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MI rb Arian Foster retires
nj QB Smith is put on IR
DV rb C J Anderson has meniscus damage out indefinately
OK lb Aldon Smith has applied for reinstatement after a year susp for substance abuse policy violation
DA Tony Romo is throwing the ball at practice.
JK22 TN36 The Titans scored on 4 of their first 5 possessions. It was a very one sided game.
2-5  4-4 The issue with JK was as usual QB Bortles.  His mechanics & footwork are bad. That prevents accuracy.
The game was Col. Mustard vs the Smerfs
TN Mariota 19/22 270 20 Murray 21/123 TD Wright 4c 84y TD
JK Bortles 33/54 337 30 4r 22y Hurns 7c 98 TD
WA CN-3 CN has to get the run game going again.  Looked great last week but that was vs CL so it doesn’t count.
4-3  3-4 WA run game is solid but the pass game has not been as effective as last year.
CN pass game (4th) vs WA pass D (17th)
WA pass game (3rd) vs CN pass D (12th)
NE-6.5 BF In week 4 BF shut out NE. But that was without Brady at QB. Look for NE to crush BF for payback.
6-1      4-3 BF pass D is horrible.  Brady & co will take advantage of that.
Brady & pass game vs BF pass D (31st)
BF run game (2nd) vs NE run D (11th)
AZ CR-3 CR has lost more games this year than in all of last season.  This will be a HUGE test of CR pass D.
3-3-1 1-5 Both teams need this game.  CR is out with 6 losses.  AZ needs to keep up with SE.
AZ run game (5th) vs CR run D (7th)
CR pass game (8th) vs AZ pass D (3rd)
DT HO-2.5 HO O has struggled but so has DT D.
4-3     4-3 The issue with Osweiler is he is not accurate & has bad footwork.
The only reason HC O’Brien has not benched his QB is Savage & Weeden are his only other QBs.
HO run game (12th) vs DT run D (19th)
DT pass game (12th) vs HO pass D (2nd)
KC-2.5 IN There is nothing wrong with Luck that a better O line would not solve.
4-2  3-4 KC needs a run game because that is the best chance for a long TD.  Smith’s arm is below average.
IN pass game (7th) vs KC pass D (19th)
KC run game (18th) vs IN run D (25th)
SE-3 NO SE has the WORST O line in NFL.  Not only hurts Wilson but run game as well.
4-1-1 2-4 All NO can depend on is QB Brees.  Has nothing else on either side of the ball.
SE pass game (14th) vs NO pass D (30th)
NO pass O (1st) vs SE pass D (9th)
OK TB-1 OK O is doing well while TB O is struggling a bit.
5-2 3-3 OK D is REALLY struggling but TB D is getting better.
OK O (13th pass & run) vs TB D (13th pass & 20th run)
TB pass O (16th) vs OK pass D (32nd)
DV-5.5 SD DV is a fairly complete team.  All SD has is Rivers.
5-2  3-4 DV rush O (16th) vs SD run D (8th)
SD pass O (5th) vs DV pass D (1st)
GB AT-3 GB O has struggled.  The problem is WRs are not getting open & Rodgers is not as accurate now either.
4-2  4-3 AT started hot but lost @ SE and home vs SD.  SE loss was expected. SD not so much.
AT pass O (2nd) vs GB pass D (15th)
GB pass O (20th) vs AT pass D (31st)
PH DA-4.5 DA has won 5 straight games.  Rookie QB Prescott is good but run game is outstanding.
4-2   5-1 PH rook QB Wentz is OK but the problem has been his mechanics.  The D has been the difference.
DA run game (1st) vs PH run D (14th)
PH run game (17th) vs DA run D (10TH)
MN-5.5  CH Monday
5-1          1-6
NJ-4.5 CL Neither of these teams are going anywhere.  NJ has no QB & CL has used 6 of them.
2-5       0-7 The best chance for CL is Fitzpatrick continuing to be very giving throwing picks.
NJ passing game (22nd) vs CL pass D (29th)
NJ run game (21st) vs CL run D (31st)
CL run game (8th) vs NJ run D (2nd)
CL pass game (24th) vs NJ pass D (27th)
QB McCown will start for CL. Does that improve their chance to win?
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NFL Week 7 Results

Injuries
WA CB Norman in concussion protocol.
CL 5th QB Kessler in concussion protocol
NJ QB Geno Smith torn ACL injury & C Nick Mangold out with an ankle
BF RB McCoy out hamstring & WR Goodwin  in concussion protocol
NG17 LA10
4-3      3-4 On the 2nd play of the game NG turned the ball over & LA got a TD from it.
London But what LA gets it gives away.  Pick 6 by NG off of Kennum tied the score
Keenum would throw 4 pick to insure that LA did not get the win.
NG Manning 24/37 196 00 Jennings 13/25 Cruz 5c 55
LA Keenum 32/53 291 14 Gurley 15/57 Quick 4c 92 Austin 10c 57 TD
How bad could Goff be not to see action after Kennum threw 4 picks?
WA17 DT20 Stafford threw an 18 yard TD pass to Boldin with 16 sec left to win the game.
4-3   4-3 Neither team could stop the run DT had 94 y & WA had 134
DT Stafford 18/29 266 10  Forsett 8/33 Jones 4c 94 FL Tate 6c 93y
WA Cousins 30/39 301 10 FL Rush TD Thompson 12/73 Crower 7c 108y
OK33 JK16 OK RB Murray scored 2 TDs & OK D forced Bortles into 2 picks.
5-2       2-4 OK was scoring TDs but JK was kicking FGs.  JK still struggles to score 7.
OK Carr 23/37 200 10 Murray 18/59 2TDs Crabtree 8c 96y TD
JK Bortles 23/43 246 12 Ivory 5/48 Lee 7c 107
NO21 KC27 KC got a pick 6 off the hands of a NO reciever & an Ingram funble set up another score.
 2-4   4-2 NO QB Drew Brees became the 1st in NFL History to have 100 300+ yard games. He has NO HELP!
KC Smith 17/24 214 20 Ware 17/77 Ware 2c 54y TD Hill 1c 38y TD
NO Brees 37/48 367 31 Ingram 16/62 FL Thomas 10c 130
BF25 MI28  MI used an extra tackle to help the run game.  It worked BIGTIME.
4-3    3-4 BF run D played road kill. MI RB Ajayi ran for 214y Taking the ball out of Tannehill’s hands is a good idea.
MI scored TD with 2 min left but Taylor led BF to a TD & 2pt conver with 14 sec left. Did not get the Onside K
MI Tannehill 5/25 204 10 Ajaya 28/214 TD Stills 5c 100y TD
BF Taylor 14/28 221 10 7r 35y TD Goodwin 4c 93y TD
BA16 NJ24 BA O is still not working.  Flacco started but even with a ST TD, BA could not win.
3-4   2-5 Smith started for NJ but was hurt, Fitzpatrick came in to get the save.
NJ D shut down the BA run game (12 carries 6 yards) & made their O 1 dementional.
There is clearly something wrong with Flacco.  His vision is off & so are his mechanics.
NJ Smith 4/8 95 10 Fitzpatrick 9/14 120 10 Forte 30/100 TD Enunwa 2c 73y TD Forte 4c 54y TD
BA Flacco 25/44 248 02 West 8/10 Wallace 10c 120
MN10 PH21 There are no undefeated teams.  Ph knocked off MN.
5-1      4-2 PH D took advantage of a banged up MN O line to pressure Bradford with 6 sacks.
Both Ds Dominated. 4 turnovers by each O. PH ST got 98 y TD KR.
PH Wentz 16/28 138 12 Mathews 14/56 Huff 4c 39y
MN Bradford 24/41 224 11 2FL  Asiata 12/56 McKinnon 11/43 Patterson 7c 67y TD
IN34 TN25 Luck threw 3 TDs incliding a 7 y TD pass to TE Doyle to take the lead with 1:55 left.
3-4  3-4 The IN D helped for a change by scoring a fumble return TD by Mathis.
IN Luck 27/39 363 30 Gore 17/61 Hilton 7c 133 TD Doyle 9c 78y TD
TN Mariota 22/37 232 20 FL Murray 25/107 TD Walker 7c 84y TD
SD 33 AT30 SD QB Rivers was a one man wrecking crew. But SD D showed up to force AT to kick 3 FGs
“3-4  4-3 AT built a 17 pt lead but SD stopped RB Freeman on 4th down & took the ball at the 40yl
OT AT K Bryant tried a 58 yard fg to win with 1 sec left but it was off the crossbar.
SD Rivers 27/44 371 11  Gordon 22/68 2TDs Ty Williams 7c 140
AT Ryan 22/34 273 11 Coleman 8/64 TD Freeman 15/58 Jones 9c 174
TB34 SF17 Winston threw 3 TDs to lead TB over SF
3-3     1-7 Kaepernick threw for 143 & ran for 84 but he had very little help
TB Winston 21/30 269 31 Rodgers 26/154 Evans 8c 96y 2TDs
SF Kaepernick 16/34 143 11 9r 84y Harris 11/39 Draughn 5c 37y TD
NE27 PT16 The PT D did their best but Brady & Blount kept them on the field too long.
6-1    4-3 PT O struggled to move the ball with 2nd team QB Jones under center
PT D caused NE WRs to fumble twice setting the O up in good field position.
This win was likely for home field unless Roethlisberger is out longer than expected.
NE Brady 19/26 222 20 Blount 24/127 2TDs Gronk 4c 93 TD Edelman 9c 60y FL
PT Jones 29/47 281 11 in the red zone  Bell 21/81 Brown 7c 106
SE6 AZ6 What is wrong with the SE O?  In 2 words O LINE!  Penalties on O line called back the 6 best plays by Wilson.
4-1-1   3-3-1 The mobility of Wilson is gone due to injuries caused by bad protection.
The SE run game is a small % of what it was due to the retirement of Marshawn Lynch & the bad O line.
It is worse than last year. The entire front office shoud be fired for lack of support for Wilson.
SE Wilson 24/37 225 00 Michael 16/52 Baldwin 6c 69 Graham 5c 53
AZ Palmer 29/49 342 00 Johnson 33/113 Fitzgerald 9c 70
Both teams missed FGA that would have won the game.
HO 9 DV 27 DV lost 2 games in a row after starting 4-0. The D made sure Osweiler didn’t make it 3.
4-3   5-2 Osweiler was hurried all night. Without a run game, the O didn’t move the ball.
HO D could not stop the DV run game.
HO is still in the AFC South race because the rest of the division is so bad.
CL17 CN31 CN scored a TD with 0 time left in the 1st half. CL never recovered.
0-7    3-4 Neither of O lines are even OK.  Even though CN has given up 23 sacks in 7 games, they have started 1 QB.
Bengal alert!  They go to London next week.  If they are 2-6 after that game the HC will be left behind
CN Dalton 19/28 308 20 Hill 9/168 TD Bernard 17/80 TD Green 8c 169 TD
CL Kessler 9/11 82 00 Hogan 12/24 100 02 7r 104 TD Crowell 7/104 TD Barnidge 6c 66y
CL Coach Browns start out behind again after deferring.  They should either take the ball or get a better D!
CL O Good drive on the 2nd poss but CL can’t convert a 3rd & 2 because Crow was not in.
Delay penalty because they couldn’t decide what to do.
Browns QBs are like tissues.  They should be strong but disposable.
Browns Run game is better due to the threat of QB Hogan runs
CL D CL should have been 10 behind but CN K missed a short FG.
HOW do you let Green catch a Hail Mary????????? A prevent D never prevents anything!
Do you need to get your Run game going?  Play the #Browns and it will be great!
Green is smoking on the field.  It looks like he is smoking  #Browns DBs.
Shelton, Briean Boddy-Calhoun & Ogba are getting better The rest of the D not so much.
Thoughts Browns are consistant 7 losses in  games.  At least Jackson was ticked by the way the D was playing.
The “draft brain trust” screwed up not to take a QB with the 2nd pick. More picks only help if you choose wisely!
They have missed on almost as many QBs as they have started since 99
Kessler is NOT the QB of the future!  He lacks arm strength to succeed in Nov & Dec.
CL needs to change to a 4/3 to stop the run.  A 240 lb LB is NOT a DE & can’t contain the outside run.
CL lost its best bet for a win.  NJ QB Smith is out with a knee.
For the 1st time this year we saw the D QUIT!
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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.

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AFC East

Bills

5 Will the Bills get the new stadium they need?

4 Can Rex Ryan survive another losing season?

3 Will the D be as good as in 2014 as it gets older at key positions like NT?

2 Can BF get a run game going with retread RBS and a rebuilt O line?

1 Can the offense offer the kind of passing game to truly contend in the AFC?

Dolphins

5 Can MI really challenge NE for the AFC East title?

4 Can the rebuild O line protect Tannehill?

3 Will the high priced D finally live up to their salaries?

2 Can MI get a run game going without RB Lamar Miller?

1 Can Adam Gase push Ryan Tannehill to the next level?

Patriots

5 Is Jimmy Garoppolo a decent 2nd team QB?

4 When will TE Gronk be healthy & can he survive a complete season?

3 Will the pass D be able to survive in the playoffs?

2 Can NE survive 4 games without Tom Brady?

1 Will a pass-rush-by-committee be enough to earn one for the thumb?

Jets

5 Will NJ sign DE Muhammad Wilkerson or will he play under the Franchize tender?

4 Can the D get back to near championship quality?

3 How many games can Geno Smith win if Fitzpatrick is not resigned?

2 When will the staredown with the Amish Rifle end?

1 Will QB Fitzpatrick continue to improve or fall back to normal?

AFC North

Ravins

5 Will the Run D regain its 2014 level of play?

4 Will the rebuilt O line protect Flacco better than last year?

3 Will WR Brent Perriman be able to play this year?

2 Will the pass defense hold up?

1 When will quarterback Joe Flacco be healthy?

Bengals

5 Can a banged up and aging D compete with PT & BA?

4 How much heat is HC Marvin Lewis feeling this year?

3 Can RB Jeremy Hill hold onto the ball this year?

2 Can Rookie WR Tyler Boyd take pressure off A.J. Green?

1 Can Andy Dalton the reverse vampire) ever win a playoff game?

Browns

5 Will WR Gordon ever play again for the Browns?

4 Can the coaching staff get the rookie WRS corps to produce?

3 Can the D ever figure out how to stop the run?

2 Can CB Joe Haden play up to his 2014 level or is he done?

1 Will RG3 Ever be a starting quality QB?

Steelers

5 Can the D hold up this year better than in 2015?

4 Has the coaching staff realized that PT is now an O based team?

3 Can the rebuilt D Backfield hold up against the AFC North?

2 Will Le’Veon Bell retake his RB throne?

1 Can the rebuilt O line protect Roethlisberger?

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NEWS CL RB Raheem Mostert was claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens.

WR Darius Jennings was waived.

ST David Hunn of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, NFL Com Roger Goodell is balking at the idea of providing the city with the necessary $300 million to aid in the local authority’s attempts to get that new stadium erected in St. Louis.

If you are in ST and hear someone talking about “the Donald” it has nothing to do with the election.

TB23 ST31 TB DT Donald was in the backfield as much as QB Winston. O line doubled & tripled him but couldn’t stop him.

6-8 6-8 Penetration allowed the other 10 to focus on the TB run.

D has been solid vs the run (8th) but struggled to stop Gurley.

Winston drove TB to 17 pts in the 4th quarter but fell 8 pts short.

ST The trade of Bradford for Foles has been a disaster for ST. It was 31st in ppg but put up 21 in the 1st half.

Despite turnovers by the O the D has been solid. 12th in ppg, 13th in pass ypg & 21st in rush ypg.

The D & Donald dominated TB.

NJ-3 DA NJ Fitzpatrick has been better than expected. He has NJ at 10th in ppg (25.0) & 12th in passing. 0 TOS in the 3 game win streak.

8-5 4-9 The D has been solid but not as good vs the pass as expected (19th). But it is still 10th in ppg.

DA Even when Romo was healthy the O was not that good. Without him it is 30th in ppg.

The D has been better than expected but lacks play makers at all 3 levels. It is 16th in ppg but 4th vs the pass.

KC-7 BA KC Smith is a limited QB. But he has been better in the red zone. KC is 8th in ppg but 27th in pass ypg.

8-5 4-9 The D started slowly due to the lack of pass rush. It has gotten much better now & is 4th in ppg & 8th in yards pg.

BA Without Flacco & Forsett the O has died. It has fallen to 20th in ppg & 25th in rush ypg.

The D has suffered a ton of injuries & no Suggs. It is 25th in ppg 7 21st in pass ypg.

HO IN HO Hoyer was decent but he is out. Now Yates plays QB in the biggest game of the year for HO.

6-7 6-7 HO is 25th in ppg but 15th in pass ypg.

The D seems to be back on track. It is now 13th in ppg 7th in yards pg & 3rd in pass ypg.

IN Hasselbeck should be back. If not 6-16 Whitehurst will start. Either way IN has no O. It is 21st in PPG & 26th in ypg.

The D stinks. When it gave up 51 pts vs JK, what else can you say?

AT-3 JK AT The AT O has flown south for the winter. The run game has been very inconsistent & WRS can’t seem to catch the ball.

6-7 5-8 Even so Ryan has AT at 7th in pass ypg.

The D has been better than expected. It is 14th in ppg & 17th in ypg.

JK Bortles has gotten better and has O at 9th in ppg & 14th in pass ypg.

The biggest issue is the D. It is 31st in ppg, 22nd in ypg but 13th against the run.

CH MN-5 CH HC Fox has a mess & it will take him a couple of drafts to get the team competitive.

5-8 8-5 Cutler has as much arm talent as any QB but a 5 cent head. CH is 22nd in ppg & 20th in pass ypg.

D has been better than last year & is 18th in ppg but 2nd in pass ypg.

MN Bridgewater is developing nicely but MN is a run 1st team. It is 5th in rushing but 26th in ppg.

The D has been nothing short of outstanding. It is 9th in ppg (19.6) & 8th in pass ypg.

TN NE-14 TN TN has lost 2 of the last 3 games. Things don’t get any better against NE.

3-10 11-2 Part of the problem has been Mariota. He has 19TDS but 10 picks. TN is 27th in ppg.

The D has struggled to kept teams out of the endzone (24th in ppg) but are 9th vs the pass.

NE Two recent losses has NE at 3rd in ppg (30.9) but 1st in pass ypg.

WRS, RBS & O line are all hurt. But as long as they have Brady, they will be OK.

The D is young but very good. It is 8th in ppg (19.5) 6th in ypg & 7th in pass ypg.

CR-5 NG CR CR is 1st in ppg (31.6) & 2nd in rush ypg but 25th in pass ypg.

13-0 6-7 When Wilson was in a run 1st O nobody talked about him as MVP but now Newton is a candidate.

The D is incredible. It is 5th in ppg (18.7) 3rd in ypg 5th vs pass & 4th vs run.

NG NG is a mystery. They played tough vs NE then rolled over against WA.

Eli Manning has 28 TDS & 10 picks with a QB rating of 96. NG is 7th in ppg & 6th in pass ypg.

The problem is no run game or D. D is 20th in ppg but 32nd in yards & vs the pass.

BF-1 WA BF Taylor has been solid. BF is 13th in ppg & 3rd in rushing. Taylor’s run threat has opened up the run lanes for RBS.

6-7 6-7 The D has been hurt by injuries including DT Williams but is still 15th in ppg & 14th vs the run.

WA Cousins has been OK with 18 TDS 11 picks & a pass rating of 93.2.

He has the O 17th in ppg & pass ypg.

The D has also been middle of the league at 17th in ppg & 16th vs the pass.

GB-3 OK GB Rodgers has better numbers than most expect. He has 28 TDS & 5 picks with a pass rating of 97.5.

9-4 6-7 Despite the 4 losses GB is still 12th in ppg (24.4) but 23rd in pass ypg. Run game is back with Lynch (8th).

D has kept teams out of the endzone & are 6th in ppg (18.8). It struggles vs the run giving up 116 ypg.

OK Carr has been good throwing 28TDS & 9 picks with a pass rating of 96.5.

He has had to carry the O with no run game (26th).

GB better find a way to block OLB Mack. He had 5 sacks last week.

DV-6 PT DV OK showed how to beat Osweiler & Co. Pressure Pressure Pressure. PT will do just that.

10-3 8-5 He has just 5 TDS but 3 picks. The run game is middle of the league (18th).

The D has been outstanding. 1st in ppg (17.3) yards & pass yards.

PT Nobody wants to face the O of PT. Roethlisberger has too many weapons to throw to & Williams at RB.

The O line has solidified giving him time to throw. O is 5th in ppg & pass yards 9th in rush yards.

The D is young but aggressive. 11th in ppg & 6th vs the run.

MI-1.5 SD MI The Campbell experiment is nearly over. MI will do a complete house cleaning at the end of the year.

5-8 3-10 Tannehill has not developed. The O is 24th in ppg & 22nd in pass yards.

The D is over paid & has under performed. Suh & Co is 30th vs the run & 26th in ppg.

SD Rivers vs the world. That is how he must feel. Nobody can catch or run the ball. O line is a sieve.

SD is 4th in pass ypg but 31st in rushing & 28th in ppg.

The D is pathetic. 27th in ppg, 24th in yards & 27th vs the run.

CN-4.5 SF CN McCarron is lucky to face SF. But he must take care of the ball to give CN any chance to succeed.

10-3 4-9 The D is solid. 2nd in ppg (17.6) but they are a little soft vs the pass (17th).

SF Gabbert is the guy but not much of a QB. He has a noodle for an arm, a bad O line & no WRS.

How bad is the run game? Kaepernick is 2nd on the team in rush yards & hasn’t played in 6 weeks.

The D allowed 24 pts to CL & is 27th vs the pass & 31st vs the run.

AZ-3.5 PH AZ As long as Palmer is healthy the O will be fine. It is 2nd in ppg (31.2) & 1st in yds.

11-2 6-7 The D is solid. 7th in ppg 4th in yards 5th vs the run.

PH The O has muddled through the season. Bradford is 21st in pass ypg & 14th in ppg.

The D has spent a lot of time on the field. But it has not been as bad as expected. 22nd in ppg 24th vs the pass.

CL SE-14 CL SE is the place a struggling O goes to die. RIP Johnny. Will this be the game in which Bowe breaks out?

3-10 8-5 Don’t expect another 100 y rushing game or a 200+ yard passing game.

The D will have nightmares of Wilson after the game.

SE Rawls is out so the game will depend more on the arm of Wilson than ever.

He has the team 6th in ppg & has had a near perfect pass rating in the last 5 games.

The D has come around. It is now 3rd in ppg 2nd in yards & rush ypg.

QB 3 Wilson, Russell 12/3 7 JACKSON, TARVARIS U/Min

Wilson opens up run lanes with his run threat but is best in the pocket throwing down field.

LWR 89 Baldwin, Doug CF11 16 Lockett, Tyler 15/3

RWR 15 Kearse, Jermaine CF12 17 Smith, Kevin SF14

TE 82 Willson, Luke 13/5 84 Helfet, Cooper CF12 85 McCoy, Anthony 10/6 86 Coffman, Chase SF15

Nobody knew Baldwin or Kearse before they got to SE & had Wilson throwing them the ball.

Lockett was drafted as a KR but has turned into a mini-mite down field WR.

Luke Wilson is an athletic TE with speed.

These guys are going to be a huge problem for CL DBS.

RB 36 Brown, Bryce SF15 22 JACKSON, FRED SF15 32 Michael, Christine 13/2 24 Lynch, Marshawn T/BUF

FB 46 TUKUAFU, WILL SF14 40 Coleman, Derrick SF12

Without Lynch & Rawls the run game is very suspect. But CL can’t stop any run game.

LT 76 Okung, Russell 10/1 78 Bailey, Alvin CF13

LG 68 Britt, Justin 14/2 78 Bailey, Alvin CF13 67 Sokoli, Kristjan 15/6

C 65 Lewis, Patrick P/Cle 61 Jeanpierre, Lemuel SF10

RG 64 Sweezy, JR 12/7 78 Bailey, Alvin CF13 63 Glowinski, Mark 15/4

RT 79 Gilliam, Garry CF14 78 Bailey, Alvin CF13

The O line has been better since Lewis was installed at C.

While it is still struggles to pass block Wilson can usually make time to throw.

Gilliam & Britt are the weak points of the O line.

LDE 72 BENNETT, MICHAEL U/TB 55 Clark, Frank 15/2 95 Dobbs, Demarcus W/SF

LDT 77 Rubin, Ahtyba U/Cle 99 Francis, AJ W/Mia

RDT 92 MEBANE, BRANDON 07/3 97 Hill, Jordan 13/3

RDE 56 Avril, Cliff U/Det 91 Marsh, Cassius 14/4

SE doesn’t blitz often because they get pressure out of the front 4.

Bennett, Clark & Avril are the best pass rushers. The D line plays the run very well.

LOLB 51 Irvin, Bruce 12/1 57 Morgan, Michael CF11

MLB 54 Wagner, Bobby 12/2 50 Wright, KJ 11/4 52 Coyle, Brock CF14

ROLB 50 Wright, KJ 11/4 58 Pierre-Louis, Kevin 14/4 47 Pinkins, Eric 14/6

The LBS are outstanding. Wright is very under rated as is Wagner.

Manziel will have trouble getting outside against the front 7 of SE.

LCB 25 Sherman, Richard 11/5 28 Burley, Marcus T/Ind

SS 31 Chancellor, Kam 10/5 35 Shead, DeShawn CF12 33 McCray, Kelcie T/KC

FS 29 Thomas, Earl 10/1 23 Terrell, Steven SF14

RCB 20 Lane, Jeremy 12/6

N-B 21 Smith, Tye 15/5

Sherman, Chancellor & Thomas are outstanding. Lane is OK but Smith is coming on as a rookie.

These guys are big and fast. The 4’2 WRS of CL will have trouble getting open or catching any passes.

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.

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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/.

He also edits .

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