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This is a passing league and everyone knows it.  The position of WR is actually the most consistent of all the positions.  Top pass catchers are typically top pass catcher, because systems are made around their skill set.  Even when WRs lose a step they still can contribute to a fantasy team roster, especially in PPR formats.  So with this one I rarely saw a guy according to ESPN Rankings that I think would fall out of the top 20.  So for this article or list I’m going to give:

A.  Players that you can probably get in the later rounds that will contribute to your team

B.  A WR you can stash and be patient with that will contribute later in the season (ala Keenan Allen last year, and yes I drafted Alshon Jeffery and dropped him after 2 weeks, I also drafted Josh Gordon a year to early)

1.  Justin “Man” Hunter:  I know Jake Locker sucks, but I will say that when Locker plays he throws a lot of 50/50 balls for his WRs and Hunter is just the guy to get those.  With Ken Whistenhunt taking over in Titan land, they will need a good number one guy, or at least a guy to take the top off the defense.  Hunter is your guy.  He is going in 13th- wavier wire.

2.  DeAndre “Not Benard” Hopkins:  Now I don’t think he will surpass Andre “I need a QB” Johnson, but I think with certain match ups (Jags, Chargers) he can be effective.  Hopkins only had 4 less deep targets then Johnson last year.  That means they want to get this man the ball down field especially.  With Bill O’Brien heavy use of Deep crossing routes to help WRs clear, we might see big play potential out of him.  Hopkins is going in the 11th rd or Wavier.

3.  Markus “With a K not a C” Wheaton:  Plan and simple, the Steelers are not 3 yards and a cloud of dust anymore.  They throw the dang ball and throw it a lot.  So with no Sanders and Crotchery, who is left to catch the ball?  I doubt Lance Moore or Darius Hey Bey Bey, will be the target to often.  Also Wheaton is a 5’11 speedster which means when Big Ben scrambles and throws Defensive Linemen off of him, Ben will be tossing some bombs to Wheaton getting behind the Defense.  Wheaton has been going undrafted in a lot of leagues.

Now a list of guys to stash and maybe about week 8 or 9 unleash, them on the fantasy world.

1.  Kelvin “All About the” Benjamin:  Somebody in Caroline has to catch those lasers that SuperMan will be throwing.  Now I don’t trust rookie WRs but a half of season of work will get this kid understanding what the NFL game is all about.  He is a 6’5 WR with terrible route running skills but can go get the ball, just ask Auburn.  He is going 13th rd or Wavier wire.

2.  Doug “Not Hollywood” Baldwin:  While Golden Tate last year was making fun of opponents, Baldwin quietly had a decent season.  Now with no Tate, Baldwin is the number 2 WR.  Seattle doesn’t pass a lot but they use a lot of play action and with Harvin being the deep threat Baldwin could see a lot of catches underneath.  Another guy going 13th or undrafted.

3.  Ruben “Hard to” Randle:  I mentioned in my QB sleeper about Eli, but Eli just can’t throw it to Cruz all day, and I don’t trust Rookie WR (Sorry Beckham), this new West Coast Offense fits Randle size, speed, and style.  I can see a big year for Randle and hopefully he can hit pay dirt more than Sorry ASS HAKEEM NICKS last year (Nicks scored 0 tds last year for my fantasy team)!  Another possible wavier wire guy.

4.  Aaron “Please stop yelling Tom” Dobson:  Now this is pending his foot can heal properly, but that is why you don’t want to use him early on.  With Gronk back sucking up all the defensive attention, and Amendola being an injury waiting to happen, Dobson has a real opportunity to be the deep threat that Brady hasn’t had since…  Randy Moss!  Now I’m not saying Moss like numbers (25tds) but he could be a double digit td machine in that offense.  Another 13th-wavier wire.

5.  Brandin “I like to” Cooks/ Kenny “Keep” Stills:  As much as I like to believe that Jimmy Graham will just catch all the passes from Drew BreeZY, the fact is Sproles is gone and Lance “the Dance” Moore is gone too.  So one of these guys are going to get those passes and catches.  Now you just have to choose wisely.  If one of them gets the production of Sproles in this system they will be a real steal.  going 13th-wavier wire.

What do you think?  Anybody I missed?  If so tell me by leaving a comment or hitting me up @UnsportsmenBigJ

Written By:  Big J

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So I consider myself the Marty Schottenheimer of Fantasy football.  I can field some good teams but I never can get over the top.  Either an injury or a total player no show happens to me and I get eliminated.  So I decided to take my great scouting and gut feeling skills to help even more people beat me down and take my money.  S once again I will mention people that I think will

A.  Be in the top 10-20 RBS by season end

B.  Players you can get later to stash away.

Remember I’m going off of the ESPN Rankings

So here are my ladder climbers:

1.  Ray “Insert woman beating joke” Rice:  I know he sucked last year, I know he is missing the first 2 games for going Ike Turner oh his wife, but I believe in the once great fantasy star.  I think the whole Ravens offense is due a resurgence and it will start with Gary Kubiak as the new offensive coordinator, and he is bringing the Zone Blocking scheme.  Everyone knows that scheme guarantees a 1,000 yard rusher.  The suspension in my eyes helps him for 1. he will be fresher, 2. The first 4 games are tough sledding (Bengals, Steelers, Browns, and Panthers), but they have a late season schedule that is good for RBs (Saints, Chargers, Dolphins, Jaguars, and Houston).  He is going around 5th-7thrd, now this is where he should be going but I think if you get him it will be a steal.

2.  Bishop “I don’t know you” Sankey:  Rookie RB in a system where he will be the number 1 probably getting ll the carries.  Sounds like a possible Doug Martin, Steve Slaton, fantasy situation.  Now he is a bit of a east-west runner, but I’m sure before the end of camp Whistenhunt will make him a north-south guy.  Shonne Green coming off of injury and the fact that he is not spectacular opens the door for Sankey.  With a name like Bishop, he will definitely have the “Juice”.  You could get Sankey in the 6th-10th round.

3.  David “My neck and my back” Wilson/Rashard “I just want to start” Jennings:  I know this is not fair because I grouped them together, but we know Coughlin is going to run the damn ball.  Now which one of these guys are going to get the carries?  My bet is go with Jennings, but Wilson is a great stash prospect.  You can get Wilson in he 8th-12th round which would be a steal if he starts, and Jennings 5th-8th round.

4.  Darren “Run DMC” McFadden:  I know everyone probably just stopped reading but I’m a believer this year.  Why?  He has to have a breakout at least once.  Also with the constant veteran preparation and pushing of Pocket Hercules (Maurice Jones Drew), I believe McFadden will show out.  Both RB’s have a lot to prove and which better way to motivate each other than being in the best shape of their collective careers.  Great thing about DMC is you can get him 10th-15th round.  Again what a steal if I’m right and he becomes a top 20 RB.

Now if these guys are moving up who is moving down?

1.  Zac “I came out of no where” Stacy:  After the sucker of dropping RUN DMC on you, now I kick you in the crotch by thinking that Stacy will finish outside of the top 20.  Why you ask?  Simple look at that division 2 games against San Fran, Seattle, and Arizona.  Now I know he shredded the Seahawks once last year, but that is when he was a surprise.  Now they know but last year against those 3 teams he had 13, 7, 8, 3 (the first meeting with the 49ers, and Cards he didn’t play).  Stacy just has a rookie phenom, but sophomore step back feel about him to me.  He will get help being a top RB though because the NFC WEST is playing the defensively challenged NFC EAST.

2.  Frank “The Immortal One” Gore:  When will this guy stop producing?  I think this is the year he falls out of the top 20.  With Hyde, and Lattimore nipping at his legendary heels, and with the sole focus of the 49ers this year is to win it all, they will give Gore a very light workload so he can be fresh for the playoffs.  While giving Lattimore and Hyde all the experience they can get.  I’m not saying Harbaugh is going to go Greg Popovich on Gore, but I just think Gore will get between 150-200 carries this year.  That is nothing compared to his 250+ carries in the last 3 years.

3.  Ryan “Supposed to replace LT” Mathews:  Put plain and simple I’m not a believer (but I believe in Run DMC?  Crazy right) and neither are the Chargers because they went out and signed Donald Brown as insurance in case last year was a fluke.

Secret stash players, now I’m calling these players Handicaps, but real players to wait and see on:

1.    Khiry “Saints pick a feature back” Robinson:  Thomas, and Ingram suck.  This guy is explosive and I can see before the end of the year him getting the bulk of the action. Going around the 10th-13th round

2.  Donald “What can” Brown “Do for you”:  Just look up Ryan Mathews history and there you have a great year for Donald Brown.  Now don’t get me wrong Brown was a disappointment up until last year, but I think he his discovered what kind of runner he is and he will do better. Going around the 11th-13th round

3.  Devonta “Finally a” Freeman:  Stephen Action Jackson just looked slow last year, and if the Falcons stink again this year I can see an increased role for Freeman down the stretch.  13th-wavier wire

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Written By:  Big J

Man the energy is electric, in my apartment, because my favorite day of the year is here:  Super Bowl Sunday!  I have been in long favor of making this day a holiday and making the day after an off day for the country, but sadly enough until we get Peyton Manning or Tom Brady to become President it won’t happen.  Now everyone remember after today, please still keep getting together with your friends to do something.  Studies have shown (right here it’s real) that after football season fans go through a bit of depression and sluggishness.  Enough of the public service announcement on to the keys to unlock the Lombardi trophy.

*Disclaimer*  I dislike the Seahawks, because I’m a 49er fan (granted I do like Beast Mode, Russell “Last Name” Wilson, and The LOB, ok I kinda like the team just have to hate them because of fandom), and I’m not a Peyton Manning fan at all, to much credit for not enough playoff wins (before this season).  So I have no real bias unlike last week (I picked the 49ers!).  *Disclaimer*

* Denver Offense Key: Make the Seahawks Safeties have a bad game

The key for this offense will be how Peyton can minimize the effect of the LOB’s safeties.  I know for the last two weeks we have spoke about Richard Sherman and how he is the greatest, but he is only so great because his safeties (Thomas and Chancellor).  They are the best in the League.  Can Peyton confuse Thomas in single high safety formations (which they run a lot).  How much can he get the safeties to come and help in the run game to set up play action.  Chancellor has shut down 2 top 5 Tight Ends (Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis) in the playoffs, if Chancellor can go 3 for 3 by stopping Julius Thomas it will hurt Peyton and the offense.  So Peyton has to move these safeties and create match ups he can exploit to free WRs or at least make the reads difficult for Thomas and Chancellor.

* Seattle Offense Key:  Feed the Seahawks WRs Skittles and abuse Champ Bailey

It hurts to say this but you have to make Champ Bailey pay.  It’s no way in hell the Broncos should let Lynch go off, if they do the game is already over.  If they stop Lynch the Seahawks need an answer, enter Harvin, Tate, Baldwin, and Kearse.  These WRs need to go Torrey Smith on Champ Bailey (Here is what I’m talking about).  Last year we saw Bailey can’t keep up with speedy WRs anymore and his time off this year with injuries doesn’t help that.  You have to get the Broncos in man 2 man looks with little safety help and exploit it.  You may only see that look 7-10 times in the game and for the Seahawks to win they have to make them pay at least half of the time they see that look.

*Denver Defense Key:  Don’t let a bit player become a star

You know you have to stop “Beast Mode” Lynch, you know you have to keep “Short Stack” Wilson in the pocket and not let him turn into Russell “Houdini Tarkenton” Wilson.  What will cost you is if you let a role player beat you, ala Desmond Howard (Super Bowl XXXI), or Timmy Smith (Super Bowl XXII).  Keep the role player just that “role players”, no rising stars allowed.  The Seahawks Offense is not as dangerous as other offenses the Broncos have faced, so don’t take them lightly.  If I had to choose who would be the player to step for the Seahawks I would say it would be Baldwin with the extra attention Harvin will get.

*Seattle Defense Key:  Let Peyton be Peyton

I know I have lost a lot of you with this one.  Or I might have lost all creditability now, but hear me out.  We all know the thought of Peyton choking during big games, but when I say let Peyton be Peyton I mean pressure Peyton to make quick decisions, or errant throws.  Take advantage of Peyton’s hate of a clustered pockets by getting pressure up the middle.  Now it wont effect Peyton in the 1st-3rd quarters, but if the game is close down the stretch you will start seeing the effects of that pressure.  When it’s close in big games Peyton has a tendency to get ultra conservative which you can use to your advantage and jump a route ala Tracy Porter.

So there you have it.  Lets see what happens at 6:25pm.  I’m choosing the Denver Broncos to win, because I just think with John Elway’s mentoring and confidence it is Peyton Manning’s year and he wont show the old Peyton attributes.

The best thing that could happen is if Richard Sherman jumps a route and takes it to the house!  OMG!!! We might get another Promo about Peyton throwing “ducks”.  Or if Richard Sherman jumps a route and misses a badly thrown “duck” and the Broncos score the game winner.  Either way “Are We Ready For The End of Football…  This Year”.

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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

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NFC Championship Game

I want to start off by saying that I am biased.  I’m a die hard 49er fan through and through, and that I dislike the Seahawks (but I admit I’m starting to like them more and more being a follower of a sport and not a fanatic).  I dislike the Seahawks only because of Pete Carroll.  I thought the way he left USC was terrible, but those are the brakes, and even now how he has changed his coaching style and influenced his players is winning me over.  With all that being said, I’m officially nervous as crap for the game.

I’m nervous, not because of the “12th Man”, not because of the way we have been dominated in Seattle, not even because of the talent Seattle has.  I’m nervous because of the 2nd Coming JIM HARBAUGH.  If you have read anything on this site you know I think Harbaugh is the second best coach in the league behind Empreror Bill Palpatine Belicheck.  So why the worry?  Well I worry because I think Harbaugh will not feature Frank Gore like he should.  He has been limiting Gore all year so he would be fresh for these games.  Harbaugh has been smart enough to know he didn’t need Gore to run 20+ times in the regular season to win.  When Gore carries the ball 20+ in a game in the last 2 years the 49ers are 12-1, when carrying under 20 times a game 15-8, including 19 carries in the Super Bowl (when everyone thought they should have ran Gore in the red zone during the final drive).  Now it’s time to unleash Gore.  Harbaugh scares me too because he has a bit of Don Shula in him, where he has fallen in love with his star QB ala Shula and Marino.  Harbaugh might try to feature Kaepernick to show the world and doubters (Joe Montana) that Kaepernick can make plays totally from the pocket with precision and accuracy, just like last year in the Falcons game.  That is not how you beat the Seahawks.

If your Seattle you should feel confident that you are playing at home with a team you have dominated at home.  Even with the subpar play of Russell Wilson (and everyone back off the man, he has no WRs, Kaepernick with no Crabtree subpar, Luck without Wayne subpar.  Young QBs need a go-to-guy in the line up to make them comfortable and better) you have to feel great that you know your guy can win the game down the stretch with either his legs and arm.  The key for Seattle will have to be one of the WRs/TEs stepping up and making plays.  What no Beast Mode?  You will need that too, but Lynch gets his yards vs the 49ers when they only have 6 in the box.  If a WR can become a threat to keep the safeties and outside linebackers honest Lynch will have lanes and then the Seahawks are tough to beat.  Also Carroll doesn’t have to out coach Harbaugh to win (where Harbaugh has to out coach Carroll to win), but Carroll has to make sure he doesn’t make a coaching mistake (look at last years Divisional Playoff game vs the Falcons.  Carroll made a few questionable coaching decisions, Hell “Big Play Ray” wrote an article about it “Pete Carroll Is Who We Though He Is”) that will cost them a game.

I know this will be a beat’em up game.  This plays in both teams hands, the question is who will make THE PLAY!  My homer attitude is going 49ers all the way, but the follower in me has to be honest and pick the…  THE 49ers to win it.  I feel like it is our time and not only that, I think the refs will call more Pass Interference or Holding calls than usual against the grab happy Seahawks ( I though the league got rid of the Belicheck way, of holding secondary, to favor Manning’s Colts?).  I know I know, but this begins a Dynasty like no other #QuestforSix!!!

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Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

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As the Denver Broncos start the real season this weekend (We know the regular season means nothing to Peyton) the Broncos and Peyton are going for a mythical journey to capture the franchises 3rd championship.  So naturally all eyes are on the hero #18.  The Broncos changed their future from the disciple (Tebow) to one of the football gods in Peyton Manning.  Leading me to say out loud What Would Peyton Do?

The Future Hall of Famer has been here before plenty of times actually, with a 9-11 playoff record including 8 one and done.  Peyton has a chance to conquer some demons, gods, and the unexpected so to speak.  First challenge the Demon, the power of the SUPER BOLO TIE CHARGERS.  A lot of analysis are picking the Chargers to win this game.  The Chargers are a current division foe that has eliminated Peyton several times (0-2 vs. Chargers in playoffs) while with the Colts.  The Chargers are hot and facing Denver coming off a bye, sounds like the Ravens of last year.

Second the other god, with a victory Peyton will play his greatest foe, Football’s greatest god Tom Brady, and the Patriots.  We all know of the history of these two competitors.  We also know Brady’s 3 rings to Peyton’s 1, or that Peyton is 1-2 vs. the Patriots in the playoffs.  If Peyton can find the Herculean strength to conquer 2 of his biggest adversaries the third one is the greatest of all.

Final adversary the Elements, and the Unexpected.  By elements I mean COLD WINDY WEATHER, and the unexpected NFC opponent.  The Super Bowl is in NY/NJ in the cold weather.  Peyton has played some of his worse games in cold weather (8-13 in games with temperature under 40 at kick off).  Since Peyton has returned from neck surgery it is noticeable that Peyton is uncomfortable in the cold weather or rather windy cold games.  Not to mention the three teams left in the NFC are huge defensive teams (Legion of Boom Seahawks, 49ers, and Panthers) and none of them seem to have Rex Grossman as their starting Quarterback.

Peyton has a huge football world to conquer.  Is it fair to say that a loss vs. the Chargers, Patriots, or the NFC representative would tarnish Peyton’s legacy?  So I say out loud again WHAT WOULD PEYTON DO?  Or should I say WHAT SHOULD PEYTON DO?  Only answer is Ascend and WIN!

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By:  Jason “Big J” Allen

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

When you soar so high it’s only a matter of time until, before you crash back to earth.  Some call it regression to the mean, others will say this is what you are (especially in Seattle).  I think the world is trying to figure out what the heck is wrong with Colin Kaepernick, myself included.  Trent Dilfer came out and had a fair assessment of Kaepernick’s struggles, even last year when Kaepernick ruled the world I had my hesitations and gave reasons why.  So now the Niners are sitting at 6-4 and everyone can see the offense is the problem, more importantly the guy pulling the trigger looks less than stellar.  This is not a “How to Fix”  segment rather a statement that going forward Kaepernick will get back to form and what hindered him in the beginning of the season.

1.  Jim Harbaugh-  How can I blame the struggles on the coach that made him?  It’s easy or it being easy and simple is the problem.  Last year Harbaugh simplified the offense for Kaepernick, he actually used a lot of schemes from Kaepernick’s college years, especially the Pistol.  Thus the huge success of Kaepernick last year.  This year Harbaugh is forcing Kaepernick to run the Power Run West Coast offense.  You can see how uncomfortable Kaeprnick looks every week, most will tell you it takes about two years to learn the West Coast offense, and by the second half of the second year the QB starts to grasp it.  When Dilfer commented he is correct, you take away the first read you can see that Kaepernick is not sure where to go, that explained why he destroyed Green Bay week one, they never took away the 1st option (Boldin and some plays Davis).  Why this will change:  Slowly you can see Kaepernick getting used to the offense and making quick decisions.  Last week out of his 17 completions 7 went to players not named Anquin Boldin or Vernon Davis.  This is good because when you can throw to your non stars that is usually a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th read.  Which brings me to my next point.

2.  WR Core and Trust-  We have heard all year about not having the weapons on the outside, but it is less about not having the weapons, more about the trust in the weapons.  Right now the 49er’s boost a 4.8 drop percentage, which lands them at 16th in the league.  That wouldn’t be to bad except for the fact that the 49ers throw the least amount of passes in the league.  So out of the 25 attempts a game  for Kaepernick 1 to 2 passes will be dropped (especially that huge one that Frank Gore dropped in New Orleans last week, forget the sack fumble being turned over, that drop cost us more in my opinion because that was controllable.).  Kaepernick usually completes 14 passes a game, add 1 or 2 more completions a game and the number may look a little better, but usually those drops come from the Vance “I’m not as good as Delonte Walker” McDonald, and the Bruce Miller’s of the WR core, so he loses trust and the WR’s are not looking for the ball.  Why that will change:  Yes easy to say that Crabtree returning will help that, but going further (that’s what we do here) Crabtree’s return will allow Mario Manningham to get into the slot more, where he is more effective.  Also this will change because as Kaepernick gets more accustom to the West Coast offense, these 3rd, and 4th options will be expecting the ball more.

3.  Jim Harbaugh–  Not him again, but yes HIM again.  I have noticed this the first 2 years Harbaugh has been the coach of the 49ers, Harbaugh hides his tricks until the playoffs and the big moments present themselves.  Every year around this time the offense gets very predictable and stagnant, as if Jim Harbaugh gives his opponents enough tape and then heading into the final 2 weeks of the season and playoffs explodes and shocks teams.  Why this will change:  Typically about this time in the season the 49ers have a better record and have a firm grip on the NFC West, but this year not so much.  Which means Harbaugh may have to pull out the big plays a little earlier than normal, and what better way to silence the World then on Monday Night Football versus a terrible Washington Defense.

4.  Colin Kaepernick:  He has done and said a lot in the media to make him a target,  The Miami Dolphin hat incident, the Twitter for motivation comments, and the mass amount of commercials, magazine covers, and etc.  Reminds me of the Randall Cunningham fever pitch, and how people started to feel like Cunningham only cared about his popularity not his on field success.  We all know that Kaepernick is a workaholic and everyone will vouch for that, but his image is not that, thus the fans taking shots at him.  Kaepernick  has to make sure these struggles don’t kill his confidence.  If he needs to kiss some biceps in the mirror every morning to reassure himself do it.  A broken confidence at this point in his career could make him…  Alex Smith part 2!  Why this will change:  Because of everything I just mentioned, he will turn it around, only thing is when he turns it around he needs to be humble and out of the limelight.  At least win one Super Bowl and you can cash in.

5.  Colin Kaepernick:  This is what he does, look at his college career.  His freshman year he exploded on the scene 53%comp, 19tds 3ints, and 2100 yards passing, but he didn’t start until the 5th game of the season, because the starter got injured (sound familiar).  His sophomore year the number look better, but he played a full season, 54%comp, 22tds 7ints, and 2800yds passing.  Junior year 58%comp, 20tds 6ints, and 2000 yards passing.  Then his senior year 64%comp, 21tds 8ints, and 3000yds passing.  Why this will change:  Look at the numbers, he redshirted his first year in college and the NFL.  Eventually took over for an injured starter and the rest is college and eventual NFL history.  With that being said 49er faithful expect another average year next year and then we will get to the good life in his 4th year in the league.

Kaepernick will be alright and we just have to give a young guy time, because everything in him shows that he can be a great QB, maybe not the best of all time Jaws, but at least great.  He will help with the 49ers quest for 6, 7, 8, and….

Jason Allen

By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

 

The surprising (not to me, remember I had them making the playoffs this year) Jets are 5-4 and begin the 2nd half of there season in Buffalo.  While most would think that the Jets will falter down the stretch like the last two season here’s 5 reasons why they won’t:

1.  The Front Seven: A unit that’s young, athletic, and energetic led by Mo, Snacks, Richardson, Davis, and Harris.  Look for Coples to have a monster second half of a season.

2.  The law office of Ivory and Bilal: Neither runner is a game changer, but they always run hard and make you earn it when your attempting to tackle them.  This also keeps defenses honest which leads me to number 3.

3.  Geno Smith, The QB under center plays like a rookie and he’s suppose to: Hey Mark Sanchez was a great teammate, but his bonehead mistakes not only hurt the team on the field, but in the locker room.  It’s hard to go out there and bust your ass every play when the QB is turning it over left and right in his 4th season.  You can tell teammates see something in Geno and will continue to play hard, with rookie mistakes and all.

4.  FOLK hero and the Special Teams Band:  It’d be crazy to think that Nick Folk will continue on his torrid 23/23 pace, but I’ll never count him out, Folk leads the league in Field Goals made.  He makes clutch kick after clutch kick and with a great D and a young QB he’s exactly what you need.  Picking up Josh Cribbs (if he still has something left in the tank) was one of the greatest moves of the season.

5. They’re all in for Rex:  The team knows Rex is on hot seat and being 5-4 at the bye is great, but at the end of the day it means nothing if the team doesn’t finish the deal with a playoff spot.

I believe they will: Jets end up 10-6 believe in the scheme

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

@bprunsportsmenm

Matt Schaub: How can you FIX him!

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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

“If it aint broke don’t fix it” is a saying we have heard over and over again.  What happens when your QB is broke?  And everything looks like it can’t be fixed?  Some are saying to bench Schaub, because T.J. Yates has own a playoff game.  Some are saying that Schaub is done and is having a career fall off similar to Jake Delhomme or Marc Bulger.  Regardless I have taken up the mission of “How do you fix Matt Schaub!”

This fix up job maybe the Wreck-It Ralph of all repair jobs I have tackled (I have written about Cam Newton last year, and the 49ers a week ago).  Majority of the time you look at what made the player successful and you try and see if the team is still doing that same thing.  In Matt Schaub’s case the Texans are still doing the same things for the most part.  Still running the ball effectively, still living in the play action pass world, and still using their athletic TE to dominate the middle of the field.  So what is hurting Schaub then?  One thing that needs to be fixed for Schaub to get back to being successful is limiting his reads.  I think he has been given more reads to make in the passing game, which accounts for indecisiveness and interceptions.  Schaub has always been a 2 read guy, basically Andre Johnson and then the TE and if nothing is there dump down to the RB.  Now with Hopkins showing he has amazing ability and seeing more two TE sets with an underrated Graham at TE, Schaub isn’t getting an easy read that he is used to.  Get him back to making the simple read and you will see the change.

Another issue that no one is talking about is the talent around Schaub.  Now pound for pound he has better talent then most QBs on paper, but really look at the talent for a second.  Andre Johnson is not the same player he used to be after all the injuries and years.  I know that’s blasphemy and majority of people have stopped reading at this point.  Yet, would the Johnson of 3 or 4 years ago been able to be covered well by Tramaine Brock?  A third stringer for the 49ers?  Don’t give me the Schaub argument because if you watched that game Johnson was getting no separation.  Look at Arian Foster, a few times during these games we expect to see that 5th gear burst through the hole that would ultimately result in 6 just is not there.  Ben Tate has been inconsistent at best in games, to the point that a not all there Arian Foster is still a way better back.  Some of the big plays that the Texans used to have protected the flaws of Schaub.  How easy was it for Schaub for the last 3 years to throw a screen and Foster took it to the house, now think about the last time you have seen the Texans even run a screen play at all?  They do have youth in Hopkins, Graham, and we know that the zone blocking scheme can make any RB look good (ask Mike Bell, Tatum Bell, Mike Anderson, and may I dare say Alfred Morris) so picking up a younger, explosive RB shouldn’t be an issue.

Look I’m not saying that Matt Schaub is not the problem, I’m just saying its fixable and can be turned around.  Next week give him the bootleg easy read throws to warm him up.  Have him air it out down field a few times in jump ball situations for Johnson or Hopkins.  Just start building his confidence.  Every game minus the Baltimore game no team has been able to totally shut down the run game, so why not have a whole drive of running the ball with a shovel, screen, or swing pass in it?  These things build your QB mentally, with the loss of Daniels for a while it will hurt, but go back to the mantra of a young QB’s best friend is his TE.  Now Schaub isn’t young by any means, but you have to repair his psyche just like a young QB.  If all else fails we can at least make fun of Travis Johnson who claimed Matt Schaub could take a team over the hump and Tony Romo couldn’t.

Jason “Big J” Allen

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By: Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas

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How can the NFC East be one of the most talented divisions, but also be one of the most inconsistent divisions in the NFL? The way these teams play reminds me of some girls I’ve tried to date or sleep with, but always ended up a tragedy.  I know your thinking football and dating don’t mix right?  You’re absolutely right!

Its not like I sit around thinking about girls while watching football.  But let me explain why I compare the two.  BTW No-Homo.  Season after season your never know what team is going to win the division, its always a crap shoot.  They either tease you into thinking they can have a good chance at winning a Superbowl.  In fact a certain team won a Superbowl then the next few years have been completely horrible.  Or they hype you up thinking you’ve found, “THE ONE”, the player that will get you to the promise land, but all you find is a disappointing season.  The NFC East is hard to predict just like a WOMAN!

Fellas, have you ever dated a women that was fine as hell and you think you can get with her?  She throwing that Miley Cyrus at you, but once the opportunity presents its self she ends up being a teaser.  Kinda like the way the EAGLES play.  They excite fans with their speed and fast pace offense, but its a tease.  Because they will find a way to lose, either they are going to turn the ball over, play bad defense, or just not score enough points.


How about a girl you’ve slept with but, in the back of your mind you know she isn’t marriage material.  She has potential, but lacking in other areas.  The GIANTS of course.  They have a proven 2 time Superbowl winning Quarterback and a possible Hall Of Fame coach but this season they start 0-4.

Or a chick that the first few times you see her she was fine ass hell, but the next few times you see her she is suspect. On Seinfield they called this the “Two-Face”.  This is the REDSKINS.  You saw her at the club looking amazing and then you see her later with no make-up, without her wig, or weave and looks like a Dumpster Fire.  Also she forgot to use Dove in certain areas. 

What about that “All-American Girl” (blonde of course).  She is the one you’ve tried to date in High School, but never could get it because you were in the “friend zone”.  These are the COWBOYS. On paper the relationship would be great.  You get along as friends, but can never figure out why you can’t take it to the next level with her, or “Unfriend Zone” yourself.  Then when you get close she starts to have meltdowns and has problems upstairs (yea I’m talking about Jerry Jones).  Just another tease. (Video is Explicit)

Bottom line is its all about expectations. These NFC East teams just like some women are expected to be a winner. These teams have strong potential, but they don’t bring it every Sunday.  The NFC East has a total of 4 wins. Really!?  I guess just like in life you have to go through the bad to hopefully get to the good.

Maurice "Cool Reece" Thomas @CR_UnSportsMen

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By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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So while I was watching Peyton Manning, on Monday night, carve up Oakland’s D as if they were Florida International.  I took a look at his numbers so far this season 12tds, 0ints, almost 1,200 yds and a crazy QB rating and thought to myself “man how will Peyton blow it this time”.  If you think it sounds harsh tell me why?  Peyton has made defenses look softer than Charmin and made coverage look weaker than a Chad Pennington hail mary; yet, his playoff record leaves much to be desired at 9-11.  Big Ben and Eli have combined for 4 SB but yet are currently a combined 0-6, and both never seem to perform great in the regular season, which has to make Peyton just throw up sometimes.  So let’s see…  the Broncos go 13-3 or 14-2 and will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs right!  We already know that no starting QB has won a SB with two different teams.  So which scenario that we have seen before dooms Peyton this time:

1.  Weather: Peyton just can’t get a good grip on the ball, which makes him inaccurate, see the Ravens playoff game last year.

2.  Raheem Moore/Defensive Letdown: does what Raheem Moore does and reads a play, or reads a pass as well as Stevie Wonder reads books.

3.  Peyton blames someone: the O-Line on some communication issues (sorry Jeff Saturday), WR running poor or sloppy routes (sorry Reggie Wayne), Game plan was too conservative (Dungy, and Fox).

4.  Bad refereeing:  A few bad calls or no calls disrupt the offense or cost the team the victory (They won’t call holding every play, right Belichick).

Look Peyton is one of the best QB’s I’ve ever seen play the game, and will go down as the Greatest Regular Season QB f All-time.  Peyton is way to good to be so average in the playoffs, so we will sit back and enjoy this great regular season, because we know doom and gloom awaits in the Postseason.

Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

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