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Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Since the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 was inducted on August 4th, I couldn't help but look ahead to 2013.   The year 2013 is when former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Jon Ogden will be eligible for due recognition. Ogden was the cornerstone of the Baltimore squad from the introduction of the franchise and will go down in the team’s annals as one of the top offensive lineman to set foot on the field for the Purple and Black.   I'll be watching the induction next year for the 5

Since the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 was inducted on August 4th, I couldn't help but look ahead to 2013.

 

The year 2013 is when former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Jon Ogden will be eligible for due recognition. Ogden was the cornerstone of the Baltimore squad from the introduction of the franchise and will go down in the team’s annals as one of the top offensive lineman to set foot on the field for the Purple and Black.

 

I'll be watching the induction next year for the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And for the Class of 2013, Jon Ogden is my vote!

 

KC

NFLRUSH Kid Reporter

Eyes on the Prize!

This is the type of player that makes DBs lose sleep at night. . .   After a long hiatus (also known as freshman year) I'm back to writing for NFLRUSH! In reviewing the 2012 NFL season, I've thoroughly enjoyed watching the antics of the New York Giants receivers and their leader Eli Manning. While I am not typically a fan of the Big Blue, the impeccable concentration and speedy reflexes they demonstrate through the most arduous circumstances are quite impressive.   Many players cannot

This is the type of player that makes DBs lose sleep at night. . .

 

After a long hiatus (also known as freshman year) I'm back to writing for NFLRUSH! In reviewing the 2012 NFL season, I've thoroughly enjoyed watching the antics of the New York Giants receivers and their leader Eli Manning. While I am not typically a fan of the Big Blue, the impeccable concentration and speedy reflexes they demonstrate through the most arduous circumstances are quite impressive.

 

Many players cannot even attempt to make a play on the ball when they are being smothered by an overzealous defensive player; but the Giants receivers not only continue to fight for positioning, but also generally put themselves in a position in which they can react off a deflection.

Without discrediting the Giants' other position players, it's safe to say that their quarterback and receivers heavily contributed to their title run in 2012.

 

KC
NFLRUSH Kid Reporter

I WANT MOR(A) PLAYOFFS!

Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?. It's that time of year again! I'm not particularly talking about the holiday season; I'm talking about the playoffs.   Now when anyone mentions the playoffs, what comes to mind is an image of outraged Jim Mora, as it may not be your year.   For the Ravens, they were looking to lock up a postseason spot with a win on Sunday night vs. the Chargers, but they lost so who knows what will happen!   Is a rematch with Pittsburgh in store? I sure hope so. . .

Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?.

It's that time of year again! I'm not particularly talking about the holiday season; I'm talking about the playoffs.

 

Now when anyone mentions the playoffs, what comes to mind is an image of outraged Jim Mora, as it may not be your year.

 

For the Ravens, they were looking to lock up a postseason spot with a win on Sunday night vs. the Chargers, but they lost so who knows what will happen!

 

Is a rematch with Pittsburgh in store? I sure hope so. . .

Tebow -- A Very Good Thing for the Broncos

Poll. Will the Broncos win the AFC West

From The Swamp, to Mile High Stadium, to a different shade of blue and orange, there's one man that fits this description best. He's had a target on his back ever since his college days, but in spite of his critics (who attack everything from his throwing motion to his relationship status) he's managed to succeed at every level.

 

As you've probably figured out, I'm talking about Tim Tebow. There have been so many great moments this season in the NFL, but one of my favorites is Tebow's 1st start against the Miami Dolphins.

 

At first, his critics seemed to be some of the most foresighted people in the business, but they forgot to account for one thing: no matter where, who, and when, Tebow is a flat-out winner. Leading his team from 15 down, he displayed leadership qualities reminiscent of Joe Montana or Dan Marino.

 

Now, Tebow has propelled the once-woesome Broncos into a tie for the AFC West due to his 6-1 record as a starter. Even more impressive is his composure under the constant barrage of questions about his Christian faith, about which he is more open than almost any other athlete. Whether or not you believe in his moral standard of conduct and beliefs, his boldness and confidence are to be admired.

IT'S HOME SWEET HOME FOR #82

Flacco deep downfield to Smith. . .CAUGHT! TOUCHDOWN RAVENS! Over the course of a NFL season, it's easy to overlook the talents of one of your team's players. I, too, have been suffering from this cognitive lag regarding Baltimore's home grown receiver Torrey Smith. Smith, who attended the University of Maryland before his selection in last year's draft, has shown maturity well beyond his age. His game-winning catch against Pittsburgh may prove to be the most crucial play of the season w
Flacco deep downfield to Smith. . .CAUGHT! TOUCHDOWN RAVENS!

Over the course of a NFL season, it's easy to overlook the talents of one of your team's players. I, too, have been suffering from this cognitive lag regarding Baltimore's home grown receiver Torrey Smith. Smith, who attended the University of Maryland before his selection in last year's draft, has shown maturity well beyond his age. His game-winning catch against Pittsburgh may prove to be the most crucial play of the season when it comes to playoff positioning.

 

I apologize for being so sporadic with my postings--my first year of attending high school and playing varsity football, on top of a recently broken collarbone suffered during practice which required 6 screws and a plate to repair has made it almost impossible to keep up, but now I have more time, so you will see more from me in the coming months

 

KC

(HAND)SHAKING UP THE NFL

"He's like a dog, ready to attack at any moment" Possibly the only thing more noteworthy (and surprising) than the Lions and 49ers both being 5-1, is the post-game shenanigan involving Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers coach, and Jim Schwartz, the Detroit head man.   An alleged shove, derogatory remark, and a frustrated coach are all perfect ingredients for a full-scale street fight. The scuffle that successively took place looked more at home in a Manhattan alleyway at midnight than on the F
"He's like a dog, ready to attack at any moment"

Possibly the only thing more noteworthy (and surprising) than the Lions and 49ers both being 5-1, is the post-game shenanigan involving Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers coach, and Jim Schwartz, the Detroit head man.

 

An alleged shove, derogatory remark, and a frustrated coach are all perfect ingredients for a full-scale street fight. The scuffle that successively took place looked more at home in a Manhattan alleyway at midnight than on the Football field.

 

When posed the question "would you follow Harbaugh into the boxing ring under said circumstances?", SF tight end, Delanie Walker, replied "The man is awesome. He's almost like a dog, ready to attack at any moment." This could be fun to watch--let's all hope for a rematch in the playoffs, where boxing gloves may be more in order than football helmets.

STAMPEDE!!!!

Poll. How do you think the Bills will do this year?

Tom Brady intercepted by. . . it's been almost a year since we last heard those words, but the Buffalo Bills genarated such responses from the broadcast booth last week, as the Bills stampeded over the once insurmountable Patriots.

 

Now, two questions remain: What's next for Brady and the Pats; and what in the world is up with Buffalo? After New England was knocked out of the playoffs last year by the Jets, many around the league expected something akin to the 2007 Patriots team that went all the way to the Super Bowl.

 

Now, it remains to be seen if the Patriots can recover. The Bills, on the other hand, look impressive, and we now must sit back and wait to see if the flame still burns in the cold north of New York.

 

Kid Reporter-KC

92 ROCK ON THE LINE

Big boys, big skills Big skills. That’s what DL Haloti Ngata brings to the table for the second coming of the Baltimore Ravens’ “Purple People Eaters.” Combined with arguably the best defense in the League after a 35-7 drubbing of Pittsburgh, he is now looked at as one of the best inside lineman on the defensive side of the ball.   Taken in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft, Ngata returned a turnover for a touchdown in his 1st NFL game against Tampa Bay and
Big boys, big skills

Big skills. That’s what DL Haloti Ngata brings to the table for the second coming of the Baltimore Ravens’ “Purple People Eaters.” Combined with arguably the best defense in the League after a 35-7 drubbing of Pittsburgh, he is now looked at as one of the best inside lineman on the defensive side of the ball.

 

Taken in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft, Ngata returned a turnover for a touchdown in his 1st NFL game against Tampa Bay and hasn’t slowed down since. With the departure of nose tackle Kelly Gregg to Kansas City, this could be Ngata’s year to shine.

FREE AGENCY FRENZY! HERE WE GOOOOOOO. .

"If Baltimore wants to make some considerable gains this week, they must go shopping for some free agents that can beef up their weaknesses." Free agency has been insane ever since the lockout was lifted, and the joy of having football again was doused by some of the early moves made by the Ravens. While they did pick up a few players, I'd say the gains were offset by the loss of Todd Heap, Kelly Greg, and a few others.   If Baltimore wants to make some considerable gains this week,
"If Baltimore wants to make some considerable gains this week, they must go shopping for some free agents that can beef up their weaknesses."

Free agency has been insane ever since the lockout was lifted, and the joy of having football again was doused by some of the early moves made by the Ravens. While they did pick up a few players, I'd say the gains were offset by the loss of Todd Heap, Kelly Greg, and a few others.

 

If Baltimore wants to make some considerable gains this week, they must go shopping for some free agents that can beef up their weaknesses. A solid CB would be of great value to go opposite Jimmy Smith. A TE like Brandon Manumaleuna could help as well.

 

Kid Reporter-KC

MAN IN THE HEADSET!

Hello Kitty! HUH? What would football games be like without the blustering, Motorola headset-wearing men pacing like caged animals up and down (and sometimes across) the sidelines? For every good team, there's almost always a mastermind coach behind the football juggernaut.   My favorite coach currently in the NFL is John Harbaugh of the Ravens. Having the opportunity to listen to him speak last year at the Red Zone Men's Conference in Maryland, I took full advantage. A very intrigu
Hello Kitty! HUH?

What would football games be like without the blustering, Motorola headset-wearing men pacing like caged animals up and down (and sometimes across) the sidelines? For every good team, there's almost always a mastermind coach behind the football juggernaut.

 

My favorite coach currently in the NFL is John Harbaugh of the Ravens. Having the opportunity to listen to him speak last year at the Red Zone Men's Conference in Maryland, I took full advantage. A very intriguing man he is for sure! Unlike many coaches, he never played a down in the NFL (unlike his brother Jim, who was signed as the head coach of the SF 49ers this past year) and is rumored to have his daughter's Hello Kitty drawings displayed in his office!

 

Hired to replace Brian Billick a few years ago, he has proved his worth to the franchise with three trips to the second round of the playoffs for three straight years, including a trip to the AFC title game in 2008. Harbaugh's a devout Christian (like me) and a very good role model, which reflects well on the Ravens organization.

 

Kid Reporter-KC

VALUE SHOPPING--BALTIMORE'S BEST

It's beyond window shopping for these guys! When millions of dollars are at stake, value is not just important, it's entirely essential! Many franchises have been driven into ruin by one high-dollar Draft bust. The best value player that the Ravens ever picked in my eyes is Jarrett Johnson. Selected in the 4th round, Johnson fits in with Baltimore's outside pass rush unit extremely well. Over the past three seasons, he has proven himself to be the versatile LB/DE that the Ravens use to e
It's beyond window shopping for these guys! When millions of dollars are at stake, value is not just important, it's entirely essential! Many franchises have been driven into ruin by one high-dollar Draft bust.

The best value player that the Ravens ever picked in my eyes is Jarrett Johnson. Selected in the 4th round, Johnson fits in with Baltimore's outside pass rush unit extremely well. Over the past three seasons, he has proven himself to be the versatile LB/DE that the Ravens use to exploit their opponents on the field.

TONIGHT'S GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT-FOR THE NFL DRAFT!

With the 26th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select. . . With the 26th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select. . .   As you can probably guess, I am going to talk about the draft needs of Charm City's favorite football team.   Possibly the most glaring need is a hole in Baltimore's vaunted defense. Once ripe with talent at the defensive back position, the Ravens have seen a steady decline in their defensive backfield. Ed Reed, one of the best
With the 26th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select. . .

With the 26th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select. . .

 

As you can probably guess, I am going to talk about the draft needs of Charm City's favorite football team.

 

Possibly the most glaring need is a hole in Baltimore's vaunted defense. Once ripe with talent at the defensive back position, the Ravens have seen a steady decline in their defensive backfield. Ed Reed, one of the best safeties in NFL history (barring none) seems to be the last glimmer of hope in a once shining skyline of secondary.

 

The Ravens should look for a cornerback in the 1st round. If Prince Amukamara inexplicably falls from the top 10 or so, Baltimore would be wise to take him. Besides being a great cornerback, Prince is also a great role model, as well as a devout Christian (just like me-a devout Christian. I'm working on the role model part. . .) If he is taken, the Ravens could look at Aaron Williams from Texas or Brandon Harris from LSU. Or, Baltimore could go in a different direction and take tight end Kyle Rudolph of Notre Dame. We shall see. . .

 

 

Kid Reporter-KC

TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: BALTIMORE'S BEST UNLEASHED!

M. . . V. . . P! M. . . V. . . P! M. . . V. . . P! M. . . V. . . P! That is a chant that often rings out through stadiums across America.   Also touted among NFL fans is the team MVP. Unlike the league MVP, there are 32 of them. There is no official award for the team Most Valuable Player, but it's hotly debated nonetheless.   So, that begs the question "who is Baltimore's most valuable player?" The answer might surprise you, but the MVP on the Ravens has a bionic leg. Billy Cu
M. . . V. . . P! M. . . V. . . P!

M. . . V. . . P! M. . . V. . . P! That is a chant that often rings out through stadiums across America.

 

Also touted among NFL fans is the team MVP. Unlike the league MVP, there are 32 of them. There is no official award for the team Most Valuable Player, but it's hotly debated nonetheless.

 

So, that begs the question "who is Baltimore's most valuable player?" The answer might surprise you, but the MVP on the Ravens has a bionic leg. Billy Cundiff? Yes, and while his impact may be somewhat diminished by the new rule changes (kickoffs will be moved up to the 35 yard line.) Unrelated to that, Cundiff was out of football from 2006-2009, but has resurrected his career. He looks to be a cog in the Ravens machine for a while now.

 

Kid Reporter-KC

Mock Draft - NFLRUSH Style

Poll. If you were the No.1 overall pick, what would you do?

The Green Room of Radio City Music Hall may be vacant. Those words dropped on the NFL world like a bomb, as word circulated throughout the football world that there was a high possibility that the Draft may be boycotted by the former NFLPA. Subsequently, the top draft prospects would follow suit.

 

However, the Draft will go on! I am revealing my 1st round mock draft Doday. Players will be numbered in the order they are selected.

 

1.  Da'Quan Bowers: DE, Clemson to CAR

2.  Nick Fairley: DT, Auburn to DEN

3.  Cam Newton: QB, Auburn to BUF

4.  Blaine Gabbert: QB, Missouri to CIN

5.  Von Miller: OLB, Texas A&M to ARI

6.  Robert Quinn: DE, North Carolina to CLE

7.  Patrick Peterson: CB, LSU to SF

8.  Marcell Dareus: DT, Alabama to TEN

9.  Julio Jones: WR, Alabama to DAL

10. Nate Solder: OT, Colorado to WAS

11. A.J. Green: WR, Georgia to MIA

12. Ryan Mallett: QB, Arkansas to JAX

13. Aaron Williams: CB, Texas to NE

14. Akeem Ayers: OLB, UCLA to SD

15. Mark Herzlich: OLB, Boston College to PHI

16. Virgil Green: TE, Nevada to NO

17. Anthony Castonzo: Boston College to HOU

18. Prince Amukamara: CB, Nebraska to MIN

19. Ryan Williams: RB, Virginia Tech to DET

20. Mike Pouncey: C, Florida to STL

21. Garrett Chisolm: OG, South Carolina to NYG

22. Orlando Franklin: OG, Miami (FL) to TB

23. Austin Pettis: WR, Boise State to KC

24. Marcus Cannon: OG, TCU to IND

25. John Clay: RB, Wisconsin to ATL

26. Mark Ingram: RB, Alabama to NE

27. Jake Locker: QB, Washington to SEA

28. Kyle Rudolph: TE, Notre Dame to BAL

29. Tyron Smith: OT, USC to CHI

30. Zach Hurd: OG, Connecticut to NYJ

31. Jordan Cameron: TE, USC to PIT

32. Rahim Moore: S, UCLA to GB

UNLOCK(ER) the top Combine Performer

"...one slip or dropped pass can cost a prospect millions of dollars in potential salary" This year’s Scouting Combine is in the books. Now, we begin the countdown to the 2011 NFL Draft.   Before a player can be drafted, however, he most often has to perform well at the Combine. A player’s draft stock can be affected severely, for better or for worse. In an extreme case, one slip or dropped pass can cost a prospect millions of dollars in potential salary. Every year, one
"...one slip or dropped pass can cost a prospect millions of dollars in potential salary"

This year’s Scouting Combine is in the books. Now, we begin the countdown to the 2011 NFL Draft.

 

Before a player can be drafted, however, he most often has to perform well at the Combine. A player’s draft stock can be affected severely, for better or for worse. In an extreme case, one slip or dropped pass can cost a prospect millions of dollars in potential salary. Every year, one player in particular always impresses and raises their value. This year, it was. . .

 

Jake Locker, QB, University of Washington. He had been projected as high as the number one pick at the beginning of this season. However, after a senior season that did not quite live up to expectations, some wondered if he was first round material. He certainly showed that he was. Locker had a strong showing in all of the events, and quality and consistency are well regarded traits.

 

That’s about it for now, although I’m sure there will be a lot of talk and debate about Combine performances for a good amount of time to come.

 

Kid Reporter-KC

KC Reviews the NFL Fan Cards

This week, I made use of the NFL Fan Card Maker, which I had been wanting to do for a while. This week, I finally made use of the NFL Fan Card Maker, which is on the right side of the Fan Central page. It took me a little while to figure it out, which may have been my fault. Once I got the hang of it, it was very easy. Uploading the picture was a lot of fun, although I had a hard time deciding on a football photo from our season because we had so many of them!   It costs around $20.
This week, I made use of the NFL Fan Card Maker, which I had been wanting to do for a while.

This week, I finally made use of the NFL Fan Card Maker, which is on the right side of the Fan Central page. It took me a little while to figure it out, which may have been my fault. Once I got the hang of it, it was very easy. Uploading the picture was a lot of fun, although I had a hard time deciding on a football photo from our season because we had so many of them!

 

It costs around $20.00 per ten-pack of cards but it still is very cool, not to mention fun! I will let you know when my cards arrive.

 

Kid Reporter-KC

The Scouting Combine is Just Around the Corner!

Poll. If you could win one NFL award, what would it be?

The Super Bowl was only two weeks ago but the NFL season waits for no man. That is made evident by the fact that the Scouting Combine is only a few weeks away. There are a few players that could improve their draft stock significantly with a good showing in the combine.

 

One player that could definitely get onto many teams’ radar with a strong showing is Texas Christian University QB Andy Dalton. Dalton proved he can win as he took TCU to the Rose Bowl title this year. In fact, he’s been to a bowl game every season throughout his tenure with the Horned Frogs. However, his athleticism has been in question, and mobility is necessary for him to be a successful NFL quarterback.

 

Another player that would be significantly helped by an influential display is Mark Herzlich. More than just a comeback story, he overcame Ewing’s sarcoma, which is a type of bone cancer that is extremely rare, and is now a draft prospect that may be a little underestimated. He just needs to prove once and for all that he has the speed and strength to be an impact player at the next level.

 

That’s it! Let me know if there are any players that you think need to have an eye-opening performance at the combine!

 

Kid Reporter-KC

Lombardi has Come Home!

"The Lombardi Trophy has returned to Green Bay, the city where it's namesake is most famous" It went down to the wire again, but this time Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers came out on the short end and the Packers re-possessed the Lombardi Trophy.   Well, who could have seen that coming? Sure, Green Bay was looked at as a playoff contender at the beginning of the season, but not much credence was given to their title hopes at the start of the season? The Packers had a
"The Lombardi Trophy has returned to Green Bay, the city where it's namesake is most famous"

It went down to the wire again, but this time Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers came out on the short end and the Packers re-possessed the Lombardi Trophy.

 

Well, who could have seen that coming? Sure, Green Bay was looked at as a playoff contender at the beginning of the season, but not much credence was given to their title hopes at the start of the season? The Packers had a few “keys to the game” that they needed to fulfill to win, and they did (obviously). Here they are. . .

 

KEY 1: STOP RASHARD MENDENHALL

 

In order for the Pack to win, they needed to render ineffective the Steelers ground game. Mendenhall, being the cross-breed of back that he is, had been one of the tougher backs to bring down in the postseason. Green Bay held him to under 100 yards and forced him to fumble.

 

 

KEY 2: DETAIN THE PITTSBURGH D

 

Pittsburgh has one of the more dominant defenses in the league, so it was imperative that the Packers offensive be able to counteract that. The Packers offensive line did a great job creating holes for the Green Bay backfield, as well as buying Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers some time to make plays.

 

KEY 3: BRING DOWN BIG BEN

 

Not allowing Roethlisberger to extend plays with his legs was very important. Clay Matthews and the rest of the Green Bay unit did a fine job of finishing the play.

 

That’s it for now!
Kid Reporter-KC

KC Goes Inside the Huddle

Poll. What will be the result of Super Bowl XLV?

There may be snow and ice in Dallas now, but in a few days, it’s going to be hotter than hot in the Lone Star State. The two best teams in the NFL are just days from the final showdown for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Let’s compare the matchups for these two teams:

 

 

QB: The Packers bring to the table one of the most efficient QBs in the NFL this year. Aaron Rodgers has finally gotten out of the looming shadow of Brett Favre (who says he will retire, AGAIN) and has established himself as one of the elite signal-callers in the league.

 

The Steelers are led by Ben Roethlisberger, who missed the first four games of the season, but upon his return soon went about making Pittsburgh a Super Bowl-caliber team. While the hallmark of Steelers football has always been a grind-it-out, three yards and a cloud of dust style of football, I (begrudgingly) admit that they’ve found a pretty solid quarterback.

 

ADVANTAGE: We’ll call this one a tie. Roethlisberger has the playoff experience, but Rodgers could be the Drew Brees of this year and lead his team to a title.

 

OFFENSE: The Steelers return to their hard-hitting style of play in the run game. However, Rashard Mendenhall has turned out to be one of the better backs in the postseason, despite missing most of his rookie year with a fractured shoulder.

 

The Packers lost Ryan Grant, their starting running back, earlier in the season. Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn have done a remarkable job carrying that Green Bay ground attack so far this year. Will they stack up to Pittsburgh’s ground-and-pound offense?

 

ADVANTAGE: This one will have to go to the Steelers. Mendenhall has just been too solid to ignore.

 

DEFENSE: It’s hair vs. hair, and the “mane” event on the defensive side of the ball may very well be the comparison between two of the best defensive players in the National Football League. Clay Matthews and Troy Polamalu have proved themselves to be in the top cut of players in the game right now. In fact, both men were finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year award, with Polamalu winning by the slimmest of margins. One man cannot win a game all by himself, and that’s where others come in.

 

Pittsburgh has one of the best supporting casts as you can imagine, with players like James Harrison and Lawrence Timmons. Green Bay is good as well, with A.J. Hawk (who also has a considerable head of hair) and Charles Woodson (the only defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy).

 

ADVANTAGE: This one will be fun to watch. The Steelers unit has played together for years- we all know they are a formidable squad. The Packers have surged and showed that quality football is still played in a few feet of snow and freezing temperatures! I think the edge may go to Pittsburgh anyway, but Green Bay has surprised us all this year. Will they do it again?

 

SPECIAL TEAMS: The game will be played with the roof closed at Cowboys stadium, so unless it comes down to a field goal, these two teams should be about even.

 

Kid Reporter-KC

Who Missed Out? Pro Bowl Rosters Investigated!

"While this may seem like a foregone conclusion . . . that certainly was not the case!" A lot has changed since the beginning of the season! Much of the intrigue each year is to see what new players will stand out. This is often most evident in the Pro Bowl rosters for each year. So, here are. . . PRO BOWL ROSTERS-BIGGEST SURPRISES: Arian Foster! If you had asked anyone at the start of the season who would have been the NFL’s leading rusher, I seriously doubt anyone would have even
"While this may seem like a foregone conclusion . . . that certainly was not the case!"

A lot has changed since the beginning of the season! Much of the intrigue each year is to see what new players will stand out. This is often most evident in the Pro Bowl rosters for each year. So, here are. . .

PRO BOWL ROSTERS-BIGGEST SURPRISES:

Arian Foster! If you had asked anyone at the start of the season who would have been the NFL’s leading rusher, I seriously doubt anyone would have even thought of him, much less said he would. He went undrafted out of Tennessee but kept his dream alive. Now, it’s alive and well!

Michael Vick! While this may seem like a foregone conclusion, this year was supposed to be the start of the Kevin Kolb dynasty. That certainly was not the case! By the way, Vick just signed his first endorsement deal since returning to the NFL.

PRO BOWL ROSTERS-BIGGEST DISAPOINTMENTS:

One name that seems to jump out at me is that of Randy Moss. For all the hoopla that surrounded No. 81 (actually, No. 84), the fact that his production numbers took a major dive is, at the very least, disheartening.

Another player that seems to be leaving an empty space on the roster is Darren Sharper. He was one of the best ball-hawks in the league last year. What happened to him this time around?

The Super Bowl is coming up next week! I can’t wait!

 

Kid Reporter-KC

Three Games Left. . .

Poll. Which team was the biggest disappointment in the playoffs so far?

While the Ravens’ season may be over, that doesn’t mean that there is no more football for the rest of the year, although it sure feels like it. We still have two conference championship games left before the Super Bowl. Here are my breakdowns for the final games. Who will make it to the Big Dance, 45th edition?

 

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: STEELERS VS. JETS

 

Both teams are coming off hard-fought wins, the Steelers against Baltimore and the Jets against New England. Both are certainly used to smash-mouth football. The question now is who can establish their offense while maintaining their defense? For this game, my heart says the Jets but my head says the Steelers. While I will be rooting against the black and gold, my honest pick is for them to make it to the Super Bowl.

 

Prediction: Steelers 27, Jets 23

 

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: BEARS VS. PACKERS

 

Division rivalries in the playoffs are always fun! The Packers have essentially been playing elimination games since the end of the regular season. The Bears may seem like the obvious choice, given that the game Chicago won against the Pack had more laundry (on the field) than a locker room. However, Green Bay seems to have rectified those mistakes.

 

Prediction: Packers 14, Bears 7

 

Kid Reporter-KC

Who gets the Wildcard Credit?

Joe Flacco commandeered a game winning drive. Let's hope he can do it again. . . Well, who could have seen this coming? Both teams from Super Bowl XLIV are out of the Playoffs already.   The best game of Wild-card Weekend had to have been the Jets vs. Colts game (and yes, it’s personal) in a rematch of last year’s AFC title game. A different outcome was in store for Indy, however. While many, me included, were left scratching their heads at Jim Caldwell’s timeout w
Joe Flacco commandeered a game winning drive. Let's hope he can do it again. . .

Well, who could have seen this coming? Both teams from Super Bowl XLIV are out of the Playoffs already.

 

The best game of Wild-card Weekend had to have been the Jets vs. Colts game (and yes, it’s personal) in a rematch of last year’s AFC title game. A different outcome was in store for Indy, however. While many, me included, were left scratching their heads at Jim Caldwell’s timeout with 30 seconds left, New York deserves a lot of the credit. They drove down the field with under a minute left and kicked a field goal with no time left on the clock.

 

Many could argue that the Seahawks vs. Saints game was the most exciting, but this could be somewhat of a parody. Give some credit to Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks, but also give some credit, or lack thereof, to the many mistakes made throughout the game by New Orleans.

 

On another note, the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. Last time they were up there, Joe Flacco commandeered a game-winning drive to steal one from the Black and Gold. Let’s hope they can do it again!

 

Kid Reporter-KC

2010: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Poll. Which Wild-card team will go the farthest in the Playoffs?

It's Playoffs time! We will get to see the best teams in the NFL going head to head. However, for every team that gets into the Playoffs, there is one team that won’t. Here is my list of this season’s most surprising teams (for better or for worse).

 

THE GOOD:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Yes, they are a perennial power in the AFC, but who could have seen this coming? Especially after all the offseason work the Jets did! Brady and the Pats are looking for their 4th Super Bowl ring, and I don’t think anyone would be surprised if they got it with the way they are playing right now.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Well, it was supposed to be the “Year of the Chargers” in the AFC West, but no one bothered to get Kansas City’s opinion on that! The Chiefs are finally able to get out of the big shadow in San Diego. Now we will see how they fare in the playoffs! They get the Ravens first round.

ATLANTA FALCONS: It takes a lot to steal the division title, much less the conference number 1 seed, away from the defending Super Bowl champions. However, that’s exactly what the Falcons did!

THE BAD:

MINNASOTA VIKINGS: Soap opera. Enough said.

DALLAS COWBOYS: A rough season for this club, especially when they were a Super Bowl favorite for many.

 

THE UGLY:

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Since when does it take until Week 17 for the Colts to clinch a playoff spot? Shouldn’t they be competing for the conference number 1 seed?

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: A 7-9 team in the Playoffs? The Seahawks are the first team in NFL history to win a division with a sub-.500 record.

 

Kid Reporter-KC

2011 Pro Bowl! What is the Key to the Game?

"It's not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it" - John Wooden The votes are in and the 2011 Pro Bowl teams have been selected! The Ravens had 5 players named. The Atlanta Falcons had the most players named overall, with 7.   My two MVP candidates from my article a few weeks ago (Michael Vick and Tom Brady) both got the starting nod at QB from their respective conferences. Vick and Brady also finished 1-2 atop the fan voting column, each receiving more that 1.5 milli
"It's not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it" - John Wooden

The votes are in and the 2011 Pro Bowl teams have been selected! The Ravens had 5 players named. The Atlanta Falcons had the most players named overall, with 7.

 

My two MVP candidates from my article a few weeks ago (Michael Vick and Tom Brady) both got the starting nod at QB from their respective conferences. Vick and Brady also finished 1-2 atop the fan voting column, each receiving more that 1.5 million votes!

 

If there is one thing I have learned from watching the Pro Bowl, it is the fact that that the game is a test of depth. Because starters don’t play the whole game, the conference team with the most depth will often win. As John Wooden said, “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”

 

My prediction for this year’s game? Well, with the skill and depth that they bring to the table, the NFC will win 28-21. Michael Vick will come up with some big plays with the numerous weapons on the NFC squad, and Vick will take home the Pro Bowl MVP.

 

Kid Reporter-KC

KC Ranks the NFL MVP Front Runners

Poll. Who is your pick for NFL MVP?

Besides the Super Bowl ring, it’s the most coveted individual award in the NFL. What is it? The NFL MVP!

 

My two leading candidates for the MVP are Tom Brady and Michael Vick.

 

Brady is the master of consistency, leading the Patriots to an NFL-best 11-2 record. Vick is one of the most explosive players in the game today. He finds a way to take over a game with his either his arm or his legs!

 

The main issue confronting Brady that he doesn’t have the additional element of the running game. In fact, he once joked “Is there any player slower than me?” The main issue facing Vick is that he saw only sporadic time in the early weeks of the season.

 

While Brady is one of the best players in the NFL now, I think the 2010 MVP goes to Michael Vick. Vick has sure turned things around!

 

Kid Reporter-KC