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Mar

Why You Should Feel Good, Yet Bad About Your NFL Team (AFC Edition)

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With ongoing NFL labor talks, the odds of there being a season next year is up in the air. The ongoing dispute has disrupted the offseason and has every fan worrying that there won’t be any football on Sunday’s come September.

In the end though, they will agree to a deal and there will be football this fall and fans can go back to worrying about their actual team. I’ve taken it a step further and done it for you, listing a reason why you should feel good about your team heading into next year, but also why you should have your concerns.

New England Patriots

Good: They went 14-2 and Tom Brady had perhaps his best season ever.

Bad: They are 0-3 in their last 3 playoff games and haven’t won a  playoff game since 2007.

New York Jets

Good: In their first two seasons their coach/quarterback combo (Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez) have been to back-to-back AFC Championship Games.

Bad: Mark Sanchez had 15 dropped interceptions. No other quarterback had more than 8.

Miami Dolphins

Good: The Dolphins went 6-2 on the road, winning in tough places like Green Bay and New York.

Bad: After using a second round pick on a quarterback in 4 of the past 5 years, the Dolphins are still searching for a franchise quarterback.

Buffalo Bills

Good: In Kyle Williams the Bills have an elite nose tackle, the hardest position to fill in a 3-4.

Bad: They haven’t made the playoffs since 1999.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Good: They have made the Super Bowl in 3 out of the past 6 seasons and their QB us in his prime.

Bad: After each of the past two Super Bowl appearances, they missed the playoffs the next year.

Baltimore Ravens:

Good: The Harbaugh/Flacco combo has been to and won at least one game in their three seasons together.

Bad: Age is starting to creep up on a lot of key players (Lewis, Reed, Mason, Birk).

Cincinnati Bengals

Good: They might finally be ridding themselves of Carson Palmer and his back breaking interceptions.

Bad: If they get rid of Palmer, their backup is Jordan Palmer, his brother.

Cleveland Browns

Good: No more Eric Mangini

Bad: Mike Holmgren is still running the draft and he doesn’t have a great track record.

Indianapolis Colts

Good: Despite a ton of injuries and a rough stretch from Peyton Manning, they still won the division.

Bad: Peyton Manning now has a 9-10 career playoff record.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Good: With three games left in the regular season, the Jaguars controlled their own destiny.

Bad: They still haven’t gotten over the hump that is the Colts in the South.

Tennessee Titans

Good: Chirs Johnson, arguably the best running back in the league, is only 25.

Bad: Their new head coach, Mike Munchak, has never been a head coach at any level.

Houston Texans

Good: Wade Phillips has a great track record as a defensive coordinator.

Bad: If you think Wade Phillips is going to save you, your in trouble.

Kansas City Chiefs

Good: They were one of the surprise teams of the year, going 10-6 and winning the division.

Bad: Their offense went into the tank after Charlie Weiss announced he was leaving.

San Diego Chargers

Good: They have the most talented team in the division.

Bad: Phillip Rivers has yet to show he can deliver consistently in the clutch.

Oakland Raiders

Good: They won the most games (8) since they went to the Super Bowl in 2002.

Bad: They’re still wildly overspending for players.

Denver Broncos

Good: Josh McDaniels is out of town and can’t alienate any more star players.

Bad: It looks like their 2010 1st round picks (Tebow, Demaryius Thomas) won’t make much of an impact for them.

Can you guys think of any more? Share yours in the comments section.

16
Feb

Top 10 Plays of the 2010 NFL Season

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So this is how its going to be from now on.

No Sunday Football.

I knew there wasn’t going to be any football, yet still on Sunday I turned on my TV at 1:00…nothing. 4:15, same result. Ok, what about 6:30? Nada. As I finally came to the realization that the season was over, I pondered what am I going to do on Sunday for the next gasp … 7 months, at least, if not more.

On this first Sunday, I went to Youtube and started looking at clips from the 2010 NFL Season. After watching all of the great moments, I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be a great idea to compile a list of the Top 10 Plays of the 2010 NFL Season. And so I did. And now you have this great list of the best plays of this past NFL season. Enjoy.

Also, if you have any ideas on what to do on Sunday’s now, I’m all ears.

I present to you, the Top 10 Plays of the 2010 NFL Season.

10. Dan Connolly Makes History

Dan Connolly just became a pariah of the offensive lineman brotherhood with that return. As great as it was, how you do not finish that off Connolly? Your five yards away from glory and going down in NFL galore, only to be tackled from behind. If he finishes off that run, that goes down as an all timer. Now were never going to see an o-lineman take one to the house. At this rate, all o-linemen will be 500 pounds in 20 years. ThEy won’t be able to chase down the ice cream truck, let alone outrun 11 defenders who I’m assuming will all run 3.8 40′s at that point.

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9. Randy Moss is Better With 1 Hand than You Are With 2

Back when Randy Moss wasn’t a dead corpse wasting away in Tennessee, he was making plays like this for the Patriots. I don’t get how you can go from making a sick one handed grab against the league’s best cornerback to catching just 2 passes total in the final five game of the season, but that’s Randy Moss for you. One of the most polarizing athletes of his generation.

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8. LeGarrette Blount Can Do More Than Throw a Right Hook

How did all 32 teams really pass on this 7 times? Did that really happen? Before the punching incident if you asked talent evaluators who would you rather have, LeGarrette Blount or Ryan Matthews, you would have at worst a 50-50 split. Yet, Matthews went 12th overall while Blount had to see 255 names called before he got his shot. It’s times like this when you wonder how these front offices guys made the kind of money they do yet make mistakes like this. All Blount did was rush for over 1000 yards despite not really playing until Week 7 and produce highlight reel runs like this and this, in addition to the one below.

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7. Kroy Bierrmann Pick 6

Before this season started, Kroy Biermann was probably more well known for dating someone from Real Housewives of Atlanta than playing football. Now, he can say he returned a Jake Delhomme pass for a touchdown. But then again, so can half of the league. Regardless of who threw it, it was still one heck of a play.

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6. Tony Moeaki … Not Bad for a Rookie

During my research for this piece, I came across this ridiculous catch by Tony Moeaki and couldn’t remember ever seeing it during the regular season. I have one question…why? This is hands down the catch of the year, yet I don’t remember SportCenter or anywhere else hyping this play up. Perhaps, it’s because it was made by a rookie tight end playing for a team that most people think still have Tony Gonzalez on the team. I’ll guarantee you if that was Tony Gonzalez making that play, it would have been shoved down your throat all season long.

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5. Troy Polamalu is a Freak of Nature

This is just one reason why he was the defensive player of the year. Who else in the NFL Makes this play? Who even attempts this play? Can you name 5 guys? How about 3? You can’t, that’s what I thought. That’s what makes Polamlau such a special player. Too bad he was at less than 100 percent in the Super Bowl.

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4. Chris Johnson is Pretty Good

If you thought he had a down year in 2010 look again. Most of the blame for his drop in production can be blamed on his offensive line as he had roughly the same yards after contact per carry as he did in 2009. CJ2K still has the sizzle, no one can doubt that. The announcer said it looked like something in a video game. That run was beyond video status. I’ve been playing Madden for 10 years and have never come close to pulling off anything remotely close to that. If I did, that would be all over Youtube. If someone has actually done this, please post it to Youtube.

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3. David Garrard Hail Mary as Time Expires

Glover Quinn watched NFL Primetime a few too many times. I wonder what Tom Jackson was thinking as he was watching that play? As the ball was is the air was he screaming “KNOCK IT DOWN, KNOCK IT DOWN?” Then when Quinn did knock it down, right into the hands of Mike Thomas what was his reaction? Were Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter mercilessly ripping on him because they better have been. We need to know these answers!

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2. DeSean Jackson Takes it to the House

If you thought losing on the play before was rough, you better look away now. Imagine being up 31-10 with 8 minutes left in the game and losing in regulation. Not even overtime, REGULATION! Too make matters worse, this play also killed the Giants season as after this game they curled up into a little ball and proceeded to get steamrolled by the Packers in their own stadium. As weird as it sounds, it also killed the Eagles too, who drained all their energy in that one game or something along those lines as they lost their next three games en route to getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs by guess who, the Packers.

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1. Marshawn Lynch… Beast Mode

Was this the best postseason run in NFL history? Or was it the worst display of tackling? Let’s say it was somewhere in the middle. I bet Bills fans watching this were screaming, “where the hell was that the past two years?” Also, watching this video just makes you feel bad for Tracy Porter. Last year he was a hero, picking off Peyton Manning and sealing the Super Bowl and now this year he’s getting shoved to the turf by a Marshawn Lynch stiff arm. Now that’s a sentence you’d never think you’d see last year.

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That wraps up the countdown. Hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of it below in the comments section.

1
Feb

Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials of All Time

Estimates say that more people will watch the Super Bowl for the commercials than the actual game.

While I question that assertion, it’s fair to say commercials are a big part of the Super Bowl.

They get plenty of talk before the big game and after.  This year is no different with PETA producing a controversial ad, Motorola spoofing a commercial that is actually highly ranked on this lost, the NFLPA having a commercial rejected and many more.

Reports say that some 30 seconds ads went for more three million dollars this year.  Even in a recession, Super Bowl ads are not taking a hit, proving their staying power.

Here’s a look at the ten most memorable Super Bowl Commercials:

10. Wardrobe Malfunction

2005- A year after the most memorable halftime show in Super Bowl history, which has ruined halftimes show ever since, we find out what really caused that memorable wardrobe malfunction.

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9. Bud Bowl II

1989-Who ya got?  Budweiser or Bud Light? I’ll take Bud Light and the points.

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8. Terry Tate Office Linebacker

2003- Maye big corporations should take a hint from this commercial and hire Terry Tate to increase productivity in the workplace.  I know I’d be a lot more motivated if I knew Terry Tate was going to take me out in a moments notice if took too long of a break.

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7. Miller Light Catfight

2003- This commercial sparked a world of controversy and debate and some complaints from the FCC..  You can never go wrong with two girls  fighting in a pool while they’re half naked.  More taste or less filling?  I still can’t decide.   

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6. Mean Joe Greene

1979- One of the first truly great and memorable Super Bowl commercials though technically it aired just before the big game.  The ad let to many spin offs and they even made a movie based on it called “The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid.”  Moral of this commercial:  Give athlete a coke and he’ll give you his jersey.

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5. Budweiser Wasabi

2000- After the success of the Budweiser Wassup commercials, they took a step farther in this one by going to a sushi bar and receiving some wasabi.  Hilarity ensues as all the sushi chefs get in on the action.

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4. Pepsi- Cindy Crawford

1991- No fancy gimmick here for Pepsi.  Just Cindy Crawford downing a Pepsi.  After watching this commercial how could you not want to have a Pepsi?

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3. Bud Frogs

1995- After the success of the Bud Bowl’s, Budweiser needed a new gimmick.  They tried some chirping frogs and America loved it.  This ad led to many spinoffs and they even sold Bud frog merchandise. 

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2. McDonald’s- The Showdown

1993- MJ and Larry Legend go at it in a game of horse for a Big Mac.  Each shot is more ridiculous than the previous one and they end up on the top of the Hancock building with MJ sinking one “off the expressway, over the river, off the billboard, through the window, off the wall, nothin’ but net.”

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1. Apple- Macintosh

1984- Does anybody even remember when they were called Macintosh’s?  This ad is credited with starting the Super Bowl ad craze.  The world was introduced to Macs and 26 years later they’re doing pretty good.  In fact, I’m writing this article on one now.

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1
Feb

Top 10 Plays in Super Bowl History

Were kicking off Super Bowl Week with the top 10 plays of all time from previous Super Bowls. From Leon Lett, to Lynn Swann, to even David Tyree, this countdown has it all.

This is just the start of a full week of coverage on the big game so come back every day to see something new.

We kick of the countdown with #10:

10. Leon Lett Showboats

Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas was routing Buffalo when Leon Lett recovered a fumble and was about to add to that lead.  Then seemingly out of nowhere, Don Beebe knocked the ball out of Lett’s hand just before he crossed the goal line and the ball goes out of bounds in the end zone resulting in a touch back.  The Bills still lost, but that play remains the best hustle play of all time.

9. Adam Vinatieri’s Clutch Kick

Super Bowl XXXVI: The Rams had just tied the game at 17 leaving the Patriots one last drive to try and win it.  Instead of taking their chances in overtime, like commentator John Madden recommended, the Patriots went for the win.  Tom Brady led the Pats down the field into Rams territory which set up a 48 yard field goal for Vinatieri.  Vinatieri split the uprights as time expired and the Pats celebrated their first of what would be three championships.

8. “70 Chip”

Super Bowl XVII: The Redskins are down 17-13 to the Dolphins with 10:10 remaining and are facing fourth and one the Dolphin’s 43 yard line.  Joe Gibbs decided to go for it and called “70 Chip,” the team’s bread and butter.  John Riggins took the hand off, broke free of Don McNeal and raced to the end zone.  The Redskins prevailed 27-17.

7. Marcus Allen’s Electrifying Run

Super Bowl XVIII: Allen took a pitch from quarterback Jim Plunkett and was met with a wave of Redskin defenders.  He then reversed fields and ran 74 yards for a touchdown.  The Raiders won 38-9 and Allen was named MVP running for 191 yards.

6. Swann’s Signature Grab

Super Bowl X: The Steelers are pinned at their own 10 yard line in the second quarter when Terry Bradshaw dropped back to pass.  He heaved a pass down field and Swann out leaped Mark Washington, tipped the ball in midair and finally made the catch while lying on the ground.  The play went down as a 53 yard gain and Swann took home MVP honors as the Steelers won 21-17.

5. John Elway Goes Airborne

Super Bowl XXXII: With the score tied at 17 the Broncos were faced with a crucial third and six.  John Elway dropped back to pass, couldn’t find an open receiver and decided to take off.  He scrambled right and was met by LeRoy Butler, who sends him in the air where he is hit again by Mike Prior.  Elway finally lands and has the first down.  The Broncos scored two plays later and won 31-24.

4. James Harrison Pick Six

Super Bowl XLIII: The Cardinals were at the Steelers’ two yard line just before halftime down 10-7 trying to take the lead.  Kurt Warner dropped back and with pressure in his face threw a pass over the middle that was intercepted by James Harrison.  Harrison raced down the sidelines, avoiding tacklers and wasn’t brought down until he crossed the goal line as the clock ran out.  The play resulted in a 14 point swing for the Steelers, who won 27-23.

3. One Yard Short

Super Bowl XXXIV: The Titans, led by Steve McNair, trailed the Rams 23-16.  They were at the Rams’ ten yard line with six seconds left and time for just one more play.  McNair dropped back and hit Kevin Dyson on a quick slant at the three yard line who then tried to extend the ball over the goal line, but was tackled by Mike Jones one yard short.

2. Montana to Taylor

Super Bowl XXIII: The 49ers got the ball back at their own eight yard line with 3:10 remaining trailing the Bengals 16-13.  Joe Montana then led the 49ers down to the Bengals ten yard line.  With 39 seconds left on the clock Montana dropped back to pass and fired one into the back of the end zone and connected with John Taylor for the game winning score as the 49ers won 20-16.

1. The Helmet Catch

Super Bowl XLII: The Giants were facing a crucial third and five on their own 43 yard line with 1:13 remaining down 14-10.  Eli Manning dropped back and somehow escaped from the arms of a Patriot defender and fired a pass down the field.  David Tyree leaped for the ball with Rodney Harrison on his back and pinned the ball against the helmet before securing it.  The Giants went on to score four plays later and ended the Pats chance at perfection, winning 17-14.

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Jan

NFL Players and More Attack Jay Cutler Via Twitter

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When Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was spotted on the sidelines during the Bears 21-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers, what seemed like an earthquake shook the universe. That is, the Twitter universe. Twitter exploded with anti Jay Cutler tweets after the much maligned quarterback was seen standing on the sidelines as his Bears were trying to rally. The injury report was vague, stateing  something with Cutler’s knee, but the extent wasn’t known.

Everyone was weighing in on the controversy, especially current and former NFL players, most notably Maurice Jones-Drew, Deion Sanders, and Derrick Brooks, among others. The overwhelming majority of tweets were negative, thought the responses let up upon learning Cutler tore his MCL.

Regardless, enjoy this compilation of tweets bashing Jay Cutler’s toughness and heart.

All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one...
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@Jones_Drew32
Maurice Jones-Drew
HEY there is no medicine for a guy with no guts and heart
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Derrick Brooks
If I'm on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room! #FACT
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@ddockett
DARNELL DOCKETT
Cmon cutler u have to come back. This is the NFC championship if u didn't know!
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@kerryrhodes
Kerry Rhodes
As a guy how had 20 knee surgeries you'd have to drag me out on a stretcher toLeave a championship game! #justsaying
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@markschlereth
mark schlereth
Folks i never question a players injury but i do question a players heart. Truth
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@DeionSanders
DeionSanders
I've hurt my knee playing football 4 times. Never once did I then stand up on sidelines afterwards.
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Ross Tucker
If my knee was hurt or acl/mcl/pcl sprain, I would not be standing up on the sideline. #jaycutler
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Kirk Morrison
You dont not play in the NFC championship game cuz your knee hurt, only way I'd come out is if my knee is jus shattered
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Aaron Curry
Cutler...wut a sissy! This is the NFC Championship game! Guaranteed if it was brett farve..he would still be in the game!
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Raheem Brock
Its hard to know, but it def looked like it. RT @LSUFAN869: @LanceMoore16 Cutler gave up wouldn't you say?
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Lance Moore
16
Dec

Holiday Gift Guide For NFL Fans

No team generated more buzz in Superbowl odds than the Philadelphia Eagle midway through the season. Kevin Kolb was a strangely trusted entity in NFL betting, but Michael Vick has quickly stolen the starting job and the hearts of millions that love betting on sports. This is a year where unlikely heroes take center stage. Vick could very well be the biggest surprise of all, especially if he capitalizes on the Superbowl odds in 2011 and brings home the first Lombardi Trophy in Philadelphia’s long standing history.

Now back to our regular scheduled programming:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the Holiday Season. Teams are making the final playoff push in the NFL, snow is starting to fall outside, and the holidays are right around the corner. What more could you ask for? How about the perfect gift for the NFL fan in your life. While jerseys and team specific apparel are great, face it, they get boring after a while. I mean as much as I love the Jets, I don’t need a kitchen set of all Jets stuff. So to help you in your shopping endeavors, I have complied a list of gifts that all NFL fans would enjoy. There’s something for everybody on here.

5. Video Games

  • Madden NFL 11- A classic for any videogamer. You can never go wrong with Madden. Plus, you get to listen to Gus Johnson while you play. It’s a win-win.

4. Books

3. Online Subscriptions

  • Football Outsiders- If your a stats geek, you probably know about Football Outisders. It’s a must have for any number crunching lover out there.
  • Pro Football Focus- Similar to Football Ousiders. They have a unique system in grading how players played.
  • Pro Football Weekly- Great information and insights that you won’t find anywhere else. For all types of football fans.

2.High End Gifts

  • Recliner- What is better than watching your favorite team play on Sunday than sitting in a reclining chair that bears your favorite team on it? It’s perfect for any man cave. They do run a little expensive though.
  • Single Game Tickets- Time is running out in the season, but most teams have at least one home game left. If not this year, a promise for next year will work.
  • Season Tickets- For those teams that don’t have a waiting list. Sorry Packers fans, your out of luck unless you want to wait 40 years.

1. The Best Gift of All

  • NFL Sunday Ticket- Get this for someone and they won’t be leaving their couch from 1 to 7 on Sundays. Arguably the best thing to happen to sports television ever, Sunday Ticket in nothing like you’ve ever experienced. Trust me, once you watch it one you’ll never want to go back.
16
Oct

Quotes of the Week: Week 5

A look across the NFL at some the stupidest, craziest, weirdest, greatest, and just funny quotes.. There were too many to list, but here are some of the Week Five’s best:

“It was just total domination.”

- Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak after the teams 34-10 loss to the Giants.

It was and now people are questioning whether these are just the same old Texans again.

img14124343 Quotes of the Week: Week 5“We didn’t win, and it’s my fault.”

- Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer after throwing 3 interceptions in a 24-21 loss to the Buccaneers.

Yeah, pretty much. Those two interceptions late in the game were crucial and now the Bengals are 2-3 not 3-2. We could be witnessing the final games of Carson Palmer in a Bengals uniform the rest of the season.

“I simply pointed out all the good things he did and then I said ‘Of course there was the drop, which was a touchdown.”

- Giants coach Tom Coughlin talking about WR Hakeem Nicks, whose 12 catches 130 yards and 2 touchdowns apparently weren’t enough for Coughlin.

And he wasn’t joking. At least he’s living up to his reputation.

“We’re going to win the division.”

- 49ers President Jed York in a text to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Notice how he didn’t specifically say this year. Yeah maybe in 2014.

“The politically correct answer is that we want to go and fight with the team we have. But whenever you look on the TV and you see breaking news and it’s somebody making a deal like that, a part of you wants to do something to rival the attention that another team is getting from making a big trade. We would definitely welcome that … For us, as players, there’s nothing you can do.”

- Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson

True words spoken by Woodson here.

“It was fun. I said this earlier, it was kind of easy.”

- Lions C Domonic Raiola after beating the Rams 44-6.

You better marinate that W now because it’s going to be a long time before they win like that again.

“It’s terrible.  It’s 0-5, the laughingstock of the National Football League. I think we are losing fans by the minute.”

- Bills S Donte Whitner after the loss to the Jaguars.

Could the Bills really go 0-16?

16
Oct

NFL Fun Facts and Stats: Week 5

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I did a similar post last week and it was very popular so I’ve decided to make this a weekly post for now.

Here are just some fun facts and stats I uncovered from Week 5 and the NFL season is general.

NFL Perfection

  • This is the first season since 1970 that no NFL team reached at least 4-0.
  • Last year, after five weeks, five perfect teams remained.

Chargers lose to Raiders

  • The Raiders beat the Chargers for the first time since 2003.
  • The Raiders took less than 5 minutes to become the 10th team since the merger to block two punts in the same game.
  • The Raiders blocked both of Mike Scifres’ first two punts on Sunday. The last player to have consecutive punts blocked was Kelly Goodburn  of the Redskins, but he gets an asterisk because they were his last punt of the 1991 season and his first of 1992. The last punter to suffer consecutive blocks in the same game was Greg Montgomery of the Houston Oilers in 1991.
  • Like a team trying to demonstrate the basics of NFL playing rules, the Raiders scored on a touchdown, a field goal, and a safety, all in the first quarter of their 35-27 win over the Chargers. The Raiders have been responsible for four of the last 10 instances of scoring on each of those play-types in the first quarter of one game, dating back to 1976.
  • The Chargers totaled 506 yards of offense; the Raiders, 279
  • San Diego QB Philip Rivers passed for 431 yards and 2 TD; Oakland QB Jason Campbell, just 159 and 1.
  • The Chargers averaged 9.2 Passing Yards Per Attempt; the Raiders averaged 6.0 Passing Yards Per Attempt
  • The Chargers won the time of possession battle, 32:46 to 27:14

Max Hall

  • Hall became the third undrafted rookie quarterback since 2000 to start and win his first game. The first two? Todd Bouman for the Vikings in 2001 and Matt Moore for the Panthers in 2007.
  • The signing bonus for Arizona’s undrafted QB, Max Hall was just $5,000$; 49,995,000 less than the guaranteed money received by No. 1 overall pick and Rams rookie starter Sam Bradford.
  • Hall was not the first undrafted rookie to start and win against a defending Super Bowl champion. On December 17, 1967, Kent Nix gained only 72 yards passing (12-for-21) but that was good enough to help the Steelers post a 24-17 victory at Lambeau Field.

It’s a Passing League, but that doesn’t equal winning

  • There have been 400 yard passers in 4.6 percent of all games.
  • Seven 400-yard performances in five weeks is more than football saw for the entire decade of the 1970s.
  • The 400-yard passers are 1-6 this year.
  • The ten quarterbacks who lead the league in passing attempts per game are a combined 20-29 (.408) on the season.
  • The run-to-pass ratio Sunday was 41.9-to-58.1, continuing this season’s downward cycle for running attempts. Entering Sunday, the running percentage was 42.9, lowest since 1999.
  • The ten teams that lead the NFL in rushing attempts per game are currently a combined 30-17 (.638) on the season. Not only that, but the top five teams (Atlanta, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New York Jets, Baltimore) are a combined 17-6 (.739).

Todd Collins

  • Counting sacks and interception return yardage, Chicago Bears quarterback Todd Collins dropped back 19 times for a net of four turnovers and minus-17 yards.
  • That was the lowest yardage total in the last 60 years by a starting QB in a victory in which he threw at least four INTs.
  • He is the fifth starting quarterback since 1990 to win a game despite throwing four interceptions and no touchdowns. He’s the first to do it since Rex Grossman in 2006 against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • The totals over the past two weeks? How about 10 of 27 for 68 yards and 5 INT. If you count interceptions as -40 yards. That means he averaged the equivalent of -4.9 yards per pass attempt.

Carolina Panthers

  • The Panthers became the first NFL team since 1999 to start a rookie quarterback and two rookie receivers when Jimmy Clausen, Brandon LaFell and David Gettis all started in Week 5.
  • The Panthers have five touchdowns and 14 turnovers.
  • The Panthers have scored in each quarter this season; however, they have yet to score a touchdown in the first and fourth quarters.

Tough Time for the Bills

  • The Bills enter their bye week with an 0-5 record for the fifth time in franchise history, and first since 1985.
  • Buffalo allowed 30 points in four straight games for the first time in team history. It’s a stretch in which they’ve been outscored 146-77.

Lions Blowout

  • The Lions became the first NFL team ever to snap a double-digit losing streak with a win by 30 points or more.
  • The Lions won by more than a touchdown for the first time since Nov. 4, 2007, when they beat Denver 44-7. The win was also the Lions’ most lopsided since beating the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars 44-0 in 1995.
  • Lions quarterback Shaun Hill made 19 regular-season starts prior to Sunday’s 44-6 victory, and he won only one of them by 20 or more points. Last season, Hill led the 49ers to a 35-0 victory over … wait for it … the Rams.

Divisional Games vs  Non-Divisional

  • 18 of the 26 divisional games played this season have been decided by eight points or less.
  • 45.8 percent of non-divisional games have been decided by eight points or fewer.

Saints Slump

  • New Orleans has just seven touchdowns in 19 red zone appearances.
  • Jacksonville 107 points scored, New Orleans 99.

Streaks

  • Antonio Gates caught a touchdown pass in a ninth straight regular-season game, extends his own NFL record for tight ends.
  • The Broncos are now 0-5 against the Ravens in Baltimore. In those games, Denver has been outscored 142-56, including 60-24 over the past two years.
  • The Titans won their 11th straight against an NFC team, the NFL’s longest active non-conference win streak.
  • The winless 49ers lost 27-24 to the Philadelphia Eagles to drop to 0-5, their first such start since losing seven in a row to begin a 2-14 season in 1979 under first-year coach Bill Walsh.
  • CB Ronde Barber started his 172nd straight game, tying Dick LeBeau for the longest streak by a cornerback in league history.
  • Derrick Dockery lost a streak of 115 consecutive games played.

Other Stats

  • The NFC West is 0-7 on the road outside of the division after St. Louis’ 44-6 loss to the Lions.

  • The Jaguars have 11 sacks this seasons. They had 14 all of last season.
  • Tony Romo was sacked five times out of shotgun formations in the loss to the Tennessee Titans. In Dallas’ first three games, Romo had not been sacked in 76 pass attempts out of shotgun.
  • The Arizona Cardinals beat the New Orleans Saints, 30-20, without a rushing or receiving touchdown. They’re the first team to score 30 points without a rushing or receiving touchdown since the Bears beat the Green Bay Packers in 1993, 30-17.
  • Josh Scobee is off to one of the best starts in placekicking history. He’s been given 10 field-goal attempts – only one of which was under 40 yards. And he’s hit all 10.
  • The Jets didn’t commit a turnover Monday night against the Vikings, the team’s fourth straight turnover-free game. That ties an N.F.L. record: 13 teams since 1960 have gone four consecutive games without a turnover.
  • Linebacker Andra Davis’ interception was the first by the Bills this season, a year after they had an AFC-leading 28.
  • The Jets didn’t commit a turnover Monday night against the Vikings, the team’s fourth straight turnover-free game. That ties an N.F.L. record

  • It was only the third time in the last eight seasons that Indianapolis failed to score a TD in the first three quarters of a regular-season home game.
  • Starting with his implosion for the Carolina Panthers in the 2008 NFC Divisional Playoffs, Delhomme has committed 31 turnovers (27 interceptions, four fumbles lost) in his last 14 games.
  • Kansas City has yet to give up 20 points in four games so far this season. Last season its defense allowed at least 20 points in four of their first five games (all losses).

  • The Atlanta Falcons are averaging 17 more plays per game than their opponents. Good teams typically average five to 10 more plays per game.

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