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Back again after a short hiatus, Darreck and Brennan browse the sports landscape for news, as well as a friendly debate/gentlemen’s’ bet. This should be fun!

 

Time for Some Statement Games in NFL Week 6

By Michael LoCoco
PSDC NFL Beat Writer

As the weeks fall off the calendar we’ve started to see who is who in the NFL. Teams we thought would be good like the Dolphins, Ravens and Lions have failed miserably. Others, like the Cardinals and Bengals, have soared to the tops of their divisions. For a few other teams in the middle, Week 6 is when we’ll start to see statement games show up. These are games that will begin to tell us what teams really have under the hood. While we’ll get to all of them tomorrow, here are the top two matchups this week and what they’ll tell us about the teams playing.

Seahawks vs. Panthers

This is easily the game of the week. On one side we have a Seattle team that still has problems it is struggling to fix. The defense keeps blowing second half leads. The offense can’t seem to use Jimmy Graham properly. On top of it all the offensive line has been its usual struggling self. On the other side the Panthers have exceeded expectations after preseason injuries ravaged the receiver corps. Carolina is undefeated. A win against the defending NFC Champs would turn a lot of skeptics in believers, especially with that win coming on the road in Seattle. A Seattle loss would drop the Seahawks to 2-4 and leave them with a big hole to dig out of.

The Panthers have typically played the Seahawks close the last few years and there is no reason to expect this game to be any different. The Panthers are traveling cross country, but are coming off a bye to do so. The Seahawks are getting Marshawn Lynch back this week, but the Panthers get back Luke Kuechly. All in all, it should be an excellent game. A win by either team would be huge and with Seattle having their backs to the wall the tension should be high.

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PSDC Random Stat of the Day

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Stat Man 

Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau via ESPN.COM: The Broncos defeated the Giants, 41-23, to complete an AFC West sweep this weekend. It was only the second week in the last eight seasons on which Denver, San Diego, Kansas City and Oakland all won. (The other was Week 2 in 2010.)

Ironically, Denver’s win also capped a winless weekend for the NFC East. It was the third time in the last 12 seasons that the Giants, Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins all lost (also Week 13 in 2011 and Week 9 last season).

The Broncos became only the third team in the last 30 years to score at least 40 points in each of their first two games. The others were New Orleans in 2009 and Indianapolis in 2001, also QB’d, of course, by Peyton Manning.

The Broncos held the Giants to 23 yards on 19 carries on Sunday. That was the Giants’ lowest rushing-yardage total in a home game since 1954, when they netted four yards in a 16-7 loss to the Browns.

The Overreaction: Cowboys 36, Giants 31

By Zack Spears
PSDC Dallas Cowboys Insider

Well as you all know by now this is my overreaction piece, which is just that, a complete overreaction to the Dallas Cowboys game that just was. Tonight the Cowboys beat the New York Giants 36-31. This marks the first time the Cowboys have beaten the Giants since they moved to Arlington. Jason Witten also went over 9,000 career receiving yards in the game. The Cowboys did some good and some bad things, as promised, here is me overreacting to them. Enjoy.

1. Cowboys defense – The Cowboys forced three turnovers in the first quarter and six overall. To put this into perspective, they haven’t forced three turnovers in a quarter since 2011 and did not force three in any game last year. But the scary thing is the Cowboys, despite all of the takeaways, still only won by FIVE POINTS!!! Eli Manning threw for 450 yards, are you serious? How are any of those numbers possible when you force a team to turn it over six times? However, if Monte Kiffin’s defense continues to force mass amounts of turnovers each game, this team is going to win some games this season. The defense flying around and being active around the ball was refreshing to see.

2. George Selvie is a Pro Bowler – George Selvie didn’t fill up the stat sheet, but he was dominating. Recording one sack and a fumble recovery, he was the reason for a lot of Eli Manning’s problems Sunday night. Selvie was consistently in the pocket disrupting Manning’s rhythm and forcing him to move around. Yes, Selvie was matched up against the Giants rookie offensive tackle, but it was still great to see a consistent pass rush from both ends all night. DeMarcus Ware was after Manning all night as well. We will see how good Selvie really is as the season goes on and when Antony Spencer gets healthy. Selvie had a great first preseason game against the Dolphins and kind of disappeared after that until tonight. [Read more…]

The Dalton Lipsey Insurance Dallas Cowboys Roundup: Cowboys 36, Giants 31

It’s time for the first ever The Dalton Lipsey Insurance Dallas Cowboys Roundup on ProjectShanks.com hosted by the great Reid Kerr. This is a weekly podcast that will breakdown every facet of the Dallas Cowboys game in a way that only Reid can. On this week’s episode, the 36-31 Cowboys victory is looked over with a fine tooth comb, Zack Spears joins Reid live from AT&T Stadium to describe the game from his view and give you his patented overreaction, Reid goes ‘Around the NFL’ to fill you in on the rest of the Week 1 action and last but not least, the ‘Three Stars of the Week.’

Download the podcast HERE or listen below.

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2013 NFL Team Preview: New York Giants

By Jonathan Partington
PSDC Writer 

The Tom Coughlin era in New York has been marked by two epic playoff runs that landed the team a couple of Lombardi Trophies and in all probability a bronze bust of the coach in Canton. Not too shabby.

These dramatic, if not improbable hot streaks that ended the 2007 and 2011 seasons also point to a reliable trait of Coughlin’s teams – they are streaky. Very streaky and not always the kind of streaks a fan would hope to endure. In fact, in each of his nine seasons the G-Men have tallied long stretches of either dominance or head scratching incompetence, quite often doing so in the very same year. Case in point, the 2012 Giants seemingly played two seasons in one – a championship caliber 6-2 first half only to be followed by an infuriating 3-5 mark in the second, missing out on the playoffs for the third time in four years.

That’s surprising, right? Three out of four years – no playoffs. You might win a bar bet with that one. Try it.

Now, someone else happened to notice. Giants GM, Jerry Reese. In fact he called this “unacceptable” and said that each and everyone in the organization has been put “on notice”. On notice! You can almost hear Giants’ fans praying for Coughlin to be placed on the hot seat for it seems that each and every time the coach has been written off, his teams have a habit of heading into the offseason being fitted for rings. “Coughlin’s on the hot seat.” The mere utterance sends a shiver down Tom Brady’s spine. [Read more…]

The Secret to Viral Videos? The Manning Brothers!

On Tuesday, DIRECTV launched #FootballOnYourPhone, and it’s an unqualified viral success with over three million views so far. Why? First take a look:

Everything about this video screams “winner.” Peyton and Eli in retro threads rapping a ridiculous-yet-educational-and-catchy ditty about Football On Your Phone. The MTV Cribs style videography. Lines like “Now is your chance to have football on your phone and football in your pants.” Even a surprise visit from Papa Manning. You finish watching this video 1) wanting to watch it again, 2) wanting to share it with others, and 3) fully aware that you can now watch football on your phone. You may even find yourself doing the #FootballOnYourPhone quarterback pass-style dance move that permeates the video. But we won’t judge you for it.

~ @AdvertGirl

Project Shanks Fantasy Football Preview: Quarterbacks

Here we go kiddos, it is time again to get ready for everyone’s favorite pastime: FANTASY FOOTBALL! We here at Project Shanks have lined up a top-notch crew of Bryan Douglass, Alan Posey, Joe Hines, Bobby Roberts, Matt Rogers and Robbie Marbury to bring to you all the knowledge you will need for this upcoming fantasy season. We have compiled everyone’s ranking for each position, with the writer that had the most and least amount of love for a player giving you their commentary as to why that particular player should be higher or lower on your draft board. This approach will give you the good and evil that comes with each player.

In this installment, we will be bringing you our expert opinions on the most important part to every NFL team; the quarterbacks. After last season’s craze of having to get one of the top 3-4 QB’s in first round fizzled out miserably (just like we told you it would) most experts have gone back to the traditional line of thinking that you should shore up an every-down running back or elite receiver with your first-round pick. There were seven QB’s that finished within 2.5 points-per-game of the leader, Drew Brees, by season’s end. Drafting a QB in the first round is not a must, but just don’t get stuck having Eli Manning as your best QB.

1. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

(Robbie) Rodgers wasn’t a unanimous choice as the No. 1 ranked QB, but he was first or second on every contributor’s ballot. He is young, mobile, strong-armed, plays in a pass-happy offense and has three talented receiver. It’s no wonder why he was no worse than second on every ballot.

2. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)

Good (Robbie) Last season Brees finished first in passing yards and passing TD’s. He has finished no worse than third in passing yards over the past three seasons, and no worse than third in passing TD’s over the past five seasons. With the return of Sean Payton to the sideline the New Orleans offense should be more stable and have less turnovers and sacks. Brees will also be playing all his home games indoors, as well as two road games in domes. In the final eight games of the season, the Saints will play one game with potential bad weather, at Seattle in Week 13, but that one game will be before the start of fantasy playoffs. The other top QB’s this year (Rodgers, Manning and Brady) all play their home games outdoors in cold-weather cities. Give me the QB that is considered one of the top three or four in the league playing in a comfortable setting.

Evil (Bryan) Brees comes off his worst completion percentage since 2003 and his receiving corps is as depleted as it’s been in years (Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston are the only targets worthy of trust, & Colston comes off three consecutive years of rising returns… a trend I don’t anticipate will continue as Colston reaches 30 years of age). However, my rank may be influenced more by several statistical oddities I see in his splits from last year, leading me to believe the decline has begun… and I’d rather not be on the wrong side of it. [Read more…]

The NFL Quarterback Carousel

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man

You do not have to be a football genius to know what the most important position is in the NFL. You don’t need to hear John Gruden or Ron Jaworski get all hot and bothered when speaking about a certain position to realize it is the most important. All you need is two eyes, or just one good one. There are only two players that touch the ball on every play, the quarterback and center, but one of them has a hand up his butt most of the time, so we can eliminate him.

The quarterback is the most essential piece to any NFL franchise. He doesn’t have to be your best player, but he has to be good. This is not a new revelation, I am just trying to hammer home my point. In the last six Super Bowls, the quarterbacks have been Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick, Tom Brady (twice), Eli Manning (twice), Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger (twice), Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Kurt Warner. That is at least five future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Ben and Eli both have two Super Bowls, so you could add them to the future HOF list as well. Flacco and Kaepernick are too young to know, but after what we saw during these playoffs it is safe to say both are damn good quarterbacks.

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Brady vs Manning: Forget What You Know

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man

The NFL aspect of my generation has been defined by the question of Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?  This has been a decade long battle between anyone who likes to argue about sports. At first this debate was dominated by the decision of what matters most: stats or winning championships? If you fell into the stats category, Peyton Manning was your guy, if you thought it was all about winning titles, Tom Brady was your horse in this race.

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5 Things I Learned on Sunday

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief

1. NFL Schedule Makers and/or TV Networks Don’t Own a Watch

As most of you probably already know, I own five televisions and those five televisions are affixed on a single wall in my man cave. I also subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket. This allows me to maximize my NFL viewing experience. It works flawlessly 99 percent of the time with the exception being days like Sunday. [Read more…]