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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


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: Wentz Wagon Edition

Only two games in, but Carson Wentz looks up to the task. (Getty Images)

Only two games in, but Carson Wentz looks up to the task. (Getty Images)

Bill Annechino

The Eagles look to have struck gold with Carson Wentz, 2 starts into his career.  What stands out the most to me is his willingness to take what the defense is giving him.  I haven’t seen him make a terrible decision with the football in either of his starts yet.  His receivers also have not been giving him much help in this game, with several big drops.  Make no mistake, Wentz played a great game and if his receivers had done their job, his stat line would have been truly impressive.  Doug Pederson deserves a lot of credit for not only resisting the urge to play Chase Daniel (a player he knows well from his years in Kansas City) but also for incorporating RPO (that’s run-pass-option) plays into their offense that Wentz ran in college.   Continue reading

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

The NFC East: The Division That Makes No Sense

NFC East


Jim Bearor

Over the past couple months, I’ve been ingesting more than the standard dosage of NFL, and the side effects seem relatively mild so I don’t plan on cutting back anytime soon. My mind is usually all over the place anyway, but lately I’ve caught myself making ridiculous connections between things totally unrelated to football, and whatever player, team, or situation could be analogous to the subject at hand. I’m zoning out in the middle of conversations and wondering if I’m crazy for thinking the Broncos won’t make the playoffs, or if my expectations are too high for this whole RGIII renaissance. I’m reading articles, sifting through stats, and listening to podcasts whenever I can afford to – and sometimes even when I can’t – but this is all stuff I can live with. Football is life right now, that’s just the way it is. There are teams and players I’m more familiar with than others, but for the most part, I feel like I’ve got a solid grasp of the league in its current standing. That being said, the longer I spend trying to wrap my head around the NFC East – the division my beloved Giants call home – the less confident I am in my understanding of it.
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