Friday, October 21, 2011

Josh Freeman: Superstar?

     For all the hype surrounding former #1 Overall pick Matthew Stafford and perennial Superbowl contender Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman has quietly led the Buccaneers to a 2-0 division record, 4-2 overall, and the top of the NFC South.
     Ever since he entered the league, Freeman has shown a knack for being at his best during crunch time. In 31 career starts, Freeman has 9 fourth quarter comebacks. Last year, he ranked (NUMBER) in the league with 95.9 passer rating, and led the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record, more than triple their '09 total.
     This year, however, things didn't start as smooth. Through 5 games, Freeman   had 3 passing touchdowns, 6 ints, a 74.6 rating, and 45 a point loss to the 49ers.This past sunday, however, the Freeman that we all remember from last year stepped back into the light. 303 yards, 2 touchdowns,  a win over the Saints, and a passer rating identical to the one he posted last year. The amazing part is that Freeman can do this while at the helm of the yougest team in the NFL.
     Mark Sanchez has continued to struggle with a career passer rating of 72.4, but the Jets are continuing to contend despite him, because he has an amazing supporting cast. Stafford's career has been the opposite: playing well while healthy, but in a losing effort for the past two seasons. He has led his team to a 5-1 start, with 15 TDs and only 4 ints, but don't forget he has the 6'5 240 pound Calvin "Megatron" Johnson. This year, however, is the make or break year for all three of them. Done with the rookie jitters. Through with the sophomore slump. The third season is the year an NFL QB is expected to start playing the way he will for the rest of his career.
     Josh Freeman goes over all these guys as the potential superstar, because he is the unquestioned leader of the offense. He doesn't have any superstars on his team that take the lead when things go wrong, all the blame is put on him. What happens when the Bucs need a win? Freeman does his thing. No current pro bowlers on defense. The lone pro bowler on the team comes from the offensive line. This guy is the real deal, and we will continue to hear more and more about him as this season goes on. The Buccaneers next three games: vs Bears at Wembley Stadium, at New Orleans, and home vs Houston. All this leads up to a monumental showdown at Lambeau Field on November 20th.
In the famous words of Terrell Owens, "Getcha Popcorn Ready." Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are about to put on a show that the rest of the NFL might not be ready for just yet.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Are the Eagles Really This Bad ?

We all heard it before the season started:
     Superbowl Predictions.
     The "Dream Team".
     Miami Heat Comparisons
     Michael Vick for MVP.
     Nnamdi Asomugha is better than Darrelle Revis.

Through the first 5 weeks of the season, the Eagles have done all but prove these things.
In fact they have done the opposite:
     1-4 record overall.
     4 game losing streak.
     26.4 points allowed per game.
     7 interceptions and 7 fumbles for Vick.
     "Great" defensive backfield is getting toasted left and right.

     Playcalling, injuries, and poor play have all plagued the Eagles as they have continued to spiral downward for the past month. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Michael Vick is still Michael Vick. Last week he broke the career rushing record for Quarterbacks. LeSean Mccoy has 7 touchdowns. DeSean Jackson is averaging 19.5 yards per catch, and is still one of the best playmakers in the game. 2011 additions Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins have combined for 12 sacks. The statistics are there. The Eagles are just a few plays away from being 4-1, and I expect them to prove it this sunday against the Washington Redskins.



Thursday, October 13, 2011

Can the Cardinals win the World Series?

This fan sign is indicative of what everyone has been thinking during the Cardinals-Brewers series. If you pitch to Pujols, he hits a double, or does this. If you walk him, you put him on base without putting up a fight.
Which one do you choose?
In my opinion, they are better off avoiding him. Albert Pujols is number one in Cardinals' history in every major postseason batting category. He's the only player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs in each of their first 11 seasons.

Series is 2-1. Pujols is on Fire. Kyle Lohse is pitching tonight. Looks like the Cardinals have a great chance of at least advancing to the World Series.
Look out Texas, I believe The Machine is coming to town.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday Night Preview: Colts at Buccaneers

The Indianapolis Colts (0-3) travel down to Tampa tonight to take on the up and coming Buccaneers (2-1).
The last time these two faced each other on Monday Night Football, the Bucs were up 35-14 with 4 minutes left, but Peyton Manning and the Colts stormed back to win in overtime 38-35. However, there will be no such heroics for the Colts this week. Josh Freeman is by far the more decorated starter in his match up, and his 8 career 4th quarter comebacks speak to his ability to make plays in the clutch.

Curtis Painter will make the first start of his Career tonight.
Bucs sold out a home game for the first time since 09-10 season.
Freeman will try to get back on track after starting the season with a 2-4 TD:INT ratio.
Dwight Freeney attempts to continue his dominance against '10 Pro Bowler Donald Penn.
Will the Colts slip to 0-4? Can the Bucs improve their position in the playoff race? We'll see tonight.

Prediction: Manning is out. Collins is out. Painter is in. Bucs win. 27-10.