Eagles LeSean McCoy: Barry Sanders of the 2010s

Is LeSean McCoy this generation’s Barry Sanders? The Philadelphia Eagles runner is easily the 2nd best running back in the NFC, and probably the NFL. Bob Costas of NBC had an exclusive with McCoy that aired during Sunday Night Football. The topic of Barry Sanders came up.

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How the Vikings Can Stay Competitive with the Packers

Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings will play at Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football this week. The Packers are around two touchdown favorites-which is a boatload in the NFL. Fans from Green Bay are unique in the fact that they enjoy their beverages either way. They partake in them to celebrate if the club wins, and they consume them in excess after a loss to drown their sorrows. They will probably be on the cheery end of the spectrum late Monday night, but there are a few things that the Vikings can do to combat this likelihood.

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Bears DT Anthony Adams: (Gut Busting Dance Video)

Every great football movie/tv show has the loud, ostentatious, lovable fat guy character in it. Think about it: Billy Bob in “Varsity Blues,” the grifter guy in “Wildcats,” Tanker in “Friday Night Lights,” the list goes on and on.

A real life show-off lard ass exists on the Chicago Bears in DT Anthony Adams. It’s just too bad the team did not play as well as Adams gets down. The Bears got smacked by the Detroit Lions 24-13

As we found out here. Watch the “Adams groove” (yes, I did intentionally reference a MC Hammer hit theme song to a crappy movie) after the jump
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Detroit Lions 24, Chicago Bears 13: Rapid Reaction

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Stop us if you heard this before- Jay Cutler didn’t have much a pocket to work with, and his receivers did very little to help him.

Matthew Stafford (19-26-219-1-2), on the other hand, actually had some protection, and his two TD passes put Detroit ahead in the third. Jahvid Best’s (12-163-1) 88-yard run later in the third quarter gave the Lions a double-digit lead, and they held on for a 24-13 win over the Chicago Bears Monday night. It was the first home Monday night game in Detroit in a decade.

The Lions (5-0) are undefeated through five games for the first time since 1956—the year before their last NFL title.

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Curtis Painter Gets His Shot with Indianapolis Colts against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last Thursday I called for and expected Curtis Painter to be the Indianapolis Colts’ starting quarterback for tonight’s prime-time affair with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) at Raymond James Stadium.

He indeed will get such an opportunity.

With previous starter Kerry Collins still experiencing concussion-like symptoms, Colts coach Jim Caldwell said Friday that Painter, a third-year player out of Purdue, would get the nod for the team’s lone appearance on ESPN’s Monday Night Football this season.

What to make of this decision? It could result in a very telling outing by the Colts one way or the other.

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Tom Brady Throws for Patriots, MNF Passing Record: New England 38, Miami 24

This is why we get so unnaturally excited about football isn’t it? A new Monday Night Football and New England Patriots franchise record for passing yards  and Tom Brady goes 32-48 for 517! 4 TDs 1 INT, 121.6 passer rating.

And there’s still another game left to be played tonight!

-I freely admit that I vastly prefer college football to the NFL, but it’s hard to make that argument as the NFL becomes such a pass happy league and shapes it’s product to be more passer friendly. It is indeed “white collar football.” And white collar football is by far the best brand of football.

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Detroit Lions 2011 Season: Game by Game Breakdown

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I am tired of tv pundits and radio talk show hosts throwing around win totals and predictions without going into detail before throwing out their opinions. Sometimes a reaction from the audience seems to be more important than giving an informed take on things. In my previous Lions blog, I went into the high hopes surrounding the Lions for this upcoming season.

What follows is a game by game synopsis of why I believe the team will achieve a minimum of nine wins this season. If I were to move or up or down from that number, I would say that they are actually closer to the total of ten than eight.

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Detroit Lions Draft Analysis

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Things are finally looking up for the Detroit Lions. They are appearing in Monday Night Football for the first time in a decade against the Chicago Bears on October 10th.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is appearing regularly in national advertising spots. For the first time in numerous years, the faithful will gather at the Hard Rock Café and not witness a selection in the single digits of the first round. Most importantly, head coach Jim Schwartz is putting a quality product on the field.

Oh yeah, by the way there is a work stoppage. Sorry to rain on that parade.

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The Favre Exchange (featuring the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings)

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by David Kay and Peter Christian

Armageddon has arrived.

In my 28 years of sports fandom, I have never been more excited for a single beginning of the season-type of game like we will witness this evening.  Brett Favre plays AGAINST the Packers.  The subplots, quotes about how this is “just another” game, and revenge angles have been beaten into the ground.

Luckily, TSB.net resident Packer fan and Brett Favre apologist David Kay, and Vikings fan Peter Christian bring their own creative genius to this exchange to get you ready for tonight’s monumental Monday night showdown..

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(DK) Peter, when Brett Favre un-retired last season and ended up with the Jets, I was 100% for it.  The only worry I had was buying into all this talk about him tarnishing his legacy.  By crapping the bed at the end of last season (mainly because of a torn biceps muscle), I was ready to erase the Favre post-Packers Era from my mind forever.  Then last weekend happened.

Instead of tarnishing his legacy, Favre added another “WOW” moment by leading the Vikings to a come-from-behind victory in the final seconds of their game against the 49ers by avoiding a tackler, throwing the perfect ball to Greg Lewis in the back of the end zone who made an absolutely spectacular catch.

Before we can even dive into tonight’s game, you have to take me through the emotion of finally being on the right side of a Favre miracle… Feels pretty orgasmic, right?

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(PC) Wait, what? That was a miracle? I thought those were the types of  plays that any QB with an IQ greater than 15 can make, no?

Seriously though, it was an amazing play. I’m not even speaking in hyperbole when I say that was the greatest pass-catch combo in Vikings history. It felt super awesome knowing that the team had a passer that can make every throw instead of a guy who will throw it 10 rows deep into the stands when trying to hit his RB in the flats (yes Tarvaris, I’m talking about you).

Looking ahead to tonight’s game is there any way that the game can  live up to the hype? The real hype should take place prior to Favre’s  return to Lambeau, right?

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(DK) What?  You’re telling me Tavaris couldn’t have made that throw… Get the…

I fully expect tonight to live up to the hype.  Things will get chippy at some point.  Nick Barnett loves talking shiz and Favre has never been one to back down.  Barnett and Favre will get into at least one major jawing moment.  And I will love every minute of it.  Believe that.

You are right, it won’t have near the hype of Favre walking onto Lambeau in a Vikes jersey though.  I cannot wait to be standing on the field when that happens.  It will easily be the number one sports moment in my life and I will smile ear to ear when he gets booed mercilessly by the Packer faithful… not because I agree with them, but because the moment will be like an out of body experience.

The major question I have is whether Favre can stay within himself like he has done in the Vikes’ first three games.  Do you think he can keep his emotions in tact and not try to do too much and cost his team?

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(PC) Good God no. There is no way the same Brett Favre that has led the Vikings to a 3-0 record will be on the field tonight. He’s gonna be more jacked up than a 37 year old divorcee/cougar from Beloit at a hick bar listening to “Redneck Woman” after doing 3 cherry bomb shots and 2 body shots of tequila with the hairy dude sitting by himself at the bar.

However, that begs the question that is in the small quiet region of Vikings fans heads, “can 39 year old Favre tap into his youth or will he play like a geeked up 40 year old who can’t make every play but thinks he can?”

Personally, I hope that AD blows up for a huge game so Favre doesn’t have to do much but still gets the satisfaction of sticking it to Ted Thompson, who, let’s be honest, is the sole reason Favre is a Viking. As game time nears, what is your gut feeling on what takes place on the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome tonight?

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(DK) My gut feeling is that AP runs wild on the Packers defense that has been soft against the run, especially up the middle.  If Cedric Benson and the Bengals can pound it on the Pack, I think AP will do likewise.

As for Favre, he will make at least one dumb throw early in the game that will have everyone thinking, “Crap, what the hell is he doing?”  But I think he wants to win this game to stick it to Ted Thompson and the Favre haters rather than try for some miracle repeat performance of the MNF game back in 2003 against Oakland, days after his father suddenly passed away when every ball he threw was spot on and miraculously caught.

For tonight, I’m going Vikings 27, Packers 20.  Green Bay’s offensive line is bad.  Their running game sucks.  Neither are encouraging signs when the Williams’ and Jared Allen are up-front for the Vikes… To quote Tony Kornheiser, “Who you got?”

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(PC) I’ve got a headache, that’s what I’ve got. I’ve got about 17 invitations to watch the game over at people’s houses or at some sports bar. I’ve got only a couple of hours until this anticipation becomes real and I have to start living the rest of my life. OK, that last one sounded way less pathetic when it was running through my mind. As for the game, I’m sticking to my guns. I was really surprised at how terrible the Packers offensive line was in week 1 and they haven’t gotten any better. If anything, they’re worse because veteran tackle and anchor Chad Clifton is sitting this contest out. Throw in the aforementioned Williams Wall and Jared Allen (the best front unit the Pack has seen thus far) and it is gonna be ugly for Aaron Rodgers. I know he could dissect the Vikings safeties if he had time, but that is a luxury he won’t have. I envision a mediocre Brett Favre game (1-2 TD’s, 2 INT’s) but an outstanding game by Purple Jesus himself. Vikes take it 31-10 and the home team prevails in the Metrodome for the 4th night in a row.

I only wish I could make this game last forever…

In Their Own Words: Madden on Vikings vs. Packers

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By Melissa S. Wollering

While Brett Favre was waffling this off-season, I, John Madden, was eating waffles with maple syrup and little chocolate sprinkles over whipped cream out of that aerosol can thingy. Oh, and I also made people believe my retirement was linked to my ability to never again commentate with Brett Favre at the helm of an NFL team.  Boy, was I wrong.  You know what I’m still right about?  Ace is the place for hardware. And the road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.

Many people believed I would come back to announce only if Favre came back to play.  You know who spread that rumor? The guy who came back to host a primetime version of his Tonight Show on the same network that moved MNF to its sister network and settled for football on Sunday nights.  Now Football Night in America has a bunch of idiots representing them at one desk. I like Tony Dungy, but who thought that putting Costas, Patrick, Olbermann and Harrison together was smart? Gee, don’t worry about the horse being blind, just load the wagon. [Read more…]