Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Can the New England Patriots Slow the Atlanta Falcons Offense Down?

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Matt Ryan” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Keith Allison

On paper, this could be a Super Bowl for the ages. We’ve got the New England Patriots’ number one defense going up against the star-studded Atlanta Falcons offense – a mouth-watering contest to say the least.

Furthermore, Bill Belichick will pit his wits against Dan Quinn in the showpiece event once again. In 2015, Quinn was defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks in one of the greatest Super Bowl matches of all times. Belichick and Brady came up trumps on that occasion as Malcolm Butler made an incredible play to stop the Seahawks on the 1-yard line.

Quinn’s defense did their utmost to stop Brady & Co on that occasion but they fell agonizingly short – and the Falcons’ head coach will be determined to make amends on a personal level. Meanwhile, a maiden championship for Atlanta should be enough to get their 53-man roster motivated to show up on the biggest stage of all.

Statistically, the Falcons have the best offensive unit in the NFL and it would take a brave man to argue against Atlanta on current form. Quarterback Matt Ryan has had an MVP-caliber season and the likes of aggressive running back Devonta Freeman, stud wide receiver Julio Jones and emerging threat Taylor Gabriel will keep the Patriots defense guessing from start to finish.

Many believe the key to this contest is stopping Jones but defensive coordinator Matt Patricia knows that stopping the Falcons star completely is out of the question. Instead, the Patriots may attempt to bring pressure to Ryan on a regular basis in a bid to force him out of the pocket. Ryan led the NFL with a passer rating of 117.1 – an incredible figure. To put his achievements this year into perspective, his next best rating total is 99.1 from back in 2012.

Given time, Ryan has the ability to pick apart this New England defense. For the Patriots, the collective unit has always been bigger than the sum of its parts and Belichick will have a plan to combat this potent Atlanta offense.

The Falcons have scored 30+ points in seven of their last eight games; scoring 28 in the other. Holding Atlanta to field goals and forcing three-and-out drives will be the key to New England’s chances of a fifth Super Bowl ring.

As of January 31st, Atlanta are priced at 23/17 with 888sport to win the showpiece event in Houston and it will come down to their offensive talent on the day. If Patricia and Belichick get it right, the Falcons may struggle.

New England’s system is unique in the sense that they always seem to keep studs quiet but it is almost impossible to keep everybody on this Atlanta offense out of the game. If you focus on Jones, the running game opens up for Freeman. By the same token, bringing line-backers and safeties up should help Jones to get loose…


Julio Jones” (CC BY 2.0) by Thomson20192

This will be the sixth time in Super Bowl history that the top-ranked defense faces the top-ranked offense. In the previous five, defense has won four times – with Joe Montana’s San Francisco 49ers the lone exception.

Cast your minds back to the Super Bowl in February 2014; Peyton Manning and the Broncos were ripped to shreds by Quinn’s “Legion of Boom” defense in Seattle. Let’s hope that Atlanta bring their A-game and neutrals could witness one of the most exciting and entertaining Super Bowl contests of all times.

The History of Football

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The history of football is as captivating as the game itself. Its origins are shrouded in mystery and controversy. From the earliest days of the game issues relating to rules have been up for debate. Conflicts in method of play have led to the different versions of the game available today. The most popular version are soccer, Rugby and American football. All three formats of the game originated from the very same game and same location. Well at least the contemporary origins.

People have been kicking balls around for more than a thousand years. Although the game was played differently in many parts of the world the use of the ball was universal. From the Chinese version of Tsu Chu which used a leather ball to the English equivalent which used an inflated animal bladder. Surprisingly in all early formats of the game a level of trickery was required.

At several stages it was outlawed in England by the Kings of the time. Kings Edward II, Edward III and Henry IV all outlawed the game at some stage of their reigns. The reason for being outlawed was that the game had become so popular that people where no longer practising for war. And this was during war times. Today it is the other way round, wars are being stopped to play a bit of football. This should bring a lot of hope to online gambler who gamble at iGaming sites such as https://www.maplecasino.ca/. The activity which is still outlawed in some countries has gained tremendous popularity. Online gambling’s growing fan base is primarily because of the huge real money jackpots on offer.

Only in the last two centuries did the sport start to develop consistent rules. This was in the 1800’s in England. The formalization of the sport began with the major public schools. It was out of this regularization that Rugby was also birthed. Why a section of the society choose Rugby and not soccer has been lost in History.

The American version of football was officially born in 1869. This was with a match between Princeton University and Rutgers. Initially the teams had 20 players each and the greatly resembled Rugby. From then on until today football has continued to evolve.

Vying To Remain Unbeaten, Bengals Host Chiefs In Very Affordable Week 4 Affair At Paul Brown Stadium

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Generally always considered a good regular season team under longtime head coach Marvin Lewis, the 3-0 Cincinnati Bengals are showing early signs this year that they may be on the verge of breaking new ground in 2015. Of course, we won’t find that out until months later, when the Bengals hope to finally win a playoff game, but in the meantime, they can continue to work towards securing a first-round bye if they keep winning at their current rate. They’ll have a fine opportunity to remain undefeated when they welcome the Kansas City Chiefs into Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday for their Week 4 contest.

Clearly, the Bengals will be entering their next game with the utmost confidence, being on of the few unbeaten teams in the league remaining. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have lost two in a row after beating the Houston Texans in their season opener. No matter which way this one leans, fans from both sides are getting an outstanding deal in terms of being able to attend the game, as tickets to see the Chiefs and Bengals go at it in a key AFC showdown are averaging only $122.19 on the secondary market, according to SeatSmart.com. Furthermore, the get-in price is just $53. This is terrific value, since Cincinnati Bengals tickets are averaging $149.90 on the year, making this one of their least expensive games throughout the season.

Andy Dalton has been completely ablaze for the Bengals, who have made the playoffs every season he’s been under center, but suddenly look like a seriously dangerous squad. Dalton’s rise has been a huge reason why, as he’s enjoyed three top-shelf performances to start the season. The emergence of would-be scat-back Giovani Bernard has helped, as Bernard’s all-purpose talent has made up for normal starting running back Jeremy Hill’s inconsistency to begin the campaign. Additionally, tight end Tyler Eifert has also been healthy and quite the handful for opposing defenses, which has also made life easier on Dalton and the offense. Should those three players keep up their quality play, Cincy should have little trouble dispatching the Chiefs and moving to 4-0 on the year.

The Bengals undoubtedly enter Week 4 as the favorites over the visiting Chiefs, getting to play a team that’s in a bit of a rough patch within the friendly confines of Paul Brown Stadium. Logic suggests Dalton’s torrid run keeps up, but the Chiefs do have the talent on defense to switch things up and force the Bengals into some mistakes. Justin Houston, for instance, is one of the best pass-rushing linebackers in all of football, and did lead the league in sacks only a season ago. Kansas City also has their best offensive unit in years, spearheaded by the trio of Travis Kelce, Jamaal Charles, and Jeremy Maclin. As a result, the Bengals cannot take their opponent this week lightly, and if they can approach this affair the same way they did in the prior three contests, odds are they’ll remain amongst the ranks of the NFL’s unbeaten.

Giants Versus Cowboys: Pat Lamb Predicts

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Giants Roster Mystery Solved? Markus Kuhn

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Giants Trade Winds: Reese Should Move James Jones

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The Giants are not the only team that suffered injuries during this preseason. The Carolina Panthers lost wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to a torn ACL last week, while the Green Bay Packers will be without wide receiver Jordy Nelson in 2015 due to the same injury. Benjamin suffered his injury during a training camp practice, while Nelson collapsed while planting his leg to turn up field following a catch in the Packers preseason game yesterday afternoon with the Pittsburgh Steelers. While these injuries are unfortunate, they create an opportunity for Jerry Reese, who has a surplus of wide receivers and needs along the offense line and in the secondary.

With Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris, and Geremy Davis on the roster, the Giants are stacked at wide receiver. Tom Coughlin is also fond of veteran Preston Parker, and Corey Washington, while not performing at as high a level as he did in the 2014 preseason, has enough talent to warrant another season of development. Veteran James Jones leads the team this preseason with 7 receptions for 94 yards and demonstrated that he has plenty of gas left in his tank. He’s a luxury to the Giants, and one they can afford to trade. As a veteran receiver familiar with the Packers offense, he would have particular value to Green Bay, but shopping him to both wide receiver needy teams would be prudent.

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Five Things We Learned From The Jaguars Game

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A Win is A Win

Even in the Preseason, winning is preferable to losing. The Giants played better on both offense and defense, beating the Jaguars by a final score of 22-12. Ryan Nassib threw for 217 yards and a touchdown, and James Jones caught 5 passes for 83 yards, as the Giants outscored Jacksonville 13-3 after halftime. It was a costly victory for the Giants, as another five players were lost to injury, including linebacker Jon Beason and safety Bennett Jackson, both with sprained knees. Mark Herzlich suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff, linebacker Tony Johnson suffered a knee injury, and rookie safety Justin Currie broke his ankle. Fourteen players did not suit up, and while many were precautionary and would have played if this were a regular season game, injuries are becoming a concern again for this Giants team.

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Giants Practice Reports: August 20, 2015

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On another hot and humid day in New Jersey, the Giants held their last practice prior to Saturday night’s second preseason game with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his pre-practice press conference, Tom Coughlin announced that wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is battling a minor calf strain, will “Probably not” play in the game.

The Giants starting offensive line will be unchanged, with John Jerry and Marshall Newhouse making up the right side, despite the frequent substitutions during this week’s practices. Coughlin did say that Geoff Schwartz would “Get his opportunities” to play at both the right guard and right tackle positions.

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Giants Training Camp Notes: August 17, 2015

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On another host, steamy, humid day in New Jersey, the Giants took to the practice field while four player rode stationary bicycles on the sideline. Safeties Landon Collins (knee) and Cooper Taylor (toe) were joined by left tackle Will Beatty (torn pectoral) and cornerback Jayron Hosley (concussion) on the bikes. Rueben Randle (knee tendonitis) and Nat Berhe (calf) missed practice, while Prince Amukamara (groin) started out the day working with trainers on the sideline.

There was some good news for Hosley on the injury front as tests on his neck came back negative. Hosley is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol and will need to be cleared before he can resume practicing. Victor Cruz declared himself 100% healthy and expects to play against Jacksonville on Saturday night. He will likely be on a very limited snap count. General Manager Jerry Reese echoed Cruz’s optimism regarding playing in Saturday’s preseason game.

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Giants Training Camp Notes: August 16, 2015

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Prior to practice, the Giants released a lengthy injury report that contained some good news. Jameel McClain (stinger) and Geoff Schwartz (ankle) both returned to practice, bolstering the linebackers and offensive line, respectively. Landon Collins (MCL sprain), Trumaine McBride (hamstring), Rueben Randle (tendinitis), Nat Berhe (calf), and Prince Amukamara (groin) are listed as day-to-day, indicating that their absences are not expected to be long term.

Chykie Brown (LCL sprain) is listed as week-to-week and Jayron Hosley is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, indicating a potential longer term absence. Additionally, Hosley has a cervical issue in his neck that is still being examined. It was reported yesterday that rookie Mykkele Thompson would miss the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. The team held private free agent tryouts prior to practice and Giants360 will bring you the names of the players that attended and those signed as soon as they are available. Jonathan Casillas also missed practice with a stiff neck.

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