“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, Buddy Nix, Buffalo Bills, C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Green Bay Packers, James Starks, Kansas City Chiefs, Kyle Orton, Matt Cassel, Romeo Crennel, Ryan Grant
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, Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Charlie Batch, Chris Pressley, Darren Sproles, David Carr, Demaryius Thomas, Dennis Dixon, Drew Brees, Michael Turner, Mike Smith, New Orleans Saints, Tim Tebow, Tom Brady, Victor Cruz
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, Bill Belichick, Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Eric Decker, Jahvid Best, Josh McDaniels, New England Patriots, Tim Tebow, Tom Brady, Wes Welker
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, Aaron Hernandez, Chicago Bears, Jamaal Charles, Jay Cutler, Josh McDaniels, Kansas City Chiefs, marion barber, Matt Forte, Mike Tice, New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady
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, A.J. Green, Andy Dalton, Blaine Gabbert, Calvin Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jermaine Gresham, Shahid Khan
As suspected, Calvin Johnson’s absence from practice Wednesday was nothing out of the ordinary. Fantasy owners should feel confident giving him a start.