AFC East Preview


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New England Patriots (predicted 12-4)
No Welker, no Hernandez, no Brandon Lloyd, and no Danny Woodhead, and lots of question marks surrounding Gronk. Will Danny Amendola say healthy so he can be a big part of this offense, which has been a big question for him in the last few years. This offense is one of the biggest questions of the league this year.

The defense was second in the league in sacks with 37. They are trying to find that individual pass rusher that would spark the d-line and there draft pick last year, Chandler Jones, is looking to be that guy .

When it comes down to it though Bill Belichick is on the sidelines giving plays to Tom Brady in the huddle. I do think that with all these receivers out that there is a good chance that Belichek moves to a run oriented offense. he has done this before back in the early 2000s, this Patriots team was completely defensive. He saw the rising quarterback in Brady and moved over to the high flying offense that we have seen in the last few years. Maybe we see that switch back over. Maybe instead of focusing on the offense to put up points we could see them become a run heavy team and see them focus in the defense. I see them doing this, what made them one of the best offense in the league was their combination of Gronk and Hernandez in the middle, that made their passing game virtually unstoppable. And with those two pieces gone, who is going to take their spots? So without that piece, even with Brady, they have to move to run or at least 50/50.

Miami Dolphins (predicted 9-7)
The Miami Dolphins have seemed to go all in to make it tough on the Pats this year. They went out and spent a lot of money getting some new names on both sides of the ball. They went out early and brought in the best available in the free agency pool and got wide receiver Mike Wallace and Super Bowl winner linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. They didn’t stop there, on offense the got wide receiver Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller. On defense linebacker Phillip Wheeler and cornerback Brent Grimes.

This season isn’t all good news though. They had to release linebackers Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby and they lost a good tight end in Anthony Fasano. Miami also has to find a way to release star left tackle Jake Long who they lost to free agency, as well as their best cover safety Sean Smith and the great running back Reggie Bush.

The sophomore quarterback Ryan Tannehill looks to improve from a decent rookie year. The Dolphins are starting to rebuild their team and will have the opportunity to threaten New England.

Buffalo Bills (predicted 5-11)
The Bills have always had their work cut out for them in the AFC East. They don’t have their usual late season game against the Patriots. With Ryan Fitzpatrick now in Tennessee, first year coach Doug Marrone is stuck with the task of finding a new quarterback and Kevin Kolb isn’t the answer. He took a good step forward by drafting EJ Manuel out of Florida State. The rookie will be asked to take over and run the offense right away and I’m not convinced he is ready for it.

With questions at the quarterback, the defense will have to step it up and carry the team. Mario Williams needs to become the player he once was. As well as rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso will have to step up and take a key spot in the defense.

The New York J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS (predicted 3-13)
Mark Sanchez’s back-to-back AFC championship appearances seem to be long gone. Instead of those deep playoff trips, he will most likely be remembered for tripping into his lineman’s butt. This Jets team is entering the season as probably the least talented teams in the league.

If I was in the Jets front office I would look to give rookie quarterback Geno Smith a chance to prove himself as a quarterback they can build a team around. Coming out of a successful college career at West Virginia, Geno will probably get at least 3 starts toward the end of the season. After trading away Darrelle Revis, rookie Dee Milliner will have to fill the big hole at the cornerback position. This Jets team has a lot of rebuilding to do and their is no way that they can pull off a run to the playoffs

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“All Hail The New York Giants!”


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Now who is the the best quarterback in the Manning family? Eli!!

He engineered a

game winning, TD drive to put them up 21-17 with 57 seconds over Brady and company.

It was almost a repeat drive of the last time these two teams met in the Super Bowl. That game, 4 years ago, Eli drove 88 yards to score the game winning TD. To cap off that drive was the impossible catch by David Tyree.

But there is no need to live in the past any more for Giants fans. Ahmad Bradshaw’s 6 yard TD put the Giants ahead of the Pats with 57 seconds left and it set up what looked like a incredibly exciting minute.

With 5 seconds left the legendary Patriots QB threw one last, desperate, heave to the end zone that was almost tipped and caught for a TD but fell harmlessly to the turf.

Eli’s MVP performance not only got him a nice car, but the rightful title of an elite quarterback. It also helps to beat your older brother in rings in the house that Payton built.

I’ve alway been an Eli fan and always thought he was an elite QB and the smartest QB in the sport. This only proves my point. With this ring, he now has added to a career built on postseason performances and more importantly, he is now beating his older brother in Championship titles.

Super Bowl Sunday


Have you ever wondered how much money people spend on this Sunday alone?

The 24 hour count down to the Super Bowl is underway and I can hardly wait.

With all the drinks, chips, a flat screen, and a bunch of friends there is nothing quite like Super Bowl Sunday.

It’s not just normal Sunday that you wake up on and go to church like every other week. There are no 1 or 4 p.m. NFL games on to watch throughout the day. Just hours of pre-game analysis of the big game on later tonight.

The Super Bowl has been deciding the National Football League’s champ since the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl I in 1967.

When it comes to this kind of event, only one other surpasses it when it comes to the amount of food that is consumed by Americans on this particular Sunday. Thanksgiving.

On average, about 15,000 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn (1 ton in my house alone) is eaten. Over $55 million was expected to be spent on food alone this week and $11.8 million in beer. 30.4 million pounds of snack food will be confirmed tonight (that is twice the daily average of Americans). That’s just food!

Even if you aren’t a football fan you can still watch it for the music performance at halftime and the commercials. Because of how big the venue and it’s consistent high numbers in viewers, the Super Bowl has become one of the biggest stage for artists and advertisements. From Michael Jackson to the Black Eye Peas and Slash, the stage at half time has seen many great artists. This year Madonna will take the big stage with the Cirque du Soleil and Nicki Minaj.

An average advertisement during the Super Bowl is $2,900,000. Because of the size of viewers, the ad reaches over 80 to 90 million people so it may just be worth the cost.

Because it is on a Sunday, Americans have to go to work the next day. So some call in “sick”. In fact, 6% do.

So while you are watching the Super Bowl with your food, beer and friends, ask yourself if it gets any better that that.

A Rematch for the Ages


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The last time the New England Patriots meet the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, It was nothing but exciting. A last minute drive engineered by Eli Manning to derail the undefeated Patriots was a drive of the ages. An outstanding helmet catch by David Tyree and a touchdown catch to win the game was simply amazing.

Both team won their divisional championship games in nail biting fashion. The Pats won after Ravins kicker Cundiff missed a 32 yard field goal that would have tied the game and sent it into overtime.

The Giants won by a field goal over the 49ers in overtime. Victor Cruz had 145 yards for 10 receptions.

If this Super Bowl is as good as last time these to teams met, it won’t disappoint.