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NFL Power Rankings – Week 10

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Power Rankings for the NFL week 10 – WonderPunter

 

With 9 weeks of the NFL season in the books, let’s take a look at Week 10’s Power Rankings where a few teams made some jumps and others went backwards after this past weekend’s games.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)- As much as I still think they are not deserving of the top ranking.. they are still the only undefeated team. Bye week then a showdown with the Denver Broncos.

 

2. Denver Broncos (7-1)- With the bye week out of the way, can they continue to play at a high-level without head coach John Fox on the mend for possibly two months for a heart attack? Chargers and Chiefs coming up.

 

3. Indianapolis Colts (6-2)- They have beaten some quality teams to this point, but remember no more Reggie Wayne to help the offense.

 

4. Seattle Seahawks (8-1)- Expected better from a team that has struggled against the Rams and Bucs for victories.

 

5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)- Big home game against the surging Carolina Panthers this Sunday.

 

6. New Orleans Saints (6-2)- Will look to bounce back against the Cowboys after Sundays loss to the Jets.

 

7. New England Patriots (7-2)- They head into the bye week after an impressive blowout win over the Steelers 55-31.

 

8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3)- Can they avoid back-to-back road losses with the Ravens coming up?

 

9. Chicago Bears (5-3)- Big road win on Monday night in Lambeau gave them a big move up the rankings. Next up Detroit and possibly Jay Cutler returning to action.

 

10. Detroit Lions (5-3)- Coming off their bye week with a road game at Soldier Field.

 

11. Carolina Panthers (5-3)- All their wins have been against bad teams, now they visit the Niners on Sunday to prove their worth.

 

12. Green Bay Packers (5-3)- Dropped from last week and now with Aaron Rodgers out of action, they may continue to fall.

 

13. Dallas Cowboys (5-4)- Still middle of the road for me but they are in first place in a weak NFC East. Will be tested against the Saints on Sunday night.

 

14. New York Jets (5-4)- Good home win against a good Saints team leading into the bye week.

 

15. San Diego Chargers (4-4)- Another fourth quarter loss last week, now next up is the Denver Broncos.

 

16. Tennessee Titans (4-4)- I still like this football team and have the hapless Jags coming into town.

 

17. Miami Dolphins (4-4)- Can they overcome all the bad press this week and beat a winless Bucs team on Monday night?

 

18. Cleveland Browns (4-5)- Is Jason Campbell the answer to Hoyle?

 

19. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)- Next up is the Texans as they look to go above .500, unfortunately they have the 49ers and Seahawks to contend with in their division.

 

20. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)- Back-up quarterback Nick Foles completely embarrassed the Raiders with seven touchdown passes, yet Vick may still get his job back when healthy.

 

21. Baltimore Ravens (4-4)- Offense must improve if they want to contend.

 

22. Washington Redskins (3-5)- With Minnesota coming up Thursday night, now is the chance to string some wins together in the winnable NFC East.

 

23. Buffalo Bills (3-6)- Tough road loss to the unbeaten Chiefs, but still like the direction they are going.

 

24. Oakland Raiders (3-5)- Horrible defensive performance against the Eagles. Next up is the lowly Giants, but it’s always tough for west coast teams to head east and win.

 

25. Houston Texans (2-6)- Defense is still there and had the Colts beat, but losing their coach proved too tough to overcome.

 

26. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)- Season is over and people are wondering why future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez wasn’t traded to a team with a chance to win it all?

 

27. St. Louis Rams (3-6)- Playing with a back up QB and heading into Indianapolis on Sunday.

 

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6)- Was Sundays blowout loss to the Patriots 55-31 their rock bottom? The worst we’ve seen in years!

 

29. New York Giants (2-6)- They have a very beatable Oakland team coming into town on Sunday.

 

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-7)- I guess the Josh Freeman quarterback of our future experiment is over after one game.

 

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8)- Gave Seattle all they could handle and showed some pride before falling in OT.

 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8)- What hasn’t been said already? Next up at Tennessee. 

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NFL Sunday Night Preview/Pick- Packers vs. Vikings

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Green Bay Packers (4-2) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-5) 10/27- 5:30PM EST

 

Line: GB -9.0

Over/Under: 47.0

 

The juggling act of Minnesota quarterbacks will continue on Sunday night as Christian Ponder will call the signals in place of Josh Freeman who was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms suffered last week against the Giants in his Vikings’ debut last Monday night.

 

Minnesota (1-5) coach Leslie Frazier made the decision to start Ponder with the Vikings having a short week.

 

At the quarterback position, you want to know who is going to be lining up week-in and week-out,” Frazier said. “But that’s the circumstance where we are and Christian will do a good job for us on Sunday.”

 

Former Packers’ receiver Greg Jennings will be facing the team he spent seven-years with for the first time on Sunday before signing a five-year deal with Minnesota in March. Despite the rocky season he has endured with the Vikings and the quarterback situation, he is rallying behind Ponder.

 

It doesn’t matter who it is, we have to help him be successful and he has to help us be successful so it’s Christian this week, that’s who we’re rolling with, that’s who we’re rooting for,” Jennings said.

 

Jennings was a mainstay with the Packers combining with quarterback Aaron Rodgers for 425 receptions and 53 touchdowns in his seven seasons.

 

I still have love for those fans and for that organization, absolutely, and the guys within that locker room, but I’m developing new ties and new relationships over here,” Jennings said.

 

Minnesota will be looking to get last season’s MVP award winner Adrian Peterson back on track after being held to a season-low 28 yards on 13 carries against the Giants.

 

But, to do so, he will be facing a Green Bay defense ranked first in the NFC against the run allowing only 79.0 yards a contest.

 

They do a good job on defense of bottling things up and trying to defend the run,” Frazier said.

 

Despite the Packers (4-2) injuries, they are riding a three-game win streak going into their final Metrodome matchup with their NFC North rivals.

 

The latest injury suffered was to tight end Jermichael Finley, who sustained a significant neck injury.

 

They are already without Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Brad Jones as well as receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones.

 

James Jones is expected to be back in action come Sunday night and Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is making no excuses for the abundant of injuries to his football team.

 

We’re going to have 46 guys lined up against the Minnesota Vikings and we’re going to the Metrodome to win,” McCarthy said.

 

Green Bay will also have healthy receivers Jarrett Boykin and Jordy Nelson for Rodgers to target.

 

Sundays game will the first-meeting between these two teams since last year and the final meeting at the Metrodome where the Packers are 14-16 all time.

 

Despite all the injuries for the Packers… they will add one more win at the Metrodome come Sunday night. Too solid of a football team for the Vikings to overcome.

 

Pick: Green Bay Packers

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Vikings’ Freeman pins inaccuracy on nerves

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Josh Freeman still is not positive exactly which third-quarter hit caused his first NFL concussion on Monday evening, and he did not say whether he will return to the Minnesota Vikings’ starting quarterback position subsequent week. However when his subsequent opportunity does come, Freeman believes he’ll be higher than he was during an erratic efficiency in his Vikings debut.

Freeman was cleared to observe on Friday, and coach Leslie Frazier stated the Vikings plan to return him to full practice subsequent week. He can be inactive on Sunday, with Christian Ponder starting at quarterback and Matt Cassel backing up Ponder in opposition to the Green Bay Packers, however the Vikings’ plan for his or her quarterbacks after that remains unknown.

It appears likely Freeman will get another chance to play after signing a one-12 months, $2 million take care of the Vikings on Oct. 7, although Ponder might complicate issues if he plays nicely on Sunday.

Towards the New York Giants on Monday, Freeman went 20-of-fifty three for a hundred ninety yards and an interception, turning into the second quarterback since 1960 to aim 50 or more passes and not throw for at the least 200 yards in a recreation. Also, he overthrew receivers on sixteen of his 33 incompletions, in line with ESPN Stats & Info. Freeman mentioned he felt prepared sufficient for the sport, however he thought some of his inaccuracy was attributable to nerves.

“Looking again, possibly I used to be a bit too fired up at first,” he stated. “There’s definitely a number of correctable things, issues that going into the game I might’ve banked on me with the ability to full or get achieved on the sphere, but at the similar time we weren’t able to take action, so I’m shifting forward and simply received to discover a option to be higher ready.”

Frazier mentioned this week he saw some mechanical points in a few of Freeman’s throws, however Freeman thought a few of the issues would go away as he gets more comfortable within the Vikings’ offense.

“I think with any quarterback, there’s a lot of occasions the place learn one, learn two, step out of the pocket, moving, there’s just that comfort stage when you already know where you’re going with the ball and you’re comfy stepping up within the pocket and getting your ft set,” Freeman stated. “Then accuracy goes manner up. There were obviously some photographs, wanting again, I could hit in my sleep, however in the game they were possibly just a little excessive. That made it laborious on my guys.”

The Vikings, Freeman stated, have advised him to “return at my very own tempo,” and have not mentioned his role for next Sunday’s sport in Dallas.

“The whole organization’s focus is on Sunday night,” Freeman stated. “It is going up towards the Packers and finding a approach to get a win. My position for the game, I’ve obtained to any manner I can assist Christian on the market. He had a superb week of practice. He is dropping dimes left and proper. I know everyone is worked up about moving forward.”

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The weekly NFL spread picks; two of the toughest teams to figure out square off

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Like so many teams in the NFL right now, we have mixed signals on the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas is 4-3 and an overwhelming favorite to win the NFC East. That’s mostly because the East is horrendous. And the Cowboys have taken advantage of that.

Dallas is 3-0 against the NFC East. But they’re just 1-3 against everyone else, and the one win came at home against a bad Rams team. The Cowboys can score (third in the NFL at 28.6 points per game) but give up a ton of yards (29th in the NFL at 393.9 yards per game).

Then again are the 4-3 Lions, Dallas’ opponent this week, easier to figure?

Football Outsiders has Detroit ranked 14th this week using its DVOA metric, which seems about right. Every time you’d like to bump the Lions up (because they sure do have some talented players), they lose to the Cardinals, or get blown out by the Packers, or figure out a way to drop a home game to the Bengals.

Still, at home this week against a Cowboys team without DeMarcus Ware (and maybe without DeMarco Murray too), the Lions should cover as 3-point favorites. But who knows what to expect from either team.

Here are the rest of this week’s picks (and I’m aware how awful the record is.. it’s pretty incredible, actually. But as we know, it’s just for recreational purposes. Thankfully):

Buccaneers (+6) over Panthers (picked yesterday): I apologize to the Panthers for jumping off the bandwagon. I’d like back on it, please.

Browns (+7.5) over Chiefs: Hey Chiefs fans, I don’t have the only ranking that moved your team down one spot this week. Football Outsiders’ metrics must be KC haters too.

Dolphins (+6.5) over Patriots: New England seems destined for a lot of close games this year.

Saints (-11) over Bills: I like what Thad Lewis has done, I just don’t know that he’s experienced anything like playing the Saints at the Superdome.

Eagles (-5.5) over Giants: If you saw the Giants perform on Monday night, you’d know they shouldn’t be the pick over any team not quarterbacked by Josh Freeman.

Jaguars (+16.5) over 49ers: At some point Jacksonville has to lose by less than double digits. For the Jaguars’ fans sake, I’ll avoid a London Jaguars joke. You’ve been through enough.

Jets (+6.5) over Bengals: Both of these teams love playing close games, so why not another on Sunday?

Steelers (-2.5) over Raiders: Neither team is that good, but one of them is going to have three wins in a wide-open AFC wild-card race.

Broncos (-12.5) over Redskins: Even on a normal week, the Redskins’ secondary would be a good candidate to give up 50 points to Peyton Manning and crew. With the Broncos coming off a loss, it seems almost certain.

Falcons (+2.5) over Cardinals: It was just the Buccaneers, but the Falcons showed some heart in their win last week.

Vikings (+9) over Packers: If Green Bay can cover this spread on the road with so many key starters injured, that might be more embarrassing to the Vikings than last Monday’s debacle.

Seahawks (-11) over Rams: Kellen Clemens vs. the Seahawks defense? My, my. And yet more horrible luck for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” matchup. This game looked OK a couple months ago.

Last week: 5-10

This season: 40-67-2

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Freeman still Vikes’ QB despite dud of debut

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – After missing his receivers all through his first recreation as the Minnesota Vikings’ beginning quarterback Monday evening, Josh Freeman will get another turn because the starter this week.

Coach Leslie Frazier mentioned Freeman will start Sunday evening at house in opposition to the Green Bay Packers, making him the third Vikings quarterback to begin at the least two games this season.

Freeman signed a one-year cope with the team Oct. 7, entering into the beginning quarterback role two weeks later, and his lack of expertise together with his receivers showed in a 23-7 highway loss to the beforehand winless New York Giants.

Freeman related on simply 20 of his fifty three passes, becoming the second quarterback in league history to throw for fewer than 200 yards on more than 50 attempts. He overthrew receivers on 16 of his 33 incompletions, in response to ESPN Stats & Data; only Tony Romo (towards the Giants last 12 months) has overthrown extra receivers in the past eight seasons.

Josh FreemanRegardless of his struggles throughout a 23-7 loss Monday night, Josh Freeman will begin for the Vikings on Sunday night time towards the Packers in Minneapolis.

Frazier mentioned Freeman’s issues had more to do with mechanics than preparation, pointing to quite a lot of throws where the quarterback didn’t sq. his shoulders. In Frazier’s eyes, these mistakes are simple to fix.

“The ball kind of sailed on him just a few different instances, however I don’t think it was an absence of preparation,” Frazier said.

Frazier stated he was not obligated by the entrance office or the group’s possession to start Freeman however didn’t decide to the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter for the rest of the season.

“I don’t know if I’ve thought that far ahead,” he mentioned.
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NFL Power Rankings- Week 8

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NFL Power Rankings – Week 8

 

Here is this the NFL Power Rankings for Week 8:

 

#1 Kansas City Chiefs (7-0)- Still not sure they are the best team in the league, but they are undefeated and we can’t argue with a defense giving up only 11.6 points a game.

 

#2 Indianapolis Colts (5-2)- They did beat the Broncos, but which team will show up every week… the team that beat the Broncos or the team that lost to the Chargers.

 

#3 Denver Broncos (6-1)- Two improvements needed.. take care of the ball and better pass defense.

 

#4 Seattle Seahawks (6-1)- Making a believer out of me.

 

# 5 New Orleans Saints (6-1)- Still wondering how they lost to the Patriots in the last second..

 

#6 San Francisco 49ers (5-2)- 49ers are establishing their running game once again to open up the offense.

 

#7 Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)- Andy Dalton is looking for his third straight 300-yard passing game against the Jets this week.

 

#8 Green Bay Packers (4-2)- Eddie Lacy has given the Packers a solid running game leading all running backs the last three weeks.

 

#9 New England Patriots (5-2)- With Rob Gronkowski back, will the offense take off?

 

#10 Dallas Cowboys (4-3)- Defense has looked great since the Broncos left town.

 

#11 Detroit Lions (4-3)- Tough loss at home giving up the game-winning field goal against the Bengals in the last second.

 

#12 New York Jets (4-3)- Big road win at New England and Geno Smith showed he is becoming a legitimate NFL quarterback.

 

#13 San Diego Chargers (4-3)- Have the talent, just need to play a full 60-minutes of football.

 

#14 Chicago Bears (4-3)- Struggling defense and now Jay Cutler is out four weeks… can they keep it together?

 

#15 Tennessee Titans (3-4)- Now that Jake Locker is back, look for them to get back to winning.

 

#16 Baltimore Ravens (3-4)- A .500 team is all they may be this year.

 

#17 Miami Dolphins (3-3)- Back to reality after winning their first three games… now have dropped three-straight.

 

#18 Carolina Panthers (3-3)- Has Cam Newton shaken off his sophomore jinx?

 

#19 Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)- Michael Vick out one more week, but with Tampa up this week, Nick Foles can get it done.

 

#20 Atlanta Falcons (2-4)- They found the red zone last week.

 

#21 Buffalo Bills (3-4)- Big road win at Miami last week.

 

#22 Cleveland Browns (3-4)- Back to Brandon Weeden calling the signals. Not good!

 

#23 Washington Redskins (2-4)- Good home win versus Chicago, but next up is the Denver Broncos.

 

#24 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4)- Can they continue to create turnovers and win some games?

 

#25 Arizona Cardinals (3-4)- Carson Palmer is not the answer…

 

#26 Houston Texans (2-5)- Had the Chiefs on the ropes before losing, but now no Brian Cushing to led the defense.

 

#27 Oakland Raiders (2-4)- Terrelle Pryor… get rid of the ball.

 

#28 St. Louis Rams (3-4)- Sam Bradford is lost for the season.. not that he was setting the league on fire. But still?

 

#29 New York Giants (1-6)- Win the turnover battle, win the ball game.

 

#30 Minnesota Vikings (1-5)- Is Josh Freeman the answer, he wasn’t on Monday night?

 

#31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6)- Their ‘best’ running back is now lost for the season.

 

#32 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7)- Is there anything really to say about this team?

Those are my NFL Power Rankings for Week 8

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Giants collect first as Freeman underwhelms

Giants Choose Up First Win Of Season

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – With six losses on their résumé, the New York Giants might have been questioning whether they would ever win a recreation this season.

As an alternative, they searched inside to see what they’re made of.

“The players and coaches have nice pride in what we’re doing,” Eli Manning stated Monday night after – ultimately – the staff’s first victory, 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings. “We just needed to hold going, eliminate some of the mistakes and play the way we need to play.”

They had been environment friendly, if not overwhelming, which was all they needed to be against the error-susceptible Vikings (1-5).

The Giants started the season as a team turning over the ball (minus-sixteen difference) while showing little penchant for playing defense. However towards the Vikings, they’d three takeaways to one misplaced fumble.

Adrian Peterson, the league’s MVP final season and a 2,000-yard rusher, was held to 28 yards five days after his 2-12 months-previous son was buried in South Dakota. The man accused within the death was indicted on second-degree murder and manslaughter expenses, prosecutors mentioned Monday.

“It was tough sledding. We couldn’t get anything established up entrance,” Peterson stated.

“I used to be focused on making ready for the game; sadly, it did not work out the way we wanted to. It was powerful. The protection made it exhausting.”

Peterson was not helped by a rusty Josh Freeman, making his debut as Vikings quarterback after being signed as a free agent when Tampa Bay cut the 2009 first-round draft decide. Freeman regularly missed open receivers, and several other of his throws sailed yards past his targets.

Coach Leslie Frazier mentioned he thought of taking out Freeman but that the rating was shut enough for him to stay together with his new QB.

Josh Brown kicked three area targets and Rueben Randle caught a 24-yard TD cross for New York (1-6).

“For us, we will not look an excessive amount of past a win and a step in the fitting route,” defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins stated. “We can’t look past the next step.”

Marcus Sherels offered Minnesota’s factors with an 86-yard punt return, however his fumble with out being hit during a runback halfway by means of the third quarter arrange New York on the Vikings’ 3.

Peyton Hillis, signed Wednesday with the Giants in dire want of operating backs, surged in from the 1 for a 17-7 lead.

The lead grew on Brown’s 23-yard subject objective to finish off a sixteen-play, seventy five-yard drive, and to 23-7 on his 36-yarder. One other Vikings mistake handed those factors to the Giants; rookie Sharrif Floyd, a defensive tackle of all things, fumbled at Minnesota’s 18 while returning a brief kickoff.

“We would have liked to get one on the board,” defensive finish Justin Tuck mentioned. “I instructed (basic supervisor) Jerry Reese that I believe we have a shovel to start digging our manner out of this hole. Hopefully, tonight is something we can build off. It is still a long method to climb out of this gap. However this was something that we could get the ball rolling.”

The Giants managed the clock and the ball for most of the opening quarter, and led 3-zero when Sherels broke his spectacular punt return – the third against the Giants this season. He sped down the left sideline nearly untouched, then twice faked out punter Steve Weatherford. By the time Weatherford reached Sherels, it was at the objective line – the place Weatherford brought him down with a horse-collar sort out.

Minnesota had a total of 8 yards on punt runbacks heading into Monday night time. But Sherels set a team mark with 119.

Before Sherels’ dash, New York had gone 17 plays and used up the primary 9:36, but the Giants slowed down at the 16 and Brown made a 35-yard discipline purpose.

And one play after Minnesota harm itself on rookie Xavier Rhodes’ 23-yard go interference penalty, Manning threw a laser to a leaping Randle in the left nook of the top zone for a 10-7 lead.

It was the primary time New York led at halftime all season. The protection had held Peterson to 9 yards speeding on eight carries, and he didn’t do much more in the second half.

Manning, who led the league with 15 interceptions, didn’t throw one for the first time all season. And whereas Freeman was picked just one time, by Antrel Rolle, he seemed like someone who hadn’t played in additional than a month.

“Numerous the performs were just a hair off,” Freeman said.

Freeman finished 20-of-53 for one hundred ninety yards. Manning was 23-of-39 for 200 yards.

Recreation notes

Giants middle

David Baas

, who missed the previous three games with a neck injury, returned however quickly was sidelined by a knee drawback. He’ll have an MRI on Tuesday… Frazier stated there can be MRIs for fullback

Rhett Ellison

on his left ankle and halfback

Matt Asiata

on his shoulder… The Giants had given up a league-excessive 209 factors earlier than shutting down Minnesota.

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NFL Monday Night Football Recap- Giants Finally Win!

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NFL Monday Night Football Recap- Giants Finally Win!

 

After six straight losses to begin the season, the New York Giants have finally captured their first win at the expense of the now 1-5 Minnesota Vikings with a 23-7 victory as newly acquired quarterback Josh Freeman made his unimpressive Viking debut.

 

The Giants (1-6) defense took advantage of three Minnesota turnovers and limited Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson to a dismal 28 yards rushing on 13 carries.

 

It was tough sledding. We couldn’t get anything established up front,” Peterson said.

 

I was focused on preparing for the game, unfortunately it didn’t work out the way we wanted to. It was tough. The defense made it hard.”

 

Peterson, five days prior attended the funeral of his 2-year-old son.

 

The Giants came into Monday night with turning over the ball with a minus-16 difference and although they weren’t impressive, they played hard and did enough to win the game.

 

The players and coaches have great pride in what we’re doing,” Eli Manning said. “We just had to keep going, get rid of some of the mistakes, and play the way we need to play.”

 

For us, we can’t look too much past a win and a step in the right direction,” Giants’ defensive end Cullen Jenkins said. “We can’t look behind the next step.”

 

Josh Freeman looked rusty throughout the game missing receivers several times with errant passes, finishing the night 20-53 for 190 yards, one interception.

 

A lot of the plays were just a hair off,” Freeman said.

 

Manning went 23-39 for 200 yards, one passing touchdown and no interceptions. They’ll take it.

 

We needed to get one on the board,” Giants’ defensive end Justin Tuck said. “I told (general manager) Jerry Reese that I think we have a shovel to start digging our way out of this hole. Hopefully, tonight is something we can build off. It’s still a long way to climb out of this hole. But this was something that we could get the ball rolling.”

 

The Giants had given up a league-high 209 points before shutting down the Vikings.

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NFL Week 6 Winners and Losers: Packers are still winning but with a different approach

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NFL Winners And Losers

Regardless of all of the success the Green Bay Packers have had the past few years, they have developed a repute for being gentle. Fair or unfair, that’s the perception.

There was nothing gentle concerning the Packers’ win on the Baltimore Ravens. With out Clay Matthews on protection, and after they lost receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb to injuries, the Packers ground out a tough-fought 19-17 win in opposition to the defending Super Bowl champions. This Packers crew appears somewhat different than years past. This one can run the ball, and the protection has played pretty properly after a Week 1 fiasco at San Francisco.

This Packers’ running sport and its dedication to it seems legit. Rookie Eddie Lacy had one hundred twenty yards on 23 carries, but the running sport isn’t nearly him. James Starks and Johnathan Franklin also had one hundred-yard games this season when Lacy was out. The offense isn’t just the Aaron Rodgers show anymore (though he is still probably the greatest, as he confirmed on a protracted touchdown go to Jordy Nelson).

The defense played nicely too. Via three quarters, Baltimore had simply three points. And that was without Matthews, the one proven go rusher the group has, and inside linebacker Brad Jones. Linebacker A.J. Hawk had a surprising career-high three sacks, and the defense held Baltimore’s operating sport to forty seven yards on 22 attempts.

The Packers are just three-2, so they are not getting loads of attention. The Packers can be considerably favored of their next six games, and it is not out of the query they could be favored in 4 or all five of their video games to complete the season (seriously, the schedule will get actually, very easy).

We have turn into used to the Packers being very good. Their record goes to enhance rapidly earlier than December comes. They will be a contender again, simply not playing the same fashion of ball we’re used to seeing from them.

And here are the remainder of the winners and losers from Week 6:

WINNERS

Patriots defense: Tom Brady and his unbelievable recreation-successful throw was the biggest highlight from Sunday’s win, however New England beat New Orleans due to its protection.

Drew Brees, who owns the highest two single-season completion proportion marks in NFL history, completed just 17-of-36 passes for 236 yards. Tight end Jimmy Graham, on a historic tempo through five games, was held with no catch. And two times in the last three minutes, the Patriots kept the Saints from getting a primary down, which allowed the offense to win the game.

Cornerback Aqib Talib, acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay last yr, has made an enormous difference for the Patriots. He has blossomed right into a star that can take a receiver out of a recreation. He was the main defender responsible for overlaying Graham. He’s slated to be a free agent after the season, and the Patriots are going to need to find a method to pay him.

Kansas Metropolis’s pass rush: Give the Chiefs a raucous residence crowd and a few prime move rushers, and it is going to be an extended day for the opponent’s offensive line. Kansas City had 10 sacks against Oakland on Sunday, its most in a sport since 1998. The Chiefs have 21 sacks on the season, which leads the NFL. Not coincidentally, the Chiefs are 6-0.

The trio of defensive sort out Dontari Poe, and out of doors linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali are pretty much as good because it will get. Hali had 3.5 sacks on Sunday. Houston already has 9.5 this season. With the ability to rush the passer that nicely offers them an opportunity to win against anybody.. including division foe Denver, whose offensive line seemed shaky at occasions towards Jacksonville.

Josh Freeman: There is not any doubt after Sunday that Freeman goes to start out at quarterback for the Vikings sooner than later. The Vikings are now 1-four after an embarrassing 35-10 loss to the Panthers. Minnesota’s offense did not score till the ultimate two minutes. Matt Cassel dinked and dunked all sport, and his 44 makes an attempt went for 241 yards. The Vikings seemed awful towards a Panthers group that was 1-3 heading into Sunday.

There’s just no reason anymore to wait on Freeman. As quickly as he’s has a fundamental grasp of the Vikings’ offense, he wants to start out. That was clear on Sunday.

Vernon Davis: Every occasionally, I’ll go look at Davis’ mix numbers. They’re unbelievable. The 49ers tight end is among the league’s prime athletes. And given that, his inconsistency has been maddening. When Davis is nice, he is unstoppable.

Towards Arizona, Davis had seven catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns within the first half (he had only one catch for 9 yards in the second half.. once more, inconsistency). Colin Kaepernick desperately wants some receivers who can get open. Davis is his most suitable choice. However Davis must play at a high stage like this each week, something that has been an issue.

Kiko Alonso and Buffalo’s draft class: The Bills lost 27-24 in overtime to the Bengals, but there’s not a lot disgrace in losing to a superb group while starting a quarterback (Thad Lewis) who was on the follow squad last week. What’s obvious is that the Bills have a heck of a rookie class.

Alonso, a main candidate for defensive rookie of the 12 months, had 22 (!!!) total tackles from his middle linebacker spot. Athletic receiver Marquise Goodwin, criminally underused at Texas, scored a forty-yard touchdown with 1:08 to tie the game. Receiver Robert Woods has had his moments, and naturally quarterback EJ Manuel looks like he belongs. You can build a constant winner with draft courses like these.

LOSERS

Greg Schiano and Gary Kubiak: It isn’t very best to fireside a coach in the middle of an NFL season. But typically it’s necessary. And in Tampa Bay and Houston, you have to surprise if the respective owners are questioning if that time has come.

Schiano is probably on the most well liked seat right now. Tampa Bay, now 0-5, is a large number on and off the field. In line with the Tampa Bay Instances, followers booed Schiano loudly as he left the sphere after a 31-20 loss to Philadelphia. It’s growing tougher to imagine Schiano keeps his job much longer.

Kubiak is a way more stunning candidate to be fired through the season, but the Texans’ embarrassing loss to a foul Rams team at dwelling puts him on high alert. Houston was very, very near being 0-6 this yr. They pulled out two wins late, but a 2-four record with two straight losses by 56 combined points is hard to ignore

 

 

Broncos protection: That is two straight dangerous weeks, Denver.

Last week, Tony Romo threw for more than 500 yards and the Cowboys scored 48 factors. Then Jacksonville seemed better than it has all season on offense. The Jaguars came in averaging 251.eight yards, thirty first in the NFL, and a league-worst 10.2 points per sport. Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne threw for 303 yards, the Jaguars gained 362 yards and scored 19 factors. Giving up 362 yards and 19 points is not that dangerous, however it’s troubling towards an offense that unhealthy, every week after getting torched by Dallas.

Von Miller’s return subsequent week will help, and maybe that is simply picking nits on a 6-zero group. But Denver is 28th within the NFL in yards allowed (only three groups have allowed more than their 6.1 yards per play, in the event you suppose that rating is skewed because of the offense’s tempo), and is giving up 26.3 factors per sport in opposition to a schedule that hasn’t included many offensive juggernauts. Peyton Manning is able to carrying this protection to a Tremendous Bowl, but odds are he’s going to need some help sooner or later.

 

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Wonder Punter NFL Power Rankings- Week 6

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With week 5 of the NFL season in the books.. let’s take a look at the Power Rankings for the NFL leading into week 6 starting Thursday starting with teams 1-32.

 

#1 Denver Broncos (5-0)- After surviving a scare at Dallas, no real threat in the next coming weeks.

 

#2 New Orleans Saints (5-0)- Offense looks good, defense looks good. Took it to Chicago on the road.

 

#3 Indianapolis Colts (4-1)- Big win at home against Seattle

 

#4 Seattle Seahawks (4-1)- Played tough on the road against Indianapolis, still not sold on them as good road them yet.

 

#5 San Francisco 49ers (3-2)- Back-to-back weeks of crushing football… and still missing key players.

 

#6 New England Patriots (4-1)- Bad loss in Cincinnati.. but are still dealing with injury problems.

 

#7 Green Bay Packers (2-2)- May be able to run the table the rest of the season with their schedule.

 

#8 Kansas City Chiefs ( 5-0)- Good defense, but would like to see another quality victory or two before believing.

 

#9 Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)- Looked good beating New England, but looked bad losing to Cleveland.

 

#10 Chicago Bears (3-2)- Have lost their last two games to some good football teams.

 

#11 Baltimore Ravens (3-2)- Good win at Miami last week after a bad loss at Buffalo

 

#12 Detroit Lions (3-2)- If Calvin Johnson stays healthy, they have a chance.

 

#13 Dallas Cowboys (2-3)- I want to believe they can get it done… then Romo finds a way to make me not believe. At least they are in the NFC East.

 

#14 Miami Dolphins (3-2)- Have lost their last two. Running game as gone south.

 

#15 Tennessee Titans (3-2)- Had potential until Jake Locker went down.. still solid, but don’t know if Ryan Fitzpatrick can get it done.

 

#16 Cleveland Browns (3-2)- Schedule is about to get real tough, can Weeden keep them hot?

 

#17 New York Jets (3-2)- Geno Smith… keep playing like that and maybe we may have something here.

 

#18 Houston Texans (2-3)- Matt Schaub may have hit rock bottom in San Francisco… but still better then T.J. Yates.

 

#19 Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)- No Michael Vick, but next up is Tampa Bay so they should be ok for another week.

 

#20 Atlanta Falcon (1-4)- Best 1-4 team I’ve ever seen. Two words… Red Zone!

 

#21 Buffalo Bills (2-3)- Can back-up QB Thad Lewis run the hurry up offense?

 

#22 Oakland Raiders (2-3)- I like what I see in Terrelle Pryor. The potential is there to make them a better football team.

 

#23 San Diego Chargers (2-3)- They lost to the Raiders and still must play Denver twice.

 

#24 Arizona Cardinals (3-2)- Winning record, but up next is the 49ers.

 

#25 Carolina Panthers (1-3)- Can Cam Newton get some help please on the offense? 7 sacks last week.

 

#26 Minnesota Vikings (1-3)- They still have Adrian Peterson and can newly signed Josh Freeman pitch in and help the offense?

 

#27 St. Louis Rams (2-3)- Houston and Carolina coming up.

 

#28 Washington Redskins (1-3)- As long as they are in the NFC East, they still have a chance but Dallas, Chicago and Denver are coming up.

 

#29 Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4)- Father time has just caught up with them… they just look old.

 

#30 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4)- Bad team, now no Josh Freeman, but still better then Giants and Jaguars.

 

#31 New York Giants (0-5)- A tale of two Manning’s… what has happened to Eli and the Giants?

 

#32 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)- A bad Rams’ team beat them by 14 points and now must face the Denver Broncos. It’s going to be ugly.

 

There you go with Wonder Punter’s Week 6 NFL Power Rankings.

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Freeman to vie for Vikes’ job; to sit Sunday

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings won’t rush to make Josh Freeman their starting quarterback for Sunday’s sport against the Carolina Panthers, however coach Leslie Frazier mentioned Freeman will get an opportunity to compete for the job as soon as he is in control on the workforce’s offense.

Freeman passed his physical Monday afternoon and officially joined the Vikings on Monday night time. The workforce will make a transfer to clear roster area for Freeman in time for the team’s subsequent practice Wednesday.

Either Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel will begin for the Vikings at dwelling Sunday – the Vikings still must see whether Ponder’s broken rib has healed enough for him to play – but their future on the position past that is unclear.

Frazier stated Ponder is “nonetheless our starter” if he is wholesome and added that “Christian still has a brilliant future here with our soccer workforce,” although he conceded that “it might not appear to be that on the floor.” Normal supervisor Rick Spielman additionally referred to as Ponder’s future shiny and stated the transfer didn’t replicate on Ponder as a lot because it represented a chance to add a proficient participant to the roster.

However the coach additionally said the chance to start out was a central part of his conversations with Freeman before the Vikings signed him.

“I mean, that’s a part of the equation,” Frazier stated. “When we talked with him, that’s undoubtedly on the desk, so we’ll see how properly he progresses and the way effectively he picks up our offense.”

In a conference call with reporters Monday night, Freeman said he wasn’t promised something so far as taking part in time and referred to as signing with the Vikings an opportunity to “pump the brakes” after his acrimonious exit from Tampa Bay.

Freeman, who was released by the Buccaneers after a number of run-ins with the teaching staff over the previous few months, can be in the first stage of the NFL’s substance-abuse program for what he stated was a one-time mistake with his ADHD treatment. Frazier stated he and the Vikings’ front workplace did enough research on Freeman’s past to consider he could fit in with the crew.

“You hear so many issues; you have to discover out what’s true and what’s not,” Frazier said. “As soon as I did a bit digging and had a chance to speak with him, I believe we’ll be capable of coexist. I feel we’ll be all right.”

Requested about his relationship with Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, Freeman said, “Clearly, he did not feel that I used to be the guy he wanted main his team, the caliber of quarterback he wished under middle. I’ve numerous great recollections there, a lot of good occasions. But instances change, things progress and I am simply fired up about being right here in Minnesota.”

The move would appear to suggest Ponder’s future in Minnesota is unsure. The third-12 months quarterback threw two landing passes against five interceptions in the Vikings’ first three games and missed the crew’s final game, towards the Pittsburgh Steelers in London, where Cassel led the staff to its only win.

Ponder, the 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft, mentioned, “In my eyes, I am getting prepared to play,” on Sunday against the Panthers. He wouldn’t expose details a few meeting he had with Frazier and Spielman on Monday morning about the Freeman transfer, but Frazier said both Cassel and Ponder wished solely to understand how their roles would look in the future.

“One factor you’ll be able to expect in the NFL – expect the unexpected,” Cassel stated. “As a result of each week it modifications. You never know what’s going to happen. I realized that over time; that is my ninth yr now. Anything that is overwhelming, or stunning, it is a kind of issues that’s the NFL.”

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Buccaneers teammates on Freeman

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Josh Freeman was benched by the Bucs in favor of Mike Glennon for the Arizona recreation. And on Thursday, Freeman was cut by the Bucs. (Joe Campoereale – USA AS WE SPEAK Sports)

TAMPA, Fla. -The Josh Freeman-Tampa Bay Buccaneers split has happened.

On Thursday, normal manager Mark Dominik determined to part ways with the fifth-year veteran quarterback, previously the face of the franchise. It ends an odd, contentious eight-day interval between the franchise and the previous No. 17 total pick after Freeman was benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon on Sept. 25.

Per Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer, the Bucs had contact with every NFL team about trading Freeman however couldn’t discover a willing associate. The Bucs are responsible for paying the rest of Freeman’s wage, which is about $6.25 million.

“We made the decision today to launch Josh Freeman,” Dominik stated in a statement. “We recognize his efforts over the previous 5 seasons, however we felt this was in the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers.”

Freeman, 25, started the season as the crew’s clear favourite at quarterback. He threw for four,065 yards and 27 touchdowns last season – both franchise records – and figured to be surrounded with complementary weapons in operating again Doug Martin and wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams to try to clinch the Bucs’ first playoff berth for the reason that 2007 season.

However, Freeman’s play suffered early. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 210 yards with one landing and one interception in a Week 1 loss to the New York Jets. Then he accomplished 9 of twenty-two passes for a hundred twenty five yards with one landing and one interception in a Week 2 loss to the New Orleans Saints. In his last begin, a loss to the New England Patriots in Week 3, he accomplished 19 of forty one passes for 236 yards with one interception.

The off-the-subject turmoil, nevertheless, led to this divorce. First, there was the revelation that he wasn’t voted staff captain for the first time in three years. Then got here knowledge that he missed a team photo on Labor Day as a result of he overslept. Then coach Greg Schiano alluded to the truth that Freeman had been late to different group meetings. One day after his benching was announced, Freeman granted ESPN a sit-down interview, unauthorized by the workforce, and said a trade could be finest for him.

Initially, Bucs coach Greg Schiano had made Freeman the staff’s No. 2 quarterback after Glennon’s promotion. But Schiano’s tone changed final Friday, the day after the ESPN interview, when asked if Freeman nonetheless held the status.

“I really feel like this has been a spotlight all week,” Schiano mentioned then, when requested about Freeman. “I’m not going to go there. Ninety minutes before the game, I’m going to name who our energetic forty six gamers are – the guys which can be up and we’ll play. I’m locked in now and our team is locked in. I’m achieved discussing all that different stuff.”

On Sunday, Freeman was declared inactive for the Bucs’ Week 4 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, instead asked by the group to observe the sport from a set at Raymond James Stadium, a decision Schiano referred to as “mutual.” Glennon completed 24 of 43 passes for 193 yards with one landing, but he threw two interceptions in the closing minutes that allowed the Cardinals to rally from a ten-level fourth-quarter deficit.

Afterward, Freeman was seen walking out of the stadium, toward a participant’s parking lot. However he refused comment.

On Monday, Freeman admitted to dwelling with Consideration Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder after his private medical info was leaked in an ESPN report that exposed he’s a Stage One participant in the NFL’s drug program. Freeman, in a stern statement launched that evening, mentioned he unintentionally took Ritalin instead of his Adderall prescription and examined optimistic for Ritalin. Within the assertion, he stated he agreed to repeated and unannounced testing, which resulted in his placement in this system.

“Let me be very clear. I’ve BY NO MEANS tested constructive for any unlawful medicine or related substances,” Freeman’s statement began. “Additional, I’ve agreed to take, and have PASSED 46 NFL-regulated drug checks during the last 12 months and a half.”

The drama did not end there, though. On Wednesday night, the Bucs revealed in a report by the Tampa Tribune that Freeman had been fined greater than $35,000 in recent weeks for offenses that included the unauthorized national television interview, two missed conferences last Friday and arriving late for the staff meal and the workforce bus earlier than the game in opposition to the Jets.

By Wednesday afternoon, some players appeared bored with discussing the Freeman saga. The Bucs have a bye this week, however Freeman participated in three light practices in current days on the team facility.

“Man, are we going to speak concerning the Bucs and soccer?” offensive sort out Donald Penn said, when asked about Freeman. “Are we going to speak about the Bucs? Do you need to learn about what we need to do going in opposition to Philly (in Week 6) or anything about that? As a result of this Freeman stuff is getting outdated.”

Guard Davin Joseph was extra diplomatic.

“There’s life on the market for anyone,” he mentioned Wednesday. “Just because this may not be the place for Josh doesn’t suggest that his profession is over with. He has a vivid career forward of him. He has all of the instruments in the toolbox. It’s just about discovering the best fit for Josh. I think it is to come back.”

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Bucs cut benched QB Freeman, sources say

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers launched quarterback Josh Freeman on Thursday, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

[+] EnlargeJosh FreemanJim Rogash/Getty PhotosJosh Freeman has been released by the Buccaneers after the workforce could not find a team prepared to trade for the quarterback.

The workforce tried to commerce the quarterback but was unable to discover a taker. By releasing Freeman, the Buccaneers are obligated to pay the quarterback all $6.2 million he was owed in remaining salary this season.

Buccaneers general supervisor Mark Dominik contacted all 31 of the NFL’s different groups in an try to trade Freeman, sources mentioned.

Freeman, who was taken 17th general by the Buccaneers in the 2009 draft, was benched in favor of rookie Mike Glennon prior to Tampa Bay’s thirteen-10 loss to Arizona this previous Sunday. In 60 profession video games, Freeman has thrown for thirteen,534 yards, 80 touchdowns and sixty six interceptions.

Last season, Freeman threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns. (He’s the franchise’s chief in career TD passes with 80.) He had two landing passes and three interceptions this season before he was benched.

The NFL Gamers Affiliation is investigating how Freeman’s presence in Stage 1 of the league’s substance-abuse program became public earlier this week. On Tuesday, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano was asked by reporters if he was the supply of the knowledge and said, “absolutely not.”

In a statement launched after the preliminary stories of his presence in the substance abuse program Monday evening, Freeman mentioned he has a prescription for Adderall to deal with ADHD but that last yr he inadvertently took Ritalin, which triggered a optimistic take a look at. On account of the constructive test, he submitted to frequent drug screenings and placement in Stage 1 of the program.

He also stated he has passed forty six league-administered drug tests, however Monday’s disclosure may have undermined the Buccaneers’ makes an attempt to trade him.

Freeman was fined twice up to now month for conduct detrimental to the team, according to an SI.com report. The web site reported he will appeal the fines.

Freeman, a team captain the previous three seasons, was not elected as one this year. Schiano has denied stories that he rigged the voting to keep Freeman from being chosen and later revealed the quarterback had overslept and missed the team’s annual picture session.

Since his 10-6 season in 2010, Freeman is eleven-23 (.324) as a starter. Among gamers with at least 20 begins over that span, only the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blaine Gabbert (.192) and the St. Louis Rams’ Sam Bradford (.317) have decrease profitable percentages, according to ESPN Stats & Data.

Freeman (17th overall) was the third of three quarterbacks selected in the first spherical in 2009, following prime overall decide Matthew Stafford by the Detroit Lions and Mark Sanchez (No. 5) by the New York Jets. With Freeman’s benching, only Stafford remains a starter.

 

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NFLPA to investigate leaks of Freeman info

TAMPA, Fla. – NFL Gamers Affiliation executive director DeMaurice Smith mentioned Tuesday the union is seeking to investigate how Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman’s presence in Stage 1 of the league’s substance-abuse program became public.

SmithI appreciate the way through which Josh has handled this personally as a result of he is an effective younger man. However this subject is a much bigger situation about what’s right with respect to the relationship between gamers and administration. When these issues come to bear, this can be a union that may arise for its gamers.

- DeMaurice Smith, on the NFLPA’s concern that Josh Freeman’s presence in the NFL’s substance-abuse program turned public.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported the news Monday night time. Freeman later released an announcement by which he mentioned he has a prescription for Adderall to treat ADHD; however, last yr he inadvertently took Ritalin, which triggered a positive take a look at. As a result of the optimistic take a look at, he submitted to frequent drug screenings, leading to his placement in Stage 1 of the league’s drug program.

“We are sufficiently concerned about what we have heard to start an investigation,” Smith said after a previously-scheduled annual assembly with the Tampa Bay players.

On Tuesday, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano was asked by reporters if he was the source of the information and mentioned, “absolutely not.”

“I do know what I’ve done. I am one hundred pc comfy with my conduct, one hundred pc,” he mentioned.

Smith stated his predominant concern was in regards to the rights of all NFL players.

“We’ve got a collective bargaining agreement that mandates and protects confidentiality and privateness,” Smith said.

“If we believe that any member of the group management or anybody from the league has deliberately taken steps to thwart that privateness and to breach that confidentiality, this union will take every step and file every grievance and pursue any legislation to rectify that. We believe that it is vital to maintain the confidentiality.

“I admire the manner wherein Josh has dealt with this personally as a result of he is an efficient younger man. However this challenge is an even bigger situation about what’s right with respect to the relationship between players and administration. When those points come to bear, it is a union that will arise for its players.”

Smith additionally stated the NFLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of kicker Lawrence Tynes, who was placed on the non-football injury listing after being recognized with an MRSA staph an infection within the preseason. Guard Carl Nicks also had a staph an infection, but has returned to playing. The Bucs have mentioned they had their facility cleaned twice to forestall any further unfold of MRSA.

Smith stated the union has “vital concerns about the manner wherein that player and maybe different players’ safety was dealt with by the team.”

“It’s obviously the beginning of the grievance process and we look ahead to working with the league to try to determine what the info are and, most significantly, take steps to make sure that they and each crew are defending our players,” Smith mentioned.

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NFL Power Rankings- Week 4

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Here is this my NFL Power Rankings for week 4… Teams 32-1

 

#32 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4)- Next up is the St. Louis Rams who are just as bad.

 

#31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4)- QB Josh Freeman wants to traded or released… NOW!
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#30 New York Giants (0-4)- The Giants have lost four games by 85 points

 

#29 Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4)- Have they officially given up? Big Ben calls his team the worst in the league.

 

#28 St. Louis Rams (1-3)- After winning their opener, they have looked horrible.

 

#27 Oakland Raiders (1-3)- If they can get Terrelle Pryor back, they may be able to win another game or two.

 

#26 Washington Redskins (1-3)- Lone victory was against Oakland.

 

#25 Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)- Expected more from the Eagles offense this year.

 

#24 Arizona Cardinals (2-2)- Ugly win against the Bucs… but they won.

 

#23 Minnesota Vikings (1-3)- Matt Cassel brought some life to the offense last week.

 

#22 New York Jets (2-2)- Ok Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez to have season ending surgery.. your team now.

 

#21 Buffalo Bills (2-2)- Despite getting 5 interceptions against the Ravens, they still almost gave the game away.

 

#20 Carolina Panthers (1-2)- Next up, Arizona Cardinals. Jury is still out.

 

#19 Cleveland Browns (2-2)- Beat a Bengal team nobody expected.

 

#18 San Diego Chargers (2-2)- Beat up the Cowboys last week, can they continue?

 

#17 Baltimore Ravens (2-2)- Offensive woes continue.

 

#16 Tennessee Titans (3-1)- QB Jake Locker is out for a period of time…. Things were looking up for them too.

 

#15 Atlanta Falcons (1-3)- They should be a good football team… but?

 

#14 Dallas Cowboys (2-2)- The whole NFC East is bad.. so they may have a chance to win with less then 9 victories.

 

#13 Houston Texans (2-2) Matt Schaub is key too turning it around… he must play better.

 

#12 Miami Dolphins (3-1)- The Saints brought them back to earth on Monday night.

 

#11 Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)- Great win versus Packers, bad loss versus Browns.

 

#10 Chicago Bears (3-1)- Lions exposed the Bears defense.

 

#9 Detroit Lions (3-1)- Next up… on the road against the Packers.

 

#8 Green Bay Packers (1-2)- They can make a move by beating the Lions at home.

 

#7 Indianapolis Colts (3-1) Tough game at home against Seattle coming up.

 

#6 San Francisco 49ers (2-2)- Have they turned the corner?

 

#5 Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)- They just keep winning…

 

#4 New England Patriots (4-0)- Losing Vince Wilfork was a major blow to a team with enough injuries already.

 

#3 New Orleans Saints (4-0)- Looks as though the defense can match the offense.

 

#2 Seattle Saints (4-0)- Can they win another big road game when they play the Colts?

 

#1 Denver Broncos (4-0)- Scary!

 

There you go.. my NFL Power Rankings after 4 weeks in the books. 

 

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Josh Freeman sent out back to see Tampa Bay buccaneers lose to Arizona

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Josh Freeman. (US Presswire)

There are quite a lot of dumpster fires within the NFL at this moment — wanting proper at you, Giants and Steelers — but fingers down, the ugliest personnel state of affairs within the league is writhing its way by means of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers group.

On the end of last season, Freeman was Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback and one of its captains. He lost the captaincy in a vote earlier this month, and lost the starting job after an zero-3 start. And on Sunday, he wasn’t even allowed on the freaking discipline for the game towards the Cardinals. Freeman was forced to watch the sport, a thirteen-10 Tampa Bay loss, from a collection at Raymond James Stadium. After an zero-3 start, Freeman was dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 on the QB depth chart. In Freeman’s place, Mike Glennon received the beginning.

Naturally, Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano painted the choice to banish Freeman to a suite as a “mutual resolution.” And just as naturally, Freeman’s agent termed that “a lie. Obviously.” Freeman was already in the metaphorical doghouse for missing a workforce picture, and this appears to be a literal embodiment of that.. though, presumably, Freeman’s “doghouse” had drinks on ice, a non-public toilet and maybe a steam tray of egg rolls.

In recent days, Freeman has made no secret of his desire to be traded, and clearly Schiano and the remainder of the Bucs organization consider him such a festering sore that they don’t need him infecting the remainder of the staff. (Good image, huh?) Tampa Bay has a bye week coming up; chances are high good that by the time the Bucs welcome the Eagles to city on Oct. 13, Freeman can be nowhere close to the state of Florida.

 

 

 

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NFL Week 4- Game Previews, Picks & Predictions

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NFL Week 4 – Game Previews, Picks and Predictions

last night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams kicked off week 4 of the young NFL season. Here is a look at this weekends up coming games. Sunday night’s game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, and Monday night’s game between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints will be covered more in depth upcoming soon.

First let’s take a look at the early games and here are my NFL Week 4 Picks and game previews

Baltimore Ravens (2-1) @ Buffalo Bills (1-2) 9/29 1:00 EST

Line: BAL -3.0

Over/Under 44.0

The Ravens go into Buffalo with their much improved defense since losing to Denver, having not given up a touchdown in their last 2 games. Tall order with Buffalo’s quick run offense, but I do see the Ravens coming away with a victory as I believe the defense will do enough to contain the Bills. Prediction: Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) @ Cleveland Browns (1-2) 9/29 1:00PM EST

Line: CIN -4.0

Over/Under 42.5

After last weeks thrilling victory at home against the Green Bay Packers, I look for the Bengals to continue their winning ways against the Browns, a team they have beaten 7 out of 9 times the last few seasons. With the Browns’ trading away RB Trent Richardson, and appointing of third-string QB Brian Hoyer, I don’t like their chances. Bengals win easily.

Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals

Chicago Bears (3-0) @ Detroit Lions (2-1) 9/29 1:00PM EST

Line: DET -3.0

Over/Under 47.5

This should be a game to watch as the Detroit Lions look to end their struggles against the NFC North rivals Chicago Bears, who are looking to go 4-0 for the first time in seven years. Although, the Lions get back their flashy RB Reggie Bush back in their offensive mix, I believe the Bears will continue their recent dominance of the Lions and see them winning in a close one on the road.

Prediction: Chicago Bears

New York Giants (0-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) 9/29 1:00PM EST

Line: -4.0 Over/Under 44.0

Tough task for the New York Giants to go into Kansas City, in search of their first win of the season, against a Chiefs team playing well on both sides of the ball. Although, I expect a better performance from the Giants following last weeks shutout loss to the Panthers, I don’t see them leaving Kansas City with a victory. Chiefs are playing with a lot of confidence, and see them remaining perfect.

So this NFL week 4 Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3) vs. Minnesota Vikings (0-3) @ Wembley Stadium London, England 9/29 1:00PM EST

Line: PIT -3.0 Over/Under 42.0

Both teams look to get into the win column, as they play in the NFL’s annual International Series at the famed Wembley Stadium in London. I see the Steelers having the better chance to win, as Viking QB Christian Ponder is struggling to lead the Viking offense in the early season. Vikings gave one away last week to the Browns. The Steelers to win going away late. Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers Arizona Cardinals (1-2) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) 1:00PM EST

Line: TB -1.0 Over/Under 40.5

With the Bucs deciding to pull QB Josh Freeman in favor of rookie QB Mike Glennon to help spark the struggling offense, I don’t see it being enough to give the Bucs their first win of the season. Arizona has a bunch of injuries, but I have more confidence in their offense to get the job done on the road. Cardinals in a close one.

My NFL week 4 PickPrediction: Arizona Cardinals Indianapolis Colts (2-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) 9/29 1:00PM EST

Line: IND -7.5 Over/Under 42.5

The hot Indianapolis Colts, fresh off their big win of the 49ers last week, go into Jacksonville to play a Jaguar team many believe, are the worst team in football. I agree! Colts in a runaway. For sure pick here. Colts Prediction: Indianapolis Colts

Seattle Seahawks (3-0) @ Houston Texans (2-1) 9/29 1:00PM EST

Line: -2.0

Over/Under 41.5

Great match up here, and the first real true test on the road for the Seattle Seahawks, who look to remain unbeaten. Many critics have the Seahawks as the best team in football. I have them second behind the Broncos, until they can prove they can win on the road. Tough one to call… but I see the Texans winning in a close one. Must see game!

Prediction: Houston Texans

New York Jets (2-1) @ Tennessee Titans (2-1) 9/29 4:05PM EST

Line: TEN -3.5

Over/Under 40.0

Should be an interesting game, as Jets rookie QB Geno Smith looks to continue to carry the Jets to victory. I like what I see in the Titans’ offense led by QB Jake Locker, and have the Titans winning easily.

Prediction: Tennessee Titans

Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) @ Denver Broncos (3-0) 9/29 4:25PM EST

Line: DEN -11.0

Over/Under 57.5

This is also a must watch game in my book, not that I expect too close of a game, but the offenses of both teams should keep us entertained. Expect lots of points in this one, however, the majority of those points coming from the best team in football.. the Denver Broncos! Fun one to watch.

Prediction: Denver Broncos

Washington Redskins (0-3) @ Oakland Raiders (1-2) 9/29 4:25PM EST

Line: WSH -3.5

Over/Under 43.5

I think the key to this game is weather Raider QB Terrelle Pryor will be available to start, after last weeks concussion at Denver. Redskin QB RG3 seems to be on his way back to the quarterback he was last year. Redskins will be playing with a sense of urgency, as they look to notch their first win of the year. Close one to call.. comes down to availability of Terrelle Pryor to give the Raiders a chance to win.

Prediction: Toss-Up (Pick-Em)

Dallas Cowboys (2-1) @ San Diego Chargers (1-2) 9/29 4:25PM EST

Line: DAL -1.0

Over/Under 47.0

Americas Team,” the Dallas Cowboys go into San Diego to battle a team, who have played much better then their record, having given away two games to the Texans and Titans. Cowboys look to establish themselves as a team who this year should be taken seriously as playoff contenders. Another good game to watch. I see the Chargers playing a complete game and winning late.

Prediction: San Diego Chargers

There you go with all the games on the main docket, and my NFL Week 4 pick´s and predictions for this Sunday. Good luck!

 By Mario Martinez Wonder-Punter

 

 

 

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Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings – This group of 0-3 teams has some intriguing rebound candidates

In most cases, zero-3 is just about a death sentence within the NFL. However this 12 months’s group of zero-three groups is very fascinating.

There are six 0-3 groups, and just one is totally hopeless. Of the other five, somebody is going to make a severe run again up these energy rankings. However which one?

It is nonetheless onerous to ascertain Pittsburgh bottoming out. Not with that coaching workers, that solid of veterans, a superb quarterback and a solid defense. Minnesota and Washington were within the playoffs final yr, so there’s expertise on both squads. The Vikings most likely should have received at Chicago two weeks ago. Minnesota’s loss to the Browns last week was disheartening, however perhaps there is a comeback someplace right here.

In Tampa Bay, it is laborious to listen to a heartbeat with the Buccaneers, however this is nonetheless a superb protection, quarterback Josh Freeman has been good before (I know, it’s onerous to do not forget that long ago) and included of their zero-3 record are two horrible late losses including a game they gave away to a very good Saints workforce.

But if you happen to’re choosing one zero-three team to rise from the dead, isn’t it the Giants? Yeah, I know the flaws. The pass rush isn’t what it was, the running recreation has gone stomach up, that was a horrendous outing at Carolina final week.. I get all that. However you shouldn’t be able to completely write them off but. Tom Coughlin is a good coach. Eli Manning is an efficient quarterback with good weapons. They’ve turned in stink bomb performances before, and while it’s exhausting to say why, it is just what they do. As unhealthy as it looks for the Giants, I have a sense we have not seen the final of them.

Somebody among the many zero-3 teams is going to make a cost. It will not be Jacksonville. It is arduous to utterly rule out any of the other five, nonetheless.

And now, onto the ability rankings with three weeks within the books:

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (zero-three, last week: 32)
Next.

31. Arizona Cardinals (1-2, LW: 29)
The brilliant facet is that this: They hit a home run with the Tyrann Mathieu draft pick. Even in a threat-reward scenario, this was absolutely the peak of the reward side.

30. Oakland Raiders (1-2, LW: 30)
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor suffered a concussion towards Denver, and if he misses time for the Raiders, what else have they got?

(USA Today Sports Pictures) 29. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-three, LW: 28)
Good (nearly) comeback, but this was nonetheless a must-win recreation at home on Sunday evening, and the Bears controlled most of it. There aren’t many good signs out of Pittsburgh.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (zero-three, LW: 26)
Hey, at least there was no heartbreaking shut loss for a 3rd week in a row.

27. Minnesota Vikings (zero-3, LW: 20)
The subsequent thirteen games are Christian Ponder’s 2014 job interview. While you lose to the Brian Hoyer-led Browns at house, you’ll be able to’t exactly think about playoff eventualities.

26. Washington Redskins (zero-three, LW: 27)
This protection is an absolute debacle. Robert Griffin III is on tempo to throw for five,000 yards, and he may need to do that simply to get Washington a number of wins.

25. New York Giants (0-three, LW: 24)
The only good news is that the NFC East may be so bad, 9-7 takes it. However which means a 9-four finish for a workforce that showed no indicators of life at Carolina, so perhaps it’s not such excellent news in spite of everything.

24. Cleveland Browns (1-2, LW: 31)
Now they’re apparently debating whether or not Brandon Weeden or Brian Hoyer will begin at quarterback in Week 4, which makes little sense after how Hoyer performed.

23. Buffalo Payments (1-2, LW: 22)
There are some interesting pieces right here. Middle linebacker Kiko Alonso appears like he was a fantastic decide. There’s rather a lot to love on this draft class. That’s how you construct a winner.

22. New York Jets (2-1, LW: 25)
I’m not buying them as a contender or anything, however they seem like they may have one thing in rookie quarterback Geno Smith.

(USA Immediately Sports activities Pictures) 21. St. Louis Rams (1-2, LW: 19)
Let’s have a look: Shut dwelling win towards a bad Arizona crew. Blown out early at Atlanta. Blown out often at Dallas. Is this is a staff whose ineptitude sneaked up on us?

20. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2, LW: 18)
I’m unsure if fans realize the irony in saying things like, “The media completely overreacted about Chip Kelly’s offense after one game! It’s horrible!!!!”

19. San Diego Chargers (1-2, LW: 21)
This staff invents new methods to lose. Letting a rookie catch his first NFL move to beat you with 15 seconds left deserves some creativity points, for sure.

18. Carolina Panthers (1-2, LW: 23)
They figured out against the Giants, the easiest way to ensure they do not screw up one other shut sport is by profitable a blowout.

17. Tennessee Titans (2-1, LW: sixteen)
Just a little fortunate to beat San Diego, little question. In all probability makes up for them being a bit unlucky to lose at Houston the week before.

16. Baltimore Ravens (2-1, LW: 15)
You can’t reside off of special teams and defensive touchdowns. The offense has to do one thing finally. But, plenty of teams would love to be 2-1 right now.

(USA At present Sports activities Pictures) 15. Detroit Lions (2-1, LW: 14)
Earlier within the year, I didn’t know what to make of Tampa Bay. Now that we all can see the Buccaneers stink, the Lions are the hardest workforce in the NFL to determine.

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-1, LW: thirteen)
All of us count on that someway the Cowboys’ teaching staff will totally forget all about the running game again this week, right? Outdated habits die arduous.

thirteen. San Francisco 49ers (1-2, LW: three)
The way in which the Colts beat them in Week 3 – by taking Colin Kaepernick out of the sport, and punching the 49ers protection in the mouth within the run sport – was surprising.

12. Indianapolis Colts (2-1, LW: 17)
So what are we to believe, the workforce that nearly misplaced at house to the Raiders, or the team that just demolished the 49ers on the road? Adding Trent Richardson will help.

eleven. Kansas City Chiefs (three-0, LW: 12)
The offense must open up in some unspecified time in the future to achieve the next stage. But after last 12 months, this stage is not too unhealthy.

10. Green Bay Packers (1-2, LW: eight)
A bit of a fluky loss, gifting away two touchdowns at a very good Cincinnati group. But their offensive line is just not championship-worthy. The protection may not be either.

9. Atlanta Falcons (1-2, LW: 10)
Giving up that remaining drive wasn’t nice, however general it wasn’t a horrible performance for the Falcons at Miami. Bear in mind, each losses got here down to the final seconds on the road.

8. Houston Texans (2-1, LW: 6)
Until they put together four good quarters in a row, they’re not going to move up. They’re very fortunate to be 2-1 right now.

(USA Right now Sports activities Pictures) 7. Miami Dolphins (3-zero, LW: 11)
This team is gaining confidence, especially in its quarterback Ryan Tannehill. They have a completely fascinating Monday night time sport at New Orleans next week.

6. Chicago Bears (3-0, LW: 7)
How concerning the three third-down plays Jay Cutler made with the sport on the road at Pittsburgh? That’s what a franchise quarterback seems to be like. He is likely to be there, lastly.

5. New England Patriots (3-zero, LW: 5)
I do know, you want to inform me why New England is horrible. They’re 3-zero, and will get wholesome quickly. Simply since you want the Patriots dynasty to end doesn’t suggest it can but.

four. Cincinnati Bengals (2-1, LW: 4)
Most likely a bit of lucky to beat Green Bay, but that protection pressured Aaron Rodgers into his worst recreation in a few years. The Cincinnati defense is pretty much as good as there’s within the NFL.

three. New Orleans Saints (3-zero, LW: 9)
I still anticipate the protection to return back to earth. But till that happens, they’ve to carry a really high spot in these rankings. The offense is as good as ever.

2. Denver Broncos (3-0, LW: 2)
It is Peyton Manning vs. the Eagles defense in Week 4. The person is on pace for six,000 yards, and no reason to imagine he’ll decelerate in a excessive-paced game against Philadelphia.

1. Seattle Seahawks (three-zero, LW: 1)
Still haven’t seen one purpose to knock them out of the highest spot.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers blow another game, this time a 16-14 loss against Saints

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The subsequent time Tampa Bay Buccaneers gamers decide to have a players-solely meeting, as they did this week, they should think about discussing the right way to stop blowing games within the closing moments.

Tampa Bay has been consumed with quarterback Josh Freeman’s struggles. Bucs coach Greg Schiano threw his quarterback below the bus this week by admitting Freeman has a pattern of lacking workforce occasions. There has been rather a lot made of Freeman not being named a captain this season and the legitimacy of that group vote.

The uneasy emotions will not get higher after a second straight heartbreaking defeat to begin the 2013 season.

Tampa Bay’s protection has performed well in two video games – till the Bucs want a last-minute cease.

Bucs kicker Rian Lindell missed a forty seven-yard subject aim with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, and New Orleans took over on its own 37-yard line. Tampa Bay had a one-point lead, but considering New Orleans was in an obvious passing situation, the Buccaneers’ protection seemingly had an advantage.

Then Saints quarterback Drew Brees led his workforce on a 5-play, fifty four-yard drive, which was cemented by Garrett Hartley’s 27-yard sport-successful subject purpose to offer New Orleans a sixteen-14 victory.

Tampa Bay’s largest dilemma is figuring out if this choke job tops last week’s collapse.

The New York Jets trailed Tampa Bay 17-15 within the closing moments of that Week 1 game when quarterback Geno Smith scrambled 10 years and was shoved after he went out of bounds by Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David. That private foul put New York in subject-goal position, and Nick Folks won the game on a forty eight-yard kick with two seconds remaining.

Buccaneers players need to name another assembly this week.

They have a lot to speak about.