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Friday Football
    Week 10 Picks.

    One of the keys to picking NFL games straight up is breaking down each week's picks into two categories. There are usually 8 to 10 games that most everyone will agree on and there are usually 4-6 games that anything could happen. If you focus more on those 4-6 games, and let the consensus direct you to the answer to the other 8-10, you will do well.

    Take for example, week 6 in The Mirls' writers league. I thought the Texans had a chance to pull the upset over Seattle (for good reasons not relevant here). But I was in error for picking them. Sure they may have won, but I was the only person to go with Seattle and unless its week 14 and you're trying to make up ground from behind, all I did with that pick was give away a free game to everyone else.

    Take a look at the standings for this week; With a 92-38 record, I trail first place by one game: Seattle over Houston.

    So looking at this week, here are the easy picks (again, regardless of if they win or not, everyone else is picking them) and here are the ones that are going to determine how well you do. Home teams in caps:

      dal over PHI- definitely a tough game to call. When the Cowboys beat Philly 33-10 in week 5, they caught the Eagles off guard by coming out passing. The Eagles defense has had problems this year getting pressure up the middle, and that's how you disrupt Drew Bledsoe. McNabb had a real bad game in week 5, and I expect him to be better at home in this one. But I just don't know if it'll be enough. Bill Parcells is 7-4 when coaching on Monday Night. The Eagles are 3-0 at home this year, but they are 0-2 in their division. If L.J. Smith can't play (concussion), I wonder who the Eagles will have to throw to. The Cowboys defense has had some very good games against some very good offenses this year (10 points to the Eagles, 13 to the Giants, 13 to Seattle).

      DET over arz- The Cardinals will be playing their first game without their best pass rusher Berry. Kevin Jones is probable after injuring his shoulder last week. He's been running well of late, and he could have a big game against Arizona. Harrington is starting, but there has been more wrong with the Lions than just Joey. The Cardinals are 3-24 on the road since 2002 and they're 0-3 away this year. The Lions are 2-2 at home, but they've lost their last 2 at Ford.

      BUF over kc- Going with another home team mostly because they are at home. KC is coming off a very emotional win, and they still have a lot of injuries. Buffallo is coming off their bye, and they have shaken up their offensive line. The Bills defense improved against the run in their last game against New England, but it'll be their pass defense that keeps them in this game. KC is still vulnerable through the air, and the Bills will be looking to make plays with Roscoe Parrish healthy. And I don't think there's anyone on the Chiefs' defense who can cover Lee Evans.

      ne over MIA- The Pats have struggled in Miami over the last few years, NE has lost six of their last seven in South Florida. But the Patriots pass offense has been their only consistent strength this year and they'll be matching up against Miami's poor pass defense. Tom Brady still hasn't lost back to back games since the 2002 season.

      den over OAK- The Broncos are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 in Oakland. Mike Shannahan loves to hate the Raiders and he's had an extra week to get ready for it. Oakland may have played with KC last week, but neither team looked like they were playing their best football. The Broncos secondary may just be the best in the league and their defense is easily a top 5 unit. I can't believe it, but the Broncos are the 2nd or 3rd best team in the AFC.

      was over TB- The Redskins are going to face the same defensive looks they saw in New York when the Giants shut them out. So I think this is going to be a low scoring game, but when you think about what this Washington defense is going to show Chris Simms, I just don't see how the young QB is going to be able to make enough plays this week.

      Consensus Games:

      JAX over bal- The Jags aren't playing good football, but they're winning. They are giving up yards on the ground, but I don't think that'll matter here. Baltimore probably couldn't run the ball against a college team right now. The Jags pass defense is one of the best. Welcome back Kyle Boller.

      IND over hou- Possible let down game, so Indy might not cover the two touchdown spread.

      NYG over min- Vikings are 5-20 on the road since 1999.

      CHI over sf- Cody Pickett versus the Bears defense.

      CAR over nyj- Possible upset game. The Panthers are coming off a big win, and the Jets looked strong in their comeback against the Chargers.

      ATL over gb- Favre in a dome and they don't have enough receivers to expose Atlanta's lack of depth at DB.

      SEA over stl- I almost made this game my best bet, just because of how well the Seahawks are playing right now. They may just be the best team in the NFC.

      PIT over cle- Bill Cowher is hoping his team can sneak out these two wins without (edit to fix) Ben Burger, and they'll need to get a couple turnovers like they did against Green Bay.

Thursday Football (II)
    Detroit - Minnesota | Houston - Jacksonville

    Detroit Lions:
    Minnesota has been solid against the run lately, so the 58 yards Detroit gained in this game was a combination of them losing Kevin Jones, their offensive line struggling, and Minnesota stopping them. That said, having Arizona come into Ford Field this week may be the best thing the Lions could get. Things were so bad in week nine that Joey Harrington was the team's leading rusher.

    The only thing good I can say about the Lions at the mid-way point is at least they're not taking a lot of penalties. After their week 10 game against the Cardinals, there is a very good chance the Lions will not win another game this season.
    Vines- 15(9)
    MWilliams- 9(4)
    Pollard- 7(4)
    Bryson- 6(6)
    Pinner- 3(2)
    Schlesinger- 3(2)
    Fitzsimmons- 1(0)
    Jones- 1(1)

    Minnesota Vikings:
    It's amazing what something as wild as running the ball, using a smart and controlled passing game, and a good run defense can do for a team. So not after losing Scott Linehan, not after losing Randy Moss, not after losing Matt Birk, but finally, after losing Daunte Culpepper, the Vikings decided it was time they needed to change the way they call plays. What took you so long?

    Brad Johnson makes this a better team simply because he gives them a different identity; one I've been saying they've needed since the season opening loss to Tampa Bay. Johnson uses his short and intermediate routes better than Culpepper and the former Super Bowl champ gets the ball out of his hands quickly. And the Vikings are 1-0 with him as a starter.

    Holy cow Michael Bennett was fired up to play this game. I haven't seen him run like that in years. I won't get too excited, however, because Bennett is still a guy who's going to lose two yards on every third carry.

    Nate Burleson looks healthy again and he made a nice effort on his touchdown catch.

    As for the mid-season stats, throw them out. I'm looking for this team to redefine itself. They have to. Or they'll be gone.
    Williamson- 6(3)
    Taylor- 4(4)
    Burleson- 3(2)
    MRobinson- 2(1)
    KRobinson- 2(1)
    Kleinsasser- 2(1)
    Wiggins- 1(1)
    Moore- 1(1)
    Bennett- 1(1)

    Houston Texans:
    Jonathan Wells showed in this game versatility than I thought he had. Wells was solid in all aspects of the game, but he did not excel in any. He's still a stop gap. The Texans as a team used more short pass plays and quicker drops. The results weren't great, but they were better. And right now for Houston, that's the best they can do.

    The Texans rank in the bottom third of the league in nearly every statistical category on both offense and defense. In fact, the only thing they are doing well right after eight games in returning and covering kicks.
    Johnson- 11(9)
    Bradford- 7(5)
    Wells- 5(5)
    Morency- 3(1)
    Gaffney- 2(1)
    Armstrong- 1(1)
    Rivers- 1(0)

    Jacksonville Jaguars:
    With Fred Taylor out again, I am pleasantly surprised to see that Jacksonsville is giving Greg Jones a majority of the team's carries. I like Jones and I don't think the move to fullback was the best idea for him. Jones can really move for a guy that big and strong; as he showed on his game-winning 12 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against Houston. The Jags put in Alvin Pearman on passing downs, and he does a good job there too. Pearman could probably produce on every down, but putting with a guy like Jones back there makes opposing teams take notice of his presence on the field.

    While Jimmy Smith was missing for the first three quarters, Ernest Wilford continued to impress. He's easily the #2 receiver on this team now and ever since the Jags came off their bye week two games ago, Wilford has received the more passes than any other Jaguar.

    Jacksonville's offense isn't putting up any stats that are better than they were last year, but new offensive coordinator Carl Smith is doing a good job of drawing up clever plays when he needs them. The Jags have gotten points in every one of their 16 trips to the red zone this year, and they are tied for 5th in the league in red zone TD percentage (62.5%). On third downs, the Jacksonville is ranked 10th. Defensively, the Jags are around the top 5 in every category except against the run. They are 24th in rushing yards per game and 22nd in rushing yards per attempt. That is a concern.
    Wilford- 7(4)
    Smith- 5(4)
    Pearman- 5(5)
    MJones- 4(3)
    Wrighster- 2(1)
    Taylor- 2(2)

Thursday Football
    Only one game for now. Things ran behind. I'll post more games later tonight and the picks should be up either tonight or tomorrow morning.

    Pittsburgh - Green Bay

    Pittsburgh Steelers:
    I'll never underestimate the depth of the Steelers after their week 17 ripping of Buffalo when the Bills were at home and needed a win to get into the playoffs. And even when they had to start Tommy Maddux earlier this year against Jacksonville, as bad as Maddux was, they were in a position to win that game in overtime.

    At the season's halfway point, the Steelers are just 25th in the league in total yards per game. But that is a stat that lies. They are 5th in the league in average rushing yards per game, also a stat that lies. Because of the leads Pittsburgh has played with, take a look at their average yards per rush/pass. They are 18th in average yards per rush and 7th in average yards per pass. Those numbers are a little skewed too, but if you put it all together, you've got an offense that should probably be rated around 10-12 in the NFL. The Steelers are just 31st in third down efficiency, but that should also be factored in to when those uncoverted third downs are coming. Pittsburgh ranks 12th in the league in red zone touchdown percentage (57.1%), so I'm not concerned about their ability to convert a third down when they need to.

    Pittsburgh ranks 5th in the NFL in point differential, 5th in turnover edge, and 6th in penalty yards edge; three of the best stats to look at to see how a team is playing.
    Wilson- 3(1)
    Ward- 2(1)
    Randle El- 2(0)
    Miller- 2(2)
    Parker- 2(1)
    Kreider- 2(2)
    Staley- 2(2)
    Haynes- 1(0)

    Green Bay:
    Samkon Gado wasn't Green Bay's first choice at running back going into this game, but Reshard Lee was pulled in the first quarter after losing a fumble and it was Gado for the rest of the way. I first wrote about Gado on 10.24.05 when I found a quote on PFW of one scout comparing him to Willie Parker. Well, Gado looks bigger than Parker, and he's not nearly as explosive of a runner. And if Gado truly has 4.4 speed, it takes him a few strides to get going that fast; whereas Willie Parker is able to hit his top gear in just a couple of steps. Gado did show good ball security though, and he was a decent enough receiver out of the backfield.

    The Packers are 29th in the league in turnover differential. They are 30th in the league in rushing yards per game and dead last in average rush per game. They are doing something well; Green Bay ranks 2nd in the NFL in third down effeciency. TARGETS(catches):
    Driver- 9(5)
    Franks- 7(3)
    Lee- 7(3)
    Chatman- 5(4)
    Henderson- 3(3)
    Gado- 1(1)
    Williams- 1(1)

Wednesday Football (II)
    As promised, two more games:
    Oakland - Kansas City | Chicago - New Orleans

    Oakland Raiders:
    This game featured nothing of importance for the first three quarters. The Raiders had 101 yards of offense and they had just given up the first touchdown of the game, making the score 9-13. Then all of the sudden, they put together two drives in the fourth quarter for a combined 155 yards and more importantly, 14 points. Another 40 pass attempt game for Kerry Collins, but just 162 yards threw the air.

    Looking at the midseason stats, I don't see anything that the Raiders are doing well. They are 13th in total yards, 15th in first downs, 13th in third down efficiency, 23rd in opponents yards per game, 24th in opponents points per game, and 17th in point differential. With a 3-5 record, and with the AFC West playing the NFC East this season, there really isn't much hope for this team. A 7-9 finish should be expected.
    Porter- 9(7)
    Moss- 8((1)
    Jordan- 8(5)
    Gabriel- 5(3)
    Anderson- 5(2)
    Williams- 2(2)
    Foschi- 2(1)

    Kansas City Chiefs:
    As mentioned on the OAK side, the score of this game was just 9-6 until late in the third quarter. Both teams were basically sleeping their way through, and that's surprising considering how important this one was to each team.

    I thought going into this game that it would be a good opportunity to get a sneak preview of what Larry Johnson will be like as a team's featured back. I did not expect that day to come so soon. Johnson came into the league as a strong between the tackles runner, but he has improved under Holmes' guidance around the perimeter and behind pulling linemen. Still, he's no Priest Holmes and this team will probably look to run more straight ahead plays.

    Despite being one of the top 10 offenses in the league, Kansas City ranks just 23rd in the league on third downs. And inside the red zone, once the foundation of this team, the Chiefs are just at 50% in touchdown effeciency (15 for 30). That's good for 21st in the NFL.

    And even if they didn't score on that last play of the game. For a team like this, I love the attitude that says, 'if we can't gain one yard doing what we do best, then we don't deserve to win this game anyway.'
    Kennison- 8(5) Gonzalez- 7(5) Horn- 6(4) Johnson- 6(3) Hall- 5(3) Richardson- 2(2)

    Chicago Bears:
    Kyle Orton started the game poorly. Mushim Muhammad wasn't able to do much to help him out either. But since this wasn't really a road game, the young quarterback got a chance to settle in and still be in a position to win the game late. And that's what he and Mushin did on a key third down late in the fourth quarter. Against almost any other team, in any other city, the Bears lose this game. Their offense was terrible, but as it turned out it wasn't as bad as the Saints'. And that throw Kyle Orton made at the end of the game was the only pass he was asked to make on their 4 minute, 10 play, game winning drive.

    Two straight road victories is just huge for this team. They've got two games with Green Bay still, and next week's game versus San Francisco.

    The Bears' midseason stats are as expected. They are in the top 10 for every major defensive category and they are in the bottom 10 for every major offensive category except rushing yards per game (6th) and average gain per rush (7th). As well as things are going right now, this 5-3 team will have to be very fortunate to finish better than 9-7. But that'll be good enough to secure a first round playoff loss.
    Muhammad- 9(3)
    Gage- 8(4)
    Wade- 2(1)
    Clark- 2(1)
    Jones- 1(1)
    Peterson- 1(1)
    Edwards- 1(1)

    New Orleans Saints:
    Antowain Smith had a very strong game running up the middle on the Bears defense- which is where you have to attack them because they are probably the fastest defense in the NFL. But Aaron Brooks was horrible. He had put together a couple of good games earlier in the season, but that hasn't been the case lately. How does this team think it can go anywhere with him at quarterback?

    And where was Joe Horn? Only 4 targets, he played for most of the game, but just didn't get many looks. That's very unusual for Aaron Brooks.

    The Saints are last in the league in turnover edge, and they have one of the worst defenses against the run. Opponents are getting much through the air against New Orleans, but their statistical success in that category is more due to teams not needing to pass versus not able to pass. On offense, the Saints are 9th in the league on 3rd downs, and they're 8th in average rush, so there is something there. But no one's doing anything about it.

    And that poor crowd in Baton Rouge. It looked like there was maybe 25,000 in attendance. It sounded like less. San Antonio Saints?
    Stallworth- 4(3)
    Horn- 4(2)
    Hitlon- 3(2)
    Stecker- 3(2)
    Hakim- 2(1)
    Poole- 2(1)
    Hall- 2(1)
    Smith- 2(2)
    Karney- 2(2)

Wednesday Football
    Week Nine Game Reviews
    Carolina - Tampa Bay | Seattle - Arizona | Atlanta - Miami

    Carolina Panthers:
    Carolina always seems to take their games with the Bucs more seriously than Tampa does. The stats don't really show the blowout that this game was. Carolina was balanced on offense, they didn't turn the ball over, and no one can stop Steve Smith.

    Julius Peppers again had Kenyatta Walker playing scared. Peppers has just owned Walker over his career.

    The Panthers rank 4th in the NFL in points per game, 3rd in third down efficiency, and yet they are 31st in average gain per rushing attempt. The Panthers have forced 20 turnovers this year (tied for 3rd), but they've given away 15 themselves. But they are in first place by a wide margin in red zone touchdown percentage (77% versus second places' 70%). The Panthers do have some holes in their game, and they'll struggle when facing a team as disciplined and well coached as they are, but there are few out there. Carolina is essentially a NFC contender based on their third down and red zone efficiency alone. Anyone who wants to beat them will need to focus on what Carolina is doing when they need to convert a play.

    The Panthers have won five in a row but they still have both games against Atlanta on their schedule.
    Smith- 8(5)
    Foster- 3(2)
    Colbert- 2(1)
    Davis- 2(1)
    Proehl- 1(1)
    Gardner- 1(0)
    Mangum- 1(1)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
    I don't think Jon Gruden and his staff are doing a good job at getting their team ready to play. I think they are underestimating their weaknesses and overestimating their strengths. The difference between the Chris Simms that played against SF and the Simms that played against Carolina was clear. Against the 49ers, Simms was in over his head, unsure of the offense, and confused; even though he had a bye week to prepare for the game. Against the Panthers, Simms looked like the player most expected to see. He was getting the ball out on time, and his throws for the most part were where they needed to be.

    Now, that said, he's still a young QB and he's making mistakes. The INT TD he threw to Chris Gamble wasn't pretty. It was a 5 yard out that Simms has to make an adjustment on, even as he's delivering the ball. Gamble broke on the first move and when you see that as a QB, if you're already throwing you still have the ability to throw it high and over both targets. Simms has always had the label of being a better practice QB than a gamer, and I think a lot of that has to do with how he delivers the ball. Simms has a great arm, and a good throwing motion, he's just a little too casual with his throws. He's a reps and rhythm guy who isn't a playmaker.

    Anthony McFarland and the rest of the Bucs was really working hard in this game. The entire defense again gave a good effort, but these safeties still aren't good enough in coverage to make their system work properly.

    Galloway- 13(5)
    Clayton- 8(2)
    Pittman- 6(4)
    Hillard- 5(4)
    Smith- 3(3)
    Williams- 3(3)
    Becht- 2(2)
    Alstott- 2(2)

    Seattle Seahawks:
    Seattle used a lot of draws against the attacking Cardinals defense, especially on their opening drive. And it definitely was effective at keeping the Cards off balance on defense.

    There has been talk this season that the team chemistry on the Seahawks is in a place it's never been before. There appears to be something special going on here. Their offense is first in the NFL in total yards per game, average gain per rush, first downs per game, average gain per play, and they are 5th best in points per game. Don't sleep on them.
    Jurevicious- 6(4)
    Engram- 5(3)
    Stevens- 3(2)
    Hannam- 3(1)
    Strong- 1(1)
    Morris- 1(1)
    Urban- 1(1)

    Arizona Cardinals:
    New quarterback, same red zone struggles for Arizona. They have scored a touchdown just 3 times in 21 red zone trips this year. And six times they've come away with zero points.

    I still put this on Kurt Warner. He never had great arm strength, and now it seems he's a little wary of it and so he holds onto the ball too much. And in the red zone, when passing windows are open for less time than they are anywhere else, Warner is struggling the most. And he had time to throw against the Seahawks, but for almost three full quarter the Cardinals couldn't punch the ball into the end zone.

    The unfortunate part about all this is that Arizona has someone who could potentially be one of the best red zone WR in the game (Fitzgerald).

    Someone needs to ask: Why is Kurt Warner starting? This offensive line cannot pass block. Kurt Warner cannot throw on the run. Connect the dots. Why is Kurt Warner starting.

    J.J. Arrington is officially back on the radar. He's been improved over the last few weeks but this was the first game I've seen him run with a purpose since his days at Cal. Arrington is still a fish out of water in this offense, however, so I don't expect anything big to happen. He needs to play in a west coast hybrid system.

    Bryant Johnson may have had a nice fantasy day, but he made a couple of key mistakes in this game; including dropping a slant pass in the end zone and blocking from behind on Edwards' long catch and run. There's a reason Johnson, a former first round pick, has been a third receiever for most of his career.

    And losing Bertrand Berry for the season is going to kill this defense. Take the Cardinals out of the grill, it's over for them.
    Fitzgerald- 14(8)
    Johnson- 11(6)
    Newhouse- 7(2)
    McCoy- 4(3)
    Arrington- 4(4)
    Ayanbadejo- 3(2)
    Shipp- 2(1)
    Bergen- 2(2)
    Edwards- 2(1)

    Atlanta Falcons:
    Michael Vick's numbers for this game were certainly impressive, but the Dolphins- who don't really have a good secondary to begin with- did him a lot of favors by blitzing frequently. You just cannot send 6 or 7 guys to rush Michael Vick. He's going to be just as fast or faster than any of those blitzers and what you're doing with the biltz is handing him a decision on where to throw to ball. His one weakness, pass selection, is taken away when you tell him off the snap of the ball where he should go. It becomes a much easier choice for Vick. That's why Tampa has always been effective against him. They get pressure off the left tackle and they drop seven in coverage.

    Atlanta's defense is still soft against the run, but that is offset by their third down efficiency. The Falcons are 2nd in the league at getting off the field on third downs, a stat that is supplemented by their 4th best QB sack percentage. In this game, their speed was too much for Miami to contend with.
    Finneran- 11(8)
    Crumpler- 8(6)
    White- 5(3)
    Dunn- 4(4)
    Griffith- 2(1)
    Blakely- 1(0)

    Miami Dolphins:
    Teams who run the ball are going to be able to move down the field against Atlanta. And Miami's ground game is still it's strength. Still, this game wasn't as close as it needed to be. During the first half, the Falcons gave the ball up on Miami's 10 once and on their own 15 once, essentially giving the Dolphins 10 points. That allowed Miami a chance to stay with their run game, and stay in the game overall. To their credit, the Dolphins were technically in this game until late into the fourth quarter. Miami can stop the run and they can run the ball pretty well themselves. But they are 30th in the league in time of possession and in order to be competitive, they have to keep the ball out of the air- on both sides.
    Chambers- 6(3)
    McMichael- 4(3)
    Brown- 4(2)
    Booker- 3(2)
    Welker- 2(1)
    Morris- 2(2)
    Williams- 1(0)

    I should have a couple more games up tonight.

Tuesday Football
  • Picks went 12-2 in week 9, but this week, even the drunk guy at the end of the bar went 12-2 with his picks. No upsets, no surprises. It was nice to see the Colts blow out the Pats. My favorite line from Belichick's post-game was "We didn't match up with the Colts in any aspect of the game." Yup. Indianapolis won't go undefeated this year, but they just might be winless (edit: i mean loss less) in the playoffs. Beach record is now 94-36 on the year, hitting at 72.3%. (another edit- where was my math this morning? current record is 92-38, 70.7%)

  • From PFW's The Way We Hear It:
    • NYJ- Though we’ve heard this from Jets coaches before, we hear there are plans to spell ailing workhorse RB Curtis Martin during the second half of the season. Martin’s right knee has bothered him since Week Two and, with the Jets’ running game struggling, the coaches are looking for ways to get rookie Cedric Houston some carries in the coming weeks.

    • DET- The greatest benefit of benching Joey Harrington for two games might not have been the 1-1 record. We hear Harrington appears to be more relaxed, carrying an almost “nothing-to-lose” approach, since head coach Steve Mariucci chose to start Jeff Garcia on Oct. 23.... Asked about his fresh demeanor and new slate before starting at Minnesota on Nov. 6, Harrington said, “I mean, what are they going to do to me? Bench me? I have been through it all now.”

    • CAR- The Panthers began experimenting with that scenario in Week Eight vs. the Vikings, when TE Michael Gaines had two catches for 67 yards. Gaines has only five catches, but he’s averaging 22.2 yards per catch. The Panthers play all three of their tight ends, and Gaines is the only one who is a true receiving threat. We hear that Carolina coaches are trying to mold Gaines, in his second year out of Central Florida, after Jermaine Wiggins, who left Carolina in free agency for the Vikings after the 2003 season.

    • ARZ- Has Josh McCown quarterbacked his last game as a Cardinal? The way we hear it, the odds remain strong McCown could be back under center before the season is over, even though it now appears the starting job is Kurt Warner’s to lose. The consensus seems to be that, with the team’s running game and offensive line appearing to be in a shambles, in addition to the likelihood WR Anquan Boldin will take his sweet time and proceed with extreme caution recovering from his latest knee injury, that neither Warner nor McCown has much of an opportunity to succeed on a consistent basis. Head coach Dennis Green has basically admitted that he’s been grasping at straws in an attempt to fix his ailing offense, which makes it likely Green’s week-to-week “gut feelings” could keep the QB carousel spinning in the desert.

  • From PFW's Whispers:
    • The Titans are down on Travis Henry, not only for his four-game suspension but also for his play before that. He has been guilty of running in the wrong holes and fumbling at critical times. Don’t expect him to take any carries away from Chris Brown unless Brown gets hurt.
    • Look for Redskins H-back Chris Cooley to be more involved in the offense in coming games. The Giants exposed Washington’s offensive modus operandi of sending two receivers (usually Santana Moss and David Patten) out on patterns and using a lot of max-protection schemes. Cooley is very good at sitting down in zones and finding seams.


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