Archive for September, 2012

Can Giants’ Barden replicate Victor Cruz’s breakout season?

Ramses Barden’s hopes to follow in his fellow wide receiver’s spikes.

Andy Dalton takes on leadership role with Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton says he takes more of an active role in practice in his second season.

NFL fantasy football: Tony Romo could thrive Week 3

Can Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo have the best showing of the young season in Week 3?

Lots of rush to judgment about the Cowboys… just not in this building

It’s always interesting how a team will react to a lose. A close loss will often draw out the emotional response. An ugly, beat-down like they suffered in Seattle? Well, who knows? The Cowboys were even-keeled today, several days after licking their wounds. There wasn’t shock or anger or panic. Just a business-like sense of trying to figure out what went wrong. That comes from coach Jason Garrett, and the players are buying in. As with any Cowboys team — one that deals with so much media coverage either way — that’s key. Not listening to all the hoopla wanting to anoint them in Week 1 and crush them in Week 2. As DL Marcus Spears told me, they knew […]

What is going on with the New England Patriots and Wes Welker? Well…

Wes Welker has been part of a main storyline for the Patriots since the Super Bowl. The Patriots receiver was deemed their franchise player, then there were questions about whether he would sit out or make a stand. Well, he sat out some, talked about not feeling great about the way he was treated, then returned for mandatory mini-camp and signed his tag. The questions haven’t gone away. As you’ve probably read — the Boston Globe and Boston Herald have it well covered — Welker’s playing time is down while the snaps for Julian Edelman are up. Edelman even started on Sunday. Our own Albert Breer has a really good look at this situation, too, to lead off his picks […]

Rams WR Amendola credits Schottenheimer for quick start

Danny Amendola is excited to be in and explosive offense under coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Colts TE Coby Fleener says relationship with Luck same as at Stanford

Coby Fleener probably will be forever overshadowed on the Indianapolis Colts by his current quarterback and fellow Stanford grad Andrew Luck.

The rookie tight end dashed out of the gate this season, catching six passes in Week 1.

Fleener told “NFL AM” Thursday morning that his early success is a product of his relationship with Luck.

Rap Sheet Rankings: The Week 3 Edition

If there is one way to move on to the next week in the NFL, it’s to sit in front of a schedule, look at the slate of games, and start to make sense of it. That, to me, is how the following week begins. And then, I write it up in our weekly feature, the Rap Sheet Rankings. I rank ‘em 1-16 based on my interest in each game. This week’s top choice was easy. Any time the Ravens and Patriots play each other, it’s one you’ll want to be in front of a TV for. I gave you a little taste this morning with this post on Patriots nemesis Bernard Pollard. While he noted, “The Super Bowl’s not won […]

With the Patriots looming, Ravens S Bernard Pollard discusses his response when fans call him “The Brady Killer”

For years, major Patriots injuries have had one constant — Bernard Pollard was either involved or had a front-row seat for them. Think about it. When Tom Brady tore his ACL, it was Pollard with the Chiefs who slammed into his left knee. When Wes Welker tore his ACL, Pollard with the Texans was inches away from drilling him. And last year, when TE Rob Gronkowski suffered a brutal high-ankle sprain leading up to the Super Bowl, it was Pollard with the Ravens who brought him down (left). Three different teams for Pollard, three different injuries to Patriots. Yikes. It’s no wonder that he’s considered one of the all-time Patriots villains by fans. There are even T-Shirts honoring, um, his […]

Ray Lewis: NFL lost a visionary in Steve Sabol

Ray Lewis said the NFL lost one of its most influential people.

Ike Taylor, Steelers’ defense not concerned about ‘old’ tag

Ike Taylor dismisses the idea that age is affecting the Steelers’ defense

Fantasy Live Podcast: (9/18/12)

Jason Smith, Michael Fabiano and Elliot Harrison reflect on the life of the late Steve Sabol. Also, which player should be the hottest pick-up on the waiver wire?

Injuries open door for Brown, Giants’ epic comeback

While the controversy surrounding Greg Schiano and Tom Coughlin stole the headlines from New York’s 41-34 win over Tampa, it was a new approach from the Giants’ offense that sparked their epic comeback and enabled Eli Manning to throw for a career-high 510 yards.

Best of week 2 in instagram

During each week of the season we will collect and curate the best Instagram photos from our NFL photographers. Here are our picks for week 2. 1. Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers 2. Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars 3. Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots 4.Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers 5. Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons Follow @NFL on Instagram.

NFL fantasy football: Patriots considering Kellen Winslow

The Patriots are looking for help at the tight end position after the injury to Aaron Hernandez, turning to Kellen Winslow. But Marcas Grant doesn’t expect Winslow to produce Hernandez-like numbers.

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