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I had to rub my eyes twice to confirm it, but there it was last Sunday, a play action pass for a touchdown. As a matter of fact, the St. Louis Rams did it twice in the same game, all because the coaches decided it was finally time to run...
I had to rub my eyes twice to confirm it, but there it was last Sunday, a play action pass for a touchdown. As a matter of fact, the St. Louis Rams did it twice in the same game, all because the coaches decided it was finally time to run the ball more. They'd be wise to stick to that game plan. Statistics reveal that the Rams and quarterback Sam Bradford are far more effective on play action passes than any other passing attempt. PA % Att/Comp Comp % TD/INT YPA Rating Play action 17.9% 40/23 57.5% 3/2 8.4 89.2 Non-PA -- 176/103 58.5% 7/1 5.6 85.0 (Data via Pro Football Focus) What immediately jumps out at you about those numbers is the yards per attempt. Bradford's averaging almost three whole yards more on play action passes than he is any other. His completion percentage isn't as high, but that's to be expected considering the dink and dunk nature of the Rams offense. So what's happening here? Play action passes give receivers time to get further down the field. The fake handoff, ideally, takes the defense's attention off the receivers. Bradford then has a chance to set himself and make his throws. When he adds a rollout to his right into the equation, it plays to another strength. Of course, to run the play action, you have to run the ball credibly. The Rams did that against Jacksonville. Bradford's play action numbers were even better last season. He averaged 8.5 yards per play action attempt, versus 6.2 on the others. He had a 9/3 touchdown/interception ratio on the play action compared to 12/10 on the others. His QB rating was 101.5 versus 77.5. And the Rams ran a play action on 21.3 percent of the time, more but not dramatically more. Early returns on the pairing of Zac Stacy and Daryl Richardson were positive. Houston's defense presents more of a challenge than Jacksonville's did, but that's not an excuse to abandon the run this week. The Rams promised to have a more balanced attack last week, and they did. If they can maintain that balance going forward, it should benefit a struggling offense.
about 2 hours ago
So, my partner is known as the Donut King, and we've reached the Dozenth episode just as the season starts. Coincidence? Inconceivable!! Have a listen, and we'll cover the first two games of the season, beat the dead horse of fighting...
So, my partner is known as the Donut King, and we've reached the Dozenth episode just as the season starts. Coincidence? Inconceivable!! Have a listen, and we'll cover the first two games of the season, beat the dead horse of fighting just a bit, laugh at the batshit craziness of Patrick Roy, and find out what new beer that I'm drinking to tease Tyler with ... and an important news item about the show. As usual, we have the embedded player right there, but NOW there's another option: Itunes. Yes, sir. You can now subscribe to Beyond Checkerdome on Itunes - like a real podcast and stuff! Also, for you non-Apple types (like me) other podcast applications (for example, I use Pocket Casts for my Android) will also have Beyond Checkerdome listed. As you look for it, keep an eye out for our shiny new logo: Much thanks to Ashley (RealBadRobot) and her boyfriend Sam for the design. The Blues are off to a hot start, and so are we!! As always, thanks for listening to our rambling. Let us know what you think. If you hit us up on Itunes, be sure to rate us and leave a review, even if you have to make something up.... ESPECIALLY if you want to make something up. The goal here is to have something to see for the folks who'll be discovering us in the days/weeks/months to come. If it looks vacant as a Deadwing's fan's soul, it'll be too easy for them to dismiss us and move on. Also, of course, we welcome your feedback: BeyondCheckerdome@Geeeeeeeemail DOT com or @ByndCheckerdome on the Twitternet. See ya in the cheap seats! Tim /CrossCheckRaise Tyler/ Donut King
about 2 hours ago
Tonight. NBC Sports Network. Rivalry night. I’d like to think that this game helped create this new Wednesday night tradition, but alas, it’s probably wishful thinking. The St.Louis Blues will be taking on the Chicago Blackha...
Tonight. NBC Sports Network. Rivalry night. I’d like to think that this game helped create this new Wednesday night tradition, but alas, it’s probably wishful thinking. The St.Louis Blues will be taking on the Chicago Blackhawks in what is already a very important game for both teams. The Blues looking to keep their hot start going and show the Hawks (and maybe the hockey world) that they are for real. The Hawks looking to establish (of re-affirm) to everyone that they just aren’t quite ready to give up the Central Division just yet. Last year the Blackhawks owned the Blues. The Hawks posted a 3-1-1 record against St.Louis. The teams will play four more times after this meeting tonight. Let’s hope the Blues have a better go at it this time around. All time the Blues and the Blackhawks have met 286 times. The most for the Blues against any other team in the NHL. As for those guys up north, this will be their first test on the road. The Hawks ended up losing 3-2 in a shootout to Tampa Bay their last game. The loss came as a shock to some because they were up 2-0 heading into the third. But the Lightning tied it up in the third and then won it in the OT. Looks like Chicago got a little complacent. This is what happens when you take your foot off the gas. Just saying. We Blues fans know all too well about that What To Watch For: Starting Goaltenders- In goal for the Blues will be Jaroslav Halak. This goalie’s on fiiiiyaaa! Ok, so he’s not literally on fire, but he has stopped 47 of 49 shots that he’s faced so far this year. He’s also passed Glenn Hall’s shutout mark, with his 17th on Saturday night. Will he get a shutout tonight? Probably not, but he should still be pretty sharp. This will be his first true test in net. Will he pass? In net for the Hawks, will more than likely be Corey Crawford. In his last start(OT loss at home) he was cruising to a shutout. If the first two games are any indication on how tonight’s going to go, then Mr.Crawford will be no where near cruising. Blues Strong Offensive Start- Ten. Ten different players have scored for the Blues. The only player that’s scored twice? Alexander Steen. Needless to say the Blues aren’t playing a cracker jack team tonight (no offense Preds/Panthers) so this “should” be a good gauge on where they are at offensively. It is nice to see everyone contributing so far. Will it continue? Probably not at the rate it’s going right now, but you’d like to hope that it will stay consistent.  David Backes has one goal and two assists against the Hawks dating back to last season. T.J. Oshie also has good numbers against the Hawks with five goals and 12 assists (18 games). Powerplay Scoring Up In Here- The Blues power play is sitting at 40% right now. It’s not glaring by any means, but it is getting the job done. Can the success of the powerplay continue against a team like Chicago? Yes. Chicago’s penalty kill is only 42ish % (Small sample sizes…go!), so it is likely that the Blues can take advantage of these situations. As this game is likely to see a lot of box time (on both sides) the Blues need to cash in. If they can do that, then they have a great shot of winning. As for the Hawks powerplay they are around 22% and haven’t really been known to have a strong powerplay the last few seasons. With the Blues penalty kill being at 100% (More small sample size numbers) This might be an area that the Blues have the advantage in. Prediction Sure To Go Wrong- The Blues win this game and go 3-0 on the year.  4-3. Throwing out names for goal scorer at this point would probably be like me throwing darts. No telling what I’m going to hit. I will throw David Backes name out there. Enjoy the game everyone and LET’S GO BLUES!!!
about 2 hours ago
Hello Fantasy Football Fans! Welcome to the sixth week of the waiver wired, hot and not column of the year. I thank everyone for reading and hopefully this will assist your team on the way to the playoffs. We will not list anyone who wa...
Hello Fantasy Football Fans! Welcome to the sixth week of the waiver wired, hot and not column of the year. I thank everyone for reading and hopefully this will assist your team on the way to the playoffs. We will not list anyone who was on previous lists, but if Alshon Jeffrey, Keenan Allen, Willis McGahee, Terrance Williams, and Danny Woodhead are still out there please do yourself a favor and grab them. Let’s get to the list. Who is hot: Tony Romo- He may have made a huge mistake at the end, but their passing game is on fire. Nick Foles – He stepped in last week and now has the job. If he plays well could keep it for rest of the season. Alshon Jeffrey – With all the attention that Marshall is getting it is leaving this physical receiver open all over the place. Terrance Williams – Two very good weeks in a row; Miles Austin may not get his job back. Julius Thomas – He has six TDs without a red zone attempt ... amazing. Ray Rice – They said they were feeding him, and they did, 33 times. Terrelle Pryor – He continues to improve, and is a top 10 fantasy QB the rest of the way. Justin Blackmon – Yes, he played the Rams, but with Henne coming in, he and Shorts should have good seasons with the team trailing every game. Who is not: Maurice Jones Drew - He could not run well on the Rams, time to cut bait. Matt Ryan – He has now lost Jones, and White is banged up. Sell if you can. Bills skill players – Spiller, Jackson, Woods, and Johnson all take a huge step back with Manuel out for 6 weeks. Davis Wilson – He is out now, and it is time to give up. Bilal Powell – He looks to be in a three-way job share. Michael Vick – The inevitable injury happened, and this could be it for him if Foles plays well. Marques Colston – He seems to be the one being ignored the past few weeks, temper expectations. Trent Richardson – He looks the same as he did in Cleveland, with no touchdowns. He is a middle of the road fantasy running back. Average Size Leagues Waiver Wire pickups Zac Stacy – He looks like he grabbed the RB1 job, but with the schedule coming up, I think the Jaguars game will be his best of the season. Austin Pettis – Sam Bradford’s favorite and most trusted receiver. Marcel Reece – With two Raiders running backs now hurt, he stepped up last year. I think he is the best back on the team. Da’rel Scott – Here is the Giants new RB1, only if you are desperate. Andre Ellington – The coach said he will not get more than 30 snaps, but he is making the most of them. Nick Foles – In his two starts last year, he put up great stats. Jeremy Kerley – With two good weeks in a row, he looks to be the Jets best receiver option. Shonn Greene – He is coming back from injury, and with Chris Johnson struggling he could get a real chance. Harry Douglas – He is now a starter and worth an add as a WR3. Donald Brown – Looks to be getting at least one-third of the caries plus being the third down back. Ronnie Hillman – He is clearly one Moreno injury away from being the RB1. Donnie Avery – Purely a bye week fill in, but is having another quality season. Garrett Graham – With Daniels out for 4-6 weeks, he should now be a top 8 tight end Send me any questions or lineup decisions on Twitter –dvond Good Luck this week! Fantasy Mike
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Blues fans consider this a rivalry. Maybe it's because the Hawks have a winning record against the Blues all-time, or maybe because it seems so difficult as of late for the Blues to win a season series against the Hawks. Perhaps it's bec...
Blues fans consider this a rivalry. Maybe it's because the Hawks have a winning record against the Blues all-time, or maybe because it seems so difficult as of late for the Blues to win a season series against the Hawks. Perhaps it's because we've all been geared to assume a geographic rivalry between all things St. Louis and Chicago - pizza, National League Baseball, and hockey. I would mention the Rams and the Bears, but honestly, the Rams' biggest rival is themselves. NBCSN would agree with us, since they've made tonight's game their Wednesday Night Rivalry game of the week. Of course, this is also the network that assumed that the Hawks and Wild(s) were rivals because of the Minnesota North Stars, so draw whatever conclusions from that which you'd like. Brandon Bollig believes that this is a rivalry. Talking to Scott Powers of ESPN, he had this to say: "I would say so, yeah," Bollig said after Monday's practice. "Obviously they're close, and we play them all the time. The way our two teams match up, they're always intense games. I would definitely say they're our biggest rival in the division now. I'm sure each and every game will be pretty exciting." Keep in mind Bollig is from here, so he's probably been raised with the expectation of this being a rivalry. Patrick Kane, well, he thinks that their main rival are the Vancouver Canucks. It makes sense when you think about it. The Canucks and Blackhawks have more recent playoff history. The Blues need to fix that. Regular season rivalries are fun, but it's the playoff rivalries that count. St. Louis has allowed just two goals to start their first two games. The Blackhawks' goaltending has not been as lucky, though they're still off to a solid start. Brandon Saad has two goals and two assists, and Nicklas Hjalmarsson has three assists. Kane also has two goals to start the season. These aren't the Predators. These aren't the Panthers. These are the guys who just won the Stanley Cup. If the Blues want to make a statement, a win tonight would go a long way to doing that. Is is possible? Of course. There might be bigger post-season things on the line down the street tonight, but the Blues have a lot riding on this game as well. It's not about filling some "rivalry void" for the Blackhawks now that the Wings are gone. It's about keeping this traditional rivalry alive.
about 3 hours ago
Thanks to Greg from Second City Hockey for his answers. Stop by their site, say hi, and politely remind them that despite just winning the Stanley Cup the Blackhawks suck. Because they do. 1. Who do you think has been your best player ...
Thanks to Greg from Second City Hockey for his answers. Stop by their site, say hi, and politely remind them that despite just winning the Stanley Cup the Blackhawks suck. Because they do. 1. Who do you think has been your best player through your first three games? Small sample size, I know. Brandon Saad has been a beast so far. With Bryan Bickell playing on the top line, Saad has been moved to the 3rd line where he is becoming a bum slayer extraordinaire. Getting away from the opponent's top line every night will only make Saad even more dangerous. The Manchild has a Corsi number of 9 through two games and he is even making Andrew Shaw look much better than he really is. The best part of Saad's game is what he does when he doesn't have the puck. His fore checking and back checking is right up there with the likes of Marian Hossa. Patrick Kane is also off to a good start but he plays on a different level than the rest of the league. 2. What caused the OTL against the Tampa Bay Lightning? Was it a fluke, a fixable thing, or a possible symptom of an issue? Ben Bishop happened. The kid played out of his mind and stole a game for the Lightning. The penalty kill has been an issue but it is not panic time after two games considering the Capitals and Lightning have very dangerous power plays. 3. Do you feel that the Blackhawks are primed for a run like the one they had last season, or will it be harder to keep up a torrid pace like that over 82 games? There is no way the Hawks can keep up the point pace they had last year through 82 games, and they don't have to. This year they can use the full schedule to rest some veterans and experiment with some line combinations that you couldn't do in the shorten schedule a year ago. The main objective for the Blackhawks is to be healthy come playoff time. I would much rather have them equal the post season run from last year than the run to stat the season.
about 3 hours ago
In week 5 rookie running back Zac Stacy had the best game of any running back this season rushing for 78 yards off of only 14 carries. A lot of credit has been taken away from Stacy however due to the fact that he accomplished this again...
In week 5 rookie running back Zac Stacy had the best game of any running back this season rushing for 78 yards off of only 14 carries. A lot of credit has been taken away from Stacy however due to the fact that he accomplished this against  the worst run defending team in the NFL. Many still wonder if he is in fact the answer to the Rams running game and whether or not he can continue what he did against the Jaguars. Against the Jaguars Zac Stacy brought back the physical aspect of the run game that Steven Jackson took when he left St. Louis. Stacy averaged 2.29 yards after contact against the Jaguars and in general averaged 5.6 yards per carry which is pretty impressive regardless of who the opponent is. This week the Rams play the Houston Texans, who believe it or not have the 4th worst defense when it comes to stopping the run despite the fact that they have the reigning defensive player of the year, JJ Watt. The Texans are allowing the 4th most yards per carry with 4.2, and are allowing an average of 126 yards per game which is third worst in the league. The chances of Zac Stacy continuing to be the answer to the Rams running game on Sunday is pretty good. Last week Frank Gore, who is of similar size as Stacy rushed for 81 yards on 17 carries against the Texans. Marshawn Lynch who is also only three inches taller than Stacy and 10 pound lighter, ran for 17 carries for 98 yards against Houston. The Texans run defense is definitely not as good as what it has been and in order for the Rams to beat the Texans, finding the run game early is going to be key, as the Texans have one of the best defenses against the pass this season. The Texans are allowing only 6.2 yards per pass, which is the third best in the league. The Texans have also only allowed 671 passing yards this season which is the best in the league. In order for the Rams to win this next game, getting Zac Stacy going is going to be key which means the offensive line has to be able to be able to make some blocks and get some push. The weeks after the Texans game are when things are really going to get interesting. After the Texans the Rams have to play three top ten run defenses in the Panthers, Bears, and Cardinals. Zac Stacy has quite the task ahead, but if he can just do enough to keep the defense honest, there is no doubt  he will keep his job as the starting running back. Stacy has a lot of pressure following Steven Jackson and Marshall Faulk, but if he continues what we saw last week against the Jaguars, Zac Stacy may just have a chance of adding his name to the list of great Rams running backs. Can Zac Stacy Continue To Help Rams Run Game? - Ramblin' Fan - Ramblin' Fan - A St. Louis Rams Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
about 4 hours ago
Learn About Tableau *Most of those goals came against the Florida Panthers. **This data only includes goals scored during 5v5 so it doesn't include power plays. ***Two games is an awfully small sample size.
Learn About Tableau *Most of those goals came against the Florida Panthers. **This data only includes goals scored during 5v5 so it doesn't include power plays. ***Two games is an awfully small sample size.
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about 5 hours ago
via www.rantsports.com I don't think I have ever seen fans hate on their own QB that doesn't suck this much in my life. It's like nothing this kid does is good enough. Maybe we should go back to our Tony Banks days, or Joe Germaine, ...
via www.rantsports.com I don't think I have ever seen fans hate on their own QB that doesn't suck this much in my life. It's like nothing this kid does is good enough. Maybe we should go back to our Tony Banks days, or Joe Germaine, Gus Feroutte, or dare I say it?! Lets bench Bradford and start Kellen Clemons! Oh yeah, that will shake things up. There is nothing wrong with Bradford's play. This is going to sound like another excuse (and Bradford haters/cliche commentators are going to say "it sounds like an excuse because it is an excuse") but I don't care. Like I have said many times when accused of being a "hater", I am a realist. I just call it like I see/hear it. There is a lot going on that is resulting in Bradford having a low YPA. For starters think back to the week of the Cardinals game. Think about the interview Sam gave that week on Tuesday after practice. Oh! Too many beers since then, can't remember that far, allow me to assist you. Here is the LINK TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE!!!! Click on it and go to 3:10. At this point Bradford starts talking about the 3rd down game plan before ever playing a game, which is directly related to his low YPA. Sam talks about how Schotty has advised/told him to be smarter on first and second down to create shorter 3rd downs and not be afraid to take what the defense gives. Sam is being told/coached to go shorter. Mix that with only a few deep routes called and you suddenly have a large amount of short throws. And by the way not sure if many of you have noticed but Sam has been trying to go deep more the last 3 weeks, hence the reason his sack total is so high. His line can’t block for routes that are much longer than the intermediate variety. All of his sacks have come when he is looking down field. Sam is a smart QB. He has a very high football IQ. So he knows that some vertical throws are needed, especially when you're down big in the fourth. Although it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that in that situation. The first two games when down we went into an uptempo no huddle to come back. In games 3 and 4, we chose to try to move the ball by picking up yards in chunks instead of the fast paced way. This meant deeper routes. WK Game Date Opp Result G GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost 1 09/08 ARI W 27-24 1 1 27 38 71.1 299 7.9 2 1 0 0 100.7 2 1 0.5 0 1 0 2 09/15 @ ATL L 24-31 1 1 32 55 58.2 352 6.4 3 1 0 0 87.8 3 25 8.3 0 -- -- 3 09/22 @ DAL L 7-31 1 1 29 48 60.4 240 5.0 1 0 6 43 80.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 4 09/26 SF L 11-35 1 1 19 41 46.3 202 4.9 1 1 5 32 59.2 3 -4 -1.3 0 1 1 5 10/06 JAC W 34-20 1 1 19 34 55.9 222 6.5 3 0 2 14 105.3 5 4 0.8 0 1 0 Here we have a breakdown of his game by game statistics. Now let me know if any of you recall a hurry up tempo when we were down to Dallas and San Fran, because I don't. I recall us waiting to try to mount a comeback and it being too late so we went with the "we need yards in big chunks approach". When this occurred Bradford was sacked often. Because at this point a smart pass rusher knows, "hey, they have to throw it from here on out", so he pins his ears back, and never looks for the run, he is full steam ahead up field. Its both the play calling and the poor o-line play causing the low YPA. The line struggles to block for more than 2.5 seconds. The deeper the route the more time it takes. Outside of poor O-Line play and poor play calling, receivers have been an issue as well. Only one has consistrntly beat his coverage to get open, and that's Austin Pettis. Jared Cook is soft as baby poop, and everyone else is still learning how to consistently get open (route running, reading defenses, physicality, etc). Of course Sam could force some throws, and som
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