Week 4 of the NFL is all wrapped up and the Kansas City Chiefs are the lone remaining undefeated team. This is why we all love the NFL. Expect the unexpected.
The all-out suck fest continues for the 49ers, Lions, Bills and Panthers. At 0-4, the chance any of these teams makes the playoffs is less than having a one-nighter with Paris Hilton and avoiding the clap. The 49ers continue their pace of bad game/good game as they nearly defeated the Atlanta Falcons. Roddy White saved the day by forcing a fumble after a Nate Clements interception, which led to a 43 yard game winning Matt Bryant FG for the second week in a row. The Lions came roaring back after falling behind early to the Packers but lost in typical “close but no cigar” Detroit fashion. The Bills should change their name to the Doormats, and the Panthers just can’t seem to get it going. I don’t blame rookie QB Jimmy Clausen, he’s actually looked OK for being thrown to the wolves about a year and a half too soon. The inability for this team to establish the running game is their main problem, and until they get that going you’ll see the losses pile up.
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Week 3 is where you can start to make safe assumptions about the quality of teams in the NFL and the quality of players on your fantasy squads. What we’ve learned so far is the Kansas City Chiefs may be playoff bound, the Pittsburgh Steelers are legitimate Super Bowl contenders and the San Francisco 49ers are pretenders. Da Bears 3-0 start has Mike Martz smiling like the Enzyte guy. The Chiefs and the Steelers weren’t getting many looks in the preseason but the league’s eyes are open now. The 49ers were the popular pick to win the NFC West but they’ve played their way into the basement of the league. If there’s any division where an 0-3 team can come back to win though, it’s the NFC West (so don’t go burning those Crabtree jerseys just yet, 49ers fans).
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After yet another fantastic Monday Night Football game, Week 2 of the NFL has come to an end. Here at Total Sports Blog, we’ll take some time to analyze the biggest match-ups, upsets and standout fantasy performances of the week as we get ready for Week 3.
There was no Thursday night game this week, packing Sunday chock full of 15 hard hitting games. If you listened to TSB’s Week 2 Fantasy Football Podcast, Scott and I gave you a couple of players to look out for and boy did these guys produce. I hope you didn’t panic over your first round pick Andre Johnson’s abysmal Week 1 performance as he realized he’s the best WR in the league and put up a monster 158 yards and 1 TD on 12 catches. DeSean Jackson hooked up with Michael Vick for 135 yards and a score, and Miles Austin had 142 yards on 10 receptions. Read the rest of this entry »
At long last, the NFL season has arrived. Now that Week 1 is officially in the books, we can all take some Tums, digest those hot wings and try to process the 3 days of football that kept us glued to the TV for hours on end.
The NFL kicked off the season with a rematch of last year’s NFC title game, featuring the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints vs a banged up Minnesota Vikings squad. Brett Favre was in for a long night, as his receiving core had more injuries than the Gloucestershire Annual Cheese Roll. With all the migraines and hip replacements, the only reliable receiver the Vikings had left was TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Along with Pierre Thomas of the Saints, Shiancoe was one of the few players in the game to wrack up significant fantasy points. In a lackluster 14-9 game, the Who Dat Nation came out with the W even with kicker Garrett Hartley going 0-2 on FG attempts (including a chip shot from 32 yards out that my little sister could have made). If you’re the proud owner of Adrian Peterson or Brees in your fantasy league, you had some work left to do.
With the Thursday night opener leaving football fans a bit deflated, Sunday’s 13 games couldn’t come soon enough. Whether you got to the bar at 12:45 so you could get your combo platter order in before the rush or you spent the day at home on the couch with your laptop, you were ready for a long day of football. Sunday’s games didn’t disappoint. We had blowouts, upsets, close games, nail biters, controversial calls. You name it, these games had it.
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