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2012 NFL Week 1 Schedule

New York Jets

Will Mark Sanchez be able to quiet critics and hold off Tim Tebow? The answer may lie in the Jets ability to institute the Wildcat offense.

After college football’s opening weekend this past weekend, it’s now the NFL’s turn to kick off the 2012 season.  After a long offseason filled with OTAs (Organized Team Activities), mini camps, training camps, and preseason games both fans are players are eager to play in games that count.

The NFL will start things off with a special Wednesday night game (September 5th, 2012) between the NY Jets and Dallas Cowboys.  The game will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and will feature two of the more popular teams in the NFL.  Both teams are looking to rebound from disappointing 8-8 seasons in 2011 in which neither team qualified for the playoffs.  All the hype coming out of Jets training camp surrounds the quarterback position.  Jets QB Mark Sanchez inked a new deal but fans and media alike are not sold on his abilities.  If Sanchez stumbles out of the gate be prepared for the second coming of Tebow mania.  The Jets are expected to debut a new hybrid offense in which Tim Tebow will see the field as a running back in a variation of the “Wildcat” offense.  The “Wildcat” formation consists of a direct snap to the running back is named after the Wildcats of West Genesee High School.

Week 1 will also include a double-header of Monday Night Football (MNF) games.  Game 1 will be a matinee (kickoff at 6:00 PM) between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals at MT Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  Game 2 will begin at 9:15 PM and will feature the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers at the newly named O.co Coliseum in Oakland California.

Below is the complete 2012 NFL Opening Week Schedule.

2012 NFL Week 1 Schedule

Wednesday, 9/5/2012
Game Time Location
Giants vs Cowboys 7:30 pm MetLife Stadium
Sunday, 9/9/2012
Bears vs Colts 12:00 pm Soldier Field
Titans vs Patriots 12:00 pm LP Field
Jets vs Bills 12:00 pm MetLife Stadium
Saints vs Redskins 12:00 pm Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Vikings vs Jaguars 12:00 pm Mall of America Field
Chiefs vs Falcons 12:00 pm Arrowhead Stadium
Browns vs Eagles 12:00 pm Cleveland Browns Stadium
Lions vs Rams 12:00 pm Ford Field
Texans vs Dolphins 12:00 pm Reliant Stadium
Packers vs 49ers 3:25 pm Lambeau Field
Cardinals vs Seahawks 3:25 pm University of Phoenix Stadium
Bucs vs Panthers 3:25 pm Raymond James Stadium
Broncos vs Steelers 7:20 pm Sports Authority Field
Monday, 9/10/2012
Ravens vs Bengals 6:00 pm M&T Bank Stadium
Raiders vs Chargers 9:15 pm O.co Coliseum

Week 1 also means that the fantasy football season is starting.  My main money league just switched to a dynasty format and we had out first draft last weekend.  It’s a uber competitive 16 team league with individual defensive players and a unique scoring format (PPR, bonus for 100 yards rushing/receiving, 300 yards passing, etc.).  I was out of town for the draft which meant I was forced to take my chances with auto-pilot.  I had the 9th pick in the draft and was able to snag my top target Cam Newton.  Cam Newton is a beast in this league as, in addition to impressive passing game, he also racks up mega points with his rushing ability.  He is also young which bodes well for a dynasty league in which you get to keep your entire starting lineup from year to year.  Below is my complete roster…what do you think?

Position Player
QB Newton, Cam(QB) CAR
RB Brown, Donald(RB) IND
RB Sproles, Darren(RB) NO
WR Johnson, Steve(WR) BUF
WR Marshall, Brandon(WR) CHI
TE Celek, Brent(TE) PHI
DL Dareus, Marcell(DL) BUF
LB Fletcher, London(LB) WAS
LB Lofton, Curtis(LB) NO
DB Harper, Roman(DB) NO
K Akers, David(K) SF
Bench Sanchez, Mark(QB) NYJ
Bench Tebow, Tim(QB) NYJ
Bench Redman, Isaac(RB) PIT
Bench Bennett, Earl(WR) CHI
Bench Cobb, Randall(WR) GB
Bench Briggs, Lance(LB) CHI
Bench David, Lavonte(LB) TB
Bench Bell, Yeremiah(DB) NYJ
Bench Watt, J.J.(DL) HOU

2012 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

Green Bay Packers PhotoIt’s no secret that popular teams in major sports markets like the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago, Bears, New England Patriots, NY Giants, NY Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers etc., all demand top dollar for tickets regardless of competitiveness.   However, ticket price is often dependent upon not just the popularity of the team but also the success.      Although any team with strong fan support that is a legitimate Super Bowl contender is likely to have some rather pricey tickets on the secondary market, many ticket speculators often forget that even less popular teams with small fan bases can see major spikes in ticket prices during seasons in which they are contending for a playoff spot.

Below we break down the Top 10 NFL teams in terms of anticipated ticket demand.  Obviously, these rankings are largely based on popularity and fan support but preseason outlook is also given considerable weight in our analysis.

2012 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

1.  Green Bay Packers

The Packers may not be in a large market but they more than make up for that with the passion of their fan base.  The Packers may have fallen short in their quest to repeat as Super Bowl Championship but Aaron Rodgers and company should be back in the mix once again.

2.  New England Patriots

The Patriots are ranked either #1 or #2 in most preseason rankings and should be in contention for another Super Bowl if Tom Brady can stay healthy.  We all know how sports crazy the Boston area is…

3.   New York Giants

The Giants are the defending Super Bowl Champs in the largest city in the US…enough said.

4.  Denver Broncos

The Broncos surprised a lot of people last year with a less than spectacular Tim Tebow at the helm.  The arrival of Peyton Manning has Bronco fans very excited and it is already reflected in tickets prices for 2012-13 games.

5.  Chicago Bears

Fans in Chicago are extremely excited to see what Jay Cutler can do with a bonafide #1 WR in Brandon Marshall.  With an aging Bears defense this might be do or die time for the franchise.

6.  Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers always seem to be competitive and always sell out Heinz Field.  There is no reason to think that will change this year.

7.  Detroit Lions

The Lions made a big return to relevancy last year.  Football fans in Detroit love their Lions and they should have plenty to cheer about with a nasty defense and a dynamic offense led by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.

8.  San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers were the sleeper team last year.  As such they quickly rebuilt a fan base that left them after the Joe Montana – Steve Young eras after finishing 13-3.  The 9ers should be a force again this year with the top defense in the NFC.

9.  Philadelphia Eagles

Many expected the Eagles to be a Super Bowl contender last year after lining up a dream team of free agents.  However, last year was a complete disaster proving once again you can’t buy a championship.  However, the Eagles have too much talent to be held down any longer.  Combine that with the ravenous fans in Philly and ticket demand will be considerable.

10.  New York Jets

J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets fans always come out and support their team.  While they aren’t likely to be in any conversations about the Super Bowl, they should contend for a Wildcard spot.  Should QB Mark Sanchez go down and Tim Tebow take over…look out!

Just missed the cut:  Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints

Sleeper Team:  Washington Redskins – If RG3 can be half as effective as Cam Newton was in his rookie campaign, the Redskins could contend for a playoff spot.  Skins fans have been itching to get behind this team and a return to relevancy could mean a huge spike in ticket prices.

 

 

2011 Season NFL Predictions

With the preseason getting under way  to see how NFL teams are shaping up, it’s now time for the 2011 Season predictions!

2011 Season NFL Top Spot Predictions by division:

AFC West: San Diego Chargers, though they have a difficult schedule, they should be able to pull ahead.

AFC South: Indianapolis Colts.  Peyton Manning’s health an issue (neck injury) and could possibly be the Colts undoing this season.  Perhaps too much stock is put solely into Manning.

AFC North:  Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens.  Ravens have a great schedule; most of the tough games are home games.  For the Steelers, they have a few tough games lined up against Baltimore and a home game against the Patriots.  This division will be a tough win.  Other possible competitors include the Cleveland Browns with Colt McCoy as their quarterback.  The Cincinnati Bengals will probably compete with the Detroit Lions for the worst record in the league and they get rid of talent to meet their salary cap.

AFC East: Obviously the New England Patriots have the best record.  Tom Brady will resume play at QB this season after being out on the disabled list for the majority of the season last year.  The New York Jets are best positioned and hungry to take that title from the Patriots however.  Their two key players, Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie, will come back from another season.  While this probably won’t be the Buffalo Bills year again, they will be in a great position to get one of the top quarterbacks next season.

Wild card: the Jets and the Steelers would make an awesome duo to knock-off the Colts and the Chargers.

NFC West: Seattle Seahawks. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the Seahawks have won five of the last seven divisional titles.  Their roster is still being overhauled, but they should still take the top spot again.

NFC South: Atlanta Falcons.  The Falcons have banked on Julio Jones being their go-to guy at the expense of many draft picks.  Ray Edwards on defense should also be formidable.  Just behind the Falcons are the New Orleans Saints.  They will be an improved team this year, but probably not enough to overtake the Falcons.

NFC North: Tough to predict, but probably the Green Bay Packers.  The Packers resigned most of their key free agents therefore having much of the same guys as on their 2010 Super Bowl Championship team.  The Chicago Bears are right behind them, although they might have too much stock in their Dallas Cowboys pickups, Roy Williams, Marion Barber and Sam Hurd.

NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles.  While this division is one of the most competitive, the Eagles should easily take the top spot with their great talent and large salary cap to add more key players.

Wild card: Saints vs. Seahawks and Packers vs. Falcons.

Superbowl: Ravens over Eagles

MVP: Michael Vick

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Patrick Peterson, CB Arizona Cardinals

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Mark Ingram, RB New Orleans Saints.

Predictions by Bleacher Reports

Packers going to Super Bowl!

Bear Down, Chicago Bears?  Sure was.  In what surely was an abysmal and disappointing showing by the Bears at their home field of Soldier Field this Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers took home the big W with a 21-14 victory.

So what happened?

Chicago Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against in the third quarter with a knee injury. The team has listed his return as questionable.  Journeyman QB Todd Collins replaced him, but Collins also left the game after going 0 for 4 for 0 yards with a few of his incompletions nearly being intercepted by the Packers.  Third time’s the charm?  Quarterback Caleb Hanie took over where Collins sort of left off.  That still doesn’t explain what happened during the rest of the game.  Cutler was struggling through a poor performance going 6 of 13 for 80 yards with no touchdowns at the time of the injury.

Hanie ever so briefly rallied his team for a touchdown drive to gain on the Packer’s lead 14-7 after Chester Taylor’s 1-yard touchdown run early in the 4th quarter. The Bears had the opportunity in their hot little hands to tie the game after the Bears’ defense finally got a few stops, but Hanie practically handed the ball to the Packers defensive lineman, B.J. Raji who took the gift and ran 18 yards into their end zone for another Packer’s touchdown.

The Packers, much unlike the Bears, actually showed up for the game.  They had a taste of the Super Bowl and they went after it.  Packers QB, Aaron Rodgers was on fire!  He ran for a touchdown.  He made a touchdown-savings tackle.  Rodgers was able to keep the Bear’s defense off kilter and kept the usually stellar Devin Hester under lock and key.  The Packers defense held their ground and took care of the rest by kicking the Bears to the curb..

The Stakes were huge today.  This was the 182nd meeting in the league’s most history rivalry.  The Packers will head to Dallas to take on either the Steelers or the Jets in the Super Bowl.

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Jets beat the Patriots in AFC Playoffs

The AFC Playoff Game this Sunday between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets went in a direction that perhaps not many people would have predicted.

Super star quarterback of the New England Patriots Tom Brady and his coach Bill Belichick took on New York Jet’s coach Rex Ryan and star quarterback Mark Sanchez at the Patriot’s home field of Gillette Stadium today. The buildup between the teams has been intense between the fans.

The lack of scoring from the Patriots has been very interesting, to say the least.   The Patriots offense has been almost completely pacified so far in this game by the Jets. Belichick, usually has within him to pull out a readjustment of his team should need be at halftime, but has not been able come up with anything today to turn his team around. Whatever motivating speech he gave his players, they’re obviously weren’t listening as the Patriots didn’t score in the second half.  Nick Folk, the kicker from New England missed a 30 yard field goal. His kick hooked wide left at the end. Folk had successfully made the the past 13 attempts from within 40 yards and nailed the game-winner last week against the Indianapolis Colts in Wild Card Weekend. 

Time is ticked away and the Jets were obviously in command of the game.  Never to let up.

The Patriots went undefeated in 2007 before losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl. The Pats had a 14-2 season this year, unfortunately, with what just happened in this game against the Jets, it just doesn’t matter anymore.   

Plenty of people would not be too sad if the New England Patriots didn’t make it to the Super Bowl AGAIN this year.  The Jets beat the Patriots 28 – 14.

In the game yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers took the Baltimore Ravens 31 – 24 in the first Divisional Round matchup of the playoffs.  The Steeler’s Blocking Receiver Hines Ward was on fire yesterday with his touchdown which tied the game at with a little over nine minutes left in the third quarter, and they never trailed again.  Antonio Brown was also extremely notable with his three catches for 75 yards, including his spectacular one handed, helmet hugging, over the shoulder, fourth quarter catch on third and 19.  Down right awesome.  The Steelers took the Ravens 31 – 24.

The New York Jets will play the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday, January 23rd in the Steeler’s hometown of Pittsburgh.