I’m switching up the format of “What We Learned” so I can include every single NFL team instead of just a few.
New York Jets – Soooo, about that Rex Ryan defense…
New England Patriots – Two words, vintage Brady.
Buffalo Bills – David Nelson’s touchdown catch and celebration with his cheerleader girlfriend was by far the highlight for the Bills.
Miami Dolphins – Two in a row! I like their chances to make it 3 at home against the sputtering Bills. Read more…
My picks to win are in bold.
Bye Week Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Bucs
Miami Dolphins @ New York Giants
More Brandon Marshall chatter, same result.
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
A divisional match-up between 2 teams that know each other inside and out. I see Chris Johnson breaking out and running wild.
New Orleans Saints @ St. Louis Rams
Saints scored 62 points last week. Rams have 56 points for the entire season. Nuff said.
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
Battle of two rookie quarterbacks. I’ll take Cam.
Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens
Ravens get back on track at home against an inconsistent Kevin Kolb.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
Andre Johnson might be back and Jags win last week was an aberration.
Washington Redskins @ Buffalo Bills
No Santana Moss (broken hand) and no Tim Hightower (torn acl). Plus, the John Beck factor.
Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos
Tebow will play better. Lions are on a 2 game skid, and Stafford is questionable to play.
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Should be a shootout but Pat’s tight ends will be the difference.
Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers
Browns are pathetic on offense and Peyton Hillis might not play.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks
Dalton and Green will shoulder the load with Ced-Ben suspended.
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
Rex Ryan’s defense will contain Vick.
San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs are on a roll and Rivers is struggling mightily.
*Last Week: 10-3
I’ll be honest, I thought Tebow would play much better than he did and frankly he played poorly for the first 57 minutes of the game. He missed receivers left and right and took way too many sacks. To put it straight, he needs to get a lot better. But, and this a massive but, Tim Tebow won the game! He led the Broncos back from 15 points down with 3 minutes to go and eventually won on a field goal in overtime. It wasn’t pretty, in fact it was hard to watch at times but Tebow is a winner and that’s exactly what he did. Read more…
My picks to win are in bold.
Bye Week Teams: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks @ Cleveland Browns
No Hillis, but I just don’t trust Charlie Whitehurst.
Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions
Megatron goes for 100+ yards and a touchdown as the Lions get back on track at home.
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Foster will shoulder the load with Andre Johnson out.
Denver Broncos @ Miami Dolphins
Essentially a home game for Tebow.
San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets
Norv Turner will get the last laugh.
Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Bucs
No Blount on offense and McCoy on defense. Forte should go wild.
Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers
Two words: John Beck.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
Chiefs have looked good in their last two games, and Kyle Boler is starting.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Arizona Cardinals
Kolb has been awful lately.
St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys
A.J. Feeley gets the start, yea, A.J. Feeley.
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
It’s gonna be a loooong day for Christian Ponder.
Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints
Saints should roll.
Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Blaine Gabbart should be on the ground a lot.
San Francisco 49ers
A straight up beatdown of the Tampa Bay Bucs has the 49ers at a surprising 4-1 record. First year head coach Jim Harbaugh has the 49ers believing in themselves and playing with a swagger and fire last seen in the Steve Young days. Harbaugh has significantly improved the defense and has put quarterback Alex Smith into favorable positions to succeed. It’s not always flashy, but the 49ers are winning. And in a division that includes the Seahawks, Cardinals, and Rams, the 49ers are in prime position to make the playoffs. Read more…
Anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows I am one of the biggest Tim Tebow fans out there. I’ve been clamoring daily about how he deserves a chance to start and how he’ll prove he can play to a high level in the NFL. Most of my begging was to no avail but finally the time has come. Tim Tebow has been officially named the starter when the Broncos resume play against the Dolphins following their bye week.
Tebow gave a jolt to the fluttering Broncos as he replaced an ineffective Kyle Orton in the second half. There was an immediate change in basically every facet of the game once Tebow stepped onto the field. The crowd was hyped, the offense was more efficient, and the defense played with more intensity. I’m not saying that Tebow is going to be a pro-bowler or a superstar quarterback. All I’m saying is that he’s a winner and a gamer. He has intangibles you can’t teach, and he knows how to put the ball in the endzone. I’m glad he’s finally getting his shot, and I firmly believe he’ll make the most of it.
Can Chad Henne prove he’s the quarterback of the future?
Dolphins fans seem unhappy with the Wolverine alum’s inconsistency and it doesn’t look like his teammates are clamoring in his defense. I think he can be a very good NFL quarterback going forward. Henne had a 61.4% completion percentage last season, better than many notable QBs like Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton, Brett Favre, Jay Cutler, Sam Bradford, and Matt Hasselbeck. Further, Henne also threw for the fifteenth most total passing yards in the NFL in 2010. That ranked higher than some bigger name quarterbacks such as Mark Sanchez, Matt Hasselbeck, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, Matt Cassel, and David Garrard. Basically, Henne has potential and plenty of room to grow.
Will the media hysteria surrounding Tim Tebow continue to be a major distraction?
At the start of the preseason the Broncos were set to make Tim Tebow their starting quarterback as they were dangling Kyle Orton on the trading-block. Now, about a month later, many experts and media members think Tebow shouldn’t even be in the league. Tebow mania has taken over the Denver Broncos organization and has completely removed all attention on new head coach John Fox and starting QB Kyle Orton. Will the Tebow situation continue to be a distraction? You bet.
San Diego Chargers
Can they finally play up to their enormous potential?
Norv Turner is on the hot seat, again! The Chargers had the NFL’s number one rated defense and offense last season and didn’t make the playoffs. Are you kidding me!? On paper, the Chargers would have probably won two or three Super Bowls by now. Unfortunately, the games are played on the field and to put it bluntly, they better play up to their potential or else Norv Turner will be outta here.
Is Joe Flacco ready to take charge?
The Ravens lost Todd Heap and Derrick Mason, two of Flacco’s main targets. To make up for those losses they acquired Lee Evans and drafted Torrey Smith out of Maryland. Their also relying upon second year tight end Ed Dickson to fill the huge void left by Heap. With an ageing defense and young receivers, it’s now time for Flacco to step up and take the reins. Flacco has won the third most games in his first four years in NFL history, but to be honest, that was mainly due to the fact that they had an overwhelmingly suffocating defense. Flacco has only been asked to “manage the game” so far in his young career and I’m just not sold on his ability to become among the league’s best.
Is Andy Dalton the quarterback of the future?
The four-year starter at TCU has been given the tall task of trying to lead one of the worst run franchises in professional sports. To make matters worse, Dalton is without the Bengals’ best offensive weapons like Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, and potentially Cedric Benson. However, I do think Dalton has the potential to be a very solid starting quarterback in this league. Unfortunately, he has the added burden and curse of being drafted by the lowly Bengals.
In a word, yes. Phillips is most recently remembered for his less than stellar tenure as head coach/defensive coordinator with the Cowboys. However, when solely focusing on defense coach Phillips is among the better coordinators. Phillips has had great success as the defensive coordinator for the Broncos, Bills, Falcons, and Chargers. Couple the hiring of Phillips with the additions of Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning and I believe the Texans defense will be much improved.
Can Kerry Collins hold down the fort in Peyton Manning’s absence?
Peyton Manning’s neck injury has Colts fans holding their collective breath. Kerry Collins was brought in to steer the ship in case Manning isn’t ready to play, but I really don’t see Collins making much of a difference in the win/loss column. The Colts offense is built around repetition, timing, and audibles and Collins hasn’t been with the team nearly long enough to grasp any one of those aspects of the offense. Honestly, I think Curtis Painter is a much better option at quarterback should Manning miss any games.