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KC Traded RB Knile Davis to GB for a late round draft pick.
SF RB Hyde will not play vs TB
GB cb Sam Shields placed on IR & RB Lacy out with ankle surgery Pack placed him on IR out till wk 15
PT QB Ben Roethlisberger will be out 4-6 weeks. The meniscus is torn. He should be back vs CL.
MI S Reshad Jones out for the seaon Torn rotator cuff
BF rb McCoy suffered a hamstring injury in practice Wed. Doubtful for Sunday
ba QB Joe Flacco may not play Sunday
OK Owner Davis said he will file paperwork to move to LV
NG Signed k Gould to a deal he will go to London.
NFL The league is working with the city of Oakland to get something done so Raiders don’t move.

Reunion Sunday

CH10 GB26 The WR issue has affected Rodgers He has the 35th ranked pass comp %
1-6 4-2 Hoyer broke his arm in the 2nd Q replaced by Barkley
Hoyer had thrown 200 passes this season without a pick.
If you can’t get open vs Chicago, you are a bad WR
Hoyer 4/11 49 00 Barkley 6/15 81 02 Carey 10/48 Miller 2c 40
Rodgers 39/56 326 30 Montgomery 9/60 Adams 13c 132 2TDs

NG-2.5 LA The NFC East is back. Every team has a winning or even record.
3-3 3-3 NG pass game (3rd) vs LA pass D (16th)
London LA O (28th run & pass) vs NG D (22nd pass & 12th run)
The LA front office has a very warm seat. Goff was the wrong pick & LA paid a ton for him.
Signed k Gould to a deal he will go to London.

WA DT-1.5 WA O looks good on paper but QB Cousins gives the ball away too often & run game over rated.
4-2 3-3 WA pass game (5th) vs DT pass D (23rd)
DT pass game (14th) vs WA pass D (15th)

OK JK-1 HC DelRio needs to get his D working again. If not OK will not make the playoffs
4-2 2-3 OK passing game (10th) vs an improved JK pass D (8th)
JK pass game (18th) vs OK pass D (32nd)
OK is 32nd vs the pass and 30th vs the run. Del Rio is back in JK

NO KC-6.5 NO has the top pass game in the league. Too bad te D & run game are not at that level.
2-3 3-2 NO Pass game (1st) vs KC pass D (12th)
KC run game (14th) vs NO run D (26th)
KC needs to get the pass game up to the level of run game. Not likely to happen with Smith at QB.

BF-3 MI BF has won 4 straight games. If HC Ryan & coaching staff doesn’t screw things up BF might make the playoffs.
4-2 2-4 BF run game (1st) vs MI run D (31st)
MI pass game (23rd) vs BF Pass D (14th)
Not only is Tannehill on the hot seat, so is the entire coaching staff

BA NJ-1 The BA O is bad but at least Flacco doesn’t give the ball away like Fitzpatrick does.
3-3 1-5 BA O (P 16th R 18th) vs NJ D (P 28th, R 6th)
Ballanced NJ O (21st R&P) vs BA D (9th pass 1st Run)
If BA can get the O going, they should make the playoffs. NO chance for the Jets
Jets start Geno Smith at QB & NJ is favored?????

MN-2.5 PH MN is the only undefeated team & this is Braford’s shot at his former team.
5-0 3-2 Bradford & the MN pass game vs PH pass D (4th)
PH run game (8th) vs MN run D (4th)
Wentz is playing well but the loss of RT Lane will hurt the rest of the season.

IN TN-2.5 There will be a lot of HC opennings next season & IN will be 1 of them. TN might be open too.
2-4 3-3 TN run game (3rd) vs IN run D (25th)
Luck & IN pass game (13th) vs TN pass D (11th)
Dick LeBeau D will drive IN O line nuts!

SD AT-6.5 AT Offense looks great now but will the AT D hold up?
“2-4 4-2 AT pass game (2nd) vs SD pass D (24th)
Rivers & SD pass game (12th) vs AT pass D (26th)
SD has a vote on a new stadium. At 2 & 4 no chance it gets approved.

TB-2 SF Kaepernick is back but Hyde is out. HC Chip Kelly might not be back next year
2-3 1-5 Stinker game of the week
TB pass O (17th) vs SF pass D (7th only bevause it is so easy to run on SF.)
SF run game without Hyde (5th) vs TB run D (18th)
TB RB Rogers will be the main call carrier with both Martin & Sims hurt

NE-7 PT PT will start QB Landry Jones against a top AFC D.
5-1 4-2 Brady & NE pass game vs PT pass D (30th)
Bell & PT run game vs NE run D (9th)
NE looks like the AFC champ unless they have a lot of injuries.

SE AZ-2 Palmer is back but can AZ O line protect him vs SE pass rush?
4-1 3-3 SE pass game (11th) vs AZ pass D (3rd)
AZ run game (4th) vs SE run D (3rd)
SE has the same issues on O, Bad O line protecting Wilson & blocking for run game

HO DV-7 DV has lost 2 games in a row after starting 4-0 The O is the problem & Osweiler would not have helped.
4-2 4-2 Osweiler gets a chance to hurt his former team. But the DV pass rush will have a lot to say about that.
HO run game (10th) vs DV run D (22nd)
DV pass game (27th) vs HO pass D (2nd)

CL CN-10 Both of these teams are going down fast. CL it is the D. CN it is everything.
0-6 2-4 CN pass game (6th) vs CL pass D (27th)
CL run game (11th & falling like a rock off the side of a mountain) vs CN run D (20th)
CL is consistant on D. 27th against the run & pass
CN coaching staff is on the hot seat for the current record & not winning a playoff game since the 90s
CL HC Jackson goes back to CN where he coached last year

CN O Standard formation is 1 rb 1 te 3 WRS.
RV Dalton has improved his comp% each season. This year he is at 67.4
Yards per compl is down slightly from 8.4 last year to 8.1 in 16
Part of the decrease is due to CN allowing #2 & 3 WRs to leave in free agency.
AJ Green has 42 catches for 14.4 yards per catch
RB Bernard is 2nd in receptions with 29 but averages 8.8 yards per catch.
None of the RBs are averaging 4 yards per rush. CN has 4 TDs rushing.
Lots of O line split formations OTS wide to block on bubble screen passes.
TE Eifort has yet to play for CN. That has hurt CN O. He had 13 TDs last year
CN struggles to score TDs in the red zone. 4 plays from the 1yard line failed vs NE.

CN D Standard formation is 4/3 2 deep safeties vs NE but will go 8 in the box vs CL
Even in 3rd & 9+ CN uses nickel rather than dime D.
CN pass rush comes from DT Atkins & DES Dunlap & Johnson.
The key to CN D is the front 4 + Burfict

CL Injuries Both WR Pryor & CB Haden have not practiced all week and are questionable.

That’s what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day and the NFC Free agent signings with grades.
NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.
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NOTE:  This week the NFL Preview show will be on Thursday at 6 PM and next week it will be on Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on The Bill Smith Radio Show or the archive of the shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.  On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the Browns game and the results of the weekend.  On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.

 

 

 

News:

The best news of the week was that Texans coach Gary Kubiak was back with the team.  He is a good guy and we hope he continues to have good health.

 

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe was is facing possible drug charges.  According to league rules he is exempt from suspension until the legal case is adjudicated.

 

Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders was lost for the game and perhaps longer with a foot injury.

 

The end of the Patriots Panther game was another example of bad and gutless officiating in the NFL.  After seeing TE Rob Gronkowski tackled in the endzone the official closest to the foul threw a flag.  The officials waived it off and ran off the field like a bunch of girls that had shoplifted a sweater.

 

Having been an official I have a problem with that.  The call should have been either pass interference if the ball was catchable (it was only 4 yards from one of the biggest and most athletic receivers in the league) or defensive holding.  The prior would put the ball on the 1 with an untimed down.  The alternative would have moved the ball 5 yards closer and provided an untimed down.  At the very least the officials should have had the guts to explain to the team and the viewers at home why the flag was picked up.  That kind of action makes the league look like the games are fixed.  That is the one think that can destroy the legitimacy of the league.

 

ESPN reports that the Dolphins have asked for a delay in the hearing on Richie Incognito’s non-football injury grievance.

 

Ravens General Manager and Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome was taken to the hospital during this week’s game at Chicago.  NFL.COM has reported that he is feeling fine and has returned to Baltimore.  We wish the Hall of Famer Newsome the best.

 

 

Notes:

Steelers 37 Lions 27 – The Steelers wore the Bumble Bee throw back uniforms which should be called throw up uniforms.  The Bees started hot throwing a couple of short passes which Antonio Brown took to the endzone to build a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with the no huddle O.  That was something that they had not shown before.  The Lions scored 27 second quarter points but did not score again.  The key play was a fake field goal attempt by the Lions in the pouring rain that failed.  In the 2nd half the Steelers increased the heat on Stafford.  Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger ended up 29-43 for 367 yards and 4 TDs without a pick.  The Lions defensive line could not get much pressure on Roethlisberger only sacking him once.  Lions QB Matt Stafford did not have a good day in the winds of Hines Field.  He was only 19 of 46 with 2 TDs and 1 interception.  The Lions also lost 2 fumbles.  WR Calvin Johnson caught 6 for 179 yards and 2 TDs but did not have a catch in the 2nd half.

 

Raiders 28 Texans 23 – The Texans are done.  Neither their O or D played well.  They turned the ball over twice and the offense was so bad they benched Case Keenum (13-24 170-1-1) and brought Pick Six Matt Schaub (12-25-155-0-0) back in.  The Texans got an 87 yard TD on a punt return by Keshawn Martin but were -2 in turnovers.  Undrafted QB Matt McGloin threw three TDs in his first NFL start.  He was 18 for 32 for 197 with the 3 TDs and no interceptions.  The Texans took a 17-14 lead into the 3rd quarter but McGloin threw two of his TDs in the quarter.  The best the Texans could generate under Schaub was two field goals.  The Texans were able to convert only 2 of 16 3rd down attempts.

 

Bears 23 Ravens 20 OT – The Ravens had a 10-0 lead when the field was cleared for almost 2 hours due to heavy rain and lightening.  When the game resumed the Bears tied the game on a field goal and a pick 6 by David Bass.  The poor field reduced the pass rush of the Ravens.  However, it did not seem to slow down the Bears pass rush.  Baltimore QB Joe Flacco threw two picks and 1 TD.  He now has thrown 13 of each this season.  That combined with the hip injury to Ray Rice are the primary reasons the O has struggled in 2013.  Bears 2nd team QB Josh McCown did not.  The Ravens got the running game going with RB Rice gaining 131 yards and a 5.2 yard average.  He is looking healthier.  The Ravens got a field goal to tie the game with 3 seconds left but the Bears kicked a field goal in overtime to win.

 

Eagles 24 Redskins 16 – Eagles QB Nick Foles took advantage of a Redskin defense that is one of the worst in the league.  He threw for nearly 300 yards and led the Eagles to two TDs and ran a third in himself.  Under Foles the Eagle O does not come close to running the 80+ plays per game.  But unlike QB Mike Vick, Foles does not turn the ball over.  He has thrown 16 TDs and has yet to throw a pick.  While leading rusher LeSean McCoy was held to 77 yards he did score 2 TDs.

Redskin QB Robert Griffin threw an interception and lost a fumble under a lot of pressure from the Eagle D line.  RG3 never looked comfortable and the game was over before the Skins O got started.  Not only is he playing behind a patched up line he is without any quality receivers.

 

Bills 37 Jets 14 – Bills rookie QB E.J. Manuel outdueled Jets rookie Geno Smith to lead the Bills to a win at home.  Manuel was 20 of 28 for 242 yards and 2 TDs without an interception.  Smith was 8 for 23 for 103 yards and three interceptions without a TD.  He also fumbled twice but recovered one.  Smith has turned the ball over 20 times this season including 16 interceptions.  Smith was replaced by Matt Simms who did throw a TD pass.  The Bills jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter mostly from Smith’s turnovers and the Jets never recovered.  The Bills defense got 4 sacks and harassed Jet QBs all day.

 

Saints 23 49ers 20 – The Saints got a little home town officiating.  Late in the game the 49ers sacked Brees taking them out of field goal range.  But there was a flag for a hit to the head which wiped out the loss and added 15 yards.  Replay showed the hit was on the neck.  The kick was good which tied the game.  As time expired another field goal got the Saints the win.

The Saints D shut down the 49er running game.  49er QB Colin Kaepernick threw two TDs and the defense forced 3 turnovers.  He was chased all over the field and got sacked 3 times.  The 49er receivers did not get open.  The loss puts the team in danger of missing the playoffs.  They are now tied with the Cardinals at 6-4.  The passing game of the Saints prevailed.  QB Drew Brees threw for 300 yards and led the Saints to 2 touchdowns and three field goals for the win.  The Saints are a much better team at home than on the road.  At 8-2 the Saints need to keep winning to have any chance of catching the Seahawks.

 

Broncos 27 Chiefs 17 – The flaws of the Chiefs game were exposed against the Broncos.  The Chiefs do not have the offense to score enough to overcome a quality team.  They had build a 9-0 record against backup QBs on below average teams.  The Chief offense had not scored a TD in 6 quarters coming into the game.  That is not a formula for a championship.  The Broncos are a legitimate threat to go all the way to the Super Bowl ONLY if QB Payton Manning can stay healthy.

 

Bengals 41 Browns 20 – Four turnovers and two blocked punts did in the Browns chance to win.  When your fans give the team a standing ovation for getting a punt off, thing on special teams are bad. For the details of the game check out my Browns Bengals Live Game Notes on http://fryingpansports.com/.

 

 

Rumors:

The Steelers will face major cap space issues in part due to the big contract they gave Roethlisberger.  They are also getting old and brittle particularly on defense.  Look for the team to let some big name (and big salary) older players go including SS Troy Polamalu.  A trade of Roethlisberger is not likely because the cap hit would be over 12 million dollars.

 

Watching Vikings RB Adrian Peterson over the last few weeks I have to believe he is not healthy.  He does not have the burst or the jump step he has shown over his career.

 

With 6 weeks to go in the season it is time to look at those coaches on the hot seat.  The two that jump out are Jacksonville and Tampa Bay.  Both are very much in need of more wins to insure their return next season.

The Vikings, Falcons, Texans and Redskins share the Under-Achiever of the year award and the coaching staffs may be gone next season.  Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has an excuse due to the bounty that was paid for QB Griffin and the salary cap hit imposed by the NFL.  That excuse may not apply to GM Bruce Allen.  Both the trade and the errors that resulted in the penalty by the league were decisions made by Allen.

 

 

This week’s “Too smart for your own good” award:

Lions Coach Jim Schwartz wins the award for going for a fake field goal in the 4th quarter leading the Steelers by 4.  The attempt failed (as most of them do) and the Lions lost the game.

 

 

 

 

 

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on The Bill Smith Radio Show.  

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NOTE:  Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on The Bill Smith Radio Show or the archive of the shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.  On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the Browns game and the results of the weekend.  On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.

 

News:

By far the biggest news of the weekend was the Monday night injury to QB Aaron Rodgers.  The latest report indicates that he has a break in his collar bone.  Without Rodgers the Pack has little chance to make the playoffs.

 

Our thoughts go out to two NFL head coaches with health issues.  FPS staff wishes both John Fox and Gary Kubiak a fast complete recovery.  The job of an NFL coach is a 20 hour a day 52 week a year sentence.  Those that take the job understand the physical demands that come with it.  However, they do it for the love of the game.

 

Season ending injuries are way up this season.  If the trend continues this season will set an all time record for such injuries.  Many of the injuries are to the legs and knees.  This is an unexpected result of the focus on concussions.  Defenders are hitting lower causing the knee injuries.  If the league tries to legislate low hits it will make tackling almost impossible.

 

 

Notes:

Jets 26 Saints 20 – The Jet D line kept pressure on Saint QB Drew Brees all day.  The two interceptions by Brees were both tipped balls caught by the Jets’ DBs.  The D held the Saints to 3 of 11 3rd down conversions.  Former Saint RB Chris Ivory burned the team that traded him by running for 139 yards on 18 carries for a 7.7 average with a TD.  Jet QB Geno Smith was just 8 for 19 for 115 yards with no TDs and no picks.

 

Eagles 49 Raiders 20 – Eagles QB Nick Foles tied an NFL record throwing for 7 TDs.  He burned the Raiders D for 406 yards with a 14.5 average per attempt and no interceptions.  Raider QB Terrelle Pryor had a bad game going 22 for 41 for 288 yards but no TDs and 2 picks.  The Eagles D sacked Pryor three times but ran for 94 yards on 10 attempts.  He hurt his knee but may be able to play next week.  Foles performance may put an end to the Eagles career of Mike Vick.

 

Titans 28 Rams 21 – This was a battle of runners.  RB Chris Johnson finally began to earn his big check Sunday.  In his biggest game this season he got 39 yards.  Against the quality Ram D Johnson ran for 150 yards on 23 carries.  Rams RB Zac Stacy ran for 127 on 27 carries.  Both scored twice.  The game was even deep into the 4th quarter.  Kelllen Clemens was sacked and fumbled with 2:54 left.  The Titans recovered on the Ram 19 and scored the final TD.  The Rams got the ball back twice but could not recover.

 

Redskins 30 Chargers 24 OT – The Chargers defense scored first on a pass from the endzone being blocked and intercepted for a TD.  The Redskins had balance on offense and got one more interception than the Chargers got.  Redskin QB Robert Griffin threw for 291 yards and the team got 209 more on the ground.  The Chargers depend on QB Phillip Rivers’ arm because they left the running game at home.  RB Robert Mathews had two 100+ games coming into the game but got only 7 carries for 34 yards.  Rivers threw a 19 yard pass for a TD and the Chargers kicked a field goal to tie the game with just 3 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 24.  But the Skins got the ball first in OT and Griffin drove the team down the field for the TD that ended the game.

 

Seahawks 27 Bucs 24 OT – Tampa forced 3 turnovers including two interceptions and they built a 21-0 lead.  Buc QB Mike Glennon was outstanding throwing for 2 TDs without a pick.  But Hawks’ QB Russell Wilson and RB Marshawn Lynch brought the team back.  Tampa’s defense harassed Wilson all day.  He had no time to read the D and throw.  A TD pass from Wilson to Doug Baldwin tied the game with just 1:51 left in the 4th.  Then Wilson and Lynch drove the team to a winning field goal on their first possession in OT.

 

Colts 27 Texans 24 – The Texans had a 21-3 lead at half time. Then Coach Gary Kubiak collapsed leaving the field and the team seemed to lose focus.  The team supports the coach despite the struggles of this season.  The Texans played their best game of the year but the loss of their coach took the air out of the team and the crowd.

 

Panthers 34 Falcons 10 – The Falcons’ season is officially done.  QB Matt Ryan threw 3 picks and lost a fumble.  Panther QB Cam Newton did not play all that well but the D was solid enough to win.  With the loss by the Saints, the Panthers are only a game behind and in good shape to make the playoffs.

 

Browns 24 Ravens 18 – The Browns beat the Ratbirds for the first time in 12 games.  It was a big game for both teams and the Browns found a way to win.  For more on this game check out Browns Ravens Live Game Notes on http://fryingpansports.com/ and the radio version of NNR with Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports covering the game on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

 

Rumors:

 

The Redskins are protecting QB Griffin by not allowing him to run as much.  He did run 6 times but most were because the pass protection broke down.  He averaged only 2.8 yards per carry.  He is fearless running the ball.  The Skins are using option plays to replace his rushing yards with the TE or WR carrying the ball.  But even on those plays Griffin will get hit.  The team gave a lot to get RG3 and they need to protect their investment.

 

The Seahawks are going to get QB Russell Wilson killed because the O line is in shambles.  I pointed this out in week 1.  He is running for his life on almost every snap.  If he gets hurt the season is ruined.  It is the major failure of Seahawk management to fail to insure adequate pass protection.

 

The Bucs have to be heart sick having played as well as they did for four quarters in Seattle only to lose in OT.  The team is playing hard but it has way too much talent to be 0-8.

 

Don’t assume the Texans will be in the first round QB derby in the 2014 draft.  The organization believes that undrafted QB Case Keenum has shown enough to be a candidate for the job next season.  He has thrown 4 TDs without a pick.  He did fumble twice.  The O moved much more efficiently under Keenum than under Matt Schaub.  Keenum also helps attendance since he played at Houston.  This means that Schaub will be elsewhere next year.  The team may still draft a QB but it will likely be in the 2nd or 3rd round rather than round 1.

 

 

 

 

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on The Bill Smith Radio Show.  

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Note:  Join us for the live version of NNR Mondays and Fridays on The Bill Smith Radio Show. The Monday show with co-host Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports reviews the NFL week and Browns game.  The Friday show includes Samantha and Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York and previews the weekend games.

 

News:

Texan QB Matt Schaub was hurt and could be out next week.  The team also lost SS Danieal Manning with a broken Fibula.  He will be out 6-8 weeks.

 

The Packers lost WRs James Jones and Randal Cobb with knee injuries.  They also lost LB Nick Perry with a broken foot.

 

Pats WR Danny Amendola suffered a concussion.  CB Aqib Talib hurt a hip and LB Jerod Mayo suffered a shoulder injury.

 

The Cowboys RB Demarco Murray hurt a knee and DE Demarcus Ware will miss several weeks with a quad injury.

 

The Vikings have lost LB Desmond Bishop for the season with a torn ACL.

 

The Bills signed former Raider QB Matt Flynn.

 

The Steelers have placed OT Levi Brown on IR.  The team traded for him on Oct. 2 and he never played a game for them.  He injured his tricepts in pregame warm-up.  This is just one more example of the questionable moves by team management.  Brown has had a history of injury.  Check out my analysis of the Steelers drafts “Why did the Steelers fall so far so fast?”
Read more at http://fryingpansports.com/#KYl3oHXhIGVQedFl.99.

 

 

Notes:

Patriots 30 Saints 27 – The key to this game was a brain cramp by DC Rob Ryan.  With 10 seconds left Ryan decided to not double the receivers in the endzone.  There was 1 on 1 coverage on WR Kenbrell Thompkins and QB Tom Brady hit him for the game winner with 5 seconds left.

 

Rams 38 Texans 13 – Those that wanted someone else (anyone else?) to play QB for the Texans got their wish.  But only after the Rams had built a 31-6 lead was starting QB Matt Schaub hurt.  T.J. Yates came in and promptly threw a 98 yard pick 6 to Alec Ogletree.  The Texans were never in the game and looked like a team that has given up.  They had 95 yards in penalties and gave the ball away 4 times.

 

Eagles 31 Buccaneers 20 – Eagle QB Nick Foles was extremely effective and efficient.  He ended up 22 for 31 for 296 yards and 3 TDs without a pick.  He also ran for a TD.  HC Chip Kelly has backed off his plan for 80+ plays a game at least with his backup starting.  The Eagles had only 65 offensive plays.  Bucs QB Mike Glennon played pretty well going 26-43 for 273 and 2 TDs and 1 interception.  The Bucs simply were overmatched by the Eagles speed and efficiency on offense.

 

Chiefs 24 Raiders 7 – Raider QB Terrelle Pryor was running for his life all afternoon.  He was sacked 10 times behind the patchwork line.  The pressure was unrelenting and forced 3 interceptions as well.  Chiefs QB Alex Smith was only 14-31 for 128 yards without a TD or a pick.  The Raider D is playing very well but the injury plagued O line was the culprit for the loss.  The line could not protect Pryor or block to get the running game going.

 

Bengals 27 Bills 24 OT – The Bengals built a 24-10 lead going into the 4th quarter and then tried to hang on for the win.  But new Bills starting QB Thad Lewis threw two long TDs to tie the game including a 40 yard TD with just 1:08 left.  He ended up with 19 for 32 for 216 yards and 2 TDs but no picks and 1 fumble lost.  The comeback took a lot of effort and the Bills just did not have enough left to get over the hump in OT.

 

Packers 19 Ravens 17 – The Raven running game disappeared and it was up to QB Joe Flacco to carry the O.  He failed.  The running game generated 47 yards in 22 attempts.  Flacco was sacked 5 times and converted only 2 of 14 third down attempts.  The Pack was up 16-3 going into the 4th quarter but the Ravens scored 2 late TDs including the last one with 2:04 left in the game.  The Pack found a running game with rookie RB Eddie Lacy gaining 120 yards on 23 carries.  QB Aaron Rodgers was 17-32 for 315 yards with a TD and a pick.

 

Panthers 35 Vikings 10 – Expect the Matt Cassel experiment to be over soon in Minnesota.  The Vikings were never in the game.  The Vike D made Panther QB Cam Newton look like a Hall of Famer.  Newton was 20-26 for 242 and 3 touchdowns without an interception.  Cassel was 32-44 but threw 2 picks.  The running game was understandably down.  Adrian Peterson had 10 carries for 62 yards but got 31 on a single carry.  The Vikes never got the O going.  The Panther D had something to do with that but most of the problem was inconsistency of the Vike O.  They scored their one TD with 1:00 left in the game.

 

Seahawks 20 Titans 13 – This gets the weird game of the week award.  The only TD that the Titans scored was on a return of a blocked FG.  Seahawk QB Russell Wilson drove the team down to the Titan 2 with 2 seconds left.  But their FG kicker was hurt.  The punter Jon Ryan tried to kick a FG but the new holder dropped the ball and tried to throw it.  The ball went backward and Jason McCourty ran it 77 yards for the TD.  Titan QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 2 interceptions but the Seahawks fumbled twice including the botched FG.  Wilson was 23 for 31 for 257 with no TDs or picks.

 

Lions 31 Browns 17 – The Browns led at halftime 17-7.  Then the Lions scored 24 straight points aided by a QB Brandon Weeden meltdown.  For my opinion about the game check out my live game notes on fryingpansports.com.

 

 

Rumors:

After watching the Eagles with both Michael Vick and Nick Foles, it is clear to me that Foles should be the QB going forward.  Vick is on a one year contract and has only completed a 16 game season once since returning from his stint as a guest of the state for dog fighting.  Foles is young, talented and more accurate passing than Vick because his mechanics are stable.  Even after years behind center, Vick’s mechanics are never consistent.

 

With the announcement that Brandon Weeden will remain at QB for the Browns it is clear to me that upper management wants to tank the season for a higher draft choice.  It is hard to watch Weeden play.  A good coach can correct inaccuracy due to mechanics or footwork.  A good coach can correct a flawed throwing motion.  There is no hope for a QB that wets his pants every time he gets rushed.  If the team wanted to win they would (1) bench Weeden, (2) start Jason Campbell and (3) sign a young QB free agent.  I would like to see the team sign Tyler Wilson off the Raiders practice squad.  Going into the 2012 college season he was considered a first round pick.  Arkansas had a horrendous season due to a change in head coach and lack of talent around Wilson.  He has well above average arm strength, is accurate even when getting hit and has experience behind a less than optimal offensive line.

 

The biggest impact that the Browns decision to keep starting Weeden may be their inability to keep their own free agents and sign those from other teams.  No quality NFL player wants to play for an organization that is willing to tank a season for a draft pick.  C Alex Mack, S T.J. Ward and LB Craig Robertson will be free agents at the end of this season.

 

The Chargers showed other teams the formula for beating QB Andrew Luck and the Colts.  The Bolts held the ball for 38:31 and scored on 5 possessions.  They also held the Colts to 2 of 10 3rd down conversion attempts.

 

There are a bunch of trade rumors floating around.  Last season the trading deadline would have been 4PM EDT today.  This year it was moved back 2 weeks.  The majority of rumors are about the bottom feeders trading players for 2014 draft choices.  There are usually few deals done around the trading deadline.  But with so many injuries around the league this year for teams in contention, 2013 could be the exception.

 

After week 6 it is time to look at the coaches on the hot seat.

 

Bucs HC Greg Schiano has irritated the other coaches, his players and this season is 0-6.  He is dead man walking.

 

Texans HC Gary Kubiak is on the hot seat with his team at 2-4.  The struggles of Schaub should put team management on the hot seat as well.

 

Giants coach Tom Coughlin has 2 super bowl wins but with the team at 0-6 the heat is on.  Despite injuries the team has not won this year and has not been a factor in the NFC East in the last couple of seasons.

 

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has struggled this year.  The issue is not coaching.  The problem is the lack of quality draft choices.  GM Kevin Colbert is the guy that should go.

 

Atlanta coach Mike Smith is on the hot seat but should not be.  The injuries combined with a lack of depth have caused the team to go 1-4.  He should survive and coach next year.

 

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is in his first year but the team has been bad.  He is likely to stay but will be on shaky ground next season.  He is not a very good head coach.

 

 

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on The Bill Smith Radio Show.  

He also edits .  

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News:

Injuries hit key players in the NFL again.  Ray Rice RB (BA) has a hip flexor.  WR Larry Fitzgerald (AZ) reinjured his hamstring but plans to play next week.  RB Reggie Bush (DT) has a knee sprain.  OT Ryan Clady (DV) has a Lisfranc strain and will be out several weeks.  WR Andre Johnson (HO) had a concussion but is expected to play next week.  RB Maurice Jones-Drew (JK) has an ankle sprain.  RB Eddie Lacy (GB) suffered a concussion. WR Malcom Floyd (SD) was carted off the field with a neck injury and is not expected to play any time soon.  NT Ian Williams (SF) broke an ankle and is out indefinitely.  S Eric Reid (SF) suffered a concussion.  S Tyvon Branch (OK) hurt his ankle and S Charles Godfrey (CR) is out for the year with an Achilles tear.  QB Brandon Weeden (CL) has a sprained thumb on his passing hand.

 

This Given Sunday site reports that three teams are in line for the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.  Those teams are 3) Tampa Bay 2) Cleveland and 1) Jacksonville.  The first pick will likely be QB Teddy Bridgewater QB of Louisville.

 

Another well known college QB  Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, is undraftable according to Peter King.  I tend to agree with King.  I would not draft him at this point because he looks a lot like Ryan Leif to me.  Leif was a head case with a sense of entitlement he had not earned in the NFL.  Manziel seems to have that already in college.

 

The Seattle fans broke the world record for stadium noise level at 136 decibels.  That is similar to a jet engine.

 

An Orlando TV station apologized Sunday for broadcasting the Jaguars game rather than Manning vs. Manning.  By NFL rule they had to televise the local team.

 

 

Notes:

Chargers 33 Eagles 30 – SD won the game by holding the ball for over 40 minutes.  The Charger defense did a great job tackling which is the best way to slow down the Eagles.  The Eagle D got tired.  The Eagle O got back in the game and tied it late.  But the tired D gave up a long drive with less than 2 minutes remaining and the field goal to win it for SD.  Their primary issue on Defense seems to be blown coverages against the pass.

 

Raiders 19 Jags 9 – Raider QB Terrelle Pryor was solid again.  That opened the running lanes for the backs.  Jags have the worst O in the league (yes ever worse than the Browns).  The game between Cleveland and Jacksonville may determine the 1st overall pick.

 

Packers 38 Redskins 20 – It is clear to me that Robert Griffin III is not healthy.  He is not stepping into his throws.  That limits his power to just his arm and shoulder.  The Packers jumped out to a 24-0 lead and never looked back.

 

Bills 24 Panthers 23 – This game was back and forth until the Panthers lost 3 of their starting DBs.  Bills QB EJ Manuel drove the Bills down the field to win the game late.  The Bills D is really starting to come around.

 

Seahawks 29 49ers 3 – My pick of the 49ers+3.5 did not go well.  Colin Kaepernick could not get the O going.  But it was the running game that failed the team.  Gore and company did nothing and Kaep had to carry the load.

 

Ravens 14 Browns 6 – The issues with the Browns are the O line, QB, and D secondary.  Brandon Weeden was sacked 5 times and hit a bunch more.  For the details on this game check out my posting yesterday here on Fryingpansports.com.

 

 

 

Rumors:

I mentioned last week about the nasty jawing between teams going on around the league.  The NFL noticed that too and issued a “point of emphasis” on that issue.  We will see if that does any good.

 

The Bucs are in disarray.  At 0-2 it is unlikely that QB Josh Freeman will be back.  He and head coach coach Greg Schiano are not getting along.  The HC reportedly never liked Freeman.  The Bucs drafted QB Mike Glennon in the third round in 2013.  Freeman wants a trade but few teams will be interested in giving up a draft choice for a guy that will be a street free agent at the end of the season.  The Bucs players are getting tired of Schiano’s tactics and tough love.  There was the attempt to tackle the QB against the victory formation last year.  The bottom line is the team is 1-7 in their last 8 games.  A history of winning is necessary to make the players accept the tough coach approach.

 

The Browns may be looking for an excuse to bench Weeden in favor of either QB Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer.  The Weeden injury will give the team a reason to make a change.  If nothing improves when Weeden is “healthy” he can start again.

 

According to ESPN there is a movement by the Jags fans to sign QB Tim Tebow.  The GM has said he is not interested in the free agent.  The movement was scheduled to start at 3:16 PM Monday.

 

 

 

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on The Bill Smith Radio Show.  

He also edits .  

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

Things to look for this week in College and Pro football.

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The Big East is a fraud. Despite the pollsters doing their best to get a BE team into the top 25, the league stinks this year. Several teams have crept into the top 25 only to lose and fall back out the next week. The current top team is Syracuse (6-2) who is tied for 28th in the AP. The league is recruiting BcS #3 TCU to join the league. TCU would love to get into an automatic qualifying conference. The BE desperately needs a team–any team– that can get into the top 25 and stay there. It also would love to have a TV presents in the Dallas market. The only problem is the BE basketball is 16 teams already and TCU does not have a strong basketball tradition.

#3 TCU @ #5 Utah – The loser is out of the Championship picture. The TCU D is #1 in most college stats and the O is 9th in scoring and 9th in rushing. The Utah D is 6th in points allowed and their O is 3rd in scoring. The key may be the difference in opponents. The only big time opponent that Utah has played was a badly over rated #15 Pit team in game 1 of the season. TCU beat a good Oregon State team ranked at the time and Baylor who was not ranked then but is #21 now. TCU wins due to more experience on D and at QB.

#6 Alabama @ #10 LSU – Watch out for Bama. They lost on the road @ South Carolina in their 3rd straight game against a ranked team that had a bye the previous week. I think LSU is W A Y over rated. Bama wins easily on the road.

#15 Arizona @ #13 Stanford – All the talk about this game is about the Stanford #5 scoring O against the Zona #7 points against D. But this game will be decided by the Arizona O vs the Stanford D. Zona is 12th in passing but struggles to put points on the board (#32). The Stanford D will struggle to stop the air attack of the Zona and Arizona wins on the road.

#21 Baylor @ #17 Oklahoma St. – Both passing games are outstanding. Soph QB Griffin has led the Bears to their first bowl eligibility in years and is ranked 10th in passing yards. OKSt has a bad D that is susceptible to the passing game but has the 3rd ranked passing game themselves. The key should be the running game of the Bears and the visitors should walk away with the win.

#18 Arkansas @ #19 South Carolina – Hog QB Mallett leads the 2nd ranked passing game into SC against the Gamecocks 24th ranked D. But Mallett’s passing stats are misleading. He has failed against the top teams (#1 Alabama and #4 Auburn) he has played and needs this game to prove to the scouts that he is a worthy top pick whenever he comes out. SC beat Alabama but lost in their only other game against a top team. They also stumbled against Kentucky. SC plays much better at home and wins this game.

NFL this week:

Chiefs (5-2) @ Raiders (4-4) -2.5 – This game is critical to the Raiders if they want a chance at the playoffs. The Chiefs bring in the top rushing game against the 26th ranked rush D of the Raiders. The secret for KC is not to have to depend on the arm of QB Cassel because he is not reliable. They have played only 2 good teams (Colts and Texans) and lost to both. The Raiders are coming back. The O has scored 92 points in the last 2 games. They win and cover.

Colts (5-2) @ Eagles (4-3) -3 – With the benching of QB Kolb the Eagles are taking a big gamble on keeping the locker room together. QB Vick is solid but will have some rust coming off an injury. I think the Colts cover and should win.

Buccaneers (5-2) @ Falcons (5-2) -8.5 – Buc HC Morris thinks he has the best team in the league. He doesn’t. The Bucs are 30th against the run and that is what the Falcons do best. Atlanta wins but 8.5 is a BIG number I would not touch.

Dolphins (4-3) @ Ravens (5-2) -6 – The Ravens struggled defensively against the Bills last week. Even so, the team is solid. The Dolphins won ugly against the Bengals last week. QB Henne is not having a great season and the Dolphin O line will struggle against the Raven D. The Ravens win and should cover.

Best Bet: Giants +5.5 vs Seahawks.

Is 2011 really the year of the QB? Probably not. Most mock drafts show 3 QBs going in the first round of the 2011 draft. There is no question that a lot of NFL teams need QBs but it is not at all clear that the under class guys like Mallett in Arkansas and Luck at Stanford, or even Wilson at NC State will come out. The key is going to be the Collective Bargaining Agreement. DeMaurice Smith of the NFLPA and the owners need to get a deal done by declaration day in mid January 2011. There is no chance that the deal will be done by that time. I don’t see any of the under class men coming out without a deal signed prior to the declaration date. QB Locker (Washington) will go in the 1st round but that is it. Florida State QB Ponder will go in round 2, with Delaware QB Devlin and Nevada QB Kaepernick being wild cards. Their draft position will depend on the all star games and the combine.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

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