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  • Geek's college football top 25-October 31

    It's a five way race for the national championship as we get ready for November. Not much changed in the top 10 but there are several changes to spots 11-25 as a number of teams suffered setbacks last weekend.

  • Packers-Jaguars: First half thoughts

    It's rare when my pre-game three keys plays out but that's what happened in this first half. The Packers gave up two sacks, nearly half of Jacksonville's sack total for the entire season. The second one was most troubling as it led to a Jaguars score at the end of the half.

  • Packers-Jaguars: Three keys

    Up Front The injury issues at wide receiver may not even matter today if Jacksonville can't generate any pass rush. So far this year the Jaguars have registered only five sacks. This is good news for Aaron Rodgers. Assuming he has time it won't matter who is on the field, he should have his way with the Jacksonville secondary.

  • Saturday update-October 27

    Just five weeks remain in the college football season after today and the squeeze is on. Georgia's 17-9 win over Florida temporarily knocks the Gators out of the BCS race and now the Bulldogs control their own destiny for the SEC East title.

  • Big East BCS busters

    Another top 25 team is in action tonight with the unbeaten Louisville Cardinals hosting Cincinnati. The Big East has been on the BCS back burner since South Florida climbed as high as number two in the country midway through the 2007 season. But with Louisville and also unbeaten Rutgers stacking up wins the Big East is no longer the laughingstock it was the last few years.

  • Are the Vikings for real?

    Week Eight begins tonight with an old NFC Central showdown between the 2-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 5-2 Minnesota Vikings. As we near the halfway point of the season it's fair to say the Vikings have been one of the surprise teams of the 2012 season. But are they for real?

  • Geek's college football top 25-October 24

    No changes to the top nine this week however a number of potential BCS challengers suffered a fatal second loss this past weekend. On tap this weekend are a few key matchups including Mississippi State-Alabama, Florida-Georgia and Notre Dame-Oklahoma.

  • Packers-Rams: Early analysis

    Meet the new Aaron Rodgers, same as the old Aaron Rodgers. While #12 may not be able to get back to 2011 form week in and week out he certainly has been impressive these past two weeks. And he has done so with a weak running game and an offensive line that is still a bit spongy. Rodgers has also lit up two of the better secondaries in the NFL.

  • Packers-Rams: First half thoughts

    With the way the first half looked it feels like the Packers should have a bigger lead than four points. Aaron Rodgers continued his crisp play from the Houston game with 165 yards but the Rams have been able to disrupt the rhythm a bit thanks to three sacks. St. Louis has a couple of guys up front that can get to the quarterback and other than the touchdown drive the Rams have done enough to keep this one from getting away from them.

  • Packers-Rams: Three keys

    St Louis Secondary The Rams overhauled their secondary in the offseason and it has paid off already. The St. Louis pass defense is fifth in the league in yards per game and they've ripped off eight interceptions. Sure Aaron Rodgers had his way with a tough Houston secondary last week but he may not be able to put up the same numbers. Of course the real question is can the Packers start stacking up good performances every week. This matchup provides a challenge.

  • West coast bias

    I don't think Art Alexakis had football in mind when he once said "dreaming of the west coast" but the focus is out west tonight with a pair of games that will shape not just the tone of the weekend but the rest of the season as well.

  • Geek's college football top 25-October 17

    We're at the halfway point of the season and the unbeatens are dropping off like flies. The SEC East gets less cloudy after this weekend's Florida-South Carolina game, LSU-Texas A&M meet in an elimination game and rivalries like Alabama-Tennessee, Florida State-Miami and Minnesota-Wisconsin will begin to fill the landscape for the rest of the year.

  • Packers-Texans: Early analysis

    Well, that's why they play the game. It was a classic back-against-the-wall, everyone digs in, character building kind of a game. Winning on the road in the NFL is always tough. Winning on the road against a team that looked like the best in the NFL is about as good as it gets.

  • Packers-Texans: First half thoughts

    Another solid first half for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers looked like he was much more in synch with his wide receivers against a very good Houston secondary. Once again, keeping Rodgers upright and giving him time to extend plays is so important.

  • Packers-Texans: Three Keys

    Power Watt-age The Packers offense is like night and day when looking at pass protection. Going back to the Seattle game the Packers scored a combined 61 points in an 8 quarter stretch from the 2nd half of the Seahawks game to the 1st half of the Colts game. In those 8 quarters Aaron Rodgers was not sacked. But in the first half versus Seattle and the second half against Indy the Packers scored just six points while Rodgers was sacked 13 times. So Houston defensive end J.J. Watt will be in focus here as he is second in the NFL in sacks. The Packers must find a way to keep him away from Rodgers.

  • Big, huge Thursday night

    Tonight is what we like to call a Dinty Moore night. Grab yourself a can of stew, a few cold ones and be prepared for a vintage night of sports watching.

  • Geek's college football top 25

    Another shakeout Saturday looms with South Carolina-LSU, Stanford-Notre Dame and the Red River Rivalry highlighting the schedule. Good news for SEC haters: with LSU's loss it appears that there won't be another all-SEC national championship game. With the first BCS standings coming out on Sunday the elimination process begins this weekend.

  • The Ryan Index

    If you follow along you should not be surprised at the 5-0 start by the Atlanta Falcons. As I've said over and over the team that scores the first touchdown on the first Sunday of the season is in for good things. Maybe it's just coincidence but it sure is working for Atlanta. With a more aggressive approach offensively the Falcons are sixth in scoring offense. Here's a look at what Matt Ryan and Julio Jones have done through five games:

  • Packers-Colts: Early analysis

    Everything the Packers did right in the first half completely disappeared in the second half. The toughest part of this loss was that it wasn't one thing that broke down, it was several things that broke down.

  • Packers-Colts: First half observations

    Another half of solid pass protection means another half of solid offense. The Packers offensive line neutralized linebackers Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, giving Aaron Rodgers time to pick apart a depleted Colts secondary. The thinking is if Rodgers has that kind of time to throw, he should have a field day.

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