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2010 NFL Draft Player Profile: Sergio Kindle

Sergio Kindle was one of the best defensive players for the Texas Longhorns during their National Championship run in 2009. Kindle enters the draft as a tweener between a defensive end and outside linebacker. Is Sergio Kindle good enough to be a first round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft?

Sergio Kindle’s Strengths
Sergio Kindle is a very gifted athlete. He has the versatility to play the 4-3 or 3-4 in the NFL, although he may be better suited for a 3-4 defense. Kindle is very skilled at rushing the quarterback and creating havoc in the backfield. Kindle played defensive and outside linebacker at Texas, so he has experience at both positions. His former teammate Brian Orakpo was one of the top rookies of 2009 with the Washington Redskins, and Texas defensive players often have good success in the NFL.

Sergio Kindle’s Weaknesses
Kindle’s durability and maturity are concerns for NFL teams, although he seems to have improved greatly since his sophomore season. Albeit athletic, he tends to rely too heavily on his skills instead of interpreting the play. He will need to improve his awareness on the field while maintaining it off the field.

If Kindle is drafted by a 4-3 defense, he will need to add at least 10 pounds to his frame. Offensive tackles will eat him up at his size. Sergio Kindle needs some more seasoning in pass coverage, but certainly has the potential to develop the skills of a good pass coverage linebacker.

Sergio Kindle will be drafted by the Arizona Cardinals
With the loss of Karlos Dansby and the embarrassing showings from the Arizona Cardinal’s defense in the 2010 NFL playoffs, Sergio Kindle could serve as a good replacement and be penciled into the starting lineup immediately. Kindle would give the Cardinals defense some needed athleticism that they have lacked in the past.

Sergio Kindle Final Review
Sergio Kindle is probably best suited to play outside linebacker. He needs to add size to become a defensive end, and I think he has too much skills as a pass defender to use him primarily as a defensive end. Sergio Kindle should go toward the bottom of the first round. The Eagles, Cardinals, and Colts could all use Sergio Kindle in their defenses.

Mocking Dan, “Sergio Kindle NFL Draft Scouting Report.” Mocking the Draft. January 6, 2010. March 9, 2010.

FFtoolbox, “Sergio Kindle Scouting Report.” FFtoolbox. March 9, 2010

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2010 NFL Free Agent Moves

Let’s discuss the major 2010 NFL free agent news from around the pro football world. I will give my take on the major 2010 NFL free agent signings and who may still go where. So far it looks like the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions are the major players in 2010 NFL free agency with perennial spenders, Dallas and Washington, sitting this one out.

I believe teams like the Washington Redskins are not making major free agent moves due to the possible NFL player strike or lockout in 2011, click this link to read more about that. Some fans probably expected mad money to be spent in 2010 NFL free agency due to the lack of a salary cap, but that hasn’t really been the case.

Chicago Bears 2010 NFL free agency moves

The Chicago Bears made the biggest free agent signing when they nabbed former Carolina Panther Julius Peppers. According to this article Peppers signed a 6 year deal with the Bears that could be worth $91.5 million. The Bears also signed former Viking running back Chester Taylor whoI had ranked as the number one 2010 NFL free agent running back. Brandon Manumaleuna a blocking tight end who had worked for new Bear’s offensive coordinator Mike Martz was also signed.

The Bears are being active in free agency because the whole staff has their job on the line and must win in 2010. The Chicago Bears are also short of 2010 NFL draft picks due to the Jay Cutler trade. I look for the Bears to try to trade receiving tight end Greg Olsen or maybe Desmond Clark in order to get a draft pick. In Mike Martz’s system which is actually the “Real West Coast offense” the tight end is a blocker.

I think Manumaleuna and Taylor are excellent pickups for the 2010 Chicago Bears but buyers beware on Julius Peppers. I am a Panthers fan and have followed Peppers closely. He plays like Reggie White for about 10 plays a year, the rest of the time he plays like the invisible man.

Detroit Lions an early player in 2010 NFL free agency.

One of the first moves made in 2010 NFL free agency was the signing of former Seattle Seahawk Nate Burleson. Burleson is a better than average wide receiver in my opinion and will compliment Charles Johnson and give Matthew Stafford another target. The Lions also signed Kyle Vanden Bosch formerly of the Tennessee Titans to play defensive end. The team also is still looking for running back and defensive back help and probably isn’t done signing free agents.

Individual 2010 NFL free agent moves

Here I will cover some of the 2010 NFL free agent moves not done by the Lions and Bears.

Aaron Kampman the defensive end/linebacker from the Packers has signed a 4 year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jack Del Rio is on his last legs as the head coach but Kampman could help the team have a good season in 2010 and help Del Rio keep his job.

David Carr the former Texan, Panther and Giants now has joined the San Francisco 49ers to be the backup for Alex Smith another quarterback bust. Carr is not great but I think he can do ok in a reserve role for the 49ers.

Scott Fujita the former Saints linebacker and Tony Pashos an offensive tackle from the 49ers have signed free agent contracts with the Cleveland Browns. I think Fujita is overrated a bit but he should make the Browns fans happy.

The Atlanta Falcons signed former Texan cornerback Dunta Robinson and I think the Georgia native will do well for the Falcons. Robinson is young enough to still play and has the experience to help younger players as well.

The biggest trade so far has been the Baltimore Ravens trading for Anquan Boldin the former Arizona Cardinal wide receiver. The team still needs 2 or more wideouts to go with Boldin but Joe Flacco will be grinning from ear to ear to have such a weapon at his disposal in 2010.

There is the possibility that either Michael Vick or Donovan McNabb will be traded but I believe it won’t happen. If it does look for a 2010 NFL draft day trade for one of the Eagle quarterbacks.

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2010 NFL Draft Order Takes Shape After Long NFL Season

The 2010 NFL Draft order is taking shape, but don’t let anyone tell you the 2010 NFL Draft order is complete. The way that the 2010 NFL Draft order will work, is that the team with the worst record gets the first pick, the team with the second worst pick gets the second pick and so on. The last two picks in the next NFL Draft will be the AFC Champion and the NFC Champion, with the very last pick going to the 2010 Super Bowl Champion, regardless of regular season record. There are also a number of teams that have tied in overall records during the regular season, and in some instances it could come down to a coin flip to decide who gets the better draft pick.

The first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft order is going to St. Louis, who finished the 2009 regular season with a record of 1-15 and by far was the worst team in the NFL. They will be followed by Detroit (2-14) and then Tampa Bay (3-13). The 10th and 11th pick will be decided by a coin flip between Jacksonville and Chicago, and then the 16th and 17th picks will be determined in the same way, as Tennessee and Carolina finished with the same record. What we have listed below is a current mock order of the 2010 NFL Draft order, but those teams that have the same records as other teams around them in the draft order are subject to change when the NFL gets ready for the official draft day.

The structure for the 2010 NFL Draft will extend to all seven rounds of picks, with the order being repeated in each of the successive rounds. In the NFL teams can trade their draft picks, so the owner of some of the picks has already changed due to trades in the past as well as if the league awarded supplemental picks to teams, or in the rare case decides to take them away from a team. The NFL Draft is intended to distribute the new talent in the most fair and equitable way, and the current method that the NFL uses is considered a bit better than some of the other draft structures in professional sports. At this point in time, you can basically say that the St. Louis Rams are now on the clock, and they can prepare really scouting out who they want to bring in as the #1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

2010 NFL Draft Order

1. St. Louis
2. Detroit
3. Tampa Bay
4. Washington
5. Kansas City
6. Seattle
7. Cleveland
8. Oakland
9. Buffalo
10. Jacksonville
11. Denver (from Chicago)
12. Miami
13. San Francisco
14. Seattle (from Denver)
15. New York Giants
16. Tennessee
17. San Francisco (from Carolina)
18. Pittsburgh
19. Atlanta
20. Houston
21. New York Jets
22. Baltimore
23. Arizona
24. Cincinnati
25. New England
26. Green Bay
27. Philadelphia
28. Dallas
29. Minnesota
30. San Diego
31. New Orleans
32. Indianapolis


NFL Standings

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2010 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

The link you have visited is an old mock draft. This link takes you to my newest 2010 NFL mock draft.

Welcome to my 2010 NFL mock draft which is version 3.0 and has undergone some major changes since the combine. For a look at my 2010 NFL mock draft earlier versions click here and here. Please feel free to leave a comment below to tell me how much you agree with my 2010 NFL mock draft. You can also subscribe here to get email notification of any new football or other articles I may write. This is my 2010 NFL mock draft 3.0 and there will be other versions coming soon. If you also want to read my 2010 NFL quarterback and running back draft rankings then click here and here. Please check out the 2nd round of my 2010 NFL mock draft with this link.

1 Saint Louis Rams- Sam Bradford QB- Oklahoma

I had the Rams taking Suh in my previous two 2010 NFL mock drafts but I think Bradford will be the man. As you can read here franchise quarterbacks are too important to pass up on. Bradford is accurate but coming off an injury and also played in a gimmick offense which hurts college quarterbacks in the NFL. The Rams could still take Suh or try to trade down in hopes of having a rookie salary cap after the 2011 NFL strike.

2 Detroit Lions- Russell Okrung OT- Oklahoma State

The Lions need to protect their investment in Matthew Stafford and Okrung can help them do that. At 6ft 5 Okrung can add more weight and strength to help in the running game as well. Stafford has some quality targets but the Lions need to keep him healthy to find them on the field.

3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Ndamukong Suh DT- Nebraska

Look for the Bucs to try to trade down in order to save money but if they pick here in the 2010 NFL draft they will take Suh. I think either Suh or Joe Haden will be the best NFL player out of this draft and he will make the Bucs forget about Warren Sap.

4 Washington Redskins-Jimmy Clausen QB-Notre Dame

The NFL is a quarterback driven league and the Redskins don’t have a great one. The team bowed out of highly paid free agents but I expect them to grab some headlines by drafting Clausen here.

5 Kansas City Chiefs- Brian Bulaga OT-Iowa

If one of the top DT’s do fall this far then the Chiefs may be tempted. But their offensive line is in shambles and the Chiefs need to rebuild it now. The Chiefs were pretty good a few years ago when they had a dominating offensive line and Bulaga can put them down that road again.

6 Seattle Seahawks- Joe Haden CB-Florida State

I think Joe Haden is one the best players in the 2010 NFL draft and the Seahawks will be thrilled to grab him here. Clausen could be a pick here but I think new Coach Pete Carroll will go DB. If Haden drops due to his slow speed in the 40 shown at the combine look for the Seahawks to go with an offensive lineman.

7 Cleveland Browns- Gerald McCoy DT-Oklahoma

If Bradford or Clausen slips this far then the Browns would take either of them. Failing that my 2010 NFL mock draft has the Browns going for McCoy as he is the best available player. The Browns could reach for Dez Bryant to give Seneca Wallace or Jake Delhomme a target but I don’t see that happening.

8 Oakland Raiders- Bruce Campbell OT- Maryland

The Raiders have lots of holes to fill but the offensive line can use the boost that Campbell can provide. A possible franchise left tackle like Campbell can’t be ignored here. Russell may be given one more year to prove he is a franchise quarterback and Campbell will help protect him

9 Buffalo Bills- Trent Williams OT- Oklahoma

I had Anthony Davis here but his stock fell due to attitude and weight issues. Williams can help a Bills offense under a good mind like Chan Gaily go far. Williams is a safe pick and could be a starter for the next ten years.

10 Jacksonville Jaguars-Dez Bryant WR-Oklahoma State

I had the Jaguars taking Tim Tebow here in previous 2010 NFL mock draft but Tebow may not even play quarterback. The Jags need a big play wide receiver and Bryant may be able to provide that if he does not bust. To see a list of the top NFL draft bust of all time then click this link.

11 Denver Broncos- Rolando McClain ILB- Alabama

Denver needs linebacker help in a big way and McClain can provide it with the 11th pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Most 2010 NFL mock drafts I have seen share my opinion on this pick. McClain has revealed that he has Crohn’s disease but I don’t think it will hurt his draft status.

12 Miami Dolphins-Brandon Graham OLB-Michigan

The Dolphins need a wide receiver but won’t pick anyone other than Bryant here, so will address their linebackers. Graham will make a solid addition to a unit getting younger and better.

13 San Francisco 49ers-Anthony Davis OT-Rutgers

With 2 number one picks the team could package them to move up to grab somebody they really like, but I don’t think so. Anthony Davis is my pick for the 49ers in this 2010 NFL mock draft. Davis has weight and possible attitude issues but I think he makes sense here.

14 Seattle Seahawks- Derrick Morgan DE-Georgia Tech

With Patrick Kerney’s retirement from a bad defensive line, Morgan makes the most sense here. Morgan will start right away and help a less than average Seahawk’s defense.

15 New York Giants-Brandon Spikes LB-Florida

The Giants could go for Dez Bryant if he falls this far but he won’t Spikes will help shore up a Giants defense that fell to average in 2009.

16 Tennessee Titans- Dan Williams D-Tennessee

Dan Williams adds some much needed depth and pop to the Titans defensive line. It won’t hurt that he is a local player who played college ball in the state.

17 San Francisco 49ers C.J. RB-Clemson

Gore has battled injuries and is approaching old age for a running back. Spiller is the best back in the 2010 NFL draft and will add to an improving 49er’s offense.

18 Pittsburgh Steelers- Taylor Mays FS- Southern California

If an elite offensive tackle falls this far (yeah right) the Steelers will pounce on him. But I my 2010 NFL mock, Taylor Mays is the right pick for the Steelers. Their secondary sucks and Mays brings some young blood into the mix.

19 Atlanta Falcons- Eric Berry S-Tennessee

Berry is a Georgia boy who played his ball at Tennessee and will add to a Falcon secondary that looks to be improved over the 2009 version.

20 Houston Texans- Jahvid Best RB-California

Yeah I know the Texans have other needs but their running game has been their downfall on offense. I think they go RB here and Best is the best (pun intended) on the board. The team could go offensive line at this pick though.

21 Cincinnati Bengals- Earl Thomas S-Texas

The Bengals addressed their wide receiver issue with Antonio Bryant and now Thomas will try to shore up a suspect secondary for the Bengals. I wouldn’t be shocked however if the Bengals went for a running back here, if they love one that is available.

22 New England Patriots-Jared Odrick DL-Penn State

The Patriots need to get younger on the line and in the linebackers. Odrick can play multiple positions on the line and will be a boost to the defense.

23 Green Bay Packers- Charles Brown OT-USC

Brown will help keep the big nasties away from Aaron Rodgers and let the Packers build that great offense up some more.

24 Philadelphia Eagles- Mike Iupati G-Idaho

This could be a reach but the Eagles have an explosive offense in place that can only get better with some line help. The Eagles could well go after a running back here but I think that will come later in the 2010 NFL draft.

25 Baltimore Ravens- Golden Tate WR-Notre Dame

The Ravens did resign Derrick Mason and traded for Anquan Boldin but Tate makes sense here. Wide receivers tend to be non factors as rookies and Tate could be a backup for a year then replace Mason when he retires, which will be soon.

26 Arizona Cardinals-Sean Weatherspoon LB- Missouri

The Cardinals need some linebacking help and I think Weatherspoon can do the job here.

27 Dallas Cowboys- Dallas Cowboys Vladimir Ducasse OG-U-Mass

The Cowboys offensive line has had some issues and Ducasse can help out here pretty quickly.

28 San Diego Chargers- Ryan Matthews RB- Fresno State

Matthews is a must pick here as the Chargers are replacing LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles.

29 New York Jets- Brandon LaFell WR-LSU

LaFell gives Mark Sanchez a tall fluid target and one more weapon for a Jets offense that needs them desperately.

30 Minnesota Vikings Brian Price DT-UCLA

The two Williams boys are getting long in the tooth and adding Price to a good D line rotation could make them the best in the NFL. Even if people really believe Brett Favre is retired for real, I don’t expect qb to be a priority. However the Vikes could go for a CB here.

31 New Orleans Saints- Greg Hardy DE-Ole Miss

Hardy on a nice Saints defensive line rotation can only make this improving defense, better.

32 Indianapolis Colts-Chad Jones S-LSU

The Colts can use a playmaker who can hit in their secondary since Sanders is hurt all the time. Jones is a good fit here for the Colts in my 2010 NFL mock draft.

Thanks for reading my updated first round 2010 NFL mock draft. To see many other great mocks check out the websites listed in the sources below. See the 2nd round my my 2010 mock draft here.

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2010 NFL Predictions Week 11: Point Spreads and Picks

Week 11 begins with another Thursday night match that, thanks to the narrowly available NFL Network, you may get to watch. Fortunately, tonight’s game is between the Bears and Dolphins, though the NFL is coming dangerously close to using teams that people actually care about.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chicago Bears v Miami Dolphins -1
Miami will be starting Tyler Thigpen, their third string Quarterback. Fortunately for them, Chicago will be starting their first string QB, Jay “Jump Ball” Cutler. Cutler will likely complete as many passes to the Dolphins as anyone else. This could be the week to re-emphasise the Wildcat, and let Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams throw the ball to each other. If either of them can get the ball to Brandon Marshall, they could wind up with a touchdown pass or two. Pick: Miami -1

Return here for complete Week 11 Game Picks and Analysis.
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2010 NFL Power Rankings: Week 12

Heading into the final five weeks of the season a lot of teams are still in the playoff hunt, while at the same time the league’s best – and worst – teams are being solidified.

These power rankings are monthly. Following this set, my next power rankings won’t be until Week 17, which is after the season.

Key: [(current record), Last 4: team’s record for weeks 5-8, Prev: their ranking in the
Week 4 Power Rankings followed by their ranking in the Week 8 Power Rankings]

LAST FIVE: a team’s final five games

01) Atlanta Falcons (9-2 | L4: 4-0 | Prev: 2/3)
Matt Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons are riding a five-game winning streak and seem to be unstoppable at home. The winning stream includes wins against Green Bay, Tampa Bay and Baltimore, all of whom Atlanta beat at home. Better yet, Atlanta is currently en route to having home field throughout the NFC Playoffs. Everything’s going their way, at least for now.

02) New England Patriots (9-2 | L4: 3-1 | Prev: 8/1)
A slipup in Cleveland was quickly followed by tough wins at Pittsburgh and against Indianapolis. The schedule stays tough as the Patriots have the NFC North’s best and divisional matchups in these last few weeks.

03) New York Jets (9-2 | L4: 4-0 | Prev: 3/9)
The Jets have won a lot of their games in thrilling fashion, games they probably should have lost. Yet, they won those games and should they beat New England again, they’ll be on the inside track to the division and a first round BYE.

04) New Orleans Saints (8-3 | L4: 3-0 | Prev: 7/11)
The Saints have also recovered well since their loss to Cleveland. Reggie Bush is finally back, though it almost cost them in the Dallas game with his fumbles and dropped passes. The NFC South, and the Saints’ playoff hopes, may come down to the final two weeks of the season.

05) Chicago Bears (8-3 | L4: 4-0 | Prev: 10/17)
These last five weeks will definitely determine whether the Bears are contenders or pretenders. Jay Cutler has been on fire lately, he’ll need to stay hot should the Bears wish to survive this gauntlet with a playoff spot still intact. Either that, or the defense can continue to play exceptionally well, but Cutler needs to continue avoid making the mistakes his career has been riddled with.

06) Baltimore Ravens (8-3 | L4: 3-1 | Prev: ¼)
Ray Rice still struggles to become the running force people made him out to be. However, the Ravens defense has gotten its groove back with Ed Reed’s return and the Ravens passing game does just well enough to get the job done. A game at home against Pittsburgh may determine the AFC North.

07) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3 | L4: 3-1 | Prev: 4/6)
The Steelers are banged up, and rather angry with their suspicions the NFL is treating them unfairly. James Harrison in particular is mad that he may or may not be able to play how he likes, but regardless the team has played well and is in a prime position to make the playoffs.

08) Green Bay Packers (7-4 | L4: 2-1 | Prev: 6/12)
A late loss at Atlanta deflated the sails a bit, but the Packers have done well regardless. It’s also interesting to note that their wins at home to Minnesota and Dallas led to those teams firing their coaches thereafter. Up next: a home game against San Francisco and its embattled coach Mike Singletary. A home game against Chicago to finish the season may decide the NFC North.

09) Philadelphia Eagles (7-4 | L4: 3-1 | Prev: 20/14)
Michael Vick has been sensation since his return from a rib injury. The game at Washington in particular was a career high for the quarterback, as he scored six total touchdowns in that game. The Eagles are on the inside track in the NFC East though Dallas will have two chances to slow Vick down, or have two chances to be embarrassed by Vick.

10) Kansas City Chiefs (7-4 | L4: 2-2 | Prev: 9/8)
Feeling the Chargers breathe down their necks, the Chiefs have recovered well against NFC West teams but now seek revenge against a Denver team that put up 49 against them. After that game, a division deciding game perhaps against the surging San Diego Chargers await them. Dwayne Bowe has become one of the best receivers in the league and Jamaal Charles leads a potent running game. Both will be huge factors to Kansas City’s rise – or fall.

11) New York Giants (7-4 | L4: 2-2 | Prev: 14/2)
A couple of bad losses to divisional foes, including to then 1-7 Dallas, has the Giants reeling a bit though the comeback win against Jacksonville rights their ship by a little bit. Part of their struggles have come from the fumbling issues of Ahmad Bradshaw, so Brandon Jacobs, once thought to of been done with the team, is back in the leading role. So far, so good.

12) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4 | L4: 2-2 | Prev: 11/7)
While Tampa Bay has played well and Josh Freeman has shown signs of a great comeback artist, the team itself seems to fit the bill of a pretender: 7-0 against teams with losing records, 0-4 against teams with winning records. If those trends continue (which they probably won’t), the Bucs could finish the season 10-6 with a possible playoff berth. Not too shabby following last season’s debacle.

13) San Diego Chargers (6-5 | L4: 3-0 | Prev: 13/23)
Yet again the Chargers are making a late-season run for the playoffs. Philip Rivers continues to play very well as the Chargers running game remains an insignificant factor. With a schedule that just screams “5-0” to the Chargers, the only thing that can stop these guys, like in past years, is the playoffs itself.

14) Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5 | L4: 2-1 | Prev: 23/20)
The Jaguars being 6-5 at this point in the season isn’t too surprising. The fact that they also share the lead in the AFC South is, however. David Garrard and Maurice Jones-Drew have both played exceptional these past few weeks, and their defense has played well enough to keep the Jaguars in games. All three of their remaining road games are against divisional foes, however, so Jacksonville’s fate will likely be decided from that.

15) Miami Dolphins (6-5 | L4: 2-2 | Prev: 22/13)
What a month for Chad Henne. After being benched for poor play, his replacement Chad Pennington gets injured in his very first play. Henne relieves him only to get injured himself. Henne misses a week but is able to return and play well against the Raiders. His job is safe again, but for how long?

16) Indianapolis Colts (6-5 | L4: 1-3 | Prev: 12/5)
The Colts have been slumping, as they only have two wins against teams with winning records thus far. Part of this has to do with injuries to the skills position, but Peyton Manning himself has just been making poor throw after poor throw. Manning has done well in the past playing with new players in the skills positions, not so much right now.

17) St. Louis Rams (5-6 | L4: 1-2 | Prev: 16/16)
Ironic, really. Matthew Stafford had no injury problems in college yet he can’t keep his shoulders together in the pros. The Rams’ Sam Bradford had shoulder problems in college but he’s had no problems thus far in what has been a fine rookie season for the quarterback. Thanks in part to him and a defense that has its moments, the Rams are tied for the NFC West division lead.

18) Seattle Seahawks (5-6 | L4: 1-3 | Prev: 21/19)
The Seahawks are also tied for the NFC West lead even though both they and the Rams are under .500. The two teams play each other at season’s end, hopefully one or both of them go into this game able to finish 8-8 or better with a divisional win.

19) Washington Redskins (5-6 | L4: 1-2 | Prev: 19/21)
After being destroyed at home against Michael Vick and the Eagles which was followed by a passionate rant by a Washington radio host, the Redskins followed it up with close games against the Titans and Vikings, of which they won one and lost one. Donovan McNabb is nowhere near the player he once was, but his new contract doesn’t imply that at all.

20) Houston Texans (5-6 | L4: 1-3 | Prev: 5/15)
The dreams of this team reaching their first ever playoffs isn’t out of sight yet (they are only one game out of the division lead), but with a rough schedule up ahead Houston needs to fix its pass defense, and in a hurry. Michael Vick and the Eagles are up next on Thursday night, a challenge unlike any other for Houston’s defense.

21) Oakland Raiders (5-6 | L4: 1-2 | Prev: 28/18)
After a win against Kansas City to bring them right near the division lead, the bye week happened, and the Raiders have since lost two straight. With a schedule that isn’t any easier, Oakland’s window may close as quickly as it opened. Jason Campbell should also start over Bruce Gradkowski, as Campbell led the Raiders to those three straight wins though he didn’t fare as well against Pittsburgh (who does?), while Gradkowski didn’t play very well against Miami in his start.

22) Tennessee Titans (5-6 | L4: 0-3 | Prev: 17/10)
The Titans have lost four in a row, Randy Moss hasn’t done anything of worth, and Vince Young is out for the year with a thumb injury and may not be back. Chris Johnson hasn’t had the year he was hoping for and was an absolute non factor against Houston. Kerry Collins will be back for the final month; hopefully for the Titans they could put together one good run as the schedule becomes very inter-division heavy.

23) Cleveland Browns (4-7 | L4: 2-2 | Prev: 27/26)
The last six weeks have been a very good stretch for the Browns. Upsets of New Orleans and New England were followed by just tough losses to the Jets and Jaguars. Colt McCoy, though now injured, was very solid at quarterback and will likely return to start once healed. Above all else, however, Peyton Hillis has turned into a beast for the Browns, and Cleveland should build their offensive gameplan around this man for this year and beyond.

24) Minnesota Vikings (4-7 | L4: 2-2 | Prev: 26/27)
With the firing of Brad Childress, the Vikings edged out a victory against the Redskins, perhaps the “best” team they’ve beaten this season. However, Adrian Peterson was hurt in that game. While it means we get a chance to see how well Toby Gerhart will do in his absence, I’m sure it’s disheartening for a team eager to get Peterson more dynamically active in the offense.

25) San Francisco 49ers (4-7 | L4: 2-1 | Prev: 29/28)
The Niners are within a game of the NFC West lead, but are now without Frank Gore for the rest of the season. Good news for San Francisco is that Troy Smith has played well enough, and that Brian Westbrook is eager to show he can still play. Key games against Seattle and St. Louis await the 49ers.

26) Dallas Cowboys (3-8 | L4: 2-2 | Prev: 25/31)
The Cowboys have fired Wade Phillips and under new coach Jason Garrett they’ve gone 2-1. Another question that will be answered in the coming weeks: should the recovering Tony Romo be shut down for the rest of the season? Jon Kitna’s stellar play makes this decision a bit easier to make, I would think.

27) Denver Broncos (3-8 | L4: 1-2 | Prev: 15/29)
Aside from what seems like a fluke win against Kansas City, the Broncos have been absolutely terrible. Kyle Orton may be putting up Pro Bowl numbers, but a lot of those numbers are in coming in garbage time or in a “too little, too late” situation as was the case against St. Louis last week. With all of this losing alongside fines for spying against the 49ers a month ago, Josh McDaniels suddenly finds himself on quite the hot seat.

28) Arizona Cardinals (3-8 | L4: 0-4 | Prev: 24/22)
The Cardinals have now lost six straight coming out of their Week 6 bye, and they haven’t even been competitive in their last three, being outscored 94-37 in those three games. Derek Anderson is frustrated, Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t had many opportunities to shine (and the few he gets he can’t come through), and their defense has fallen apart. To be in last place in the NFC West, by far the worst division in football, does not say many good things about the Cardinals.

29) Buffalo Bills (2-9 | L4: 2-2 | Prev: 32/32)
As expected, the Bills edged out the Lions for their first win, and then came back like wildfire to beat Cincinnati for their second win. Steve Johnson was a breakout star in the Bengals game, though several key drops in the following game to Pittsburgh, another OT loss for Buffalo, quells that flame a bit.

30) Detroit Lions (2-9 | L4: 0-4 | Prev: 30/24)
The Lions were rising for awhile, until another shoulder injury to Matthew Stafford and two blown leads at home derailed the team back down to where they’re used to: a top five pick in the 2011 draft. Alphonso Smith is a name that doesn’t bring much happiness nowadays following the game against New England where the defensive back was taken advantage of for four different Patriots TDs.

31) Cincinnati Bengals (2-9 | L4: 0-4 | Prev: 18/25)
This team has now lost eight straight games. With just two wins – one of which against Carolina – the Bengals just have not had anything go their way. Carson Palmer is too inconsistent, the defense, especially the secondary, is banged up, and Cedric Benson has regressed as well. At least Terrell Owens has played well, right?

32) Carolina Panthers (1-10 | L4: 0-4 | Prev: 31/30)
Matt Moore and DeAngelo Williams are both out. Their defense just isn’t the same without Julius Peppers. Jimmy Clausen, who many thought was going into the best situation of the four “big” rookie QBs this past offseason, has struggled more than at least McCoy and Bradford. This season may be the last for coach John Fox as the team has nearly hit rock bottom.

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2010 NFL Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The 2010 NFL Hall of Fame inductees were announced today in Miami, Florida. Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith were voted in as expected but the rest of the field gave some mild surprises. The five other inductees were all deserving but had failed to make it into the NFL Hall of Fame until now.

Defensive players elected to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame were, Rickey Jackson, John Randel and veteran committee inductee Dick LeBeau. On the offensive side of the ball, legendary lineman Russ Grimm was elected and Floyd Little was elected by the veterans committee.

Wide Receiver Jerry Rice-1985-2000 San Franciso 49ers, 2000-2004 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks.
Jerry Rice was a lock to get into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot. The all-time greatest wide receiver in NFL history, Rice was a lock for the Football Hall of Fame five years before he retired. Rice left the NFL in 2004 with 22,895 yards and 23,540 all purpose yards and 208 touchdowns.

The numbers are staggering but the intangibles that Jerry Rice brought to his team, with his back breaking work ethic and ability to mentor young players like Terrell Owens, was invaluable. Rice ended up with three Super Bowl rings playing for the San Francisco 49ers and played in one more Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders.

Running Back Emmitt Smith-1990-2002 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-2004 Arizona Cardinals.
Emmitt Smith was another lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, not only because of his past accomplishments
but his leadership of the Dallas Cowboys during their Super Bowl era. On October 27, 2002, Smith surpassed Walter Payton’s All-Time NFL Leading Rushing Record of 16,726 yards to become the NFL’s All-Time Leading Rusher. Smith ended with 18,355 yards in his NFL career. Smith becomes the last member of the famed Dallas Triplets to make the Hall of Fame, quarterback Troy Aikman, wide receiver Michael Irvin and Smith.

Offensive Guard Russ Grimm – 1981-91 Washington Redskins.
Russ Grimm has been up for election before, the former hog from the famous Washington Redskin line, may be the most famous of the bunch. Now focusing on his coaching career, Grimm didn’t campaign for the honor but made the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame after waiting 19 years. Grimm played in four Super Bowls and five NFC Championship Games over his 10 year career.

Defensive Tackle John Randle – 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks.
John Randle was a vocal member of the Minnesota Vikings during a time when the Vikings were a force in the NFL. The 1998 season, Minnesota went 15-1 and lost a heart breaker in the NFL Conference Championship to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. That season, Randle had 10.5 sacks and in his NFL career had nine seasons with double-digit sacks amassing 139 sacks over his career.

Linebacker Rickey Jackson – 1981-93 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers.
Rickey Jackson toiled with the New Orleans Saints before their glory years, but he did bring a winning attitude and desire to play hard to the New Orleans Saints. Jackson developed into one an NFL premier linebacker of his day and finished his career with the San Francisco 49ers and was rewarded with his first and only NFL Super Bowl ring.

Dick LeBeau-1959-1972 Detroit Lions.
Dick LeBeau is currently the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers but back in the 60’s he roamed the secondary with reckless abandon. LeBeau had 62 interceptions and nine interceptions in 1970, two seasons before he called it quits. LeBeau played in 171 consecutive NFL games and kept his same menacing attitude in every game. LeBeau was elected by the NFL veterans committee.

Floyd Little-1967-1975 Denver Broncos.
Floyd Little was another NFL pioneer at running back, that not only was a great rusher in the NFL but was a solid threat to catch a ball coming out of the back field. Little’s numbers are hard to crunch against today’s backs. Little rushed for over 6300 yards in his career and had over 2400 yards receiving, as one of the first double threats in NFL history. Little was elected by the NFL veterans committee.

The 2010 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions will be on Aug. 7 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The ceremony also kicks off the start of the pre-season football season.


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2010 NFL Predictions: New Orleans Saints

When a team wins the Super Bowl, what do they do for an encore? That is what the New Orleans Saints will have to ponder as they enter the 2010 NFL season. Obviously the Saints will want to repeat as all Super Bowl winners attempt to “defend” their championship. However, when a team wins it all, it means that they were an excellent team and that a lot of things went their way during the season. Some call it luck, but the bottom line is that for a team to win a Super Bowl, they must stay mostly free from injury, they must get great performances up and down the roster, and they must take advantage of a few key situations. The Saints did all of this in 2009, but can they do it again in 2010? Here are a few thoughts on the New Orleans Saints and their prospects for success in the 2010 NFL season.

When the Saints have the ball

The Saints offense obviously starts with Drew Brees, as the star quarterback had a phenomenal season in 2009. Brees threw for almost 4400 yards, with 34 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. Drew spread the ball around all season, but he particularly utilized Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, and Robert Meachem. While the Saints running attack was not always dominant, there is enough talent in the backfield to compliment Brees and the passing game. Reggie Bush finally seemed to live up to some of his hype towards the end of 2009, and if he can maintain that swagger in 2010, the Saints will remain deadly on offense.

When the Saints are on defense

The Saints defense was not great in 2009, but it was good enough to keep the Saints in the game. New Orleans did not dominate on the defensive side of the ball, but they were opportunistic at times, and they were able to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks with players like Will Smith, who racked up 13 sacks. The Saints are probably not going to win many games with their defense, but if they can at least get a few stops, the offense will do the rest.


The Saints may have a target on their back, but based on their experience, depth, and talent, they should be up to the challenge of defending their title. There are no guarantees in the National Football League, as players and teams can have a down year and sometimes a key injury or two can really set a team back. However, look for the Saints to be back with a vengeance in 2010 and do not be surprised if they are once again challenging the league to keep up with them on the way to the Super Bowl.

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