Preview of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins Wildcard Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins face up on a wildcard game.  This is a preview of how that game might go.

Before the 2016-2017 regular season began, the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the trendier picks to represent the AFC in Super Bowl 51. With an offense featuring three players among the best at their position, in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell, and wide receiver Antonio Brown, many people felt that in spite of their youth, they had enough firepower to beat any team in the conference.

Over the second half of the season, the Steelers appeared to prove many of those prognosticators correct. After a tough loss to the Dallas Cowboys in mid-November, Pittsburgh won their last seven games of the regular season, en route to an 11-5 record and the AFC North division title.

Miami Dolphins

As the postseason begins, the Steelers appear to have a favorable match-up in the first round, taking on the upstart but injury-ravaged Miami Dolphins team. While the Dolphins also had a strong finish of the regular season, going 9-2 over their last 11 games (after starting the season with a 1-4 record), they managed to do so with some of their most important players ailing on the sideline.

For starters, quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed the last three regular season games after injuring his knee in Miami’s Week 14 win against Arizona. While there was some thought around Tannehill potentially being back in time to start in the playoffs, he hasn’t taken any meaningful repetitions under center since the injury. There’s little chance the Dolphins would start him this week without him having practice for so long, meaning backup quarterback Matt Moore will likely be Miami’s starter this weekend.

Moore will likely be asked to simply manage the offense, and rely on the bevy of young and talented skill position players that the Dolphins have quietly assembled. Running back Jay Ajayi ran for over 200 yards the last time the Dolphins played the Steelers (Week 6 of the 2016 season). Wide receiver Jarvis Landry is one of the most productive pass catchers in the league, having recorded his second straight year 90+ receptions and more than 1100+ yards receiving; as a slot option, he is incredibly difficult to defend.

Over the last six weeks of the regular season, second year receiver DeVante Parker tallied 445 yards receiving and three touchdowns. The former first-round pick presents a size (6’3 and 212lbs) and speed element that’s very difficult to defend. Fellow wide receiver Kenny Stills leads all Dolphins receivers with nine touchdown passes, and could be the beneficiary of a few deep shots from Moore (who does throw a nice deep ball).

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The Steelers defense allowed opposing running backs to run for 15 touchdowns and 4.3 yards per game, both of which were in the bottom half of the league this season. So, if they devote much of its game plan towards ensuring Ajayi doesn’t have another monster day, that will likely open up opportunities downfield for Moore and those receivers.

Miami’s 29th-ranked defense will also be facing a bit of a “pick your poison” scenario. The Dolphins could similarly devise a scheme to stop Bell, who was one of the most productive running backs in the NFL this year. Even after missing the first four games of this season, Bell finished fifth in the NFL with 1,268 rushing yards this year, accumulating 100+ rushing yards in five of the Steelers last six games. But if Miami’s defense sells out to stop the run pulling out every wrinkle they can to help shore up their 30th-ranked rushing defense to stop Bell, that could be at the sacrifice of Roethlisberger putting up an air show. Byron Maxwell, Miami’s top cornerback, hasn’t played since injuring his ankle on December 17th, and asking rookie cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Tony Lippett to stop Antonio Brown doesn’t sound like an optimal game plan.

The Dolphins could potentially make this game interesting, but it’s very hard to see them having the ability to stop the Steelers offense, and put up more points on their own. Those tasks are even more difficult, given the fact that this game will be played in Pittsburgh. The Steelers lost only two games at home this year, and those were to perhaps the two best teams in the NFL (New England and Dallas). They haven’t lost at home game since before Thanksgiving. They score more than 28 points per game at home, and outscore their opponents by 10 points per game in home match-ups.

Preview for Sunday’s game: Look for the Steelers to pick up the win, and advance to Kansas City.

HOW TO STORE A KAYAK

One of the biggest problems many kayakers face at the end of the season is how to store a kayak. Unless you use inflatable kayaks that can easily deflate, having to properly store your kayak (or kayaks) once the chill hits the air is inevitable. Here are some of the best tips for storing your kayaks until it’s time to paddle again.

kayaking-020End of Season Care

Just like a sailboat that needs to be winterized, kayaks should go through an end of season care ritual. There are three main steps in preparing your kayak for storage.

  • Empty/Disassemble the kayak
  • Clean your kayak thoroughly
  • Store your kayak

Disassembling Your Kayak

First you’ll want to disassemble any elements on your kayak that need to be stored separate from the kayaks. If you have electronic equipment for fishing this should also be removed and stored. Items such as a kayak sail or fabric seat cover or cushion should be removed. If storing outside, or even in a garage, fabric items are susceptible to weather and outdoor animals that could ruin these items.

Cleaning Your Kayak

Next you’ll want to clean your kayak properly. Warm soapy water should get most of the grime off your kayak but if you find yourself in muddier waters or fishing you may need to put in a little more elbow grease.

Experts recommend not storing your kayak in the sun, however if you cannot avoid this you should try to protect your kayak as best you can. Apply a protectant on your kayak to ensure the UV rays don’t damage the kayak during the off season. It’s also a good idea to cover the kayak to further protect it from UV rays or any bumps it could receive while in non-use.

As you clean your kayak you’ll also want to survey it for any necessary repairs. It’s a great time to fix these little things to ensure once the weather gets warmer they’ll be no delay in getting your kayak back in the water.

Store Your Kayak

Last it’s time to put your kayak away until your next use. When picking your storage solution you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.

  • Will you be storing it vertically or horizontally? Kayaks made of plastic can experience distortions in the hull if stored directly on the tip of the hull. This is because the weight of the entire kayak will be pushing down on that plastic. Your best storage option is keeping the kayak upside down or on its side. This will minimize warping.
  • Is the storage space easy to access and can you easily take the kayak down? Depending on how long you are storing the kayak you may want an easy to access location. Garage walls can be better spots for temporary storage in season while a ceiling may be better for off season.
  • Is the solution safe? When putting together your storage solutions you’ll want to assess who could potentially be near the kayak. If you are storing it in a place used by small children you’ll want to make sure your storage solution is as secure as possible.

While putting your kayak away for the winter can be a time consuming process, following these steps will ensure you’ll be back in the water as soon as the weather warms up.

 

 

GAME PREVIEW – WASHINGTON VS COLORADO

Huskie – Buffalo Match Up

A pair of Top Ten college football teams will meet in the PAC-12 Championship Game on Friday night, December 2nd. The Washington Huskies will face off against the Colorado Buffaloes with a lot on the line.

Both teams still have a chance to reach the College Football Playoffs where the top four teams will play for a chance to be the National Champions. Washington really just needs to win and they are most likely in since they hold the 4th spot in the rankings. The Buffaloes will need a lot of help from the committee even with a win.

The game is being played on a neutral field at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Levi’s is the home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. The game will be highly viewed since it will be played in prime-time on the Fox network.

Washington was able to clinch the Pac-12 North Division with a convincing 45-17 win over rival Washington State last weekend. Huskies Quarterback Jake Browning led a first-quarter surge that saw the team score 28 points in the first on three Browning touchdown throws. He ended up passing for 292 total yards in the game as the Huskies won the Apple Cup for the fourth straight year.

The Colorado Buffaloes had a tougher time in beating Utah 27-22 to claim the PAC-12 South Division title. The defense forced two key fumbles by Utah which helped the Buffaloes get the win. They survived a late score and onside kick to come out with the win.

So it comes down to the 11-1 Huskies against the 10-2 Buffaloes for the PAC-12 Championship and a possible chance to play for the College Football Championship. Here is a preview of both teams and a game prediction.

Washington Huskies

Third-year Head Coach Chris Petersen has done a tremendous job with this team. Both the offense and defense are strong and rank in the top ten in college football. Led by QB Browning (who has thrown 40 touchdown passes on the season), running back Myles Gaskin and receivers John Ross and Dante Pettis, the four players have accounted for a total of 80 touchdowns in their 12 games. The offense ranks 3rd in the country, averaging 44.8 points per game.

Defensively, the Washington Huskies are also a top ten ranked unit allowing only 17.8 points a game to their opponents.

Colorado Buffaloes

Colorado can put points on the board also averaging 34.8 points per game. Senior Quarterback Sefo Liufau is a threat either running or passing the ball and if the Huskies don’t contain him you can expect a tight game. Other offensive threats come from running back Phillip Lindsay and receivers Shay Fields and Devin Ross.

The Buffaloes have a senior-laden group on defense who are currently ranked 13th in points allowed with a per game average of 18.8 a game. They will need to rely on a big game from that group and pressure on Browning to hold the Huskies down.

Prediction

This will be a great game and one definitely worth watching if you are a fan of college football. I do not expect a defensive battle and that should favor Washington. Other than the loss to USC, Washington has been able to score in bunches and that could be the difference in this one.

Washington by 7 points.

Guide For Watching Utah Jazz NBA TV Live Stream – NBAOnlineStream

The performance of Utah Jazz increased in the last year, so the fans of Utah Jazz hope that it leads to win the season of 2015-2016 and also waiting to see the Utah Jazz for this year. But, the price of cable connection is rising year by year due to increased fans of not only for the Utah Jazz but also for other NBA regular season games.

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So, for some people, it is impossible to watch all NBA league games through a cable connection. But, hereafter fans of NBA games don’t need to worry about paying for cable connection to enjoy the service.

This is because there are so many ways introduced in these days to watch NBA games. This guide explains to you about some of the best ways, so you come to know that how to watch Utah Jazz
NBA Live Stream.

Guide for watching Utah Jazz NBA TV Live Stream:

Nowadays, there are so many ways to get service to watch NBA games with or without a cable connection. So, if you’re not liked to use a cable connection, then you can get online streaming service to watch Utah Jazz game. At such a case, there are options available for you people such as sling TV and NBA league pass.

The sling TV offers cable connection to watch NBA games, but you no need to pay too much of money as like as other cable connection. At the same time, the service provider of sling TV offers a lot of other features in contract and commitments too.

A next option called NBA league pass offers service without cable connection and NBA league pass is an official service provider and provides legal service to enjoy Utah Jazz game. In addition to that, the NBA league pass also comes with a lot of features.

Are there any other ways to watch Utah Jazz? Still, are you expecting more ways? If so, then keep continue your reading and get more options. Below are some of the other options for you to enjoy NBA league pass games.

Watching Utah Jazz using your antenna:

Most of the people don’t believe this option and even don’t know this option too. But, you can watch Utah Jazz for free using your antenna. So, the only thing that you need is HD antenna to watch NBA games. Thus, look for the best antenna available in these days market and pay for it.

With the help of the antenna, you can able to get several channels on over-the-air for free and you no need to have cable connection or internet connection.

Watching Utah Jazz via PlayStation Vue:

Another option to watch Utah Jazz is PlayStation vue and you can get this service if you’re living in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and like more. With this service, you can expect more than 50 channels to enjoy a lot.

Watching Utah Jazz with international league pass:

If you’re looking for international league pass service to watch, then the NBA league pass provides international service too, so get and enjoy this service.

From the above stated options, choose any one to watch Utah Jazz.

Four NFL Teams to Watch

Here we go with another great NFL season. So far here are the teams to watch as we see it.

Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are going to go as far as Carson Palmer’s arm, Tyrann Mathieu’s knee, and the team’s offensive line can take them. Palmer played as well as anyone for the first 13 or 14 weeks of the year — he was neck-and-neck with Brady for NFL MVP at the midway point of the season — and then looked rather pedestrian (perhaps putting it kindly) over the last four-to-six weeks of the season (including the postseason, which included his 235 yard, one touchdown, and four interception stink bomb against Carolina in the NFC Divisional nfl-custom-dog-jerseyPlayoff game). Still, in 16 regular season games last year, he threw for 4,671 yards (a career high for Palmer and fourth among all quarterbacks in the NFL last year), 35 touchdown passes (another career high, and tied for second among all quarterbacks), and only 11 interceptions (his lowest career total in any season where he played in more than 10 games).

But as much as Palmer’s performance began to decline towards the end of the season, his teammates all agree that losing cornerback Tyrann Mathieu — was firmly in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year, alongside JJ Watt and Aaron Donald — might’ve been what really derailed their season. As one of the emotional leaders of the defense (and arguably the group’s best player), losing Mathieu to another torn ACL injury in Week 15 of last years was a devastating and heartbreaking blow to the team. They simply couldn’t replace the energy he brought to the team, and the Cardinals really that knee to heal up, to help Mathieu get back to form.

New England Patriots

For the past seven consecutive seasons, the Patriots have been “the man” to beat in the AFC East, and even with Tom Brady’s four-game suspension to start the season, they’re still the heavy favorites to win the division in 2016.

In the Patriots first four games, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots offense will face the stacked Cardinals secondary, Ndamukong Suh, JJ Watt, and a Rex Ryan defense. Still, it’s not unrealistic to think they could pull out ugly wins over the Dolphins (who’ll still be adjusting to life under Adam Gase) and Buffalo (especially since this game will be in Foxboroughnew-england-patriots-sweatshirts-hoodies-women). After that? Six of their last eight games are against teams that didn’t make the playoffs last year, and the other two are against Seattle (who they’ll also play at Foxborough) and Denver (who will be dramatically different than the Broncos team they played last year).

In typical Patriots fashion, the offense looks largely the same; after all, if you have #12 under center, there isn’t really a need for too much else. The only real changes made around Tom Brady are the acquisition of offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper (who New England received as part of the trade that sent defensive end Chandler Jones to Arizona) and the signing of tight end Martellus Bennett (who gives the Patriots their best #2 tight end since Aaron Hernandez). Point being, outside of Brady’s suspension for the first quarter of the season, the team isn’t much different than the squad that went 12-4 last season and lost in the AFC Championship game.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers enter 2016 as the odds-on favorite to win the division (potentially extending the streak of a different team winning the AFC North to five straight seasons). Even after losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and star running back Le’Veon Bell for a combined 14 games last season, they still finished with a 10-6 record, and pulled off an upset victory over Cincinnati in the Wild Card playoff game. As per their traditional modus operandi, the team eschewed making any significant additions in free agency, and focused on adding young talent through the draft whom they can develop into future starters (thanks to their benchmark organizational stability). Cornerback Artie Burns from the University of Miami (their first round pick) and defensive back Sean Davis out of the University of Maryland (taken with their second round pick) are ultra-athletic guys who will initially provide depth to the much-maligned Steelers secondary, but will groomed into eventual starters.

But as long as this team has Roethlisberger, Bell (whose appeal for his four-game suspension will take place in the second week of August), and sublime receiver Antonio Brown, the offense has the ability to outscore nearly anyone they play. Even with wide receiver Martavis Bryant lost for all of 2016 (he was suspended by the NFL missing his mandated drug tests), the team is optimistic about some of the young, offensive talent they’ve drafted and developed: namely, wide receivers Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates. Both players have had great training camps, and will be heavily relied upon to fill Bryant’s shoes.

Green Bay Packers

Having lost the NFC North throne last year to Minnesota, the Packers spent the offseason trying to get everyone back into the best possible shape, in order to reclaim their division crown.

Aaron Rodgers spent the offseason training harder than ever and cleaning up his diet (going heavily vegan, eating only a little meat but entirely nixing any dairy consumption). He reportedly lost about 13lbs in the offseason, and is at his lowest weight since his rookie year. Rodgers will also get wide receiver Jordy Nelson — his favorite target — back from injury (although he’s starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list as a precautionary measure), while the other young receivers on the roster (Davante Adams and Jeff Janis) are also healthy and have gained more NFL experience. Rodgers should also get more support from his running game, given that Eddie Lacy spending the offseason training with P90X creator Tony Horton, and lost close to 20lbs as well.

On defense, the Packers had a few changes up the middle of their defense, as they try to fix their perennially leaky run defense (ranked 21st last season). Letroy Guion takes over at nose tackle for the retired B.J. Raji, while Sam Barrington and Nate Palmer are penciled in at inside linebacker (allowing Clay Matthews to move back to outside linebacker). The biggest change in the secondary is moving defensive back Damarious Randall into the starting lineup. The coaching staff is absolutely enamored with Randall’s abilities, and has spent the 2016 OTA’s and training camp to date moving him around between nickel cornerback and free safety, trying to turn Randall into their own version of Tyrann Mathieu.

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