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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.
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Week 16 NFL

NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from the previous week, and previewed all of this week’s games including a detailed analysis of the Browns game.

Steelers pulled a “Buckeye” by not showing up against a Raven team with a defensive backfield that could not cover me running a pattern. What happened? They choked. If the Steelers get in the playoffs they will have fallen backwards across the goal line. They could be a force but not if they play like they did against the Ravens.

Chip Kelly is out and if you were surprised SHAME ON YOU for not listening to NNR. Samantha and I have been telling you for weeks that this was coming. It was well deserved. As a former coach myself I can say that anyone that makes player decisions based on who he likes will never succeed.

The NFL is about play makers and Kelly gave away the guys that had the best ability to make plays. It was also a HUGE mistake to try to force his system on players that did not fit it. A good coach adapts his system to fit the talent that he has.

Rumors have Kelly becoming the HC of the Titans. They have the 1st pick (or will after they loose to the Colts) and former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. But the problem is that the only thing that the TN D has is consultant Dick Jauron. He will never stay if Kelly is named as head coach. The D that was really bad this year will be much much worse under Kelly’s hurry up O.

If the rumors are true about the Browns bring in Hall of Fame Ron Wolfe as a consultant to select the next GM are true it is the first great decision that the organization has made. It is critical that the GM and head coach are on the same page. The ONLY way to do that is to allow the new GM to pick his head coach.

The Falcons gave the NFC the blueprint to beat the Panthers—pressure Cam Newton in the pocket and don’t let him escape. Now we will see if any playoff team is smart enough to take advantage of it.

No NFC team wants to play the Seahawks in the playoffs. But no matter how good Russell Wilson is (and he is REALLY good) if the O line can not protect him the team will struggle. It had looked like the O line had jelled but last week it was pathetic.

The Packers will not be in the playoffs long unless the WRS can get open. The O line is a problem but the WRS are a crisis. With the run game so inconsistent, the Packer O is the problem. The D has held up well even in the losses.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from the previous week, and previewed all of this week’s games including a detailed analysis of the Browns game.

SE-6 BA SE Wilson has been outstanding. He has a near perfect pass rating in the last 3 games.

7-5 4-8 Run game is solid with Rawls has been solid.

The key to the turnaround has been the D getting back to 2013 performance.

BA This year is lost for BA. They will be back in the playoff hunt next year when they get the injured players back.

Schaub threw 2 picks including a pick6 in a span of 20 seconds to spell the defeat at MI. He is a disaster looking for some place to happen. If he is hurt things will even get worse. What could be worse? How about starting Jimmy Clausen. Yes that would do it.

The D knew the pass D was bad but now it can’t stop the run game either.

AT CR-7.5 AT AT has fallen & can’t get up. After starting 5-0 they have lost 6 of their last 7 games. HC Dan Quinn has no answers.

6-6 12-0 Ryan has thrown 9 picks & lost 2 fumbles in those games. That has to stop. He is having the worst season since his rookie year.

2 weeks ago AT D was #1 vs the run. It is now 12th. The problem has been missed tackles.

CR Newton has had a good year BUT he is not an MVP candidate IMO. He plays in the NFC South. The O line has gotten better. Run game is solid.

HC Ron Rivera has put his stamp on the D. It is aggressive and solid at all 3 levels.

The D backfield has a tough day vs NO but a lot of teams do vs Brees. Ryan will have a hard time find open WRS.

WA CH-3 WA After a tough loss against DA, WA gets a CH team that is also 5-7. The difference is CH is not in the running for a division title. Don’t you love the NFC Least?

5-7 5-7 Cousins is not a NFL starter & WA knows that. But he is not RG3 or Colt McCoy & that makes him the starter.

WA can’t get the run game going. Usually they are near the top of the NFL but this year they are 26th.

The D has never been good but is doing a little better this year. They are 17th in ppg & 10th in pass yards.

CH Cutler has been—well Cutler. He has 14 TDS & 7 picks with 3 fumbles lost. He is 20th in passing.

Forte has led the run game but due to a bad O line neither of the top 2 RBS average 4 yards per carry. CH is still 11th in rush yards.

The D can’t stop the run. It is 29th allowing 128y per game. It is better vs the pass because no team bothers to throw.

Big plays have been the largest issue.

PT CN-3 PT PT needs to keep winning to have any shot at the playoffs. Roethlisberger has been below average throwing 15 TDS but 9 picks. Last year he had 32 TDS & 9 picks.

7-5 10-2 PT has outstanding WRS. Brown, Bryant & Wheaton all have speed & hands. TE Heath Miller is solid as well.

D is great vs the run (6th) but horrible vs the pass (29th 275ypg). That is something that CN will exploit.

CN Dalton is the reverse vampire. He is great in the sunshine but turns to dust at night. CN is 4th in ppg & 12th in pass ypg.

The Run game has helped as well. It is 9th in the league using the 2 headed monster Bernard & Hill. Hill has a habit of putting the ball on the ground.

The D backfield will have to play at a high level. That is not likely to happen. Jones is out & Hall is ?.

D has been outstanding. 1St in ppg (16.1) 10th in ypg. DT Atkins & LB Burfict are healthy & that has been the difference.

In the past CN would have lost a trap game but CN has avoided that this year. They are 1st in the AFC playoff standings going into this week.

IN JK pk IN IN was humiliated last week by PT 45-10. Pagano is on a white hot seat as HC. He needs to get into the playoffs.

6-6 4-8 Luck is out & Hasselbeck was beaten up by PT last week. He is questionable this week. If he is out the QB is Whitehurst—Not good.

The run game is 27th (thanks to Gore at RB) & the D is very giving—allowing 25.4 ppg (26th). It was not helped by injuries & Luck’s picks.

JK The O has been OK (16th in ppg & 14th in pass ypg). Bortles has 27 TDS 13 picks & a pass rating of 86.6.

The problem is the D. It is 30th in ppg (28.4). It allowed Maroita to throw for 268 yards & 3 touchdowns & run 87 yards for a TD against the blitz.

With a new owner there is a lot of heat on the coaching staff & GM to get it turned around quickly.

SD KC-10 SD It is reported that GM Telesco given a 2 yr extension in Aug. HC McCoy will not be back if the team is selected to move to LA.

3-9 7-5 Telesco is a moron picking players. Very Good QB but no O line & few targets. Rivers has carried the team on his back all season.

SD is 4th in passing ypg but 30th in rushing. Rivers has 23TDS 9 picks & a 97.1 pass rating. Yeldon looks like another Alabama Bust at RB.

There is no D in SD. It is 29th in ppg (27).

KC Even OK chased Smith around. The O line has badly hurt the team. He needs a good O line to be effective.

Smith has thrown 14 TDS & 3 picks with a pass rating of 96.3. He has a noodle arm but is accurate with short passes.

LB Houston is questionable. D backfield had 3 picks by putting pressure on Carr last week. Houston would help a lot.

TN NJ-7 TN Mariota got the win last week with his 87y TD run. But TN needs a run game. RB McCluster has been out & no body else stepped up.

3-9 7-5 Mariota has been a bit of a disappointment. TN is 26th in ppg (20.4) & 25th in pass ypg.

The D is getting better. If LeBeau stays it will be really good next year. 21St ppg but 8th in total yards & 9th in pass ypg.

NJ NJ is barely hanging on to a playoff wild card. They need to win to stay in the 6th spot.

In the last 3 losses (OK, HO & BF) they played down to the competition. If they want a playoff spot that has to stop.

Fitzpatrick lacks a solid run game because of injuries to McCoy. Fitz has 22 TDS & 11 picks with a pass rating of 88.1.

Pass D is hurt by the loss of Revis but he may be back. It is 18th in pass ypg but 1st against the run. It is 11th in ppg.

BF-1 PH BF Taylor is making a case that he is the QB of the future. He has 17 TDS & 4 picks with a pass rating of 104.3. He has run for 3 TDS.

6-6 5-7 Taylor’s running threat has made the RB life easier. McCoy avg 4.6 & Karlos Williams avg 5.7.

McCoy will be a big factor having been a former Eagle.

D has been a disappointment. It is 16th in ppg 23rd in pass ypg & 14th in run ypg.

PH The Kelly O is not working. It is 15th in ppg, 19th in pass ypg & 12th in run ypg. QBS have 17 TDS but 14 picks.

The fast O has lead to a dead D. PH is 25th in ppg, 24th in pass ypg & 27th in run ypg.

They need to have someone spy on Taylor to prevent 3rd down runs.

Despite a 5-7 record, PH is tied for 1st in the NFC Least.

DT ST pk DT Everyone in DT is nervous for good reason. The Pres & GM were both fired. A consultant is in to help ownership find replacements.

4-8 4-8 Even at 4-8 DT is playing hard. The loss to GB Thursday was a heart breaker.

Stinker Stafford has been decent 22 TDS 12 picks & a pass rating of 91.1. He has had to do it without a run game (31st).

D yardage stats look good but it is 28th in ppg. They give up too many big plays & poor red zone D.

ST HC Fisher is rearranging the deck chairs. He fired the OC & replaced him with Rob Boras. But with Foles at QB that is a band aid for a lost limb.

O is 31st in ppg, & 32nd in pass ypg. That is due to bad QB play. Gurley has been held in check because there is no air threat.

D is 13th in ppg, but 23rd in rush ypg. The D line is solid but LBS struggle to stop the run.

NO TB-3.5 NO There is a chill in NO headquarters. They will all be gone at the end of the season.

4-8 6-6 Brees has been solid. 23 TDS 11 picks & a pass rating of 96.6. He has no help at WR, TE or RB.

The D is still horrid. 32Nd in ppg, yds, & rush ypg. & 31st in pass ypg.

TB Winston is getting better every week. The best news is he has not shoplifted any crab legs.

TB is 18th in ppg, 9th in yards, & 2nd in rush ypg. The run game has been solid Martin has 1133y with an avg of 5 ypa.

The D is a work in progress, It is 9th in yards & 7th in rush ypg but 23rd in ppg. They struggle in the red zone.

OK DV-7.5 OK Carr was forced into 3 picks by the pressure last week vs KC. But OK is 13th in ppg & 8th in pass ypg.

5-7 10-2 D still lacks play makers. It is 27th in ppg & 25th in yards pg.

DV Osweiler starts again. He has 5 TDS 3 picks & a pass rating of 85.8. But that is much better than Peyton who has a pass rating of 67.6.

D is 2nd in ppg (17.5) & 1st in ypg & pass ypg. It has been better this year but the O has let the team down badly.

DA GB-7 DA When Romo went down so did the O. DA is 29th in ppg, 27th in ypg & 28th in pass ypg.

4-8 8-4 The D has been better than expected. It is 15th in ppg 6th in ypg & 5th in pass ypg. It played well last week.

GB Rodgers has had a tough season. GB is 8-4 but are 12th in ppg & 23rd in pass ypg. He has to stop throwing picks (2 last wk).

He doesn’t have his top WR but his decisions have not been good. He is trying to do too much, is forcing throws & doesn’t trust the O line.

The D has been solid. It is 6th in ppg. While it gives up yards between the 20’s it is strong in the red zone.

NE-3 HO NE NE has not lost 2 game in a row since 2012. On fryingpansports.com I explained how it happened.

10-2 6-6 Brady is missing a lot on the O line & receiver corps. He has been hit 32 times in the last 3 games. Even so NE is 2nd in ppg (31.2) & 1st in pass yds (315.8)

The D has fallen to 10th in ppg (20.6) & 15th in pass ypg (241.6).

HO HO has not had the season they expected but they “are who we thought they were.”

Hoyer has 18 TDS & just 6 picks with a pass rating of 94.4. He has not been the problem.

The D has disappointed. It is 14th in ppg (22.0) but 3rd in pass ypg. They struggle in the red zone.

Watt broke his hand in practice but will play on Sunday.

SF CL-1.5 SF Gabbert has been a little better than expected but may not have RB Hyde back. Against CL that may not matter.

4-8 2-10 SF D played better at CH last week but has been hit with lots of defections, retirements & injuries.

Poor Phil Dawson. He leaves a train wreck of a franchise to be with a winning franchise only to see it turn into a dumpster fire.

CL “Here’s Johnny!” With Manziel back, the O needs to be adjusted. WRS need to stay alive in scramble mode.

The D can’t stop the run or cover WRS. Other than that things are fine.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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.

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/.

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from week 8, and previewed all week 8 games including the Browns/Cards.

Lions & Chiefs at London

DT Stafford has been a disaster. O line & run game are worse. Can they score?

D has been stressed by TOS on O.

KC Smith has been bad and Reid in on the hot seat. The DT D should help both.

The pass rush as disappeared D backfield is better w Berry but without a rush it suffers.

Bucs at Falcons

TB Winston has been up & down as has the run game.

Lovie has to get more Tampa 2 players. He has just a few now.

AT AT O has disappeared. It will be back against TB. Ryan has to get WR White back.

D has been much better this year. It will give Winston fits.

Chargers at Ravens

SD Rivers has a pass rating of 99.2. 15TDS 7X. O line & lack of run game have been big issues.

TE Gates is back but not yet FB condition. He must help a weak rec corps.

D has struggled. Injuries are hurting the D.

BA Flacco has been bad & WRS have not helped.

Front 7 is good. Back 4 not so much. Rivers will be a problem.

Vikings at Bears

MN Birdgewater & Peterson have to deal with a bad O line but are solid. Wallace has to catch the ball.

D is 3rd in scoring but needs to take the ball away more. Cutler should help that.

CH Cutler is out at the end of the year. He has not be “in” for much of the season.

Fox needs a D but doesn’t have much of one now.

Titans at Texans

TN Mariota may start but no running game hurt and the O line is over paid and under performing.

D has struggled. DBS are weak but it is getting better.

HO Mallett is gone so no more coin flips but so is Foster. Hoyer needs some help.

D has under achieved. Watt triple teamed & no other pass rusher getting home.

Bengals at Steelers

CN Dalton has been great. PT has little pass rush so he should be fine.

D needs to kept the PT Run game under control. If so the game will be in Ben’s hands.

PT If he plays Big Ben will not be as mobile. W/o LT Beacham it will be hard.

DBS will be challenged by CN O. Can they cover TE Eifert?

This is a must win for PT if they want to get back in the playoff race.

49ers at Rams

SF Can Kaepernick survive the ST pass rush? He needs the run game to slow down the rush.

Pass rush has been inconsistent. Needs it to stop ST pass game.

TE Davis felt Kaep NEEDS to be more inclusive if he wants to be an effective leader.

ST Foles needs to improve. Run game is solid. Gurley is outstanding.

D should shred the SF O line. But can it stop the running game?

Jets at Raiders

NJ O has struggled at QB. Have to get run game going.

D is solid & deep. If they had a QB it would be a great team.

OK Carr is OK but needs protection. Murray is coming around as a RB.

D has some stars like Mack but need more. Best S Woodson is 96.

Seahawks at Cowboys

SE Worst O line in the league. Wilson deserves better. Run game getting better.

D has to stop giving up leads. In 4 losses Wilson & O has gotten a lead only to have D give it up.

DA Cassel proved 1 thing-He is no better than Weeden. Running game is spotty.

Collins R is starting at RG.

D has been a little better but in 4 straight losses has been on the field too much.

Packers at Broncos

GB Rodgers is the best QB in the league. Has lots of weapons & good RB in Lacy. O line is the only ?

D is 1st in scoring D. That is outstanding considering most teams are way behind against GB O.

DV Peyton is dead man walking. Is still able to do just enough to win. Can’t score enough to beat GB.

DV D is really good but gets burned by a precise passing game. Can be run against as well.

Cardinals at Browns

AZ Palmer is playing as well an anyone. Run game is OK when healthy. AZ is 4th on O.

D has been very good. They are 4th also on D.

CL Not sure if McCown can start. I have no desire to see Manziel and would prefer Davis.

Both Haden & Gipson should be back. That will help. But D has to stop the run.

Colts at Panthers

IN Luck has not been the same. He is not looking off safeties and looks nervous. I would be nervous too playing behind that O line.

Colt D has been BAD. Can’t stop the run or the pass. They are lucky to be in the AFC South.

CR Newton is doing it all without quality receivers or much of a running game. How much longer can he get it done alone?

CR D has been solid now that Kuechly is back. He and Davis are as good as it gets.

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The Biggest Reaches of the 2014 NFL Draft

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A reach is defined here as a pick well above the rated position of the player. These are some of the worst reaches.

Jets Dexter McDougle CB Maryland – They spent the 80th pick on a guy that was a 7th round value even when healthy.

Bucs Kevin Pamphile OT Purdue – He struggled all season but the Bucs took him with the 149th pick. I had him ranked in the 790s.

Seahawks Jimmy Staten DT Middle Tennessee – Staten was ranked in the 790s but despite a good draft the Hawks took him at 172.

49ers Kenneth Acker CB Southern Methodist – The Niners had a good draft but this one is a head scratcher. Acker was rated in the 550s but they took him with pick 180.

Rams Maurice Alexander SS Utah State – The Rams did well over all but took Alexander with pick 110 despite most analysts thinking he was undraftable. I had him in the 450s.

Jags Brandon Linder OG Miami (Fla.) – Linder was a 7th round value but the Jags took him with pick 93.

Redskins Spencer Long OG Nebraska – The Skins had only a few picks but wasted on on Long who was a 7th round value at best but was taken with pick 78.

Falcons Dezmen Southward SS Wisconsin – He was a late 6th round value but they took him with the 68th pick.

Giants Jay Bromley DT Syracuse – Bromley was a 6th round value but the G Men took him with pick 74.

Raiders Derek Carr QB Fresno State – OK I am one of a few analysts that really didn’t like Carr. At best he is Brandon Weeden lite. The Raiders took him with the 36th pick. I had him ranked as the 254th best QB but only 17 QB prospects were considered draftable.

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News, Notes & Rumors for week 11

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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.  

He also edits .  

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

 

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