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Posted on: October 10, 2010 8:38 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 9:10 pm

Numerology Week 5: Parity Party

Posted by Will Brinson

The jury is still out on science, but the verdict on math is F-U-N, so we present the week in NFL from a numbers perspective.

0 - Undefeated teams remaining in the NFL. If an expanded schedule is coming, this might have been the last decent shot at running the table, and no one even wanted to give an effort at making Mercury Morris cry.

2 - Blocked punts by the Raiders in the first quarter as the Chargers, resulting in a touchdown and safety against the continually awful special teams unit of San Diego.  

4 - Straight games in which the Bills have allowed 30-plus points, which is the first time that has happened in their franchise's history. That is not good news.

5 - Field goals by Josh Scobee, tying a Jaguars franchise record.

7 - Losses that the NFC West has taken while traveling.  

13  - Number of times the Raiders had lost to the Chargers in a row until Sunday, when they snapped the longest losing streak to another team with a shocking 35-27 upset.

29 - Yard missed field goal by John Carney, which should do wonders for the "kicker controversy" chatter.

44 - Games since the Detroit Lions last won by more than 30 points -- they beat Denver 44-7 on November 4, 2007 and then St. Louis 44-6 on Sunday.  

90 - Number of seconds  in which Carson Palmer managed to throw quarter interceptions while doing his "best Jake Delhomme impression" and helping the Bengals hand the Buccaneers a win.  

140 - Characters in which Darrelle Revis announced that he'll be playing on Monday before the team could tell anyone. Well, technically it was 110, but either way: OchoCinco News Network strikes again!

147 - Total passing yardage that FOUR quarterbacks (Jimmy Clausen, Matt Moore, Caleb Hanie and Todd Collins) combined for in the miserable-to-watch Bears-Panthers tilt. They also managed to throw SEVEN interceptions.

290 - Total passing yardage from Philip Rivers against the Raiders … in the first half.

314 - Yardage for Kyle Orton, which keeps him on pace to break Dan Marino's record. It's worth noting that he picked up about 65 or so of those in junk time though, and that the only number that really matters here is the "1" win the Ravens picked up.

1970 - The last season no one in the NFL made it to 4-0. Parity reigns supreme.

Posted on: October 9, 2010 7:39 pm

Week 5 injury news and analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Giants at Texans

Though he’s listed as questionable, expect starting RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle) to play. But he’s not going to have an easy time against Houston’s No. 2 ranked run defense. FB Madison Hedgecock and C Shaun O’Hara are listed as out. O’Hara’s backup, Adam Koets, is probable, but he’s also been battling knee problems. Bradshaw will have to work to get his yards.

Remember last week when Osi Umenyiora was listed as questionable with a knee injury but then he ended up recording three sacks against the Bears? Yeah, Houston QB Matt Schaub probably knows about that as well. Anyway, Umenyiora is probable for this week.

Houston WR Andre Johnson is listed as questionable a week after he missed the Raiders game with an ankle injury, but he said this week that he feels great running around on the practice field. Expect him back on the field. WR Jacoby Jones, though, is doubtful with a calf injury. DE Mario Williams is questionable with a groin, but he also said that he feels like he’s got to play with his injury.

Saints at Cardinals

Our ridiculous injury report of the week goes to New Orleans, which is listing 19 players. Thirteen of those names are listed as probable (it’s almost like, “What’s the point?”). S Roman Harper (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and DE Will Smith (groin) only practiced Friday. Both are questionable. Not that it should matter facing an Arizona squad starting a rookie free agent quarterback.

For the Cardinals, WR Steve Breaston (knee) and WR Early Doucet (sports hernia) are still out. In Breaston’s place, look for undrafted rookie Stephen Williams (three catches, 32 yards last week) to get his second-straight start. Breaston and Doucet will try to return in Week 7 after the Cardinals have a bye next week.

Titans at Cowboys

The Cowboys shouldn’t have too many problems with their injuries this week. RB Chris Gronkowski (groin) is listed as questionable, but he said this week that he expects to play. He had a similar injury last year, and he didn’t miss a game. TE Jason Witten (knee), G Kyle Kosier (knee) and WR Dez Bryant (ribs) are probable.

Titans starting OG Leroy Harris didn’t practice all week, and he’s listed as questionable. Though Harris is in his first year as a starter, coach Jeff Fisher said Harris is experienced enough where he could play Sunday without practicing all week.

Chargers at Raiders

Though he’s listed as questionable, San Diego LB Shawne Merriman will play, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. RB Ryan Mathews is listed as probable, but San Diego isn’t going to rush him back from his ankle injury too soon. The Chargers have Mike Tolbert and Darren Sproles waiting in the wings if Mathews is limited or can’t play.

With S Darrell Stuckey doubtful to play, the person who will replace Steve Gregory – who was suspended four games this week for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs – likely will be Paul Oliver.

The Raiders LB corps has been hit hard – Travis Goethel and Thomas Howard are out, while Ricky Brown and Quentin Groves are questionable. RBs Darren McFadden and Michael Bennett are out, along with DT John Henderson and LG Robert Gallery.

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 3:55 pm

Pierre Thomas out for Week 5

Posted by Andy Benoit

The New Orleans Saints will be without top running back Pierre Thomas for a second straight game. Thomas hasP. Thomas (US Presswire) not practiced since injuring his ankle against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.

According to James Varney of the Times-Picayune, Thomas would try to play if this were a playoff game. But it’s Week 5, and the fourth-year pro has the rest of the season to consider. Plus, Thomas is yet to even run full speed on the ankle (he’s mainly been doing underwater exercises).

The Saints, of course, are already without No. 2 running back (and No. 1 mismatch creator) Reggie Bush. This means Ladell Betts and undrafted rookie Chris Ivory will share the rushing load against the Cardinals. This formula was efficient against the Panthers last week. Ivory rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries; Betts rushed for 47 yards on 13 carries.

Perhaps influencing the Saints’ decision to wait on Thomas is the fact that the Cardinals are currently giving up 154.8 yards per game on the ground, third worst in the NFL.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2010 6:21 pm

Costly injury for Saints

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL announced today that there are still 30 other teams in its league, all of which play outside the Twin Cities and New England areas. One of those teams is the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. And the Saints have someT. Porter (US Presswire) news: star cornerback Tracy Porter is out 3-4 weeks.

Sean Payton announced that Porter recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Porter injured his knee against Carolina (he left the game but actually returned later). To fill his void, the Saints re-signed Leigh Torrence.

Porter’s absence could be extremely debilitating to New Orleans’ secondary. Yes, the secondary has performed well despite a few injuries already. Thanks to the emergence of Malcom Jenkins, the Saints have survived without free safety Darren Sharper. And last week, Usama Young showed solid playmaking prowess filling in for an injured Roman Harper. (Sharper, who has been recovering from microfracture knee surgery, remains on PUP another two weeks; Harper was limited in practice Wednesday with his hamstring problem).

The safeties are important in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ scheme, but thanks to the scheme’s attacking nature, the safeties’ limitation can be disguised fairly easily. That’s not the case with the cornerback position. Williams relies heavily on press coverage from his defenders outside. The Saints proved to be vulnerable when their starting corners were out last season.

Randall Gay will fill in at Porter’s spot opposite Jabari Greer. Gay has starting experience and should be fine, though he doesn’t have Porter’s fluid hips to thrive in underneath man coverage. More alarming is the hole that’s now at nickel corner. First-round rookie Patrick Robinson is likely to fill it, though he has been a disappointment – perhaps even major disappointment – thus far.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 6:42 pm

NFL Week 4 Podcast Review

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 4 is in the books and why not review it, right? After all, Andy Benoit and I need to mock Chicago Bears' fans for thinking their team really that good ("that" = "3-0", not "nine sacks"), wonder who were the big winners and losers in the Redskins-Eagles game, calculate the rough percentages of the Rams being "for real," wonder how in the hell Kyle Orton is the NFL's best passer a quarter of the way through the season, talk about Jimmy Clausen's "progression," debate why Josh Scobee gets less pub for big kicks than Garrett Hartley does for little ones and much, much more.

Really, it's your one-stop shop for NFL chatter, but I'm sure you knew that already. Also, be a friend and subscribe via iTunes .

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 10:26 am

John Carney solid in latest Saint debut (sort of)

Posted by Andy Benoit

So Garrett Hartley wound up losing his job to veteran mentor John Carney after all. The 46-year-old Carney will remain on the roster for the remainder of the season – even if Hartley, who is still with the team, wins the job back. (Why, exactly, the Saints would keep both kickers is hard to say.)J. Carney

The question is, Does Hartley strictly have to win his job, or can Carney lose HIS job? Carney was 3/3 on field goals in the team’s narrow 16-14 victory over Carolina. (Drew Brees had a great line afterwards, saying “This was a 30-point day we turned into 16 points with turnovers and a lack of execution.”)

All three of Carney’s kicks were inside 40 yards. His last kick, a 25-yard game-winner, would probably have been wide left from 35 yards.
Carney does not have great range, but the Saints, with their prolific offense, don’t often rely on range. So can Carney stay accurate? And does a “barely made” 25-yard attempt constitute accuracy?

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:25 pm

Numerology: NFL Week 4

Posted by Will Brinson

The jury is still out on science, but the verdict on math is F-U-N, so we present the week in NFL from a numbers perspective.

1 - Middle fingers extended by Titans' defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil to an official upon not preferring the call on the field. Bad news: his fine is probably going to be a bigger number. Good news though is that Bud Adams will probably pay it, given his history for, um, flying birds at football games .

3 - 200-yard receiving games that Terrell Owens (and seven others) has in his career. Couldn't happen to a better guy!

8 - Consecutive games by Antonio Gates with a touchdown, just another record that he owns as a tight end. Once Tony Gonzalez retires in 2055, Gates can really work on catching his records.

25 - Yards that John Carney was able to move the football with his foot in order to ensure that Garrett Hartley is unemployed come Monday.

59 - Length of Josh Scobee's game winning kick for the Jaguars to topple the Colts Sunday. (Incidentally, that's also the number of Jags fans in attendance!)

60.2 - Quarterback rating for Donovan McNabb on Sunday. Of course, the number "one" is important too, since it's how many victories he has in Philadelphia.

67 - Games it took Maurice Jones-Drew to get 50 career rushing touchdowns, tied for the 13th fastest in NFL history. Yes, his fantasy owners are wondering why it wasn't somewhere between 64 and 66.

74 - Length of Arian Foster's third quarter touchdown run, which actually may be less important than ZERO, which is the number of carries he got in the first quarter after being benched for a "coach's decision" that made a lot of fantasy owners a whole lot of angry.

145 - Total yards from scrimmage by Charlie Batch as the Steelers lost their first game of the year. I assume everyone still thinks there's some sort of quarterback controversyin Pittsburgh?

158 - How many times Jeff Saturday and Peyton Manning have started a game together, which is the longest in post-merger NFL history. You wouldn't think you could get comfortable with your hands underneath another man's buttocks on a weekly basis, but I suppose after that many times it becomes routine.

165 - Speaking of Peyton, that's how many interception-less passes he'd tossed in a row until the third quarter against the Jaguars.

254 - Yards Steven Jackson needs to catch Eric Dickerson as the St. Louis Rams' all-time leading rusher following a 70-yard performance that helped him pass Marshall Faulk for second on the list and give him 6,991 for his career.

1,419 - Kyle Orton's passing yardage total thru four games of the 2010 season. Only Kurt Warner has a higher number in NFL history. (This is the part where we pause to let you pick up your jaw.)

12,012 - Career receiving yardage for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, the only tight end in history to cross the 12k barrier. It cannot be understated just how fantastic his career has been and, perhaps more impressively, continues to be .
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