Monday, December 17, 2007

Let it snow!

On Sunday, the conditions at Cleveland Browns stadium could be best described as "blizzard like." The Browns and Bills met in a pivotal match up in the AFC playoff race, and the conditions definitely affected the game, vastly limiting the offense of both teams. In the end, the Browns managed to pull out an 8-0 victory, which is a final score not seen in the NFL since the 1920's. All of the points scored came from special teams: Browns kicker Phil Dawson made two field goals, one from 35 yards, and one from 49 yards (which was an unbelievable kick given the conditions), and the other 2 points came from a bad snap by Buffalo's punting unit that went out of the end zone for a safety. The end of the game ended up being very dramatic, because despite having struggled to move the ball all game, the Bills managed to drive the ball down to the Cleveland 10 yard line, and were faced with 4th and 5 with 15 seconds left. The play was a screen pass and the runner was stopped was stopped short of the line to gain, giving the Browns the ball on downs, sealing the victory.
The Browns are now 9-5 and are one game ahead of Tennessee for the last playoff spot in the AFC.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Browns improve to 8-5

For the first time since 2002, the Cleveland Browns will not have a losing season. Sunday's 24-18 win over the Jets gave the Browns their 8th win of the season, making their record 8-5 with 3 games to play. As of right now, the Browns hold the 6th and final playoff spot in the AFC and have a 1 game lead on Buffalo and Tennessee. The Browns remaining schedule consists of the Bills at home, the Bengals in Cincinnati and the 49ers at home. A win over Buffalo would go a long way to helping the Browns make the playoffs, and I think that as long as they win 2 of those last 3 games, they should get in either way.....but we'll have to wait and see.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Ohio State is in the BCS title game

After Ohio State lost to Illinois, it was considered pretty much a sure fact that the Bucks were no longer a national championship contender. The loss dropped OSU to #7 in the BCS, with one game to play. But luckily for OSU, all of the teams ranked ahead of them had more than one game there was a narrow possibility that the Bucks could still make it to the title game. The only problem was, it required first and foremost, a win over Michigan.....and then for at least 5 of the 6 teams ranked above OSU to lose, which didn't seem likely.......but then things started to happen:

Nov 15 - (Thursday) #2 Oregon loses to Arizona.

Nov 17 - #7 OSU beats Michigan 14-3. #4 Oklahoma loses to Texas Tech.

OSU moves to # 5 in the BCS

Nov 24 - #1 LSU loses to Arkansas. #2 Kansas loses to # 4 Missouri.

OSU moves to #3

Dec 1 - #2 West Virginia loses to Pittsburgh. #1 Missouri loses to Oklahoma.

OSU moves to #1

SEC champ LSU moves to #2 and will play the Buckeyes in the BCS National Title game on 1-7-08 in New Orleans, LA.

Ohio State 14 - Michigan 3

OK, so I'm a bit late on this one. Anyway, after losing to Illinois, the Bucks bounced back and defeated arch-rival Michigan 14-3 to claim their 3rd straight Big Ten Conference football title, and 2nd straight outright title. OSU has now beat Michigan 4 straight times and has improved to 6-1 vs UM since the coming of Tressel.