20 Nov 2007, 03:55pm by Ned Macey
Injuries in Indy are giving the Steelers a shot at that precious first-round bye, but their hopes for a second seed hit a snag against the lowly Jets. The offense has no margin for error and relies too much on Ben Roethlisberger to perform Herculean feats. Plus: gratuitous mentions of Michigan Wolverines in honor of Lloyd Carr's retirement.
45 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2007, 12:34pm by Justin Zeth
13 Nov 2007, 01:44pm by Ned Macey
The one good thing about starting 0-8 is that a win is likely to warrant a write-up in this space. The excitement of New Orleans' four-game winning streak was extremely tempered by their continued lack of a competent pass defense. Plus, count the Rams offensive line injuries, and you can't spell "Saints defense DVOA" without D-A-V-I-D.
24 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2007, 12:31am by max
06 Nov 2007, 01:21pm by Ned Macey
The Vikings win over the Chargers is a good reminder that matchups matter in the NFL, and the Vikings' run defense against any run-heavy offense is not a fair fight. Plus another excuse for Ned Macey to talk up Eric Parker, a comparison to "The Axeman," and yet more effusive praise for Adrian Peterson.
65 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2007, 5:41pm by raffy
30 Oct 2007, 11:56am by Ned Macey
The Lions are 5-2? Really? And they're not winning with an explosive passing game, but rather an opportunistic defense? They continue to feast on mediocre offenses but that may not continue. Chicago, meanwhile, is starting to realize that leaving good enough alone in the off-season may not have been the best strategy.
45 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2007, 7:22am by Matt Saracen - QB1 - Dillon Panthers
23 Oct 2007, 12:12pm by Ned Macey
The Bills finally finished the deal, holding on for an upset of Baltimore. Of course, the Ravens are not all that impressive a team to beat -- they have no vertical pass threat and a flimsy pass defense. Kyle Boller is not the answer in Baltimore, but there is no guarantee Trent Edwards is the answer in Buffalo.
50 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2012, 9:27am by Eileen
16 Oct 2007, 12:22pm by Ned Macey
The Saints scored their first win of the season over Seattle. If they hope to turn their season around, they will need to continue to take what the defense gives them. Seattle, meanwhile, has lost their ability to move the ball on the ground. If they want to be a threat in the playoffs, they will need to do so on the arm of Matt Hasselbeck. Ned Macey looks at these and other aspects of New Orleans' upset win.
22 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2007, 7:01am by Matt Saracen - QB1 - Dillon Panthers
09 Oct 2007, 11:27am by Ned Macey
The Bears save their season with a great defensive second half, but they can't run the ball and will need this defense the rest of the year.. The Packers fail to hold onto the ball at crucial times and have struggle covering multiple receivers. Ned Macey explains it all in this week's edition of Any Given Sunday.
54 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2007, 12:26am by Andrew
02 Oct 2007, 11:17am by Ned Macey
Arizona's new coaches use their internal knowledge of the Steelers to pull a surprising upset... wait, what? You say the Steelers struggled to run the ball last season and gave up sacks while Whisenhunt and Grimm were still on the staff? Let's not let those pesky details get in the way of the storyline, OK? Plus: Arizona's QB platoon.
49 comments, Last at 05 Oct 2007, 12:03am by G
25 Sep 2007, 09:21am by Ned Macey
LaDainian Tomlinson still can't run the football, but is it possible his offensive line is what is holding him back? The Chargers can't defend a four- or five-receiver set, but is the problem Shawne Merriman? Plus, Brett Favre is just having fun again, and with the Packers running game, he'll have plenty of opportunities to prove he's a gunslinger.
57 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2007, 5:18pm by Jefe
18 Sep 2007, 12:03pm by Ned Macey
The Saints were almost everybody's pick to win the NFC South. Two games into the season, their big-play offense has been stymied. The Buccaneers, meanwhile, were only selected by a computer, but are there glimpses of a competent team emerging?
37 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2007, 2:27pm by dennis