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Hot Starts Extinguished: How Do These 4 NFL Teams Pull It Back Together?

A hobbled Big Ben struggled against Baltimore as Pittsburgh lost their third straight game. (Getty Images)

A hobbled Big Ben struggled against Baltimore as Pittsburgh lost their third straight game. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

At the end of Week 5 this season, the Eagles, Steelers, Packers and Vikings all had reason to feel great about themselves. With a combined 15-3 record their seasons were off to great starts, with a few of those teams (Eagles and Vikings) being bigger surprises than others (Packers and Steelers). In the ensuing weeks the wheels have fallen off each respective bandwagon. These 4 teams’ great expectations have come to a screeching halt, combining for a putrid 2-12 record since Week 5. What’s going wrong? And what chance does each team have of pulling things together and salvaging a playoff spot? Continue reading

Odell and Eli Steal the Show in the Worst Way

 

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Odell Beckham Jr. continued to be a distraction in Week 4, while also failing to produce in any meaningful way.  (credit: Foxsports.com)

– Jim Bearor

My biggest takeaway from this game is that the Vikings are very much for real, and their defense is arguably the best in the league. Sam Bradford was in control throughout, converting third downs and spreading the ball around nicely. As good as Minnesota’s offense looked, the lack of production from McAdoo’s offense made New York’s defense look worse than they were. Things on Spagnuolo’s side of the ball were actually going alright considering they were rolling with Trevin Wade in the place of Eli Apple, and Jonathan Casillas had a bad, costly missed tackle that led to a 14-0 Vikings lead. The way I saw it, the defense hung in there and gave Manning and the offense ample opportunities to get rolling, and yet again, Eli, Beckham, and the boys stood them up. Continue reading

The Flagrant Foul: Week 3 NFL Roundup

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills

LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills ran amok in Sunday’s home thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals (Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY)

– Bill Annechino

With another great football Sunday in the books (and the first official football Sunday of fall!), let’s take a run through the league and see what stood out.   Continue reading

The Hard Foul Podcast: Cian Fahey from Football Outsiders

cian faheyWe were lucky enough to be joined once again by Cian Fahey, NFL analyst for Football Outsiders, Bleacher Report and author of the Pre Snap Reads Quarterback Catalog. He’s also one of the best follows for NFL analysis on Twitter, you can follow him at @CianAF.

Host Evan Sally and Cian spoke in depth about the Bills troubles on both sides of the ball. Evan asked Cian if Tyrod can bounce back from his start of the season, what the value of firing an offensive coordinator is and if Rex’s approach can work in the 2016 version of the NFL. They also went around the league, as Evan asked about the problems surrounding Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s offense, if Minnesota might be better despite losing Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson, if Carson Wentz is for real and much more.

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The Flagrant Foul: Week 2 NFL Roundup

Who's the real culprit for the Bills problems?

Who’s the real culprit for the Bills problems? Is GM Doug Whaley to blame? (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino


Jets @ Bills (Thursday):

So, by now everyone knows that the Bills’ insanely reactionary answer to Thursday night’s embarrassment was to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman.  Many people have also (correctly) pointed out that it wasn’t Greg Roman’s offense that gave up 37 points and 500 yards.  I’ve seen various reactions from the Bills’ Mafia calling for Rob or Rex Ryan’s head, but that really misses the bigger point:  Doug Whaley is the worst GM in football.  Continue reading