Archive for January, 2012

‘Playbook’ divisional picks: Experts split on NFC games

“Playbook” analysts Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger, Matt Millen and Brian Billick make their picks for the divisional playoff games.

Seymour doesn’t quite sell Jackson

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.

Chiefs’ Crennel feels ‘fortunate’ for second chance

Romeo Crennel considers himself fortunate to have the word “interim” removed from his title and a second shot as an NFL head coach.

Playbook: Fullback, commitment to run key to Saints success

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.

Three and out: Starks still uncertain

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.

Playbook: OT playcall capitalized off of Steelers’ tendencies

It was excellent awareness of tendencies and a simple play design that propelled the Broncos to an improbable overtime victory over the Steelers.

Playoff Challenge owners take a pass on bye week players

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.

Coaches Show: Wild Card Weekend

Brian Billick and Dennis Green take an in-depth look into all the playoff matchups, including Tim Tebow’s memorable win over the Steelers.

Three and out: Broncos’ Decker ‘day to day’

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.

La Canfora: Irsay ‘taking back his franchise’

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.

Barry Sanders Jr. ready to run with Cardinal

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.

Tale of the Tape: QBs the focus in New York, Houston

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.

Three and out: Charles says he’s ‘coming back stronger’

Jamaal Charles says his rehab is going well and tells fantasy owners that he’ll be back stronger and faster next season.

Packers LB Jones tackles teenage fan to turf

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.

Three and out: All appears well with ‘Megatron’

As suspected, Calvin Johnson’s absence from practice Wednesday was nothing out of the ordinary. Fantasy owners should feel confident giving him a start.

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