11.08.2005
 
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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