Clash of the Titans and then, we’re left with absolute crap as the case maybe …

Clash of the Titans and then, we’re left with absolute crap as the case maybe

Well, now that we have found out the Dallas Cowboys (6-2) remain what we always knew them to be, an absolute fraud. Let’s see how their docile fans will seek to explain a home loss against the woefully inept Washington Redskins who had third-stringquarterback Colt McCoy starting for the Redskins in this inexplicable loss for the Cowboys. All this from a team, who prior to week eight had been on a six-game winning streak before their Monday Night home defeat to their divisional rivals .

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Dallas remains the leader of the NFC East, but barelyahead of their closest rivals the Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) who they will meet in weeks’ thirteen and fifteen with the first contest taking place at AT&T Stadium (Cowboys Stadium) in Arlington, Texas on the 27th November , 2014. Chip Kelly’s Eagles did themselves no favors in week eight , falling to the Arizona Cardinals. This division is likely to come down to which team shows the most consistency during the final six weeks of the regular season schedule. Last season, it was the Philadelphia Eagles running away with the division, winning it with remarkable ease and on their way to the postseason . Their short and abrupt fall came in the wildcard round as they were felled by the New Orleans Saints in a 26-24 loss in a tightly contested game.

The Dallas Cowboys’ fate still remains in their own hands , or should I say in the hands of Tony Romo ? As he goes, then so does this team , in spite of the remarkable season being put together by the team’s running back De Marco Murray who appears to be on his way to breaking the franchise’s single season rushing record and possibly passing the league’s single season record for yards from scrimmage and the single season rushing mark if he can remain healthy. In week nine Dallas will play host to the Arizona Cardinals in a clash of the top two teams in the NFC , with the winner likely to be viewed as a prohibitive favorite to make the postseason .

If this is to be the year where Jason Garrett can lead the Dallas Cowboys to the postseason, then it will have been a long time coming for a coach, thrust into his position by the Cowboys’ larger than life owner , Jerry Jones , whose ego and largess knows no boundaries. As to what Jones makes of the loss to the Washington Redskins can only be assessed by the statement likely to made be made by the publicity seeking executive and franchise owner. Favorable or not , Jones will seek to put a ” positive spin ” on the result.

With the NFL season having reached the halfway mark , there is no reason to not believe the fates of John Idzik and Rex Ryan remain intertwined with the general manager of the New York Jets and the team’s head coach now on a precipice , where team owner Woody Johnson will have to make a decision about whether or not to retain both individuals. Idzik was a proponent in the drafting of Geno Smith and then promoting him to become the starting quarterback starter in his rookie season. That experiment has come to epitomize the absurdity and incompetence seen both on and off the field concerning the New York Jets this season.

John Idzik’s resume’ is quite impressive when you consider he was integral part and one of the architects who built the Seattle Seahawks’ Superbowl winning roster. He left the front office of the Seahawks to pursue the general manager vacancy with the New York Jets. I guess things haven’t worked out for either Idzik or the Jets at this juncture .

A 1-7 record and it is not difficult to understand the reasons why the Jets are in such a position, bereft of big game play-makers or leadership, without having to listen to the rather imbecilic post-game interviews which are mandatory for the head coaches. In having to listen to Rex Ryan explain away why his team lost seven straight games with neither Smith or any of his teammates being able to show any signs of competitiveness. And that lack of competitivity was on view in the Jets’ disastrous play and the team’s 43-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Now firmly rooted at the bottom of the AFC East this season for the New York Jets has now become a forlorn and an ongoing recipe of prolonged disaster. Self-inflicted wounds, the coaching staff and the team remain at a loss to explain their current situation with Woody Johnson yet to issue a public statement on his franchise’s misfortunes.

Rex Ryan and the New York Jets will get the chance to seek the team’s second win of the season when they travel to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri, to face the Kansas City Chiefs an all AFC contest this upcoming Sunday.

Save the best until last ? Looking at the NFC South and this season ,it might just be the worst division in the entire NFL , given the play of the teams within the division . Not one team , including the NFC South division leaders the Carolina Panthers (3-4) has a winning record this season and it seems likely a sub.500 or just above .500 mark will be enough to secure the divisional crown. As to what this might suggest about the Panthers, New Orleans Saints (3-4), Atlanta Falcons (2-6) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) does not leave a great deal to the imagination, other than to suggest , all four teams are extremely bad .

The picture of ineptitude currently being painted in the NFC South, has been on display with the masterpiece put on canvass by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,coached by Lovie Smith , where he and his coaching staff along with GM Jason Licht have shown that they and the team are simply bereft of creativity and intellect both on and off the field of play. Smith has no idea as to who his starting quarterback ought to be from week to week . And he certainly has no idea who he can turn to , to provide leadership among his playing staff. Yet, all of the nonsensical debate by fans as to the real issues bedeviling the team and no one ever seems to talk about the role of veteran leadership. Reverence and stupidity among Buccaneers’ fans, who can and still point back to their championship winning season and the fact Jon Gruden coached the team to the victory in question. Truth be known, a blind man with the insight as to the tendencies of the Oakland Raiders could have coached the Buccaneers to the win . Yet , that seems to show the lack of real intelligence with the fan-base of the franchise and the fact they still rejoice in that year and not the very fact in its aftermath , neither Gruden or then general manager Bruce Allen sought to build for the future.

The front office of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , now under the guidance of the family of the late patriarch Malcom Glazer, seem non too concerned over the team’s travails and the fact the Buccaneers’ sole victory victory this season came in their week four triumph over a less than impressive Pittsburgh Steelers,who at the time ,were an injury riddled team . The Steelers since then, have taken an opposite trajectory to the Bucs and now find themselves in the thick of thingsin a very competitive AFC North division.

A home loss by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Minnesota Vikings in an overtime defeat, suggested even when putting up a gallant effort, this team is simply not good enough to deal with real adversity . I doubt things are likely to get any better for the Buccaneers in their next scheduled game when they face the Cleveland Browns (4-3) at Paul Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio,.

Give Drew Brees the tools to get the job done and he can pick apart just about any team in the NFL. With that being said, this season the New Orleans Saints have been far from being their explosive and overpowering self when meeting their opponents . If nothing else , Brees and his teammates are struggling to gain some traction within the NFC, much less the division . Sean Payton , meanwhile , remains the offense minded guru, playing to the strengths of his renowned quarterback .

The Saints still possess a reliable running game but if you can “stunt that”,then force Brees out of the pocket and hasten his decision making and he can become vulnerable, but he still possesses the mindset to carry his team when it is necessary. Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson have provided the ground game for the Saints with their receiving corps being equally adept , led by Brandin Cooks . Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston. From a defensive standpoint , this is where I believe the Saints have their Achilles’ Heel in not always being able to slow down an opponent . We are likely to see the Saints face such a dilemma, when they take on the Carolina Panthers in a Thursday night game we can only hope meet the expectations of the fans in attendance as well as the television audience watching as the events unfold at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte,North Carolina, as the week nine schedule begins.

It doesn’t seem that long ago Matt Ryan was being hailed as a perennial Pro Bowl quarterback and the face of the Atlanta Falcons’ franchise. Having signed a multi-year , multi-million dollar deal , making the player among the highest paid players in the NFL and among the highest paid quarterbacks , it has to be said Ryan has failed to deliver the goods while showing a lack of leadership for the Falcons. Now the cacophony of criticism being raised and aimed at the quarterback and head coach Mike Smith have reached unnerving proportions. Not only are there now cries for the dismissal Smith, but also for the jettisoning of Matt Ryan . I guess when the fans believe your ” number is up”, then they feel you have to go ?

Failure at all levels in terms of the Falcons’ play beyond the injury issues should not be seen as an excuse and understandably teams will tend to use such a premise . Yet the Atlanta Falcons came into this season with high hopes of winning their division and making a serious push for a postseason berth . Now this team is scrambling to save not only the season, but quite possibly not jepoardizing the future of Mike Smith and his job security. GM Thomas Dimitroff also has to be looking over his shoulder as team owner, Arthur Blank looks on at the continued mess his franchise is now engulfed in. It is pretty much safe to say, the noose is now tightening around the necks of several members of the playing staff as well as among the coaches . Blank has been known to show a great deal of patience and trust as exhibited with Michael Vick . Those days are now long gone and with a new stadium in the offing , there is no way in hell the owner wants an inept on field product with a coaching staff simply bereft of ideas. With millions of dollars at stake , this is the last scenario an NFL franchise owner would desire.

With a bye week , the Falcons can lick their wounds and prepare for their next opponent in week ten, when they look to inflict more pain pain into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season in a divisional clash at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa , Florida, against their divisional rivals. A loss fot the Falcons and the cries are likely to get louder and angrier from the fans of the franchise.

Their careers have been intertwined for over a decade and their meetings in the NFL regular and postseason have become legendary. As future Hall of Fame players, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have reached the pinnacle of their respective careers. Brady with threeSuperbowl victories would like nothing better than to add a fourth to his already distinguised resume’ . Manning for his part is a four-time League MVP, with one Superbowl win to his name and the now infamous loss loss to the Seattle Seahawks’ in last season’s rather lopsided postseason finale . That defeat not only surprised a lot of NFL fans but certainly jolted the Denver Broncos (6-1) and their quarterback.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet again in what is likely to be the game of the day , as these two titans of the NFL suit up for another great contest, when the New England Patriots (6-2) play host to the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough , Massachusetts,. The Patriots have shown their flaws this season as too have the Broncos and it would take a foolhardy individual to pick against either of these two dominant quarterbacks . The game itself could go a long way in telling us which of these two teams will be in the driver’s seat within the AFC , with the winner, surely being looked upon as the prohibitive favorite within the conference for the Superbowl .

As Tom Brady and Peyton Manning continue to rewrite the record books with Manning recently surpassing Brett Favre for the all-time career mark in touchdown passes , with the Patriots’ and Broncos’ quarterbacks among the active leaders with career passing touchdowns . The question now becomes which two young quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL will be the next to step up to the plate and provide the league with a player rivalry not seen in this league in a very long time ? Peyton Manning entered the NFL as the number one overall pick in the 998 NFL Draft and Tom Brady was overlooked by several teams in the first round and dropped to the sixth round before he was taken by the New England Patriots in the 2000 NFL Draft . As to what this might suggest about the front office executives , scouts and coaching staff that year, can be best left for another time and a very lengthy debate.

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A winning season clearly aids a franchise as well as their star players and it should be noted, both the Patriots and Broncos have stood firmly by habits which have served the two franchises very well. It will be very interesting to see where these two teams are , a year or two from now . I believe we are now seeing to of the greatest careers ever witnessed in the NFL over the past eighteen years and the accomplishments of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are unlikely to be surpassed, as the level of commitment and excellence is rarely seen among today’s NFL quarterbacks. Your thoughts if any, concerning the points raised within this article and anything else you believe worthy of a mention .

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(1) Tony Romo (9) of the Dallas Cowboys is sacked by Brandon Meriweather (31) of the Washington Redskins during the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. A late comeback led by the Redskins’ third string quarterback Colt McCoy gave the visiting team the victory in overtime . Getty Images / Tom Pennington. …

(2) Brandon Meriweather (31) of the Washington Redskins reacts after sacking quarterback Tony Romo (9) of the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Getty Images / Tom Pennington …

(3) Colt McCoy (16) of the Washington Redskins is chased from the pocket by Rolando McClain (55) of the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at AT&T Stadium on October 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Getty Images/ Tom Pennington …

(4) GM John Idzik of the New York Jets who has seen the team off to a 1-7 start to end the first half of the NFL season, placing the Jets at the bottom of the AFC East with only the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) and Oakland Raiders (0-7) with worst records within the conference and league. Idzik has taken the brunt of the blame for the team’s woes but the belief appears to be head coach Rex Ryan is likely to be fired at the end of the season with the general manager also , abruptly , being shown the door . AP Photo / Rachel Davis ..

(5) Drew Brees (9) of the New Orleans Saints against the Green Bay Packers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 26, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Getty Images / Chris Graythen …

(6) Peyton Manning (18) and Tom Brady (12) share a few words after a game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots during week twelve of last season . The two quarterbacks have met thirteen times over the course of their respective careers in the regular and postseason . AP Photo / Lindsay Archer ….

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  1. Two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history will square off this Sunday and the whole NFL fan-base will be intrigued to see who comes out on top when Tom Brady and Peyton Manning meet once again . What happens when these two great players depart from the NFL landscape and who will be actually left to carry on their legacy of fascinating duels in terms of great quarterback clashes ?

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  2. Tony Romo’s injury could hamper the remainder of the Dallas Cowboys’ season . As good a player as he happens to be, the Cowboys cannot afford to be without him . On the field their winning rate in regular season games is just over a .521 clip , without him it drops to below .242 . A great difference , that’s for sure .

    Next up for the Dallas Cowboys will be a home game against the Arizona Cardinals , which will surely test the efficiency of the defense of Dallas .

    Other games of interest in week nine can be best discerned by the number of contests which will play a part in a divisional or conference race in terms of their importance .

    As if to emphasize how bad the season has been for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7) , the organization has now began their annual early Spring Cleaning with the trade of defensive player Mark Barron to the St Louis Rams . There are likely to be more trades made by the franchise before the regular season is over or during the off-season . The Buccaneers’ needs on their overall roster is far greater now , than their prior to the start of the pre and regular season .

    Another loss seems to be in the offing when the Buccaneers face the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium in Cleveland , Ohio in a must win game for the visiting team .

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  3. The continued humiliation of the Oakland Raiders will not come to an end this weekend , when they meet the Seattle Seahawks at Q West Field (Century Link Field) in Seattle , Washington . Seattle is likely to extend their demise with another lopsided win for the NFC West based franchise while the Raiders are still seeking their first win of the season . The longer the NFL schedule continues, the less likely a victory will be achieved by Tony Sparano and his team of misfits .

    At no point during the season have the Raiders shown that they are capable of winning a game with the offense and defense continually sputtering at every possible point of their play.

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  4. The Skins did it to the KA Boys. I am glad. The Eagles are flying under the radar- Three plays killed the birds. Missed on third and an inch- field goal killed em. the fumble on the five yard line and the bomb. The Cardinals are very good- Seattle is now finding out what it is like to have a bulls eye on your back. KC won game six- I hope KC wins. The Royals shut em out 10-0 game six. Should be a good one tonight

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    1. From year to year the Dallas Cowboys since 2009 have proven to be highly overrated with no signs this team in its current guise will be able to compete at the highest level possible . This result against the Washington Redskins was proof of that , with the Cowboys being beaten by a third string quarterback , Colt McCoy who wasn’t good enough to be a long-term solution with the Cleveland Browns while he was with the franchise .

      Dallas goes into week nine having to face a red-hot Arizona Cardinals’ team who are likely to upset the apple cart in the NFC West this season given the fact that neither San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks have been impressive or actually consistent.


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  5. Here we go and the week nine schedule begins with another ‘Thursday Night game and I can only hope it will be an entertaining contest , given mistimed and lopsided games previously . Fated in this match-up are NFC South divisional rivals with the Carolina Panthers playing host to the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium , in Charlotte , North Carolina,.

    Ron Rivera and his team will be looking to increase their lead within the division , while looking to make life a little more difficult for the Saints .

    One of the more surprising issues concerning this division has been the rather inconsistent play of the quarterbacks within the NFC South over the course of the season .

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  6. The Thursday Night Games this season are meant to be entertaining contests , are they not ?

    Something seems to be missing from tonight’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers . I believe I know what the answer might be and it’s the fact we’re seeing another damn blowout , rather than an actual competitive contest between two NFL teams . No real surprise , considering the actual lack of competitiveness in the league over the course of this season .

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  7. Had your “fix “ with the College Foot ball season and the first of the season’s rankings for the top teams ? Don’t look now , but week ten could prove to be decisive for several programs as they each seek to prove they belong in the upper echelons of the rankings .

    Florida State made their case with an emphatic win over Louisville and now wait to see if that puts them back atop of the rankings .

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    Not only will the game be exciting , but it could provide us with a great deal about both teams , in terms of predetermining who might now be the best in the AFC at this moment in time . Never mind the fact the duo of quarterbacks , both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are having terrific seasons .

    I personally believe, there has not been such an intense rivalry in the NFL between such high caliber players in over two decades .

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  9. So there will be no charges filed against the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive player Ray McDonald for the domestic assault and abuse of his pregnant girlfriend .

    Another travesty and misguided decision by the Justice System in the State of California . Kind of makes you wonder what the hell the state believes is worthwhile concerning the views of women and their being subjugated to violence within California . What the hell must the Attorney General Kamala Harris , in California must be thinking and how can they live with such a decision ?

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    Report: McDonald charges unlikely

    The Santa Clara District Attorney’s office likely will not charge San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald with domestic violence, according to a report.

    Sources told the San Jose Mercury News that prosecutors will likely announce the decision soon.

    McDonald was arrested Aug. 31 on suspicion of domestic violence while celebrating his 30th birthday at his home with teammates and friends. He has continued to practice and play throughout — he has 12 tackles this season — as coach Jim Harbaugh, general manager Trent Baalke and CEO Jed York have said they would allow “due process” to play out.

    Police said the alleged victim had “visible injuries.” McDonald lives at the home with his fiancee.

    Two court arraignment hearings have been delayed.

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  10. So what’s to become of the Cowboys now, Al?

    Once at 6-1, we thought they’d make a deep run in the playoffs. With Romo hurt and Murray being ridden into the ground, what options does this team have?

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    1. The Dallas Cowboys’ options are limited and their sitting Tony Romo for this Sunday afternoon home game against the Arizona Cardinals at Cowboys’ Stadium could lead to another loss . They will start Brandon Weeden whose starting record in the NFL is among the worst in the league with quarterbacks starting more than fifteen games . I can only think of one QB in the NFL that I wouldn’t want to watch on Sunday or any other afternoon during an NFL contest and that would have to be Geno Smith , whose play this season will lead to Rex Ryan’s firing .

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  11. Thank you Carson Palmer as you continue to prove that you’re not only overpaid but also overrated . You’ve gone about aiding the Cowboys in their contest against the Arizona Cardinals . All of this with the Dallas Cowboys being without their usual starting quarterback Tony Romo . In his place Jason Garrett has made the decision to have Brandon Weeden inserted as the team’s starter in this home game at Cowboys’ Stadium in Arlington, Texas ,.

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  12. Just as we thought , week nine in the NFL a is just as unpredictable as one thought it might be . Lesser teams took down some of their more competitive opponents and throwing several divisions into a cat-and-mouse scenario .

    Did anyone see the Miami Dolphins thumping the San Diego Chargers in a lopsided victory 37-0 at home ?

    Peyton Manning is having an off day , having thrown two picks as the Denver Broncos are on the wrong end of crushing game at present , losing 43-21 with several minutes to go in the contest . The win will place the New England Patriots firmly atop of the AFC East as well the conference (AFC) and having one of the best records in the league overall. This is not going to be the day where Peyton leads the Broncos in a late come from behind victory , not against the Patriots’ . that’s for sure .

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  13. Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers will be lucky to attain double-digit wins this season as they’re proving to be a real embarrassment as witnessed in their loss to the St Louis Rams.

    Now the uneducated fans of the Forty Niners will be looking to make an excuse , simply because one poor call when the team had other chances to avail themselves of the victory instead of suffering a defeat . Unfortunately, not too many bright and intelligent fans to be found , when it comes to the Niners .

    Personally , at 4-4 , I cannot see the San Francisco 49ers winning six of their remaining eight games to be remotely in with a chance of winning their division (NFC West) let alone making a strong bid for a postseason berth within the NFC .

    The Monday Night Game on paper does not look all that enticing or thrilling . AFC South based Indianapolis Colts have had their struggles this season , whereas the New York Giants seem to be heading aimlessly nowhere, as Eli Manning continues to struggle for this team and as a player this season . .

    MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford , New Jersey will be filled with fans cheering on the Giants , but I believe the home team will come away disappointed at the end of this contest !

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