This list isn’t me ranking the all time Superbowl games but just me pointing out my favorites that I’ve witnessed over the years.
Superbowl XXXII Denver Broncos vs Green Bay Packers
Even though I grew up to become a die hard Chicago Bears fan, Steve Young and Brett Favre were my quarterbacks growing up. Seeing Favre and John Elway go at it made the first Superbowl I remember special. Even though the Packers had weapons on offense (Antonio Freeman and Dorsey Levens), but nobody was touching Terrell Davis that year. I remember that game came down to the wire with a Broncos win.
Superbowl XXXIV St Louis Rams vs Tennessee Titans
The “Greatest Show On Turf” is arguably the greatest offense in NFL history. Engineered by Kurt Warner, him, Issac Bruce, Marshall Faulk, and Torry Holt set were bobbing and weaving while setting NFL records. The Titans came up a yard short in the final seconds of sending the game into over
*ALL OF THE SUPERBOWLS INVOLVING THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AND TOM BRADY HAVE BEEN GOOD. ALSO I WOULD MENTION LAST YEAR’S SUPERBOWL BUT PETE CARROLL MESSED THAT UP*
Superbowl XLI Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago Bears
Even though my favorite team lost, just the fact they I’ve witnessed them being there (and Devin Hester run the opening kick off back for a touchdown) made it a special. My dad recorded and kept showing me the 85′ Bears Superbowl XX when they dismantled the New England Patriots. Hopefully one day they will win one in my lifetime.
Superbowl XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona Cardinals
This game was very exciting. Kurt Warner revived his career in Arizona after disappearing when he left St Louis. Him and arguably the most underrated wide receiver tandem in NFL history (Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin) didn’t disappoint on the big stage. However, Santonio Holmes didn’t disappoint either with one of the best game winning touchdown catches in Superbowl history.
Superbowl XLIV New Orleans Saints vs Indianapolis Colts
This was probably the most meaningful Superbowl win for a team in recent memory. Just about 3 years removed from Hurricane Katrina, Drew Brees and that explosive offense handed Peyton Manning his first Superbowl loss.
We have finally arrived! 2015 went by with a blink of an eye, but so many moments have happened along the way. Several weeks ago, I let you all submit your nominees for your favorite sports moment of the year. Then, I let you all vote for your favorite moments from the final list. This past Sunday, I was on “The Come Up Podcast” for my monthly visit. I announced the order of the results (that you’ll see in a second). Below, are the results of your votes. Thanks for participating!!
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Another week in the books! We are getting closer to that final playoff push. Carolina and New England remained undefeated, Thomas Rawls is making the best of his limited opportunities in Seattle, and Matt Hasselbeck is undefeated this season as the Indianapolis Colts starter. What else did we learn?
Almost 3 quarters of the NFL regular season is completed, and the MVP race is basically coming down to two players: Tom Brady (the favorite) and Cam Newton (the underdog). Tom Brady’s main argument is his stats (3,320 passing yards, 25 TDs, 4 INTs, 28 rushing yards, 2 TDs) and their team’s record (10-0). Another claim is that their team has looked dominant for majority of the year. Over the past few weeks, New England has started to lose their weapons; first Dion Lewis, then Julian Edelman, and now Danny Amendola. If they were to finish the regular season undefeated, that will show how impressive Tom Brady and this well-oiled machine really is. On the other side, you have Cam Newton. His stats (2,283 passing yards, 20 TDs, 9 INTs, 382 rushing yards, 6 TDs) doesn’t tell the whole story. His best receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, hasn’t played a single snap this year due to a torn ACL. Besides Greg Olsen, I’m not sure anybody else on that offense that plays a skilled position would start on another team. He has done the most that he can with working with arguably the worst supporting cast on offense in the league…not mention that they are undefeated as well. Even though Tom Brady is still the favorite now, this race can get really close, really soon.
The Brock Osweiler Era?
Brock Osweiler made his first start for the injured Peyton Manning this past Sunday against Chicago on the road. He didn’t look bad by any means. Actually, it was kind of impressive. He completed 20 out of 27 passes for 250 passing yards, 2 TDs, and 0 INTs. Osweiler is listed at 6 foot 7, with a cannon of an arm. Denver has announced they he will make his second consecutive start next Sunday against New England. Manning hasn’t looked like the Peyton Manning that we are accustomed to, and he hasn’t made the best decisions either. This may be the end of number 18 in the Mile High City.
Jameis Winston Ahead Of The Curve
For being the number 1 overall pick and being thrown into the fire, Jameis Winston has responded well based on the circumstances. Winston had his best game of his young career Sunday against Philadelphia (completed 19 of 29 pass attempts, 246 passing yards, 5 TDs, and 0 INTs). Over the past 4 games, he has 9 total TDs, 2 INTs, and most importantly 3 wins. Obviously, he still has PLENTY of room for improvement but compared to Luck’s Newton’s, and Manning’s rookies season (I won’t dare put JaMarcus Russell in that category), he’s in the mix, if not better. Fantasy football wise, he’s looked incredible during that span and moving forward.
Baltimore has now without their top 4 players, with injuries to Justin Forsett (fractured arm) and Joe Flacco (torn ACL) this past Sunday against St. Louis. The other 2 players are Terrell Suggs and Steve Smith Sr.
Johnny Manziel allegedly partying over the bye week via video. His status on being the starter is now uncertain. UPDATE: Josh McCown is named the starter and Johnny Manziel is 3rd string.
Green Bay is now tied with Minnesota on top of the NFC North with Green Bay owning the tie breaker.
Bonus: Thanksgiving Outlook
For the longest, Dallas and Detroit always host a team on Thanksgiving. Over the past few years, the NFL has added a 3rd game during the evening. First game is Philadelphia at Detroit. Sam Bradford has cleared the concussion protocol, but it has not been determined if he will start or not. Detroit hasn’t played up to expectations, but they have looked better the past couple of weeks. Second game is Carolina and Dallas. Dallas is actually favored to win this game (and I don’t understand why). Having Tony Romo back under center has given “America’s Team” hope to make a final push for a playoff spot. Cam Newton and the Panthers are looking to continue their perfect season. If Dallas can’t run the ball, things can get rough in Dallas. Third game is Chicago at Green Bay. The NFL’s Oldest Rivalry will face off again Thanksgiving night. Jay Cutler hasn’t won a game at Lambeau Field in Chicago, and he may have to give it try without Alshon Jeffrey (hamstring). Green Bay is looking to get on a roll again after losing 3 straight prior to winning this past Sunday.
Another week down, another week of excitement. New England barely stayed flawless, Green Bay lost to the horrific v Detroit Lions (3 in a row), and Tony Romo will be back next Sunday. What else did we learn?
The Ugly Great Peyton Manning
We probably all witnessed the greatest regular season quarterback to ever step foot on the gridiron. Peyton Manning has broken almost every statistical record that Brett Favre has set (wasn’t that long ago). The latest record of Favre’s to be broken was the 71,838 career passing yards. It was a monumental achievement, something we may never see happen again. The same day that Manning made history, is, unfortunately, the same day he played the worst game of his career. He completed 5 of 20 attempts for 35 yards with 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Then he was uncharacteristically pulled from the game in the 3rd quarter. Peyton hasn’t looked like Peyton this year. Presumably, this may be his last year. Even though he is having a dismal season statistically, number 18’s legacy could never be tarnished (unless he was shaving points or something).
Bengals: Until they win an actual playoff game, they will always be a pretender!
Falcons: They are starting to revert back to the Falcons that we are used to. These next 2 games will determine what we can expect from them, starting with the Colts.
Raiders: Just when you think the Raiders would take advantage of a rare opportunity, they couldn’t get it done against the Vikings. They are young and talented, but that’s about it for the moment. Oh, and Aldon Smith is suspended for a year (shaking my head).
Redskins: The Redskins won’t make the playoffs because Kirk Cousins is their quarterback.
St. Louis: The team has a lot of potential but only random spurts of promise to show for it. Benching Nick Foles isn’t a good sign either.
Cardinals: This is probably the most balanced team in the NFC with a veteran quarterback, a hall of fame wide receiver, and a stud cornerback. They are legit.
Panthers: It’s time to start believing if you haven’t already. The team consists of Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, and their defense. And they’re still undefeated.
Broncos: The game against the Chiefs was a wash but they are still a threat this year all Thanks to their defense. If or when that offense can become consistent again, be afraid.
Patriots: Despite losing Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman, the Patriots are still the Patriots.
Don’t Be Surprised If…
If the Seahawks or the Bears make the playoffs.
If the Jaguars win the division.
If the Giants or Steelers make it to the Super Bowl.
Another week has concluded in the NFL and the season has been amazing so far. 6 undefeated teams still remaining after week 5!?!? The finish to the Chargers/Steelers game was unbelievable! Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons is proving that he isn’t a fantasy football fluke. What else did we learn?
Cutler In The Clutch
Personally, entering this game I felt my Chicago Bears had a slim chance of winning this game. Not because of the swiss cheese defense or the insufficient weapons on offense but for the simple fact the game was at Arrowhead, a place where it’s tough to beat Kansas City. The way the flow of the game was going, the Chiefs was one big play away from icing the game early and you could feel it coming. But then the unthinkable happened… Jamaal Charles went down (I’m a big fan of his. I have him in 4 fantasy football leagues but I’m more concerned with his help. I pray he will have a speedy recovery). Once that happened, the Bears started to believe they could win the game. The defense started to play solid and their offense responded. Jay Cutler hit Marques Wilson with a 22 yard touchdown with 3:05 left in the game. Cutler then finds Matt Forte with the game winning score with 18 seconds left after dropping the snap. The Bears have won 2 consecutive games off of game winning drives. The Bears travel to Detroit next Sunday to play a struggling Lions team.
Ugly In Motown
Speaking of the Lions, its looking gloomy. Their winless start is surprising and unsurprising at the same time. They have so much talent on the offense to be winless, BUT at the same time we’re talking about the Lions. Their defense lost it’s “mojo” from last year, the running game is obsolete, and Matthew Stafford has turned into Casper the friendly ghost. I don’t understand how you are winless through 5 games when you have Megatron on your team. He can win you a few games by himself. Cam Newton has far less weapons to use and his team can score points, and they’re undefeated (granted their defense is amazing but he team still has to play offense). The Lions have other weapon as well but if you can’t utilize your best player then what’s the point of mentioning them?
San Diego Equals Mediocre
When T.I. made that song “No Mediocre”, he was referring to women and the San Diego Chargers. Ever since LaDainian Tomlinson left San Diego for the New York Jets, the Chargers have been stuck in a state of mediocrity. They have a legitimate quarterback in Philip Rivers with his best receiving option being an aging tight end Antonio Gates for all of his career. Their defense has been average at best over the years. They are not bad enough to get a high draft pick, but they are not good enough to make a playoff run if they make the playoffs. A roadblock was put up when Peyton Manning entered the AFC West. As long as number 18 is the quarterback in Denver, Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers will always be grounded. And as long as they keep making conservative offseason moves, they will always be mediocre.
Who’s The Real MVP?
I know a couple of weeks ago I suggested that Julio Jones was the early favorite as MVP but since then his production has decreased courtesy of Matt Ryan. Honestly, the award is a free for all thus far. Tom Brady has been almost flawless this year his team is undefeated. Well, the same could be said about Andy Dalton. Aaron Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers, and Cam Newton is making a dollar out of 15 cents. Then you can’t over look Carson Palmer and Matt Forte quietly leads the league in rushing. It’s too early to tell but who do you think is the MVP so far?
Darkhorses Are Looming The known threats (Green Bay, New England, Denver, and Seattle will get it together) every year is around again. There are a couple of teams they has flown under the radar or not have been taking seriously. The Arizona Cardinals are a legitimate threat to come out the NFC as long as Carson Palmer doesn’t go down. The Cincinnati Bengals are another team but probably won’t get the respect because Andy Dalton has been a disappearing act the postseason. The jury is still out on them and rightfully so. The same can be said about Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Some other teams have potential but let’s see how it plays out.
Week 4 was an interesting week for the league even without New England playing. Chicago got their first win (Go Bears!), Drew Brees broke the Dallas Cowboys hearts in overtime, and Seattle’s win came down to a controversial call. What else did we learn from week 4?
If you watched that game that was shown from the other side of the world, you would’ve seen just how dominant the New York Jets was against the Miami Dolphins. Miami’s running game was nonexistent, Ryan Tannehill looked frantic, that supposed-to-be amazing front four was just as noticeable as the oxygen we breathe, and NOBODY could guard Brandon Marshall. Even before this abomination, the Dolphins were struggling. Their only win came in week 1 against the Washington Redskins. They came from behind to pull that win out. Outside of Jarvis Landry, the offense looks as stable as a wooden bridge in the Indiana Jones movies. Their coach, Joe Philbin, was fired this morning. There are rumors that Tannehill was belittle practice squad players and that the coach told the defense to not play hard to get Tannehill’s confidence higher. Not to mention they paid a boat load of money to Suh, and the Dolphins defense had only one sack entering Sunday’s game. More changes might be on the rise in South Beach.
Gurley Was Worth The Wait
When the St. Louis Rams drafted Todd Gurley in the first round back in May, they knew they would have to wait a little longer to get production from the rookie. Gurley tore his ACL in his final year at Georgia. He debuted week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers but didn’t play much. This past week against the Arizona Cardinals, his numbered was called and he delivered in the 4th quarter tallying up 106 yards; 146 yards off 19 carries for the game. The Rams haven’t had a relevant running back since Stephen Jackson and haven’t had a premier back since Marshall Faulk. If the rookie keeps this up things can look brighter in the “show me” state.
Time To KaePANIC
Things haven’t been the same for Colin Kaepernick ever since the Super bowl appearance against the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, the quarterback that had all the potential to be great has now raised significant red flags around his skill set. Kaepernick has regressed significantly as a passer. The average accuracy has diminished. His passes are equivalent to Aroldis Chapman’s fastball with 0 touch. He’s basically a one-trick pony these days, leading lackluster offense. Even though he signed a huge contract extension not too long ago, I’m not sure how much longer of a future Colin has in the Bay Area.
Teams Remain Undefeated
We have 6 undefeated teams left in the NFL (Bengals, Broncos, Falcons, Packers, Panthers, Patriots). ESPN said the odds of a team going 16-0 are at 2.8%, and that the Atlanta Falcons has the best chance of accomplishing that. I seriously doubt that will happen with that suspect defense, however it is fun to think about. Carolina has the worst offense on this list but their defense is rock solid. New England is on another level but their difficult schedule says they will slip up and that goes for Denver as well. Green Bay is definitely Aaron Rodgers or bust. The same can be said about Cincy with Andy Dalton. We’ll see whose the last team standing soon enough though.