Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they recap the AFC East Divisional match up as the New York Jets defeat the Miami Dolphins 38-20 & Sweep the fins for the first time in five years & finally beat the Dolphins at home in the last three games.
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After losing their last four in five games the New York Jets finally stepped up to the plate and found their way to defeat the Miami Dolphins for the first time in three home games and sweep the series by a final of 38-20. After a big tirade by rookie head coach Todd Bowles at the Texans, this team needed to step up and have a better game against their most bitter rivals and a season that is forgettable in Dolphins history.
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a fantastic game by throwing for four touchdowns, two towards Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and to Devin Smith for his first NFL Touchdown in his career at the end of the first half. Fitzpatrick accumulated 277 yards by completing 22 out of 37 attempts and was sacked once.
Brandon Marshall accumulated a big 131 yards receiving with nine catch as he was allowed to use his height and jumping ability to make some big grabs with the opening touchdown in the 1st quarter as he continued to beat Brent Grimes all game. A 17yard leaping grab inside the end zone that looked routine and a 3yd grab towards the 4th quarter that continued the route.
How about that play where Marshall burns Grimes for a 45 yard catch and run down the far sideline and made a fantastic spin move to avoid the initial tackle. While Marshall has had his own drop issues, he made up for it with some great plays and two scores. That also included a quick 2yd catch inside the end zone in the 4th quarter.
Chris Ivory had a fantastic start to the season and it looked like he could be on the verge of a 1,000 yard rushing season, but somewhere along the way he wasn't hitting the holes the offensive line was giving him or injuries slowed him up, but as always when he has the ball in his hands he loves to grab extra yards after contact.
When the Jets played the Dolphins in London, England it was a running frenzy for Ivory who ran it over 166 yards with the opening touchdown. The yardage in this game wasn't like it was at Wembley, but Ivory made a fantastic 31 yard run for a touchdown where he broke three tackles and left six defenders in his dust. 21 rushes for 87 yards and he continues to burn the Dolphins with his fantastic runs.
When Devin Smith was drafted from Ohio State he was one of the pieces to Chan Gailey's puzzle to make this offense dynamic and it looked to be that way during training camp, but sadly a few broken ribs and a punctured lung held him back and he was playing catch up as well. While he did drop two big passes last week against the Texans, he made a big contribution with a big 17 yard catch in the end zone and everyone was celebrating the rookie's first NFL Touchdown.
The Dolphins were absolutely pitiful in this game as they had no 3rd down conversions in six tries in the first half & overall were four for fifteen the entire game. Ryan Tannehill was terrible all game long as he completed 33 passes out of 58 attempts and while he did throw three touchdowns, it was after the fact as the Jets destroyed this team from start to finish.
The Dolphins who were playing hurt continued to lose players left and right. Mike Pouncey left the game with a possible right broken foot and injured legs and arms from at least another three to four players that makes this season for Miami even tougher to get through.
But for the Jets they go back above .500 and now have a big game coming against the NY Football Giants as they will be the road team at Met Life Stadium.
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The crowd was ready to have a big 2nd leg match at Red Bull Arena and once again a trip to the MLS Cup Finals was on the line for the Red Bulls as they needed to at least score two to force extra time or get three to win the aggregate. But after ninety minutes of regulation along with four minutes added, they came up short and the Columbus Crew will face the Portland Timbers at Maphre Stadium for the final.
The game plan was simple from Gregg Berhalter and that was to clog the middle of the field and force the Red Bulls to lose the ball or get as many half chances as possible. The Crew were able to get off to a decent start as they forced the Red Bulls into make some sloppy passes, but as the match went on the home side was able to start clicking and find some attacking lanes.
But as the game was getting late you saw the Crew continue to play well with their midfield clogging up the middle of the park and their midfielders helping out the defense when the Red Bulls had the ball. Many times they were allowed to go down the flanks by the Crew, but when there was that chance to get a scoring opportunity, it all went for not.
Solid defense and good goalkeeping by Steve Clark got the Crew into position to start thinking about hosting the Final and while maybe there might have been some doubt creeping into their minds, Anatole Abang who subbed into the match at the 72nd minute for Kemar Lawrence he would be the one to help that doubt creep in as he headed the ball past Clark for the lead in the match.
On the Crew's doorstep as the ball was headed back out by the defense it was Lloyd Sam who headed the ball back towards goal and the tall young Cameroonian found a way to get on the scoreboard as he headed in his first MLS Cup Playoff goal. With a good 90 seconds remaining in second half stoppage time it looked like the Red Bulls were going to do the impossible and once again the game of inches thwarted the home side.
After a long cross came from the far side Bradley Wright-Phillips was in perfect position to head the ball inside the near post to put Red Bull Arena into bedlam and sadly they came up empty. A solid header shot that looked to go in softly found it's way and struck the front of the near post and just cleared away by the Crew at the end line for a corner, but that would be the final chance of the night.
So after winning the second leg by a goal to nil, the Columbus Crew leave Red Bull Arena by an aggregate scoreline of two goals to one. While the Red Bulls were able to prevent an away goal by the visitors, it just wasn't enough for them to force extra time and now they head into the offseason thinking about what could've been if they were able to host the MLS Cup Final on December 6th.
But as this is the last article to be published on the 2015 season some will look at this ending as a failure because the club never got to the final, but I will disagree this time around. This is a new process that started with fan turmoil at a town hall meeting that saw a beloved figure get fired & plenty of distrust.
But seeing what and where the future of the club is going for the very first time is a big positive and with their USL side creating players who are ready for the big time is also showing why their success is going to be higher than before. Two shields in three seasons is nothing to sneeze at and once again it leads to an entrance to the CONCACAF Champions League which will be back next season.
Right now the 300 page book of Ali Curtis is at #290, if this side can reach the final since 2008 and possibly win it, then Page #300 will be celebrated and the party will be epic. But for right now it's time to see what moves this side will make in the offseason to either keep or bring in new pieces for the 2016 season.
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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they preview the next game on the New York Jets as they host their most bitter rivals in the Miami Dolphins at Met Life Stadium.
Joining the guys is the Barbara Walters of Sports in Kavita Channe follow her on twitter @kavitachanne
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After suffering that two goal loss at Maphre Stadium in Columbus the Red Bulls came back to their training facility in Hanover to get ready and prepared for an exciting home match against this same Columbus Crew side where one away goal can end it all for the Red Bulls.
But as we all know the home side will play with no fear as this will be their biggest test to play behind on aggregate like the last time they were behind against the revolution, but they were behind on away goals. But the aggregate claimed the loss for the Red Bulls after Tim Cahill & Peguy Luyindula found ways to convert and climb back into the that match.
But once again this Red Bulls side is ready for a big challenge as they admitted to be disappointed by their performance in the first leg at Columbus. "Obviously it's always tough to get far in MLS in the playoffs, it was tough to get back to this place after what happened last week." Said Dax McCarty, "Obviously we have accomplished most of the goals we set out to this year, but the main goal is to get to MLS Cup and win it so that's still our main goal, that is what the barometer is for success this season. Obviously it's difficult when you have a lot of turnover but since the first day of pre-season when no one thought we would get to this point, the coaching staff did."
One player who took a hard look at the situation the Red Bulls are currently in is Bradley Wright-Phillips. He took it to heart after the first leg performance that it wasn't a good one and he knows what they need to do to right the ship. "The way we play we always get chances. It all depends on each individual on how we play. We conceded the first goal in 10 seconds it's not how we wanted to play and it's unacceptable." Said BWP, "It's not about tactics when the first goal was allowed by us it's about a mentality that wasn't there. It all depends on how they will come to play since they are up at the moment."
We have seen in the regular season two times that the Red Bulls exploded for multiple goals in early in the first half. The three goal explosion on July 1th against the New England Revolution and on the last home game of the regular season they put four past the Philadelphia Union with Mike Grella scoring the fastest goal in MLS regular season history. "We really have to do the same things we have been doing all season at home. We are good at home with some high energy and very good on defense. Do all the thing we have been doing all season." Said Grella, "We don't feel any pressure right now, it's quite the opposite because when we came back home against DC United that was a tricky game. We had the lead and we didn't know if we should've gone for it or now, but it's clear as day in this one. We need to push it from the back to the front and go out there to do a job."
There is a lot on the mind of head coach Jesse Marsch as he knows what this team needs to do to get the result that is need to not just get to the MLS Cup final, but to host the thing as well. "A little bit changes this time around, depends on how the game is being played and how many adjustments we can make, when we played in the US Open Cup against Philly when we want to push the game or when we need to defend it." Said Marsch, "We have been very good at home, we have scored goals at home, very aggressive at home and I expect this game to be on our terms for much of it. Certainly being aggressive without being reckless is important, but we have been fantastic at home all season long."
So it's all come down to this moment on Sunday, November 29th as the New York Red Bulls are heading into a must win situation and if they can prevent an away goal for Columbus and find ways to get multiple goals and lead the aggregate, then the adventure will continue for one more week and hopefully it will be for all the marbles at Red Bull Arena.
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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they recap the latest loss from the New York Jets as they fall in Houston against the Texans by a final score of 24-17
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Well that start of the first leg did not go as planned for the New York Red Bulls. While they did keep their composure and continued to fight throughout the entire match sadly they played behind the eight ball and fell to the Columbus Crew by a final of two goals to nil and lead this series on aggregate.
Just as the match kicked off the Crew found a way to get down the field very quickly and converting on their terms. As the ball was sent deep inside the Red Bulls area, Ethan Finley headed the ball towards Justin Meram and a quick rip just beats Luis Robles to the far post and in eight seconds the Crew had the lead.
It looked like the Red Bulls might survive the night leaving with a one goal deficit, but when Cedrick Mabwati was subbed into the match in the 80th minute; he made some spectacular moves to put himself into a position to score, but instead made a great cross to a wide open Kei Kamara who just tapped it in for the two goal lead and will try to come to Red Bull Arena to finish the job next week.
But while they were down, they were never out and continued to fight to try and get an away goal. Sacha Kljestan three minutes later after Meram’s goal he found a way to get a chance in front of the Crew’s net and ripped a shot that was saved by Steve Clark. Later in the second half a great chance came up again as a long ball was played to Bradley Wright-Phillips.
He saw Kljestan trailed the play and when he got a nice ball, sadly the shot nails the outside of the far post. Luis Robles had some good moments as well to make some big saves, but sadly the Red Bulls for the first time in these playoffs fell behind on aggregate.
The last time a side in the playoffs was down two goals to nil was the San Jose Earthquakes taking on the Kansas City Wizards at Arrowhead as Landon Donovan’s side came back and scored three goals to win the aggregate 3-2. So while some might think it’s not possible, there is evidence that it did happen in the past.
So like last season against the New England Revolution the Red Bulls left the first leg down two goals to one heading to Gillette Stadium to fight back and while it finished at a two all draw, they lost on aggregate 4-3. But this time around Bradley Wright-Phillips will play at home and the second leg will be at sold out Red Bull Arena will be a big advantage for the team that wears Red & White.
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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they Preview the Week 11 match up as the New York Jets travel to Texas to take on the Houston Texans and talk with SB Nation’s Matt Weston of Battle Red Blog
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Last season the Red Bulls were in this same position in the MLS Cup Playoffs. This time around they will be on the road going to Columbus in the first leg instead of hosting it like they did against New England. But as we have seen many times from the Crew, they are not a slouch of a side and they have many dangerous players that can beat you on the dribble as well as setting up many dangerous crosses from anywhere on the field.
This is a side that is completely different than what DC United threw at them in the Conference Semi-Finals a few weeks ago. They tried to be intimidating, muscle you off the ball and when there was a chance to convert on the counter, they would take it and run away playing smash and grab.
But this time around it's going to be about playing football and this side from the capital of the state of Ohio will be active and ready to play against the supporters shield winners.
"They got some great attacking pieces. We know there are some areas that they will try to take advantage of, but from our perspective we need to take care of those guys." Said Luis Robles, "They float to get into space, they aren't ridged in the way they set up. We need to constantly survey the field because at any moment (Federico) Higuain can get to an open space and float a dangerous ball. (Ethan) Finley can get into an open channel and convert a ball, (Justin) Mearam loves to take chances from outside the area & the season that (Kei) Kamara had was very good."
The Red Bulls will have some players carrying yellow cards into this first leg in Columbus and of course the hope or the worry is that if any of them get a second it means missing the second leg at Red Bull Arena the following Sunday, will that be on the minds of the coaching staff heading to Maphre Stadium.
"We haven't talked about it too much, just because what the scenario is and how it was playing against DC." Said Jesse Marsch, "The big challenge especially for our center backs is how to play Kamara you have to be physical and the same time cautious. All four of them are aware (Bradley Wright-Phillips, Sacha Kljestan, Ronald Zubar, Matt Miazga) of the situation.
Especially Bradley Wright-Phillips being reminded about what happened in the first leg of last years Conference Finals against the New England Revolution where he picked up a silly second yellow card and got him suspended for the second leg at Gillette Stadium and didn't know it the situation in the playoffs where accumulation gets you suspended in the playoffs.
"I got to be wise and go into the game on how I can play, but it will be on the back of my mind." Said Bradley Wright-Phillips, "It was very tough (missing that second leg) but I'm going to be wiser about it now, not because I missed the game just it was a stupid card I picked up. It does haunt me, but I'll make sure I don't miss the second leg this time."
And this Red Bulls side who just had a two week break from the playoffs because of the international break, now look refreshed and ready to go. The past three days the training sessions have been hard, but with Captain Dax McCarty knows what this side needs to get to the promise land.
"Feel great physically, we had some tough sessions to regain being match fit after missing this past weekend." Said Dax McCarty, "Today was a good session and now the physical part has been taken care of, now the mental part has to take over. Sometimes the mental preparation is more important than the physical."
And now the time has finally come as the Red Bulls will be making their trip to Columbus, Ohio and take on the Crew on a National Television Broadcast on ESPN. They were in this scenario before last season, but maybe it will be a bit different as the Eastern Conference title is on the line and a big opportunity to host the MLS Cup Final at Red Bull Arena.
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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Michael Cohen as they review the 22-17 loss by the New York Jets as they lose to Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills on Thursday Night Football.
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Listen to Feuerstein’s Fire as Daniel Feuerstein talks to Duane Rollins of the Canadian Soccer News Group, John Jagou covers Liga MX & Mexico’s National Team & Michael Lewis of Big Apple Soccer on the first two games of the Semi-Final round of FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Qualifying previewing Canada, Mexico & the USA[
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When you think about sports betting of any kind we always look at Las Vegas for full blown betting and sports books while Atlantic City only handles the horseracing end of things. But when the technology continues to get better and better as well as the internet to go and place bets then the evolution was Draft Kings and Fan Duel was born and the industry was exploding.
Certain amounts was placed to make a best bet for fantasy sports making a certain person good enough to earn a big pay day and it looked like the future would be big and bright. The NFL Network has their fantasy football show while a Fantasy Sports channel is on your cable boxes or satellite dishes to give you experts picks as well.
The other professional leagues are still being cautious to add their logos with this new form of betting while Major League Soccer dove in feet first to join these companies to help create these new types of games and some have said they rushed in to quickly. But while there has been some grumblings from Vegas that this is not fair, the District Attorney of the state of New York decided to take a look into this argument and on Tuesday, November 10th Mr. Eric Schneiderman has ruled both Fan Duel & Draft Kings are illegal and forced to shut down.
They have been offered a cease-and-desist notices which is a huge blow to these new companies trying to create a new form of as they said are “Games of skill” and they are going by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 which both companies have said that their businesses are legal and fair.
But Mr. Schneiderman has said “the customers are clearly placing bets on events outside of their control of influence, specifically on the real game performance of professional athletes.” So as of right now both companies have been told they can still work in the state of New York, but can’t be allowed to take bets from residences of New York State.
But what we have seen so far is that there are still people who will gamble or find ways to get out of NY State that will place bets in a different state or the surrounding NYC tri-state area. But what will happen if other states that will follow New York’s lead and stop these companies that create this new form of chance as well? If that could be the case, then it’s up to Atlantic City, as well as some of these other smaller casinos in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, upstate & Western NY to start leading the charge.
A good friend of mine named Andrew Smith is an avid gambler in fantasy sports as well as horse racing as he continues to get into pools and other fun stuff to wager on. He has longed for Atlantic City to start opening up sports books and be the Vegas of the east. The amount of people would absolutely flock to their casinos along the boardwalk and inside the Marina, to place their bets and still have these same better head over to the slot machines and the tables if it’s done the right way.
But until that happens Fan Duel & Draft Kings are going to have a major fight on their hands as they will challenge the ruling from NY D.A. Schniederman and maybe bring this case to court or try to find a way to settle it out of court if it’s possible. But the overall discussion in all this is that people are afraid of new things that can be dangerous, or the danger is not real and others are making a big fuss about it.
While I have dabbled into fantasy sports and being a part of a fantasy hockey league, March Madness pools, Super Bowl squares & a suicide football season pool (Which I nearly won, but lost on the last three weeks of the season) I can say for myself and myself only that I would never try these types of betting games like Draft Kings & Fan Duel, because it’s out of my comfort zone.
That doesn’t mean you can try it, but it means that you should know what you are doing and at the same time I think the states as well as the National Government who may or may not be involved in this argument should not get involved and allow the adults to spend their money on how they see fit.