Los Angeles came one step closer to getting the NFL back into the nation’s second largest city for the first time since 1995, when AEG, the company in charge of the proposal, and Farmers Insurance Agency announced a naming rights deal in a joint statement. The deal is reportedly a 30-year agreement worth $700 million, and the proposed stadium will be named Farmers Field. Reports also say the deal will be worth $1 billion if Los Angeles is able to get two NFL teams to play in the building. The deal, of course, is contingent upon the city being able to lure at least one NFL team to move into the proposed stadium.
Among the most likely are the Minnesota Vikings, the San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Vikings are in the most need of a new stadium after the roof collapsed on the Metrodome in December forcing the Vikings to move two home games. A new state-of-the-art stadium in the second biggest market will be a tempting proposition for the Vikings if the option is there. However, San Diego and Jacksonville are also strong candidates to make the move. The Chargers have been in need of a new stadium for years and the Jaguars have routinely had trouble selling out their massive stadium, even after closing off parts of the upper level.
A move to Los Angeles will make sense for any of the three franchises. The city had hoped to have a team in Los Angeles for the 2010 season, but with that in the rear view and the looming labor issues, they may have to wait until at least 2012 to bring the NFL back. Regardless of what team moves there and when it happens, it seems pretty clear that the NFL will return to Los Angeles sometime in the near future.
The National Football League has showcased a number of surprises and upsets just two weeks into the 2010 regular season. The Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears remain undefeated after a pair of close wins over the Browns and Cowboys. The Houston Texans momentum carried on in light of their OT victory against Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins. The World Champion New Orleans Saints will continue celebrating following their 25-22 W over the San Francisco 49ers Monday night. All week 2 scores are listed below!
Sunday, September 19, 2010Atlanta Falcons 41, Arizona Cardinals 7 – RB Jason Snelling stepped up for 129 yards and two touchdowns from 24 carries.
Cincinnati Bengals 15, Baltimore Ravens 10 – Mike Nugent split five through the uprights to lift the Ravens on the road.
Kansas City Chiefs 16, Cleveland Browns 14 – The Chiefs were able to score at least three points in all four quarters to show off their first 2-0 start since 2005. (more)
LaDainian Tomlinson after a stretch of nine successful years was just released by the San Diego Chargers organization. The 30-year old has been expecting a change over the past few weeks due to his slight decline in production during the 2009 regular season.
“It was a long time coming, but I knew it was coming,” said Tomlinson. “Now that it’s official I can kind of look to the next step in my career and playing football for someone else.” The future hall of fame RB ranks eighth on the all-time rushing list with 12,490 yards. In 2006 he claimed MVP rights along with the ’06 and ’07 rushing titles.
“When he came here in 2001, we were a struggling franchise,” said team president Dean Spanos. “It’s clear that we are where we are today because of him. He truly has been the heart and soul of our team all these years, and just done an outstanding job and helped turn this franchise around into a winning franchise. It couldn’t have been done without him.”
As the NFL Championship contests draw closer, a few of the 28 organizations on the outside looking in have already made adjustments in preparation for their 2010-2011 campaigns. The Miami Dolphins hired Mike Nolan as their new defensive coordinator with hopes to better compete with the New York Jets and New England Patriots in the AFC East. Nolan was able to improve the Denver Broncos defense this season, and the Dolphins organization expects for him to make an immediate impact in Miami.
The San Diego Chargers decided to extend head coach Norv Turners contract despite their recent loss in the Divisional round to the underdog Jets. Team president Dean Spanos emphasized turners importance to their success, saying “I think he’s done an outstanding job and I look forward to the next four years.”
The Seattle Seahawks are really shaking things up following their 2009 5-11 showing. Soon after hiring former USC coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks organization is set to bring in Jon Schneider to assume the General Manager position. Carroll has already been put to work in Seattle rebuilding the roster and coaching staff.
Carroll is surely excited to be a part of the NFL since the Patriots fired him in 1999. “I know that Paul Allen wants to win, and he doesn’t want to just win once in a while. He wants to win from now on,” said Carroll. “To me, that fits exactly with the way I think, and the way I’ve tried to present our football in recent years.”
The New York Jets will attempt to play spoiler over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday for the AFC Championship as Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings meet up with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome for NFC title rights. NFL Playoff tickets are now available!
The New York Jets scored two fourth quarter TD’s to win over the heavily favored San Diego Chargers 17-14 Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium, setting them up for the AFC title game against the 15-2 Indianapolis Colts. Head coach Rex Ryan can now stand by his original (what most would have considered overconfident) statements, courtesy of San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding for failing to hit any of his three game field goal attempts.
“We believed the whole time, the whole year, when it probably wasn’t the popular choice,” said Ryan. “We don’t have to apologize to anyone. A matchup that probably nobody wanted, but too bad. Here we come!”
Yesterday’s contest opened with the Chargers in control with a Philip Rivers-Kris Wilson connection for six three minutes into the second quarter. The Jets took over from there in the remaining two blocks, producing a field goal and a pair of touchdowns. Rivers was able to lead his men down field for one more score to make it a three point game. The Jets then came up with the onside kick to eventually solidify the victory. Colts vs. Jets tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
The New York Jets after a wild road through the 2009-2010 regular season have advanced to the AFC Divisional round where they will face the hottest team in the NFL this Sunday, the 13-3 San Diego Chargers. The veteran Chargers lineup are entering their playoff campaign with an 11-game win streak. In the past two seasons San Diego has advanced with at least four consecutive victories under their belt, only to lose in the first two rounds.
“We’ve been there before. We’ve been the popular pick to win the Super Bowl before and haven’t,” said LB Shawne Merriman. “Our whole mentality this year is completely different, in not looking too far ahead down the road. That’s been the big key this year altogether, is not looking too far down the road.”
The Chargers have been unstoppable lately on the offensive end, but we’ll see how well they can produce against the league’s top ranked defense. “Both teams are carrying a lot of momentum going into this game,” said Jets coach Rex Ryan. “It’s just going to be who can out-execute the other.” Game time is set for Sunday, January 17th at Qualcomm Stadium. Purchase your Chargers vs. Jets tickets right here with us at Ace!
Week 15 showcased some of the most thrilling NFL contests in this year’s regular season. The New England Patriots held off the Buffalo Bills to find themselves two games up in the AFC East. A handful of teams were able to clinch their respective divisions. So far the Colts, Chargers, Eagles, Vikings, Saints, and Cardinals have solidified home field advantage for their first post-season matchups. The AFC is currently featuring a number of teams with similar hopes to sneak into one of the Wild Card spots. The Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos hold 8-6 records while the Jets, Dolphins, Steelers, Jaguars, Titans, and Texans stand at .500. The New York Giants are set to take on the Washington Redskins tonight at 8:30 PM.
Thursday, December 17th, 2009Indianapolis Colts 35, Jacksonville Jaguars 31 – Peyton Manning threw for 308 yards and 4 touchdowns to keep the Colts perfect at 14-0.
Saturday, December 19th, 2009Dallas Cowboys 24, New Orleans Saints 17 – New Orleans created some much needed 4th quarter momentum with two TD’s in attempts to keep their pursuit of perfection alive, but eventually ran out of time against Romo and the 9-5 Cowboys.
Sunday, December 20th, 2009New England Patriots 17, Buffalo Bills 10 – The Pats were up by 14 when Buffalo posted seven more down the stretch. From there they failed to retrieve the onside kick, giving New England the hard fought win.
Arizona Cardinals 31, Detroit Lions 24 – Kurt Warner threw for 233 yards and 2 TD’s from 23 passes completed.
Tennessee Titans 27, Miami Dolphins 24 – Rob Bironas sent one through the uprights from 46 yards away in OT for the Titans to claim victory.
Cleveland Browns 41, Kansas City Chiefs 34 – Josh Cribbs took two kickoffs to the house as Jerome Harrison rushed for a team record 286 yards.
Houston Texans 16, St Louis Rams 13 – The Texans heavily depended on field goals to steal this one from St Louis.
Atlanta Falcons 10, New York Jets 7 – Matt Ryan led his squad down field in the final minutes for their only TD to win over New York by 3.
Oakland Raiders 20, Denver Broncos 19 – The Raiders gained a touchdown to Denver’s field goal in the fourth block to notch the 1 point advantage.
San Diego Chargers 27, Cincinnati Bengals 24 – Philip Rivers helped San Diego clinch the West with 308 passing yards and 3 TD’s.
Philadelphia Eagles 27, San Francisco 49ers 13 – The Eagles went to work early in the first half with 20 points while holding the 49ers to 3.
Pittsburgh Steelers 37, Green Bay Packers 36 – Ben Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace with a desperation 19-yard TD pass in the final seconds to keep Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes alive.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24, Seattle Seahawks 7 – The Bucs scored 18 3rd quarter points and coasted from there to defeat Seattle with conviction.
Baltimore Ravens 31, Chicago Bears 7 – Joe Flacco threw for 234 yards and 4 TD’s from 21 passes completed.
Carolina Panthers 26, Minnesota Vikings 7 – Carolina lit up the Vikings defense in the 4th with 20 points to win by 19.
Monday, December 21st, 2009New York Giants, Washington Redskins TBD
Eddie Royal last night became the first player in Denver Broncos history to return a kickoff and punt for touchdowns in one game, as his squad went on to outplay the San Diego Chargers 34-23. The win at Qualcomm Stadium kept the Broncos undefeated with a 6-0 regular season record.
QB Kyle Orton had a slow start but finished with 229 passing yards and two TD’s from his 20 total game completions. Orton certainly did his job but it was Royal who collected the game ball following Monday nights featured contest. “Man, it was a great feeling. The guys did a great job of blocking,” he said of the second return. “I’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They opened up the seams and it was a home run.”
The Broncos after a bye week will next look forward to matching up with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, November 11th. The Chargers have a game coming right up against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at 1:00 PM.
San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson was seen at practice for the first time on Wednesday since spraining his right ankle in week 1. After missing two games straight for the first time in his NFL career, Tomlinson is making it a goal to be ready for their next game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night.
“Any way I can help this team, I’m willing to do it,” said Tomlinson. “Definitely the red zone is the area maybe I can take some of the pressure off things that we do down there, and teams have to play us a little bit more honest. That’s what it’s all about, and hopefully I can do that.” The Chargers are 2-1 so far this season and will be looking at tough matchups ahead for their next two games. Pittsburgh is going to be hungry after starting off their 2009 campaign at 1-2.
Following their trip to Heinz field, San Diego will have a bye week before hosting their rival Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. LT knows how much his team needs him and is working to be 100% once again. “I’m just trying to get back into it, just kind of testing it and see how it feels during practice,” he said. “Any time you come off being injured, you gain confidence back by practicing. So today was a measuring stick of where I am. It felt pretty good.”
The San Diego Chargers have just extended QB and franchise player Philip Rivers contract to 6 more years for $92 million. Rivers is very pleased to remain in San Diego, saying he is “thankful to have many more opportunities to suit up and go out there and be the quarterback for the Chargers and short-term, to be able to just do all I can to lead us to a championship.” The extension was certainly key for the future success of the San Diego organization knowing Rivers was up for free agency after this upcoming season.
Last year Rivers held the second highest QB rating at 111.7 with a 9-1 touchdown-interception ratio. For the past three seasons he has racked up over 10,000 yards in a San Diego uniform. Rivers and the Chargers are set to meet up with the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers before their official regular season opener against the Oakland Raiders on September 14th.
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