Daily Archives: October 17, 2011

Gruden extends MNF deal, but is he really off the coaching carousel?

For National Football Authority, we read between the lines of Jon Gruden’s contract extension with ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Is Gruden really going to be in the booth through the 2016 season, or could a coaching offer still sway him? Click here to read our take.

Jon Gruden, via blogblitz.nfl.com

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Bucs knock back Saints, make NFC South a race

For National Football Authority, we break down the Buccaneers’ big 26-20 win over the Saints. We discuss the turnovers by Saints QB Drew Brees, the play of fill-in RB Earnest Graham and the returning S Tanard Jackson for the Buccaneers, Sean Payton’s injury, and more. Click here to read all about it.

Buccaneers S Tanard Jackson (36) celebrates an interception of Drew Brees, via nola.com


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Rise/Sink/Float Week 6

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.

QB Alex Smith and the 49ers won in Detroit, via mysanantonio.com

Rise – San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers moved to 5-1 with a come-from-behind road win in Detroit. While all of the focus has been on the postgame battle between head coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz, the 49ers’ on-field play continues to be impressive. It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the 49ers will win the west, but road wins in Philadelphia and Detroit leave the impression that San Fran may not be an easy out come playoff time.

Sink – Indianapolis Colts – The Colts fell to 0-6 after a 27-17 road loss at Cincinnati. It’s incredible to see how far and how fast the Colts have fallen. Even with QB Peyton Manning out, Indianpolis’s other pieces aren’t doing enough things well. Now it’s time to watch and see if the Colts sell off some pieces before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Float – Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys lost in New England on a last-minute touchdown, but their solid performance shows that they’re in the mix in an NFC East that has other inconsistent teams. Dallas hasn’t always played well in late situations, but in tough road games at San Francisco and New England they’ve showed up, which is a good sign. Now the Cowboys must take the next step forward by winning these close games.


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Crazy Kicker of Week 6

In most weeks, kicker craziness is an add-on, a little variety that makes the spice of life. But in Week 6, kicker craziness created the winning margin. Leading 17-7, the Oakland Raiders (whose starting quarterback, Jason Campbell, had been knocked out of the game) lined up for a 53-yard field goal attempt. While that’s well within PK Sebastian Janikowski’s range, the Raiders had other ideas. Punter Shane Lechler, the team’s holder, instead stood up and threw a pass that TE Kevin Boss took for a 35-yard touchdown. The Raiders ultimately beat the Browns 24-17.

You can watch the play here:

For his efforts, Lechler wins the award as the Crazy Kicker of the Week.

Crazy Kickers of the Week 2011
Week 5: P Daniel Sepulveda, Steelers
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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Giants avoid mistakes, create turnovers to beat Bills

For National Football Authority, we break down the Giants’ 27-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. We discuss how RB Ahmad Bradshaw and CB Corey Webster carried the Giants, how QB Eli Manning avoided mistakes, and how WR Hakeem Nicks beat Bills CB Drayton Florence like a drum, among other things. Click here to read all about it.

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw ran all over the Bills, via nytimes.com


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