4:17 PM EST, Sat November 22, 2014
Niners Nation 16 mins ago

49ers vs. Washington: Does San Francisco need a 'big' win?

The San Francisco 49ers definitely need a win on Sunday against Washington, but do they need a "big" win? Washington is a bad football team -- let's get that out there right now. Sure, there's some good players on both sides of the ball, and I'm even a believer in quarterback Robert Griffin III. But that team is rife with issues from top to bottom and they'd be nearing a massive implosion if they weren't already such a mess. They lose to better teams and they occasionally lose to worse teams, and there's little reason for their fans to be excited week-in and week-out. The San Francisco...
Cat Scratch Reader 16 mins ago

Falcons at Panthers: Handing Out the Grades

This week's PFF grades show improvement in some areas and degradation in others. Hat tip to Joe Velardo for the grades and signature stats: Roland Bardon does this week's ReFocus and points out Luke Kuechly's outstanding play, Chris Scott's struggles, and Kelvin Benjamin's up and down day. Offense This week 4 players graded out in the green with 5 grading out red. The pass blocking bounced back with a (+2.6) team grade whereas the run grade was at (-7.2). The offensive line gave up 7 QB pressures, while Newton was awarded responsibility for the lone sack. Benjamin with 59 snaps,...
Blogging The Boys 16 mins ago

Explosion And Efficiency: Measuring The Cowboys Offense

What can we determine about an offense beyond points scored? What scoring efficiency and explosiveness can tell us about the Cowboys, and how Dallas measures up in the division. Talking about offense in the NFL is a hazardous proposition. The NFL ranks offenses based on total yards, but there is mounting evidence that yards gained really has no predictive value in regard to wins. Smarter fans will talk about points per game, which makes sense... the team that scores the most wins right? But even points per game has flaws. Last year the Cowboys scored 48 points against the Denver Broncos,...

Final Injury Report: Pierre Thomas Probable

The final injury report is out and we continue to trend up. Pierre Thomas, Curtis Lofton, and perhaps of the most significance, Keenan Lewis, are all probable. New Orleans Saints' Saturday Injury Report Did Not Practice - Monday StatusRB Khiry Robinson (Forearm) - OutLB Kyle Knox (Hand) - OutLimited - Monday StatusRB Pierre Thomas (Rib/Shoulder) - ProbableWR Robert Meachem (Ankle) - QuestionableRB Travaris Cadet (Hamstring) - ProbableLB Curtis Lofton (Ankle) - ProbableCB Keenan Lewis (Knee) - ProbableFull - Monday StatusT Zach Strief (Chest) - ProbableRB Mark Ingram (Shoulder) -...
Bleeding Green Nation 1 hour ago

Eagles - Titans Odds: Can the Birds bounce back from a beatdown?

Breaking down this week's betting lines. My picks record to date: Line: 4 - 6 O/U: 5 - 5 Reader record: Line: 5 - 5 O/U: 8 - 2 This week's lines: Eagles -11 (-110) Packers +11 (-110) Over 49 (-105) Under 49 (-115) Reviewing last week: Well that sucked.  I didn't think the Eagles would win, but certainly expected it to be a close game.  That's what happens when you get outplayed AND have nearly every bounce go against you.  Took an 0-2 here, and the 55 point O/U that seemed really high ahead of time was nearly covered by just GB. This week's game: This is a really...

Buccaneers vs. Bears: Three key matchups on offense

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to win these three key matchups to beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday. T Anthony Collins vs. DE Willie Young Willie Young was a free agent this offseason. He has eight sacks as a part-time starter for the Bears this year on a contract approximately three times as cheap as Michael Johnson's. Oops. Meanwhile, the Bucs also signed Anthony Collins who has been a massive disappointment this season. He's struggled both in pass protection and as a run-blocker and simply hasn't been worth his contract -- and yet, he's still the Bucs' best option at left tackle. He's...

Steve Young discussed Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, and their QB evolution

Eric Branch conducted a great interview with Steve Young. It is well worth reading. An ongoing discussion among 49ers fans is the development of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. We have seen improvements in some areas of his game, but we have also seen other areas where it seems like he is slow to grow. It is a never-ending discussion because in a single game we'll see multiple examples of each. It frequently feels like a roller coaster. Plenty of former players have weighed in on Kap's development. Earlier this week, Eric Branch had a chance to interview Steve Young, and the Hall of Fame...
Revenge Of The Birds 2 hours ago

Madden Simulation, Cardinals vs. Seahawks: Arizona gets 4-point win over defending champs

Underdog who? Revenge of the Birds is back, bringing to you the long awaited Cardinals vs. Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field. Madden is an even 5-5 thus far is predicting the outcome of the Cardinals games. We hope the way this simulation went, that Madden has a winning record. All-pro. 8 minute quarters. 10 second excel clock. Drew Stanton. Bruce Arians. Larry Fitzgerald. What do you think Madden predicted for this one? Drumroll… 17-13 Cardinals Drew Stanton and Russell Wilson were fairly evenly matched with 237 and 232 yards respectively and a touchdown a piece....
The Falcoholic 2 hours ago

Falcons vs. Browns: 4 Key Matchups for Week 12

The Falcons return home in search of their third straight win. The Browns, meanwhile, are in search of their first playoff berth since 2002. The 4-6 Falcons are in first place in the NFC South. The 6-4 Browns are in last place in the AFC North. On Sunday, these two teams will face off with major playoff implications on the line. Much like the ending of Interstellar, nothing about this makes sense, and thinking about it makes my brain hurt. Confusion aside, a win this week would be huge for both clubs. The Falcons are going for three in a row and could gain some separation between them and...
Ed Valentine / Big Blue View 2 hours ago

Charles Brown waived by Giants, Justin Anderson re-signed

Well, Brown won't get Eli Manning killed now. Eli Manning won't have to worry about Charles Brown jeopardizing his health again. Per several reports, the New York Giants waived Brown, who was atrocious last Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers while replacing an injured Justin Pugh. Linebacker Justin Anderson has been signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad to take Brown's place. Anderson was signed from the practice squad to the Giants' active roster a week ago, then waived to make room for Geoff Schwartz when the Giants activated Schwartz from short-term IR. Anderson was...
Pride Of Detroit 2 hours ago

Lions fantasy football matchup of Week 12

Get ready for Week 12 of the season with a fantasy football-focused look at the Detroit Lions' game against the New England Patriots. MATCHUP OF THE WEEK:  TE Eric Ebron vs. Patriots I was watching Thursday night's North Carolina game on ESPN and thought, I wonder if Ebron is going to go off this weekend to counter Rob Gronkowski. Then, on Friday, I read Jeremy's always-awesome exploiting their weaknesses analysis and learned that the Detroit Lions' best chance at improving their offense this weekend might be by using their tight ends more often. Gronkowski is going to see a lot of...
Field Gulls 3 hours ago

NFL Odds, Week 12: Seahawks vs. Cardinals, against the spread

Seattle has to win by a touchdown this week to cover the spread. Blimey. Really? Against the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals, that looks to be a very, very stupid line indeed. Even at the CLink. However, yes you can roll up, roll up to line your pockets on this one. Without wishing to turn any of you away after sixty words, I'm all over Arizona this week +6.5. That line is as of Wednesday afternoon and I'm not waiting around as there's not a cat in hell's chance of the spread hitting seven... ...and then I decide to just double check what's going on over at our partners at oddsshark.com. There you...
Daily Norseman 3 hours ago

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: Game Time, TV Channel, Radio, Streaming and More

Well, folks, I've been a bit lax this week in getting things done, it appears, between some work-related stress and. . .well, the fact that this weekend's game looks more like an execution than a football contest. . .my enthusiasm hasn't been quite where it should be this week. But, we're finally about 24 hours away between this week's contest between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. If you want to keep an eye on the action on Sunday, we have all of the ways that you can do that here in one place. Television Info Kickoff time for this one is,...
Niners Nation 3 hours ago

49ers-Washington preview: Kaepernick shot plays, pressuring RG3, and taking away D-Jax

The San Francisco 49ers are searching for their first convincing win of the season with Washington coming to town this week. What pitfalls must they avoid to make it happen? On a macro level, one of the biggest differences between last year’s 49ers and the current iteration is the lack of a dominate victory. Jim Harbaugh’s team rolled through a Charmin-soft middle of the 2013 schedule, picking on the dregs of the AFC South on their way to five straight wins by an average margin of 22.6 points. The schedule hasn’t been as friendly this go-around, and as a result the 49ers lack the...
Blogging The Boys 3 hours ago

Cowboys One Of Healthiest Teams In NFL

And that is not something we are used to reading about Dallas. In the NFL, three or four seasons seem like an age. That is all it takes to establish a reputation, memories are short. If a team experiences something over the course of just a few years, then it becomes part of the identity of the team, at least until it can remake that identity by changing. The Dallas Cowboys came into the 2014 season with a several facets to their identity that they are working very hard to change. Being a .500 team is perhaps the biggest, and they are well on their way to fixing that. They are not there,...
Turf Show Times 3 hours ago

2015 NFL Draft: Week 13 College Football Thread

Two weeks of football, not counting Army-Navy week, remain ahead of bowl season and the inaugural college playoff. The opportunities to scout future Rams are thinning out... Well, today's a bit thin on the schedule all things considered. College GameDay isn't going to Harvard if there's a set of big clashes involved... It lacks the punch of last week. It lacks the finality of next week. And it certainly doesn't hold the drama of Championship Week. But hey, it's still a full schedule in November. If anything, today's a day for potential upsets. With the next two weeks full of flair, a...
Acme Packing Company 3 hours ago

Packers Injury Report: Clay Matthews Probable, Datone Jones Questionable with Ankle Issue

The Packers should have their star linebacker on Sunday, but the availability of other key pass rushers is very much in question. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings announced their injury reports on Friday afternoon in preparation for their week 12 game on Sunday afternoon. The Packers' report doubled in length from four players against the Eagles to eight this week, thanks to a few injuries that flared up after last Sunday's big win. The Vikings on the other hand, have eight players listed as Probable alone, with a total of 13 names on their report. Here are the details. Packers...
Hogs Haven 3 hours ago

Season Schedule, Redskins vs 49ers: Game Time, TV Schedule, Online Streaming and More

All the information you need for the (3-7) Washington Redskins vs (6-4) San Francisco 49ers game on Sunday. Time: 4:25 PM EST Kick-off Location: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California Weather: High of 64, low of 53, 5-9 mph NW winds TELEVISION: CBS- Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) - Rich Gannon (color) RADIO: Redskins Radio Network- Larry Michael (play-by-play) - Sonny Jurgensen (color) - Chris Cooley (analysis) - Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines) Westwood One Sports- Kevin Lee (play-by-play) - Rod Woodson (color) Online streaming: NFL live Odds: 49ers -7.5, O/U 44 San Francisco 49ers...
Niners Nation 4 hours ago

College Football Week 13: TV Schedule and games to watch

We take a look at the college football schedule and provide some watch notes. Week 13 of the college football season is underway. This week features just three match-ups between ranked teams. Three of the top four teams are in action, but will be facing unranked opponents. Watch Notes No. 25 Minnesota is having a good year and will look to keep it going against a No. 23 Nebraska team who were thumped last week by Wisconsin 59-24. The running backs for each side carry their offense. Nebraska back Ameer Abdullah has 1,319 yards rushing with 17 touchdowns and Minnesota's David Cobb has rushed...
Cat Scratch Reader 4 hours ago

CSR Saturday College Game Open Thread

Here's a thread to discuss today's college football action. Minnesota is playing Nebraska in an early game match-up of top 25 teams. This is Now an Open Thread!

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