After a long off season the Xpress is back for Season VII last year we saw another new winner of the Xpress however the Irish continue to dominate the Xpress with the past winners all being Irish. Will the luck of the Irish finally come to the end or will the Irish continue to win this franchise. With all the results of week 1 in lets take a look at if this run of tyranny will come to its end!
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Week 1 Results
(Cherriesfan) 34-49 (Perrin)
Defending Superbowl Champ Perrin opened the season against Cherries last years AFC West division winner. And as was the case of his wins last year Perrin relied on the efficiency of Flacco who went 10/13 for 3 TDs and the useful rushing attack of Ray Rice. But the big factor was the defence who only allowed 41 rush yards and got 2 INTs. You don’t need to guess who got the picks either it was the thorn in everyone’s side Arthur Brown with 2 INTs. Cherries will be fairly happy with the performance of Osweiller who went 30/34 for 3 TD’s and 2 INTs for 362 yards so at least the passing attack is working and it appears sort fields were given up by the INTs. I don’t expect this will be the last time this season these two will play each other and I’m sure Cherries is working on a gameplan which involves throwing it away from Brown.
(Dr Volki) 35-38 (Sovoth)
From last years superbowl winner we go to the runner up Sovoth to find out how he did against Volki. Volki has been improving season upon season and perhaps it showed the most during this game where he nearly toppled the Lions. Jimmy Graham was kept relatively quiet only having 21 yards for the game but the trusted running back Reggie Bush did the damage. Running over the Packers for 152 yards and 2 TDs. However the Volki will come out of this game very pleased with his offence that didn’t turn the ball over and Aaron Rodgers performance would’ve been pleasing. Also credit Volki for being a good sport in this one and punting the ball back to Sovoth after Sovoth had silly fumbles due to the muff punt fair catches #good sportsmanship
(Riverman) 37-31 (Shatners)
With pick no 2 in the draft the Eagles selected enigmatic QB Orlando McKenzie and in his first run out he proved to be a great pick up for the Eagles as he put up some great stats with 101 rushing yards and throwing for 3 TDs. But it wasn’t all easy for Riverman and his Eagles; Shatners continued his improvement not throwing an INT and was able to force a crucial fumble from McCoy in the 4th to put the game into Overtime, unfortunately for him Phil was able to get a drive to go down the field. Both teams will be hoping for big improvements from last season and both took steps in the right direction. For the NFC East though they will be having their work cut out for them again having another speedy QB in the division to join RG3.
- The Bucs got off to a 1-0 start after some hiccups with the defence struggling to stop the pass as Eli threw the ball for over 400 yards but the Muscle Hamster was able to run for over 125 yards and 2 TDs and the rush defence did its job holding the Giants to under 50 yards.
- Xpress rookie Sharmky put up a tough fight against former Xpress champ Evo in a tough fought 42-24 loss. With the recent trade of CJ2K the Titans went to their fierce passing attack as Locker threw 5 TDs.
- In an offensive showdown between the Seahawks and Redskins Rourke was able to come out on top but he I’m sure the Skins will be having nightmares about Harvin for a long time who had 3 TDs and nearly 300 yards receiving. However Rourke got out of Jail thanks to Josh Wilson’s 97 yard INT return for a TD (RG3 only had a 10 yards rushing)
- Zoso continues to be chasing down Ramsdan in the NFC West and got off to a good start this week with a 28-7 win against Chickenboy Zoso QB threw for 3 TDs but got put on his backside 6 times thanks to a fierce pass rush and also threw 2 INTs. Luckily Zoso was able to rely on his defence which forced 4 INTs and Running back Barner did a good job to rushing for over 120 yards.
- Run Run Run was the story in Chicago as the Vikings and Bears put a running show on display combining for over 300 yards. As the Vikings escaped with a 3 point win also the interest stat line was the Vikings QB threw 10/13 for 124 yards 2 TDs and 3 INTs. At least all his passes hit the target.
- Saints rookie Keithan Vincent showed some great class with 2 INTs against the Chargers in a 27-14 win.
- Finally the Manning era in Big D began fairly well with a 38-28 win and 3 Manning TDs. But the big question is, will Manning have the speed to do a Bunce pass?
Players Of The Week
AFC Offensive Player Of The Week – CJ Spiller HB, Bills, 27 carries for 155 yards and 2 TDs, 2 receptions for 6 yards
AFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Arthur Brown MLB, Ravens, 5 tackles, 2 INTs
NFC Offensive Player Of The Week – Percy Harvin WR, Seahawks, 8 receptions for 295 yards, 3 TDs
NFC Defensive Player Of The Week – A Hayward ROLB, Vikings, 11 tackles, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery
Power Rankings will be released after Week 4
3 games to watch this week
(Ramsdan, N/A)@ (Zoso, 1-0)
One of the rivalries that has gripped the league over the last few seasons sees showdown no 6 (Don’t know if I’m right with this) RamsDan is coming off the back of a heartbreaking loss in the NFC Championship and will be looking to rebound. Zoso seems to be improving the team really well and it showed in his last win. The big worry would be can he with stand another pass rush team 2 weeks in a row and get away with a win. Nonethless this game is going to be exciting I expect to see Zoso watching all the videos he can and study Dan as much as possible in preparation and I think Dan will have a few tricks up his sleeve. (As of writing the article RamsDan had yet to play)
(McManus, 1-0) @ (MackemJet, 0-1)
McManus looks to go 2-0 to put himself in contention for the playoffs but will need to be wary of Dan and his resurgent Jets who nearly caused a surprise last season to make the playoffs. Dan is coming off a loss to Ultra but will be looking at this game as a must win. The key for McManus here is to play better defence the Colts struggled last time out but the offence made up for it as they put over 350+ yards total offence last week. Dan on the other hand had it tough last time but he played fairly well looking at the stats I personally think Mackem gets the win in this tough matchup however it will be interesting to see how CJ2K does.
(Sovoth, 1-0) @ (Buncey, 1-0)
These two go way back to last year in the Xpress where they had a tough rivalry. This time they meet again but very different teams compared to the last time they played. Buncey has arguably the most improved team in terms of Roster with JJ Watt and Peyton whilst Sovoth has kept the roster relatively stable since the first season. Sovoth will be looking to bounce back after narrowly avoiding defeat and will be hoping to avoid a similar situation. One thing is sure in this game the Cowboys front will be tough to run on with Watt – Ware – Spencer all waiting to get their hands on some Bush. I’m looking forward to this game and think it will be a 1 score game.
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The season is done! The playoffs are here! Unfortunately for all coaches who made the post-season, everyone knows that if you make the playoffs you are a MASSIVE MINCER and I am not bitter in the slightest!
This issues Quick Hits features a bumper review of all 8 divisions, a rundown of the seasonal awards, and a preview of the wildcard games. Enjoy!
Week 15 is now done and dusted and the playoff race is hotter than ever. This week we have seen a few teams drop out of the running and a few teams seperating themselves from the pack. We will also preview Week 16 action which is sure to have many games of interest.
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Week 15 Results
(aje) 28-34 (Cherries)
These two are both locked in the playoff hunt, the Broncos have all but sealed the AFC West and the #4 seed with this win due to events elsewhere, wheras the Vikings are tied with two other teams at 9-5 in the hunt for what will be the NFC #6 seed due to the dominace of the Rams and Cardinals. Since the retirement of Peyton Manning, Denver has become more of a balaned attack, and found more success with the run in this game, second year pro Montee Ball going over 100 yards and rookie Lennon playing his usual role for low carries but important yards (5 for 30 yards). Adrian Peterson had a typical day with 132 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns and so the place where the Vikings lost this game is with rookie QB Bolanji Olamfortone who threw 3 interceptions and one of which on the final drive ended the game. He has been impressive this season, but will those picks cost his team a playoff place?
(Jabe) 21-20 (Buncey)
Buncey has already won the NFC East and so had no worries about his playoff place here, but is still battling hard to try and make the #2 seed. Jabe will not win his division due to Ultra's brilliance but is in the playoff hunt, and locked in a battle with the Chiefs for the #5 seed and a favourable wildcard matchup. Jabe produced a stunning comeback in this one, having been 17-7 down going into the fourth quarter he managed two touchdowns while keeping the Cowboys to just a field goal to take the game. Ryan Tannehill was outstanding against the Chiefs, and was perfect here with 18/21 passes for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns to 0 interceptions. Neither team had over 100 rushing yards but Daniel Thomas still had a good game with 79 yards from 11 carries. Now then, a Cowboys choke in the fourth quarter late in the season. Surely a late Romo pick on an audibled play was at fault? Nope. He was excellent himself with 17/22 passes for 2 touchdowns and 0 picks. A shoutout must go out to rookie WR Preston Ulm with 128 yards receiving including an 81 yard touchdown, contributing to giving the Dolphins the advantage over the Chiefs in the #5 seed race.
(BTG) 23-21 (Trimmer)
This one was always going to be huge for Trimmer as he looks to get his playoff seeding as high as possible as the winner of the NFC South. He is currently ranked at the #3 seed but is tied with the Lions for #2 and hopes for a good run in from here to get himself there. Cam being away for the first part of the season scuppered his chances of the playoffs but bagged himself a good divisional victory here in the look ahead to next season with bragging rights over Tampa Bay. With the injury to star rookie QB Korie Tucker, second year pro Mike Glennon took signal calling duties for the Bucs and had a good game with 328 yards and 3 touchdowns (135 of these yards and one of the touchdowns went to Kevin Ogletree). Two interceptions plagued him however and may well have cost his team the game. Doug Martin only had one carry in the game before going out and so Mike James was tasked with the Bucs running, getting 103 yards from 11 carries. Drew Bress had over 300 yards himself, with a touchdown and interception. Lance Moore was the over 100 yards for the Saints, getting a touchdown alongside his 109 yards. Trimmer will not be too disheartened by the loss, as Sovoth's Lions also lost meaning the L is not as crucial as it could have been.
- Dan's Rams beat down on Joe's Panthers, 3 Carolina fumbles proving to be a catalyst for St Louis' victory in Charlotte. 352 yards and 4 touchdowns from Rams rookie QB Charles Hough-Jenkins were also impressive.
- Ultra continues his perfect season with CJ Spiller at the helm, however the Chiefs held him to his lowest rushing yards in a while (144) and scored 42 points themselves in this expected loss. While Charles went over 100 yards on the ground, the Kansas City cheese this week came from TE Travis Kelce, who had 7 catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Woods went crazy himself for the Bills in this one, 9 catches for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns. Interestingly no one else had over 25 yards receiving in this game!
- Oirish scored himself an excellent victory over Red's Texans, his Jags prevailing 27-24 in an AFC South win.
- Evo all but ended Kev's playoff challenge, his Titans beating the Colts 35-14, Shonn Greene making a superb 231 yards and 3 touchdowns for Tennessee.
- Atlanta scored a win over Detroit that has brought the NFC seeding a lot tighter, and this promises to be great to watch in the run in. 127 yards and 4 touchdowns for Jacquizz Rodgers were the key here.
- A crazy 130 points were scored in the Raiders - Patriots game with Oakland winning 79-51. Crazily two Pats QB's had over 300 yards each here! Mallet had 347 yards, Tebow 301. Terrelle Pryor fell just short of a perfect rating, making 370 yards and 4 touchdowns himself to 0 picks. He also had 142 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground! #cheese Gio Bernard went over 200 rushing yards (204), Kenbrell Thompkins and Brent Celek over 200 receiving (290 and 202 respectively) and Aaron Dobson went for 188 yards through the air. This one just about beats the games we get between Phil and Steff for sheer ridicoulusness!
- Not even 174 yards from Shady McCoy could save the Eagles from a loss as they fell 41-28 to Mackem's Jets, another mistake free game from Geno handing the Jets the win here.
- And finally, the all-Ohio game between Cincinatti and Cleveland featured two 100 yard receivers, TE Tyler Eifert getting 138 for the Bengals and Josh Gordon 159 for the Browns, both had a touchdown each.
Players Of The Week
AFC Offensive Player Of The Week – Terrelle Pryor QB, Raiders, 19/25 370 YDS 4 TD and 8 CAR 142 YDS 5 TD
AFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Alterraun Verner CB, Broncos, 5 TKL, 2 INT, TD
NFC Offensive Player Of The Week – Charles Hough-Jenkins QB, Rams, 18/23 352 YDS 4 TD 1 INT and 2 CAR 2 YDS TD
NFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Curtis Marsh CB, Cardinals, 1 TKL, 3 INT
Two teams that are seemingly incredibly similar. Wins would be huge for both in wildcard hunts, could also help in divisional races and both love to run the ball. This looks like being another run based game for Matt as well as aje facing a second AFC West rival in as many weeks. The winner could easily come down to who passes the ball better, as it would take a brave man to bet against either HB going over 100 yards on the day.
(CherriesFan, 11-3) @ (JA15, 9-5)
Another game between the AFC West and NFC North, with very similar ramifactions as the above. Denver has an excellent offense that proves very hard to stop with the balance on show as well as a defense containing record breaking sack-artist Von Miller. Chicago also has quite a balanced offense with Matt Forte potentially the key in this crunch tie for Chicago. He will be hoping for a repeat performance of his one against the Chiefs in which he had over 100 yards rushing, as well as a high number of catching yards. It seems a tall order for JA to win this one, but Cherries has recently branded his team 'donkeys' so it will be interesting to see how they respond.
(Buncey, 9-5) @ (Sovoth, 10-4)
This one is huge for both. The Cowboys have their division but are looking to get as good a seed as possible, and a win here could propel them into the #2 seed going into week 17. Sovoth may need a win here to get that #2 seed, as his week 17 game is a tough one against the Saints. Neither team can afford to lose if they want a first round bye, and with Tony Romo on one side of the ball in a December fixture, the game promises nothing but excitement! I see Buncey as sneaking a victory with Romo leading a game winning drive in the final two minutes #boldpredictions
Thanks for reading and sorry about the delay, roll on week 16!
Week 12 has come to a thrilling end and there have been a number of nailbitters this week not to mention an unbeaten has fallen. This week we recap the best of week 12 and preview the upcoming week 13 fixtures.
Week 9 is done and it seems that each division managed to come a little closer with the way the weeks games went. We recap some of the best games, look at who excelled and also preview 3 huge week 10 games including 2 very important divisional games
Week 8 is in the books and the last minute rush to trading is over! Not as exciting as last years manic rush but nontheless Hubble has been seen trying to talk up a trade or two or even three. But thats the Xpress and you wouldn't expect anything less. Also not to mention there were games played this week with some surprise wins and some close games too.
Quick Hits flies back into life at the conclusion of week 7 as Joe and BTG both resume their duties. The first 3rd of the season has flown by in a bit of a blur so far, and the divisions are starting to open up. As usual we have a review of last weeks games, some one liners, power rankings and a preview of Week 8s biggest games
Week 4 was perhaps the most significant yet in Season 2, some coaches were able to gain big ground on division rivals this week, as well as five games being decided by a score or less. Here we will pick out the key matches, coaches and players and assess the implications of these.
Week 3 was explosive in the XPress franchise. We had a game go over 100 points, a team score 66 points, and a game decided in OT. Here we will pick out the biggest games and analyse the implications of them.
Wildcard round is done, its been an eventful 1st week too we have seen 3 divisional winners prevail and whilst 1 wildcard winner was able to win. But now we are set for an exciting set of Divisional Round Games and I believe we may even see an Anglo v Celts Superbowl.
We are only one week away from finding out who is going to the playoffs this week we have seen a number of surprises and the playoff race is hotting up. This week we will highlight the big results from week 16 and will analyse the games that will have playoff implications.
Week 15 is in the bag and we are speeding towards the Playoffs! Pretty much every game has something on the line now as playoff places begin to get clinched and teams try to stay in the race, while others are coasting towards the off-season and a chance to rebuild their teams! So who came out of week 15 on a high, who came out on a low and who just doesn't matter?!