Jacksonville, the fact that Bortles only threw for 11 touchdowns all last season. A number that is very low even though the former Knights quarterback only played in 14 games. This time around Blake Bortles will try to take that large step in sophomore progression. He looked alright in the preseason this far, but only time will tell if he is going to be the player that the Jaguars expected him to be. Anytime someone is drafted in the top 5 they are highly depended on by their teams to make a significant impact. It’s starting to feel like maybe the Jags reached for Bortles by drafting him so high. All that could change though if he comes out and has a big season. His quest for success will start at home vs the Carolina Panthers. A team that will be tough for the Jaguars to beat due to the fact that they have strong players like Cam Newton,and Luke Kuechly. If Bortles wants to be the best player he can be and we are sure he does. He must take that first step at home, and start the season off on the right foot. Look out for this match up and how Bortles performance pans out.

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