Archive for September, 2012

The most unexpected person in the Eagles locker room is Bryce Brown… what is he doing there?

Before he even played a down in college, we had been hearing about Bryce Brown. The running back from Wichita was the nation’s top recruit according to in 2009, and his drama-filled process was must-see Internet. Where to begin? Well, he committed to Tennessee after delaying his announcement, saw his advisor investigated by the NCAA, saw his dealings with Miami looked into as well, left Tennessee, transferred to Kansas State… and played one game. Brown was, of course, one of the biggest college busts in history. Rarely has a player had such hype and done so little. To be honest, after he washed out at K-State, I stopped paying attention. I figured it was over, that he’d fade to […]

Monday Nightmare: Fear the stats correction

Welcome to the Monday Nightmare. When I stated this feature three years ago, it was to provide an outlet for those whose fantasy weeks were ruined on Monday. The impetus being, I lead the world in being worked over on Monday night. Seriously, I’m considering a fantasy league which will outlaw Monday nights.

Cam Newton Metric Week 2 – Comparing Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III

Each week, we’ll take a look at how Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III stack up against the 2011 breakout performance of Cam Newton. ————————————————————————————————————————————– Andrew Luck vs. Cam Newton ————————————————————————————————————————————– Andrew Luck led the Colts to a 23-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.  A solid performance on both sides of the ball helped Luck secure his first career win. The Verdict: In the Colts home opener, Luck threw two touchdowns and passed for 224 yards. In every category except passing yards, Luck beats Cam Newton’s 2011 week 2 numbers against Green Bay. ————————————————————————————————————————————– Robert Griffin III vs. Cam Newton ————————————————————————————————————————————– The momentum from the Washington Redskins’ week 1 win couldn’t continue against the St. Louis Rams. Despite a rally in the fourth quarter, RG3 and team fell […]

Madden Curse Watch Week 2: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers

Historically, players who are featured on the cover of Madden see significant drops in their offensive production. is tracking the performance of Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions over the course of the 2012 season because we believe Calvin Johnson will debunk the Madden curse. This week in Madden Curse Watch the Detroit Lions head to Candle Stick Park to face the San Francisco 49ers. Last week, Madden cover boy, Calvin Johnson escaped Week 1 unscathed. Would he be so lucky in Week 2? Scroll to find out. But before we begin… Are the coaches frenemies now? Nothing to see here folks. On to Madden Curse Watch! ————————————————————————————————————————————– Week 2 started with some omnious news. RT @ttwentyman: WR Calvin Johnson listed on Lions injury report with […]

Fantasy football: Keep Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden

Is it time to abandon Chris Johnson and Darren McFadden?

Recapping this road trip: The Philadelphia/Baltimore edition

All right… So, productive trips to Baltimore and Philadelphia are in the bank, and they culminated with the Eagles 24-23 win over the Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field. And you saw what I had learned all week in a bunch of segments on First on the Field and GameDay Morning. What else happened on my trips to Baltimore and Philly? Well… — As I mentioned in my Rap Sheet Rundown, the Eagles D is nasty. You can read all about the fierce pass-rush and the ability to cover man-to-man that makes them stout. But two guys I was really impressed with are rookies: LB Mychal Kendricks and slot corner Brandon Boykin. Kendricks roamed the middle of the field hunting down […]

Rap Sheet Rundown: The Week 2 Edition

I can’t lie. Yesterday’s Ravens-Eagles game was one of the most intense regular-season games I’ve been to in a while. Lots of hitting — not all of it between the whistles — lots of questions, lots of drama, and an absurd finish. In the end, it was Eagles 24, Ravens 23. What stood out to me? That Philadelphia defense is just nasty. Tough, creative, swarming, suffocating. It was nothing like we came to expect last year. Sure, they were ranked decently high last year by the end. But as CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie pointed out after we discussed his green mohawk, it never felt like that. “We had some time where we were like, ‘Man, what’s going on?’ ” DRC told me […]

Tim Tebow watch: Week 2

Should New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow been in the game for more than two snaps during their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Fantasy Post Mortem: Reggie Bush leads the way

Michael Shanahan once again went with Alfred Morris … what are you trying to do to us Shanny? Sometimes I feel like Bobby “The Brain” Heenan pre-Bash at the Beach in 1996, trying to warn everybody of Hulk Hogan.

But dang, that RG3 can play, too, right? More on the Redskins in a minute, let’s get to it.

C.J. Spiller, NFL’s leading rusher, not worried about Bills starting job

C.J. Spiller leading the NFL in rushing is perhaps the most surprising stat after Week 2.

The Buffalo Bills running back took over the starting reigns when Fred Jackson injured his right knee Week 1 and has romped for 292 yards with three touchdowns.

What do the turnovers say about the 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles?

So, our time in Philadelphia is up after four days, and it was a blast. The Eagles closed it out with a 24-23 win over the Ravens, a thrilling showdown that featured an insanely loud Lincoln Financial Field providing the finishing touches. In the end, despite four turnovers, the Eagles out-lasted Baltimore thanks to the late-game heroics of QB Michael Vick (who I interviewed 1-on-1 on the field). Again. So… they are 2-0 with two, one-point wins. But where is what I’m left with: What does that mean? Are the Eagles a fantastically talented and efficient team that has overcame nine turnovers in two games because they are awesome? And are they a team that will be dominant if they stop […]

Unexpected (and expected) for Week 2: Cardinals are 2-0

When you are looking for the unexpected, it’s hard to imagine anybody who could have seen the Cardinals upset of the Patriots. In fact, take a look at our experts’ picks right here and nary a Cardinals pick in the bunch. (Although, check out one of the three people who nailed the St. Louis upset.)

NFL fantasy feedback: Week 2

Who were the fantasy studs and duds of Week 2? has a running recap of all of the action.

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. Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love, right? That’s what they tell me. And to be fair, I did feel the love spending four days here (though that had a lot to do with cheesesteaks). But it really should be called the City of Brotherly Love/Hate. That’s the relationship between the fans and their teams, it seems. Such intense emotion, such deep feelings, I’m blown away every time I come here. It’s one reason I love returning to Philly. But I never really had context until I talked to Eagles coach Andy Reid about it. […]

Reactions and reflections after a couple days spent with the Philadelphia Eagles…

The week of work and collection has come to an end, as we brace ourselves for Sunday. Wednesday, I was in Baltimore with the Ravens. Then, Thursday and Friday, I was in Philly with the Eagles. As for what I learned, you’ll see a lot of that on NFL Network’s First on the Field and GameDay Morning. But want a few quick thoughts? Let’s go… — It was a rough day for Eagles QB Michael Vick  against the Browns, one that included four interceptions. The consensus seems to be that there were mistakes he made mentally, not physically. Trusting his eyes and knowing what he’s looking at will be important as he moves forward against the active Ravens front. But Vick, who […]

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