Report: Penn State’s O’Brien to talk with Texans

 

Bill O'Brien worked with the Patriots before joining Penn State. (USATSI)
Bill O'Brien may be planning to return to the NFL.(USATSI)

 

It seems Penn State coach Invoice O'Brien is considering a return to the NFL.

In line with NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, O'Brien is among the high candidates for the Houston Texans coaching job, and both sides have agreed to conduct an interview following Christmas. There isn't a date on when the agreed upon assembly will happen.

O'Brien took over at Penn State earlier than the 2012 season and before the NCAA announced penalties in opposition to the college following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He had spent the previous 5 seasons on the New England Patriots teaching employees.

Should O'Brien in the end determine to go away Penn State and return to the NFL, he won't come low-cost. Except for the wage O'Brien would receive his current contract at Penn State features a buyout of $6.5 million.

And while a buyout of that measurement would little question hold other faculties from sniffing around O'Brien, an NFL staff wouldn't have practically as much bother paying it.

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Handicapping the NFL Coaching Moves for “Black Monday”

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Nine coaches, I believe, have a realistic likelihood of being relieved of their duties within the immediate aftermath of the season. A tenth–Joe Philbin of Miami–I don’t imagine might be fired even when the Dolphins lose on Sunday, though the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito state of affairs is lurking and is a variable for the off-season, as soon as the NFL concludes that investigation. We’ll set that apart and handicap the outlook for the others.

Additionally, while I will have a look at more specific components for every, I additionally tried to try past coaches with comparable information by way of X number of years (since 1978). In fact, discovering comparable report patterns was simpler for shorter teaching careers (like Dennis Allen and Greg Schiano) than longer ones with extra years.

Right here is my estimate, from nine to 1, of the chance of those who have been mentioned as possible candidates to be gone.

9. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

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Jerry Jones has stated Garrett is safe. The protection has been dreadful, the offense normally respectable. Whether or not you suppose Tony Romo’s injury and probably lacking the showdown game influences the choice or not, I tend to assume Garrett is secure for yet one more year.

Of the most comparable three year starts at a workforce, only one was fired after yr 3 (Carroll with New England). A few of these guys made the playoffs at least as soon as, not like Garrett if he loses Sunday. Nevertheless, even those who didn’t (Fisher, Erickson, Kubiak, Jauron) were given a fourth year.

Prediction: 10% chance, SECURE

eight. Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders 

Dennis AllenAllen has a chance to make historical past. He would be the solely coach to start out four-12, four-12 in NFL historical past if the Raiders lose to the Broncos. Exciting stuff.

Nevertheless, coaches who start just like Allen are frequent. Listed below are probably the most related begins to a coaching career, and slightly below half had been fired.

Oakland underwent a seismic shift, and are taking a much totally different approach after the dying of Al Davis. If they’re taking the view that this is a multi-yr venture, then Allen will get yet another year for the staff to make a soar.

Prediction: 30%, PROTECTED

7. Rex Ryan, New York Jets

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5 years in, there are actually no good comparables for Rex Ryan’s run in New York. The closest might be Jerry Burns with Minnesota, who had forty four wins by five seasons, reached a NFC Championship Game with a top defensive crew that went 8-7 in 12 months 2, and in 12 months 5 went 6-10. He received a sixth yr. One other one is Sam Rutigliano, who had 28 wins in his first three years, then two straight losing ones. He additionally came back. Dave Wannstedt, one other defensive man, wasn’t as profitable as Ryan, however had between 7 and 9 wins every of his first four seasons, before dropping to four-12. He also was retained.

After all, all meaning nothing, as a result of the large variable here is what John Idzik thinks. Ryan has presided over some dreadful offenses, with by my unofficial count, 1,345 failed offensive coordinators. He can coach protection, getting results out of some less than stellar personnel in certain spots. Chase Stuart has damaged it down and Rex Ryan reportedly told gamers he thought he was going to be out.

I have zero feel, and nothing would shock me here.

PREDICTION: 50%, Toss Up on Monday Morning

6. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

tom coughlin and the giants suckHow a lot good will has the long time (and two time Tremendous Bowl champion) Giants coach built up? Don Banks with MMQB said it is time.

There have been nine coaches since 1978 who had a protracted tenure with a group, and sometime between year 9 and yr eleven, had a losing yr after a protracted string of success (Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, Jeff Fisher, Dennis Inexperienced, Mike Holmgren, Chuck Knox, Marv Levy, Jim Mora, and Marty Schottenheimer). Six of the nine weren’t back with the group the subsequent yr.

Possibly he is allowed to exit in another way, and not fired on the primary day. He still may not be back. I believe it’s close to a toss up, as a result of that Super Bowl from two years ago masks a normal decline in the staff, notably the protection, over several years, and Coughlin is one of the oldest coaches in the league.

PREDICTION: 60% GONE

5. Mike Munchak, Tennessee Titans

Not too many related situations, though Forrest Gregg did go 8 wins, eight wins, then four with the Packers. Like Gregg, Munchak was a former Corridor of Fame lineman with the same group. Will that, and Locker’s harm, by him one other year? The Titans’ younger protection was robust at occasions, and the offense was inconsistent however confirmed flashes. Still, too many squandered opportunities in a year for the taking in the AFC South.

Bud Adams’ demise begins a brand new era for the Titans. Will Munchak be part of it?

PREDICTION: 60% GONE

four. Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Greg SchianoThe record of guys like Greg Schiano (7-9 wins in 12 months one, drop off in 12 months two) contains a few college coaches who had been fired, Steve Spurrier and Wealthy Brooks. It also options Buddy Ryan and his bombastic character getting canned in Arizona. Just below half were fired on this checklist. Nevertheless, the drama in Tampa earlier this yr absolutely will increase those odds.

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Nevertheless, it says one thing that Schiano is barely fourth on this listing when he would have been public alternative #1 at mid-season.

PREDICTION: 70% GONE

three. Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings

Frazier was a stabilizing issue after serving as interim coach when Brad Childress bought fired. I’m not sure he merits maintaining around for the rebuild, though.

The only coaches to take an enormous 12 months 2 leap in wins solely to fall back again had been Raheem Morris (fired), Todd Haley (fired), and Jerry Glanville (ATL) and Lindy Infante (GB), both retained for one more 12 months.

PREDICTION: 70% GONE

2. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins

This has been morbidly enjoyable, but certainly Dan Snyder goes to put an finish to it as soon as the season ends, despite the very giant sum of cash owed to Shanahan. I believe the two are engaged in a game of chicken, so the firing could not come within the first hours, but the must be gone.

PREDICTION: 90% GONE

1. Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions

Jim Schwartz managed to avoid a fight with this Harbaugh

The most related coaching path was Dick Jauron with Chicago. Two dropping seasons for a rebuilding team, then a playoff year, then 4 wins, adopted by 7 wins. He was fired and changed by Lovie Smith.

[ASSOCIATED: Detroit Lions Censored Jim Schwartz Job Hypothesis From Postgame Presser Transcripts]

More to the point, although, I simply don’t see how Schwartz survives the collapse after expectations for this group rose. Detroit appeared to have the most effective alternative to win the NFC North, and now they’re already eliminated after a 1-5 stretch. An excessive amount of expertise (which was not the case when he arrived) to only win 11 video games in two years, and the criticism has been lack of focus and self-discipline.

PREDICTION: ninety% GONE

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NFL Prediction Week 16 Sunday Night Preview/Pick- Chicago vs. Philadelphia

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Chicago Bears (8-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) 12/22- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: PHI -3.0

Over/Under: 55.5

 

Before kickoff on Sunday night, both the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles will know where they stand for the playoffs as both teams are very much in the thick of things.

 

Here’s how it works… if Dallas losses earlier in the day to Washington, the Eagles (8-6) can wrap up the NFC East title by beating the Bears, if the Cowboys win, then regardless of what the Eagles do Sunday night, the division title will be up for grabs next Sunday in the regular season finale.

 

Six weeks ago, the Eagles were left for almost dead in the division being under .500 and down to their third-string quarterback—but went on a tear winning five straight and thanks in part to Dallas giving away games, Philadelphia now has a chance to claim the NFC East.

 

When asked if he would rest his starters if Dallas wins earlier in the day.. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had this to say…

 

We’re not in a situation where we’ve got to rest anybody,” he said. “We’ve got to play and get back on the winning track. We’ve got to be ready to play winning football.”

 

Philadelphia had won five consecutive games before last week’s surprising 48-30 blowout loss at Minnesota.

 

For the 8-6 Chicago Bears, they have Jay Cutler back and took a one-game lead in the NFC North over Detroit when they Lions lost to Baltimore on Monday night.

 

The Bears scenario is this—they will win the division crown with a victory Sunday night if second-place Green Bay loses to Pittsburgh and Detroit goes down to defeat against the Giants. Now, if only the Lions lose, it will set up a showdown between the Bears and Packers next week for the division title next Sunday.

 

The end result is this—regardless of how the Cowboys, Lions and Packers do earlier in the day, the winner of Sunday night’s matchup will have the edge for a No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs over the other with one week left to go.

 

The only anxiety for me was depending on someone else, so now that we control our own destiny, I’m kind of at ease and really focused on Philadelphia,” receiver Brandon Marshall said. “It actually makes it easier that we’re in this position right now.”

 

Chicago was another team that seemed out of any division hopes after being swept by Detroit this season and Cutler going down with a high ankle sprain, but replacement Josh McCown kept it together going 2-2 for the Bears and the Lions struggling to pull away.

 

Cutler was back in action last Sunday to lead to Bears to a 38-31 win at Cleveland, but many believed McCown should have remained the starter. Cutler struggled early on in the game with two interceptions but finished going 22 of 31 for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

 

The guys rallied behind me,” Cutler said. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was (pressure) with everything on the outside and as well as Josh played. But this was our plan all along and no one really flinched in our building.”

 

With the Eagles secondary having been exposed last week to the tune of 382 yards through the air, look for Cutler to repeat the game plan with 1,000 yard receivers Marshall and Alshon Jeffery at his disposal and with running backs Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett getting it done on the ground, the Eagles will have their hands full to a team that averages an NFC-high 29.0 points per game.

 

Chicago might be one of the most talented offenses we face,” defensive coordinator Bill Davis said.

 

The Eagles will counter with a steady diet of LeSean McCoy who has rushed for 1,343 yards this season and will be facing a Bears rush defense that is an NFL-worst 152.4 yards allowed per game and 5.2 per carry.

 

The Bears are hoping to have linebacker Lance Briggs back in action to help shore up the Bears porous defense after missing the last seven games with a fractured shoulder.

 

Briggs went through a full workout in practice on Friday and is considered a game-time decision according to Trestman…

 

I’m very optimistic,” he said Friday. “Again, he practices for three days. He’s been cleared by the doctors.

 

We’ll see where’s he at. But I wouldn’t want to say that he’s gonna to play, he’s gonna start. I think that’s still 48 hours away.”

 

Briggs or no Briggs, the oddsmakers have made the home Eagles a (minus -3.0) point favorite, but get the latest lines on the game right here at Wonder Punter up until game time.

 

Nick Foles has filled in nicely for the Eagles this season in place of Michael Vick and I look for him to have another big game in prime time on Sunday, but predict a close one.

 

Prediction/Pick: Philadelphia

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Prediction Week 16 Game Preview/Pick- New England vs. Baltimore

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New England Patriots (10-4) @ Baltimore Ravens (8-6) 12/22- 4:25PM EST

 

Line: BAL -2.5

Over/Under: 44.5

 

The defending Super Bowl champions have played themselves back into playoff contention after many thought they were dead in the water just a month ago.

 

The Ravens have rattled off four straight wins and now control their fate in the AFC North and can clinch a postseason berth for the six straight season with a little help from the league.

 

For the visiting New England Patriots, the formula is a lot easier… beat the Ravens and win the AFC East title for a fifth straight year.

 

Baltimore (8-6) will be in search of their fifth straight win and third in a row over the Patriots, whom they beat in the regular-season last year and in the AFC championship.

 

We’re playing our best football right now,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We’re going to have to continue to improve with what we have in front of us down the stretch.”

 

The Ravens offense sputtered once again in last Monday night’s win at Detroit 18-16, but thanks to Justin Tucker’s leg, he connected on six field goals to bail out the offense including the game winner from 61 yards away in the final minute to set a franchise record.

 

Tucker has made 33 straight field goals dating back to a Week 2 miss at Cleveland and owns the NFL’s longest streak since Matt Stover made 36 in a row for the Ravens from 2005-06.

 

What can you say about Justin Tucker?” Harbaugh said. “When we got the ball here, I think at the 45-yard line, I said, ‘Hey, are we kicking this?’ .. He said, ‘I got it.”

 

New England (10-4) will try to earn the AFC East title once again after failing last week in a 24-20 defeat to Miami in which the offense couldn’t punch it in on four plays from the Dolphins 19 yard line with 27 seconds left.

 

We didn’t do a good job in the red area, and didn’t do a good job finishing drives,” Tom Brady said. “We came up on the short end of the stick. It wasn’t a good day. Just couldn’t make enough plays.”

 

Brady will have to rely on heavily on slot receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola with tight end Rob Gronkowski back on injured reserve with a torn ACL and MCL suffered on December 8.

 

Edelman and Amendola combined for 23 catches for 270 yards in last week’s loss. Edelman’s 89 receptions ranks fifth in the league and has helped sparked a passing game over the last six weeks where Brady leads the NFL with 2,225 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions in that span since November 3.

 

While the Patriots are an undefeated 7-0 at home, they have lost four of their last five on the road and with their three road wins against the likes of Buffalo, Atlanta and Houston—all last place teams with a combined 11-31 record, they understand the importance of beating a quality team on the road come Sunday.

 

They’re playing better football now then they were in the beginning of the season,” New England defensive end Rob Ninkovich said.

 

With the Ravens taking care of the ball turning it over only four times during the winning streak and a defense that has not allowed more than 26 points since a Week 1 49-27 loss at Denver, the oddsmakers have made them a (minus -2.5) point favorite at home. With a slim line such as that, it may move, so get the latest spread on the game up until game time right here at Wonder Punter.

 

The Ravens have also figured out their pass protection for Joe Flacco, where he has been brought down a career-high 42 times, but only five of those sacks have come in the last three games.

 

The Patriots have not loss back-to-back games since Weeks 3 and 4 of the 2012 season, but Sunday will be a tough challenge for them to avoid losing two in a row again. This game will be a closely fought battle, but I will give the Ravens a slight edge due to home field and predict Baltimore getting it done to win their fifth straight.

 

Prediction/Pick: Baltimore

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Prediction Week 16 Game Preview/Pick- Arizona vs. Seattle

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Arizona Cardinals (9-5) @ Seattle Seahawks (12-2) 12/22- 4:05PM EST

 

Line: SEA -10.5

Over/Under: 43.0

 

The stakes will be high for both the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon with the Cardinals looking to stay alive for the postseason and the Seahawks looking to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

 

For Seattle, the last time they accomplished that feat of home-field advantage, they reached the Super Bowl. For the Cardinals, a loss would all but knock them out of a playoff berth.

 

The Seahawks (12-2) have to be licking their chops with the possibility of playing the remainder of their games at CenturyLink Field, where they have won 14 regular-season home games since their last loss on December 24th, 2011 to San Francisco.

 

The year was 2005 when the Seahawks made their Super Bowl run in which they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

Here we come this week and there’s nothing new, which is a good thing. We’re going to make the most of what we got,” said coach Pete Carroll, who is striving to clinch his second division title with Seattle and the third of his career.

 

The Seahawks had a field day last week in New York against the Giants, picking off Eli Manning five times in route to a 23-0 shutout win. The Seattle defense was dominating, holding the Giants to just a paltry 181 yards… their season-low.

 

Corners Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell intercepted Manning twice last Sunday and Sherman, who has six INTs this season has shown his defensive might against the Cardinals where he has four interceptions and two fumble recoveries over his last four games against them.

 

All the guys contributed, the linebacker and everyone contributed,” Carroll said, and it’s that same contribution Carroll is looking for again against the Cardinals after the Seahawks sacked Carson Palmer seven times and picked him off twice in a 34-22 road win back in Week 7.

 

Since that home loss, Arizona (9-5) has won six of seven since, with Palmer showcasing a 106.0 passer rating during that stretch… among the best in the NFL.

 

We’re starting to get a lot confidence as a team,” Palmer said.

 

Palmer is 0-1 in Seattle having lost back in 2007 when he was with the Bengals and knows the challenge will be a difficult one on Sunday.

 

Obviously, they’re confident for a reason,” Palmer said. “They’ve won a lot of football games, they’ve won at home, but we’ve been playing well the past couple of months. It’s a big game for them, a big game for us.”

 

The Cardinals have already assured themselves a winning season, their first since 2009, but even they win their remaining games and go 11-5 during the season, they may still be left out of postseason play.

 

The last time we were there, obviously everyone knows what happened,” coach Bruce Arenas said of the Cardinals 58-0 shellacking at Seattle last year. “That wasn’t we, that was another team. So this is our barometer to see where we’re at”

 

Palmer will enter Sunday’s big game a little banged-up as he is nursing a high ankle sprain, but it’s his No. 1 target Larry Fitzgerald who may miss the game after suffering a concussion late in the Cardinals’ 37-34 overtime victory at Tennessee.

 

Fitzgerald is due to undergo one more concussion test before he is cleared to play, but Seattle has done a defensive number on Fitzgerald limiting the All-Pro receiver to just 82 yards on seven receptions over the last three matchups.

 

Throw in Russell Wilson’s undefeated home winning streak, recording a 119.2 passer rating with 29 touchdowns to only six INTs and we can see why the oddsmakers have made the Seahawks a huge (minus 10.5) point favorite at home, but get the latest lines on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Running back Marshawn Lynch will try to find some success on the ground against an Arizona defense that has limited opponents to only 69.4 yards rushing per contest with just two scores in their last seven games.

 

Receiver Percy Harvin is questionable (hip) and cornerback Brandon Browner has been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Browner has been out since week 10 because of the suspension.

 

The Seahawks have beaten the Cardinals five of the last seven times and I expect and predict another victory for a Seattle team that is for real this year.

 

Prediction/Pick: Seattle

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Prediction Week 16 Game Preview/Pick- New Orleans vs. Carolina

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New Orleans Saints (10-4) @ Carolina Panthers (10-4) 12/22- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: CAR -3.0

Over/Under: 46.5

 

For the New Orleans Saints this Sunday, it’s simple… win and they will not only clinch the NFC South, but also the conference’s No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.

 

Problem is, they are not a very good road team, so if they lose the same exact scenario awaits Carolina in Week 17, but this time it will be the Panthers who will have the advantage at home as they will try to avenge their 31-13 blowout loss to the Saints at the Superdome back on December 8th.

 

But, for the Saints (10-4), they were not able to capitalize the following week in St. Louis when they committed three turnovers and fell behind by 24 points and lost 27-16, which knocked them back out of the driver’s seat.

 

The bigger problem is New Orleans is just a bad road team, where they have lost its fourth in five road games and that spells trouble for them come playoff time if they have to open on the road.

 

We know what we are playing for—we’re playing for the divisional championship and the two seed so it doesn’t get any bigger then that for us,” quarterback Drew Brees said. Obviously we understand our deficiencies on the road here the last couple of trips. It is great motivation for us to really hammer down this week, find ways to improve and get better.”

 

With that said, Sunday’s contest may be a make or break game for them, as the Panthers now have the momentum following a 30-20 home win over the New York Jets, but coach Ron Rivera admits his team may have been doing some scoreboard watching.

 

A few too many times, to be honest with you,” Rivera said. “I did get distracted a couple of times. .. I did hear the crowd cheer and when I looked up they showed the (Saints’) score, so that caught my attention.”

 

The Panthers (10-4) with a win will clinch the South and the NFC’s second seed with a win next week at lowly Atlanta or the Saints losing to Tampa Bay in Week 17.

 

If New Orleans can pull off the mild upset, they will lock up the No. 2 seed and will be able to rest some starters for the season-finale. For the Panthers, a loss would be damaging as they would need some help with losses by Arizona and San Francisco. The Cardinals hold the tie-breaker with Carolina by virtue of win over them.

 

Drew Brees lit up the Panthers back in New Orleans with 313 yards and four touchdowns, where he has a 122.5 passer rating, but on the road it’s a different story with a 86.3 passer rating with just a 63.4 completion percentage with seven picks.

 

Those numbers add up to 32.9 points scored at home compared to 18.4 on the road… 27th in the NFL.

 

This is not a ‘show up on Sunday and play’ sport,” tackle Zach Strief said. “So when you go on the field and put that on tape and play like we have on the road it’s absolutely concerning.”

 

With Carolina winning nine of their last ten games and having won six straight at home by an average of 18.7 points, coupled with the Saints road woes, we can see why the oddsmakers have made the Panthers a (minus -3.0) point favorite come Sunday, but remember to get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Look for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to bounce back after a sub-par performance at the Superdome and for Carolina to establish a running game where they have averaged 178.5 yards rushing.

 

In the end, I too like the Panthers to play a complete game and take it to the Saints and when asked if New Orleans was the better team after taking the first meeting, Newton had this to say….

 

Are they better then us? No.”

 

A little extra incentive for the Saints now? Maybe, but I predict the Panthers winning big on Sunday to continue their home dominance and strengthen their playoff position.

 

Prediction/Pick: Carolina

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Prediction Week 16 Game Preview/Pick- Colts vs. Chiefs

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Indianapolis Colts (9-5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) 12/22- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: KC -7.0

Over/Under: 45.0

 

With both teams already having earned postseason berths, the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City still have an outside shot of earning first-round byes in the AFC playoffs.

 

Sunday’s game can also be a preview of an AFC wild-card matchup as these two teams look to strengthen their playoff seedings.

 

Indianapolis is the AFC South champion and with the three division leaders all losing last week in Week 15—Denver, New England and Cincinnati, the Colts could claim a first-round bye by winning the remainder of their games and Baltimore wins their final two games against the Patriots and Bengals.

 

Regardless of what happens with anyone else, we want to win the rest of our games and kind of be catching fire here at the right time going into the playoffs,” left tackle Anthony Castonzo said. “We want to be playing our best ball regardless of what happens with any other team.”

 

For the last six weeks, it’s been a roller coaster ride for the Colts (9-5) who are alternating wins and losses every week and with that lack of consistency, it may cost them come playoff time.

 

Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano says he isn’t too worried about the teams recent play over the last six weeks.

 

I just think these guys are able to move on, win or lose,” Pagano said. “They are able to put the last game behind them, make corrections that you always have and stick to the process. It’s the next game. Stick to the process. Our guys do a great job of that.”

 

The Chiefs (11-3), they were able to snap their three game losing streak with two road wins by a combined 101 points and last week with a big 56-31 rout of the Oakland Raiders on the road.

 

Running back Jamaal Charles ran wild against the Raiders with 195 yards receiving and accounting for five touchdowns to help lock up a playoff spot for the Chiefs.

 

Anytime you can clinch a playoff spot, it’s special,” quarterback Alex Smith said.

 

For Kansas City to win the AFC West and earn a first-round bye, they will need Denver to lose one of their final two games, but if they cannot catch the Broncos, the Chiefs may end a fifth seed in the playoffs and could very well face the Colts in two weeks in Indianapolis.

 

I’ll probably tell you the same thing that I told you when we played Denver, you give it the best shot your first time and then you come back, two weeks later, and give it your best shot then,” coach Andy Reid said of the possibility of facing the Colts twice. “That’s how we’ll approach it.”

 

Expect a heavy dose of Charles this week who leads the AFC in rushing with 1,181 yards and also leads the team with 65 receptions. KC is averaging 5.3 yards per carry the last five weeks and with Colts middle linebacker Pat Angerer lost for the season with a knee injury, expect the Chiefs to take advantage of running the ball.

 

Kansas City is having issues on the defensive side of the ball where they have allowed 47 plays of 20 yards or more– the most in the NFL, so look for the Colts to open it up and go long whenever possible to take advantage of that porous defense.

 

Yeah, we have to cut down on that, Reid said. “Big plays can hurt you, obviously. We’re addressing that and we’ll get it worked out. I wouldn’t get hung up on it, too much now. The final score is what you’re at, that and turnovers.”

 

As are the oddsmakers, who are looking at the final score and have made the Chiefs a big (minus -7.0) point favorite at home, but get the latest spread right here at Wonder Punter up until kickoff.

 

The Chiefs are a plus-21 in the turnover department and have a league-high 35 takeaways. Both teams are tied for the fewest turnovers with only 14 all season long with the Colts doing an excellent job of giving it away only three times in seven road games.

 

I like the way the Chiefs have turned it around after losing three straight and with them at home, I predict the Chiefs winning and avenging last years loss 20-13 to the Colts at Arrowhead.

 

Prediction/Pick: Kansas City

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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Report: NFL amps up quest for minority coaches

 

Lovie Smith is a top minority coaching candidate, according to a new NFL panel. (USATSI)
Lovie Smith is a top group coaching candidate, according to a new NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE panel.(USATSI)

 

Following the 2012 NFL season, the thirty-two teams in the league combined to employ 14 new head coaches plus general managers. Despite the presence from the Rooney Rule, which requires groups to interview at least one minority applicant for a head coaching job, simply no minority coaches were hired.

The NFL does not want that happen to again, therefore the league has assembled a -panel of eight former coaches plus general managers to help identify the very best minority coaching candidates, according toSports Illustrated‘s Philip King. Members of this Career Advancement Advisory panel include Bill Polian, Tony Dungy, Ron Wolf plus John Madden and the group had been asked to put together an inclusive listing of candidates, with a special emphasis on minorities.

With a minumum of one NFL head coaching job currently open in Houston, the screen quickly finalized its list of best minority candidates. According to King, individuals candidates include: former Bears trainer Lovie Smith, Baltimore offensive planner Jim Caldwell, Chicago defensive planner Mel Tucker, Browns defensive planner Ray Horton and Cardinals protective coordinator Todd Bowles.

Any NFL team having a head coaching vacancy will have entry to the list.

The particular panel’s list also includes group candidates from the college ranks such as Louisville coach Charlie Strong plus Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE assistants Hue Jackson (Cincinnati), Winston Moss (Green Bay), Darren Perry (Green Bay), Eric Studesville (Denver) and Karl Dorrell (Houston) had been also listed.

The panel also listed various non-minority candidates. The non-minority listing includes: Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and Bengals offensive planner Jay Gruden.

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Vows legal fight

 

Brandon Browner will be fighting the NFL with all legal resources available. (USATSI)
Brandon Browner will be fighting the particular NFL with all legal resources obtainable.(USATSI)

 

Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner may have lost their appeal, but that doesn’t mean their fight is over. The suspended cornerback released a statement on Wed saying that he ‘disagrees with the circumstances’ of his one-year suspension and can fight the NFL ‘with almost all legal resources available. ‘

Browner’s agent, Philip Schaffer, echoed that sentiment upon Twitter.

CBS Sports activities NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Wednesday that it was most likely that Browner would sue the particular league.

Browner was hit with a one-year suspension system for violating the league’s drug abuse policy on Nov. 25. The particular suspension didn’t start right away although because Browner decided to appeal. At the begining of December, the NFL offered to decrease Browner’s suspension by three months, yet Browner turned that offer down hoping of getting the suspension completely thrown.

Instead, Browner’s appeal was rejected and now their one year suspension will begin right away. Here is the complete text of Browner’s declaration following the announcement of his suspension system on Wednesday.

I want to thank the Seahawks corporation for the incredible opportunity they offered me when they took a chance on a gamer who was out of the NFL and actively playing in the CFL for 4 yrs. I also want to thank all of our teammates, coaches, trainers, staff as well as the 12’s for their support, respect, plus friendship and for helping me develop into the player, father and individual I am today. I have been treated with course by everyone associated with theSeattle Seahawksand for that I feel forever grateful. Although I argue with the circumstances surrounding my activities and I apologize for anything that leads to any unflattering reflections of my loved ones and the Seahawks. I believe in my chasteness and will continue to fight with all lawful resources available to me. Go Hawks!!!

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Richie Icognito rooting for the Dolphins

Even though he is suspended for the rest of this season, safeguard Richie Incognito says he’s rooting for the Miami Dolphins as they create a push for the playoffs.

Richie IncognitoRichie Incognito is rooting intended for his Dolphins teammates to make the playoffs despite being suspended for the rest of the growing season.

Incognito, originally suspended by the group Nov. 3 early in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal, will remain for the NFL’s suspended list with purchase the rest of the season, including the playoffs.

Incognito missed out on 2 game checks ($470, 588) right after agreeing to a compromise with the Dolphins in November when his suspension system was extended with pay. He or she agreed to another extension this week throughout the season.

That will, however , isn’t keeping him through pulling for his teammates.

“I love them, ” Incognito told NFL. possuindo in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I talk to them every single day, so I think that I’m out there with them in nature. I talk to the coaches following the game, the players. ”

The Dolphins (8-6), which beat the AFC East-leading Brand new England Patriots on Sunday, are usually 5-2 since Martin left the particular team on Oct. 28 plus 4-2 without Incognito. They’ll make a wild-card playoff berth when they win their final two online games.

“It has been so much fun watching them win a large game Sunday against a very good department opponent that’s owned the AFC East, ” Incognito said. “I saw a team come together plus play a complete football game plus win a game in December when it issues with playoff implications. ”

Incognito told the web site it’s difficult not being able to help their teammates on the field.

“It’s surreal to be viewing from a distance, but I understand the problem, ” Incognito told NFL. possuindo. “It’s tough to watch – yet it’s also really fun. I’m viewing my brothers out there playing golf ball, and I’m pulling for them. inch

NFL specific investigator Ted Wells has evaluated Incognito, Martin, other players plus coaches and will file a report towards the league.

“I’ve done everything to cooperate, inch Incognito told NFL. com. “I’ve done my part, I’ve informed my side, and that’s it. We told them everything I know : all of the information I’ve got – plus I’m just waiting for the statement. In the meantime, I’m just cheering the guys on. ”

 

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NFL Predictions for week 16

Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) within the first quarter of the 2013 Pro Soccer Hall of Fame game towards the Dallas Cowboys at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit score: Andrew Weber-USA RIGHT THIS MOMENT Sports

The Armchair Quarterback’s Take Of The Week

Extra People Should Be Speaking About Miami Quarterback Ryan Tannehill

NFL followers often hear about all of the promising young quarterbacks in the league today. Andrew Luck is supposedly the second coming of anyone from John Elway to Peyton Manning. Robert Griffin III is meant to be a dynamic new type of QB that mixes great passing accuracy with elite physical instruments. Russell Wilson has taken the NFL by storm after having been handed over by many groups because of his smaller stature. Colin Kaepernick lead the 49ers to the Tremendous Bowl in his first season as a starter. Cam Newton is starting to come into his own and Nick Foles has appeared nice underneath the tutelage of Chip Kelly.

….after which there’s Ryan Tannehill.

My guess is that some of you clicked on this text not even figuring out who the person within the cowl image was. Tannehill may have been taken just a few picks behind Luck and Griffin, however when it comes to hype and publicity Tannehill has been more of a Mr. Irrelevant than future famous person (at the very least for those who don’t follow the Dolphins). However, with Miami’s win over New England final Sunday, the Dolphins are now in prime place to land the ultimate wild card spot and Tannehill deserves plenty of credit for that.

Tannehill’s rookie numbers could not have held up to the other extremely publicized rookie QBs, however in his sophomore season he has closed the hole. Under are the 2013 numbers for Luck, Griffin, Wilson, and Tannehill. Are you aware who’s who?

62.4%, 259.1 YPG, 7.zero YPA, 23 TDs, 14 INTs, 86.6 QB Ranking
58.7%, 235.6 YPG, 6.7 YPA, 21 TDs, 9 INTs, 85.2 QB Ranking
60.1%, 246.four YPG, 7.0 YPA, sixteen TDs, 12 INTs, 82.2 QB Ranking
64.7%, 219.eight YPG, 8.6 YPA, 24 TDs, eight INTs, a hundred and five.zero QB Score

These stats belong to (from high to backside) Tannehill, Luck, Griffin, and Wilson. So in their second NFL season you may make a robust case for Tannehill being the second greatest QB this season behind Russell Wilson. While Wilson deserves each bit of praise he will get, he’s also the QB on this list that has the least quantity of pressure on his passing attack. He has far and away the very best supporting solid with an elite protection and dashing attack. Tannehill (as well as Luck and Griffin) are basically being requested to hold their teams’ offenses on their very young shoulders.

Tannehill’s numbers turn out to be much more impressive while you issue in the absolutely horrendous offensive line play he has had to take care of. Via 14 games he has been sacked an NFL leading 51 instances. That equals about three.6 sacks per sport. Of the opposite sophomore QBs listed above, RGIII is the following closest in times sacked with 38. That’s nearly one entire sack much less per recreation than Tannehill.

Then there is the absolute three ring circus that the Dolphins had to endure with the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito bullying fiasco. That could have easily sent the Dolphins into a tail spin. As a substitute, the crew seems to have pulled collectively and weathered the storm. That’s fairly impressive for a staff lead by a 2nd year QB that didn’t even play QB in college till midway through his junior season.

If anyone is going to try and argue that Tannehill is benefitting from his sturdy supporting cast on offense, I’d such as you to stop and look over the Dolphins roster for a second. Tannehill’s go to WR this season is Brian Hartline and his running recreation is a combination of Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. Mike Wallace is a pleasant deep threat and Charles Clay has developed into a nice pass catching tight end, however these guys aren’t exactly the ninety′s Dallas Cowboys at the ability positions.

Come playoff time, RGIII might be sitting at dwelling and Russell Wilson will likely be chasing a Tremendous Bowl beginning on the back of the most proficient roster within the NFL. Meanwhile, Tannehill (assuming the Dolphins can maintain onto that final playoff spot (have you ever seen Baltimore’s schedule?)) and Andrew Luck will carry the load of their groups’ playoff success on their shoulders. While Luck is basically expected to develop into a Hall Of Famer some day, you may truly make a robust case that in their second seasons Tannehill has achieved simply as much, if not more, to guide his team to the playoffs.

Yet no one is listing him amongst the NFL’s greatest younger QBs.

If Miami does make it into the playoffs and perhaps even wins a recreation I’d guess that the Tannehill bandwagon will start to change into much more crowded. In the meantime, there are plenty of seats accessible and I recommend claiming your seat now.

Now on to this week’s recreation predictions……….

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Bridgewater ‘undecided’ about entering NFL

Louisville jr quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said they are “undecided” whether to return for their senior year and will make the decision pursuing the Cardinals’ bowl game.

“I’ve been hearing each one of these stories that I’ve made a decision — I haven’t made a decision, ” Bridgewater said Monday. “I will speak with my mom and the coaches before making the decision. I’m not leaning in any event. ”

Bridgewater is the No . 1-rated quarterback prospective client by ESPN’s Todd McShay, as well as the No . 8 player overall.

Bridgewater said he is not leaning either way, but accepted he’s been paying close focus on the other quarterbacks that have decided to stay in school or declare early.

He will decide on their future “hopefully three-to-four days after” Louisville’s Russell Athletic Bowl towards Miami on Dec. 28 within Orlando, Fla., when he is “comfortable” with his decision. He is not going to arranged a specific deadline.

“Whenever I feel comfortable after talking about it with my mom, my family plus my coaches, ” he mentioned.

Bridgewater may graduate Thursday with a degree within sports administration. He’s the first person in his family to graduate from university.

“It’s not really a hard decision at all, ” stated Bridgewater, who turned 21 final month. “I know I manage my future and my own future. ”

Bridgewater said he has not yet acquired any discussions about his upcoming with Louisville coach Charlie Solid or offensive coordinator Shawn Watson.

He mentioned the main reason for returning for their senior year would be “playing inside a new conference against better skill and being able to play another season with guys I’ve had excellent relationships with at Louisville. inch

Louisville ways to the ACC next season, after working Bridgewater’s last three years in the United states Athletic Conference and Big Eastern.

Bridgewater’s major reason for declaring early for the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE?

“I may finally say I reached our ultimate goal and it would alter my mom’s life (financially), inch he said. “I can make an effect on my environment, where I actually grew up in Miami, showing there is restrictions what you can reach. That will someone from the same neighborhood makes it out. ”

Bridgewater added that whatever NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE team has the first pick with regard to next year’s draft will not influence his decision. He added that will whenever he leaves college for that NFL, he wants to be able to state, “I was able to leave college a much better person than when I came to university. ”

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NFL Week 15 QB Report

Matt Cassel, Kellen Clemens, and Ryan TannehillUSA AS WE SPEAK Sports activities, Getty PhotosMatt Cassel, left, Kellen Clemens and Ryan Tannehill led their teams to shocking victories Sunday.

Our weekly deep dive into NFL quarterback play. Many due to our associates at ESPN Stats & Information for supplying analysis and information to drive this post. Do not forget that Total QBR runs on a scale of zero-a hundred. The size for traditional passer ranking is zero-158.three.

OF NOTICE

Matt Cassel
Passer rating: 116.6
QBR: 96.3
Analysis: Cassel’s 382 yards had been essentially the most by a Minnesota Vikings quarterback in three years. He was aggressive all through, driving 25 “exterior” passes (defined as outside the numbers). He completed 19 of them for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He also scorched the Philadelphia Eagles’ blitz, finishing 10 of thirteen passes against it for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Finally, he capitalized on his chemistry with receiver Greg Jennings, completing 11 of the 13 passes he targeted him on. Included in that group were three passes thrown no less than 20 yards downfield.

Kellen Clemens
Passer score: 126.7
QBR: 95.7
Analysis: Clemens’ hot start lifted the St. Louis Rams to an early lead they by no means relinquished against the New Orleans Saints. He accomplished seven of eight passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first a number of-landing quarter of his profession. Each scoring passes came towards the Saints’ blitz, and he was not sacked for the primary recreation all season. Prior to Sunday, he had taken a minimum of two sacks in every game he had performed in.

Ben Roethlisberger
Passer score: ninety five.2
QBR: 90.1
Evaluation: Roethlisberger accomplished his first 12 makes an attempt, including seven within the first quarter because the Pittsburgh Steelers took a 21-zero lead against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers performed the quick sport towards the Bengals, and it worked. Roethlisberger tried only two passes that traveled at the least 15 yards downfield. One was intercepted. Of his 191 whole yards, 114 got here after the catch. The Bengals didn’t strain him a lot, however Roethlisberger completed all three of his passes when under duress, together with one for a touchdown.

Ryan Tannehill
Passer score: one hundred twenty.6
QBR: eighty two.2
Analysis: Before Sunday, Tannehill had the NFL’s No. 21 QBR in the fourth quarter. But in the Miami Dolphins’ victory Sunday against the New England Patriots, Tannehill accomplished seven of 11 passes for 2 touchdowns. He had success driving the ball downfield all through the sport, completing 12 of 18 passes for 217 yards and a landing on throws that traveled at the very least 10 yards in the air. Receiver Mike Wallace caught a season-excessive 4 of these 12 completions (in seven targets) for ninety yards.

Cutler

Jay Cutler
Passer score:

102.2

QBR:

eighty four.7

Analysis:

Aside from a number of forced balls toward favored receiver

Brandon Marshall

, Cutler produced an encouraging performance against the

Cleveland Browns

. He missed on seven of 13 passes towards Marshall, two of which were intercepted, but accomplished sixteen of 18 passes to all different receivers. Cutler accomplished all but one in every of his 12 passes on third down, for 151 yards and two scores, and his QBR on third downs this season is 91.5, the second-finest mark in the NFL. Likewise, he continued his good work within the fourth quarter, completing five of seven makes an attempt for two touchdowns. His QBR in the fourth quarter this season is an NFL-high ninety five.2.

Eli Manning
Passer score: 31.9
QBR: 2.1
Analysis: Manning produced his worst single-game QBR since not less than 2006, which his way back to ESPN’s database goes. His five interceptions tied a New York Giants single-sport document, and gave him the franchise career record of 169. He threw eleven passes that traveled more than 10 yards downfield, but only two have been complete and four have been intercepted. His 5.zero yards per attempt on all throws had been a season low. For good measure, he also took three sacks and fumbled twice. (He lost neither.)

ROUNDING OUT THE WEEK

Colin Kaepernick
Passer ranking: 108.8
QBR: ninety three.4
Briefly: Kaepernick accomplished 15 of 21 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ normal strain, better than he usually does in such conditions. Coming into Week thirteen, Kaepernick had thrown extra interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (5) towards four or fewer cross-rushers.

Rivers

Philip Rivers
Passer ranking:

120.zero

QBR:

ninety two.four

Briefly:

Rivers tried 20 passes and threw for 166 yards, each season lows, as the

San Diego Chargers

emphasised their floor game in a road victory towards the

Denver Broncos

. Rivers has more than 20 makes an attempt in 117 of his 126 profession begins.

Alex Smith
Passer ranking: 158.three
QBR: ninety.7
Briefly: Here’s how you avoid the errors involved in doing more than what is necessary: Smith threw five display passes, completing all of them, and 5 play-motion passes Sunday. Of his 287 yards, 217 got here after the catch. He attempted only five passes that traveled greater than five yards downfield.

Carson Palmer
Passer rating: one hundred.eight
QBR: 86.6
Briefly: Palmer prevented a turnover for the second consecutive sport, each of which have been victories for the Arizona Cardinals.

Luck

Andrew Luck
Passer score:

82.eight

QBR:

seventy nine.7

Briefly:

Luck is 20-10 as an NFL starter, the sixth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win in no less than 20 instances in his first two seasons.

Tom Brady
Passer score: eighty five.7
QBR: seventy one.7
Briefly: Brady has played 5 games in his profession at Miami during the months of December or January. He has lost 4 of them.

EJ Manuel
Passer score: one zero five.zero
QBR: seventy one.three
Briefly: Manuel rebounded from a horrid start (two for seven within the first quarter with an interception) to complete 15 of his closing 17 passes towards the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cousins

Kirk Cousins
Passer ranking:

ninety four.8

QBR:

sixty three.four

Briefly:

Cousins’ 381 passing yards have been probably the most by a

Washington Redskins

quarterback since 2010. He threw two interceptions, and general the Redskins dedicated seven turnovers, however it’s worth noting Cousins had the group in place to win in uncommon fashion. Over the past 26 seasons, teams with at the very least seven giveaways are now 1-56.

Peyton Manning
Passer rating: ninety two.four
QBR: 61.5
Briefly: Manning had been clicking on deep passes getting into Thursday night’s game against the Chargers, having completed eight throws that traveled not less than 15 yards downfield in each of his previous two games. He completed one other four such throws (in 5 makes an attempt) within the first quarter, but just one extra (in five makes an attempt) over the ultimate three.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Passer score: 91.3
QBR: 60.zero
Briefly: Fitzpatrick’s 4 touchdown passes tied a career high and doubled his previous excessive this season with the Tennessee Titans.

Nick Foles
Passer rating: 103.5
QBR: fifty nine.four
Briefly: Foles has two interceptions in two games after going 238 passes without one.

Romo

Tony Romo
Passer score:

113.1

QBR:

fifty nine.zero

Briefly:

Romo doubled his season whole of fourth-quarter interceptions by throwing two Sunday. Since 2006, he has thrown an NFL-excessive seven interceptions when his crew is tied or leading by one possession within the fourth quarter or additional time of eventual losses.

Matt Ryan
Passer rating: 86.5
QBR: fifty three.7
Briefly: An interception and a misplaced fumble gives Ryan 18 turnovers this season, tying the profession high he set as a rookie in 2008.

Russell Wilson
Passer rating: 86.3
QBR: 49.1
Briefly: Wilson has began in 23 victories because the begin of the 2012 season, the most by a quarterback over his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era.

Andy Dalton
Passer rating: 86.4
QBR: forty seven.2
Briefly: Dalton attempted a season low three passes that traveled at least 15 yards downfield, completing a season-low certainly one of them.

Matt Flynn
Passer ranking: 80.zero
QBR: 46.8
Briefly: All 4 of Flynn’s landing passes got here when the Dallas Cowboys despatched 4 or fewer go-rushers.

Newton

Newton

Cam Newton
Passer score:

118.9

QBR:

39.6

Briefly:

Newton accomplished seven of 10 passes for 139 yards in opposition to the

New York Jets

‘ blitz. That average of thirteen.9 yards per try towards added stress was the highest of his profession with a minimum of 5 makes an attempt.

Matt McGloin
Passer ranking: fifty seven.1
QBR: 36.5
Briefly: McGloin committed 5 turnovers Sunday after limiting himself to 3 in his earlier 5 video games.

Mike Glennon
Passer score: 75.5
QBR: 35.8
Briefly: Glennon confronted four or fewer move-rushers on 37 of his 38 dropbacks, but was nonetheless sacked 4 occasions by the San Francisco 49ers.

Brees

Drew Brees
Passer score:

80.4

QBR:

35.5

Briefly:

Brees had a tough day towards the St. Louis Rams, throwing extra incompletions (five) than completions (four) on third down. He completed simply two of seven passes that traveled no less than 15 yards downfield, his second-worst completion share on such throws this season. The lowest got here towards the Seahawks (0-for-eight).

Geno Smith
Passer rating: sixty eight.6
QBR: 34.6
Briefly: Smith took four sacks in opposition to the blitz Sunday, and his 25 sacks in such conditions this season is the second-most in the NFL.

Chad Henne
Passer ranking: 73.5
QBR: 30.1
Briefly: Henne took 5 sacks Sunday, despite the fact that he confronted added pressure on 20.5 % of his dropbacks, the fourth-lowest share for all quarterbacks in Week 15.

Jason Campbell
Passer ranking: sixty seven.6
QBR: sixteen.7
Briefly: Campbell threw incomplete on six of seven third-down passes, but three had been dropped.

Case Keenum
Passer score: 42.three
QBR: three.1
Briefly: Two interceptions, 4 sacks and a fumble (not misplaced) led to a season-low QBR. Sunday also brought Keenum’s seventh consecutive sport with a completion proportion below 60.

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2014 NFL Draft order: Texans continue to hold No. 1 pick

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A normal view of the outside of Radio City Music Hall before the 2013 NFL Draft. Necessary Credit: Jerry Lai-USA AT PRESENT Sports activities

A majority of the Week 15 games at the moment are within the books, with just the Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions left to play. With most of the video games over, now we have another look at how the 2013 NFL Draft order will be taking part in out on the end of the season.

Once again, the Houston Texans stay the owners of the No. 1 total decide, while the St. Louis Rams hold choose No. 2 because of their commerce with the Washington Redskins before the 2012 NFL Draft.

After Houston and St. Louis, there is a logjam for the No. 3 choose, so it will be attention-grabbing to see how the order performs out over the ultimate two weeks of the season.

Here is a look at the current NFL Draft order with just one sport left to play at present:

Decide Team File Strength of Schedule
1 HOU 2 – 12 122 – 98
2 STL via WSH three – eleven 113 – 108 – 2
3 JAX four – 10 110 – 111
4 OAK 4 – 10 112 – 110
5 CLE 4 – 10 112 – 103 – 2
6 ATL 4 – 10 123 – 99 – 1
7 TB 4 – 10 128 – ninety four
8 MIN 4 – 9 – 1 114 – 103 – 2
9 BUF 5 – 9 116 – one hundred and five
10 NYG 5 – 9 117 – 104 – 2
11 PIT 5 – 8 104 – 112 – 2
12 TEN 5 – eight one hundred ten – 112
13 NYJ 6 – 8 108 – 112
14 STL 6 – 8 123 – ninety eight
15 DAL 7 – 7 107 – 114 – 2
16 SD 7 – 7 112 – 110
17 GB 7 – 6 – 1 a hundred – 117 – 2
18 DET 7 – 6 98 – 118 – four
19 BAL 7 – 6 104 – 113 – 2
20 ARI 8 – 5 119 – 103
21 MIA eight – 6 111 – one hundred ten
22 SF 10 – four 110 – 110 – 1
23 AUTOMOTIVE 10 – 4 110 – 112 – 1
24 KC eleven – 3 ninety six – 127
25 CHI eight – 6 100 – 115 – four
26 CLE by way of IND 9 – 5 108 – 112
27 PHI 8 – 6 one hundred and one – 119 – 2
28 CIN 9 – 4 103 – 114 – 2
29 NE 10 – 4 104 – 117
30 NO 10 – four 116 – 107
31 DEN eleven – 3 104 – 118
32 SEA 12 – 2 one zero five – a hundred and fifteen – 1

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NFL Prediction Week 15 Monday Night Preview/Pick- Ravens vs. Lions

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Baltimore Ravens (7-6) @ Detroit Lions (7-6) 12/16- 8:30PM EST

 

Line: DET -6.0

Over/Under: 48.0

 

Monday night’s matchup will feature two football in the thick of the playoff race, but it’s the visiting Baltimore Ravens who have done what it takes to assure themselves a postseason berth.

 

The Ravens (7-6) currently holds the final wild-card spot in the AFC with the tie-breaker over the Miami Dolphins and a one-game lead over the Chargers and New York Jets.

 

Although, the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens are surging at just the right time, their road-woes continue and will look to change that on Monday night while handing the Detroit Lions another blow in the NFC North race.

 

Baltimore escaped with a wild one last Sunday against the Vikings 29-26 when the teams combined for 36 points in the final 2:05, with the Ravens scoring 22, including the game winner when Joe Flacco tossed a 9-yard pass to Marlon Brown with four seconds left on the clock to win it.

 

The Ravens go into Monday night, winners of three straight, but are only 1-5 on the road this season so far and are two games behind the North leading Cincinnati Bengals who play Sunday night at Pittsburgh.

 

I think we’ve won the close games at home and we haven’t won them on the road. That’s the bottom line,” coach John Harbaugh said. ‘We’ve done the things we needed to do to win tight games at home and we haven’t done the things we’ve needed to do on the road. It’s us.”

 

Detroit (7-6) can’t seem to get it together… home or away, as they have dropped three of their last four after they appeared to take control of the NFC North with a big Thanksgiving win over Green Bay 40-10.

 

The Lions inability to close out games became evident last week at Philadelphia where they gave up 28 points in the final 15 minutes in a 34-20 loss to the Eagles, a loss that dropped the Lions into a tie with Chicago in the division. Detroit does hold the tiebreaker over the Bears thanks to a season sweep as they search for their first North title since 1993.

 

We’ll just take this slap in the face and hope it wakes us up,” cornerback Chris Houston said. “We have two straight home games and we have to go get them. We can’t get down on ourselves. We are still in a good position in our division. I think we like when our backs are against the wall.”

 

One problem that points to why the Lions are losing is turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, where they have given the ball away 20 times in their last six games, including a combined five giveaways in the final quarters of their last three losses.

 

It’s tough to win football games when you turn the ball over,” said quarterback Matthew Stafford, who in his last four games has seven interceptions and two fumbles. “We know that. We’re doing everything that we can to correct it.”

 

Baltimore has to be feeling good about themselves and maybe peaking at the right time, as they will have back in action sacks-leader Elvis Dumervil after a one-game absence due to a sprained ankle.

 

We’re starting to get healthier. We’re starting to put it together as a team,” Flacco said. “We just need to start putting it together for a full 60 minutes and see where it takes us.”

 

The game will have some controversy come Monday night and some extra motivation for the Lions after Baltimore rookie safety Matt Elam called All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson “old” following some initial complaints.

 

He’s pretty old, so I don’t know how physical he’ll be,” Elam said. “He’s a big guy, but he’s older. I guess when they get older they’re not going to be as physical, you know what I’m saying? We’re going to have to be physical, make him uncomfortable.”

 

Not a smart thing to say about one of the NFL’s premier receivers still, and with that the oddsmakers believe that will give the Lions the extra motivation to shut them up making them a big (minus -6.0) at home. With game time still a couple days away, get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

If Detroit running back Reggie Bush is able to return to action following a calf injury, I like their chances and will predict the Lions winning in a close one with Calvin Johnson having a big game.

 

I feel good,” Bush said.

 

Prediction/Pick: Detroit

 

 

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NFL Prediction Week 15 Sunday Night Preview- Bengals vs. Steelers

 

Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8) 12/15- 8:30PM EST

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Line: CIN -1.5

Over/Under: 41.5

 

The Cincinnati Bengals will travel into Heinz Field on Sunday night with a chance to earn it’s third consecutive postseason berth.. a first for them in the team’s 46-year history.

 

The scenario is simple for the Bengals…. a win Sunday against the Steelers and a loss or tie by either the Ravens or Dolphins and Cincy is in the playoffs. If the Bengals win and Baltimore losses or ties, the NFC North title is theirs.

 

We’re on a roll,” linebacker Ray Maualuga said. “At the beginning of the year, we had three goals. We wanted to be undefeated at home, win the AFC North and eventually be world champions.”

 

But, first things first for the Bengals (9-4) and that’s winning in prime time on Sunday in Pittsburgh in hopes of extending their three game win streak that saw them beat the Browns and Colts by a combined 83-48 score, then use their defense to win at San Diego 17-10.

 

Much of the success for the Bengals has been a combination of a formidable pass rush defense and the offense play of quarterback Andy Dalton and the running backs. Dalton is currently enjoying the highest passer rating of his career—although it’s still a modest 87.7.

 

On the ground, the running back duo of BenJarvis Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard have combined for 1,282 yards with 10 touchdowns. Cincinnati is tied for ninth in the NFL with 25.7 points scored per game.

 

Pittsburgh (5-8) has had trouble protecting Ben Roethlisberger all year long due to various injuries along the offensive line and with the pass rushing abilities the Bengals posses, it may be a long night once again for the Pittsburgh O-line.

 

Big Ben’” has been sacked 39 times this season… tied for third in the league. Cincinnati got to him twice back on Sept 16 in a 20-10 home win.

 

We didn’t win the first game against these guys,” said Pittsburgh receiver Jerricho Cotchery. We are going to be up for the challenge. Guys are going to be ready to play.”

 

After a pair of close losses, the Steelers understand any chance of making the playoffs is pretty much over, but with a chance to play spoiler, Pittsburgh insists they’ll be ready to play.

 

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says the team is “putting together a plan that is geared toward defeating the Cincinnati Bengals.”

 

Ready or not, the oddsmakers have made the Bengals a slim (minus -1.5) point favorite on the road as they look to strengthen their position for the playoffs. With a close spread for Sunday’s contest, get the latest lines in the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

With a two-game lead in the division over Baltimore and a first-round berth within their reach, I predict the Bengals will be ready and see them leaving Pittsburgh with a big road win.

 

We’ve just got to take care of our business and we’ll be alright,” Bengals cornerback Adam Jones said. ”If we just win out we’ll be OK. That’s all we’ve got to do: win out and everything will take care of itself.”

 

I agree… prediction Bengals.

 

Prediction/Pick: Cincinnati

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL: Refs wrongly awarded Cincy a TD vs. Colts

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis was wrongly awarded a touchdown against the Colts. (USATSI)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis was wrongly granted a touchdown against the Colts.(USATSI)

 

For the second 7 days in a row, referee Jeff Triplette finds himself on the wrong aspect of a controversial call. In the Bengals 42-28 win over Indianapolis on Weekend, the NFL confirmed that Triplette reversed a call on the field which he shouldn't have reversed.

On a fourth-and-goal play in the one-yard line, Bengals running back again BenJarvus Green-Ellis looked to have already been tripped up by Indy's Josh Chapman before he reached the particular goal line. Green-Ellis was dominated down at the 1-yard line. You can view the play below.

Since the tackle came on 4th down, possession should have gone to the particular Colts. However , Green-Ellis' run had been reviewed, and Triplette reversed the phone call, giving the Bengals a landing and a 14-0 lead. Triplette's description was that Green-Ellis was never handled, so it didn't matter that he tripped and fell into the end area because he was never down.

After the game, Triplette was asked if he believed Chapman might have caused Green-Ellis in order to trip in the backfield, "I how to start about that, " he said. "There was nobody that touched your pet at the goal line. "

Based on his postgame answers, it seems Triplette only viewed the goal line and did not look in the backfield to see whether Chapman might have caused Green-Ellis in order to fall.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE VP of officiating Dean Blandino said on Tuesday that Triplette made the wrong call. Blandino states that there wasn't enough evidence in order to rule either way, so the call on area should have stood. Officials originally dominated that Green-Ellis was down simply by contact before reaching the objective line. "

"No, it wasn't the correct contact, " Blandino told NFL System, via NFL. com. "There had not been enough evidence to overturn the particular ruling on the field. "

Blandino made it obvious that an official needs "indisputable visible evidence" to overturn a contact and Triplette didn't have that will on Green-Ellis' run.

"That's the standard. When we take a look at these angles, it's close, inch Blandino said. "Don't think really definitive either way. And when it's not defined either way, that means the call on the industry should stand. So we made an error here. This should not have been overturned. "

Triplette also blew a call in 7 days 13 when his officiating team botched a sequence near the end from the Giants 24-17 win over the Redskins. After a 4-yard gain should have provided the Redskins a third-and-1, the official told coach Mike Shanahan it turned out first down and the chain team moved into first-down position. The only issue is that it wasn't first down, it had been third down.

The NFL acknowledged last week the officiating crew made a mistake for the reason that game.

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Study: Hits to the head still prevalent in NFL

Almost once a game, a good NFL player absorbs an unlawful blow to the head or throat that could put his career — or worse – at risk.

The NFL continues to be trying to prevent such blows in the last four years, targeting improper method and making a point to penalize plus fine players for hits that will leave them and their competitors vulnerable. Yet an Associated Push review of penalties through the first eleven weeks of the season found all those hits are still prevalent.

The AP reviewed 549 penalties, 491 of which fell beneath the category of major infractions: unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct, facemasking and roughing the quarterback.

Of the penalties charted over the very first 162 games of the season, the particular AP identified 156 involving connection with the head and neck – the average of962 per game. Of those, 37 were for head-wrenching face face masks, 25 were for horse dog collars and 93 were for strikes to the head. Quarterbacks (40) plus receivers (38) shared the brunts of those hits almost equally, along with players at other positions taking in the other 15 blows.

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A study of penalties through the 1st 11 weeks of the season discovered that hits to the head continue to be a problem in the NFL.

 

The figures can be interpreted a variety of ways.

The league dropped comment, though it made the statement of sorts in the offseason when it decided against the 5 percent walk in minimum fines, as permitted for in the union contract, right after determining players were adjusting towards the rules.

The sentiment among the players the AP spoke to on offense is that they appreciate all the NFL has been doing to protect them. But , in the words and phrases of Titans running back Philip Johnson, they know that "sometimes you simply can't control where you hit someone. "

Protective players acknowledged they have to do their own part to make the game safer.

"The face mask, which is going to happen. The pass interference, those techniques are going to happen. The stupid fouls, hitting the quarterbacks late and carrying out all the other stuff we've done, we need to eliminate it, " said Titans protection Bernard Pollard, who has been fined $62, 000 this season.

But the defenders also reiterated a long-held belief that they're kept to a different standard than their unpleasant counterparts.

"No doubt, " Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said. "Guys are still obtaining penalized for clean shots, obtaining fined for clean shots, plus there's no other explanation to it. Much like they're holding us accountable for looking to make that right hit, they have perhaps to hold themselves accountable for making the proper calls on the field, and producing the right decision on who in order to fine and how much to good. "

Faithful to the defenders' complaints, the AP review tallied 224 major infractions against the defense and only 69 heading against the offense.

Similarly, penalties for low strikes, which many thought would increase when defenders were forced to concentrate away from the head and neck, had been relatively low – only thirty-five. That number included illegal cuts, cut and peelback blocks against the criminal offense for hits on defenders — penalties the defensive players claim are called far too rarely and put their particular careers at as much risk because the above-the-shoulder hits.

"The way offenses are actively playing now and the way running shells block now, I think it's nearly every play, " Broncos defensive deal with Terrance Knighton said when questioned how often a defensive player's hip and legs get targeted.

New England tight end Take advantage of Gronkowski's season ended abruptly Weekend with a knee injury when this individual took a low hit from Cleveland safety T. J. Ward. Simply no penalty was called. Ward mentioned he knows he can't opt for the high hit.

"But we have to play this sport, " Ward said. "We need to play it the way that they pressure us to, and unfortunately, this incurred an injury for him. inch

Of the thirty-five penalties for low hits, ten came against the defense for strikes to quarterbacks. The league's tendency for protecting the passer proceeds at almost every spot on the field. On the first 11 weeks, there were thirty-two flags for infractions against quarterbacks that didn't involve hits towards the head or legs – for instance , a late hit on a slipping quarterback.

The particular league still makes a big sprinkle out of suspensions and fines accessed under the umbrella of protecting gamers. Ndamukong Suh, a multiple culprit, got a $100, 000 good – largest in league background for on-field conduct – with regard to his Week 2 low prevent on John Sullivan of the Vikings during an interception return.

More recently, Titans protection Michael Griffin served a one-game suspension for a low hit upon Oakland tight end Mychal Rivera. When he asked what can have done differently, Griffin said the league official "told me there is clear black-and-white answer. "

"You have to begin thinking about how you're going to hit the particular guy when you get there, " Giants coach Mike Munchak said. "I think it's very, very hard, very difficult. It will be is necessary. I think it has helped the overall game in that way. But I think you've got to be cautious in how theseare usually fined and things like that in the years ahead. "

No matter the message, the league appears pleased with the way players are adjusting towards the rules, given its decision to not raise fine amounts.

Total fines issued with the NFL have declined by thirty-two percent from 2009 to this year (668 to 451) and also reduced 4. 5 percent between 2011 plus 2012 (472 to 451). Penalties for illegal hits on quarterbacks have declined 46. 4 % since 2009 (114 to 61).

All of which factors to a safer game – yet a game that nevertheless, on average, places at least one player in jeopardy in every video game at every stadium every Thursday, Weekend and Monday.

"It's a warrior game, inch said Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, on injured reserve right after suffering a dislocated hip on the play in which four players obstructed him both high and low. "You're likely to have collisions. You're going to have individuals injuries. You just try to do the greatest you can with them and play inside the rules they set. "

 

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NFL Prediction Week 15 Thursday Night Game Preview/Pick

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NFL Free Pick and Prediction, Lines & Odds Chargers vs. Broncos

San Diego Chargers (6-7) @ Denver Broncos (11-2) 12/12- 8:25PM EST

 

Line: DEN -10.0

Over/Under: 55.5

 

The San Diego Chargers, who’s slim playoff hopes hang in the balance will have their hands full on Thursday night trying to contain a Denver Broncos team that is putting up big numbers in recent weeks.

 

Denver (11-2) already in the driver’s seat in the AFC West after clinching a playoff spot look to continue their offensive surge where their 1,086 offensive yards in the last two weeks has been their best two-game stretch of the late season, with no signs of letting up.

 

The Peyton Manning lead offense put up a season-high 551 yards against a respectable Tennessee Titans defense in last Sunday’s 51-28 win and securing a playoff spot going into Week 15 doesn’t change the teams mindset.

 

I guess you have some security but our job is not finished- winning this division is number one and winning this conference is number two,” wide receiver Eric Decker said. “And we have to make sure that we get better as team as a whole. We have a big goal and expectations for this year and that’s just one week at a time and grinding away.”

 

Manning has been on fire the last two weeks throwing for 800 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions and his 39 completions against Tennessee set a team record. Manning has 45 touchdowns on the season, which is five shy of matching Tom Brady’s single-season set back in the 2007 season.

 

It’s safe to say Manning will recapture his record this season that he originally set with 49 back with the Colts in 2004, but he may be without one his top targets, Wes Walker, who suffered his second concussion in the last four games.

 

Welker is listed as doubtful, but with plenty of weapons at his disposal, who now have four players with at least 10 touchdowns (an NFL record), don’t expect the Broncos to miss a beat the rest of the way.

 

Tight end Julius Thomas (11 TDs) says… “All year, we’ve been talking about how dynamic our entire offense is. There are guys that maybe hadn’t been getting as many touches in the beginning of the season. Now, they’re going out there and they’re showing everybody what they can do.”

 

So, with a hot offense that now seems to be hitting on all cylinders, the Chargers (6-7) realize the task on-hand in Mile High and understand they must play error-free the rest of the way to have any chance for postseason play.

 

I can’t wait,” linebacker Jarrett Johnson said. “It’s going to be a great challenge. As a competitor and an athlete in the NFL, these are the opportunities you want. We worked ourselves into a hole and we have to depend on other people, but the only thing we’re focusing on is what we can control, and right now that’s Denver.”

 

And focused they better be, as the oddsmakers have made the Broncos a big (minus) -10.0 favorite at home. Get the latest lines here at Wonder Punter up until kick off.

 

Despite the spread, the Chargers are feeling good and confidence is high after their big 23-point win over the Giants and hope to continue in the right direction.

 

That is one of our better all-around games,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy said.

 

The Broncos enter Thursday night having defeated the Chargers four-straight times, including a 28-20 win back in San Diego on November 10 and predict another win for the Broncos over the Chargers.

 

Too much Broncos offense.

 

Prediction/Pick: Denver

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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NFL Week 14 schedule 2013

Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; A detailed view of the pylon with the army tribute logo through the recreation between the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Necessary Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports activities

It’s time for another full Sunday of NFL motion, as we gear up for the final few weeks of the regular season and keep an eye on the divisional and Wild Card races. It'll be attention-grabbing to see how all the things plays out and what groups find themselves in one of the best position after the day involves an finish, so we now have all of the data you will have to know.

On top of the total TV schedule for Week 14, you will discover out who will probably be within the broadcast booth when your staff takes the field.

When and the place are you able to catch the motion and who will probably be calling your favourite crew’s sport? Right here is all the info you will need to know in order to enjoy the motion — hopefully you'll not need to look at the sport on mute:

SUNDAY, DEC. 08
RECREATION TIME TELEVISION ANNOUNCERS
Minnesota at Baltimore 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Kansas City at Washington 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Buffalo at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm CBS Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein
Miami at Pittsburgh 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Detroit at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath
Oakland at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Wealthy Gannon
Indianapolis at Cincinnati 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Cleveland at New England 1:00 pm CBS Invoice Macatee, Steve Tasker
Atlanta at Inexperienced Bay 1:00 pm FOX Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Tennessee at Denver four:05 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
St. Louis at Arizona 4:25 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
Seattle at San Francisco four:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
N.Y. Giants at San Diego 4:25 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Carolina at New Orleans 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, DEC. 09
RECREATION TIME TELEVISION ANNOUNCERS
Dallas at Chicago eight:forty pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

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