Thursday, September 30, 2010

Arian Foster Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month

The Houston Texans have one of the most explosive offenses in football with Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster. The NFL announced on Thursday that Texans running back Arian Foster was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September. Foster leads the NFL with 406 yards rushing and 502 total yards in three games.

Foster set a team record with 33 carries for 231 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-24 Texans win against the Indianapolis Colts in the first game. That was the second most yards on opening weekend in NFL history. Hall of Fame running back O. J. Simpson ran for 250 yards vs. New England on September 16, 1973.

Foster had 69 yards rushing and 69 yards receiving in a 30-27 overtime win in Washington and 106 yards rushing against the Cowboys.

The Texans had one of the best passing attacks in the NFL coming into this season and now Foster has given them balance.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fastest Pitch Recorded

The record for the fastest pitch ever recorded was set last night as the Cincinnati Reds played the San Diego Padres. The Padres won the game 4-3 to take the lead in the wild-card race over Atlanta. The buzz however was 22-year-old Aroldis Chapman, a lefthanded reliever for the Reds.

Chapman came in the game in relief and pitched 1 1/3 innings. In the eighth inning he threw a pitch to Tony Gwynn Jr. that was recorded at 105-mph. That's the fastest pitch ever recorded in a major league game. That was no accident as he threw 25 pitches, all fastballs and all 100-mph or more. Chapman throws a slider and a changeup but didn't need to use them last night with a fastball like that.

Gwynn seen seven pitches in the at-bat against Chapman. The slowest pitch he saw was 102-mph before striking out.

There has been a lot of great pitchers in the history of baseball but it would be hard to find a pitcher who has thrown better for 25 pitches in a game than Chapman.

Friday, September 24, 2010

NFL Week 3 Picks

Here are my picks for week 3:

Cincinnati @ Carolina - Bengals 24-13

Buffalo @ New England - Patriots 31-10

San Francisco @ Kansas City - 49ers 23-20

Tennessee @ NY Giants - Giants 24-23

Cleveland @ Baltimore - Ravens 20-10

Pittsburgh @ Tampa Bay - Steelers 17-13

Atlanta @ New Orleans - Saints 27-24

Detroit @ Minnesota - Vikings 20-17

Dallas @ Houston - Texans 31-23

Philadelphia @ Jacksonville - Eagles 27-23

Washington @ St. Louis - Redskins 23-13

Indianapolis @ Denver - Colts 34-23

Oakland @ Arizona - Raiders 21-20

San Diego @ Seattle - Chargers 24- 19

NY Jets @ Miami - Dolphins 23-16

Green Bay @ Chicago - Packers 31-27

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Brian Cushing Preparing For His Return

What has Brian Cushing been doing while serving his suspension? He is already in beast mode and ready to unleash his fury. Click the link and watch.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Big Win In Week 2

The Houston Texans beat the Washington Redskins 30-27 in OT. The Redskins jumped out t0 27-10 lead late in the 3rd quarter before Matt Schaub led the comeback in the fourth.

Matt Schaub hit Andre Johnson in the end zone for the touchdown that tied the game with about two minutes left in the game. Matt Schaub completed 38 of 52 passes for 497 yards and 3 TDs . Johnson had 12 catches for 158 yards and a TD.

On defense the Texans allowed 0ver 400 Yards passing again this week but the run defense was excellent and they were able to stop McNabb and the Redskins offense in the fourth and in OT. Mario Williams had a big game with 3 sacks.

Neil Rackers kicked the game winning 35-yard field goal in overtime for the first over time win in team history.

Friday, September 17, 2010

NFL Week Two Preview

Here is a preview of week 2 matchups:

Steelers @ Titans - Steelers defense was solid in week one and the Titans put up some points against a below average Raiders team. It will be a battle of the defense .

Ravens @ Bengals - Bengals looked bad last week but will squeak out a win at home.

Eagles @ Lions - Vick will start for the Eagles and lead them to victory. If he does well again this week when Kolb gets healthy they may have a QB controversy.

Cardinals @ Falcons - Falcons will when at home.

Dolphins @ Vikings - Vikings may struggle again on offense but defense will pull out a victory.

Chiefs @ Browns - Delhomme likely out of this game , Chiefs looking for second win.

Bucs @ Panthers - Bucs are bad, Panthers run over them at home.

Bills @ Packers - Packers need to find ground game with Grant done for the season. Packers win big.

Bears @ Cowboys - If Cowboys don't win this game it may be a long season for them. Bears offense is a turnover waiting to happen.

Seahawks @ Broncos - Seahawks looked good in week one and Denver had trouble against the Jaguars . Denver is not very good but I will take them in this one.

Rams @ Raiders - Raiders will take care of the Rams.

Jaguars @ Chargers - Chargers will bounce back and beat Jaguars at home.

Patriots @ Jets - The Jets are still over rated and will be 0 - 2 after this week.

Texans @ Redskins - Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson will have big games this week and Arian Foster continues to slash defenses. Texans roll to 2 - 0.

Giants @ Colts - Eli faces Peyton in a sibling rivalry. Colts may struggle early but will pull away after shaking off the beat down they took last week.

Saints @ 49ers - 49ers lost to Seahawks and may not be as good as first thought. If Singletary thanked the Seahawks for last weeks beat down he may take the Saints out for dinner if they roll them this week. Saints go 2 - 0.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Arian Foster Runs Over Colts

The Houston Texans started the season off with a bang by beating the Colts 34 - 24 at home. The Texans came into this game 1 -15 against the Colts all-time but the defense set the tone early and forced Manning to throw under heavy pressure from the defensive line. Peyton Manning was hurried or hit on the majority of his pass attempts.

The Texans offense came out of halftime determined to run the football as they chewed up nearly eight minutes of the clock and Arian Foster scored the first of three second half touchdowns. Foster continued to pick up big chunks of yards as the offensive line opened up huge holes in the 4th quarter and Arian Foster scored 2 more TDs. Foster had the best game of his career with 33 carries for 231 yards and 3 TDs. The Texans only threw the ball 17 times because of the success of the ground attack while Peyton Manning threw the ball 57 times completing 40.

The pressure Houston was able to get on Manning and the improved running game was the key to this victory. The Texans have definitely opened up some eyes and showed that they are ready to take that next step. This is just the first game but if it is any indication of things to come there may be a new AFC South winner this season.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Texans vs. Colts

The Houston Texans host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday to start the 2010 season at home. The Colts are 15 - 1 against the Texans all-time coming into this game and won both games last season, although Houston had chances to win but could capitalize in the fourth quarter. The Texans are expecting to be a playoff team this season and they know that they will have to play better in the division and beat the Colts.

Keys to beating the Colts:

1. Defense - Must find a way to get pressure on Peyton Manning. The Colts have a couple of lineman who are hurt and may not play. If Mario Williams is going up against an inexperienced lineman he could have a big game. With pressure may come turnovers.

2. No turnovers - They can't give the Colts offense more opportunities.

3. Run the ball effectively - The Texans passing game is one of the best but they must be able to run the ball better than they did last season to keep the Colts defense off balance.

4. Finish it - Last season they were able to get leads over the Colts including a 17 point lead at home and the fourth quarter saw the Colts come back to win both games.

These things are easier said than done against Peyton Manning and the Colts but this is a new season and the Texans are a different team.

Monday, September 6, 2010

NFL Playoff Predictions

The NFL season starts this week and the playoffs are a long way off and so much can happen but here are my predictions for which teams will be in the playoffs.

AFC East
New England Patriots - Will get challenged by Dolphins and the Jets.

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens - Strong defense, young QB and RB, now have go to receiver.

AFC South
Indianapolis Colts - Will this be the year they start to decline?

AFC West
San Diego Chargers - Ryan Mathews will improve running game but defense had key losses.

AFC Wild-Cards
Cincinnati Bengals - Undefeated in the Division last season, not this season.
Houston Texans - Tough schedule is not an excuse, may challenge Colts.

NFC East
Dallas Cowboys - Division may be weaker than first thought.

NFC North
Green Bay Packers - Could Green Bay be title town again?

NFC South
New Orleans Saints - Atlanta may challenge them.

NFC West
San Francisco 49ers - Weak division, solid coaching.

NFC Wild-Cards
Minnesota Vikings - Last season may have been best chance.
Atlanta Falcons - Good young offensive talent and improved defense.

Friday, September 3, 2010

My NFL Team Rankings

The NFL season begins next week and here is how I rank the teams to start the season.

1. Saints - Defending champs.
2. Colts - Peyton Manning makes them a contender every year.
3. Packers - Will Green Bay be title town again.
4. Chargers - The defense may be weaker this year.
5. Patriots - A lot of changes on defense should improve against the run.
6. Cowboys - Over rated, will not play in their own stadium in the Superbowl.
7. Vikings - Can they and Brett be as solid this year.
8. Ravens - Now have a go to receiver.
9. Bengals - They have to many divas, will not go undefeated in the division.
10. Texans - They have a tough schedule , my AFC sleeper team.
11. Jets - Coach talks to much, can they back him up?
12. 49ers - My NFC sleeper team.
13. Giants - The whole division may be over rated this year.
14. Titans - Will Vince continue his improvement, defense needs to improve.
15. Steelers - Ben will miss first four games and could cost them.
16. Eagles - Traded McNabb because they believe in Kevin Kolb.
17. Falcons - If the Saints slip in the division.
18. Redskins - New coach and quarterback are proven winners.
19. Panthers - Two big time running backs but inexperience at quarterback.
20.Cardinals - No Warner and team is tired of Leinart.
21. Dolphins - Should push for a wild card spot.
22. Bears - Needs to be more consistent on offense.
23. Seahawks - Its not USC Pete.
24. Raiders - Jason Campbell should steady offense.
25. Lions - Best gives them a running game they haven't had in some years.
26. Broncos - Orton is not the answer, shouldn't have picked Tebow in 1st rd.
27. Jaguars - The division is to strong.
28. Browns - Jake Delhomme looked old with Carolina last year.
29. Chiefs - May have enough weapons this year to be better than this.
30. Bills - Need better quarterback play.
31. Bucs - Defense will be solid but may not be enough.
32. Rams - Sam Bradford may really get roughed up.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Texans vs. Bucs

The Texans play their final preseason game tomorrow night and though the starters will not see much playing time if any there is still some players trying to secure spots. The one position that is still to close to call is the kicker. Kris Brown and Neil Rackers are competing for the kicking job and both have been perfect in the preseason games. Kris Brown is the last original Texan player but after missing big kicks last season has he done enough in camp to beat out Rackers.

The running back spot is set with Arian Foster as the starter and Steve Slaton as the third down back. With Ben Tate out for the season it looks like Jeremiah Johnson will make the team. Chris Henry who is also trying to make the cut for one of the back up running back spots may have one last chance to show something. It may all depend on if they keep three backs or four.

Dan Orlovsky will get most of the snaps at quarterback against the Bucs to show he can back up Matt Shaub if needed. Last season the team signed Rex Grossman because Orlovsky had an up and down camp. He needs to show some improvement and progress against the Bucs or they might look for a free agent back up again this season. The team has been pleased with his play in camp for the most part this season but he will get a lot of playing time tomorrow to prove he is number two.

The last preseason game will be a final opportunity for some players on the bubble to make the team. This is just some of the things that I will be paying attention to against the Bucs although these and a number of other decisions will be made in the next few days as the coaches select the final 53 man roster.