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By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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Before the season started I saw these two match ups on the NFL Week 3 schedule and said to myself that this could be called “Revenge of the Fallen” with Andy Reid going back to Philly and Ed Reed going back to Baltimore, so here’s the advantages I see in these match ups and who will win and why:

Kansas City @ PHILADELPHIA (-3 51)

 

Chiefs advantage: a balanced ball control attack with a QB in Smith that doesn’t turn the ball over.  Smith will make the checkdowns to get Charles out in space and the fact that they want to win this game badly for Reid.

andy

 

Eagles advantage: tempo, TEMpo, and more TEMPO!  The Eagles can run a multitude of plays which won’t allow the Chiefs to sub in and out.  Facing Shady McCoy and DJax (his play this year lets us know he didn’t give a damn last year) that won’t be an easy task for the Chiefs.

shady

 

Who will win and why: Chiefs +3 and the over, in two games the Eagles haven’t stopped anyone and J. Charles and D. Bowe will be the best skill players at their respective positions that the Eagles have faced thus far. The fact McNabb’s number is being retired will just make it an awful night for the fans of Philly. Kansas City wins 31-27

 

Houston (-2 1/2) @ Baltimore

 

Texans advantage: The passing game!  Schaub already had Johnson and Daniels, but with the sudden emergence of Hopkins to go along with Foster on check downs;  it could be a long day for Baltimore’s secondary.

Texan

 

Ravens advantage: Physicality!  The Texans are a team that doesn’t like to play physical offensively.  Flacco should be able to stretch the field with Smith for some huge gains, and the combo of Dumervil and T-Sizzle (Ball So Hard University) can wreck any teams game plan.

Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers AFC Championship

Who will win and why: Texans -2.5 and the over.  Normally, I would take the Ravens, but I just don’t think they can score right now to keep up with the Texans.  Plus J.J. Watt!!!!! is due for a big game. Texans 31-17

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By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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“He is a thief. They need to bring him up on federal charges. If a man robs you with no ski mask on, he’s gonna kill you. Exactly what he’s doing — he’s killing the franchise.”- Travis Johnson comments on Tony Romo. 

     This Travis Johnson outburst is just another example of the criticism, excuse me I mean HATE that Tony Romo receives.  Ladies and Gentleman Tony Romo is not a bad Quarterback.  He is actually a good Quarterback and a top 10 Quarterback.  Romo has just been placed in a bad situation which is called the “Star on the Helmet Frenzy”.  Let’s look at Romo and tell me what you think.

“Tony Romo is not that guy”- Travis Johnson

     Being a Cowboy QB is a lot of pressure.  You have to follow the shadows of Staubach, Aikman, and even Danny White was great for the moment (he did lead the Cowboys to 3 NFC Championships), but everyone seems to forget the QB’s that “Donned the Star” between Aikman to Romo.  Well let me remind you Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Clint Steorner, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testerverde, Drew Hensen, and Drew Bledsoe.  I know this list is full of great Qbs.  Yet people think Romo is killing the Franchise.  This list shows the inept the Cowboys have been showing at the Qb position.  We would be calling Romo the savior of this Franchise if he played in Tampa Bay, or Jacksonville, but he has that darn Star on his helmet so the criticism abounds, but Tony Romo is that guy.

“Tony Romo has not earned a dollar he has been given in this league.”- Travis Johnson

     We need to look at what our expectations of Romo.  Are we forgetting that Tony Romo was an undrafted player out of Eastern Illinois.  What are/were we expecting out of him?  Here is a list of Undrafted Qb’s that were worth a damn.  Out of that list only Moon and Warner were show stoppers, I know you will say that Delhomme played in a Super Bowl, but let’s not forget the terrible life with Delhomme after that Super Bowl.  So basically undrafted Qb’s don’t do well and you kind of have to exclude Moon from the list because he was undrafted because of race issues not because he couldn’t play.  Again I ask what did you want or expect.  From where he started until now I think Romo has done a great job for himself and has earned way more than his fair share of money in this league.

“Tony Romo was given everything he has gotten.”- Travis Johnson

     Look around the league at the best QB’s in the game and you will notice a great correlation, good/great coaches.  Brady/Belicheck, Brees/Payton, Eli/Coughlin, Ryan/Smith, Peyton Manning is his own coach according to everyone, but even Fox has had a Super Bowl appearance with Delhomme as his QB.  Also outside of the Saints, all these QBs have had stable organizations.  Romo had Parcells for a year and half, then the “Stay Puff Marshmellow” Wade Phillips, and “I Have No Control” Jason Garrett.  Romo has never had a stable organization or a dominate coach during his time in Dallas.

“At one time, he had five Pro Bowlers on the offensive line”- Travis Johnson

     We all talk about the talent he has/had around him, I dare you to really look outside the paper of that talent and look that the real footage of it.  What running backs has he ever had that were outstanding?  Marian Barber? Felix Jones? Julius Jones? Come on, really…  and Murray can’t stay healthy to save Romo’s life.  The Wide Receivers have been a bit better, but not great, T.O.? Miles Austin (had some good years)?, Patrick Crayton? Terry Glenn (past his prime)?, Sam Hurd?, Roy E. Williams?, and Dez Bryant (who is becoming a stud but is a knucklehead)?  Romo’s best weapon has and will always be Jason Witten.  Minus Brady, and maybe Brees (but don’t forget the talent he had in San Diego and then Brees didn’t put up great numbers) all the “Elite QB” have had “Elite” type WR, and decent run games.  Also look at the offensive line Romo has had to play under, we give a lot of love to Flozell Adams, but he was a walking Offsides, and holding penalty don’t believe look it up (2008 14 penalties, 2009 13 penalties, 2010 8 penalties, but his season was cut short because of injury).  Adams damn near lead the league every year in those categories.  The last 2-3 years the O-line has been horrible.  In 2012 and 2011 Romo was the 6th most sacked QB, in 2010 43rd most sacked QB 2009 9th most sacked QB, so I wouldn’t say those “five Pro Bowlers” were doing great protecting Romo.  Lets not forget Romo’s ability to avoid being hit and sacked.

“Matt Schaub will get the job done,” …“I believe in him. I played with him [Schaub] and I’ve played against him. He [Schaub] can take this team to a Super Bowl”- Travis Johnson

     That’s funny because Schaub has the same amount of playoff wins as Romo does 1.  Now I know your asking “how is he going to defend the bonehead plays and playoff misfires.”  Honestly I can’t really totally defend it all, but a good chunk of it I can defend by saying BRET FAVRE!  That was his idol growing up, and let’s be honest Favre has had plenty of choke worthy games in his career.  Romo didn’t get blessed with the rocket arm of Favre but he might have gotten cursed with the gunslinger mentality of Favre.  Also we harbor on his 1-3 playoff record, well if you take away one great play run from a lot of “Elite” QB’s they are just normal.  Take away Aaron Rodgers 3 playoff wins in his Super Bowl year and he is dreadful.  How about Rodgers going 15-1 and getting knocked out of the playoffs.  We are not even going to mention Peyton’s below .500 playoff record.  Even as we stand Matt Ryan is 1-4 in the playoffs, with playoff blow outs on his resume.  All I’m saying is if Romo makes one Super Bowl run, then his record would become 4-3 and he is a different QB.

“When Tony Romo got to Dallas he had everything around him and is a loser,”- Travis Johnson

     I’m glad a guy with a 55-38 record is a loser.  Still we focus on the terrible with Romo on his “lack of Clutch” people don’t realize that Romo engineered 18 fourth quarter comebacks since 2006, five of which came last season.  He has the 5th most 4th quarter comebacks among active players.  Also among active players Tony Romo has the highest passer rating in the 4th quarter (102.1).  In this whole argument I have never uttered a word about the numbers Romo puts up every year.  Look at Super Bowl Champion QB Joe Flacco, we give him a lot of credit, but he has won playoff games throwing for 36 yds.  He also has had dreadful regular seasons, but all is forgotten because of his playoff run.  Eli Manning went through a stretch of 5 games without a touchdown thrown.  Even everyone’s new darling Matt Ryan last year had two games of 3 ints and 5 ints, but we forget because the Falcons won the game.  Yes Romo will self destruct sometimes, but so does every QB.  The better question to all the haters is find a better QB out there right now that can do a better job?  Not a starter, but a back up or free agent.  I doubt you can, but with Romo you know you are getting between 4100-4900 yards, 25-31 touchdowns, and 13 ints a season.  So we are looking at a 25 to 13 td to int ratio, so here is a list of other Qb’s in that range Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flaco, Matt Schaub, and Philip Rivers.  Again the expectation of the “Star on the Helmet” and playing in “The House that Jerry Built” changes our image.

“it’s frustrating that the average fan doesn’t recognize how good a quarterback the Cowboys have in Romo”.- Troy Aikman

“I think Tony Romo is a championship quarterback… He can take a team to a championship. He can’t do it by himself, but I really believe he can do it.”

– Roger Staubach

“Do the Cowboys have a Super Bowl quarterback? Yes. Do they have a Super Bowl team?  No.” -Danny White

     Hopefully I have convinced you to lay off Romo, he is a good QB, and deserves better.  If he ever gets one ring on his finger the whole media will once again be saying “How Bout Dem Cowboys! and Romo”

P.S. I’m a Niners fan so this defense is in all sincerity, so I must really mean what I’m writing.

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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Super Bowl champs to the toilet bowl champs.  This is the sentiment from a lot of Raven’s fans and NFL Fandom as a whole.  Well not so fast, trust in Ozzie!  Yes, TRUST IN OZZIE NEWSOME.  He is one of the best Football minds in the league, especially when it comes to building a team.  Remember the Ravens we an expansion team…  Well sorta.  Since 1996 he has typically put together a competitive team.  Everyone jumping off the cliff about the Ravens is forgetting some key things like, time, the New NFL, and the division.

            Now Ozzie Newsome has been the VP/Football Operations, and GM since 1996.  In that time frame he has 2 Super Bowl rings.  So every 8.5 years he delivers on a Super Bowl, which means the organization trust him and will give him nothing but TIME to build a contender.  If you are not making moves to save your job every year you can take a chance on players and take your time developing talent.  Most coaches, players, and GM’s don’t have that luxury, so every decision Ozzie makes is with a Sniper Rifle, not a hand gun, or should I say he has the bird eye view of his team and future.

            Secondly we are forgetting that we are in a “New NFL”, what does that mean?  Dominate defense out the window.  The league is about bend but don’t break mentality now.  Look at the Super Bowl, everyone knew the Niners were a better team, arguably better defense and offense.  Yet the Niners lost, why? The Ravens got touchdowns while the Niners had turnovers or field goals.  The most critical point of the game the Ravens Defense bent, but didn’t break.  Or rather held and didn’t fall (I’m with Jim that was a hold on Crabtree), so why have high paid defensive players?  Pollard, Kruger, Reed, Lewis, and etc, with those players the Ravens ranked 17th in total defense and lets not forget the Giants won a Super Bowl with a terrible defense and faced a Patriots team that was in the bottom two of defense that year.

            In this New NFL, its all about offense and more importantly the Quarterback.  Now you hav looked up your QB for the future, and I know everyone thought that Flacco deal was no good or he didn’t earn that money, but just think for a second, who out there is better that the Ravens could get?  NO-BODY!  So you look him up for your future and let’s be honest Flacco numbers are comparable to Eli Manning’s, and Ben Roethlisberger’s numbers and we hold them in higher status, why, because of Super Bowl rings.  Now Flacco has one so now he is worth the money.  Also with this new NFL, the CBA has made it that if you sign a 1st round pick, they can’t, repeat CAN’T renegotiate until the end of their third year.  This means you get younger players that you can develop on a rookie pay scale for 3 years.  Even worse for 2nd round picks where you have to wait 4 years before you can talk contract, sorry Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.  This all means that you have time to build a team for the future because everyone you drafted now can’t sniff new money until 2016.  Add that on top of Ozzie having time and now locking up his most important offensive weapon, we are starting to equal a smart move to dump the older junk this year.

            Lastly if I haven’t sold you on everything else, the most important thing is the AFC North.  There is no real contender, so this was the best time to rebuild.  You have the same old Browns that have an offensive core the Richardson, Gordon, but questions surrounding Weeden.  So the Browns may not be a contender, then you look at the Steelers that are basically doing the same thing the Ravens are doing.  The Steelers are trying to get young in a hurry to compete.  Just like Ozzie, Tomlin (Steelers have only had 3 Head Coaches in their franchise history) has time and an organization that stands behind their people.  So basically your greatest rival is occupying the same space you are, you went and grabbed a ring while they were rebuilding and now your rebuilding so when they are back you will be back.  Then you have the Bengals, who have a young core, have playoff experience and are looking to take the next step next year.  You may have to concede the division to them this year, because they are a young team that has taken bumps and now are ready to go, basically what you are looking to be 2 seasons from now.  So let them win the division for the next year or two, and then the Ravens can return to contend.

            So Raven fans and the NFL slow down on counting the Ravens out or not realizing the bigger picture; Ozzie Newsome is setting this team and franchise up with future success.  We also have no guarantee that the Ravens won’t be good, you still have a good Ray Rice, an amazing Torrey Smith, consistent Dennis Pitta, you added Elvis Dumervil to go along with Terrell Suggs.  The Ravens drafted a safety in Matt Elam that everyone was high on to replace Ed Reed, Arthur Brown that might be a 2nd round steal ala Navarro Bowmen for 49ers, Brandon Williams has a great motor just needs to refine his technique, and John Simon is a rare talent that needs to better work against the run.  Also if Ozzie let Anquan Bolden go he must have a lot of trust or saw a ton of potential in Tandon Doss who didn’t play a down last year because of a sports hernia.  So trust in Ozzie Newsome and doubt him “Nevermore!”

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

Welcome to the Boom Boom Room, Everyone sit down relax, because we always bring it.  Last week we had a few hecklers in the crowd, so this week lets us do our job, we don’t go to yours and knock the mop outta your hand.  As always tip your bartenders and ENJOY THE SHOW!

Revis to the NFC? As a fan of gang green I’ve seen great players come and go (John Abraham, Aaron Glenn, Keyshawn Johnson, and James Farrior) and sorry ass jokers stay (Neil O’Donnell). It’s the way of the world with the Jets.  However, I’m with moving Revis; we are not in a position to pay a corner $15million, damn the Jeter (Yankee4life) talk Revis has been preaching. If we were Super Bowl or bust it’s a no brainer (pay the man), but a 9-7 record for us this year would be a success.

So where should Revis go?  Is it Atlanta, San Fran, or a Darkhorse team (Minnesota, Denver or Tampa Bay)?  I like Tampa Bay, they have salary cap space, there a team on the rise, and they have picks.  If Revis is Revis it will be good for both sides.  My gut tells me with a $1million bonus due next Saturday that Revis Island will be like the island on LOST, in NFL purgatory.  But I’m still gonna hold onto my jersey though cuz I paid for that shit.

Onto my thoughts:
1. If I had one word for Deandre Jordan over Brandon Knight it would be “DAMN!”  If I had more words it would be “Knight why did you not get the heck out the way!”
2. 18 straight for EL Heat is impressive as hell, may sound crazy but I ain’t crowning them yet, Dennis Green can, but not Big Play.
3.  Harvin to the Pacific Northwest (Seattle) is a great trade for both sides (I like the Vikes getting Tavon Austin from West Virginia University)
4.  Boldin with Crabtree and Vernon Davis equals championship yeah I said it (Big J did say it would take the Niners 3 years to get to the Lombordi).
5.  S.T.A.T (Amare Stoudemire) out for 6 weeks hurts but we are used to playing without him #Knicksfan4life
6.  I didn’t like those Michigan jerseys could barely see there name
7.  They say Chris Bosh’s video bombs are funny… I think it’s Deer Meat
8.  Kevin Durant and Paul Pierce got the worse hair in the NBA.  Them ninjas can’t even get waves.
9.  Is Tiger back?  I bet he had chicks all over the tournament
10. Did Flacco say he would laugh sometimes during Ray Lewis’s speeches?  You gonna announce that after the man retires?  #ThrowTheFlag (I bet he wont be laughing when Boldin isn’t there catching those terrible passes)

These are just my thoughts, right or wrong its just how I’m feeling at the time.  Now tell me what you think?  Follow me @bprunsportsmenm

Ray Big Play Miller

We discuss who is better and who you would rather have.

Ray Lewis is riding into the sunset with a trophy in each hand.  Not a bad way to go.  He was the leader of the Ravens, now Joe “Cool” Flaco, or Smokin’ Joe is taking the reins (don’t doubt that he will be signed).  This will mark a significant change in philosophy for the Ravens from defense to offense.

The Ravens D has gotten old.  You saw it during the Super Bowl, as an older team they couldn’t get themselves back up after the Blackout delay.  Also they got pushed around, but credit due, when their backs were against the goal line they didn’t break.  The Ravens must get younger on defense which means growing pains or aka Joe cools time.  Keeping and developing the D is going to be the challenge, which is funny when you’re talking Ravens.

Joe was brought in when the defense carried the team and asked not to lose the game (Trent Dilfer).  Then told to manage the offense and get in position to win (Brad Johnson).  Now he is asked to be productive and win (see every elite QB and Eli Manning).  Seeing how Smokin Joe Cool is Super Bowl MVP I think he gets it.

Joe may not dance, or eat grass, but as long as he can “Just Win Baby” he should be fine.  People don’t realize that Joe is the winningest QB since 2008.  He is about to enter the elite conversation, yet the story is still to be written. In my view (which is through the windshield not the rear view, shout out to Colin Cowherd) Joe is the best young QB right now (sorry Matty Ice, it is what it is).

Seeing the Ravens as an offensive team will be different but everything evolves and so has Joe’s skill set and ability. They do need to continue the evolution and sure up the offensive line, but with Ray Rice still in his prime, they should be in the best offense talk for the next 5 years.  I’m just hoping to enjoy the ride.

I’m Just Saying.

 JD

Through the eyes of “Big Play” (My own Monday err sometimes Tuesday Morning QB)

I’m shocked as hell at how well Joe Flacco played not only in the Super Bowl, but the entire playoffs.  Elite or not 11tds 0ints is not a fluke (Matty Ice its time to RISE UP! Your game).  Flacco went through Luck, Peyton, Brady, and the new Phenomenon know as Kaepernicking (kiss the bicep), I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds like $100 million dollar contract.  Now on to my thoughts:

  1. Chris Culliver (#29 on the 49ers aka Aint wit that sweet stuff) was Beat Meat, just fall on Jacoby Jones IDIOT!
  2. Jerome Boger (NFL Referee during Super Bowl) was Deer Meat.  Remember there was a controversy about these refs, a lot of refs in the league felt that some members of this crew was unworthy of officiating this game #Gradechanging
  3. 49ers Corners got exploited! Revis to the 49ers makes a lot of sense we need draft picks (I’m a Jets Fan) and they have 13, yes 13 picks in this upcoming draft.
  4. Damn Beyonce fine.
  5. Damn Beyonce FINE!!!  And the game was cool too.
  6. I’m glad the lights went out (which saved the 49ers) before the Ravens turned it off their damn selves.
  7. I’m Happy Ray Lewis career ended with a Super Bowl win.
  8. I’m Happy Ray Lewis career ended PERIOD.  Just to much talk about him the past 2 weeks.
  9. Phil Simms was TERRIBLE calling the game last night.
  10. I thought the GO DADDY commercial with Bar Rafalei was NASTY! Man, my daughter was watching.
  11. Big J did predict the 49ers would win the Super Bowl in Jim Harbaugh’s 3rd year, so look out for that.  Big J also said that the 49ers would blow out the Ravens, so take that as you will.

*Bonus* I believe Ed Reed will retire.  Don’t know why, just have a feeling.

Thanks for reading Ray’s Boom Boom Room, these are just my thoughts right or wrong its how I was feeling at the time.  Grab a drink (non-alcoholic depending on the time) and tell me what you think.

Ray “Big Play” Miller

When you get SUGAR how long can it last?  In his 17th season as inside/middle linebacker, Ray “Sugar” (which his teammates call him) Lewis joins rare company as one of only three linebackers to play into his 17th year.  Lewis joins the likes of Clay Matthews Jr., who played 19 seasons, and the late great (until he played 2 seasons with my rival Patriots) Junior Seau, played 20 seasons.

Although, he is still playing at a consistent level, the defense is no longer as dominant as in years past. The Super Bowl winning Ravens that gave up only 165 points the entire season compared to last year’s team which gave up 266 pts. With the loss of “T-Sizzle” Terrell Suggs (#LeaderOfBallSoHardUniversity) and with Ed Reed aging, Lewis is faced with depending on his offense to lead him to a championship.

There is no denying Lewis’ impact to the Ravens. He’s a man that can get his teammates to run through a wall better than any coach in the league, can fire up fans just by picking up the grass before he does his dance. However, there are four things in sports that are undefeated, Retirement, Taxes, the Newssy (the reproductive part of a woman), and Father Time. So how much Sugar does Ray have left in the tank (no homo)?

The numbers show if Ray Lewis is not the best inside linebacker alive he’s in the top 5. Can Ray Lewis motivate his offense to play with the will (Joe Flacco) and determination (Ray Rice) that he has?  We will find out February in New Orleans. Sugar Ray loves to IMPACT people’s lives.

Ray”Big Play” Miller

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