Aaron Rodgers threw for 263 yards and 3 TD’s from 26 total completions to lead his Green Bay Packers past the Baltimore Ravens Monday night at Lambeau Field. The Packers are now 8-4 after earning their fourth consecutive victory. With four to go they’re just two games behind the NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings. “It wasn’t pretty out there, but a win is a win,” said Packers wide receiver Donald Driver. “We had to get this one to stay ahead in the playoff race.”
Green Bay dominated early with 17 points while holding Baltimore scoreless in the first half. The Ravens then came out in the third on a mission, scoring back to back touchdowns of their own. The fourth quarter was all Green Bay with another Mason Crosby field goal and Rodgers-Finley pass connection for the final TD.
Baltimore is now .500 and desperate for a win next Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Head coach John Harbaugh would like his team to remain positive, saying “we’ve got plenty to be encouraged about. We’re in a tight race for the wild card, we are every bit in it. Everybody, they’ll say what they’ll say. It’s a week-to-week proposition in this league.”
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Aaron Rodgers started off the Turkey Day festivities in style, throwing for 348 yards and three touchdowns from 28 passes completed as the Green Bay Packers went on to demolish the Detroit Lions 34-12 yesterday at Ford Field in Detroit. The Lions first found themselves in good position just seconds into the game, after recovering a fumble in the opening kickoff. From there QB Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson for the lay-up TD from a yard away.
WR Donald Driver was awarded game MVP rights with seven receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown. Rodgers found it easier to locate his receivers yesterday due the improvements in Green Bay’s offensive line. “There were a couple times when I held the ball for 4 or 5 seconds — maybe more,” said Rodgers. “When you have that kind of time with the kind of players that we have, we feel like we’re going to make plays.” The struggling Lions will move on to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Devember 6th as the Packers continue to fight for playoff contention the following day against the Baltimore Ravens.
The second NFL event of the day showcased the Dallas Cowboys at home outplaying the Oakland Raiders 24-7. Dallas notched the first score of the game with a field goal in the first quarter. Felix Jones added the pressure with a 46 yard kick return 1:12 into the second. QB Tony Romo later hooked up with Miles Austin and Roy Williams for six apiece to really solidify the win.
“I think we have a lot to prove — just for this season, though,” said Romo. “I don’t think any other season has any bearing whatsoever. For us, it’s strictly about right now and this next game. We’ll go from there.” Oakland is scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday as the Cowboys travel east to meet the New York Giants.
The evening contest featured the Denver Broncos offense working early and often against a frustrated Giants team at Mile High Stadium. New York, after starting the season 5-0 have now lost their last five of six games, pushing them back to third place behind the Eagles and Cowboys in the NFC East Division standings. “We didn’t have any tempo and we didn’t make any plays,” said Giants coach Tom Coughlin. “We keep talking about winning the physical battle and controlling the line of scrimmage. We thought this would be the night and it wasn’t.”
Broncos QB Kyle Orton had trouble finding the end zone, forcing kicker Matt Prater to keep busy during the holiday with four field goals. This marks Denver’s first November victory, standing one game behind the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West. They will next matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
Week 6 showed some expected blow outs but also featured a handful of stunning upsets. The Buffalo Bills were able to steal a win from the New York Jets with a field goal in OT. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Eagles for their second win of the season. After dominating the Giants 48-27 yesterday, the New Orleans Saints have really proved themselves as the top team to beat. They remain undefeated along with the Broncos, Colts, and Vikings while the Buccaneers, Titans, and Rams struggle to post their first win for 2009. Find all Week 6 scores below.
Sunday, October 18, 2009Houston Texans 28, Cincinnati Bengals 17 – Cincinnati was up by three heading into the third quarter but were shut down by the Texans defense for the entire second half.
Green Bay Packers 26, Detroit Lions 0 – QB Aaron Rodgers produced two passing TD’s and 358 yards for Green Bay to coast by Detroit.
Minnesota Vikings 33, Baltimore Ravens 31 – The Ravens came back with 21 points in the fourth, but Favre took control and led his men down field for a last minute field goal to pull ahead.
New Orleans Saints 48, New York Giants 27 – QB Drew Brees threw for 369 yards and four TD’s for the Saints give New York their first loss of the season.
Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Cleveland Browns 14 – WR Hines Ward came up with 159 yards from eight receptions and 1 TD.
Carolina Panthers 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 – DeAngelo Williams scored the go-ahead TD from the 1 yard line with 29 seconds remaining.
Kansas City Chiefs 14, Washington Redskins 6 – The Chiefs earned eight fourth quarter points to earn their first win of the season.
Jacksonville Jaguars 23, St Louis Rams 20 – The Jags came back with 14 fourth quarter points and the final FG in overtime to keep St Louis defeated.
Arizona Cardinals 27, Seattle Seahawks 3 – QB Kurt Warner completed 32 passes for 276 yards and two TD’s.
Oakland Raiders 13, Philadelphia Eagles 9 – Oakland held the Eagles to just three field goals all game to take this one by four.
New England Patriots 59, Tennessee Titans 0 – Tom Brady made history with five TD passes and 35 points in the second quarter alone, leading the Patriots to demolish the Titans 59-0.
Buffalo Bills 16, New York Jets 13 – Buffalo edged the Jets with an overtime field goal away at Giants Stadium.
Atlanta Falcons 21, Chicago Bears 14 – The Falcons took the one score advantage in the second quarter and held on from there to win by seven.
Monday, October 19, 2009Denver Broncos 34, San Diego Chargers 23 – The Broncos pulled away in the end with 10 fourth quarter points to solidify the win and their undefeated record at 6-0.
Bye Week Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers.
Defensive end Aaron Maybin this afternoon has agreed to a 5-year $25 million deal with the Buffalo Bills after missing all of training camp. The former Penn State All-American led the Big Ten with 12 sacks last season in his thirteen games played. Buffalo will rely heavily on Maybin to make immediate contributions after finishing their 2008-2009 campaign with just 24 sacks as a team. His agent Chafie Fields told The Associated Press: “Aaron’s happy to be here and ready to go to work.”
The Maybin deal leaves two unsigned first round picks; offensive tackle Andre Smith and wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who has informed the San Francisco 49ers organization that he’ll be willing to sit out the entire season if he doesn’t receive an adequate offer. The Buffalo Bills have two more preseason games against the Green Bay Packers and the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers before the regular season kicks off. Week one has the Bills scheduled to take on the New England Patriots September 14th at Gillette Stadium.
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Veteran Quarterback Brett Favre is expected to sign a one-year contract for $10-12 million with the Minnesota Vikings. After the Vikings invited him to join training camp last month he declined, saying he wasn’t sure if he was able to play another full season at this point in his career. Now that the Vikings have officially ended training camp, Favre has reconsidered and is set to come out of retirement once again.
Favre, who is to turn 40 next month, will match up against the Green Bay Packers twice this season. Last year after 16 seasons with the Packers, the organization was not willing to trade Favre to the division rival Vikings; resulting him to sign a one-year deal with the New York Jets. The first game Favre will play against Green Bay is scheduled for October 5th.
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On the debut episode of Joe Buck’s “Joe Buck Live” tv show last night, Brett Favre put a timetable on a possible announcement of a potential return to football. Favre confirmed that he has been talking to the Minnesota Vikings; a team for which he thiks he can fill a need. “It makes a lot of sense because the pieces are in place,” Favre told Buck. Despite winning their division last year, the Vikings most need is an upgrade at QB – which Favre may be able to provide. The veteran QB still needs two to three weeks to see if his surgically repaired arm is ready to be evaluated.
Favre declined to participate in Viking OTA’s, as to lessen a”media frenzy”, and to allow more time for his arm to heal. Inside sources still say that Favre is unofficially 100% on board to join the Vikings, and is merely waiting for an OK from Dr. James Andrews.
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Brett Favre is scheduled to appear on the debut episode of “Joe Buck Live” tonight. The retired, unretired, retired, and possibly to-be unretired quarterback will be discussing his future and his health. Favre is being courted by the Minnesota Vikings, bitter rivals of his former Green Bay Packers. Favre’s family and friends have reportedly been booking hotel rooms for the day the Vikes visit Lambeau field but Favre asserts that his decision will not be made until he can assess his arm’s health. With Aaron Rogers entrenched at QB in Green Bay, and the Jets drafting Mark Sanchez, Favre’s options seem to be limited.
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on pace to break Dan Marino’s single-season passing yards record. Brees has already thrown for 3,574 yards, and has 5 more games to reach Marino’s record of 5,084. His big night on Monday brought him even closer. Brees was 20-26 with 323 passing yards and four touchdowns. The New Orleans dominated the Green Bay Packers 51- 29, including a Saint’ franchise record 54th touchdown by veteran running back Deuce McAllister.
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J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. It shouldn’t be long before this chant becomes very familiar for Brett Favre. His ongoing drama with the Green Bay Packers officially ended last night when the un-retired QB was traded to the New York Jets for a 4th round draft pick. Favre should provide the Jets with much need upgrade at the QB position. The Green Bay Packers however, will have to hope that their man Aaron Rodgers steps up, otherwise this trade will go down as the worst Packers move ever.
The trade ended weeks of controversy as the Packers and Favre continued to butt heads on the QB’s future and relationship with the Packers. After reporting to Camp on Tuesday, Favre met with head coach McCarthy. The two were unable to find any common ground as Favre admitted to McCarthy that it would be tough to play in Green Bay after all that was said about him. That conversation sealed Brett’s fate in Green Bay as coach McCarthy concluded that Brett wasn’t in the right state of mind to lead the Packers.
Only time will tell who will truly benefit from this ordeal. New York Jets fans are certainly optimistic. One thing is certain: New York Jets tickets are suddenly a hot item!
According to reports from former Sports Illustrated writer, Peter King, it’s expected that sometime over the next week Brett Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, will send a letter to the Green Bay Packers stating that his client (Favre) wishes to be taken off of the NFL’s reserved/retired list effective immediately. If this is true, this could only mean one thing, Favre is seriously considering coming out of retirement to play another season in the NFL.
The now 38-year old had decided to call it quits after a brilliant 2007-2008 season that ended with a very tough loss to the eventual Super Bowl Champions, the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game. In a voice message to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen in March Favre said, “I know I can still play, but it’s like I told my wife, I’m just tired mentally. I’m just tired.”
Having had four months of rest, it seems like Favre is rejuvenated and ready to go again but with these rumors arising, so has some controversy from within the Packers front office.
Anyone who has followed NFL football over the past 15 years knows just how dominant Favre could be in a game. He was one of the best QB’s when it came down to taking over during crunch time and leading the ‘Pack’ down the field for a late score. When he decided to retire earlier this year, the Packers thanked him for his services but made it very clear that the organization felt it was ready to hand the QB reigns over to youngster Aaron Rodgers.
An entire generation of Packers fans knows nothing but Brett Favre as their QB, so these rumors of a return, on the surface, appear to be too good to be true. The only problem with these loyal Packers fans is that they may also not want to admit that Favre is well past his prime, not nearly as quick in the pocket as he used to be and has lost some power in his throwing arm over the years.
All of these realizations add up to the conclusion that it may not be in the Packers best interest to keep Favre on their roster if he decided to return. If you play the devils advocate on Green Bay’s dilemma, there are not a whole lot of positives that could come out of a comeback.
Best case scenario:
Favre returns to Green Bay, Rodgers gracefully bows to the side for the veteran and he leads the Packers to another Super Bowl title and can officially retire on top. Odds of that happening, slim to none, but the cheese heads can dream.
Worst case scenario:
Favre comes out of retirement and the Packers hand him the starting job after Rodgers had been running the show all off-season. Rodgers requests a trade and is dealt away for a “rental” wide receiver to try and help Favre’s offensive numbers but it’s useless because the 38-year old going on 50 just doesn’t have it anymore and the Pack finish the season below .500 not even qualifying for the playoffs.
A few scenarios that very well could happen:
1) Favre announces he is coming out of retirement but the Packers front office makes it very clear that Rodgers is their guy and that if Favre wants to play for the Packers he will have to earn back his starting role by beating out the youngster in mini camp and the pre-season.
2) Favre makes it clear that he just wants to play and after the Packers tell him that he is not in the organizations future plans he signs with another team that could use a veteran to mentor some younger players and also sell tickets. These markets include Minnesota and Chicago.
A few scenarios that probably won’t happen, but would make the most sense if they did:
1) Doug Flutie calls up Favre and tells him that being a back-up isn’t so bad and Favre decides that he wants to stay in Green Bay and help Rodgers fill his shoes.
2) Farve stays retired not putting about his brilliant career in jeopardy.
The one scenario that will never happen but if it does, I told you so:
Farve calls up Bill Belichick and Tom Brady asking if he can sign with the Patriots to be the “starter”. Two snaps take place in Week 1 before Favre changes a play at the line for a QB sweep. After about a six yard gain, he is crushed along the sideline, having to come out of the game with a “season ending injury” forcing Brady to take over. Brady then goes on to lead the Patriots to another Super Bowl and Favre gets a ring to go out on top with. Hey, ya never know!
One thing that we do know is that Favre seems to be very serious about returning to Pro Football and if that’s the case, nothing will stand in his way.