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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Kansas City Chiefs take OL Jeff Allen from Illinois in 2nd round

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Four Illinois Fighting Illini were drafted in the first rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. All of them were taken ahead of anyone from Nebraska, Penn State, Ohio State or Michigan. Yes, Illinois had four while those four traditional powerhouses had a combined goose egg. Devon Still from PSU and Lavonte David from the Huskers were taken later in the second round.

Former Illinois OT Jeff Allen was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 44th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Allen was followed at No. 48 overall by defensive back Tavon Wilson by the New England Patriots. Following Whitney Mercilus and AJ Jenkins in the first round last night, this is the first time Illinois has had four players drafted in the top two rounds.

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Kansas City Chiefs Bring the Packers Perfect World Crashing Down

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kansas City Chiefs shocked the world with an impressive 19-14 win over the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers. Green Bay’s 19 game winning streak came to a screeching halt with a lot of credit due to the’ Chiefs defense who put forth an inspiring effort.

Not only did the Packers receive their first L on the season, linemen Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod went down with injuries, further hurting an already weak offensive line.

Yes, the Packers can no longer have an unblemished season, but maybe a loss helps their quest for back-to-back Super Bowls.

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New Kansas Coach: Charlie Weis and his pooch are back baby!!

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He is back. The pooch and his schematic advantage will once again be the top dog while trolling, or more accurately, standing on the sideline.

The Kansas University Jayhawks have tapped Charlie Weis as the man to replace Turner Gill and revitalize the football program in Lawrence.

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K.C. Chiefs, not Bears Claim Kyle Orton, Josh McCown to Chicago

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Multiple sources are reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs have claimed former Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton off of waivers. So it appears Captain Neckbeard, waived yesterday by Denver, will stay in the AFC West Division.

Since the Chicago Bears missed out on Orton, they settled for Josh McCown, signing him for a one year deal.

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Indianapolis Colts Lose Again, Now in Driver’s Seat for No. 1 Pick

The previous weekend was a rather turbulent one for the Indianapolis Colts.

It was capped, of course, with another loss, this one a 31-7 drubbing at home to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Depending on one’s perspective, however, the loss might have been a blessing, as the Miami Dolphins, who until Sunday were the NFL’s only other winless team, beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-3 for their first win of the season — giving the Colts the inside track for the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft and its prospective prize, Stanford quarterbakc andrew Luck.

But those weren’t the only story lines surrounding the Colts during this rough weekend.

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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…]

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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Indianapolis Colts Feeling Effects of Peyton Manning’s Absence

So it’s really going to be this way.

The Indianapolis Colts really are struggling this mightily without Peyton Manning at quarterback, as evidenced in Sunday’s 27-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns in the team’s home opener at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts, 0-2 for the first time since Manning’s rookie season, lost 34-7 to Houston in Week 1, but the Texans had a much better pass rush than the Browns, and the Colts defense played in a similarly sluggish fashion against Houston in last year’s season opener.

You’d figure the Week 2 matchup with Cleveland at home would be a better indicator of how the Colts can do without Manning. It was.

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Surprises from Week One in the NFL

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Stadiums, bars, and couches were packed all over the country as fans paid tribute to their fallen heroes from ten years ago and enjoyed the first Sunday during the professional football season. Besides wagering, the one thing that makes the NFL so appealing is that it is unpredictable. In baseball, it is obvious that the Red Sox and Yankees will perennially compete for the division crown. In the NFL, on any given Sunday…. Ok, enough with the Al Pacino flashback.

The Buffalo Bills took the Kansas City Chiefs out to the woodshed during week one. Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t put up big time yardage, but he did attain four touchdowns and spread the ball around with efficiency. Four receivers had more than sixty yards each in yardage. They were Stevie Johnson, David Nelson, and Scott Chandler. The thirty-four point victory on the road showed that good players don’t necessarily need to have name recognition from the masses.

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Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning Reportedly Being Evaluated Again

Thanks to our ever-evolving flow of news, we’re seeing countless different rumors about what’s going on with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

Is he undergoing another neck surgery? Could he miss the Colts’ season opener at Houston on Sunday? Is he out for the entire season?

This much we have seen confirmed: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Manning was being evaluated by doctors once again regarding apparent slow progress in his recovery from offseason neck surgery. No further procedure had been planned yet.

We don’t know at this point how much time Manning may miss, but it’s starting to feel more and more like he’ll be a no-go for the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Texans.

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