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.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
When you’re 3-0 without Tom Brady, Deflategate or Spygate and the NFL is shook again.
New England Patriots 27 – Houston Texans 0 – No Tom Brady, no Tony Garropolo, no problem. Enter rookie Jacoby Brissett, a third-round pick from NC State who made his first career start. Brissett was 11-19 for 103 yards, he also rushed for 48 yards, including and electrifying 27-yard scamper for his first NFL touchdown.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Arizona Cardinals (1-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-2) – The Cardinals returned to form with an impressive win over the Buccaneers last week. If the Bills start out 0-3, you might begin to hear rumblings about Rex Ryan’s job being in jeopardy. With Sammy Watkins possibly out of the lineup, things aren’t looking good.
Prediction: Cardinals 27 – Bills 16
Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Tennessee Titans (1-1) – It’s time for the Raiders D to kick into gear. Good road win for the Titans in a hostile Detroit environment.
Prediction: Raiders 23 – Titans 17
Washington (0-2) at New York Giants (2-0) – Word on the street is Josh Norman will be shadowing Odell Beckham Jr. Not a smart decision for an 0-2 squad having trouble moving the ball and giving up 32 points per game.
Prediction: Giants 30 – Washington 20
Cleveland Browns (0-2) at Miami Dolphins (0-2) – The Dolphins needed an extra minute and/or a timeout to complete an epic comeback against the Patriots
Baltimore Ravens (2-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) – It’s too early for the Jags to go into the tank, but they are in a very winnable AFC South. Things are looking good for the Ravens so far despite a running attack still looking for an identity.
Prediction: Jags 28 – Ravens 22
Detroit Lions (1-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-1) – The Packers are slowly losing their grip on the NFC North. Eddie Lacy’s lack of production is definitely in the way. The Lions let one get away at home last week, I have a feeling they rebound tremendously.
Prediction: Lions 31 – Packers 23
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) – The Bengals were ouphysicaled by the Steelers in classic AFC North fashion, the Broncos are equally up to the task. The Bengals pick themselves up and get a huge home win.
Prediction: Bengals 23 – Broncos 13
Minnesota Vikings (2-0) at Carolina Panthers (1-1) – The young Carolina corners will be tested by the speedy Minnesota receivers. Can Sam Bradford stay on a hot streak knowing the Vikes season rests squarely on his performance.
Prediction: Panthers 29 – Vikings 20
Los Angeles Rams (1-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) – To say the Rams have the Seahawks number might be an understatement. The Bucs need to regroup after their poor showing against the Cardinals.
Rams 17 – Bucs 16
San Francisco 49ers (1-1) at Seattle Seahawks (1-1) – It’s painfully clear the Seahawks miss running back Marshawn Lynch. Chip Kelly made it clear where he stood when it came to Colin Kaepernick in the press this week.
Prediction: Seahawks 20 – Niners 16
New York Jets (1-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) – The Jets rallied to pull out a big divisional win against the Bills. There has to be a slight bit of concern with the play of all-world corner Darrelle Revis. Jamaal Charles is expected to make his season debut this week, a much-needed shot in the arm to a struggling offense.
Prediction: Jets 30 – Chiefs 16
San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Indianapolis Colts (0-2) – Phillip Rivers played had one of his best games as a pro with four touchdown passes last week. The list of disappointments with this Indianapolis Colts team has to begin with Andrew Luck.
Prediction: Chargers 31 – Colts 27
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) – This is a week where everything could go wrong from Carson Wentz — who has yet to meet any adversity as a pro. The Steelers haven’t won in Philly in over 50 years, the Eagles D will make them earn it. The Steelers are on a serious roll and with LeVeon Bell returning to the lineup next week they only become more dangerous.
Prediction: Steelers 25 – Eagles 23
Chicago Bears (0-2) at Dallas Cowboys (1-1) – The Cowboys get back into the NFC East mix against a Bears team that is devoid of a leader.
Prediction: Cowboys 24 – Bears 13
Monday, September 26, 2016
Atlanta Falcons (1-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-2) – It’s hard to see Falcons/Saints and not think of that magical night in the Bayou a decade ago.
Saints 23 – Falcons 17
Last Week: 8-8
2016 Season: 18-14