October 3, 2011 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Eli Manning needed less than a minute to turn a bad afternoon into a sweet victory. Manning, playing at the scene of his 2008 Super Bowl triumph, threw two touchdown passes in a 58-second span late in the game and the New York Giants rallied to stun the Arizona Cardinals, 31-27, on Sunday. The scoring passes of 2 yards to Jake Ballard with 3 minutes, 37 seconds to go and 29 yards to Hakeem Nicks with 2:39 left came after the Cardinals (1-3) seemingly had taken control at 27-17 on Beanie Wells' third rushing touchdown of the game with 5:16 to go. Manning completed 7 of 8 for 126 yards on the decisive drives as the Giants (3-1)
November 14, 2011 |
THE PLAY: Trailing by 17-14 and facing a third-and-10 from the Eagles' 38-yard line, Larry Fitzgerald hauls in a pass inside the 5-yard line that he had no right to even catch up to . . . and he almost hurls/stumbles/crawls his way into the end zone. THE SET-UP: The Eagles had taken the lead on an Alex Henery 36-yard field goal with 5:06 to go. The Cardinals, who had started on their 13, had already faced a third-and-17 and a fourth-and-2 on the drive and probably weren't quite yet in field-goal range for kicker Jay Feely, who had shanked a pair (from 35 and 43)
September 12, 2011 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Cam Newton began his NFL career on the same field where he ended his collegiate one and was spectacular. His 422 yards passing yesterday are a record for any rookie in his NFL opener. Yet he didn't leave as the winning quarterback. That honor belonged to former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was 18-for-27 for 309 yards, including touchdown passes of 48 and 70 yards, in his first game for Arizona. As fate would have it, a rookie on the other team made the game-winning play.
November 27, 2012 |
Some "no-brainers" are more equal than others. I advised you last week to bench Mike Wallace, who is normally a must-start player, regardless of the matchup. My reasoning was that he was coming off a bad game with Ben Roethlisberger on the sideline, his backup's backup (Charlie Batch) was in charge, and Cleveland's shutdown corner Joe Haden would be shadowing him everywhere. Sure enough, most of you ignored my advice (not always a crazy idea), and Wallace finished with a single, 9-yard reception on the game's final play.
October 10, 2012 |
Five weeks into the season, most of us have had our share of ups and downs. As much as we'd like them to, we can't expect each of our studs to accumulate massive statistics every week. Prior to the Monday nighter, Jamaal Charles was the top-rated running back in Fantasyland; yet he rolled out a stinker in Week 2. A.J. Green and Victor Cruz are neck-and-neck at the top of the wideout pecking order, though neither helped out much in the opener. We can agree that Jimmy Graham is an elite tight end, despite Sunday night's ill-timed ankle injury.
November 8, 2011 |
Ever since I mastered the art of flicking a paper football across a table until it dangled off the edge, then drilling it through a two-fingered goalpost, I've loved fantasy football. Of course, we young lads didn't call it fantasy back in the day, but I'm sure the grade-school time-killer has its place in the evolution of the game. My love of all things fantasy is being tested this year, though. Mostly by Philip Rivers, whom I drafted as a "can't miss" anchor of two teams, but has played more like a "miss-take" waiting to happen.
December 30, 2011
Hopefully this isn't your championship weekend, and you're just playing for fun. But since all bets are off in Week 17, some obvious choices are suddenly not so obvious. Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in the final week of the season. Watch 'em roll Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills at Patriots. He torched the Patriots for 369 yards and two TDs when these teams met way back in Week 3. Though Fitzpatrick has been mediocre most of December, he has a great chance to finish on a high note as he faces the worst pass defense in the league.
November 10, 2011
THE MIDWAY point of the season is as good a time as any to sit back, take stock of the roster and wonder what in the world were you thinking taking Rashard Mendenhall in the first round. From a broader standpoint, it's also a convenient and fun time to peek at midseason projections. You know, those sometimes-ridiculous numbers that almost never pan out. Twenty-eight of the 32 teams have played eight games, so it's a matter of multiplying by two to deduce that Beanie Wells is going to rush for 14 touchdowns and that Willis McGahee's 1,335 rushing yards and Matt Hasselbeck's 4,028 passing yards will be career highs.
November 18, 2011
Wondering whether to start Aaron Rodgers and Matt Forte, or to bench Colt McCoy and Chaz Schilens? The networks specialize in that kind of advice. If you're looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on. Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 11 of the 2011 season. Watch 'em roll Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders at Vikings. Since he's gotten his bearings in Oakland, Palmer has been remarkably productive, amassing 631 passing yards and five touchdowns in his two starts.
November 29, 2011 |
It may have been the lingering effects of my tryptophan overdose, but I had some strange visions over the weekend. I could have sworn I saw Jason Witten go out of his way to tackle a cheerleader on Thanksgiving. Someone told me Percy Harvin returned a kickoff 104 yards, but they must have been yanking my chain since it didn't register any fantasy points for the Vikings special teams or Harvin. Is it true that Texans fans are actually disappointed that Matt Leinart is no longer leading their team?