Archive for September, 2012

Unexpected (and expected): New Orleans Saints stay winless

Well, this motivation poster clearly isn’t doing its job in New Orleans. You almost expect a new poster this week, maybe Sean Payton hanging from a branch with the inscription, “Hang in there, baby!”

The Texans defense tried to keep DE J.J. Watt out of the highlights… and failed

The Texans defense did what it always does in today’s 38-14 win over the Titans. They dominated, applying pressure, confusing them, and making plays. And in one of the NFL’s best defenses, second-year end J.J. Watt is the most dynamic player. It was that way again in Reliant Stadium. Watt had two sacks, five tackles, and one fumble recovery. He put on a show. There were plenty of highlights, as Watt ran his total to a whopping 7.5 sacks in four games — a staggering number for a 3-4 DE. How good is he? Allow Texans owner Bob McNair to weigh in. “I don’t know if there’s anybody on the defensive side of the ball that’s playing  as well as […]

Madden curse watch week 4: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Is the “Madden” curse a reality or just hype? tracks Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson to see how the cover boy fares on a week-to-week basis.

Fantasy feedback: Week 4

» Lost in Hartline’s big day is the fact that Davone Bess had 123 receiving yards. It’s hard to think Hartline will ever duplicate a day like this, but as Miami’s (presumed) No. 1 receiver, Bess could have some more productive weeks. » It’s always hard to predict which Saints receiver will go off. Today was Marques Colston‘s turn. The big wideout has nine catches for 153 yards and a touchdown. I can’t ever advocate sitting Colston, but I just wish he could come close to these numbers on a weekly basis. The reality is that next week he could go back to three catches for 50 yards. » Justin Blackmon had his best game of the season. It still was only 48 […]

Nine really random things and whatever else is going on around the NFL…

As we do every week, let’s take a swing around the NFL, looking at a bunch of random things… So, what’s been up? 1. The Texans are pretty good. That’s some analysis, right? But they are. A complete offense, a defense with enough firepower so you can’t double-team DE J.J. Watt, they have it all. I’d say right now, they are the NFL’s best team. And man, it’s been a long time coming. Think about it. They are 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. In 10 full years, they have just two winning seasons, one of which was last year. It took coach Gary Kubiak six seasons to win 10 games, and now that he’s sticking around, they’re […]

Titans QB Jake Locker talks about his “evolving confidence” and what else is going on…

Jake Locker has one win under his belt as a starter. And that’s a big step. I’m not being funny, there’s a certain deep breath that comes with notching your first one. When the Titans starting QB and I talked on the phone this week, in preparation for tomorrow’s game against the Texans, the absolutely craziness of the 44-41 win over the Lions wasn’t lost on him. “Yeah, it was wild,” Locker told me. “Just one that had so many ups and downs, so many different types of explosive plays. One of the craziest games I’ve ever been a part of, for sure.” This week is a major challenge. No doubt. And you’ll hear a lot of what he told […]

Social (Fantasy) Network: Correcting the record

A stat correction this week upset a handful of fantasy owners who had their results changed. In this week’s Social (Fantasy) Network, we ask if there should be a statute of limitations on stat changes in fantasy football.

Fantasy football: Randy Moss could break out Week 4

Can San Francisco 49ers wideout Randy Moss finally break out in Week 4 against the New York Jets?

Fantasy football: Michael Vick is just fine

Is there really something wrong with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, or is he actually just fine?

On a scale of 1-10, just how awesome does Cowboys QB Tony Romo think his offensive line is?

The Cowboys offensive line was dreadful last Sunday, even in the win over the Bucs. QB Tony Romo was sacked four times, they false-started far more than you’d like, and the holding penalties weren’t pretty. Sure, sure, a win. But not one you want to tell mama about. Fast-forward a few days, and Romo met with the media. Toward the end of a nine-minute session that revolved around the inconsistent unit, Romo was asked about his confidence level in the fatties. And the exchange was comical. “Give me a scale,” Romo responded. “Like, 1-10?” Yeah. “Let’s go with a 10,” Romo said with a smile. “I feel very confident.” The media laughed… which I don’t think was the desired response. […]

“Playbook” Crew Highlights Key Plays from Thursday

During the Baltimore Ravens’ 23-16 victory over the Cleveland Browns on “Thursday Night Football,” several key moments of the game left a lasting impression on the “Playbook” team.

What is the problem with the Titans’ running game? “It would be easy if it was just one thing”

Just a quick thing before I head out to Cowboys practice (this is called, multitasking). So, I’m covering the Texans-Titans game this week on Sunday, and there are a lot of issues to hit (like this one). One, of course, revolves around the mysterious Titans’ running game. The focus has been on Tennessee’s second-leading rusher, which — unbelievably — is Chris Johnson. The fantasy stud and player formerly known as CJ2K has just 45 yards rushing. That’s 66th in the league. Yikes. What gives? He’s still fast. He’s still got skills. And he’s running behind a Titans offensive line that has allowed just two sacks of QB Jake Locker. What is the issue? Titans RB Coach Jim Skipper explained yesterday. […]

Professor Wade Phillips, Texans DC, explains why his 3-4 defense isn’t like all the others

My quick, one-day trip to Houston to report on the Texans is almost complete, as I’m waiting in the airport to go home. It was nice and informative, and you’ll hear some of what I learned on Sunday morning. Oh, I’ll be back to cover the Texans-Titans game. One thing I really liked was the explanation of Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillip when the topic of his 3-4 defense came up. The mind behind one of the NFL’s most aggressive, attacking, and effective units explored his methods. A reporter asked about the production from DE J.J. Watt, who has 5.5 sacks and a whole bunch more. He doesn’t fit the mold of the 3-4 end, which is usually a Richard […]

Could be a long night in Baltimore for Weeden, Browns

Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden and his struggling offensive line might be in for a world of hurt against the Baltimore Ravens on “Thursday Night Football.” Even with the losses of edge rusher Jarrett Johnson to San Diego in the offseason and Terrell Suggs due to an Achilles injury, the Ravens are still finding ways to rush the passer because of their scheme. Their ability to confuse protections by providing different looks and disguising their blitzes makes up for their lack of premier pass rushers. They are proficient with twists and stunts while bringing pressure off the edge, which leaves offensive lines in disarray and often leaves a lineman on air while a free rusher clobbers the QB. The Browns’ […]

NFL fantasy football: Vick stat correction causes fantasy pain

Michael Vick’s fantasy stats were adjusted after a mid-week correction by the league. It recalls Adam Rank’s warning to fear the correction.

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