Ron Glover’s Thursday Night NFL Recap: 49ers outlast Seahawks in an NFC West slugfest 13-6

Posted in Blogroll on October 19th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Frank Gore bullied his way to 131 yards before being injured.

We knew this wasn’t going to be pretty, but my goodness. The San Francisco 49ers were able to pry the NFC West division lead from the Seattle Seahawks with a 13-6 victory.

The win left the 49ers with more questions than answers.

Frank Gore rushed for 131 yards on 16 carries before leaving late in the game with a back injury. Alex Smith had another subpar performance. His 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker in the third quarter was the difference on the scoreboard.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Week 7 Previews and Predictions: Can the Baltimore Ravens keep the fire burning without Ray Lewis?

Posted in Blogroll on October 19th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Keeping Robert Griffin III in one place will be a tough task for the G-Men.

There are eleven teams sitting at 3-3. Four of those teams will be paired together on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers face a surprising St. Louis Rams squad. And the heat gets turned up in the AFC East as the NY Jets and New England Patriots meet for the first time this season.

Other notable games include: Minnesota at Arizona, Baltimore takes on Houston and Washington meets the NY Giants.

Byes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Dolphins, Eagles and Falcons

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Ron Glover’s Preview and Prediction: Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers: Can the Seahawks defense step up on the road?

Posted in Blogroll on October 18th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Frank Gore and the Niners are in for another physical contest.

The Seattle Seahawks were involved in one of the most controversial games in NFL history when an inaccurate call handed them a win against the Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks shrugged off the skeptics by winning two of three, including a thriller at home against the New England Patriots last Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers were in the midst of a 79-3 run against the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Things were rolling smoothly until the New York Giants reminded the Niners why they are Super Bowl champions. The loss has once again raised questions about the play of quarterback Alex Smith.

NFC West lead hangs in the balance as two of the NFL’s top defenses meet at Candlestick Park.

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Tip-Off for 10/18/12 (featuring Jay-Z & Notorious B.I.G.): A dream grows in Brooklyn

Posted in Blogroll on October 18th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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The legend of Jackie Robinson is irreplacable.

It’s been 55 years since the Brooklyn Dodgers left New York for their current Los Angeles address. Residents of the nation’s 4th largest populace have yearned for generations to become relevant in sports once again.

The wait is nearly over.

 

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Ron Glover’s Week 7 NFL Power Rankings: The Atlanta Falcons remain at the top, the G-Men are on the move

Posted in Blogroll on October 17th, 2012 by Ron Glover

 

The Atlanta Falcons remain the NFL’s lone unbeaten. The Bears, Giants, Ravens and 49ers are in the hunt for the top spot.

The Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins are moving up in the rankings. While the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers are on the decline.

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Tip-Off for 10/17/12 (featuring Young Jeezy): Juan Castillo is the latest (and last) fall guy in the Andy Reid regime

Posted in Blogroll on October 17th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Juan Castillo’s 18 years in the Eagles Organization ended with him being a scapegoat.

With 18 years as a coach on the Philadelphia Eagles staff, Juan Castillo was the longest tenured person in the organization other than owner Jeffrey Lurie. Castillo came to Philadelphia with former head coach Ray Rhodes as an offensive lineman coach. Last season Castillo was appointed by Reid to become the team’s defensive coordinator. A move that was as heavily scrutinized as any during Reid’s regime.

After seven blown fourth quarter leads in the last two seasons, Castillo was fired yesterday by Reid and replaced by first year defensive back’s coach Todd Bowles. Jolting the team as they enter their bye week.  

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Tip-Off for 10/16/12 (featuring Kevin Hart): Michael Vick has allowed Andy Reid to make him a target

Posted in Blogroll on October 16th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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No Eagle can escape a Lion standing still.

When the Philadelphia Eagles signed Michael Vick in 2009 it seemed like a great idea. With Donovan McNabb’s time on the team winding down and the uncertainty of Kevin Kolb, bringing in Vick seemed like the right move.

On top of the physical punishment, Vick has struggled with turnovers the past two seasons. Suddenly there are questions about his future in Philly. We can blame Reid all we want, but somewhere along the line Vick bought in to Reid’s plan and that’s when things changed.

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Tip-Off for 10/15/12 (featuring Frank Ocean): Youth football and head injuries: Not my son!

Posted in Blogroll on October 15th, 2012 by Ron Glover

My son Quentin on game day.

Like many fathers watching my son play youth football was a dream come true. My football career didn’t go beyond the sandlot so to see him in pads was a big deal for me. To say that I was living vicariously through him would be accurate. I was full of pride carrying my hero’s helmet and after each practice and game.

Last week I made an obvious decision when it came to my nine-year old and his future on the gridiron.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Recap for Week 6: Russell Wilson outshines Tom Brady in Seahawks win over Patriots; Packers hand the Texans their first loss in a rout

Posted in Blogroll on October 15th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Russell Wilson and the Seahawks defense were huge in the 4th quarter.

We are now down to one.

The Houston Texans were unable to contain a motivated Aaron Rodgers last night. Rodgers tossed six touchdown passes (3 to Jordy Nelson) in a 42-24 Packers stomping. The Packers win knocked the Texans from the ranks of the unbeaten. Leaving the Atlanta Falcons as the NFL’s lone undefeated team.

Three weeks after their controvesial win against the Packers the Seattle Seahawks went legit against the visiting New England Patriots. Russell Wilson rallied the Seahawks from 13 points down in the fourth quarter in the Seahawks stunning 24-23 victory.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Previews and Predictions for Week 6: The Texans will be tested when facing the Packers; 49ers are looking for a little revenge against the Giants

Posted in Blogroll on October 12th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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J.J. Watt will not make things easy for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers this week.

The Houston Texans have jumped out to a 5-0 start by defeating the likes of the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. It won’t be a cakewalk this week when the Green Bay Packers come to town.

The bitter taste of January’s NFC Championship loss to the New York Giants has fueled the San Francisco 49ers hot start. Scratch the loss to the Vikings and the Niners have taken out the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and NY Jets. In the last two weeks Jim Harbaugh’s crew has outscored their opponents 79-3. With another rocky start, we’re conducting our annual pulse check on the G-Men. Tom Coughlin never lets this squad get too high or too low. We’ll have a better read on things after Sunday’s matchup.

Byes: Bears, Jaguars, Panthers and Saints.

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Thursday Night NFL Recap: Titans add insult to injury-plagued Steelers in 26-23 shocker

Posted in Blogroll on October 12th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Veteran kicker Rob Bironas gets it done for the Titans.

Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to drive through a porous Philadelphia Eagles defense to set up a game-winning field goal. Last night the Tennessee Titans were able to carry out the same feat against a hobbled Steelers defense.

Titans kicker Rob Bironas made a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give the Titans a 26-23 win. The Titans are now 2-4, the Steelers are 2-3 and remain winless on the road.

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Ron Glover’s Preview and Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans: Can the Steelers avoid disappointment in Nashville?

Posted in Blogroll on October 11th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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The Titans have to be more aggressive than the Eagles in their pursuit of Big Ben.

The Pittsburgh Steelers came out of the bye week with a tough Philadelphia Eagles squad awaiting them. The Steelers took advantage of the Eagles red zone mishaps and their inability to pressure Ben Roethlisberger on the final drive. In the end Mike Tomlin’s crew pulled out a 16-14 win on a 34-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham as time expired.

Things have been less than thrilling for the 1-4 Tennessee Titans who have allowed twice as many points as they have scored. With a non-existent ground game it has been open season on Titans quarterback Jake Locker who has had more than his share visits with the team physician. Matt Hasselbeck will start in Locker’s place.

The Steelers are looking to win their fourth game in a row over the Titans. Pittsburgh is 6-4 against Tennessee since 2001.

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Tip-Off for 10/10/12 (featuring MC Hammer): A’s and Giants stay alive with Game 3 victories

Posted in Blogroll on October 10th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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The Giants needed all hands on deck in last night’s 2-1 win.

The Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants were able to avoid elimination with Game 3 victories last night. Both games tallied a total of five runs as great playoff pitching dominated the evening.

There was also plenty of defense to go ’round, ask Prince Fielder who was robbed of a home run by A’s centerfielder Coco Crisp.

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Tip-Off for 10/9/12 (featuring The Roots): Cardinals and Orioles pull even with Game 2 victories

Posted in Blogroll on October 9th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Carlos Beltran hit two of the Cardinals four home runs in a 12-4 win.

Last night the Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals displayed the kind of fight that landed them in the postseason. Orioles closer Jim Johnson bounced back from a terrible outing in Game 1 to shut down the Yankees to preserve a 3-2 win.

The Cardinals offense finally got going. Led by centerfielder Carlos Beltran, St.Louis evened up their best of five series with the Washington Nationals in a 12-4 victory.

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Tip-Off for 10/8/12 (featuring Earth, Wind and Fire): MLB Playoff Update: Reds, Tigers go up 2-0, Yankees and Nationals lead 1-0

Posted in Blogroll on October 8th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Bronson Arroyo shut down the San Francisco Giants in Game 2.

The MLB Divisional round is underway and the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers have continue to play good baseball jumping out to commanding 2-0 series leads . The Washington Nationals played their first postseason game in almost 80 years and they did not disappoint scoring two runs late in a 5-4 victory.

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