October 19, 2017

All Out Blitz

Arizona Cardinals: QB Kevin Kolb should make his long awaited return this week from his toe injury, hopefully the month off will improve his accuracy…..Speaking of consistency, RB Beanie Wells had a career day rushing versus the Rams in Week 12, then again, it seems every back is having a career day against St. Louis…..LB Sam Acho may be a name you want to remember as he has taken over the starting role formerly belonging to Joey Porter, and looks to be the kind of pass rusher the Cards need now and in the future.

Atlanta Falcons: WR Julio Jones is still dealing with a hamstring injury, he played last week but didn’t have a catch and only had a single target and now comes word that he missed practice Wednesday, the Falcons may have played this one wrong by not sitting Jones down for as long as it took to get him 100% healthy and now may have to deal with Jones not being at full strength for the remainder of the season…..More bad news for the birds is that RB Michael Turner sat out practice due to a sore groin Wednesday, not what you want to hear from a player that is coming off of off-season groin surgery.

Baltimore Ravens: Chalk the first battle of the Harbaugh brothers to the Ravens as they proved that the 49ers aren’t quite in their class yet, that was nine sacks San Francisco allowed in that game, offensively though it would be nice if OC Cam Cameron found a way to get the ball in the hands of RB Ray Rice more often, especially in the passing game where it seems like the Ravens have forgotten what a weapon Rice can be when catching the ball out of the backfield.

Buffalo Bills: Aren’t we getting tired of WRs being so selfish that they are costing their team games?, on Sunday Steve Johnson caught a TD pass and then decided to do a little dance, mimicking Jets WR Plaxico Burress shooting himself, and then mimicking WR Santonio Holmes “jet” dance, crashing into the ground which drew a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, this penalty forced the Bills to kickoff from their 20, their kicker wanting to crush the ball due to the penalty ended up shanking it, giving the Jets good field position, field position they then used to score a TD, as if that wasn’t bad enough, Johnson than dropped what would’ve most likely been a TD pass right in his hands, and couldn’t reel in another pass in the end zone, that was behind him, but could’ve been caught.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers running game seems to finally be getting untracked as DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart both had solid games last week, and now they get to play Tampa Bay, a team that has one of the worst run defenses in the NFL.

Chicago Bears: QB Jay Cutler came out this week and stated that he doesn’t expect to play again during the regular season, that means Caleb Hanie will need to lead the Bears into the playoffs, Hanie did throw two interceptions last week but also was able to get the ball down the field with regularity…..OC Mike Martz’s name is being mentioned in connection with several head coaching opportunities, both in the NFL and collegiate level.

Cincinnati Bengals: We all knew the Bengals season might come down to how they performed in their games versus Baltimore and Pittsburgh, well they lost their first game versus each, and now they have their rematch against Pittsburgh this week, a win would seem a necessity if they want to win the AFC North, or at least put themselves in a better position for a wildcard spot…..RB Cedric Benson missed practice Wednesday with a foot injury, a situation that bears watching as the season progresses.

Cleveland Browns: Is there anymore boring team to watch in the NFL than Cleveland?, I think not…..RB Peyton Hillis sort of came out of nowhere last week to have a solid game, still, he will be playing for someone else next season…..WR Greg Little may have the biggest upside of all the Browns receivers, but he also needs to learn how to catch the ball, he had quite a few drops last week.

Dallas Cowboys: With the Giants once again suffering a second half collapse, the NFC East is there for the taking, and Cowboys seem to want it, not only that, but they are also getting healthy at the right time, WR Miles Austin could possibly return from a hamstring injury this week, and if not this week, then he should be back in Week 14 versus those Giants in what could be a last hurrah for the G-men…..WR Dez Bryant will be the punt returner now in Dallas which may lead to him having a slight lesser role in the passing offense, which Dallas can afford with the emergence of Laurent Robinson, who seems to be QB Tony Romo’s favorite target, especially in the red zone.

Denver Broncos: I know we all want to ride the Tim Tebow bandwagon and thank him for rescuing the Broncos season, and he does deserve some accolades, but let’s not forget that the orange crush are only averaging 16 points under Tebow. It’s the defense that deserves a bulk of the credit, as they are only giving up 12 points per game…..The leader of that defense and probably rookie defensive player of the year, LB Von Miller, underwent surgery this week to repair torn ligaments in his thumb and is unlikely to play Sunday versus Minnesota.

Detroit Lions: DT Ndamukong Suh was suspended for two games for a stomping incident in the Thanksgiving game versus Green Bay, Suh very much deserved his suspension and needs to get his game under control, but what is even more disturbing were his comments after the game, he actually doesn’t believe he did anything wrong, explaining that he was just trying to regain his balance when he pushed the opposing players head in the ground and then stomped on his arm, pretty scary indeed if he actually does believe this is what happened.

Green Bay Packers: Some thought the Lions might be the team to give the Packers their first loss, playing in Detroit, on Thanksgiving, on national TV, oh well, guess not…..Will this be the week they get their first loss, at the Giants, close to a must win for the G-men, I think not…..The Packers defense is certainly playing better than they were earlier this season as CB Tramon Williams is once again playing up to the potential that we saw last season.

Houston Texans: First the Texans lose QB Matt Schaub for the season, than they lose Matt Leinart, certainly seems like you don’t want be a Houston quarterback, especially if your first name is Matt…..Rookie Tyler Yates will take over the QB duties and is unlikely going to be asked to air it out, the Texans are going to rely on their running game with Arian Foster and Ben Tate, their offensive line (which may be the best in the game), and a solid defense to keep them in games, have a feeling that final game between Tennessee and Houston in Week 17 will decide the division.

Indianapolis Colts: Dan Orlovsky will start at QB this week instead of Curtis Painter, I’m sure that will enable the Colts to keep up with the Patriots offense this week…..TE Dallas Clark will once again miss this week’s game with a fibula injury…..The Colts are letting it be known that they would have no problem drafting QB Andrew Luck next season to pair with Peyton Manning.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Pretty big week for the Jags, they put coach Jack Del Rio out of his misery and fired him, and on the same day owner Wayne Weaver announced that he had sold the team to a Chicago businessman who has agreed to keep the team in Jacksonville, keep in mind though that this is a verbal agreement, there is nothing in writing that prohibits the Jaguars from moving, can you say Los Angeles.

Kansas City Chiefs: Coach Todd Haley has insisted all week that Tyler Palko will remain the starter at QB this week even though Kyle Orton is taking quite a few snaps with the first team offense, is there any doubt that Orton starts this week, not in my mind, especially not after watching Palko perform in his two starts with the team, besides, it would be a good story to see Orton start against his former team.

Miami Dolphins: How ironic that WR Brandon Marshall makes a great TD reception with Cowboys QB Terrance Newman trying to rip his head off when he has dropped so many easier touchdowns this season…..RB Daniel Thomas is not getting much traction this season in what is looking like a lost season for the rookie…..K Dan Carpenter will be back this week as Shayne Graham has been released.

Minnesota Vikings: RB Adrian Peterson is unlikely to play again this week as he still isn’t sufficiently recovered from his high ankle sprain, but Toby Gerhart isn’t the answer…..The Vikings did look to get WR Percy Harvin more involved in the offense, but there is only so much that can be done when you have a rookie QB and your best playmaker is sitting on the bench…..WR Michael Jenkins was placed on IR after having surgery for a torn meniscus.

New England Patriots: WR Deion Branch was questionable coming into last week’s game and may have been on the bench for quite a few fantasy teams that didn’t want to risk that he would be inactive before a 4pm game, what a shame as Branch ended up having his best game of the season so far against a depleted Eagles secondary…..Anyone else notice that WR Julian Edelman has spent some time playing CB that past couple of games?, Troy Brown is revisited.

New Orleans Saints: The only team that would seem to be able to stop the Packers in their quest for another Super Bowl championship are the Saints, they certainly have the offense to be engage in a shootout, and they opened the season in what was an extremely entertaining game…..RB Mark Ingram may have had what was a statistically good game against the Giants on Monday, but most of that came in garbage time when the game was all but over, Pierre Thomas did most of the heavy lifting although the Saints only use their running game to keep opposing defenses from going all out to stop their aerial attack.

New York Giants: That’s three straight losses and counting for the Giants and now they get to face the undefeated Packers, lucky them…..RB Ahmad Bradshaw will once again miss the game with his foot injury, without him the Giants haven’t been able to generate much of a rushing attack, leaving to much pressure on the Giants defense and passing attack…..The good news is that WR Victor Cruz has become one of the better slot receivers in the NFL as his huge game Monday night versus New Orleans can attest to.

New York Jets: QB Mark Sanchez has been taking a lot of heat in the media and from the fans for how he has performed this season, but he did throw four TD passes last week although that came with only 180 yards and a pick…..The Jets defense was roasted pretty good by a Buffalo team that was looking lost on offense in November and was without RB Fred Jackson, let’s see what they do this week versus Washington, another offensively inept team.

Oakland Raiders: RB Darren McFadden is unlikely to play once again this week as he still isn’t recovered from his foot sprain, there are some who believe that even when he does return Michael Bush should still start over him and McFadden should be used sparingly to keep him healthy, that’s not going to happen, Bush is a really good player, but McFadden is a game breaker…..For those who care, QB Jason Campbell started to throw the ball around this week, have a feeling Campbell will make a good backup quarterback for someone next season.

Philadelphia Eagles: QB Michael Vick will once again miss this week’s game, the third straight, which will give Vince Young another opportunity to show that he can be the starting QB for a team next season…..WR Jeremy Maclin is also out for this one, once again Riley Cooper should get the start in his place…..WR DeSean Jackson was benched for most of the 4th quarter last week after dropping a couple of TD passes, been a rough year for Jackson who believes he should be paid like one of the top receivers in the game, but his attitude and play may make that unlikely.

Pittsburgh Steelers: S Troy Polamalu suffered another concussion last week, his second one this season, and though the Steelers state that he will play this week, one has to worry whether this is going to become a habitual thing as Polamalu has been having concussion issues since his college days…..QB Ben Roethlisberger didn’t have a great game versus the Chiefs Sunday night, was it just a bad game, or is his thumb a bigger problem than the team and Ben are letting on.

San Diego Chargers: After their sixth consecutive loss last week the Chargers season is all but over, their play calling in OT left something to be desired, RB Ryan Matthew got them into field goal position, but rather than continue handing him the ball they gave it to Mike Tolbert who couldn’t do much with it and ended up trying a 53 yard FG instead of a more manageable try, Norv Turner coached not to lose here, rather than to win…..WR Malcolm Floyd was back on the practice field this week and might actually play this week.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers need to fix their offensive line in a big hurry, that was nine sacks they gave up to Baltimore, not to mention there was little no running room for Frank Gore, something that should be solved this week against the Rams…..What should be of concern to Gore owners is that coach John Harbaugh admitted this week that the 49ers offensive scheme limits to what Gore can do in the passing game.

Seattle Seahawks: WR Sidney Rice was placed on IR this week with a concussion, this was pretty much a bust of a first season for Rice and the Seahawks…..QB Tavaris Jackson has been practicing in full this week, the first time since suffering his pectoral injury, he could have a better game than expected against a depleted Eagles secondary…..One has to believe that Seattle will be looking for a different starting QB next season.

St. Louis Rams: WR Brandon Lloyd has played up to expectations since being acquired from the Broncos, so much so that one has to wonder if the Rams can’t come to a long term contract extension with Lloyd, that they might franchise him…..Speaking of Lloyd, the pick the Rams will send to the Broncos will not be a 5th rounder since Lloyd will catch 30+ passes this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: What is it with professional athletes and guns?  It comes out this week that QB Josh Freeman had to take five stitches to his thumb after getting it caught in the recoil of a gun while firing it at the range, for his part Freeman stated that he will no longer fire guns during the season, how nice of him…..The Bucs play the Panthers twice between now and the end of the season, fantasy owners should take note and not forget about RB LeGarrette Blount, who should have a field day against that defense.

Tennessee Titans: Let’s hear it for RB Chris Johnson who finally had a big game last week, of course it came against the Bucs, a team that is horrendous against the run, but still, better late than never, and the Titans will need him if they want to catch the Texans in the AFC South.

Washington Redskins: RB Roy Helu once again looks like the starting back for the Skins, but I certainly wouldn’t risk anything valuable that Shanahan won’t change his mind when he wakes up Sunday…..WR Santana Moss returned Sunday and although he didn’t have a big game, he also didn’t report any setbacks with his hand.

All Out Blitz

Arizona Cardinals: Hopefully the bye week will allow the Cardinals passing game to figure things out. Teams are bracketing WR Larry Fitzgerald which forces QB Kevin Kolb to search for other options, and as nice an early season surprise as Early Doucet has been, he’s just not the answer…..There are whispers in the desert that Ken Whisenhunt’s job could be in jeopardy if the team doesn’t turn this season around. How far that Super Bowl appearance must seem now.

Atlanta Falcons: With the team having a bye in Week 8 and WR Julio Jones still dealing with a hamstring injury, look for the Falcons to play it safe and keep Jones on the bench once again…..WR  Roddy White has knee and thigh issues.  Although neither one is considered a serious injury, they must be the reason for his subpar start to the season.

Baltimore Ravens: WR Lee Evans is still dealing with an ankle injury and is once again unlikely to play this week–not that it matters much since rookie Torrey Smith has filled the void quite well so far…..Rookie CB Jimmy Smith is expected to return this week. He won’t start, but he’ll fortify the secondary…..Ravens play the Jaguars on Monday Night Football. When did the schedule makers think this would be a good prime time game?

Buffalo Bills: As good as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as been this season, those pair of interceptions he threw to the Giants Corey Webster lost the game for Buffalo last week, but that hasn’t stopped the team and Fitz from coming close on a new contract that will pay Fitzpatrick quite a few more dollars than he is making now…..With the Bills depth at WR being tested due to injuries, C.J. Spiller will remain on the outside for the time being–not like he was going to get many carries over Fred Jackson anyway.

Carolina Panthers: TE Greg Olsen has a toe injury, but it won’t keep him from the game this week…..There were some rumors that QB Cam Newton would be told to not take off and run as much as he has been, but apparently that is not the case. Still one has to wonder if that demand will be coming in the future…..I’m really starting to regret trading Newton in a dynasty fantasy league before the season began.

Chicago Bears: QB Jay Cutler and offensive coordinator Mike Martz seem to be at odds over how the offense is run. Funny timing as Cutler had his best game of the week last Sunday, and that may have been partly due to Martz keeping more blockers in than usual to stop Cutler from taking a beating each and every week…..WR Devin Hester left the game early Sunday with a chest injury, but is expected to play in London this week.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals seemed to have done pretty well in trading QB Carson Palmer to the Raiders before the trade deadline, getting a 1st round pick next year, and a 2nd round pick in 2013 (could upgrade to another 1st rounder if the Raiders make the championship game in one of the next two seasons). Seems GM Mike Brown was able to extract a small fortune from Oakland due to good timing (Jason Campbell’s injury) and Brown’s stance that Palmer would never be traded. Good move for Cincinnati, they have their QB of the future in Andy Dalton, and now they get extra draft picks to build around him.

Cleveland Browns: There were plenty of rumors floating around at the trade deadline that RB Peyton Hillis could be on the block. It appears the team and Hillis just haven’t been on the same page this season and with Hillis due a new contract after the season, there was some thought they would ship him out…..CB Joe Haden is still dealing with a knee issue but it looks like he may be able to give it a go this week…..GM Mike Holmgren has stated that Colt McCoy will be the starting QB for the Browns for this season and beyond.

Dallas Cowboys: Is there anyone else that has noticed how badly outcoached Dallas seems to get every game? After throwing three picks in that loss to Detroit, it was almost like Patriots coach Bill Belichick knew that Dallas would look to play it conservative and take the ball out of QB Tony Romo’s hands and run the ball more than usual. Belichick had a strong run game plan and Dallas couldn’t get anywhere on the ground. Someone has to explain to me why Dallas coach Jason Garrett thought Dallas would be able to run the ball for a first down on that final drive. They couldn’t run the ball when NE didn’t know it was coming, more or less when they did.

Denver Broncos: Broncos fans will get what they wanted this week when the Tim Tebow era begins. You have to like the Broncos giving Tebow all the help they can by trading his best receiver, Brandon Lloyd. Hopefully the Broncos will design the offense around Tebow’s strengths, putting him in the shotgun as much as possible and letting him throw on the run. I have a feeling coach John Fox is not going to tell Tebow to curtail his running, that may be the only way they gain yardage.

Detroit Lions: RB Javhid Best won’t play this week due to suffering yet another concussion last week. There are also rumors that some believe Best should sit out the remainder of the season. While that may be the correct choice for his health, it looks like Best will play as soon as he is cleared…..The Lions tried to beef up the running game with the acquisition of Ronnie Brown, but that trade was voided due to health concerns with Jerome Harrison. Maurice Morris will handle the running load for Detroit for now.

Green Bay Packers: TE JerMichael Finley only had one reception for 20 yards last week. If you take away his three TD performance against Chicago, Finley has really had a disappointing season so far…..Green Bay is a good team, but you have to wonder if their lack of a running game and injuries to the offensive line will eventually catch up to them.

Houston Texans: WR Andre Johnson is getting closer to a return, but it won’t be this week. The Texans are hurting without their best offensive player in Johnson and best defensive player in DE Mario Williams…..WR Jacoby Jones is also dealing with a groin injury, but should be good to go this Sunday…..The Texans really need to win this week. A loss to the Titans would put them a game and a half behind Tennessee, and with Indianapolis self-destructing without Peyton Manning, this has to be the season Houston wins the division and makes the playoffs.

Indianapolis Colts: If I had an MVP vote, I would have to give serious consideration to placing Peyton Manning on the ballot. NFL experts have thought for years that the successful Colts weren’t the most talented of teams but rather a product of Manning’s greatness. That theory seems to have been proven this season. I might not place him atop the ballot, but he’d be on it…..RB Joseph Addai is battling a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable to play Sunday night, but most expect him to go.

Jacksonville Jaguars: How desperate were the Jaguars at WR to re-sign Mike Sims-Walker, a player they had no interest in re-signing this off-season…..Former Jaguars QB David Garrard will need to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, bad timing as he may have been the choice for the Raiders had he been healthy. His season is pretty much done. I’m sure he will want to compete for a starting job next season but seems ticketed for a backup job.

Kansas City Chiefs: Rookie WR Jon Baldwin has recovered from his broken thumb but will still be a game-time decision Sunday…..Fantasy owners have probably flocked to RB Jackie Battle after his big Week 5 performance, but that game may be the highlight of his season rather than a sign of more things to come…..Any kind of running game however would help out Matt Cassel and the passing game. WR Steve Breaston has been impressive of late with defenses paying more attention to Dwayne Bowe.

Miami Dolphins: If you look at WR Brandon Marshall’s numbers, it looks like he is having a solid season but it could be much better if he would stop dropping touchdown passes. By most accounts, he has dropped four this season and that doesn’t even count last week where after catching a pass and not having a defender within 10 yards, he ran out of bounds. I still haven’t heard an explanation as to why that happened.

Minnesota Vikings:  Let the Christian Ponder era begin! Good luck kid, you get to face the defending Super Bowl Champion Packers, and yeah, they are undefeated…..One has to wonder if this is the end of the line for Donovan McNabb. Sure, some team would probably take him as a backup next season, but would this possible Hall of Famer want to go in that direction…..RB Adrian Peterson is going to be facing eight man fronts constantly until Ponder proves he can beat defenses with the pass.

New England Patriots: RB Kevin Faulk, remember him, could be taken off the IR after the Pats bye. He has recovered from his ACL tear. Just what fantasy owners need, more confusion in the Patriots backfield…..I am kind of surprised New England didn’t make a stronger play for WR Brandon Lloyd. He would seem to be the kind of player coach Bill Belichick likes, a veteran who is playing for a new contract–plus he could’ve used the bye week to learn the offense.

New Orleans Saints: TE Jimmy Graham, who may be the best tight end in the NFL this season, is dealing with an ankle injury and is iffy to play Sunday night. Not good for those fantasy owners who need to set their lineup before the early games…..The return of WR Marques Colston and the continued emergence of Graham have made WR Robert Meacham more of an afterthought in the offense. He’ll still have some big games here and there, but he is rarely the go to receiver on any given play.

New York Giants: Living in New York, it’s sort of amusing to hear the Giants players feuding with former teammates Antonio Pierce and Michael Strahan. It seems the current Giants don’t appreciate their former teammates being critical of several players not playing through injury…..With the return of one of those players, DE Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul could see his snaps reduced. This would be a shame as Pierre-Paul has been playing well and is second in the NFL with 7.5 sacks.

New York Jets: The Jets are going to have RB LaDainian Tomlinson start versus his former team this week. It is safe to say LT and CB Antonio Cromartie may have a little extra motivation to beat their former mates…..With the Jets ground game being somewhat lethargic this season, there are some that believe Joe McKnight should be given a bigger role. While it’s true he is not built to take a pounding, we have all seen what he has done on special teams, might as well find out if he can add that same spark to the offense.

Oakland Raiders: Not a big fan of the Raiders trade for QB Carson Palmer. I understand you are 4-2, have a shot to win the division, lost Jason Campbell for most of the season, probably can’t win with Kyle Boller, but was it really worth a 1st round choice next season, and a conditional 1st round pick in 2013 for a QB that could have an elbow problem? If Palmer is healthy and can make all the throws, than the price is not all that exorbitant as Palmer is only 31 years old and could be your franchise QB for the next five years or so, but if he’s not, this could bury the Raiders for quite a while.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles changed up their offense last week versus Washington, using quite a few more three-step drops than usual to avoid QB Michael Vick taking all those hits. It should be interesting to see if coach Andy Reid will continue with that change in the weeks to come…..You think Lions RB Jerome Harrison owes the Eagles doctors a Christmas card. After he was traded to the team, during his physical he told the doctors that he had been experiencing headaches. The doctors then discovered a benign tumor in his head. The trade may have been voided, but without it, this tumor may have never been found. Harrison is out for the year, but his continued health is all that’s important.

Pittsburgh Steelers: S Troy Polamalu was caught making a cell phone call on the sidelines during last week’s game and was fined $10K for doing so. Polamalu said he was calling his wife–feel free to insert your own joke here…..There has been some worry that WR Mike Wallace might miss this week’s game with a hamstring injury, but he is listed as probable and should be good to go.

San Diego Chargers: TE Antonio Gates is still struggling with his foot injury but still might give it a shot this week. The Chargers need his presence in the offense to take away some of the defensive focus off of WR Vincent Jackson, not to mention he’s a pretty good TE…..RB Mike Tolbert hasn’t had any post concussion  symptoms during the bye week and has been cleared to play Sunday…..Tolbert’s partner Ryan Matthews is also completely healthy, but as we all know with him that can change after one carry Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers: Bye week comes at a pretty good time for the 49ers as they need to get their WR corps back in gear. Hopefully Braylon Edwards can return in Week 8…..Tell me you weren’t wishing that Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz wouldn’t have slugged it out after last week’s game. You have to love when the coaches act worse than the players. I’m not sure why the league insists on the coaches exchanging handshakes after the game anyway–this is bound to happen again–the teams just battled each other for three hours and there is so much pressure to win, a cooling off period would seem to be a must.

Seattle Seahawks: It’s looking more and more likely that QB Tarvaris Jackson will miss the game with his chest injury, meaning Charlie Whitehurst will make the start. It would seem that no matter how well Whitehurst plays, it’s still Jackson’s job when he returns…..K Steven Hauschka has only attempted six FGs so far this season. The offense just doesn’t move the ball, even into FG range.

St. Louis Rams: I know the Rams need WR help and Brandon Lloyd had the best season of his career in a Josh McDaniels’ offense, but the Rams are 0-5, this certainly looks like a lost season, and Lloyd is a free agent after the season who will be looking for a big pay day. Why give up any draft pick for such a player at this point in time? Perhaps they will make a big run at re-signing him…..QB Sam Bradford is doubtful to play this week with a high ankle sprain. It might be a good idea to sit out a game rather than being a statue for LBs DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs are once again playing in England and you have to wonder if they would like to make this an annual occurrence as the Glazer family owns Manchester United as well as the Buccaneers…..RB LeGarrette Blount will once again miss the game in jolly old England with his knee injury, but Earnest Graham was more than a capable fill-in last week and should be once again…..TE Kellen Winslow is not on the injury report but still admits that his knee isn’t 100% and most likely won’t be for the remainder of the season.

Tennessee Titans: Some are wondering if the Titans are the most likely landing spot for WR Terrell Owens once he is declared healthy enough to play…..Look for the Titans to increase the role of WR Donnie Avery now that he has had two weeks to learn the offensive system…..A win by the Titans this week and they will be in the driver’s seat in the AFC South.

Washington Redskins: Not exactly a big shock that the Skins changed QBs. The Shanahans seemed to prefer John Beck in the off-season but when he was outplayed by Rex Grossman, they gave Rex first crack. Does anyone really believe Beck will be the starter for the remainder of the season? I know I don’t…..TE Chris Cooley is going to miss a considerable amount of time with a finger injury, and this might be the best thing for Washington as Fred Davis is a much better player and now won’t have to worry about Cooley stealing his reps.

All Out Blitz

Arizona Cardinals: Even with the addition of RB Chester Taylor, Beanie Wells is still expected to handle the bulk of the rushing load for the Cardinals…..SS Adrian Wilson has a torn biceps but looks to be a go for Sunday.  It is still anyone’s guess as to how long he will last…..Andre Roberts will line up opposite WR Larry Fitzgerald on opening day.

Atlanta Falcons: Former WR Andre Rison was indicted for failure to pay child support. Well at least his house didn’t get burned down this time…..The Falcons have had an extremely quiet preseason for a team this good…..There doesn’t seem to be a question as to whether or not the Falcons will make the playoffs this season. Instead, the question is how deep they will go into the playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens: David Garrard would be a perfect backup for the Ravens in their quest for a Super Bowl run…..WR Torrey Smith will get his shot at returning kicks in Week 1 with David Reed suspended…..Have to like the signing of OL Andre Gurode. The guy has made quite a few Pro Bowls and will provide valuable experience along the line.

Buffalo Bills: The Bills may want to get the ball in the hands of RB C.J. Spiller more often, but it will not be on kick or punt returns; where he will be the backup, not the starter…..Spiller will also be the backup to Fred Jackson at running back, who is the number one guy for Buffalo right now…..I’m still having a hard time seeing the Bills finish anywhere but last this season in the AFC East. Unfortunately for them, they probably won’t be bad enough to be in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

Carolina Panthers: LB Jon Beason is still battling an Achilles injury but is expected to be ready to play Sunday…..How the mighty have fallen! Not only has QB Jimmy Claussen lost the starting job to Cam Newton, but he may have also lost the backup gig to Derek Anderson…..I have the over/under on Panther wins this season at four.

Chicago Bears: Not sure why, but WR Roy Williams is still listed ahead of Johnny Knox on the depth chart. This may actually be nothing more than a matter of semantics in a Mike Martz offense–rarely there are only two receivers on the field…..Contract negotiations between the team and RB Matt Forte have broken down and will not resume again until after the season…..RB Marion Barber will be the goal line guy assuming he can remain healthy.

Cincinnati Bengals: There are rumors being circulated now that the Bengals let the cat out of the bag about QB Carson Palmer visiting ownership in order to light a fire under Andy Dalton…..RB Cedric Benson has been released from prison and should be good to go Sunday, but it’s really hard to see him having any kind of value this season…..The Bengals claimed WR Ben Tate off waivers. He has some upside, but it won’t be easy breaking into the Bengals receiver rotation.

Cleveland Browns: RB Montario Hardesty is healthy and should be able to give Peyton Hillis enough rest to keep him from wearing down as the season moves along…..WR Greg Little won’t open the season as a starter, but impressed the Browns coaching staff enough where he might get there by season’s end…..The new kickoff rule should definitely hurt the value of WR Josh Cribbs. You have to wonder though, if he will feel the pressure to return kicks even if he is eight yards deep into his own end zone.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys may be traveling to New York on a Red Cross bus. CB Terrance Newman is out with a groin injury, CB Mike Jenkins injured his knee in practice Wednesday and is questionable at best, and 1st round pick OG Tyron Smith hyperextended his knee in practice and is unlikely to play–ouch…..The good news is that WR Miles Austin returned to practice, granted on a limited basis, but should be good to go.

Denver Broncos: Although it has yet to be stated officially, QB Brady Quinn is the number two behind Kyle Orton. Still have to believe though that if the Broncos get off to a bad start, they are going to have to see what they have in Tim Tebow…..WR Demaryius Thomas is well ahead of schedule in his recuperation of an Achilles injury, and could possibly be ready to play in Week 1.

Detroit Lions: Quick, who is the Lions number two WR? That’s right, Nate Burleson, who could have a big season with everyone worrying about Calvin Johnson. If only QB Matthew Stafford can stay healthy…..DT Nick Fairley is not expected to be ready for Week One after undergoing foot surgery earlier in camp…..RB Maurice Morris is out for Sunday, leaving the backup job in the hands of Jerome Harrison.

Green Bay Packers: Looks like RB James Starks and Ryan Grant are going to split the carries somewhat to begin the season, but it shouldn’t shock anyone if Starks gets a bigger and bigger share as the season goes along…..With TE JerMichael Finley back, WR Greg Jennings could see fewer balls thrown his way…..I’m going to say the Packers will get their title defense off to a good start on Thursday with a 31-23 win.

Houston Texans: If ever the Texans were going to get over the hump and win the AFC South, this season is it…..There is a rumor going around that with QB Peyton Manning not playing in Week 1, the Texans may choose to sit RB Arian Foster and give him another week to rest his injured hamstring. The thinking being that without Manning, they can beat the Colts without Foster…..If Foster were to miss the game, look for Derrick Ward to lead the Texans in carries, not Ben Tate.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts season may be teetering on the brink of disaster. If QB Peyton Manning misses anything more than a game or two, the season for the Colts and their fans will be a long one. No team that I can remember has ever been so dependent on one person. Without Manning, the Colts ground game isn’t good enough to scare anyone. Kerry Collins has never been anything more than an average QB. Even the defense is built to rush the passer to protect a lead and leads may be rare…..It’s a shame that Manning’s streak of consecutive starts has to come to an end, but what a great ride it’s been. Here’s hoping he starts another streak shortly.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The release of QB David Garrard this late into camp came as a shock to just about everyone in the NFL. The team will start the season with Luke McCown under center but one has to believe that Blaine Gabbert could take over that role after their bye in Week 8…..The Jags have tried to sell this move by telling everyone that McCown outplayed Garrard, but the truth is it was all about money as the team saves about $8 million if he is not on the roster come Week 1.

Kansas City Chiefs: QB Matt Cassel may or may not have a cracked rib depending upon whom you believe, but either way it looks like he will start Sunday…..TE Tony Moeaki wasn’t so lucky however as he will miss the entire season with a torn ACL…..As I’m writing this, it has started to thunder and lightning outside–not sure what that means for the Chiefs chances this season.

Miami Dolphins: QB Chad Henne has had a good preseason and looks to be in sync with WR Brandon Marshall. If Henne can’t get it done this season, he won’t get another shot in south Florida…..The Dolphins were toying with the idea of starting Marshall and Davone Bess at WR, but in the end they decided to keep Bess in the slot and return Brian Hartline to his starting role.

Minnesota Vikings:  The Vikings are trying to figure out a way to get QB Joe Webb on the field to take advantage of his athleticism…..WR Bernard Berrian had to agree to restructure his contract in order to stay on the team…..TE Visanthe Shiancoe didn’t play at all this preseason, but looks to be ready to start Week 1…..RB Adrian Peterson is going to have a monster season.

New England Patriots: QB Tom Brady stated this week that he would welcome WR Randy Moss back. One has to wonder if this is Brady’s way of saying that he is not all that happy with his current stable of wideouts. Of course, the only opinion that matters is that of HC Bill Belichick’s, and he may not want the headache that is Moss on his team again. Could you imagine Moss, Chad Ochocinco, and Albert Haynesworth all on the same team?

New Orleans Saints: WR Lance Moore won’t play Thursday versus Green Bay…..This week may not be an optimal situation, but WR Robert Meacham could have a solid season. At the very least, he should be more of a target with the injury to Moore and Marques Colston playing on cranky knees…..Speaking of more targets, TE Jimmy Graham is going to be a household name by the end of the season.

New York Giants: The Giants lost yet another player when LB Jonathan Goff went down for the count with a torn ACL…..WR Domenik Hixon will open the season as the punt returner…..DE Osi Umenyiora is out for at least the first two games–at least it’s not for the entire season…..You have to love that the agent for former Giants RB Tiki Barber said he was shocked that no one signed his client. Really? Shocked that no one would sign a player who hasn’t played football in a couple of seasons and torched his former team in the media when he left.

New York Jets: I know the Jets aren’t a passing offense, but you have to think they will come out throwing Sunday night against Dallas if the Cowboys don’t have their top two CBs playing…..David Garrard could also be a good backup QB for the Jets who only have Mark Brunnell behind Mark Sanchez…..CB Darrelle Revis has been dealing with a hip flexor, but he will be good to go Sunday.

Oakland Raiders: TE Kevin Boss is still not practicing and he is questionable at best to play Sunday…..QB Terrelle Pryor has changed his mind once again and now will appeal his suspension. Seems to me he was probably pressured by the team and the NFLPA into appealing. He might be better off just serving the suspension and getting it over with.

Philadelphia Eagles: WR Jeremy Maclin is taking all of his usual snaps in practice and should be good to go for Sunday, but don’t be surprised if it takes him a week or two to get into the flow of things…..WR Steve Smith practiced Wednesday and may actually be available to play Sunday after all…..Sticking with WRs, DeSean Jackson will once again be the punt returner for Philly.

Pittsburgh Steelers: WR Emmanuel Sanders is indeed ready to go for Sunday…..LB James Harrison still does not believe he is 100% recovered from off-season back surgery…..The Steelers and S Troy Polamalu have been in contract negotiations. If Pittsburgh is unable to sign him, they will franchise the All-Pro after the season.

San Diego Chargers: Deciding which RB to take in your fantasy league, Mike Tolbert or Ryan Matthews, can drive an owner crazy. Matthews will probably get more carries, catch more passes, and be the main guy between the 20s, but Tolbert is the goal line guy and he’s going to get his fair share of carries also…..WR Patrick Crayton didn’t practice Wednesday, but still has a good chance to play Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers: WR Michael Crabtree finally practiced in pads and might actually be able to play Sunday, although it would likely be at less than 100%…..Not only did RB Kendall Hunter win the backup job behind Frank Gore, but he also won the kickoff return job…..WR Braylon Edwards was fined $50K this week for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, but once again won’t be suspended.

Seattle Seahawks: The Hawks said they are not interested in QB David Garrard. You would think with Tavares Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst on your roster that you would be interested in any QB that comes around…..WR Sidney Rice is still not practicing with a shoulder injury and may not play Sunday…..After the release of Jeff Reed, it looks like Steven Hauschka will start the season as the placekicker for Seattle.

St. Louis Rams: After placing WR Mark Clayton on the PUP list, he won’t be available until Week 7…..Former Rams WR Donnie Avery made it through waivers, so he’s free for anyone to claim…..I still think it’s a crime that the Rams haven’t found a true number one WR to play with QB Sam Bradford.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Aqib Talib will play for Tampa this week, not so long ago it looked he might be released or even in jail…..RB LaGarrette Blount will not play on 3rd downs, but will still be the main ball carrier on 1st and 2nd downs…..Not only will Arrelious Benn play this week, but he will be the starter–nice to see as he had to battle back from injury.

Tennessee Titans: Now that RB Chris Johnson is signed, we will see if he suffers some kind of leg injury like it seems many players suffer who don’t attend training camp…..WR Kenny Britt will be good to go Sunday. He could be in for another excellent season if QB Matt Hasselback can remain upright…..Have to feel a little bad that WR Kevin Curtis couldn’t make the team.

Washington Redskins: So Rex Grossman will once again be the Skins starting QB. Makes you wonder how long until his turnovers drive the Shanahans crazy and force them to turn to John Beck…..S Oshiomogho Atogwe has been battling a hamstring injury all preseason but will play Sunday if he can practice later this week…..Roy Helu will be the backup RB behind Tim Hightower to start the season.