NFL passing emphasis, rushing decline: by the numbers

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It’s happening. The day has finally come where the play calling in the NFL resembles my own play calling from back when I first started playing Madden.

First and 10? Streak to the endzone. Second and four? Streak to the endzone. Third and short? Streak to the endzone.

Okay, it might not be that drastic. But if it hasn’t been apparent in the past decade or so leading up to this season, it should be clear to everyone now that the NFL is a passing league.

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Indianapolis Colts earn playoff berth with 20-13 win at Kansas City

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The Indianapolis Colts, against nearly all preseason odds, have secured perhaps one of the most remarkable one-year turnarounds in NFL history.

The Colts, who in 2011 endured a woeful 2-14 campaign and subsequently cleaned house to make way for No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, clinched a Wild Card berth in the AFC playoffs Sunday with their 10th win of the 2012 season, a rather ugly 20-13 triumph against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

While he wasn’t pretty for much of the contest, Luck set all sorts of records with the win, including breaking Cam Newton’s single-season rookie passing yardage mark and tying the record of seven game-winning drives in a single season.

Indianapolis wraps up the regular season against the Houston Texans next Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium, and coach Chuck Pagano, who has missed each game since Week 3 while successfully undergoing treatment for leukemia, is slated to return to his post on the sidelines.

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2012 Fantasy Football Preview: RB

As the NFL season gets closer every day, so does your fantasy draft. The Sports Bank fantasy football previews continue we take a look at a running back position that has as many question marks as answers.

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Indianapolis Colts Raise Many Questions in Blowing Lead against Kansas City

So much for the common perception that the Indianapolis Colts’ defense is built to play with a lead.

The Colts’ stop unit surrendered 21 unanswered points after the team’s offense established a 17-point lead, and Indy suffered a crushing 28-24 home loss Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now 0-5 for the first time since 1997 after blowing what might have been their best chance to date at their first win of 2011, the Colts go forward with many questions — one of them being when that first victory will come. [Read more…]

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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Indianapolis Colts Eye First Win against Kansas City Chiefs

This might be as good a chance to get that first win of 2011 as the Indianapolis Colts might get in this second quarter of the NFL season.

The Colts (0-4) welcome the similarly struggling Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) to Lucas Oil Stadium at 1 p.m. today in search of a victory that has eluded them thus far this season.

There are several reasons why Indy can come out on top in this battle of division cellar dwellers who both won their divisions in 2010 (how quickly things change in the NFL).

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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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2011 Fantasy Football Awards (Week Two)


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

The quarterbacks continued to flash their brilliance, but it was the week of the receiver as three of the five top spots in fantasy went to those with the soft hands. After two weeks, we’re left asking ourselves if the running back position is the most important in fantasy anymore?

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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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