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Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports Defenses are hit or miss in fantasy football. The top-10 ranked defenses in the preseason according to ESPN were the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Ne...
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports Defenses are hit or miss in fantasy football. The top-10 ranked defenses in the preseason according to ESPN were the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers. Of these 10 teams, only the Seahawks, 49ers, Bears and Bengals are still in the top 10 in fantasy points after five weeks. The Patriots rank 13th, the Texans and Broncos are 17th, the Packers are 25th, the Rams are 26th and the Steelers rank 30th. The biggest surprise defense is the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 1 (originally ranked 25th). They have 87 fantasy points, 24 more than the Seahawks. However, most of these rising defenses were already picked up early in the season. The Chiefs are now owned in 91.6 percent of ESPN leagues. If you are own of those owners that stream fantasy defenses based on matchup, then there is a defense worth picking up for Week 6, and possibly the rest of the season — the New Orleans Saints defense. The Saints came in at 30th during the preseason, a fair ranking based on where they finished last year. The Saints were 32nd in rushing yards and 31st in passing yards allowed per game. They had 30 sacks and 15 interceptions, 25th and 15th in 2012. The New Orleans defense allowed the second-most points per game at 28.4. This year, however, the Saints are a much-improved defense, currently the ninth-best in fantasy. The team has three sacks in each of the last three games and 15 on the season. They have allowed no more than 18 points per game, a 10-point decrease from just a year ago. The defense is also swarming the ball every chance they get. They have seven interceptions (almost half of their 2012 total), six forced fumbles and four recovered. The Saints could attribute their success to the roster additions of Keenan Lewis and Parys Haralson, former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan or the return of head coach Sean Payton. Whichever it is, the Saints are not the same defense from 2012. They are not giving up the big pass plays like they did last year. Ryan is also pulling back on the number of blitz plays he calls and has more players in coverage. In Week 6, they travel north to take on the Patriots. The Patriots scored just six points against the Bengals, their lowest since 2006. Tom Brady has thrown three interceptions and two games with a completion percentage below 50 percent. Despite the possibility of getting Rob Gronkowski back, the Saints could be a difficult matchup for Brady. The Patriots have a lot of injuries on the offensive side of the ball, and the Saints should be able to take advantage by shutting down Danny Amendola and Gronkowski. Looking ahead, the Saints play the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in Weeks 8 and 9. They can make for a good three-week play before looking at another defense. If you are an owner of the Texans or Baltimore Ravens‘ defense, I would pick up the Saints’ defense as soon as possible. Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.
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A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks
A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks
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A lot of times, during and after Seahawk games I like to do a fair amount of twitter lurking to take the pulse of where the majority of 12s are finding problems with the roster. This week it was the most obvious week ever…only two...
A lot of times, during and after Seahawk games I like to do a fair amount of twitter lurking to take the pulse of where the majority of 12s are finding problems with the roster. This week it was the most obvious week ever…only two (maybe 2.5) names kept popping up: Paul McQuistan, Sidney Rice, and JR Sweezy gets the .5 for his one giant bone-head play. I’ve spent large portions of the last two weeks’ Gems talking O-line and I haven’t seen any new names I’d add to the list this week. Instead, let’s devote this entire edition to projecting players that could be drafted to help push Golden Tate contract negotiations, push Jermaine Kearse to continue to improve, push the entire WR group as a whole, and perhaps push Rice and his huge contract out the door. Plus these are some of the sexiest draftbreakdown.com game tapes! A reoccurring theme on the tweets this week has been the desire for a deep threat and/or a guy that can take a bubble screen and turn it into a house call. I happen to think this is a GREAT year to be looking for one of those. Assuming 3-5 juniors declare (or redshirt sophs like Mike Evans), there will be quality, quality WR to be found well into the 3rd round. Of course, the Hawks don’t currently have a 3rd, so I’m kinda targeting the 2nd. If they make the playoffs and can get deeper into them this year than last, we’d be talking about drafting after #25 overall. To me, the further back in the round that number climbs, the less I mind spending a 1st on a WR, but I’m still not in love with the idea. Save for one guy. So, who will be available in the 29-32 range? Better yet…let’s first talk about who won’t be there. Sammy Watkins…I said months ago that I preferred him over Marqise Lee and I think the season has played out proving that. I think Watkins will go as the 1st overall WR. Marqise Lee…The people that will argue that Lee hasn’t had a quarterback to get him the ball may have a point…but watch some of the names I will bring up soon and tell me if you know the name(s) of their QB(s). There are still ways you can parse the stats to find WR’s that are making the most of even limited opportunities from undertalented QB’s. I don’t buy the excuses on Lee. How far Marqise will fall is yet to be seen. I don’t know that he falls past #24, but it wouldn’t shock me. We’ll exclude him regardless cause even if he falls, he’s not really the type I’m looking for. Mike Evans…as I said; a redshirt sophomore…but if he declares, I think he’s coming off the board before Lee as well. He’s just a monster. Just for funsies: It should be noted that all three of those just-mentioned have eligibility left should they decide to return. The next two names most commonly mocked between the late 1st and 2nd round are Jordan Matthews and Brandon Coleman. They are both known entities for their opponents’ defensive game-planning, but only one has been able to walk in as the known #1 target and routinely walk out with 100-yard games. It’s Matthews. He is Vanderbilt’s #1 offensive weapon, draws the toughest CB assignment, and is still putting up the numbers of one of the top-10 WR in the country. I think Matthews’ stock is just gonna keep climbing due to his stellar play, not to mention his future combine workout and interviews (which he will crush). I have my doubts that Matthews will be on the board when Seattle drafts, but he’d be the one guy I think I’d go WR this early for. Coleman, on the other hand, (exhale)…I mean, I just don’t care. 15 catches in 5 games. 15. Matthews has 47. And 9 of Coleman’s (and both of his 2013 season TD’s) came in his first game this year. Since that 9/94/2 TD game against Fresno State, Coleman has gone 2/30, 1/15, 1/25, 2/56. No TD’s in the last 4. No 100-ya
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HOWDY! Well its hump day and that means we're halfway to the weekend and even closer to two days full of football! This weeks matchup will feature two teams who are very similar - - solid defenses who have offenses capable of scoring w...
HOWDY! Well its hump day and that means we're halfway to the weekend and even closer to two days full of football! This weeks matchup will feature two teams who are very similar - - solid defenses who have offenses capable of scoring when given the right opportunities. Two of, if not the best, cornerbacks in the league right now in Sherman and Verner. It really is a shame Jake Locker won't get to return to his home state and play in front of what would have been a great crowd for him, but Fitzpatrick will surely make Seahawk fans nonetheless. IMO this game will come down to which defense will be able to outperform the opposing defense. While I love my Titans defense this year and the performances we have produced so far, I have zero confidence in Ryan Fitzpatrick in Seattle against what might be the best defense in the NFL. One more thing before we kick this off: The real 12th Man belongs to my school, Texas A&M University. That is all. Good luck and here is to an injury free game!!
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Good morning. Here are some links out there today about the Seahawks and Tennessee, which comes to Seattle for a 1:05 p.m. game Sunday. ... --- Seahawks.com has some info on the Titans; --- Seahawks.com also answers a bunch of questions ...
Good morning. Here are some links out there today about the Seahawks and Tennessee, which comes to Seattle for a 1:05 p.m. game Sunday. ... --- Seahawks.com has some info on the Titans; --- Seahawks.com also answers a bunch of questions about the team; --- The Seahawks have fallen to No. 5 in ESPN's power poll; --- Seahawks are also fifth in the ratings of CBSSports.com's Pat Kirwan; --- Here's ESPN's weekly look at Russell Wilson; --- And here's a review of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will play QB for the Titans Sunday with Jake Locker out; --- The Titans will come to Seattle hoping to fix their running attack; --- The Titans reportedly reached out to JaMarcus Russell after Locker was injured; --- Lots more on the Titans here from ESPN; --- With Kenny Britt's struggles, the Tennessean takes a look at every WR taken in the first round since 2009; --- The NFL will force a team to participate in Hard Knocks in the future if no one volunteers; --- League of Denial on PBS got a lot of buzz last night, but USA Today wonders if it will change anything.
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Finally got around to watching the all-22 film on NFL rewind of the seahawks loss...completely disgusted about the last play of the game. As Wilson scrambled to make something happen, rice turned his back and walked towards the sideline ...
Finally got around to watching the all-22 film on NFL rewind of the seahawks loss...completely disgusted about the last play of the game. As Wilson scrambled to make something happen, rice turned his back and walked towards the sideline as if he assumed Wilson got sacked. He didn't give low effort or something...HE GAVE UP!!! Turns out rice was wide open and had he not given up would have made a reception for a first down and stopped the clock near midfield...instead game over! Between that play and the Sherman jog after blowing coverage...not the hawks I have been watching this year!
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Following Sunday’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Seahawks dropped to No. 5 in the NFL Power Rankings for Week 6. The Colts (4-1) moved to No. 4 while the Broncos, Saints and Chiefs took the top three spots as the only undefeat...
Following Sunday’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Seahawks dropped to No. 5 in the NFL Power Rankings for Week 6. The Colts (4-1) moved to No. 4 while the Broncos, Saints and Chiefs took the top three spots as the only undefeated teams left in football. When justifying the Seahawks ranking, ESPN.com noted an interesting stat […]
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Hump day! The Quarterback Internet Hate Index: How much do we hate QBs, and how wrong are we? - SBNation.comNFL quarterbacks, if you ask the Internet, are for hating. In this dreadfully scientific study, we look at how much we hate thes...
Hump day! The Quarterback Internet Hate Index: How much do we hate QBs, and how wrong are we? - SBNation.comNFL quarterbacks, if you ask the Internet, are for hating. In this dreadfully scientific study, we look at how much we hate these QBs and how dumb we are. #HotSportsTakes: Greg Schiano Is the Coach This Culture Needs - The Triangle Blog - GrantlandEvery now and then, we will attempt to write the worst sports column on earth. Today: Let's talk about Greg Schiano and life on the American battlefie 2014 NFL Mock Drafts - CBSSports.com NFLDraftScout.comIs it silly to do a mock draft seven months in advance of the 2014 NFL Draft? Sure, a lot will change between now and then. But is it fun? Of course. NFL 'Hard Knocks' to require team participation (with exceptions) - SBNation.comThe NFL has agreed to do 'Hard Knocks' every year, and will compel teams to participate if there are no volunteers. Andre Ellington not likely to get more playing time - Revenge of the BirdsThe rookie running back is being used in a role that suits him, according to the head coach. How rare was it for Seahawks to lose a game in which they rushed for so many yards? | Seahawks Blog | Seattle TimesIt’s not breaking news that a lot of rushing yards usually means a victory. Still, it took a little bit of research to determine how rare it was for the Seahawks to lose as they did Sunday, when they rushed for a season-high 218 yards. Week 6 NFL Power Rankings - 3 Undefeated Teams Remain | Fanspeak NFL BlogSo after 5 weeks, here is Fanspeak's Week 6 Power Rankings: General (early) thoughts on the 2014 draft « Seahawks Draft BlogIt’s still way too early to get a handle on next years draft, but I’ve had a chance to rattle through some tape in between changing a baby, feeding a baby and trying, in vain, to entertain a baby. So here we go. FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 5 DVOA RatingsDenver is still awesome and Jacksonville is still terrible, but Week 5 brought some interesting movement in the rest of the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings. A number of AFC teams dropped significantly: New England, San Diego, Tennessee, Miami, and especially Houston, which is now all the way down to 27th overall. Houston's big loss was San Francisco's big gain, as the 49ers leap back into the top ten. Seahawks already looking toward next opportunityMonday metatarsal musings: After losing their first game, the Seahawks could have played the woulda, coulda and shoulda game. Instead, they chose to focus on the next opportunity to go 1-0. Hawk Talk highlights: Rice's future, Harvin's return - 710sports.comHighlights from the latest edition of "Hawk Talk" with Danny O'Neil: Seahawks notebook: Percy Harvin making progress - 710sports.comA day after Seattle's first loss, coach Pete Carroll addressed a number of comebacks, starting with the one that he expects to occur this week: that of center Max Unger. "We're going to count on Max practicing this week," Carroll said. Power Rankings: No. 5 Seattle Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPNA weekly examination of the Seahawks' ESPN.com Power Ranking: Preseason: 1 | Last Week: 2 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002 The Seattle Seahawks l Protection problems cause third-down woes for Seattle Seahawks - ESPN“The protection issues have been at the root of it,” Carroll said Monday. “There’s a number of things that we can do better. But it has made the quarterback [Russell Wilson] move quite a bit and not allowed us to be on time the way we’d like to.” Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll expects Max Unger to play this weekend - ESPN“We’re counting on Max practicing this week,” Carroll said Monday. “We think he’s going make it this week. Holding him out [Sunday at Indianapolis] gave us the chance to say that now and we look forward to him playing.” Percy Harvin of Seattle Seahawks getting closer to retu
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. With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 6 fantasy football team defense rankings. . 1. Denver Broncos The Denver Broncos have struggled defensively, but they have faced much bette...
. With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 6 fantasy football team defense rankings. . 1. Denver Broncos The Denver Broncos have struggled defensively, but they have faced much better offenses than the Jacksonville Jaguars, their opponent this week. Jacksonville ranks dead last in total offense with 251.8 yards per game and scoring offense with 10.2 points per game. As the Denver Broncos tweeted, the Broncos’ 51 points last week are as many points as the Jaguars have scored all season. . 2. San Francisco 49ers The San Francisco 49ers rank fifth in total defense with 302.4 yards per game allowed and 12th in scoring defense with 19.6 points per game allowed. The held the St. Louis Rams and the Houston Texans to a combined 14 points the past two weeks. Their total defense rank is impressive considering they faced the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts in the first three weeks. This week they face the Arizona Cardinals. They rank 30th in total offense with 306.2 yards per game and 28th in scoring offense with 18.2 points per game. . 3. Chicago Bears The Chicago Bears have struggled defensively, but they are all about creating turnovers. They have 14 takeaways. Their opponent, the New York Giants, has turned the ball over 20 times already. They also rank 30th in scoring offense with 16.4 points per game. You may not get your bonuses for total yards allowed, but the potential for a defensive score offsets that. . 4. Seattle Seahawks The Seattle Seahawks are tied for the league-lead with 15 takeaways. They rank sixth in total defense with 303.6 yards per game allowed and scoring defense with 16.2 points per game allowed. They face the Tennessee Titans this week. They rank 26th in total offense with 318 yards per game. . 5. Kansas City Chiefs The Kansas City Chiefs are also tied for the league-lead with 15 takeaways. They rank seventh in total defense (312.8 ypg allowed) and lead the league with 11.6 points allowed per game. Their opponent, the Oakland Raiders, is dealing with injuries at running back. They are tied for 22nd in total offense (330.2 ypg) and scoring offense (19.6 ppg). The Chiefs also lead the league with 21 sacks while Oakland is tied for fourth with 18 sacks allowed. . 6. Houston Texans The Houston Texans lead the league in total defense with 260.2 yards per game allowed. They have given up 27.8 points per game, but they have given up five touchdowns on returns (four interception returns, one punt return). The St. Louis Rams rank 29th in total offense (311.6 ypg) and 20th in scoring offense (20.6 ppg). . 7. Cincinnati Bengals The Cincinnati Bengals have been a tough team to figure out. They beat the Packers and New England Patriots, but lose to the Cleveland Browns. They rank eighth in total defense (316.8 ypg allowed) and seventh in scoring defense (17.4 ppg allowed). They face the Buffalo Bills this week. They have been decent, but they are playing Thad Lewis at quarterback this week. . 8. Carolina Panthers The Carolina Panthers rank third in total defense (301.5 ypg allowed) and scoring defense (14.5 ppg allowed). Matt Cassel is an upgrade over Christian Ponder for the Minnesota Vikings, but they still have some question marks on offense. . 9. New York Jets The New York Jets rank second in total defense (299 ypg allowed) and 15th in scoring defense (23.2 ppg allowed). They take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. The Steelers rank 29th in scoring offense with 17.3 points per game. . 10. Minnesota Vikings The Minnesota Vikings have struggled defensively, but the Panthers are short on weapons. Carolina ranks 24th in total offense (329 ypg) and 27th in scoring offense (18.5 ppg). . . Also check out: 2013 Week 6 Fantasy Football QB Rankings 2013 Week 6 Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2013 Week 6 Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2013 Week 6 Fantasy Football TE Rankings 2013 Week 6 Fantasy Football K Rankings 2013 Week 6 Get ‘em or Don’t S
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