Monday, November 14, 2016
Pink is also a headline act for Summerfest 2017. Pink will perform at the Marcus Amphitheater on July 2. Tickets for Summerfest have yet to come out. Once a show is announced, sales of the event follows shortly. See you in Milwaukee this coming summer.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Coach of the Year
1. Mike Zimmer/Vikings- This team has been through an emotional roller coaster the last two months. Yet, here the Vikings are, sitting at 5-1, and serious Super Bowl contenders.
2. Jason Garrett/Cowboys- The Cowboys were predicted to have a bad 2016. Yet here they sit at 6-1, the toast of the league, with a rookie quarterback and rookie running back.
3. Bill Belichick/Patriots- Without Brady the first four weeks, the Patriots looked like they didn't miss a beat, and here they sit, at the top of the AFC.
4. Doug Pederson/Eagles- We know this, Pederson, the former longtime Packers backup, who learned everything while sitting on Andy Reid's lap, is for real as a head coach.
5. Jack Del Rio- The Raiders are rolling along at 6-2, including an impressive 5-0 on the road.
Rookie of the Year
1. Ezekiel Elliot/RB/Cowboys- The Cowboys rookie running back, not Prescott, has been the reason for their 6-1 start. Elliot is on pace to run for 1,826 yards this season.
2. Dak Prescott/QB/Cowboys- Prescott has been solid, but let's not put him in the hall of fame yet.
3. Carson Wentz/QB/Eagles- Wentz has been pretty good so far as well.
4. Kerry Hyder/DT/Lions- Hyder has been the NFL's best defensive rookie so far, and is in the top 10 of several defensive categories.
5. Blake Martinez/ILB/Packers- Martinez has been the thumper the Packers have been looking for.
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Harrison Smith/SS/Vikings- This is why I want the NFL to embrace advanced Sabermetrics. Smith is never going to lead the league in any statistical category, except maybe big hits, but all he does is make play, after play, after play.
2. Von Miller/OLB/Broncos- Miller has been a terror of the edge for the Broncos once again this season, and is currently second in the league with 8.5 sacks.
3. Marcus Peters/CB/Chiefs- Peters has been the NFL's best corner in 2016 and leads the league with five interceptions so far.
4. Lorenzo Alexander/OLB/Bills- The league's leader with 9 sacks so far.
5. Zach Brown/ILB/Bills- The league leader in tackles with 87.
1. Derek Carr/QB/Raiders- This was our preseason dark horse for MVP.
2. Ezekiel Elliot/RB/Cowboys- Anytime you are on pace for 1,826 yards rushing as a rookie, with a rookie quarterback to boot, you are an MVP candidate, and a serious one at that.
3. Matt Ryan/QB/Falcons- This has been Ryan's best season so far in the NFL.
4. Matthew Stafford/QB/Lions- Over the last 12 months, this has been the league's best quarterback.
5. Harrison Smith/SS/Vikings- See previous comment.
Monday, October 17, 2016
The Packers lost 30-16 at home this week to the visiting Dallas Cowboys. As Troy Aikman said at the end of the game, “It's been a long time since we saw the Packers play this poorly at home.” Well, he's right. The Packers played a very bad game, so bad that there isn't much to dive into here. Instead, this can be listed as one of those games where you just throw the tape out and move on.
The Denver Broncos are in full panic mode now as they have lost two straight games. Trevor Siemian has come way back to earth, and has looked really bad the last two weeks. In fact, he ha looked so bad the Broncos are considering trading for a quarterback before this week's trade deadline. Due to the success of Dak Prescott, Tony Romo is one of the names being thrown out there, although many believe he would be a bad fit in Gary Kubiak's system. The irony is they lost late to the San Diego Chargers, who have found ways to lose this season late in the game, and in this game did the exact opposite.
Apparently Chip Kelly doesn't think defense is necessary in the NFL. In Colin Kaepernick's first start in nearly a year, the 49ers game up 45 points to the Buffalo Bills. LeSean McCoy had a big game, with 19 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns. Chip Kelly is a great college head coach, but he does not belong in the NFL. After the 49ers fire him, look for him to head back to the college game. The Panthers lost yet again, this time to the New Orleans Saints, in a wild one, 41-38. At this point, we are running out of ways to explain what is happening to the Panthers this season. Cameron Newton just simply walked out of the post game press conference and I don't blame him. This man needs to time to go think. In what was the game of the week, the Seahawks defeated the Falcons 26-24. The Falcons offense, which has been the best in the league this season, managed 24 points, and the running backs, which have been awesome for the Falcons, managed just 50 yards rushing.
Besides the Packers-Cowboys game, there were several other upsets to note. Following the Broncos Thursday night loss, the door was thrown wide open for the Raiders to walk right through and take over first place in the AFC West. Instead, they laid an egg against the Kansas City Chiefs, losing 26-10. Derek Carr, who has been the league's MVP to this point in the season, looked anything but. The Chiefs meanwhile ran the ball for 183 yards. Spencer Ware had 133 of those for the Chiefs. In the other big upset of the day, the Dolphins defeated the Steelers 30-15. Ben Roethlisberger, who was second in the MVP balloting early, had a very bad game, throwing for 189 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
This has been a very weird season so far, and to be honest, it's probably going to get even weirder.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
The Green Bay Packers are coming off a 23-16, a game in which the Packers were all over the place. Now, they face the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow. The Packers were all over the place last Sunday. Nowhere was this more apparent than with Mr. Aaron. Rodgers, as he finished the game 23-45 for 259 yards, two touchdowns, and also two interceptions. The first of those two weren’t his fault. The second was just dumb. At times he looked like the MVP Aaron Rodgers. At other times, he looked like mediocre Aaron Rodgers of the last 12 months.
Is any running back healthy enough to play? Last week, Eddie Lacy was at his best in the first half. Lacy had 11 carries for 81 yards, before rolling over his ankle. James Starks also suffered an injury as well. Both are currently listed as questionable. Lacy is probably going to play. Starks is still up in the air. Either way, the Packers currently have no third running back. Don Jackson, their practice squad running back, got most of the carries this week in practice. He might get signed today to play tomorrow.
About those pass catchers - Last week it was time to call out every single tight end and wide receiver on the roster, as fans were begging for one of them to get open. They started to find daylight last Sunday. Davante Adams looks like he has put his nightmare 2015 campaign behind him. Jordy Nelson has had some moments. Randall Cobb had a solid game as well. However, the drops issue is back, and it cost the Packers perhaps 10-21 points last week. Aaron's play right now, or lack thereof, is sort of in his head. It doesn't help when they drop passes.
An offensive line that is built to win- The Packers offensive line at the moment is one of the best aspects of this team. They have all stayed healthy so far this season, and they are truly built to win in December and January. It will only get better when Corey Linsley is ready to play as well, as J.C. Tretter, who has been playing center, can go back to his “supersub” role.
An award for courage- With Sam Shields and Damarious Randall out last week, Quinten Rollins got to cover Odell Beckham. He did about as good of a job as he could have under the circumstances, and should get an award for courage. Well done.
That Front Seven- The shining aspect of this team right now is the front seven, and this front seven is NASTY. To make matters worse for the opposition, this has been without run stuffing specialist Mike Pennel who is about ready to go, and very little contribution so far from first round draft choice Kenny Clark. This front seven will be tested tomorrow against the Cowboys and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot.
Final Score- The offense is still trying to find its way, but man oh man oh man, this defense is tough so far. That alone will carry the Packers to a 20-13 win.