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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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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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This week’s Pink’s Pulse is dedicated to one of the best weekends in sports: the NFL Championship Weekend. Four teams remain in the race to Super Bowl XLVIII, buy cialis and Sunday’s doubleheader Championship match-ups are sure to be thrillers as two rivalries are rekindled.

This Sunday’s match-ups are a dose of old school – new school football.  First, levitra we have the 49ers and Seahawks: two teams who’ve had success building their organizations through their younger players. Then there’s the old school battle: the Patriots vs. the Broncos: a matchup between the two NFL royalty heavyweights.

Clear the schedule for Sunday, football doesn’t get much better than this.

New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos – 2pm CT on CBS

The rematch that everyone had hoped for is here…Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning. These two teams clashed during Week 12 and the Patriots bested the Broncos late by a score of 34-31. But, things are a little different this time around.

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady

There are almost too many story lines to count between Brady and Manning, far too many to list and stories you can find with a simple Google Search.  This is the fifteenth meeting between these two iconic quarterbacks and could be their last. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has nearly broke every record in the book this year, but history has predicated that those QBs don’t always go onto winning a Super Bowl after record-breaking seasons. While Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had a hard, long struggle to get to this point having no reliable wide receivers to count on this time around.

What you should be watching for in this game is the tight end position. The last time these two met the Patriots still had Rob Gronkowski and the Broncos were without Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas. Brady will need pass-catchers to step up in order to get points on the board throughout the game.

One last thing to note, the last time these two teams met the Broncos had to deal with Patriots five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. With Wilfork out of the season with an injury, it poses a concern for the Patriots defense in trying to stop Manning.

For a full preview, check out NFL Film’s video here.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks – 5:30 CT on FOX

Fans will get a double-dose of rematch mania with a new school rivalry between the 49ers and Seahawks. Last week we got to see the 49ers offense get tested against one of the better defenses in the Carolina Panthers while the Seahawks strutted their guns to the New Orleans Saints.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are proving to be the more electrifying young quarterbacks to watch. If you haven’t figured out, Kaepernick seems to really have the playoff juices flowing. It definitely helps that his favorite wide receiver Michael Crabtree is back from injury. Since he’s been back, the 49ers have won their last seven game. Russell Wilson, on the other hand, has a canon of an arm to make you sit on the edge of your seat every play.

Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick

Keep your eyes on the matchup between the 49ers wide receivers and the Seahawks secondary. The Seahawks haven’t faced off against Michael Crabtree let alone the power of Crabtree, tight end Vernon Davis and wideout Anquan Boldin altogether. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has really been a force to be reckoned with along with his legion of boom (the Seahawks defense). It could get ugly out there folks.

If you haven’t seen the Madden 25 commercial featuring Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, it is a must watch before Sunday’s match-up. Watch it below.

My picks: I’m going to preface my pick by saying that my preseason Super Bowl prediction was that the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots would meet in New York. And, I’m sticking to my guns. Please, enjoy football this weekend.

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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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That’s it?  After zero contribution from any of the Bear’s offensive starters, illness we feel silly for even getting slightly excited about the Bear’s preseason opener.  Yes, stuff we knew there was a strong chance that Cutler, Forte and Peppers would play one, maybe two series, but we’re a little surprised (like other Bears fans) that none of the Bear’s stars played last night.  Without the Bear’s elite taking the field, the Broncos ran all over them with a decisive 31-3 win.

What You Need to Know:

  • It’s normal for starters to get very little playing time in the first preseason game, but for coach Lovie Smith to sit the big 3:  quarterback Jay Cutler, running back Matt Forte, and defensive end, Julius Peppers, just makes the game boring – and tough to win.  Lovie made it known before the game that he was not going to use his starting talent much, but we were duped when not one of these guys took the field.
  • We saw 3 different Bears QBs take the field last night:  2nd string:  Jason Campbell, 3rd string: Joshn McCown and 4th string: Matt Blanchard.  With Cutler sitting on the sidelines (is he cashed out from late night bottle-feedings?) fans witnessed the capabilities and depth of the QB position.  Let’s just say it was lacking.  Campbell completed 4 of 5 attempted passes and had a whopping 13 yards, and Josh McCown went 6 of 10 completions and had 56 yards.  Matt Blanchard was sacked 3 times by the Broncos defense.

    Matt Blanchard

  • Bronco’s new QB, Peyton Manning only played the opening series where his touch-down pass attempt was tipped off and intercepted by Bear’s safety, Major Wright.  Sadly, this was one of the only Bear’s highlights of the game.
  • The Bear’s offensive line continues to be an issue with left tackle, J’Marcus Webb playing the majority of the game for the practice.  The OL had a hard time keeping off the Bronco’s defense, leaving much to be desired.
  • The Bears were almost completely shut-out by the Broncos who dominated possession the majority of the game, but thankfully, kicker Robbie Gould made a 47-yard field goal late in the 4th to save the Bears some face.

Your Take Away Piece:  “Guess we’ll have to wait another week at least to witness the Bear’s new ‘octane offense’ that we keep hearing about, because it certainly wasn’t anywhere to be seen last night.  If this is what the back-ups look like, then thank God we have solid starters.”

What’s Next:  Back to Training Camp in Bourbonnais for the Bears to work on plenty of issues that were visible last night – particularly beefing up the offensive line and working on the pass-rush (the pressure the defense puts on the opposing QB).  The Bears second preseason game is Saturday night, August 18th at home against the Washington Redskins.

 

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