Raiders Get Their First Road Win In Convincing Fashion


CBS13 | CBS Sacramento

By Ryan Leong

This was another must win game for the Raiders, playing at rival Kansas City against an awful Chiefs team.  Coming into this game, the Chiefs had not held a lead in regulation all season long and had been plagued by poor play from quarterback Matt Cassel and replacement Brady Quinn.  A lot was at stake for Oakland, including the team’s first road win of the season and first two-game winning streak of the season.

The question was how the Raiders would respond given that they had listed 20 players on the weekly injury report.  The running game has been severely lacking and the team defense has been less than desirable.  Quarterback Carson Palmer is on pace to pass for 4600 yards, but he is ultimately judged by wins and losses.  Against the Chiefs, his personal stats were modest, but the Raiders came away with the victory.

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Falcons Dominate Eagles, Now 7-0


CBS Atlanta

By Matthew Asher

Falcons head coach Mike Smith has got to be on Cloud 9. Not only did his Falcons defeat the Eagles 30-17 to stay undefeated at 7-0, but with that win, Smith now stands alone as the winningest coach in Falcons history. In just 71 games, Smith has won 50 games, the third shortest amount of time for a head coach since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

The victory over the Eagles broke two streaks. First, this is Atlanta’s first win in Philadelphia since Oct 30, 1988, going 0-6 during the stretch. Second, this was Andy Reid’s first loss following a bye week. He was a perfect 13-0 previously.

Overall, Atlanta played a great game in all aspects of the game. Atlanta’s offense didn’t turn the ball over, the defense was solid and even special teams came through.

Cornerback Asante Samuel taunted his former team early and often. His…

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Sports PR 101: Play Nice with the Fans


Rob's Thoughts on Sports Public Relations

Writing about sports can be a tricky thing these days. Fans, media, and even team employees all become captivated with the success of their teams.

When a team isn’t performing as well as many people feel they should be, fans and the media can be very critical and overreact. However, other fans become very defensive of their team and can be outspoken in doing so.

This is all normal in the hyper-competitive and pseudo-addictive world of sports. However, a team employee taking action to defend the team and instruct fans to change their attitudes about the underperforming team is a little out of the ordinary.

It’s especially peculiar when that employee is the director of public relations for the team. Not to mention the message wasn’t communicated on a comment board or a random blog; it was on the team’s website!

But that is exactly what happened a few weeks…

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Monday Moanin’ ~ Week Eight ~ Browns Win! 7 ~ 6 over San Diego!


For Shiggles

WOW! What a game! Coach Shurmer must have read forshiggles on Saturday and did his best to prove me wrong.!

Realistically, though, he was forced to call more running plays this week due to the crappy weather. This strategy clearly paid off as Trent Richardson was an absolute beast, running for 122 yards on 24 carries! Our offensive line did a hell of a job run blocking as Trent had some nice runs up the middle. His 26 yard TD run was both awesome and hilarious as OL Shawn Lauvao seemed to pull him up mid stumble and push him towards the endzone.

Ya might have to click the GIF below to see it go, go go!

One thing to make note of moving forward, coach… pitch the ball to T-Rich more often, he had some great runs on pitches.

Chill out on the trick plays too… that reverse on 2nd and 4 was…

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Tebow the Anti-Jet-Life


Sports Asylum

Words like disgusted, appalled, and sickened do not quite convey my stance on the New York Jets. Being a Miami native does not help my normally biased position on the Jets, but putting that aside their handling of Tim Tebow might just be the worst management of a player’s talents ever exhibited in the NFL. An organization that has shown more pride in winning the Media over than winning games has outdone themselves this time. Despite Tim Tebow’s passing woes, which teams like the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburg Steelers could tell you they have been a tad-bit overblown; Tim Tebow has a drive that wills him and his teammates to believe they will end the game with the victory. He demonstrated his will to win last year with his 8-5 winning record that included a six game winning streak, countless fourth quarter miracles, and a playoff victory win. Since…

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Madden curse watch Week 8: Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions


NFL.com Blogs

Historically, players who are featured on the cover of the “Madden NFL” franchise experience significant drops in their offensive production. NFL.com is tracking the performance of Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions over the course of the 2012 season because we believe Johnson will debunk the Madden curse.

In case you missed it, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Shermanappointed himself “Optimus Prime” in advance of the team’s road trip to Detroit. Megatron is unfazed.

Wonder whose side this guy is on?

Enough talk. Let’s get to the game.

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The Lions win the toss and their first drive results in a punt. The Seahawks respond with a field goal. Nothing exciting there.

On Detroit’s 2nd possession, Matthew Stafford leads the squad down the field for their first red-zone opportunity of the game. Johnson draws the coverage, leaving rookie Ryan Broyles open for his first second career touchdown.

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