Green Bay Packers jobbed by the replacement refs in Seattle

Not one call, not two calls, not three calls, but four bad calls led to the Seattle Seahawks’ 14-12 upset win over the Green Bay Packers.

None bigger than Russell Wilson’s desperation heave that the Packers’ (1-2) M.D. Jennings seemingly intercepted but was ruled a simultaneous catch and touchdown by the Seahawks’ (2-1) wide receiver Golden Tate.

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Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: NFC West

 

With the NFL lockout finally behind us, football fans can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the coming weeks, I will rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers for each division. Today, the NFC West gets some time under the spotlight.

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What’s Next for the Seattle Seahawks?

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The Seattle Seahawks were knocked off their high horse on Sunday losing to the Chicago Bears 35-24. Neither the 12th Man, “Beast Mode,” or Matt Hasselbeck swimming in the fountain of youth were on display in the Windy City. Instead of looking like the miracle workers from the week before, the Seahawks looked like the team that went 2-6 on the road during the regular season.

It seemed as though nothing could go right for Seattle. After a quick three and out by the offense, the defense gave up a 58 yard passing touchdown to TE Greg Olsen on the Bears’ third play from scrimmage. On the ensuing drive, in ironic fashion, coach Pete Carroll decided to punt on 4th and 1 inside Bears territory. This coming from a team that was playing with house money and with “nothing to lose.”

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Bears Jay Cutler Impresses in His First NFL Playoff Game

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Many, including myself, thought Jay Cutler would struggle on Sunday. Can you blame us? He was playing a team that sacked him six times back in Week 6. Sure, teams evolve as the season progresses, but pass protection has been an issue for the Bears all year long. Chicago gave up a total of 52 sacks on the year, most in the NFL. Plus, Cutler’s last playoff game was against Zionsville High School.

The pundits were silenced early on as Cutler completed his first post-season pass to TE Greg Olsen for a 58 yard touchdown. Seattle seemed to be unaware that Olsen was active on Sunday as he was left wide open for several big plays. Olsen finished the day with 113 yards and a touchdown.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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The Fighting Preview: Bringing “Special” to ND

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Starting a game at Notre Dame Stadium doesn’t mean just teeing the football up and booting it down the field. It means Fighting Irish students start a cheer that resonates throughout the stadium by the time the return man catches the ball. This year, it is a start for new faces among Notre Dame assistant coaches to show their talents to the rest of the college football world.

By Kevin Hunt

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2010 NFL Mock Draft Final 4-22 Round 2

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By Paul M. Banks

For our draft big board rankings go here

To read our updated team needs go here

For round 1 click here

We finally added Round 3!! FOR ROUND 3 GO HERE

As always, you can check out my College Football and NFL blogs on the Washington Times.com by clicking the hyperlinked text.

For our NBA Mock Draft click here

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NFL GMs: Don’t Wait for Golden Tate

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By Kevin Hunt

His name will inspire a number of sports clichés to any story describing him. But Golden Tate is anything but a cliché wide receiver.

When you look at the wide out from Notre Dame, he’s average. Tate is right in the middle in terms of height and weight. But he brings much more than a physical presence to the field.

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Best Available WRs this Draft Class

By Paul M. Banks

A rather thin group, I included the TEs here and forecasted where they might go.

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Jimmy Clausen, Golden Tate Declare for NFL Draft

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By Paul M. Banks

When the bowl picture was developed and finalized yesterday, you might have noticed that Notre Dame was missing. And that is substantial news, because ND usually gets such special treatment from bowl committees. “A 6-5 season with 4 of those wins coming over Navy, Army, Air Force and Duke?” Yes sir, that’s Fiesta Bowl material if I ever saw it! Where do we sign?” Apparently, the players held a vote to decide if the 6-6 team would accept a bowl bid this season, if they were granted one. Well, whatever happened behind close doors and in meetings, ND is home for the holidays. I would say deservedly so, but look at some of the teams going bowling, I mean Michigan State? really? So ND could have gone to the O’Reilly’s auto parts bowl or the Sham-wow bowl or whatever, but instead of a postseason destination, embattled Irish QB Jimmy Clausen and electric WR Golden Tate are headed for the greener pastures of the NFL, as both officially declared today.

Without a coach, and with the team on a current losing streak, and the NFL money right around the corner, this was a no-brainer decision for the two high first round prospects.