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2013 NFL Schedule Released

Will RG3 be ready for Week one?

Will RG3 be ready for Week one?

The NFL unveiled the 2013 schedule on Thursday night, and there are plenty of juicy headlines. Here is our list of the 10 most intriguing games of 2013, with the Monday Night Football schedule posted below: Read the rest of this entry »

Philadelphia Eagles v New York Giants

The Atlanta Falcons have had one huge issue on defence for the past few seasons – their inept pass rush. GM Thomas Dimitroff has now addressed that by signing DE Osi Umenyiora to a 2-year contract reportedly worth $8.5M…

Last season, the 31-year old Umenyiora played in all 16 games with four starts for the New York Giants and had 55 tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble.

The Falcons registered just 29 sacks last season, which ranked 28th in the NFL.

Chicago Bears v Arizona Cardinals

He is the face of the Chicago Bears defence and yet for some reason, Brian Urlacher has not been a priority for the team this off-season. The Bears have thrown money at LT Jermon Bushrod and TE Martellus Bennett, while Urlacher waited his turn.

It seems that Urlacher is tired of waiting. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Vikings have spoke with Urlacher’s camp. Minnesota will potentially have a huge void at middle linebacker if Jasper Brinkley (who visited with the Giants on Wednesday) doesn’t re-sign.

According to the report, Urlacher is looking for a deal that would pay him roughly $5 million per season.

Cincinnati Bengals v Philadelphia Eagles

The Denver Broncos have come to terms with CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a 1-year, $5 million deal. The Eagles already cut Nnamdi Asomugha this season, leaving their secondary depleted.

Last season, Rodgers-Cromartie had 51 tackles and 3 interceptions while playing in all 16 games.


Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers

The Baltimore Ravens that take the field for the 2013-14 season will have a very different look from the group that won the Super Bowl in February. The Ravens have already parted ways with Anquan Boldin, Bernard Pollard, Dannell Ellerby and Paul Kruger. Ray Lewis is hanging up his cleats as well, meaning that 5 starters will have to be replaced (Chris Canty has signed a 3-year deal with Baltimore). Read the rest of this entry »

In his two years as an NFL head coach, Jim Harbaugh has yet to make a mistake. He inherited a 6-10 team from Mike Singletary, and promptly spun that into a 13-3 squad that made it to overtime of the NFC championship game in 2012. Harbaugh has been lauded for the way he treats players, conducts practices, and prepares his team each week. He’s a guru when it comes to play design, as San Francisco’s offense always seems to keep the defense guessing.

So when Harbaugh opted to stay with Colin Kaepernick’s “hot hand” after a Week 11 win over Chicago instead of returning to the incumbent Alex Smith, Niners fans (myself included) should have given him the benefit of the doubt.

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To win your fantasy league, you’re going to have to make some aggressive decisions. One or two points could be the difference between a first-place cash prize and a money-back second place finish. If you honestly believe Brandon Weeden will put up more points than Peyton Manning, you should absolutely start Weeden. You should also quit fantasy forever.

This week, I’m giving one first overall draft pick the red light to stay on your bench, while another first overall pick gets the green light to be started in all formats. We also examine the “problem” facing Marshawn Lynch this Sunday – otherwise known as the 49ers. Read the rest of this entry »