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Archive: December 2008

December 31st Winner: MIDAS 20874

Norv may not be enshrined in Canton after his career is over. But no one should doubt his offensive mind.

By TOP COMMENTER | December 31, 2008; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Westbrook Coast Offense

Adrian Peterson is gearing up for his first playoff appearance in the NFL. Let's hope for his sake he doesn't fumble it away.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 31, 2008; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's All About Touches

The Eagles can win this game without Westbrook. If Peterson doesn't get on track, it'll be a long day - All Day - for the Vikes.

By Dan Levy | December 30, 2008; 8:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Give Norv a Break

Mention the name Norv Turner around these parts -- and by that I mean the Washington-metropolitan area -- and you're likely to get vitriolic reaction. Turner spent nearly two full seasons coaching the Redskins, and most of it was tumultuous....

By Gene Wang | December 30, 2008; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

It's Norv's Team Now

In taking the Chargers back to the playoffs after some tough obstacles, he's made it his team

By Doug Farrar | December 30, 2008; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Norv Turning Around

Norv Turner isn't that different than Tony Dungy once was -- on thin ice until he wins a Super Bowl.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 30, 2008; 7:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Good Job, Norv

Bad breaks, not bad coaching, got San Diego in trouble.

By Jon DeNunzio | December 30, 2008; 7:24 AM ET | Comments (0)


Cards passing more dangerous, but their defense will let them down.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 29, 2008; 8:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons, Pass to Run

This will be a road game for the Falcons, but they have what it takes to end the Cardinals' season much more than Arizona looks like a playoff winner.

By Doug Farrar | December 29, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons: Vulnerable Through the Air?

Cutler and Brees beat Atlanta, so why not Warner?

By Jon DeNunzio | December 29, 2008; 7:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Running It Up

Turner is the reason why Atlanta will beat Arizona on Saturday.

By Gene Wang | December 29, 2008; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos-Chargers Rivalry?

The fundamentals of this rivalry are in place, a shared hatred, a blown call and match-up this weekend with the playoffs at stake.

By Emil Steiner | December 25, 2008; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Perfection Lion Down

The Lions are 60 minutes away from history: When will you have the chance to watch the most perfect form of inepititude ever witnessed in professional football?

By Zach Leibowitz | December 25, 2008; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (23)

Fins-Jets the One to Watch

Look for the Dolphins to take this game and complete the most amazing single-season turnaround in league history. That's your must-see game for Week 17.

By Doug Farrar | December 25, 2008; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Was Wes Welker's Snow Angel Fine Fair?

But was the league punishment fair?

By Emil Steiner | December 24, 2008; 7:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 25th Winner FamillePetersen

Brett and Lance [Armstrong] need to develop a new life outside sports.

By TOP COMMENTER | December 24, 2008; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Can Still Play

He can still play well if he wants to keep playing.

By Dan Reeves | December 23, 2008; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Not Again!

One teary retirement announcement is all you get, even if you're Brett Favre.

By Mark Maske | December 23, 2008; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

On His Own Time

Far be it from any of us to tell him when it's time to leave the game for good.

By Gene Wang | December 23, 2008; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Throwing in the Towel

One can only hope that he goes out with the same class he has employed during his Hall of Fame career.

By Peter Schaffer | December 23, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brett, Decide Soon!

Sadly, I think we're in for months of media overkill before we get the decision.

By Doug Farrar | December 23, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 23rd Winner: WPRIOLEAU

No one choked like the Cowboys (and I am a Cowboy fan). We need a championship gut to go with all that glitter.

By TOP COMMENTER | December 22, 2008; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Grounded

The Eagles blew it, but the Jets crashed and burned.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 22, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hard-Luck Bucs

Three weeks, three losses and they have no-one to blame but themselves.

By Doug Farrar | December 22, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reid Too Stubborn

You could say Jets, but it's the Eagles who dropped the ball... twice or I wouldn't be writing this.

By David Aldridge | December 22, 2008; 6:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Badly Need a Win

The New York Giants have the most at stake this weekend in their matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

By Gene Wang | December 19, 2008; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Giants Need it Most

At this point, no elite team needs home cooking more than New York.

By Doug Farrar | December 19, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

ATL Needs a W

None of the above, it's Atlanta.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 19, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Peyton Manning: MVP?

After leading the Colts through a seven-game winning streak and back into the playoffs, has Peyton Manning locked up the MVP?

By Emil Steiner | December 19, 2008; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

December 18th Winner: Samson151

Turner couldn't carry the burden Peterson does in Minnesota. He's not a home run back.

By TOP COMMENTER | December 18, 2008; 10:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's Peterson By a Half-Step

Both have been superb this season. But Peterson, right now, is the league MVP.

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2008; 4:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Running Back the Clock

If teams reverted back to the power running game, players like Peterson and Turner would see both an increase in their salaries and endorsements.

By Peter Schaffer | December 18, 2008; 9:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Burner Is the Fantasy Man

Not that you'd go wrong selecting either, but "Burner" Turner is the better choice by the slimmest of margins.

By Gene Wang | December 18, 2008; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Yo, Adrian!

Unlike Turner, Peterson has the lateral movement, the speed and gets it done despite being the primary focus of every defense he faces.

By Doug Farrar | December 18, 2008; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (2)

Atlanta's Turner-round

You can't lose either way, so since it's a game of inches here, I'll go with Turner to cross the goal line first.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 18, 2008; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Debating Peyton

Peyton Manning deserves to be start for many reasons, none of which has to do with him being one of the most recognized faces in the NFL.

By Gene Wang | December 17, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Peyton's Place Is In

As long as he's not injured Manning deserves to go to the Pro Bowl every year.

By Dick Vermeil | December 17, 2008; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Peyton's Body of Work

Why would you chose a 6-8 quarterback whose team won't even make the playoffs?

By Zach Leibowitz | December 17, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who's Statistically Better?

Well... there are stats, and there are stats.

By Doug Farrar | December 17, 2008; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Blue Nightmare

The Giants are playing up to the level we'd expect in December -- mediocre.

By Emil Steiner | December 16, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Titans Are More Vulnerable

The Giants are still the Super Bowl favorite in the NFC. The Titans never were the Super Bowl favorite in the AFC, and still aren't.

By Mark Maske | December 16, 2008; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Both Could Lose

Don't be surprised if the one-seeds have changed in both conferences by Sunday night.

By Doug Farrar | December 16, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Slaying the Giants

New York is on the verge of being mauled by Panthers. The damage could be too great for the defending champs to overcome in the playoffs.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 16, 2008; 9:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 16th Winner: delOH

Al Davis gets a free pass, he's not hitting on all eight. Jerry Jones hasn't won a post season game since Super Bowl XXX. Maybe the football gods are punishing him.

By TOP COMMENTER | December 15, 2008; 10:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Snyder Has Failed

Snyder's unwillingness to bring in a true general manager and step aside is at the heart of everything that's rotten.

By David Aldridge | December 15, 2008; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (5)

Time to Own Up Guys

I can't decide if I'd sack Al Davis or Daniel Snyder first. So, I'm going to take a .5 sack on each and call it a day.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 15, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

McCoy and Bradford Do

Although Heisman winning quarterback rarely make it, expect this year's winner to have a successful NFL career.

By Peter Schaffer | December 12, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sam I Am

Bradford has the build and the golden arm to make it happen.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 12, 2008; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

What About Stafford?

The more you see of spread offenses in the NCAA, the more the NFL will have to view the stats they're seeing with a careful eye.

By Doug Farrar | December 12, 2008; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are the Dallas Cowboys Done?

Or can Romo and TO patch things up and get "America's Team" into the playoffs? Readers Decide.

By Emil Steiner | December 12, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not Overrated, Oft-Injured

He is the Saints franchise as long as he's healthy.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 11, 2008; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oddly Positioned Player

He's not a standard running back, nor is he a standard receiver.

By Doug Farrar | December 11, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

December 11th Winner: TRIPPIN

Alcohol may cause problems, but football games aren't supposed to be Quaker's Meeting for 60,000, with no laughing, no talking and no showing your teeth.

By TOP COMMENTER | December 11, 2008; 8:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiola Was Right

Obscene? Yes. Unwarranted? No.

By Gene Wang | December 10, 2008; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (3)

Less Booze, Less Boos

Players are never justified in responding, but the fans are out of control.

By Charles Mann | December 10, 2008; 8:40 AM ET | Comments (6)

Bird Ain't the Word

The athlete is a role model to all fans, not just heckling ones

By Peter Schaffer | December 10, 2008; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

You're 0-13!

As long as the heckling wasn't obviously offensive, the fans in Detroit had every right to vent their frustration with this historically pathetic team.

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2008; 8:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

Credit Collins

Kerry has done a great job of doing what needed to be done there.

By Dan Reeves | December 9, 2008; 5:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Collins Right For Now

The Titans wouldn't be doing this with Vince Young at QB right now, but that doesn't mean it's time for them to give up on him.

By Mark Maske | December 9, 2008; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Music City Miracle II

Without the Vince Young crisis, the Titans wouldn't have an opportunity to win the Super Bowl.

By Emil Steiner | December 9, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

Young and the Sidelines

The Titans would not be 12-1 but not to say they wouldn't be a playoff team

By Zach Leibowitz | December 9, 2008; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Collins the Better Option

If Young's injury wasn't a blessing for the Titans, it was certainly a bit of fortune.

By Doug Farrar | December 9, 2008; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Favorite in the AFC

Want a Super Bowl favorite for the AFC? Put the names of the Steelers, Titans and Colts in a hat and pick one.

By Mark Maske | December 8, 2008; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Watch Out for the Ravens

The two teams that should scare anyone right now are the Titans and the Ravens.

By Doug Farrar | December 8, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (5)

Big D, small o

Formidable? Yes. Unbeatable? No.

By David Aldridge | December 8, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Titan Challenge

Tennessee will eliminate them in the AFC Championship.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 8, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

In Spirit of St. Louis

Get your dancing shoes ready Arizona and get ready to toast because your Cardinals are clinching their first division title since 1975 this Sunday

By Zach Leibowitz | December 6, 2008; 1:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Packers, Bears on Edge

Between the Bears and Packers, whoever loses on Sunday is pretty much done.

By Doug Farrar | December 6, 2008; 1:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 6th Winner: Steven Majstorovic

OJ got off on a murder conviction. Now he gets convicted because of legal entrapment. This ain't Karma, this is crap!

By TOP COMMENTER | December 5, 2008; 7:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

No Clear-Cut Answer

The NFL steroid case now playing out in multiple courtrooms has compelling arguments on both sides.

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2008; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell Blew It Again

Roger Goodell's NFL has been marked by uneven discipline and shifting standards

By Doug Farrar | December 4, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (5)

The Delay Game

Like clockwork, when ever there is a suspension, the players and league take their comical dance.

By Gene Wang | December 4, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bear Arms Responsibly

The league needs to be even more proactive in protecting its players.

By Doug Farrar | December 4, 2008; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (6)

Protect Your Temple

The simple answer to this question is a loud and resounding "YES"!

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | December 4, 2008; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

'Wall' Must Block Better

Even if this had nothing to do with steroids, league rules are league rules and players need to remain vigilant.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 4, 2008; 8:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pack Responsibly

If a player feels the need to own a gun then he needs to know how to do so legally. Ignorance is no defense.

By Peter Schaffer | December 3, 2008; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (6)

Keep It At Home

Why do you need one at a New York night club?

By Zach Leibowitz | December 3, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

Pack Is Sacked

The early season cheer in Green Bay is now a distant memory.

By Gene Wang | December 2, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

So Long, Saints

Not only will New Orleans miss the playoffs, it will lose to Detroit

By Desmond Bieler | December 2, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints Marching Out

The final whistle in Tampa Bay marked the death-knell for New Orleans.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 2, 2008; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

December 2nd Winner: OZZIE

This will be the end of Plax but the greater issue of athletes and guns will be ignored and the cycle will be left to repeat again.

By TOP COMMENTER | December 2, 2008; 7:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

Dump Him Now

I would say absolutely they're better off without him.

By Randy Cross | December 1, 2008; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who Else Will Be Affected?

The most harrowing thing for the Giants is that Plaxico Burress's behavior put not only his NFL future in jeopardy, but Antonio Pierce's as well.

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2008; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bye Plax

Have you seen anything that would indicate they're not?

By David Aldridge | December 1, 2008; 7:17 AM ET | Comments (18)

Mr. Big Shot

How hard is it to spend the night with your wife and baby boy without getting a temporary restraining order?

By Zach Leibowitz | December 1, 2008; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Giants Must Cut Bait

It's come to the point where the on-field Plax doesn't make up for the off-field Plax anymore.

By Doug Farrar | December 1, 2008; 7:14 AM ET | Comments (16)

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