Week 10 Viewer's Guide: What to watch in Cowboys-Packers; mail
The word out of Green Bay is the Packers had a players-only meeting this week to try to get their once promising season back on track. I've been in a number of similar meetings; some work, some don't. Those gatherings may help guys to focus during the week and be more diligent in their preparation, but it still come down to having to play well on Sunday.
It's no secret the Packers need to stop giving up so many sacks, which won't be easy against a Cowboys front with full-fledged stars in
The Bengals come into this one on a roll, but sweeping the season series with the Steelers, after Cincy did exactly that to the Ravens, will not be easy. This game should be all about which team can render the other one-dimensional and then force turnovers.
The Steelers have run the ball well in recent weeks, highlighted by
Cincinnati's offensive line has received a lot of credit recently, but going against the Pittsburgh front at Heinz Field will be their toughest test to date. The key is to run downhill against the Steelers. Teams that try to run outside fail because
My guess is
Look for the Patriots to put a safety on Clark at a minimum and probably even give that player some additional help over the top. The Pats will also give
The bigger story in this game may be the fan reaction as the civil unrest in Cleveland worsens. The Browns faithful don't care for
I understand why a lot of Browns fans want to get rid of Mangini but if
Totally agree. One of my biggest frustrations with the NFL is ownership's willingness to go through seemingly annual changes in which they make a change at general manager, head coach or quarterback to appease the media and fan base. I call it the circle of failure.
I think the toughest thing is to maintain your discipline in terms of weekly preparation during the work week when you are physically run-down and hurting late in the season. Either that or practicing and competing in games with the type of injuries that would prevent most people from showing up for their desk job.
Seemingly more and more every year, which is why the NFL is beginning to investigate things they can do to help the umpires. They have considered everything from helmets and body armor to moving the umpire behind the offensive formation, which most umpires will tell you makes it much more difficult for them to do their job.
Neither. The guards and the tackles watch the head of the center and over time, through a lot of practice, become comfortable with timing the snap of the ball a full count after the center lifts his head. That still doesn't make it easy. That's one reason home-field advantage can be huge, especially if the home crowd is exceptionally loud.
I have no idea. Some teams in recent years seem to play better on the road, but there is no tangible explanation. Especially an Arizona team that has won several east coast games this year after struggling mightily to do that in 2008.