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What we’ve learned from the NFL through Week 2

I can describe what I haven’t seen in two weeks of the NFL in a single word; DEFENSE. I have never seen so many wide open receivers in every game I watched. That included the Vikings, the Patriots, the Packers, the Chargers, the Raiders, and the Champion Seahawks.  I knew the NFL had become an offensive league, but Sunday’s lack of defensive play was appalling. There were other...
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Is the NFL in Trouble?

A commentary by James Turnage A continuing increase in the number of NFL players who are experiencing legal troubles or who have violated the league’s substance abuse policy is creating a rumble within the community of players, coaches, sports writers and fans. That, combined with rule changes, often unjustly enforced, is resulting in the question; is the NFL in trouble? Now a...
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Panthers’ Gettleman isn’t flashy, he’s effective

Critics met the moves made by Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman with much skepticism this off-season. Among the moves panned was the decision to let arguably its top two play-makers in the secondary, Mike Mitchell and Captain Munnerlyn, sign big free agent contracts elsewhere. He replaced them by signing veteran castoffs such as Roman Harper, Thomas DeCoud, and Antoine...
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Truth is somewhere in between Eagles Monday night win

Is having luck how the Philadelphia Eagles pulled off a win Monday night? I’m sure there are plenty of message boards and bar-goers that think so. And there are even more that think the refs handed them the game. Honestly, the truth is somewhere in between Eagles Monday night win. Philly played an uneventful, albeit an atrocious, first half. Nick Foles held onto the ball too long...
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Green Bay Packers: Good, bad, and ugly

Sometimes in sports, one week between games can make all the difference. The players are rested, more focused, and in some cases, play a team that isn’t as skilled. That was the case with the Green Bay Packers. In Week 1, they played the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and got outplayed in almost every way possible. In Week 2, they were matched up against the New...
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Carolina Panthers must cut ties with Greg Hardy

As time goes on it’s becoming more difficult for the Carolina Panthers and Greg Hardy. His case is still in process and fans are already calling for his head. The Panthers recently stated they are sticking by the often troubled defensive end and will not part ways with him. However, as the pressure builds on the Panthers, they may not have any other decision but to cut ties with...
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TPF’s NFL Week 2 Rundown

In what many could consider a walk through bizarro world (any Sealab fans?), Week 2 of the NFL season was more than interesting. A slew of injuries, suspensions, and upsets made Week 2 the most intense one that I can remember since the 2006-2008 seasons. That was a time when the league felt very balanced, and the playoffs were fun. And that’s exactly what this week felt like; fun...
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Who should be the starting QB for Washington?

When Kirk Cousins replaced Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins’ offense dominated the Jaguars’ defense. But, RG3 is the coveted first round pick they traded so much away just to land? Who should be the starting QB for Washington? The answer is clear, but I’m not sure the owner and coaching staff will make it. Robert Griffin III In his first season, RG III was an effective...
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Why the 49ers aren’t scoring 40 points a game

As a fan of the NFL, most are aware of the San Francisco 49ers potent offense. So why aren’t Colin Kaepernick and company scoring more points per game? Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde are both capable of rushing for 100 yards or more per game. In his career Gore has rushed for over 10,000 yards with an average of 4.6 yards per carry. In his senior year at Ohio State Hyde ran...
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Adrian Peterson indicted, just what the NFL doesn’t need

TMZ Sports is at it again, as the latest report has Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson being indicted on child abuse charges. The alleged incident took place in North Montgomery County, TX involving an 11 year-old that stayed over at Peterson’s home. The mother of the child saw the injuries when he returned home and then contacted the authorities. Child Protective Services...
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NFL Week 1 overreactions are simply that

After just one weekend of NFL action, over-exuberant and excessively despondent proclamations rule. The Seattle Seahawks are a dynasty! The Tom Brady, Bill Belichick reign is over! Andrew Luck is the next Peyton Manning! Calm down…Only one week of the regular season has been played. It is illogical and, frankly, irresponsible to make such bold statements as if they are certain...
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Broncos defense isn’t much of an improvement

The other day on ESPN I read how the Denver Broncos defense is playing much better compared to last season. It made me wonder, were they watching the same game? The Broncos allowed the Indianapolis Colts 24 points and last season the Denver defense allowed their opponents 24.9. What’s so different other than a Broncos win? The Broncos pass defense was atrocious and allowed Andrew...
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Redskins identity: Run, run and run

The identity of a team can make or break its season. Are they a solid defensive team who can win with minimal offense? Or are they a high-powered scoring machine which can blister you with a barrage of points. No matter what their identity is, each NFL team has one, and it just so happens that the make-up of the Washington Redskins is run, run, and run some more. In 2012, the Washington...
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Dick LeBeau has got to go

Thursday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens proved two things. Pittsburgh’s Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau has got to go, and the officials are worse than ever. If the players adhere to the wishes of Goodell’s stooges, we will have Girl Scouts playing defense in the future. For the past three years the Steelers’ pass rush has been non...
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NFL = CYA After Ray Rice Video Released

Maybe you can tell me. Who’s running the National Football League these days? Roger Goodell or the media? Seven months after finding out Baltimore Raven running back Ray Rice had knocked out his then-fiancé Janay in a casino elevator, Goodell suspended Rice for two games. That’s right, it took seven months for the suspension to be handed down.  The suspension was inadequate...
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Good News for the NFL

As the truth about the Ray Rice debacle is being revealed; the NFL and Commissioner Goodell are rightfully receiving some very bad press. And, the facts is, I and others have been calling for Dictator Goodell’s resignation for months, and for multiple reasons. But I’m very tired of the negativity and this issue in particular. Let’s talk about some good news for the NFL. The...
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Ray Rice should teach us punishment is reflective of time taken

There is a scene in Big Daddy where Jon Stewart’s character walks into the court room to say he is Sonny’s (Adam Sandler) lawyer causing the judge to bark “he has enough lawyers,” to which Stewart intones that another voice is not going to put too much carbon dioxide in the room. I feel like that as I foray into the Ray Rice debacle. Reality aside, Stewart winds up being...
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Roger Goodell must resign

A report has come forward from the Associated Press stating a law enforcement official sent a copy of former Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice assaulting his then fiancé, now wife, tape to an NFL executive back in April. This is coming off the heels of TMZ leaking the video of Ray Rice striking his wife in the elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The video is very...
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Can the Vikings go from worst to first?

The Minnesota Vikings completely embarrassed the Rams last Sunday. Not, “I slipped and almost fell” embarrassed, but the type where your parents walk in on the first time you “discover yourself.” Yeah…that kind of embarrassment. This begs the question of whether or not the Vikings have what it takes to go from worst to first. Let’s take a look and the rest of the division...
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Raiders’ fans must think long-term success

At first blush, 158 total yards of total offense by the Oakland Raiders against the New York Jets on Sunday may not be cause for celebration for Raiders fans. “Not again!” Actually, it’s probably justified for fans to find themselves halfway between depression and despair…or resignation to another season without either a winning season or a playoff berth. But, relax Silver...
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Jaguars’ Hurns steals spotlight, can he do it again?

In the 2014 NFL Draft, the offensive-less Jacksonville Jaguars added some much-needed punch, drafting quarterback Blake Bortles in the first round and adding wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson to give Bortles some young talent to throw to. With Cecil Shorts on the roster, that gave Jacksonville three young receivers for Bortles and Chad Henne to target. But hold on a minute...
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Where do we go from here: Ray Rice, Domestic Violence

Cornerback Will Gay was right when he spoke to the media on the issues regarding the release of the latest Ray Rice video. He focused his message on treatment, and the importance of Ray Rice getting help, and those that suffer from domestic violence in any form getting help. What Ray Rice did seven months ago is long since past, the police made a complete hash of the incident pushing...
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Harrison and others clamoring for Cousins need to back off

It’s obvious that Robert Griffin III is and still will be the guy for the Washington Redskins. In 2012, he went 20-31 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and had no picks in three preseason games. In 2014, he was 13-20 for 141 yards amassed across four games. Although he had only one fumble lost (he had two prior to the regular season of 2012), he had two interceptions, and alarmingly...
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Time to panic in New England?

Sunday was a joyous occasion for some and not so much for others. The Miami Dolphins topping the New England Patriots showed us more about how Miami’s season may play out than it did about New England’s. Is it really time to panic in New England? Not at all. Look, the Patriots have been known to be a little shaky at the start of the season. Traveling to Miami and dropping to...
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NFL referees must be fined and disciplined

Like a lot of you, I watched way too much NFL football on Sunday. To the ire of my wife, I yelled at the screen way too many times. The FOX ‘game of the day’ caused me the most anger. The referees in the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys game, were apparently watching another game; they were into ‘fantasy football.’ What I witnessed makes me even more certain that NFL referees...
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