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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: 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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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: Peyton Mannng Needs To Win The Super Bowl - His Life Depends On It

Here's the thing. I think Peyton Manning needs to win the Super Bowl. In fact, I think it is a matter of life and death.

After last week's game against the Chargers, Peyton hurt his right ankle again. According to an article by Eddie Pells, both ankles were sore prior to the Chargers game. In fact, the article states that Peyton Manning claimed his ankles felt like something out of the movie Misery.

That makes a lot of sense watching him during the Chargers game. On the play in question, Peyton got hit low by Corey Liuget. It was what I saw after that has me concerned about Peyton.

Naturally, People came rushing. However, Peyton physically pushed them aside, giving verbal and nonverbal communication that he would be fine and that he was going to play. He then proceeds to start yelling at the ref while he is hobbling around the field. The image of Peyton limping around, angry as all hell, and determined to play despite his mounting injuries gives me the impression that this man does not care about his body after football. His neck has got to be paper thin with all the neck surgeries he has had. I fear for Peyton if he takes too many more hits.

So perhaps if Peyton Manning wins the Super Bowl this year he will finally be able to retire -- somewhat in one piece. He may need to get Cortisone injections, pain killers, and who knows what other medicine to get him there, but he may, literally, die trying.

Hopefully, if he does win the Super Bowl, he will heed my advice and retire ... and not pull a Brett Favre.

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College Recap Week 9: Cocks, Chokes, and Katherine Webb

Writer's note: she can wear jorts if she wants to.

"I ran out & screamed so I wldn't wake my kids, came in & realized I scared em half to death, rocked em 2 sleep again singin."

"I went to the fridge and took a long draw off the "Pepto-bismooth" bottle!"

Those words are from Victoria Boyce and Kimberly Tuten, Gamecock fans, on Twitter, describing her reaction to South Carolina's win over Missouri Saturday. Why do we love college football? Because kids who are not getting paid beg for a chance to play in pain because they want it that much. Because an entire season can come down to a missed 24-yard field goal by a sophomore kicker in Week 9.

In a related note, why do we hate college football? Because an entire season can come down to a missed 24-yard field goal by a sophomore kicker in Week 9. "Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view."

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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: 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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College Recap Week 3: Roald Dahl, Motel 6, Dumb Cheeseheads, and That A&M Guy

It's coming again. Be prepared.
It's coming again. Be prepared.

Johnny Double Heisman. It's coming. Be prepared.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Let's just get this out of the way: Johnny Manziel is the best college football player in the world. That's right, not just America, the world. Even redshirt junior Jean-Paul Nexistepas of the Sorbonne can't compare.

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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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