Carson Palmer - IAfter playing a nearly flawless game last week, Palmer looks like he has been on the team all year long. Add in a favorable match up against a soft secondary in Minnesota, and you could have a big week from the previously retired QB.
Fred Jackson - The last two weeks the Bills have failed to run Jackson over 20 times. This week they change that against the fish. Expect him to get plenty of touches this week.
Alex Smith - Not many people believe in Alex Smith, and I have not been his biggest fan either. However they trust him with the offense and he has not disappointed them yet. This week he will get to play against a weak Cardinals pass defense. Additionally, he has a full compliment of offensive weapons as Crabtree, Edwards and Davis are all healthy at the right time.
Chris Johnson - CJ has finally gotten on track, but this is going to be a tough match up for him this week. The Falcons are the 3rd ranked rush defense in the NFL at this point, and after last weeks blown game against the Saints, this team should be fired up and ready to play for a playoff run.
DeAngelo Williams - Detroit's run defense has been much better than most realize, but the occasional big play that has been creased against their wide 9 front has been deceptive. Detroit has actually done an excellent job shutting down opponents for most of each game. DeAngelo not only splits carries with Stewart and Cam, and he has not showed the burst that helped him score 20 touchdowns a few years ago. I don't think he will be able to take advantage of the match up, and has a miserable day.
Marshawn Lynch - Lynch has had some good games lately, but with the loss of both Moffit and Carpenter, I expect Seattle's run game to suffer a lot. Lynch is still a tough runner, but I wouldn't trust that o-line until they prove themselves.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Posted by Michael David Smith on November 19, 2011, 5:28 PM EST
Kris Jenkins, who played defensive tackle in the NFL for 10 seasons before retiring this year, has offered up an interesting account of life in the NFL, and why it’s anything but glamorous.
Jenkins shared his thoughts with Greg Bishop of the New York Times about how much pain an NFL career puts a player through.
“N.F.L. fans, people outside, they have no clue what goes on,” Jenkins said. “This isn’t like playing Madden. This isn’t like being the popular kid in high school. When you do those things in the real world, and it don’t work out, you still have your health. The thing about football is you’re directly playing with your life, the quality of it and the longevity of it. The stakes are up there.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 9:58 PM
Posted by Michael David Smith on November 19, 2011, 12:57 PM EST
The NFL did not fine Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan for a personal foul in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, confirming what the Redskins have been saying all along: It was a bad call.
“In my opinion it wasn’t a very good call at all‘,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said, via the Washington Post. “There was no helmet-to-helmet. I looked at the TV copy and looked at our copy. Sometimes those guys make mistakes. . . . He did not hit him in the helmet, at least from what I saw. Every now and then they’ll have a bad call.”
The penalty came when Kerrigan hit Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas while Thomas was attempting to catch a pass. The referee said it was a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver, but the video evidence didn’t appear to support that.
Kerrigan had a great game against the Dolphins, with six tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 9:52 PM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on November 18, 2011, 7:48 PM EST
We handle the biggest injury news in the rumor mill.
The rest goes right here, in the most popular running injury segment with chicken dancers.
1. 49ers running back Frank Gore (knee) is officially questionable, but he’s fully expected to start. It’s possible backup Kendall Hunterwill get more work than usual. CB Tarell Brown (knee) and DT Ray McDonald(hamstring) are also questionable.
2. Cardinals LB Joey Porter (knee) and S Kerry Rhodes (foot) are both out. At some point, I’ll stop mentioning them each week. That point will not be this week.
3. The Bills could get tackle Demetrius Bell (shoulder) back. He’s questionable, as is wideout Stevie Johnson. Safety George Wilson, who has played well this year, is doubtful with a neck injury.
4. The Panthers list TE Jeremy Shockey (ribs) as doubtful. LB Dan Connor(shoulder) is questionable, but he didn’t practice Friday.
5. We told you before A.J. Green (knee) was doubtful for the Bengals. DE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) is questionable, but was able to practice on a limited basis late in the week.
6. Ravens WR Lee Evans (ankle) is questionable after practicing on a limited basis. He’s a gametime decision, but he’s closer to playing than he has since November.Ray Lewis (foot) is officially questionable, although he’s not expected to play.
7. Redskins T Jammal Brown (groin), S LaRon Landry (achilles), and T Sean Locklear (ankle) are all questionable. Santana Moss (hamstring) is out again.
8. The Jaguars will be without DT Terrance Knighton (ankle) and DE Aaron Kampman (hamstring). Luckily, they play the Browns so you probably won’t notice.
9. RB Montario Hardesty (calf) is questionable for the Browns. He’s been out the last few weeks.
10. The Raiders are without wideout WR Jacoby Ford (foot) and RB Darren McFadden (foot). Richard Seymour (knee) and Michael Huff (ankle) both didn’t practice all week. They are questionable, but look unlikely to play.
11. Vikings LB Erin Henderson (hamstring) and TE Visanthe Shiancoe(hamstring) are both questionable. They were able to practice on a limited basis.
12. The Chargers are without four key starters: DE Luis Castillo (tibia), WRMalcom Floyd (hip), T Marcus McNeill (neck), and LB Shaun Phillips (foot) are all out. Chicago should eat up San Diego’s line.
13. Three Seahawks that suffered concussions last week are probable. WR Doug Baldwin, S Kam Chancellor, and WR Sidney Rice are all probable with “head” injuries.
14. Rams T Jason Smith (head) and RB Carnell Williams (calf) are both out. WRDanario Alexander (hamstring) is doubtful.
15. Packers DE Mike Neal (knee) is questionable for the first time in a while. He’s a gametime decision.
16. Bears CB D.J. Moore (ankle) won’t be able to get earn a fine this week. He’s doubtful.
17. Falcons T Sam Baker (back) could finally return. He’s questionable after practicing on a limited basis.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 7:45 AM