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Analyzing the 10 hottest stories in the NFL right now.   1. Manning slow decision: trickle down effect We expected the most decorated free agent in NFL history to have selected a new team by now. We’re still waiting, and the fate of three franchises – the Titans, Broncos and 49ers – hangs in the air. The longer the wait, the more devastating the failed Manning pursuit will be for two of those franchises – at least in terms of team morale. The Titans risk little by chasing Manning. Having made it clear after the season that they’re entering 2012 with a quarterback competition between Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, the confidence and credibility of their next signal-caller had already been a bit compromised. Pursuing Manning makes [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , ,
TOP 10 FREE AGENT DEFENSIVE LINEMEN Disclaimer: Remember, roughly 90 percent of free agents are only free agents because they’re last team did not want them. FIRST CLASS ELITE none   PRO BOWL CALIBER 1. Mario Williams, DE (last team HOU, 27 years old) Missed the final 11 games last season with a torn pec muscle, which is an injury that is prone to [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
TOP 10 FREE AGENT QUARTERBACKS Disclaimer: Remember, roughly 90 percent of free agents are only free agents because their last team didn’t want them. FIRST CLASS ELITE 1. Peyton Manning (Last team IND, currently 35 years old) See “Weighing Risk and Reward on Peyton Manning” [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
Chargers 26, Raiders 17 We start with this game because it had a domino effect on many of the AFC playoff races. Or, rather, it could have had a domino effect. A Raiders victory would have made the Broncos-Chiefs, Bengals-Ravens and, in retrospect, Titans-Texans games infinitely more significant. Unfortunately, the Black & Silver fell flat, which allowed the Broncos and Bengals to back into the postseason (kudos to the NFL for scheduling these contests at the same time, thus keeping the drama alive for most of the afternoon). Oakland’s secondary – which had been depleted over the last two months so much that Lito Sheppard played nearly every snap – had no answer for Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates. Normally this is where we start speculating about when [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , ,
The 2011 NFL regular season has been one for the books and it’s about to end with a bang in Week 17. There are 16 division collisions and most of them happen to be mouth-watering marquee matchups with postseason ramifications included. Elite contenders and perennial pretenders alike are fighting for their lives for a last-minute playoff push and all-important postseason positioning, while many teams already eliminated are extremely eager to wreck their rivals’ hopes and dreams of reaching the big stage. Happy New Year and I hope you enjoy this week’s action!  Be sure to comment below! Last Week: 10-6 (161-79 Overall) Buffalo (6-9) at New England (12-3) (CBS, 1:00pm [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
The holiday season couples many of the things we covet most in life—family, friends, faith, food and football. Christmas reminds us that miracles can happen and that God is always here to light the way in the darkness. It’s also important to remember that it always feels better to give than to receive. On behalf of everyone at GridironGrit.com and NFLTouchdown.com, we hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas (and Happy Hanukkah) and enjoy a Happy New Year! Week 16 was [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The problem with most of the “Top 10 Stories of the Year” type pieces is they focus around drama and hype. Reading about Ndamukong Suh’s stomping incident or the Jim Schwartz-Jim Harbaugh postgame scuffle or the public’s reaction to Tim Tebow is fun, but it won’t make anyone a smarter football fan. For those of you analysis junkies, here are the top 10 trends and developments that took place between the sidelines in the NFL this season.   10. Tebow and Newton This isn’t about the hype, it’s about the concept of a read-option quarterback thriving at the pro level. Tim Tebow has had enough success to at least open a discussion about the possibility of the college style run system going mainstream in the NFL. There’s been less hoopla surrounding [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
On Christmas Eve day, the thrilling high-stakes NFL Week 16 action kicks into full swing, as elite contenders and perennial pretenders fight for their lives for a last-minute playoff push. Many teams already eliminated from playoff contention with seemingly nothing to play for will be as eager as a cat every time it hears a can opener to play spoiler and crash their opponents’ dreams of reaching the big stage. Without further adieu, here’s my latest batch of predictions. Be sure to enjoy Saturday’s amazing slate of games and let me know your thoughts below! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Last Week: 7-9 (151-73 Overall) Note: Due to time constraints, I picked the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
The Packers went 364 days without a loss, while the Colts were also headed straight for the record books for infamous imperfection.  In the most unlikely circumstances, both streaks came to an end in Week 15. The Tebow train was also stopped when the Patriots popped in for a visit and the Texans struggled in all phases against Carolina without defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Those were just the pinnacle of the surprises and headlines. Philadelphia and Washington also annihilated the two teams from New York by 39 points combined.  Seattle crushed Chicago by more than three touchdowns and Detroit wrapped up its first winning season since '97 in another thrilling comeback over Oakland. The wild and whacky [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Patriots 41, Broncos 23 Miracles don’t work out of order. By rushing for 167 yards and scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter, the Broncos essentially fed their two fish and few loaves of bread as appetizers to the first six guests, leaving the next 4,994 hungry in the fourth quarter. [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , ,
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