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Robert Griffin III
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
The 2012 NFL season has been just as much about young pass rushers as it has been about rookie quarterbacks. While Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson are battling it out for offensive rookie of the year honors, second-year defenders Von Miller, Aldon Smith and J.J. Watt are each fighting for defensive player of the year.
With three games to go, all three players are within reach of Michael Strahan‘s 2001 record of 22 1/2 sacks. Smith is on pace for 25, Watt for 21 and Miller for 20. The 49ers’ Smith may have the best chance at the sack record, but that doesn’t mean he should automatically win defensive player of the year. Still, one of those three players should take home the award.
Smith is your pretty traditional pass rusher, but that’s not a knock on him. Simply, there have been other players like him, and there will be more like him in the future. In the league right now, DeMarcus Ware or Clay Matthews could be considered similar players. All three are every-down...
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The NFL MVP race is coming down to the wire, and let’s be honest Peyton Manning is most likely to win the award. Peyton Manning will also win comeback player of the year, in which if he does so while winning the NFL MVP award, he will be the first player to win both in a single season. Peyton Manning has done a tremendous job making a comeback after having four neck surgeries,...
Let's take a look at more deserving candidates that aren't named Peyton Manning or an quarterback. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans: It took Watt only eleven games to get to 14.5 sacks, totaling him to 20 sacks in just under two years of being in the NFL. That is very, very impressive for any defensive player. What is even more impressive is he has that many sacks in a league...
6 days after the Houston Texans were blown out on the road against the New England Patriots they’ll look to rebound against a divisional foe that is many ways familiar, as well as unfamiliar. Rookie QB Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are 9-4 and standing in the way of the Texans 2nd straight AFC South Title and have their own playoff dreams. If the Texans are going to beat...
HOUSTON J.J. Watt says he thinks he can play better. This is something any athlete would say at almost any time. But Watt actually seems to believe this. You get the impression Watt already believes he's the best defensive player in the NFL, and believes he could become the best of all time.
He had three sacks, four hurries, six tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the Houston...
San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith is having a career year, and has a legitimate shot at breaking the all-time NFL single season sack record. Aldon currently sits at 19.5 sack on the season with three games to play, and the record is 22.5 sacks set by Michael Strahan in 2001. In a surprisingly wonderful gesture by Smith, he has announced via the 49ers website that he will donate...
During the week, the Patriots probably prepared differently on offense knowing how good the 49ers defense is. A lot of attention must have been put on Aldon Smith and there's no doubt why. He has a chance to break Michael Strahan's record for sacks in a season, but for the most part he was non-existent on Sunday night.Unfortunately for Smith, but fortunately for the Patriots...
After a tragic car accident orphaned three children, the Houston Texans J.J. Watt entered their lives. Rick Reilly looks at Watt's incredible friendship with the kids and how they have influenced each other. Try not to cry. We dare you.
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As Aldon Smith chases down the NFL record for sacks, his specialty becomes of particular significance this week when the San Francisco 49ers face New England and the NFL's top-ranked offense.
The Patriots have encountered problems most often this season when opponents put quarterback Tom Brady on his back.
Nobody in the league has done that to quarterbacks this season better...
As Aldon Smith chases down the NFL record for sacks, his specialty becomes of particular significance this week when the 49ers face New England and the NFL’s top-ranked offense. The Patriots have been vulnerable most often this season when opponents put quarterback Tom Brady on his back, and the more times Smith and the Niners can put him there, the better their chance at victory becomes.
The Houston Texans had no answer for a relentless Patriots offense and defense last week, but fared much better in their rebound game against the Indianapolis Colts, taking home the AFC South crown in the process for the second straight season. Final score 29-17.
The Colts were in need of a win against division rival Houston in their bid for a playoff berth, but comeback kid Andrew...
BY DAN BEGNOCHETo play in Gillette Stadium in December is one of the toughest tasks for a road team in the NFL.So it's no surprise that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith would look to teammate and former Patriots star Randy Moss for some pregame advice. After all, having a locker next to Moss has been a "dream come true."The answer, however, may not have been...
The Houston Texans imposed their will on the Indianapolis Colts and gave the home crowd at Reliant Stadium a big divisional victory 29-17. The Texans played their style of football throughout the entire game. They gave the Colts a steady diet of the run and then hit the Colts with balls thrown downfield. J.J. Watt raised his usual havoc as the Texans defense kept Colts QB Andrew...
Last Monday night, the New England Patriots not only made a statement to the rest of the NFL in their 42-14 win over the Houston Texans, but they made a statement to this writer right here who picked New England to lose for only the 2nd time in his three years at this website. Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns as the Patriots now control their own destiny for at least the number...
First Round Byes(1) Houston Texans (12-2)Texans clinched the AFC South title with Sunday's 29-17 win over Indianapolis.Remaining opponents: Minnesota (8-6), at Indianapolis (9-5)
(2) Denver Broncos (11-3)The Broncos 34-17 win over Baltimore and New England's loss to San Francisco gives Denver a one-game lead in the conference standings.Remaining opponents: Cleveland (5-9...
HOUSTON - The Texans' greater goal was accomplished on Sunday at Reliant Stadium, but those seeking a dominating performance on the heels of an embarrassing loss on national television were left wanting. The Texans claimed their second consecutive AFC South crown with their 29-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. However, their sluggish performance in the red zone and sporadic...