Daily Archives: October 3, 2011

Crazy Kicker of Week 4

Mason Crosby kicks a field goal during a Green...

Mason Crosby in less-crazy action. Image via Wikipedia

We love shenanigans from kickers, and Packers kickoff specialist Mason Crosby provided them this week. With the Packers leading 14-3 late in the first quarter, Crosby executed a surprise onside kick that led to another Packers score. It completely caught the Broncos off guard – check out Denver head coach John Fox’s stammering, stuttering quote here.

It wasn’t necessary, nor was it crucial, given the ease with which the Packers won. But it was crazy, and so it’s more than enough to make Crosby Week 4’s Crazy Kicker of the Week.

Crazy Kickers of the Week 2011
Week 4: PK Mason Crosby, Packers
Week 2: P Michael Koenen, Buccaneers
Week 1: P Sam Koch, Ravens
Preseason Week 4: P Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs
Preseason Week 2: P Andy Lee, 49ers
Preseason Week 1: PK Josh Brown, Rams

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Rise/Sink/Float Week 4

Each week, we look through the Sunday NFL results to find one team that’s rising, one team that’s sinking, and one team that stays at the same level. You’ll see these changes reflected in our weekly Football Relativity comparison of all 32 teams. This week, we present an all-NFC version.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson celebrates after another TD, via guardian.co.uk

Rise – Detroit Lions – The Lions continue to make it hard on themselves, but for the second consecutive week they overcame a huge deficit on the road and rallied for the win. Sunday, it took two interceptions returned for touchdowns, and then two Calvin Johnson touchdown catches, but Detroit overcame the Cowboys 34-30. Detroit isn’t a perfect team – the secondary showed again this week that it can be vulnerable – but the high-caliber offense and hyper-competitiveness make the Lions a tough out. Their 4-0 record is legit.

Sink – Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles fell to 1-3 with a home loss to San Francisco that featured a blown lead, missed field goals, and more mistakes. Philly is talented, but the Eagles’ offensive line has become a major problem, and the defense has yet to hit its stride. We won’t give up on the Eagles yet, but at this point we’ll move them down the comparison until the results match the roster.

Float – Washington Redskins – The Redskins moved to 3-1 with a 17-10 road win in St. Louis. The Rams are moribund, but the Redskins deserve credit for another strong defensive performance. Rex Grossman is still a major question mark, but the Redskins have a solid running game to go with their defense, and that’s a recipe to a solid run at the playoffs.

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Many happy returns for Hester, Bears in win over Panthers

For National Football Authority, we break down the Bears’ 34-29 victory over the Panthers. We talk about the big days by Chicago’s RB Matt Forte and returner Devin Hester, Cam Newton’s day, and D.J. Moore’s impact. Click here to read all about it.

Bears returner Devin Hester gives Panthers PK Olindo Mare a facial, via nbcsports.com

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