SportsNet - November 2012
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns Preview: Abnormally Old Rookie Brandon Weeden Takes On Abnormally Old Backup Charlie Batch
For the 6-4 Pittsburgh Steelers, the season is quickly unravelling. Injuries in an OT victory over the Kansas City Chiefs and a close loss to the Baltimore Ravens has forced them to turn to their third-string quarterback, the soon-to-be 38 year-old Charlie Batch.
Not only that, the loss to the Ravens has put Baltimore in pole position to win the division, leaving Pittsburgh to battle it out with the likes of the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals for one of the two wildcard spots. Fortunately for the Steelers, outside of those two teams, there does not appear to be too much competition for the two spots.
But that makes this week’s game against division rivals, the Cleveland Browns (2-8) an essential game, especially with a trip away to Baltimore looming next week. But taking care of business this week is likely to come down to two key factors: on offense, the play of Batch and on defence, the Steelers’ ability to stop Browns’ running back, Trent Richardson.
Baltimore Ravens vs. San Diego Chargers Game Preview: Where To Watch, Live Streaming, Betting Odds, And Keys To The Game
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
When: Sunday, November 25, 4:15 ET
On TV: CBS, DirecTV 712
On radio: Sirius 127
Live streaming: NFL Audio Pass
Betting odds: Ravens (-1)
The Baltimore Ravens and the San Diego Chargers meet Sunday in San Diego for the second time in two years, and the similar circumstances of the match-up should have the Ravens on their toes. Last year, the Ravens traveled cross-country with a record of 10-3 to face a 6-7 Chargers team that had only recently snapped a six game losing streak. This year, the 8-2 Ravens hope to avoid the shocking trampling the Chargers dealt them last December.
The Chargers are 4-6 and nationally maligned, but they could notch a much-needed victory against a Ravens team that has performed poorly on the road. The Ravens are coming off of a hard fought rivalry game in Pittsburgh last Sunday night, and the offense has yet to display a road performance worthy of praise.
Key match-up: Philip Rivers vs. Ed Reed
You remember the Bruce Springsteen hit, Glory Days? I imagine if you scoured the front porches of residents across the great state of Alabama, you could find thousands of loyal Tide and Tiger fans who could tell you stories of their favorite Iron Bowl memories. Their eyes would light up and their voice would raise an octave or two as they began telling of the glory days of one of college football's biggest rivalries.
How could they not get excited at the opportunity to brag on their team's greatest Iron Bowl moments? It seems like more often than not when Alabama and Auburn play, it carries major implications for both teams.
So humor me, let us do a little recent reminiscing about some of the glory days from games gone by.
It seems like just yesterday Cam Newton was leading the 2010 Tigers to a thrilling second half comeback win in Tuscaloosa to propel Auburn to an eventual national championship.
And who could forget last year’s Alabama team that needed the win over an 8 win reigning national champion Auburn team to secure their own spot in the SEC title game to play for a shot at a national championship appearance.
Mark Hughes walked out of Loftus Road on Friday, leaving Queens Park Rangers without a manager ahead of their clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday. Talks have begun with ex-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, with the intention of appointing the experienced gaffer as their new boss.
Hughes was given the boot after failing to claim a win since last season. He had been manager at QPR for a mere 11 months, however given the recent run of form and the fans reaction, it left the board with no option but to have a shake-up.
Saturday’s match will be taken by Hughes’ ex-assistants Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki. Phillip Beard (QPR’s chief executive) would not confirm whether or not Redknapp was to be appointed the new manager here, stating that "It's too early to say," and "We're going to work hard to make the right decision for QPR and the fans.
"A difficult decision has been made, now we've got to focus on finding a successor."
For the second consecutive home game versus a division rival, the New York Jets were run out of their own building.
This time they ran themselves out by giving up 35 second quarter points, something Rex Ryan said he had never seen before.
News flash Rex, neither did any of the 70,000 Jets fans that came out on Thanksgiving night trying to will their team to a dramatic playoff run.
It all went down hill after Shonn Greene, knowing he was stuffed on a 4th and 1 tossed the ball forward to push the Patriots back when they recovered.
On the very next play, Tom Brady threw to a wide open Shane Vereen streaking down the sideline for an 83 yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing drive, Mark Sanchez slid into his teammate, Brandon Moore, forcing a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Staten Island native Steve Gregory. On the ensuing kickoff, Joe Mcknight fumbled into the arms of Julian Edelman who returned that back for yet another touchdown.
The crowd, by the end of this utter blowup, were in disbelief. MetLife Stadium had never been so quiet, but that silence didn't last long as the rest of the game included booing and "Tebow" chants.