By Neema Hodjat
Stars of Week 4
QB: Andrew Luck: 29-41, 393 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
RB: DeMarco Murray: 24 carries, 149 yards, 2 TDs
WR: Steve Smith: 7 catches, 139 yards, 2 TDs
TE: Larry Donnell: 7 catches, 54 yards, 3 TDs
Last week Andrew Luck made it onto the honor roll for the first time this season, and now he’s made it here twice. Just like the Jags last week, the Titans D didn’t offer much resistance. DeMarco Murray made the Saints look like a JV defense. If we were to redraft today, would Murray go with the first pick? Most likely, yes. Steve Smith has been a pleasant surprise this season, with folks who wrote him off coming to realize that they were dead wrong. Especially sweet for Smith was the fact that his performance came against his former team, the Carolina Panthers. Larry Donnell has been subject of this weekly report a few times already, and we’ll take another look at him below.
Just one more note about the season thus far – yes, things have been quite crazy so far. The consensus top 3 RBs have all underperformed or worse. Shady has been ordinary, Adrian Peterson most likely won’t play again this season, and Jamaal Charles has missed a few games. Other than a monster Week 1 performance, Megatron has not paid dividends for his owners. And for the big three QBs, Drew Brees has been mediocre, Aaron Rodgers had been subpar until this week, and Peyton Manning has been good, but not a superstar. As was the message not too long ago, except in the case of AD, you should be patient. In each case at least 75% of the season remains, so it’s still too early to jump into panic mode with your highest level stars. Unpredictability remains a trademark of fantasy football, and patience remains an important skill.
Week 4 Takeaways – A Closer Look
Each week we’ll take a closer look at a handful of performances and sort out what such performances mean going forward.
- Mike Glennon 21-42, 302 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Analysis: Mike Glennon took over starting QB duties for the Bucs midway through the 2013 season, only to lose the starting job once the team signed Josh McCown this past offseason. Well, like an inordinate number of players in the league, McCown is injured, which has opened the door to Glennon reclaiming the starting QB role. In case there was any doubt, it’s clear now that Glennon should have been the starter since week 1. He played well last season and showed promise as a potential franchise QB. Look for Glennon to continue to improve and put up solid numbers throughout the season. He’s got a great stable of weapons in Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Glennon will be a solid QB2 and bye week fill-in.
- Tony Romo 22-29,262 yards, 3 TDs
Analysis: In the draft guide, I touted Romo as a QB to target in the later rounds due to his perennially strong performances each season, which much of the fantasy community underappreciates. His first start of the season was terrible, and each game since he has improved. Against the Saints this past Sunday, Romo put it all together, essentially having his way with the Saints D. I tweeted and advised those of you who own Romo that he would be just fine. Well, he looks much healthier and in sync now with his WRs. I’ve listed Romo here primarily to reinforce the notion that patience (in the proper instances) will be rewarded. You should be very careful to panic too quickly with players with good track records such as Romo.
- Kirk Cousins 19-33, 257 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs
Analysis: QB-heavy analysis this week! We analyze both good and bad performances, so Cousins finds his way back here for the wrong reasons. Prior to the game against the Giants, I was asked by a handful of you as to whether or not you should feel comfortable with Cousins as your weekly starter. My answer was the same then as it is now: not quite. Cousins profiles more as a high end QB2 than low end QB1, and as we saw, there will be uneven performances mixed in. Feel free to platoon Cousins with another QB based on matchups. Sure, the Giants matchup looked great on paper, but Cousins went off the rail in the second half against the Giants. This will happen from time to time. Best not to start him against the Seahawks next week, but there will be more favorable matchups down the road. So continue to view Cousins as a high end QB2, with platooning based on matchups as a solid option.
- Tom Brady 14-23, 157 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Analysis: Speaking of bad performances, Tom Brady owners rightfully should be alarmed after what has been a mediocre start to the season. Yes, we have the “don’t panic prematurely” rule, but in each case that rule needs to be weighed against the overall gravity of the situation. While Brady has not looked good, much of the problems stem from poor blocking from the offensive line, together with several drops from his pass catchers. So how worried should Brady’s owners be? On a scale of 1-10, I’d say 6. Will his O-line give him better protection? That’s worry number one. Right now, there are 12 QBs that need to start ahead of Brady, so Brady falls into high end QB2 territory. Things can improve for Brady and the Pats’ O, just like last season, so don’t make the mistake of writing him off. But the days of Tom Brady carrying your team to victory are well in the rear view mirror.
- Jerick McKinnon 18 carries, 135 yards, 0 TDs
Analysis: Super sleeper Jerick McKinnon started making waves this past weekend, and it looks like an increased role in the Vikings’ offense looms imminent. With Adrian Peterson highly unlikely to play another down for the Vikings (this season or ever), the Vikings’ running duties fall to Asiata and McKinnon. I wrote about Asiata a few weeks back, and it looks like a few of our questions have been answered. The Vikings view Asiata as a solid RB with useful pass-catching skills, but do not view him as anything special. The tape backs up that assessment. McKinnon, a relatively unknown, oozes the dangerous word “potential”. As such, look for the Vikings to figure out exactly what they have in McKinnon (i.e. whether or not he is the heir apparent to AD) by increasing his workload as the season goes on. If you need RB help, certainly grab McKinnon. Be careful relying too much on McKinnon at the moment, as we need to see what exactly the Vikings have in mind for him.
- Jarius Wright 8 catches, 132 yards, 0 TDs
Analysis: While the Vikings’ RB corps has garnered the most attention, the WR situation also deserves a look. Wright’s breakout performance coincided with Teddy Bridgewater’s debut, as the young QB targeted Wright 10 times. It’s been reported that Bridgewater and Wright worked together in the preseason, so we’re not looking at a random occurrence. We need to see more from Wright, but at this point, we’ve definitely seen enough to warrant taking a flyer on him if you need WR help. Needless to say, Wright’s value bumps up if Bridgewater starts, so keep an eye on the status of Bridgewater’s ankle before considering putting Wright in your lineup.
- Larry Donnell 7 catches, 54 yards, 3 TDs
Analysis: Larry Donnell has been touted by this site since Week 1, and in case people were slow to catch on, he gave us a tutorial on why he’s a must own in fantasy leagues. Now, remember that predicting TDs is a near impossible task and for TEs not named Graham, Thomas and Gronk, they come and go, so don’t go expecting 16 TDs for Donnell this season. But you should feel secure if you have Donnell as your team’s starting TE. He’s absolutely legit, and belongs in your lineup if you have him.
- Travis Kelce 8 catches, 93 yards, 1 TD
Analysis: Along with Larry Donnell, Travis Kelce helps show why I recommended waiting to draft a TE if you didn’t go with Graham. The depth at the position has been nothing short of sensational, and Kelce is another emerging TE who passes the eye test. Kelce had a terrific game against the Patriots, and has quickly developed into one of Alex Smith’s favorite targets. Kelce has forced his way into TE1 status, and he’s another guy that needs to be in your lineup if you’ve got him. Expect his breakout season to continue.
Rapid Fire Pickups
Each week we’ll throw out potential free agent pickups from each position for deeper leagues, in each case 1) someone who has not been referenced above, and 2) a player available in most leagues.
QB: Teddy Bridgewater, MIN
RB: Darren Reaves, CAR
WR: Eddie Royal, SD
WR: Brandon LaFell, NE
WR: Louis Murphy, TB (short term while Mike Evans is out)
TE: Owen Daniels, BAL
Week 5 Rankings
1. Drew Brees
2. Peyton Manning
3. Aaron Rodgers
4. Andrew Luck
5. Russell Wilson
6. Philip Rivers
7. Jay Cutler
8. Ben Roethlisberger
9. Matthew Stafford
10. Matt Ryan
11. Colin Kaepernick
12. Eli Manning
13. Nick Foles
14. Andy Dalton
15. Tony Romo
16. Cam Newton
17. Joe Flacco
18. Alex Smith
19. Mike Glennon
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick
1. Le'Veon Bell
2. DeMarco Murray
3. Rashad Jennings
4. Marshawn Lynch
5. Matt Forte
6. Jamaal Charles
7. Giovani Bernard
8. Arian Foster
9. LeSean McCoy
10. Eddie Lacy
11. Alfred Morris
12. Frank Gore
13. Montee Ball
14. Zac Stacy
15. Andre Ellington
16. Doug Martin
17. Reggie Bush
18. Matt Asiata
19. C.J. Spiller
20. Khiry Robinson
21. Ahamd Bradshaw
22. Chris Ivory
23. Bishop Sankey
24. Fred Jackson
25. Trent Richardson
26. Steven Jackson
27. Jeremy Hill
28. Justin Forsett
29. Ben Tate
30. Jerick McKinnon
31. Stevan Ridley
32. Donald Brown
33. Darren Sproles
34. Toby Gerhart
35. Darrin Reaves
1. Antonio Brown
2. Julio Jones
3. Jordy Nelson
4. Calvin Johnson
5. Dez Bryant
6. Demaryius Thomas
7. Randall Cobb
8. A.J. Green
9. Alshon Jeffery
10. Jeremy Maclin
11. Brandon Marshall
12. Kelvin Benjamin
13. Emmanuel Sanders
14. Steve Smith
15. Michael Floyd
16. Keenan Allen
17. Andre Johnson
18. Vincent Jackson
19. Victor Cruz
20. Percy Harvin
21. DeAndre Hopkins
22. Julian Edelman
23. Reggie Wayne
24. Wes Welker
25. Brandin Cooks
26. Golden Tate
27. T.Y. Hilton
28. Michael Crabtree
29. Cordarrelle Patterson
30. Brian Quick
31. Roddy White
32. Pierre Garcon
33. Terrance Williams
34. Larry Fitzgerald
35. Sammy Watkins
36. DeSean Jackson
37. Rueben Randle
38. Markus Wheaton
39. Eric Decker
40. Greg Jennings
1. Jimmy Graham
2. Julius Thomas
3. Martellus Bennett
4. Larry Donnell
5. Rob Gronkowski
6. Delanie Walker
7. Jordan Cameron
8. Antonio Gates
9. Greg Olsen
10. Zach Ertz
11. Travis Kelce
12. Jason Witten
13. Dwayne Allen
14. Vernon Davis
15. Jared Cook
Neema Hodjat is the fantasy sports expert for RealGM. He can be reached via email at email@example.com and followed on twitter at @NeemaHodjat.
By Christopher Reina
Our NFL Team Rankings are based entirely on the The Trench Counter, which is an objective formula measuring average yards per pass and run on both offense and defense, along with first downs registered and given up, turnovers for and against, and total penalty yards.
Over time, The Trench Counter rankings begin to closely resemble the standings but goes even further to determine which teams are truly the best when on the line of scrimmage.
The chief aim of the Trench Counter is to take the subjective out of the equation and even the somewhat fluky nature of teams actually scoring points, which is of course the whole point on a game-by-game basis.
With a +17.3 against the Carolina Panthers in the Steve Smith Game, the Baltimore Ravens slid up between the inactive Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals.
The Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers all made significant gains in the rankings by posting a +20 differential in Week 4.
Week 4 Rankings
1. Cincinnati Bengals: 10.5
2. Baltimore Ravens: 8.1
3. Arizona Cardinals: 8.1
4. Seattle Seahawks: 7.4
5. Miami Dolphins: 7.0
6. Chicago Bears: 5.7
7. Indianapolis Colts: 3.6
8. Dallas Cowboys: 3.4
9. New Orleans Saints: 3.0
10. Minnesota Vikings: 2.9
11. Detroit Lions: 2.9
12. San Diego Chargers: 2.5
13. New York Giants: 2.3
14. San Francisco 49ers: 2.1
15. Kansas City Chiefs: 1.8
16. Cleveland Browns: 0.6
17. Green Bay Packers: -0.2
18. Atlanta Falcons: -0.8
19. Washington Redskins: -1.2
20. Buffalo Bills: -1.5
21. Denver Broncos: -2.1
22. Pittsburgh Steelers: -2.2
23. Houston Texans: -2.3
24. Philadelphia Eagles: -2.5
25. New York Jets: -4.2
26. Tennessee Titans: -4.3
27. New England Patriots: -4.5
28. Carolina Panthers: -5.4
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -6.5
30. Oakland Raiders: -8.2
31. Jacksonville Jaguars: -10.5
32. St. Louis Rams: -12.4
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By Jeff Risdon
For once the focus is almost exclusively on the field, even in a week where six teams had ridiculously premature bye weeks. It was a great day of action, following an exciting Saturday collegiate slate.
$.01--The San Francisco 49ers desperately needed a win, no easy task with the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles coming to town. The home team has been skittish and mistake prone in a disappointing 1-2 start. They got it all right in a 26-21 win that puts them back on solid ground.
The Niners absolutely dominated the action. At one point in the fourth quarter they had run 73 plays to 37 for Philadelphia, nearly tripling the time of possession. This is the aggressive, assertive but disciplined defense we have come to expect from San Francisco instead of the penalty-plagued, confused mess they’ve been for most of the first three weeks. Philly could not run the ball, period.
Colin Kaepernick was also more decisive and effective quarterbacking the Niners. He was not perfect, not even close; a bad pick-six to Malcolm Jenkins in the first half is what kept the punchless Eagles in the game.
The Eagles desperately missed their starting offensive line, which was missing four regulars in their positions. Nick Foles took a pounding behind the makeshift line, including one hit from Justin Smith that forced a deep ball to hang for an easy pick. They had just 5 first downs with 5 minutes to go in the game.
So how did they almost win? The aforementioned pick six provided one touchdown, while a fantastic punt return by Darren Sproles posted another. He was even facemasked as the catch point but still sprinted past the entire Niners team on the return. Their other TD came on a blocked punt in the end zone, and the Eagles very nearly blocked another. They mounted one great drive in the fourth quarter, though it wound up bearing no points thanks to some ponderous play selection from coach Chip Kelly.
$.02--Aaron Rodgers told Packers fans to “R-E-L-A-X” during the week, trying to assuage the fears of a very spooked Green Bay fan base. They had reason to be worried, as Rodgers was coming off a dreadful loss to Detroit and hadn’t really looked sharp all season.
Rodgers certainly looked relaxed against the rival Bears. He was darn near perfect in shredding the overmatched Chicago defense. Rodgers went 22-for-28 for 302 yards and 4 TDs. Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson--still the only two viable weapons at his disposal--both caught two TDs and topped 10 yards receiving. The Packers didn’t have to punt once all game.
The Bears didn’t punt either, but probably would have preferred a couple instead of the mistakes they made. The two interceptions will stick to Jay Cutler, but neither should be considered his fault. The second one in particular was a case of Brandon Marshall running the wrong route, and the Packers made him pay for it.
It was an important 38-17 win for Green Bay, keeping them from falling too far behind the front-running Lions. Notching a divisional road win and getting back to .500 are strong feats that I wasn’t sure they could pull off.
But before Packers fans get too excited, heed your quarterback’s channeling of Matthew McConaughey and relax a bit. There are still major problems for the Packers. Eddie Lacy remains visionless as a runner, averaging under three yards per carry against a defense that entered the week giving up five per rush. Nobody else but Cobb or Nelson are ever open on any route. Chicago converted 7-of-11 third downs and posted 33 first downs, running for 235 yards. Green Bay was flagged for 9 penalties, and that number could easily have been doubled. Still, a win is a win for a team that desperately needed one.
$.03--Just when you thought Tampa Bay was a serious threat to challenge to 0-16 Lions of 2008 as the only winless team in 16-game NFL history, they traveled to Pittsburgh and pulled off a miracle win.
It took a colossal collapse by the sloppy Steelers, who held a seemingly comfortable 24-20 lead with under two minutes to play after holding off Bucs backup QB Mike Glennon on 4th down from the Pittsburgh 14. Here’s the blow-by-blow:
-predictable run for 2 yards, Tampa timeout
-false start penalty
-short pass play to force Tampa’s final timeout
-shotgun/concession run to set up 4th down at the 19
-atrocious punt by Brad Wing, who has had his share of clutch clunkers dating back to his LSU days
-Tampa takes over, incomplete on first down
-Louis Murphy gets wide open and gains 41 as Troy Polamalu badly misreads his coverage responsibility
-two plays later, Glennon finds Vincent Jackson for the game winner on a great out route in the front corner of the end zone
Pittsburgh committed 13 penalties for 125 yards. Mike Tomlin once again provided a seething postgame presser, blaming himself for not having the team ready to play or focused enough to win. I said it earlier and I’ll say it again: at some point the Pittsburgh management is going to hold Tomlin accountable for his repeated, self-admitted failures as a coach.
$.04--It’s not often a defensive player commands legitimate MVP consideration, but J.J. Watt is no ordinary defensive player. The Texans' defensive end made one of the biggest plays of the young season with his awesome pick-six of E.J. Manuel in Houston’s 23-17 win over Buffalo. Watt leapt up and corralled a lazy throw by Manuel, then took off and returned in 80 yards to put the slow-starting Texans into a lead they would not relinquish.
Watt was once again completely dominant as a pass rushing force. As Albert Breer of the NFL Network noted during the game, Watt hit Manuel six times in the first half alone. He spearheaded a strong third down defense that consistently got off the field without allowing further damage.
The Texans are 3-1, already notching more wins than they did in all of 2013. With the coaching change and the numerous personnel changes around him, Watt is now the unquestioned face of the franchise. No player in the league at any position is better at his job than what Watt is at defensive end. Just for good measure, he’s also caught a touchdown pass as a tight end, too.
If you measure the MVP by how the team would perform without him, Watt is the runaway leader. The Houston offense remains sputtering, with Arian Foster and Andre Johnson both in and out of the lineup. Their secondary gives up too many big plays (looking at you D.J. Swearinger). Take Watt off the Texans and I’m not sure they have even one win. Thanks to his outstanding play they stand 3-1 and in first place in the two-horse race that is the AFC South. If they can hold off Andrew Luck (fantastic again in pounding the hapless Titans) and the Colts, Watt will certainly deserve serious MVP consideration.
$.05--Sunday Night Football, in Twitter form…
There really isn’t a lot to add to it. Dallas blew the doors off New Orleans, completely dominating both sides of the ball. It was 31-3 after three quarters before the Saints finally decided to play some recognizable football. New Orleans made it interesting for a bit before a bizarre fake punt killed their chances.
The Cowboys are a surprising 3-1 while the Saints are an equally surprising 1-3. Even stranger is that it’s the Dallas defense stepping up, along with a great running game keyed by an outstanding offensive line and the hard-charging Demarco Murray, the league’s leading rusher. Tony Romo has basically been just a bit player, albeit a pretty effective one.
$.06--Another Thursday night, another blowout. This one was a little more unexpected, however. The Giants went down to Washington and scalped the Skins 45-14.
I’m not sure which is the bigger surprise, the sudden competence of the New York offense or the stark collapse of the Ethnic Slurs on both sides of the ball. For the Giants, the young line is starting to congeal. It helps that Eli Manning is clearly getting more comfortable at getting the ball out quickly and in rhythm. During the preseason and in the opener vs. Detroit, Eli clearly had no feel for the beat of the offense. When he tried throwing quickly, he looked like, well, Eli Manning rapping and dancing.
In this game, he eviscerated Washington’s heretofore solid defense with the short passing game. Per ESPN Radio, Manning completed 21-of-27 attempts which were thrown less than 10 yards, and at least one of those incompletions was a drop. That’s feeling the rhythm. Eli danced with tight end Larry Donnell as if they’d been partners for years, a tango Washington could not stop.
Kirk Cousins, on the other hand...
Washington’s celebrated backup quarterback put on a perfect demonstration why he will forever be a backup quarterback. He accounted for five turnovers and converted just one 3rd down in 8 attempts. He might still be staring at Pierre Garcon from Quentin Demps’ pick. Their thin defense really missed DeAngelo Hall, as well as any competent safety play. They’re one of my biggest disappointments at the quarter point, a team I thought could legitimately challenge for a playoff berth. Instead they look outclassed and heading in the wrong direction, and it goes far beyond the RG3 injury.
$.07--ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks for “violating journalistic principles”. In his weekly podcast, Simmons profanely called Roger Goodell a liar. That in and of itself isn’t enough to merit a suspension; Skip Bayless utters far more ridiculous things every day on First Take, albeit without the coarse language.
Simmons then challenged his superiors at ESPN to do something about it. He wildly proclaimed he will “go public” if they do anything.
Consider his arrogant, foolish bluff called. It’s been almost a week and Simmons is being unusually quiet. Whatever he was going to take public apparently wasn’t compelling enough, or he bit off more than he can chew with his unequivocal beatdown by his employer.
This is a very intriguing case going forward. ESPN paid Simmons millions to retain him and develop his Grantland site, which is often a journalistic gem. He’s a key force behind the exceptional “30 for 30” series. But he’s also an incorrigible, overbearing and unctuous raconteur, completely in love with himself and drunk on his power. This is not his first time driving right through the roadblocks of common sense and self-restraint. It won’t be his last, either. ESPN has to loathe knowing that Simmons knows he has enough power to act the way he does and throw it back in their faces like a laughing monkey flinging poo. They can’t fire him, even though they probably should.
--How powerful is the NFL? Here in the Grand Rapids TV market, the 1 pm lineup looked like this:
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They’re not even trying to fight the NFL. At least two weeks ago the ABC affiliate showed Moulin Rouge, something baby boomer women might actually watch.
--Jared Allen missed the Packers/Bears game with pneumonia. He was reported to weight just 237 pounds, 30 pounds under his listed weight. Now that’s an illness.
--I love the Rob Lowe DirecTV ads, where he is his normal incredible-looking self as well as various other creepy incarnations. They’re not as awesome as the Russian billionaire with the miniature giraffe, but close.
--Congrats to Colts wideout Reggie Wayne, who passed Henry Ellard for 10th on the all-time receiving yardage list.
--Very nice debut start for Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota. The rookie became the first member of the QB Class of 2014 to throw for 300 yards in leading the Vikings a win over the Falcons.
--I advised everyone to do whatever they could to get Steve Smith into their fantasy lineups in his first game against his old Panthers team. Seven catches, 139 yards, two TDs. You’re welcome.
In lieu of a bunch of brief tidbits, here is a current Top 10 overall prospect list. This is how I see them so far, after a month of college football. Do not mistake this for a mock draft order, though it would not surprise me at all if No. 1 here went No. 1 in May.
1. Leonard Williams, DT, USC
2. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
3. Landon Collins, S, Alabama
4. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
5. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
6. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
7. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
8. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
9. A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina
10. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Jameis Winston misses the cut, and I sincerely hope he stays in school because he is not ready for the responsibility of being the leader of a college team, let alone a NFL team.
$.10--If you’re like me you are probably sick of all the political ads overwhelming the airwaves these days. Here in Michigan we have a spirited battle for a Senate seat and a gubernatorial contest which is getting uglier by the week. In one morning newscast last week 14 of the 16 commercials were political in nature. One of them even said something about the actual candidate endorsing the spot.
I’m not going to tell you how to vote. But before you flip the dial or mark the box, do your fellow Americans a favor: educate yourself. Explore where the money is coming from on both sides of an election. Do a little research on who is funneling the funds to particular candidates, and try and ascertain why.
Dig into where the mega corporations and big-time donors hold their interests. Why are they spending millions supporting this person? What will they expect in return? Weigh that with what you value, and understand that the person you are voting more is little more than a storefront for the cash behind their ability to get elected.
I would love to not be so cynical, but it’s too easy to find the inherent corruption of seemingly good people. Unfortunately both parties repulse me with their catering to special interests and the fringes of society, while I’m somewhere in the vast majority who reside in the middle.
Despite that, I continue to feed the beast. I vote, even in primaries. I have called my congressman and even had breakfast with my state senator. I’ve gone to local government meetings. I’ve contributed to candidates I support. I still desperately cling to the notion that democracy can work, even the perverted, monetarily hijacked version we have in America today.
Help me believe. Don’t blindly follow the talk radio charlatans or giant news conglomerates who thrive on gullible sheep. Think for yourself. Vote for you, not who someone tells you. Be informed. Be a better American.
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Previewing and predicting Bears/Packers, Eagles/49ers, Cowboys/Saints, Panthers/Ravens, Patriots/Chiefs and the rest of the Week 4 schedule.
Why you shouldn't panic on Eddie Lacy, get in on Kelvin Benjamin and Jeremy Maclin, along with the weekly rankings.
The Cardinals are 3-0 and rank No. 2 in the Trench Counter behind the Bengals and ahead of their NFC West rivals in Seattle.
On the Seahawks beating Denver again, the 49ers beating themselves against Arizona, Cincinnati continuing its run, Detroit's defense and of course Roger Goodell's nightmare.
A Super Bowl rematch for the first time since 1997 headlines the week's games that include 49ers/Cardinals, Packers/Lions, Chargers/Bills, while the Saints and Colts avoid dropping to 0-3.
Big weeks from Aaron Rodgers, DeMarco Murray, Antonio Gates, Jordy Nelson and Brandon Marshall in Week 2 as we begin to look ahead to Week 3.