College football has one regular season match-up left on the schedule this weekend, as Army-Navy takes center stage on Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Many involved in the game of football could learn from the sportsmanship, pride, and passion that goes into the yearly rivalry between the two teams.
Both of these service academies have struggled to win football games in 2011. Navy has four victories this season, while Army is 3-8. Each team runs the triple option offense with an eye on ball control to keep the other team off the field. The Black Knights lead the NCAA in rushing but that has not translated to a lot of points. On defense Army has not been able to keep opposing teams out of the end-zone often enough. As for the Midshipmen of Navy, they rank fourth in the nation in rushing and have lost five games this season by a touchdown or less.
The 2011 Heisman Trophy presentation is on Saturday night. The winner may very well come down to conference reputation versus most deserving in the eyes of the voters for the second straight weekend. Robert Griffin III should win the 2011 Heisman Trophy. This blog observed a few weeks ago that there is not a single athlete in college football who has done more with less than “RG3.” The other finalists have had great seasons but Robert Griffin III has made Baylor Bears football relevant.
In week 14 of the NFL season the Atlanta Falcons hit the road to take on the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton has exceeded all expectations in his rookie season, but the 7-5 Falcons must win in order to stay in the hunt for a playoff birth. The Dirty Birds struggled to protect quarterback Matt Ryan in the loss to the Houston Texans last week. If the Falcons can not find a way to keep Ryan upright, the Dirty Birds will be grounded for the winter.
The Packers continue their pursuit of perfection Sunday afternoon as they host the Oakland Raiders. Packer wide receiver Greg Jennings said this week that winning back to back Lombardi trophies is more important than an undefeated season. However, the pressure to go unbeaten will continue to mount in Green Bay as excitement grows for the “Cheeseheads” in Wisconsin.
Picks–this week will feature Army-Navy, the Heisman, and five NFL games.
Army-Navy It is hard not to pull for the underdog this year as Army has not beaten Navy since 2001. Navy has only one more win than the Black Knights, but the Midshipmen were a few missed opportunities away from a much different season. Navy wins, while Army will have to wait at least another year to beat Navy. Navy 31, Army 21
Heisman Trophy predicted above–Once again the winner will be Robert Griffin III.
NFL quick picks
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers– No “Rise up” video this week. The Falcons do not need to rise up. Rather, they need to learn to pass block, so that Matt Ryan has enough time to find one of his talented receivers down field for a big play. Atlanta 31, Carolina 24
Green Bay at home against Oakland– The “Frozen Tundra” at Lambeau will be cold which may mean a little less offense. Packers stay perfect at home behind another great effort by Aaron Rodgers. His receivers are pretty good, too. Green Bay 34, Oakland 20
Chicago at Denver–With each passing week it seems as if Tim Tebow’s luck will run out. Instead, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner continues to find a way to make plays when his Broncos need it. Same story this week as the Tenacious Tebows get another win. Denver 17, Chicago 10
New Orleans at Tennessee– Drew Brees and the Saints have been red hot as they have won four games in a row to get to 9-3 on the year. The Atlanta Falcons could use some help from the Titans to stay in the NFC South race. Unfortunately, the Saints will keep on marching toward a division title. New Orleans 38, Tennessee 28
NY Giants at Dallas–Both of these teams need a win in this critical NFC East contest. Cowboys get the win in big D. Dallas 34, New York 31
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