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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 16 Games To Watch - Packers Edition

Look. I'm not gonna lie to you. Losing last week sucked. It sucked so bad. We lost in every phase of the game. We lost spectacularly. A safety on the last drive of the game was the cherry on top.

It was a team loss. Aaron Rodgers made some pretty awful throws. Aaron was lucky he came out of that one with only 2 interceptions, there could have been at least 2 more on top of that. Receivers, I'm looking at you Davante Adams, didn't even turn around for some of the passes. Jordy Nelson dropped one, which, that will happen, but it stings because it was such a big play. Just lay off Jordy you all. Special teams allowed a return for a TD and a blocked kick. Oh, and then there is my favorite defensive coordinator, Dom Capers. I want everyone who keeps trying to say the defense held the Bills to field goals to STFU. Oh, yay! The Bills didn't get a touchdown. Yeah, well, you allowed four, FOUR field goals. There is nothing awesome-o about allowing four field goals. I'm not entirely sure who to blame for the safety. All I know is I'm sitting there like, put the whole game behind you, guys. It's okay. We just need one touchdown -- we can do this. Remember Miami. And .... plop, the ball is on the ground, in the end zone. Safety.

I hate your face

Wow.

There is a scenario where we do not make the playoffs. You gotta be kidding me.

That's why, this week, the NFL Week 16 Games To Watch is a Packers addition. I know, I know -- pretty selfish of me, but these are selfish times, thanks to our biting loss to Kyle Orton and my second least favorite defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz. I hated seeing Jim Schwartz on the sidelines as the Bills defensive coordinator. It is entirely possible to just hate looking at someone's face.

Philadelphia at Washington (Saturday 4:30PM EST): As a Packers fan, we need the Eagles to lose to Washington. That's not necessarily off the table. The last time these two teams met, Washington only lost by 3. Kirk Cousins. He made 30 out of 48 passes and gained a total of 427 yards. My Michigan State alumni had three touchdowns and one interception. As we all know, Cousins tanked after that, but all I am saying, is it is in the realm of possibilities. So make it happen.

Lions at Bears (Sunday 1:00PM EST): Okay. We all saw MNF (more or less ... okay, less. I only watched two plays and baby Cutlet got sacked two times in a row). This is a bit of a stretch; Bears need to win. However, if the Bears couldn't turn it on for MNF after all the news came out about the internal team backstabbing, then I don't know that they can. The Lions are the number 2 seed. They are going to turn it on. I'm hoping they get really big heads, think they have the game locked up, and a miracle happens. Maybe they all get a little chilly at the Bears stadium. Maybe Angelina Jolie visits Detroit and gives the team chickenpox? Look, I don't want anyone seriously ill or anything, but maybe a catering company can cause the team to have food poisoning? Honestly, I'm desperate. I don't see the football Gods sending a "W" on the wings of a dove down to Soldier Field. But I wish they would.

Colts at Cowboys (Sunday 4:25PM EST): Colts need to win. I don't want our chances of going into the playoffs based on some random tie-breaking rule. Cowboys and Pack did not play a head to head game. The next rule is best record in conference. It may actually come down to best record in common games, the 3rd tie-breaking rule for the wild card. That is so sketchy, I don't like it. Good luck, Luck. I root for the caveman on Sunday.

Seahawks at Cardinals (Sunday 8:30PM EST): This would be the game of the week for everyone watching football week 16. In particular, for the Packers, we need the Seahawks to lose. Anyone that is in playoff contention needs to lose. It will help with home-field advantage as well. Seahawks can taste home-field advantage. Everyone in the NFC playoff race does not want Seattle to get home field. It's in everyone's best interest if Seattle loses this game.

Of note, if the Cardinals win this game, it very well may happen that the Cards go to the Super Bowl at home. I'm not sure this happens with the 3rd string quarterback Lindley. The good news is, Stanton may be back in time for the playoffs. Which, at the beginning of the season, who would have thought having Drew Stanton as your quarterback in the Super Bowl would be a good thing?

Side note, yes. The Packers need to beat Tampa Bay on Sunday. I sure-as-shit hope that happens, cause if it didn't ...

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 8 Games To Watch

It's week 8 -- what games should we be watching?

Thursday 8:25PM EST - Chargers (5-2) at Broncos.(5-1): First off, like everyone else on the planet, due props to Peyton Manning. I have loved him since his first MasterCard commercial.

 

As for what the rest of the planet thinks of the Chargers being 5-2 ...

 

That pretty much sums it up. The newly voted America's team, the Broncos, against the team most likely to be voted America's Meh team.

Let's just think for one moment if the Chargers made it to the Super Bowl, would anyone even care? Wouldn't you kinda secretly be rolling your eyes?

Fortunately, the Broncos will be standing in the Chargers way. This game is a big AFC showdown, even if it is only week 8. These two teams are in a battle for the AFC West. This game very well may define seeding for the AFC. I believe two teams will be coming out of the AFC West into the playoffs. This game will determine who gets what seed. Kansas City Chiefs aren't done by any stretch of the imagination. They lost favor with fans, like me, when they lost 5 of their last 7 games last year. It takes a lot out a fan to get over that. It takes even more for a fan of the NFL who only casually watches a team, to suddenly have their interest peeked, to then get the rug pulled out from under them. I am so much less likely to give two shits about the Kansas City Chiefs because of their debacle last year. Yet, these three will be jockeying for wins in this division.

Sunday 1:00PM EST - Rams (2-4) at Chiefs (3-3): Yes, but only to look at the score as it flashes by on the ticker. The Rams are intriguing. Yes, they lost to the Vikings - ugh, but they were also kinda sorta in it against the Niners, Cowboys, and Eagles, despite losing those game. The Chiefs? Who cares.

Sunday 1:00PM EST - Eagles (5-1) at Cardinals (5-1): This game is weird for me. I really, really like the fact that the Seahawks are 3-3 and that the Niners aren't the gods everyone thought they were. It thrills me to no end that the Arizona Cardinals are in the lead of the NFC West. It's exciting that they are winning even though they have started three separate quarterbacks. I love Bruce Arians. The guy is awesome.

Ask me to watch the game ... oooh, right. Uh, yeah. I don't think so.

Sunday 8:30PM EST - Packers (5-2) at Saints (2-4): In the not so distant past, this game would have been the game of the week, which is probably why it is the Sunday night game. Two NFC powerhouses. Well, not anymore. All you had to do was watch the last 1:48 of the Lions/Saints game to watch Drew Brees look like utter hell. What happened to the Saints? One minute and forty-eights seconds for the Saints of the past would have been all the time they needed. Not this team.

Yet, you know you will keep you eye on the this game out of respect for the past. You never know, and that's, as they say, why they play the game.

What games are ridiculous for even being aired?

The Washington Football Team at Cowboys: Ah, the streak continues of worthless MNF games. Who cares? Washington is on their 3rd string QB. Jesus.

Dolphins at Jaguars: Really? I'd rather watch Better Off Dead. One, it's an awesome movie. Two, it has John Cusack in it. Third, The Jaguars would be better off dead.

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Vikings at Buccaneers. Couldn't they just air another great 80's movie instead? How about Overboard. Now I'd much rather watch that than this game.

This is definitely what it would feel like to have to watch this game.

 

 

Go For Two: NFL week 3 games I'll be watching

There were a lot of intriguing games from week 2, games like the Chargers and the Hawks, the Niners and the Bears, the Browns and the Saints.

What are the games you should be paying attention to in week 3?

I'll let you in on the scoop of some of the games I'll be watching.

First and foremost, I will highlight:

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Sideline Picks: College Week 2

14 USC @ 13 Stanford

Pick Sideline Commentary
Jacqueline
0-0
This is a sweep. I always love a good Stanford team and their coaching will get them through this 'tough' USC game.
Lauren
0-0
Because my best friend is moving to Palo Alto & because I'm STILL mad at USC.
Allen
0-0
Because smart kids don't pretend to save drowning kids.
LaNiece
0-0
Stanford for two reasons: 1. Brains over beauty, all day. 2. Although Lane Kiffin is no longer their coach, I still can't get over his big mouth and I kinda resent them for keeping his career alive.

7 Michigan St. @ 3 Oregon

Pick Sideline Commentary
Jacqueline
0-0
This is a super crazy game. I cannot wait to watch it. Do I have to choose? This may be Oregon's September, but Michigan St will own January.
Lauren
0-0
Honestly, I like both of these teams and I might request to put this game on at the baby shower I'm attending this weekend. Ultimately Ducks win though and here's my train of thought for that one: my friend's fiance calls my best friend and I the smash sisters because we're so accident prone. Smash sisters---- Bash Brothers---- Mighty Ducks---- Oregon wins. Foolproof logic.
Allen
0-0
Because I never, never believe in Oregon against a competent defense.
LaNiece
0-0
Oregon for the W because Marcus Mariota is my Heisman hopeful. Oh yeah, they are also sporing a new uni.

Michigan @ 16 Notre Dame

Pick Sideline Commentary
Jacqueline
37-10
This is the opposite as the previous game. Do I really have to pick one? I hate both teams. Notre Damn squeezes out a W in a close one.
Lauren
23-24
Disclaimer for all the new readers: I love President Bartlet and will never root against him (unless Texas or Maryland is playing). Notre Dame wins.
Allen
31-15
Because President Bartlett will make me sing the Notre Dame fight song in the press cabin if I go the other way.
LaNiece
22-22
ND, I mean I AM Irish after all!

Upset Special

Pick Sideline Commentary
Jacqueline
40
Virginia Tech over Ohio State because I have to have something to go for this weekend since Georgia isn't playing. (17 points)
Lauren
27
Virginia Tech over Ohio State. (17 points)
Allen
16
East Carolina over South Carolina. ECU has NFL talent at QB and WR, and USC has a defense that made Kenny Hill look like Peyton Manning. (4 points)
LaNiece
36
For the record, I also pick VT over Ohio State but since everyone else gets out of bed before noon and beat me to the punch. I will go with Iowa State over K State in the Big 12 opener on Saturday. (5 points)

NFL Preview: AFC East

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Take a quick look at the AFC East over the past ten years. Since 2003, the Patriots have won the title 10 times. The only year they didn't win was the year Tom Brady had season ending knee surgery. That sort of says it all. Basically, the Patriots are the Empire, the Dolphins and Jets comprise the Rebellion, and Buffalo is stuck in the swamp with someone far less insightful then Yoda. Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 7.50.23 PM

Do I get to be done with the preview now? No? Fine. I do like making fun of the Jets.

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Game of Thrones: NFL Edition -- House Lannister

Last week at Eligible Receiver, we brought you GoT House Stark. Well, this week, it's House Lannister.

This post contains every single spoiler known to man.

1. Tywin Lannister is ... Bill Belichick.

One can not start the Lannister house off without beginning with the patriarch, Tywin Lannister. Tywin is cunning. He plays the game of thrones with expert precision. He takes no prisoners. He is not above breaking the rules. He will let anyone go if they do not serve his purpose -- even his own family. Tywin sets up his own son, Tyrion. He uses Jaime's love of Tyrion against him.

Belichick is ruthless. He doesn't care who he lets go. Randy Moss? Gone. Okay, while we can see that one, what about one of their own? One they shouldn't let go? One that even golden boy Brady doesn't want to see let go? Yup. Bye-bye Wes Welker. Belichick plays for keeps. Belichick and the rules? Doesn't matter. We all remember Spygate.

2. Jaimie Lannister is ... Tom Brady.

Female perspective here, Jaime Lannister is hot. Tom Brady is hot. They are both extremely skilled in their position, Brady as a quarterback, Jaime as a warrior. Jaime questions his place in history, has he really been a good warrior in the Kingsguard. Brady questioned himself when he didn't get picked high in the draft. People love and hate Jaime Lannister. The same can be said of Tom Brady.

3. Cersei Lannister is ... Jerry Jones.

First off, yes, Cersei is gorgeous, and Jerry is not. However, Cersei is a highly skilled master manipulator. The same can be said for Jerry Jones. Really? America's team? That alone is a great manipulation of the media. While both have lofty expectations and an abundant amount of ego, they never really come out on top, do they? The Cowboys are not exactly winners, and Cersei has lost quite a few family members, and the ones she wants gone, are still alive. They both are blindly ignorant to logic.

 

4. Joffrey Lannister is ... Roger Goodell.

Joffrey is pure evil. He enjoys torturing people just to watch them suffer. He is juvenile, wicked, and petulant. Joffrey doesn't listen to anybody, almost takes pride in it. Sound like a certain commissioner? I could list the numerous amount of things Goodell is at fault for. One, namely, the referee strike and the types of replacements that he allowed to ref games.

5. Tyrion Lannister is ... Wes Welker.

Keeping it in the Patriots family, Wes Welker displays a lot of the characteristics of Tyrion. Small in stature, but big in heart. Both are often underestimated ... both equally surprise. Both have a love hate relationship with their "father". In this case Wes Welker with the patriarch Bill Belichick. Wes thought that he was part of the Patriots family, until, well, he wasn't. Wes Welker (and Tom Brady for that matter) got a little too cocky with their status in the family, and Wes Welker was out the door. Tyrion is known for his wit, but sometimes, he overestimates himself, and that very wit gets him into some serious trouble. Both Tyrion and Wes Welker should have known their place. Wes Welker found himself out of a job in the Patriots organization. Tyrion was warned to do what he was told, but could not help himself on judgement day, and went off on the people of King's Landing and on his father. Yet, Tyrion, like Wes Welker, always find themselves on top. Wes Welker found himself with the very good Denver Broncos, and Tyrion, well, he found himself not dead and on a boat.

 

 

 

***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. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com

Go For Two: Game of the Week - Packers versus Bears

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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.

Ranking the 2013-2014 Bowl Season --- 35 to 1

I am counting down the games from the least watchable to the most. Let's be honest though, it is the last bit of college football until September *** weeps uncontrollably***  so I will probably watch as many as possible. What ones are you looking forward to? Did I get it wrong?

35. Heart of Dallas Bowl --- North Texas vs. UNLV --- Dallas, TX Wed., Jan. 1 / 12 p.m. ESPNU: This New Years Day game is not worth watching versus the plethora of competition.

34. Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl --- East Carolina vs. Ohio --- St. Petersburg, FL Mon., Dec. 23 / 2 p.m. ESPN: I feel sorry for these teams for having to play football in the Trop.

33. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl --- Middle Tennessee vs. Navy --- Fort Worth, TX Mon., Dec. 30 / 11:45 a.m. ESPN

32. Little Caesars Pizza Bowl --- Bowling Green vs. Pittsburgh --- Detroit, MI Thu., Dec. 26 / 6 p.m. ESPN

31. Sheraton Hawaii Bowl --- Boise State vs. Oregon State --- Honolulu, HI Tue., Dec. 24 / 8 p.m. ESPN

30. New Era Pinstripe Bowl --- Notre Dame vs. Rutgers --- Bronx, NY Sat., Dec. 28 / 12 p.m. ESPN

29. Texas Bowl --- Minnesota vs. Syracuse --- Houston, TX Fri., Dec. 27 / 6 p.m. ESPN: These fan bases are traveling to Texas for this game?

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