Who would have thought before the season that the battle for first place in the AFC North would be taking place without the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5? It's still early, of course, but whoever wins this matchup will be in sole possession of first place in this black and blue division.
Most prognosticators expected to see the Ravens in this situation, though they appear to be much improved on offense from last season. But the Bengals? These Cardiac Cats have had each game go down to the wire, winning all but the
The matchup I will be watching in this one as I call this game for the SportsUSA Radio Network is the Bengals pass protection unit, which includes the backs and tight ends. There are rumblings that this Baltimore defense is not nearly as intimidating under new defensive coordinator
It will be interesting to see whether Mattison dials up some more Rex Ryan specials against a young offensive line that has only one starter back in his position from a year ago -- right guard
These teams are beginning to mirror their head coaches, which should bode well in their in their pursuit of division titles and playoff wins.
The Falcons have had a difficult time getting running back
"I really think this is going to be our toughest challenge to date," right tackle
The Titans can't possibly be this bad, right? I mean, this is pretty much the same team that went 10-0 on its way to 13-3 a year ago. Well, it is primarily the same cast of characters as a year ago with the rather large literal and figurative exception of
Even though the Dolphins lost to the Colts in Week 2, the recipe for potentially beating Indy was on display. Pound, pound, pound the rock and then pound some more in an effort to keep the football away from the seemingly flawless one,
This is a dangerous spot for the Jets because they are going against a team that is bludgeoning opponents to the tune of over 180 yards per game on the ground. Maybe more impressive is that both
Ryan is no dummy; he won't allow Brown and Williams to beat him. That means a lot of eight-man fronts designed to stop the run and force
Mail time ...
I like "Unflappable Flacco" -- let's see if that sticks. May be too many syllables but we can give it a shot. How about just "UnFlaccable" as coined by my co-host on Sirius NFL Radio
As for the two bye weeks and three preseason games, you are preaching to the choir. I have been pushing for that with a 17th game for each team being played on a neutral site, either domestically or internationally.
That's a great question. It seems to me that whether the runner is described as being "timid" or "patient" is more a function of how the rest of the play turns out. In other words, if the back runs for a solid gain, he will be praised for his patience. If he gets tackled in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage, then he is running timid. In other words, I think it has more to do with the results or the production than whether the runner is a big back or speed back.
I don't really have a great deal of familiarity, having only been a member of the team for about a month in 2006, but it seems to me that the blame needs to start at the top with owner