Week 1 Results
(Sovoth) 24-20 (Beyond The Game)
An old franchise reunited on Madden 15, and Sovoth strikes the first blow in this inter-division game as the Niners come away with a 4 point victory. BTG customarily makes a slow start, he went 8-8 in season 1 last year so he won't be overly concerned yet but this is a great win for Sovoth in a really tough NFC West. He played a very rounded game for what can be a run happy Niners roster, with Kaepernick throwing for 197 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs while Gore rushed for 53 yards. Kaepernick can also gains yards on the ground but he was held to 15 yards on 6 carries here, perhaps some more work is needed on the read option game.
The Cowboys passing attack will have been a plus for BTG, with Tony Romo throwing 314 yards and 2 TDs, with new acquisition Brandon Marshall the star of the show with 7 receptions for 71 yards, and young understudy Terrance Williams chipped in with 6 for 111 yards and a TD. DeMarco Murray added 36 yards on the floor. Pick of the defenders was Patrick Willis with a pretty awesome 11 tackles
The win takes Sovoth joint level of the NFC West on 1-0
(ThePacFish) 45-13 (JA15)
Another old rivalry resumed, although one that carries over from last years Pro franchise as Stu and Joe find themselves in the same division once again. On this first occasion Stus Browns came out on top with a comprehensive 32 point win. Perhaps surprisingly, this was a game that was won on the ground as the Browns rushed for 264 yards and threw for just 21. Ben Tate was the star here, as he rushed for 196 yards and 2 TDs from 16 carries, while Johnny Football added 55 from 3 carries. He didn't do so well through the air of course, completing just 6 of 11 for 30 yards, with 2 of the incompletions being intercepted
Unfortunately for the Steelers, Ben did even worse as he showed off some major accuracy issues. He completed 22 of 40, for 178 yards, 1 TD and 5 INTs, as well as being hauled down for 6 sacks thanks to a poor offensive line. Unfortunately 3 of those INTs were taken back for TDs, at the hands of Gilbert, Skrine and Joe Haden. Surprise #1 HB Dri Archer could only add 19 yards on the ground, while Le'Veon Bell got himself 30 from just 3 carries to give the Steelers coach something to think about
A big statement from the Browns that will make the other AFC North teams realise they have more to worry about than just JFF
(DanMcGrath77) 13-10 (HLR Milo)
Our 3rd game saw two coaches who are new to the Xpress face off in this inter-conference game. The scoreline is a reflection of the way the new game plays, as a defensive battle ensued and the two teams ended up split by just a Field Goal after OT. The Jaguars took the lead with a Blake Bortles rushing TD, before the Eagles pulled back a FG and then a LeSean McCoy rushing TD to take the lead in the second half. A late Jags FG tied the game, and then the following happened as chronicled by the Eagles coach..
'Jaguars win the toss and move down the field to the end zone, but a pick in the endzone mean the Eagles get the ball back on their 4 yard line. The Eagles fail to move the ball effectively and punt it away out of their own endzone, but the strong wind leaves the Jags at midfield. Jags get it back but have to punt it back before getting into FG range. with less than 2 minutes on the clock, the Eagles need to get in scoring position. A pass to the TE is complete but he fumbles, and the receiver recovers it to stop the turnover. A screen pass to McCoy puts the Eagles in FG range to try the game winning FG with 25 seconds left on the OT clock. The FG is good and the game is over.'
Rookie Blake Bortles didn't have an awful day, completing 17/21 with 2 INTs and the aforementioned rushing TD, while Toby Gerhart had a hundred yard game on the ground. McCoy also had a decent game with 88 yards (nice to see him not getting 150 yards, am i right?) while Foles went 15/27 for 226 yards through the air. A very interesting slugfest, that will give opponents of both teams in the next few weeks something to think about
- The Broncos got off to a 1-0 start as Montee Ball showed that they are not just about the pass, with 115 yards and 2 TDs on the ground
- Speaking of the AFC West, it's the only division where all 4 teams went 1-0 in the opening weekend #strongestdivision ?
- 2 teams l played the CPU this week, and the result..? Humans 0-2 CPU. Could we end up seeing the exact opposite of last year, with coaches actively trying to avoid CPU games? It's an interesting concept!
- The Packers came from behind to the beat the Hawks 31-14 in a game that was dubbed #TWITCHGATE with unsubstantiated rumours of a Red Rhino strop and some unofficial coaching going on. RR probably wasn't helped by the 4 INTs he threw with Russell Wilson, but Zach Miller was a star for him with 8 receptions for 137 yards
- Matt Ryan threw for 211 yards and 2 TDs as the Falcons passing attack unsurprisingly flourished under Ultras tutelage in a 38-13 win over Rivermans Saints
- - The Jets had a miserable start to the season which thankfully deviated from real life. Geno threw 2 picks and CJ2k was kept well short of yards as they went down 20-13 to TJCallinghams Raiders
- - Our all time record holding defending undisputed INT chuckers ShatnersBassoon threw... ZERO INTs in his first game! Amazeballs! Matt Stafford torched McManus's Giants with 140 yards and 1 TD, with receptions evenly split and a handy 118 yards rushing thrown in from Reggie Bush. Could Shatners have turned over a new leaf?!
- There was a mauling in Miami, as real life friends BHR and Rayski played out their first AFC East divisional game. Rayski took the plaudits easily this time thanks mainly to his Defence who dialled up 7 sacks and 4 INTs including 2 taken back for TDs
Players Of The Week
AFC Offensive Player Of The Week – Ben Tate HB, Browns, 16 carries for 196 yards and 2 TDs
AFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Mario Williams LE, Bills, 6 tackles, 5 sacks
NFC Offensive Player Of The Week – Jared Cook TE, Rams, 9 receptions for 262 yards and 3 TDs (This was the CPU unfortunately)
NFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Tim Jennings CB, Bears, 2 tackles, 2 INTs inc 1 pick 6
To return from Week 5 onwards
3 games to watch this week
(Beyond The Game, 0-1) @ (Goonertaff, 0-1)
I don't normally like to write about the same team twice in one article but this game is to intriguing not to. We have 2 coaches here who last met in the season 4 Superbowl in the Pro franchise just a few weeks ago. BTG came out as winner on that occasion, but that could be worthless form. We're now onto a new and very different game, in which the defensive side could very well suit Gooner to the max. Both teams come in on the back of a week 1 loss, BTGs is chronicled above while Gooner went down 29-14 to Evo's Chiefs in a hard fought game. What should we expect from this? I think a tight low scoring game here, it seems both coaches are taking their time to get used to the nuances of the game. Offensively I feel the Cowboys have more ammunition, especially in the passing game, but I also think that the more the Titans coach plays he will adjust his defence to shut that down. However it goes, one coach will come out of the game happy to be back on track while the other will be staring down the barrel of an 0-2 record
(ShatnersBassoon, 1-0) @ (CherriesFan, 1-0)
This one of a matchup of two teams who took home a win in week 1. First off we have Shatners' Lions. Some said it was a curious pick, when perhaps he could have taken home a top 3 or 4 side in the team picking process, but instead the pass happy coach went after firepower. He certainly has that, with QB Matt Stafford shooting bullets at the likes of Megatron, Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, Fauria and of course Reggie Bush in the backfield who had an impressive first game. On the other side we have CherriesFan who opted for a bit more of a challenge in Carolina. While there are some nice pieces, specifically the defensive front 7 and Cam Newton, there a lot of weak areas too. One of those is the secondary, and that's something the Lions should be looking to exploit. Another weak area is at receiver, with only Greg Olsen standing out, while the dual HBs of Williams and Stewart don't stand out. This game could come down to who has the most firepower on offence and I know who I'd fancy
(Rayski, 1-0) @ (Winti, 1-0)
Lastly, another divisional game which sees these two AFC East teams both sitting on 1-0. Rayskis Dolphins had a very impressive week 1 win over the Pats and he'll come into this game full of confidence. Wintis Bills took a couple of goes to get rid of the Bears, but they finally managed it as Mario Williams abused the Bears O line to win player of the week honours with 5 sacks. That will be a warning for the Fins, who have far from a strong line and it will be there to be attacked by Williams along with the rest of a very scary front 7. Add in young QB EJ Manuel and of course Sammy Watkins and the Bills present a formidable challenge. Unfortunately their weakness is very similar, a poor offensive line and Rayski also put together some nice defensive stats. I see quite the defensive battle here, as well as the start of big rivalry between what should be the two teams to watch over the 4 seasons in the East