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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.

NFL Preview: AFC West

When the Eligible Receiver writers were choosing which divisions we wanted to cover for these season previews, the AFC West and South were the last two kids on the playground to get picked. I jumped on the AFC West because I’m already sad about summer ending and my rapidly approaching birthday (I’m staying 28 forever, goddammit!!), and I didn’t want to drive myself to suicide thinking about the Jaguars AND the Texans AND the Titans. Jesus. They should just give Indy the division title now. But I’ll leave those judgments for Allen’s recap. Today, we’ll look at the AFC West, also known as the "These teams are pretty good – and then there’s Oakland" division.

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Go For Two: When did Peyton Manning become so charming?

I love Peyton Manning.

But it wasn't always that way.

When he first started out with the Colts, he reminded me a lot of what Eli has never grown out of -- being annoying. A whiner. A "you blame everyone else on the team but yourself with that awe-shucks look".

He must have heard those rumors -- that most everyone outside of Indianapolis found him immensely irritating. What proof do I have? All you need to do is look at the MasterCard commercials he did.

They were funny. He was actually allowed to talk. Ever see Eli talk in a commercial? Nope.

The commercials, they kept coming. My favorite is this one ...

They showed a more down-to-earth side of Peyton.

Then, the unbelievable happened. The guy who was touted as the greatest quarterback of all time was released by the Colts.

How could the Colts do that? Couldn't they at least give him a shot?

Nope.

All of the sudden, the man who could do no wrong, was without a team.

This is when Peyton Manning went from being annoying, to being really astutely marketed, to being well-liked.

He became the underdog. He became the company man, that after 40 years of working for the auto plant, gets laid off. He was the guy who put his time in, and was hoping for something in return.

He became an American hero.

He overcame multiple neck surgeries. He overcame the naysayers.

With all of that adversity, he became the man in the MasterCard videos. It wasn't just marketing anymore. It's apparent in every interview he does. He is appreciative. He has lost that younger version of himself that felt he was owed something just for showing up. No more are the whiny looks. He's relaxed in his interviews. He can poke fun at himself. Peyton allows himself the fun of being interviewed by Ron Burgundy. He can say what is on his mind ... and it's charming.

I love this clip.


Isn't that what you would want to do after having to play the Chargers? I know I wanted a beer every time they showed crybaby Philip Rivers on the sideline. Tangent, my favorite punk-ass moment of Philip Rivers was when he threw his coat over his own head and started muttering to himself about the Chargers impending loss. This man has 6 kids. How about being a role model?

Back to Peyton ... his latest interview continues the trend. When a female journalist asks Peyton why he likes "Omaha" so much (in reference to why he calls that out when calling plays at the line of scrimmage), he is nothing but charming in his response.

Peyton Manning, you are one charming man. Good luck in the playoffs. I hope you get your second Super Bowl ring. You deserve it.

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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: 10 Random Thoughts - Quarterbacks Addition

1. Why does Phillip Rivers look like such a douchepod? He looks like a guy you would want to beat up in school.

2. Andrew Luck looks like a caveman. Good comeback though.

3. Colin Kaepernick sounds like he's trying to pass a kidney stone when he calls out his plays. It's distracting.

4. When it was suggested to Matt Stafford that maybe he go to a quarterback guru to help him with his footwork and improve his game -- he said he didn't need a guru. Really? Who wouldn't want to improve themselves? That's the second biggest problem the Lions have after Schwartz. Well, now first.

5. Packer nation thanks the Chicago Bears organization for resigning Jay Cutler.

6. Peyton Manning is awesome. There is no way around it. Mentally = awesome. Physically = awesome. Perseverance = awesome. Skill level = awesome.

7. Eli Manning is not awesome. (Un)awesome. Awesome(less).

8. Will anyone give Tom Brady a high-five during the Patriot's divisional playoff game? Poor guy.

9. Kyle Orton should become backup quarterback in Denver. I'm just saying, with hair like that, he belongs in a place where weed is legal.

10. Alex Smith has the worst luck ever. Honestly, I wouldn't ride on an airplane with that guy.

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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: Water Cooler Topics For Week 13

Games to watch in Week 13 ...

 

Image from raidergirls.com

I'm sad all the time

Seahawks at Bears 1:00PM EST

 

This will be an interesting game. Seahawks (6-5) just lost their two starting cornerbacks due to failing tests for use of PED's. Chicago (8-3) just got Cutler back and showed that the Bears can not withstand to lose him. Remember last year Cutler was lost to the team late season and it cost the Bears the playoffs.

If playoffs started right now, the Bears are the 3rd seed and the Seahawks are the 6th. I can't stand the Seahawks or the Bears. However, as a Packers fan, I hate the Bears more and I can't root for a team that holds my coveted NFC North division winner slot.  I can't believe I'm going to say this ...

Go Seahawks.

 

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I'll just rest here for a bit
Besides, I'll be right back here in two seconds
Thanks O Line!

Vikings at Packers 1:00PM EST

 

We all saw what happened to my beloved Packers (7-4) Sunday night. Wah-wah. They got decimated by the Giants. The Pack has something to prove, yet again. This time they have to prove they can beat a playoff worthy team.

The Vikings (6-5), on the other hand, came out super strong, and are now fizzling. The Vikings are most certainly in the playoff wildcard hunt.

This is a no brainer.

Go Pack.

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 11

First of all, how can it already be week 11! That blows my mind. Secondly, I'm a little underwhelmed with the games this week.  However, these are the games to watch outside of your hometown favorites ...

 

Image courtesy of losthatsportsblog.comPackers at Lions 1:00PM ET

 

This game is important for the NFC North battle. Chicago is 7-2, Green Bay 6-3, Vikings 6-4, and the Lions are 4-5. Green Bay needs the win to keep up with Chicago (who plays the 49ers. This game should be interesting if both starting quarterbacks are out due to concussions.)

The Lions have been playing inconsistent, terrible football. Yet, they still pose a significant danger to the Pack, because the Lions have the potential to play well. Another factor is Green Bay has a tendency to lose leads and get lazy. The Lions, on the other hand, seem to only have the desire to play well in the fourth quarter.  Those idiosyncrasies could prove to be an interesting match-up.

GO PACKERS

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Fantasy Scoreboard: Week 6

The name of business really cracks me up for some reasons

At what point do I stop investing time in fantasy football? Is it when I have the same record as the Cleveland Browns? Or the Kansas City CHEFS? Clearly not, because that's where my team is now and yet I'm still writing this post like I think I'm a person worthy of listening to. You should probably all stop reading now and never ever take my advice....

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