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NFC East beatdown!

Another week, NFL fans, and another round of exciting football. There were two more overtime games this week, after last week’s three–proving parity still rules in the NFL. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos played a three-hour game of hot potato with Josh McCown and the Cleveland Browns, winning an ugly one 26-23. And in Detroit, Matt Stafford and Jay Cutler had themselves a duel. After a back-and-forth thriller, Stafford rolled to his right and launched a mortar shot to Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, putting the Lions in position for a walkoff field goal with only 2:29 left in OT! The final was 37-34, but believe it or not it was even more exciting than that sounds.

Cam Newton’s play is finally matching his celebrations.

Gang Green and the New York Jets continued their rise to prominence, thumping Washington 34-20 as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ran one in from 18 yards out. Andy Dalton led the Cincinnati Bengals to 6-0, with a 34-21 pounding of the injury-riddled Buffalo Bills. Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins clobbered Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans 38-10, while Adrian Peterson‘s off day didn’t stop the Minnesota Vikings from beating the disappointing Kansas City Chiefs 16-10.

In the 4pm round of games, Cam Newton led  the Carolina Panthers on a daring last-minute drive against the Seattle Seahawks, hitting tight end Greg Olsen in the back of the end zone with half a minute left for their first and only lead of the game! Every time you start to wonder if Newton is really legit, he pulls out a game like this. Jimmy Graham is becoming more and more a part of the Seahawks offense, but it wasn’t enough to help them here.

On Monday night, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles squared off for what was supposed to be an NFC East showdown. Instead it was an NFC East beatdown, as the Eagles pounded the Giants 27-7. Eli Manning and the Gmen marched down the field with ease on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead, and they didn’t score for the rest of the night as they were beaten up n every phase of the game. The Giants and Eagles are now tied at 3-3 for the divisional lead, and the playoff race remains wide open.

Who are your favorites in each divisional race? Which undefeated team will be the last one to lose its first game? Is Cam Newtown’s turnaround for real? 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!

May the brackets always bust in your favor,

Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer

Football is coming!

It still feels like the dog days of summer, sports fans, but football season is already upon us! Quarterback controversies are brewing, roster spots are being fought for (literally in some places), and speculation about the 2015 NFL season has already begun.

Deflate & Brady’s fate are the leading story this offseason.

In the Philadelphia Eagles‘ training camp, they just can’t seem to shake controversy. More former players are questioning how coach Chip Kelly manages his personnel, and nobody has any idea how his mad-scientist college program will translate into the NFL. People are still calling the Eagles Oregon-lite, and with the NFC East in flux, the door is open for Chip’s Eagles to make a charge. The problem is the quarterback situation: The Eagles are discussing extending the contract of QB Sam Bradford, and it remains to be seen if he’s a bona-fide NFL signal caller. The other two QBs on the roster are Tim Tebow and the up & down Mark Sanchez. Another thing that might give Eagles fans pause: the past six running backs to carried the ball 390 times in a season failed to rush for 1000 yards the next year. Is DeMarco Murray due for a down year?

In Dallas, they’re scuffling among themselves on the field. This kind of thing happens from time to time, but here’s what’s different: ownership isn’t just tacitly endorsing it, they’re openly promoting it! Cowboys owner and mega-mogul Jerry Jones expressed pleasure at seeing wideout Dez Bryant mix it up with a teammate mid-play. Dez threw a pretty serious looking haymaker, but things never got too ugly. Trying to get out in front of the story (we guess?), the Cowboys posted the scuffle on their own official social media!

Elsewhere around the league, Cleveland Browns ownership says they ‘haven’t given up’ on QB Johnny Manziel despite the fact that he struggled early in camp and some observers thought he looked ill-prepared. For the Tennessee Titans, rookie QB Marcus Mariota reportedly looks ‘sharp’ so far. This seems in line with projections that he’s already ready for the pros.

Out west, the Seattle Seahawks dealt with their own personnel issues, as they haggled for a while with Super Bowl-winning QB Russell Wilson and safety Kam Chancellor continues to hold out.

And the biggest story of the offseason continues to be the Deflategate saga in New England. Quarterback Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension has been upheld–for now–and speculation abounds regarding balance of power, the appeal process, and what the Patriots will do if they lose their leader for a quarter of a season.

What do you think the biggest story of training camp is so far? Will Brady win his appeal, and if not, are the Patriots up a creek? Who will be this year’s biggest breakouts and busts? Hit us up @Brackethead on Twitter and tell us what you think. 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

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Has Chip Kelly gone bonkers?

First, the Eagles traded away their two biggest stars. Then they picked up seemingly anyone who ever had worn an Oregon Ducks jersey. Then they snagged Miles Austin, the high-upside wideout whose periodic disappearances have frustrated real-life fans and fantasy owners alike. And then…

They signed Tim Tebow. A month after signing Mark Sanchez.

Huh?

So has Chip Kelly gone crazy?

There are all kinds of theories as to why this signing happened. For one, the Eagles have struggled in short-yardage situations, despite their sometimes gaudy rushing numbers. There’s also the fact that for the most part, Tebow has a history of winning most of the places he’s suited up as a football player. Detractors point out Tebow’s slow release, trouble reading defenses, and awful history being part of the same depth chart as Sanchez, as evidence of the Eagles’ folly. Meanwhile, Eagles’ head of personnel Ed Marynowitz reports that Tebow has “improved,” as the debate about his signing rages on.

Chip Kelly is a guy who’s always done thing his own way as a coach. Do you think his mad scientist ways have gone too far this offseason, or do you think he’s crazy like a fox? 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

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