“Playbook” analysts Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger, Matt Millen and Brian Billick make their picks for the divisional playoff games.
Archive for January, 2012
Reggie McKenzie wanted his guy to coach the Raiders. As the team’s new GM, McKenzie has the power to make that call. And his guy isn’t Hue Jackson.
Romeo Crennel considers himself fortunate to have the word “interim” removed from his title and a second shot as an NFL head coach.
His individual numbers won’t stand out (with just 4 carries for 4 yards and 11 catches for 50), but Jed Collins has been a critical part of a Saints’ run game that resembles more of the 2009 Super Bowl champion squad than a 2010 team that veered heavily toward the pass game.
Posted: Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Three and out, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Matt Cassel, Ryan Grant, Kyle Orton, Romeo Crennel, Fred Jackson, Buddy Nix, C.J. Spiller, James Starks
James Starks’ status for this weekend’s game against the Giants is still up in the air. But that’s probably a good thing for Playoff Challenge owners, since the matchup isn’t an advantageous one.
It was excellent awareness of tendencies and a simple play design that propelled the Broncos to an improbable overtime victory over the Steelers.
Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2012 | NFL.com Staff Tags: NFL Playoff Challenge, New Orleans Saints, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Michael Turner, Darren Sproles, Drew Brees, Mike Smith, Arian Foster, Charlie Batch, Dennis Dixon, David Carr, Tim Tebow, Demaryius Thomas, Victor Cruz, Chris Pressley
Even with the lure of double points, most owners shied away from starting players on bye weeks in the first run of the NFL Playoff Challenge. But there were some interesting names that found their way into lineups.
Brian Billick and Dennis Green take an in-depth look into all the playoff matchups, including Tim Tebow’s memorable win over the Steelers.
Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2012 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Three and out, Tom Brady, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Bill Belichick, Wes Welker, Detroit Lions, Josh McDaniels, Tim Tebow, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Jahvid Best
Despite Eric Decker possibly being out for the remained of the postseason, surprisingly little should change with the Broncos offense and fantasy owners should still remain wary during the Playoff Challenge.
Colts owner Jim Irsay sent shock waves throughout the NFL last week when he fired vice chairman Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian. It was a move that NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora hears was about Irsay taking control of his franchise.
Two developing problems for every college football program except one: (1) Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders has a son, Barry Jr. (2) Barry Jr. plays football. He looks every bit as dangerous as Daddy. And he’s going to Stanford.
When you compare the Texans–Bengals and Giants-Falcons games, they are very much the opposite of one another. Any way you look at it, both add up to great matchups for Wild Card weekend.
Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2012 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Three and out, Tom Brady, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Jay Cutler, marion barber, Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles, Josh McDaniels, Mike Tice, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez
Jamaal Charles says his rehab is going well and tells fantasy owners that he’ll be back stronger and faster next season.
Nestled inside Sunday’s frantic Packers win over the Lions was this minor gem: A 15-year-old Packers fan bopping around Lambeau Field during a timeout, running free and flapping his wings before he was taken down by Packers LB Brad Jones.
Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2012 | NFL.com Staff Tags: Three and out, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions, Shahid Khan, Jermaine Gresham, Blaine Gabbert, Andy Dalton, A.J. Green
As suspected, Calvin Johnson’s absence from practice Wednesday was nothing out of the ordinary. Fantasy owners should feel confident giving him a start.