San Diego Chargers: collapse is their middle name

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Heading into their Thursday Night showdown against the Broncos just a week and a half ago, the Chargers were considered a team that could outlast Peyton Manning for the AFC West title. After blowing a fourth quarter lead to the Cardinals, who own the leagues best record, the Chargers beat the Seahawks and won five straight games.

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London Calling: flailing Oakland Raiders face a must-win already

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After appearing to send the Patriots to overtime while on the road with a game-tying touchdown, the play was called back for holding. The next play was what any Raiders game-ending interception would be like- bobbled off of their own receivers’ hands and into the mitts of a 325 pound defensive tackle.

After Charles Woodson noted that his new team “sucks” after losing to the Texans, he probably couldn’t muster any change on those emotions after their defense held Tom Brady in check all day. It’s a little early for Woodson to panic, but maybe London Fletcher was on to something before the season started when he called out Woodson for going to Oakland to receive one last pay day. [Read more…]

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill’s model wife: Lauren Ufer photos

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Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a fringe NFL draft prospect for this year’s class. He has the measurables, but the woeful underachievement of his A&M Aggies on the field has hurt his draft stock immensely.

Playing terrible and losing to arch-rival Texas Thanksgiving night on national television, in what maybe the last meeting between the two teams for awhile, didn’t help.

However, he has a lot going for him off the field. Like his fiance Lauren Ufer, a budding model.

 

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Lauren Tannehill, Dolphins QB wife, promoting restaurant

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Duffy’s Sports Grill, a South Florida sports themed restaurant chain, has a partnership with Lauren Tannehill, wife of Miami Dolphins’ starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. This alliance marks the first time Lauren Tannehill has ever partnered with a restaurant brand.

The couple was welcomed to South Florida earlier this year when Ryan was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.  Having been featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Lauren Tannehill quickly became Miami’s newest sweetheart.

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Indianapolis Colts are surprise playoff threats, as are opposing Miami Dolphins

If the NFL playoffs were to start next week, today’s 1 p.m. matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Miami Dolphins, both 4-3, would decide a wild-card spot.

The two franchises were a combined 8-24 in 2011.

But their surprising presences in the postseason conversation — albeit in a weakened AFC — go to show that the nature of the NFL game (and impressive rookie quarterbacks) allow for such turnarounds if a team has underrated talent elsewhere on its roster.

That is the case with these two clubs, who according to NFL.com will participate in the first-ever meeting between two top-10 draft-pick quarterbacks with winning records at this point in their rookie seasons.

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Lauren Tannehill’s husband Ryan named Miami Dolphins starting QB

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The Miami Dolphins named rookie and first round draft pick Ryan Tannehill their starting quarterback today. That’s an important piece of NFL news right there. But if you run a sports website, you know Tannehill as Mr. Lauren Tannehill. On the internet, the wife formerly known as Lauren Ufer is more famous than the husband.

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Miami Dolphins 2012 Fantasy Football Preview

Fantasy Football and the Miami Dolphins actually don’t make a very good mix. In 2011, the team put up only 20.6 points per game (20th in the NFL) and had a tough time finding out who their play-makers were. With a key piece gone (WR Brandon Marshall), new coach (Joe Philbin) and a quarterback controversy (Matt Moore, David Garrard and Ryan Tannehill), the fantasy outlook for this team is really up in the air for 2012.

Here are the guys in Miami that you should have on your list come time to do the fantasy draft.

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2012 NFL Draft – Top QB & RB

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1. Andrew Luck, Stanford (6-4, 234): There’s not much to say about Luck that hasn’t been said. He’s the best quarterback prospect since the man he will be replacing in Indianapolis. [Read more…]

Cowboys Use Huge Second Half From Weeden to Beat Aggies

The term “tale of two halves” gets bandied about a lot in the college football world. Ranked teams don’t give enough credit to an upstart bunch from a tiny school, and then all of a sudden they find themselves down at the half and are shocked back into playing like they’re capable of.

Obviously the “upstart” tag could hardly be applied to the number 8 team in the country, but the Texas A&M Aggies came out Saturday afternoon and punched the Oklahoma State Cowboys right in the mouth. On only the fourth play from scrimmage of the game, Aggie QB Ryan Tannehill took advantage of overzealous Cowboy defensive lineman and busted a 65 yard touchdown run up the middle to give his team the early 7-0 advantage. The Aggies rode that momentum all the way through the first half, scoring another touchdown thanks to a great catch by Jeff Fuller, and at the end of 30 minutes A&M had a 20-3 lead, and “The 12th man” at Kyle Field was up for grabs. Things were looking bleak for the Cowboys, but things turned around quickly.

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