NFC West

Go For Two: Week 14 Games Of The Week

There are two outstanding games this week.

The first is the Seattle Seahawks at the San Francisco 49ers.

The second is the Carolina Panthers at the New Orleans Saints.

Wow. I haven't been this excited about two football games in awhile. This is the NFC at its best. These are the four teams that most people feel can really make a run at the Super Bowl.

The first game, the Hawks versus the Niners is such a great game. In regards to the Niners, they were such the hot topic as the season opened. They blew-up the Packers. What made that win even more impressive was everyone knew that the Pack focused their entire offseason on improving what went wrong in the playoff game the previous season. To spend all that time and still have the Niners trounce the Pack, it seemed like the Niners were going to the Super Bowl.

However, with hindsight, it has become obvious that the Niners beating the Pack wasn't some huge feat. The Packers defense is abysmal. Without Aaron Rodgers, the Packers went from possible playoff contender to serious questions of whether or not they will have a winning season.

Then came the fact that Colin Kaepernick seemed to be going through the same sophomore slump that Cam Newton had gone through. Once opponents took away the read option, it became clear that Kaepernick had a hard time going through his progressions. Put some pressure on him? Not such a great quarterback.

However, the Niners seem to be making a resurgence. Their last game showed some real promise. Even Trent Dilfer had to come back after the Monday night game and admit the Colin had made some improvements. The Niners then went on to beat an improving Rams. One has to wonder if they have figured some stuff out. It could be that with the addition of Crabtree again, it masks Colin Kaeprnick's deficiencies. Either way, they are on a bit of a roll.

The Seahawks just proved how superb they are in front of a Monday night audience. The Saints have an explosive offense. Yet, against the Hawks, they just could not get it together. They looked downright awful.

 

This is a division game. The Hawks are an outstanding 11-1. All those wins weren't always pretty, but they got 'em. The Niners, momentarily, have a wildcard spot. That slot is not assured. You better believe the Niners are gong to be playing on all cylinders.

I'm excited.

The second game of the week is the Carolina Panthers versus the New Orleans Saints.

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Go For Two: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Games Of The Week

Game of the Week:

Broncos v Patriots: Two AFC powerhouses are playing Sunday night. Denver looks fantastic. The Patriots have some weak spots. Two of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. That's reason enough to watch. Denver will be hoping to get Welker back, but I think it is highly unlikely. Another big area of concern is that Peyton sat out practice. Maybe those injuries are catching up with him. I'm very much looking forward to this game. It will tell us a lot more about the AFC. Plus, this should flat out be some really good football.

Good, almost The Game of the Week:

Colts v Cardinals: This game could actually be some really good football. The Colts are 7-3 and the Cards are 6-4. The Cardinals seemingly get lost in their division with the Niners, and Hawks, but they have a good record. They are one slot away from a wildcard spot. You better believe that San Francisco is keeping and eye on this game. This game intrigues me. I will be curious to see how this one plays out.

Good games of the week:

Steelers v Browns: Although both teams are 4-6, this should be a good game. Steelers are coming off of a win against the Lions and are looking to gain some momentum. This is a division rivalry. This also, sadly, could have playoff implications. 6 teams are 4-6 in the conference. One of the wildcard teams (if the playoffs started today) are 5-5. Really? FIVE and FIVE.

Cowboys v Giants: I hate the fact this division creates, even with their mediocrity, so much hype. However, the Eagles suddenly find themselves in first. The Cowboys are on shaky ground. The Giants have one four straight. If the Giants beat the Cowboys, they are tied in the division. Oh, lord.

Bad games of the week:

Bad, yes. But do they have some merit to keep your eye on the score .... debatable.

Bucs v Detroit: Only reason to watch this game is to see the magic that is Megatron. Secondly, with the Packers nearly lost to the playoffs due to their awful defense (yes, I'm absolutely giving a pass to Tolzien) this could be, gasp, the Lions year. Albeit, their year due to default. Look for the Lions to win so they can pull away from Chicago.

Ugly games of the week:

Uh, oh. I think I might get fired

These games are so ugly. I mean, really.

Saints v Falcons: Saints 8-2 are so far and above better than the 2-8 Falcons.

Chargers v Chiefs: The 9-1 Chiefs with Alex Smith against division rival Chargers is gonna be such a bore fest. However, see the Chargers really try and win this one. Here's why. The AFC has clear division winners save for this division. The Wildcard spots at this point are anyone's chance.

Jaguars v Houston: No comment. Actually, I lied. Why play this game? Couldn't they just flip a coin to see who wins and save everyone the hassle?

Titans v Raiders: Both are 4-6 and the Raiders have no hope in their division. Zero. Nadda. Again, I say flip a coin.

Vikings v Packers. Yes. I am putting my own team here. The Packers lost to the Giants. THE GIANTS. We have no defense. Honestly. I say let Rodgers fully heal up. Don't rush him back. If you look at the teams that are heading into the playoffs, namely, the Saints, Seattle, and Niners ... we can't beat those teams. Not with our defense. I say scratch this year, fire Dom Capers, and start again. Yes. I said fire Dom Capers. I defense has been horrible for years. We tried drafting new defensive players. That hasn't worked. We need to start looking up the food chain. We lost in 2011 in the playoffs because when our offense was slightly, slightly sluggish, our defense couldn't help us out. It's been like that for a few years now. You can be a good team without a great defense, but you can't win Super Bowls. Now, this is football, and anything can happen, but at this point in the season, it looks lost. Unless we can somehow make it into the playoffs, Rodgers comes back, Cobb comes back, and our defense improves -- we need to just regroup. I love my Packers and I love Rodgers. I say protect our franchise quarterback and fix things for next year.

Oh, back to my original point (did I have one?). This is an ugly game, because it's too painful for Packers' fans to watch us struggle to beat the  freaking Vikings. Although, I do think we can win this one, it ain't gonna be pretty and fans will probably turn off their televisions with a bad taste in their mouth.

 

Go For Two: Games of the week

Games to watch:

Lions at Bears:  With Aaron Rodgers breaking his collarbone it definitely adds intensity to this game. We don't know how well Seneca Wallace will do. However, with all of the injuries and how high the competition is in this division, Green Bay can ill afford to fall behind even a game, certainly not two. Therefore, the stakes are high with this divisional game. Any chance the Lions or the Bears have in taking a lead will be critical to winning this division.

Eagles at Packers:  All eyes will be on Seneca Wallace. He performed poorly against the Bears. However, the defense didn't do much to help limit the bleeding. The Packers put up 20 points without Rodgers ... if the defense could have limited the scoring of a backup quarterback, they would have gotten the "W". So this game against the Eagles isn't just about losing Rodgers -- it's about the defense being able to help out what will inevitably be a struggling offense trying to figure out life after Rodgers.

Honorable mentions:

Panthers at 49ers: I like that Carolina fans have something to get behind this year. I really do. However, in the immortal words of Aretha Franklin "Ain't No Way." Seriously, Ain't No Way the Panthers beat the San Francisco 49ers, in San Francisco, with the Niners coming off a bye. R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Cam Newton and Steve Smith, but, it's a "W" in the 49ers column.

Broncos at Chargers: I get it. Divisional game. So maybe some people will want to see this. However, it's a 7-1 team against a Rivers led 4-4 team. Question for some will be how the team gets along without Fox. I think they will be just fine -- especially with Peyton as quarterback.

Go For Two: Water Cooler Topic Of The Week - NFL Injury Plague Of 2013

There are absolutely no good games this week, you know, outside of Green Bay versus Chicago, but even THAT game isn't what it should be.

Which is my water cooler topic this week -- The NFL Injury Plague of 2013.

This season has been really tough in the NFL. My Green Bay Packers team alone has a slew of injuries. We lost wide receivers Cobb and Jones. We lost tight end Finley. On defense we lost Clay Matthews. That's all just recently.

I could go through team after team and list all the injuries they have incurred. But all you have to do is look no farther back than the MNF game with Seattle versus St. Louis to realize how much it can impact a game. I have to say, I was really enjoying watching the Rams. They were doing a great job. They nearly won that game without their starting quarterback Sam Bradford. Just think how great it would have been if Seattle had been upset by the Rams.

The NFC North is a hotly contested division. With the Lions and Green Bay neck in neck, the Bears can not afford to fall behind. But fall behind they probably will without starting quarterback Jay Cutler.

This is the dilemma of the national football league. Some fans say that they don't like so many rules on the players -- that they can't play. Yet, without the rules, teams lose great players that can really impact the results of the game. Losing a quarterback is the worst thing that can happen. Going into the game on Monday, if I was the Chicago Bears, I'd be miffed. All I would be thinking is, what if? What if Jay Cutler could play?

This is also why I don't think the season should be expanded to more games. It risks injuring the players too much, and I don't want that. I don't want to lose a player during week 18 -- especially if we would be going to the playoffs.

I don't want the league to be watered down with bad players because everyone is hurt.

Also, I want to beat the Bears with Cutler playing, so I can see that whiny face of his when we whoop up on him. It's not as fun to win when you can't beat Jay Cutler.

Thoughts?

 

Go For Two: Week 7 Games To Watch

This is a fun week in the NFL. There are a lot of really good games against two very skilled teams, and some games that are really just a must watch to see how they compete.

The games are as follows:

Seattle at Arizona -- Thursday 8:25PM EST

Cowboys at Eagles -- Sunday 1:00PM EST

Bengals at Lions -- Sunday 1:00PM EST

Broncos at Colts -- Sunday 8:30PM EST

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics Week 6

Water cooler topics are the ones that the most people will be talking about this week in football. Often times I like to highlight the game of the week. The game of the week is usually the one that has the most impact standings wise, or a game that is played between the two highest skilled teams that week.

This week that game is the Arizona Cardinals at the San Francisco 49ers.

Unfortunately, the game most people will be talking about this week is the abysmal Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys. The reason is because of the disaster that is the NFC East. We've all heard about the interception that Romo threw against Denver. Yeah, yeah. We all know that opponents essentially plan on the fact that Tony will make a mistake in the fourth quarter. However, let's take this game independently from the rest. Oh, and let me reiterate how much I inherently hate Tony Romo. So when I say this, it's not because I am a fan of his. My point is, throwing that interception did not lose the game for them. Tony Romo threw for 506 yards. 506! Five touchdowns. Manning, on the other hand, threw for 414 for 4 touchdowns. BOTH OF THEM THREW INTERCEPTIONS. The real issue here is the defense on both teams. Denver needs to figure out how to get their defense going. One of these days Denver is not going to just be able to put up more points that the opposing team. If Dallas can almost beat them, what happens when Denver plays ...oh, wait. Denver's schedule is so easy the NFL might as well give them the first seed right now.

The other reason the Washington/Cowboys game is so interesting is that the NFC East is so awful that it is absolutely within reason that the New York Football Giants are not out of the playoff race yet with a 0-5 record. As of right now, that is only 2 games behind the Cowboys. If Washington wins and the Cowboys lose, that will make their respective records 2-3 and 2-4. If the Eagles lose, that would make the Eagles 2-4. So even if the Giants lose and become 0-6, they are STILL in the playoff race.

That's just bonkers.

As for the silly Cardinals versus 49ers, they can't compete with that kind of weirdly tantalizing drama.

This weekend my eye will be on the NFC East battle.

As always, Go Pack.

 

Go For Two: Week 5 games of the week

Welcome back Burnett

There are two games of the week that are worth highlighting.

First off, the Lions at Green Bay 1:00pm EST.

This is huge for GB. They are 1-2 right now. According to me, it was okay for us to lose to the Niners. We played a really good game, and, hey, everyone loses one every once in awhile, right?

The Bengals sting. Bad. Real bad. We went down 0-14 in the first quarter. Second and third quarters we came back and put up 30 points to their 7.  Then GB lose by having 13 unanswered points scored against us. Yikes. How did that happen? Outside of the obvious Ross muff, there was bad passing on the part of Rodgers. Once Clay Matthews went out, guess what? That's when the Bengals started scoring again. I actually am not too concerned that Franklin fumbled the ball. He was our third string running back, and, actually, before that, I was pretty impressed. The call on that play was what was awful. Finally, the fact that we had to put Ross in, a wide receiver, in place of running back because we were clear out of them .... ugh.

The Packers desperately need to get someone else going besides Matthews to pass rush. You can't lose a a game defensively because one person goes out. Not acceptable. I'm tired of letting teams put up sick points against us. Cause even my beloved Rodgers has a bad game, and he deserves to have a break every once in awhile. Our offensive line needs to get their shit together. Rodgers can't keep getting sacked, tipped balls, and no time to throw the ball.

I fear for Rodgers life against the Lions.

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Go For Two: Seahawks at Texans

Sorry about your loss.

There are a few games this week that could be considered the game of the week. No, San Francisco, no one cares that you are playing the Rams.

I'm talking about perhaps New England versus Atlanta. New England is 3-0, but without any merit. They beat some of the worst teams in the entire NFL. Now, I know Atlanta is struggling, but this game could really highlight the Patriots deficiencies.

The other game that I considered highlighting and picking as the game of the week was the Miami Dolphins against the Saints. Everyone's pumped that they have won 3 games, and yay for them. They have been so terrible, for so long, it's nice to see them get some wins. Their wins are also more impressive than that of the Patriots, so that's also pretty cool. However, they are going up against the monster machine of the Saints. I don't see this going well for the Dolphins. However, if the Dolphins DO win, a lot more people are actually going to stop just talking about the Dolphins and actually start watching them.

Therefore, the game of the week is ...

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Go For Two: Seattle versus San Francisco

Thank you ESPN.go.com. Thank you

The Niners look like they are the best team in the entire NFL. Their first game against the Packers was pretty impressive. Green Bay did a great job. The Packers held the Niners to 90 yards in rushing, which was better for our Packers team, but then allowed Kaepernick to throw for 404 yards.

Now comes, what many consider, to be the second best team in the NFC. Seattle beat the Panthers 12-7. I watched a bit of the game. Not a high scoring game, but that's the thing about Seattle, they always manage the win. Wilson threw for 320 yards and doesn't appear to be in any kind of sophomore slump.

The question really becomes, how will these two teams match up?

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Go For Two: Green Bay Packers versus San Francisco 49ers

Hey, Lauren. What's up girl?

Before all the smack talking, boasting, and belittling starts, let's begin with the most important thing ...it's football season!

I'm so excited -- I know you are, too!!!

There are a few big games this Sunday. Cowboys versus Giants, Atlanta versus New Orleans ... but none is bigger than San Francisco vs Green Bay.

The reason this is the most important game on Sunday is because both were in the playoffs. And, sadly, for my team, the Packers got destroyed by the 49ers. Save for that first interception of the game, it was all downhill from there.

Questions for the game will be:

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