Reports are saying there's a good possibility that the Giants 3rd down running back, Shane Vereen, could be back for the biggest game of the year. Getting back Vereen for the Dallas game in two weeks would be a huge addition to a running back group that has struggled mightily this season. He was leading the running back group in rushing yards and receiving yards before going down, clearly he's a difference maker in this offense, and an extra playmaker you love to have available. Having him on third down out of the backfield receiving, is just another weapon Eli Manning can go to since Vereen is one of the best receiving halfbacks in the league. Dallas is the cream of the crop, I want all of our deadliest weapons at disposal for this war, I know we can't just throw Vereen back into the fire, obviously his touches will be limited, but having him over not having him a nice addition. I was already confident going into this game, Vereen coming back only makes my confidence grow. More importantly, Vereen is coming back for the playoff stretch, so it might take him a couple weeks to assimilate to the offense again, but he'll definitely be a factor in the Giants playoff push. Always encouraging to get good news while you're team is also on a winning streak, seems like everything is starting to fall into place, the perfect storm seems to be brewing for the G-Men.
Going into the season Christian McCaffrey was among the top 3 favorites to win the Heisman along with Leonard Fournette and DeShaun Watson. He got robbed of the award in his Sophomore season, he broke the all purpose yards record that was previously held by Barry Sanders, and somehow lost to another running back. Makes total sense right?
That's beside the point, this is a new season, and although McCaffrey didn't live up to his Heisman hopes early this season, he's been certainly making a case for it over the past 5 games. McCaffrey is currently averaging 174 yards per game, that's not including his return yards, that's more than the last 5 running backs that won the Heisman award. This kid is most likely not even getting invited to New York, which is absolutely ludicrous. People will defend Lamar Jackson to no end when you bring up his bad losses this season, but when it comes to McCaffrey everyone brings up his bad game against Washington. It's nonsense, McCaffrey had a rough three game stretch, but his numbers outside that stretch have helped cover up those ugly games, kinda like Lamar Jackson has done. Lamar Jackson has had 3 game where he did not play good whatsoever, yet no one talks about that because he puts up extremely flashy numbers because the entire offense is ran through him. The only reason McCaffrey's numbers were so miserable in two of their losses were because Stanford went down so big so early that they had to abandon the run, which means McCaffrey gets no touches essentially. The three losses Stanford had were the 3 games in which McCaffrey had his least amount of touches on the season, anyone else see a correlation here. It's completely unfair to compare stats when Lamar Jackson is literally involved in every play when McCaffrey isn't. Both teams have the same amount of losses now, is it really that far fetched to say McCaffrey deserves the Heisman when he's putting up better numbers than past guys that have won the award. I don't believe Lamar Jackson should be rewarded for putting up huge stats when he's literally his teams entire offense. He wasn't able to lead his team as far as we thought he would, so obviously it wasn't all that effective.
This blog isn't even about him deserving it more than Jackson, it's about him not even being invited to New York at all, when he should be heavily considered for the award. Now the official invitations haven't been sent out yet, but McCaffrey hasn't been apart of the ESPN vote for the last 6 weeks, so I'm going to assume he's not being invited. Which is complete bullshit, 2,400 total yards, 17 total touchdowns, and being the reason your team won 8 games in a tough PAC-12, should earn you a spot in New York for that stupid award show. You screwed him last year, now you're not even going to invite him this year, I hate so many things about the college football voting process. Bunch of morons running it, literally the most explosive playmaker in college football, and he's not even being considered for the award after another monster season. Thankfully, McCaffrey is only a junior, so he'll get another shot next season at finally bringing home the award that he's already earned but was never given.
Kaepernick has been a player in the headlines constantly throughout the 2016 NFL season. From the National Anthem protest to wearing the Fidel Castro t-shirt, Kaepernick's name has lived in the NFL headlines this season for all reasons unrelated to football. As Kaepernick has taken the media by storm with his protest and political views, he's quietly been playing real good quarterback for the 49ers. No ones paid attention to it because the 49ers are the second worst team in football and everyone's already wrote him off as a quarterback in this league, but he's beginning to prove everyone wrong. In 2013 Kaepernick was the next big thing in this league, his ability to run the ball along with having a cannon for an arm elevated the 49ers offense to the next level which got them to the Super Bowl the previous season. He was an absolute nightmare for defenses and led the 49ers back to the conference championship the following season. 2014 was his last season with Jim Harbaugh, the team lost a lot of it's talent around him, and he seemed to regress a bit as a player. That's when everything fell apart in the Kaepernick development, the quarterback guru head coach, Jim Harbaugh, left for Michigan, and he was replaced by a gym teacher. Obviously Kaepernick regressed under the Tomsula offense, he lost his job, the locker room, and seemed to have hit his NFL rock bottom...
2016 rolls around, Kaepernick is discussed in trade talks all summer, but ultimately remains a 49er. Then, the protest debacle begins. Kaepernick is being discussed on every sports media outlet in America for weeks, and is quietly getting healthy after a long offseason of surgeries. Protest debacle continues, although it dies down a lot. Blaine Gabbert continues to prove he was a first round draft bust, and Kaepernick finally gets his second shot at redemption in the league, feeling so many highs and lows in such a short tenure in the NFL.
Nobody has really talked about it, no one wants to give the man any credit, but Kaep is back, and it can't be ignored. Now I'll prove my argument comparing the stats from his 2013 season and his 2016 season. In 2013 Kaepernick averaged 200 yards per game passing, in 2016 Kaepernick is averaging 205 yards per game passing. In 2013 Kaepernick posted a passer rating of 91, in 2016 he's posted a passer rating of 87. In 2013 he had a total QBR of 65, in 2016 he's had a total QBR of 73. Having a 75 total QBR means you're a pro bowl caliber player, that means Kaepernick is playing a fraction below pro bowl caliber at the quarterback position, which is really hard to find in this league. He's also averaging 20 more rushing yards per game, along with having a lower interception percentage, and the same touchdown percentage as 2013. The numbers don't lie, the kid is back to balling out. Now, some people are going to continue to say he sucks simply because they don't like him, good thing I don't care for the opinions of ignorant people. If you can come at me with facts disputing him being a good NFL quarterback, I'd love to hear. Don't come at me with that he's 0-6 as a starter bullshit, the roster around him is absolute trash, he can't do everyone's job for them on the field. I'm happy to see that Kaep is back because he's an exciting player in this league to watch when he's balling out. Plus, him and Chip Kelly could potentially have a bright future together now if they can get some playmakers around him, and actually have an existing defense on the field. I swear the 49ers defense looks like a mannequin challenge, they're frozen, while the opposing offense is continually scoring. It's not all bad 49er fans, looks like Kaepernick could end up being the franchise quarterback you thought he was in 2013.
Look at the balls on Dougy Pederson here. I didn't think he'd actually pull the trigger but Doug has decided to bench the struggling Nelson Agholor for tonight's game against the Packers. Part of me wants to laugh and say he deserves it. Part of me wants to say this is a good thing so he doesn't lead the chance of dropping a pass and having the entire fan base turn on him in person. That would absolutely ruin his confidence and put a bow on his career. But part of me disagrees with this decision. We are already bad with our starting wide receivers; if someone goes down it is absolutely slim pickings at backups. Agholor should at least suit up for the game just in case something of that nature happens. But I guess we'll see if this works to send a message to the young head case and allow him to clear his head and figure it the fuck out. Let's see Bryce Treggs get a touchdown today. You heard it here first.
Honestly, it's the Cleveland Browns, there's nothing to be happy about, this was a game we were supposed to win. Sitting at 8-3 is a different story, that is something us Giants fans can be happy about. Second best record in the NFC, that's something Giants fans should be ecstatic about. Not everyday that the Giants have this many wins this early in the season, in fact, besides for 2008 this is definitely our best start to a season in the Eli Manning era. Regardless, doesn't mean we can just start mailing it in now, but I know the Giants won't. JPP and Eli Manning know what it takes to win championships in this league, so they'll keep the guys focused. Everyone saying the Giants looked bad against the Browns and Bears is right because they did, but the Giants play to their competiton, it's always been that way. The Giants will look better in their final 5 games since they're going up against playoff contenders in every game the rest of the way, this will make them look more convincing for all you non-believers. The defense has looked absolutely incredible the last 6 games, 11 turnovers and 25 sacks in 6 games is pretty damn incredible. The reason we won 6 straight as a matter of fact. The offense is Odell Beckham Jr., if he's not making big plays, if he's not setting us up to be in position to score, or scoring the touchdowns for us, this offense is nothing. Odell takes a double team basically every play, which means someone should be getting open, that falls on Shepard, Cruz, and the tight ends. As for Eli this clearly hasn't been his best year, he's been innaccurate at times this season, his deep ball doesn't seem to quite have the same zip behind it, and his protection hasn't been stellar either. The Giants just need to fix a couple minor things on offense and I think we could get back to last years form on that side of the ball. The defense continues to get better each week which is actually scary at this point, the offense is just a few tweaks away from being very effective, and then once that comes together I truly believe the Giants have one of the top 3 most complete rosters in football. Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves though, Pittsburgh next week is a tough game, time to show everyone what we're really made of, which is 110cc of pure savage.
Saturday was easily one of the best days of the year for me and any Ohio State fan, at least in regards to the sports world. It's an annual game, but it's not every year that Michigan and Ohio State face off while they're both top 5 teams in the Nation. To make the stakes even higher than they already were, the new college football playoff system had these teams basically battling it out for a playoff spot. That's something we've never seen in this rivalry before. This game was special, was it the best game the rivalry has ever seen, debatable, I think 2006 tops this, but to each his own. Either way, November 26th, 2016, is a day every Buckeye and Wolverine fan will remember for a very long time.
Record breaking attendance of 110,045 people piled up into 'The Shoe', to watch 'The Game', in which THEE Ohio State Buckeyes would take on Michigan. Early in this game any Buckeye fan had to be nervous, Michigan's defense was killing us and their offense looked like it'd be able to do enough to get by. The defensive front of Michigan was pushing our offense line around with ease, our receivers couldn't get open, and when they did JT Barrett was passing inaccurately. Only reason I didn't lose complete faith, the Buckeye defense looked every bit as good as Michigans. They allowed a lot of short stuff to Wilton Speight making his numbers look better than they really were, but they completely took away Michigans ability to get any sort of run game going. Malik Hooker had the biggest play of the first half when he picked off Wilton Speight and returned it for 6. Ohio State took a 7-3 lead at that point and all momentum shifted our way. Michigan came back responded with a touchdown drive of their own taking the lead back along with the momentum right before halftime. Ohio State had no offense in the first half, Michigan's offense looked about as good as they could've been against this Ohio State defense, and we were only down 3 at half, that was a confidence booster for me.
Unfortunately, that confidence boost meant nothing after the events that were about to unfold, JT Barrett came out on the first drive of the second half and threw an interception to Jabril Peppers. Michigan got the ball all the way down to our one yard line and then made a sloppy lackadaisical football play that potentially cost them the game. Wilton Speight fumbles the snap from center, Ohio State falls on it, and the momementum is right back to the Buckeyes. Once again the momentum would be wasted as Ohio States offense couldn't seem to get anything going against one of the best defenses in college football. Urban Meyers, went with the ballsiest call of the year going for a fake punt deep in his own territory, ultimately the attempt failed. The punter would've gotten the first down but the one guy that could've got to him did by getting off his block with ease. Poor execution by the special teams, can't blame Meyers since the play should've worked, he can't block for the players too. Michigan scored a touchdown, only having to go 20 yards to do so since Ohio State gave them great field position after the failed fake punt. 17-7 was the score, all hope seemed lost for the Buckeyes, and that's when they finally came alive.
Down by 10 with about 20 minutes left in regulation, Ohio State's offense took the field. Once again the offense couldn't do shit and they had to punt. Michigan with a chance to now put the dagger in Ohio State with another touchdown drive, would they be able to do it though, fours years removed from their last victory in this rivalry. Nope, Speight would throw his second interception of the game giving Ohio State great field position, and all the momentum back. Michigan would follow that up with an offsides penalty and Jim Harbaugh would flip out getting himself an unsportsmanlike penalty, costing his team an additional 15 yards. Ohio State now had the ball inside the 5 to start their drive and two plays later they'd cap it off with a JT Barrett rushing touchdown. That's where the script flipped on this game, Michigan was in the drivers seat up until Harbaugh had his meltdown, then Meyers smelt the weakness of his opponent, and knew it was time to go for the kill. Ohio State's defense let up a total of 16 yards on Michigans last 3 drives, and Ohio States offense was finally becoming effective behind the legs of JT Barrett and Curtis Samuel, plus Michigans defense was beginning to tire from being on the field too much, advantage Ohio State. Michigan was bailed out big time Saturday by Ohio States kicker, he missed a chip shot in the first, and missed a chip shot to tie the game late in the fourth. He was on his way to becoming the most hated man in Ohio, thankfully for him he got a chance at redemption in the closing moments of regulation to send it to overtime, he'd redeem himself, and we'd be going to overtime to decide this one.
Once overtime rolled around I knew this was our game, we had all momentum, and Michigan already looked defeated. We got the ball first and two plays later we were up 7 points in overtime, with all the pressure now shifted to Michigan and their struggling offense. It was gut wrenching, the offense made you sweat it out, it came down to Michigans final play for them to get into the end zone to extend the game to double OT. Michigan got the ball first in the second OT, they got stuffed by the Ohio State defense, and were forced to take the field goal. Ohio State had a chance to win the game now, but it wouldn't come easy. 4th and 1 from the 20 yard line, Buckeyes decide to go for it, Barrett runs the ball off the left tackle, and gets tackled right on the first down marker, the closest I've ever seen a call. It could've gone either way, but ultimately Ohio State got the call, and a fresh set of downs. They'd only take one more play to get into the endzone, Curtis Samuels broke free on a running play, waltzed into the endzone, and for the 5th straight year Ohio State beat Michigan. What a feeling, what a game, and what a great time to be a Buckeye football fan. Crushing Michigans playoff hopes was the cherry on top to an already amazing win. Once again, it feels so good to know we own Michigan and Jim Harbaugh, 2-0 against Harbaugh, 14-2 since 2000, the Buckeyes own this rivalry.
*Family Feud Voice*:
"Welcome to Highly Controversial. I'm your man Uppy. We got a good one for you tonight. We've got the Eagles taking on the Packers!!
Give me Carson, give me Aaron.
Got 4 answers on the board. Looking for the number one answer.
Name the keys to tonight's game."
*A determined Carson Wentz rings in the buzzer before the slower, elder Aaron Rodgers*
"Eagles receivers catching the mother fucking football when I throw it to them?" asks the rookie QB ever so angrily
"Show me 'Catch the fucking football'... NUMBER ONE ANSWER!! The Eagles are gonna play"
If you loved my intro, then you'll understand the caffeine high that I'm currently riding into this article. If you thought it was stupid, then go eat some cheese in Wisconsin, loser.
The 5-6 Eagles are taking on the 4-6 Packers tonight with both teams trying desperately to keep their seasons alive. If you weren't aware, the Eagles wide receivers have been having a little trouble lately trying to catch the football, which I believe is one of the biggest keys to tonight's game. I'm not saying we have to make incredible, one-handed Odell Beckham-like catches all game. Just catch the balls that hit you directly in the hands and make the easy plays as they present themselves and the Eagles will win this ball game.
Secondly: attention to detail. Line up where you are supposed to offense. Be in the right spot on defense. Limit the penalties. These three things have plagued us all season and should they be corrected, there is no reason to not murder the Packers at home. Am I subtly calling out Nelson Agholor? Oh I thought I was being pretty obvious. Let me clarify:
Nelson Agholor, if you somehow find your way into tonight's game, you cannot, I repeat, YOU CANNOT drop another ball or you might literally disappear after the game. That is not a threat, that is a precautionary tip from a Philadelphia fan. If you drop another pass with the chance to help your rookie QB gain a large chunk of yards, or take another stupid penalty because you forget to do the first thing you're supposed to do every single time you line up for a play, you will first be harmoniously booed by 70,000+ angry, drunk Eagles fans, then possibly have an angry mob waiting for you in the parking lot.
Third: contain Aaron Rodgers. Aaron hasn't been himself lately, but he has this knack to torch the Eagles often. He is still one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game and has the ability to do wizard like things with the football. Shut down Rodgers and you shut down the Packers. I'm looking for a big game from the front seven, helping out the secondary by making Rodgers feel their presence all game.
Fourth and final: Protect Carson Wentz. This kid is special and can do special things with the right help. The O-Line needs to keep him upright and healthy if we are going to find any way to make a playoff push. When he has time, Wentz can make pinpoint throws. When he is on the run, he has still yet to find the poise to make the smart decisions. If he can relax, he can scan the defense and make the throws, and manage the game. Also, Wentz needs to stop missing receivers high. High throws lead to picks and getting your receivers murdered by an incoming defender.
Bonus Hot Take: Wendell Smallwood rushes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Possibly two if he gets a goal line touch. Ryan Mathews who?
As always... Lets go BIRDSSSSS
For the last few months the NFL has been crying over how ratings are down from the year before, making a huge scandal out of the whole situation. Creating twitter polls, asking everyone to weigh in on the subject as to why it was happening, and it was all for nothing. The simple fact of the matter is the NFL wasn't the most important thing going on in America at the time, there was a polarizing election taking place, of course ratings were down with Trump all over the television set. It was obviously the Trump factor all along bringing down the NFL, anyone that blamed Kaepernick is an idiot, and maybe a tiny percentage of lost viewers was because there was no Brady or Manning in the AFC for a good month. With the election now over, Brady playing again, the ratings have been way up. Fox just announced that the Redskins-Cowboys game was the most viewed regular season football game in their history, the NFL is doing just fine. The ratings are down off record highs, not going to be able to break a record in viewership every single season, that's just unobtainable, so everyone freaking out about the NFL losing fans for the various different reasons can now put that conversation to bed. It was the 2016 election that hurt football ratings, everyone can stop overreacting now, and can stop blaming either the lack of good games, or individual players for the NFL's failures. The NFL is a well oiled machine, its a money machine, that no one can stop, it might've been slowed down for a couple months, but you can only keep it down for so long. Now the NFL is regaining its footing and is probably about to shatter all kinds of records from here on out.
For once Andrew Luck cannot blame himself following a Colts loss, the man that usually blames himself for all the team's problems didn't suit up last night for the game. Colts lost 28-7 at home and they realized just how much Andrew Luck does for this team. Scott Tolzien actually did a much better job than I originally anticipated, he threw a touchdown, and almost led two more touchdown drives that fell just short. The key phrase in the last sentence was "almost led", but he didn't, and the Colts got blown out by 21 because of it. Tolzien also threw two interceptions on the last two drives of the game, at that point he was just forcing it, trying to move the ball down the field to try to catch up in as little time as possible, but he just lacks the actual talent to do that, so he throws interceptions that ultimately ended the game. The Steelers got the job done, LeVeon continues to prove the more he touches the ball the better the offense functions, and Antonio Brown is giving every opponent nightmares, but the Pittsburgh defense is still a giant question mark. They only allowed 7 points, thanks to the Colts inefficiency in the redzone, but they allowed over 300 yards of offense to a team missing their star quarterback. The Colts without Andrew Luck is like the Cavaliers without Lebron in his pre-Miami days, he's basically the entire team. I think most people were in Turkey/Beer induced comas by halftime of this game, if not the second half most definitely put you to sleep. Steelers-Colts kinda lost its lust when it was announced Luck would miss the game, so I don't think anyone really expected this game to be competitive. All in all Thanksgiving football was a success, got to see a lot of star players put in work, and we got some late game dramatics in the two earlier games. Some of the dramatics on the field, some off, either way great entertainment to watch while celebrating arguably the best holiday of the year.