Aaron Hernandez

NFL Preview: AFC East


Take a quick look at the AFC East over the past ten years. Since 2003, the Patriots have won the title 10 times. The only year they didn't win was the year Tom Brady had season ending knee surgery. That sort of says it all. Basically, the Patriots are the Empire, the Dolphins and Jets comprise the Rebellion, and Buffalo is stuck in the swamp with someone far less insightful then Yoda. Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 7.50.23 PM

Do I get to be done with the preview now? No? Fine. I do like making fun of the Jets.


Go For two: Playoffs! Green Bay at Niners.

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Come on Matthews, I want a win!


GB at Niners 8:00PM ET

Okay, here's the deal. I don't want to play the Niners. Atlanta? Absolutely. Seahawks? Hell, yes. The Niners? I don't like the way that cookie might crumble.

Green Bay has some flaws. One big one, protecting against the run, was taken care of last week. But it was taken care of because we didn't have to worry about the Viking's quarterback, Webb, at all. We won that game, and I'm pumped. The only problem is, the match-up that it now presents. The Packers now get their second, or maybe first, biggest flaw exposed -- our inability to protect Aaron Rodgers. Our offensive line is disastrous. Aaron Rodgers is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. Not the distinction the current reigning league MVP was hoping to achieve this year.

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Not these guys again!

So, I know! Let's play the third best team in total defense -- the Niners. Yay (insert sarcasm)! Let's play against the Smith brothers! Yay! Justin Smith will be active for the game, but we can only hope, that after a month off, he's a little rusty and a bit overwhelmed.

Green Bay needs to hope that Mr. Kaepernick is in awe of the playoffs and is stuck looking at the grand scale of it all instead of putting in a good performance. The Packers also need to be hoping that they got a little practice against the read-option when playing Webb last week. PLUS, one can only hope the ability to stop the run can carry over from the Vikings playoff game to Frank Gore this week, because the Packers won't get the privilege of playing against such a weak quarterback this time.

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Me, except I have brown hair, and I'm not a cartoon.


Ah, the playoffs. The time I pull out my hair, take tums, and can't decide between sitting, standing, and pacing during the game. I usually do all three.

As always, GO PACK!



Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.

Fantasy Scoreboard: Week 12

Hello, beautiful.

Two (somewhat delusional) truths and a lie. Can you spot the lie?

1. Tony Romo threw for 441 yards and had MORE touchdowns (3) than interceptions (2).

2. My fantasy team is going to the playoffs!

3. The Cowboys are going to win the NFC East this year.


Dez Bryant (WR, Cowboys)

The King of the Dropped Pass

Oh Dez, you pesky little criminal, you. Allegedly he had 2 TDs and 145 yards on Thanksgiving. You know what I see what I check his stats? A fumble. And you know what I saw every time I came inside from dinner and checked the score of the game? Butterfingers dropping passes. Happy Thanksgiving, you scoundrel.