@TSFSports Week 3 NFL Picks: Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Josh Norman: The Rematch

Posted in Blogroll on September 24th, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Washington’s Josh Norman prepares to square off against Gotham’s Odell Beckham Jr. in their first of two divisional meetings this season. 

In Week 15 of the 2015 season, the New York Giants faced the then-undefeated Carolina Panthers. It became clear from the outset the match-up between Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman would be closely monitored. The normal physical and verbal jousting between the two Pro-Bowlers turned borderline dirty as personal foul penalties were assessed and threats of ejections were issued. The Giants posted a furious rally, but fell short to the Panthers 38-35 as Beckham Jr. and Norman were both levied fines and Beckham Jr. was issued a one-game suspension for launching himself at Norman, making helmet to helmet contact.

Since signing with Washington in the off-season, Norman has continued to chirp, while Beckham Jr. has remained relatively quiet about their two scheduled meetings as new division foes. Norman comes at the Pro Bowl receiver in his book “Panthers Rising” as told to Charlotte Observer writer Scott Fowler:

“Now don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player or whatever, but he’s not what he thinks he is. If you hit guys like that, if you completely jam them and shake them up, they can’t relate to that. So they start making excuses like, ‘Oh, he touched me.’ They don’t know how to respond because they never got hit like that. So me, every time I see him, I’m going to hit him in the mouth. I don’t care. Until he stops crying and b—-ing.”

Time to put up or shut up.

 

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@TSFSports Week 2 NFL Picks: Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz Impress In Their Debuts

Posted in Blogroll on September 16th, 2016 by Ron Glover

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It was two thumbs up across the board for Philly’s Carson Wentz in his NFL debut.

It was a great day for two quarterbacks in the NFC East despite different results. Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has the opportunity to ultimately win the starting job from veteran Tony Romo as he heals from injury (Back). In Sunday’s 20-19 heart breaker against the Giants, the rookie was 25 of 25 for 227 yards. Prescott failed to pass for a touchdown, but was also turnover free. If not for Terrence Williams’ failure to get out-of-bounds in the game’s final moments the Cowboys could be one up in the win column.

The Eagles moved up several spots in the draft to select quarterback Carson Wentz. Last week as the team prepared for their home opener against the Cleveland Browns, starting quarterback Sam Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, opening the door for the young signal caller from North Dakota State. Wentz didn’t disappoint going 22 for 37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns for a QB Rating of 101.0 in the Eagles 29-10 over the Browns. Ironically, it was the Browns who traded their No. 2 pick to the Eagles largely in part because the team acquired veteran quarterback Robert Griffin III in the off-season. Griffin was injured in Sunday’s game and will miss several weeks.

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@TSFSports Week 1 NFL Picks: The Pittsburgh Steelers Are Looking For Seventh Heaven

Posted in Blogroll on September 11th, 2016 by Ron Glover

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When healthy, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Bryant give the Steelers arguably the NFL’s best 1-2 offensive punch.

The NFL’s 97th season opens with a rematch of Super Bowl 50 as the Carolina Panthers meet the World Champion Denver Broncos. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be taking a seat for four games for his role in the Deflategate Scandal. Out in the Bay area, San Francisco 49ers signal caller Colin Kaepernick will take a knee during the national anthem for the foreseeable future in protest of injustices to minorities and then a seat on the Niners bench as he waits for named starter Blaine Gabbert to cough up the starting job.

A new day has dawned in Philadelphia as quarterback, No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz and new head coach Doug Pederson hope to put the nuclear tenure of Chip Kelly behind a scarred fan base. In The Steel City, the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t miss a beat as the air and ground attack featuring Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Bryant anchored by Ben Roethlisberger will put the Black and Gold in prime position to hoist their seventh Lombardi Trophy this February in Houston.

 

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