This past weekend the NFL saw several quarterbacks making their 2011 debuts, season ending injuries, and come from behind wins. The season is nearing the midway point and it is becoming clear who the teams are that will make a push for a Super Bowl championship. The “Suck For Andrew Luck” sweepstakes are also narrowing down do a few remaining teams. Below is a breakdown of some of the games this past week:
San Diego Chargers VS New York Jets
In the Rex Ryan vs Norv Tuner cage match, Rex came out victorious. Slighted by being a home underdog, the Jets felt they needed to send a message to the league by proving they were among the NFL elite. The Jets defense kept Chargers QB, Phillip Rivers, guessing all day. The Chargers were held to under 100 yards rushing as a team and Phillip Rivers threw only one touchdown pass and two crucial interceptions. On San Diego’s last drive on a 4th and 3, Rivers threw the ball out of bounds not even giving the WR the opportunity to catch the ball and continue the drive. Jets wide receiver, Plaxico Burress, had his best game as a Jet. Burress hauled in four catches, 3 of which were caught for touchdowns. San Diego still sits atop a weak AFC West and should be able to recover from the road loss. Final score: Jets 27 Chargers 21
Denver Broncos VS Miami Dolphins
It should be rephrased to the, Denver Tebows vs Miami Dolphins. All attention on this game, between two teams combined for one win, was on Denver Bronco Tim Tebow. Through three and a half quarters Tebow looked lost. He was missing wide open receivers, got sacked seven times, and made the Dolphins defense look like the Baltimore Ravens defense. In typical Tim Tebow fashion, when the game was on the line he stepped up and started making plays. Down by 15 points with three minutes to play Tebow marched the Broncos down the field and the comeback was on. The Broncos became the first team since the NFL/AFL merger (1970), to come from 15+ points behind with less than three minutes remaining to win the game. The jury is still out on Tim Tebow, as he must show he can play well for an entire game , especially against a good defense. Final score: Broncos 18 Dolphins 15
Seattle Seahawks VS Cleveland Browns
Just kidding, nothing to talk about a game to which featured 3 field goals, no touchdowns and a ton of mistakes. This game can be summed up by one picture from the Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings game:
Kansas City Chiefs VS Oakland Raiders
Midweek, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that newly acquired quarterback, Carson Palmer would not start. It was unknown whether Tyrell Prior or Kyle Boller would get the start. It was Boller who started the game however, his game did not last long. After throwing three interceptions in the first half, Carson Palmer got his first action as an Oakland Raider. It was apparent that Palmer was not ready for NFL action, as he did not fair much better than Boller. Palmer threw three interceptions of his own. Kansas City forced six total turnovers while shutting out the Raiders for their third straight win. Oakland has a bye week this week. That should give Oakland enough time to properly prepare Palmer for the rest of the season. Final score: Chiefs 28 Raiders 0
Other News and Notes
The Washington Redskins fear they have lost running back, Tim Hightower, for the rest of the year with a torn ACL. Christian Ponder made his first NFL start against the Green Bay Packers. Ponder looked good throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Dallas Cowboys running back, DeMarco Murray, got the start replacing injured running Felix Jones. Murray made the most of his opportunity, setting a new Cowboy rushing record of 253 yards and added one touchdown. The Indianapolis Colts, St Louis Rams, and Miami Dolphins all remain winless and thus alive in the Andre Luck Sweepstakes.
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First on the docket is the latest news the NBA lockout. I don’t want to bore you with all of the non issues until something really breaks however for the first time since the lockout began the NBA owners and players will meet for a 3rd consecutive day. Sources tell us that in today’s meetings there was some movement by both players and owners on the BRI (Revenue Split). Per Cohen’s request (the mediator) both sides are remaining mum on what movement exactly there was. At this point it is not hopeful of any agreement being reached anytime soon however there are positive signs. It would be tough even for the NBA to meet for 24.5 hours in the last two days and not be any closer to a deal. We will keep you up to date on the latest NBA lockout news.
Although the trade went down yesterday, I would still like to mention a few things in regards to it. As many of you know the Cincinnati Bengals traded semi-retired quarterback Carson Palmer to the Raiders in exchange for a 2012 First Round draft pick and a conditional draft pick. Let’s clear up exactly what the conditional pick is. As it stands right now the trade was for a first and a second round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. However, if the Oakland Raiders win at least one post season game this year the second round pick will turn into a 2013 First Round pick. Cincinnati got more than anyone could have ever imagined for Carson Palmer. Going into the season the Bengals said they would not trade Palmer and he said he would rather retire than play for the Bengals again. The Bengals held all of the cards in this situation and with the surprisingly impressive play of Andy Dalton there was an opportunity to get something for Palmer. With the injury of the Raiders’ Jason Campbell the Raiders were in dire need of a QB. There was talk of trading for the Broncos’ Kyle Orton. However, in what seems to be a tribute to the late Al Davis the Raiders traded the farm away for Palmer, a QB who threw 20 interceptions last year. Don’t get me wrong, Palmer will be a good fit in Oakland, but what is next? When the season is over they will have: Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell, and Tyrell Pryor (whom they spent a 3rd round pick on). Assuming they will put Pryor at the WR position, they will have to make a choice between Palmer and Campbell and after spending to high picks on Palmer, he will most likely be the starting QB in 2012. Jason Campbell is younger and has more upside at this point in their careers. Palmer will fit in well with the Raiders but a QB like Kyle Orton would have served a decent fill gap until Campbell is fully healthy and the Raiders would have been able to keep their draft picks. For the 2012 NFL Draft the Raiders only have a 5th and 6th round pick. What team do you think made out better in the trade? Tell us your thoughts.
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