It’s no secret that most professional athletes are goal-oriented individuals.  On Saturday, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson took to Twitter and announced his goal to the world for the upcoming 2012 NFL Season—to lead the league in rushing. Johnson is no stranger to setting some fairly sky-scraping annual expectations for himself.  Prior to last season, he set a goal of 2,000 rushing yards, a grand total he eclipsed in his sophomore season in 2009. However, [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
It was a year to forget for Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. The franchise suffered its worst record since Manning’s rookie year in 1998.  Now, as GridironGrit.com’s Ryan Lester elaborates, the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Strength vs. Strength.  It's a classic matchup of outstanding offense and deadly defense. GridironGrit.com’s Michael Gartman and Oren Shiri both provide their analysis for Championship Sunday.   MICHAEL'S PREVIEW The AFC Championship Game kicks into swing on Sunday at 3:00pm EST on CBS between [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
Are you a fan of old-school smash mouth football?  Well, feast your eyes on the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at 6:30pm EST on FOX, featuring the New York Giants (11-7) at the San Francisco 49ers (14-3). GridironGrit.com’s Michael [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The much-improved Houston Texans (11-7) battled toe-to-toe with the potentially Super Bowl bound Baltimore Ravens (13-4) for four full quarters, but came up just a hair short, as the Ravens prevailed 20-13 and advance to play the New England Patriots (14-3) on the road next Sunday at 3:00pm EST in the AFC Championship Game. However, it was far from a banner, dominate showing by Baltimore.  The Texans performed better in the running game.  Arian Foster chalked up 132 yards on 27 carries with a touchdown and five [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Do you love defense?  The third clash in the Divisional Round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs features a bare-knuckles brawl between the Houston Texans (11-6) and Baltimore Ravens (12-4) in M&T Bank Stadium at 1:00pm EST on CBS. The parallels between these two teams in postseason play are almost unparalleled. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Well, they did it again.  Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos (9-8) capped off the wildcard round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs with yet another wild and unreal fantastic finish, knocking off the Pittsburgh Steelers in remarkable overtime fashion to advance to the Divisional Round with a rematch scheduled against Tom Bradyand the top-seeded New England Patriots (13-3) on Saturday night at 8:30pm EST on CBS at [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The 2012 NFL Playoffs have already been chock-full of surprises and the Divisional Round should feature much more of the same.  It all kicks into swing with Drew Brees and the high-flying New Orleans Saints (14-3)—fresh off scoring their third consecutive forty-five burger at the rejuvenated San Francisco 49ers (13-3) on Saturday at 4:30pm EST on FOX. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , ,
Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos (8-8) host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) to wrap up the Wildcard round in the 2012 NFL playoffs in Mile High Stadium at 4:30pm EST on CBS. Each of the first three games have been decided by at least 17 points in the postseason and expectations for this defensive grudge match aren’t very different.  However, there are many factors that could keep the Broncos in this game and possibly even help them pull off a shocking upset. Like Houston, Denver heads into the playoffs [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
Home sweet home.  The Houston Texans (11-6) and New Orleans Saints (14-3) were both at home on Saturday and won with conviction in the Wildcard round over Cincinnati and Detroit by a combined score of 76-38. Sunday's NFC showdown kicks off at 1:00pm EST on FOX with the Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at the New York Giants (9-7) at MetLife Stadium, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) at the  [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
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