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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 → | , , , , ,
The Tim Tebow Show kicks off an action-packed slate of games in NFL Week 11, as the Denver Broncos (4-5) host Mark Sanchez and theNew York Jets (5-4) on so-called T.G.I.T. (Thank God It’s Thursday) on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network. Immeasurable playoff ramifications will be put on the line all around the league. This is the last stanza of byes, which includes the three 7-3 teams (Saints, Texans and Steelers) and winless Colts.  Let’s get things started with the season’s last pre-Thanksgiving football feast! [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Getting ready for Week 11 by breaking down some of the film from Week 10. Bears O vs. Lions D Twenty one of Chicago’s 37 points were scored by defense or special teams. Even when the offense scored, it benefitted from favorable field position. Aside from giving up one long run to Matt Forte, the Lions did a good job at bogging down against the run. The speed of their linebackers defeated the slow-developing pull blocks from Chicago’s interior offensive line. Jay Cutler played a semi-masterful game. Mike Martz had him do more seven-step drops than he’s done in recent weeks despite the front line not being able to fend off Detroit’s fervid pass-rushing front four. Cutler made it work with athletic pocket movement, often stepping north and south rather than [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
NFL Week 10 featured everything but the kitchen sink with a number ofupsets (Raiders 24-Chargers 17, Broncos 17-Chiefs 10, Cardinals 21-Eagles 17 and Seahawks 22-Ravens 17), blowouts (Titans 30-Panthers 3, Texans 37-Buccaneers 9, Cowboys 44-Bills 7, Bears 37-Lions 13, Patriots 37-Jets 16 and Packers 45-Vikings 7) and tight finishes that didn't fall into the previous two categories (Saints 26-Falcons 23 in OT, Rams 13-Browns 12, Steelers 24-Bengals 17 and 49ers 27-Giants 20). Week 10 also presented all 32 teams in action and Week 11 will be the last stanza of byes with the three 7-3 teams (Saints, Texans and Steelers) and the still winless Colts taking a week off before Thanksgiving. While I always pay close attention to what [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
49ers 27, Giants 20 Not one prognosticator would have predicted a 49ers victory if told beforehand that Frank Gore would rush for 0 of his team’s measly 77 yards against the NFC East-leading Giants. Take away the run game, you take away the entire 49ers offense. Or so we thought. Alex Smith had his best outing of the season, regardless of what his good-but-not-great numbers might say. He was able to sustain offense through the air early and late, with no critical turnovers against a typically fierce New York pass-rush. The victory, however, can be attributed to a handful of big second half defensive plays, including Carlos Rogers’s second interception. It was a wide open pick, as the ex-Redskin had perfect underneath positioning against a route that Mario [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
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