Sunday, March 23, 2014

How Has 2014 Free Agency Effected Super Bowl Odds


The NFL offseason is a long and betraying crawl to the finish line in September. We're all working our way through it with various distractions that aren't doing the trick.

One of the teams I've been most impressed with in the offseason is the NFC East Champion Philadelphia Eagles. We all know about the explosive Chip Kelly offense, and their phenomenal young Quarterback Nick Foles. But with the flurry of moves they've made this offseason to bolster an already potent offensive attack there are a barrage of new questions. How many points will Nick Foles and the Eagles score in 2014? What are their odds on winning the 2014 Super Bowl? What are that future betting lines for the 2015 Super Bowl? You can read more information here at The NFL Free Agency And The Super Bowl 2015 Odds news.

We might be getting a bit ahead of ourselves. Let's back-track to what the Eagles have done this offseason. I will preface by saying I like to keep up with reading about the Eagles by taking a look at the ESPN Eagles blog posts. It offers an excellent perspective of the Eagles on a national forum but with a 'local' feel. They re-signed Foles' favorite target Riley Cooper and retained highly-talented Jeremy Maclin. Then they went out and traded for a superstar weapon in RB Darren Sproles. Don't forget the addition to the back of the defense with the signing of CB Malcolm Jenkins from New Orleans! The last thing they need to do is find a competent back-up QB to Foles - because Michael Vick signed with the New York Jets. The Sporting News has some speculation on who will be Foles' back-up QB here.

My point is I think the Eagles are an excellent futures bet for this year and 2015 to win the Super Bowl. I see a little bit of Tom Brady in Foles - back before Brady was winning all the rings. I will go on record here as saying I think Foles and Chip Kelly win at least one ring together. As evidenced this past year with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks - sometimes a Super Bowl winning Quarterback comes along in the most obscure of ways!

As we trudge through the NFL offseason and free agency together - one of the things I can't live long enough for is seeing the 2014 Eagles progress and win some people big money in their bets next season and beyond. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cam Newton Makes First Pro Bowl

Cam Newton was named to his first NFL Pro Bowl today with Eli Manning needing this coming Sunday off to prepare for a slightly bigger contest. I couldn't be happier for the kid. As I watched him over the course of this season I really did feel that I was watching one of the best in the game; and you can relive a lot of the highlights with a nice 2011: Best of Cam Newton from NFL.com.

He was also the Sporting News Rookie of the Year.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Giants Going Back to the Super Bowl

Wow.

An all-time classic that tops so many that have gone before it. Giants win 20-17 in overtime out in San Francisco to advance to the Super Bowl. I need to collect my thoughts before I write this.

I'm really happy for the G-Men, Eli Manning, and Tom Coughlin. As well as my wife and father in law.

Here's the gamebook for this historic instant classic.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

They're at it again: Giants upend Packers 37-20 in NFC Divisional Round


To me, this felt like a foregone conclusion for most of the week. The Giants feel to me like the New York Giants of 2007 (and the 2008 postseason) that rolled through the playoffs and got hot at just the right time. Absolutely amazing performance this past Sunday that ended in a 37-20 win for my wife's Giants; and should have been a complete blow-out if not for the help of referee Bill Levy. 

I thought the biggest play of this game was Hakeem Nicks' Hail Mary touchdown catch at the end of the first half to put the Giants up 20-10. That was the backbreaker.

This was one of the finest, most steady performances I've seen from Eli Manning in his entire career. In terms of the postseason, it was maybe the most complete. It was his first game over 300 yards in the postseason, and he rarely made a poor throw or decision. Manning threw three touchdown passes, the final one which was the dagger to Mario Manningham, Manning scanned the field and looked tall and comfortable in the pocket in finding Manningham for what would be the knockout punch.

Manning isn't the only story.

The Giants defensive line did a good job harassing Aaron Rodgers most of the day and didn't allow a Green Bay offense to get in rhythm. As time ticked away, you just kept saying to yourself that the Giants were playing a Hell of a game on both sides of the ball, and you continued waiting for the Packers to come storming back. The Giants made every play when there was a coinflip that could have swung things either way.

This coming Sunday will be a test, evoking memories of my first NFC Championship game that I can ever remember. It seems like it would be the year that San Francisco would sneak back into the Super Bowl with a first year head coach. It's a matter of time before that happens and I have a gut feeling that lady luck shines on the Niners this Sunday. But for the hopes of my family and the general good will I have towards Manning and the Giants, I hope we're watching them Super Bowl Sunday.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

An NFL Instant Classic in San Francisco

NFL moments like this, you never forget where you were. It lasts forever, for a lifetime.

Vernon Davis' catch at the goal line; in collision with Roman Harper at the exact time the ball arrived immediately reminded me of Terrell Owens catch to beat the Packers some 14 years ago in Adam Koloff's living room. Vernon Davis crying. The view of the Candlestick landscape. Oh yeah. We're going back in time for just a few moments of life that we watched so long ago.

This time it was Drew Brees (rather than Brett Favre in January 1999) who was on the other end of this. The Saints were not easy to knock out of this tournament. They wouldn't stop fighting. They wouldn't quit. They just ran out of time.

Absolutely classic. People who follow the NFL will never forget this game on NFL Divisional Round Saturday 2012.