Archive for October, 2011

Tale of the Tape: Blitz Blitz-burgh?

In Week 10 of last season, Pittsburgh’s defense gave up more points than they have ever allowed in the 11-year history of Heinz Field. Once again, the Patriots will visit with Tom Brady, Wes Welker, two dangerous tight ends and a bevy of running backs in tow.

Data Points: So much for a relaxing week off

By now, you’ve heard that teams coming off their bye weeks are off to a slow start this season. Just to hammer home that point, here’s a reminder that teams coming off their bye weeks have been at .500 or better in each of the last four seasons.

Three and out: Dolphins’ Thomas returns

Daniel Thomas and Matthew Stafford are both back to work after being limited on Wednesday. But the Peyton Hillis will-he-or-won’t-he saga drags on.

‘Playbook’ mailbag: Risks of bold predictions

We hear a lot of banter from the public about the “Playbook” crew’s picks every week, especially when fans ardently disagree with a choice of a winner.

First and 10: Da coach

Ditka: A certain magic still lingers in the very name. Don’t miss the premiere of NFL FIlms’ “A Football Life: Mike Ditka” Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

Fantasy Live Podcast: Taking a T.O.

In the Week 8 edition of the NFL Fantasy Live podcast, Terrell Owens and his fantasy future are front and center.

Week 8 fantasy quarterback rankings

In this week’s quarterback rankings list, Philip Rivers falls out of the top five. Did Jason Smith see fit to leave him in the top 10?

Browns’ Hillis back at practice, wants No. 1 job back

Peyton Hillis hopes to regain his top spot in the Cleveland backfield this week. Fantasy owners beware, this story has ended badly in past weeks this season.

Rams’ Bradford looking doubtful for this week

A high ankle sprain looks like it will keep Sam Bradford on the bench for another week, while hurting the value of several of his Rams teammates.

Week 8 Playbook picks: Experts torn on key games

Playbook analysts Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger and Matt Millen make their picks for Week 8.

Cardinals’ Wells hopes to play Sunday

Beanie Wells thinks he’ll be ready to go for Sunday’s game, but with Baltimore as the opponent, a healthy Wells still may not be a good option for fantasy owners.

‘Playbook’ Mailbag: Tim Tebow Day

There is one quarterback generating a lot of attention – and we are willing to be the dog fascinated by the squirrel for just this instance. If Miami’s Sun Life Stadium is willing to memorialize Tim Tebow with a day in his honor – OK, it was Florida Gator Day – why can’t we answer one question about him ourselves, right?

Cover Two Podcast: T.O. opens up

We all know that free agent WR Terrell Owens tore the ACL in his left knee and that he’s recovered to the point where he held a public workout this week so teams at least have video of his progress — although none attended in person. How he suffered the injury wasn’t widely known — until now.

Three and out: Stafford, Hill split practice reps

Matthew Stafford was practicing on Wednesday, but he split reps with Shaun Hill — a red flag for fantasy owners.

Data Points: Cowboys’ Murray in great company

Cowboys fans no doubt are still giddy over the 253-yard rushing effort by rookie RB DeMarco Murray in Week 7. Forget the fact that it’s a single-game franchise record, because a bit more context makes the performance even more impressive.

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