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Go For Two: NFL Week 15 Games to Watch

What the hell, man? Week 15! The season is almost over! No!!!!!!!!!!

Thankfully the next three weeks should be fantastic.

These are the NFL Week 15 games to watch ...

Dolphins (7-6, 9th seed) at Patriots (10-3, 1st seed): I thought this would be a game of the week, and while I would very much enjoy watching it, when I researched playoff rankings, the Dolphins are currently the 9th seed. I'm not so sure they make it into the spectacular this year. So, if I am simply picking games based on playoff race, this puppy doesn't make it into week 15 games to watch. That makes me sad and that's why I am not erasing this as a slot in the game of the week. Love you Tannehill.

Broncos (10-3, 2nd seed) at Chargers (8-5, 6th seed): Everyone needs to stop with the Peyton is showing is age just because he didn't throw a touchdown pass. You know what, I take that back, he is showing his age, through maturity. He wants to win. If a rushing TD gets him that win, that's all he cares about. Dan Marino was the best of the best, never won a Super Bowl. Peyton wants the Super Bowl.

As for this game, the Chargers are barely holding onto that 6th seed. The Chargers will not take the AFC West division champs from the Broncos, so the Chargers really need to win this game by hook-or-by-crook to keep their wild card hopes alive. The Chargers, Steelers, Ravens are all 8-5. The Steelers (8-5, 5th seed), may or may not beat the Falcons, the Bengals (8-4-1, 4th seed) may or may not beat the Browns, but the Ravens (8-5, 7th seed) are going to beat the Jaguars. The Chargers still have the Niners (7-6) and the Chiefs (7-6, 10th seed) yet to go. The Chargers may be waiving bye-bye to their playoff hopes based on strength of schedule. Ravens have the Texans and the Browns left and the Steelers have Chiefs and Bengals. Ravens have the easiest schedule. Look for some movement over the next few weeks that does not bode well for the Chargers.

 

Niners (7-6, 8th seed) at Hawks (9-4, 5th seed): This will be such a good game. I hate the Niners, and I will love watching them implode during this game. I have never seen a bigger bunch of cry babies in the league -- fans and players included. The Niners should move over to the English Premier League where whining, flopping, and throwing your arms up in the air over the littlest infraction is common place. It's fine in soccer, it's been like that forever. That's not how you conduct yourself in the National Football League. Look at the Rams. People love the Rams because while they will not win the division or go to the playoffs, they conduct themselves with pride. The Vikings play every game with pride. Good for them and their fans. Niners fans are burning their Kaepernick jerseys. You know what? I bet the Niners of the past are glad that Candlestick closed. This new generation doesn't deserve to be associated with the glory of the past.

 

Cowboys (9-4, 7th seed) at Eagles (9-4, 3rd seed): This is the game of the week. Eagles (3rd seed), Hawks (5th seed), Lions (6th seed), and Cowboys (7th seed) all have a 9-5 record. That makes this game between division rivals that much more important and to a lot of teams. Clearly, the wild card is hotly contested which makes winning the division that much more crucial.

These two teams are pretty evenly matched, statistically speaking, save for passing. The Eagles come in at 8th and outrank the 18th overall Cowboys. However, some of those stats are due to Foles, and not Mark Sanchez. Cowboys already lost to Philadelphia at home and this game will be in Philly. I have no idea how Tony Romo's back is holding up, but I can't expect well. I'm sure in years to come he will be complaining of mind-numbing pain all over his body and will realize that it wasn't worth it at all. Some young punk will come on the Cowboys roster and Jerry Jones will be like "Tony who?" It's the sad state of affairs in the league, well, any profession. There is always someone there to take your place.

Just like someone very well may take the Eagles place as the 3rd seed.

 

Side note: Screw you Julio Jones for the ridiculous amount of fantasy points you obtained. You ruined my chances at a playoff spot. I hate you. Okay, not really, but come on!

Go For Two: NFL Week 14 Games To Watch

What games should you watch NFL Week 14?

Seahawks (8-4) at Eagles (9-3): For me, this is the game of the week. The Seahawks, while a little sluggish there for awhile, have really worked out the kinks. Seattle beating San Francisco in such spectacular fashion was awesome. Not only did it help Seattle in their playoff hopes, but it seems to have stirred the bear in the Niners camp. That loss was locker room poison for the Niners. Now the GM is apologizing for his daughter's tweets, people are calling for Harbaugh (Michigan just fired Hoke) to be traded, and now Colin Kaepernick is the worst quarterback and sucks. Jeez. I bet the Raiders would love to have the "problem" of having Harbaugh as their coach. He took them to the NFC championship game three years in a row. Colin Kaepernick? The kid has been using his legs this whole time with his happy feet and therefore is a little slow on the staying in the pocket curve that other quarterbacks have learned since Kid Kap has entered the league. He will learn his check downs.Yet, in the meantime, I fear the Niners playoff hopes have been dashed because of their internal inability to see the larger picture.

That's what makes this game so important. With a Seahawks win and a Cardinals loss, the Hawks will be tied in the division. The Eagles will then be 9-4 and will be in jeopardy of sharing the lead with the Cowboys should they win against the Bears. The Bears, while terrible, are not an automatic win. Should the Cowboys lose the Eagles will have a little bit more leeway.

Eagles had an impressive win with Mark Sanchez over the Cowboys. Cowboys better get their act together because wins won't come easy against the Bears and Colts, plus they have to face the Eagles again on Philly turf.

That's what is so exciting about this game. It's the time of year in football where so many scenarios can be played out. A loss for one team can mean a playoff for another. I love this time of year.

Ravens (7-5) at Dolphins (7-5): These two teams are both fighting for a chance to enter the playoffs. Right now, they are in a battle for the wild card. That could change with a Ravens and Steelers win. The Ravens still have a shot at being the North champ, but will still need this win to at least enter as a wild card. Dolphins, in my opinion, are only playing for a wild card. I like Tannehill ... a lot. I hope for a Dolphins win.

Steelers (7-5) at Bengals (8-3-1): This is still anyone's division in the AFC North. Both these teams have had their ups and downs this season. One week they look fantastic, and the next, awful. This is a game for those AFC North fans. It's a good one to watch.

I don't care who wins.

On a side note, your Go For Two writer as of Thanksgiving weekend now lives in San Diego. I won't ever stop being a Green Bay Packers fan, but have always looked forward to rooting for my "hometown". Sadly, that has never, ever happened for me. I did not like the Lions, even though I was born in Detroit. Then, I moved to San Francisco and abhorred the Niners. At least with the Lions I enjoyed going to the games and if the Packers weren't in the playoffs, I could be happy about the Lions doing well. That never happened with the Niners. They are too ridiculous. Now, sadly, my home team is the Chargers. Ugh. Why? Why Phillip Rivers?I have been very vocal about disliking the completely unlikable Phillip Rivers. Once Rivers is out of a job, I may be able to become a Chargers fan. Yet, until that day, I am still unlucky in my home teams.

Go For Two: NFL Week 12 Games To Watch

NFL Week 12 games of the week.

Dolphins (6-4) at Broncos (7-3): This is an interesting game because Miami is in the playoff hunt, while the Broncos have been showing some breaks in the armor. Miami's defense will be tested by the Broncos. It will be a big game for AFC fans. I like both these quarterbacks, but Peyton always has my heart. Go Broncos.

Cardinals (9-1) at Seahawks (6-4): Division rivalry at its best. The Cardinals have the best record in the entire league and they deserve it. Whether it is with Carson Palmer, everyone's every man, or Drew Stanton, this offense wins games. Arizona has a next man up philosophy that isn't just all talk. They work it. Once Bruce Arians was the next man up, and he made the most of the opportunity, so when he says it, he means it.

Arizona has an amazing offense and defense, although, I am a bit surprised that the defense is only ranked 13th overall. Seattle will have their hands full.

For all of Seattle's hype this year, they are struggling to win games. However, they do win them, which is all you need to get into the playoffs. I'm not sure what is going on with Seattle. They still have the number one running game in the league, which is how they beat my Pack, but the pass game has been a bit lacking.

Richard Sherman plays on the right side of the field, and only Aaron Rodgers is better than Drew Stanton (statistically) throwing to the right side of the field. That will make for an interesting match-up.

I want the Cardinals to win, well, because I like 'em. I also need Seattle to keep losing so my Packers have a shot at a playoff wildcard slot if they don't win the division this year.

Go Cards.

Lions (7-3) at Patriots (8-2): For me, this is the game of the week. You have the number 1 AFC seed playing against the number 2 NFC seed. I typically don't like crossing the streams of AFC and NFC games, but this one intrigues me. Plus, this is the last of three brutal games for the Lions. They won against Miami, and, thankfully, lost to the Cardinals. The Patriots prove to be the toughest challenger remaining for the Lions until the Lions meet the Packers in the final game of the season at Lambeau (thank merciful god for that). This will be a big scouting game for the Packers. Packers will want to see how the Lions perform against the Pats, not only to see what the Patriots expose as weaknesses of the Lions, but also to see how the Lions play the Pats. The Packers have the Patriots in week 13 (the following week). We need to learn all we can from this game.

The Packers need the Lions to lose this week. It's our best chance at taking possession of the NFC North. This is crucial this year, as the playoff picture is congested with contenders like Seattle and San Francisco. Man, did the Packers need the Niners to lose last week against the Giants. BTW, I wouldn't be so snickering-happy, Niners. You almost lost to the Giants when Eli threw 5 interceptions. You should not be proud of yourselves, at all.

As for the rest of the games this week there are a ton a garbage games this week. They don't even merit mentioning.

As always, Go Pack Go

 

Go For Two: NFL Week 10 Games To Watch

Week 10! I feel like the season is going by so fast!

Week 9 had some interesting games. That does not mean that they were necessarily good games, just interesting.

First off, to the San Francisco 49ers ...

 

BRANDON FRAISER

 

You guys got beat by the St. Louis Rams -- couldn't have happened to a more deserving team of douchebags. Kaepernick walked off the field like he wanted to kill someone for not simply allowing his team win. What a pompous tool.

4-4. God, I love it.

As for the rest of the week, meh. Nothing really stood out.

Monday Night Football?

Brad Pitt SEven Bored

Absolutely boring. ... again. They really, really need to do something about that. They need to start flexing the Monday night football games.

There was the fact that San Diego got their asses handed to them, which is always exciting.

Then there was the game of the week, Denver versus New England. That ended up being so one sided I turned the game off. I didn't want to see my beloved Peyton Manning lose in that fashion. It was hard to watch.

That's about it for week 9. A bit lack luster.

Now for week 10.

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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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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.

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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NFL Preview: Playoff & Super Bowl Predictions

having two people photoshopped onto horses would just be silly

Our NFL experts are going to shed some light on their picks for division & wild card winners, as well as the esteemed Super Bowl champions this year. Check back in a few months to see how wrong we were how accurate our extremely intelligent and well thought out picks are. Most importantly, I've been inspired to do some pretty awesome photoshopping for this post so enjoy that insanity.

Jacqueline 

so excited about the gold rush!!!

so excited about the gold rush!!!

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC West:
San Francisco 49ers
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons

NFC Wildcard teams: New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks

AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals
AFC West:
Denver Broncos
AFC South: Houston Texans

AFC Wildcard teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens

NFC Champion: San Francisco 49ers v. Seattle Seahawks, winner: San Francisco 49ers

AFC Champion: Denver Broncos v. Houston Texans, winner: Houston Texans

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner: San Francisco 49ers

Lauren

 because if you're putting your face on a bronco's body, you might as well use the picture where you're also wearing a mustache

because if you're putting your face on a bronco's body, you might as well use the picture where you're also wearing a mustache

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys. Homer pick, I know. But THIS IS OUR YEAR. And no, I don’t say that every year.
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC West:
Seattle Seahawks. I’m still mad at them for beating us last year, but I think the Russell Wilson + Pete Carroll combo is too good to overlook.
NFC South: New Orleans Saints. I’m going to get real wild here and keep the Falcons completely out of the playoffs.

NFC Wildcard teams: Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals

AFC East: New England Patriots. Give them some real competition already.
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers. My dad is going to be so happy with me for this pick.
AFC West:
Denver Broncos
AFC South: Houston Texans

AFC Wildcard teams: Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts. It was a real toss-up for me between the Colts & the Ravens, but I think Baltimore is going to have quite the tumble this year.

NFC Champion: Dallas Cowboys

AFC Champion: Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner: Broncos. I’d like to give it to the Boys, but there’s no way I’ll live past the NFC Championship game and without me there to support them, there’s no way they can win.

 

Madeline

Clay Matthews beats a photoshopped picture of Madeline any day. No offense, Madeline.

Clay Matthews beats a photoshopped picture of Madeline any day. No offense, Madeline.

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC West:
San Francisco 49ers
NFC South: New Orleans Saints

NFC Wildcard teams: Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks

AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals
AFC West:
Denver Broncos
AFC South: Houston Texans

AFC Wildcard teams: Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens

NFC Champion: San Francisco 49ers v. Green Bay Packers, winner: Green Bay Packers

AFC Champion: Baltimore Ravens v. Denver Broncos, winner: Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner: Denver Broncos v. Green Bay Packers, winner: Green Bay Packers

This is, of course, seeing that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t get hurt by the third game. Then I choose Lions to win division and Broncos/Seattle to be Super Bowl with Seattle as the winner.

 

Makeda

having two people photoshopped onto horses would just be silly

having two people photoshopped onto horses would just be silly

 NFC East: New York Giants
NFC North:
Green Bay Packers
NFC West: San Francisco 49ers
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC Wildcard teams: Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks
AFC East: New York Jets**
AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals
AFC West: Denver Broncos
AFC South: Houston Texans
AFC Wildcard teams: Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts

NFC Champion: Seattle Seahawks

AFC Champion: Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner: Broncos

**HAHA yeah right. Pats.

 

Allen

 Allen's riding those Falcons to the top (see what I did there?)

Allen's riding those Falcons to the top (see what I did there?)

NFC East: Washington Redskins (editor's note: Apparently we're not as alike as I thought, Allen. Geeeeez.)
NFC North: Detroit Lions (I fear no warnings!
NFC West:
Seattle Seahawks
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons

NFC Wildcard teams: New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers

AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Cincinnati Bengals
AFC West:
Denver Broncos
AFC South: Houston Texans

AFC Wildcard teams: (wow, there are a lot of terrible teams in the AFC) Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts

NFC Champion:Atlanta Falcons

AFC Champion: Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XLVIII Winner: And this is the year: Falcons over Broncos in the Super Bowl. We couldn't knock off aging Elway, but aging Peyton doesn't have Terrell Davis.

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Go For Two: Playoffs! Seahawks at Redskins

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Who will lead their team to victory?

Wow! Rookie against rookie. Both of these quarterbacks have shined in their NFL debut season. It was thought that RGIII could be a star, but nobody new how much. On the other hand, it was presumed during off-season that Matt Flynn, who shined in the 2011 season finale of the Packers versus the Lions, would be the starter for the Seahawks. Then, gasp, Old Pete picked Russel Wilson instead.

But it's not just the quarterbacks that shine in these two offenses. Both have excellent running backs in Alfred Morris and Marshawn Lynch. Lynch was more of a known quantity, but Morris? Another Washington rookie -- but he seemed to come out of the blue (not out of the blue, exactly. He came from Florida Atlantic.)

Washington will have to prepare for Seattle's ability to put up big points. 58 points against the Cards, 50 against the Bills, and 42 against the 49ers. Those are impressive numbers.

courtesy of articles.latimes.comAnother scary aspect of Seattle is their secondary. Sherman is a tough and talented cornerback although, a little hot-headed. He was the one that started talking smack to Brady as Mr. Bundchen tried to walk off the field when the Patriots lost to the Seahawks. You don't have to like the guy, which I don't, but you do have to prepare for him.

 

courtesy of grantland

Sexy, funny, and smart. Oh, and a pretty good football player

So here is what it really comes down to for me. I don't like Pete Carroll. I don't like Sherman's attitude. I don't like the Fail Mary that got them here and cost my Packers the 2nd seed. On the other hand, I do like RGIII, I do like the fact that Washington is in the playoffs because they beat two teams that I despise -- the New York Football Giants, and America's team, the Cowboys.

GO REDSKINS



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.