Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday in a Nutshell: Week 12

More football!! Here are the games to watch on Sunday:
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Morning Games:
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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS:
This is a good division rivalry (now you know what this means! I'm so proud) with two very exciting offenses. Of course, we are also watching this game to see if Payton Manning and his ponies can remain undefeated. Houston has lost their last two games in the last minute so they are hoping that they might be able to hold onto a win going into the end of the game. Unfortunately they are playing on of the best QBs of all time. Payton seems to thrive under pressure and plays better when his team is behind in the game (example: look at the Colts last minute win against the Patriots two weeks ago). Payton Manning has been the MVP of the League 3 times and he is looking like he might make this season number 4. WR Reggie Wayne is playing fantastic football and is one of the top receivers in the league yet again. For the Texans, QB Matt Schaub is still playing great and hoping to stay healthy for the entire season for the first time in his career. His wide receiver All Pro Andre Johnson hopes he stays healthy as well. Johnson is having a fantastic season and will undoubtedly be selected to the Pro Bowl this season. This should be a high scoring game but I have a feeling the Colts will win another one and remain undefeated.
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Afternoon Games:
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ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS:
This is an interesting matchup between Arizona (NFC West) and Tennessee (AFC South). The Cardinals are sitting comfortably at the top of the NFC West standings. However, they cannot slow down and take it easy on a Tennessee team that is at the bottom of the AFC south division with a record of 4-6 because the Titans have won 4 straight games because of the arm and legs of QB Vince Young. Titans RB Chris Johnson is hoping to continue his campaign of rushing for 2000 yards this week so watch for him to break some big runs against the Cardinals defense. For Arizona, "Old Man" QB Kurt Warner will make his 42nd straight start this Sunday--this is good since Warner has been called fragile in the past and has been suffering from concussion like symptoms since last Sunday. WR Larry Fitzgerald is playing great football and does not seem to be suffering from the Madden curse at all. This should be another high scoring big play type of game.
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Sunday Night:
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS:

Both of these teams need to win to keep pace with the division leading Cincinnati Bengals. This might be a low scoring game as both of these teams boast incredibly tough and stingy defenses. But, both offenses have some serious weapons as well. Baltimore RB Ray Rice is leading the Ravens in rushing yards and passes caught for the season. He is an explosive 2nd year "back" and has the ability to break out huge plays for the Ravens offense. Pittsburgh, of course, has QB Big Ben Roethlisburger who is one of the toughest QBs in the league. Big Ben suffered a concussion in overtime in last Sundays loss to the Chiefs but he appears to be ok and ready to play on Sunday night. 2nd year RB Rashard Mendenhall has taken over and kept the starting job and is playing very well. Pittsburgh also has a bunch of receiving threats led by the always smiling Hines Ward. Seriously, watch next time--Hines Ward is literally always smiling. He loves playing football and one of his favorite things to do is knock a defensive player on his ass. This is going to be a game with much fighting and hard hitting. It will be another great primetime game but don’t expect too much scoring, instead expect to watch two of the best defenses in the league.
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Monday Night:
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:
This is definitely the game of the week! The Saints are still undefeated but will have a tough time beating Tom Brady and his New England Patriots. The Patriots are the only team to ever go 16-0 in a regular season (1972 Miami Dolphins did it but it was a 14 game season back then) and want to remain that way in the record books. Saints QB Drew Brees wants to continue his campaign for league MVP this year. He has thrown 22 TDs and only 9 interceptions this season. We’ll look for Saints RB Reggie Bush (so are he and Kim back together, or what?) to make some dynamic plays this week as well. For the Patriots, QB Tom Brady is playing at an incredibly high level at this point in the season. He has thrown 20 TDs and only 6 interceptions. His two main WRs, Randy Moss and Wes Welker, are both having pro bowl seasons. These are two division leading teams that want to keep winning at this point in the season. This will be a game with a lot of passing involved with two of the best QBs in the league facing eachother.

Next week....The DEFENSE. 

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