Predicting Winners of Top WR-CB Battles for Week 6

Dez Bryant vs. Sam Shields:

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Both of these players didn’t play in Week 5 and are questionable to even play in Week 6, but in this article, I’m assuming that every player that is questionable will play. If both of these players are healthy, then we will see a rematch of the famous Dez Bryant “catch”. Remember that play? He “caught” that ball over Sam Shields. The speed of Sam Shields versus Dez’s ability to high-point the ball should be a joy to watch. At the end of the day, you can be a very fast corner, but all that Dak has to do is toss the ball up, and Dez will come down with it. Dez has built a whole career off of doing that. I’m not about to doubt him now.

Winner: Dez Bryant

DeAndre Hopkins vs. Vontae Davis:

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Is it DeAndre Hopkins or Will Fuller that is the top receiver in Houston? That’s been a pretty hot topic of debate recently, as Fuller has been torching defenses with his speed, and Hopkins has only turned on one 100+ yard day. I’m sticking with Hopkins as the top receiver on this Texans team. He has been for the past two years, so I’m not going to dismiss him supremacy after just five weeks. As far as him versus Vontae Davis, I give Hopkins the edge here. Davis is starting to age, and while he is still a top cornerback, I feel like this is DeAndre’s breakout game this season.

Winner: DeAndre Hopkins

Brandon Marshall vs. Patrick Peterson:

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It’s hard to think that Brandon Marshall is 32 years old, because he’s playing like he’s still in his prime. The veteran is preparing for life after football, as he has already started a broadcasting career on NFL Network, but the way that he’s playing right now, I don’t think he needs to think about sitting at the booth for another three years. Marshall may be having another Brandon Marshall-type season, but I never bet against Patrick Peterson. He can stay stride for stride with any receiver in the game and is the modern day Houdini, as he makes receivers disappear on the football field. The only way to beat Peterson is to put the ball perfectly overtop of him, an with the way that Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing, I can’t see him being able to do that.

Winner: Patrick Peterson

Amari Cooper vs. Marcus Peters –

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Amari Cooper went off against a Jason Verrett-less San Diego Chargers squad. His 138 yards came on 6 catches, and he finally took back the crown of the top receiver in Oakland. Don’t get me wrong, Michael Crabtree is having a fantastic season, but Cooper is and will be the top receiver every time that he steps onto that field. Marcus Peters has given up some big plays this season, but he has also made some huge plays. Peters is prone to give up the big play, but Cooper doesn’t have the long speed to get by Peters, and that’s usually where Peters experiences some issues. Peters will shadow Cooper the whole game and keep him from beating him deep. Advantage: Peters.

Winner: Marcus Peters

Julio Jones vs. Richard Sherman

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This is the marquee matchup of the week. Of course, there is no guarantee that Sherman will follow Julio all game long, and he probably won’t, because it’s the Seahawks scheme. This has obviously been the big topic of conversation regarding Richard Sherman and his standing among the top corners of the game. In the snaps where he is lined up on Julio, I can’t imagine him getting torched. Sherman will hold his own against Julio Jones, but don’t count on Julio being silent either. This is the closest call of the entire week, but I’ll take Julio Jones. He has a quarterback in Matt Ryan who is incredibly in form, and that is the deciding factor.

Winner: Julio Jones

 

 

 

Brock Osweiler must prove that he is bigger than “The Moment”

By: Michael Eccleston

The Houston Texans (2-0) signed young quarterback Brock Osweiler to a massive four year, 72 million dollar deal this past offseason for big Primetime games like tonight. Houston has had a running game with stars such as Arian Foster and now Lamar Miller, along with one of the better defenses in the NFL for years now led by one of the greatest defensive players ever in J.J. Watt. They’ve had solid receiving cores led by top receivers such as Andre Johnson and now DeAndre Hopkins. The Texans have had some of the best all-around teams in the league, yet they just haven’t seemed to be able to get over the hump when it’s mattered the most.

What have they been missing? Houston has always been considered to be a quarterback away from contending for a Super Bowl.

Well, now they have one. 72 million dollars is a lot of faith in a quarterback who had only started seven games and had thrown 10 touchdown passes. If Osweiler left the Broncos because he didn’t want to deal with the pressure of succeeding Hall of Fame quarterbacks such as John Elway and Peyton Manning, or the pressure of becoming the next quarterback for a team that just won the Super Bowl, well, believe it or not, he’s come to the wrong place. Whether it’s fair or not, the 25 year old is going to be under fire immediately because he’s behind center for what has been considered to be a very good football team.

This isn’t a newly up and coming team, this is a team that many have lost faith in over the last few years because they just seem like the kind of team that isn’t big enough for “the moment”. They’ve been the biggest tease in the NFL. Well, people are starting to believe that the Texans will take the next step this season because of Brock Osweiler, and if they are going to do so, they NEED Osweiler to prove that he is the guy who can take them there. Hopkins said earlier in the week that tonight’s Patriots game is just another football game. IT IS NOT. This game in New England against a banged up 2-0 Patriots team is the kind of game Houston has to win in order to be taken seriously as contenders coming out of the AFC South. It’s a statement game that “this isn’t that same first round exit team we’ve been in years past”.

This is considered a must win game for the Texans because of the fact that the Patriots are throwing third string quarterback Jacoby Brissett out there, and even if tight end Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) plays tonight, he most likely won’t be out there for every snap. And if Houston wants to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, they will need to go through New England in order to to get there, and if they can’t beat them tonight, I can only imagine what’s going to happen if they have to play a playoff game at Gillette Stadium against Tom Brady and a fully healthy Rob Gronkowski led Patriots team. I don’t care if it’s Week 3 or Week 16, this one is huge and Houston needs to capture the moment.

But, if they lose and Brock Osweiler doesn’t play well, what does that say about them? What does it say about him? Same old Texans. Overpaid Osweiler. Just not big enough for that moment.

The pressure is on.

Who Needs a Running Back?

By LaDonna Williams14361441_10154526886119805_8005955062667035998_o

The excited was great this past weekend and Thursday night NFL games. There were some crazy endings, blowouts and a Seattle team that can’t seem to beat the rams. During Sunday’s games it felt like a good number of running backs went down with injury. Let’s talk about the NFL injury report.

Injuries

Vikings Adrian Peterson tore his meniscus. If he wants a partial repair he will be out 4 weeks. If he decides a full repair he will be out 4 months.

Chargers RB Danny Woodhead tore his ACL out for the season

Panthers Jonathan Stewart with a hamstring injury expected to miss a week or two.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah left the game with a sprained foot. He did get xrays and they came back negative.

Browns QB Josh McCown has a shoulder injury, how much time he will miss unknown. They did name Cody Kessler as a starter

Broncos LB DeMarcus Ware out 4-5 weeks after breaking his forearm.

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury. There have been different reports how long he will be out. So I will guess 2-6 weeks. Rookie Jacoby Brissett will be the starter for the next 2 weeks, until Brady comes back. Julian Edleman is number 2 QB.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster left Sunday’s game with a groin injury. Will miss week 3.

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls left Sunday’s game with a leg injury.

Redskins T Kedric Golston placed on IR with a hamstring injury.

Suspensions, Cuts and Signings

Lions cut TE Andrew Quarless after 2 game suspension. (He never played a game with them.)

Bengals claim 2016 3rd round CB KelVarae Russell after being cut by the Chiefs.

Rams DT Michael Brokers agree to 3-year $33M extension

Bills fire OC Greg Roman

News Around the NFL

Seahawks lose 2017 5th round pick, 1 weeks of OTAs for offseason violations. Fined$400k and Carroll fined $200k.

LaDainian Tomlinson, Hines Ward, Donovan McNabb nominated for 2017 Pro Football HOF class.

Panthers OL Trai Turner fined $9,115 for taunting in week 1.

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory drops his 10-game suspension appeal. Will be available to come back week 15.

Broncos S Darian Stewart fined $18,231 for helmet to-helmet hit on Cam Newton.

Broncos LB Brandon Marshall fined $24,309 for helmet to-helmet hit on Cam Newton.

Packers and LT David Bakhtiari agree to 4-year/$51.67M extension.

Scores

Jets 37

Bills 31

Bengals 16

Steelers 24

Titan 16

Lions 15

Ravens 25

Browns 20

Cowboys 27

Redskins 23

Saints 13

Giants 16

49ers 27

Panthers 46

Dolphins 24

Patriots 31

Chiefs 12

Texans 19

Seahawks 3

Rams 9

Buccaneers 7

Cardinals 40

Jaguars 14

Chargers 38

Falcons 35

Raiders 28

Colts 20

Broncos 34

Packers 14

Vikings 17

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Fantasy Week 3 Rankings

By LaDonna Williams

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Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees vs Atl
  2. Cam Newton vs Min
  3. Ben Roethlisberger vs Phi
  4. Matt Ryan at NO
  5. Aaron Rodgers vs Det
  6. Carson Palmer at Buf
  7. Eli Manning vs Was
  8. Derek Carr at Ten
  9. Andrew Luck vs SD
  10. Blake Bortles vs Bal

Notes: Dak Prescott had a good first two games. He is facing the Bears this Sunday. Also Rookie Trevor Siemian has had impressive first two games as well, Broncos are playing at Cincy.

Runningbacks

  1. David Johnson at Buf
  2. DeAngelo Williams vs Phi
  3. Ezekiel Elliott vs Chi
  4. Melvin Gordon at Ind
  5. Matt Forte at KC
  6. Lamar Miller at NE
  7. J. Anderson at Cin
  8. Eddie Lacy vs Det
  9. Demarco Murray vs Oak
  10. Todd Gurley at TB

Notes: With some many RB’s that have gotten hurt last weekend. You may want to look into some backups. Vikings Matt Asiata, Carolina Fozzy Whittaker, Dolphins Jay Ajayi, TB Charles Sims. Also think about starting NE LeGarrette Blount vs Texans.

Wide receivers

  1. Antonio Brown vs Phi
  2. Julio Jones at NO
  3. Odell Beckham Jr. vs Was
  4. Dez Bryant vs Chi
  5. DeAndre Hopkins at NE
  6. Brandin Cooks vs Atl
  7. Mike Evans vs LA
  8. Kelvin Benjamin vs Min
  9. Amari Cooper at Ten
  10. Alshon Jeffery at Dal

Notes: SD Travis Benjamin has been getting the ball more since Keenen went down. Also it looks like Vikings Diggs is one of Bradford’s favorite targets. I can’t forget Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald.

Tight Ends

  1. Jordan Reed at NYG
  2. Greg Olsen vs Min
  3. Delanie Walker vs Oak
  4. Travis Kelce vs NYJ
  5. Julius Thomas vs Bal
  6. Dennis Pitta at Jac
  7. Eric Ebron at GB
  8. Jason Witten vs Chi
  9. Dwayne Allen vs SD
  10. Martellus Bennett vs Hou

Notes: Still it’s unclear if Rob Gronkowski will be back this week.

Kicker

  1. Adam Vinateri vs SD
  2. Dan Bailey vs Chi
  3. Chandler Catanzaro at Buf
  4. Justin Tucker at Jac
  5. Stephen Gostkowski vs Hou
  6. Matt Bryant at NO
  7. Mason Crosby vs Det
  8. Graham Gano vs Min
  9. Steven Hauschka vs SF
  10. Josh Brown vs Was

Defense

  1. Denver Broncos vs Cin
  2. Seattle Seahawks vs SF
  3. Carolina Panthers vs Min
  4. Arizona Cardinals at Buf
  5. Houston Texans at NE
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers at Phi
  7. Cincinnati Bengals at Den
  8. Kansas City Chiefs vs NYJ
  9. Miami Dolphins vs Cle
  10. New England Patriots vs Hou

 

 

Why the Patriots Will Go 4-0 Without Brady

The start of the Patriots season was looking pretty bleak without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski starting for New England. Despite the losses, the Pats managed to beat maybe the most complete team in football, the Arizona Cardinals, in Week 1. People doubted a Tom Brady-less New England squad, but most people forgot about one guy that is the biggest reason for the Patriots success.

Bill Belichick.

I don’t want to be that guy that just tells everybody ‘I told you so’, but, hey, I told you so. I predicted New England to beat Arizona, and I made that prediction solely off of my faith in Bill Belichick’s ability to rally his team together in moments like these.

A great coach is defined by many things: His ability to win, progress his players, and dial up the right plays, but there is one quality that I consider the most important. That quality is the skill of winning when you don’t have your best players. This is what won Bruce Arians his COTY Award in 2014, when he was down to his third string quarterback and still made the playoffs.

Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all time, and this is the reason why I never count the Patriots out, even if Brady and Gronk aren’t playing.

This afternoon, Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a shoulder injury, prompting third-string quarterback, and rookie, Jacoby Brissett, to take the reigns of the offense. Brissett played well, and Martellus Bennett served as a great safety blanket, but he still played like a rookie against the Dolphins.

The Patriots have the Texans and Bills to play before Brady gets back. I could care less who they have under center, because as long as Belichick is on the sidelines, the Patriots will always be a contender.

 

 

Is There Still a Revis Island?

By LaDonna Williams

Once upon a time a young man named Darrelle Revis entered the league in 2007. He came on to the NFL scene and was a beast. His first year he let teams know do not throw to the player in his area because he will intercept the ball or defend it so the player won’t get the ball. Over the years his numbers went up tackles, INTs, assists tackles and touchdowns.

Now let’s move fast forward to 2016. Last week, the first game of the year, the Jets played the Bengals. It was a great match up fans were waiting for AJ Green vs Revis Island. Unfortunately, the Bengals won that game in a very low scoring game, but that isn’t the surprising part. The surprise was Green had 180 yards and a touchdown. Yes, you read that number right. How? This was up against one of the best cornerbacks in the game. Revis response he is out of shape. Is the new way of saying I sucked and Green was better than me that game? Or is it saying I’m getting old and these young players are faster than me? NFL and especially Jets fans want to know how that happened.

On Thursday night and the Bills just lost to the Jets. One of the matchups people were looking for was Bills Sammy Watkins vs Revis Island. Yes, Watkins isn’t a 100% healthy, but last year he had one of his best games last season against Revis. During the game Watkins wasn’t even Revis problem. It was Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin somehow managed to get out of the island and score an 84-yard touchdown. So what will be his excuse this week?

Let’s face it NFL fans Revis Island is no more. His island is now becoming more like Florida, where people go, have a good time and leave after they are through. He isn’t the Revis that we are all used to seeing. Now he is just becoming another mediocre CB that no one is afraid of playing.

Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings

By LaDonna Williams

Week 2 rankings

QB’s

  1. Cam vs 49ers
  2. Flacco vs Browns
  3. Carr vs Falcons
  4. Dalton at Steelers
  5. Roethlisberger vs Bengals
  6. Palmer vs Buccaneers
  7. Wentz vs Bears
  8. Bortles at Chargers
  9. Brees at NYG
  10. Stafford vs Titans

Notes: Garoppolo threw 264 yards 1 TD last week. Patriots are playing the Dolphins I can see him on the list for QB’s this week.

RB

  1. Johnson vs Buccaneers
  2. Anderson vs Colts
  3. Freeman vs Raiders
  4. Mccoy at Jets
  5. Ware at Texans
  6. Gurley vs Seahawks
  7. Forsett vs Browns
  8. Murray vs Lions
  9. Peterson vs GB
  10. Elliott vs Redskins

Notes: Jamaal Charles maybe inactive for week 2.

WR

  1. Beckham Jr. vs Saints
  2. Cooper at Falcons
  3. Brown vs Bengals
  4. Jones vs Raiders
  5. Green vs Steelers
  6. Cooks at Giants
  7. Evans at Cardinals
  8. Fitzgerald vs Buccaneers
  9. Matthews vs Bears
  10. Hopkins vs Chiefs

Notes: Although Dez Bryant was held to 8 yards last weekend. Don’t expect that to happen 2 weeks in a row.

TE

  1. Olsen at 49ers
  2. Kelce at Texans
  3. Reed vs Cowboys
  4. Thomas at Chargers
  5. Witten at Redskins
  6. Barnidge vs Ravens
  7. Bennett vs Dolphins
  8. Gates vs Jaguars
  9. Ebron at Titans
  10. Seferian-Jenkins at Cardinals

Notes: Rob Gronkowski is still week to week. His status for starting this week is still unknown.

Def

  1. Broncos vs Colts
  2. Seahawks at Rams
  3. Cardinals vs Buccaneers
  4. Panthers vs 49ers
  5. Texans vs Chiefs
  6. Jets at Bills
  7. Raiders vs Falcons
  8. Ravens at Browns
  9. Patriots vs Dolphins
  10. Packers at Vikings