Super Bowl 50

The 50th Anniversary of Super Bowl 1 is moments away from starting. Peyton Manning BIO_Mini-Bios_0_Peyton-Manning_0_FIX_SF_HD_768x432-16x9and the Denver Broncos face off Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. This is the biggest age difference for quarterbacks in Super Bowl history. Once again it is the #1 defense, Denver vs the #1 offense, Carolina. This is going to be a game for the ages, maybe it will be like the Bills vs the Giants, an all time cam-newton-111615-getty-ftrjpg_109kzimizqgc71b3rse1zq1cd0classic. The Quarterbacks highlight this heavy weight matchup. Peyton Manning is looking to ride of in the sunset while Cam Newton is writing his own legacy day by day. I think Jonathan Stewart is the key to the entire game. The Broncos defense will be focused on Cam Newton the whole game, Stewart needs to get going to make the best defense in the NFL a little honest. I think this will be an incredible game, but Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are too balanced, and they will win their first ever Super Bowl.
Prediction: Carolina 27, Denver 21
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Championship Weekend

San Francisco vs Seattle

These are the two best teams in the NFL and they are huge rivals.  Each of these teams are mirror images of one another.  They both have stifling defenses, dual threat quarterbacks, and fantastic coaches.  The key for the 49ers is the play of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  He is going to be playing in one of the most hostile stadiums in the NFL. Also it is the biggest game ever played there.  It is going to be LOUD in Seattle and impossible to make any audibles.  Kaepernick has to battle through adversity and get the job done.  Let’s remember, he and the Niners were here last year and they made the Super Bowl.

The key for the Seahawks is running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch.  He is a powerUnknown house half back and the last time they played in San Francisco he went off.  The Seahawks would be unstoppable with a solid running game.  I think the crazy Seahawks crowd will be too much for the 49ers to handle and I think the Seattle Seahawks will be marching on to the  Super Bowl.

Prediction:  49ers 24, Seahawks 28

Strong Start For Buffalo

The NFL preseason has just began. After the first week of football I was most impressed by the Buffalo Bills in their blow out win against the Colts. New QB EJ Manuel was a little shaky in his first couple drives, but that was just nerves. What impressed me the most was EJ’s 2 minute touchdown drive to end the first half. He showed a lot of maturity and poise. He sat in the pocket and delivered the ball perfectly. Also another rookie, Marquis Goodwin, was phenomenal.  He almost took his first kick return back for a touchdown and he did bring his second one back all the way. I am very excited about this year. This is the year, I believe, the Bills will end their postseason drought and make the playoffs.

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Surprising Pick

On Friday night the Buffalo Bills surprised every one by picking EJ Manuel in the first 130426001900-ej-manuel1-single-image-cutround. All of the hype was on Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, and Ryan Nassib but no one was paying attention to Florida State quarterback, EJ Manuel. It was a very emotional night for Manuel, his mom has been battling breast cancer for a long time and during the Orange Bowl vs Northern Illinois she was very sick and was not in the condition to attend EJ’s final game as a Seminal. Mrs. Manuel has taken care of EJ his whole life while fighting this wicked disease but now it is his time to take care of her. Mrs. Manuel is cancer free right now and her son is the man in Buffalo. I think that Manuel is going to be an instant success because of all of the weapons around him. He will be able to throw the deep ball to Stevie Johnson and T.J Graham.  Behind Manuel will be explosive running back CJ Spiller. I think Doug Marrone will have a fun time and will establish a option where EJ can pitch it to Spiller or use his break away speed and take it himself. I think the Buffalo Bills will have a similar offense to the 49ers and I think the Buffalo Bills will make it into the playoffs this year.

NFL Draft Steals

The NFL Draft is hours away and I can’t wait. Here’s a list of the top three steals of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Jordan is the top rated pass rusher coming into the draft and I don’t think he is going to upset. Jordan is quick, tall, strong, and has one of the hardest hits I have ever seen. Dion Jordan reminds me of Mario Williams, former number one draft pick to the Texans and current defensive stud for the Buffalo Bills. Both of these guys are freaks of nature, they are as tall as the Empire State building and there is not an ounce of fat on either defensive end. I think Dion Jordan is the best player in the draft.

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Smith is the top rated quarterback. He has many  doubters that say he is over rated but I think he will prove them wrong. Smith has a gun for an arm and if he is in trouble he is a good scrambler. I think Geno will add a high gun slinging mentality to whichever team he will be drafted by, probably the Buffalo Bills and make their offense unstoppable.

Denard Robinson, QB/WR/HB, Michigan: 

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See happens tonight when the NFL draft starts at 8:00 pm eastern time!

Top QB Prospects 2013

Today’s guest blogger – Jack Brindley

The NFL Draft is almost two months away and people are already speculating who will go where and what impact that one key player could have on a struggling team.  We all know what happened last year when Stanford’s Andrew Luck arrived to Indianapolis to re-glorify the crumbling demise of the Colts. The issue of deciding a proper quarterback to help lead your team to victory is always a tough one and with this year’s elite class of quarterbacks it’s not going to get any easier.  Today on my guest blog debut on Just1mike, I will be analyzing the top five QB’s going into this year’s NFL Draft.  Who do you think will be the first QB draft?

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College: West Virginia

Passing Yards: 4205

Rushing Yards: 151

TDs: 42

Pass completions: 71%

Strengths: Can throw the ball downfield to receivers with ease, confident and competitive

Weaknesses: Not able to throw on the run, bad footwork under center.

Projected Team: Kansas City Chiefs, 1st round.

Why: Since the Chiefs have the first pick in the draft I can see why they would take the number one quarterback.  Especially because they are in the need of a new QB. Their current QB, Matt Cassel, is not the greatest QB out there.  Smith would provide a renewing change of pace for the struggling Chiefs and hopefully turn their team around.

2.  Matt Barkley
Passing Yards: 3273

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College: USC

Rushing Yards: -75

TDs: 36

Pass completions: 63.1%

Strengths: Able to manage the offensive side of the ball and has leadership qualities

Weaknesses: Not an Ideal height (6”2), makes mistakes under Pressure (Interceptions, Fumbles, not a Scrambler).

Projected Team: Arizona Cardinals, 1st round.

Why: The Cardinals were left in the dust of Arizona last year when they sadly found out that Peyton Manning decided to take his talents to Denver.  Now they have the great opportunity to pick up an elite QB that could end their sorrows.  He would be the best choice because he’s a leader that would help command the offensive side of the ball.  They already have wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald who would be a great weapon for Barkley to use due to his strong passing abilities.  My vote is that Barkley ends up in Arizona.

3. Mike Glennon

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College: NC State

Passing Yards: 4031

Rushing Yards: -164

TDs: 31

Pass completions: 58.5%

Strengths: Uses his height to find WR and develops a strong passing game

Weaknesses: Because he’s 6”6 he struggles when the pocket collapses to speed up out of the way of oncoming defenders.

Projected Team: Cleveland Browns 2nd round.

Why: Cleveland has some talent that could be utilized, they just need more of it. They have RB Trent Richardson who can develop a solid running game if given the chance, now they need a better passing game which is what Glennon can deliver.  The reason I have him as a second round pick is that they need to rebuild the O-Line first. You can’t be successful at either running or passing without being able to be confident that your O-Line will be able to block for you.  One last thing, Cleveland needs a backup for Brandon Weeden.  He is already an older QB even though he was drafted last year, and Glennon is young and ready to play.

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4. Tyler Wilson

College: Arkansas

Passing Yards: 3387

Rushing Yards: 7

TDs: 21

Pass completions: 62.1%

Strengths:  a confident pocket passer who can hit stationary targets well,  has leadership qualities.

Weaknesses: Not a good runner under pressure, good linebackers will realize how low he carries the football which can be an easy fumble.

Projected Team: Philadelphia Eagles 2nd round.

Why: The Eagles just resigned Michael Vick for another year.  Because of his age he won’t be in it for the long run.  They need new to bring in another QB to learn from Vick and get ready to lead a very talented Eagles offense.

5. Ryan Nassib

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College: Syracuse

Passing Yards: 3749

Rushing Yards: 142

TDs: 26

Pass completions: 62.4%

Strengths: Has a strong arm, his quick release is useful when trying to get short yardage in a third down situation.

Weaknesses:  Like Barkley, he is not an Ideal height for a NFL Quarterback. His footwork could use some improvement as well.

Projected Team: Buffalo Bills 1st round.

Why: We all know the Bills have been absent from drafting a QB for a while.  Last year they passed up Russell Wilson, which was a MAJOR mistake on their part.  Now they need not to make the same mistakes of the past and pick up this gem of a QB.  He would much improve the third down conversions of a struggling Bills passing game.  He’s already familiar with new Bills head coach, Doug Marrone, and that means he already knows how to utilize his many talents and knows what he needs to improve on as well.  He also can use some of the Bills best receivers like Stevie Johnson to his advantage by firing him some deep passes in tight situations.  Ryan you need to stay in New York and head west to Buffalo.

Vick Staying in Philly

Michael Vick announced that he will be staying with the Eagles. Now the decision for Chip Kelly is who to start at quarterback, Vick of Foles.

I think that the best bet to run Kelly’s offense is Michael Vick. To run the fast pace offense you have to be quick, elusive, and able to run. Vick is the definition of that. Vick brings more experience to the Eagles and is a dual threat quarterback.  I knew from the first interview with the Eagles Chip Kelly was going to go to Philadelphia because Mike Vick is the type of quarterback Kelly needed.  Nick Foles is still a great quarterback but he is slow and only stays in the pocket and Kelly is not looking for that type of QB. My money’s on Vick.th-2 copy 12

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A SUPER Questionable Ending

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Superbowl 47 was a nail biter. The Niners came storming back after the unexpected power surge but came up short as the Baltimore Ravens became Superbowl champions. Did the 49ers come too short or did they deserve to be hoisting up the Lombardi trophy?

The answer to that question is yes. When it was fourth and goal and they were down by five points with thirty-seconds left Colin Kaepernick threw a fade route to Michael Crabtree that fell incomplete. What really happened on that play was that Crabtree was held by Ravens’ defensive back Jimmy Smith. This was the play that would make or break the game and the referees did not call anything on that play. If it was called a hold/pass interference, as it should have been, the 49ers could have been Superbowl champs. I think it is just sad that  they lost on a missed call. The Niners just got robbed. They should have had another chance to win the game and it is horrible that there was no call.

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SUPER SUNDAY

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Tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday, we all know that. There is so much hype to this game I will keep you guys posted on everything that is going on. This game is going to be a battle and here are the keys to a victory for each team.

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Key for Ravens: The Ravens are a hard hitting defensive team that have the heart of a champion. The key for the Ravens to become Superbowl champs is to be focused on the game. There are plenty of things to do in New Orleans and I don’t think John Harbaugh wants his team taking a stroll down Bourbon Street. That’s the last thing that they need. That’s when the Ray Lewis factor comes into play. They all want to send Ray Lewis out in style.  This I think will keep all the players focused on the football game and not on the city life in the Big Easy. The whole “ Let’s do it for Ray,” just might send the Lombardi trophy back to Baltimore.

Colin Kaepernick

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Key for 49ers: The 49ers came storming back to the playoffs after last year’s heartbreaking loss to the Giants in the NFC championship. This year they were determined to make it to the Superbowl and win one. Well, they’ve done one thing on that list let’s see if they accomplish the second. The key to a Niners victory is the play of second year quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Jim Harbaugh made a gutsy move to start Kaepernick over Alex Smith midway through the season. Many people thought is was a stupid move but right now it makes him look like a genius. There have been many doubters if Kaepernick can come through in pressure situations. Well, he has. The Superbowl is a whole different monster though. Can Kaepernick perform well in the biggest game of them all? If so they will be on a float with the Lombardi trophy in San Francisco.

Prediction: 49ers: 28 Ravens: 25, Although the Ravens have heart the 49ers have too much talent. Finally, the little brother wins.

 

The Bro Bowl

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Of course the super bowl is going to be Tom Brady and his perfect little Patriots. That’s what everyone thought at half time of the AFC Championship, but a football game has four quarters. Ray and the Ravens wouldn’t give up, they shut out the Patriots in the second half and Baltimore came back to win it.

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Both teams are coached by a Harbaugh, both teams scored 28 points, both teams shut out their opponents in the 2nd half, both came back and won, and both teams played on the road. Do I have double vision?

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Most brothers have dreams but I don’t think that Jim and John thought at one point that they were going to coach against each other in the Super Bowl. This is amazing. The Harbaugh bowl, the bro bowl, the brother bowl, or the sibling bowl it doesn’t matter what you call it this is going to be a outstanding game.

So who do you think will be the champs of the NFL?