Posts Tagged ‘Rams’

The Week 10 KABOOM! That Helps No One: Tavon Austin

Tavon Austin had a KABOOM!-worthy day in the ST. Louis Rams upset win over the Indianapolis Colts, but he also earned the That Helps No One award as he was started in approximately zero fantasy leagues.

The Unexpected (and expected) for week 13: Return of the Tie?

It’s week 13 and the playoff picture is becoming clearer, as the Falcons, Patriots, Texans, and Broncos all clinched a playoff appearance. What isn’t becoming clearer is the quarterback situation in New York. Or how in the world Adrian Peterson healed from his ACL surgery so quickly and continues to ravage opposing defenses. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s get to the Unexpected (and expected) from week 13.

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.

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 Buccaneers have a serious challenge today in facing the Cowboys, but they will have some big-time weapons to use. One of them is blue-chip receiver Vincent Jackson, a monstrously tall former Chargers star who was the prize of this free agent class. He has nine catches for 175 yards in two games, and QB Josh Freeman seems to have already built a connection with him. As Cowboys CB Brandon Carr was telling me, Freeman is already following the lead of Chargers QB Philip Rivers. “They both have the same mentality,” Carr said. “They’re going to throw […]

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

As we do every week — except this time, it’s game week! — let’s take a swing around the NFL, looking at a bunch of random things … So, what’s been up? 1. The Steelers play tonight against the Broncos, and they get the first crack at QB Peyton Manning. Sure, Pittsburgh is tweaked about some injury issues (I don’t blame them), but they are mostly ready to go. I just want to take out a second and note something you shouldn’t really need to praise anyone for. I’ll do it anyway. Nice, easy, sound decision by coach Mike Tomlin to eliminate any possibility of S Ryan Clark playing in the mile-high altitude because of a health issues. This should […]

Weighing in on the two issues of yesterday before yesterday becomes two days ago…

It was a busy morning, as I spent most of it flying to Chicago and chillin’ in Soldier Field. The plan was to rehearse for one of our new shows on NFL Network from there, so that’s exactly what we did. Now, I’m at Halas Hall waiting for interviews with a few dudes… but before that, I wanted to take the chance to weigh in on some issues from yesterday. Why? Because yesterday is almost two days ago and then it’ll be too late. So, want an opinion on the new, 5-year, $37.5 million contract extension for TE Aaron Hernandez and the trade of Jets T Wayne Hunter for Rams T Jason Smith? Cool… – The Patriots and Hernandez’s reps […]

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. Is there a better place to start than the New York Jets? Oh, and for a spoiler alert, we’re not talking about Tim Tebow right off the bat. So… you might not be interested. But anyway, we’ll talk about the Jets issues at right tackle. What a mess. Wayne Hunter, who the coaches praised all offseason, was benched after two horrific performances in preseason games. Duh. Even he said, “I was waiting for it.” I imagine this makes for a bit of an awkward time for OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo, who said this spring that until they […]

Reactions and reflections from a Cowboys perspective on the preseason win over the Rams…

Things have wrapped up here at Cowboys Stadium, as the Cowboys took a 20-19 win over the Rams in the third preseason game for both teams. Special thanks to St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher for going for a PAT after his team had pulled within two in the final minutes. Major props there. We’ll hit this from a Rams perspective tomorrow … but want some Cowboys notes? – First, some not good news. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff left the locker room on crutches, and owner Jerry Jones said he had suffered an ankle sprain. Jones wouldn’t speculate on the severity, with more tests scheduled tomorrow, but he could miss some time. Not good. Of course, Ratliff sat out the first […]

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. I cued up my Game Pass yesterday and checked out the Jaguars/Saints game… and I almost couldn’t believe what I saw. Where in the world did this guy still called Blaine Gabbert come from? Last year, the former first-rounder was a mess. Just scared and shaky, looking unprepared and fidgety in the pocket with no recognition skills. I didn’t shy away from criticizing him, wondering if it was all a big mistake. Meanwhile, Jaguars fans pointed out what a similar disasterbacle Eli Manning was a rookie … and that turned out fine. Based on Friday […]

Recapping this trip: The Indianapolis preseason game edition

It was just a preseason game, but it didn’t feel like one. I spent Saturday, Sunday, and part of yesterday in Indianapolis, watching the debut of Colts QB Andrew Luck. And no part of that seemed like a normal preseason game. But anyway, it was an eventful few days in Indy… Want some highlights? – Let’s put Luck aside for a second, since he wasn’t the only No.1 pick on the field. Sam Bradford, coming back from a tough 2011, was there, too. And I was impressed. After a season that saw him play just 10 games and have as many interceptions as touchdowns, Bradford looked different. Gone were the seven-step drops and slow-developing plays, and he took a step […]

My story: Examining what we learned from Colts QB Andrew Luck’s preseason debut

Expectations were high for Colts QB Andrew Luck’s preseason debut against the Rams. As the No. 1 pick, that would be the case, anyway. But having to fill the giant shoes left by franchise icon Peyton Manning? That ramped it up a bit. “You have high expectations for the guy,” Colts TE Coby Fleener told me, “and he manages to exceed them every time.” Yup. He did. And then some. Luck sparkled in his first game in an NFL uniform, going 10 of 16 for 188 yards with two TD passes and a 142.7 passer rating on 24 snaps. He led his team to a 38-3 win over the Rams, helping them score more points than they did during any game […]

A reminder of how far the NFL rookies have to go to catch up to the veterans…

Before I jump in the car and drive to Owings Mills for Ravens rookie mini-camp, I just wanted to mention one thing that stuck in my mind from my trip to St. Louis on Friday. It was, by all accounts, a successful experience for the participants. But what does that mean? Basically, that they only began the methodical process of figuring stuff out. Seriously, I was reminded once again how far these rookies are from being ready. And it has nothing to do with talent, obviously. It’s just that being in the NFL, and thriving in the league, takes so much. Coach Jeff Fisher pointed this out when describing what he achieved following the first session. “We had a meet […]

Action Jackson out in Week 12

Rams coach Jim Haslett has counted out Steven Jackson for this week’s game against Chicago due to a troublesome thigh ailment. It will be the fourth game he’s missed in the last five weeks.

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