Browsing Posts published in August, 2012

The New York Jets offense – and Jets fans – should have some serious concerns heading into the regular season. The immediate concern is that they wrapped up their preseason on Thursday night with a 28-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and finished winless through four exhibition games. The bigger trepidation is that the Jets offense scored just one touchdown all preseason and none by the first stringers.

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Is this the week that the Bills finally getting on the winning side of things? They’ve lost each of their first three games of the preseason and will finish with a road game in Detroit against the Lions.

It’s gone from bad to worse throughout exhibition play for Buffalo.

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The New Jersey Devils have been one of the more successful teams in the NHL over the last 20 years and after watching Peter DeBoer go to work in his first full season, Devils fans should be content that they are in good hands.

Comparing DeBoer to some of his predecessors, he would surely be filed in the best of the best.

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Week 4 of the NFL preseason presents us with a tantalizing Super Bowl rematch. Forgive us if we’re not as excited to see this contest as we were Super Bowl XLVII. It’s unlikely neither team plays their starters very long in this contest or tries very hard to win it.

The NFL odds makers have posted the NY Giants as a one-point favorite for this game, which is truly a toss-up.

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The New York Yankees have been treading water recently as they have four losses in their last six games. They were 57-34 the last time they finished hosting the Toronto Blue Jays back on July 19th and they are just 17-19 since.

The MLB odds makers in Las Vegas and online haven’t been fazed by the sluggish spell as the Bronx Bombers are still the World Series favorites. Even so, the Yankees would like to get some momentum on their side before the playoffs approach and they’ll have a great opportunity to do that with Toronto in town.

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It’s been an ugly, ugly start for the New York Jets so far in the preseason. For their sake, let’s hope they can sort it out before they open the regular season at home against the improving Buffalo Bills.

First though, the Jets have to take care of two more exhibition matchups, starting with a home date with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers this weekend.

Through the first two weeks, New York’s scored a total of just nine points, losing 17-6 to the Cincinnati Bengals and then 26-3 (at home) against the Giants.

Neither starter Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow have done very well in the preseason so far. The same can be said for the entire offensive unit. Is this what we can expect from the Jets this season?

The Panthers, on the other hand, don’t have any quarterback issues and could be in for a surprisingly good season. They lost their preseason opener (26-13) to Houston but then bounced back with a 23-17 win over Miami last Friday.

Newton was effective in the win over the Dolphins, completing 8-of-11 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. The second-year pro continues to show signs of improvement in the passing game, but obviously has a lot to live up to after what he was able to accomplish as a rookie.

Even though Newton’s performing at a high level, the NY Jets may be the right side with your NFL picks this Sunday.

Rex Ryan has to be itching for a win and you know focus will be at an-all time high as New York tries to build up some positive vibes heading into the regular season. The Jets will be hoping to impress the home fans after disappointing them last week against their city rivals. Can they do it?

The Buffalo Bills offense has struggled through two preseason games and they’re going to want to produce a better showing in their third exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Steelers if they want to gather some momentum before the regular season. As you might recall, the Bills offense nose-dived last season as quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hit a wall after signing his $59 million contract extension and injuries to running back Fred Jackson and numerous wide receivers crippled the team.

So far through preseason action, the Bills have totaled just 20 points with the first-string offense producing just one touchdown. Fitzpatrick and the starters are expected to play into the third quarter against Pittsburgh, so they’ll hope for better results.

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While Moving to New York can be a stressful process, there are ten professional sports teams where you can unwind and then get worked up all over again. The Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders, Devils and Red Bulls compromise the New York metropolitan area sports demographic. 

Currently, the Yankees are in first place of the American League East while the Mets are looking to build towards 2013. Once you are finally settled into your new home, I highly encourage attending either a Yankee or Met game before the season ends. 

While the Yankees are enjoying success, the Giants are preparing to defend their Super Bowl crown.  On Wednesday, September 5th, the Giants will kick off the 2012 NFL season at home against the Dallas Cowboys. On Sunday, September 9th, the Jets will kick off their season at home against the Buffalo Bills. Expectations are extremely high for bothNew York football teams andNew York is a city that loves its football teams.

After a disappointing playoff showing against the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks will look to rebound this season. Led by Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks will attempt to defend their home turf against the Brooklyn Nets.  The Brooklyn Nets spent this off-season retooling their roster, trading for swingman, Joe Johnson and re-signing point guard, Deron Williams.  The Knicks and Nets play their first game in Brooklynon November 1st, a game that New Yorkers will not miss.

Despite winning the Eastern Conference championship, the New Jersey Devils fell short in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Los Angeles Kings.  New Jersey’s best player, Zach Parise, left via free agency, but the Devils still have one of the league’s best teams. After the Devils defeated the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Rangers wasted little time, trading for star wing, Rick Nash. The Rangers will bring back an impressive young core of players and the league’s top goalie, Henrik Lundqvist. Finally, the New York Islanders have a promising young trio led by center, John Tavares. Look for Tavares to take the next step in his maturation this season.

The New York Red Bulls are putting up a strong showing in this season’s MLS. Sitting in second place in the Easterrn Conference with nine games to go in the regular season. The Red Bulls forward act consisting of French legend Thierry Henry andUSinternational Kenny Cooper is one of the most potent in the league and there’s a good chance they’ll move ahead of Sporting Kansas City to finish this season as champions. Five of the Red Bulls’s remaining league fixtures are at home, so there’s still a chance to catch a game before the season reaches its climax.

While moving toNew Yorkcan seem like a stressful process, the city contains ten great professional sports teams. Once you are settled, be sure to check out a game at one of the city’s venues. You will not regret it.

The New Jersey Devils selected Adam Larsson with the fourth pick overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft with the hopes that he’d continue a long lineage of excellent Devils defensemen. So far, he has met expectations.

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The New York Giants are the reigning Super Bowl champions but just because they’re at the top of the food chain doesn’t mean that they have the perfect roster. There’s parity aplenty in the NFL and the Giants have some ironing out to do before the regular season starts.

The defense appears to be a bit ahead of the offense these days as the offense tries to iron some kinks out. They’ll have an opportunity to do exactly that in their third preseason game when the Chicago Bears visit.

Chicago Bears @ New York Giants

The Giants offense returns mostly intact this season but there are a couple of notable changes. For starters, third wide receiver Mario Manningham signed in San Francisco, so the team is looking to fill the slot spot and also running back Brandon Jacobs joined him in the Bay Area, so the Giants need to address their depth on the running back chart.

The running game figures to be the bigger concern as the Giants picked up just 58 yards on 32 carries in the second week of the preseason (1.8 yards per carry). The Giants lost starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw to a wrist injury, which moved D.J. Ware and Andre Brown up the depth chart. Many people would like to see 2012 first-round pick David Wilson join the first-stringers but he’s buried right now as he learns to be a better blocker.

At wide receiver, most experts making their NFL picks didn’t think it would be a big deal for the Giants to lose Manningham but it has created a bit of a hole. With Jake Ballard in New England now and Travis Beckum on the physically unable to perform list, the Giants need to develop some other options besides Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

The receivers competing for the job are veteran Domenik Hixon, who has missed the last two seasons with knee injuries, 2011 third-round pick Jerrel Jernigan, 2009 third-rounder Ramses Barden and this year’s second-round pick rookie Rueben Randle. Manningham made some key plays for the Giants in the playoffs and the team knows they’ll need some of these underachievers or Randle to step up early on in the season.