Indianapolis Colts could make push for division title with win at Houston

The Indianapolis Colts have exceeded even the wildest of expectations this season.

The departure of Peyton Manning? A rookie quarterback and a young roster overall, working against a salary cap strapped with dead money? The Colts’ task was daunting entering the season.

And then, three weeks in, the team’s new head coach, Chuck Pagano, was diagnosed with leukemia and would miss most of the season while undergoing treatment (Pagano is in remission and could return to the sideline Dec. 30).

Anyone would have understood if this young squad had won just four games, and five or six wins would have been considered good given the circumstances.

But no. These “ChuckStrong” Colts (9-4) remarkably have showed grit and determination late in games, led by their sensational signal-caller, Andrew Luck; they amazingly stand one win away from clinching a playoff spot and control their own destiny for the AFC South title, the first of two crucial matchups with the Houston Texans (11-2) occurring at 1 p.m. today at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

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Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings: Bye weeks begin

Fantasy football is about more than assembling your favorite players on one team. This week, with six teams on a bye week, strategy element of the game begins to set in. While a week to rest might be good for the players, it’s certainly a headache for fantasy owners.

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Miami Dolphins Lose QB Chad Henne for the Season (UPDATE)

The Miami Dolphins are 0-4, and look possibly destined for the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes, otherwise known as the derby for the #1 pick in the NFL Draft. Get ready to “Suck for Luck.”

According to the AP, Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne is lost for the rest of the season with a separated left shoulder. Yes, the Michigan Man will play no more football in 2011.

Henne was injured in the first quarter of the team’s 26-16 defeat to the San Diego Chargers in week four. Does that mean it’s time for Matt Moore now?

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Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast 4, Sports Radio 1400

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WQOW ABC 18’s  Stephen Kelley co-host a weekly fantasy football radio show here in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. After the jump listen to “Fantasy Football Weekly on Sports Radio 1400”

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Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings: Put up or shut up

We’re three weeks into the fantasy football season and the surprises just keep on coming. Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford are top-10 fantasy quarterbacks. Coe College alum Fred Jackson is the third best fantasy back. And how about Scott Chandler, who had one catch before this year, picking up four scores in the first three weeks. But much like business, it’s not what you did last week; it’s what are you going to do for me now. So let’s look into the crystal ball and find this weeks surprise, shall we?

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Fantasy Football Weekly Podcast, Sports Radio 1400

WQOW ABC 18’s  Stephen Kelley co-host a weekly fantasy football radio show here in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. After the jump listen to “Fantasy Football Weekly on Sports Radio 1400”
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Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings: The Injury Bug Bites

It shouldn’t surprise any of us. In a game as violent as football, injuries are bound to happen. Top-5 pick Jamaal Charles is out for season. Miles Austin is out until October 16th. Let’s not even get started on Peyton Manning.  Much like their professional counterparts, fantasy owners need to find ways to fill the void left by their injured players. Included in this week’s rankings, I’ll list some guys that could step in for your injured star this week.

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Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Building on a strong week

If we learned one thing about the NFL in week one: the lockout certainly did not slow down the offensive numbers.  A ridiculous 14 quarterbacks had more than 300 yards, four of which went over 400. 13 receivers topped 100 yards, including seven double-digit touchdown performances. Needless to say, fantasy teams weren’t suffering. Now it’s time to build on that success and dominate week two of the fantasy season.

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2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week One)


America’s favorite game is back and The Sports Bank has you covered with the best and worst of what was Fantasy Football Week One.

The mothership (a.k.a. ESPN) wasn’t kidding when they said it was the “year of the quarterback.” Those who drafted QB’s early in their fantasy draft shouldn’t be critiqued as we saw four of the top five fantasy performances come from signal callers.

Follow the jump to receive up-to-date fantasy analysis and the best waiver wire pick-ups for week two!
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Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings: Football is Back!

We endured an offseason consisting of men in suits walking in and out of buildings. We endured a three-month stretch when the work “lockout” might as well have been preceded by a four-letter word. But courtrooms, politics, and league lawyers are now a thing of the past. Because ladies and gentleman, we’re finally here! The start of the NFL season is here!

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QB Revolving Door Somehow Working For the Detroit Lions

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Shaun Hill lined up under center once again for the Detroit Lions on Sunday in their quest to take down the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in Broward County, Florida. Up until Sunday, the highlight of the stadium’s history was being the backdrop for pivotal scenes in Ace Ventura Pet Detective. Now it’s known as the place where Detroit won two consecutive road games for the first time since 1993.

As mentioned numerous times in this blog, Jim Schwartz has changed the culture surrounding the Lions. Tradition should not be a primary concern because the players and the coaching staff are not culpable for the collective futility of the franchise. The pick six near the end of the game by DeAndre Levy was the difference in the outcome and eventually allowed the Lions to put the finishing touches on their 34-27 victory over the Dolphins.

By Patrick Herbert

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