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Dallas Cowboys RB Randle arrested on theft charge


In the wake of what has transpired with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, now you have another knucklehead arrested for shoplifting. Really? Are these guys really that stupid? The obvious answer is yes!

I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan, but personally, I hope this guy is suspended for the rest of the season; just for being stupid! TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Associated Press

Cowboy

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested on a shoplifting charge, accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a suburban Dallas department store and telling a police officer he thought to himself, “all right, y’all got me,” after a security guard stopped him.

Randle, who is charged with a Class B misdemeanor theft between $50 and $500, was detained Monday evening by store security and later taken to the Frisco city jail before posting bond early Tuesday, police Sgt. Brad Merritt said.

The arrest came a day after one of Randle’s best games since joining Dallas as a fifth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State last season. He had a 38-yard run and a key tackle on a kickoff in a 30-23 victory at Super Bowl champion Seattle that gave the Cowboys their first 5-1 record since 2007.

According to an arrest report, Randle was caught on video placing items later identified as a “tester” bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne and a two-pack of Polo underwear into a Dillard’s bag after making a purchase at the store at Stonebriar Centre, about 30 miles north of Dallas.

The 22-year-old Randle was stopped by a security guard in the parking lot and later told a police officer that when he saw the “old guy,” referring to the security guard, he thought to himself, “all right, y’all got me.”

After getting stopped by security, Randle returned to the store and the items were recovered. The cost of the items was $123.50 before sales tax. Randle is in the second year of a four-year, $2.3 million rookie contract with a base salary of $495,000 this season.

Randle, who declined to talk to reporters in the locker room Tuesday, finished with 52 yards rushing on five carries against the Seahawks. He has 113 yards on 16 carries for the season as the backup to NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray. Randle had 164 yards rushing and two touchdowns as a rookie last year.

The Cowboys did not respond to a request for comment over the latest off-the-field news to envelop the team. They are waiting for results of a police investigation into a sexual assault complaint filed last month against special teams player C.J. Spillman in Grapevine, another Dallas suburb.

Spillman, who hasn’t been arrested or charged, has played in all six games for Dallas. Coach Jason Garrett, who wasn’t available Tuesday to address Randle’s arrest, has said Spillman’s status won’t change unless police pursue the case.

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Staff Writer David Warren in Dallas contributed to this report.

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Chiefs player Husain Abdullah gets penalized after kneeling in Muslim prayer


Here we go… Now all the Muslim kiss-asses (of which there are many in this country) – beginning with the author of this article, will take sides (as they already have) with the player and against the referee. Next thing you know they’ll want the referee either fined, suspended or banned from the league altogether because of discriminating against a Muslim.

The people in this country really and truly deserve what they get from the Muslim “community,” and deserve to get it good and hard. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Shutdown Corner

Kevin Kaduk

Shutdown Corner

Prayer

NFL officiating guru Mike Pereira once said he’d never throw a flag on a player who knelt in the end zone in prayer because he “didn’t want to get struck by lightning.”

That same belief wasn’t shared by the crew working Monday night’s Chiefs-Patriots game.

In a move that is sure to generate some discussion, Husain Abdullah of the Chiefs was flagged 15 yards after kneeling in the end zone in Muslim prayer after scoring a touchdown off an interception of Tom Brady. The unsportmanlike conduct penalty Abdullah received sparked a quick outrage on Twitter where it was noted that plenty of Christian players mark their scores with a sign of deference, reflection or tribute to their higher power.

Abdullah took the high road after the game and said he thought he was penalized for sliding into the prayer, though the head referee cited “falling to the ground on the knees” in announcing the infraction.

While some fans mistakenly said the NFL rulebook provides an exception for praying players, that isn’t exactly true. The excessive celebration rule is actually kind of vague with players “prohibited from engaging in any celebrations while on the ground.” Prayer is never specifically mentioned, though Pereira’s comment generally embodies the permissive view that NFL officials usually take toward religious exhibition.

To use an example, Greg Jennings was not flagged for this prayer during Super Bowl XLV  …

(Getty Images)

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… while his teammate Nick Collins was penalized 15 yards for this more demonstrative secular celebration in the same game  (the common denominator being that both players were on the ground) …

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So what happened on Monday night? Perhaps the official who threw the flag on the Abdullah play was unfamiliar with Muslim custom. Perhaps it was something else.

Whatever the case, it’s hard to imagine this story will pass without the NFL issuing comment or clarification. At this point, Abdullah and the NFL’s Muslim fans certainly deserve one.

It’s hard to imagine, however, that Abdullah will have to pay further for his prayer. Here’s what Abdullah’s agent CJ LaBoy said on Twitter late Monday night.

Derek Jeter Wins Last Game at Yankee Stadium


One does not need to be a Yankee fan or even a baseball fan to appreciate a great moment in sports. Derek Jeter’s last at bat at Yankee Stadium, after a 20-year career, was memorable. TGO

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McIlroy wins PGA in thrilling show on soggy turf


McIlroy seems to be the real deal. Winning 4 Majors at age 25 is no easy task,  only Jack and of course, Tiger, won 4 Majors at a younger age (Tiger was 24). Personally, I wanted Phil Mickelson to win. He must feel sick this morning, losing a Major by just one lousy stroke.

As for Tiger, I believe he’s washed-up. He may win another Major someday down the road, but that’s about it. He’ll never catch Jack Nicklaus now. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Associated Press

Rory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever to win the PGA Championship.

On a back nine filled with as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man battle with flawless golf to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness Sunday at Valhalla and capture his second straight major.

McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and became only the fourth player in the last century of golf to win four majors at 25 or younger. The others were Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones, three of the game’s greatest players.

Boy Wonder appears on his way to belonging in that group.

“I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I’d have a summer like this,” said McIlroy, only the seventh player to win the last two majors of the year. “I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today.”

But one of the greatest shows on soggy turf came with a most peculiar ending.

McIlroy hit a 9-iron from a fairway bunker on the 17th hole to 10 feet and made the birdie putt to take a two-shot lead to the par-5 18th. Because of a two-hour rain delay, darkness was falling quickly and it wasn’t certain McIlroy would be able to finish.

He was allowed to tee off even before Mickelson and Rickie Fowler had reached their golf balls in the fairway. Both were only two shots behind and still in the game. McIlroy came within a yard of hitting into a hazard right of the fairway. Mickelson and Fowler had to stand to the side of the green to allow McIlroy to play his second shot.

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland hit into a bunker and had to two-putt from 35 feet for a one-shot win.

Moments earlier, Mickelson came within inches of chipping in for eagle. He settled for a 6-under 66 and a runner-up for the ninth time in a major. Fowler, the first player in history to finish in the top five at all four majors without winning, also had a chance with a long eagle putt. He missed badly, and then missed the short birdie putt.

Fowler closed with a 68 and tied for third with Henrik Stenson, who also had a share of the lead until missing a 3-foot par putt on the 14th putt. He never recovered from that and shot 66.

McIlroy finished at 16-under 268. The victory was his third in a row, following the British Open and World Golf Championship event last week at Firestone.

Performance against US proves Belgium is for real


I’m rooting for Belgium in this one… Those self-centered Argentinians need to learn to be a bit more humble, and what better way to show them they’re really not that good than to defeat them in one of the world’s biggest stages! TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

AP – Sports

Soccer

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — The stirring performance against the United States provided a shot in the arm for Belgium, and some more.

Now, with its reputation restored in the wake of a 2-1 victory over the Americans in the second round of the World Cup, Belgium is looking full of confidence ahead of the match against Argentina in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

”Argentina must have some doubts now,” Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said.

Belgium produced a relentless series of attacks against the Americans, while their defense only started showing cracks in the final minutes of extra time.

In group play, Belgium had made it abundantly clear it was excellent in defense, but three low-scoring, one-goal victories had cast doubt that its forward line could create chances.

Then came 27 shots on goal against the Americans.

It took the best goalkeeping performance of this World Cup from Tim Howard to keep the U.S. team in the match until extra time, but the attacks just never stopped.

And again, Wilmots made savvy substitutions to finally force a way through.

Teenage striker Divock Origi first tired the opposing defense for 90 minutes and peppered Howard with several shots and headers. He then made way for Romelu Lukaku in extra time.

After three minutes, Lukaku was the master behind the first goal when the stretched U.S. defense failed to fully clear his cross, allowing Kevin De Bruyne to steal it back and score from close range.

De Bruyne returned the favor by setting up Lukaku for a booming drive that turned out to be the decisive goal.

”We knew that he could be the hero of the night,” Belgium captain Vincent Kompany said. ”It was so predictable.”

It was almost uncanny that two rejects of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho – Lukaku was twice sent on loan, and De Bruyne was transferred during the winter break – have been providing the goods for Wilmots in World Cup qualifying and at the tournament in Brazil.

And Mourinho’s protege, Eden Hazard, again failed to make the creative impact for Belgium. Instead, the sparkling play came from De Bruyne, who revitalized his career over the past months with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

In truth, beyond Howard, the United States looked to be the easiest opponent in the second round with a spongy defense that somehow did not get totally overrun by first-round opposition.

Argentina should be a lot tougher, having conceded only three goals in four games.

Kompany should know what he is up against since he will be playing Manchester City teammates Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta, who usually are part of his line of defense.

And what’s more, the Belgians will no longer be favored against a team which includes Lionel Messi.

”That is a role that will now suit us,” Kompany said.

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The Masters 2014 TV schedule: Who to watch Friday


The Masters just isn’t the same without Tiger Woods, who by the way, in my opinion is basically washed-up. A couple of years ago I would never have said that, as I thought by now he would have caught Jack Nicklaus with 18 major titles. He’ll probably win another major before it’s all said and done, but I don’t believe he’ll win another four majors; no way – his body is just breaking down too often. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

After a spectacular first round Thursday, over 90 players will try to equal or improve their spot on the Masters leaderboard Friday and survive the cut for weekend play.

Christian Science Monitor

PGA Tour pro Bill Haas comes from a golf family. His dad, Jay, has been a longtime member of the PGA Tour, winning nine times on the regular Tour and 16 times on the Champions Tour. Dad never won the Masters, but son has put himself in a good position after the first round of golf’s first major tournament.

Bill Haas shot a four under 68 Thursday to take a one-shot lead over three players – defending champion Adam Scott, former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, and 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson, who all carded three under 69s.

There’s a group of seven golfers, led by first-time players Kevin Stadler, Jonas Blixt of Sweden, and Jimmy Walker, who shot two under par 70 Thursday.

And, at one under par 71, you’ll find some familiar names, such as former champion Fred Couples, Rory McIlroy, and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

As for Friday’s tee times, which are all in the Eastern time zone, here are some of the notables:

American Nick Watney, who’s four shots back at even par, will tee off at 8:29 a.m.

Louis Oosthuizen, who is part of a threesome with Matt Kuchar of the US, will tee off at 8:51 a.m.

Former two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer of Germany, who’s also at even par after the first round, starts his second round at 9:24 a.m.

Bubba Watson, playing with Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald, tees off the first hole at 9:57 a.m.

Phil Mickelson hopes to play better on Friday, after shooting a four over 76. He tees off at 10:30 a.m.

Kevin Stadler’s group, which includes former Masters winner Ian Woosnam, will start at 11:03 a.m, followed by Jonas Blixt’s threesome at 11:14 a.m.

Fred Couples will tee off with his effortless golf swing at 12:42 p.m.

Jimmy Walker, paired with Ricky Fowler and Graeme McDowell, go off the first hole at 12:53 p.m.

Haas, the first round leader, is in a threesome with Jimenez and the young Italian star, Matteo Manassero. This group will tee off at 1:15 p.m.

Scott, the defending champion, is playing alongside Jason Duffner and Matthew Fitzpatrick, the US Amateur champion. This threesome will start their second round at 1:48 p.m.

Again on Friday, ESPN will have second round coverage, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern time. You can also go to Masters.com to find live streaming video to check out from your computer or wireless device, starting at 10:45 a.m.

LPGA Tour boss ‘disappointed’ with Golf Digest


That’s a provocative photograph? Is he kidding? I can understand his point of portraying female golfers, but truth be told, many members of the LPGA look like bull dykes; not terribly appealing. And who wants to see photos of the same attractive woman golfers (there aren’t many) over and over again?

I believe Mike Whan needs to get over it. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press

Associated Press

Attractive

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan weighed in Friday on Golf Digest’s provocative cover featuring Paulina Gretzky.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed and frustrated by the editorial direction (and timing) Golf Digest has chosen with the announcement of its most recent magazine cover,” Whan said in a statement at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the tour’s first major tournament of the year.

“If a magazine called Golf Digest is interested in showcasing females in the game, yet consistently steers away from the true superstars who’ve made history over the last few years, something is clearly wrong. … ‘Growing the game’ means a need for more role models and in these exciting times for women’s golf, the LPGA is overflowing with them.”

The cover photo shows Gretzky in skintight capris and a bra.

Known for provocative pictures on her social media accounts, Gretzky is former hockey star Wayne Gretzky’s daughter and PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson’s fiancee.

Former LPGA Tour star Lorena Ochoa in 2008 was the last female pro to appear on the magazine’s cover. Golf Digest featured Golf Channel’s Holly Sonders in May 2013 and model Kate Upton posed with Arnold Palmer for the December issue.

“It’s frustrating for female golfers,” third-ranked Stacy Lewis said. “It’s kind of the state of where we’ve always been. We don’t get respect for being the golfers that we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines. But at the same time you’d like to see a little respect for the women’s game.”

Jerry Tarde, Golf Digest’s editor in chief, released a statement about the cover.

“Sports figures, celebrities and models have appeared on Golf Digest covers since the magazine’s beginning,” Tarde said. “Paulina ranks at the high end of the golf celebrity scene today, and she has a compelling story to tell. She also might get some new people interested in the game.”

Super Bowl madness in NYC’s Times Square


This has the makings of a great Super Bowl. The number 1 defense (Seattle Seahawks) against the number 1 offense (Denver Broncos). Which one will win? I believe this is a 50-50 call; either team could pull it off. TGO

Refer to story below. Source: Reuters

Paul Sancya 

NFL

The largest show on Broadway opened in New York on Wednesday, January 29th when the city turned over a 3/4 mile stretch of Midtown for a “Super Bowl Boulevard” street fair, drawing thousands of locals and visitors.

The event, part of the build-up to Sunday’s National Football League championship game, gave football fans and the simply curious a chance to see players, try their luck at kicking a field goal in Manhattan’s intense wind or ride a 60-foot-high (18-meter-high) toboggan run. (REUTERS)

NFL playoffs: Which four teams will survive this weekend?


My guess is that Seattle, New England, Carolina and Denver will advance. But then again, there is generally an upset in this round of the playoffs… TGO

Refer to story below. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

The final eight teams remaining in the NFL playoffs square off in four games this weekend. Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks play the New Orleans Saints and New England faces Indianapolis. On Sunday, San Francisco plays Carolina and Denver takes on San Diego.

Christian Science Monitor By Pat Murphy 

The National Football League is down to its version of the ‘Elite Eight’ as we approach this weekend’s divisional playoff round. Four teams each from the American and National conferences will try to take another step closer to Super Bowl XLVIII Feb. 2.

Saturday’s contests include Seattle hosting New Orleans in the first NFC semifinal. From a playoff history perspective, these two teams met back on January 8, 2011 in an NFC wild-card game. Sporting a 7-and-9 won-loss record to capture the NFC West that season, the Seahawks won a wild contest, 41-36, which included an incredible 67-yard touchdown run by Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch.

Fast-forward to this season and the Seahawks had their way with New Orleans, beating Drew Brees and the Saints, 34-7, on Dec. 2.

Despite that outcome, the Saints have some momentum coming into this game. They finally won a road playoff game last Saturday against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Seattle’s 12th man – the home crowd – and some opportunistic defense on the part of the top-rated Seahawks will be enough to prevail in this playoff contest.

Saturday’s game will be televised on Fox beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

The New England Patriots will play host to the Indianapolis Colts in Saturday’s nightcap. The last time these two franchises met in the playoffs, Peyton Manning was still quarterbacking the Colts and led them to a come-from-behind victory over New England in the 2006 AFC championship game in Indianapolis.

Now second-year quarterback Andrew Luck is the field general in Indy. Luck cemented his place in Colts lore after leading Indianapolis to a wild-card win over the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend. The Colts overcame a 28-point second half deficit to advance in the AFC.

Like the Saints, Indianapolis benefits slightly from having played a game last weekend. But New England head coach Bill Belichick and his staff have had the time to game plan for the Colts. The Patriots have developed a solid running game – namely LeGarrette Blount – that can handle poor weather conditions, which are expected Saturday night. Thus, Tom Brady and the Pats get the pick here.

CBS will televise the Patriots and Colts, beginning at 8:15 p.m. Eastern time Saturday.

Sunday starts off with the San Francisco 49ers traveling to Carolina to take on the Panthers in an NFC Divisional round game.

Earlier this season, Carolina edged the Niners in San Francisco, 10-9. The Panthers defense shut out San Francisco’s offense in the second half of the game.

This will the first time these former NFC West division rivals have met in the playoffs. The Panthers lead the overall series, 11-7.

Expect a few more points to be scored this time around with both Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers and the Panthers’ Cam Newton creating some offense with their arms and legs. According to NFL.com stats, both teams are good at running with the football and stopping the run. So, this one will come down to passing. Carolina All-Pro receiver Steve Smith is injured while the 49ers Michael Crabtree returned last weekend to help them beat the Packers. San Francisco will edge out the Panthers for a second road playoff victory in two weeks.

The Panthers-49ers contest will air on Fox, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern time Sunday.

The final game of the weekend will be the third installment of an AFC West Division rivalry as the Denver Broncos host the San Diego Chargers. These teams split the two regular season meetings with the road team winning each game.

Peyton Manning has led the Broncos offense this season to record-breaking heights. Manning threw for 5,407 yards and 55 touchdown passes this season, besting Tom Brady’s mark of 50 set back in 2007. Denver’s offense also scored the most points in a season in the history of the NFL, with 606.

The Chargers have been playing their own version of ‘Survivor’ at the end of this current season. On the final Sunday of the regular season, San Diego had to hope two other teams would lose, then beat the Kansas City Chiefs in their finale just to have a shot at the postseason.

Then, San Diego traveled to chilly Cincinnati last weekend and defeated the Bengals in an AFC wild-card playoff game. There should be no shortage of confidence for the Chargers as they get set to meet the No. 1 seed in the AFC. However, with Manning at the controls of a potent Broncos offense, Denver should advance to host the AFC championship game on Jan. 19.

The Denver-San Diego AFC divisional playoff game will be broadcast by CBS, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

NFL Week 12 picks: Brady vs. Manning, Romo vs. Manning, and Chiefs vs. Chargers


I hope at least one of my fantasy team does well this week, as I play an undefeated (11-0) team, owned by my boss of all people, and I want to kick his ass really badly. I need Wes Welker and Tony Romo to perform at their best… TGO

Refer to story below. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

NFL Week 12 picks: Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots is the big QB showdown. As of Week 12, 25 of the 32 NFL teams remain in contention for playoff spots, with eight teams in the AFC fighting for the last wildcard spot.

Christian Science Monitor

By Julia Gofman 

While a select few National Football League (NFL) teams have seemingly clinched a spot in the postseason, the majority are still fighting to remain relevant in the playoff hunt.

The Seattle Seahawks (10-1), Indianapolis Colts (7-3), and Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) have big leads on the rest of their division opponents and are hoping a few more victories will help to crown them division champions.

The New Orleans Saints (8-2) and Denver Broncos (9-1) are on their way to the playoffs, but have the Carolina Panthers (7-3) and Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) breathing down their necks for divisional supremacy.

The Chiefs became the last unbeaten to fall as they lost last Sunday night and are hoping to jump right back aboard the winning train at 1 p.m. Eastern time at home against the San Diego Chargers (4-6) at Arrowhead Stadium.  Although losing to the Broncos in Denver may not raise the alarm, what may start to trouble Chiefs fans is the offense’s inability to generate big plays and put numbers on the board.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith’s inability to throw the ball down the field is once again under scrutiny as the team managed only one play on offense that netted more than 30 yards, a rush by running back Jamaal Charles. Alex Smith told reporters at the Miami Herald that it may not be big plays, but consistency, that will take the Chiefs offense to the next level.

“I think the biggest thing is getting into a rhythm,” Smith said, “moving some chains, getting consecutive plays ran, getting into the flow of the game, changing field position at a minimum. I think that’s where it starts.”

The Chiefs may not have to worry about playing catch-up like they did last week as they host the Chargers who are looking for a win in order to remain in the running for the last wild card spot.  Since starting 4-3, the Chargers have lost their last three straight. With four of their last six games remaining against probable playoff teams, a loss will likely knock them out of contention. The Chargers will need to treat their division match-up this week as a must-win or else it might be lights out for the team.

The NFC East has heated up considerably since the first quarter of the season and this Sunday’s 4:25 p.m. Eastern time showdown between the Dallas Cowboys (5-5) and the New York Giants (4-6) will go a long way in deciding who wins the division.

The Giants seemed all but an afterthought after their 0-6 start, but have since won four straight and jumped back into contention. The team is doing it with their defense, giving up less than 12 points a game in their four wins compared with the almost 35 they were giving up in their first six losses.

And while Giants quarterback Eli Manning is not winning games single-handedly, he also is not losing them anymore. The quarterback has only thrown two interceptions in the team’s four wins compared with 15 in his first six losses.

Veteran linebacker Jon Beason and the Giants know the importance of winning these division games.

“If we can get that one, we’ll be on our way,” Beason told the NY Times. “It’s going to be a big-time game.”

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo knows the pressure of playing in a big game and fans will hope that the bye week has given their team an advantage. The problem? Romo has lost his last three games coming out of byes. Look for a high-scoring close affair this Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are two quarterbacks who have played and won their fair share of big games. This Sunday night marks the 14th match-up between the All-Pro pair as the Broncos travel to New England to face the Patriots at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.

The talk surrounding this game will undoubtedly center on the quarterbacks. Brady, with a career 9-4 record against Manning, is having one of his poorest offensive seasons while Manning might be on his way to setting several records in Denver. This game, however, may not be decided by the quarterbacks, but by the defense and coaching.

Last Monday, the Patriots could not slow down the Carolina Panthers offense, which converted eight of 11 third downs and put up 24 points on the Patriots. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 68% of his passes and ran for another 62 yards against the banged-up Patriots defense.

While Manning will not test the Patriots defense with his legs, he is far and away a more accomplished passer than Newton. On an injured ankle last week, Manning was impressive as ever, throwing for 323 yards and one touchdown. Even more impressive was that the Chiefs defense was not even able to register a single quarterback hit, let alone a sack, for the entire game.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has beaten Manning before and it will come down to whether or not the legendary coach can come up with a scheme that will force Manning to take sacks and make mistakes.

Talkative and revealing as ever about his game plan, Belichick told WEEI Radio, “You have to play good team defense, that’s all there is to it. It’s not just ‘Take one guy away in their offense.’ They have a lot of weapons, they execute very well.”

Belichick knows what it is like to have an excess of talent on offense, which will help him prepare for Manning and company. Fans of all teams will want to tune into this battle of NFL royalty to see which all-time great, Manning or Brady, will walk away with a win in round 14.

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