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Random Thoughts As Halfway Point Approaches

As for NFL seasons, very few can argue the fact that this year’s has been one of the most outrageous.

Just a few things to note on right now.

1.  Tennessee Titans:  What is happening there?  One year, they are a playoff team, the next, they start out 0-6?  I know the loss of Jim Schwartz, as well as Albert “I Want Nine Figures to Post for Bail Money” Haynesworth, is going to impact the team.  But this is absolutely ridiculous. 

How about their leading passer this week was Vince Young.  His stats?  Zero completions off of two attempts, with an interception.  This supercedes start Kerry Collins’ effort of two completions out of twelve attempts for minus seven yards and an interception?

Let’s just say some big changes are coming ahead in Tennessee this week.

2.  Bill Belichick:  On that note, I just want to express my utter disgust at the New England coaching staff for opting to run the score up on the Titans this past week.  Not that we expect anything less from that waste of a human life, but there is an unwritten rule that one does not do that.  I know they began to run the ball more in the second half, but when you are up by that many points at half time, you do NOT keep throwing the ball the way they did.

3.  Derrius Heyward-Bey:  That’s a lot of money Oakland is throwing at a guy to not do anything.  Two catches thus far on the year after six games.  At this rate, he will catch between five and six passes for the year.  He will average about a million dollars per reception.

4.  Denver Broncos:  I will eat a slice of humble pie and say I was wrong about Josh McDaniels.  The kid has put together a great team that has outperformed everyone’s expectations (most fantasy football rankings had their defense rated thirty two).  And Mike Nolan has been absolutely brilliant with the team. 

Elvis Dumervil currently leads the NFL in sacks.  Starting defensive end Ryan McBean was a practice squad player last year.  Andre Goodman went from a nobody in Miami to bettering Dre Bly’s performance a year ago.  And Mario Haggan was a cast-off from Buffalo who is now a starter and major contributor in Denver.

I still feel that McDaniels made some questionable moves during the off-season (signing Lonnie Paxton to a very rich $5.5 million dollar contract for a mere long snapper in favor of retaining Mike Leach who never botched a snap and was making about half as much).  In time, however, I think McDaniels is going to be the right guy after all. 

The kid obviously has a passion for the job as evidenced by the New England post-game.

5.  Matt Forte:  You’re KILLING my fantasy football team.

6.  Michael Crabtree:  You’re killing professional football.  It’s attitudes like the ones you and your agent presented that make people think that pro football players are prima donnas that are only out for money. 

“Michael could and should have been taken in the top five or three picks.”  Well, guess what?  You weren’t.  Brady Quinn had the same thing happen to him.  Projected high and fell in the draft.  What happened?  Derek Anderson stepped in and had a Pro Bowl season while Quinn got to be an afterthought.

7.  St. Louis Rams:  Wow. Could there ever be a worse team in history?  There is not a single bright spot on the team, honestly.  Steven Jackson has underperformed for a few years now.  Marc Bulger is clearly not the guy people thought he was going to be.  Chris Long has yet to make an impact with the team.  In fact, he is no longer starting.  James Laurainitis has been playing decently. 

But overall, the team is going nowhere.  They need a big play wide receiver, and they need one tomorrow.  Very surprised they did not make a move to get someone like Crabtree, Braylon Edwards, or even Brandon Marshall.

8.  Drew Brees:  You’re the man.

9.  Detroit Lions:  At least you guys are trying.  The team has been making strides to becoming a team that will not be a cellar-dweller in a few years.  I actually applaud what is going on up in Michigan.

10.  Brett Favre:  Good for you.  While most people said you were too old to play and that you lost more than you retained, you continue to show them that they are wrong.  You are an inspiration to young children across the world.

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The Sportmeisters NFL Season Preview: NFC North

By Derek and Ryan of The Sportmeisters

With the NFL season fast approaching, Sportmeisters Derek and Ryan break out the crystal ball and forsee the future of all 32 NFL teams. Today, Derek and Ryan look at the NFC North, and discuss how they got to their respective decisions. What follows is a transcript of that discussion.


  • Chicago Bears: 13-3
  • Green Bay Packers: 9-7
  • Minnesota Vikings: 7-9
  • Detroit Lions: 5-11


  • Minnesota Vikings: 11-5
  • Green Bay Packers: 10-6
  • Chicago Bears: 10-6
  • Detroit Lions: 2-14

Ryan: Derek, we definitely have some big discrepancies here in the NFC North.

Derek: Ryan, the NFC North will be extra competitive this year, as all four teams have made major upgrades. Even though Detroit is in the league, there is a strong chance for three of the four teams to be over .500.

Ryan: I don’t think its going to shape out that way, and the Brett Favre experiment will backfire, while the Jay Cutler era starts shining in Chicago.

Derek: Chicago went out and traded for their first real ‘Franchise Quarterback’ in over 20 years. Jay Cutler and a revitalized Brian Urlacher will lead the Bears, and Greg Olsen, Matt Forte, and Devin Hester will have MONSTER years.

Ryan: Absolutely, I am completely sold on the Bears in 2009, making strides reminiscent of their 2006 team, with the most complete team since 1985.

Derek: I’m going to disagree. I think they will lose key divisional games to Green Bay and Minnesota, as well as games vs. Pittsburgh, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Arizona that may hold them out of the playoffs for a third straight season.

Ryan: I’ll agree on Pittsburgh taking down Chicago, but I expect victories over the rest except for Atlanta and Minnesota.

Derek: Speaking of Minnesota, they have now gone out and signed Brett Favre to run the offense and with him at the helm, RB Adrian Peterson may see a few less eight-man fronts, or it could be the other way around and because Peterson is so good, Favre may have his receivers one on one and be able to torch the defense.

Ryan: No way Derek! Favre is going to bust completely for the Vikings. He’s still hurt, he’s missed all of the preseason, he has no respect from his team right now, how can people call this team a Super Bowl contender?

Derek: Even the great Favre won’t be able to win them all, and losses to Pittsburgh, Arizona, Carolina, Green Bay, and Chicago will make this a close race at the end of the year.

Ryan: I feel an under-performing team falls to 7-9, punctuated by losses to Green Bay, Chicago, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and the New York Giants. Then, finally, the Brett Favre era will be over.

Derek: Let’s move on to Brett Favre’s old team, the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay went out and hired a new Defensive Coordinator and will go with the 3-4 this year, moving DE Aaron Kampman to OLB. They have looked sharp so far this preseason, but not as sharp as their offense has looked.

Ryan: I LOVE the 3-4 defense Derek, and Green Bay is adjusting amazingly to it, and I think that will be a huge factor in their 2009 season, helping load some of the work off of the offense.

Derek: Being led by QB Aaron Rodgers should lead them to wins over Chicago, Minnesota, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Cleveland, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, and Baltimore.

Ryan: I see one of those games as a loss, but they will still finish second in the division, fighting for the wild card.

Derek: Finally, Detroit will be at the very bottom again, but they won’t repeat their 0-16 season.

Ryan: The Lions have gone to great pains to remove the stench of last year, and behind a new Coach in Jim Schwartz, and a team filled with a lot of new blood, I think five victories is a realistic stretch.

Derek: At best, they get two wins, against St. Louis and San Francisco, as neither team has the secondary to stop Megatron, WR Calvin Johnson, and that’s better than 0-16.

Ryan: I have a little more confidence than you in Detroit, and possibly better success in picking the NFC North.


32 Teams, 32 Sleepers: NFC North (Fantasy Football)

(Reprinted from, written by Chris)

Well, Chris and I have something nice lined up for everybody out there. I introduce to you, “32 Teams, 32 Sleepers.” We are going to go division-by-division and give you a high-upside or value pick for each team.

By sleepers, by the way, we’re talking people likely to go around the twelfth round or later. Expect me to write-up the AFC East and West and the NFC North and South, with Chris doing the NFC East and West, and the AFC North and South.

Next up, the NFC North.