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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 → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Eagles O vs. Jet D The Jets game plan was seemingly to keep Michael Vick in the pocket and force him to be a progression passer. Realizing that Vick would have plenty of time against a soft four-man rush, Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg centered their aerial attack around slow-developing crossing patterns, which are extremely tough for a secondary to hold coverage against. Vick did a great job patiently hanging in the pocket and waiting for his receivers to creep open. He threw with good timing, touch and accuracy. A few chunky gains from these plays were all it took for Philly to build and sustain a big lead. The Jets pass-rush was not a factor overall, even when they were trying to attack. Philly’s run game was also not much of a factor (no surprise – the Jets’ [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
As the highly-anticipated action-packed NFL Week 15 slate looms, the doom of the excruciating ho-ho-rrendous offseason inches closer to its inevitable gloom. Pretty soon we’ll all covet a nationally televised less-than-thrilling division battle between the Cleveland Browns andPittsburgh Steelers.  Or at least some of us die-hard all-around enthusiasts will. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean we should distillate on the near future without football.  Rather, we should try to digest the entire feast of NFL games that remain on the schedule from now until the Super Bowl on February 6, 2012 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Week 15 is chock-full of [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
Week 14 in the NFL delivered a feast of high-stakes great escapes and fantastic finishes as the murky playoff picture continues to clear and the pressure for a postseason push is reaching its boiling point. He are my NFL Week 15 Power Rankings with an updated examination on the 2011 NFL playoff picture. Interesting update on the current NFL standings: Six teams have a record of 10-3, 7-6 and 4-9.  There are five teams with a 8-5 record.  Three teams also have a record of 6-7 and 5-8.  Two teams are 2-11 and one team is still winless, while another reamins unblemished. This week's biggest movers are the Giants and Chargers (both climb five spots), Eagles (ascend four places), Buccaneers, Redskins, Panthers and Dolphins (all fall four positions) and the Jaguars (leap from 31st [...] Continue reading →
Broncos 13, Bears 10 (OT) Admittedly, it’s getting harder for us purists to keep pooh-poohing what Tim Tebow and the Broncos are doing. Once again, Denver’s stingy defense carried the day – it was the fourth time in five games that its held opponents to under 14 points – but the fact that Tebow, who completed just 3 of 16 passes in the first three quarters (though four if you count the one to Bears corner Charles Tillman), was 15/20 for 191 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter and overtime, can’t be overlooked. There’s still buzz-killing analysis to offer here: Tebow’s touchdown drive was aided by Chicago’s cautious zone coverages down the stretch; the fourth quarter field goal drive doesn’t happen without Marion Barber’s out-of-bounds [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
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 → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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 → | , , , , , ,
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