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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.

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

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the news of the day, injuries from week 4, and previews of all NFL week 5 games including the Browns/Ravens.

AFC East

Patriots – They look like the best team in the AFC. Only the Court can stop Tom Brady.

Bills – Ty Taylor has been really good and the D is solid.

Jets – The defense is great but no QB means no playoffs.

Dolphins – New head coach but the same players. That is a bad mix.

AFC North

Bengals – Andy Dalton looks great now but he hasn’t played a night or playoff game yet.

Steelers – Mike Vick is no Roethlisberger but the defense isn’t the steel curtain either.

Browns – The offense was questionable but the defense has been terrible.

Ravens – The D is not what it used to be but neither is the O.

AFC South

Colts – Luck is lucky he plays in the AFC Least. Colts get to the playoffs without a D.

Titans – They have 2 NFL starting quality QBS. Lots of teams have none.

Texans – HC Bill O’Brien is not the first to flip a coin to decide who starts at QB. The Browns did it years ago.

Jaguars – They are getting better but need more play makers.

AFC West

Broncos – Team goes as far as Peyton Manning can throw them. That won’t be to the Super Bowl.

Raiders – HC Jack Del Rio has the team playing tough and ready to steal Manning’s lunch money.

Chargers – Phillip Rivers won’t have to move but has to carry the team on his back.

Chiefs – Both O and D are very over rated. Andy Reed is not getting it done.

NFC East

Cowboys – Jerry Jones is learning Brandon Weeden is NOT a good insurance guy.

Giants – Think where they would be if HC Tom Coughlin could figure out how to get off to a fast start.

Redskins – RG3 is playing CB on the scout team. Enough said.

Eagles – 29th in O plays per game? “Chip, the U of Texas is calling. You really need to talk to them.”

NFC North

Packers – In Aaron we trust. He needs to score because the D leaks badly.

Vikings – Does Bridgewater + Peterson = playoffs? Maybe a wild card.

Bears – Only the Lions keep them out of the basement in this division.

Lions – They need coaches and a GM but who wants to live in Detroit?

NFC South

Falcons – HC Dan Quinn has this team playing great. The D is way under rated.

Panthers – I’m still not sold on Cam Newton but love the rebuilt D.

Buccaneers – Jameis Winston completes a lot of throws but some are to the opponent.

Saints – The bag heads are back wondering how DC Ryan keeps his job.

NFC West

Cardinals – They win as long as Carson Palmer is healthy. The O line needs to work harder to insure that.

Seahawks – They have a great QB and RB but the O line is pathetic and may keep them out of the playoffs.

Rams – Nick Foles is not the answer but Bradford wasn’t either. The D is solid.

49ers – Jed York let the coach go when he should have fired the GM. Now Michigan has a better D than the 9ers.

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

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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.

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The radio version of NNR is a podcast while we look for a new broadcast host. Check out last night’s show reviewing week 2 and previewing the Browns/Redskins game.

News:

Thank heavens that the stupid extra point from the 15 yard line is over. The only thing that would be similar to this dumb move would be to move the free throw line to the 3 point distance. Somebody in the NFL office has WAY too much time on his hands.

It was Flag Day weekend again this week. Someone in the NFL office has to get the zebras under control. Every time a pass hits the ground both the QB and WR involved campaign for a flag. The refs are getting more camera time than a senatorial candidate.

There were a number of serious injuries this week. The Falcons lost their starting LT Sam Baker (PCL) for the year. The Jags have lost WRs Cecil Shorts (hamstring), Allen Robinson (hamstring), Tandon Doss (ankle) and RB Toby Gerhart (hip) for several weeks. The Rams lost OL Barrett Jones to back surgery. He is out indefinitely. They also lost RB Isaiah Pead to a ACL injury. He is expected to miss the season.

Several rookie QBs showed promise this week. Titan rook Zach Mettenberger was outstanding again this week. Third pick overall QB Blake Bortles continues to out preform Jags starter Chad Henne. Bortles has made very good progress in tightening up his footwork. Vikings Teddy Bridgewater looked good again.

All pro Chiefs RB Jamal Charles hurt his foot moving out of his training camp dorm. You would think the team would provide their stars some help.

Notes:

Pats 42 Eagles 35 – It looks like QB Jimmy Garoppolo has moved in front of Ryan Mallett. Forget talk about a Mallett trade. Despite the number of teams that need a QB, Mallett has little trade value. Pats’ running game will suffer with the loss of LeGarrette Blount. Eagles will take a step back due in part to the loss of WR DeSean Jackson. Teams have a plan against the Eagle O—Pressure Nick Foles. They still win the NFC Least.

Saints 31 Titans 24 – The rookie QB that has impressed me the most is Titan QB Zack Mettenberger. He has thrown 3 picks but 2 of them bounced off the hands of his WR. He has more arm strength and talent than any rookie QB. When QB Jake Locker suffers his annual injury, it should be Mettenberger that replaces him. Saints look like their #1 O is in regular season form. There is no threat to them to win the NFC South.

Seahawks 41 Chargers 14 – Hawk QB Russell Wilson continues to be incredible. He still suffers from a bad O line but avoids sacks as well as anyone while looking down field for a target. The Chargers look OK and might earn a playoff spot this year rather than stumbling backward into it like they did last season. That says more about the weakness of the AFC more than it does the strength of the Chargers.

Texans 32 Falcons 7 – This was a game between two under-achievers last season. As bad as the Texans O looked the Falcons O looked worse. The injury to LT Baker will not help at all. The Falcons bet on a comeback from RB Steven Jackson who was used up by the Rams. Without a running game, the O will depend on a badly protected QB Matt Ryan. Ryan was just 3-7 for 37 yards. Neither of these two teams will be going anywhere although the Texans D will make the AFC South fun to watch.

Broncos 34 49ers 0 – The rumor that the 9ers have renamed Levis’ Stadium to Titanic is not true but that is the way their first game in the new digs went. Payton Manning did surgery on the 9er D and the patient died. Colin Kaepernick was harassed on nearly every throw. Some believe the 49er O line is great but it crumbled against the Bronco 4 man pass rush. Neither team is a it looked in this game. The 49ers played their 2nd D against the Bronco 1s after the 2nd possession. The refs did no favors for the 49ers. Multiple hits to the head were ignored by the zebras.

Packers 21 Rams 7 – The Packer O was in regular season form. QB Aaron Rodgers went 11-13 128 yards and a TD. The Packer D looked improved. They held the Ram O to 3 of 13 third down conversions and 2.9 yards per rush. While Rams starter Sam Bradford looked good, the team is doomed if he goes down.

Redskins 24 Browns 23 – Neither Johnny Manziel nor Brian Hoyer deserve to be named the starter after 2 games. The only Browns QB that didn’t stink was undrafted rookie Connor Shaw who drove the team 90 yards to a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game. Despite a good D the Browns are doomed to a 5 or 6 win season. The Skins have to be wondering if QB Robert Griffin will ever be the same. He is not progressing in his reads. He tends to check his first read and if covered he runs. That is a prescription for another injury filled season.

Rumors:

Several coaches have gotten the “win or else” memo from their owners. Dolphin coach Joe Philbin probably has to win 9 games to keep his job. That will not happen. Raider coach Dennis Allen is there too but is expected to win the division. He is good as gone. Jets coach Rex Ryan is well past his due date. He was able to eek out last year to get a return. That will not happen again. Another bad year for the Falcons will mean the firing of coach Mike Smith. That is too bad because he is a good coach with a bad team. Even Bears coach Mike Trestman’s seat is a little warm. If he gets the team to the playoffs he should be fine.

The one coach constantly talked about as being on the hot seat is the ever under-achiever Dallas Cowgirl coach Jason Garrett. He is safe only because no decent coach will want to put up with the GM/Owner/Pain in the Butt Jerry Jones.

While the Giants talk positively about the offense and QB Eli Manning, behind the scenes there is worry. Eli had the worst season of his career with 27 interceptions last year. He and the O has not looked good at all so far in the preseason. Given that teams play very vanilla defense in the preseason, the struggles of the O are particularly troubling.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly is open to trading back up QB Mark Sanchez. The problem is that starter Nick Foles is not proven. While he had a remarkable 2013, he has not looked consistently solid this year. There is also a limited trade value for the Butt-Fumble QB.

Manziel was accused of giving the Skins bench the finger. I am sure he was just indicating the Browns were #1. Our Johnny wouldn’t do that…Never mind.

I was asked what would I do if I was in Mike Pettine’s position. I would ask the Bills for my old job back.

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

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