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Haynesworth, Vanden Bosch Should Practice Tuesday, Play On Saturday
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 6th 2009 8:52AM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: Ravens, Titans, AFC North, AFC SouthWhen the Titans host the Ravens on Saturday, it appears they won’t be stuck bringing the B-team defense to the game.

Albert Haynesworth (knee injury) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) will return to practice today and should be ready to play on Sunday. Haynesworth missed the Titans season finale, while Vanden Bosch hasn’t played since Dec. 7 in an injury-plagued season.

It’s not that Jason Jones and Jacob Ford haven’t been very solid replacements, but with a spot in the AFC Championship game on the line, and the Ravens’ relying heavily on their running game, Haynesworth is probably the most important player on the Titans team this week. If he can shut down LaRon McClain and Willis McGahee, the Titans’ secondary should be able to handle Joe Flacco–they picked him off twice in their regular season win.

The bigger injury concern seems to be center Kevin Mawae. Mawae is questionable with an elbow injury. Backup Leroy Harris is physically talented, but asking him to figure out the infinite combination of Ravens blitzes would be a very difficult job in only his second career start.

AFC Games May See Snow This Weekend
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Jan 5th 2009 8:38AM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Chargers, Eagles, Giants, Panthers, Ravens, Steelers, Titans, NFL PlayoffsWhen you get to the playoffs, it’s worth keeping one eye on the weather — Chargers fans rightfully believe they would have made it to the Super Bowl in 1981 if it wasn’t for a record cold snap in Cincinnati. And there are Cowboys players from the 1960s who still have frozen fingers from the Ice Bowl.

We shouldn’t see anything like that this weekend, but it appears that three of the four second-round playoff games could see some inclement weather.

The Titans-Ravens game could be a turnover-fest, as rain and potential snow showers are forecast for Saturday with a high of 38 degrees. And the Chargers should be ready to bundle up as the projected high in Pittsburgh on Sunday is 23 (with mild winds) and occasional snow showers are forecast.

The Giants-Eagles game will be played in very mild conditions for a Giants-Eagles’ game in January — 30 degrees and sunny, while the Panthers-Cardinals game may see rain — as the early forecast is for 52 degrees and rain. While rain might affect the Cardinals’ passing game, they surely would prefer to have 52 degrees and rain to another snowstorm like the one that buried them in New England last month.

These are forecasts for six or seven days in the future, so there is a chance that they will change over the next week. But if they don’t change we could see some interesting weather this weekend, which usually makes playoff games even more interesting.

For Steelers, It’s Sweet to Be a No. 2 Seed
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Jan 3rd 2009 11:45PM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: Steelers, Titans, NFL PlayoffsWhether you’re the Steelers or the Titans, you have to breathe a little easier seeing Indianapolis knocked out in the first round of the playoffs — like the Patriots when they have Tom Brady, the Colts with Peyton Manning are just a team you’d rather not face in the playoffs.

But as Tennessee and Pittsburgh wait to find out who they’ll face in their first playoff games, doesn’t it feel like the Titans are getting screwed by how the seedings have set up this year?

If you’re ranking the remaining playoff teams in order of who you wouldn’t want to face, it’s the sixth-seeded Ravens who are the team to most avoid. They’ve got a great defense, a pretty good offense, and even if you beat them, you know you’re going to be battered and bruised and likely without a key player or two the next week.
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NFL Playoff Fantasy Football Guide
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Jan 2nd 2009 3:45PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, Panthers, Ravens, Steelers, Titans, Vikings, AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, NFC North, NFC South, NFC West, Fantasy Football, NFL PlayoffsThere are several different fantasy playoffs models, so it’s difficult to accommodate everyone when doing any set of fantasy advice for the real playoffs. Most common models require you to do a bit of prognosticating as far as the actual game winners. To that, I say good luck. This isn’t like last year, where we all knew the Patriots were going to the Super Bowl. This season the playoffs are wide open, and no, I don’t think the Giants are a sure thing to make the big game. They are the surest bet, but it’s still a bet.

Anyway, we’re going to analyze some of the players.

First, here are the regular-season defensive rankings for the teams playing this postseason.

Pittsburgh Steelers (1, 2, 1, 1)
Baltimore Ravens (2, 3, 2, 3)
Philadelphia Eagles (3, 4, 3, 4)
New York Giants (5, 9, 8, 5)
Minnesota Vikings (6, 1, 18, 13)
Tennessee Titans (7, 6, 9, 2)
Indianapolis Colts (11, 24, 6, 7)
Miami Dolphins (15, 10, 25, 9)
Carolina Panthers (18, 20, 16, 12)
Arizona Cardinals (19, 16, 21, 28)
Atlanta Falcons (24, 25, 22, 11)
San Diego Chargers (25, 11, 31, 15)Continue Reading

Chris Johnson: It’s Bogus That Matt Ryan Beat Me for Rookie of the Year
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Jan 1st 2009 6:52AM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Falcons, Titans
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan won the NFL Rookie of the Year award, receiving 44 votes from the 50-member media panel that selects the winner.

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson came in second, with three votes. He tells the Nashville City Paper (via PFT) that he’s not happy about that.
“He’s a good player, and he played quarterback and did a good job this year,” Johnson said of Ryan. “But the whole thing is bogus, because people are voting for it that are not on the same field as the people who are playing.

“I’m disappointed. I did all I could to win it. I feel I did the best. I feel I did all I could do to win it; it just didn’t come my way.”
Johnson believes that Rookie of the Year voting should be done the same way as Pro Bowl voting: one-third from the coaches, one-third from the players, one-third from the fans. And since Johnson was the only rookie Pro Bowler, he thinks that if the voting were done that way, he would have been Rookie of the Year.

But what he doesn’t seem to have considered is that the Pro Bowl has to choose exactly three running backs and three quarterbacks from each conference. Rookie of the Year voting doesn’t have those constraints. So maybe Ryan was the fourth-best quarterback in his conference, while Johnson was the third-best running back in his conference. That doesn’t mean Johnson was a better rookie than Ryan.

Sorry, Chris. You had a great season. But any way you slice it, Ryan was the Rookie of the Year.

Separating Playoff Contenders From Pretenders
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Dec 30th 2008 8:30AM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, Panthers, Ravens, Steelers, Titans, Vikings, NFL PlayoffsWe all know that NFL records are not always created equal, and life isn’t fair.

That explains why the 11-5 Patriots are sitting at home while the 8-8 Chargers are preparing for the playoffs. But now that the playoff pairings have been set, it is pretty easy to get a quick-and-dirty look at which teams were tested during the regular season and which teams skated into the playoffs thanks to very forgiving schedules.

To get a better look at how the playoff teams matched up, I compiled each playoff team’s record against the other playoff teams. It’s a look that has some flaws — a win against the 8-8 Chargers counts while a win against the Patriots doesn’t, but it is a very good, and quick, way to see how many tough games each team played during the regular season.

So which teams earned their way and which ones snuck in? Well, the Dolphins shouldn’t be too proud, while the Eagles didn’t exactly back their way in, even if they had to win on Sunday to snag the NFC’s last wild-card spot.Continue Reading

Chris Johnson and the Curious Incident of the Towel Celebration That Didn’t Get Fined
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Dec 26th 2008 4:30PM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Patriots, Steelers, Titans, Pressing Issues, NFL Real Talk, NFL RumorsChris Johnson (and his wallet) have already met the wrath of Roger Goodell this year — Johnson celebrated an early season touchdown by wailing on some bongos and got fined. It followed then, that he would get slapped with a similar monetary amount after pulling out a flag attached to his waist and waving it around during a touchdown celebration.

But he won’t, and PFT found out why, after emailing NFL spokesman Greg Aiello:
“It was a towel that is legally part of his uniform,” Aiello said. “There is not a violation of rules.”

“Due to past inappropriate acts while on the ground,” Aiello wrote, “the player demonstration guidelines were modified two years ago to prohibit celebratory actions while on the ground. So it’s a blanket rule (not a snow-angel rule). You can’t go the ground to celebrate a play.”
Of course, this also explains why Wes Welker got stuck with a $10K fine for being creative. But more than that, it points out what a rigid, Spanish Inquisition style of discipline Goodell is taking with the NFL. The thing to do with touchdown celebrations is review them case by case — although admittedly that leaves a lot more room to wiggle on the appeal process — and just say “at your own risk of being fined.”

Then, when something funny humorous, quick and original — like bongo playing or snow angel making — happens, it becomes a “no harm - no foul, let’s move on” scenario. And when someone behaves stupidly, they get slapped with a fine. Hard to see how too many people would be upset by that.

Titans Deface Faux Terrible Towel; Bill Cowher Irked, Jeff Fisher Doesn’t Think It’s a Big Deal
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Dec 22nd 2008 6:00PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Steelers, Titans, AFC North, AFC South, NFL Fans
Maybe to soften the blow of being overmatched on the road against the Titans, Steelers fans focused their ire not on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (two interceptions, three fumbles) or the offensive line (five sacks), but on the final 16 seconds of the game. You know, after the outcome had long been decided and Tennessee’s LenDale White and Keith Bulluck went to town on a Terrible Towel.

Myron Cope does not approve, and apparently neither does former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher whose salivary glands were almost certainly armed and ready as he watched the horror unfold from the CBS Pregame studios.Continue Reading

Who Will NBC Pick For Their Sunday Night Game in Week 17?
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Dec 21st 2008 2:55PM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Bills, Broncos, Buccaneers, Chargers, Colts, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles, Jets, Giants, Panthers, Patriots, Ravens, Titans, Vikings, NFL Media WatchLast year, the NFL started this flex scheduling thing, which allows them to alter the schedule late in the season so that the more meaningful games are broadcast on national television.

While there are rules that the NFL follows for selecting these games, they do Week 17 a bit differently. No games are off limits for the switch to NBC, aside from picking teams that have reached televised limits. They also only have to give six days advance warning about the change, instead of the normal 12 days.

That means the NFL will place the game with the most riding on it as their season finale on NBC.

So which games look like they could be a possibility?Continue Reading

Titans 31, Steelers 14: Titans Prove a Point
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Dec 21st 2008 5:24PM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: Steelers, Titans, AFC North, AFC SouthFor the past month, the conventional wisdom had been building: no matter what the records were, Pittsburgh was the class of the AFC, while the Titans were the team that peaked too early, playing their best football in September and October.

We can throw that theory out.

Playing without its best player, Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee still beat the Steelers by three scores. The Titans offense became the first team to put up over 300 yards against the Steelers’ defense all year. Haynesworth’s fill in, rookie Jason Jones, recorded 3 1/2 sacks and the Titans forced four Steelers turnovers. Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions, and also fumbled four times, losing two of them.

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