Thursday, October 25, 2012

NFL Week 7: Top 3 Performances

Contributed by Sam Cheetham.
Area Manager, USA Sport Group.

Tennessee Titans 35-34 Buffalo Bills
The game of the weekend came from New York, with Tennessee ending up victorious. The Titans, inspired by Chris Johnson who had two touchdowns and rushed for 195 yards, managed to win this up and down game. The clutch play in the game came from Matt Hasselbeck as he earned his 22nd career fourth quarter win and second in consecutive weeks. The Titans where helped by constantly inconsistent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who ended with 225 yards and three scores, but turned the ball over twice in critical situations, which lead to Titans touchdowns.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NFL Week 6: Top 3 Performances

Contributed by Sam Cheetham.
Area Manager, USA Sport Group.

Denver 35 - 24 San Diego
A great first away win for Peyton Manning, with Manning throwing three touchdown passed in the second half, which allowed Denver to overcome a 24-0 deficit at the half. Manning was near perfect in the second half with 13 of 14 passing for 167 yards. However, credit needs to go to the Denver defense, with Tony Carter and Chris Harris both scoring off Rivers' turnovers. Denver where aided by Rivers' four turnovers and fully capitalized on the opportunity, who have now tied with Chargers at the top of the AFC West. Rivers said he wanted Manning in his division, after Monday night's game I’m not so sure if he still wants to face Manning so regularly.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

NFL Week 5: Top 3 Performances

Contributed by Sam Cheetham.
Area Manager, USA Sport Group.

A very exciting week 5 and here are the top 3 performances of the week!

Arizona 3-17 St Louis
St Louis' defense were dominant and gave the Cardinals offensive line a battering. Kevin Kolb was offered no protection and was sacked 9 times! Arizona has scored at least 20 points in their first four games taking them to 4-0. However, credit to St Louis D limiting them to just 3 points; not only did they regularly get to and pressure Kolb, but also limited the Cardinals to 45 rush yards on 17 attempts. Bradford and St Louis offense didn’t set the world alight, but they managed to get enough points on the board to pull out the win. The highlight was a 52 yard touchdown pass to rookie Chris Givens.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

NFL Week 4: Top 3 Performances

Contributed by Emma Booth.
Regional Director, USA Sport Group.

The refs are back, and normality is restored, but what were the top 3 performances in week 4? This is our choice…

3: Washington Redskins 24 - 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Robert Griffin III is fast becoming a contender for rookie of the year; passing 323 yards and rushing for a TD for the Redskins. Tampa Bay had reduced an 18-point deficit to take the lead at 21-22 with 1:42 to play. But RG III wasn’t having any of that, and gave a poor Billy Cundiff the chance to kick a 41-yard field goal for the win, and he took it.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Who Will Go Further: Jets or Giants?

Contributed by Sam Cheetham.
Area Manager, USA Sport Group.

At the end of Week 4 it's interesting to see the state of New York football! Although both New York teams are 2-2, both teams have a long way to go if they want to make the playoffs.

The Giants again lost to the Eagles this weekend; when Andy Reid tried to ice the kicker on a missed field goal attempt it offered Tynes an opportunity of redemption. However, Tynes' second kick fell short to give the Eagles the victory. Tynes would not have been kicking from 54 yards if the Giants had showed more composure instead of Barden being called for offensive pass interference on the last drive. After 4 games, a 2-2 record it is not the end of the world for the Giants, however suffering defeats to Philadelphia and Dallas could prove crucial at the end of the season. But it could have been worse; you could have watched the Jets on Sunday.