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’ […]

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.

Denver offers Manning more than a ‘Play Ahead’ defense

The 2012 Denver Broncos have the makeup to be the best team that Peyton Manning has ever been a part of. This is not because of their explosive offense, or impressive but rather the emergence of their defense as one of the league’s premier units. In Manning’s days as a Colt, he had a defense that was referred to as a ‘play ahead’ defense. That is not the case in Denver, as this Broncos’ defense is primed for success regardless of the situation. The quarterback position was the missing piece to this team in 2011, and now they have one of the league’s best ever.

Week 1 ‘Playbook’ picks: How will rookie QBs fare in debuts?

“Playbook” analysts Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger and Donovan McNabb make their picks for Week 1.

Irvin sees positives in Jenkins’ ‘instability’

NFL Network analyst and former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin took up the cause of cornerback Janoris Jenkins as a high pick in Thursday night’s NFL draft.

Can Randy Moss help or hurt a well oiled machine?

A well-rested and conditioned Randy Moss could replace the role of free agent Robert Meachum (who generated a low catch count yet a high number of big plays).

Playbook: Cardinals must address offense this offseason

Heading into this offseason, the Cardinals must address their offensive shortcomings. Whether they shoot for the stars with Peyton Manning, or make less flashy moves with their $10 million in cap space…

Playbook: Seahawks should build around QB Jackson

In our first look in to the Seahawks’ offseason, we focused on a few teams needs, including running back, defensive end and linebacker. But for every team, the biggest questions always revolve around the quarterback.

Playbook: Seahawks need compliment for Lynch

The Seahawks are expected to be well over the salary cap, and a large chunk of that cash might be reinvested to patch up a dearth of contract players at running back, defensive end and linebacker.

Playbook: Chiefs need to keep (or replace) Bowe

The Chiefs might be hanging just outside of the top 10 in this year’s draft, but, unlike most teams atop the board, they are only a few pieces away from competing within their division.

Playbook: Buffalo’s offseason needs are wide-ranging

With $33 million in cap space, and the 10th overall pick in the draft, the Bills have a chance to remedy some of the ills of their mid-season losing streak.

Playbook: DT position should be Panthers’ top priority

Ron Rivera’s Carolina Panthers need to improve their run defense through this year’s draft.

Playbook: Miami must tinker through draft

The Miami Dolphins are a team with much still to be decided, including who will play quarterback and how it will shift to a 4-3 defense.

Playbook: Jags need to arm Gabbert for success

For any team that drafts a quarterback in the first round, next year’s offseason has to be about solidifying your squad around that player. Now, a year into their term with Blaine Gabbert at the helm, the Jaguars need to amplify the strengths of their prized signal caller and do their best to work around some of his weaknesses.

Playbook: Free-spending ‘Skins have options this offseason

Far be it for us to speculate what the Redskins will do in the offseason. So, instead of trying to séance with Dan Snyder’s money and figure out where it will go, let’s try and find a few places where it might be well-placed.

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