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If you thought that Peyton Manning could not win in sub-freezing temperatures, you were just proven wrong at least for one week.
With a temperature in the teens and the wind chill bringing it to single digits, Manning threw for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns while throwing the ball 59 times. How about that for underperforming in the cold? Manning even said in the post-game interview that critics “can stick it where the sun don’t shine.”
Pretty gutsy of Manning to say, but he did prove to them that he can be successful in the colder weather. I look at it as Manning taking the first step towards being able to figure out how to knock off the ultimate rival, Mother Nature.
This will not be the last time that we hear about Manning in the cold weather. He is now 4-7 in cold weather games, so according to said critics, he still has a lot to prove. But as the season and now postseason rolls around since the Denver Broncos have now punched their ticket to the postseason, Manning can now silence critics one at a time.
If they get all the way to the Super Bowl and win in the cold northeast that is New Jersey, the critics should be silenced once and for all. Then, we will not be talking about his failures in the cold weather, but rather how he combated the weather and rose to the top once again.
Chances are this Thursday’s game against the San Diego Chargers could be a cold one as well on top of being on a short week, but it’s another test to see if Manning can silence a few more critics while beating a division rival.
Earlier this year, we saw canned air go on sale in China, which you may or may not be aware is currently going through a smog issue. This made us think of a future similar to Spaceballs where clean air is fought over, and today, we’re hearing the selling of canned air has reached France. (more…)
Cam Newton has had a fantastic year in 2013 for the Carolina Panthers. He has been among the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL so far, making plays with both his arm and his legs at frequent intervals throughout the season. Unfortunately for him, that trend did not continue against the much-improved New Orleans Saints defense.
For the first time in a while, Cam struggled on Sunday night, completing 22 of 34 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown, most of which came in the fourth quarter in garbage time. While he did not have a lot of time in the pocket to work with as he was sacked five times, the truth is that he looked human in the game instead of the Superman that he is portrayed to be due to his touchdown celebrations.
The fact of the matter is that Newton is not an elite passer in the league. He has made plays in the passing game mostly because of his ability to keep defenses off balance with the run game. This then allows him to utilize the play-action, which can really give an opposing defense a headache.
The Saints, knowing this, took away his ability to run for the most part yesterday, while also setting out to stop the Panthers’ rushing attack that features Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert.
In executing this game plan to near perfection, the Saints exposed a future blueprint that other teams should now start to follow against the Panthers. This game could ultimately expose the Panthers’ flaws in time for the postseason, and it could cost them an early playoff exit if they do not adjust.
Not all credit card readers are created equal, as the creators of Square will tell you that. Square has already made the leap across the Pacific to Japan, despite the fact that this credit card reader has not garnered that much attention to date. Well, perhaps things will change for the more exciting this time around with the introduction of a totally new Square Reader to kick things off. This new Square Reader is said to be 45% thinner compared to its predecessor, which allows Square to be so confident of mentioning that this is the “thinnest mobile card reader on the market.”
To make sure that the design remains as thin as possible without having to suffer from any compromises in the performance, Square had to go back to the drawing board in order to custom design the bunch of key components within. Among these changes would include the magnetic read-head as well as spring which were specially designed to deliver a far more accurate card swiping experience. Apart from that, it also features custom electronics within a single chip, letting it rely on the plugged-in device for power so that you need not have to carry more weight than necessary. It is said that the new and improved Square Reader will hit nearly 30,000 retail stores from next year onward.
Many people including myself have criticized the Baltimore Ravens‘ running game and Ray Rice for not producing. However, in a snow-filled day against the Minnesota Vikings, the bite-sized back had a resurgent fourth quarter. The Ravens will need to review the tape to see what was clicking in this offense on the ground towards the end of the game and stick to it.
Before the fourth quarter, the Ravens’ run game was horrible as usual, and Rice was averaging two yards per carry as he only had 24-yards off of 12 attempts. I’m not sure what made him wake up, but his average went up to 8.6 yards per carry as he put up 43 yards on five touches in the final quarter of the game. This speaks to the type of scheme that was being ran.
When the Ravens lined up and played smash-mouth football where the line was allowed to just whoop the other man in front of them, Rice thrived. This is because they sprinkled in man-blocking instead of zone into some of the packages. I think the reason they reverted back was not only because the zone blocking scheme of Juan Castillo is absolutely dismal, but it is hard to ask the team’s big boys to race to a zone when it was hard to see what was in front of their face.
Baltimore now knows what works: the man blocking scheme. They should put a hat on a head and go to work on the ground. They will definitely need to establish the run early next week against the Detroit Lions as they are ranked sixth in the league against the run. If the Ravens don’t make Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley respect the run early, Joe Flacco will be the one running for his life as the pass-rushers will be hawking him down.