Cam Newton

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? I said are you ready for some FOOTBALL? You must be living under a rock if you aren’t ready for Super Bowl 50. Its Super Bowl weekend folks and you’re probably asking yourself, ailment who, sovaldi sale what, search where, when and why. Don’t worry we have you covered (Sorry, Bears fans; maybe next year).

First check out this INCREDIBLE video trailer that the NFL produced to get you excited about this Sunday’s game. It literally gave me chills!

Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos (Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. EST on CBS) could be one of the more entertaining Super Bowls in recent history. There are tons of storylines, super star quarterbacks, and more to absorb before Sunday’s kickoff. We breakdown a few that you should know, or pretend to know at your overindulgent Super Bowl party.

Here we go!

The Match Up:

The Panthers-Broncos matchup marks the second time in Super Bowl history that the No. 1 scoring offense will play the No. 1 scoring defense. You might remember this from two years ago, the Broncos had the top scoring offense and the Seahawks had the top scoring defense. We all know that didn’t favor or help the Broncos in that game.

Cam vs. Peyton:

These two quarterbacks could not be more different, and many media outlets have been pushing this as a major storyline. So if you take away anything from this post, it’s Cam vs. Peyton. Let’s break it down.

First there is Peyton Manning. At 39 years young, he is a legend hands down. He is an amazing pocket passer, even though he isnt very mobile he can still make the big play. Manning is the classic NFL quarterback of the past; he is beyond gracious and VERY marketable.

Next up the young bun Cam Newton at 26, he can crush your team with both passing and running. He is known for his “dabbing” in the end zone, giving away footballs to young children, and his off the wall style; the exact opposite of Manning.

Many are reporting that Manning has told his inner circle that Super Bowl 50 will be his final game. Newton’s NFL ride is just launching.  If the Panthers win on Sunday this would make Newton the first quarterback in history to win and Super Bowl, a college championship and the Heisman Trophy. Many predict Newton is a shoe in for the NFL MVP as well; no other quarterback has won all four of those as well.

The media is only adding more fuel to the comparison and contrasting of these two QB’s, expect tons more stories to come out on these two before kickoff on Sunday.

The Broncos:

  • Denver’s defense has two big beasts in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware they are ruthless rushers who will be vital in containing Cam Newton and his running ability. Look out for Denver’s defensive mastermind Wade Phillips, he may be old school, but he isnt clueless.
  • Receiver Demaryius Thomas is another key for the Broncos to pull off the upset (Vegas has the Panthers as six point favorites). If he can help get some of the pressure off Manning the Broncos have an excellent shot.
  • A win would make Manning the oldest winning quarterback in Super Bowl history, but the legendary signal-caller is showing his age in a major way. Manning will be tasked more with managing the game then putting the team on his shoulders and winning it all by himself.

The Panthers:

  • Carolina has jumped out to HUGE leads in both of their playoff games. They led Seattle by 31 points at halftime, and led Arizona by 17 points at halftime of the NFC Championship. I don’t think that Denver will dig itself a whole that deep. The Panthers however, want to continue that trend.
  • Carolina’s offense is the best in the NFL and soaring, its defense resembles the walking wounded. Cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Bene Benwikere are out with season-ending injuries, other key players are doubtful for Super Bowl 50 or their injuries have slowed them down, BIG TIME. However these two names need to be in your arsenal on Sunday, linebacker Luke Kuechly and cornerback Josh Norman, they are the Panthers best on defense and will have an immediate impact on the outcome of this game.
  • Newton is assumed to be named league MVP, however he is not the only reason that Carolina is the NFL’s top scoring offense. Ted Ginn Jr. caught 10 regular-season touchdowns, Jonathan Stewart is a bulldozer on the running game, and Greg Olsen has been LIGHT OUT at the tight end position. The Panthers averaged 31.3 points per game this season, but Denver’s tough defense will knock that average down a few notches on Sunday.

The Bottom Line:

Manning is a legend, but this is now Cam Newton’s league and his coming out party will be Sunday. Denver’s defense will be tough, but Newton will rise to the occasion. Panthers 24- Broncos 21

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Is it just me or has this NFL postseason been AMAZBALLS?! Crazy endings left and right, sickness this all leads up to the final four teams. As much as everyone always roots for the underdog, cure no low seeds in this weekend’s Championship matchups. It’s all #1 vs. #2 seeds, for sale and this gal (who is 8-0, I may add, Vegas get me on speed dial) is excited to break down all the action for you!

Sunday (3:05 pm ET) New England Patriots at Denver Broncos: Or what most people are calling this Brady vs. Manning. However, there is a huge difference in this years matchup. It will be defined by two very good defenses. Look for the points in this one to be a bit lower than Brady vs. Manning of years past. Speaking of the past… This will be the fifth Brady vs. Manning matchup in the playoffs, which is the most head-to-head matchups between starting quarterbacks in NFL history.  The Broncos will look to avenge their loss to the Patriots back in November. However, the Patriots have six Super Bowl appearances since 2001. It is hard to go against Belichick, and now with Brady’s weapons back (Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola). I just don’t think the Broncos and Peyton Manning (even though I want to see him win one more) can win this one. The Patriots will be heading into Super Bowl 50. Patriots 21- Broncos 17

Sunday (6:40pm ET) Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers: Last week it is safe to say that both the Panthers and Cardinals got gifts from the big guy upstairs. They were extremely lucky to make it out of those games with a win. The Cardinals needed a hail Mary… oh wait that was Aaron Rodgers. They needed Larry Fitzgerald to pull a little more magic out of his legs and arms. The Panthers did not play 60 minutes of football; they came out and buried the Seahawks, going into halftime up 31-0. Then in the second half, they were a different team, they need to learn how to close out the big game. Carolina being at home will help; both QB Cam Newton and RB Jonathan Stewart have been lights out on home field. The Panthers are preparing for a defense that is going to blitz Newton left and right. He has been solid at handling pressure this season, but the Cardinals are his biggest test. The Panthers will do the same to Arizona QB Carson Palmer.  The Cardinals can’t overlook the Panthers secondary especially Josh Norman. Even though Palmer is experienced look for a few mistakes to make up the outcome of this game Panthers 24- Cardinals 21

Regardless of who you are rooting for, Sunday is going to be one hell of an EPIC Championship Sunday!

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When you are HOT you are HOT. Not to toot my own horn, cure but I did go 4-0 last weekend, ampoule and what a weekend it was. I will get into this weekend’s game shortly but we really need to call out some INSANITY from last weekend’s wildcard games.

  1. The Bengals vs. Steelers game was one of the most epic and insane finishes to date. These two teams HATE one another and last Saturday just added more fuel to the fire. To break it down here is all the insanity that led the Steelers to kick their game winning field goal.
    • Vontaze Burfict, Pacman Jones commit two personal fouls to give Steelers game-winner
    • Bengals fans threw garbage at an injured Ben Roethlisberger as he was carted off the field
    • Bengals players, fans livid after helmet-to-helmet on Giovani Bernard
    • The late penalty that doomed the Bengals was provoked by a Steelers coach illegally on the field
    • Steelers coach Mike Munchak penalized for yanking Bengals player’s hair
  2. The Minnesota vs. Seahawks game was nowhere near what I thought it was going to be and luckily, Minnesota Vikings’ kickerBlair Walsh missed the game winning kick on Sunday from 27 yards out. I am not one to go on fate… but I am pretty sure the man upstairs wanted to see Seahawks vs. Panthers.

Let’s now shift our focus to this upcoming weekend and the four great games on tap.

Saturday (4:35 pm ET) Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots – The Chiefs have won 11 straight and haven’t lost since October 18th. I think their luck runs out. Tom Brady and the Pats are just a tested playoff team and they always show up in the playoffs. If the Pats get back Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola this will boost the offense even more, the Chiefs defense looked solid against the Texans. However, Mr. Potato Head could have done more than Brian Hoyer. Chiefs 14 – Patriots 21

Saturday (8:15 pm ET) Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals – What can you say about the performance the Packers put up vs. the Redskins. Aaron Rodgers and the offense finally looked like their old selves again. They played solid on both sides of the ball and that is the Packers team we all saw in the beginning of the year. However, they haven’t improved enough to knock off the NFC West Champion Cardinals. The Cardinals are just a better team all the way around, and do we need to mention how the Cardinals CRUSHED the Packers last month 38-3?! I think this game won’t be as much of a blowout but the Cardinals offense is just too good. Packers 21- Cardinals 27

Sunday (1:05 pm ET) Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – “Must See TV” is what Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said of this matchup and I couldn’t agree with him more. This game is going to be this weekend’s cream of the crop. The Panthers are the best team in the league and have been for a while. Cam Newton will need to be his MVP self on Sunday, I think he is up for the task.  Seahawks 21 – Panthers 24

Sunday (4:40 pm ET) Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos – Will they or won’t they?! Ben Roethlisberger has an AC joint sprain and Antonio Brown has a concussion. Let’s face reality folks. There is no way on god’s green earth that the Steelers have a chance to win against Denver if these two don’t suit up. Peyton Manning is rested and healthy; I really think that the Broncos are out for revenge after their week 15 loss.  Steelers 21 – Broncos 27

Another great weekend of NFL  football on tap!

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The rumors are true my friends, pharm six weeks ago my future husband and I relocated to Charlotte, NC, and I am now required to love all things Charlotte, including the Panthers. How can this be?! I bleed the Blue and Orange, I love Black and Blue football, I can’t lose my identify and cheer for an NFC South team?! Is that even respectable division?! The answer is… Oh hell to the yes; it houses the best team in the NFL the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers destroyed the Atlanta Falcons last week 38-0, and they are a lucky 13-0 on the season, and secured a first round bye. You are probably wondering why the hell you should care about the Panthers. Well if Sunday’s crushing Bears (5-8) loss dashed your hopes of the playoffs its ok to get on another bandwagon, especially one that has many familiar former Bear faces.

First let’s start with the Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. Riverboat Ron as he is called down here in the South should sound familiar. Rivera was one of the key factors in the Bears 1985 Super Bowl Championship team, and Rivera was the Bears defensive coordinator for the 2004- 2006 Bears teams. I am not sure if you remember those defenses but they were top five in the league each season. Not sure, how he slipped through our hands.

With injuries depleting their pass rush, the Panthers acquired some much-needed aid early this season. The Bears traded away pass rusher Jared Allen to them, for a sixth round 2016 draft pick. Not a lot eh? You are right. Allen never found his groove in Chicago.  However, I don’t think the Bears really set him up for success.

Charles “Peanut” Tillman, this one stings, the Bears drafted Tillman in the second round of the 2003 draft; he played twelve seasons with the Bears. He was selected to two Pro Bowls and was the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013. Peanut was/is beloved by everyone in Chicago. His cover skills and ability to force fumbles is something the Bears are lacking this year. The Bears decided not to sign Peanut this past off-season and the Panthers took a chance on him. Even though Peanut hasn’t had a fantastic year, you can see how his leadership and experience has ignited this young Panthers team. Let’s face it we ALL miss the PEANUT PUNCH!

Greg Olsen is still a Bears trade that pisses me off. I can say that because it is true. We gave up on him, and it hurts my heart. The Bears drafted Olsen in the first round of the 2007 draft. The years Olsen spent with the Bears are when the offensive coordinator job had a revolving door at Halas Hall. How can one succeed, with a pile of crap that they are handed?  I really loved the Cutler/Olsen combination in 2009 and beyond. Let’s face it quality tight-ends are hard to find, and we had a beast. However, then in 2011 we traded him away to Carolina for a third round pick in the 2012 draft. Every year since his trade Olsen has gotten better and this season is Cam Newton’s number one target. He has set Panthers records for career receiving years and receptions for a tight end. One additional note, is that Olsen and his wide Kara stated The Greg Olsen Foundation in 2009, which helps fund cancer research.  Greg’s mother is a cancer survivor and is the inspiration for his foundation.

One of his fundraising events includes Kicks for a Cure Kickball Tournament, the world’s largest charity kickball tournament. The large scale event is held annually each summer in Chicago’s Grant Park and hosts over 1,000 people. Kickball teams compete and have fun in an effort to raise money for cancer research. If you haven’t attended this event I HIGHLY recommend it, it is a blast and raises money for an amazing cause.

One Panther that wasn’t a Bear (we can only dream), but we can’t talk Panthers without mentioning him is Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. I have had the pleasure of watching Newton grow in this league and this year I love him even more. He is, in my mind a “done deal” for NFL MVP, he continues to get better every game. You might not like his Dab Swagger, but the guy can play and continues to throw up monster numbers week after week.

Even though the Bears season is shat to hell.. this is a bandwagon you shouldn’t feel guilty jumping on especially if you refer to them as Bears 2.0. Up next for the Panthers are the New York Giants on Sunday at noon, can they make it 14-0?! #BearDown #KeepPounding

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Bears vs. Vikings

I could draft a whole post about how or why the Bears have decided to bench franchise QB, illness Jay Cutler in week 16 of the 2014-2015 season… but what’s the point?  Besides, there’s already tons and tons of information out there for you SDI readers to dive into regarding the speculation surrounding the franchise QB, coaching and management.

Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers

Jimmy Clausen – Courtesy of Getty Images

Instead, I thought I would focus my efforts today on the back-up QB, Jimmy Clausen. If you’re a college football fan you’ve definitely heard the name Clausen before, as Jimmy is the younger brother of two former Division 1 QBs, Casey and Rick Clausen. Side note: both of his brothers played at Tennessee. However, Jimmy has carved quite a name for himself in the football world too. Check out his career highlights below:

  • Pre-college and NFL, Jimmy was already turning heads and gathering media attention in high school.  What I found most impressive about his HS football career is that he never lost a football game in which he was the starter (42-0 record) and he also holds the California state record for career touchdowns (with 146).  In his senior year of high school, USA Today named him the “Offensive Player of the Year”.
  • Clausen moved on to play college football at Notre Dame.  In his junior year and final season with the Fighting Irish, he had 3,722 passing yards and a 68.8% completion rate, with 28 touchdowns and four interceptions.
  • Clausen was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. While in Carolina, he played 13 games in his rookie season (starting in 10 of them) and conjured up a record of 1-9 before the Panthers drafted current QB, Cam Newton and inserted him as the starter. Sad.

This summer, Clausen beat out Jordan Palmer in training camp to become the Bears back-up quarterback. In 2014, Clausen has appeared in three games and has completed three of nine passes. He will get his first start with the team on Sunday when the Bears face the Detroit Lions at home.

While his career in the NFL hasn’t been stellar, I still wish him the best of luck on Sunday. And hey, you never know… Maybe Clausen will take a page of out McCown’s book…

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Pink's Pulse

We’re down to just the final seven games of the 2013 NFL season. This weekend we get the treat of having two games being played on both Saturday and Sunday, discount and I’ve got your preview guide for what to watch for this weekend.

New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks — Saturday 3:35pm CT on FOX

This game features a rematch of Week 13 when these two teams collided in Seattle. The result? The Seahawks spanked the Saints 34-7. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has only lost once at home in his entire NFL career, medicine but I believe Drew Breesand the Saints are back for revenge.

Russell Wilson

Saints head coach Sean Payton blew out two speakers during practice this week prepping for noise in Seattle. The Seattle Seahawks are looking to capitalize on one of the best seasons they’ve had in team history but they have to go through the Saints one more time to prove that. I don’t expect this game to mirror the first time they met, the Saints are in playoff mode and don’t think will go down without a fight.

Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots — Saturday 7:15pm CT on CBS

This is a game of Old School vs. New School quarterbacks. The two comeback kings, Colts QB Andrew Luck and Patriots QB Tom Brady,square off in Foxboro, New Jersey on Saturday night in a game that is not to be missed.

Andrew Luck vs. Tom Brady

The Indianapolis Colts pulled out the second largest comeback playoff victory as they came back from being down 38-10 against the Kansas City Chiefs to win and advance. Both quarterbacks don’t have elite wide receivers so the magic will truly be between the coaches and quarterbacks. Will Tom Brady be able to get his fourth ring or will Andrew Luck lead his team further into the playoffs? Fun fact: Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri used to be on the Patriots, and the Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since he left. Is there a curse of the kicker??

San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers — Sunday 12:05pm CT on FOX

Out of all the weekend games, the match-up between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers may be least appealing of the bunch. Both defenses are top notch and both quarterbacks are extremely similar, so it will be a true chess match.

Cam Newton, Photo Source: GQ

For the first time in his career, Panthers QB Cam Newton has taken the Panthers to the playoffs but getting further into the playoffs will definitely be tough. It’s important to keep an eye on the wide receivers from both teams. 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree made a late appearance to the season and hasn’t seen the likes of Carolina yet. On the other side, the Panthers might be without their Pro Bowl wideout Steve Smith has he’s trying to recover from a concussion.

The 49ers led by QB Colin Kaepernick, are looking to return to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year after beating Green Bay last weekend at Lambeau. Expect a close and exciting game.

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos — Sunday 3:40pm CT on CBS

The monster of all games this weekend features the last two remaining teams from the AFC West. This will be the third meeting between these two teams this season. The first time they met, the Broncos won in San Diego and the second time being Thursday Night Football where the Chargers pulled the upset in Denver.

Peyton Manning

This time it’s anyone’s game. The San Diego Chargers have won their last five out of six games and are the hottest team in the playoffs right now. Will Broncos QB Peyton Manning finally get the monkey off his back and avoid being bounced early in the playoffs in his run for the Super Bowl as a Bronco? It’s definitely the game to watch this weekend seeing as the Broncos have been favored by many to win the Super Bowl.

My Picks: Seahawks, Patriots, Panthers, and Chargers.

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