Charged up !!!! San Diego Chargers shut down the AZ Cardinals 19 -3 in the 2nd preseason game.

By Christopher Franklin

Looks like the San Diego chargers run defense received a much needed surge between games this week as they held the Arizona Cardinals to a measly 63 rushing yards, after giving up 288 the week before to the Titans. Phillip Rivers didn’t suit up as the Chargers failed to score an offensive touchdown. The Cardinals fared no better by only putting a field goal on the Board. Outside of Brandon Flowers Pick 6, only Field goals was given up. Kellen Clemons went 11 for 20 for 134 yards and 75.8 QB rating as defenses on both sides came to play . This was a bright spot for the Chargers, as the team came totally zapped out last week against the Titans. Opening Day Wide receiver hopeful, Dominique Williams had 4 receptions for 55 yards, including an 18 yard catch. Keenan Allen has 2 catches for 41 yards including a 28 yard pull in. The run offense played lethargic with 46 yards for the game, and Melvin Gordon had 6 rushes for 18 yards. The bolt gang offensive line only gave up 1 sack and the passing game threw for 239 yards !! Not too bad for two backups fighting to be behind Phillip Rivers.

The San Diego D, coached by John Peago , held the NFC contending Cardinals to nothing !! Only 63 yards rushing , 146 passing and two interceptions. Jerry Attaochu recorded the only sack for the Chargers, as Joseph Addae grabbed the other interception of the game. This defense was ranked 4th against the pass last season ,as they continue to build on that “no fly zone” defensive scheme. The SD defense held the Cardinals to 5 of 14 on 3rd down conversions for 35 percent for the game. If the Chargers keep this play up , they will contend for the AFC West crown. And maybe a cameo in the next Drake video

2000

By Lawrence Edwards

By now I’m sure everyone has heard the news about the unfortunate events surrounding Teddy Bridgewater and his gruesome ACL tear in practice yesterday. It’s a huge blow to the Vikings who had Superbowl aspirations and saw Teddy Bridgewater having a pretty good preseason. The Vikings will now turn to Shaun Hill to come in and start at QB and they will also most likely add another veteran to the roster. Shaun Hill is a serviceable QB to keep them above water and let the defense help win games, but the real savior here is non other than Adrian Peterson.

With Teddy out for the season, it doesn’t take rocket science to know that AP is about to EAT this season. They will feed him the rock constantly and it isn’t like AP hasn’t handled that duty before. Minus the one good season under Favre and the arrival of Bridgewater, AP has always been what drives the Vikings offense. With that being said, this brings me to my topic and question of this article. Could Adrian Peterson crack 2000 yards again this year and maybe go get those 9 yards he left on the field in 2012? Now I know you might think this is a little far-fetched but I have 3 reasons why this isn’t impossible:

  1. He was the NFL rushing leader last season at the age of 30. Only one other person has done this, Curtis Martin in 2004 for the New York Jets
  2. He isn’t your average running back, he isn’t even normal.
  3. He’s Adrian Peterson (Yea I’m using this as a legitimate reason, I mean come on!)

Adrian Peterson came back from an ACL tear in 2012 to almost break the single season rushing record, if an ACL tear couldn’t slow him down what makes you think the age of 31 will? Adrian Peterson is a running back like no other. It doesn’t matter how many people they put in the box, Peterson will get his yards one way or another. He’s 30 years old and was the rushing leader last season. The Vikings will turn to their veteran play maker to once again bring that magic to the team that he always has. I’m sure Shaun Hill will have full access to the playbook and will have to be at least average to give the Vikings a shot, but Peterson will be the focal point of defenses. Focal point or not it doesn’t matter. AD knows that he is the man being looked at to carry this team once again. He hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down even after missing an entire season with legal battles. The Vikings and Adrian Peterson know what’s at stake and they know he is their savior and for that reason he will see a high amount of carries this season. AP could very well run for 2000 yards again and this time break the record. I’m not saying it is likely but it certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility. I mean Peterson was built in a lab, not born.

 

 

The Juice

By TAY HOLLOWAY

In professional sports you will always have something that a lot of fans and especially organizations do not want to see. It can be gruesome and it came be ugly. This thing can alter a franchise for the better or for the worst. This thing can change the life of a professional athlete for years to come and this thing is called Injuries.

Injuries can happen at anytime to a person who play sports and to a person who does not. The human body breaks just like your vehicle. In time parts need to be fixed and maintained. The crazy thing about injuries to your body is that sometimes we never know if something is about to happen. Its not like we can actually see our ACL to tell if it’s on its last string, literally. You can just get up to walk one day and it tears. It’s a bad situation and you will need time to heal. everybody is different but father time will always be undefeated.

NFL: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

In the Dallas Cowboys sake, they are in yet another hole because of Tony Romo being injured. Last season the team could not win without its star quarterback. The team went on to draft a quarterback in the 4th round of the draft, his name is Dak Prescott and he is out of Mississippi State. The plan was to groom him under Romo for a season or two to give him a chance to develop, as young players need that type of thing when coming into the professional ranks.  This time around, Dak wont get that chance because he will be the week 1 starter due to Romo being injured and out for sometime. This is not the first time Prescott has become the starter of a team. On all levels including professional he became the starting quarterback due to injury and he never gave the job back to the previous player.

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In my opinion, I did like what I saw from Prescott, but I am not sold that he is the answer. However, I was not sold on Tom Brady as the answer when he took over for Drew Bledsoe. I think I will know for sure when I see him in a real game and not just preseason. He has shown me that he goes through his progression on his reads and he has a good understanding of the playbook, audibles and player placement. He is showing what a rookie is supposed to show you in the preseason. The rookie has to show that he has some level of understanding on how to play at this level and to be able to stand tall in the pocket and know when its time to run. He has not been hurt and has proven to be durable but football is a sport that can take a toll on anybody so time will tell with that. This is also a sport that can humble anyone very fast because once these coaches have you on film they can dissect your game play and tendencies better than any doctor on earth so their team can have the edge on game dayNFL: Preseason-Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys

The Juice is now in the hands of Dak Prescott. I say that because being the leader of the Cowboys is a big thing. People don’t want to admit it but all eyes are on this team no matter what. People will love and hate the Cowboys. This team can win no games for ten years straight and they will still be played on prime time and Thanksgiving . It’s just the way things are and will always be. The leader of the this team will always get the most hate even if they are a really nice person. Tony Romo gets a lot of hate and flack but he is actually a quiet guy who is a family man and just a nice person overall. You would think he was some type of jerk that was rude and hateful towards people. The hate juice is now handed to a rookie who I hope has thick skin and does not read the things said on social media.

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I seriously think you should jump on this wave!

By Lawrence Edwards

OK, before I get started let me tell you that this isn’t a fad that will quickly fade out, nor is it a get rich quick scheme. It’s simple, I am not forcing you or trying to persuade you to do anything. I just want to share with you something that I know sports enthusiasts every where will enjoy and offer you the opportunity to be apart of something or get ahead of everyone else on a trend that is about to take the world by storm. From Football to Cricket we have something every sports will fall in love with. You have two options: Affiliate or Player. I will go in to great detail about both and most importantly the coming of a game changing sports app by United Games that is going to absolutely blow your mind!

Now what we are talking about here is an app that will let you enjoy your favorite sport interactively while watching the game. This app is going to bring a new dynamic way of playing of enjoying sports. It’s not just going to focus on the major sports but every sport.  The point is to get everyone to enjoy sports better, not just the people who have time for drafts and 4 different fantasy leagues or the ones who are good at selecting the right combination of players in order to enjoy the experience.

Now, as I previously mentioned you have two options to join this wave, either as a player or an affiliate. If you want to just be one of the first to enjoy the experience of this game changing app then sign up as a player for free. You will be a pre-registered player and once the app launches within the next 5 weeks you can begin enjoying your interactive sports experience and start earning some rewards and points. I don’t know about you but once I started playing fantasy football and basketball, the game became THAT much more interesting to me. I began to pay attention to things that I didn’t before. This interactive app will award every real sports fan the same experience but much better – did I mention that some of EA Sports former developers are building this thing? – Get ahead of the trend, this app is coming and it’s going to change the way we enjoy sports forever and it will be the first of it’s kind, share it with your neighbors, share it with your family, if they love sports, chances are they will love this!

Now if you are interested in becoming an affiliate of United Games and getting the opportunity to not only get ahead of the trend but earn some money while doing it, then this the route you want to go. Now let me tell you this isn’t a pyramid scheme or something wild like that, if you don’t want to be an affiliate then you don’t have to. We aren’t trying to recruit people for money, we are just offering an opportunity to earn some income based off of people just playing the game. Now when this was brought to me a few weeks ago I had my initial negative thoughts. I was told that I can become an affiliate for free, feel it out see if I like it and if I do I would have to pay a one time fee of $30 to stay an affiliate and $9.99 a month to maintain my affiliate site and if I don’t just simply cancel no harm done. Now I’m no easy person to convince to join things, so I did my own research before I agreed to sign up for anything. Now I hate selling things, I’m terrible at it, so the fact I didn’t have to sell a product and it was an app – I’m a huge tech junkie – helped me decide to really read up on it. So I did my research and found that this app could really be something special and I don’t have to pay my fee until the app launches in 4-5 weeks at the time of this writing. I figured, what can I lose? I can jump on board playing a new fantasy app and maybe earn some money while doing it. Every time you share the app and someone signs up, whether as an affiliate or a player, and starts buying or earning tokens, you get a piece of the pie, NICE! Another selling point for me was the fact that in order for you to earn income you have to fill out tax form 1099. That right there let me know it was legit. Now United Games is offering this opportunity only up until the app launches in 5 weeks. Once it goes live, the affiliate opportunity will be no longer offered. You will only be able to download and use the app.

Whether you sign up to be a player or an affiliate I can assure you that this app is going to change your sporta experience. The point of this blog is to get the word out that a Giant is coming and to offer, what I believe to be a grand opportunity to be apart of the next big thing. If you like what you heard here today feel free to drop a comment, email me (lawrence.edwards115@gmail.com) or if you got here through my Facebook link, just shoot me a DM and I will happily send you a link to be an affiliate or a free player so you will be all set to go when the app launches. Once you click the link there will be more information for you to read through to get an even better understanding. You’re going to love this!

Here is a one page info sheet you can look at to get more information. Feel free to contact me with questions.

 

East Concerns.

By Lawrence Edwards

Every season there is always a handful of teams that seem to have some serious concerns heading into the regular season. Some of them turn out to be legitimate and the team crumbles and some turn out to be false alarms. Whatever the case may be fans don’t like to have concerns about their favorite teams during the preseason. I’m sure there are plenty more but two teams really stood out to me and they both happen to be in the same division:

New York Giants – Offensive line

It’s no surprise the Giants offensive line has been “offensive” the last few years. The right side especially has been atrocious with the combo of John Jerry and Marshall Newhouse. The idea was that the offensive line would get better once it had time to gel together. This is the second season this unit has been together and so far in the preseason, gelling is the last thing they have been doing. Granted the Giants have had to play the preseason without starting left guard Justin Pugh and his presence is definitely missed. The Giants have been a pass first and pass heavy team the last two season due to the poor play on the offensive line making it hard for RB’s to find running lanes. At this point it is cause for concern that the Giants still can’t run the ball to take some of the pressure off of Eli. On the bright side, I don’t believe it cause for panic. Ben McAdoo and the Giants offense have been down right awful on offense in the preseason since his arrival but still go on to be a top 10 offense in the league. The Giants line  is a real concern for the run game but they should still score points with Eli and OBJ and now the addition of Shepard and the return of Cruz.

Dallas Cowboys – QB and defense

Tony Romo is out yet again with a back injury and the Cowboys are left looking to their backup QB to try and lead them to success. Dak Prescott has had a pretty impressive preseason to say the least. Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot didn’t disappoint in his NFL debut last week. Some Dallas faithfuls have been overly optimistic due to Dak’s preseason success but I would say there is a real cause for concern over there in the house that Jerry built. Yes they still have that offensive line and Dez Bryant but the Cowboys were already bad on defense and was relying on Romo to score enough points to try and mask that problem. The burden is now on Dak and Zeke to keep the Cowboys afloat and try to get them back to the post season. The fact that two rookies are playing such a huge part in turning around the fortunes of Dallas is cause for serious concern. Dak has been impressive but we have to see how he handles stunts, blitzes and exotics looks defensive coordinators will throw at him.

Both Dallas and New York finished with losing records last season and are looking to change all that around this season. The Giants have failed to address the offensive line and it could seriously come back and bite them if they aren’t careful. Eli may have never missed a game, but if the Giants want to keep it that way they better figure something out quick or Manning could get hurt. Dallas addressed one of their biggest needs at backup QB and they will have the chance to see if it will pay off. Their one true concern is the defense and the lack of a pass rush. If Dak and Zeke can’t put up a lot of points the Dallas could be in for a long season.

 

 

 

Giants-Jets Recap

The New York Giants beat the New York Jets 21-20 to get their first win of the preseason despite their first-team not scoring a single point for the second straight game. It is really concerning because our offense hasn’t looked good in any of the three preseason games so far. The Giants were shut-out in the first half and didn’t have a single possession in Jets territory when the starters were in the game.

Eli Manning hasn’t looked comfortable out there and part of it has to be put on the offensive line. The run game was nonexistent and will have to change before the season opener in a couple weeks. Manning completed 10 of 15 passes for 65 yards and an interception before he was taken out after playing one series in the 3rd quarter. The starters only put 61 yards against this Jets defense and it is probably more of a testament to how good the schemes Todd Bowles creates for his defense.

The backups really carried the team in the second half and even though the defense kept Big Blue in the game all night, it wasn’t until the Jets had a facemask penalty on Brandon Bostick on a punt return that put them at the Jets 47 with the little under 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter that you saw the tide turn. Giants backup Ryan Nassib put the first points on the board for them in 9 quarters connecting with Tavarres King for a 27-yard touchdown which cut the Jets lead to 10-7. Early in the fourth quarter the defense put their stamp on the game with Giants backup defensive end Kerry Wynn returning an interception for a 73-yard touchdown, giving them their first lead this preseason.

The Jets second-round pick Christian Hackenberg looked real impressive in limited action in the 4th quarter. He drove the Jets down the field to connect with Robby Anderson for a 10-yard touchdown to give them a 17-14 lead. Hackenberg made his first mistake of the night throwing an interception that gave the Giants the ball deep in Jets territory. Nassib made him pay finding his go-to receiver King for another touchdown pass and Josh Brown hit the extra point to give them a 21-20 lead which ultimately decided the game.

 

Top 5 CBs in the NFL: Norman, Norman, Norman, Norman, Norman

By: Will Stevenson
*He talks a big game and plays a big game*
 The Olympics are over, NBA Free Agency is basically over, and it is now time for the NFL to reclaim its stake as the Number 1 media draw in America. The Preseason is similar to the spline of the sports world. On one hand, it is important to get schemes, familiarity with veterans and newcomers, coaching staff and projections for the upcoming season. One the other hand, it’s viewed as not being important, but necessary for fringe players. Most starters are putting in about a quarter or two of action and implementing not much of their total game plan. Teams usually spend the week practicing against the team they will be playing that same week, and as tempers flare from hitting the same guy over and over again, this time period is mostly repetition and staying away from injuries. So with all of this free time, us fans and players don’t have much to do other than talk. For Josh Norman, he’s doing just that.
As most of us know, in sports when a player is released, traded or not resigned, there can always be a lingering resentment from said player. Not many players speak on the behaviors of management and teammates while they are in the situation, they usually wait until they join a new team to get those things off of their chest. More times than not, players will keep their issues with their former team to themselves, and will usually refuse to feed the media frenzy by calling out their former organization in any way. We’ve all heard the boring interviews and press conferences with these players. The media will ask questions about their former team, how things went, what happened and so on. Most players just reply, “What happened in the past is past, I’m just focused on right now with this new group of guys. I just want to give everything I have and I’m looking forward to this new situation.” Actually, that’s a pretty smart idea. When a player decides to reveal the bad blood and the things that were overlooked inside the locker room and behind closed doors with management, we as fans storm back with, “hater” or “salty” depending on if we like that player or not. We want players to air their dirty laundry, because, for us, sports is the arena in which most men get their “drama fix”.
When Josh Norman’s franchise tag was rescinded at the near end of free agency, there were mixed feelings on what his market would be as a 28-year-old cornerback that was mainly viewed as a Cover 3 (zone) player. There wasn’t question about his talent, but there was a question of where he would go, and how would he be utilized. After signing with Washington this offseason, Norman has received just about as much scrutiny as Kevin Durant and Robert Griffin III. We seem to care about Washington’s practice all of a sudden. For some odd reason, we as casual NFL fans are focused on seeing how many times Norman gives up a touchdown or a reception to a receiver: During Practice. I don’t think we really care, nor do we give two shakes if Washington is a good team. We just want to see Norman suffer.
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Josh Norman isn’t what we think when we think about football. On the flip-side, he’s everything we want in football. It’s one of those things when if we like you, we’ll treat you nice, but if we don’t, we will make sure you suffer every time you mess up. Norman is brash, he talks, he markets himself, he’s confident, he’s skilled, and he’s not concerned with how we view him. For some reason unknown to man, we want our NFL players to shut up, dress right, play well, never get hurt, give it all on the field, help our fantasy teams, act like you been there before and entertain us all at the same time. You may think that’s hyperbole, but I would ask you to look at the blog comments whenever you get the chance. Look at twitter and ask yourself if we view these guys rationally. Norman is a grown man, took a route to the NFL that isn’t common, and has put himself in a position to play for a Superbowl and be a top-flight cornerback in this league. It would be rational for us to give him praise and be happy for him, his new contract and his new team, but that’s not really what we are about as a whole.
We want to be the ones who decide if you’re worthy of praise, not the player. Josh Norman cannot claim to be the best in the league because we look down upon those sort of claims. We aren’t looking at pro football focus or his cornerback rankings specifically, he just talks too much for us and we don’t like that. You might say we loved it from Deion Sanders, but did we? We feel that we are the ones that have the say-so on how good you actually are, and we do not appreciate it when a player tells us how good they are. Why are we so against the confidence and cockiness of athletes? Why do have a disdain for players who are spoken? You see that I didn’t say “outspoken” because outspoken is to assume that players should not be this way. I do understand the concept of karma and being an athlete that thinks highly and speaks highly of themselves can turn badly for you, but that shouldn’t deter players like him to keep quiet. Cornerbacks get beaten whether they speak out, or keep quiet. Marvin Harrison dropped passes while not talking, and Terrell Owens dropped passes while talking. We beg for these players to open up to us and we long for them to be themselves, be flamboyant, be aggressive, be “outspoken”, but I feel we only want that so we can have something to talk about. So we have some driving force to rail against them if and when they fail. My definition of fail is a dropped pass, or a missed tackle or giving up a long pass, but there’s always redemption.
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Maybe we just don’t like Washington. Maybe we don’t like Kirk Cousins. Maybe it’s fallout from RGIII. Maybe we don’t like free agent cornerbacks with big contracts. I’m sure it’s a mixture of things, but there’s no reason for us to root for Josh Norman to fail. He climbed from a small college to the pros. From being bench to being in the discussion as the best. Now he’s paid after being let go from a team that was a few plays from being champions. Josh Norman is speaking his mind and not holding anything back. We should want him to continue to be himself, it brings the best out of his personality and his play. Sure, it may sound like sour grapes to some, but not being appreciated for what you do isn’t sour grapes. We all go through it in our line of work so we should be able to relate to him. We think it’s easy for guys to “fall in line” with the politics on a given team, and be appreciative of the opportunity.
Josh Norman will now bow, will not beg, and will not be silenced. Be you, Josh Norman, I love it.temp082616_BUFvsWASDef300--nfl_mezz_1280_1024