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Posted on: November 21, 2010 9:48 am
Edited on: November 21, 2010 11:22 am
 

Hot Routes 11.21.10: Brett Favre, Your 2010 LVP

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Our good friend Doug Farrar at Yahoo!'s Shutdown Corner decided to put together the 2010 Midseason "No-Pro" Team. Yes, it is a group of players who have been terrible on the football field this year. You may be surprised by the name at quarterback (CUE THE VIKING HORN!) at the top of the list. Lots of people will argue that the platters of putridity in Carolina and Arizona top anything Brett Favre's done, but as Doug notes, if you put a Peyton Manning or Philip Rivers in charge of that offense, the Vikings would dominate, and that's the definition of LVP.
  • Somewhat relative to the NFL, but cool story on how Harlon Hill remembers running into the wall at Wrigley Field when the Bears played there. HEED HIS WORDS, anyone else who plays half-field football there in the future.
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:43 pm
 

Chargers getting scary again

Posted by Andy Benoit

For the first eight weeks of the season, everyone was trumpeting the Kansas City Chiefs as THE TEAM in the AFC West. The past two weeks, THE TEAM has become the Oakland Raiders. M. Floyd (US Presswire)

The optimistic chit-chat is nice. After all, it’s chic to say that the Chiefs are a young club with a few explosive playmakers. And it’s wise to say the Silver and Black are pounding the rock and finally turning things around.

Unfortunately, it’s all just verbal foreplay. We’ve reached that point in the season where the San Diego Chargers become dominant. This year, the Chargers used a creative mix of special teams gaffes to propel their annual slow start. Injuries in the passing game also put a pebble in the offense’s shoe, though Philip Rivers’ MVP-caliber performance has nullified most of the potential problems through the air.

And now those problems are about to vanish. Tight end Antonio Gates did not practice Wednesday (foot) and has a 50-50 chance to play against the Broncos Monday. But, for a change, Gates is Rivers’ only missing weapon. Vincent Jackson practiced this week and will return to game action in Week 12. Also practicing this week are Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee, both back from hamstring injuries.

The Chargers, at 4-5, are just a game back of the Chiefs (losers of two straight) and just two games behind the Raiders. And both teams must still travel to San Diego in December.

We see this every year from Norv Turner’s club. Never before has this club added a plethora of weapons right before its stretch run. And never before has this club had the league’s top-ranked offense and second-ranked defense (in terms of yardage) at this point.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:32 pm
 

Garrard the reason for Jags success

D. Garrard is quietly having a solid season for Jacksonville (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you were to stop an obvious, but random, NFL fan on the street today and ask him or her how the Jaguars were faring this season, he or she would probably tell you something like this, “Oh, they’re totally not very good. I watched them on Monday Night Football a few weeks ago (against the Titans), and they absolutely sucked. Hey, aren’t they going to fire their coach?”

Even in Jacksonville, I imagine many of the responses would be sort of similar.

So, when you look at the standings in the AFC South today, and you see that the Jaguars – MY GOD! – have a winning record and, at 5-4, are only one game behind the Colts for first place, it’s a stunning piece of information.

And then you think back to Week 4 when the Jaguars actually beat Indianapolis, and you might think, “Man, how in the heck are they doing this?”

The somewhat surprising answer is QB David Garrard.

Garrard has never before been considered an elite NFL quarterback (and for good reason) but he’s quietly having a solid season – a 69.4 completion percentage (third-best in the league), 15 touchdowns, seven interceptions, a passer rating of 104.9 (second-best in the league). And the past two weeks, he’s played out of his mind, completing 41 of 52 passes for 602 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions.

What in the hell has gotten into Garrard, anyway? And is he an elite quarterback? That second query is the question posed by the Florida Times-Union today.

From the paper:

When the question was posed on Monday … Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio immediately backed off. He wasn't ready to go there because he knows Garrard's history is more roller-coaster than sustained excellence.

In other words, Garrard's boss wants to see an extended period of success, not a four-game snapshot, before putting his quarterback in a category with Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers.


Del Rio praised the "decisiveness" of Garrard doing a better job of getting the ball out early. He lauded him for playing at a "high level," but he wasn't biting on him being an elite quarterback. Smart move.


It is a smart move, because Garrard has not shown this kind of sustained excellence before. Can he keep it up? Probably not. But the fact we’re even using the words “David Garrard” and “elite quarterback” in the same sentence in a non-sarcastic way is not something anybody is used to doing.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:53 am
 

Hot Routes 11.10.10: Where Rivers rates all-time

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Speaking of Brady, all the chatter about the Patriots without Randy Moss has revolved around how much better they are (even the loss to the Browns was a "trap game"). But what if Tom Brady isn't as dangerous without Moss? Because the stats show he hasn't been as effective since his deep threat left.
  • The message that Tom Cable is preaching to the Raiders in order to inspire success? "Cut it loose." Am I the only one who pictures him doing the Uncle Joey "Cut-it-out!" move while saying this? Because it's like way more enjoyable to think about.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:58 am
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix, Week 9

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL Approval Matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

Click to embiggen.

Posted on: November 7, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: November 7, 2010 12:04 pm
 

AFC Inactives, Week 9

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The following are ACTIVE for today’s game: Ravens WR Donte Stallworth, Patriots G Logan Mankins

The following are INACTIVE:

Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: Opposing defenses can’t bring him down, but apparently a bad case of plantar fasciitis is enough to knock Gates out of the game. If Gates could have played today, he would have been Superman. As it is, he’s still a TE superhero.

Owen Daniels, TE, Texans: He continues to struggle with injuries this season. Daniels played last week, catching one pass for eight yard, but he’s having multiple leg problems. A bad hamstring will keep him out this week.

Ryan Wendell, G, Patriots: The big casualty of the Logan Mankins re-signing is Wendell. He had been starting in Mankins’ place, but now that Mankins is back, Wendell is back to the bench.

Deion Branch, WR, Patriots:
Bothered by a hamstring, Branch - who's found new life in New England - won't play today. He hadn't practiced all week, so the news shouldn't be that surprising. Um, just kidding. He's active.

Jake Delhomme/Seneca Wallace, QB, Browns:
This means that, once again, Colt McCoy will start at QB for Cleveland.

Shawne Merriman, LB, Bills: Not a surprise, because of how late Merriman reported to his new team once he was claimed off waivers from San Diego. Expect him to be ready for next week's game.

Malcom Floyd/Legedu Naanee, WR, Chargers:
And somewhere, Philip Rivers is weeping. At least Antonio Gates is acti ... oh, never mind.

Patrick Chung, CB, Patriots:
He's been bothered by a knee injury, and he'll miss his second-straight game. It's unfortunate for New England, because Chung is a tackling machine.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 2:32 pm
 

NFL hands out Player of Month awards for Oct.

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL has announced the Players of the Month for October. Here’s the rundown:

AFC Offensive Player: Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

For the month, completed 125 of 185 passes (67.6 percent) for an NFL-high (and NFL all-time record for month of October) 1,562 passing yards with eight touchdowns versus three interceptions. Had a 101.2 passer rating.

AFC Defensive Player: Michael Griffin, S, Titans

Led the AFC and ranked second in the NFL with four interceptions.

AFC Special Teams Player: Dan Carpenter, K, Dolphins

Led the NFL with 13 field goals for the month, including a pair of five field goal games. Ironically, Carpenter’s special teams coach, John Bonamego, was also canned during this month.

NFC Offensive Player: Roddy White, WR, Falcons

29 receptions for an NFC-best 489 yards and three touchdowns in October as the Falcons went 3-1.

NFC Defensive Player: Osi Umenyiora, DE, Giants

Led the NFL with seven sacks and six forced fumbles as the Giants posted a 4-0 record.

NFC Special Teams Player: Stefan Logan, KR/PR, Lions

Led the NFL with a 35.9-yard kick-return average and ranked third averaging 18.4 yards per punt return.

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