Daily Archives: December 12, 2011

Crazy Kicker of Week 14

There was plenty of kicker craziness in Week 14 – from a pass by Raiders P Shane Lechler to plenty of onside kicks, both good and bad. But no play was crazier than what happened to the 49ers and P Andy Lee. Lee, serving as a holder on a 50-yard field-goal try, instead threw a pass to Jonathan Goodwin (normally a center) for a 32-yard touchdown. However, the play was blown dead because the Cardinals had challenged the previous play just before the snap. On the ensuing kick, David Akers missed, and instead of leading 13-0 the 49ers quickly gave up a touchdown and found themselves trailing.

It didn’t count, but it was crazy, and that makes Andy Lee our crazy kicker of the week.

49ers P/holder Andy Lee (4) tried some craziness against the Cardinals, via revengeofthebirds.com

Crazy Kickers of the Week 2011
Week 14: P Andy Lee, 49ers
Week 12: PK Dave Rayner, Bills
Week 11: P Michael Koenen, Buccaneers
Week 10: PK David Akers, 49ers
Week 9: P Chas Henry, Eagles
Week 6: P Shane Lechler, Raiders
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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Grant busts out, Jennings gets hurt as Packers thump Raiders

For National Football Authority, we break down the Green Bay Packers’ big 46-16 win over the Oakland Raiders. We discuss Packers WR Greg Jennings’ injury and what it may mean going forward, how Packers RB Ryan Grant finally broke free, and just how bad Raiders QB Carson Palmer was. Click here to read all about it.

Packers RB Ryan Grant breaks free vs. the Raiders, via packers.com

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Rise/Sink/Float Week 14

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.

Falcons WR Julio Jones had two TDs against the Panthers, via panthers.com

Rise – San Diego Chargers – Don’t look now, but the Chargers seem to be putting together their typical late-season charge. They blasted the Bills 37-10, in large part to a fake punt that safety Eric Weddle called and then ran. The Bolts are now 6-7, but they’re still looking up at both the Raiders and the Broncos in the AFC West. While they probably won’t make the playoffs, they are dangerous once again – and that’s enough to put them on the rise.

Sink – San Francisco 49ers – While the 49ers are still in line for a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs, Sunday’s 21-19 loss to the Cardinals revealed one of the team’s weaknesses – red-zone offense. The 49ers can’t count on playing low-scoring games throughout a playoff run, but that’s what they’ll have to do if they can’t solve the red-zone woes. Maybe they will, but for now we have no choice but to knock them down a level.

Float – Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons gave up 23 straight points in the first half against the Panthers, but they rallied with 24 unanswered second-half points for a 31-23 road win. The game revealed that the Falcons still have some problems – most notably, a defense that is far from the shut-down level and a hole at right guard. But it also showed that adding rookie WR Julio Jones in the offseason made the Atlanta offense more explosive and gave the Falcons a much bigger margin for error. That’s a big step forward. We still don’t see the Falcons winning a game in the playoffs, but they should make it, and if Jones and Roddy White go nuts in a playoff game, who knows?

*Note: We are going to reconfigure the top of the comparison to better separate playoff teams, which may change the levels of some teams.

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