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Archive: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

Sunday Line Chatter, Week 2

Howdy! We're here to pick all the NFL games this weekend, and we can only hope to do as well as we did in Week 1, when we were all within a game of .500. Happily for Dave and Des,...

By David, Des and Matt | September 12, 2008; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Post Gameday Chat, Week 2: Games We Want to Watch

Chicago (+3) at Carolina Matt Bonesteel: Kyle Orton sure had a lot of Ravens-era Trent Dilfer in him the other night. David Larimer: this one is tough. David Larimer: i'll go with the panthers, only cuz they're at home and...

By David, Des and Matt | September 12, 2008; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Post Gameday Chat, Week 2: Games We'll Skip in Favor of Whatever's on the Lifetime Channel

Oakland (+3.5) at Kansas City David Larimer: The Raiders are already hilarious Matt Bonesteel: I think there's a WNBA game on during this timeslot. bielerd: another rivalry game. these teams are bitterly contesting which one is lousier. Matt Bonesteel: I'll...

By David, Des and Matt | September 12, 2008; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Post Gameday Chat, Week 2: Games We Might Want to Watch

Tennessee (+1.5) at Cincinnati bielerd: I know Cincy's at home, but how are they favored? they got handled last week by a team in the Ravens that's like Titans Lite David Larimer: This is a line that weirds me out....

By David, Des and Matt | September 12, 2008; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Orleans at Washington, Week 2

There will be defense. Or so each team hopes.

By David Larimer | September 12, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, Week 2

The Giants try to keep rolling on the road. The Rams try not to roll over.

By David Larimer | September 12, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Week Two Picks

Mediocrity, in chart form.

By David, Des and Matt | September 12, 2008; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (2)

Indianapolis at Minnesota, Week 2

Fun fact of the day: The Colts are 2-16 when Peyton Manning throws the ball more than 45 times in a game. It was 2-15 entering the season, but that was before Manning passed 49 times in a 29-13 loss...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Green Bay at Detroit, Week 2

The Lions have a balanced defense -- theyr'e bad against the run and the pass

By Desmond Bieler | September 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leave Al Davis Alone

If the Raiders' owner wants to coach, let him. The guy has forgotten more about football than most owners know.

By Cindy Boren | September 12, 2008; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (7)

But Is It Art?

The Ravens' Art Modell still tops the list.

By Jon DeNunzio | September 12, 2008; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (8)

Defending the Meddlers

These teams are toys for the owners. Very expensive toys, but still toys.

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (12)

Atlanta at Tampa Bay, Week 2

Nothing frolics like a Falcon.

By David Larimer | September 12, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tennessee at Cincinnati, Week 2

The Titans may be without Vince Young, but that's small comfort to the Bengals

By Desmond Bieler | September 12, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

San Francisco at Seattle, Week 2

Seahawks' theme song: "Broken Wings."

By David Larimer | September 12, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

San Diego at Denver, Week 2

Now that linebacker Shawne Merriman has stopped getting second and third and 10th opinions about the torn ligaments in his left knee and has decided to have season-ending surgery, the Chargers finally have moved past all those injury distractions and...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 12, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where it Counts, Davis Is the Worst

Success in the NFL is measured by money.

By Lindsay Applebaum | September 12, 2008; 1:18 AM ET | Comments (5)

Chicago at Carolina, Week 2

Based on their Week 1 upset of the Colts, it looks as if the Bears aren't asking too much from quarterback Kyle Orton. Which is probably a good thing. Entering this season, Orton had thrown for 12 touchdown passes and...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 11, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Baltimore at Houston, Week 2

Ravens rookie QB Joe Flacco survived Week 1, but can he survive Mario Williams?

By Desmond Bieler | September 11, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oakland at Kansas City, Week 2

It's Lane's Kiffin's team. But it's not his defense.

By David Larimer | September 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Week 2

Browns Coach Romeo Crennel needs to impart his defensive expertise, like, now-ish

By Desmond Bieler | September 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Beauty and The Boy

Celebrity girlfriends are distractions. Period. There is a beautiful price you risk paying for the company of such a woman.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 11, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Miami at Arizona, Week 2

Featuring the top two quarterbacks in NFL history!***

By David Larimer | September 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Philadelphia at Dallas, Week 2

8:30 p.m. Monday ESPN Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was sacked 44 times last season, second most in his career. Last week against the Rams, he wasn't sacked at all. He had only three games with at least three touchdown passes...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 11, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Distraction is the Attraction!

Celebrity girlfriends, like any other outside influence, will be as much or as little a distraction as the athlete will allow.

By Doug Farrar | September 11, 2008; 8:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

New England at New York Jets, Week 2

4:15 p.m. Just once, it would be refreshing for NFL players to tell us what they really think. For instance, this week would have been the perfect time for a Jets player to say, in regards to Patriots quarterback Matt...

By Matthew Bonesteel | September 11, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Buffalo at Jacksonville, Week 2

The Jags' offensive line needs help -- but it's getting Marcus Stroud

By Desmond Bieler | September 11, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Fame More Problems

With more fame and fortune comes more responsibility and critique. It's up to the player to handle it.

By Peter Schaffer | September 11, 2008; 1:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stick to Singing, Jessica

It may sound ridiculous that a seemingly playful retort from Simpson could serve as motivation, but NFL players and coaches use any means necessary to gain a mental edge.

By Gene Wang | September 11, 2008; 1:12 AM ET | Comments (7)

I Think They Can Handle It ...

Pro athletes have had attractive girlfriends since middle school. They know the drill.

By Jon DeNunzio | September 11, 2008; 12:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Solution: Play Well, Win

Then No One Will Care

By Mark Maske | September 10, 2008; 9:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giant Statement for NFC

Forget injuries, the wheel started turning after the last Super Bowl

By Zach Leibowitz | September 10, 2008; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fans May Think So

It will be the longest, most tortured year of Brady and Merriman's careers. But it doesn't necessarily mean the balance of power will shift from AFC to NFC.

By Jess Atkinson | September 10, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Power Shifts to NFC

After years of dominance the AFC will take a fall this season.

By Mark Maske | September 9, 2008; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

I Come to Not Yet Bury

The field will level with NFC wins, not AFC injury losses.

By David Larimer | September 9, 2008; 9:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two-letter Answer: N.O.

The glitz still fits the AFC better.

By Cindy Boren | September 9, 2008; 8:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

In Dispense of Brady

Before Tom Brady started taking the snaps, Belichick was a career 41-55 head coach.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 9, 2008; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fear the Man in the Hoody

Belichick is so respected and feared that Congress investigated him for cheating.

By Emil Steiner | September 9, 2008; 3:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

QB's Close, but Coach's the One

The common denominator, and the architect of the only true dynasty of the salary cap era, is the indispensable one.

By Doug Farrar | September 9, 2008; 2:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Coach, QB Both Indispensable

Either One Without The Other Doesn't Work

By Mark Maske | September 8, 2008; 10:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Pats Will Rally

Bill Belichick is a genius at D. He's going to go to work is his laboratory and come up with a plan to get his squad to play well, maybe even better.

By Keenan McCardell | September 8, 2008; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (3)

Pats Down, Not Out

No team will react as well to such a loss as Bill Belichick and his Patriots coaching staff.

By Dick Vermeil | September 8, 2008; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (11)

Brady's ACL Changes AFC

There could be a situation in which the balance of power in the NFL shifts dramatically.

By Doug Farrar | September 8, 2008; 2:15 AM ET | Comments (4)

Knee-Deep in Trouble

Patriots fans would gladly let Brady wear a Yankees hat to his hearts content if it meant a healthy ACL.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 8, 2008; 1:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dynasty, Interrupted

But Not Ended For Good

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2008; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (9)

 
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