Posted in 2012 - 2013 Season
,2012 Regular Season
,Around the NFC North
,NFC North Division
by Jason Perone
Around the NFC North
Here’s a look at the Week 6 matchups around the NFC North. The Chicago Bears are on a bye and do not play.
Detroit Lions (1-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)
The Lions emerge from their bye to face the Eagles in Philadelphia. Detroit needs a win to halt a three-game losing streak. Their last loss was at home to the Minnesota Vikings. They haven’t won since week one. Having been to the playoffs last season and coming into this season with high expectations, they would be digging a big hole with a loss. It would leave them at least 3 games behind division leaders Bears and Vikings.
The Eagles dropped a close game at Pittsburgh last week. The Eagles are looking for more consistency. After a close week 1 win over the underdog Browns, Philadelphia came home and beat the Baltimore Ravens. They followed that up with a loss at Arizona and then a win at home against the New York Giants.
Eagles QB Michael Vick is also looking to establish some consistency. He has six TD’s and six INT’s on the season. Vick has been sacked 14 times and has endured a few dings. He is not taking off and running at will as he once did and the Eagles offensive line hasn’t been great. They have to find a way to protect Vick against a potent Detroit defensive line. Despite the Lions’ struggles, they still feature very good pass rushers in Ndomakong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Read more... (1042 words + 3 images, estimated 4:10 mins reading time)
I just updated my “Regardless of Position” list, and though it’s still not posted at my site, I’d like to share my 2012 Top NFL Draft Dozen, bakers’ style that is…
1) ANDREW LUCK/QB
2) ROBERT GRIFFIN/QB
3) MATT KALIL/LT
4) QUINTON COPLES/DE
5) JUSTIN BLACKMON/WR
6) MORRIS CLAIBORNE/CB
7) TRENT RICHARDSON/RB
8) MICHAEL FLOYD/WR
9) LUKE KUECHLEY/LB
10) DAVID DeCASTRO/OG
11) COURTNEY UPSHAW/OLB
12) FLETCHER COX/DT
13) DONTARI POE/DT
This list is based on three factors:
- My perception of their pro potential.
- The importance of the positions they play to NFL teams in 2012.
- Their actual physical attributes and potential.
It is not based on who I think specific teams are enamored with for their myriad of reasons. That I leave to the MOCK DRAFT process, which I guess I am about due to participate in.
Questions I have, some with answers, coming out of the COMBINE:
How high in the First Round did DONTARI POE place himself with his huge numbers at the COMBINE? Quite frankly I think the kid is somewhere between HALOTI NGATA & B. J. RAJI, when it comes to pure talent and potential NFL impact. I don’t think he’s MT. CODY at all. He’s huge, but is squarely built. AS for the rap that he seems to take plays off… welcome to the world of really big buys along the DL. On teams that don’t regularly rotate their DL all big guys get a series off here or there during a game, or they take a breather occasionally on the field. Guys that big can only be conditioned to a certain degree, which does not include running at full speed all day long. Read more... (2279 words + 1 image, estimated 9:07 mins reading time)
Posted in 2012 - 2013 Season
by Michael Dulka
Matt Flynn will hit the open market March 13th.
The deadline for franchising players has come and gone without the Packers tagging Matt Flynn. While Ted Thompson may have worked hard to complete a trade that would provide a team with exclusive negotiating rights to Flynn, it appears that Robert Griffin III and Peyton Manning ultimately killed the market for Flynn.
The four most likely suitors for Flynn’s services are the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks. All four have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for both Griffin and Manning.
With Manning probably set to be cut later this week and the Rams officially auctioning off the second pick in the NFL Draft, it is likely that these teams were reluctant to commit trading for Flynn with decent shots at what they may consider better options. By agreeing to a trade with the Packers, the team that did so would be eliminating themselves from RGIII and Manning sweepstakes too prematurely.
It will be interesting to see which team decides to “settle” for Flynn and at what cost. Those four teams are the most quarterback-needy behind the Indianapolis Colts who will be drafting Andrew Luck with the first pick of the draft. The four teams are likely competing for the three quarterbacks, Flynn, Manning, Griffin. The market for these quarterbacks will get wild as soon as the first team makes their move, whether it be signing Manning or Flynn, or impressing the Rams enough to work out a deal pre-draft. Read more... (537 words + 1 image, estimated 2:09 mins reading time)
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