Week 2 NFL Power Rankings


1. Dallas Cowboys (PV 2) 1-0 – The Cowboys took care of business and dominated the Browns. They are the most talented team in the NFL. The Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles in week 2. 2. Pittsburgh Steelers (PV6) 1-0 – Ben Roethlisberger is showing he deserves to be brought up in the same conversation with Manning and Brady. The Steelers defense is younger and more athletic at key positions. It is only one game but the Steelers are the talk of the AFC. 3. New York Giants (PV3) 1-0 – After signing a 5 year extension, wide receiver Plaxico Burress put on a spectacular performance (10rec – 133 yds). The Giants defense looked strong but weren’t tested against the Redskins stagnant offense.

Mike Tomlin Press Conference Week 2


Injuries Ben Roethlisberger – will be limited tomorrow(expected to play) Marvel Smith – Groin Strain – Will also be limited early in the week(expected to play) Deshea Townsend – Heel contusion (Expected to play) Tight End Sean McHugh will practice on Wednesday. Tomlin’s opening remarks: Reviewed the Steelers performance and liked what he saw. Tomlin indicated Cleveland has made improvements on the defensive side of the ball. Tomlin names Corey Williams and Shaun Rogers as two players capable of dominating a game. Tomlin said we will know a lot about Justin Hartwig Sunday night.

NFL Preview and Picks – Monday Night


The first Sunday of NFL Football is over which means the first Monday night game is upon us. But we get a bonus game, Denver at Oakland, well not really a bonus. Heading into Monday night we find Depaoli in the lead of the Insider picks: Depaoli 10-4; Tim 8-6. Here are tonight’s previews and picks: Minnesota at Green Bay 7:00pm – There is a lot of pressure on Aaron Rodgers but he has the weapons around him to be successful. The Packers don’t need him to put up 250+yards and 3TD’s. They just need him to manage the game and be efficient. Minnesota’s defense might be the best in the league – now they need their offense to pull their own weight. Tim: Minnesota Depaoli: Green Bay Denver at Oakland 10:15pm – The Black Hole will get their first look at rookie ball carrier Darren McFadden. Jay Cutler appearsRead More »

Commentary: Steelers Class of AFC?


The first Sunday of the NFL season is in the books and boy did the AFC favorites have a bad day. Except for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers dominated in all facets of the game and made it look easy in beating the Texans. Ben Roethlisberger picked apart the Texans secondary by throwing quick hitters to Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward. But the Steelers don’t throw to the tight end? Um, they do now. Heath Miller has become a weapon that is utilized to keep the safeties honest and to chew up yardage eight to twelve yards at a time. The beauty of this game was that Big¬†Ben had to throw the ball¬†14 times¬†and most were in somewhat obvious passing downs. Still the Texans were unable to stop them.¬†The running game was at times stuffed as evidence of 15 carries for¬†two yards or less but the Steelers kept pounding. InRead More »

NFL Week 1


A quick recap of the day in the NFL: Baltimore 17 Cincinnati 10 – Baltimore got a 38-yard touchdown run from rookie QB Joe Flacco and Cincinnati’s potent offense was held to seven first downs and 154 total yards. N.Y. Jets 20 Miami 14 – Brett Favre made a successful debut with the Jets by throwing two touchdown passes. Miami had a chance at the end but former Jets QB Chad Pennington was intercepted in the end zone by former Pitt CB Darrelle Revis. New England 17 Kansas City 10 –Tom Brady went down in the first quarter with an injured left knee and will undergo an MRI on Monday. Matt Cassel came in and threw a second quarter touchdown pass to Randy Moss as New England won their 20th regular season game in a row. Tennessee 17 Jacksonville 10 – Vince Young suffered a sprained knee in the fourthRead More »

Post-Game Analysis


Offense Grade A Ben Roethlisberger was poised and efficient going 13/14 – 137yds – 2TD’s. The difference between Roethlisberger and other elite quarterbacks like Manning and Brady is Ben’s ability to make plays out of the pocket. On the Steelers first offensive series the Steelers were dealt with a 3rd and four. The Texans had great coverage, the play broke down and Ben was off and running gaining 17 yards. Roethlisberger is on his way to joining the conversation with Manning and Brady.

Steelers 38 – Houston 17 Recap


The Steelers defeated the Houston Texans 38-17. Let’s see how we got there: The Steelers benefited from a very generous spot on a 4th and 1 attempt by the Texans. Live action and multiple replays looked like Matt Schaub clearly got the first down. The Steelers took over¬†near midfield. Ben Roethlisberger kept the drive alive by scrambling for 17 yards on 3rd and 4. After two Willie Parker runs, Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes for 9 yards on 3rd and 3. Two plays later, Parker bounced off right tackle for a 7-yard touchdown run. Steelers 7-0

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Houston Texans Preview


Pittsburgh goes into the 2008 season with the league’s toughest schedule and the Steelers know they have to get off to a great start before their schedule becomes brutal in the middle of the season. Today’s contest against the Houston Texans will be one of the Steelers easiest games this year but the Texans are no push over. Houston comes into Heinz field as a team on the rise that can upset the Steelers, if Pittsburgh doesn’t come to play. Ben Roethlisberger had a phenomenal year in 2007 throwing 32 touchdowns and if training camp and OTA’s are a sign of things to come, this could be the year Roethlisberger makes the jump into the Brady and Manning conversation.

NFL Preview and Picks


Time really does fly. The first week of the NFL is upon us and we will take a quick look at each game. Our picks are just our opinions and should not be used in any illegal manner. We missed the Giants-Redskins game due to the new site being unveiled but trust us we both picked the Giants. With that said let’s take a look at Week One of the NFL: Cincinnati at Baltimore 1:00pm – This game will give the winner the inside track for third place in the AFC North. Tim: Cincinnati Depaoli: Cincinnati N.Y. Jets at Miami 1:00pm– I can guarantee you that Brett Favre doesn’t lay down so Joey Porter can get a sack. Tim: N.Y. Jets Depaoli: N.Y. Jets

Broncos sign D.J. Williams to 5 year extension


Adam Schefter of the NFL Network reports the Dever Broncos have reached an agreement with linebacker D.J. Williams. Schefter is reporting the contract is a five-year – $32 million extension, with $13 million in guarantees. Williams led the Broncos with 141 tackles last season.