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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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NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys

Tonight, thumb the Bears will play the first of their three Monday Night Football games this season when they face the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, ask Texas.  After strong starts in week 1 for both the Cowboys and the Bears, both teams struggled in losses in week 2 and bounced back against mediocre teams in week 3.  Both teams come into tonight’s nationally televised game at 2-1 and will be looking to silence doubters and take divisional leads in the week 4 finale.    Here’s what you need to know about the big Monday Night Football match-up:

What You Need to Know:

  • The Cutler-Romo comparison: This season, Cutler has thrown 642 yards, 3 TDs while Romo has thrown 841 yards for 4 TDs.  Cutler has been sacked 11 times and Romo 7 thanks to poor offensive lines.  Both boys have a lot of pressure riding on them from their fans and team. Can Cutty really do it?  Where’s Romo’s ring?  It will be interesting to see if Cutler steps up as a leader for the team instead of regressing as a QB and if Romo can outlast the Bear’s defense and gain a chance to shine.
  • Bear’s star running back, Matt Forte is listed as questionable for tonight’s 7:30PM kick-off.  As normal with the Bears, they are being tight lipped and erring on the side of caution to ensure he’s 100% when he returns.  There were also rumors earlier this week that Michael Bush (18 rushes, 55 yards and 1 TD) is injured as well.  If Forte does not play, expect to see plenty of Michael Bush, early and often.  The Bears will need to establish their running game quickly as their passing game has been inconsistent.  Without Forte, we can expect to see back-up running backs (and current HAM) Kahlil Bell and Armando Allen getting more carries as well.

Matt Forte, AP Images

  • It’s going to be LOUD:  The new Cowboy Stadium, completed last season in time to host the 2012 Super Bowl,  is the biggest stadium in the US.  With over 85,000 screaming fans, the Bear’s offense will need to stay in sync in order to avoid false starts and miscommunicated plays.

Who and what to watch for:

  • The Bears to get their running game going early:  The Cowboys have a very strong defensive line, which means the pressure on Cutler (the pass rush) will be non-stop.  Because the Bear’s offense has been so one-dimensional with Cutler struggling in his passing game in his last two appearances, the Bears know that by running the ball, especially on first downs, they have a better shot of gaining yardage.
  • The Bear’s offensive line:  the match-up of the night to watch will be J’Marcus vs. DeMarcus (we can’t make this stuff up).  Struggling Bear’s left tackle (and Cutler’s shoving target in the Packer’s loss that spearheaded ‘shove-gate’) J’Marcus Webb will be matched up against the Cowboy’s best defender, linebacker, DeMarcus Ware.  The Bear’s O-line must play better than they have in order to keep Cutler upright and to open up the offensive weapons (Michael Bush, Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jeffery to name a few).

DeMarcus Ware, photo credit: US Presswire

  • Bears’s defense: our beloved Bears lead the entire NFL with 14 sacks which is twice as many as the Cowboys.  Thankfully, the Cowboy’s offensive line stinks and guys like Julius Peppers, Isreal Idonije, Brian Urlacher, Henry Melton and Lance Briggs are going to take clear advantage of the pass rush opportunities on Tony Romo, who’s known for scrambling inside the pocket.  We can expect at least a few Romo sacks tonight by our reliable and stealthy Bear’s D.

Your Take Away Piece:

“A win tonight would put the Bears at 3-1, tied with the Vikings who surprisingly beat the Detroit Lions yesterday.  If the Bear’s defense can keep the pressure on Romo and stop Dallas running back, DeMarco Murray, there’s no reason they can’t continue their strong Monday Night Football performances and come away with a huge road win.”

What’s Next:

Kick-off is at 7:30PM on ESPN.   Check back in tomorrow morning for our re-cap before heading into the office.  GO BEARS.

 

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