The Arizona Cardinals live in the Desert Southwest, which makes it entirely appropriate that they need a first-rate gunslinger if they want to get to the next level in the NFL. The memory of the franchise's lone Super Bowl appearance in February of 2009 is becoming much more distant with each passing season. This is an organization that needs to make a statement in 2012, getting back to the playoffs if at all possible.
The whole NFL community knows that this is the Atlanta Falcons' best chance to win the NFC championship since the team's 1998 journey to the Super Bowl, the only time the Dirty Birds have managed to reach professional football's ultimate destination. It's crunch time for an organization that knows how to make the playoffs but has not learned how to win in the month of January in its present incarnation.
It's going to feel a lot like a college environment this season on the west side of the state of Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not made the playoffs in four years, having utterly failed to achieve anything of substance under former coach Raheem Morris, who was fired at the end of the 2011 season. Having flirted with one college coach, Oregon Duck boss Chip Kelly, in the early stages of the offseason...
The Carolina Panthers have their man under center. Now, Cameron Newton has to make the next big progression in his professional career. A franchise can taste a return to postseason glory… but perhaps not this year. There wasn't a whole lot of mystery surrounding the team's marked improvement on offense, a quantum leap from a dreadful 2010 season that drifted into nothingness under quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
At the time, the New Orleans Saints' loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 NFC Divisional Playoff Game seemed like a substantial stomach punch only because of the agonizing way in which the Saints let victory slip through their fingers. New Orleans took a late lead, only to see the 49ers respond with a game-winning touchdown in the dying moments of regulation...
Jon Jones is back on the scene at UFC 145 in what is supposed to his toughest test yet. The only problem is that the odds makers don't think so as he's posted as a massive favorite. To find out why that's the case - and where the money is coming in for UFC 145 - we caught up with Phil Gray, the Line Management Supervisor for Sports Interaction to find the answer's for this weekend's card.
UFC 143 will feature an interim title bout between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz as Georges St. Pierre remains out. We'll also see Josh Koscheck get a shot to move up the ladder as he takes on Mike Pearce, even though he's not all too please with the matchup. We chatted with Phil Gray, the Line Management Supervisor for Sports Interaction to find out some more information about the public/sharp action for this weekend's card: