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NFL’s Best RBs

By Chris Lehman

Over the last few years, the NFL has become a passing league. Before 2008, there hadn’t been a 5,000 yard passer since Dan Marino accomplished this in the 1984 season. Since 2008, four quarterbacks have exceeded this milestone, led by Drew Brees who has done so four times.

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Photo by: NFL

Because of this, some say the NFL running back is dead. But when you think about this, consider the league’s top playmakers – Are they not running backs?

Adrian Peterson. LeSean McCoy. Jamaal Charles. Matt Forte. Chris Johnson. Arian Foster. The list goes on… Read the rest of this entry »

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The Extra Point

Chris Lehman

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Photo by: Fox Sports

23 people were killed by a lightning strike in American in 2013. Five NFL kickers missed an extra point. Out of the 1, 261 extra points attempted, 99.6 percent were made.

With a success rate like this, what’s the point?

One thing’s for sure, the NFL will not eliminate this post-touchdown process due to the extra revenue it brings in.

So what’s going to happen to the extra point? Chances are… nothing. With the 2011 kickoff rule change where the ball is kicked from the 35 yard line, we are seeing more touchbacks than ever. ESPN recorded that in 2011, 43.5 percent of kickoffs resulted in touchbacks compared to 16 percent from the year before. The kicker’s relevance is declining, and if the extra point is removed, it won’t be long until the position is as well.

So how do you change the game enough without affecting it drastically?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Brady-Manning Bowl

By Chris Lehman

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Photo by: ESPN

What did Peyton Manning say to Tom Brady?

Best two out of three.

In the 2004 playoffs, Brady bested Manning and led his Patriots past the Colts in what would go on to create the biggest quarterback rivalry of a generation. In 2007, the 6’5″ 230 lb, laser rocket armed quarterback had his revenge. It’s not a common occurrence that two of the best players in a sport’s history are in their prime at the same time. For more than a decade, Brady and Manning were, and these two gunslingers didn’t disappoint. Read the rest of this entry »

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NFC Conference Championship

By Chris Lehman

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Photo by: Seahawks.com

With the divisional round of the NFL playoffs all wrapped up, we’re one week closer to the Super Bowl. But there’s still one more stop, the conference championship.

This is where rivals are made, and coaches are either forever engraved in Super Bowl history, or broken. Just ask former Eagles coach Andy Reid, who made it to this round four times, only to be kicked each time, including a 3-peat from 2002-2004.

This year the NFC has provided us with a rare division rivalry matchup, that with the exception of the 2010 season where the Packers topped the Bears, you’d have to go back 20 years to 1990 before seeing this again. At this time, the Rams were still in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »

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NFL Week 1 – Monday Night Football, Texans @ Chargers

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I’ll be honest. Before last season started I predicted the Texans to win the Super Bowl. Maybe it’s denial, maybe it’s stubbornness. But either way, I still believe that had Brian Cushing stayed healthy, I would have been right.

This is a disappointing matchup for the Monday night game of week 1. These are supposed to be the big matchups of the week, and this isn’t a good start. My disappointment is one sided though. I still believe the Texans to be the best team in the league. But playing against the Chargers, who ALWAYS find a way to disappoint, will not provide for a good game.

The Chargers are a likeable team that you kind of want to see do well, but just never do. The same can be said for their running back Ryan Mathews. For the last three years, the Chargers have looked to Mathews to be their go-to guy. But in that time, he’s only averaged about 800 yards and fewer than 5 touchdowns a year. He’s come close to breaking through, but every time comes up about a collarbone or two short. The Chargers will blossom when Mathews does or when San Diego moves on. Read the rest of this entry »

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NFL Week 1 – Monday Night Football, Eagles @ Redskins

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Photo by Redskins.com

This is the matchup between the two fastest quarterbacks in the NFL now, and maybe ever. But don’t for a second try to compare the two players because they play to completely different styles.

Mike Vick has been known to be erratic at times and highly inaccurate, but then will turn around and turn a broken play into a touchdown. He’s been considered the most electric player in the game, but for every big play, there’s a big mistake to make up for it. Read the rest of this entry »

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NFL Week 1 Preview – Patriots @ Bills

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I’m not the biggest sucker for history and using past trends to predict current outcomes. But in the case of one of the most lopsided matchups, it’s hard to ignore history. In the Tom Brady era, the New England Patriots have faced fellow AFC East team, the Buffalo Bills 24 times. Out of those games, the Patriots won all but two.

Of the top of my head, that is probably the most lopsided matchup the NFL has seen in a while. Read the rest of this entry »

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NFL Season Opener Ravens @ Broncos

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For more than a decade, the Baltimore Ravens have been known as one of the more dominant defensive teams that the NFL has ever seen. The credit for this is practically all due to future Hall-of-Fame linebacker Ray Lewis.

He led the team back in 2001 when Trent Dilfer was the quarterback for their super bowl run, and he did it again last year as Joe Flacco was taking the snaps. Both times, the underachieving offense was carried by Lewis, Ed Reed and company.

Now that they’re gone, it’s been said that Joe Flacco has emerged as the real leader of this team. This doesn’t bode well for the Ravens. Sure, Flacco has more regular season wins than any other quarterback in his first 5 seasons, but can you really give him the credit for that? Read the rest of this entry »

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Fantasy Football – Overdrafting

When drafting your fantasy team, what do you look for? What do you value?

Certain players have become more “valuable” than others based off personal encounters and history. If you draft someone who doesn’t deliver, there’s a good chance you won’t draft them again. But why? Players get hurt. But more importantly, they bounce back. Just ask anyone who drafted Jamaal Charles two years ago only to see him tear his ACL in game-1, then come back the next year and go off. Or consider someone like Andre Johnson, who is as consistent as they come. But what happened last year? Sure, he played well…but not as well as you’d expect someone who was considered one of the top two receivers. percy-harvin Read the rest of this entry »

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NFL Fantasy Football: What to watch for

June is just around the corner. Which means July is only a month away. Which means August is approaching. Which means it’s time to start thinking about fantasy football.

Sure it’s way too early to make any kind of reasonable fantasy predictions…but that’s what makes it so fun. I don’t feel the need to talk about Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson because everyone knows what they are going to do. Instead, I will supply you with a list of sleepers that you may not be set on drafting, but you should be.

Every year there are a few breakout players who surprise the entire fantasy world, except for those who drafted them. These guys are called fantasy heroes. Previous fantasy heroes include Peyton Hillis, A.J. Green, Ray Rice and most recently, Doug Martin.

randall-cobbThis year… Read the rest of this entry »

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