The Minnesota Vikings (12-4) after a well deserved first-round bye week are set to host the Dallas Cowboys (11-5) Sunday in the NFC Divisional playoff round at 12:00 PM ET. Quarterback Brett Favre and his offense averaged 29.4 points per game compared to the Cowboys 22.6, but Tony Romo and crew have really turned things around in the final stretch of their 2009-2010 campaign.
Favre has said for the Cowboys to represent a team that nobody wishes to compete against right now. “I mean, this is the playoffs. Rarely can you play badly or average and win,” said Favre. “So, we are aware of how we need to play. In the fact that we are playing maybe, in my opinion, the hottest team in football right now. Just from a confidence level, from just watching them play, they are making plays, they know they are making plays, they are confident.”
The Cowboys have lost their last three games at the Metrodome that includes a 1999 wild-card playoff contest. They last claimed victory there back in 1995. Dallas may have the momentum but Minnesota will expect to negate this advantage early and often through home-field advantage. Purchase your Vikings vs. Cowboys tickets right here at AceTicket.com!
Brett Favre rallied his Minnesota Vikings for 17 fourth quarter points to tie up the Chicago Bears at 30 apiece, but it just wasn’t enough for them to clinch a bye week in their 15th game of the season. Jay Cutler was able to hit Devin Aromashodu with a 39 yard touchdown pass in overtime to shock the NFC North leading Vikings 36-30 Monday night at Soldier Field. Minnesota still has a chance to create a first-round bye with a victory next Sunday and loss or tie by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Following the contest Favre spoke out about his team and their recent struggles, saying “I know we’re fortunate to be in the playoffs but we have to play better than we did the last few weeks or we’ll be home fairly quickly. I’m just being honest as I can be.”
The 6-9 Bears are a few wins short of qualifying for the playoffs. Yesterday’s accomplishments will definitely serve as one of the highlights of their season. The organization realizes they have the potential to be a threat in 2010-2011 after making some minor roster adjustments. “It’s good for the team,” said Cutler. “It’s good for the morale of going out there and putting up points and answering the bell, especially in the fourth quarter and overtime when you have to do it.”
The Bears are scheduled to ring in the New Year against the Detroit Lions Sunday, January 3rd as the Vikings host the New York Giants at the Metrodome.
The NFL just recently fined Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and marketing specialist Chad Ochocinco $30,000 for wearing a sombrero after scoring a touchdown in their week 13 win over the Detroit Lions. Ochocinco, a man who’s already been in trouble for his previously hilarious antics, was sent the following statement from league officials:
“During the second quarter of the Bengals game, you were observed gesturing for, and then wearing, a decorative poncho and sombrero in the bench area…Compounding your violation is the fact that your actions were premeditated and deliberate. Prior to the game on your publicly accessible Twitter account, you posted the following: ‘What I’ve planned for today will get me fined when I score but it’s so worth it.’”
The Bengals are currently 9-3 and sitting atop the NFC North Division heading into their next game on Sunday against the NFL North leading Minnesota Vikings. Chad has already mapped out his next big performance, tweeting on Tuesday: “Adam this Sunday when I score I’m taking that loud horn from the Viking mascot and using it<–is that a fine to?”
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Yesterday’s NFL matchups really defined the gap between the good and bad. The undefeated Giants, Vikings and Colts all handled their opponents quite easily. The only 5-0 team to actually have a contest in order for them to stay undefeated was the Denver Broncos. They surged back in the second half against the New England Patriots to tie it up, pushing the game into OT where they closed it out with a field goal. Check for all week 5 scores below.
Sunday, October 11, 2009Cleveland Browns 6, Buffalo Bills 3 – The Browns were able to knock two field goals through in the second and fourth quarters to win the defensive battle.
Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Detroit Lions 20 – QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 277 yards and three TD’s from his 23 completions.
Dallas Cowboys 26, Kansas City Chiefs 20 – WR Miles Austin caught 10 passes for a franchise record 250 yards and the winning overtime TD.
Minnesota Vikings 38, St Louis Rams 10 – Adrian Peterson led the Vikings with two TD’s from 15 carries against the winless Rams.
New York Giants 44, Oakland Raiders 7 – QB Eli Manning racked up two TD’s from 10 passes completed in the first half as the G-Men coasted by the Raiders.
Philadelphia Eagles 33, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 – The Eagles offense managed to score every quarter as the defense shut down the Bucs completely in the first and third quarters.
Carolina Panthers 20, Washington Redskins 17 – Carolina scored 11 fourth quarter points to come back and win by 3.
Cincinnati Bengals 17, Baltimore Ravens 14 – RB Cedric Benson rushed for 120 yard and one TD as Cincinnati went on to barely edge out the Ravens.
Atlanta Falcons 45, San Francisco 49ers 10 – QB Matt Ryan threw for 329 yards and 2 TD’s as the Falcons defense went on to shut down the 49ers for the entire second half.
Seattle Seahawks 41, Jacksonville Jaguars 0 – WR Nate Burleson caught only six passes but gained 98 yards and two TD’s.
Arizona Cardinals 28, Houston Texans 21 – The Texans rallied and scored 14 of their 21 total points in the fourth quarter, but ran out of time as the Cards held on to win by 7.
Denver Broncos 20, New England Patriots 17 - The Broncos won the overtime coin toss and capitalized with a field goal to send the Pats back east with a loss.
Indianapolis Colts 31, Tennessee Titans 9 – QB Peyton Manning and his Colts posted 21 points in the first half and never looked back from there.
Monday, October 12, 2009Miami Dolphins 31, New York Jets 27 - Ronnie Brown scored the go-ahead TD in the final seconds to carry his Dolphins past their division rival Jets.
The 3rd Week of 2009 NFL action had us all on the edge of our seats this Sunday. Brett Favre pulled out some late game heroics to prove he is still a more than capable QB. The Detroit Lions beat out the Washington Redskins to earn their first win since December of 2007. The New England Patriots were able to redeem themselves after a dismal week 2 with a win over Matt Ryan and Atlanta Falcons. The Colts, Broncos, Saints, Ravens, Giants, Jets, and Vikings have all posted undefeated records thus far. Scores are listed below.
Sunday, September 27, 2009Detroit Lions 19, Washington Redskins 14 – Rookie QB Matthew Stafford notched his first NFL win and helped his squad snap their 19-game losing streak.
Green Bay Packers 36, St. Louis Rams 17- The Packers came up with 13 points in the fourth quarter to coast past St. Louis by 19.
Minnesota Vikings 27, San Francisco 49ers 24 – Brett Favre connected with Greg Lewis for the go-ahead TD to win by 3.
New England Patriots 26, Atlanta Falcons 10 – Pats RB Fred Taylor rushed for 205 yards with a TD from his 21 carries.
Tennessee Titans 17, New York Jets 24 - The Jets scored 14 points in the first quarter as their top ranked D held Tennessee to 17 total game points.
Philadelphia Eagles 34, Kansas City Chiefs 14 – Michael Vick was productive yet quite in his debut for The Eagles. QB Kevin Kolb did the majority of the work for Philadelphia, racking up 327 yards passing with 2 TD’s.
New York Giants 24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 – The G-Men were able to hold the winless Bucs to zero total points as they scored every quarter.
Baltimore Ravens 34, Cleveland Browns 3 – The Ravens jumped out scoring 20 first half points and allowed just one Browns field goal that took place in the fourth.
Jacksonville Jaguars 31, Houston Texans 24 – Jacksonville QB David Garrard threw for 214 yards from 18 completed passes. Maurice Jones-Drew contributed with 3 TD’s from his 23 carries and 119 yards.
Seattle Seahawks 19, Chicago Bears 25 - Jay Cutler threw for 3 TD’s including the go-ahead late game score in the remaining minutes.
New Orleans Saints 27, Buffalo Bills 7 – New Orleans scored 17 fourth quarter points to Buffalo’s 7 total to win by 20.
Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 23 - Bengals QB Carson Palmer marched his men down field for a last minute TD to earn their second win of the season.
Denver Broncos 23, Oakland Raiders 3 – Kyle Orton kept Denver undefeated with 157 passing yards and 1 TD from 13 completed passes.
San Diego Chargers 23, Miami Dolphins 13 – The Chargers dominated Miami with 20 second half points.
Indianapolis Colts 31, Arizona Cardinals – Veteran QB Peyton Manning threw for 379 yards and 4 TD’s (3 in the second quarter).
Monday, September 28, 2009Dallas Cowboys 21, Carolina Panthers 7 – The Panthers took the initial 7-0 lead to end the first half, but were silenced for the rest of the game as Dallas marched on to earn 21 points and claim their first W at the new Cowboy Stadium.
The Quarterback controversy continues, as Detroit Lions coaches Steve Mariucci and Mike Martz have just announced that they will start veteran QB Daunte Culpepper for their upcoming preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts this Saturday. “We’re going to do what’s best for our club,” said Schwartz. “We’re going to do what’s best for the guy that we drafted, not what somebody outside of the building says and not what worked best for another player. Every player is different.” The guy they drafted is Matthew Stafford; the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft fresh out of the University of Georgia.
Colts franchise-player Peyton Manning threw his two cents in the other day, saying Stafford will reach full potential only through getting time on the field. Culpepper is planned to finish up into the second quarter before Stafford takes over. “As a competitor, I always want to play,” said Stafford. “But I’m ready to do whatever they want me to do.”
The Lions are scheduled to take on the Buffalo Bills for their last preseason game before squaring off against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, September 13th. Their home opener will be against the Minnesota Vikings (Culpepper’s former team) the following week on September 20th. The Vikings are currently in somewhat of a controversy themselves between quarterbacks Brett Favre and Tavaris Jackson. Head coach Brad Childress has named Favre as the assumed starter, despite the locker rooms divided opinions in regards to what’s best for the team.
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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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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tavaris Jackson sprained his MCL after colliding with defensive tackle LeTroy Guion during practice last Saturday afternoon. Jackson first entered the NFL in 2006, and although he shows potential coaches say he has been up and down. His lack of consistency brought on talks with Brett Favre, who just recently informed Vikings head coach Brad Childress that he will remain retired.
In a matter of days the only potential quarterback for now to start for Minnesota is Sage Rosenfels. Rosenfels has been a back up for the majority of his career, but has been in the league since 2002. Jackson’s injury status has yet to come out since the initial blow but Childress states that “it looks like he’ll be just fine.”
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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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