October 2013

Nov 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the NFL on Thursday AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCEAFC EAST W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. New England 6 2 0 1 179 144 .750 2. NY Jets 4 4 0 0 143 211 .500 3. Miami 4 4 0 0 174 187 .500 4. Buffalo 3 5 0 1 176 213 .375 AFC NORTH W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. Cincinnati 6 3 0 1 217 166 .667 2. Baltimore 3 4 0 0 150 148 .429 3. Cleveland 3 5 0 0 148 179 .375 4. Pittsburgh 2 5 0 0 125 153 .286 AFC SOUTH W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. Indianapolis 5 2 0 0 187 131 .714 2. Tennessee 3 4 0 1 145 146 .429 3. Houston 2 5 0 1 122 194 .286 4. ...
Depending on which underclassmen declare early, the 2014 NFL draft could be a bounty at quarterback like we haven’t seen in a few years. The 2013 class was a down year, for sure, with E.J. Manuel the only quarterback drafted in the first 38 picks. The two drafts prior to that were top-heavy hauls at the position, with four quarterbacks taken in the first round of each. Next May could feature an even larger front-loaded talent pool — and don’t worry, there will be enough teams there to scoop them up, even if a few worthy QB talents end up sliding because of a possible surplus. So with that in mind, and in lieu of our normal weekly format, we’ve decided to deviate and rank the NFL teams from most to least likely to draft a quarterback next season:
COMMENTARY | Andre Brown hasn't played in a game in 2013, but he could hold one of the keys to getting the New York Giants' sputtering running game back on track. Brown has been on the Giants' injured reserve-designated for return list since breaking his leg in the preseason game, but he's eyeing a return after Big Blue returns from its bye next week. His injury in the final preseason game against the New England Patriots left the backfield a mess, one that hasn't really been cleaned up since. Brown's injury forced second-year man David Wilson into the role of featured back, a role he proved to be not ready for even before suffering a neck injury and missing time of his own.
The top-9 stays intact after the NFL’s best teams handle their business in Week 8.
It's never too early to project what the playoff bracket will look like in January. Through the season we'll try to guess what the NFL playoff picture will look like when the season ends. To see through which teams are for real, and which are going to collapse despite their great early-season record. You might be 6-2 at the halfway mark, but that doesn't mean you'll be standing on top of your division at the end. It's important to note this is our ever-changing prediction of how we think things will play out and not necessarily a current plugging-in of teams with the corresponding records. Think of it as "bracketology" for the pigskin set. (Check out last week's Shutdown Corner Playoff Projection here.) Not much change this week. Have the top teams in the NFL already separated themselves from the rest? I think we all know the difference between Denver and Jacksonville by now. Kansas City is the one team that could shock us and win the AFC West. Denver is still the AFC’s best team, but if Kansas City’s defense can attack Peyton Manning, who is currently dealing with ankle injuries, the Chiefs could shake up the AFC. What do you think the chances are of the 49ers beating out the Seahawks for the NFC West? San Francisco has a shot, but the impending return of Seattle receiver Percy Harvin will make that task very difficult. Seattle’s defense continues to play well, and safety Earl Thomas is having another Pro Bowl season. I am sticking with Seattle until proven otherwise. If the Saints get that No. 1 seed, could anyone beat them at the Superdome? It will be extremely difficult. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw five touchdowns during a recent victory against Buffalo at home, and it is hard to believe there are many quarterbacks in the NFC that can hang with him in the playoffs. The emergence of Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, coupled with the eventual return of Randall Cobb, could make the Packers dangerous in the postseason. However, New Orleans is the team to beat. If the Patriots falter, is Miami good enough to take the AFC East from them? What about the Jets? Miami has a better chance to finish with the NFL lead in sacks (32 so far) than make the playoffs. The Dolphins have dropped four consecutive games and are failing to live up to their preseason hype – again. I like the New York Jets, but rookie quarterback Geno Smith is very inconsistent. It is hard to believe New England can give away this division. Is there any scenario you can envision in which Dallas doesn't win the NFC East? Not at all. Philadelphia does not have a good quarterback and the Eagles’ three wins (Tampa Bay, Washington and New York Giants) are against squads with a 4-18 combined record. Washington’s defense is bad and New York’s entire team is horrible. If Dallas cannot win this division, the Cowboys should never be taken seriously again. - - - - - - - Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnwarRichardson
The Oakland Raiders are hoping to make a push toward the playoffs, though it won't come easy if their offense continues to vanish after halftime. Thanks in part to their instability at quarterback, the Philadelphia Eagles are having trouble producing any offense at all after a hot start. Now the Eagles will turn back to Nick Foles, who will try to make the most of another chance Sunday against a Raiders team seeking its third straight win at the Coliseum. Although the Raiders held on for a 21-18 victory over Pittsburgh last Sunday, they continued their recent trend of starting strong before having to rely on their improving defense in the second half.
When the Philadelphia Eagles kick off Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, Nick Foles will be their starting quarterback. Eagles coach Chip Kelly announced Wednesday that rookie Matt Barkley would back up Foles this week. Foles returned to practice Tuesday and looked good, Kelly said. Foles was medically cleared Monday after he suffered a concussion in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 20.
Before you think of this as some anti-Dallas rant, keep in mind the following: My football idol growing up was Cowboys quarterback Danny White. So heartbroken that I actually started rooting for the Giants. So this is not some Dallas hater kicking the Cowboys while they're down. The Dallas Cowboys may be in first place in the NFC East.
COMMENTARY | The New York Giants have won two straight games on the heels of a six-game losing skid to open the season. But the Giants' touchdown-less 15-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and backup quarterback Matt Barkley isn't inspiring a lot of love from the folks who do the various power rankings around the Web. The Eagles boast one of the worst defenses in the NFL and Eli Manning and Co. couldn't have found the end zone with a map. On the other hand, however, this is two straight games without a turnover for Big Blue and that is a big thing, considering the Giants were giving the football away like it was a party favor in those first six games.
Now starting (again) for the Punxsutawney Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Foles. Head coach Chip Kelly confirmed the news Wednesday morning at his press conference, after Foles sat out last week with a concussion. Michael Vick, who was knocked out of last week's 15-7 loss to the New York Giants with a hamstring injury, likely will be out for this week's road game against the Oakland Raiders. Matt Barkley, who struggled mightily in relief of Vick on Sunday, will back up Foles. That could mean that James Casey, a little-utilized tight end/H-back, will again be the Eagles' emergency quarterback if it gets to that. Got it?

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