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what Is Your Nfl Superbowl Picks
It is that time of year again! Will it be the AFC or the NFC taking it all this year? This is your chance to make your NFL SuperBowl picks and predictions, and remember you must live with them the whole season!
This is the rundown on the AFC teams:
Here is your list of picks to choose from. I always make my picks during training camp as I follow football year round and am up on the draft picks and off season moves of most teams. This could be an interesting year for many of the regular power hitting teams as age and father time is catching up to them. I have always picked The Green Bay Packers as the team to beat in the NFC, and last year was a bit of a let down after going 15 and 1 in the regular season then getting blown out in the first round of the playoffs, but again this year, I will make them my NFC pick to take it all. I believe the additions on defense this off season and during the draft will put the defense back into the game and with Aaron Rogers behind center, look for some tough football out of Green Bay this year. The sleeper I am picking in this division has to be San Francisco. This is a team on the rise and one to be careful around.
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Later, when the officials suspended play after seeing lightning, I feared that NBC would trot out Tafoya dressed as a dark cloud or something. Instead, Michaels and Collinsworth engaged in a brief, on point speculation on whether the delay might help San Francisco by dousing the fans’ deafening enthusiasm. The announcers added context by recounting the 49ers’ rejuvenation following the long pause in last season’s Super Bowl. In terms of entertainment value, this wasn’t quite Rick Dempsey rain delay virtuosity, but it kept us in the game.
Both before and after the delay, though, Michaels was uncharacteristically a beat behind on some significant plays, as if he weren’t seeing them unfold in real time. His wordy description of Colin Kaepernick’s first interception was especially bloated. He didn’t need to mention that the football had been deflected high in the air we could see for ourselves and the description was especially pointless coming only after the ball had landed in a Seahawk’s arms. Collinsworth was a little off when it came to the 49ers quarterback, too, neglecting to comment on several errant throws when receivers were open. This threw off the balance of his analysis, since he’d noted early on that Kaepernick had beaten Green Bay last week “with his arm, not his legs.”
The analyst did have his moments, though. Collinsworth was all over the first quarter San Francisco punt block, noticing that the Seattle blockers had eased up after hearing a whistle, presumably blown by a fan in the stands. He also knew of Clif Avril’s strip sack acumen when the new Seahawk knocked the ball from Kaepernick’s hand. And when Seattle’s Sidney Rice drew a taunting flag for spinning the ball on the turf following a reception, Collinsworth showed he had done his homework, telling us the receiver had done the same thing several times last week and hadn’t been penalized. Someone’s paying attention.
The Patriots led by three points with 3:31 left, and faced third down and five yards to go. The Jets had just one timeout left, so a New England first down would have gone a long way toward icing the game. “Now, if No. 11 is in that huddle, which he is, do you think you might want to double him here?” said Mayock, referring to slippery receiver Julian Edelman. “They’re probably going to bring him in motion now,” the analyst continued, drawing it up on the telestrator. And, on cue, there was Edeman going in motion, as if Mayock were the offensive coordinator. Edelman caught a pass across the middle, gained 10 yards and a first down. The game was all but over.
Sometimes his syntax is awkward, and he doesn’t have Tony Bennett pipes, but Mayock nonetheless is worth listening to because, well, he has something to say. He has a whole lot to say, actually, in a no frills store brand way that’s nonetheless flavorful. When a Tom Brady pass fell incomplete between Edelman and rookie receiver Aaron Dodson, who’d run similar routes, Mayock quipped, “Not knowing anything, I’m gonna blame Dodson.” That is to say, he was assuming the inexperienced guy was the one who’d erred, not the veteran wideout or Pro Bowl quarterback. Smart assumption.
This Thursday night booth team, which did not have a game in Week 1, might have debuted at the top of the rankings if only Nessler had held up his end. He didn’t make any huge errors in his play by play, but the nitpicks add up: a bad name pronunciation, a player identified by the wrong first name, defensive penalties mixed up with offensive ones, a runner said to have reached midfield when he was tackled at the 45, a field goal confused for an extra point. Nothing earth shattering, but after a while the thumb inches ever closer to the mute button.
There was at least one instance when Nantz referred to Eli Manning as “Peyton.” It was an understandable mistake, given that both Mannings were throwing the football to guys in Denver uniforms. (Rim shot, please.) That’s not to suggest that the younger brother was anything other than the Giants’ best hope. When Nantz observed, midway through the third quarter of a 17 9 game, that New York had but 19 rushing yards, Simms jumped in. “Well, now is not the time to start working on your run game,” he said. “I think it’s pretty evident they’re going to have a hard time with it. Work on that during practice. Win this game? Eli Manning’s got to do it throwing.”
Before he disappeared, though, Aikman offered up a couple of thoughts that, while seemingly contradictory on the surface, put Sunday afternoon’s game in perspective. First, with the Redskins trailing by 31 7, the ex quarterback opined that Robert Griffin III, who had been mediocre at best in last week’s game and was looking much the same to this point against Green Bay, should remain in the game to try to establish a rhythm. Fair enough, although if the young quarterback had reinjured his balky knee in garbage time, Troy would be taking heat. (Not as much as coach Mike Shanahan would, though.)
Best moment: All was not bad for the broadcast. Brennaman does a solid job on the play by play and unlike many announcers, generally gets the players’ names right and delivers a professional broadcast. Billick gives good insight from a former coach’s point of view. He’s far enough removed from his coaching days, so he can criticize without fear of offending. Sideline reporter Laura Okmin’s biggest contribution was nearly getting run over by a vehicle on the sidelines before Peanut Tillman saved her.
These commentators may be the best that FOX has to offer. Burkhardt is a very natural speaker without a massive range of highs and lows. He delivers the information that the average viewer needs while watching the game. He also has great chemistry with Lynch, who provides lots of little details that only a former player would notice. The two banter back and forth well, and Burkhardt never seems lost in Lynch’s insights. The only negative is Lynch’s occasional use of football cliches. Leo Howell at The Pewter Plank.
Where they fell short: It would seem that as a former player, Evans would have a firm grasp of all the rules, but that wasn’t evident on a play when Lions return man Micheal Spurlock nearly brought the ball out of the end zone before taking a knee. Before the commercial break, Evans made it sound like Spurlock was ever so close to making a huge mistake that would have given the Cardinals two points on a safety. After the break, he was much more understated about what had transpired because the ball would have had to actually leave the end zone rather than Spurlock’s toes merely touch the inside edge of the goal line. Evans certainly came across like someone had explained the rule to him during the break.
Rosen doesn’t have one of those legendary voices that fans hear and instantly think “big game,” but that isn’t what FOX asks him to bring and he doesn’t come across as condescending or arrogant like some play by play men do. Evans isn’t a dynamic analyst, but he offers a solid perspective as a former player. He has been critical of the Lions in the past, but didn’t seem to bring any bias into his work on Sunday. The duo came across as easy to listen to and they let the game, not themselves, become the focus. Zac Snyder at SideLion Report.
In a game that was all Raiders from the opening possession with very little offensive execution, the trio got excited whenever Terrelle Pryor and Darren McFadden burst through to make big plays. They gave some good breakdown analysis of Pryor and his potential as an NFL quarterback. Often small market broadcasters are better than the lead analysts, and this team showed that in talking just enough about the right things without distracting from the game with the sound of their own voices. They had big shoes to fill for Raider Nation after Marv Albert and Oakland legend Rich Gannon called the season opener in Indianapolis, but I would definitely enjoy hearing this team again during Oakland broadcasts. Chase Ruttig at Just Blog Baby.