Steelers – Jets Pre Game Buzz: Will Jets loss of Revis or Steelers without Polamalu, Harrison have bigger impact today?


NEW YORK JETS (1-0) @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-1) Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. Odds: Pittsburgh -6.5 PRE-GAME BUZZ The inactives are in and, as expected, Troy Polamalu and James Harrison highlight the Steelers inactives and won’t play today. Chris Carter will start at ROLB and Ryan Mundy moves over to get the start at strong safety as Ryan Clark returns to the lineup. Also inactive for Pittsburgh is Rashard Mendenhall, Stevenson Sylvester, Charlie Batch, Kelvin Beachum and Alameda Ta’amu.

Plaxico Burress signs with Jets


The Plaxico Burress sweepstakes are over. The 33 year old wideout has signed a one year deal with the New York Jets. The deal is worth $3.017 million, fully guaranteed, according to Burress was en route to San Francisco this morning for a visit. The Eagles, Steelers were also among the serious suitors Updated: According to a source close to the situation, the Steelers were not given an opportunity to match or come close to the Jets offer. Burress top choices were the Philadelphia Eagles who were in serious talks as of late last night and the New York Jets who beat the Eagles to punch, landing Burress early this morning. Burress was drawn to Pittsburgh but financials wasn’t the only factor in opting not to return to the Steel City. Burress was courted by the Steelers as just another piece to the puzzel while the Jets sold himRead More »

TIOPS Newswire: NHL, NFL & MLB news and notes


Daily installment on the latest buzz in the NHL, NFL, MLB and the college ranks National Football League ***The New York Jets magical run in the 2010 playoffs continued Sunday afternoon as the Jets stunned the 7 point favorite San Diego Chargers. The Jets knocked off the Chargers 17-14 to advance to the AFC title game for a rematch with the Indianapolis Colts who laid down in week 16, resting starters against the Jets. For the Chargers, it was an another disappointing playoff run. Among the most talented teams in the NFL, there has always been something missing. Despite Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez throwing for a measly 100 yards, the Jets played dominate defense and exposed the Chargers run defense. The Chargers last lost prior to Sunday’s 17-14 defeat was against Pittsburgh in week 5 when Rashard Mendenhall torched the Chargers defense, rushing for 165 yards. While the Jets haveRead More »

NFL Playoffs: Bengals early playoff exit not a surprise; Ravens stun Patriots


2010 NFL Playoffs Bengals went into playoffs with no momentum The Cincinnati Bengals were a stunned and shocked football team following Saturday’s 24-14 loss at home to the New York Jets. After claiming the AFC North division with a 10-6 record, Cincinnati had a prime opportunity to win their first playoff game since 1990, getting a home wild card game against what many considered to be the weakest AFC playoff team in the field, despite the Jets being the No.5 seed. However, the writing was on the wall that the Bengals were not going to be a factor in the playoffs. They went into the playoffs with absolutely no momentum after losing 3 of their final 4 games, that included a 37-0 shutout loss to the Jets in week 17. The Bengals rushing attack was dominate in Saturday’s loss as Cedric Benson rushed for 169 yards and they had goodRead More »

Updated Playoff Picture: Steelers live to fight another day


AFC Standings 1. Indianapolis (14-0) 2. San Diego (11-3) 3. New England (9-5) 4. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5) Current Wild Card Teams 5. *Baltimore Ravens (9-6): Conference Record (6-4) Latest Buzz: Baltimore is doing what Pittsburgh hasn’t been able to do; Dominate inferior teams. Remaining Schedule: at Pittsburgh (7-7), at Oakland (5-9). 6. *Denver Broncos (9-6): Conference Record (6-5) Latest buzz: The Broncos suffered a devastating loss in week 15 as the Oakland Raiders scored a late touchdown to upend the Broncos 20-19. However the Broncos still control their playoff destiny but they have a tough week 16 matchup at Philadelphia. Remaining Schedule: at Philadelphia (10-4), Kansas City (3-11). In the Hunt 7. *Jacksonville Jaguars (7-7): Conference Record (6-4) Latest Buzz: The Steelers need the Jaguars to lose one more game and the best chance of that happening is in week 16 against New England. Remaining Schedule: at New England (9-5),Read More »

Jets want in the Jay Cutler sweepstakes


Multiple sources told the New York Daily News Sunday at the opening of the NFL meetings that Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum contacted the Broncos to let them know the Jets are very interested in trading for Cutler. But the Jets have yet to make a trade offer, and the Broncos have not said what they want, because Denver has not determined the Cutler situation is beyond repair. Source: New York Daily News There are believed to be up to 8 teams that have already expressed interest. Among them are the

NFL Free Agency; Live Updates appear at the bottom of the page


Live Updates 9:02 a.m. – Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth reached agreement Friday on a seven-year, $100 million with the Washington Redskins according to reports. 9:38 a.m. – Reports indicate the Ravens will lose Ray Lewis. Linebacker Bart Scott signed with the Jets. 10:23 a.m. – It’s believed Anthony Smith has received calls from atleast 6 teams. Cardinals and Falcons showing significant interest. 10: 25 a.m. – Steelers remain in discussions Chris Kemoeatu and have a offer on the table. Kemoeatu has a received a 4 year-offer from the New York Jets. Kemoeatu is still considering the Steelers but the Steelers offer is around $3.8 million per season. 10:29 a.m. – Steelers have made a two year deal to Trai Essex. 10:33 a.m. – Sources indicate Bryant McFadden has scheduled visits to Arizona and Detroit. Six teams are showing significant interest. The others are

NFL Mock Draft Version 3


NFL Mock Draft ¬†1) DETROIT LIONS> MATTHEW STAFFORD, QB, GEORGIA– With Sam Bradford returning to Oklahoma for another season, Stafford holds on to the top selection. Sanchez has closed the gap between him and Stafford, but I still think that Stafford is the better selection. Stafford has a stronger arm and he has greatly improved his decision making this season. Sanchez is more of a project, he has significant injury issues, and he tends to make the stupid decisions that Stafford would make last year. 2) ST. LOUIS RAMS> ANDRE SMITH, OT, ALABAMA-¬†¬†I don‚Äôt see any reason to change this pick as a result of Smith‚Äôs issues at Alabama. They don‚Äôt seem like the kind of behavioral issues that would seriously hurt his draft stock and the Rams are still looking to beef up the O-Line, which they failed to do last year by missing out on Jake Long. ¬†3)Read More »

NFL: Cowher officially out of running for Jets job


Updated: 11:30 p.m. – Bill Cowher has turned down the Jets job according to reports. Now the Cowher sweepstakes will turn to Denver who are expected to atleast inquire about Cowher. 2:05 p.m. The New York Jets have not closed the door on Bill Cowher despite Cowher wanting total control. Chris Mortensen of ESPN is now reporting that a high ranking Jets official told him that the team is still planning to speak to Cowher about its vacant head coaching job. The source goes on to tell Mortensen that the Jets would be willing to do “whatever is necessary” to land Cowher if he is truly interested in taking the job. Cowher is believed to be interested in New York and there is a lot of buzz around the Steelers locker room today that Cowher has been in contact with Alan Faneca in the past 24 hours. Stay tuned. FromRead More »

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 »