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Go For Two: Week 7 Games To Watch

What a week 6! Cowboys beat the Seahawks? God, now the Cowboys will never stop being the game of the week, or the game picked to be shown on regular television when the Niners or Raiders aren't on. Blech.

Some things we learned, Patriots were counted out too early. Joe Flacco had a huge week. The Falcons are on a downward slide, and the Browns are a legit, winning football team? Well, let's not get a head of ourselves, but they are 3-2 and are at .600.

Who's the best in the NFC East? Well, the Eagles made fast work of the Giants, so they aren't going to be too keen on all the gory going to the Cowboys.

Thank you Joe, thank you.

The week had some very, very thrilling games. Green Bay Packers versus the Miami Dolphins goes without saying. It came down to the last 3 minutes and Green Bay needed a lot of heroics to win that game. A Rodgers fumble actually almost ended the game with only 1:37 remaining, but a head's up play by Lang occurred when he quickly fell on the ball. In all actuality, it really came down to the last six seconds. The play before went to a rookie, Adams, on a fake snap and the last play to a backup now starter (?) tight end in Quarless.

The Bengals and the Panthers went into overtime but came out of the whole football battle STILL tied. San Diego and Oakland was a close game, but I didn't see it, as I don't give two craps about either of those teams.

This all begs the question, what surprises will come during week 7?

Week 7 games:

Bengals (3-1-1) at Colts (4-2): This should be a good game. The leads in the AFC North and AFC South will battle it out. It was a big disappointment when Cincinnati did not get a win against the Panthers. They had every opportunity. The kicker missed the big one, and that was that. The Bengals and the Colts have good offenses, but where this battle will be fought is on the Bengals defense, which is ranked 28th overall. Andrew Luck and company have the potential to put up big numbers and this Bengals defense is going to have it's hands full. It could be a shootout, but if the Bengals defense doesn't step it up, the Colts might do a repeat of the Jaguars, or the Titans, and the game will be a blowout.

Panthers (3-1-1) at Packers (4-2): This is a tough game. Even our Eligible Receiver writers can't decide to get on, or off, the Panthers bandwagon. One week they look great, the next week, not so much. What will they bring against the Packers?

The Packers are obviously coming off a huge high from their last drive-for-a-win against the Miami Dolphins. The thing is, on paper, the GBP look like crap. 26th overall offense, 19th on overall defense. I get the offense because Eddie Lacy keeps shitting eggs every week, save for that one game against the vikings, but really? Does that even count? I know this not only because the GBP are my favorite team, but I have him on my fantasy team and his ass is getting benched. If he improves later in the year, I'll give him the start, but right now, come on dude -- get it together.

A little more surprising is that the GBP are 20th in passing. Can it be true that the great Aaron Rodgers isn't high in the stats? That's concerning. We've been missing this season a great third receiver option. Perhaps after last week in Miami, Davante Adams, the rookie who had the head's up play of the game by catching Rodgers faked spike, will now fulfill that role left vacant by James Jones from last year, and two years ago from Greg Jennings. (FYI, I always get a little happy when receivers leave a team for more money and then they wind-up on shitty-shitty teams. You're welcome to the money Raiders James Jones and Minnesota Vikings Greg Jennings.)

49ers (4-2) at Broncos (4-1): These two teams are pretty evenly matched, save for the Broncos poor showing at the run. It will be interesting to see how the Niners do against the Broncos. Niners have won against two good teams, Dallas and Eagles, but were a little too close for comfort against the Rams who had to get their quarterback off the street and was actually released from the team at one point. One of their two losses was to Chicago, which is still trying to determine it's identity. The Cardinals are also a mixed bag, as they are a good team with a lot of injuries. The Broncos will prove to be their hardest challenge yet.

As for the Broncos, they have handily beat all the teams they won against. Their only loss was to Seattle, in Seattle. I feel as if, much like the GBP Achilles heel is the Niners, the Achilles heel for the Broncos is Seattle.

Therefore, the Niners will be a great challenge for Denver.

I look forward to this game. I do believe it is the game of the week.

Side notes:

Are you thinking I left out the Saints at the Lions. No, no I did not.

Also, as is the tradition this year, yet another horrible Monday night game. Honestly? Who picks these? Yes, Monday's game between the Rams and the Niners ended up being better than we thought, but still, come on. That wound-up being a good turn-of-luck. This week, ughh. Steelers at home against the Texans. Why? Seriously, why?

Side, side notes:

Get better Sam Shields and Tramon Williams, we need our starting cornerbacks healthy and ready to go!

Go For Two: Green Bay versus Seattle at 5:30 PM PST Thursday September 4th

Green Bay versus Seattle. The first game of the season. The most important for Green Bay.

Everyone will be watching.

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NFL Preview: NFC North

Last season was interesting for the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers was hurt in week 9. Oh joy for the Lions and the Bears! Still, no benefit to the Vikings, they are just shit.

The 2013 Lions were 7-5, having just beat the Packers in week 13. Their future looked bright. I mean, seriously. Rodgers is out, and with 4 games left, and one against the Vikings, they had the NFC North in the bag, right?

Wrong.

The Lions lost all four of their last games.

What will 2014 bring?

Let's start with my favorite team.

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Go For Two: Game of the Week - Packers versus Bears

Aaron photobombing again

I am so excited for this Sunday's game! Of course I would make this the game of the week!

Packers versus Bears! Sunday 4:25pm EST. Win and your in! It's the best way to end the season. This is exactly what the NFL was hoping for when they scheduled all division games at the end of the season.

The rivalry began in 1921. It is the most played in all of the league with 187 regular and post season games between them (the longest rivalry is Pack/Lions). When Lovie Smith first got the head coaching gig at the Bears, he stated his first goal was to beat the Packers.

That's exciting football if you ask me.

I know my team isn't the best right now. However, I adore my team. There doesn't seem to be an asshole in the bunch. Eddie Lacy, Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, B.J. Raji -- I love them all.

Look at the Happy Holidays video posted on their website.

I hate the Bears.

Really? Jay Cutler? Honestly, I would hate it if he was my quarterback. He is such a douchepod. How can you a cheer a team on with him as your leader?

The Bears didn't have a Happy Holidays video for their fans. Hmm. Doesn't surprise me.

All their website had was a trailer for the upcoming game. I'm only sharing it here because I get to see Aaron Rodgers in the clip, and we all know we haven't seen much of him lately.

Ok, enough of my diatribe about why I hate the Bears -- but, truly ... a Packer's fan hating the Bears is kind of what makes the rivalry great.

The other win and your in game is the Cowboys versus Eagles. However, this game is not nearly as exciting with Romo on the bench due to a herniated disc.

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Fantasy Scoreboard: Week 10

Congratulations to the Jacksonsville Jaguars & the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for finally securing wins this week! If you're a Titans fan (ahem, AL) or a Dolphins fan (ahem, JACKIE), a hearty congratulations to you too for choosing to support some spectacularly awful teams. I'd rather win every game, but if my team is going to lose I'd rather it be to the Saints in New Orleans than the JAGUARS AT HOME. Woof.

Studs

Nick Foles (QB, Eagles) + Riley Cooper (WR, Eagles)

Bromance forever.

This duo gets the 1st handcuffed stud award, because they seem to be a packaged deal. I definitely thought that Foles' impeccable performance and Cooper’s excessive scores last week was a fluke performance. There’s no way that Chip Kelly could have gotten it that wrong and started Michael Vick over a quarterback that is this good. Except, that’s exactly what happened. Nick Foles is THAT good. Foles added 3 more TDs to his record on Sunday, with Cooper as the recipient of 2 of those, as the Eagles (luckily, despite what you might say, Makeda) beat the Packers. Foles has now thrown 16 touchdowns with zero interceptions which is basically the sexiest sentence I’ve ever heard. After a blah season Cooper has now scored 5 touchdowns and 241 yards in the last 2 games. Next up for the Eagles: the Washington Redskins. This duo is going to massacre the Skins.

Rams defense

I love a good celebratory pose.

I’m sorry, but where did the Week 10 Rams come from? St. Louis must be a nickname for Mars, because there’s no way these Rams are the same Rams that have been playing all season. 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered and 2 touchdowns. Wowza.

Duds

Brandon Jacobs (RB, Giants)

Yes, I know Brandon Jacobs didn’t start on Sunday. I know it’s hard to score points when you don’t play. I am aware of the rules of American football. However, did anyone see this?

LOLCATZ

I know the Giants haven’t had much to celebrate this season, but knocking your own teammate down during a moment of triumph? Serious dud status.

Eddie Lacy & James Starks (RB, Packers)

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 6.44.55 PMNot a handcuff type of situation, but rather a for all intents & purposes, they’re the same person type of situation. Was I the only one that though the Packers running backs would get some increased carries this week without Rodgers? I started Starks over Le’von Bell using that reasoning and then had a FUCK YEAH thought when Seneca Wallace went out. But then…. nothing. Or close to nothing, anyway. Sparks had a pathetic game and Eddie Lacy was nothing to write home about. While I didn’t expect the Pack to win without their fearless & bearded leader, I did expect them to not be entirely pathetic.

Surprises

Tavon Austin (WR, Rams)

More planking

Not only was Tavon Austin a surprise on Sunday, but the entire Rams team surprised the world by crushing the Colts in Indianapolis. Austin had a mediocre season thus far, only scoring 2 TDs in Week 2 against the Falcons. With Bradford out for the season, there was no way Austin was going to get a lot more catches and have any blowout games, so I did what any good fantasy owner would do: I dropped him. I’m pretty sure me dropping a player is the lucky charm for him to go crazy the next week and have the best game of the season. 3 TDS and 138 yards this week? You’re welcome, Tavon. Also, I’m in love with this shimmy.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB, Titans)

Happy Movember from Fitzy!

I’ve always loved Fitzy. That name, that brain, THAT BEARD- I’m powerless against it. Much to my delight, Fitzy had a surprisingly excellent game on Sunday. 2 TDs, 264 yards, plus an added bonus rushing touchdown. Definitely good stats for Jake Locker’s backup quarterback. The bad news? Fitzy still lost to the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS. Womp womp.

Scott Tolzien, (QB*, Packers)

Rodgers watches his playoff chances fumble away

Remember when Aaron Rodgers got hurt and Packers fans everywhere lost their mind, unsure of who their quarterback would be. Remember when the Packers started their backup Seneca Wallace and Packers fans lost hope? Remember when Seneca Wallace got hurt in the first offensive drive of the game and Scott Tolzien (who?) replaced him? Madeline’s email says it all:

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Also, it’s important to mention that his appearance here doesn’t come because of a surprise great performance. It’s definitely instead a SURPRISE! this person exists type of thing.

*Let’s use a loose definition of “quarterback” here.

Honorable Mention

Running Backs

Remember last week when every decent running back was on bye or dead and a bunch of random players scored points instead? Not the case this week. Check this out:

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 4.21.23 PMThat, my friends, is a lot of double-digit scoring running backs. Despite my personal feelings and reluctance to discuss, a special shout out must be given to the New Orleans trifecta of Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, and Darren Sproles. Way to fuck up my season/life.

Eligible Receiver Midseason Awards

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It’s time for the 1st Annual Eligible Receiver Midseason Awards in which we use our excellent football intelligence and logical deduction skills to confer completely made up awards to NFL players. Also, lots of pictures. Enjoy!

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