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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.

Injuries

BA cb Jimmy Smith Thigh

BF RB LeSean McCoy knee WR Robert Woods HIP

CN WR A.J. Green Back

HO qb T.J. Yates knee

JK OB Telvin Smith FINGER

MN RB Adrian Peterson

NE WR Danny Amendola KNEE

NJ CB Dee Milliner ANKLE DE Muhammad Wilkerson WRIST

OK WR Michael Crabtree Concussion

SD OK SD Rivers is carrying the team on his back. Run game & O line are hurt.

4-10 6-8 D showed up last week. It has looked like it has already moved to LA.

Coaching staff has to win the last 2 to keep their jobs. If not the team will leave without giving them the forwarding address.

OK Carr showed his fear of inside rush last week by throwing picks. Run game is inconsistent.

D is coming. Mack is a BEAST. He had 5 sacks in a single game & leads the league.

Del Rio has the team heading up (unlike some teams in Northern Ohio).

WA PH WA WA leads the NFC Least but needs this win to stay there.

7-7 6-8 The O& D are in middle of the league. That is not good but MUCH better than expected.

PH Note to HC Kelly: the PH fans threw snowballs at Santa. They don’t take bad football well.

Many think that Bradford is perfect for KellyBall. He is not. There will be a new QB next year. (Kaepernick?)

The D has suffered because O can’t stay on the field. It has not been as bad as most think.

SF DT SF SF is a train wreck. Wrong HC, wrong QB, wrong O system. D suffered from desertions.

4-9 5-9 HC Tomsula is in WAY over his head. The record shows it.

DT HC Caldwell & Company are dead men walking. New GM will want to name a new HC.

Stafford has been average. He will stay because the top 2 QBS in the draft will be gone.

PT BA PT PT needs to win both games to get to the playoffs. With BA & CL on the schedule that will not be a problem.

9-5 4-10 No team in the AFC wants to face the PT O. It is as dangerous as any in the league.

BA The thought of BA having a top 5 pick is scary. WR or pass rusher will be on the top of their wish list.

Next year everyone (except Dumervil) will be back & BA will be back on top of the AFC North.

BA may have to adjust the practice & game rotations to keep the team healthier.

DA BF DA Jones will have some hard decisions to make. DA is not a good team even with Romo.

4-10 6-8 The big question is can Jones find a quality HC to take the job if he is the GM? Probably not.

At the very least they need a better backup QB for often injured Romo.

BF Ryan is on a warm seat. The D has disintegrated. That was supposed to be the hallmark of the team.

The O has been much better than expected. Taylor has been good but the run game is lacking due in injuries.

CH TB CH Cutler is a disaster & HC Fox won’t put up with him next year. Fox needs Forte to have a better season.

5-9 6-8 The run D has to get better. It will when Fox gets more 3-4 players in the draft.

TB Winston is getting better but needs to work on his pass game. Threat of QB run helps the RBS & O line.

D needs more Tampa2 players. Lovie will get that done.

CR AT CR Newton will be the MVP but should not be. CR is 23rd in passing y.

14-0 7-7 D is top 10 in all important areas. But giving up 35 pts vs NG is a problem.

AT AT has fallen & can’t get up. O is a disaster except for the pass game. Need a WR & O line help.

D has been middle of the league except against the pass.

IN MI IN GM & staff are history. Luck was hurt because GM didn’t get O line help for him.

6-8 5-9 D is really bad. This team will go nowhere until O line & D are fixed.

MI The GM & staff are history. Tannehill may be too. MI has under performed badly for several years.

Suh is over paid. It will take time to get this team out of salary cap hell & competitive again.

NE NJ NE Brady will get NE to the AFC title game. Despite injuries he has been outstanding.

12-2 9-5 D didn’t step as far back as expected after rebuilding DB group.

NJ NJ is 5 wins better than last year but face a tough game.

O has been decent but need a new QB. D is solid but needs help in vs the pass.

HO TN HO Leading AFC South is not an honor & TN is dangerous with Mettenberger at QB.

7-7 3-11 Hoyer was good but the O line got him hurt. Neither Yates or Weeden should ever see the field.

D is 4th in yards & 2nd vs pass but 13th in point allowed. They struggle to keep teams out of the end zone.

TN Mariota is out. That is good for TN. GM screwed up in asking too much from PH to make a trade for the 2nd pick.

A new admin may start Mettenberger over Mariota. Both O & D need upgrading.

JK NO JK The O has been decent. Bortles is getting better but is still inconsistent. WRS are no name but good.

5-9 5-9 The D is pathetic. Look for additions here to get this team out of the 5 win area.

NO The only thing NO has is QB Brees (1 in pass yds). It traded away all his weapons & resigned bad RBS.

The D sucks bilge water. 32nd in ppg & 30th or worse in the other stats.

GB AZ GB Who would believe that Rodgers would be 26th in pass yards? O has let the team down.

10-4 12-2 D is solid & is 5th in ppg. The O will struggle against AZ.

AZ As long as Palmer is healthy AZ is a Super Bowl threat. If he is hurt all bets are off.

The D has been good but injury to Mathieu is a huge problem.

ST SE ST Foles is a backup at best. ST made a mistake in trading for him. O is 31st in ppg & 32nd in pass ypg.

6-8 9-5 The D has been good. Donald is as good as any DT. Loss of DE Quinn hurt the pass rush.

SE No team in the NFC wants to face SE in the playoffs. Wilson has been near perfect for the last 5 games.

D has finally come close to 2013 play level. O is 7th in ppg. D is 2nd in ppg.

NG MN NG Eli has been OK. O is 8th in scoring 6th in pass ypg. Run game is on a milk carton in a store near you.

6-8 9-5 D has gone down hill. No pass rush & bad pass coverage has haunted NG.

MN Bridgewater took over when Peterson was hurt. He was responsible for 5 TDS.

Peterson has to be healthy for MN to do well in the playoffs.

An untold story of MN has been the D. 8th in ppg & 7th vs the pass.

CN DV CN McCarron looked good vs SF but will be pressured hard vs DV.

11-3 10-4 CN will be 1 & done again with either Dalton or McCarron at QB.

DV This is another team that suffers from pressure. The O has let the D down. Neither QB is even decent. Peyton is done.

D is 4th in ppg (thanks to pick6’s by O) & 1st in yards & pass yards.

CL KC CL Manziel did well 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately he can’t play SF every week.

3-11 9-5 The D gave up over 400yds last week. This could be a repeat.

KC Smith is Mr. Checkdown. To beat him CL needs to cover tight early in the play & apply pressure.

The KC D is solid in the front 7. They play a lot of zone behind a 4 or 5 guy rush.

QB 11 SMITH, ALEX T/SF 10 Daniel, Chase U/NO 7 Murray, Aaron 14/5

The key to get Smith to throw picks is to pressure him particularly up the gut. He panics.

Due to a lack of pass rush it is critical that the CL DBS provide tight coverage until the pass rush can get home.

Based on what we have seen so far this year that is not likely to happen.

LWR 12 Wilson, Albert CF14 13 Thomas, De’Anthony 14/4 85 Hammond, Frankie CF13

RWR 19 Maclin, Jeremy U/Phi 81 AVANT, JASON SF14 17 Conley, Chris 15/3

TE 87 Kelce, Travis 13/3 84 Harris, Demetrius CF13 82 Parker, Brian W/SD

Maclin is the stud receiver. CL must double him and go man on the other receivers. CL can’t afford to zone because the DBS get lost & have no idea when to close on a receiver.

Kelce is big & physical. He is a real threat in the red zone. I doubt that any CL LB can cover him.

RB 35 West, Charcandrick CF14 32 Ware, Spencer SF14 34 Davis, Knile 13/3

FB 42 Sherman, Anthony T/Arz

West has had at least 60 yds on each of his starts. That means he should get 150 against CL.

Ware is a power back. He is strong & hard to tackle. Davis is in the dog house due to fumbles.

LT 72 Fisher, Eric 13/1 79 Stephenson, Donald 12/3 75 Reid, Jah SF15

LG 73 Fulton, Zach 14/6 60 Pughsley, Jarrod SF14

C 61 Morse, Mitch 15/2

RG 76 Duvernay-Tardif, Laurent 14/6 73 Fulton, Zach 14/6

RT 71 Allen, Jeff 12/2 75 Reid, Jah SF15

The O line is very average despite a lot of high picks used to draft them.

KC uses a zone run blocking scheme & the team is much better blocking the run than the pass.

The O line struggles on pass blocking.

LDE 70 DEVITO, MIKE U/NYJ 99 Nunez-Roches, Rakeem 15/6 93 King, David W/Sea

NT 96 Howard, Jaye W/Sea 92 Poe, Dontari 12/1

RDE 97 Bailey, Allen 11/3 98 Williams, Nicholas P/Pit

LOLB 55 Ford, Dee 14/1 51 Zombo, Frank SF13 54 Moses, Dezman W/GB 50 Houston, Justin 11/3

LILB 56 JOHNSON, DERRICK 05/1 57 Alexander, DJ 15/5

RILB 90 Mauga, Josh SF14 53 Wilson, Ramik 15/4

ROLB 91 HALI, TAMBA 06/1

The front 7 is the best part of the D.

KC rushes 4 or 5 most of the time. Ford replaced Houston who is hurt.

The D has scored 7 TDS this year.

LCB 22 Peters, Marcus 15/1 31 Cooper, Marcus W/SF

SS 38 Parker, Ron W/Sea 27 Branch, Tyvon CC/Oak

FS 29 Berry, Eric 10/1 49 Sorensen, Daniel CF14 39 ABDULLAH, HUSAIN SF13

RCB 21 Smith, Sean U/Mia 30 Fleming, Jamell P/Bal 20 Nelson, Steven 15/3

Smith & Berry are the best guys in this unit. Peters is learning 7 has speed. Parker is OK.

Parker will sneak up to put an 8th guy in the box fairly often but only if CL can hurt them early with the run.

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

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

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

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NFL Week 15

NFL Week 15

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.

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.

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

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from week 9, and previewed all week 10 games including the Browns/Steelers.

AFC East

Patriots – No question Tom Brady is playing at a very high level. The question is will issues in the D backfield cost them a Super Bowl?

Bills – New coaching staff, solid D but the same old problem—No QB.

Jets – No question the D is one of the very best. They have the same issue as the Bills.

Dolphins – The team quit on their former coach and this team is headed for a total rework.

AFC North

Bengals – QB Andy Dalton has played very well but can they win a playoff game? No.

Steelers – Injuries have decimated this team but the D backfield has never been worse.

Ravens – The only thing that will save HC Harbaugh’s job is the super bowl win.

Browns – It is time to blow up the organization again. The sooner they fire GM Ray Farmer the better the 2016 draft will be.

AFC South

Colts – If things weren’t bad enough Andrew Luck is hurt. The D is pathetic and now the QB is 85 years old.

Texans – Once they stopped flipping coins to decide which QB to start the team has started to win. The D has always been solid. The Colts had better watch out.

Jaguars – Blake Bortles is playing well but needs more weapons. The D is a disaster and needs to be upgraded.

Titans – They drafted a QB and have 2 legitimate starters. They need to trade 1 to get more players.

AFC West

Broncos – Peyton Manning has fallen and he can’t get up. He is clearly not the QB he used to be. The D has saved them often but will not get him to a Super Bowl win.

Raiders – HC Jack Del Rio has this team headed in the right direction. He has a QB and a couple of receivers. One more good draft will make this team very dangerous.

Chiefs – It was clear that KC would struggle on O but the D has disintegrated as well. Maybe the pass rushers’ wallets are slowing them down.

Chargers – Any team that has rumors of moving out of town is bound to be hurt. Phillip Rivers has carried this team on his back for years. This year he is getting even less help than in the past.

NFC East

Giants – Eli Manning is struggling without a run game and an O line in flux. The D needs to generate more pressure on the opposing QB but the injury to JPP has made that unlikely.

Eagles – Chip Kelly has made some strange moves collecting 2 RBS and a QB with serious injury histories. The high speed O will kill the D unless they can make 1st downs and hold the ball.

Redskins – This team is a dumpster fire and yet they are looking down at the Cowboys. They have no QB and the run game has gone south. The D has never been good.

Cowboys – Jerry Jones has no one to blame but himself. He thought either Brandon Weeden or Matt Cassel could replace Tony Romo and keep the team winning. He was VERY wrong.

NFC North

Packers – The Panthers showed every team how to stop the Pack O—cover the receivers until the D line can sack the QB. The D has fallen off as well in the last 2 losses.

Vikings – The combination of Bridgewater and Peterson have the team in the hunt for a playoff spot. But the D is contributing by holding opponents to 17.5 ppg.

Bears – Cutler will be gone next year. Some coach will think they are the guy that can turn him into an superstar but they will be wrong.

Lions – “With the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select…”

NFC South

Panthers – Newton is playing OK but is not an MVP candidate completing just 53.7% with 14TDS but 9 interceptions. The D has been outstanding allowing 20.6 ppg.

Falcons – They were undefeated until the O played road kill. It has always been the D that did them in.

Saints – Brees is doing all he can but has to wonder who’s side the D is on. The DC is a big part of the problem.

Buccaneers – Winston is learning that the NFL is not like the ACC. He will get it but it will take a while. The D needs more players like LB David.

NFC West

Cardinals – This team is a time bomb waiting for Carson Palmer to get hurt again. As long as he is healthy this team is a Super Bowl contender.

Rams – Foles is not the answer at QB but neither was Bradford. They have the RB in Gurley and the D. All they need now is the QB and some bigger WRS.

Seahawks – Russel Wilson has been sacked 85 times in 8 games despite his mobility. The O line is killing their chances to get back to the Super Bowl. The D has also given up leads late in games.

49ers – Kaepernick will be gone at the end of the season. Some coach will think they are the guy that can turn him into a star and they will be right. Ownership will be sorry they let their HC and QB leave.

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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  • Published: Oct 20th, 2015
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The Eagle D is coming around

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The Eagle D is coming around.

NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from week 6, our views of all week 6 games including the Browns/Broncos.

On Monday night the Giants scored a TD on their 1st possession. But then the Eagle D shut them down. While the Eagle O is still trying to fit all the new gadgets into the game, the D has figured it out and is playing very well. The early issues on defense were primarily caused by the lack of rest. When the O can’t convert 3rd downs in a no huddle O, the D is on the field a lot.

The team has missed ILB Mychal Kendricks for a couple of weeks. Despite that the D is playing aggressive defense. Rookie 3rd round pick Jordan Hicks has been outstanding. He has helped the D continue to improve. His instincts are outstanding.

Two early interceptions, one of which was a pick 6, made Giant QB Eli Manning tentative. That combined with WR Odell Beckham Jr. being the primary target made the job of the Eagle D much easier. The D would have been better had they not committed so many penalties. That is still a problem for the Eagles.

The problem with the offense is that the players that the Eagles brought in do not fit what HC Chip Kelly is running. One example is QB Sam Bradford. While he ran a no huddle O in Oklahoma, several injuries have limited his mobility. He struggles to make stretch hand offs and even more to run the read option.

Another addition, running back DeMarco Murry, is also a bad fit. First of all any back in the NFL that had nearly 500 touches the previous year has never done well the following year. Add Murry’s injury history and this was a bad signing from the start. At Dallas Murry ran down hill. But the Kelly O has him running east/west to get to the hole. As a result Murry has not been productive.

The key to the rest of the Eagle season is the offense giving the D some rest between possessions. If they do, there is a good chance that the Eagles could win the NFC Least.

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

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

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Johnny Manziel is at it again.

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NOTE: Yesterday on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I graded the free agent moves of every team. Tomorrow Tony Williams of Metro New York joins me to talk NFL and NBA. He covers the Giants and Knicks for the paper.

Johnny Manziel was involved with a heckler in Texas attending the Byron Nelson golf tournament. At the pool, he was heckled by a fan and got so upset he threw a water bottle at the individual. Of course there was no damage because Johnny is no more accurate at throwing water bottles as he is with footballs.

There are two things that bother me about this. First, I was expecting a better version of Johnny after his rehab. I was hoping he had developed a better attitude and a thicker skin after the self evaluation that is a central part of rehab. Clearly he has not learned a lot from rehab. That leads me to my next issue.

If Johnny expects to be a Browns QB, he had better improve a lot. If not, he can expect to experience much more criticism. While the Browns claim he is doing much better, the reports from camp indicate he is still struggling with the playbook and his reads. That makes me wonder if he is doing the work necessary to learn the new offense.

There are two positives however. First the incident did not involve a blow up swan. Second, Johnny will not have to unlearn last year’s offense because he never learned it.

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

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Playoffs? Playoffs?

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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 http://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 http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

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

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

 

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