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Peyton Manning Sets All-Time TD Record in First Half vs. 49ers

By on October 19, 2014 at 10:52pm
Peyton Manning is now the sole record holder for most touchdown passes in NFL history, surpassing Brett Favre. (Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports) Peyton Manning is now the sole record holder for most touchdown passes in NFL history, surpassing Brett Favre. (Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports)

Move over, Brett Favre. There’s a new sheriff in town.

Though he may not be the gunslinger Favre was, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning is the new record holder for all-time touchdown passes in NFL history. He threw for his record 509th touchdown on an eight-yard pass to Demayrius Thomas with 3:09 remaining in the first half of the Denver Broncos’ Sunday Night Football contest against the San Francisco 49ers.

As a New England Patriots fan, I extend my begrudging congratulations to Mr. Manning. I pure hate you, but after playing you so many times after all these years, dang it do I respect you. Continue reading Peyton Manning Sets All-Time TD Record in First Half vs. 49ers »

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NFL Week 7 Betting Tips

October 19, 2014 at 11:00am in NFL, Opinion

It looked like it was going to be another tough day at the office, after the Houston Texans kicked off week 6 in the NFL with a tough 33-28 loss. Fortunately, my other three picks in the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys all covered easily. My overall record this year is now looking a little better at 12-9, and we look to keep the trend of winning alive.

Take the New York Giants (+5) over the Dallas Cowboys.
Last week these two teams could not have been a part of two completely opposite games. The Cowboys traveled to Seattle and came out with a 27-24 victory; to give the Seahawks their first home loss in over two years. The Giants, who came into last week as one of the hottest teams in the NFL winning three games in arrow, got thumped by NFC East rival the Philadelphia Eagles 28-0. The Giants will rebound in their second consecutive NFC East matchup, after being thoroughly embarrassed one week ago. The Cowboys are going to still be riding high after getting a road win in the toughest environment in the entire NFL. The Giants are going to upset the Cowboys 30-21.

Take the New Orleans Saints (+2) over the Detroit Lions
The Saints are 0-3 playing on the road this season with losses to the Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns. Two things that will be going in favor of the Saints are they are coming off a bye week, and most likely have heard they can’t win on the road for two weeks straight. New Orleans is going to come into Detroit motivated, rested, and hungry for their first road won of the season. Detroit is the No.1 ranked team in total defense, so a road win coming against the No.1 defense will send a message to every team in the NFL that the Saints are still here. The Saints and Lions will both be without one of their best players in Jimmy Graham and Calvin Johnson. New Orleans will leave Detroit capturing their first road win 27-21.

Take the Indianapolis Colts (-3) over the Cincinnati Bengals
The Colts are now one of the hottest teams in the NFL, as they have now won four games in arrow. Indianapolis last win came 10 days ago at Houston, and they are now well rested, and back at home to take on a Bengals team that have struggled mildly on defense. The Bengals gave up 37 points at home last week against the Panthers, who have an average offense at best. Life is only going to become much harder for the Bengals having to play on the road against the NFL’s league leader in passing yards in Andrew Luck. The Bengals will also be without their best player for a second straight week in arrow in A.J Green. The Colts will defeat the Bengals rather easily 31-20.

Take the San Francisco 49ers (+6.5) over the Denver Broncos
This is the marquee matchup this Sunday, and these two teams are built on different principals. The Broncos are built on their overpowering offense, and the 49ers, despite being beat up, are built on their ferocious defense. The 49ers will be missing a lot of their key players on defense, but that has been the story all year, and they still own a 4-2 record. One thing the 49ers do very well which will help their defense in stopping the Broncos is run the football and run it well. The 49ers offensively lean on their run offense, and if they can continue to run the ball well, they will keep that high powered Broncos offense on the bench. I believe the 49ers will lose the game outright, but will cover 27-24.

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Shane Vereen celebrates after scoring his second touchdown of the game. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Well that was a lot harder than it had to be. Thursday night games all season have been blowouts by the home team. Of course when the Patriots play the Jets, it turns into the closest game both teams played all season and was decided by a last second blocked field goal. The defense looked terrible and the offense did just enough to squeak by one of the worst secondaries in the league. If you’re looking for silver linings in this game it’s that the Patriots got the win, they’re 5-2 in control of the division, they have 10 days off before their next game, and they escaped without any additional injuries.

- To start off, how about that redemption for Chris Jones? Remember it was Jones last year against the Jets who was called for that ridiculous penalty on a field goal in overtime which Nick Folk missed. Jones was called for pushing the lineman from the second level, or as we called it “Pushgate.” Folk then nailed the field goal from 15 yards closer and the Jets won the game. Throughout the game the Patriots were close to getting to Folk coming off the edges. The final play saw Jones go right through the middle to get his hands up and swat the ball down. A fitting end to a brutal nail-biter.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 7: Amendola, Chris Jones Save the Day; Patriots Beat Jets 27-25 »

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Shane Vereen hauls in the first of his two touchdown catches to help the Patriots to a 27-25 win against the New York Jets. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Well, that was close.

The New England Patriots literally hung on by the tips of their fingers, blocking a last gasp 58-yard field goal attempt by the New York Jets to escape with a 27-25 win at home on Thursday Night Football.

Danny Amendola made a surprise appearance in Week 7, catching what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown catch on 3rd-and-goal from the 19-yard line before later thwarting Rex Ryan’s call for an onside kick attempt with 2:31 remaining. Continue reading Patriots Block Last Second Field Goal to Outlast Jets, 27-25 »

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Stevan Ridley was lost for the season on Sunday due to a torn ACL and MCL that he suffered against Buffalo. Ridley was on pace to have one of his best seasons as a pro, recording 340 yards, two touchdowns, and zero fumbles up until his injury. The Patriots have a tendency to change up which running back is the focus week to week, but in the two games he was the focus this season, against the Vikings in week two and Bengals in week five, he rushed for 101 and 113 yards respectively.

Ridley is a powerful, violent runner whose mix of strength, size, speed and ability to get downhill are found nowhere else on the Patriots’ depth chart. Currently at the position the Patriots have Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, James White, rookie James White and Jonas Gray, who until this point has been a practice squad only player. None of these players can bring everything to the table that Ridley can, but they can combine to help fill the void. Continue reading Filling the Stevan Ridley Void »

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Eagles vs Chargers: Week 6's prediction for the Super Bowl

Six weeks into the season, there are still many teams that could be considered champion material. And thanks to injuries and underperforming, many are also fighting for draft positioning. Five teams have a single loss on their record, and Cincinnati has a loss and tie. Oakland and Jacksonville continue to be dream opponents for teams that could use a win. Seeding continues to be volatile, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 14. Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 6 »

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Brian Tyms in his first game of the season makes a Randy Moss-esque touchdown grab in triple coverage. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Every year the “experts” talk about how the Bills are right putting it together and are going to challenge the Patriots for the division. They create a little buzz with a few early wins and Chris Berman constantly reminds us that “nobody circles the wagon like the Buffalo Bills. No matter all the hype they’re still the Buffalo Bills, and Kyle Orton is their starting quarterback.

- I have a feeling there won’t be many people calling for a trade of Tom Brady this week. Two consecutive weeks, Brady has looked like himself and strong offensive line play is the reason. Last week more so than this week, but due to injuries to Bryan Stork and Dan Connolly they had to make some moves on the line. It was not a bad showing at all as Brady was sacked only twice. He’s had more time to  stay in the pocket and it has led to his two best games of the season, Sunday being his best. He finished going 27-37 for 361 yards and four touchdowns. The most impressive stat of the game was that he completed a pass to 10 different receivers.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 6: Patriots Claim First Place, Beat Bills 37-22 »

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