Chicago Bears Season Outlook: 2nd Quarter

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Can MJD be the undoing of the Chicago Bear’s entire season?

According to my own sound reasoning, the Bears will either be 3-1 or 2-2 heading into the 2nd quarter of the 2012 NFL season. All things considered, 2-2 isn’t exactly reason for panic.

Luckily for the Bears, sandwiched between games 5 thru 8 is their bye week in week 6. And the next quartet of opponents appears to be a less daunting bunch… on paper.

But the Jaguars, Lions, Panthers and Titans will all be looking to show the Bears why the game isn’t played on paper.

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2012 Fantasy Football Preview: QB

As the NFL season gets closer every day, so does your fantasy draft. The Sports Bank fantasy football previews conclude with the quarterback position.

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Panthers Jon Beason rips 49ers Alex Smith

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The San Francisco 49ers went 13-3 last year despite their QB finishing dead last in the NFC in passing yards per game. In defending his game managerial type statistics in a recent interview, Niners quarterback Alex Smith slammed Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton‘s statistics. Newton’s teammate Jon Beason, returned fire on Twitter yesterday.

But first, here’s what the QB said.

“I could absolutely care less on yards per game,” Smith said according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I think that is a totally overblown stat because if you’re losing games in the second half, guess what, you’re like the Carolina Panthers and you’re going no-huddle the entire second half. Yeah, Cam Newton threw for a lot of 300-yard games. That’s great. You’re not winning, though.

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Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez Continues Throwing Progression

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While college students across the nation were enjoying a week-long break from the pressures of schoolwork, Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez was doing something quite different.

The quarterback, instead of relaxing at the beach, went back home to California and used the time to work on his throwing.

Talk about commitment.

Martinez worked for three days with quarterback coach Steve Calhoun, a man who runs a quarterback development camp called Armed and Dangerous Football Camp and can count Cam Newton and Jake Locker among his former students.

Martinez praised the three days with Calhoun as a wonderful learning experience, but if there was one lesson to be taken from their work, it was a simple, yet important message: improve footwork. [Read more…]

SEC Football: Oversigning (“Cheating”)=More Championships

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As Wes Bynum’s 19-yarder sailed through the desert air to split the uprights and down Oregon in the Tostitos BCS national championship there was no question Auburn was the best team in college football.  There was also no doubt which conference was at the top of the summit.  The cheers of “S-E-C” that rained down like ticker-tape on the Auburn players and coaches was evidence enough.  Fans chanting the conference’s moniker knew, and so did the rest of the nation, the SEC, with victories in the last five national championships, was college football’s king.

Fans, writers and even coaches have sought to explain this domination.  Many pegged blazing SEC speed as the reason, asserting that kids from Florida and Georgia just have better wheels than farm-boys from Ohio and Wisconsin.  For years, that reasoning has been widely accepted, but lately a new explanation has bubbled to the surface: oversigning.

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Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: QB/RB

The fantasy football season is on the final stretch and every move takes on do-or-die importance. If you need a win now, start the higher rated player in my rankings and bring home that championship.

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Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings: QB/RB

One week of the fantasy playoffs is in the books, and as expected, there were some big days across the board. The good news is there are just as many points out there for fantasy owners in week 15. Follow my rankings and I’ll see you in the next round.

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Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: QB/RB

The fantasy football playoffs are here and every move becomes more important. Not to worry, there are plenty of good options both on the waiver wire and possibly your bench. Follow my rankings and advance to the next round.

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Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings: QB/RB

It’s what you’ve worked for all season, but chances are your team enters the fantasy football playoffs looking a lot different than the one you started with. Change isn’t necessarily a bad thing, even at this point in the season. There are still some players out on the waiver wire that can help your team take the jump from playoffs to championship.

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Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings: QB/RB

Many fantasy leagues are just a week away from the start of the playoffs and the pressure is starting to build. Injuries to guys like Fred Jackson and Adrian Peterson have owners making last ditch trade attempts or scowering the waiver wire for a decent replacement. Because of Thanksgiving, this edition of my rankings will be simply that: the rankings. Pick the higher rated player and I will see you in the playoffs.

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Detroit Lions Game Ball to Matthew Stafford

This could have been a look-ahead contest for the Detroit Lions. The Thanksgiving game is always the biggest one on their schedule because it puts them on the national stage with nothing else available for the sports fan. This holiday is even better for gluttonous fans because it is finally relevant to the NFC North and has playoff implications.

The Detroit players didn’t receive their wake up calls in a timely manner because they had a lackluster first half. There was some question as to how effective Matthew Stafford could be playing with his hand injury, but all of that was put to rest in the second half when the squad exploded for close to the half century mark.

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Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: QB/RB

The fantasy football playoffs are closing in and a number of top guys continue to show up on the injury reports. A lot of fantasy owners will make moves the next few weeks that will decide their championships. Are you ready? My NFL Week 11 rankings include injury replacement tips and some guys who should be on your team the rest of the way.

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