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Jack Del Rio: Changing QBs wouldn’t have made “big change”

Raiders quarterback Connor Cook was 4-of-14 for 41 yards and an interception in the first half of Saturday’s game against the Texans, which led many people to wonder if the Raiders would make a change and insert Matt McGloin in an effort to save their season.

Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Maybe so, but Connor Cook looked awful.  Yes there were a lot of  drops but Cook is not good.

2015 NFL Playoffs (Wildcard) are finally here!

Today begins the NFL Playoffs. Even though this is the Wildcard Weekend, I still can’t wait to see how the games shake out. After all, this website is devoted to NFL football, so I only have a few precious weeks left to enjoy games.

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First up is the Chiefs-Texans game. How did Houston get into the Playoffs? I remember watching HBO’s “Hard KNocks” this summer and thinking, “no way can this team get into the playoffs.  Sure they have JJ Watt and Arian Foster, but it was only a matter of time before Foster got hurt (Alfred Blue is no Arian Foster). Watt can’t carry the team by himself. They surprised me though and made it in. Now they have to go against the hottest team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs, with Jeremy Maclin and Alex Smith. Good luck there!

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The Steelers vs Bengals game is the one I am most excited to watch. No Andy Dalton? Maybe AJ McCarron looks to get Cincy off the schneid. Hopefully the cameras will pan to AJ’s smoking hot wife. Sorry, lost my train of thought. Can the Bengals beat the Steelers? Judging by Big Ben’s comments this week about Martavis Bryant, I doubt it. With the recent PSA from a local Cincinnati radio station claiming that “This is a severe Big Ben Roethlisberger update from 700WLW. The tri-state is currently under a severe Big Ben warning from now through early Sunday morning”,  I would think that the Bengals need to be more worried than the local women of the area. Big Ben will be throwing to Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Marcus Wheaton, especially with DeAngelo Williams out. Even though McCarron has AJ Green and Tyler Eifert, he has never played in the NFL Playoffs. The Bengals have also lost 7 straight Post-Season games. Edge to the Steelers, in my opinion.

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The Seahawks play the Vikings in Minneso-cold. Is Beastmode playing? What about Linval Joseph? Not sure but this game looks to have the excitement coming from Russell Wilson vs. Adrian Petersen. I think the edge will go to Russell Wilson, who reminds Minnesotans of Fran Tarkenton, but with a much better Super Bowl record (the last loss for Tarkenton was to the Raiders in Super Bowl XI). Tarkenton is in the Hall of Fame but I bet he would love to see the Minnesota Vikings as World Champs. May not happen the way Seattle has been playing

rodgers vs cousins copyLast but not least, the Packers play the Redskins…in Washington! Who would have thought that Washington, would be hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Pack? Remember RG3? Neither do we. Kirk Cousins is the man in DC now.  You like that?! You like that?!  DeSean Jackson and Kirk Cousins lead the way for the Skins against a struggling Green Bay team.  The reason I say struggling is due to their injury situation.  Most teams are banged up right now but the Packers have been hit pretty hard, especially on the O-Line.  Aaron Rodgers will try to carry the offense but with Kirk Cousins and the West Coast offense he is running this could be a shootout. Does Rodgers still have enough bullets to pull it out even with 18 players on their injured list?  Normally I might say yes but Cousins and the Skins are tearing it up right now. I see the Redskins and DeSean Jackson’s “Chip” on his shoulder winning this one at home. See what I did their with the Chip Kelly reference.

Let the games begin!

– the4519

Can the Colts ‘Spike’ the Gronk?

Colts know they can’t stop Gronk, but can slow him down

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 How do you put a lid on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski?

Well, according to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, you basically try to prevent him from doing too much damage.

“It’s a daunting task no matter who you put on him,” Pagano said. “(If) you have a linebacker that can run, he’s bigger and physical but he may not have the coverage ability because he doesn’t do it that much. Put a safety on him, and he might not have the stature that a linebacker has but runs better and those kind of things.

“You’ve just got to do a good job of mixing things up and making it as difficult as you can, and just try to slow him down if you can.”

Gronkowski is 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds. Colts cornerback Vontae Davis is 5-foot-11 and 204 pounds.

“He’s a big guy,” Davis said. “It’s going to take more than just me trying to tackle Gronk.”

 

Colts Must Stalemate Rob Gronkowski

Last time the Patriots and Colts met, in Week 11, New England tight end Rob Gronkowski had one of the less impactful games of his season, catching just four balls for 71 yards and a score.

Of course, that statistic doesn’t really do justice to how he played. The Patriots only threw the ball 30 times because the run game was so dominant in a 42-20 win. Also, Gronkowski treated the Colts’ back seven like a bowling ball treats bumpers on a ridiculous 26-yard touchdown catch that put the game away.

Still, that was about the best the Colts could hope for given the coverage players they had up the middle. A team is fooling itself if it thinks it can shut down someone as physically dominant as Gronkowski. The Colts did an excellent job of limiting him, though, and they did it mostly because they staggered their coverages to keep Patriots quarterback Tom Brady off-balance.

 

If the elephant in the room is stopping New England’s ground game, then the next step to keeping the Patriots in check is to make sure Gronkowski doesn’t go off. The Colts showed they could do it in Week 11. Can they once again keep him from dominating the ball with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line?

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After the loss against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night, the questions started. Is Peyton done with his career? Will there be a coaching change?

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