Saturday, October 29, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 8

Enigma's Picks:


Miami Dolphins @ New York Giants
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens
New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
Washington Redskins @ Buffalo Bills
Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers
Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles

San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs


Sean's Picks:

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Miami Dolphins @ New York Giants
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens
New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
Washington Redskins @ Buffalo Bills
Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers
Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles

Monday, October 31, 2011

San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, October 23, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 7

Enigma's Picks:

Washington Redskins
@ Carolina Panthers
Seattle Seahawks @ Cleveland Browns
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos @ Miami Dolphins
San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets
Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints


Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars


Sean's Picks:


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers
Seattle Seahawks @ Cleveland Browns
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos @ Miami Dolphins
San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets
Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints

Monday, October 24, 2011

Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, October 16, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 6

Enigma's Picks:

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons
Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals
San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions
St. Louis Rams @ Green Bay Packers
Buffalo Bills @ New York Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders
Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets



Sean's Picks:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons
Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals
San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions
St. Louis Rams @ Green Bay Packers
Buffalo Bills @ New York Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders
Dallas Cowboys @ New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

Monday, October 17, 2011

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets

Sunday, October 9, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 5

Enigma's Picks:

Philadelphia Eagles @ Buffalo Bills

New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers 
Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans 
Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts 
Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars 
Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings 
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants 
Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers 
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos 
New York Jets @ New England Patriots 
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons 

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions



Sean's Picks:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Philadelphia Eagles @ Buffalo Bills
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
Oakland Raiders @ Houston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts
Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Giants
Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
New York Jets @ New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons

Monday, October 10, 2011

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

Saturday, October 8, 2011

RIP Al Davis

NFL-franchise Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has passed away. He was 82.

It feels absurd that I even begin to explain the legacy of Mr. Davis, I think that the best way to explain the man is "abnormal". That is intended in NO WAY as a knock against Davis, a former scout, coach, and GM... the Raiders were taken off by Al Davis and became one of the most feared franchises in the history of professional football.

As commissioner of the AFL, he was a key proponent in the merger of the AFL and NFL, leading us to this wonderful league we've got today.

Al Davis leaves us with his Oakland Raiders having won 3 Super Bowl's. Al Davis' legacy is the Will to Win and the Commitment to Excellence.

While many point to the last decade as being a sign that Davis had been passed by the game, I say to everyone loo no further than Bill Belichick's words last week about the man. "He was the greatest football-minded owner." He was a polarizing figure, and the several who were polar similar to him, weren't able to connect with Davis, and thus far, haven't truly been able to connect with the game of football, period. Al Davis made an impact on every coach, player, and person who worked in, with, or around his organization, and not a single one of them can say a bad thing about Mr. Davis without first saying 100 good things.

Mr. Davis was an incredible businessman and he took a chance with players and coaches of all backgrounds, and race never played a part in controversy for Al Davis.

Just Win Baby!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

2011-12 NFL Season 1st Quarter Review

So far this year, the NFL has been a pass-happy league, very poor defense is being played, and run games are hard to come by. Some of the best teams are topsy-turvy and some of the worst teams are front-runners.

Here, I’ll look through what I’ve observed so far this year for each team individually. Whether you agree with me or not (please use comments or hit me up on Twitter @Sean_Bishop if you’ve got something to say about my thoughts), I’m merely just speaking on behalf of what I see.


AFC East:

Buffalo Bills (3-1) – The Buffalo Bills are a surprising team, to say the least. They seem to be taking a more serious approach to the game and running the football a little more, and Ryan Fitzpatrick shows up. They’re not official yet, but they’re pretty good. They’ve got firepower on offense, and they make some plays on defense.

New England Patriots (3-1) – Tom Brady is on fire this year, and is on pace to demolish the single-season passing yards record held by Dan Marino. Wes Welker is being utilized in an amazingly brilliant fashion. But with the 32nd ranked defense, they’re susceptible to lose more games like the one they dropped to the Bills.

New York Jets (2-2) – The Jets are a far worse 2-2 team than the 2-2 suggests. The offense isn’t clicking, their run game isn’t dominant, and they’re underutilizing their receivers. Santonio Holmes should be used more like the Pats are using Welker, and the film for how to properly use Burress (on routes to the sideline) is available.

Miami Dolphins (0-4) – They’re bad… and by bad, I mean atrocious. I think Dolphins fans would consider atrocious an upgrade. They’re extremely terrible. And it’s not hard to find Brandon Marshall 20 times a game to make the passing game look decent. There’s just absolutely nothing outside of Marshall on offense, and that’s the problem.


AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens (3-1) – The lone loss to the Titans is worrying, because I’m not a believer in Tennessee at all. But their three wins have all looked as good as they should look, so maybe the Titans game was really an off day (which is something you can’t really have anyways as a TEAM).

Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) – The Bengals have the league’s top-ranked run defense, and they’re playing better on offense than anyone expected (so much for your ideas Carson). They play disciplined, and they play with talent.

Cleveland Browns (2-2) – Cleveland’s 2 wins are a bit shocking to me, tbh. They’re not a horrid team, but they’re not a good team either. They found ways to win their 2 games though, but they found ways to lose the other 2.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) – They may be the absolute worst team in football, and they should be 1-3 right now. They escaped Indianapolis by miracle, and should have lost that game to be completely honest. When Warren Sapp called the defense old and slow, people called for Sapp’s head. Turns out, he wasn’t lying.


AFC South:

Houston Texans (3-1) – The lone loss came at the hands of the New Orleans Saints, who we’ll get to later. Schaub has looked anything but brilliant following week 1, he seems out of character, but a returning Foster sparking the run game and a defense playing aggressive but disciplined leaves them a favorite in the division.

Tennessee Titans (3-1) – This is one of my biggest surprises. Chris Johnson looks like he’s given up on football so far this year, but Matt Hasselbeck looks like he’s taken the game back into his own hands. They’re finding ways to outscore people through the air.

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) – I’m still baffled by releasing Garrard and not naming Gabbert the starter from day 1. I don’t like the defense at all, and I’m skeptical of the run game because the offensive line isn’t any good.

Indianapolis Colts (0-4) – When Reggie Wayne went to bat for Curtis Painter and not Kerry Collins, I thought that said a lot about what this team should have done. Instead, they went with Collins and got their worst performances on offense since the day Peyton Manning took over. Curtis Painter has improved every time he has touched the field and knows the offense well enough that he can check out of plays at the line a-la Peyton Manning. They should improve, and Peyton is hands-down the league MVP this year.


AFC West:

San Diego Chargers (3-1) – This is the worst 3-1 team in football. They’ve escaped with the purest of luck so far, and absolutely should not be in the hunt. Rivers has looked horrible this year, and has been bailed out by some amazing catches by his receivers. If this is really supposed to be one of the most explosive offenses in football, they need to start proving it.

Oakland Raiders (2-2) – This is a team that should really be 4-0 right now. The loss to the Bills came on a very shocking final 5 minutes which saw some amazing plays by the Bills. They could have beaten the Patriots had the Pats not made some incredible and out of character plays on defense. Darren McFadden is a monster and they’ve got a potentially great chance to prove themselves for the duration of the season.

Denver Broncos (1-3) – The Broncos are pretty damn horrible. They don’t do much of anything right. Moreno isn’t being used properly, there’s a huge QB controversy, and the defense back in a 4-3 isn’t built to succeed. John Fox has major problems.

Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) – The Chiefs are nothing of the sort that they were last year. It doesn’t help that they lost Jamaal Charles for the year, but Cassel isn’t playing like a starting QB, and the defense looks completely out of place. Back to the cellar, they go.


NFC East:

Washington Redskins (3-1) – The Redskins haven’t played a difficult schedule, but the defense looks solid. Offensively, the run game (minus the debacle in Dallas) has been solid, but offensive playcalling late in games has been very poor. Kyle has to abandon the pass in the 4-minute drill, especially when you’re up 14 in St. Louis playing the Rams. The run game was tremendous that game and putting Rex Grossman into situations where his receivers’ routes are all deep is a bad choice no matter what the situation.

New York Giants (3-1) – The Giants got lucky against Arizona, feigned injury to beat the Rams, and lost a divisional game against the Redskins. Eli isn’t playing horribly, but nothing about this team suggests to me that they’re ready to go all the way again.

Dallas Cowboys (2-2) – A lot of people make a big deal out of Romo choking, plain and simple, he can’t make those mistakes when the coach dials up the plays. But I suggested last year that Garrett was the problem in Dallas when they placed all the blame on Wade Phillips. Well, the same problems are repeating themselves this year. Up 24 points vs. the Lions in the 4th, and Garrett continues to try and force passes instead of run. Seems like a funny trend around the league… it’s not working for a single team trying it.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) – I said at the beginning of the year that Andy Reid is on the hot seat. My source? The Eagles aren’t doing anything in Reid’s character. Castillo is a failure at Defensive Coordinator, and the O-Line is in shambles without him. Receivers are dropping passes, and the strengths of the secondary magnify their weaknesses. The corners aren’t tackling and force receivers inside vs. terrible linebackers and safeties. This is a Dream team that won’t win anything but a high draft pick.


NFC North:

Green Bay Packers (4-0) – The Packers are primed to head into the Thanksgiving game against Detroit sitting at 10-0. Offensively, they’ve got no weaknesses and more strengths than their SB team. Defensively, they’re struggling a little bit but they’re making plays, especially Charles Woodson. Don’t be surprised to see them representing the NFC again this year.

Detroit Lions (4-0) – Like the Packers, they can head into the Thanksgiving game at 10-0, setting up for one of the more memorable games in this rivalry that we’ve ever seen. This team plays defense very well, especially up front. They’ve had to come back a lot, but they’ve gotten it done. Stafford is playing pretty well, and Megatron is as good a receiver as you’ll find in this league.

Chicago Bears (2-2) – The Bears probably could have defeated the Packers had the refs not botched a pass interference on Woodson in the 4th, or the most amazing trick play on a punt return we’ve ever never seen. The defense is solid, but offensively, it’s amazing they’ve been in games. Jay Cutler is getting slaughtered behind that line and the playcalling is horrible. The Bears should be running a lot more than they do, and they’re not trying to help Jay Cutler at all.

Minnesota Vikings (0-4) – The Vikings are appalling and there’s not much more that needs to be said. McNabb is washed up, and Peterson isn’t being used, which I can’t even begin to fathom. Defensively, they play strong in the first half, but come quarters 3 and 4, and they’re giving up leads EVERY game and losing. Something has to give in Minnesota.


NFC South:

New Orleans Saints (3-1) – The Saints’ only loss came against the Packers on opening night, but probably could have been a win if Colston doesn’t fumble the opening pass. Brees played every bit as well as Rodgers that night, and had it not been for going down early because of the fumble, the Saints could have run away with it. Sproles is the steal of free agency, and Drew Brees is in great form this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) – The Bucs are the comeback kids in the NFL… but a close win over the Colts makes me skeptical they’re forreal. One of these days, they’ll face a defense who won’t relinquish a lead against them, and that will be what sinks their ship. Freeman is a tremendous athlete though, and Blount is a monster. Defensively, they’re nothing special, but they limit mistakes.

Atlanta Falcons (2-2) – The Falcons have no business not being in the 0-4 club right now. They mismatched the Eagles, who are terrible, and they got extremely lucky to survive the Seahawks in week 4. Defensively, they’re not as strong as they’d like to claim they are, and offensively, when the run game gets shut down, Matt Ryan falls apart. Matty Ice? Yeah, because he freezes in the moment when Michael Turner can’t get going.

Carolina Panthers (1-3) – If anyone would have told you on draft day that the Panthers would have the most exciting player in the NFL in Cam Newton, you’d have probably laughed. After his first two weeks, he’s come back to Earth a little bit, but he’s still making plays. There are plenty of rookie mistakes, but he’s a rookie, so it is expected. Even Peyton Manning struggled his rookie season. The run game isn’t as dominant as you’d expect it to be, and defensively, they are hurt without Beason (who was lost for the season). Tremendous upside though.


NFC West:

San Francisco 49ers (3-1) – The 49ers are really confusing. Alex Smith has flashes where he looks like a 1 overall pick, and then he’s got flashes where he looks like he shouldn’t even wear a football jersey in the stands. Frank Gore’s not been amazing, but he’s been reliable. Defensively, they come up with stops when they need them. They lost in overtime to Dallas after a huge collapse in the 4th, and looked ugly against the Bengals, but they pulled out a huge come-from-behind victory over the Eagles in week 4.

Seattle Seahawks (1-3) – The Seahawks stink. They should have kept Hasselbeck, because Jackson isn’t the guy, despite a good showing against Atlanta. Defense isn’t strong, offense isn’t strong… they’ve got a lot to correct, and only the owners know how long they’ve got to correct it all.

Arizona Cardinals (1-3) – The Cardinals need better results out of Kolb, who isn’t living up to the hype so far. The run game isn’t being used, but it has been okay when they’ve stuck with it. Defensively, they make a lot of mental mistakes, but they do make some plays. They’ve been in every game so far, but losing to the lowly Seahawks is inexcusable, division rival or not.

St. Louis Rams (0-4) – They’re dreadful. Sam Bradford has been destroyed week after week, and Steven Jackson’s absence in weeks 2-3 (and basically the entire Eagles game week 1) really hurt the offense. He line doesn’t protect at all though. Doesn’t help that this system doesn’t suit Bradford, who is good for most systems… this one requires more talent around him, and not a lot of pass-droppers. Defensively, they’ve got a good front-7, but the back end of the defense isn’t good at all.


So there you have it, my thoughts on all 32 teams through the first quarter of the season. Outside of them, I think that referees have been rotten and highly inconsistent… and we’ve seen some majorly horrible calls left and right. Pass defenses have been bad, and if that’s a result of the lockout, I stick to what I said about us being robbed. Few teams run well, and very few teams stop the run well. Conventional wisdom would suggest we’d get it all balanced out soon enough, but, well… conventional wisdom hasn’t been too wise this season.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Washington Redskins Comments Cause Controversy

Okay, I’ve got to address two HUGE items of Washington Redskins discussion to make news today.

First, Chris Cooley’s comments regarding Tony Romo, and Dan Graziano’s reaction. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read Graziano’s thoughts or see what Cooley said, click here.

First of all, I really enjoy reading Dan’s work on the NFC East blog on ESPN (and I hate 99.9% of everything ESPN does), so I was a bit shocked at his approach to Cooley’s comments and suggesting Cooley apologize to Romo for his actions. I was also baffled by his incredible exclusion of the fact that this is a rivalry!

Chris Cooley should not be offering words of encouragement to a division rival, and a rival that transcends the division, the conference, the NFL altogether. When people talk about the greatest rivalries in sports, they talk the Redskins vs. Cowboys in the same breath as the Yankees vs. Red Sox, Michigan vs. Ohio State, Celtics vs. Lakers, Bears vs. Packers.

Chris Cooley is the product of Joe Gibbs, who took the Cowboys vs. Redskins rivalry to all new heights. Coach Gibbs instilled a hatred of the Cowboys in his players, and Cooley has always been vocal against the Cowboys. When asked about Romo choking, Cooley’s response indicated that all of the blame shouldn’t be put on Romo, but also the coaching staff, but he made it a point to suggest that Romo’s turnovers were also his fault.

Cooley should cheer for his rivals to fail, especially division rivals. As long as the Redskins are in the hunt, the Cowboys’ struggles do nothing but make the Redskins’ hunt easier. So being upset by the enemy struggling would be ironic.

Now the second bit of what I want to address is all of the Redskins fans who take Tim Hightower’s expectations of winning a Super Bowl as being outrageous. The only thing outrageous is that anyone (including Redskins “fans”) expect our players who are “underperforming” to not talk about wanting to win the Super Bowl.

In the NFL, there should not be one player, coach, owner, or fan who does not want to see their team win a Super Bowl… and it should be an expectation (realistic or not) every single season. Last year (2010-11 season) the national media all had the Dallas Cowboys favorited to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the year. When Aaron Rodgers first taunted with the imaginary belt, the Packers weren’t even in position to enter the playoffs and had more injuries to starters than a plane crash could have caused. Well, at the end of the year, those who laughed at Rodgers’ outer-worldly ambitions were silenced faster than the man whose vocal cords ruptured.

Point being? Hightower, who was asked what his goals for the 2011 NFL season were, said he expects to win a Super Bowl, and showed he’s got his focus on the right prize. As farfetched and outrageous as the expectation may seem to a lot of people, it’s still the goal everyone invested in any capacity to a football team should have, and I commend Tim Hightower for making it clear that he expects he and his teammates to perform at the highest level.

Anyone who thinks Cooley should apologize or never should have said what he said about Romo and the Cowboys, should not be watching football. Rivalries make this sport. And anyone who has a problem with a fan or player expecting a Super Bowl, no matter how out of favor it is, should not be involved with the sport. What Chris Cooley and Tim Hightower did today, respectively, is enhance their positions on the team in the eyes of the true fans, and show us that there is a goal and camaraderie that exists in Washington that has seemingly been absent for far too long.

Hail to the Redskins! Hail to Chris Cooley! Hail to Tim Hightower!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thoughts On Washington Redskins vs. St. Louis Rams

The 2-1 Washington Redskins traveled to St. Louis to take on the 0-3 Rams. The Redskins were coming off of their first loss of the season on Monday Night Football vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

Washington tried to establish the run early, but it wasn't working ideally with Tim Hightower, so Mike Shanahan turned to Roy Helu hoping he could provide the spark. Rex Grossman eventually connected on a beautiful pass to the corner to Santana Moss with a defender right in his face, and Moss came up big for the touchdown.

The defense was smothering, and punishing Sam Bradford all game.

 Mike Shanahan eventually handed the keys to the run game over to Ryan Torain, and every opportunity he got to hug the football into his gut, he did what the run game in Mike Shanahan's system needed to do... read the defensive tackle, cut decisively and ran physically. On Torain's first four or five carries, he ran over St. Louis Safety Stewart and punished him. Torain broke the first hit in the backfield time and time again, and found himself sprinting to the first down marker almost every single time.

 It was astonishing to me to see how much more effective the offensive line looked blocking for Torain compared to Hightower, but I attribute it to Torain's ability to read the blocks and make the decisive cut with a quicker first step. And while Torain isn't a speed back, I think he's noticeably faster than even Helu has looked (at times) so far this season, and he runs far more violently than Hightower. While I think it's notable that Torain probably should have been starting all season long so far, it's also worth pointing out that he may have only JUST this week gotten back into the shape Mike needed him to be in, and he did get tired with just a little more than a half of play, even though he ran for more than 100 yards in what equated to a half.

 Torain added his own touchdown on an amazing extended stretch with one of those decisive cuts and he hustled his way 20 yards into the endzone and finished his run.

 The Redskins started the second half with 6 consecutive runs, and while they didn't run the ball into the endzone on that drive, they were still able to put in a field goal. The rest of the second half resulted in some bad throws by Rex Grossman at inopportune moments, punishing defense, a TD allowed (the first in over 120 minutes of football since the last TD they allowed) and horrible play-calling on offense.


 Game Winners:

 Santana Moss - Moss comes to play every week. He had a key drop on a 3rd down play, but he also caught a huge conversion and found himself moving the chains a couple of times. His route running from the slot was outstanding, and his route on the touchdown pass was as crisp as you can ask for.

 Ryan Torain - His style of running stood out. There are very few backs who run that physical in the NFL, and the other ones who run like that are some of the most successful. Torain hasn't showed us enough yet in his stint with Washington or the NFL that he's an every-game back, but if he's running like this and able to stay healthy, there's no doubt in my mind that he's headed to Hawai'i, or even carrying the Redskins beyond the Pro Bowl, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

 Offensive Line - They bought a lot of time for Rex and did a tremendous job blocking for the run. They didn't allow a sack, and some of the pressures that they allowed were more a result of Rex dropping back 25 steps instead of 3/5/7, or Rex not stepping up INTO the pocket as the tackles sealed off the edges. 

Trent Williams - Yes, he's part of the O-Line, but he made a huge hustle play on the second INT to make the tackle when it seemed like every other Redskin player on the field at the time was jogging. I don't know if you all have noticed this, but it appears like he's the guy who is going to make the tackle when the opposing defense comes up with a turnover and tries to return it.

 Defense - I don't think I'd knock anyone on the defense this week. I mean, the Rams aren't good, but you get these games, and the defense did a tremendous job getting pressure on Bradford and finishing plays, displaying excellent motors.

 Jim Haslett - I'm a fan of the guy, and last week if 3rd and 21 goes in our favor, everyone calls this man a genius. Players play aggressive in his aggressive scheme, he dialed up a spectacular gameplan and stayed a few steps ahead of the Rams.

 St. Louis Rams' O-Line and Receivers - The line was atrocious and allowed Bradford to be blown up constantly. The receivers dropped pass after pass. I'm a firm believer that if it hits your hands, you have no reason not to come down with it... and the Rams' receivers dropped everything Bradford threw their way. 


Game Losers:

 Rex Grossman - He made a good throw on the TD, but he really didn't do much else good. He threw some very inaccurate throws, and forced a lot of throws he never should have risked. He also shows horrible mobility and doesn't get upfield. His tendency to throw deep even when he's got some guys open underneath is worrying, and he never looks out to the back vs. the blitz or zone.

 Tim Hightower - Mike Shanahan said after the game that he could see Hightower was down this week for whatever reason... Tim wasn't running well at all early. In comes Torain who busts off a couple big runs, and Hightower's next opportunity to run, he looks energized and on. If his problem has been the lack of challenge, maybe the Cardinals were on to something getting rid of him. He's definitely got the talent and potential to do what he said he wanted to do... I've got to question his mentality after seeing today's performance though (unless he IS injured right now).

 Kyle Shanahan - Can his playcalling get any worse? He starts off the game with 3 consecutive passes. The run is hot, but he abandons it as soon as the Rams put 3 on the board. He runs deep pass plays constantly, very rarely throwing short-to-medium routes which leaves us in 2nd or 3rd and long. As Brian Mitchell said on the post-game show... Kyle Shanahan needs a 4-minute offense to RUN the clock out... key word being run. The reason this team doesn't put games away is the position that Kyle's play calling puts us in when the plays aren't being executed.

 Referees - I can allow the Niles Paul penalty... I can't allow the Perry Riley penalty. They didn't call kick-catch-interference, which fair catch doesn't have to be called to occur... but they called unnecessary roughness hitting a defenseless receiver. Newsflash, referees... it's on the returner to NOT be defenseless and call a fair catch. As soon as the ball touches him, he's fair game to be blown up, which is what Riley did. The reason Fair Catch was instituted was to make tacklers hold back and provide safety to the returner... it's not the referee's job to call fair catch for him without him or anyone else knowing it was called. And just so you all know I'm being fair, the refs missed a helmet-to-helmet call on Barry Cofield who hit Sam Bradford, and they screwed up the Rams downing a punt at the 1 yard line.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

NFL Predictions - Week 4

Enigma's Picks:

Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals
Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston Texans
New Orleans Saints @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings @ Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams
New York Giants @ Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks
Denver Broncos @ Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots @ Oakland Raiders
Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers
New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens


Indianapolis Colts @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Sean's Picks:

Sunday, October 1, 2011

Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals
Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston Texans
New Orleans Saints @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vikings @ Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams
New York Giants @ Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks
Denver Broncos @ Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots @ Oakland Raiders
Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers
New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens

Monday, October 2, 2011

Indianapolis Colts @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers