Around the NFL: Ravens can’t handle Success

 

Around the NFL Ravens stumble in Seattle: Just a week after giving their coach a Gatorade bath and celebrating like they were headed to the Super Bowl, the Ravens today once again showed they can’t handle success. Baltimore (6-3) stumbled in Seattle (3-6), losing 22-17, against a 2-6 team at the time with no offensive attack. Joe Flacco threw 52 times, posting a 67.4 QB rating and averaged just 4.9 yards per pass. A week after torching the Steelers on third downs, Baltimore was 5 of 12 on third downs. The Ravens are now 6-3 in an AFC North division and there is still a ton of football left. Baltimore falls a game behind 7-3 Pittsburgh and host the 6-3 Bengals next week. Cleveland fell to 3-6 on the season and won’t be a factor in the AFC North. Texans the best team in the AFC?: The Houston Texans (7-3) suddenlyRead More »

Washington 16 – Pittsburgh 7: Post-Game Analysis & Player Breakdowns

 

Washington 16 – Pittsburgh 7 Post-Game Analysis The Washington Redskins (1-0) defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) 16-7 and outplayed the Steelers in just about every facet. Washington outgained Pittsburgh, 452 to 186, gaining 27 first downs to Pittsburgh’s 12. “That team was better prepared than us, ” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “We have a lot of ground to cover.” The Steelers were sloppy at times offensively and struggled against the pass. Redskins QB Rex Grossman was 19 of 27 for 207 yards and 1 touchdown, playing the entire first half. The Redskins used a lot of play-action and movement, attacking the Steelers first team defense with a short to mid-range passing game against a Troy Polamalu and James Harrison less defense, as both players did not play. Polamalu and Harrison are not yet 100 percent and Tomlin said after the game that neither player had enough practice time.Read More »

Willie Parker to be the Redskins featured back Friday night

 

Parker remains a longshot to make team Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker has just one carry through two preseason games but will get his opportunity to be the Redskins featured back Friday night, Jason Reid of the Washington Post Reports. According to Reid, Clinton Portis got the start against the Buffalo, Larry Johnson had his shot last week versus Baltimore, and Parker will now try to impress the Redskins coaching staff Friday at the New York Jets. Parker has fallen to 4th on the depth chart but Larry Johnson has been ineffective, rushing for four yards on eight carries against the Ravens last weekend, opening the door for Parker to make a late push at earning a roster spot. Parker told the Washington media today that he’s motivated to prove his doubters wrong. “Everything I hear, ‘Willie Parker is in the back,’ ‘he’s the backburner,’ he’s this, he’sRead More »

NFL: Leftwich has strong desire to play for the Redskins

 

Since free agency began, the agent for Byron Leftwich has been trying to gauge interest from the Washington Redskins. Leftwich has a strong desire to play in his home-town and believes he can beat out Jason Campbell. Leftwich may get his wish as the Washington Post reports, Leftwich met with Redskins representatives on Friday. The Steelers and the Redskins are the only teams Leftwich is currently talking too.

NFL Mock Draft Version 1

 

Our first NFL Mock is now available. We will be doing 2-3 mock drafts¬†per month leading¬†up until the NFL Draft in April. (Photo courtesy of SD Dirk) 1. DETROIT LIONS,¬†MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, GEORGIA (6-2 235 lbs) – I really do not believe that either Stafford or Bradford is worthy of the top selection in this year‚Äôs draft, but the Lions need at the position is probably going to force them into the selection. Stafford has the big arm and is probably the safer pick at this point. With that said, both Bradford and Stafford are not definitely entering the draft. If (and I don‚Äôt see this happening) both Stafford and Bradford remain in school for another season there is not a quarterback worthy of the top selection. Two other options for the Lions are to either address the offensive line by drafting Andre Smith or Michael Oher, or they couldRead More »

NFL: Skins Taylor, Springs out for Monday Night?

 

Washington Redskins defensive end Jayson Taylor and cornerback Shawn Springs have been officially ruled out for Monday night‚Äôs game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 6-2 Skins have received some good news as left tackle Chris Samuels (knee), defensive lineman Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) and safety Chris Horton (ankle), who all missed Sunday’s game in Detroit, are expected to play.

NFL: Cowher, Snyder discussed job

 

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher spoke to Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder about becoming the Redskins head coach last year. Cowher confirmed that Snyder called him before moving on to candidates like Jim Fassel, Jim Mora Jr., Ron Meeks, Steve Spagnuolo, Steve Mariucci and Jim Schwartz. Cowher is expected to listen to offers regarding a return to coaching following the 08 campaign. Cowher will command up to $8 million per season. Washington Post

Week 4 Recap

 

Cleveland 20 ‚Äì Cincinnati 12 There was disarray on the Browns sidelines and Derek Anderson was not very good but he saved his job for at least one more week. The one bright spot for the Bengals is the play of 1st round pick Keith Rivers Tampa Bay 30 ‚Äì Green Bay 21 Emotional game for Buccaneers kicker Matt Bryant who had to bury his infant child on Saturday. What a great performance by Bryant (3 Field Goals) under the circumstances. Hard to put this in perspective. It was great to see the Buccaneers being able to honor Bryant‚Äôs son with a Win. Kansas City 33 ‚Äì Denver 19 Biggest upset of the day. Denver (3-1) has major issues on defense. Larry Johnson rushed for 198 yards and 2TD‚Äôs. The Chiefs snapped a 12 game losing streak Tennessee 30 ‚Äì Minnesota 17 The Titans move to 4-0. The Titans areRead More »