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Go For Two: NFL Week 17 Games To Watch

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I'd like to see some of this Sunday

Despite it being my team, really, the game of the week is the Lions at the Packers. It has huge implications, which I will get into below.

The NFL picked the Bengals at Steelers to be the game of the week and flexed it to the Sunday Night Football spot on NBC. This game, too, has similar implications -- winning the division title. However, unlike the Lions/Packers game, it is a lot harder for the Bengals to get a first round bye. The Lions/Packers game has much more significance because the winner will get a first round bye. Plus, in the entire NFL, home field means more for the Hawks and the Packers than it does for any other team. No one wants to go through Seattle or Green Bay. Green Bay won every single game at home this year.

Lions at Packers 4:25PM EST: Holy crap, this is for all the marbles. Lions versus Packers for the second seed and NFC North champs. This is huge for the Lions (I don't care, Go Pack!). The Lions have not won the division in 21 years. Does that even compute? Twenty-one years. The Lions haven't even won in Wisconsin since 1991. What? How is that even possible? Man, tough break, Lions.

An even tougher break is losing your center, Raiola, because your team is a bunch of idiots. Honestly, why even stomp on the guy's leg? What does that prove? How does that serve your team? You were playing the Bears, come on! However, to me, that wasn't even the worst. The helmet-to-helmet by Detroit Lions defensive end Ansah to Jimmy Clausen was too much. Ansah clearly is leading with his helmet, plus, his hands and arms aren't even in the equation. It was a kill shot.

One of the reasons I don't like the Lions is because they are dirty, dirty players. People don't want to root for your team because no one likes a bully. I thought Jim Caldwell had stopped this narrative from taking place. Apparently, not. I'd love to see what kind of facial reaction he had in regards to the suspension of Raiola. Does Caldwell even have an expression outside of no expression? I'm not even sure why he has a headset on during the games. He barely talks into the damn thing.

The complete opposite of the Lions, personality wise, are the Green Bay Packers. Everyone likes Aaron Rodgers. He's competitive, but not a jerk. Jordy Nelson? A farmer from Kansas. He shakes hands with his team after he gets a touchdown. Eddie Lacy? Buys his parents a house after hurricane Katrina. Ah, that's why the Packers are one of the most-liked teams in the NFL. Sorry, Cowboys, you are not America's team anymore. The difference between the Cowboys and other teams is this. If you are not a Chiefs fan, you don't hate the Chiefs. As for the Cowboys, if you aren't a fan, you hate them. To reiterate, I'm not a Raiders fan ... but I don't hate them. I HATE the Cowboys. Someone should do a stat on that. (Proof can be found in the latest out of Dallas. Dallas is pushing for Romo to be the MVP. Cowboys, THAT'S WHY WE HATE YOU!)

I'm just making the case for our win based on a popularity contest. Look, I don't care how we get the win, I just want the win.

Panthers at Falcons 4:25PM EST: Despite these two teams being sub par, there is nothing like win and you're in. I would put this game above others. I mean, (shrug), the Bengals are in. I don't really care if they move around in seeding. Seeding, to me, doesn't seem as important in the AFC. Yet, win or go home, now that has HUGE implications! As long as you can make it in, you always have a chance. Look at that happened for Green Bay in 2010? They made it in as a wild card and then went on to win the Super Bowl. That's why this game is so important! The most critical thing is just getting in. I certainly wouldn't rule out the Falcons being able to squeak a win out in the playoffs if they get in. The Cardinals with their 3rd string QB are now beatable. The Cowboys? I'm not sold on them. They are beatable.

I'm rooting for the Falcons. I like Julio Jones. I like Fitzgerald. I like Matt Ryan, but, apparently, who doesn't?

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Good lucks Falcons.

Other important games are the Chargers at the Chiefs, and the Browns at the Ravens. For a more detailed account of what it will take for the Chargers or Ravens to get into the playoffs click this NFL.com link. It makes my head hurt, so thanks NFL for doing it for me.

Go For Two: NFL Week 11 Games To Watch

This what Bears, Steelers, and Saints fans looked like. Even Packer fans started to feel a bit bad for the Bears.

Week 10 had some amazing outcomes! Teams won, and lost, in spectacular fashion. Some, like my Green Bay Packers, demolished a terrible Bears team that, at one point, just started to make everyone uneasy -- much like the Eagles over the Panthers. Congrats to the NFL for another shitty Monday Night Football game. Lions are annoying us GBP fans by continually winning games this year in the final moments of the game that the Lions of yesteryear would have lost. Steelers keep doing there wow yay (!) and wow huh (?) routine -- winning by huge numbers against the Colts (score 51-34) and Ravens (score 43-23), then losing to the Jets (score 13-20)? The Jets? A 1-8, now 2-8 team? Saints versus Niners did not end the way I wanted it to, and that absolutely pisses me off. Drew Brees was not making the best decisions during that game, at one point throwing into triple coverage. Drew, baby, you're not 24 anymore. You may have, I know this is hard to hear, lost a little, a little ... not much! But, buddy, we all get older, we all lose a step or two. You gotta adjust. You're still great! Just ... adjust my friend.

 

 

Now, week 11. What games should you watch?

There are some big games this week:

Buffalo Bills (5-4) at Miami Dolphins (5-4): Big division game. Yes the Patriots lead the AFC East division at 7-2, but the wildcard seems to be wide open. There is still a lot of season left to be played, and no one can tell the future. Just ask the Patriots at the beginning of the season when they were supposedly finished. The Chiefs, Brown, and Bengals are all over the place with who they beat and who they don't. Therefore, big game for both Buffalo and Miami. Miami's loses were really, really close games. The games against the Lions and the Packers especially. If the Dolphins can just tweak their play a little bit, they could be in the playoffs.

Also, I'm kind of loving Tannehill. Did you see him chase down the Lions after the interception? Yeah, I know, he threw an interception, but that kid has some wheels .. and some guts! He was a total baller on the play. Too bad he is going into the divisional game with a bad knee and shoulder. Get well, Tannehill, I like what I'm seeing.

However, I can only care about this game so much as I don't get NFL Network.

Not this year

Lions (7-2) at Cardinals (8-1): Why, oh why Carson Palmer did you have to get hurt! I'm still a girl, and it makes me happy that so many fans, even Settle and Niners, are wishing him well. Too often fans get kind of ugly when it comes to injuries. Great job fans. Plus, it's a testament to how much everyone likes Carson Palmer. Good guy.

I'm a little worried about poor Drew Stanton against big, bad, awesome Suh. Suh has cleaned up his act this year and it shows. The decrease in Suh's penalties have really helped his team. The team overall has fewer penalties, which has led to more wins. This Lions defense is very, very good. It's ranked number one. Last week's win against the Dolphins was a statement win. Before that, the Lions had only played one team with a winning record. The win over the Dolphins proved the Lions legitimacy. Now, with two more games to go in the hard stretch of their schedule, they need to eek out another win. I believe a win against the Cardinals is much more likely that against the Patriots. Let's see how they do.

On a personal note, please, please, please Arizona win this game!

Eagles (7-2) at Packers (6-3): Big favor request here, can the Eagles be tired from the Monday night game? I guess that's a fool's wish as how could they be? The game was too easy against the Panthers.

Green Bay's defense sucks. Don't let the game against the Bears fool you. The Bears are terrible. We have not fixed our defense yet. An explosive team in the Philadelphia Eagles could really have their way with us. LeSean McCoy could have a huge game against us. Also, our special teams is also terrible. Please Green Bay, do NOT kick it to Darren Sproles. Just don't. Honestly, are you listening? Just DO. NOT. DO.IT.

Hopefully Mark Sanchez is too full of all that Philly Cheesesteak to move well in the pocket and Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers can have a huge day against the quarterback.

On our offense, we really need to get our run game going. We need to keep a high-powered offense like the Eagles off the field. Eddie Lacy seems to be having trouble this season. I don't know if the offensive line isn't creating enough holes for him, if Eddie is being too patient for holes to open up or what? He just seems to get stuffed real fast.

In my opinion, if Eddie Lacy can get the run game going, and our defense can stop the Eagles run game, Packers win.

This is a must win for both teams, as the Lions (7-2) and the Cowboys (7-3) are ahead in each respective division. Green Bay is only one game behind, but can not afford to be two. I know, obviously, but still. As of right now, the season really could come down to the last game for the Lions and Packers, as they play each other the final game of the season at Lambeau. What absolute craziness. As for the Eagles, they are neck-and-neck. This year, i would not want to leave my chances up to the wildcard in the NFC. The NFC is a madhouse this year.

 

 

Finally, wow. What another spectacularly bad MNF game. Steelers (6-4) at Titans (2-7). Who scheduled these games?

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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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: 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: Water Cooler Topics For Week 15

There are a lot of good games this week. It's coming down to the wire. I can't wait for some of these games. This is the time of the year I wish I had 4 televisions so I could watch all the games.

 

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I'm pumped!

49ers (9-3-1) at Patriots (10-3) 8:20PM ET ** Game of the Week

Again, the Patriots are in the game of the week. Hmm. Interesting. The 49ers are still way up there on the best of the best in the NFC. However, with how they looked twice against the Rams, there is cause for concern. Then there are the Patriots. Man do they look good. They look fired up. They look ready for the playoffs to begin. It will be interesting to see how Brady and the Patriots do against the 49ers defense and vice versa. I'm excited for this game.

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 13

Games to watch in Week 13 ...

 

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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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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics For Week 10

These are the games I will be watching, plus one that you can watch, if you want, but I won't ...

 

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I want the Lions to win, but just this once.

Lions at Vikings 1:00PM ET

Lions are 4-4 and the Vikings are 5-4 in the NFC North. This is the toughest division in the NFL. Both teams have seen each other countless times before. There is bad blood. The Vikings, once the darlings of the NFC North, have lost their last two. There are many questioning this team right now. The Lions, on the other hand, have won their last two. Yet, they don't seem to have the same consistency of last year. Plus, too many come from behind, fourth quarter wins. The Lions need to gain consistency and play well in all four quarters of the game if they want to win this game.

More importantly, the Packers are 6-3. I know ... I'm supposed to be reporting on the Lions at Vikings game, but I can't help myself. I need the Lions to win so that the Vikings don't go 6-4. Yet, if the Lions win then they will be inching closer and closer to my Acme Packers. Yikes is the NFC North a tough division. But I can worry about the Lions later. Right now, GO LIONS.

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Go For Two: Water Cooler Topics for Week 7

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Richard Sherman should bite his tongue

What games should you watch in week 7? This time my job is hard, because there are a lot of good games being played. I think if you're a fan of the NFL, or just want to be in the know, you need to plan your Sunday around watching football. There's nothing you can do about it.

 

 

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