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The pressure for a postseason push will reach its boiling point around the NFL with the murky playoff picture continuing to clear in Week 14. The Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) took care of business against the Cleveland Browns (4-9) on Thursday Night Football 14-3 in a division collision that sent both starting quarterbacks to head to the sidelines temporarily.  FYI I picked the AFC North get-together before it got underway on our Facebook page in a 27-7 landslide.  Nevertheless, 15 games remain to be played. With this in mind, here’s my latest batch of predictions for Week 14.  And analogous to last week, don’t let this [...] Continue reading →
NFL Week 13 featured more high-stakes marquee matchups, sudden surprises and fantastic finishes as the murky playoff picture continues to clear and the pressure for a postseason push is reaching its boiling point. Please take the uncharacteristic momentous movement in this week's rankings with a grain of salt. Teams placed previously between 8th and 14th in last week's rankings all lost on Sunday. He are my NFL Week 14 Power Rankings with an updated examination on the 2011 NFL playoff picture. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Looking ahead to Week 14 by analyzing the film from Week 13. Cowboys O vs. Cardinals D Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton did a great job of mixing looks and shuffling through various blitz tactics. He was extremely aggressive bringing extra pass-rushers, though twice in the second half, Arizona sacked Tony Romo with just a three-man rush. The Cowboys abandoned their run game even though it had been fairly effective in the first quarter. The thinking behind this was likely that the Cardinals linebackers were aggressively shooting the gaps no matter what, so instead of running into the swarming defense, it made more sense to use play-action or just drop back and try to block it up. The Cowboys felt they could pickup and contain Arizona’s complex blitzes. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
Packers 38, Giants 35 From what was as good a game as professional sports has to offer, we take away not the sterling performance of Aaron Rodgers (just another day at the office: 28 of 46, 369 yards, four touchdowns, one interception…and a game-winning drive) but those of his receivers. The Giants had a good defensive gameplan centered around three-and four-man pass-rushes in front of a mixture of coverages. The idea was to force Rodgers to make decisions from the pocket, as opposed to presnap. Theoretically, the plan worked. In actuality, it didn’t. The Packers simply had too many weapons for the Giants to cover. Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Donald Driver have speed, intelligence and, most importantly, incredible body control. Their adjustments when the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
NFL Week 13 is jam-packed with high-stakes marquee matchups and boiling pressure as the murky playoff picture continues to clear.  Vince Young and the nightmarish Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) head to the Emerald City to kick the action into gear in a battle withTarvaris Jackson and the Seattle Seahawks (4-7) on so-called T.G.I.T. (Thank God It’s Thursday) on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network. Don’t let this week’s slate fool you.  It may look like a crummy ole’ biscuit, but it smells and tastes like a [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Week 12 in the NFL featured a feast of mouth-watering action—arguably the best slate of games of the season to date, starting with the most palatable Thanksgiving Day menu ever in league history. Here are my NFL Week 13 Power Rankings with an updated examination on the 2011 playoff picture. This week’s biggest movers are the Redskins (31st to 26th) and the Raiders and Giants, two teams that swap positions for 8th and 13th.  The Ravens (3rd to 2nd) and 49ers (2nd to 3rd) also exchange places, along with the Bears (7th to 9th) and Patriots (9th to 7th). Ranking the dreadful dozen (worst 12 teams) this week is like trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube and catch football passes simultaneously.  Interestingly enough, each team beat the team ranked just behind them from 22nd to [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Family, food and football.  Thanksgiving combines three of the things we love most in life.  Week 12 in the NFL features a feast of mouth-watering action—arguably the best slate of games of the season to date.  It kicks off with the greatest Turkey Day menu ever, as the unbeaten Green Bay Packers (10-0) battle the Detroit Lions (7-3) in the Motor City, the up-and-coming Miami Dolphins (3-7) take on the Dallas Cowboys (6-4) and theSan Francisco [...] Continue reading →
Thanksgiving couples three of the things I love most in life—family, food and football.  And Week 12 in the NFL presents the most mouth-watering slate of games to date this season. It wouldn't be complete without the Packers (10-0) at the Lions (7-3), emerging Dolphins (3-7) at the Cowboys (6-4) and finally the Harbaugh Bowl between the 49ers (9-1) and the Ravens (7-3) all on Turkey Day. Before I get cracking with my Week 12 predictions, here are my NFL Week 12 Power Rankings. This week's biggest mover is Miami, who ascends nine spots (28th to 19th), while Buffalo drops the furthest, sliding down five places (17th to 22nd).  The Jets (15th to 18th) and Eagles (18th to 15th) also swap positions, along with Raiders (14th to 13th) and Bengals (13th to 14th). I maintain a [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Getting ready for Week 12 by reviewing some of the film from Week 11. Dolphins O vs. Bills D Chalk this victory up to Miami’s defense. Fourteen of Miami’s points came off great field position thanks to turnovers, and another seven were on a blocked punt. This is not to say the Dolphins offense wasn’t commendable. It found the end zone on its first two drives, thanks to a sound run game and a few outside on-target throws downfield by Matt Moore. The offensive line made the difference. Jake Long performed all of his versatile assignments with his usual acumen; left guard Richie Incognito was solid on short-area pulls; center Mike Pouncey did a wonderful job angling his blocks and steering defenders in the run game; right guard Vernon Carey stood out both outside [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
Bears 31, Chargers 20 Vincent Jackson finally got on track after being held to under 50 yards receiving in four of his previous five games. His return to prominence came against the off-coverage of Charles Tillman, the veteran corner coming off perhaps the best game of his stellar nine-year career. San Diego’s makeshift offensive line – which, on the left side, read more like a Polish phonebook than NFL roster, with Brandyn Dombrowski and Scott Mruczkowski starting in place of injured stars Marcus McNeill and Kris Dielman – did not let Julius Peppers and Chicago’s potent four-man rush get anywhere near Philip Rivers. And yet, it was the Bears defense that came away victorious. Rivers’ two late interceptions were a big reason why. (The What’s wrong [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
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