This game features the two best running backs so far this season --
Even though the Vikings have shown a small crack of vulnerability in the Williams Wall over the first couple of weeks, they are still the No. 1 defense against the run three years running. The Niners, meanwhile, are No. 1 in the NFL over the past nine games in stuffing the opponent's efforts to run the ball on first down. Couple that with Peterson being held to three yards on 14 carries when he faced San Francisco in 2007, and it becomes clear this game will be decided by which quarterback makes some plays in the passing game.
The key to this game will be the Colts defense, particularly the front seven. That unit was bludgeoned by Miami on Monday for 239 yards rushing on 49 attempts. All told, the Dolphins ran 84 offensive plays to the Colts' 35. That's ridiculous. Now Indy has to try to recover during a short week and on the road again. Less than ideal, to say the least.
The Cards like to chuck the ball, but if there were ever a game in which coach
Similar to San Francisco-Minnesota, this game will also come down to quarterbacks. It won't be about which one makes a bigger play but rather which one makes fewer mistakes. The interception-prone
Now for your questions via e-mail and Twitter ...
I'm all for accountability, but fining a guy over $1,700 because he forgot to pay his incidentals is a bit much. Calling it theft or stealing is a stretch. Unlike regular business travelers who lay down a credit card for incidentals, NFL players never even check in to a hotel. Their room keys are just handed to them. So if they don't remember to pay for their incidentals after pre-game meals, the team is caught holding the bag. I think deducting the cost of the water from his next paycheck and maybe a small fine would have been appropriate.
I got a lot of Matt Ryan e-mails about
Good question. Defense takes more energy, especially for the linemen. They have to run to the ball on every play, and whether they are trying to hold up against double teams in the running game or rushing the passer, they expend a tremendous amount of effort. It's a big reason most teams rotate defensive linemen as much as they can.
You gotta love the conspiracy theorists. Give me a break! It never happened. Devaney wanted to see if
It depends on the guy, obviously. Some players lack discipline and get out of shape right away. Others will stay in peak condition right up until the following season in the hope of another opportunity.