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Can fans take their criticisms too far?
Can fans take their criticisms too far?
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If you missed the premiere of 'Frontline: League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis,' PBS has the full documentary online
If you missed the premiere of 'Frontline: League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis,' PBS has the full documentary online
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Bears looking tame, Giants looking small (The Associated Press): The Chicago Bears have two reasons to be in a...
Bears looking tame, Giants looking small (The Associated Press): The Chicago Bears have two reasons to be in a...
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Check out the player and coaches connections between the two teams before the game on Sunday, October 13
Check out the player and coaches connections between the two teams before the game on Sunday, October 13
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Send in your questions and comments about the Saints
Send in your questions and comments about the Saints
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Two bye week losses (yes, you read that correctly) highlight some of the social slams
Two bye week losses (yes, you read that correctly) highlight some of the social slams
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Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports Last week was frustrating. Fantasy football is a very inconsistent game, but what I saw last week was just flat out annoying. I missed on a handful of rankings, player, you name it. It was simply one of ...
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports Last week was frustrating. Fantasy football is a very inconsistent game, but what I saw last week was just flat out annoying. I missed on a handful of rankings, player, you name it. It was simply one of those weeks where everyone who had a good matchup faltered, while those with tough oppositions excelled. So, after a rough week, I’m motivated. I’m looking to rebound. Week 6 byes: Atlanta, Miami. Thumbs Up; Quarterbacks Jay Cutler vs New York Giants: A little Thursday night game never hurt anyone, right? Okay, so perhaps it did, but I think Cutler is a terrific start this week. The Marc Trestman offense is everything I hoped it would be for Cutler, as he is fifth in the league in touchdowns (10), 8th in completion percentage (65.7) and 9th in passing yards (1,368). He currently ranks as the number 10 fantasy quarterback, and more importantly, the quick-passing game has allowed Cutler to only be sacked eight times, while the Bears currently rank fourth in points per game with 29. This week, Cutler gets a Giants defense that generates no pass rush, only sacking the quarterback five times through five weeks. They also have allowed the third-most fantasy point to opposing quarterbacks, surrendering 28.16 per contest. Andrew Luck @ San Diego Chargers: An obvious call here, but there aren’t many strong under the radar quarterback options this week. Luck is coming off a very impressive performance against the top secondary in football, throwing for 229 yards and two scores, while not tossing an interception. He made some incredible deep ball throws to T.Y. Hilton, and orchestrated a terrific comeback to defeat this top NFC team. His reward? A matchup against the lowly Chargers secondary that is allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. This unit has allowed an average of 308 passing yards per game, 10 touchdowns and just one interception. It will be Luck’s Monday night debut, and if you are choosing between Luck and someone else, odds are that I would side with the sophomore signal caller. Alex Smith vs Oakland Raiders: While Smith’s weekly ceiling isn’t very high, his floor is rock-steady, which makes him one of the safest bye week replacements out there. Despite how often he checks down, Smith is still averaging a healthy 37 pass attempts per contest, which is appealing volume. The Raiders come into town, a defense that has allowed over 1,000 passing yards and six touchdowns over the last three weeks, and at home, Smith has been solid, throwing for over 500 yards and five scores. He is running the ball quite a bit, too, rushing 32 times already, which is third-most among signal callers. Perhaps Smith can do more than check down in this game, as the Raiders are allowing quarterbacks to complete a league-high 72.5 percent of their passes. Smith is a safe play this week, for sure. Thumbs Down Andy Dalton @ Buffalo Bills: Dalton has failed to throw a touchdown pass since Week 3, and while many may see the Bills on his schedule and think it’s a strong matchup, think again. Buffalo is in the middle of the pack, allowing 20.06 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, and this is an opportunistic bunch, leading the league in interceptions with nine. Combine Dalton’s struggles with the fact that Buffalo is expected to get both Jairus Byrd and Stephon Gilmore back into their lineup, and Dalton simply can’t be trusted. I just hope he plays a little bit better so he doesn’t kill A.J. Green’s value the rest of the way. Tom Brady vs New Orleans Saints: While it seems a bit ludicrous to bench a guy like Brady, maybe it’s not. Brady has only eclipsed 20 fantasy points in a game once this season, and is averaging a weak 16.4 fantasy points per contest. Now, if you lack better options, you can’t bench a guy like Brady, especially since he is expected to get Rob Gronkowski back in the lineup for the first time this s
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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hopeful to play this weekend
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hopeful to play this weekend
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Saints in the Community: October 8, 2013: Plenty of Saints players spent their Tuesday giving back to the community
Saints in the Community: October 8, 2013: Plenty of Saints players spent their Tuesday giving back to the community
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The New Orleans Saints are one of the few teams to dominate the Patriots against the spread over the years. At 7-1 ATS in eight meetings with New England dating back to 1983, according to the OddsShark.com NFL database, the Saints are a...
The New Orleans Saints are one of the few teams to dominate the Patriots against the spread over the years. At 7-1 ATS in eight meetings with New England dating back to 1983, according to the OddsShark.com NFL database, the Saints are always trouble for Patriot bettors. They are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS this season, and hope to remain undefeated after visiting the Pats this Sunday in Foxboro. They were a 2.5-point road underdog midweek at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com. What a difference a year makes for the New Orleans Saints. At this point last season, New Orleans was 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS, virtually out of the playoff picture heading into their bye. This year, the Saints have re-emerged as one of the NFL's elite teams and have already opened up a massive division lead in the NFC South. With a defense that is not only holding its own but actually playing exceptionally well allowing just 14.6 points per game, the Saints appear to be the real deal. New England's offensive struggles reached new heights last Sunday as the Patriots picked up their first loss of the season in a 13-6 loss to Cincinnati. The game brought an end to Tom Brady's streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 52 games. Danny Amendola returned to action last week, and this week Rob Gronkowski is expected to make his season debut. The Patriots are hoping these weapons will help Brady get his offense back on track, because the defense has been playing great so far this season. In the past, this game would have looked like a pretty clear shootout on paper. But with both defenses playing so well and New England not looking like its explosive self on offense, the potential pace of this game is anyone's guess. This is the first meeting between these two teams since 2009, when the Saints picked up a 38-17 win at home. This one could easily go either way, and should be a great game regardless of the wagering outcome at football sportsbooks. With the Patriots playing this one at home and coming off such a frustrating loss and getting one of their best offensive weapons back this week, we lean their way ever so slightly. PICK: New England -2.5 | Computer Prediction: 28-22 Saints (upset from computer picks) More from SB Nation NFL • The Notebook: Blame Brady, Jeffery's jump, Jacksonville joke • Houston fans harass Matt Schaub at his home | Fumblr: Rock bottom • PFT Commenter: Week 5's road graders & lunch pail heroes • Julio Jones could be done for the year • NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs and Colts climbing • Bois: The Quarterback Internet Hate Index
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