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Two NFL undefeateds remain!

The week began with something of a thud on Thursday night, as the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans seemed to feel the effects of a short week and slick conditions. It got interesting down the stretch, but the Titans came up just short on their attempt at a comeback win–with the game ending on Marcus Mariota‘s slip and fall amidst a quickly collapsing pocket. Blake Bortles struggled for the second week in a row, as the Jags had some questionable play calls in the red zone and lousy blocking. Not a pretty picture painted by two of the NFL’s promising young quarterbacks.

Thomas Rawls had a HUGE day for the Seahawks on Sunday.

On Sunday, the first round of games held a few surprises. One thing that wasn’t a surprise was the performance of the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton, who threw for five scores in a 44-16 pounding of Kirk Cousins and the Washington team. In Philadelphia, football fans saw what might have been the biggest surprise of the week. Tampa Bay’s quarterback Jameis Winston went absolutely bonkers on the Eagles’ defense, throwing five touchdowns at the Bucs won 45-17. There was another surprise in Detroit, as Matt Stafford and the Lions beat the Oakland Raiders in the dome. David Carr and the Raiders’ potent offense couldn’t get anything going all day, and the game-winner came on a gutsy touchdown run by Stafford with minutes to go.

Elsewhere in the early round of games, a couple of matchups went right down the the wire. At Soldier Field, Jay Cutler led the Chicago Bears on a last-minute drive against the Denver Broncos defense, that ended with Jeremy Langford running into the end zone with 24 seconds to go. Unfortunately, the Bears had to go for two to tie, and Langford was stuffed at the line. The Broncos hung on, 11-15, as Brock Osweiler was solid in his first start behind center. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons came up short in a last-second drive against the Indianapolis Colts, with Ryan’s last-second Hail Mary being picked off short of the end zone. This was another of the week’s surprises, as the Falcons continued to struggle offensively despite being on their own turf and going against a team missing QB Andrew Luck. And Tony Romo returned to the field for the Dallas Cowboys, leading them on a 24-14 win over the Miami Dolphins and proving how valuable he is to his team. The touchdown pass to wide receiver Dez Bryant was, believe it or not, their 50th touchdown as a duo.

In Baltimore, the Ravens‘ defense forced a Case Keenum fumble with .54 seconds to go…in a tie game, at the St. Louis 41. The Ravens got it to the 30 yard line, and Justin Tucker walked it off with a 47-yard field goal for a 16-13 win! It was good news/bad news for the Ravens, however, as quarterback Joe Flacco was lost for the year with a torn left ACL. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Ravens also lost running back Justin Forsett to a broken right arm. Ouch.

Cam Newton and the Panthers have made it to 10-0.

The late afternoon games were all blowouts. The Green Bay Packers got back on track in Minnesota with a dominant 30-13 win over the Vikings, although Aaron Rodgers and the offense still looked out of sync at times. The Kansas City Chiefs pounded the San Diego Chargers 33-3, and the Seattle Seahawks beat up the San Francisco 49ers 30-13. The Seahawks were led by a breakout performance by Thomas Rawls, who filled in for the injured Marshawn Lynch; Rawls had 255 combined yards from scrimmage, including 209 rushing yards and both a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown. And he’s a backup. Wow.

To cap off Sunday night, Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals faced off against Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals. Believe it or not, this game gave us the first 300-yard passer of the afternoon! It came down to a fantastic finish, as well. The two teams traded scores in the final minutes, with the Bengals kicking a game-tying field goal that looked as if it might force overtime. But Palmer and the Cardinals roared back with an impressive drive, getting to within field goal range with mere seconds left. They were about to take a knee and set up a walkoff field goal, when the Bengals were penalized for simulating the snap count: a penalty of half the distance to the goal! This turned a missable kick into a chip shot, which Chandler Catanzaro nailed. The Bengals have lost two in a row now, and the Cardinals are looking dangerous yet again.

The week ended with a big AFC East showdown between Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and Tyrod Taylor and the Buffalo Bills. It was close until about midway through the third quarter, when the Patriots pulled away for a bit; the Bills had a chance at a last-minute drive to tie the game, but Taylor’s shoulder was injured in the waning minutes and the Patriots’ defense held up just long enough for a 20-13 win.

This week brings an extra day of #FanCrazy NFL action, as three games are lined up for Thanksgiving Day! How long will the Patriots and the Panthers stay undefeated? Will the Bengals get back on track? Will Romo stay healthy and lead Dallas back into contention? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app to Play, Shout and Win!

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Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer

Rookie role reversal

Week two is behind us, NFL fans, and what a strange week it was. It’s hard to say what the top story would be, so let’s go with Sunday night’s primetime showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. The Packers hung on in what was a seesaw battle for a while, powered by a powerful front push by their defensive line–and, of course, the arm of QB Aaron Rodgers. That man is a wizard. He spent the entire evening showcasing his athleticism, elusiveness, laser-accurate arm and thorough control of the offense. He and veteran wideout James Jones continued to show that they haven’t lost their old timing, and electric slot receiver Randall Cobb came back with a solid game. Running back Eddie Lacy left the game early with an ankle injury, which is of course cause for concern in Green Bay. But backup & onetime starter James Starks stepped up admirably, reminding folks of the dual threat he’s been for years.

Jonny Manziel had a very Jonny Manziel-like day.

In another primetime matchup that wasn’t nearly as hyped up, the New York Jets surprised the Indianapolis Colts with a dominant performance to go 2-0 on the season. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ran the offense crisply, and the Colts had no answer for wide receiver Eric Decker in the first half. The Jets’ defense gave quarterback Andrew Luck fits, and future Hall of Fame cornerback Darrelle Revis had himself a day with an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Meanwhile, the NFL’s two premier rookie quarterbacks experienced a bit of role reversal this week. Jameis Winston bounced back from a poor Week 1 performance, managing the Tampa Bay Buccanneers‘ pounding of the New Orleans Saints. He looked much more poised this week, as he threw one touchdown and ran for another. Meanwhile. the Tennessee Titans’ Marcus Mariota struggled for most of his game against the Cleveland Browns. He wound up with 257 passing yards, but was ineffective in the first half and threw two picks on the day. On the other side of the ball, Browns’ QB Jonny Manziel had a very Manziel-like day. He only threw for 172 yards, but he threw for two long, highlight-reel touchdowns to speed merchant Travis Benjamin. On one particularly crazy-looking play, Manziel scrambled around the backfield like a madman, rolling to his weak side about a mile behind the line of scrimmage and launching a cannon blast that Benjamin ran under for a score. It’s hard to say how sustainable his style of play is, but for now, the Browns are 1-1 and there’s buzz around Jonny Football once again.

For the Dallas Cowboys, it was good news/bad news in Philly. They pounded the Eagles, 20-10, but they lost many of their key players in the process. Quarterback Tony Romo suffered a fracture of the same collarbone he broke back in 2010, and has been placed on injured reserve. The Cowboys say it’s non-displaced and he might be back near the catch end of the season, but that’s quite a blow for a team that just lost Dez Bryant to a broken foot and also lost tight end Jason Witten to a laundry list of sprains and strains.

Last but not least, there was an exciting early-season AFC East showdown in Buffalo. The upstart Bills, led by rookie quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Rex Ryan‘s aggressive defense, challenged Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for early control of the division. Brady was stellar yet again,throwing for a whopping 466 yards and three touchdowns. Julian Edelman caught two more scores, Rob Gronkowski added another score along with his 113 receiving yards, and Danny Amendola made a fantastic highlight-reel catch. Taylor struggled early, but led a late-game comeback attempt that showed why he’s the subject of some buzz of his own. He finished with 242 yards, three touchdown passes and three interceptions, and he also ran for 43 yards and another score. He’s athletic and poised, and if he can cut down on the turnovers the Bills might really be on to something.

What do you think will be the big story in Week 3? Which of this year’s exciting crop of rookie QBs will have the biggest impact? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app to Play, Shout and Win!

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What a day on the sports calendar!

Sports fans all over the place are licking their chops for the sports schedule on tap for this Saturday. First, at noon Eastern Time, there’s round three of the 2015 NFL Draft. The big names are already off the board, with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota going first and second as predicted. But the draft is an epic event, and there are still plenty of diamonds in the rough aspiring to be the next Tom Brady or Russell Wilson!

Next, at 12:30ET, there’s game two of the seemingly annual playoff rematch between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. Game one ended in heartbreaking fashion for the blueshirts, with the Caps’ Alexander Ovechkin feeding Joel Ward for a rare hockey buzzer-beater, 1.3 seconds before the game was set to go to overtime! The Rangers lost game one of the Stanley Cup Finals back in 1994, and this year they’re one of the best road teams in the NHL–so they’re not too worried. But they’ll have to bounce back into shape if they want to pull even with the Caps.
Continuing the sports barrage, at 1:35ET the Yankees and Red Sox take the field at Fenway Park to continue their age-old feud. Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays at 660 career dingers, with his first career pinch-hit home run on Friday night at Fenway, and he and the Bronx Bombers will look to stay hot.
Just as all that begins to dies down, later in the afternoon racing fans will get to check out the 141st annual Kentucky Derby at 6:24PM. The Derby is one of the few races that folks who aren’t usually keen on horse racing tune into. It’s a big all-day shindig, rife with sun, side bets and swill.
Think we’re done? Not so fast! At 8PM, sports fans are treated to one of the best phrases in all of sport: GAME SEVEN. The San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers will face off, wrapping up a series that’s been chock full of #FanCrazy excitement! Tim Duncan continues to play like an ageless wonder, as Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan try to usher in a changing of the guard in the NBA.
Last but not least: the big kahuna, widely called the Fight of the Century…Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao! Money Mayweather will try to put a cherry on top of his legacy by staying undefeated against the Pac-Man, long considered one of the biggest threats to his unbeaten run. This one goes on the air at 9PM, but between the preamble and the undercard, you might wanna have some coffee and settle in on the couch.
What are your predictions for the big day? Which way will Game Seven bounce? Will the Rangers get back on track? Will Pac-Man stop the money man’s perfect run? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter, and you can also us #FanCrazy photos and make bold predictions on our Facebook wall. If you really want to show your stuff and win stuff while you support your team, head to www.gofancheer.com and download the app!
May the brackets always bust in your favor,
Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer
#GoFancheer

Week 10 continues to mix things up

The week in college football began with an exciting test for no. 2 Florida State! 25th ranked Louisville went up 21-7 on the Seminoles early, before Jameis Winston led his team back to a 42-31 win. Winston provided one of the plays of the game when he forced a fumble on the defensive back who’d just intercepted him! It was a promising start to Week Ten.
In the top-ten matchup of the week, no. 3 Auburn edged out no. 4 Ole Miss in an absolute thriller! After an outstanding performance, receiver Laquon Treadwell suffered a gruesome ankle injury and lost control of the ball a yard away from a go-ahead score in the final minutes. The Auburn Tigers recovered in the end zone, and hung on to win 35-31.
In West Virginia, two of college football’s aspiring Cinderellas battled as the Mountaineers hosted TCU. The nation’s highest-scoring team needed a walkoff field goal to beat the home team 31-30! Will they continue their climb toward the top five?
Elsewhere in the rankings, no. 10 Notre Dame withstood a serious challenge from under-.500 Navy. In the week’s biggest upset, unranked Florida pounded 11th-ranked Georgia 38-20, and top-ranked Mississippi State needed a last-minute pick in their own end zone to beat unranked Arkansas.
 How will the standings look after this week’s action? Tweet us @BracketHead using the hashtag #FanCrazy and sound off with your predictions. You can also send us fan photos, make bold predictions, and post photos to our Facebook wall. And don’t forget to check in and follow us for a chance to win fun prizes!
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The folks at FanCheer

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