Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:16 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
With yet another 300-plus yard passing performance today, Broncos QB Kyle Orton has placed himself in some pretty exclusive company. Well, it’s a company of one, but still.
Orton – who’s thrown for 295, 307, 476 and 341 yards in the first four games of the season, respectively – has accumulated 1,419 yards on the year. That's the most anybody has ever thrown in the first quarter of a season besides Kurt Warner, who had 1,557 yards in 2000.
(In his first six games that year, it should be noted, Warner recorded 2,260 passing yards, so that’s something for which Orton can shoot).
Today, Orton completed 35 of 50 passes, as the Broncos outlasted the Titans 26-20 to improve Denver’s record to 2-2.
As our own Will Brinson astutely pointed out on our Twitter account, “if the Chargers weren't pantsing the Cardinals, Philip Rivers might be ahead of Kyle Orton” (I prefer the term “shanking,” but you already knew that).
Coming into the game, Rivers had passed for 1,087 yards, and today, he recorded 249 yards. Of course, the Chargers destroyed the Cardinals, so there was no need to throw the ball for much of the game.
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Posted on: September 30, 2010 4:37 pm
Posted by Will Brinson
Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:06 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:07 pm
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 our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
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Tags: Alex Smith, Approval Matrix, Atlanta Falcons, Braylon Edwards, Charlie Batch, Clinton Portis, Dallas Cowboys, Garrett Hartley, Jimmy Clausen, Jimmy Raye, Kansas City Chiefs, Leon Washington, Matt Ryan, Michael Vick, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, Norv Turner, Oakland Raiders, Pete Carroll, Philadelphia Eagles, Philip Rivers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Sebastian Janikowski, Shaun Smith, Tom Brady, Tom Coughlin, Wade Phillips, Washington Redskins
Posted on: September 27, 2010 1:22 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
We hear all the time that the NFL is a passing league these days. That’s true, it is. But Sunday’s events put at least a small, temporary dent in the notion.
The top five passing leaders in Week 3 so far have come in losing performances. Take a look:
1. Kyle Orton 37/57, 476 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT – Broncos 13, Colts 27
2. Philip Rivers 298/53, 455 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT – Chargers 20, Seahawks 27
3. Eli Manning 34/48, 386 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT – Giants 10, Titans 29
4. Drew Brees 30/38, 365 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT – Saints 24, Falcons 27 (OT)
5. Chad Henne 26/44, 363 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT – Dolphins 23, Jets 31
What’s odd is that none of these quarterbacks played any garbage time, either. Usually, big passing numbers in a loss are a product of hurry-up offenses facing prevent defenses. But Orton’s Broncos were just one step behind the Colts all afternoon. Rivers nearly led the Chargers to an overtime-forcing touchdown on the final drive. Manning’s Giants didn’t fall behind until late in the fourth. Brees’ Saints played an extra period. And Henne’s Dolphins had a potential game-tying drive late in the fourth.
Don't expect this trend to hold true week in and week out.
Posted on: September 20, 2010 2:52 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
Ndamukong Sun flashed dominance for the second week in a row. Suh recorded a sack against Michael Vick (he may have gotten away with a facemask on the play) and consistently pushed the interior pocket.
How about these rushing statistics for the Cowboys: Marion Barber 11 carries for 31 yards; Felix Jones 7 carries for 7 yards; Tashard Choice 1 carry for -1 yard. Somehow, you can’t help but think this is Tony Romo’s fault.
Jermichael Finley has his second career 100-yard game. Expect at least five more this season for the best tight end in the NFC.
Should we just go ahead and vote for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award now? Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had three sacks for the second week in a row. This for a guy who sat out virtually the entire preseason with a hamstring injury.
Actually, we’d better not crown Matthews yet. Mario Williams followed his stellar Week 1 performance with a shimmering outing against the Redskins. Williams recorded three sacks, two tackles for a loss and two pass deflections. It’s safe to say the Texans probably don’t win that game without him.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 145 yards on 28 carries against a fairly-staunch Dolphins D. There wasn’t a cheap yard in the bunch. Peterson put on an absolute show late in the second half, showing his familiar powerful burst and uncanny change-of-direction prowess. However, his show came to an abrupt end on the second to last drive, when the Dolphins kept him out of the end zone on four-straight plays from inside the 10.
Chris Johnson had his streak of 100-yard games snapped at 12 by a Steelers D that has given up just one 100-yard rushing performance in its last 36 outings. Johnson managed just 34 yards on 16 carries. He had an 85-yard touchdown called back because of a Eugene Amano holding penalty (even with nose tackle Casey Hampton out, the Titans center had a rough afternoon).
Shawne Merriman got on the field for the first time all season and recorded three tackles.
Tim Hightower was the lone bright spot for the Cardinals. With Beanie Wells still out with a knee injury, the third-year running back carried the entire load Sunday. Hightower rushed for 115 yards on 11 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown scamper in which he showed newfound quickness and acceleration.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chris Johnson, Clay Matthews, Dallas Cowboys, Felix Jones, Green Bay Packers, HoustonTexans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jermichael Finley, Mario Williams, Marion Barber, Mike Williams, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Philip Rivers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Randy Moss, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Shawne Merriman, Tashard Choice, Tennessee Titans, Tim Hightower, Trent Edwards, Wes Welker
Posted on: September 13, 2010 6:54 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2010 7:08 pm
Posted by Will Brinson
First things first -- I recorded a podcast preview for tonight's second game with Joel Thorman of ArrowheadPride.com and Kansas City SB Nation . Give it a listen now and go and Subscribe via iTunes to the award-winning* CBS Sports Football Podcast.
If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Now, onto what we'll be watching for in the second matchup:
1. Left Tackle Loss
Two of the biggest weapons for San Diego -- Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill -- will be absent Monday night. The latter is far more concerning, because the Bolts can't just plug-and-play a Pro Bowl offensive lineman, though. If Philip Rivers' blindside gets, um, blindsided against the Chiefs, it's only going to be tougher for San Diego to maintain their stance that McNeill should sign his (now lowered) tender.
2. Jack of All Trades
Dexter McCluster is primed for a big year. I'd be willing to bet not-so-hard-earned money on it. Even if he doesn't catch a ton of passes or rush the ball like crazy or lead the league in return yards, he'll do enough of everything in route to sparking the Chiefs' offense to draw rave reviews. That needs to start tonight, though.
Matt Cassel had a monster year for the Patriots when Tom Brady went down, and then he got straight paid. Unfortunately, he hasn't done much to justify that pay day since -- a lot of people, myself included, think Charle Weis joining Cassel in KC can result in a big year. He gets to start justifying his contract tonight.
4. D-Line Redemption
The Chiefs (still) hope that Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey can become the anchors of a dominant defensive line. Jackson's time obviously isn't running as short as Dorsey's, but they'd still like to see a significant uptick in production for their 2009 investment. If both guys can produce, the Chiefs can really be dangerous.
5. Replacing LT
Ryan Mathews has some serious hype heading into 2010 -- there's no question that he can succeed at this level, but can he adequately replace LaDainian Tomlinson? No, not the 2009 LdT -- the one who became a Hall of Famer in San Diego.
*My mother said it was awesome.
Posted on: September 9, 2010 7:45 pm
Posted by Will Brinson
It's prediction time, kiddos! And really, nothing's more awesome than putting yourself in charge of compiling these, creating HTML, squeezing them in just before the start of the first game and then being totally wrong a few months from now. The nice part is, you can make your own predictions below. Seriously, you can, and we're interested. So comment away. Or don't -- this post will be here all season long so you come back and remember just how right we all were.
Posted on: September 1, 2010 11:20 am
Sorry these are so late (I know, I know, you've had more cups of coffee than Matt Leinart's had trade rumors this morning), but in the interest of NOT making them about Leinart, I tried to dig up some funkier links. Enjoy.
Also, if we do these every morning, you know, so feel free to follow us on twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) and send us links. Either there or via email .