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Giants-Texans
The more I think about it, I like the Texans with the points (13). The Giants have to guard against looking ahead to the Bears on November 12, they're missing Osi Umenyiora and probably Sam Madison (and Houston's passing game isn't bad), and offensively, they might be without Plaxico Burress. The Giants should win, but I don't see it being easy.

Posted by Chris Liss at 11/3/2006 6:25:00 PM
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LJ impersonates Herm Edwards...
There's a video clip on the team's website. "Play to win" ect...good stuff...

Posted by Mike D. at 11/1/2006 9:45:00 AM
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Colts: 7-0 with the world's worst run D...
the Colts are #3 in passing yards allowed per game, but dead last against the run with 167.9 yards per game...as great as Manning is playing, that's not gonna get it done in DEC/JAN...if the Colts don't win the big one this year, this will be why...

Posted by Mike D. at 11/1/2006 8:44:00 AM
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Jon Gruden: Still A Genius?
After the Buccaneers' 17-3 loss to the Giants in the Meadowlands in Week 8, the hot topic of the week in Buc Nation was Jon Gruden's play calling. With the Bucs down two touchdowns early in the second quarter and the wind (gusting up to 30 mph) at the Bucs' back, Gruden decided to abandon the run in the second quarter in an attempt to get back in the game via the pass with the wind at his back. At halftime, he decided to follow the same course, opting to have the wind at his back in the third quarter. The end result? On a windy day where you'd think teams would focus on running the ball (and Cadillac Williams had averaged 95 yards a game over the past three weeks), Tampa Bay had a 25-play streak over quarters two and three where they ran the ball exactly once. Now, in his day-after presscon, Gruden offered the defense that the Giants appeared soft on pass defense at times in the second quarter, and that his unorthodox strategy would have gotten the Bucs back in the game had his receivers just hung on the ball at times. So ... was this a master stroke by Gruden that went awry due to poor execution, or was the genius too smart for his own good on Sunday?

Posted by Gus Papadopoulos at 11/1/2006 6:39:00 AM
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Who's the Fourth Best Team in the NFL?
Through eight weeks, I don't think there's too much debate about the league's best three teams: the Bears, Colts and Pats have the best records, and they also have the most credibility - the Bears with that defense and the Colts and Pats with their future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks. But who's No. 4? And would you rather take the Big-3 or the field in an even-money bet on the Super Bowl winner?

Posted by Chris Liss at 10/31/2006 11:08:00 PM
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Cardinals Rushing Leinart?
There have been some good moments and bad moments for Matt Leinart in his first month as Arizona's starting quarterback. He has lost all four games, but has looked capable under center and dropped two games by a field goal or less. My big question is whether or not Arizona is rushing Leinart's development.

My answer is yes. Leinart missed most of training camp due to a contract holdout and was expected to serve as the Cardinals' second or maybe even third QB during the regular season. Head coach Dennis Green firmly placed his faith in starting quarterback Kurt Warner and said that he hoped that Leinart could serve as a backup all year. That lasted just three-and-a-half games, until Warner's fumbling problems cost him his starting job.

It seems like Leinart's trial by fire could be counter-productive. He has been sacked 13 times in four-plus games and has been picked off five times. Yes, he does have five touchdowns, but he has essentially been hung out to dry without a good offensive line, any kind of successful running game and Pro Bowl-caliber receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has missed the last three weeks with a pulled right hamstring.

I think that Eli Manning's rookie season is a good benchmark for Leinart, and not only because both players replaced Warner in midseason. Both are expected to be their respective franchises' long-term answers at quarterback. The Giants, however, were much more cautious with Manning than the Cardinals have been with Leinart. Manning only attempted 22 passes per game as a rookie, while Leinart is throwing 31 tosses per contest. Manning was sacked the same number of times in nine games that Leinart has been sacked in five. Plus, Manning had a much more successful running game than Leinart does. All of this makes me believe that, while Leinart is getting some important experience, it is too much, too soon. There is a very real chance that he could get hurt behind Arizona's poor offensive line, and how much can a quarterback learn when he is constantly on the run?

Posted by Ted Rossman at 10/31/2006 3:12:00 PM

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Belichick's sweatshirt...
gets top billing from MNF analysts...and those scary dolls...? at least they did give Brady some props in between the nonsense...

Posted by Mike D. at 10/31/2006 1:13:00 PM
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Tuna opens up kissing booth...
what's worse? Getting chewed out by an angry Parcells or getting wet ones planted on you from a giddy Tuna? Anyway, good to see Parcells having some fun...he looked real down after the Giants' debacle...

Posted by Mike D. at 10/31/2006 1:10:00 PM
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Where are they now?
Where are all the Michael Vick naysayers that were out in full force two weeks ago? Was that Matt Schaub playing QB the last two weeks? I am happy to see the NFL's most electric quarterback coming into his own. Coincidentally, his play has improved as Ashley Lelie has become comfortable in the offense. While Crumpler is still his #1 target, he finally has a receiver that can expose one on one coverage when safeties double Crumpler. People have complained about Vick for years because he forces balls, but when you don't have receivers who can create, you end up having to force the ball.

Posted by Eddie Huang at 10/29/2006 7:20:00 PM
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Was Baker in or out?
What a horrible call and job by the officials in the Jets game. First of all, what a great one-handed grab by Baker, who looked like he was going to land inbounds after catching the ball. Baker was knocked out bounds and held the ball with the officials did not immediately make a call. Then, by referee Mike Carey saying Baker could not have made the catch in bounds, rather than saying he was out of bounds, it becomes a judgment call, and the play is not reviewable under the NFL's instant replay system. Nice job guys, way to prevent me from possibly advancing in a survivor pool and the Jets from having a shot at pulling out a win while most likely costing them a playoff berth.

Posted by Jan Levine at 10/29/2006 5:42:00 PM
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