Later today the Washington Redskins go into Cowboys Stadium to renew their intense famous rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys. A win would put them both level at 5-6 going into the home stretch, and both in touching distance of the 6-4 New York Giants who play Green Bay on Sunday night.
Both the teams are coming off wins this past week, although it’s Washington who will be more happy with their rout of the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-6, than the Cowboys who needed overtime to get past the Cleveland Browns, in a come from behind 23-20 victory.
Once again, Dallas have had to rely heavily on the ability of star quarterback Tony Romo to keep plays alive and keep the offense on the field. This has been largely down to the fact that he has no running game to assist him driving the team forward. This may seem a bit harsh on Felix Jones, who has re-emerged as the number one running back over the past month as first choice DeMarco Murray still nurses an injured foot.
As the New York Giants lay idle in Week 11, resting up in a bye week, their division rivals were trying to make ground on them. Once again the NFC East is a division waiting for a team to take hold and dominate. The Giants are going through their annual mid-season slump, the Dallas Cowboys are giving yo-yo’s a bad name with how up and down their progress has been. Over in Washington, the Redskins are reliant on a rookie to carry them through games, meanwhile the Philadelphia Eagles are in such a deep hole that we may not see them surface for a long time.
Last season New York won the division off the back of a end of season winner take all match against Dallas, ended up 9-7, and went on to the big show to produce a near carbon copy of their Superbowl victory over New England in 2008. Of course there is an argument that it was Dallas that lost the division, after only needing to win 1 of the 2 games played against the Giants, played in the final four weeks. Failure to do so meant heartbreak again. The Cowboys know how to sing the blues in the final month of the season.
When the draw for the second round of this year’s FA Cup was made, the media started to rub their hands with excited glee. It was for them, the dream tie they had wished for.
For supporters of AFC Wimbledon it was the worst possible draw. Old wounds that have yet to fully heal have been reopened. This is one time that the club really doesn’t want the spotlight shining brightly upon them.
The very thought of MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon is one that fans cannot stomach.
Immediate thoughts were of a boycott, a complete no show of the supporters to show solidarity against the club that famously stole Wimbledon FC away from their deep roots. This was quickly squashed, after all the fans club would find it hard to control such a boycott. The clubs foundations after all were born out of the fans ideas that they wouldn’t lie down and give up, so it would be a little hypocritical if they say the fans can’t express themselves by attending a game.
When you think of past recipients of the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player, the first names that come into mind are those of quarterbacks. The glory and glamour boys are always the first in line when the awards are handed out at the end of the season.
Only twice in the past 11 years, has the MVP gong been awarded to a non-QB. On those 2 occasions a running back has taken the accolade home.
Many peoples favourite for this years league MVP is Denver Broncos playcaller Peyton Manning, who is having another outstanding season throwing the ball. Even more remarkable if you take in to consideration his serious neck injury, which ended his time with the Indianapolis Colts, and almost ended his career.
If the people that have the final say in choosing the standout player happen to overlook the passers this year, then surely only one other player is deserving this season.
Minnesota Viking’s running back, Adrian Peterson.
The emergence of Doug Martin over the last month has been a remarkable breath of fresh air. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it has also come at a time when the offense was starting to falter. So, now that teams know how explosive this rookie can be, will he be stopped, or can he help the Buccaneers into the playoffs?
Coming out of Boise State, where he had a remarkable time, going close to 3,500 yards on the ground, and capping it with a MVP performance in the 2011 Maaco Bowl. Tampa Bay picked up the top prospect, 31st overall in the 2012 draft. After a decent showing in pre-season Head Coach Greg Sciano had no hesitation naming Martin as starter in the Buccaneers backfield.
In a league now pass orientated, its always going to be hard for a running back to make an impact. Tampa Bay has quarterback Josh Freeman now firmly in control of the offensive reigns, in his fourth season he is still learning the game and can be erratic. Having Doug Martin to hand off to has helped his confidence.