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Who will meet in Super Bowl 51?

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Green Bay takes on Atlanta, Pittsburgh faces New England.  Who do you think will win?

 

Green Bay Packer vs Atlanta Falcons

There is all this talk of Matt Ryan being the MVP this year but the Dirty Birds better not sleep on Aaron Rodgers.  Hollywood is digging into Rodgers personal life, nevertheless that will not distract one the finest quarterbacks around.  The family may air their dirty laundry to reporters but I would expect Rodgers and the Pack to be prepared for the Falcons.

The Falcons have all the pieces in place this year.  The Falcons have home field, a good running game, good defense and the play calling of Kyle Shanahan for “Matty Ice”,  going against the worst passing defense in the league.  There is no way they can lose.  Right?

 

Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots

 

Someone pulled the Steelers team hotel alarm at 3AM this morning. This is not the first time a rival of the Patriots has been the target of a false alarm.  What now, ALARMGATE?  Seems suspicious because it happened in Boston but I am sure Belichick had nothing to do with it…WINK!  Steelers fans better hope that their offense can put up some points this week.  Field goals are not going to get the job done.  Tom Brady is mad.  Deflategate just pissed him off and he wants vengeance.  He is about to take it out on Ben Roethlisberger’s team.  Even with the best running back and receiver in the league, I don’t see Pittsburgh beating the Patriots in Foxborough.   I expect to see the Patriots win their 9th Lamar Hunt Trophy.

 

 

Packers collapse, Seahawks rally to win NFC title in OT

SEATTLE — The Green Bay Packers made one big mistake. They gave Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks a chance.
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On the verge of a thrilling upset on the road and a berth in the Super Bowl, the Packers instead were victims of one of the most stunning collapses in NFL playoff history Sunday. They allowed two touchdowns in the final 2:09 of regulation, rallied for a tying field goal in the final seconds, but lost 28-22 in overtime on Russell Wilson’ 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in a fantastic finish to a memorable NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field.

“I never doubted our guys,” said Wilson, who had a miserable 7.0 passer rating (no touchdowns, four interceptions) in the first 56 minutes of the game and a perfect 158.3 rating (6-of-7, 1134 yards, one touchdown) in the final 7:11. “The resilience of our team is unmatchable. The character … the belief of the guys we have, that makes the difference.”

The unbelievable finish catapulted the to Seahawks into the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz., where Seattle will try to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

How unbelievable was it?

“It can’t be explained. It’s got to be God,” Seahawks quarterback Byron Maxwell said. “We’ve got one more to go — we’re going to get it.”

“I’m clueless right now,” Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said. “It makes you just sit back and like, ‘Whoa.’ It’s bigger than you. It just brought me back to … we really need each other out there.”

The Packers were in shock — left to pick up the pieces after failing to crush the defending champions when they had the chance. The Packers scored six points off five takeaways.

“It hurts. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet,” guard T.J Lang said. “For 55 minutes we were the better team. Ultimately when you play a team like that you’ve got to take advantage of every opportunity and we didn’t do that. They found a way to finish better than we did. This is one that really hurts. It’s sucks.”

“We gave it away,” Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb said.

“This was to go to the Super Bowl and to come up short, that’s frustrating as hell,” tackle Bryan Bulaga said. “It’s tough. We didn’t make enough plays to win the game. Offensively we weren’t able to keep the clock moving to get first downs. That stings. They’re a good football team. You can’t do that against good football teams. Especially in this type of situation and atmosphere. You just can’t do that. ”

The Packers led 16-0 in the first half and had a 19-7 lead with possession after Morgan Burnett intercepted Wilson with 5:04 left in regulation. But the Seahawks forced a three-and-out. And Wilson, Marshawn Lynch (25 carries, 157 yards, one touchdown) and Lady Luck did the rest.

Wilson scored on a one-yard run with 2:09 to play. The Seahawks recovered an onside kick when Packers tight end Brandon Bostick mishandled a ball he wasn’t even supposed to be trying to catch. Lynch scored on a 24-yard run with 1:25 to play and Wilson — barely avoiding a sack —  made an uncanny cross-field throw to Luke Willson for a two-point conversion to give the Seahawks a 22-19 lead. The Packers rallied to tie on Mason Crosby’s 48-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in regulation.

“I don’t really know what to say,” Bostick said. “I’m supposed to block the second guy. I just reacted. I thought I could make a play on it. Obviously I didn’t. I let my team down. There was a lot riding on this game. If I would have done my job — my assignment was to block and Jordy [Nelson] would have caught the ball and the game would have been over.”

The Seahawks won the overtime coin flip, took the ball and never gave it back. Facing a third-and-seven from his 30 after a sack, Wilson threw a 35-yard pass to Doug Baldwin to the Packers 35. On the next play he threw a pass down the middle of the field to a streaking Kearse — who got behind Packers cornerback Tramon Williams — at the goal line for a spectacular finish to a phenomenal game.

“A lot of teams would have given up. We kept fighting,” Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin said. “We kept fighting and believing. The motto of our program is finishing, and that’s what we did.”

It was a three-phase collapse for the Packers. The offense lost four yards on three play after Burnett’s interception gave them the ball at their 43 with 5:04 to play in regulation. Dom Capers’ defense, heroic for most of the day, allowed 206 yards on 17 plays on the Seahawks final three scoring drives. Special teams allowed the only Seahawks touchdown until the fateful finish — on a fake field goal, when holder Jon Ryan threw a 19-yard pass to tackle eligible Garry Gilliam that cut the Packers lead to 16-7 in the third quarter.

The botched onside kick by Bostick was critical. But it overshadowed the two-point conversion after Lynch’s touchdown that ultimately made the difference. About to be sacked while he rolled to his right, Wilson desperately turned and threw a pass toward the end zone to the other side of the field. It was anything but a dart, but the Packers reacted poorly and it somehow found its way into Willson’s hands. Without that play, Crosby’s 48-yard field goal would have been a game-winner.

Asked how many times he would connect on that play if he ran it 100 times, Wilson replied, “Never.” And he was probably right. But he got it right the one time he needed it.

“Funny thing was … Luke is the backside protector [on the two-point conversion],” Wilson said. “I was going to tell Luke, ‘Hey, you never know — just be ready.’ But I did’t want him to leave too early, so I didn’t tell him anything in the huddle. But in the back of my mind, I’m thinking if there’s nothing to the right, I’m spinning back and I’m finding a way.

“I kind of spun back and went back and just tried to extend the play and just gave those guys a chance and he makes a crazy catch. That’s just knowing the game and trusting the guys that are going to make a play and throwing it up.”

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Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks – Packers lose to Seahawks 28-22 in overtime

ESPN First Take – Dez Bryant catch discussion


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How impressed were you with Aaron Rodgers ?
Was it the right decision to let Peyton Manning go ?
Did the catch change the outcome of the game ?
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How does Oregon win tonight ?
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Should it have been the catch ?
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The last of the bye weeks is upon us

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The last of the bye weeks is upon us and that means no Panthers or Steelers players this week. Week 12 also means that you likely have only 1-3 weeks left in your fantasy regular season. Where did the time go? It’s hard to believe that we’re 3 months into the season. It’s also hard to believe that the Raiders beat the Chiefs this week (notice the smooth segue there). Few saw that coming including Michael Fabiano from NFL.com who incorrectly picked the Chiefs to win. The good news is that if you haven’t entered your picks in this week’s Beat the Expert contest, you still have a clean slate to beat Michael. I’m sending one lucky winner to any regular season NFL game of his/her choice! That could be you!

There are a number of great matchups this week which is why I’m recommending guys like Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, CJ Anderson, Coby Fleener, and my Green Bay Packers defense in this week’s Sit/Start column. If you stashed Josh Gordon like I did, there’s no reason not to plug him into your lineup…well, except for the fact that he’s been selling cars instead of running routes with his team. When Gordon returned from suspension last year, he torched the Vikings for 10-146-1. I can’t predict the future, but he’s such an elite talent that I’ll be surprised if Gordon doesn’t perform at WR2 levels with WR1 upside even in his first game back.

The guys that I’m sitting this week include Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Philip Rivers, and RGIII. If you picked up Jonas Gray from the Patriots, think before you rush to plug him into your lineup. Unlike the Colts, the Lions interior is brutal to running backs so any expectation of Gray being able to run all over them should leave your head immediately. He won’t come close to repeating last week’s crazy performance. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Vereen have a bigger fantasy day particularly in PPR formats.

One of the guys that hasn’t had a single crazy performance this year but that I’m still watching this week is Trent Richardson. With Bradshaw out, TRich should see a very healthy workload, but even with volume, his 3.4 yards per carry doesn’t always equal fantasy goodness.

I’ll also be watching two player movements. Ben Tate was released from the Browns and picked up by the Vikings, and LeGarrette Blount returns to the Patriots after being released by the Steelers. I’m not sure I’d rush out to pick up either guy, but it will be interesting to watch them nonetheless.

If you play any of the daily fantasy games and are looking for some sleeper value picks, consider Mark Sanchez, Brian Hoyer, Colin Kaepernick, Josh McCown, Shane Vereen, Steven Jackson, Isaiah Crowell, Vincent Jackson, Cecil Shorts, Niles Paul, or even Austin Seferian-Jenkins. All have great value for where the major daily fantasy sites have them priced.

On the injury front, we’ll be watching the status for guys like Julius Thomas, Arian Foster, Lamar Miller, Jared Cook, and Reggie Bush. As a reminder, if you are a Premium member of FFN, sign up foriAlerts, enter your teams into the Lineup Analyzer, and we’ll alert you via email or text message if any of your players are marked Inactive.

If you don’t hear from me before next Thursday, I hope your Thanksgiving is enjoyable! If you’re traveling, good luck and stay safe.

Take care,
Joe

Top 5 Quarterbacks
1. Andrew Luck – IND
2. Aaron Rodgers – GB
3. Peyton Manning – DEN
4. Drew Brees – NO
5. Jay Cutler – CHIView All
Top 5 Running Backs
1. DeMarco Murray – DAL
2. Jamaal Charles – KC
3. Matt Forte – CHI
4. Arian Foster – HOU
5. LeSean McCoy – PHIView All
Top 5 Wide Receivers
1. Demaryius Thomas – DEN
2. Jordy Nelson – GB
3. Calvin Johnson – DET
4. Dez Bryant – DAL
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Top 5 Tight Ends
1. Jimmy Graham – NO
2. Rob Gronkowski – NE
3. Jason Witten – DAL
4. Antonio Gates – SD
5. Coby Fleener – INDView All
Top 5 Defenses
1. Green Bay Packers – GB
2. Buffalo Bills – BUF
3. Kansas City Chiefs – KC
4. Philadelphia Eagles – PHI
5. Indianapolis Colts – INDView All
Top 5 Kickers
1. Adam Vinatieri – IND
2. Stephen Gostkowski – NE
3. Justin Tucker – BAL
4. Phil Dawson – SF
5. Dan Bailey – DALView All

 

 

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