Forget The Llama’s And Lets Get Back To Sports

Though it seemed as if nothing happened this week besides an interracial llama couple on the run and a WHITE AND GOLD dress, the sports world was still turning. I discuss the impact of the Dez Bryant rumors, LeBron James returning to form, Kentucky basketball, Bossman Jr. Upton & more in this weeks sports rundown.

Florida State is Getting Screwed by the College Football Playoff Rankings

For years it seemed like all anyone could talk about was eliminating the BCS in college football. Now that our wishes have finally been granted it seems like the college football playoff rankings have come along with the same amount of controversy and discussion as the former BCS. The new college football playoff rankings were released and with that of course comes debate. There is a problem in college football in the fact that there will always be an argument for that last spot to get in the playoffs. For the most part the BCS got it right with the two championship teams almost every year. Yes, that includes the year Notre Dame was embarrassed by Alabama but had the hardest schedule in college football. I love the idea of expanding to give more teams a run at a national title because as we all know in sports the playoffs are a new season, a clean slate. What I simply can’t understand is why a loss at the beginning of a college football season is better than a loss towards the end.

The problem with these College Football Playoff Rankings are purely the rankings in itself. Simply, they’re dropping the ball with Florida State being #3 to this point. I don’t think there is a single debate that FSU is as good as the championship team from last year because they’re simply not. To this point what has Florida State done to deserve to be dropped in the rankings? Last time I checked Florida State plays in a power five football conference. Last time I checked they’re the ONLY undefeated team in a major football conference and besides Marshall the only undefeated team in Division 1-A.

Notre Dame v Florida State

Alabama after an intense game this week was the latest team to jump Florida State after a major win against the undefeated Mississippi State whom to that point was the only team deserving of #1 ahead of Florida State. The SEC is the deepest conference in all of college football and we all know that, yet that still does not crown any 1 loss or 2 loss SEC team as the best team in college football. Could they be? Absolutely.  At the same time though as demonstrated last year this same Florida State team was the best team in college football and they’re not an SEC team. Alabama to this point has only beaten 3 ranked teams (the same as Florida St.) and also lost to a ranked team. The Oregon Ducks are another team clearly deserving of being in the top four for the college playoffs but not more deserving of number two than Florida State. The Ducks alike have three victories against top 25 opponents with a loss to an unranked Arizona.

Jameis Winston has had his idiotic moments and been given some simple advice from Kevin Hart regarding this.

The integrity of the program has been in question multiple times in the past two seasons and quite frankly the past few decades. Multiple investigations and accusations have come to light. Regardless, even with suspensions, investigations, back-ups, and injuries this Florida State team has consistently won on the field. This is a 10-0 team regardless of their margin of victory. Since when is your point differential more important than the number of wins/losses in your stat line? Three victories against ranked opponents and no losses and they’re ranked #3 behind two 1 loss teams with the same amount of victories vs ranked opponents.

Virgina v Florida State

Mississippi State after their loss dropped to #4 and remained in the playoff picture because being ranked where they deserved at #1 gave them a little bit of wiggle room even with a loss. Unfortunately for this undefeated Florida State team if they were to lose in these final two games they will hands down drop out of the playoff picture. It’s no secret that you’re safer in college football if you get your loss out of the way early in the season as opposed to the end, even though a loss should simply be a loss. Florida State could lose their first game of the season to an unranked opponent and be 5-10 spots behind an Oregon team with a eerily comparable record, schedule, and results. The rankings are setting Florida State up for failure with their placement in the latest rankings and not allowing them the same opportunities that Mississippi State was deserving of and received. Whether it’s the drama that comes with Jameis, the ferocity that comes with Jimbo, or just the disappointment with the extracurricular events that surround the Seminoles team, there is bias when it comes to their ranking. The CFP rankings haven’t got it right to this point and have a lot of work to do. Florida State may not win the national title, they may not even make the national title, and they very well may not be the best team in college football as we may come to find out. The point is until they give you a reason to clearly say that they aren’t, you don’t punish this team for doing nothing but winning in a major conference.

Florida State v Louisville

Chris Bosh: The Underappreciated MVP Candidate

Sears Shooting Stars Competition 2014

Nine time all-star Chris Bosh is finally back where he belongs, as the centerpiece of a basketball team. Bosh is the most under appreciated basketball player of the past decade.  A superstar in the NBA and a workhorse on the block, time and time again Bosh has been overlooked and under accredited for the work he contributed en route to two NBA Championships in Miami. He has been ridiculed for being outplayed down low during his tenure in Miami, he has been called out for not posting big enough numbers while surrounded by two other stars, and most importantly he’s simply left out of superstar conversations that he has earned his right to be in.

Chris Bosh has defied odds since he entered the NBA

How quickly people forget things in this new era of sports. Let’s start from the beginning and talk about this lanky, quiet, kid named Chris Bosh that decided it was best to leave Georgia Tech after his freshman season.  Not only was he entering the NBA draft after his freshman season, he was entering one of the most stacked drafts of all time. Included in this draft were the likes of future teammates in Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and others such as Carmelo Anthony, Josh Howard, David West & Mo Williams.  Bosh was drafted 4th overall in that draft. I know draft position doesn’t mean you just become a good NBA player and that is evident when looking at draft picks such as Kwame Brown,  Michael Olawakandi,  and Darko Milicic (who was drafted two spots ahead of Bosh). Not only did Bosh get drafted in the top 5 amongst the likes of Melo and King James but he came in and performed.  Bosh was forced into playing out of position and filling in at center as a rookie in Toronto. Bosh was continuously mismatched and outsized and still found a way to contribute.

Chris Bosh becomes a SUPERSTAR

I tend to agree with the general public that the term superstar can be thrown around loosely in today’s sports era. One person that it wasn’t just given to though, was Chris Bosh. When Chris Bosh arrived in Toronto it was Vince Carters team. Bosh only got one full year to play with Carter before  he was traded to the New Jersey Nets and the rebuilding around Bosh was able  to commence. In Chris Bosh’s first four seasons his statistics improved convincingly each season from his 11.5 ppg/7.4 rpg statline that he was able to improve to 22.6/10.7.  As the Raptors realized the talent they had in Bosh they continuously tried to draft crucial role players to help him lead the Raptors to the promised land. One of these draft picks was Andrea Bargnani, drafted number one overall,  who was expected to come in and give Toronto one of the most powerful front courts in the NBA. Needless to say, that never happened and Bosh was forced to pick up slack in the Toronto front court on a team that was constantly shuffling players such as Jermaine O’neal, Shawn Marion, Jamario Moon in and out not giving the team any chance to get a rhythm and establish a team connection. By the 2009 season Chris Bosh had already earned 3 All-Star selections and set the Raptors franchise record for double doubles & offensive rebounds. The 2009-2010 campaign is when Chris Bosh truly solidified himself as one of the best in basketball.  Chris Bosh was able to record career highs in almost every single category including:

  • Points per game-24.0  (9th in NBA that season)
  • Field goal percentage-51% (18th in NBA that season)
  • 3 point field goal percentage-36%
  • Rebounds per game-10.8 (6th in NBA that season)

When you rank in the top 10 in the NBA in points scored and rebounds per game amongst the likes of the above link, your name deserves to be thrown into the superstar pot. Simply put, since the 2005-2006 NBA season until his departure to Miami, Chris Bosh was top 15 in points per game every season and was top 20 in rebounds every season. The three seasons preceding his departure to Miami he was top 10 in scoring, and the two seasons preceding his Miami departure he was top six in rebounds both years. There were only five players able to stay in the top 15 in points per game during that stretch. Those players were LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki , Kobe Bryant, and Chris Bosh.  That’s superstar company to be in.

East All-Star Chris Bosh (C-#4) of the T

Chris Bosh becomes “Irrelevant”

After all the information provided to you I’m hoping some of you people remember how much of a relevant player Chris Bosh was before departing Toronto for Miami. It wasn’t Smush Parker joining King James and the NBA scoring leader in Dwayne Wade in Miami. There’s a reason Chris Bosh was a part of “The big THREE”. This man was highly sought by teams throughout the league knowing how talented and productive he was. Bosh & Wade both took a hit to roles they’re used to having to take a backseat to the best player in the NBA. LeBron as well had to take a hit , financially and in terms of play to make his gameplay work with two other basketball players who have always had a team run through them. D-Wade even catches hell for “not doing enough” in Miami even though if the Heat would’ve beaten the Mavericks in that first title appearance he would’ve been the MVP.  Even with the hate Flash may catch none of it caps the amount of disrespect Chris Bosh receives. In FOUR years the big three went on to FOUR Finals appearances. Yet some still want to contribute all of the Heat success to LeBron. Let me state that I know LeBron was the biggest part of this amazing run the Heat went on, but NO player in NBA history has been able to lead his team to multiple Finals appearances as such without GREAT players to contribute. Not Jordan, Kobe, Magic, West, Isaiah, Duncan, and certainly not LeBron. It still blows my mind that Bosh can continuously be swept under the rug in this solid attempt at a dynasty and I question how people can forget things about this team

  • Chris Bosh is a power forward and for the majority of his career has had to make up for the lack of talent at the center position. In his four years at Miami he was playing down low with Joel Anthony.  Anthony is a blocking machine but lets be real, this man is not a good NBA center. Udonis Haslem has had some great postseason appearances but he is no factor to stop the likes of Tim Duncan, Dirk, and Tyson Chandler.  Chris Bosh was constantly outsized down low and still found a way to get the job done as much as he possibly could.
  • Chris Bosh continuously worked to develop his mid-range to outside jumper throughout his time in Miami. Each season not only did his FG% improve but he was able to improve his 3 point FG%  to 34% giving defenses yet another factor to gameplan for.

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

  • Bosh is one of a few handful of big men in the NBA that will consistently switch off and guard a point guard on pic and rolls. Though this isn’t uncommon in the NBA it’s been drawn up for Bosh to switch because he can be successful and stick with the likes of elite NBA point guards.
  • The Miami Heat would have never won that second championship without Chris Bosh. Ray Allen gets all the glory for hitting that amazingly clutch three. Let’s not forget that LeBron James missed the first attempt and Bosh never gave up on the play and fought to give the Heat just one more chance at a title. Can you imagine the media if Bosh & Allen didn’t connect there?! LeBron James already heard nothing but how “Unclutch” he was and without that offensive rebound and three the Heat would’ve lost the series at the hands of LeBron James. Did I forgot the clutch block to seal the deal shortly after?

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

  • Chris Bosh is clutch. Since the 2012-2013 campaign Bosh is shooting 71% and 69% from deep in the final 5 minutes of games in which his team has a +/- 5 point differential. There’s no need for me to elaborate on this.

Chris Bosh has been berated time and time again by the media and by fans. He has never received his due credit. He is constantly called out on his physicality while competing with players bigger and stronger than him and continuously battles night and night again though he is undersized in many match ups. He gave up personal statistics without blinking an eye just to reach his ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship. Yes, it was his decision to join James and Wade in Miami but I can’t think of many players that would’ve quietly accepted the EXTREMELY diminished role Bosh had to deal with to start out. Once Bosh realized and accepted his role that would hurt his personal statistics he changed his game to contribute in any way, shape or form. Chris Bosh is now the centerpiece of a James-less Miami Heat offense. The talent to score is still there and now he can mesh being a number one option along with his developed jump shot, his defensive improvements, and his heart and determination that he exemplifies on the court. Chris Bosh will compete with his career best statistics this year and will be an MVP candidate come the end of the NBA season.  Let worldstar and the haters hate Chris Bosh, while they mock you for cheap laughs

while educated basketball fans will sit back and appreciate the greatness that will be rewarded with a Hall of Fame nomination one day

The Drake Effect Strikes Again

The new age of Hip-Hop just isn’t the same. When i say that I don’t mean Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole or any other artists. I mean the fans. Music has changed dramatically, the fan base has changed dramatically, and most importantly the reception has changed dramatically.

Over the weekend Drake dropped three tracks out of nowhere just as a nice treat to his fans. First of all I’m sure that these tracks were nothing more than extra throw away tracks as he continues to work towards a new album. If you haven’t listened to these songs yet go ahead and check them out and then continue on with this article.

Drake is going to be a legend in rap/hip-hop by the time he is done and anyone that tries to argue that is a fool. He makes music that is relatable & catchy, but still finds away to drop simple, yet hard hitting lines that make you go crazy.

At the same time Drake is not an unintelligent human being, he knows that phrase is true and that “Any publicity is good publicity”. This is part of the reason Drake is consistently mocked on twitter, vine, and other social media sites. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then I’m just going to assume you’ve been living rock and I’ll quickly try to catch you up.

Drake is one of the most relevant artists of the past 6 years so it’s not surprising for him to get the opportunity to go to all the best sporting events and get to hang with the most popular athletes. The way he acts is what bring him attention

I mean come on Drizzy! I understand your excitement hanging with these superstars, but you’re superstar too. As he stated in Thank Me Now “damn, I swear sports and music are so synonymous
’cause we wanna be them and they wanna be us” which may be a very true line, and then Drake just had to go out and warm up with the Kentucky basketball team at Midnight Madness and do this…..

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First off why did Drake feel the urge to have to hang out and warm up with 18 & 19 year old college students? Let’s not let this distract us from the time he absolutely blew any chance he had at hosting another awards show or the time he blew in Lance Stephenson’s ear during the same show. Let’s especially not forget when his behind the scenes photo shoot from “No New Friends” sent the internet in hysteria with the memes that followed shortly after.

How can a rapper that is continuously mocked & poked fun at by the hip hop community still remain relevant & continue to dominate the charts? The answer is simply because he accepts it and hasn’t changed himself. Drake will continue to have fun with his life, get in the spotlight whenever possible, and whether positive or negative publicity comes from it, he will accept the main factor that is publicity. At least two or three times a year Drake “surprises” his fans with a few extremely average, if not sub-par songs and for the next month or two Drake is right back in rotation. Every album this man has put out is very good, and for the most part the majority of his singles and even just releases are pure gold. He has some of my favorite non album songs of any artist in recent years with Paris Morton Music, and 9 am in Dallas. The man is a truly talented artist that has convinced every young hip hop fan that everything he touches is gold before they even listen to the music.

Back to the three songs that were dropped this weekend my first question is why does Drake have all these damn voicemails? If anyone would be the one to literally hold on to all of these just in case it would definitely be Drizzy and he would use them for emotional support. “Heat of the moment” was nothing more than Marvin’s room or Trust Issues without the rap verse. The more and more I listen to this song I realize how much more enjoyable it would be with a simple rap verse shoved somewhere in there as opposed to Drake just singing himself to sleep. The other two songs that were released definitely upped the ante but still weren’t coming close to hard hitting album material everyone expects from Drake. Both of the other two were produced by Boi-1da which makes for a hard hitting beat in the first place and that was proven to be true. “How Bout Now” was a quick simple song of Drake stating the typical point of how women didn’t want him back then but now they’d love to be with him again. Only this time there’s nothing original or unique to make this song standout. “6 God” is a track that goes hard. The beat absolutely bumps but sadly the first 40 seconds of this song are the only good part. After the gunshots to start the track and listening to the first few bars I think this song is absolutely a hit considering it would be safe to assume that this is a quick response to Tyga’s opinion on Drake & Young Money which was exposed after Tyga revealed his plans to go independent. Sadly it was confirmed that this song was recorded months ago, therefore taking my potential excitement away and bringing me back to the fact that this is nothing more than a song with a good beat and no true meaning behind the lyrics.

The majority of hip-hop fans today could care less about lyrics and just want to hear something they can bump or dance to. To me that tarnishes the industry, the rap game, and is disrespectful to the greats that paved the way with their double entendre’s that led to the greats that we have today in Jay-Z, Eminem, Andre 300, Nas, etc. Drake has that capability & he’s expressed it throughout his career. Twitter blew up understandably after Drake released these songs, but the moment I realized that the “Drake Effect” had taken place again was when 9 hours later all you were seeing on twitter was a combination of “Drake” “CRAZY” “6God” and the fire emoji.

In the few short years Drake has been in the game he has branded himself. Drake will do “Drake be like” things and it will only continue to keep his name in rotation. He will drop discarded, sub-par singles at a time of the year when he hasn’t been musically referenced and it will remind everyone what they’re missing out on, unfortunately the music won’t be the reasaon, the name will be. Let’s be realistic, can anyone truly say that the damn catchy “Tuesday” song would’ve ever been able to grace our ears had Drizzy not co-signed it? The “Versace” remix would’ve remained as a statistic on hot new hip hop without a verse from Octobers very own and that verse was fantastic. I just hope going forward that people truly listen to the music first before formulating an opinion. The music is what matters, not the artist. In the mean time, touche Aubrey Graham, you have made yourself a hot topic on any and everything you touch and helped everyone to fall victim to the “Drake Effect”, including me for adding to the publicity with this article.

Rivalry renewed & weaknesses exposed in a daunting Cowboys loss

What a game, what a game. First off let me say that I, in no way shape or form, want to take credit away from this Redskins team who came in and beat us in our own house. Yup, I’m one of those guys who says “us” as if I’m on the Cowboys. This game was gritty, this game was hard hitting, and this game was filled with a hell of a lot of heart. This game was also filled with some major major major major major mistakes by both teams, but most importantly by the division leading Dallas Cowboys. As I stated in my post minutes prior to the game, this was set up to be a trap game. Colt McCoy was fighting for respect, the skins hate the Cowboys more than life itself, and regardless of records these teams will ALWAYS battle.

I’m going to get right into it and simply say that the Cowboys offense is what lost them this game. Flipping it respectively it could very well be that the Redskins defensive scheme/play calling, etc. is what won them this game and made the young, talented offensive line look like children on that field tonight.

This game started out with some intensity on both sides of the ball. DeMarco Murray got popped the first time he touched the ball, further reinforcing the fact that this game would be a battle. The first drive of the game on 3rd and 5 the Redskins sent a fierce blitz which sent Tony Romo tumbling to the ground. Touche Redskins, you got one over on possibly the best O-Line in the NFL. Boy were we in for a shocker, let’s fast forward to the next offensive Cowboys possession. 3rd and 8 for the Cowboys and here comes another major defensive blitz for a sack. Hmmm, the, to this point in the season, awful Redskins D came to play. Time and time again tonight this Redskins defense confused the Cowboys offensive line and Tony Romo to no extent. Romo throughout his career has been a fantastic quarterback in terms of recognizing defensive disguise. Tonight even Romo’s normally fantastic audibles weren’t clicking. As much as I hate the damn guy that I think is the dirtiest player in the league in Brandon Meriweather, he was a complete monster vs this Cowboys team tonight. 7 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble.

I’m not done with this offense one bit yet, Time and time again, 3rd down after 3rd down blitz’s were sent. The Cowboys never adjusted throughout the course of this game. Let me remind you that this is a team leading the league in 3rd down conversions with a 65% conversion rating and they just got completely lost. As I said before credit should be given to this defense as well but if you want to be known as the best in the league you damn sure better be able to pick up and adjust to defenses that are throwing elaborate schemes at you. The worst part of the blitz’s were the fact that players were getting in UNTOUCHED. There were multiple plays where DeMarco Murray, Joseph Randle, and Lance Dunbar dropped the ball on picking up that block to give Tony Romo those few extra seconds. Tyron Smith who is probably the best young offensive lineman in the league got beat outside on multiple occasions.

Turnovers. Turnovers. Turnovers. As AMAZING as DeMarco Murray has been this year, this man just cannot seem to stop fumbling the football. Gary Brown, the Williamsport Area High School fellow alumni that he is to me, needs to go Denzel Washington/Herman Boone on this amazing young talent. “You fumble the football, and i will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let’s go to work.” DeMarco’s ONLY flaw to this point in the season has been holding on to the ball. Early in the 2nd quarter on a beautiful checkdown pass in which DeMarco showcased his downhill running speed, he trucked through a defender and continued to battle for the extra yard. The problem here is the fact that it he made it to the Washington 8, he’s now surrounded by 4 Washington defenders and is not going to score. Take the 36 yards you just gained and GO DOWN. This man has been exceptional at every aspect of the game this season and I admire his heart and commitment to the endzone but if you continuously give these players an opportunity to strip you, they’re going to. Let’s also not forget Joseph Randle fumbling the ball in Dallas territory after yet another beautiful checkdown from Romo.

Now it’s time to give Colt McCoy (HOOK ‘EM) some credit for what he came into and what he was able to do. Being a Texas Longhorns fan it was so hard to cheer against someone who made my teenage years as a college football fan. This is a guy who had no fair shot in Cleveland, and never truly got to shine in the NFL. McCoy isn’t the future of any NFL franchise but this guy deserves a shot. He had some very questionable plays and missed a few receivers in the first half of this game. Colt erased the value of the Joseph Randle fumble when he through an awful lob ball to the endzone and had it intercepted by CJ Wilcox. Throughout the game it seemed as if McCoy continued to improve, become more comfortable, and truly run that offense. The best play of McCoys night to me was his 5 wide WR quarterback draw that gave Washington the lead in the 4th quarter. It showed that, a guy who started the season as a 3rd string QB, came to play.

Every Cowboys fan in the world held their breath when Tony Romo was taken down awkwardly with 7:59 left in the 3rd quarter on yet another sack. We sat there watching Romo lay flat on his back in clearly uncomfortable pain. As If that wasn’t bad enough, the whole quarter that we were forced to sit there and wonder what was going on in the locker room made it even worse. The scare of what looked like a potential season ending injury made us Cowboys fans realize how much that man truly means to this team. Now, Brandon Weeden gets the ball of the damn game for the Cowboys. Weeden, being the 72 year old quarterback that he is, came into the game unexpectedly and sure as hell performed. Weeden led a drive that SHOULD’VE ended with a Dez Bryant touchdown but we’ll touch on that later. Weeden was 4/6 with a TD and made every simple play to put the Cowboys in a position to win the game. When forced to go to your backup in a situation such as tonight, you literally cannot ask for more. The best part of Weeden’s time in the game is the fact that the Cowboys actually stuck to their balanced run/pass gameplan. The run the ball and then go play action is what helped Weeden connect with Jason Witten on the game tying touchdown pass.

Dez Bryant is my favorite Cowboys player. I want this new contract done more than anything in the world and I love how much this kid has grown in a few short years. His pure athletic ability, heart, and grit was showcased on his 5 yard touchdown pass in which he made a one-handed snag, avoided 2 defenders and battled for the endzone. Here’s the problem with me criticizing Dez at all for his performance. When you are as reliable, consistent, and talented as Dez Bryant, us as fans generate unfair expectations of players. There are going to be off games, there are going to be drops, and there are going to be games like tonight. My MVP of the Redskins defense is Bashaud Breeland. This ROOKIE had the daunting task of taking on Dez Bryant 1 on 1 for the majority of the game and did a damn good job. This is a matchup you expect to torch the opposing defense on and the seven targets Dez Bryant did receive just weren’t enough. While I applaud the performance of Breeland you cannot ignore the crucial drops that Dez Bryant had tonight. In the end zone Dez Bryant dropped what shouldve been an easy TD pass that he allowed to get into his chest. 9 out of 10 times Dez Bryant catches that ball and tonight was the lone number.

The Cowboys found multiple ways to throw this game away but at the same time these Redskins deserve some credit for coming out against what was perceived to be & let’s be realistic, is a much better team, and winning the football game. Tony Romo gave Cowboys Nation a major scare. DeMarco Murray continued his amazing play with 221 total yards in an unfortunate loss. By the way I still am trying to figure out how you let Murray rush for 8 yards on first down in OT and don’t rush again on 2nd, 3rd, or 4th down…..? Did Jason Garrett steal the play calling duties back? Regardless, this was a test the Cowboys did not pass. Is this team legit? Yes. Plenty of work needs to be done, and it needs be done quick. A very tough Arizona team is coming into town next week and in a few short weeks the top division competition that is the Philadelphia Eagles will be upon us. Take this loss, learn from it on all cylinders and get back on this horse. At the end of the day this Cowboys team is 6-2 and in an amazing position to continue on with a great season, but there are lessons to be learned from this game and to be considered the perennial contending powerhouse that they’d like to be, there’s still alot of work to be done in big D.

Dallas Cowboys 3 keys to victory

We’re less than a half an hour away from Monday night kickoff. The Cowboys have been picked to win across the board in this matchup against a less than stellar Washington Redskins team. I’ve said it over and over again, you can never underestimate a team in a Cowboys-Redskins matchup. This is one of the most storied rivalries in football and regardless who is good and who is bad both teams almost always come to play. The Redskins hate the Cowboys like no other, and they hate even more that the Cowboys are having new found success. Here’s my 3 keys to dominating and winning this football game.

1. Continue to run the ball but use Randle and Dunbar more

  • The Cowboys need to stick to this run/pass game balance that has led them to a 6-1 start. My only issue with this is Demarco’s durability. Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle are not DeMarco and we all know that but these guys are very capable of helping this team. Let Murray run the ball and dominate as he has all season but take 4-8 of those 26.7 carries and distribute them amongst the other two. It sticks to your new running mindset but helps to preserve the league leading rusher.

2. Rush Colt McCoy all night

  • This is a QB who never had a fair shot as a starter in Cleveland. He was surrounded by an awful team and quite frankly he isn’t a bad quarterback. McCoy will come into this game not only hungry for a win but ready to show that he deserves another shot as a starter. Not to mention with RG3 being as injury prone as he is, he wants to lock up 2nd string over Kirk Cousins. The key to not letting Colt McCoy have a good night is to continuously pressure him. He hasn’t played enough snaps in recent years to be able to sustain a fast and consistent pass rush of bigger faster linebackers such as Justin Durant and Bruce Carter

3. Keep working Terrance Williams

  • Terrance Williams has had a stellar season to this point. Dez Bryant will always garner more attention and while that happens take advantage of the mismatch Terrance Williams gives you. In multiple games this year all the attention has been on Dez Bryant leaving Terrance Williams in easy 1 on 1 matchups in which he consistently has outshined defenses. Specifically in Seattle. As Terrance Williams continues to show out he begins drawing more defensive attention which in turn gives you the opportunity to go to none other than Dez down the stretch in the game. If Romo can work Williams and Witten for the first half unless he has Dez in an obvious 1 on 1 mismatch we have a good chance at seeing Dez throw up the X in the second half

The 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

What is going on with this Pittsburgh Steelers team? I think it’d be hard to find a single Steelers fan that doesn’t have high blood pressure due to the inconsistency the Steel Curtain has shown this season. This is a team that struggled with the Jacksonville Jaguars and were able to pull out an 8 point win in a game which the Jags had multiple opportunities to capitalize on and failed. This same team had to muster out a very tough season opening battle against the Browns at home. Unfortunately, 6 weeks later they were embarrassed in Cleveland 31-10. This was a game in which they were just simply outplayed on both sides of the ball. Each team committed a turnover but the Browns were able to provide a more than productive offense against the usually tough black and yellow defense and Big Ben was never able to find a rhythm. Let’s also not forget the spanking that division foe Baltimore laid on them on their way to a 26-6 victory and then a loss at home against the woefully awful Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Relax friends and fellow alumni, this isn’t a Pittsburgh bashing article. The Steelers have only lost 3 games but If you look at those losses mentioned above and the Jaguars game they struggled to win wouldn’t you think it’s safe to assume that this team just isn’t good? Wrong. This team has been amazingly inconsistent but it’s what shows in their wins that should have other teams nervous. Before this week the Steelers hadn’t won two straight games further showing their inconsistency. As I mentioned before the Browns win week 1 was a tough win to pull out but they showed resilience. This game should’ve been over at halftime when they held a 27-3 lead. The Browns found a way to pick and pick away and make it interesting but the game winning field goal as time expired sealed it. The next victory Pittsburgh recorded was when they ran into Carolina and TROUNCED that Panthers squad. Now before anyone tries to criticize this win, being it that we’ve come to find out Carolina isn’t good, this Carolina team was 2-0 with a victory against a brand new Tampa Bay team in week 1 that hadn’t completely fallen apart yet, and a now very good Detroit Lions team that they beat bad. This victory deserves credit and alot of it given the situation. The Steelers had Le’Veon Bell and LeGarette Blount both run for over 100 yards showing a potential two headed running back monster that could emerge. A victory against the Texans was won almost primarily in the 2nd quarter with the ridiculous momentum swing that took place when the Steelers scored 21 points within the final 2 minutes of the half. Then we have yesterday and the record setting 522 yard, 6 TD performance Big Ben put on in Pittsburgh. This Colts team was widely considered a top 3 NFL team. The Colts offense was the best in the league by far and coming into week 8 guess who led the league in passing yard, yup, Andrew Luck. The Colts defense had only allowed more than 28 points twice in 7 games and both came in tough losses. My point here is that many NFL teams would’ve been intimidated, Pittsburgh was not. This team came in prepared and ready to make a statement and their offense did just that, especially Antonio Brown being the freak athlete that he is. Even William Gay was playing good! William Gay never plays good!

In each of Pittsburgh’s losses this week Le’Veon Bell hasn’t run the ball more than 20 times while Ben has thrown 37+ times in each of those contests. When you’re down big in the 2nd quarter you don’t need to go straight to a “passing comeback” mentality. There is still plenty of game left to stick to your balanced offense. Le’Veon Bell is 3rd in the NFL in rushing, allow him to help carry this team and feed him the ball. Heath Miller when healthy brings a Jason Witten like feel to this offense. He’s not fast but he’s big, strong, rarely drops passes and will fight until the end on every single play. The Steelers defense is very suspect to me but it’s the Steelers defense. At any point they can explode into a turnover machine and for them to be the contending team I think they can be, that needs to happen. Antonio Brown is something else. He’s led the team in receiving every week and get this, he only has ONE game this season with less than 90 receiving yards. That game he put up 84. He ranks 2nd in the league in receiving yards by a minimal 14 yards. The league leader is T.Y. Hilton via Andrew Luck whom Big Ben and Brown were able to outshine this week. Brown has also found the end zone 7 times this season and also has an additional passing touchdown. This kid can do it all. As for Ben, we’ve seen what he can do. He infuriates Steelers fans regularly by holding onto the ball too long. The bottom line is that Big Ben is a playmaker, he’s a team player and he’s willing to lay his body on the line for this team. Big Ben never gets the credit he deserves for being a consistently good and relevant QB in this league and he may just have another run left in him. Mike Tomlin is Mike Tomlin, he’s a phenomenal coach, a great player coach, and man that dude has the crispiest hairline in all of the NFL.

The rest of the schedule for the Steelers is very favorable. They have to visit 3 very bad teams in the Falcons, Jets, and Titans. They also get to avoid tough road games with Kansas City & New Orleans visiting western PA. This Steelers team runs on momentum, when they’re hot they’re almost unstoppable. Heinz Field is never a place you want to allow them to gain momentum. Once the towels start to wave and Renegade begins to blare across the stadium it’s already too late.