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NFL Notes
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 9/30/2008 7:38:00 PM
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If the Browns and Bengals can’t get their offenses going against each other, it’s officially going to be a long season for both. Brady Quinn must really not impress during practice, or he would’ve been in that football game Sunday…Chris Perry is about to fumble his way out of a job. Cedric Benson is horrible, but since all other backs are hurt, and Perry is injury-prone, I guess he’s worth a look in fantasy leagues. And bravo Cincy, at least the franchise no longer even hides the fact character means little to them. When is Rae Carruth due for parole?...The next time I hear someone make a joke using the name Houshmandzadeh, I’m going to defenestrate him…If you own Jamal Lewis and can get Steve Slaton for him, consider yourself lucky.

So that’s why I drafted Matt Schaub in so many leagues. Not a great sign for Houston that he got 7.7 YPA with zero sacks and turnovers yet still lost, but still, this offense should get on a roll with four upcoming home games against soft defenses. Especially once someone tells Andre Johnson the season has started…Maybe age and all that mileage has finally caught up to Fred Taylor, who has averaged just 3.6 YPC this season…I’m fully onboard the Steve Slaton hype machine.

Muhsin Muhammad has a lot more left in the tank than I expected, and his familiarity with Jake Delhomme and the Carolina offense has paid off. He’s also an exceptional blocker…Rookie quarterback and all, Roddy White is going to have another good season…Michael Turner has been about as boom-or-bust as you can get so far, with opponent the clear reason why. Part of the problem is that he offers nothing in the passing game, so tough run defenses are going to remain a problem. Still, he’s going to be just fine long-term.

This Denver defense isn’t just bad, it’s awful. The line couldn’t generate any pressure even after LT Branden Albert left an already suspect Chiefs O-line. That said, I’ll eat some crow regarding Larry Johnson, as that’s two straight big games…He may be a horrible blocker, but Tony Scheffler simply has to be targeted more than two times…Jay Cutler is on pace to throw for 5,100 yards, which would top Dan Marino’s all-time record (5,084 yards).

Of the 49ers’ NFL-high 19 sacks allowed, only three have come on third down. Mike Martz deserves plenty of the blame, but J.T. O’Sullivan often holds onto the ball far, far too long…When you consider his teammates, Drew Brees has a pretty good case as the league’s MVP right now. For someone who supposedly lacks arm strength, he sure does throw a pretty deep ball…Not sure Vernon Davis can even be treated like a top-15 fantasy tight end at this point…I for one wrote Deuce McAllister off for dead, but since Reggie Bush can’t run between the tackles and Pierre Thomas was only decent and struggled in short-yardage situations, it looks like McAllister is going to be given every opportunity to be fantasy relevant again. Don’t expect any explosiveness, but there figures to be plenty of scoring chances.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Jets and Cardinals combined for 91 points Sunday…I’m glad I avoided Thomas Jones like the plague in fantasy drafts, because if that’s all he can muster playing at home against Arizona and with the benefit of a big lead, there’s not much room for optimism…Brett Favre sure does know how to run a playaction…The Anquan Boldin hit was just brutal.

Part of the problem with choosing Aaron Rodgers over Brett Favre wasn’t just comparing the two of them, it was the real downgrade in depth. If Rodgers can’t return from this shoulder sprain, the team is in big trouble, especially with all those injuries on the defensive side…Jon Gruden, please get Earnest Graham more touches…Not sure what to make of Ryan Grant, as he wasn’t even on the injury report last week, so the hamstring issue can’t be blamed. The problem with him is that he doesn’t counter a poor YPC mark with any receptions. Still, he’s more of a buy-low than someone to panic about.

Will someone, anyone please try to explain to me why Brad Childress punted down 13 points with 2 minutes left, which just led to three straight kneel downs by Kerry Collins? He didn’t want to hurt the fragile psyche of Tarvaris Jackson? He didn’t want to win? He is an idiot?...One gets the feeling we’ll be seeing more Chris Johnson and less LenDale White as the season progresses…Adrian Peterson owners still need to have Chester Taylor for insurance, but it sure is nice to see how irrelevant he’s become.

The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for Darren McFadden. Painkilling shots before the game only delay the recovery from turf toe injuries, and he was clearly hobbled while trying to fight through it. Tough break he suffered the injury while the opportunity was there with Justin Fargas sidelined…Chris Chambers’ 33 percent catch rate is embarrassing…The Al Davis news conference was absolutely fascinating. Must-see TV to be sure. Things we learned about Davis: he’s lucid, emotional, paranoid and quite possibly the scariest human being alive, especially in HD. I fear for Chris Mortensen’s life.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Marshawn Lynch, but Fred Jackson needs to see 10 touches a game…I can fully understand the new regime going back to Marc Bulger, and the INT returned for a TD (“pick-six” needs to stop) was egregious, but Trent Green’s 7.4 YPA and two sacks taken were an improvement. I’m just saying.

I’m shocked by how well this Redskins team has been playing. The secondary has been nothing short of fantastic…If anyone should be complaining Terrell Owens, it’s Marion Barber…Jason Campbell has been one of the most pleasant surprises of 2008…Another week, another upgrade. Only health stands in the way of Santana Moss finishing as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver this season.

Kyle Orton has been a popular add this week, but I don’t buy it…No matter what he makes, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is underpaid…Forget the mistakes, Philadelphia hit a home run with the DeSean Jackson pick…Because he racks up tackles to go along with the sacks, Trent Cole is an IDP beast…David Akers remains accurate inside 40 yards, but he’s not beyond that. This is clear. If the ball is anywhere on the opponents’ 24-35 yard-line, the team should consider it four down territory.

What a sloppy, ugly game that was Monday night, although both defenses deserve credit. Especially Baltimore’s unit, which looks like the best in football. Those linebackers are out of control…Did everyone enjoy the Rashard Mendenhall era as much as I did?...Joe Flacco (pronounced multiple different ways by the crack MNF team) sure does look like a future star. I’m really surprised how good he looks so soon. This Ravens team is no joke…What was up with that overtime coin toss? The coin never flipped once!...And now, because the Steelers were my survivor pick this week, I’m off to go have a heart attack.


I don't understand why RCrennel would spend the week saying that Quinn would play if Anderson struggled, then leave Quinn on the bench even as Anderson was playing terribly through three quarters. Almost seems like Crennel was making an idle threat to motivate Anderson.

Re. Brees, his situation isn't much different than Hasselbeck's (re. injuries to his receivers), but unlike Hasselbeck, Brees hasn't missed a beat.

I absolutely love Fred Jackson. When he catches the ball out of the backfield, the first guy NEVER tackles him. He's a poor man's Brian Westbrook, just without the touches.
Posted by MPStopa at 9/30/2008 8:23:00 PM
I was somewhat surprised the Eagles took Jackson in the draft. From what I've read he has the mental mold of a young T.O., the fumble on the 1 vs. Dallas is proof. Thou who forgets history...
Posted by kevinccp at 10/1/2008 4:20:00 AM
For the record, Kimbo Slice knocks Shamrock out in less than 1 minute into the first round. Shamrock's an old man (44) who's lost has last five fights IN THE FIRST ROUND. I wonder if Elite will ever put a real opponent against the hype machine.
Posted by kevinccp at 10/1/2008 4:32:00 AM
Didn't realize Shamrock was that bad lately, but I knew it was supposedly yet another setup for a Kimbo easy win. I'll be watching.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 10/1/2008 7:08:00 AM
DDD - great points as usual. I know J. Campbell is getting a lot of love, but what are your thoughts about C. Portis? He runs hard, still has a burst and is a hell of a blocker. If Campbell continues his progress, Portis will have solid numbers. Your thoughts?
Posted by lzeis24 at 10/1/2008 7:41:00 AM
Tennesse defense belongs in the best defense discussion. As a matter of fact they get my vote.

Consider Baltimore's defense though they look good, played against the worst Pittsburgh offensive line in my lifetime, which is at least 30 years.
Posted by 25 ALIVE at 10/1/2008 7:54:00 AM
That coin flip was bogus. (If you didn't see it, it's on YouTube.) The coin clearly does not flip. This was exactly my objection when the NFL some years back decided that heads or tails would be called *before* the flip. The whole point of calling it *during* the flip is to ensure the flip is impartial -- the ref can't affect the outcome once the coin is in the air. Calling it *before* the flip opens up the possibility of shenanigans. But no one seemed to care at that time. I wish Baltimore would have won just so this might have become an issue.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 10/1/2008 8:02:00 AM
Starting a rookie RB against the Ravens' D is just inhumane.

How about Larry Johnson?

Reminds me of that story about Mark Twain:

The story goes like this. Mark Twain was reading the paper one morning when he reached the obituary section and saw his picture. Immediately, he picked up the phone and called the editor to say, “Sir, the news of my demise has been greatly exaggerated.”

Posted by PMain at 10/1/2008 11:49:00 AM
Episode #3,857,262,692,729,451,333,825 in the ongoing comedy "Some Idiots Never Learn". Ricky Williams decides he needs to tell everybody he was tempted to smoke weed during the Dolphins bye week and Travis Henry gets busted with 6lbs of weed and 3 kilos of coke. These morons have the talent and opportunity to play football for a living, something most of us would have loved to do, and this is what they do with it. Could say more but I don't want to get kicked off this site for that kind of language.

On a related note. Have you ever noticed when theres a drug bust and it's reported in the papers or on TV, if the drug is marijuana they give always give the quantity in pounds but if it's coke or anything else the media goes all metric on us and says how many kilos. Like we can't handle the concept of 5lbs of coke. What can I say, I just can't help noticing stuff like that.
Posted by NoWayOut at 10/1/2008 3:09:00 PM
lzeis - Portis is very, very solid. He no longer has the long-speed he used to in Denver, but as you said, he's an awesome blocker, and he's playing for what appears to be a very solid team with an emerging QB. He may not have a spectacular YPC, but he'll get plenty of opportunities, making him an easy top-10 fantasy RB.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 10/1/2008 6:27:00 PM
25 ALIVE - Yeah, Tenn D is very close if not better. Balt and them are top-2, with no discernible winner.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 10/1/2008 6:28:00 PM
Thorn - Agreed. Seriously, how hard is it to flip? That was incredible for such an important situation.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 10/1/2008 6:29:00 PM
PMain - That's a really funny Mark Twain line.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 10/1/2008 6:31:00 PM
NoWayOut - Maybe Ricky Williams should have kept his mouth shut, but I really have no problem with his honesty. I actually like the guy...As for Travis Henry, ya, he's clearly a lost cause. That's a completely different level than Williams. Not even close to comparable. He's a mess. Looking at serious prison time.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 10/1/2008 6:35:00 PM
DDD, The fact that Denver is awful at defense is a good sign for those who own Cutler, Marshall, Royal and Sheffler. It means that the Orange Crush should provide impressive numbers for fantasy owners on offense with all of the shoot outs. Always look at the bright side. One great prediction RW had this year was Tenn's defense. It is awesome. On the bad side, RW predicted Maroney would have a rebound year. DDD, what is your take on Maroney for the rest of season? Am I holding out false hope on this issue?
Posted by jhermann at 10/1/2008 6:46:00 PM
Is there any progress to report in the podcast shutdown for Liss' show? This whole Sirius merger thing SUCKS.
Posted by kevbo1861 at 10/1/2008 7:25:00 PM
DDD, my post came down harder on Ricky than I meant for it to. My point about him, was as you said, given his past he'd been better off not calling attention to himself like that. You made my point better than I did.

If Cutler were to win the MVP at the end of the season, couldn't you make a case for the Broncos "Orange Julius" defense as co-MVP. With the unending supply of shootouts they give him it's gonna fall on his shoulders to win alot of games.

Seriously though, joking aside, I'm not sure he'll be in the running for MVP this year, but I do see him winning a couple over his career.
Posted by NoWayOut at 10/1/2008 7:34:00 PM
Possibly some light at the end of the tunnel for FF owners of Colts players and Colts fans in general. Andy Behrens blog today on Yahoo had a link to the Indy Star, in it they were speculating that three major pieces of the Colts line might be back this week. Nothing has been been officially stated one way or the other but if they can get Jeff Saturday, Ryan Diem, and Tony Ugoh back that's gonna be an immense help. We'll have to wait and see if it happens.
Posted by NoWayOut at 10/2/2008 9:25:00 AM
jhermann - I agree about Denver's awful D being a good thing for Cutler, etc. fantasywise...I'm close to being finished with Maroney, but not quite. Answering some AAE questions, it sounds like he's actually available in plenty of leagues, which should not be the case. It is possible he returns healthy after the bye, and the team will run more w/o Brady. He doesn't have much trade value, so really, just hold on and hope for the best. He can't catch and Bellichick is unpredictable, but Maroney does still have some upside.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 10/2/2008 10:25:00 AM
kevbo - Not sure, I'll have to ask Liss.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 10/2/2008 10:25:00 AM
NoWayOut - I'm really interested to see how Indy responds coming out of the bye. That line against the Texans (-3) is a tough one. The O-line returning to health would be huge.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 10/2/2008 10:27:00 AM
Re: the podcast - we're figuring out a solution - finding it's not easy to have good quality call-in interviews that don't take a ton of editing. Hopefully we'll have something worked out soon. As for Sirius XM, I'll keep a lid on what I really think for now... as there's still some very remote chance for future dealings. When that goes to zero, I'll be happy to share my more candid opinion.
Posted by cliss at 10/2/2008 1:13:00 PM

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