Week 1 Viewer's Guide: What to watch in Colts-Jags, Pats-Bills, more
The opening weekend of the NFL regular season is finally here, which means it is time for you to sit on the couch and watch football from Sunday at 1 p.m. until after the Chargers finish their dismantling of the Raiders in the late game on Monday night. Below is the first of what will be a weekly look at either a key matchup or storyline to watch in one game at each time slot.
This is our first chance to find out whether the Colts can run the football now that their offensive line is intact -- the five projected starters from the summer made it through training camp unscathed. Running the football more efficiently has been an emphasis for new head coach
On the flip side, the Jags have made stopping the run their primary focus by lining up with five down defensive lineman a large percentage of the time in the preseason under new first-year coordinator
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The Packers looked good in the preseason, but how will the defensive front seven perform on a big stage in their first regular season game running the 3-4 defense? More specifically, how will the backers and safeties matchup against the Bears receiving tight end duo of
This one is easy. Any time you are starting two rookie guards and you cut your left tackle earlier in the week, the offensive line is the center of attention. That is exactly the case for the Bills as they head into their unfavorable opening matchup against a Patriots team hungry to get back to postseason bliss after a one-year hiatus. No
The Raiders defense had one of the worst preseasons in recent memory, hence the desperation move to get Seymour from the Patriots. The Chargers will bash and gash the Raiders at the point of attack until they prove they can hold up to
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Who asked you to feel sorry for anybody? I'm just trying to give everyone an inside look at how things really go down in terms of contracts and how harsh a business it can really be. That got me to thinking about my thoughts on the potential next steps of some of the players looking to get their contracts adjusted. And anyone making a decision to refuse to take a huge pay cut that will inevitably result in you getting cut and not knowing where you will live or play, or even if you will play, is a life-altering decision.
Fantastic point, Don. I too know a lot of people who have had to take pay cuts or choose whether or not to take a severance package and look for work elsewhere. However, I'm not sure if they all got three hours to make a decision like the player I wrote about did.
I think it is a scary sign for coaches everywhere and certainly a bad situation for the teams that are involved. What amazes me is that they went through the entire offseason program and most of training camp before coming to the conclusion that there was a problem. Better late than never, I guess, but it calls into question their vetting procedure during the hiring process. I also highly doubt Buffalo and Tampa Bay would have made the move if
After watching the opener Thursday night against the Titans,I think it sure seems that way, doesn't it? It's funny, but all I can think about when I watch the Steelers play late in games is that