Archive for November, 2012

Madden curse watch week 10: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

Historically, players who are featured on the cover of the “Madden NFL” franchise experience 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 Johnson will debunk the Madden curse. Calvin Johnson on battling injury this season: “I’m feeling all right.” That’s all we needed to hear, Megatron. On to the game! ————————————————————————————————————————————– FIRST QUARTER ————————————————————————————————————————————– The Minnesota Vikings start off strong against a sleepy Lions defense. And offense. First Vikings possession of the game. Christian Ponder connects with rookie wide receiver Jarius Wright for a touchdown. On the following Lions possession, Matt Stafford is intercepted by Chad Greenway. Soon after the turnover, the Vikings […]

Week 10 fantasy feedback

» All things considered, Colin Kaepernick acquitted himself well against a very aggressive Rams defense. If Alex Smith can’t go next week, Kaepernick will get the start. The problem is that the Niners host the Chicago Bears next week. You don’t want any part of that matchup. » Let’s not start the Nick Foles over Michael Vick conversations quite yet. Foles took over after Vick left with a concussion, but Philadelphia’s offensive line didn’t do any better protecting the rookie than it did the veteran. After the game, coach Andy Reid told reporters that as long as Vick is healthy for next week, he will be the starter. If you’d like to hedge your bets, pick up Foles, but don’t automatically expect to […]

Playbook: AFC Sunday Lookout

NFL Network analyst LaDanian Tomlinson made a point a few weeks ago on First On the Field saying that Matt Hasselbeck puts Chris Johnson in better positions to succeed in the pre snap phase of the game.

Playbook: NFC Sunday lookout

The Chargers defense has played a single high coverage 76% (104/170) of the opponents drop backs. They will also be forced to stack the box due to RB Doug Martin’s presence.

Social (Fantasy) Network: Great Expectations

It was the best of picks. It’s been the worst of picks. Last week in this space, we discussed the players who have earned your vote for mid-season fantasy MVP. It’s only fitting that we follow it up with the season’s biggest fantasy disappointments. Here we have the guys who were added to your rosters in August with so much promise, but the reality? Not so much. It’s like buying a ticket to see The Avengers only to end up seeing The Avengers. So, friends, we open the Social (Fantasy) Network to you. Tell us who the biggest fantasy disappointment has been this season. Similar to last week, there’s one name I expected to see more than the others. But there was […]

NFL fantasy football: Maurice Jones-Drew ‘two weeks away’

In today’s Three and Out: Maurice Jones-Drew sets a timeline while Brandon Weeden’s just on the clock; And have people figured out the Vikings offense?

Jerod Mayo complains he was never polled in “overrated” vote

Jerod Mayo didn’t get a vote in an anonymous player poll, but he had a chance to tell “NFL AM” who he’d pick for most overrated coach.

Colts ride third-down success vs. Jaguars

The Indianapolis Colts are looking to make a playoff push as they begin the second half of the season in Jacksonville on “Thursday Night Football.” Andrew Luck will make his primetime debut, four days after his rookie-record 433 yards passing in a comeback win over the Miami Dolphins. While the Colts’ passing proficiency has been remarkable, when you go inside the numbers the true key to their 5-3 start has been their ability to convert on third down. The Colts are a league-best 42.1 percent converting on third downs of six yards or more. Their talented group of receivers, led by veteran Reggie Wayne, has been able to shred zone coverages and Luck has made opposing defenses pay with his […]

Fantasy football: Calvin Johnson can still produce

Can Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson be trusted in light of his injury revelation?

Whitney Mercilus: J.J. Watt is league MVP

Whitney Mercilius has no doubt who is the most disruptive defensive player in the NFL.

NFL fantasy football: Jake Locker to start vs. Dolphins

In today’s Three and Out: Jake Locker is expected to start for the Titans while the Raiders are unsure who will start for them at running back.

Posluszny agrees with owner that Jaguars start is embarrassing

Paul Posluszny says the Jaguars are “not playing good football” and will try to turn it around against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

NFL Fantasy LIVE podcast (11/6/12)

The guys welcome in this term’s candidates for the President of Fantasy Football, Adam Rank and Akbar Gbajabiamila and study the constant wave of fantasy football woes facing the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL fantasy football: DeMarco Murray likely still out

In today’s Three and Out: DeMarco Murray isn’t expected back this week and Maurice Jones-Drew might still be a couple of weeks away.

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin discusses setting team rushing record

Doug Martin stopped by “NFL AM” Tuesday to discuss his play this season, his chances to win the NFL Rookie of the Year award, and the comparisons to Ray Rice.

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