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NFL Week 6 review

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pt+A11:B95 Roethlisberger will have surgery today to trim torn meniscus in left knee. Hurt making a tackle on a pick
ba lb Suggs may have bicep tear which would put him out for the year  MRI today
cl fs Poyer has a lacerated Kidney & concussion. Will likely be put on IR
SD+3 dv, PT-7 MI, OK pk KC, CN NE-9
SF16 BF45 S LeSean McCoy scored 3 TDs leading BF to the win.
1-5      4-2 Kaepernick got very little help and was very rusty. He led the team in rushing.
BF Taylor 17/26 179 20 McCoy 19/140 3 TDs. Clay 5c 52y
Kaepernick 13/29 187 10 8r 66y Smith 3c 76y TD
JK17 CH16 Bortles hit Benn for a 51 y TD with 29 seconds on the clock to win the game.
2-3      1-5 CH got out to a 13-0 lead but Bortles led JK back with 17 points in the 4th Q to win.
JK Bortles 20/33 271 11 Ivory 11/32 TD Hurns 5c 74y
CH Hoyer 30/49 302 00 Howard 15/34 Meredith 11c 113y
LA28 DT31 Rams moved to LA but left their D in Saint Louis. LA allowed Strafford 4 TDs .
3-3  3-3 Both teams scored in every quarter. DT won with a 34y FG by Prater with 3:37 left.
Stafford 23/31 270 40 Zenner 14/58 Tate 8c 165y TD
Keenum 27/32 321 31 pick on last possession Gurley 14/58 Britt 7c 136y 2TDs
PT15 MI30 PT misses Dick LeBeau and now missing Roethlisberger who was limping around the field.
4-2   2-4 PT D allowed a struggling MI O 30 points & sub RB Ajayi 204 y rushing.
MI Tannehill 24/32 252 00 Ajayi 25/204 2TDs. Landry 7c 91y
PT Roethlisberger 19/34 189 12 Bell 10/53  Bell 6c 55
CN17 NE35 Brady had a big day & NE D turned CN run game into a pumpkin
2-4   5-1 CN led but Dalton was tackled in the endzone The Safety changed everything.
Brady 29/35 376 30 Blount 13/50 TD Gronk 7c 162 TD
Dalton 21/31 254 10 Bernard 15/49 Hill 13/38 Green 6c 88y
CR38 NO41 Brees threw for 465y & Will Lutz kicked a 52y FG with 11 seconds left for the NO Win.
1-5  2-3 CR D died despite AC & Newton was pouting again.  This is my shocked face ()
Brees 34/49 465 41 Ingram 16/51 Cooks 7c 173y TD
Newton 27/47 322 21 Stewart 19/85 2TDs Olsen 6c 94y
BA23 NG27 Odell Beckham Jr. turned a short fourth-and-1 pass into a winning 66y catch and run with 1:24 to play
3-3    3-3 Manning threw 3 TDs but 2 picks Flacco did not have a TD pass.
Manning 32/46 403 32 Jennings 9/15 Beckham 8c 222 2TDs
Flacco 26/48 307 00 West 23/87 2TDs Wallace 4c 97y
PH20 WA27 RB Jones & Kelley ran all over PH D But PH got a kick return TD and a pick 6.
3-2     4-2 The WA D only let PH into the red zone 1 time.  The D was the difference,
WA C ousins 18/34 263 21 Jones 16/135 td Kelly 5/59 Garcon 6c 77y
PH Wentz 11/22 179 00 R Mathews 9/60 J Matthews 3c 75y
KC26 OK10 The OK D got runover by KC RB Spencer Ware & Charles
3-2    4-2 The win keeps KC in the AFC West hunt for a Div title.
KC Smith 19/22 224 00 Ware 24/131 TD Charles 9/33 TD
OK Carr 22/34 225 11 Washington 10/49 Cooper 10c 129
DA30 GB15 GB D was 10th vs the run but DA RB Elliot took care of that.
5-1  3-2 GB WRS were not getting separation & GB struggled to get the ball in the endzone.
DA Prescott 18/27 247 31 Elliot 28/157 Williams 4c 75y
GB Rodgers 31/42 294 11 Lacy 17/65 Montgomery 10c 98y
There is a fine line between Throwback uni’s & ThrowUp Uni’s
Should DA start Romo when he is healthy or roll with Prescott?
AT24 SE26 Wilson got his 21st comeback win by leading SE to 10pts in the 4th Q
4-2      4-1 SE D gave up a lot of yards to Ryan but got 2 TurnOvers to help secure the win.
SE got a homer call on what should have been Pass Interference on a 4th down play that saved the game.
Wilson 25/37 270 00 Michael 18/63 2TDs Graham 6c 89y
Ryan 27/42 335y 31 Freeman 12/40 Jones 7c 139 TD
IN23 HO26 Osweiler couldn’t hit a barn door if his nose was pressed up against it. In 4thQ he got more accurate
2-4     4-2 Luck built a 13-0 lead but IN lack of D couldn’t hold it.
OT Osweiler 25/39 269 21 Allen 24/149 TD Hopkins 9c 71y
Luck 21/32 252 11 & rush TD Gore 22/106  C Rogers 4c 63 Doyle 4c 53y TD
NJ AZ-7.5 Palmer is expected to start. But can the AZ O line protect him vs a very good D front 7 of NJ?
1-4   2-3 The run game of AZ (7th) vs Run D of NJ (1st)
NJ pass game (18th) vs Pass D of AZ (3rd)
Both teams are despirate for a win.
CL26 TN28 TN made sure everybody knew how over rated the CL run game was.
0-6       3-3 TN ran all over the CL D.
CL did have 2 drives in the 4th Q but the 2 point conversion failed and CL has its worst start since 99
3rd 1 2nd drive @tn 13 O line moved 5 yards back by TN.
CL has no D, NO ST and very little O.
This is the most pathetic CL team since 99.
“The Cleveland Tans, a pail copy of the Great Browns teams of old.
TN Mariota 17/24 284 31 Murray 21/65 TD Mariota 7/64 Wright 8c 133 TD
Kessler 26/41 336 20 Johnson 4/18 TD Cromwell 9/16 Pryor 9c 75y 2TDs

Niblets for August 2010

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Best comment of the month:

From Tena

I’m not a baseball fan, but this whole episode stinks to the high heavens. WHY in God’s name is congress (A group of liars if there ever was one) WASTING their valuable time on a baseball player who allegedly lied about taking drugs that may even kill him someday. The country is in the grip of a horrible mess caused by the inattention of politicians for the last 30 years. That boil is getting ready to burst,and here we have Congress trying to “look busy”. It’s really disgusting. It’s impossible for Congress to hold anyone in contempt, because that is the feeling that the entire country has -against THEM!…..

You must also become a reader of fryingpanpolitics.blog.com because I made EXACTLY the same argument. Well done.

Updates on previous columns:

LeBron, Gilbert, Miami and Cleveland LeBron came back to Cleveland for a bike fund raiser. He was roundly booed and expressed disgust that the city wanted to be paid to provide police protection for the riders. LeBron, if you though that was a bad welcome, wait till the Beach Boys come to play.

The NFL, NFLPA, and an 18 game season. If you watched any of the preseason games you saw a lot of fans wearing empty seat costumes. In most games it looked like the average attendance was around 20% of capacity. I have not found league published attendance figures but it had to be very low. That makes it even more likely that we will see the 18 game regular season in 2011 or if a lockout occurs 2012. The injuries that have continued to pile up make the players even less likely to accept 18 games without a major fight.

Fantasy Football Sleepers, handcuffs and avoids in the NFC WR Bryant DA is expected to be the 3rd WR game 1 for the Boys. Move him up on your fantasy draft lists.

As I forecast months ago, AZ QB Leinart is likely not to be the starter. I suggest you take him off your list altogether. QB Anderson might be a bye week fill in available late in the draft.

Texan RB Tate is on IR.

Bengal TE Gresham has convinced me he is the real deal. Add him to your list.

See the comment about Hawk WR Houshmandzadeh below.

Raider RB Bush hurt his thumb so badly it required surgery. He will be out 4 to 6 weeks.

Niblets fresh from the cob:

Browns RB Hardesty on IR He has a history of injury and blew out his left anterior cruciate ligament and has been put on IR. Browns fans can just hope this is not a sign he will often have injuries.

Seahawk WR Houshmandzadeh could be traded or cut. This has to be a HC Carroll issue. Wherever he goes he should be productive. The uncertainty will move him down your draft chart. Carroll wants to prove that WR Mike Williams, the former 1st round pick of the Lions and USC player, is not a bust. Look for several teams to be interested because he is a solid WR and the Hawks will have to pick up the big guarantee given to Housh by the previous administration.

Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension cut to 4 games. We predicted this weeks ago. Meanwhile, one candidate to replace him, QB Leftwtch, went down in preseason game 4. One report from the team said he will but out with a knee sprain 2 to 4 weeks. But his agent’s company said he tore his MCL and will miss the season.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you

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. He has also published several novels on

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Sports Buffet for 06/03/10

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NFL

The Browns have announced that Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown and WR Paul Warfield will no longer serve as an advisers to owner Randy Lerner. Given the history of the Browns since the team returned in 1999, the leadership of the team needs all the advice they can get. Both will be missed.

Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger’s biggest test of the suspension is not now going back with the team and participating in the OTAs. The biggest test will be how he completes what the league has asked him to do to reduce the suspension from 6 games to 4. The other half of that test will be how he behaves or misbehaves during the time from the end of the last preseason game until he gets reinstated by the league. Under NFL rules he can have no contact with the team at all during that time except for medical staff as prescribed by the terms of the suspension. If he has another incident like the ones that got him suspended in the past, there could be games added to his “unpaid leave.”

The talk around Dolphin land at their OTA last weekend was all about the passing game. QB Chad Henne has developed nicely after replacing Chad Pennington in 09. The one thing that he needs to improve on in 2010 is his TD to Int ratio. In 09 he threw 12 TDs but 14 picks. He looked even better in the OTAs. However, a lot of “want to be” guys look good in shorts.

Eagle CB Marlin Jackson is out for the season after rupturing an Achilles tendon in the team’s OTA. The team signed Jackson from the Colts to start despite his ending the 09 season on the IR.

Packer CB Al Harris is behind schedule on his recovery from knee surgery that ended his 09 season. He was expected to participate in the OTA last week but is still on the sideline.

Ram S Oshiomogho Atogwe did not sign his tender with the team. On June 1 the Rams could have increased their offer to 7M to keep their exclusive rights for him. They did not. Atogwe is now an unrestricted free agent but the Rams are still hoping they can come to a long term contract with him. He has a history of being a ball hawk. The only question is how much in this economy is he worth. The Packers and Vikings are teams that might be interested.

Lion RB Kevin Smith is not ready to participate in OTAs and will likely start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Players on that list do not count against the roster limits but only qualify if they are hurt away from football or from an injury in the previous season. Players that are on the PUP on the final cutdown day may not be activated until after week 6.

NBA

Game 1 of the Finals goes tonight. The 2-3-2 format puts the stress most on the Celtics. To win the title, in my opinion, they must win one of the first 2 games. The latest on injuries indicates that Celtics PG Rondo will play and is 85-90% while C Perkins is OK. For the Lakers C Bynum is as good as he can be expected to be with his knee problem. He had more than 70 ccs of liquid taken out of the knee on Monday.

MLB

Tampa Bay continues to lead the AL East by 2.5 games over the Yankees. The secret has been a 21-6 record on the road. As long as the pitching holds up, the Rays could be in the race for the duration.

The Twins have built a 3.5 game lead in the AL Central over the Tigers. The Twinkies have been helped by the Tigers going 3-7 over the last 10.

The Rangers lead the AL West but both the As and Angels are coming on. The Rangers were 4-6 over the last 10 while both their pursuers were 6-4.

The two best races in MLB are in the NL. The Central and West divisions are both tight. The Reds and Cards have been trading leads in the Central for a couple of weeks. Last night the Cards beat Cincy 4-1 to climb back into a tie. The Padres have the best mark in the NL with a 32-21 record but only lead the Dodgers by 1 game in the West.

The Tigers traded former All Star P Dontrelle Willis to the Diamondbacks for P Billy Buckner and cash. The Tigers will pay all but the prorated remaining part a minimum veteran contract for Willis in 2010. Despite being a big dollar FA signing in 2008, he has only be able to start 22 games for the Tigers. In 2010 he had a 4.98 ERA and was 1-2 for Detroit.

NHL

The Flyers got back into the finals series with a 4-3 OT win yesterday. The key for Philly will be to win game 4 at home then take game 5 at Chicago. Otherwise, they could be in trouble. The Black Hawks are a lot deeper than the Flyers. As the series goes on, that should give them a real advantage.

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. He has also published several novels on

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Roethlisberger hoping for a little more protection in 09.

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Big Ben Roethlisberger has gotten his bell rung a lot more often than he would like. He was sacked 139 times over the last 3 years and that has to stop. A lesser man like backup Charlie Batch who is coming back after a broken collarbone last year wouldn’t have lasted as long as Ben. The only obvious weakness in the Steelers this season looks to be the O line.

Roethlisberger has 2 Super Bowl rings but has yet to play well in the big game. He has been the beneficiary of the run first Pittsburgh offense. To get to the Super Bowl, he is going to have to play better this season. The Steelers have an easier schedule on paper but some of the key competitors are better. Every team will be pointing to knock off the Steel men.

The Steelers shuffled their O line a lot in 08. Four starters were new to their positions. The only sure thing on the O line is C Justin Hartwig. LT Matt Starks lost the RT position to Willie Colon but is expected to try to hold down the left side this year. The guards are nothing special.

The running game did not produce as well last year as in the past due mostly to RB Willie Parker being hit in the backfield. Getting hit as he gets the ball slows Fast Willie down. Reserve Rashard Mendenhall missed the last 12 games of the regular season and the playoffs due to injury. If the running game is going to get back to the top of the league, he has to contribute.

There is very little behind WR starters Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes. 3rd WR Nate Washington left via free agency and will be missed. FA pickup and ex-Lion Shaun McDonald could be the slot receiver to replace him. At TE Heath Miller has to stay healthy because there is nothing behind him. Miller is Ben’s security blanket and is one of the best combo block/catch TEs in the league.

The D line is solid and deep. Ends Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel keep the linebackers clean and NT Casey Hampton is a load and three quarters. Chris Hoke and Travis Kirschke have experience and I like rookie DE Ziggy Hood.

As always in Steel town, the linebackers are the heart of the D. LaMarr Woodley, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons and James Harrison are as good a unit as there is in the league. They are tough against the run and the pass. Add the Blitzburgh scheme and your QB will need Tylenol 34 because Tylenol 2 won’t be strong enough. There is no experienced depth and that could become a problem.

With the exception of SS Troy Polamalu, the D backfield is only slightly above average. They look a lot better with the great pass rush that the system and the front 7 generates. Quality depth is a problem as well. Bryant McFadden is gone and at 33 Deshea Townsend may not make the final roster. The Steelers added vets Roy Lewis and Keiwan Ratliff who should help.

The key to the Steelers 2009 season will be the O line. If they can protect Ben and get some push to help the running game, the team will be in the playoffs and will challenge for a title again.

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. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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