Archive for May, 2011

Brandt: 49ers will win the NFC West senior analyst Gil Brandt is usually focused on personnel, but his Tuesday chat this week for some reason ended up focusing on predictions for 2011 division winners – and some of the picks may be surprising.

Data Points: AFC North wins since 2002

Last week, we looked at the Steelers-Ravens battle in the divisional playoff round, a matchup of two 12-4 clubs that ended up being one of the better games of 2010.

Happy birthday, Broadway Joe

Let’s get this straight: Tuesday is Joe Namath’s birthday. … The Hall of Famer is 68 years old. … Coincidentally, ’68 was the year Namath led the Jets to the Super Bowl… Sounds like an obvious time to pay tribute to the man by looking back on his career courtesy of Spike Lee’s commentary from last year’s Top 100 series.

Three and out: McCoy will be fantasy stud’s Pat Kirwan ranked the top running backs in the NFL, and he’s a lot higher on Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy than most people. And we agree.

First and 10: Grilling wideouts for Memorial Day

Hope you all enjoyed a fun and safe Memorial Day. Did you spend it at a barbecue with friends and family? You probably were saying to yourself, “I wonder what New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is doing on Memorial Day?” Well, funny you asked.

A few minutes with … Brandon Lloyd

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd stopped by NFL Network studios Monday, and we got a chance to chat with the Pro Bowler about burgers, video games, intro music and more.

A few minutes with … Julian Edelman

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman took a few minutes during his visit to NFL Network on Monday to discuss his transition to wide receiver, Tom Brady‘s study habits, and the time he “Moss’d” someone.

Volunteer work, not NFL, likely in Tressel’s future

Jim Tressel likely has no future now in college. He might at a much lower level, but not in the big conferences. As for the NFL, I think there’s a tremendous difference between the two levels. You look at all the highly successful college coaches and not many of them seem to translate that to the NFL. In the end, I think he’ll end up at some small school in an unpaid type of capacity in which he helps young coaches and young people. That’s what he always loved doing.

Data Points: Start-by-start study of Kevin Kolb

With all the hubbub surrounding Kevin Kolb’s potential landing spot, it’s worth asking, “What’s the hubbub all about?”

Saturday: Manning at ‘a different level’ than Brady

Based purely on pedigree, Jeff Saturday might be the last player you’d expect to appear on NFL Network’s “The Top 100 Players of 2011” series.

Ryan is in, but where is Eli?

Dave and Adam Rank discuss the players coming in 60-51 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2010 list,

Carucci: Burress over Moss, T.O. and Ochocinco

When asked about which veteran receiver among Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco (who could very well stick with the Bengals) has the most to offer during his weekly live chat,’s Vic Carucci made a somewhat surprising pick.

Three and out: Bulger would look good in Miami

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everybody, what are you doing still working? Well, let me do my part to help you along with some quick hitters to help you pass the time.

First and 10: Oprah, Favre and Arnold … oh, my!

That’s right, no reason why we here at shouldn’t join the rest of the free world in paying tribute to Oprah Winfrey as she celebrated the end of her talk show this week.

Favre Watch: Throwing first pitches

Now we bring you Brett Favre throwing out a first pitch … sound the Favre Watch!

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