Bears pick Eli three times, Giants fall to 0-6

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Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall were simply too much to handle. So was Tim Jennings.

Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Marshall, and Jennings had two of the Chicago Bears’ three interceptions against Eli Manning in a 27-21 victory over the winless New York Giants on Thursday night.

The Bears (4-2) snapped a two-game slide following a 3-0 start. New York is 0-6 for the first time since the 1976 team dropped its first nine, a stunning turn for a franchise that won the Super Bowl two years ago.

Cutler and Marshall were in tune early on, connecting for two touchdowns, and Jennings returned an interception 48 yards for a score as Chicago built a 24-14 halftime lead.

Manning throws seven TDs Broncos Bust Ravens

Peyton Manning put on  a clinic last night.

Both the NFL opener and Peyton Manning were a little tardy.

It was well worth the wait.

Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started because of a lightning storm.

After three punts to start things off, Manning threw a record-tying seven touchdown passes, something no one had done in 44 years, in directing Denver to a 49-27 victory over Super Bowl champion Baltimore on Thursday night in a much-anticipated rematch against the team that ended the Broncos’ playoff run in January.

Manning connected with his most prized addition, Wes Welker, and former college basketball player Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas for two touchdowns each in piling up the most points scored on the Ravens in their 18-year history.

“I don’t like excuses but I do think that lightning delay did slow us down,” Manning said. “You guys have seen teams break it down: You come up for the team prayer, you put your hands in and you say, ‘Broncos on 3,’ and you go out to the field.

Best QB ever? Debatable, but for my money, Peyton Manning is #1. On a side note, it was so nice NOT to have to see Ray Lewis and that stupid dance.

Was Aaron Hernandez doing PCP?

Some shocking allegations about accused murderer, and former Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez was using angel dust, had become paranoid to the point of carrying a gun everywhere and was told by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick to lie low or he’d be cut in the year before being accused of murder, according to a story in an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone.

He escaped scrapes with the law while a star player at Florida and even convinced the Patriots he was worth drafting, but especially after signing his five-year, $40 million contract extension in 2012, Hernandez hung out almost exclusively with a rough crowd.

Friends called the people gangsters, and even Hernandez expressed concern, according to the magazine. In February, according to the report, he flew to the NFL combine in Indianapolis to tell Belichick that his life was in danger. He had been carrying a gun, fearing that the people he had been hanging out with were going to kill him. 

He did not reveal that he had been using PCP (angel dust), according to Rolling Stone, nor that he often smoked marijuana after games, which is what friends told the magazine.

According to the report, this past spring Hernandez skipped workouts to rehab an injury in California. But the partying followed him there, he missed rehab sessions and the police were even called to his rental home after a loud dispute.

Belichick then told Hernandez that he had better lie low and that any more problems would result in the tight end being cut. Hernandez rented an apartment in Franklin, Mass., according to the report, creating distance from the North Attleborough mansion where he’d entertained the rough crowd.

Friends told the magazine, however, that drugs and emotional instability based on Hernandez’s loss of his father led to paranoia and Hernandez’s ultimate unraveling.

“Don’t matter what it’s about: Aaron’s out of his mind,” a friend of the family said, according to Rolling Stone. “He’s been twisted on dust now for more than a year, which is when all of this crazy s— started.”

Just as I always suspected! Ray Lewis’s “inspirational” antics were pretty much self-aggrandizing BS!

I have worked with “leaders” like Ray Lewis. Leaders who gave rah-rah speeches. They always irritated me, and a lot of the people they “led” pretty much thought they were full of BS! Apparently Joe Flacco never got much out of Ray Lewis’s stupid “look at me” dancing and “speeching

We’ve all have seen videos of Ray Lewis giving pregame speeches – either in the locker room or in the sideline huddle before the start of the game.

He was loud, he was passionate, and oftentimes he rambled. On and on and on and on.

At times his speeches seemed inspiring, I guess, but most times it seemed like the players should be laughing while wondering what the heck Lewis was talking about.

Joe Flacco apparently feels the same way.  According to a story an an upcoming issue of ESPN the Magazine, Flacco was recently approached by offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and asked to take over the motivational speech role now that Lewis is retired and working for ESPN.

Flacco declined the opportunity and had this to say about Lewis’ speeches:

“That’s not me,” Flacco says. “I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”

Ray Lewis, GREAT player, but a bag of hot air!

 

Welker signs with Broncos, Pack, Lions also make big free agent spalshes

Wes Welker added to the Broncos offense next year? Peyton Manning has to be drooling over this new weapon

The Denver Broncos have made a major splash in free agency, agreeing to terms with wide receiver Wes Welker on a two-year contract.

 Welker’s deal is worth $12 million, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.

The Patriots responded quickly to Welker’s loss by agreeing in principle on a five-year, $31 million deal, including $10 million guaranteed, with St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, a league source told Schefter.

To me this is the biggest signing so far and makes the Broncos the favorite to represent the AFC in next year’s Super Bowl In other big signings The Lions signed Reggie Bush

 

The Seahawks traded for Percy Harvin, The Ninedrs stole Anquan Boldin for a 6th round pick Mike Wallace moves to Miami, The Cardinals added Rashaad Mendenhall, Tennessee added Shonn Green, and Steven Jackson could be a Packer, and how would Ed Reed fit in Houston. Also, after the Bills cut QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, will they go after Geno Smith in the draft? The Bucs seek to shore up their secondary by signing Dashon Goldin.

 

New Raider Helmet?

I wish more NFL teams did alternate helmets, this one would be a cool look for the Raiders. Via Bleacher Report who has more

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You can now freak out in tandem over this brilliant take on the Raiders’ persona.

In a sports world ready to take on just about any alternate jersey, the Raiders need an all-black helmet among their usual classics.

But while Goodson has piqued our interest with the photo he posted of the all-blackOakland Raiders helmet, we should probably place it into the pile of things that are too good to be true.