Football Weekend Preview

I guess Bill Belichick is going to soon be just fine without Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel? It was”business as usual” for the Patriots on Thursday night, as New England opened the 2005 season with a 30-20 win over the Raiders.

Oakland took the opening kick off and drove for a TD, indicating the very first time New England had enabled an opening-drive TD to a opponent, in 37 games! Nevertheless, the defense settled down after that, allowing just a 73-yard TD’bomb’ into Randy Moss from the agen judi bola quarter and also a concession TD (leading 30-14) for approximately three minutes remaining in the game. As for the offense, Brady passed for 306 yards with two TDs (no INTs) and Dillon ran for two scores, even despite running for just 63 yards.

New England has won 35 of its last 39 matches (counting the postseason), including 21 straight in your home! No team at the Super Bowl age has ever won three consecutive championships and in NFL history, only Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers have won three consecutive titles. Green Bay won the NFL title in 1965 and subsequently won the first two Super Bowls, following NFL title-game wins at the 1966 and 1967 seasons.

I assume so but it’s not easy nowadays to make the playoffs year in and year out. New England has won three Super Bowls in four years in 2002, the Pats didn’t even reach the postseason. Just 3 franchises have made it into the postseason in each of their last few years. Philadelphia tops the list with five consecutive playoff appearances, followed closely by Green Bay (four straight) and Indianapolis (three straight).

The Eagles finally broke their NFC title-game hex this past year, beating the Falcons 27-10 in the NFC Championship Game, where they’d lost the three years. The Eagles are readily the NFC’s best team again this year but are now facing the fact that four straight and five of their last six Super Bowl losers have neglected to post winning records the subsequent calendar year!

The Bengals own the longest playoff drought, having last been to the postseason in 1990. They’ll enter the 2005 season with a stretch of 14 consecutive playoff-less decades. Underneath Cincinnati is currently Arizona with six consecutive non-playoff seasons. Buffalo, Detroit, Jacksonville and Washington have each missed the postseason the last five years.

Even the San Diego Chargers finished an estimated playoff drought last season, by advancing from 4-12 from 2003 into 12-4 in 2004. A turnaround just like the Chargers experienced this past year have not exactly become the standard but it is not really a rarity, either.

Within a period (2000-04), 25 of those 60 playoff participants (41.7 per cent ) have been teams who have been .500 or worse annually before. All made the play offs coming off a non-winning year old. That would be this year’s surprise team?

Week 1 continues on Sunday using the marquee game featuring the Colts’seeing’ Baltimore to play the Ravens. For those people who grew up with Johnny U, the Colts are perhaps not supposed to be the visiting team at a game played in Baltimore. Week 1 finishes with an NFC Championship Game rematch between the Eagles and Falcons. However, this time the game is currently in Atlanta, not Philadelphia.

College Football

Three matches top college football’s 2nd Saturday. No.2 Texas will see Columbus, Ohio to fulfill No. 4 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan hosts No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 5 LSU, homeless by Hurricane Katrina, will perform Tempe against No. 15 Arizona State (instead of hosting the Sun Devils at Baton Rogue).

TEXAS at OHIO STATE

Texas scheduled this game years ago and now maybe asking themselves,”Why this season?” After Oklahoma’s pathetic season-opening performance versus TCU, 2005 could be the year the Longhorns FINALLY beat the Sooners. A win over Oklahoma on October 8 will make Texas among those prohibitive favorites to get location in this season’s Rose Bowl however, not if the Longhorns lose in Columbus. Ohio State is currently 6-1 SU under Tressel versus top-10 teams and this is going to be the institution’s seventh-ever nighttime game in Ohio Stadium. In six games”under the lights”, OSU is 6-0 SU and ATS! In terms of Texas, the Longhorns have not lost a’authentic’ road game as a 42-38 loss in Lubbock versus Texas Tech at 2002 (eight straight wins).

NOTRE DAME in MICHIGAN

Discuss an underdog series? The’dog’ is an amazing 14-2-1 ATS when Notre Dame and Michigan hook up. Notre Dame opened with a 42-21 win in Pitt, as the Irish capped 500 yards of offense with 33 FDs at Charlie Weis’ debut. Michigan’s defense hasn’t played well since the team’s eighth match of last year. Since that time, Michigan has allowed exactly 3-7 points into Michigan State, Ohio State and Texas, while allowing two other teams, north western and Northern Illinois (a week ago ), more than 400 yards. Back in Michigan’s favour is a fantastic crime of its own and also a 14-0 SU record in”the Big House” since installing its brand new artificial surface.

LSU in ARIZONA STATE

Hurricane Katrina pushed a venue change with this match, as LSU has been first scheduled to host the Sun Devils at Baton Rogue. Can the pac 10 finally be playing’blessed’ as it comes to a weather-related game-change! UCLA’s loss in December that year, cost the undefeated Bruins a chance to play in the first-ever BCS title match. Last year, a hurricane pushed Cal’s match at Southern Miss into the end of the season and a closer than expected margin of success from that match, may have cost the Bears a visit into the Rose Bowl.

Is this year it ends up in the pac 10’s favor? LSU is rich and would’ve been a solid favorite in your home but playing in Tempe, the match is a tossup. ASU, now has both most important challenges of this season at home, Saturday night versus LSU along with an October 1 date together with USC.

CLOSING NOTE

Akron was the only MAC team to never play and Purdue was the only Big-10 team maybe not in actions. Akron holds the distinction of becoming the only real bowl-eligible team in 2004 (not on suspension) to NOT buy a bowl bid. Purdue, was only 7-5 in 2005 however, the team’s five losses came by a total of just 14 points! After opening the 2005 season 5-0, the Boilermakers lost consecutive games to Wisconsin (by three points), Michigan (by 2 ), Northwestern (by two) and Iowa (by 2 ).

If last week’s results are any indication, Purdue really should not be too worried about having a close game on Saturday. MAC teams travelled 110 (3-6-1 ATS) past weekend, also the only win coming by Toledo over iaa Western Illinois (62-14). The 10 losers allowed typically 38.3 PPG! As for Big-10 last week, the summit was an ideal 10-0 SU and 7-2-1 ATS.

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