WEEK #14 NFL BLACK QUARTERBACKS BY THE NUMBERS REPORT 2014
By:-Gary Norris Gray- BASN Staff Reporter
THE HISTORY CONTINUES
This week’s games
New York Jets vs. Minnesota
San Francisco vs. Oakland
Seattle vs. Philadelphia
Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati
Tampa Bay vs. Detroit
New York Football Giants vs. Tennessee
Baltimore vs. Miami
Carolina vs. New Orleans
St. Louis vs. Washington Football Club
Houston vs. Jacksonville
Buffalo vs. Denver
* Black Quarterbacks-
*1) 9-4 Russell Wilson- Seattle Seahawks-
Field General Russell Wilson went back east to Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love and dominated the Eagles in the second half. The Hawks are still in the hunt for the NFC West Title and look like the team of a year ago with three games to go.
Wilson (22-37 for 234 yards and two touchdowns) struggled the first half before he corrected the Hawks flight pattern. He also ran like “The Flash” for a touchdown in the second quarter which turned the tide for the Aqua Birds. Seattle kept the Green Birds off the field by holding the ball for over 41 minutes.
The Seahawks defense slowed down the run and gun offense of Philadelphia in the first half by aggressively attacking the offensive line. The Seattle defense limited the Eagle offense to a season’s low of 139 total yards. The Legion of Doom smothered the Eagle receivers and bumped them off of their routes so Sanchez could not complete his passes.
Seattle win 24-14
*2) 7-6 Colin Kaepernick- San Francisco 49ers-
In The Battle of The Bay “The Niners” did not show up. Now this team has lost two games in a row for the first time under the four year Harbaugh régime.
What is going on with this team? They are breaking down in every department and looking bad doing it. Their team spirit seems to have been broken. The Niners were dominated right from the start of the game.
This team played flat and made too many mistakes. Kaepernick (18-33 for 174 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and three sacks) cannot get this team into rhythm and stride. The first play from scrimmage was an interception and that set the tone for the rest of the game. They have not scored a fourth quarter touchdown and it has hurt the Niner playoff run.
Vernon Davis showed up for the first time in months with some power running after the catch but it was not enough. The Cherry and Gold even tried Frank Gore( 12 carries for 63 yards) in the first half. That worked for awhile until the Black and Silver started plugging the defensive holes.
This loss put San Francisco on the brink of playoffs elimination with a very difficult schedule.
The front office, Head Coach Harbaugh, and Colin Kaepernick are going to have to have a meeting this week or this team could lose six games in a row
Raiders win 24-13
*3) 5-4 Teddy Bridgewater-Minnesota Vikings-
With each passing week there is improvement in this young quarterback. This could be the quarterback of the future in Minneapolis. Bridgewater ( 19-27 309 yards with two touchdowns and one interception) can be seen looking at game films, tape, and photos in between Viking possessions.
Teddy Bridgewater has a respect for the game like The Field General in the Great Northwest, Russell Wilson. Bridgewater is taller and bigger than Wilson so the future is bright for the Minnesota Vikings. I’m going to start calling him “Purple Thunder” because of his arm strength.
The defense helped with an interception by Gerald Hodges for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. This seems to be the theme of the fourteenth weekend of games.
The Vikings win on a screen pass for an 80 yard walk off touchdown by Bridgewater to Wright.
Vikings win in overtime 30-24
*4) 2-2 E.J. Manuel-Buffalo Bills-DID NOT PLAY
*5) 3-8-1 Cam Newton- Carolina Panthers-
The Carolina Panthers woke up at the right time as they traveled to the Big Easy and put a beat down on the New Orleans Saints. It was 17-0 before the fans could warm their seats and it did not get any better for the Black and Gold. Newton looked like the old Cam and ran for his longest gain of the year in the first quarter for 29 yards. He rushed for a total of 83 yards and a touchdown.
A fight broke out when Cam Newton (21-33 for 226 yards and three touchdowns) scored the Panthers second touchdown as Cam flashed his Superman sign. The Saints did not like that and started pushing and shoving which lead to fist swinging on both sides. This incident motivated the Cats to score more and they did with a total of 250 yards in the first half.
The Saints seemed like they were somewhere else making so many mental mistakes with the Panthers capitalizing on most of them.
Monday morning Mr. Newton was involved in a car accident when his truck rolled over a few times.
Carolina wins 41-10
*6) 1-9 Geno Smith- New York Jets-
This game went into overtime as these two teams played even most of the way. Both teams also played a sloppy football game with numerous mistakes. Geno Smith could not get help from the Jet defense in the second half. He did not help himself either with the first play of the day was an interception.
Wide reciever, Percy Harvin (6 receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown) returns to Minnesota and created a big game as he scores a touchdown in the first half and helps the Jets offense. Geno Smith ran for 29 yards to get New York in field goal range with 23 seconds left. Nick Folk ties the game at 24 each with 44 yard field goal.
This was Smith’s (18-21 for 254 yards with one touchdown and one interception) second great game in a row but it was not enough and the Jets lose again. Smith has cut down on his mistakes in the team and plays so much better.
This could be the end of head coach Rex Ryan in New York with 2-11 record.
Vikings win in overtime 30-24
*7) 1-2 Michael Vick- New York Jets- DID NOT PLAY
*8) 0-4 Robert Griffin III- The Washington Football Club-DID NOT PLAY
This team is awful losing to the St. Louis Rams 24-0, gaining only 204 yards. The Younger Gruden kept Griffin out of the game until the fourth quarter.
Griffin went 3-4 for 33 yards and one sack. The fans are not happy and there will be some changes again in Washington D.C. The battle between the head coach, the star Black quarterback, and the owner continues. Somebody will be leaving FedEx Field at the end of this season.
I AM NOT A MASCOT- CHANGE THE NAME- CHANGE THE MASCOT- and maybe the team would start winning.
Also PLEASE DO NOT USE FEDEX until this company stops supporting Dan Snyder and the Washington Football Club’s team name. The corporate name of FedEx should be removed from the stadium.
TOTAL 28-41-1 WEEK 3-2
Black Head Coaches- 4
8-5 Mike Tomlin- Pittsburgh Steelers-
Pittsburgh can be counted on to mess up things. They did just that putting a hurting on the Cincinnati Bengals.
LeVon Bell did just that ringing the Cats bell over and over again. He was the star of this game with had 6 catches for 50 yards with another 185 yards rushing on 26 carries and one touchdown.
Pittsburgh got back into the AFC north division race with an impressive victory in The Jungle.
The New Steel Curtin may still have some issues but linemen Arthur Moots at a critical point of the game recovered a fumble for the Steelers.
Big Ben Roethlisberger (25-39 for 360 yards and three touchdowns) guided his team within a half game of the Bengals. It should be a very interesting end to this season with three games left. The Halloween Cats will come to Pittsburgh the last game of the year. That could be for the AFC North Crown.
Steelers win 42-21
9-4 Mr. Caldwell- Detroit Lions-
People better wake up because the Blue and Silver cats are for real. They have a head coach that has taught them defense through discipline and its working. They are still one game behind the Green Bay Packers.
The Lions are not making the dumb mistakes they made years ago. The Defensive line could be the most feared in the league now. Nobody wants to play in Detroit anymore.
It must be nice to have the best wide receiver in the NFL, Calvin Johnson (8 catches for 158 yards and one touchdown) as he helped his quarterback being a big tall target.
Matthew Stafford (24-36 for 311 yards and three touchdowns) played well and did not go outside his comfort zone and that’s been the key to the Lion victory.
Lions Win 34-17
8-4-1 Marvin Lewis – Cincinnati Bengals-
The Halloween Cats had control of their destiny and they let it slip away. This team has lost two game in a row against division rivals by 21 points or more. The Bengals made too many mistakes to win this game. Quarterback Darren Dalton (21-29 for 302 yards and two touchdown) did not show up with a fumble and interception. Dalton cannot continue this hot and cold streak. He ran for another Cincinnati touchdown when the game was already decided.
A.J. Green was the only bright spot in this game with his 81 yard touchdown catch.
Steelers win 42-21
4-8-1 Ron Rivera- Carolina Panthers-Latin Head Coach-SEE ABOVE
Carolina Wins 41-10
2-11 Lovie Smith- Tampa Bay Buccaneers-
Lovie Smith joins five teams with a 2-11 record the most since 2001. Tampa Bay was officially eliminated from any playoff race. The Bucs are a work in progress and Mr. Smith has this team on the right track. Does it not seem strange that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders were in the Super Bowl in 2002 twelve years ago and both teams have 2-11 record this year with both teams are rebuilding with a young quarterback. It maybe a race to see which team returns to the playoffs again.
The star for the Bucs in this game was wide receiver Mike Evans who got four receptions for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Josh McCown was under siege the whole game in fact McCown has been under siege the whole season. The Tampa Bay Bucs have to find linemen to defend and protect McCown.
Lions win 34-17
TOTAL 31-33-2 WEEK 3-3
Black General Managers-6
9-4 Detroit Lion Martin Mayhew- SEE ABOVE
Lions win 34-17
8-5 Baltimore Raven Ozzie Newsome-
It was a very warm day in Miami, Florida at the start of the game it was 64 degrees and the Ravens kept the Dolphins defense on the field. Miami could be up to their old tricks wearing their white uniforms. It worked because in the fourth quarter the Fish could not stop the Purple Birds.
Quarterback Joe Flacco(25-33 for 269 yards with two touchdowns and one interception) earned his money on this day. Justin Forsett (13 carries for 71 yards and one touchdown) helped his quarterback by running the Dolphins into the ground with an average of six yards per carry.
The Purple Birds are right in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC North division within a half game of the Cincinnati Bengals with three games to play.
Ravens win 28-13
7-6 Buffalo Bill Doug Whaley-
The Buffalo Bills put a scare into the Denver Broncos with a fourth quarter run. The Bills the second half defense shut down Payton Manning. Buffalo did not allow a Manning passing touchdown all day. That scoring streak stops at 51 games.
Quarterback Kyle Orton (38-57 for 355 yards and one touchdown) did all that he could to get the Bills into the game. Orton also rushed for one touchdown with a one yard plunge with 55 seconds left in the game. The Bills were down 21-3 at halftime but Buffalo got off the floor and played smash mouth football the rest of the game. Chris “WHAT-CHA GONNA DO BROTHER” Hogan scores the first Bills touchdown in the fourth quarter. It would continue the whole quarter.
The Denver Broncos escape with a Buffalo failed on side kick. Manning would run the clock out for another AFC West division leading victory.
Denver wins 24-17
7-6 Houston Texan Rick Smith-
The Jacksonville Jaguars put a scare into the Houston Texans with 13-10 halftime lead. Then the Texan defense got busy shutting down the Jag offense
As they struggle to stay in the AFC wildcard race with three games to go.
The NFL All star linemen J. J.Watts does it again with three sacks and countless hurries, Watts should be the MVP defensive player of the year. He has three touchdowns on offense and three more career touchdowns of defense. The Texan defense sacked Bortles four times.
Texans are happy to see quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick back behind center. He completed 13-19 for 135 yards and a rushing touchdown. Adrian Foster helped Fitzpatrick with his 127 yard carries on 24 attempts. Lucky this Houston team is in the AFC not the NFC because they would be on the outside looking in.
Texans win 27-13
4-9 The New York Football Giant Jerry Reese-
This could be the final year for the two-time Super Bowl Champion Coach Tom Coughlin. Big Blue ended their seven game losing streak with an impressive victory over the slumping Tennessee Titians. The Giants ran off 17 points before the game even got started as quarterback Eli Manning and rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham starred in this game. Beckham set a team record for rookies with the fourth straight 100 yard game.
New York finally found their running game with Andre Williams carrying the ball for 131 yards on 24 attempts and one touchdown. This killed the clock and made this game move quickly.
There might be some changes at Met Life Stadium next fall as the G-men begin to move into the future with young Beckham. The Defense did not do their job this year losing games in the fourth quarter, a quarter The New York Giants usually win.
Giants win 36-7
2-11 Oakland Raider Reggie McKenzie-
The Oakland Raiders pull off the biggest upset of the year as they play their cross bay rival the San Francisco 49ers. In the Battle of The Bay it has been a roller coaster ride for the East Bay team. The Black and Silver got beat badly last week in St. Louis 52-0. The week before that the Raiders beat Kansas City, in a close battle at least the victory ended the long 16 game losing streak.
Derek Carr (22-28 for 254 yards and three touchdowns) is the quarterback of the future and with every game he is proving that point. With each game he has cut down on his mistakes. This was the best game of the year giving the Black and Silver three solid scoring drives taking time off the clock. Mychal Rivera helped out with a touchdown and a 109 yard receiving day.
The Old Man of the team, Charles Woodson grabs an interception to seal the deal for the Oakland Raiders in the middle of the fourth quarter.
The Black Hole went home happy Sunday afternoon.
Raiders win 24-13.
TOTAL 36-38 WEEK 5-1
Black Ownership -0- This is a Black Eye in the NFL pun intended.
Black ownership should be addressed by The National Football League.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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