Tag:Terrell Owens
Posted on: October 22, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 6:23 pm

Strolling the Sideline: Epic 'passing' numbers

Posted by Will Brinson

There are eight divisions in football. You probably know that.

What you might not know is that there are 13 teams in first place right now. 13! That's the first time in NFL history that this many teams have been in first place six weeks into the year.

Want more proof that there's parity in the NFL? For only the second time in history, there are 21 teams with a .500 or better record -- which is bananas, frankly.

Not to mention Cincinnati and Minnesota at 2-3 and we have the three cellar dwellers of the AFC West kicking it at 2-4. (Granted, they're not within "striking distance" of .500, but they're just two games back of first place.)

All of that is to say, there are only four teams that you can reasonably say are finished six weeks into the year -- the Panthers, the Bills, the Browns and the Lions.

Even Detroit's got a shot given how topsy-turvy that division looks.

Of course, this isn't playing out with just shoddy football -- 51 games this year have been decided by eight points or less, which is equal to the third highest number through seven weeks since 1994.

Factor in that only two games this week have spreads of more than 10 points (nine games are your standard "three-pointers"), and it's pretty obvious that, right now, we have some of the most even-field-football going on in a long time.

Make sure to enjoy it.

Remember how the Atlanta Falcons gave up some big plays to the Eagles? Well, that's part of their "thing" -- they have a talented defense but one that's young and it can burn them if teams take shots downfield.

That could be problematic in Week 7, considering that Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco rank second and fourth, respectively, in active players with receptions of 40-plus yards.

Enjoy a good shootout? Like watching fantasy players pile up points? Then you should probably check out the Jaguars-Chiefs game. Jacksonville tops the league with eight 40-yard-plus passes allowed and give up an obscene 8.8 yards per pass to opponents, not to mention 263.7 yards per game in the air. KC's not that much better, having given up five 40-plus bombs and 249.4 yards per game through the air so far this season.

Of course, they haven't played Trent Edwards and/or Todd Bouman all year, though.


Neither the Jaguars or the Chiefs are so bad against the pass that they're on pace to "top" the most passing yards allowed per game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, a distinction held by the 1995 Atlanta Falcons, who coughed up an average of 283.8 yards per game. The Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks are all currently "better" (it's actually worse, but it's Friday, and we're feeling generous). Out of the three, clearly the Texans look the worst, allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 68.9 percent of their passes for 306.2 yards per game so far, with a QB rating of 106.3, 8.2 yards per completion and 14 total TDs to four interceptions. Things are very, very bad. We'll talk about whether they can keep it up next week, as they're on bye now.

But the Redskins and Seahawks are both playing, so it's worth questioning whether or not they can give up enough yardage to stay on pace. The Seahawks get Max Hall and the Cardinals, so it doesn't seem likely that they'll cough up 290 yards -- this is the same Cards team that upset the defending champs without scoring an offensive touchdown last week.

The Redskins get the Bears, who despite running a Mike Martz high-flying passing offense, are mediocre as mess this season, ranking 22nd in the league in passing yards per game at 192.8; Jay Cutler, as you may know, has been sacked approximately 342 times so far (okay, "only" 27), and he's thrown six touchdowns against three picks.

In short, it doesn't seem likely that either team will be close to the Texans after this week -- even if you tack on 50 yards t the Bears and Cardinals respective averages (because, you see, they're going against poor passing defenses) the Redskins end the week with 290.26 yards allowed per game and the Seahawks fall all the way to 276.10 per game.

If either one plays well, or Max Hall and Jay Cutler act like Max Hall and Jay Cutler, the Texans could be far and away up top for an amazingly "productive" season against the pass. 

The Chargers are the top team in the NFL in terms of offensive and defensive yardage, and yet, have a losing record.

Is raw yardage an impossibly silly statistic to use in terms of gauging the best team in the NFL? Absolutely, although it's not usually indicative of a team that's 2-4.

In 2009, the Saints (Super Bowl champions) were the top offensive yardage team, while the Jets were the top defensive yardage team. In 2008, it was the Saints and Steelers (Super Bowl champions). In 2007, it was the Patriots (Super Bowl participants) and Steelers. In … well, you get where I'm going here, right?

Andy and I discussed the rarity of this in our podcast, but just how abnormal is it? Michael David Smith notes at the Wall St. Journal that only eight teams since the 1970 merger have ever led both offensive and defensive yardage in a week. Although out of those eight, several led multiple weeks, for a total of 18 weeks, but we're talking all-time great teams here, with the 1972 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots in the mix.

Amazingly, Brett Favre doesn't already (by himself) hold a longevity record -- he and John Elway are currently tied for most games started in one stadium, with 118, which, by the way, is an absolutely bananas number when you consider that free agency exists, teams only play half their games at home and how hard it is to get even 16 straight starts.

Anyway, Elway obviously has all 118 of his at Mile High Stadium -- Favre, as you might have guessed, has started 118 at Lambeau Field.

All complaints about the drama surrounding Favre aside, it's still incredibly ironic/amazing that he'll break that record as a Minnesota Viking.

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Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:34 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 5:37 pm

Owens criticizes Roethlisberger suspension

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s with reluctance that we even draw attention to this story. After all, we’re giving a link to the T.Ocho Show, which is on Versus but, judging off this clip, fails to live up to even public access television standards.

But we’re offering the pub because, recently on the show, Terrell Owens said Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension, when compared to Michael Vick’s suspension, was not fair. He didn’t offer any substantial explanation, though he hinted that race was a factor. (Chad Ochocinco, with more than a little hesitation, agreed.)

Neither player had any clue what they were talking about, and neither had anything insightful to say. But, they’re household names (in part because of shows like this), which means, odds are, most of you care.

So, here’s the clip.

The errors in this are egregious almost to the point of slanderous. Roethlisberger was not suspended for sexual assault – he was suspended for a pattern of off-field behavior that cast an unflattering light on the league. He’s never been charged with a crime (including in his motorcycle accident, which, by the way, has nothing to do with his character).

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Posted on: October 20, 2010 3:21 pm

Rey Maualuga talks big hits, concussions

Posted by Will Brinson

Rey Maualuga joined the CBSSports.com Football Podcast Wednesday -- just in time to discuss the changes in the NFL's policy for suspending and fining players for "big hits."

We got Rey's take on those changes (I don't want to speak for him, so you make the call, but he didn't sound particularly enamored) and what he'll do to adjust his game in light of the differences.

We also discuss what life's like in the Bengals locker room with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, how the Bengals are handling two straight close losses heading into the bye, and some of the stuff he's doing with Under Armour to help stay safe on the field.

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2010 12:54 pm

Tweet costs Owens $5,000

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL has fined Terrell Owens $5,000 for tweeting too close to game time, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.T. Owens

One hour before kickoff of last week’s game, Owens (or someone who works for Owens – it doesn’t matter in the eyes of the NFL), tweeted: "A lucky fan wearing my jersey 2day will get a signed football by Me & Ocho Cinco! My asst will pick U out!! Good luck!"

League rules prohibit players from tweeting within 90 minutes of kickoff. Owens’ fine is the going rate for pregame tweets; earlier in the season Darnell Dockett was docked (or “Docketted”) $5,000 for the same infraction.

Owens admitted his violation after the game and complained that he was “unappreciated for something noble or (for) the charitable things that I've done." (The football he referred to in his tweet was a donation.)

But in the NFL, rules are rules.

During the preseason, Owens’ BFF, Chad Ochocinco, was fined $25,000 for tweeting DURING a game. (Just curious…if a player was ever stupid enough to tweet during a regular-season game, do you think the fine would be even larger than 25K?)

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:19 pm

Hot Routes 10.11.10 boxscore tidbits Week 5

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

LeSean McCoy, playing with cracked ribs, had 92 yards on 18 carries at San Francisco.

Michael Crabtree came into Sunday’s game with just 11 catches for 139 yards on the season. Against the Eagles, Crabtree caught nine balls for 105 yards and his first touchdown.

The Jaguars became the latest team to plaster the Bills defense with 200 yards rushing. Maurice Jones-Drew had 84 of those yards on 19 carries. Sixth-round rookie Deji Karim added 70 yards on 15 carries. Karim also had a 51-yard kick return.

The Bills have allowed at least 150 yards rushing in 13 of their last 19 games.

Marcedes Lewis caught a pair of touchdowns for the Jags. Frustrated No. 1 receiver Mike Sims-Walker also got into the end zone (his second TD on the year). Sims-Walker, who was blanked for the second time last week, finished with four receptions for 46 yards.

Derrick Harvey got half a sack for the Jags. (Is it sad that this felt necessary to report?)

Cedric Benson topped the century mark on the ground for the first time this season, rushing for 144 yards against the Bucs.

Bucs rookie wideout Mike Williams had the best game of his young career. Williams, targeted 11 times, had seven receptions for 99 yards and a score – and against a very stellar Bengals secondary.

Terrell Owens went over 100 yards for the second week in a row, while Chad Ochocinco had just 20 yards on three catches. Ochocinco has been held to three or four catches and less than 60 yards receiving in each game since the team’s Week 1 blowout loss to the Patriots.

In the Bengals-Bucs game, the starting safeties for both teams finished first and second in total tackles for their teams.

If you’re wondering who will replace Mark Clayton as the go-to guy in St. Louis…Danny Amendola was targeted 19 times against Detroit.

The Rams were awful giving up 44 points, but on the bright side, it was the first time all season that they’ve allowed more than 17 points. (For what it’s worth, the defense was technically only responsible for 30 of the points Sunday.)

Adam Vinatieri knocked in four field goals for the Colts on Sunday (none of them Super Bowl game-winners, though). It marked the 16th time in the likely future Hall of Famer’s career that he’s made at least four kicks.

Until Sunday, the Redskins had not won back-to-back games since Weeks 7 and 8 of the 2008 NFL season.

Thanks to a 71-yard scamper, Brandon Jackson needed just 10 carries to post a career-high 115 yards rushing against the Redskins.

Six different Redskins had at least 20 yards receiving Sunday. Chris Cooley, Anthony Armstrong and Santana Moss combined for 271.

In addition to a crucial overtime interception, LaRon Landry had a team-high 13 tackles. The fourth-year safety is having a career year playing in Jim Haslett’s scheme.

The Panthers had 62 yards net passing Sunday. That would look bad if not for the fact that the Bears had 29 yards.

Jonathan Stewart had 30 yards on eight carries. More noteworthy is that it was his second most productive game on the season.

Baltimore outrushed Denver by 194 yards.

Days after complaining about his role in the offense, T.J. Houshmandzadeh was targeted only three times. Hey, at least Anquan Boldin was only targeted three times. Housh had two catches, 24 yards. Boldin had one catch, eight yards.

Andre Johnson had five catches for 95 yards, but he was held to just one catch for most of the afternoon. His numbers game in quasi-garbage time.

Osi Umenyiora notched two more sacks. He has six on the season, five in the last two games.

The Texans had a franchise-low 24 yards rushing against the Giants. The previous franchise low was 25 yards against the Jets in 2006.

After the loss at Arizona, the Saints are just 7/19 in the red zone this season.

Saints Cardinals nearly gave us the perfect time of possession balance. Saints: 30:01; Cardinals: 29:59.

Beanie Wells got 20 carries but mustered just 35 yards.

Michael Huff had 11 tackles and a sack for the Raiders. Of course, he was also part of a secondary that yielded 431 yards through the air.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 1:03 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 5:27 pm

Brady, Moss separated in locker room

Posted by Will Brinson

Charley Casserly, appearing on our television mother ship, dropped a pretty large bomb, reporting that Randy Moss and Tom Brady had to be separated in the locker room following a fight that revolved around hair insults.

Apparently, Brady told Moss that he should shave his beard and Moss told Brady he needed to hit up the barber so he'd look less like Justin Bieber (actually, Moss reportedly told Brady he looked like a girl, but the Bieber joke would've been much funnier, no?).

Earlier today, Michael Irvin started ranting with Terrell Owens about Tom Brady remaining silent in the wake of his team trading his best deep target -- it's pretty safe to say there's a good reason why you haven't heard Brady get angry that the team did what they did.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 12:34 pm

A fine could be coming TO's way

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier we told you about how Bengals WR Terrell Owens thinks he’s pretty much playing for free. While that’s awfully debatable – as the millions of unemployed citizens would trade his salary for theirs – he probably soon will figure out that it REALLY sucks to have to pay to come to work.

At about noon today, Owens tweeted this: “A lucky fan wearing my jersey 2day will get a signed football by Me & Ocho Cinco! My asst will pick U out!! Good luck!”

As Chad Ochocinco taught us, tweeting less than 90 minutes before kickoff or before the media postgame session is complete is a violation of the NFL’s social media policy. Since he – or one of his associates – posted that message an hour before the Bengals-Buccaneers game kicks off, that might be a problem.

As Bengals Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner Jr. points out, Ochocinco was fined $25,000 for tweeting in the middle of a preseason game. Looks like Owens could be the second Bengals player to face a fine for tweeting inappropriately.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 11:35 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 11:38 am

TO says he's basically 'playing for free'

Posted by Will Brinson

Watch out world -- for a brief minute on Sunday morning, Terrell Owens appeared to become self-aware, somehow comprehending that the perception of him is "not good."

It only lasted a brief second, but it was surprisingly gorgeous, during the first part of Michael Irvin's NFL Network conversation with TO.

"I really can't tell you how it makes me feel, but I understand why people didn't come knocking on my door." Owens said to Irvin. "It's because of the perception of who I am as a person."

The smart route here, by the way, would involve saying something like "It's okay that I'm misunderstood, but I should have done a better job of making my image blah-blah-blah." The Terrell Owens route, though, somehow involves undermining his deal with the Bengals.

[That perception] is not good, and that's why I was on the street," Owens responded to Irvin's 'and that perception is?' "That's why basically -- the contract I have right now, it's basically like I'm playing for free. So I have to be careful what I do, because it's the 'perception' of who I am -- the media portrayal of who I am."

This is 100 percent LOL-worthy -- if Owens gets a bad rap in the media (and he does), he has it coming and has never done anything to warrant any other reputation. 

But maybe Irvin and Owens were just slugging the Bananas-flavored Kool-Aid before the interview. After all, how else would you explain what Michael Irvin said after the interview?

"ABSOLUTELY they don't appreciate the wide receiver play in the National Football League like they should," he shouted.

This line of thinking also tied in with the interview -- Irvin and Owens anonymously tag-teamed Jeff Garcia (Irvin said that he "got his money but won't go and say 'I need this guy that really helped me get my money'") and Tom Brady (who hasn't gotten really, really angry about his team trading Randy Moss, and that's clearly just wrong of him) for reasons relating to not being a wideout.

Mercifully, the rest of the NFL Network crew stepped in to let Irvin know that wide receiver isn't as important as he thinks it is. It's worth noting, though, that Irvin had a good point hiding somewhere in the high-volumed analysis -- wide receivers don't get the love that other positions do, particularly in relation to the Hall of Fame. 

But that's a problem better fought without using TO as an argument.

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