If you weren’t sure if the Tennessee Titans cared about QB Jake Locker's health, you can be positive now, as the Titans have chosen Offensive Tackle Chase Warmack (and his gut) out of Alabama as the 10th pick in the 2013 Draft.
Don’t be surprised if you see a resurgence in the career of the once dominant Chris Johnson as well. Titans making a super smart choice here.

If you weren’t sure if the Tennessee Titans cared about QB Jake Locker's health, you can be positive now, as the Titans have chosen Offensive Tackle Chase Warmack (and his gut) out of Alabama as the 10th pick in the 2013 Draft.

Don’t be surprised if you see a resurgence in the career of the once dominant Chris Johnson as well. Titans making a super smart choice here.

Chris Johnson’s shoes mourning the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook.

Winners and Losers - Week 3 Sunday edition
Wait, was that Justin Tucker field goal good or what? The refs will review and get back to you tomorrow. 
Can we sum up the NFL so far with this: the Cardinals are 3-0, the Saints are 0-3 and the best team after two weeks in the league lost at Minnesota.
Don’t look now, but we might be in for a fun race in the NFC West. The Cardinals next four games: vs. Miami, at St. Louis, vs. Buffalo, at Minnesota. All winnable games. Looks like that Week 8 Monday Night game between San Francisco and Arizona might be an important one. Who knew.
The best play in the Cardinals-Eagles game was Arizona safety James Sander’s 93 yard fumble return for a touchdown to end the half (reminiscent of what James Harrison did to the Cardinals in the Super Bowl a few years ago). If you missed it, you can watch the video here. My favorite part of it: Larry Fitzgerald sprinting down the sideline as the play unfolded.
Also, before we get to the winners the losers, I just want to send a word of condolence to the family of Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. Smith’s younger brother Tevin Jones passed away in a car accident late Saturday night. I can’t pretend to know what he’s going through, except to say, it can’t be easy. He played tonight, and went for 127 yards, two touchdowns, and one sweet victory.
If this made Smith’s day any better, even for a few hours, then it was all well worth it regardless of what the result was on the field. I hope tomorrow will be a better day for him.
Onto the rest:
Winners
Mayhem in Tennessee - Sunday was a throwback day in Tennessee. Tommie Campbell’s punt return touchdown brought back memories of the Music City Miracle, and the game ended up going to overtime on a crazy sequence of events to end regulation that culminated in a Hail Mary touchdown for the visiting Lions with no time left on the clock. But the Titans would win on a controversial fourth down call by Jim Schwartz — who said after the game that they weren’t suppose to snap the ball on the play. A team coming up a yard short to end the game? It’s an ending Titans fans are familiar with and happy to be on the other side of it this time.
Jamaal Charles - 233 yards rushing, 55 yards receiving and a touchdown for Kansas City. A week ago, many wondered about whether he was fully recovered from last year’s knee injury, turns out all you need to do is go up against the New Orleans defense and all is cured.
Adrian Peterson - His stats on Sunday against the 49ers didn’t stand out, but watching him run into that San Francisco defense and be the last one standing on most of the running plays was great to see. Still a bit amazed at how quickly he’s recovered from his injury, maybe Peterson is a superhero.
Mohamed Sanu to A.J. Green - A thing of beauty.
Ray Lewis: A Football Life - Do yourself a favor and watch this on NFL Network. Made me want to drive to Pittsburgh just to get a W!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mikel Leshoure - 26 carries, 100 yards, 1 touchdown. I’m just including this in here because I have him on my fantasy team. Carry on.
The Falcons - The division is theirs to take, but you get the feeling nothing they do in the regular season will matter. Not with Matt Ryan still without a playoff win on his resume and that turd they dropped against the Giants in the post-season last year. Seriously, they literally dropped a deuce. I’m going to stop now.
Losers
Replacement refs, again - I’m sick of 20 minute replay reviews, and just a sense that the players are under the impression that they can do whatever they want on the field without the consequences of being policed. Also, in the Vikings-49ers game, Jim Harbaugh was awarded an extra challenge on a Toby Gerhart fumble even though he had no timeouts left, which he won. That wasn’t the most ridiculous part of it. Somehow Harbaugh got another timeout added back for his team, and used it to challenge another Gerhart fumble before the two minute warning in the fourth. It was a standard fumble and recovery by Gerhart. But you know why Harbaugh even bothered to challenge? Because there’s actually a chance that the replacement refs could blow the call and reverse it in his favor. The refs are now being exploited by players and coaches for their own advantage as they see fit. I’m just going to keep complaining until the real zebras come back.
The Saints - Stat alert: Saints are the eighth team to start 0-3 after winning 13 or more games the previous season. They’re starting to remind me a lot of the last team in this group: the 2009 Titans, who started 0-6 before making a frantic run for a playoff spot, finishing short at 8-8. Although, three weeks in, they’re three games back of the division leading Falcons. Looks like another season without a home team playing in the Super Bowl.
Peyton and the Broncos - It’s entirely possible that they were beat on their home field by the best team in the AFC. I still can’t believe the Texans are competent, and wait for it: trustworthy to win games they’re supposed to. Still wrapping my head around this. Regardless, the Broncos are in a division where they can afford to work their way through a slump. I think eight or nine wins will be enough in the West. Don’t count the Broncos out just yet, but expectations have been lowered after their last two outings.
Randy Moss - For some reason, I thought Randy Moss would be a different teammate in San Francisco. I don’t know if it’s the simple fact that I assumed age and a year away from the game meant that Moss would mature. But there he was on Sunday, sulking on the sidelines and benched in the fourth quarter. After the game, he was asked about playing time and simply said: “Next question”. I still like this 49ers team a lot, but not sure if it’s worth it to deal with Moss if he’s going to start spreading that negativity in the locker room.
Chris Johnson - He now has 45 yards rushing on the season. How bad is that? There’s six teams with single rushing plays greater than 45 yards so far this season.
Sanchez to Tebow - Not exactly a thing of beauty.
@steven_lebron

Winners and Losers - Week 3 Sunday edition

Wait, was that Justin Tucker field goal good or what? The refs will review and get back to you tomorrow.

Can we sum up the NFL so far with this: the Cardinals are 3-0, the Saints are 0-3 and the best team after two weeks in the league lost at Minnesota.

Don’t look now, but we might be in for a fun race in the NFC West. The Cardinals next four games: vs. Miami, at St. Louis, vs. Buffalo, at Minnesota. All winnable games. Looks like that Week 8 Monday Night game between San Francisco and Arizona might be an important one. Who knew.

The best play in the Cardinals-Eagles game was Arizona safety James Sander’s 93 yard fumble return for a touchdown to end the half (reminiscent of what James Harrison did to the Cardinals in the Super Bowl a few years ago). If you missed it, you can watch the video here. My favorite part of it: Larry Fitzgerald sprinting down the sideline as the play unfolded.

Also, before we get to the winners the losers, I just want to send a word of condolence to the family of Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. Smith’s younger brother Tevin Jones passed away in a car accident late Saturday night. I can’t pretend to know what he’s going through, except to say, it can’t be easy. He played tonight, and went for 127 yards, two touchdowns, and one sweet victory.

If this made Smith’s day any better, even for a few hours, then it was all well worth it regardless of what the result was on the field. I hope tomorrow will be a better day for him.

Onto the rest:

Winners

Mayhem in Tennessee - Sunday was a throwback day in Tennessee. Tommie Campbell’s punt return touchdown brought back memories of the Music City Miracle, and the game ended up going to overtime on a crazy sequence of events to end regulation that culminated in a Hail Mary touchdown for the visiting Lions with no time left on the clock. But the Titans would win on a controversial fourth down call by Jim Schwartz — who said after the game that they weren’t suppose to snap the ball on the play. A team coming up a yard short to end the game? It’s an ending Titans fans are familiar with and happy to be on the other side of it this time.

Jamaal Charles - 233 yards rushing, 55 yards receiving and a touchdown for Kansas City. A week ago, many wondered about whether he was fully recovered from last year’s knee injury, turns out all you need to do is go up against the New Orleans defense and all is cured.

Adrian Peterson - His stats on Sunday against the 49ers didn’t stand out, but watching him run into that San Francisco defense and be the last one standing on most of the running plays was great to see. Still a bit amazed at how quickly he’s recovered from his injury, maybe Peterson is a superhero.

Mohamed Sanu to A.J. Green - A thing of beauty.

Ray Lewis: A Football Life - Do yourself a favor and watch this on NFL Network. Made me want to drive to Pittsburgh just to get a W!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mikel Leshoure - 26 carries, 100 yards, 1 touchdown. I’m just including this in here because I have him on my fantasy team. Carry on.

The Falcons - The division is theirs to take, but you get the feeling nothing they do in the regular season will matter. Not with Matt Ryan still without a playoff win on his resume and that turd they dropped against the Giants in the post-season last year. Seriously, they literally dropped a deuce. I’m going to stop now.

Losers

Replacement refs, again - I’m sick of 20 minute replay reviews, and just a sense that the players are under the impression that they can do whatever they want on the field without the consequences of being policed. Also, in the Vikings-49ers game, Jim Harbaugh was awarded an extra challenge on a Toby Gerhart fumble even though he had no timeouts left, which he won. That wasn’t the most ridiculous part of it. Somehow Harbaugh got another timeout added back for his team, and used it to challenge another Gerhart fumble before the two minute warning in the fourth. It was a standard fumble and recovery by Gerhart. But you know why Harbaugh even bothered to challenge? Because there’s actually a chance that the replacement refs could blow the call and reverse it in his favor. The refs are now being exploited by players and coaches for their own advantage as they see fit. I’m just going to keep complaining until the real zebras come back.

The Saints - Stat alert: Saints are the eighth team to start 0-3 after winning 13 or more games the previous season. They’re starting to remind me a lot of the last team in this group: the 2009 Titans, who started 0-6 before making a frantic run for a playoff spot, finishing short at 8-8. Although, three weeks in, they’re three games back of the division leading Falcons. Looks like another season without a home team playing in the Super Bowl.

Peyton and the Broncos - It’s entirely possible that they were beat on their home field by the best team in the AFC. I still can’t believe the Texans are competent, and wait for it: trustworthy to win games they’re supposed to. Still wrapping my head around this. Regardless, the Broncos are in a division where they can afford to work their way through a slump. I think eight or nine wins will be enough in the West. Don’t count the Broncos out just yet, but expectations have been lowered after their last two outings.

Randy Moss - For some reason, I thought Randy Moss would be a different teammate in San Francisco. I don’t know if it’s the simple fact that I assumed age and a year away from the game meant that Moss would mature. But there he was on Sunday, sulking on the sidelines and benched in the fourth quarter. After the game, he was asked about playing time and simply said: “Next question”. I still like this 49ers team a lot, but not sure if it’s worth it to deal with Moss if he’s going to start spreading that negativity in the locker room.

Chris Johnson - He now has 45 yards rushing on the season. How bad is that? There’s six teams with single rushing plays greater than 45 yards so far this season.

Sanchez to Tebow - Not exactly a thing of beauty.

@steven_lebron

And with the 20th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Tennessee Titans select KENDALL WRIGHT.
The Titans are going with RG3’s BFF Kendall Wright. The hope here is that Kendall can stretch the field. Imagine if Kenny Britt comes back fully healthy. Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, and Jared Cook should keep some pressure of off Chris Johnson.

And with the 20th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Tennessee Titans select KENDALL WRIGHT.

The Titans are going with RG3’s BFF Kendall Wright. The hope here is that Kendall can stretch the field. Imagine if Kenny Britt comes back fully healthy. Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, and Jared Cook should keep some pressure of off Chris Johnson.

“You sneaky mom!”
Per Schefter & Mortensen at the four-letter, details have come out that the San Francisco 49ers have snuck their way into the running for free agent QB Peyton Manning.
Details include:
Peyton has already worked out for them at Duke.
Niners were so impressed, that they flew their team physicians out immediately for tests and a physical.
In light of the Niners interest, the Arizona Cardinals have been told that they should proceed as though Manning will not be available to them.
Thus, the Cardinals have now tendered QB Kevin Kolb for $7 Million rather than release him to save the money.
Officially 3 teams are now in the running: Niners, Tennessee Titans, & Denver Broncos.
Broncos GM John Elway checked out Peyton throw today and liked what he saw.
This might explain why the Niners have yet to re-sign veteran QB Alex Smith and maybe even why they signed WR Randy Moss.
What do you think of these new details and how do you think it all plays out?

You sneaky mom!

Per Schefter & Mortensen at the four-letter, details have come out that the San Francisco 49ers have snuck their way into the running for free agent QB Peyton Manning.

Details include:

  • Peyton has already worked out for them at Duke.
  • Niners were so impressed, that they flew their team physicians out immediately for tests and a physical.
  • In light of the Niners interest, the Arizona Cardinals have been told that they should proceed as though Manning will not be available to them.
  • Thus, the Cardinals have now tendered QB Kevin Kolb for $7 Million rather than release him to save the money.
  • Officially 3 teams are now in the running: Niners, Tennessee Titans, & Denver Broncos.
  • Broncos GM John Elway checked out Peyton throw today and liked what he saw.
  • This might explain why the Niners have yet to re-sign veteran QB Alex Smith and maybe even why they signed WR Randy Moss.

What do you think of these new details and how do you think it all plays out?

Guess who’s taking a brief visit to Tennessee…

Guess who’s taking a brief visit to Tennessee…

Jake Locker, who impressively has the sense to extend the ball while he’s getting hit on his way out of bounds. It’s worth watching.

Jake Locker, who impressively has the sense to extend the ball while he’s getting hit on his way out of bounds. It’s worth watching.

(Source: Yahoo!)


“Michael Jordan put up 50 points when he was sick. What C.J. did, that’s a testament to him, to come out and keep working. We are definitely proud of him. People have been on him all year about not having the production they think he should have, but he’s pushed through it, and he kept fighting.”

Damian Williams nonchalantly comparing Chris Johnson to Michael Jordan. Though we don’t endorse the comparison I am legally obligated to say. Guess who’s bizack.

“Michael Jordan put up 50 points when he was sick. What C.J. did, that’s a testament to him, to come out and keep working. We are definitely proud of him. People have been on him all year about not having the production they think he should have, but he’s pushed through it, and he kept fighting.”

Damian Williams nonchalantly comparing Chris Johnson to Michael Jordan. Though we don’t endorse the comparison I am legally obligated to say. Guess who’s bizack.

(Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)

Just a reminder to all the NFLO followers, Mitchell & Ness is having its Black Friday sale online. All jerseys are $100, other apparel is 40% off. The deal is on at their website until midnight tonight.
I wanted to get this Randall Cunningham Eagles throwback but there’s only 3XL left. Lots of great football apparel available for you diehards.
By the way, I don’t work for M&N, but if they want to throw me a free Bernie Kosar jersey for spreading the word, I wouldn’t be mad.
- steven lebron
(photo via mitchell-ness)

Just a reminder to all the NFLO followers, Mitchell & Ness is having its Black Friday sale online. All jerseys are $100, other apparel is 40% off. The deal is on at their website until midnight tonight.

I wanted to get this Randall Cunningham Eagles throwback but there’s only 3XL left. Lots of great football apparel available for you diehards.

By the way, I don’t work for M&N, but if they want to throw me a free Bernie Kosar jersey for spreading the word, I wouldn’t be mad.

- steven lebron

(photo via mitchell-ness)

Just two seasons ago, Titans running back Chris Johnson broke Marshall Faulk’s single season record for yards from scrimmage, finishing with 2,509 yards and an average of 125.4 rushing yards per game. The man they called CJ2K proclaimed that he wanted to be the Michael Jordan of football. 
This season, the same running back has averaged just 2.9 yards per carry and today, was replaced by back-up Javon Ringer in the fourth quarter against the Colts.
Someone explain to me how we got here.

- steven lebron

Just two seasons ago, Titans running back Chris Johnson broke Marshall Faulk’s single season record for yards from scrimmage, finishing with 2,509 yards and an average of 125.4 rushing yards per game. The man they called CJ2K proclaimed that he wanted to be the Michael Jordan of football.

This season, the same running back has averaged just 2.9 yards per carry and today, was replaced by back-up Javon Ringer in the fourth quarter against the Colts.

Someone explain to me how we got here.

- steven lebron

Welcome to week 7 in the NFL. It’s hard to believe that we are almost half way through the season. Sad. This week we have Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, Giants, Philadelphia and San Francisco on byes. That means this week will be without some real fire power. Even more noticeable is that the schedule is really bottom heavy. The Monday night game stinks, the Sunday night game stinks and all the 4:00 games stink. Oh well, we’ll take whatever football we can get.
Texans at Titans (1:00)Divisional game with two teams that don’t like each other very much. The last time these two teams played, Finnegan and Andre Johnson traded blows. Finnegan has said time and time again that he would like to be known as the dirtiest player in the NFL. Way to set lofty goals. The Texans are on a losing skid that they very much need to get out of. The division can still be theirs but they gotta cut this losing stuff out. The Titans are coming off of a bye and can take control of the division with a win here.
Broncos at Dolphins (1:00)TEBOW! The Reverend is about to conduct church. Tebow starting in Florida on a Sunday. Can it get any more miraculous?
Bears at Buccaneers (1:00)The games in London. The poor Buccaneers lose a home game. Not a whole lot to talk about here but it will be played across the pond.
Chiefs at Raiders (1:00)Another divisional match up. The Raiders are 4-2 and might be starting Palmer. The Chiefs are 2-3 and are stuck with Cassel. The Raiders need to keep their winning ways going to stay on course for the playoffs. Should be a fun game.
Packers at Vikings (4:15)Yet another divisional game. I feel sorry for Ponder. His first start is going to come against the Green Bay Packers. How is he going to keep up with that? It’s not really that great of a game but none of the late games are.
@nhall
Who ya got?

Welcome to week 7 in the NFL. It’s hard to believe that we are almost half way through the season. Sad. This week we have Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, Giants, Philadelphia and San Francisco on byes. That means this week will be without some real fire power. Even more noticeable is that the schedule is really bottom heavy. The Monday night game stinks, the Sunday night game stinks and all the 4:00 games stink. Oh well, we’ll take whatever football we can get.

Texans at Titans (1:00)
Divisional game with two teams that don’t like each other very much. The last time these two teams played, Finnegan and Andre Johnson traded blows. Finnegan has said time and time again that he would like to be known as the dirtiest player in the NFL. Way to set lofty goals. The Texans are on a losing skid that they very much need to get out of. The division can still be theirs but they gotta cut this losing stuff out. The Titans are coming off of a bye and can take control of the division with a win here.

Broncos at Dolphins (1:00)
TEBOW! The Reverend is about to conduct church. Tebow starting in Florida on a Sunday. Can it get any more miraculous?

Bears at Buccaneers (1:00)
The games in London. The poor Buccaneers lose a home game. Not a whole lot to talk about here but it will be played across the pond.

Chiefs at Raiders (1:00)
Another divisional match up. The Raiders are 4-2 and might be starting Palmer. The Chiefs are 2-3 and are stuck with Cassel. The Raiders need to keep their winning ways going to stay on course for the playoffs. Should be a fun game.

Packers at Vikings (4:15)
Yet another divisional game. I feel sorry for Ponder. His first start is going to come against the Green Bay Packers. How is he going to keep up with that? It’s not really that great of a game but none of the late games are.

@nhall

Who ya got?

Four years for $53.5 million with $30 million guaranteed. Everything between CJ2K and the Tenessee Titans is just peaches and cream.

Four years for $53.5 million with $30 million guaranteed. Everything between CJ2K and the Tenessee Titans is just peaches and cream.