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Decker to the Jets

By Christian Pierre Louis

From the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the Meadowlands of New Jersey.

That is the move free agent WR Eric Decker will make as he and the New York Jets have agreed on a five year deal that is for $36.25 million over five years with $15 million in guarantees.

After being the second option to the more talented Demaryius Thomas in Denver, Decker will take on No. 1 receiver responsibilities in Rex Ryan’s “ground ‘n’ pound” offense.

Whereas Decker had other quality targets such as Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas to draw defenders away in Denver’s record-breaking attack, he’s going to be the center of attention in a passing game led by an inconsistent Geno Smith.

Do not misunderstand what I am saying, this is a major get for the Jets.  Decker, still in his prime at age 27, set career highs in receptions (87) and receiving yards (1,288) last season while reaching double digits in touchdowns for the second consecutive season.

The Jets top two receivers only totaled 979 receiving yards last year and the team was 31st in passing offense. Right now, Decker’s clearly the best receiver on the Jets, who may add another with their first-round pick. Their other experienced receivers are Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and David Nelson. They certainly didn’t put fear in the hearts of defenses.

Eric Decker will open a new chapter in his career by joining the Jets (Via Getty)

Eric Decker will open a new chapter in his career by joining the Jets (Via Getty)

Decker is Denver usually played in one of the outside spots, but the Broncos used him in the slot at times as well. Decker was also used in a punt return role at times in his career.

It will be extremely interesting to see how defenses now adjust to Decker being “the guy” on a team that is weak at the receiver position. He hasn’t been the go-to guy the past two seasons with the Broncos, there was no need for it, as that team had a plethora of options around him.

Not the same case in New York.

He will be the man that the team calls upon when they need a big play down the field and now everyone in the NFL knows it.

Overall, this was a good signing by the Jets, they desperately needed more weapons offensively and they grabbed the best receiver out there. Now, it is time for the organization to put more pieces around Geno Smith and Eric Decker, whether it may be in free agency or the draft, the team still needs more offensive talent to compete with the best in the AFC.

If the Jets can add more pieces to Decker on the offensive side of the ball to compliment that young and tough defense, they could have some real potential to fly high in this upcoming season.

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Christian Pierre-Louis is a journalism major at Seton Hall University. He is a HUGE fan of the, LA Lakers, NY Giants, and NY Yankees. He is also an assistant sports producer at Seton Hall’s radio station WSOU 89.5 FM. You can follow him on twitter at @CPL_78.

UPDATED: Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII

Update 9:55 PM EST

Seattle Seahawks have won the Super Bowl. 43-8 is the final

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Update 9:51 PM EST

2:00 left and the Seahawks basically have it in the bag. Broncos with the ball

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Update 9:30 PM EST

TD Seattle. 43-8 in a blowout.

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Update 9:15 PM EST

36-8 Seahawks as the Broncos finally get on the board.

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Update 9:05 PM EST

36-0 Seahawks.

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Update 8:59 PM EST

Fumble! Seahawks have it. still 29-0 Seahawks

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Update 8:00 PM EST

2nd half begins with Percy Harvin taking it all the way for an 87 yard return TD. 29-0 Seahawks

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Update 7:43 PM EST

INTERCEPTION!!! Manning throws an INT to Malcolm Smith, who takes it the other way. 3:36 to play. 22-0 SEA

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Update 7:27 PM EST

Marshawn Lynch runs it into the endzone. 15-0 SEA with 12:08 to play in the 2nd quarter

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Update 7:12 PM EST

Complete domination. 8-0 Seahawks and now an INT for SEA.

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Update 6:49 PM EST

Seahawks kick a FG. 5-0 Seahawks with 10:00 to play in the 1st quarter

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Update 6:35 PM EST

One play in and the Broncos already are down. A botched snap into the endzone and the Seahawks take a 2-0 lead

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Dabuzzza founder Brett Malamud will be providing live coverage of this year’s Super Bowl. Follow us on Twitter or check on this post for updates. Enjoy the game.

Super Bowl XLLVIII should be a fantastic matchup

Super Bowl XLLVIII should be a fantastic matchup

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Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

Superbowl XLVIII Picks

With the big game finally here, we thought we’d present our picks for Superbowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. From all of us here at Dabuzzza, stay safe and enjoy the game.

Writer

Pick

Brett Malamud

Denver wins this one 27-17. They say defense wins championships, but Manning torched every one of them. In a season that led to Manning’s fifth MVP award, Manning took down some of the league’s top defenses. Take the Kansas City Chiefs for example. In a week 13 matchup in Kansas City, Manning led the Broncos to a win by throwing for 403 yards and five touchdowns. All I’m saying is just because Seattle’s defense is strong doesn’t mean that Peyton Manning cannot be stronger.

Dan Lagnado

I think Denver wins a close game (24-20 or 28-24), but in the end too many offensive weapons even for Seattle. Denver running backs in the passing game will have a big impact plus I think Wes Welker proves his worth.

Josh Halilej

I’ll go with Seattle 23-20. There have been 15 teams to be the top defense in the regular season to go to the Super Bowl and their record is 12-3. Plus, I like Wilson’s leadership and I think Marshawn Lynch will wear down the Broncos’ front seven.

Eric Huberman

Seattle 28-24. Way too many people on Denver -2 in the gambling world. Usually a good tip it will go the other way. The wind will bother Peyton throughout the game. Also believe Lynch has a huge game.

Josh Wicker

Seattle wins 21-17, Wilson has a great game and Lynch has over 100 yards and a touchdown. The weather could lead to the game being won or lost with the run game and I feel that Seattle has the stronger of the two. Manning also has a good game but comes up short on a game winning drive.

Seth Schuster

Seattle will pull out a win, 27-24, in a tight game that comes down to the wire. Russell Wilson, will respond to criticism, by leading the Seahawks on a game winning drive, capped off by a Hauschka field goal as time expires (Shockingly similar to another QB on his quest for the Lombardi Trophy–Tom Brady) This game will come down to the weather, as well as clock management. This game will come down to whichever team possesses the ball last–hard to bet against Peyton with the game on the line.

Nick Vespasiano

Denver wins 24-21. If their run defense can contain Lynch just enough, Wilson won’t be able to take over the game. Seattle’s secondary is good, especially on the edge but Denver (specifically Manning) is all about the intermediate passing game in the seams and slot. If Peyton gets in a rhythm and works Moreno and ball into the game, the Broncos can win.

Sam Iryami

Denver wins 27-23. Richard Sherman and the Seattle defense will not be able to stop the motivated Peyton Manning and his passing game. Peyton will march down the field and get completion after completion to get that Super Bowl win. Also he has Moreno, who is an incredible asset that could give them great yardage. All in all, the Broncos have a much better offense that is just unstoppable. However, Seattle has a great running game with Lynch so it will be a close one. I don’t think Wilson has the potential to own the game and do well. Manning is going to come out strong and win the game.

Matthew Wieselthier

Seattle 25-21. Defense wins championships. This game may have been different had Denver still had LB Von Miller but without him, they clearly have the worse defense and Seattle still is strong on the offensive end. There is a reason that Marshawn Lynch is a top RB and Russell Wilson isn’t in the Super Bowl in his second season for no reason. Peyton Manning may be one of the best QBs of all time, but historically, he is not a great playoff quarterback. The Broncos also haven’t faced a defense near the power of Seattle and the L.O.B. (Legion of Boom). The 12th Man will be celebrating all night on Groundhog’s Day and take their lack of experience straight to a title.

Ben Ozur

Seattle 27-24. Yes the Broncos have the best offense in NFL history, but none of the top five scoring offenses in NFL history have won the Super Bowl (only the 2007 Patriots even made it there). Though Peyton Manning’s offense has set numerous NFL records, their defense is nothing to get excited about. On the other side, you have Seattle with the NFL’s best defense this season. Their offense is nothing to sneeze at, however, as they have many weapons, including Percy Harvin, whom, as Denver will have a hard time planning for the receiver who’s only played in two games this season. I think Denver will dominate early and Seattle will make a comeback. And here’s my bold prediction: this will be the first Super Bowl to go into overtime. Steven Hauschka will kick a field goal in the first drive of OT and Peyton will fail to take his team down the field, as the Seahawks win their first ever Super Bowl.

Peyton’s Legacy

By Christian Pierre-Louis

Almost two years ago, Peyton Manning came to Denver, not knowing how his tale would continue. Now he prepares to take over the Big Apple, one win away from winning that elusive second Lombardi Trophy. When Manning sat out the 2011 season because of a neck injury, he had plenty of time to contemplate life without football. Manning; the No. 1 high school recruit in the nation, the Heisman favorite as a Tennessee senior and No. 1 overall pick in 1998,  was suddenly an underdog for the first time, really ever.

Prior to Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, Manning had received an assault of criticism on whether he would be able to lead the Broncos to a victory over the Patriots. During his career, the rivalry between Manning and the Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, has been the source of many memorable moments in the NFL. However, Manning was able to overcome the harsh skepticism, and lead the Broncos to a 26-16 victory over the New England Patriots.

Peyton Manning hopes to win a second Super Bowl (via SportsPickle)

Peyton Manning hopes to win a second Super Bowl (via SportsPickle)

From the beginning of the game, the Broncos dominated the Patriots in every aspect, and in the end, the best team came out on top. The game started with Manning and the Broncos taking an early lead, and once they had it, there was no looking back. Manning had his way with the New England defense, toying with them at the line of scrimmage and his surgical precision was too much for Bill Belichick’s team to handle. The Broncos as a team controlled the ball for close to 36 minutes, whereas the Patriots only had possession of the ball for 24.

The defense for the Broncos also played exceptionally well, managing to stop the Patriots’ ability to score a touchdown for the first three quarters of the game. It was only in the fourth quarter of the game that a comeback sparked by Brady seemed possible, however, the performance of the Broncos during the first three quarters had separated them so far that lead prevented this from happening. Patriots coach Bill Belichick expressed his disappointment with his statement following the game, “I wish we could’ve done a little better today, especially me.”

Although the game was won by the Broncos as a team, Peyton Manning has received the majority of the attention following the Broncos win. With this win, Manning is looking at his third Super Bowl appearance, and an opportunity for a second Super Bowl victory. In addition, with this win Manning has ensured that his legacy continues into the Super Bowl.  Manning could be the first quarterback to have won a Super Bowl with two different teams if the Broncos win the Super Bowl. Following the game, the Broncos waited patiently to hear the news of whether they would be playing the San Francisco 49ers or the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

So it’s a Seattle-Denver Super Bowl, one full of intrigue and new story lines, seeing that almost every player in the game will be new to the Super Bowl stage. Every player but one. Peyton Manning is back for his third Big One, and the pressure is all on him to cap this underdog chapter in the Book of Manning and silence all his critics once and for all.

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Christian Pierre-Louis is a journalism major at Seton Hall University. He is a HUGE fan of the, LA Lakers, NY Giants, and NY Yankees. He is also an assistant sports producer at Seton Hall’s radio station WSOU 89.5 FM. You can follow him on twitter at @CPL_78.

NFL Predictions Week 11

By Matthew Wieselthier

Sunday:

1:00 PM ET

Jets 24, Bills 13

The Jets are arguably the most surprising team this season.  After being projected as one of the worst, the Jets are in playoff contention, and there is one big reason why.  The “Sons of Anarchy.”  The defensive line for the Jets, comprised of Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, and Sheldon Richardson, has tortured quarterbacks and offensives in general with the pressure they’ve put on QBs.  The offense should also get a lot stronger this week with WR Santonio Holmes and TEs Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow returning from injuries (suspension for Winslow).

Buccaneers 28, Falcons 24

The Buccaneers may have looked bad most of the year, but the past few weeks, they have started to look like a decent team.  The Falcons, on the other hand, are the most disappointing team this season, going from Super Bowl favorites to the favorites for a top 5 draft pick.  The Buccaneers have looked like a good team since Mike Glennon took over at QB.  The one thing they needed was a W.  They got that last Monday versus the Dolphins, and the momentum should continue into this week.

Lions 31, Steelers 16

The Lions have looked very strong the past few weeks.  We can say this over and over again.  Matthew Stafford has looked very strong, a big thanks to WR Calvin Johnson.  The Lions new two-headed rushing attack of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell has been stellar.  If anything goes wrong with the Lions offense against the tough Steelers defense, the terrible Steelers offense should help them out.  There has been no running game from the Steelers and QB Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t looked great either.  The Lions should have ease in taking this game.

Calvin Johnson is active this week and should continue to impress (Via Thoughts of a Jeanius)

Calvin Johnson is active this week and should continue to impress (Via Thoughts of a Jeanius)

Eagles 34, Redskins 31

The Eagles are on a nice hot streak.  Nick Foles has looked great in the past few weeks and so has LeSean McCoy in the running game. Meanwhile, the Redskins are exactly where they were last year.  3-6 last season, the Redskins racked up a 7 game winning streak to win the NFC East title.  The Redskins are once again 3-6 and things are once again looking gloom.  A miracle happens once, not twice, and not this year.

Cardinals 28, Jaguars 14

The Cardinals are another team in the running for most surprising team this season.  Their most surprising player is RB Andre Ellington, who is averaging 7.2 yards per carry, is still sharing time with Rashard Mendenhall, but still taking advantage of his time and showing why he deserves to be seriously considered as a decent RB in the league.  The Jaguars are still one of the worst teams in the NFL despite upsetting the Titans last week.  Don’t expect that fact to change against a tough NFC opponent.

Texans 37, Raiders 17

Isn’t it about time that Case Keenum got his first victory as a starting QB in the NFL?  He has played fantastic since getting the job, holding a 105.1 passer rating and throwing 7 TDs with no interceptions.  The Raiders have their own QB issues.  Starting QB Terrelle Pryor is out with a knee injury, prompting the first start in the career of Matt McGloin.  This is a very interesting matchup of previously undrafted QBs starting against one another.

Bears 23, Ravens 10

The Bears have a nice situation in which they can trust their backup QB when Jay Cutler gets injured.  Josh McCown has been quite successful this year, throwing for a 60% completion percentage and a 103.2 passer rating.  The Ravens still don’t look that great and against a tough Bears defense, that fact shouldn’t change.

Browns 27, Bengals 23

The Browns haven’t played two games against the Bengals in a season since 2002.  That fact may change with the way both teams have been performing recently.  Since putting on an offensive show versus the Jets in Week 8, the Bengals have dropped two straight games against teams they should have dominated (Dolphins and Ravens).  Now they play another division rival and need things to change before their bye week with a struggling Andy Dalton.  The Browns have a chance to shock everyone with a win this week.  They are in second place in the AFC North and have a chance to be one game back after this week.  QB Jason Campbell has been very successful since taking over in the Cleveland QB debacle.

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Chargers 32, Dolphins 17

The Chargers are another team on the rise and surprise this season.  QB Philip Rivers is having a comeback season with 18 TDs to 7 interceptions and a 105.9 passer rating and looking like the Rivers of old back when the Chargers were a regular playoff favorite.  The Dolphins also looked like they were on the rise until they lost to the previously winless Buccaneers on Monday Night, not even showing up in the first half and looking dreadful all night.

Giants 24, Packers 13

The Giants may be the luckiest team in the league at the moment.  After starting off 0-6, the Giants have taken down 3 straight either bad or injury riddled teams.  This week, they get another injured and limping team with the Cheese heads.  The Packers not only lost QB Aaron Rodgers, they lost their backup QB Seneca Wallace to injury last week.  Scott Tolzein is making his first career start and he won’t have the Packers best check down target/tight end Jermichael Finley, who had spinal fusion surgery since being put on the IR, possibly ending his career.  The Giants are getting very lucky.  Don’t expect that to last much longer though.

Seattle 38, Vikings 14

The Seahawks were looking like they were on the decline, playing close games against not great opponents, headlined by having to squeak out an OT win versus the Buccaneers.  They finally came back last week in an absolute destruction of the upsetting Falcons.  Expect that to continue because the Seahawks are a top team with a top defense and a solid offensive attack against a horrible Vikings team who have not much upside.

49ers 27, Saints 25

The 49ers are very strong and arguably still underrated after losing such a tight game against the Panthers last week.  QB Colin Kaepernick is back to being a top QB after a weak start to the season.  The defense is also very strong, as shown last week when they held a strong Panthers offense to only 10 points.  The Saints are very strong too, but tough defenses haven’t had that much trouble in stopping them.  That fact should stay the same this week.

8:30 PM ET

Broncos 20, Chiefs 14

The two top teams in the NFL going against each other on Sunday Night.  What more can anyone ask for?  The Chiefs and their top defense in the NFL are going face to face with the Broncos’ top offense.  The Chiefs are arguably the worst 9-0 team ever, that being that they haven’t played anyone with a winning record.  But at the same time, the Broncos have only played one team with a winning record in their only loss of the season to the Colts.  Peyton Manning is still the best QB in the league and that should propel the Broncos to victory in this AFC West showdown.

Monday:

8:30 PM ET

Panthers 35, Patriots 24

The Panthers are arguably the hottest team in the NFL right now.  They have the 2nd best defense and their offense is just getting better and better.  The Patriots are still the walking wounded on the defensive side and Tom Brady has looked awful this entire season.  Don’t bet against the hot streak.  Carolina should be able to bring home the W in this week ending primetime showdown.

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Matthew Wieselthier is the Sports Director at WPOB 88.5 FM, Plainview.  He is also the PA announcer at all sporting events at POBJFKHS.  You can follow him on twitter at @wieselsports66.

AFC Midseason Recap and Predictions (2 of 4)

By Dan Lagnado

In part one of the midseason recap and predictions, the AFC East was covered.  Now we will move on to the AFC West:

Division winner: Denver Broncos

This prediction may seem controversial given the current standings of the division. The battle for the top spot really is a two horse race at this point. The Broncos and the Chiefs seem poised to battle it out until the end. However, I give the edge to Denver for reasons to be explained later in this article.

The Broncos have far and away the NFL’s best offense: first in points scored, first in total yards per game and first in passing yards per game all thanks to MVP candidate Peyton Manning. This is a team that made the AFC Championship last season and has come back even better, with even more weapons both offensively and defensively. In addition to Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, Manning now has Wes Welker and rookie tight end Julius Thomas. The defense gained Shaun Phillips to help the pass rush along with Von Miller, who recently returned from suspension. This has helped the defense compile 22 sacks on the year. The Broncos currently have a 7-1 record heading into their bye week.

Peyton Manning hopes to walk off as a Super Bowl champion at the end of the season. (Via US Presswire)

Peyton Manning hopes to walk off as a Super Bowl champion at the end of the season. (Via US Presswire)

The Kansas City Chiefs on the other hand boast a very powerful defense. They rank first in the NFL in points allowed, fifth in total yards allowed and fourth in pass yards allowed. They are arguably the biggest surprise team of this season after coming off a two win year. With a new quarterback in Alex Smith and a new coach in Andy Reid, the Chiefs now sit in first place at 8-0. Justin Houston and Tamba Hali have 20 sacks combined along with five forced fumbles. Smith, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe lead the offense. Smith has continued his consistent play from last season with nine touchdown passes and only four interceptions. However, despite the undefeated start, this is a team with some flaws. Their last two games, against disappointing Browns and Texans teams, were won by only a combined six points. Jason Campbell and Case Keenum nearly led their teams to giving KC their first loss. How can we expect them to keep Peyton Manning in check two times in the next four weeks if Campbell and Keenum give this defense trouble? That said, look for KC to easily lock up a Wild Card birth and a potential third matchup with Denver in the postseason.

The San Diego Chargers have comeback from a disappointing season with a very impressive first seven games. Their 4-3 record would be good enough for better than third place in almost all other divisions. Yet, because of the two powerhouses at the top, that’s where they find themselves. Quarterback Phillip Rivers is an early Comeback Player of the Year candidate and has thrown for 15 touchdowns and only five interceptions after a 2012 season that saw him account for 30 total turnovers. Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates have reestablished the connection that they have had for many years and Gates leads the team in receiving yards. The defense, though allowing yards, is still sixth in the NFL in points allowed. If the Chargers continue their strong play, they can find themselves in a position for a Wild Card position as well.

The Oakland Raiders have seen quite a bit of disappointment in the past few seasons. Though they currently sit in last place with a sub-.500 record (3-4), there are many reasons to have high hopes for the future. One of these reasons is Terrelle Pryor. In his first season starting, Pryor has shown that he is capable of being a dual threat quarterback and can lead this team to many wins as he matures. Pryor is supported by a corps of young, fast wide receivers including Denarius Moore and Rod Streater. If the Raiders can manage to get Darren McFadden running in the way that he did last year, look for them to be competitive in the second half of the season, and potentially play spoiler for other teams’ playoff chances.

The AFC West has emerged this season as potentially the best in the AFC. Both the Chiefs and Broncos seem primed for a playoff run, with the chance of being joined by the Chargers. The two upcoming matchups between Kansas City and Denver might prove to be the key to the tight race for first place and San Diego’s consistency will be key for their Wild Card push. It’s important not to count out Oakland as Terrelle Pryor continues to develop as a quarterback who can win with his arm or his legs.