Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Yvonne Recommends the "10 Things to Know About the Labor Situation"

Hey people!   If you are a football junky like Yvette and me, then of course you want to know everything about everything NFL related, including the current NFL labor situation and the potential lockout of the 2011 season.  I came across  this very informative article via NBC Sports "Pro Football Talk", discussing the "10 Things to Know About the Labor Situation".  Read and enjoy!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Twins Pick the WILD CARD ROUND!!!

Yvonne’s Wildcard Game of the Week
No. 6 New York Jets (11-5) at No. 3 Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
In a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game, we match-up the tried-and-true old reliable Peyton Manning vs. the fearless but unpredictable upstart Mark Sanchez. In that memorable game (for Colts fans, at least), Peyton Manning made handy work of the Jets, displaying his signature steady, skillful quarterbacking manner that made him a perennial MVP contender.

However, this is not 2010. The Colts in this new year are not the same football machine it has been in years past, having to struggle just to make it to this wildcard game. But they are in, and that changes the playing cards.

Jets on the other hand are slightly better than last year (though sliding in productivity the last few weeks of the season). Mark Sanchez has shown flashes of brilliance, but he has also had some downright terrible games.

This game is difficult to predict. Colt and Jets as they stand now are very evenly matched. While one would be wise to NEVER count out Peyton Manning, a win for the Colts will depend heavily on the health of Joseph Addai. The Colts may also have some problems with some of the Jets weapons, namely wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Jerricho Cotchery, and my personal fav Braylon Edwards, who is quietly having one of his better seasons.

I’m going with the Jets. I rarely choose against the Colts. But judging from “Hard Knocks” to their seemingly miraculous wins throughout the season, the Jets just feel like a team of destiny.
Jets in a close one, 24-20

Yvette's Wildcard Game of the Week
No. 6 Green Bay Packers (10-6) at No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
The Green Bay Packers were favored by some prognosticators to be the class of the NFC. But injuries decimated a very talented team. If not for the steady play of Quarterback Aaron Rogers, the Packers would have missed this year’s playoffs.

Gradually, they got better and with the stout defense, lead by Clay Mathews and the Cornerback Extraordinaire, Charles Woodson, and sure-handed veteran wide outs on offense, Donald Driver and Greg Jennings anything can happen.

They will be facing the talented young Philadelphia Eagles. Who up until recently, looked virtually unstoppable. The speed of the young receivers, the emergence of LeSean McCoy has been the one-two punch that most teams have no counter moves for. Then add the mutli-talented, Pro Bowl, MVP Candidate, Quarterback Mike Vick to the mix. What can they do?

What the Packers will try to do is keep pressuring Mike Vick, like the Vikings and Bears were able to do successfully. The Packers were able to beat the Eagles that earlier this season by limiting those big plays the Eagles are able to get with their speed. So they can go into Lincoln Financial Field knowing they can beat the Eagles.

The Eagles will have to limit their turnovers and HAVE to keep Mike Vick off the ground. PROTECTION, PROTECTION, PROTECTION, is the name of this game. If they can do that, the will give Vick the opportunity to do his thing. And that offense is EXPLOSIVE.

Now with that said, given the explosiveness of the Eagles Offense and the toughness of the Packers Defense, this game will come down to…SPECIAL TEAMS…this is where the Eagles are better than the Packers.

The kicking game of David Ackers and the punting game of the Aussie, Sav Rocca make the Eagles arguably the best in the NFL. Then like a cherry on top, the electric Mr. DeSean Jackson’s return game, standing... waiting…intimidating… He can change a game in the blink of an eye!

I think this game will be hard fought and very close. But I choose the...
Philadelphia Eagles… 24-21.



Saturday, January 8th
No. 6 New York Jets (11-5) at No. 3 Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
Lucas Oil Stadium, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Yvonne: New York Jets
Yvette: Indianapolis Colts

No. 5 New Orleans Saints (11-5) at No. 4 Seattle Seahawks (7-9)
Qwest Field, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Yvonne: New Orleans Saints
Yvette: New Orleans Saints

Sunday, January 9th

No. 5 Baltimore Ravens (12-4) at No. 4 Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)
Arrowhead Stadium, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Yvonne: Baltimore Ravens
Yvette: Baltimore Ravens

No. 6 Green Bay Packers (10-6) at No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
Lincoln Financial Field, 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Yvonne: Philadelphia Eagles
Yvette: Philadelphia Eagles

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Twins Week 15 Picks!!!

Yvonne's Game of the Week: Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Okay, it’s time for me to face reality.  The Titans are bad...real bad.  Without VY at the helm, they are a simple shell of their former selves. 

Still, as a tried-and-true Titans fan, I can't help but get excited about this match up.  This is a great division rivalry! 2 teams, both with 5-8 records, whose only slightest, tiniest glimmer of hope for chance at a playoff spot depend upon defeating on another.  And on top of that, these two organizations have a real, visceral hatred for each other.

And let us not forget about the November 26th Slug-fest between Courtland Finnegan and Andre Johnson.  Should be good one.
Will  Finnegan be on his best behavior?  Will the Texans sweep their division rival?  Will the Titans try to avenge themselves from their sorry showing on Week 12?  Will  the Titans give a best, last-ditch effort?  Or has the team quit on Jeff Fisher?
Well, I haven't quit, I'm ready and rooting!   TEN-AH-SEE! (clap, clap) TI-TANs (clap, clap)!

The question is, will the Titans be ready?  Do they even have the personnel to compete?
All signs point to no.  But they’ll try.  Texans in a close one.  Houston Texans 21 - 17

Yvette's Game of the Week - Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants
This is going to be good! At least I hope so.... the big, highly anticipated games have been a DUD lately.
But both teams, at 9-4 are looking to win the NFC East. They SHOULD get up for this game and this SHOULD be very entertaining.

Mike Vick had his hands full against the Cowboys last week, being roughed up pretty good. The Eagles aren't doing a great job protecting him. So this seems to a huge advantage for the Giants. With Justin Tuck and the pass rushing prowess of the Giants Defense, Vick is in for another rough one.

But Vick's ability to get the ball to his great receivers, lead by the speed of young DeSean Jackson, has been a killer all season long. Now add LeSean McCoy and the running game, it is the Giants whose hands will be full.

The Giants have a some big power backs themselves that the Eagles are going to have to also stop;
Big Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. This 1-2 punch has been a force for teams to reckon with.
With the loss of Steve Smith for the rest of the season, Eli Manning will have to depend on the other recievers to get the run game off the ground. Because if you stop their run game, you kill the Giants.
The edge for me goes to the Philadelphia Eagles. Just too talented, too much fire power, for the Giants to handle. Philadelphia Eagles 31 - 19

San Francisco 49ers @ San Diego Chargers
Yvonne: San Diego Chargers
Yvette: San Diego Chargers

Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals
Yvonne: Cleveland Browns
Yvette: Cleveland Browns

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys
Yvonne: Dallas Cowboys
Yvette: Dallas Cowboys

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Yvonne: Houston Texans
Yvette: Houston Texans

Jacksonville @ Indianapolis Colts 
Yvonne: Jacksonville
Yvette: Indianapolis Colts 

Kansas City Chiefs @ St. Louis Rams
Yvonne: Kansas City Chiefs
Yvette: Kansas City Chiefs

Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
Yvonne: Miami Dolphins
Yvette: Miami Dolphins

Detroit Lions @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yvonne: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yvette: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers 
Yvonne: Carolina Panthers 
Yvette: Arizona Cardinals

New Orleans Saints @ Baltimore Ravens
Yvonne: Baltimore Ravens
Yvette: Baltimore Ravens

Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants
Yvonne: Philadelphia Eagles
Yvette: Philadelphia Eagles

Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks
Yvonne: Atlanta Falcons
Yvette: Atlanta Falcons

New York Jets @ Pittsburgh  Steelers 
Yvonne: Pittsburgh  Steelers 
Yvette: Pittsburgh  Steelers 

Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders
Yvonne: Oakland Raiders
Yvette: Oakland Raiders

Green Bay  Packers @ New England Patriots
Yvonne: New England Patriots
Yvette: New England Patriots

Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
Yvonne: Minnesota Vikings
Yvette: Chicago Bears