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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.

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 https://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 https://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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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Note: On NNR today Tony Williams Giants and Knicks beat reporter for Metro New York and I discussed the NFL and NBA in detail. The podcast is on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

With the Browns win over the Bengals Thursday there has been a lot of talk of the Browns being a contender for the playoffs. We got Tony’s answer on the podcast. But for me the answer is “Maybe.”

The reason I am not sure is the loss to the Jaguars. If the Browns had taken care of business they would have a game and a half lead on the rest of the AFC North which at least this season is the best division in the NFL. The history of the Browns since they have come back is they play up to their opponents or down depending on if the team they are facing is better or worse. Playoff teams win those games.

Playoff teams are able to run the ball. The Browns did well against the Bengals D, but in the previous 3 games averaged under 3 yards per carry. That is not what Playoff teams do.

The third area that distinguishes playoff teams from pretenders is their ability to stop the run. At times this season the Browns D has stopped the run. But more often they have struggled to do so. This season they are giving up an average of 134 yards per game which is 28th in the league.

A win over the Texans would be another good step toward the playoffs. But there are still criticial games ahead. The Browns need to keep winning and not over look anyone. Even a winless Jags team beat the Browns.

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 https://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 https://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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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The Radisson Hotel chain has suspended sponsorship of the Vikings. This is what the new Viking banner looks like.

Week 2 was disastrous for a lot of teams suffering significant injuries.

Redskins lost QB Robert Griffin for a number of weeks with a dislocated ankle. They also lost WR DeSean Jackson with a shoulder sprain.

Chiefs lost RB Jamaal Charles with a high ankle sprain and S Eric Berry with a low ankle sprain.

Chargers lost RB Ryan Mathews for a month with an MCL sprain.

Saints RB Mark Ingram with a broken hand for a month.

Bengals WR A.J. Green is dealing with a toe injury.

49ers lost TE Vernon Davis with an ankle injury and Vance McDonald with a knee injury.

The Bears lost CB Charles Tillman for the year with a torn tricep.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy broke his hand.

Bears lost CB Charles Tillman with a triceps injury.

Jags lost TE Marcedes Lewis with a ankle injury.

Jets lost WR Eric Decker.

2-0 teams

Bills – Not making the playoffs.

Bengals – Playing better than I thought and should make the playoffs.

Texans – Amazing what a last place schedule will do for a team. No playoffs.

Broncos – Will continue to win as long as Payton Manning is healthy.

Eagles – Best team in a terrible division. Playoffs.

Panthers – Falcons have fallen & Saints 0-2. Panthers could make the playoffs.

Cardinals – With the 49ers struggling they may make the playoffs.

0-2 teams

Colts – Two tough losses but in an easy division. Playoffs.

Jaguars – When Hell freezes over.

Raiders – See comment above.

Chiefs – Are not as good as 13 and got a harder schedule. No playoffs.

Giants – Dead. No chance for the playoffs.

Saints – Will make the playoffs but not go far. Needed home field in NFC.

Bucs – Better but a couple of years away from playoffs.

Notes:

Bears 28 49ers 20 – The 49ers paid the price for not protecting QB Kaepernick. The O died in the 4th quarter under the blitz of the Bears. Meanwhile the SF D was giving up points in bunches. The losses by SF in both suspensions, injuries and free agents have reduced the power of the team D. They are now at risk for missing the playoffs.

Packers 31 Jets 24 – Only the Jets could score a TD to tie the game when the bench called a TO. The Pack is not the team they have been in the past. The D has never been outstanding but now is leaking badly. The pass defense is a sieve and may end up costing the team a shot at the playoffs. The O should be better with a running game but the O line is still bad. Pack should make the playoffs unless QB Aaron Rodgers goes down.

Cowboys 26 Titans 10 – Even the Boys D can handle an offense that is playing the wrong QB. Zach Mettenberger is the better QB but the team is starting Jake Locker. Both teams are 1-1 but neither is going anywhere this year.

Panthers 24 Lions 7 – The great O of the Lions disappeared under the rush of the Panthers. I am not a Cam Newton fan but against a bad D backfield he looked OK. Carolina may make the playoffs but does not have the O to go far. Detroit is at best a middle of the pack team.

Redskins 41 Jags 10 – The injury to Robert Griffin may actually help the Skins make the playoffs. QB Kirk Cousins is a better pocket passer than RG3. The Jags are in for a long season.

Bengals 24 Falcons 10 – The Bengals are close to being the best team in the AFC North. Their D is outstanding and as long as QB Andy Dalton doesn’t try to do too much they should get into the playoffs. The Falcons suffer from a really bad D which is the only team without a sack in the league. Despite the powerful O, they are doomed.

Browns 26 Saints 24 – Good win by the Browns. To see my detailed discussion of this game check out my analysis “Great win but Browns have a lot of work to do.” Read more at https://fryingpansports.com/#7JeDkshYhp4S5ChI.99

Rumors:

Raiders may want to fire HC Dennis Allen but team owner Mark Davis is cheap and won’t want to spend money on 2 coaches. The team has a week 5 bye so someone on the coaching staff could be promoted then.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said that the Boys are going to the playoffs. That is not going to happen any time soon. If they don’t he would like to get a better HC but no one that has any NFL credibility will take the job as long as he is the GM.

The Falcons believe that last year was a singular occurrence due to injuries. But the lack of defensive pass rush and inability to convert 3rd down on O is killing them. HC Mike Smith is a very good coach but may be fired if the team doesn’t live up to what I consider unrealistic expectations.

Tons of rumors about the new drug policy have finally become fact. While the reports have been that the NFLPA player reps approved the policy, my sources tell me that is not the case. What I hear is that the reps approved the NFLPA negotiating staff to work out the details. We will report on the details when they become available.

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

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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 https://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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on The Bill Smith Radio Show.  

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News:

QB Jay Cutler missed only 1 game (and the bye week) and returned to start for the Bears against  Detroit.  However, he was forced to leave the game with a possible ankle injury.

 

Titan QB Jake Locker suffered a Lisfranc injury early in the game against the Jaguars.  The team believes it will end his season.

 

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder injured his left non-throwing shoulder in the game Thursday.  He is expected to miss some time.

 

Texan RB Adrian Foster has a bulging disk in his back.  It will require surgery which will end his season.

 

Packer backup QB Seneca Wallace left the game against the Eagles with a groin injury.  He was not playing very well with a healthy groin.  Scott Tolzien replaced him.  In his press conference after the game head Coach Mike McCarthy said that Tolzien would start next week.

 

49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree could return to the field soon.  He has been cleared to practice.

Future Hall of Fame S Ed Reed said after the last loss by the Texans that the team was out coached.  The team then released him.  Moral of the story–The truth may set you free but it does not guarantee employment.

 

Notes:

Seahawks 33 Falcons 10 – Despite a patchwork line the Hawks gave up only one sack.  The combination of passing by QB Russell Wilson (19-26-287 yards-2 TDs-0 interceptions) and the rushing of RB Marshawn Lynch (24-145-1TD) overwhelmed the depleted Falcon D.  The Hawks built a 23-3 half time lead then ran the ball in the second half.  The Falcon O ran the ball only 16 times for 64 yards.  The Falcons’ big FA addition RB Steven Jackson got just 11 yards on 9 carries.  That put the game in the hands of QB Matt Ryan.  He had a decent day going 23-36 with 1 TD and no picks but for only 172 gross yards.   The Hawk D held the Falcons to convert only 4 of 12 third down attempts.  The Hawks converted 9 of 15.  The Hawks scored 4 TDs and 4 FGs.  The only Falcon TD came with just 1 minute left in the 3rd quarter.

 

Panthers 10 49ers 9 – The O line of the 9ers is very over rated.  While they run block fairly well, QB Colin Kapernick was beaten down.  The Panther D got 6 sacks and more than a dozen hits on him.  The Panther D held the 9ers to just 151 yards and allowed just 2 of 13 third down conversions.  The 9ers allowed two long drives for a TD and a field goal.  The 9er O could do very little.  They had to settle for field goals in the first half and did not score after the intermission.  The 9ers also lost both safety Eric Reid and TE Vernon Davis. Both suffered concussions.  The Panthers proved they are for real at least on D.  The 49ers will go nowhere until they fix their O line.

 

Lions 21 Bears 19 – The Bears scored with 40 seconds left in the game.  They had two tries at a 2 point conversion to tie but both were unsuccessful.  Cutler started the game but was only 21-40 for 250 yards 1 TD and 1 pick.  He went out on the final drive due to an ankle issue.  Josh McCown came in and drove the Bears to the final TD.  The win put the Lions in first place in the NFC North.

 

Eagles 27 Packers 13 – In a battle of backup QBs, the Eagles showed more offense and defense than the Pack.  Eagle QB Nick Foles was outstanding again.  He was 12-18 for 228 yards with 3 TDs and no picks.  RB Leshawn McCoy ran for 155 yards on 25 attempts.  Tolzien was 24-39 for 280 yards with a TD but threw 2 picks.  It is clear that the Packers (5-4) are in deep trouble until QB Aaron Rodgers returns from a broken collarbone.  The win put the Eagles (5-5) back into the NFC East race.

 

Jaguars 29 Titans 27 – The Jags got their first win of the season.  The Titans had more passing yards, a better 3rd down conversion rate and fewer sacks allowed.  But they lost 3 fumbles and an interception.  One fumble was returned for a Jags TD.  Both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Locker lost a fumble.  So did RB Charles Johnson.  Fitzpatrick did pretty well going 22-33 for 264 and 2 TDs without an interception.  But the Jags build a 13-0 lead and the Titans could never catch up.

 

Steelers 23 Bills 10 – Bills QB EJ Manuel was back but looked very rusty.  He was 22-39 for just 155 yards with a TD and a pick.  The Bills could not get the O going in the air or on the ground.  They ran for just 95 yards.  They scored their only TD with only 3 seconds left in the game.  Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was not much better throwing for just 204 yards with a TD and a pick as well.  The Steelers won by taking advantage of better field position and a 37 yard punt return.  Neither of these teams is going anywhere this season.

 

Ravens 20 Bengals 17 – The story of this game was in the last few seconds and overtime.  On the last play of regulation Bengal QB Andy Dalton threw a 51 yard Hail Mary.  Rather than knocking it down, a Raven DB tipped it up in the air and A.J. Green caught it for the score.  In overtime the Ravens stopped the Bengals and drove for a winning FG.  Both teams were busy all day giving the ball away.  They each committed 3 turnovers.

 

 

Rumors:

I have never coached at the NFL level.  As a coach I never allowed rookie hazing.  But my years of experience at the semi-pro level leads me to believe that a guy like Jonathan Martin would not have lasted a week on my teams.  If he did not have enough guts to stand up against a team mate, how could he be expected to stand up under the pressure of a big game?  The answer is he will not.  Because the team is only as strong as the weakest link, the team can’t allow someone like Martin to play.

 

The Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin uproar will end the jobs of both Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and GM Jeff Ireland.  Philbin will be fired because he should have known about the situation and should have stopped it.  Ireland will be fired for wasting a high second round pick on a mentally weak O lineman like Martin.

 

There was a rumor that Roethlisberger was irritated by the Steelers poor line play and had asked for a trade.  First it is doubtful that a team would take on his salary at his age with his history of injury.  Second there is no indication that he has asked for a trade.

 

Several coaches are on the hot seat.  The Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is one of the latest rumored to be in jeopardy of losing his job.  But he is not the one that drafted badly for so many years.  Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is the one that should be fired.  I outlined his draft failings earlier this year.  Check out my editorial https://fryingpansports.com/steelers-fall-far-fast/.

 

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

 

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News, Notes & Rumors Week 5

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News:

Ex Bucs QB Josh Freeman was signed by the Vikings on a 1 year deal.  At least in Vikes land he will have a great running game.

 

The new starting QB for the Bills is former Browns QB Thad Lewis.  He has had only one start (Browns) and threw a TD and a pick.  He ended the game with a QB rating of 83.3.

 

After Terrelle Pryor led the Raiders to a win over the Chargers, the team cut QB Matt Flynn.

 

Pats QB Tom Brady’s streak of 52 games with a TD pass was broken Sunday by the Bengal D.

 

Notes:

Bengals 13 Patriots 6 – The NFL would like to thank those of you that slept without snoring.  That would have disturbed the others nodding off.  I would like to say that the game was a result of two great defensive efforts but it was two inept offenses that caused the napping.   The first quarter ended with Bengals QB Andy Dalton throwing a horrible pick to LB Brandon Spikes on the Pats’ 8 yard line.  That says it all.

 

Broncos 51 Cowboys 48 – Things started so well for the Cowgirls. Late in the first they were up 14-0. But in the end QB Tony Romo threw a pick in the last 3 minutes of the game that gave Denver a chance to win the game with a field goal.  Despite over 500 yards passing by Romo, it seems like he always does just enough wrong to help the other team win.  The Bronco D is not the overwhelming force some thought.  Again this year they will go as far as QB Payton Manning takes them.

 

Cardinals 22 Panthers 6 – Carolina QB Cam Newton threw 3 picks and lost a fumble which totally ended any chance they had to win.  The Panther defense is solid but Newton is not getting the offense going.  The Panthers have not beaten a good team yet and the team has to wonder about the development of Newton.  Cards QB Carson Palmer threw three picks as well and two were in the Panther end zone.  Both defenses played well enough to win but Cards did just enough on offense to win.

 

Chiefs 26 Titans 17 – The Chiefs are 5-0 but QB Alex Smith is not a guy that can carry a team to a championship.  He did enough to get the Chiefs this win.  He is too conservative and does not have the arm to make the big throws.  He was 20 for 39 against a very average Titan D.  RB Jamaal Charles is the real thing even at just 200 pounds.  He is a three down back that can catch and run equally well but only when he is healthy.  Titan QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw one more pick than Smith did.  The Titans don’t have enough fire power to win a big game.  Fitzpatrick was getting the ball in the hands of the receivers but they kept dropping it.

 

Raiders 27 Chargers 17 – Raider QB Terrelle Pryor used his arm and legs to build a lead that the Chargers could not overcome.  He threw 2 TDs without a pick.  In trying to play catch up Charger QB Philip Rivers threw three interceptions.  That was uncharacteristic of him his year but the picks did in the Chargers.

 

49ers 34 Texans 3 – Texans QB Matt Schaub threw three interceptions including a pick 6 and a lost fumble.  While the 49er offense looked mundane at best, it did enough to take advantage of the Schaub gifts.  The 49ers are struggling with the O line and inability of receivers to get open.  The biggest issue of the Texans is QB Schaub.

 

Colts 34 Seahawks 28 – Perhaps the biggest mess in the NFL is the O line of the Hawks.  The only reasons the team has been able to go 4-0 is the great play of RB Marshawn Lynch QB Russell Wilson and a very good defense.  The D failed them against a great effort by Colt QB Andrew Luck.  Luck brought the Colts back from a 10-0 early deficit and led the team to the win.  The Colt D is much better this year.

 

 

 

 

Rumors:

More than a few people are wondering why the Patriots did not improve their receiving crew sooner.  When QB Tom Brady agreed to restructure his deal I am sure he assumed that the freed up cap space would be used to get him some veteran help.  Not only did he not get help, management let his best receiver Wes Welker go in free agency.  This team cannot win with the group they have now.  Even when their receivers get healthy, this team is doomed to fail in the playoffs.

 

Brady is struggling not only with drops but also with accuracy.  A number of his incompletions were not catchable.  It could be he is starting to show his age.  It is more likely that he is suffering with an inconsistent line and receiver group.

 

With Texans QB Schaub setting a league record with interceptions returned for TDs in four straight games, the Texans have to wonder about the future of their 66 million dollar guy.  Schaub has never been able to advance in the playoffs beyond beating the Bengals.  The Texans don’t have a legitimate replacement so they will live (and the GM and HC will die) with Schaub.

 

There are concerns about the 49er offense.  While they are justified, the issues are not about QB Colin Kaepernick.  The offense has changed since last year and even since the game 1 win over the Packers.  The running game was missing in the two losses.  The O line is a mess.  The play calls have changed as well.  I pointed out that the WR triangle that was so effective at getting guys open against the Packers has not been part of the game plan since.  When given any protection, Kaepernick is accurate and he has made key 1st downs with his legs.

 

 

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