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With half of the NFL season in the books, now is an appropriate time to start talking about Pro Bowl considerations. Here’s my midway point ballot (as filled out on NFL.com), determined by observations from film study (with statistics serving as an infrequent “verification tool”). *Indicates a starter; all other players are listed in no particular order.   NFC Offense Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Packers* The best first-half of a season we’ve seen from any quarterback. Ever.   Drew Brees, Saints It’s the closest we can get to voting Jimmy Graham in twice.   Eli [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Get ready to seek your their teeth into the most mouth-watering action-packed slate of games of the 2011 NFL regular season to date.  It all kicks off on Thursday Night Football with the Raiders (4-4) at the Chargers (4-4) on T.G.I.T. (Thank God It’s Thursday) on NFL Network. I can’t ever remember seeing this many toss-ups for a single week in the NFL.  I may even pull out a lucky penny and try to use the coin-flip method to pick most of these matchups. I don’t wager on games and I strongly advice you to stay the heck away from points spreads for this week.  You may have a better chance of winning the lottery and losing all of the money in the same day than you do of obtaining a ROI from betting on Sunday’s high-stakes head-scratching and [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Week 9 in the NFL delivered a mixed bag of tricks and treats post-Halloween. Here's how my NFL Week 10 Power Rankings shake out after a wild weekend. This week's biggest movers are the Broncos who climb from 28th to 22nd and the Buccaneers who plummet from 10th to 16th.  Meanwhile, 14 teams remain in the same spot, including the entire top seven and the bottom four. There's a reason for the lack of fluctuation up at the top and bottom.  I pay close attention to what teams have done throughout the entire course of the season and also look ahead and evaluate expectations for the coming weeks. As always, I also provide that  information all in one convenient location—something you can't fine anywhere else. Be sure to let me know your feedback below!  But [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
I know, they’re really late and really short, but I couldn’t go a week without conducting my latest batch of NFL game predictions for Week 9.  But fear not, this is a one-time scenario.  Anyway, this week is chock-full of lip-smacking action to seek your teeth into.  Enjoy! Last Week: 8-5 (82-34 Overall)   N.Y. Jets (4-3) at Buffalo (5-2) (CBS, 1:00pm EST) The Bills are unblemished at home and the Jets are winless on the road.  Buffalo’s having a “whiteout” as well.  This is a monster game for both AFC East foes.  Buffalo’s ball-hawking secondary is the difference in thrilling fashion.  Prediction: Buffalo 24, N.Y. Jets 20 Miami (0-7) at Kansas City (4-3) (CBS, 1:00pm EST) This [...] Continue reading →
Week 8 in the NFL was chock-full of a number of great games, unsuspecting upsets, big blowouts, eye-popping rallies and head-scratching action.  I guess Halloween weekend had something to do with it. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were on a bye week, but that didn't stop them from pulling even further ahead of the other 31 teams.  There's only one one-loss team left in the league now and it's San Francisco. Here are my Week 9 power rankings with every team's week-by-week game results included. You can also check out my review of all of Sunday's games and see how I did in my Week 8 [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Steelers 25, Patriots 17 For the second straight week, the Patriots’ high-powered offense sputtered a bit against a complex blitzing 3-4 defense. But this game was decided on the other side of the ball. The Steelers ran 28 more plays than the Patriots and easily controlled the tempo for the first three quarters. And they did it by playing Steeler Ball – which hopefully people now realize involves spreading and passing. Ben Roethlisberger completed 36 of 50 for 365 yards. Heath Miller devoured the zones behind New England’s blitzes, finishing with 85 yards on seven receptions. Wideouts Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders all had between 5-9 catches and 65-75 yards. These types of performances happen [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
To say puzzling parity took the NFL by storm in Week 8 would be an understatement.  Here’s a recap of all of Sunday’s action. NO-STL: A.J. Feeley won his first game as a starter since 2004.  Steven Jackson (151 YDS, 2 TDs) had his first 100-yard rushing game in three years.  And the Rams earned their first win on the season in a 31-21 upset of epic proportions.  The World Series Champions St. Louis Cardinals were in attendance and it must have given St. Louis a serious boost of inspiration. ARI-BAL: The Ravens escaped from the jaws of death, overcoming a 24-6 halftime deficit to knock off the Cardinals in a tight-knit [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , ,
Analogous to last week, NFL Week 8 will feature a handful of games that will make fans cringe and many marquee matchups that should be equipped with extremely entertaining finishes.  The only real difference is this week’s slate is in opposite order—with lopsided early affairs and mouth-watering and intoxicating late action. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora (who rates each game as a foot-long, six-inch, pita or finger sandwich) should increase your appetite for this weekend, as he states some of the “finger sandwiches [ex: NO-STL, MIA-NYG, IND-TEN, etc.] are going to turn out to have double meat, extra condiments and [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Moving into Week 8, we take an in-depth look back to break down some of the Week 7 action.   Falcons O vs. Lions D The Motor City crowd witnessed an extremely well-played game by both teams on this side of the ball. The concerns about Detroit’s run defense are totally overblown. The Lions held Michael Turner to roughly two yards per carry with the exception of a 51-yard run that was set up by fantastic run-blocking execution and a few missed tackles. The Falcons used a similar tactic on that play that the Niners used last week against the Lions: allow the left defensive tackle (Ndamukong Suh or Corey Williams) to penetrate and then block them from the backside (the Niners used a tight end in motion to do it, the Falcons used center Todd McClure). This [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
NFL Week 7 featured an inevitable great slate of early games (Falcons-Lions, Tebow-Dolphins, Chargers-Jets, Redskins-Panthers and Bears-Buccaneers in London) and late action that made fans cringe. It was by most accounts a disappointing and less-than-thrilling weekend. Week 8 looks to offer more excitement and ultimately just the opposite of Week 7—lopsided early affairs and great late games. Here are my Week 8 NFL Power Rankings and an early outlook on the 2011 playoff picture. No. 32  Miami [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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