Archive for September, 2011
Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Eye in the Sky, Calvin Johnson, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore, Detroit Lions, Greg Olsen, Jason Campbell, Jeremy Shockey, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Playbook, Rex Grossman, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Vernon Davis
Up to this point, we have avoided targeting the real stars of today’s NFL — the pass catchers. So, to all the gun-slinging divas and sticky-gloved jockeys out there, this is your week.
Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Trent Cole, Philadelphia Eagles
As Trent Cole sees it, the Eagles are more “team” and less “dream.” Cole is just the latest to try to put some distance between the Eagles and the”Dream Team” moniker, telling NFL Network he “totally hates” the label.
Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Three and out, Dallas Cowboys, Daniel Thomas, Denver Broncos, Dez Bryant, Knowshon Moreno, Miami Dolphins, Willis McGahee
Willis McGahee is expected to start Sunday against Green Bay, but Knowshon Moreno could cut into his production.
Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011 | jasonfsmith1 Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Alfonso Smith, Beanie Wells, Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden, Drew Brees, Fred Jackson, Kendall Hunter, Philip Rivers, Roy Helu, Tom Brady
Top fantasy running backs are a commodity, but Jason Smith says they’re not one that you should gut your roster to get.
Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011 | NFL.com Staff Tags: First and 10, Brian Billick, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Joe Theismann, Pittsburgh Steelers, Roger Goodell
Week 4 marks the end of the first quarter of the season, a significant landmark for most coaches, and that means a lot of teams will have their first-quarter “grade” on the line when they take the field this weekend.
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Bradie James, Dallas Cowboys, Derrick Mason, New York Jets, NFL Total Access
Cowboys LB Bradie James let everyone in on a secret Thursday. It might not be the biggest secret for some.
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions, Ndamukong Suh
Jahvid Best puffed out his chest just a little bit Thursday on “Around the League,” saying the Lions “can play with anybody” when they’re on their game.
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Derrick Mason, New York Jets, NFL Total Access
We’d never go so far as to expect Jets WR Derrick Mason to be soft-spoken. But it took us by surprise to hear Mason — an offensive player, mind you — tell NFL Network that the league has a double standard when it comes to protecting quarterbacks.
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
No one we know expected the Ravens to have the perfect season. But after a season-opening win over the Steelers, most didn’t expect the Ravens to get beat up by the Titans in Week 2, either.
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Tale of the Tape, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Playbook
At 2-1, both Houston and Pittsburgh need to make a statement in this game. The Steelers want to show they are still a contender after starting the season with an embarrassing loss to the Ravens. The Texans, on the other hand, are coming off of a stunning loss to the Saints last week and need to prove that they are a playoff-caliber team.
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Data Points, Calvin Johnson, Miles Austin, Vernon Davis
Thanks to his hot start here in 2011, Lions WR Calvin Johnson has vaulted to the top of the list among players with the most receiving TDs since 2009. Too bad the player he passed last week — Miles Austin – is still injured and won’t be able to go head-to-head with Megatron when the Lions and Cowboys face off this Sunday.
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | jasonfsmith1 Tags: Darren McFadden, Ahmad Bradshaw, Ben Tate, frank gore, Fred Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Maurice Jones-Drew, Shonn Greene
Not every back can be LeSean McCoy. In fact, Jason Smith says if you have Ahmad Bradshaw, you’re doing alright.
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Three and out, Antonio Gates, Curtis Painter, Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts, Kerry Collins, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates doesn’t look any closer to returning from a pesky foot injury, leaving fantasy owners scrambling.
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: NFL Playbook, Baltimore Ravens, Darren McFadden, Detroit Lions, frank gore, Jahvid Best, Jason Campbell, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Tom Brady, Torrey Smith
Every week, our cyber sack of mail gets heavier. More questions come in, and the quality isn’t deluded one bit.
Heading into Week 4 of our WRWW (War Room Wisdom Wednesday) mailbag, we have received inquiries from coast to coast – and some from overseas.
Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | NFL.com Staff Tags: First and 10,
The Philadelphia Eagles defense of the late 1980s and early 1990s was one of the best in NFL history, and its two linchpins, Jerome Brown and Reggie White, both died tragically young. Learn more about Brown and White in episode 3 of ‘A Football Life.’