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The 15-7-0 Is The Ultimate Performance Enhancer

Posted on 12 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. I’d use new terms to describe Tim Tebow’s most recent comeback win but I don’t own a thesaurus.

Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio had a late celebratory dinner with our fantastic attorney Sunday night at Fogo De Chao. As I walked in, I said to Drew “is Tebow going to do it again?” He responded “nah…it’s like 10-0 at the end of the game.”

I responded “um…actually it’s 10-7.”

Within moments we were all doing this…

So that I’ve covered myself here, a LOT of credit for the Denver Broncos’ win over the Chicago Bears has to be given to the fact that Marion Barber absolutely fell apart late and Matt Prater’s UNREAL game-tying boot. In fact, Prater’s boot was so incredible it deserves another look…

Just stop already. Just stop. Frank Reich might want to go ahead and make the congratulatory call to Tebow, because you KNOW “The Mile High Messiah” is going to eventually break his record for the greatest comeback in National Football League history.

As far as the Bears go, it’s over for them. You have to have a quarterback. It would be over in Charm City if Tyrod Taylor had to play.

That is…of course…ENOUGH about the Bears. Tim Tebow played Sunday. We’ll be talking about it until next Sunday.

2. My gut tells me it can’t last, but it’s hard to not feel good for the Houston Texans right now.

Perhaps I was wrong. Maybe you DON’T have to have a quarterback. Maybe T.J. Yates is enough…

With Andre Johnson sidelined, Kevin Walter was the hero. I’m so confused by everything happening here. I know the other teams barely tried, but aren’t the Texans supposed to screw this up so that these t-shirts are never printed???

A large crowd welcomed the AFC South champs back to Reliant Stadium Saturday night. No word on whether or not they had all sent Peyton Manning Thank You cards or not.

3. While Navy’s win Saturday over Army was the closest margin in years, it makes their dominance no less impressive.

Even if I had to make a trip to Landover and that AWFUL dump known as FedEx Field, it was worth it for Army/Navy.

My highlight this year? The press box (which Dan Snyder and company placed in the WORST possible location otherwise) was directly behind the brigade of Midshipmen, allowing me to hear every word of “The Goat is Old and Gnarly.”

If you’re not an Annapolis regular, you might not be familiar. Here’s a 4 year old singing it…

The Mids were 27-21 winners thanks to 4th quarter heroics from kicker Jon Teague. The game (as always) was “more than football”. Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama attended, watching one half of the game on each side. At halftime, he was walked from side to side through a tunnel formed by members of each branch. The word “goosebumps” fits.

4. With their season perhaps on the line, Matt Ryan & the Atlanta Falcons really manned up Sunday.

Down 23-7 at the half and watching their Wild Card hopes crumble, the Falcons became energized and clinched a win with this 75 yard TD to Julio Jones…

After finishing the win over the Carolina Panthers, the Falcons had quite the scare when coach Mike Smith felt chest pains and was taken off the team flight and instead to a Charlotte hospital. When reached for comment, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger described Smith as a “pansy.”

5. I warned you a week ago. The San Diego Chargers are still dangerous.

Crap. Crap crap crap.

The Bolts are pretty healthy and playing really well just in time for a date with the Ravens on Sunday Night Football. Phillip Rivers is playing well. Vincent Jackson is playing well. Ryan Matthews is playing well. Antonio Gates is playing well. They kept their slim playoff hopes alive while ruining any hopes the Buffalo Bills had Sunday.


WNST will be in San Diego next weekend, partnering with Los Angeles Ravens fan club The West Wing. That means Perry Hall High School alum Daniela Pane will be in the house…

It’s a shame she has to compete with me every year for the “most popular alum” award. Otherwise she’d probably have it nailed down.

(Also-I know flights aren’t cheap…but…you know…)

6. Robert Griffin III’s run to the Heisman Trophy was one of the more improbable in the history of the award.

Before the season began-what, maybe 10% of college football fans could name the Baylor Bears quarterback? Just before Christmas, RG3 has not only won the sports’ highest honor, he’s also started a craze in footwear…

Superman socks. Actually quite awesome. Everyone else is so much cooler than me.

7. For as much as everyone thinks the Greg Jennings injury will hurt the Green Bay Packers, I just don’t get that feeling.

There were a handful of goofs who thought the Oakland Raiders could give the Packers a run for their money. Here are some highlights-or at least the best I could find on YouTube…

If Greg Jennings really does have a torn ACL, the Packers are hurting. But this is a team that has Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, ah you get the point. They’re going undefeated and they’re probably going to win the Super Bowl.

Have a Happy Monday!

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"Rating the Ravens" following 16-6 victory over the 49ers

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“Rating the Ravens” following 16-6 victory over the 49ers

Posted on 25 November 2011 by Ryan Chell

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done this because of some late games, but boy did I pick a good one to get back at it.

In a competitive battle between brothers, division leaders, and conference elites, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 16-6 in the Ravens’ first ever contest on Thanksgiving night.

While saying the Ravens defense was the star of the game may be obvious, there is no where else to show praise.

The defense sacked Niners quarterback Alex Smith nine times, and with a second half lead (albeit 6-3 at the half; 13-6 in the fourth quarter), they forced the game into Smith’s hands.

It is another defining win the Ravens can put on their resume as Baltimore pulls away in the AFC North from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals in the last few weeks, and with the win, you can definitely feel confident in saying the Ravens are the best team in the AFC right now.


Joe Flacco didn’t have the blowout numbers that he’s had in several games this year. Despite going up a sometimes suspect 49ers passing defense this year, the 49ers had some players in their defensive backfield in corner back Carlos Rodgers and Donte Whitner at the safety position able to make some plays.

Flacco finished 15-of-23 for 151 yards and one TD-the go-ahead pass to tight end Dennis Pitta with 7:34 in the fourth quarter that put the Ravens up 13-6.

Of those completions, 12 of them came on third-down conversions.Four of them came on the drive cultivating in Pitta’s score.

He did throw an early interception to 49ers CB Tarell Brown with 6:15 left in the second quarter shadowing WR Torrey Smith, but the officials ruled that Brown shaded Smith so much, he interfered with his ability to come down with the ball.

The flag led to a 50-yard gain for the Ravens offense, bringing the ball to the San Francisco 35-yard line. The ball was placed down near the goal line, but couldn’t punch it in-instead settling for three points to go up 6-3 at the half.

Several Ravens we talked to over the last several weeks have emphasized the importance of giving up personal success for a Ravens win, and Joe Flacco I’m sure would say the same.

Rating: B-

Running Backs

This is another position where the stats will not tell the true story of the game.

The 49ers came in as one of the league’s best against the run, having not allowed a rushing touchdown in the team’s first 10 games of the year.

Much like Ravens teams of the past, Patrick Willis and the 49ers defense had gone 32 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.

But the Ravens didn’t allow that threat to make them one-sided.

They kept themselves honest running the football 21 times with Ray Rice, and Vonta Leach can definitely put himself in position to ask for a game-ball for his help in both pass and run blocking.

You can really only fault Rice for not cutting the ball up the field at the one-yard line on the 2nd and GL with four minutes in the first half.

Rice lost four yards on the play, and the Ravens missed out on the opportunity to draw first blood on the 49ers unblemished record when it came to allowing touchdowns on the ground.

Rating: B-

Wide Receivers

Other than Dennis Pitta’s score and Anquan Boldin continuing his success against an old NFC West rival, the receiving corps was relatively quiet.

Torrey Smith finished with two catches for 23 yards, and drew the 50-yard pass interference call that led to a Ravens field goal.

Lee Evans made his first catch since Week 2 of the regular season against the 49ers, but on his one catch, he fought through a tackle for four yards to get a first down out of it, drawing praise from John Harbaugh post game.

But that being said-what Boldin and Pitta did on third down is the story of the night for the Ravens offense.

To have themselves backed up with a long distance to maintain the drive, the Ravens executed every opportunity to perfection.

Rating: B

Offensive Line

The Ravens’ offensive line certainly had its hands full going into Thursday night having to stop a defensive player of the year candidate in DE Justin Smith-a man Baltimore knew all too well from his time with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier in his career.

Smith had made several game-saving plays the last several weeks, and with that, tackles Michael Oher and Bryant McKinnie appeared as if they might have needed help against the pass rusher.

Smith beat McKinnie early Thursday for a quarterback hit/pressure, but after that, Vonta Leach and the backfield did an excellent job in helping the front five in pass protection.

Center Matt Birk-who a month ago was determined to be washed up and needed to be replaced by Andre Gurode-had maybe the best game of the season against 6’2 330-lb NT Isaac Sopoaga.

The Ravens offensive line didn’t allow a sack to the 49ers and allowed Ray Rice to do enough in the running game to keep San Francisco’s defense honest.

Rating: B

Defensive Line

In 2010, the Ravens had 27 total sacks as a team.

Against the 49ers, they earned one third of that total (9) against Alex Smith alone.

Three Ravens finished with two or more sacks including Cory Redding (2.5), Haloti Ngata (2), and Terrell Suggs (3).

Pass rushers Pernell McPhee and Paul Kruger did not earn sacks themselves, but they were key as well in getting pressure on Alex Smith flushing him out of the pocket and into the arms of another defender.

And on top of a dominating pass rush, lineman Terrence Cody and Brandon McKinney also did their part in stopping running back Frank Gore, who finished with just 39 yards on 14 carries.

Even more crucial to point out was that the Ravens really weren’t overloading San Francisco with elaborate blitzes or stunts.

Much like Haloti Ngata on guard Mike Iupati, it was the man in front of them just getting beat over and over again.

Rating: A+

Another good performance from this group without the presence of Ray Lewis in the lineup, who of course missed his second straight game with a foot injury.

Brendon Ayanbadejo and Jameel McClain played admirably in place of Lewis, but let’s hope this isn’t a permanent substitution lest it become a problem.

Many thought that fellow linebacker Dannell Ellerbe would suit up alongside McClain in the middle, but he too was inactive Thursday night. In his place was longtime special teamer Albert McClellan, who played okay but was a liability in coverage when it came to covering the speedy Niners’ receiving corps.

Credit Jarret Johnson with another steady game as well for the veteran in keeping contain on Gore.

Rating: A


This unit didn’t have to do too much later in the game with Alex Smith’s eyes gradually looking toward the opposing pass rush Thursday.

However, they did remain honest to themselves and didn’t take the night off despite the success up front.

Lardarius Webb made it two straight games with an interception, taking a pass away from Braylon Edwards-a receiver who has owned Baltimore in his career when he was with the Cleveland Browns.

Bernard Pollard led all Ravens in tackles with eight from the safety spot, and was all over the field.

Ed Reed nearly made his second straight game with a pick, and Cary Williams rebounded after struggling early in the game against the speedy Ted Ginn.

On the 49ers’ drive to start the second quarter trailing 3-0, Smith found Ginn for what appeared to be a 75-yard score beating the likes of Williams.

But the play was nullified by an illegal chop block on Frank Gore on Bernard Pollard in the backfield.

Those points taken off the board, combined with Webb’s pick in the end zone-kept the 49ers behind and without the ability to control the clock throughout the game.

It forced Alex Smith to go to the air early, and that’s where the Ravens wanted him.

Rating: B-

Special Teams

Billy Cundiff continues to rebound from a tough stretch of games for him, as he went 3-for-3 against the Niners in a defensive struggle where field position and converting points on long drives is key.

Sam Koch dropped two of his four punts inside the 20 and David Reed and Tom Zbikowski both played decent enough in their roles as gunners and kick returners respectively.

Rating: A-

Like my analysis? Disagree? Call into “The Reality Check” with Glenn Clark Friday afternoon to share your thoughts! WNST-We Never Stop Talking Baltimore Sports!








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The Reality Check Week 12 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 24 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week:  32)

There is a 100% chance folks in Baltimore will pick the Colts to beat the Ravens in a few weeks.

31. Washington Redskins (LW:  31)

Folks in DC were talking this week about how the Skins “showed heart” against the Cowboys. They also showed another way to lose a football game.

30. Carolina Panthers (LW:  26)

I’m assuming Cam Newton is the favorite for Rookie of the Year. Without winning more games he shouldn’t be.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW:  28)

And if you lose to the Browns, it should really count as two.

28. St. Louis Rams (LW:  29)

Their lack of playmakers is incredible.

27. Arizona Cardinals (LW:  25)

I’d say the return of Kevin Kolb could help, but could the return of Kevin Kolb really help?

26. Minnesota Vikings (LW:  23)

Without Adrian Peterson they’d be lower. Yes, it CAN get lower.

25. Kansas City Chiefs (LW:  21)

If Kyle Orton doesn’t throw the ball once in practice this week he should still play ahead of Tyler Palko. And Kyle Orton stinks.

24. Cleveland Browns (LW:  30)

How does this team have four wins?

23. Seattle Seahawks (LW:  24)

I’m going to assume they’ll win a third straight game Sunday.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (LW:  22)

Let’s see.

21. Buffalo Bills (LW:  17)

They’ve been awful recently and Fred Jackson is hurt. Remember when they were good?

20. Miami Dolphins (LW:  27)

There’s half a chance they win Thursday in Arlington.

19. San Diego Chargers (LW:  18)

I guess it’s clear now they AREN’T the best team in the AFC West.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW:  19)

How does this team ONLY have four wins?

17. Tennessee Titans (LW:  15)

They’re too close to the Wild Card race to just play Jake Locker, but it has to at least be tempting.

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The Reality Check Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 16 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week:  32)

Indy fans are giggling like a-holes over the thought they might get Andrew Luck. I pray to God this somehow backfires.

31. Washington Redskins (LW:  28)

Do they have a third quarterback? They might want to think about playing someone at another position as quarterback. It’s that bad.

30. Cleveland Browns (LW:  24)

Please keep losing. We need more Mike Polk.

29. St. Louis Rams (LW:  31)

Finally won a game that was started by Sam Bradford. What do you think Steve Spagnuolo will be doing this time next year?

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW:  26)

They’ll probably be closer to the bottom of the list in the future.

27. Miami Dolphins (LW:  30)

Cue Major League. “Let’s win the whole f***ing thing.”

26. Carolina Panthers (LW:  25)

I have to stop giving them the benefit the doubt because of Cam Newton. They were terrible Sunday.

25. Arizona Cardinals (LW:  29)

If they somehow win another (they won’t), John Skelton will keep his job.

24. Seattle Seahawks (LW:  27)

I don’t truly believe they’re suddenly turning into a good football team.

23. Minnesota Vikings (LW:  23)

Not a whole lot of team look good at Lambeau Field.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (LW:  21)

It’s just about over for Andy Reid.

21. Kansas City Chiefs (LW:  18)

Tyler Palko playing almost assures they’ll be falling down the list in the coming weeks.

20. Denver Broncos (LW:  22)

Who can complete two passes and win a football game? Tim Tebow can!

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW:  15)

They’re in a ton of trouble in the NFC playoff race. Now two games behind Wild Card leaders.

18. San Diego Chargers (LW:  16)

My gut tells me this will ultimately still be your winner in the AFC West. My gut also tells me that Norv Turner has no business coaching this team.

17. Buffalo Bills (LW:  14)

Hard to think of them as a good football team after the last couple of games.

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Take A Good Look At The 15-7-0, It’s On A Boat!

Posted on 14 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. The Towson University football team is a win away from a CAA Championship? The Towson University football team is a win away from a CAA Championship.

Terrance West ran for 265 freaking yards as the Tigers beat the New Hampshire Wildcats Saturday. They’re now a win over Rhode Island next week away from claiming the CAA title…

This can’t be right, can it?

2. Tom Brady hasn’t lost three straight games since 2002. Holy hell.

I don’t know what’s more embarrassing for New York Jets fans-the fact that Mark Sanchez was eaten alive by some dude named Rob Nankovich or that Deion Branch owned Fireman Ed after catching a touchdown…

Rob effing Nankovich. A dude named Rob Nankovich just played hero for the New England Patriots. Maybe Bill Belichick really is better than the rest of us.

3. Still think the San Francisco 49ers haven’t proved themselves?

It’s crazy how much the Niners are different under Jim Harbaugh. Justin Smith is playing like a Defensive Player of the Year, Carlos Rogers is playing like a capable National Football League cornerback and Alex Smith…wait, Alex Smith is still playing semi-respectable football? No way…

I’m trying to put a Ravens-related spin on some of the things in the 15-7-0 this week. For example, the 49ers are a GOOD team, so when they play the Ravens on Thanksgiving we can be certain the Ravens will win, right?

4. Brandon Weeden was brilliant and Kansas State/Texas A&M was incredible. Ladies and gentleman, your weekend in the Big 12.

After a big performance in Oklahoma State’s rout of Texas Tech Saturday, Weeden’s Cowboys are now two wins away from the BCS Championship Game…

The Wildcats and Aggies played a four overtime thriller IN Manhattan. It was way more fun to watch than the game I was at Saturday night…

5. After a disastrous week for everyone at Penn State, almost everything that happened Saturday in Happy Valley was positive.

The Nittany Lions fell short against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but this pre-game moment will probably be more memorable…

Elsewhere in the Big Ten…you know there wasn’t all that much going on elsewhere in the Big Ten. Well, Goldy Gopher DID attempt to frog splash Bucky Badger through a table; but not much else.


6. The Dallas Cowboys might have just put more points on the Buffalo Bills.

Let me get this straight. The Cowboys beat the Bills 44-7 and after the game the only thing anyone was talking about was the ONE Bills TD???

The story is that Bills WR David Nelson caught a TD and then gave the ball to his girlfriend Kelsi Reich, who is a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. This is a fantastic reason for me to post a picture of Kelsi Reich…


7. The Chicago Bears defense scored more fantasy points than a number of quarterbacks this weekend. 

Included in the Bears’ huge NFC North win was (inexplicably) ANOTHER punt return TD for Devin Hester…

What’s the worse idea? Predicting the Orioles will sign a significant free agent or kicking the ball to Devin Hester?

With things clearly not going their way, the Detroit Lions started fighting with the Bears. It’s weird because nothing about the team made me think they’d do something like that for no reason.

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The Reality Check Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 09 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 32)

I’m more and more convinced they’re not winning a game this season.

31. St. Louis Rams (LW: 28)

I don’t believe Sam Bradford is terrible, I believe you must give good players real weapons. Oh. A defense would be nice too.

30. Miami Dolphins (LW: 31)

I found out this week my “Tony Sparano has to be rallying this team against their ownership” theory is totally accurate.

29. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 30)

They won a game Sunday-which is nice, but it was against the Rams, so how much credit do they really get?

28. Washington Redskins (LW: 24)

Remember everything I said about their quarterbacks back when they won a couple of games. We knew this was coming.

27. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 27)

The good news (for the Ravens) is that the Seahawks stink. The bad news is that the Jags did too.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 26)

Hey! Speak of the devil!

25. Carolina Panthers (LW: 25)

I wonder how this team would have done this season if they were in the AFC West?

24. Cleveland Browns (LW: 22)

I keep looking for something positive to say here.

23. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 23)

I get the feeling these guys can actually steal a game or two down the stretch from the teams that matter in the NFC North.

22. Denver Broncos (LW: 29)

I get the feeling this is a team that will fluctuate between this spot and a spot closer to 32 the rest of the way.

21. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 15)

I was surprised by how little they had to offer at the end of the Monday Night Football contest. Hard to get off the mat twice in the same half season.

20. Tennessee Titans (LW: 19)

Anyone feel like we’re getting closer to a point where Jake Locker will see the field?

19. Oakland Raiders (LW: 20)

There is no way that TJ Houshmandzadeh will ever be the answer for anything. They need Darren McFadden back…badly. It’s just not coming yet.

18. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 17)


17. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 21)

If they could only keep playing bad teams all season…

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The 15-7-0 Of The Century

Posted on 07 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. If you have to make a trip to Orono, Maine you might as well go ahead and get a victory.

Which is what I guess the Towson Tigers figured they would do to move back into a first place in the CAA…

Terrance West ran all over the Black Bears, much like he’s done to everyone else in the conference. Towson has a completely legitimate chance to win the conference. I almost can’t believe I’m typing that.

2. Julio Jones did something Sunday you’re not capable of.

The Atlanta Falcons traded away many things to get this man on their team. If he keeps playing like he did against the Indianapolis Colts it will go down as one of the greatest decisions in National Football League history…

As far as Indy in concerned, things have gotten so bad that at one point QB Curtis Painter threw two forward passes on the same play. No really, this actually happened. He wears the same number as Bert Jones. That’s where the similarities end.

3. Remember when the New York Giants and San Diego Chargers swapped Eli Manning & Phillip Rivers? The Giants put another point on the scoreboard Sunday.

There were many amazing things about the Giants’ come from behind win over the New England Patriots in Foxborough, notably the plays made from Eli Manning to Jake Ballard to win the game. But NOTHING I could share with you would be as good as the footage of Michael Strahan celebrating the win while the cameras were “off” at FOX…

During the Sunday Night Football halftime show, Bob Costas pointed out that Ballard’s number (85) was the same number worn by David Tyree in Super Bowl XLII. Pretty good.

(Puts on “Superfriends” announcer voice)


Phillip Rivers nearly figured out a way to beat the NFC (and NFL)’s best team. The reason why he “nearly” figured it out is because part of beating the best team in the the league is NOT repeatedly throwing the ball to them.

I feel like Aaron Rodgers is getting dangerously close to “so good we can’t possibly like him” territory by the way.

4. You only get to win a “Game of the Century” every now and then, so I’m pretty LSU doesn’t care how ugly things were Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.

And now we deal with the fact that we might well have to see the Tigers face Alabama again in the BCS Championship Game if Oklahoma State and Stanford falter.

Don’t get me wrong, this was a great game even if it wasn’t always beautiful to look at. LSU now has the fast track to a national title and it’s hard to imagine anyone not named Alabama beating them.

5. While Kellen Moore has done no wrong, Andrew Luck can clinch the Heisman Trophy next week against Oregon.

Kellen Moore wasn’t necessarily brilliant, but he surpassed Colt McCoy as the all-time winningest quarterback in NCAA history in Boise State’s win at UNLV…

Kellen Moore’s season only remains interesting however if Luck begins to stumble. Their national TV (ABC) game Saturday night against Oregon will be Luck’s chance to follow up on his performance against USC with a “clincher”. Probably. He had some early struggles, but was good again Saturday against Oregon State…

Trent Richardson remains third on my list-but he’s currently third on a list of two. Case Keenum heads the “others receiving votes” category.

6. Tim Tebow we love you again…at least for now.

Tim Tebow by no means beat the Oakland Raiders on his own (Denver Broncos teammates Willis McGahee, Eddie Royal & Eric Decker certainly helped), but what the hell do we care about anyone who plays in the Mile High City not named Tim Tebow?

By the way, the Broncos are only a game out of first place in the AFC West. And thank God the Raiders solved all of their problems by trading for Carson Palmer.

7. The New York Jets have bounced back well enough that Rex Ryan should say something idiotic any moment now.

The Jets kicked the Buffalo Bills’ asses Sunday in Orchard Park. Instead of showing the highlights, let’s all laugh at Mark Sanchez flinching when lined up out wide against Drayton Florence…

That’s more humorous than Ashton Kutcher on “Two & A Half Men.” But then again, what isn’t?

There’s a mess atop the AFC East, as these teams and the Pats all have three losses. I hope they all end up with six personally.

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“The Reality Check” Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 26 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week:  31)

They lost 62-7. What else can I say?

31. Miami Dolphins (LW: 32)

At least they played the Broncos close…not that it really matters.

30. St. Louis Rams (LW: 30)

When they play AJ Feeley, they’re actually number 35.

29. Arizona Cardinals (LW: 26)

We didn’t think much of the Jags last week either.

28. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 28)

I should give them more credit for playing the Packers close and getting solid play from Christian Ponder. I SHOULD give them more credit.

27. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 22)

I STILL don’t know how they beat the Giants in East Rutherford.

26. Denver Broncos (LW: 27)

They won…it just wasn’t very pretty.

25. Washington Redskins (LW: 19)

They don’t have a quarterback. This was going to happen.

24. Carolina Panthers (LW: 25)

Cam Newton is going to win more games moving forward.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 30)

Their defense is going to win a few games if they get ANYTHING from Blaine Gabbert.

22. Cleveland Browns (LW: 24)

Their defense is clearly very good…I have no idea if they’re any good otherwise.

21. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 21)

DeMarco Murray ran like crazy…against the Rams. Everyone seems to be forgetting that.

20. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 23)

Yes they’ve beaten lesser competition, but they’ve beaten them. Sometimes your record is more important than finding out how good you really are.

19. Tennessee Titans (LW: 17)

That was ugly Sunday. The type of ugly that you wonder if they can recover from.

18. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 20)

My gut says they’re very much a factor in the NFC East the rest of the way.

17. Oakland Raiders (LW: 15)

Carson Palmer CAN’T be that bad…I don’t think.

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The 15-7-0 Might Not Be Statue-Worthy As Of Now, But Give It Time

Posted on 24 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. If there are any tickets left for Towson-Delaware next Saturday at Unitas Stadium, get them now.

There was no 4th & 29 miracle this time around, just a good old fashioned butt kicking of William & Mary for Terrence West and the Tigers…

And now Towson has an undefeated record in the CAA (they’re tied with Maine for first place) and returns home to face the Blue Hens Saturday night.

I might go as Rob Ambrose for Halloween this year. He’s created more magic than Harry Potter.

2. I don’t think much of the “Tebow Time” monicker, but I’m happy for the kid.

I mean, I get it. Tim Tebow leads comebacks in consecutive games, so the late moments of games involving Tebow will now be known as “Tebow Time”…

I’m trying to figure out 67 more ways to put the word “Tebow” in this entry.

Yes, the Denver Broncos were TERRIBLE for most of their win over the lifeless Miami Dolphins. Who cares? Tebow was a winner, so America has a week to repeat his name over and over and over and over and over and over.

Tebow Tebow Tebow Tebow Tebow Tebow.


Demaryius Thomas was so excited about Tebow’s performance he decided to plant one on his quarterback…


That’s just plain beautiful.

3. Christian Ponder had a nice day and all, but Aaron Rodgers and Charles Woodson play for the Green Bay Packers. Who did you think was going to win?

At least things were interesting enough that you get the feeling the Packers MIGHT somehow be vulnerable. Maybe.

Brian Robison did something to TJ Lang during the game that made everyone in America uncomfortable…

Oh. Oh…

4. It absolutely takes more time, but the end of the Wisconsin-Michigan State game was a reminder of how crucial it is to review every scoring play.

We should start by saying “thank God the replay officials in East Lansing got this one right”…

Doug Flutie and Gerard Phelan still have the greatest “Hail Mary” of all time (and I’ll assume Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook are still second on the list), but this was pretty awesome.

We can also all agree that if Russell Wilson and the Badgers had seen the ball again they would have won, right?

I’m certainly convinced of it.

5. Every establishment in Lubbock will now have a picture of Seth Doege with the words “his money is no good here” below it.

I’m not sure if you stayed up late enough (the game ended at about 1:30am) to watch all of Texas Tech-Oklahoma, but it turned out to be a really good game…

Apparently the Red Raiders didn’t get the memo that no one EVER beats the Sooners in Norman.

While OU is likely done (as far as the BCS Championship picture is concerned), their “Bedlam” date with Oklahoma State still looms large in the title picture after the Cowboys got another brilliant performance from QB Brandon Weeden in a win over Missouri.

By the way, Brandon Weeden is my age. Does that mean I still have a future in football?

6. There are four playoff spots to be had between the NFC North and NFC South. Because of this, the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons picked up HUGE wins.

The Bears went to London and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who never really looked in sync. This is why I never want to see the Ravens play across the pond…

The game involved a Matt Forte run that was so brutal it made two Bucs players run into each other…


The Detroit Lions have now lost back to back home games after falling to the Falcons Sunday at Ford Field…

The Lions have serious rushing issues, but still have Calvin Johnson. That should mean they’ll be okay. Miraculously for the Falcons, Matt Ryan survived a brutal hit in this one and came back to finish the game. That should mean they’ll be okay as well.

Also in this game, Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez passed Marvin Harrison for the 2nd most receptions in history, only behind Jerry Rice.

That’s actually really amazing.

7. Rex Ryan may be a lunatic, but on Sunday he was at least a victorious lunatic.

I like to think I appreciate a level of refreshing honesty from a head coach, but for some reason Rex just tends to come off as more of a horses’s ass than anything…

Plaxico Burress is 6’5″. It must be nice for the New York Jets to have a capable receiver that size. There isn’t one of those in Baltimore, and the Ravens still have to face the San Diego Chargers later in the season themselves.

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The #Occupy15-7-0 Campaign Hasn’t Really Caught On Yet

Posted on 17 October 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. After beating Old Dominion in miraculous fashion, I understand why Towson Coach Rob Ambrose’s first comment was “Oh my God!”

If you’re not aware, the Tigers topped ODU after trailing by 11 points late in the fourth quarter. They recovered an onside kick and then completed the miracle when QB Grant Enders found WR Tom Ryan for a 63 yard TD on 4th and 29.


This season his been crazy for Towson football. I’m more and more surprised they didn’t win in College Park.

2. The Green Bay Packers are so good that even when they’re not very good they win.

Seriously, the defending Super Bowl champs (and last remaining undefeated team) did absolutely NOTHING in the second half. No matter, they had already ensured themselves a blowout victory.

Yes, that WAS AJ Hawk flipping off his own sideline. I don’t get it either.


3. I’ll assume Michael Turner’s big performance Sunday came because he heard I had picked the Atlanta Falcons to win the Super Bowl before the season.

But it’s not as though I feel any more comfortable about my chances of being right.

I liked Cam Newton’s Deion Sanders dance. I would assume Panthers fans would prefer that he win games. He will.

4. I’m keeping Kellen Moore and Trent Richardson just ahead of Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson in my Heisman Trophy watch. (Landry Jones is now 5th for me if you’re scoring at home).

I’m sure this keeps you up at night. Russell Wilson had the best highlight of the weekend in Wisconsin’s blowout win over Indiana…

Trent Richardson had both the best game of his career and perhaps the best juke of all time in Alabama’s win over Ole Miss…

But I put Kellen Moore at the top of the list a few weeks ago and he hasn’t done anything to make me change my mind. Certainly not in Boise State’s blowout win over Colorado State…

Luck was great again in Stanford’s big win over Washington State, but he might have been upstaged by teammate Ty Montgomery…

Landry Jones should probably not be making his first appearance in my Top 5. Hey, it’s my list jerks. He was really good in Oklahoma’s win over Kansas…

5. So let me get this straight. Ryan Tannehill was a great receiver, now he’s a great quarterback and he might go on to be an orthopedic surgeon? I wish I had one skill.

Tannehill threw four TD’s to Ryan Swope alone in Texas A&M’s big win over Baylor Saturday…

In the loss, Bears QB Robert Griffin III…I don’t know how to describe this. I’m just glad Gus Johnson called it…

Elsewhere in the Big 12, Oklahoma State and Texas traded kickoff return TD’s. And otherwise the Cowboys kicked the Longhorns’ asses…

6. The New York Giants got a nice win over the Buffalo Bills. How the hell did they lose to the Seattle Seahawks last week?

It wasn’t a good 4th quarter for Drayton Florence…

But really, they lost to the Seahawks last week. How in the hell is that possible?

7. Attention Tom Brady: We get it. You’re good at quarterbacking.

He came up with a big time throw to Aaron Hernandez to help the New England Patriots beat the Dallas Cowboys…

By law, we’ll all be talking about Tony Romo on Monday instead of anything that happened in the game. Right up until we remember Tim Tebow is playing again next weekend.

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