NFL Watch // Snowy Scenery For Memorable NFL Sunday

NFL Watch // Snowy Scenery For Memorable NFL Sunday

NFL Watch // Snowy Scenery For Memorable NFL Sunday

words // Brandon Richard

In May of 2010, the NFL made the bold move of announcing New York/New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium as the location for Super Bowl XLVIII. Under the official tag line of ‘Make Some History,’ the game will be the first ever open-air Super Bowl played in a cold weather region. The current record for low temperature at Super Bowl kickoff is 39 degrees in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans — we’d be lucky to see it that high at MetLife in February.

Week 14 served as a preview of what we may see in two months — frigid temperatures, players shoveling snow and game strategies being completely altered. Snowy conditions don’t exactly make for the best executed football, but it’s certainly enjoyable to watch. Whether it was the barely visible matchup between the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles, another unlikely New England Patriots’ comeback, Matt Prater’s record 64-yard field goal in Denver or Antonio Brown nearly pulling off one of the greatest game-ending plays of all-time, we’ll always remember what went down this past Sunday.

Notable Week 14 results included the Baltimore Ravens keeping themselves in the playoff race with a wild win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings; the Cincinnati Bengals holding steady after topping the Indianapolis Colts by two scores; the Green Bay Packers picking up an important win over the Atlanta Falcons with Aaron Rodgers’ return pending; the New York Jets bouncing back with a 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders; the Kansas City Chiefs blasting the Washington Redskins 45-10 on the road; the Arizona Cardinals eyeing a playoff spot after topping the St. Louis Rams; San Francisco edging by the rival Seattle Seahawks at home; Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints bouncing back with a blowout win over the Carolina Panthers; and the Chicago Bears keeping their hopes alive after topping the Dallas Cowboys 45-28 on Monday night.

Check out some of the football cleats that hit snow-covered fields over the weekend in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Snowy Scenery For Memorable NFL Sunday

Jordan Todman wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Jordan Todman // Nike Alpha Pro

NFL Watch // Snowy Scenery For Memorable NFL Sunday // Vikings vs. Ravens

Minnesota Vikings vs. Baltimore Ravens

Ray Rice wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Ray Rice // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Giovani Bernard wearing Nike Huarache 4

Giovani Bernard // Nike Huarache 4

Eddie Lacy wearing Under Armour Highlight MC Packers

Eddie Lacy // Under Armour Highlight MC

Rob Gronkowski wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4

Rob Gronkowski // Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4

Chris Ivory wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Chris Ivory // Nike Alpha Pro

NFL Watch // Snowy Scenery For Memorable NFL Sunday // Lions vs. Eagles

Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles

LeSean McCoy wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

LeSean McCoy // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

NFL Watch // Snowy Scenery For Memorable NFL Sunday // Dolphins vs. Steelers

Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Lamar Miller wearing Under Armour Nitro Icon Low

Lamar Miller // Under Armour Nitro Icon Low

Tiquan Underwood wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Tiquan Underwood // Air Jordan 12 Cleats

NFL Watch // Snowy Scenery For Memorable NFL Sunday // Kansas City Chiefs vs. Washington Redskins

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Washington Redskins

Jamaal Charles wearing Reebok Zig Blaze

Jamaal Charles // Reebok Zig Blaze

Terrance Knighton wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite

Terrance Knighton // Nike Alpha Talon Elite

John Abraham wearing Nike CJ81 Elite TD

John Abraham // Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Ryan Mathews wearing Under Armour Cam Highlight PE

Ryan Mathews // Under Armour Cam Highlight PE

Michael Crabtree wearing Air Jordan 12 Playoffs

Michael Crabtree // Air Jordan 12 Cleats

Drew Brees wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Drew Brees // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Brandon Marshall wearing Custom Orange Gator Nike Cleats

Brandon Marshall // Custom Orange Gator Nike Cleats

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NFL Watch // Wilson Leads Seahawks’ Rout of Saints

NFL Watch // Wilson Leads Seahawks’ Rout of Saints

NFL Watch // Wilson Leads Seahawks' Rout of Saints

words // Brandon Richard

When trying to single out the best team in the NFL at this point, it would be difficult to overlook the Seattle Seahawks, who made their most impressive statement of the season at home against the New Orleans Saints last night.

In front of a raucous crowd that set a Guinness World Record for noise, the ‘Hawks outplayed the Saints in every way imaginable en route to a surprisingly lopsided 34-7 victory. Quarterback Russell Wilson led the way (and threw his name in the MVP discussion) by completing 22 of his 30 passes for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also was the team’s leading rusher with 47 yards on 8 carries.

Equally as important was Seattle’s vaunted defense, which simply shut down one of today’s most potent offenses. In the first quarter, Cliff Avril strip-sacked Drew Brees, which led to a 33-yard touchdown return by Michael Bennett. Brees passed for just 147 yards, his lowest total of the season.

This Sunday, the Seahawks travel to San Francisco, where they’ll play the 49ers in a marquee game with all kinds of playoff implications.

In other Week 13 games, the Detroit Lions took control of the NFC North after beating the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving; the Denver Broncos put some distance between themselves in the Kansas City Chiefs after a win in Arrowhead; Nick Foles continued his hot streak in an Eagles win over the Cardinals; the Carolina Panthers eased by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their eighth-straight win; Tom Brady and the New England Patriots rallied again in Houston; the San Francisco 49ers slowed down the St. Louis Rams in Michael Crabtree’s return; the Dallas Cowboys edged by the Oakland Raiders to maintain their NFC East lead; the Cincinnati Bengals topped the San Diego Chargers to remain ahead of the pack in the AFC North; and the New York Giants kept their playoff hopes alive with a win in Washington Sunday night.

Take a look at some of the football cleats that hit the field in Week 13 in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Wilson Leads Seahawks' Rout of Saints

Russell Wilson wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Russell Wilson // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Marshawn Lynch wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Marshawn Lynch // Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Reggie Bush wearing Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Reggie Bush // Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Lance Dunbar wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 TD

Lance Dunbar // Nike Alpha Pro TD

Joe Flacco wearing Nike Huarache 4

Joe Flacco // Nike Huarache 4

Rob Gronkowski wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfly

Rob Gronkowski // Nike Zoom Hyperfly

Ace Sanders wearing Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Ace Sanders // Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Darius Heyward-Bey wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

Darius Heyward-Bey // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Greg Jennings wearing Nike Super Speed TD 3/4

Greg Jennings // Nike Super Speed TD

Brian Hartline wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low TD

Brian Hartline // Nike Vapor Pro Low

LeSean McCoy wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

LeSean McCoy // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Steve Smith wearing Under Armour Mercenary 2

Steve Smith // Under Armour Mercenary 2

Matt Ryan wearing Nike Zoom Code Elite Turf

Matt Ryan // Nike Zoom Code Elite Turf

Michael Crabtree wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Michael Crabtree // Air Jordan 12 PE

Rey Maualuga wearing Under Armour Nitro Icon

Rey Maualuga // Under Armour Nitro Icon

Andre Brown wearing Nike Alpha Pro Low

Andre Brown // Nike Alpha Pro Low

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NFL Watch // Round 14 Goes To Brady

NFL Watch // Round 14 Goes To Brady

NFL Watch // Round 14 Goes To Brady

words // Brandon Richard

With all due respect to the Steelers and Ravens, Seahawks and 49ers and Cowboys and Redskins, the NFL’s best rivalry for the decade may very well be Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning. The two best quarterbacks of their era squared off for the 14th time, Brady’s New England Patriots having won 9 of the previous 13.

In the first half, it appeared the night would belong to Peyton and the Denver Broncos. Behind a balanced attack that included a 60-yard Von Miller fumble return for a touchdown, a Knowshon Moreno touchdown run and Jacob Tamme touchdown reception, the Broncos controlled the game 24-0 at halftime. Then things took a drastic turn.

The Patriots stormed back in the third quarter, outscoring Denver 21-0 with Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski touchdown receptions, as well as a 1-yard punch in by Brandon Bolden. New England took the lead early in the fourth when Brady connected with Edelman again and pushed the lead to 31-24 after a Stephen Gostkowski field goal.

Providing more drama in the Brady vs. Manning series, Denver tied the game at 31 with about 3:00 left in regulation after Peyton found Demaryius Thomas for an 11-yard touchdown. After the Patriots failed to score on the next possession, the game went into overtime.

Looking like Denver would get one last shot at a win with about 3:00 to play, Tony Carter muffed a punt, which was recovered by the Patriots at the Denver 13. Gostkowski then nailed a 31-yard field goal to shut the door on another classic chapter of Brady vs. Manning. The series now stands at a pretty lopsided 10-4 in favor of Brady.

In other Week 12 action, the New Orleans Saints maintained control of the NFC South after winning their Thursday night rivalry game over the Atlanta Falcons; the Pittsburgh Steelers resurrected their playoff hopes with a win in Cleveland; Minnesota and Bay played to a tie at Lambeau; the Jacksonville Jaguars picked up their second win of the season in Houston; San Diego handed Kansas City their second-straight loss; Cam Newton sparked a fourth quarter rally in the Panthers’ win over the Dolphins; the Dallas Cowboys kept pace in the NFC East after topping the Giants; and the San Francisco 49ers picked up an important win against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night.

Take a look at some of the football cleats that hit the turf in these games and more in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Round 14 Goes To Brady

Tom Brady wearing Under Armour Football Cleats

Tom Brady – Custom Under Armour Football Cleats

Julian Edelman wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Julian Edelman – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Kenny Stills wearing Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Kenny Stills – Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Kanye West wearing Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly

Jacoby Jones – Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly

Lawrence Timmons wearing adidas adizero 5-Star

Lawrence Timmons – adidas adizero 5-Star

Tiquan Underwood wearing Nike Zoom  Vapor Carbon Fly

Tiquan Underwood – Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly

Adrian Peterson wearing Nike Super Speed 3/4

Adrian Peterson – Nike Super Speed 3/4

Eddie Lacy wearing Under Armour Highlight MC

Eddie Lacy – Under Armour Highlight MC

Maurice Jones-Drew wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Maurice Jones-Drew – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Ryan Mathews wearing Under Armour Cam Highlight MC

Ryan Mathews – Under Armour Cam Highlight MC

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight '14 Grey/Black

Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14

Benny Cunningham wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Benny Cunningham  – Nike Alpha Pro

Andre Roberts wearing Under Armour Nitro Diablo Low

Andre Roberts – Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Kendall Wright wearing adidas adizero 5-Star

Kendall Wright – adidas adizero 5-Star

Dez Bryant wearing Air Jordan 12 XII PE Cleats

Dez Bryant – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Anquan Boldin wearing Nike Super Speed D

Anquan Boldin – Nike Super Speed

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NFL Watch // Newton Super in Statement Win Over Patriots

NFL Watch // Newton Super in Statement Win Over Patriots

NFL Watch // Newton Super in Statement Win Over Patriots

words // Brandon Richard

The Carolina Panthers entered their Monday Night Football matchup with the New England Patriots having won five-straight games. Despite their recent success, many felt that quarterback Cam Newton needed another signature victory to cement himself among the NFL’s elite — and he had the perfect opportunity to pick one up with Tom Brady on the other side of the field.

Newton was every bit as good as the phenom we remember from his rookie season. He completed 19 of his 28 passes for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns. On the ground, he racked up 62 yards on 7 attempts.

Doing what he does, Brady led the Patriots to a field goal drive and a 20-17 lead with about 6:36 left in the fourth. Responding to those who said he needed that signature win, Newton answered with a 13-play touchdown drive from Carolina’s own 17 to retake the lead 24-20. The Patriots marched down the field with less than a minute left, but ultimately fell short in their rally bid due to an extremely controversial no-call on the game’s final play.

Carolina is now 7-3  and travel to Miami to play against the Dolphins Sunday.

There have been a lot of questions about Cam Newton’s footwear this season. Here’s what we know: Newton is wear-testing the new Under Armour Highlight cleat set to release next year. We’re calling it Highlight ’14, but that is not the official name. In some instances, he’s been wearing superhero-inspired make-ups from the ‘Alter Ego’ collection. Much more on Newton’s new cleats as the story develops.

Also in Week 11, the Denver Broncos ended the Kansas City Chiefs’ undefeated start; Josh McCown helped the Chicago Bears even things up in the NFC North; the Cincinnati Bengals won a pivotal division game against the Cleveland Browns; Nick Foles continued to play well as the Philadelphia Eagles topped Washington; the New Orleans Saints edged the San Francisco 49ers 23-20 in a possible playoff preview; with Aaron Rodgers still sidelined, the New  York Giants won their fourth-straight; and Percy Harvin returned to the Seattle Seahawks in a win over his former team.

For a look at some of the football cleats that hit the field in these games and more, check out today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Newton Super in Statement Win Over Patriots

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight '14 Camo

Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 ‘Camo’

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight '14 Low

Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 Low

Steve Smith wearing Under Armour Mercenary

Steve Smith – Under Armour Mercenary

Donald Brown wearing Nike Super Speed TD 3/4

Donald Brown – Nike Super Speed TD 3/4

Marquise Goodwin wearing Nike Alpha Pro TD

Marquise Goodwin – Nike Alpha Pro TD

Josh McCown wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Josh McCown – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Vontaze Burfict wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Vontaze Burfict – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Charles Woodson wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Charles Woodson – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Carson Palmer wearing Nike Zoom Flightposite

Carson Palmer – Nike Zoom Flightposite

LeSean McCoy wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

LeSean McCoy – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Jerricho Cotchery wearing Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Jerricho Cotchery – Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Bobby Rainey wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4

Bobby Rainey-  Nike Alpha Pro TD

Charles Clay wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4

Charles Clay – Nike Alpha Pro TD

Marques Colston wearing Nike Vapor Jet TD

Marques Colston – Nike Vapor Jet TD

Rueben Randle wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low; Hakeem Nicks wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Rueben Randle – Nike Vapor Pro Low
Hakeem Nicks – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Percy Harvin wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low

Percy Harvin – Nike Vapor Pro Low

Montee Ball wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Montee Ball – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

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NFL Watch // Jaguars Claw Their Way to First Win

NFL Watch // Jaguars Claw Their Way to First Win

NFL Watch // Jaguars Claw Their Way to First Win

words // Brandon Richard

Before this past Sunday, it had been nearly a YEAR since Jacksonville Jaguars fans last celebrated a victory. On November 25, 2012, the Jags topped the Tennessee Titans 24-19 and went on to lose their next 13. Fortunately for them, Week 10 landed them in Tennessee, where they took care of the Titans again for their first win of this season.

As you’d expect, the game wasn’t pretty. Chad Henne competed 14 of 23 passes for 180 yards and no touchdowns. Maurice Jones-Drew led the rushing attack with 41 yards. Cecil Shorts topped the receivers group with 42 yards. However, the Jaguars’ defense forced four turnovers, which they converted into 17 points. They also tacked on a safety — two points that ended up being the difference in the game. A late rally attempt was held off and the Jags won 29-27.

Joining the Jaguars in picking up win number one was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who won an ugly Monday nighter against the Miami Dolphins 22-19. With these two results, there are no more winless teams in the NFL this season.

In other Week 10 action, the Seattle Seahawks thrashed the Atlanta Falcons for their best start in franchise history; the Baltimore Ravens held off the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime to stay in the playoff discussion; the Detroit Lions grabbed sole possession of the NFC North lead after topping the Chicago Bears; Philadelphia eased by an Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers team; the St. Louis Rams surprisingly blew out the Indianapolis Colts 38-8; the New York Giants won their third-straight game after beating the Oakland Raiders; Carolina picked up a signature win in San Francisco; Peyton Manning was injured in the Broncos’ 28-20 win over the division rival Chargers; and the New Orleans humbled the Dallas Cowboys 49-17 on Sunday night.

Check out some of the football shoes worn in these games and more in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Jaguars Claw Their Way to First Win

Paul Posluszny wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Paul Posluszny – Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Paul Posluszny wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Will Blackmon – Under Armour Highlight MC

Marshawn Lynch wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4 PE

Marshawn Lynch – Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Robert Griffin IIII wearing adidas RG III Veteran's Day

Robert Griffin III – adidas RGIII ‘Veteran’s Day’

Adrian Peterson wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Adrian Peterson – Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Torrey Smith wearing Under Armour Nitro Icon

Torrey Smith – Under Armour Nitro Icon

Calvin Johnson wearing Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Calvin Johnson – Nike CJ81 Elite TD

DeMeco Ryans wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

DeMeco Ryans – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

Tavon Austin wearing Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2 TD

Tavon Austin – Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2 TD

Andre Brown wearing Nike Alpha Pro Low TD

Andre Brown – Nike Alpha Pro Low TD

Antonio Brown wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4

Antonio Brown – Nike Alpha Pro 3/4

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight '14 Alter Ego

Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 ‘Alter Ego’

Andre Roberts wearing Under Armour Nitro 3 Mid

Andre Roberts – Under Armour Nitro 3 Mid

Demaryius Thomas wearing Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Demaryius Thomas – Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Jimmy Graham wearing adidas Filthy Quick Mid

Jimmy Graham – adidas Filthy Quick Mid

Darrelle Revis wearing Nike Super Speed TD

Darrelle Revis – Nike Super Speed TD

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