Found October 16, 2012 on
Taking Bad Schotz:
Mel Kiper Jr.
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Boise State Broncos
QB: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson added another impressive victory to his resume, as he completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice with just 1:18 on the clock to take down Tom Brady and the Patriots. The rookie out of Wisconsin now has wins over Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers*, Tony Romo, and Cam Newton, not bad for only having played six games. Both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. did not think too highly of Wilson, and had him as one of the lower ranked quarterbacks of the draft. In McShay’s final mock draft, Wilson was the seventh ranked quarterback behind three non-starters.
RB: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martin caused the Chiefs headaches with efficient execution all game. The small back out of Boise State rushed for 76 yards on 13 carries (5.8 avg.) and caught two balls for 55 yards (27.5 avg). Coming into the draft, Martin was considered one of the best running back prospects, and is now becoming a more consistent performer for the Bucs. Look for Martin to split carries with Legarrette Blount for a thunder/lightening combo.
WR: Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: Gordon continues to prove himself as a valuable deep threat, as he scored a 71-yard touchdown pass against the Bengals in the first quarter. Gordon finished the day with 3 catches for 99 yards. He leads all rookies this year with 3 touchdown receptions and is second in total yards with 274. Gordon was selected in the 2nd round of the SUPPLEMENTAL draft this past year, meaning all 32 teams passed on him 7 times. No analyst even bothered mentioning Gordon, who probably does not care after signing a 4 year, 5.3 million dollar deal with the Browns.
TE: Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts: At this point, the best rookie tight end is which ever Andrew Luck decides to throw to more that day. This week it was Stanford’s Fleener, who finished the game with 4 catches for 42 yards. The Colts continue to use the two tight end system, and both Fleener and fellow rookie Dwayne Allen have put up solid numbers for rookies every week.
Def: Casey Hayward, Green Bay Packers: Like most rookies the Packers draft, Hayward appears to already be NFL ready and a star in the making. Against the Texans on Sunday Night Football, Hayward picked off Matt Schaub twice and deflected three passes. It is clear that star corner Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams have taken the young corner from Vanderbilt under their wing, and are prepping him to be the next interception machine (Hayward now has a rookie high three interception in the last 2 games).
BEST OF MAXIM
While 31 other NFL teams passed on the little quarterback from Wisconsin, the Seattle Seahawks were not afraid to take a risk on Wilson. In his early career, Russell Wilson has already beaten both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Wilson was not even suppose to start the season, but has been continuously beating out players such as Matt Flynn and Tavaris Jackson to earn a starting spot...
Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson had his best game of the season Sunday against the Patriots, throwing for 293 yards and three touchdowns.Fantasy Spin:Wilson came into Sunday's matchup having thrown five interceptions in his last two games. Sunday he only committed one turnover and that came on a lost fumble. Wilson probably won't be as effective when he faces the 49ers'...
Before the season began this looked like it may be a Thursday night match-up that would go fairly unnoticed. Now, almost to the half-way point of the season, this contest between both 4-2 squads looks like it will have major implications. Implications that go beyond who wins the division and who goes to the playoffs. Rather, a match-up that may determine who the next dominant...
We predicted that week six could hold some big surprises, and it certainly did. While Russell Wilson's coming of age performance against the Patriots was one of the biggest, there were plenty of other big showings throughout the weekend that were worth noting.
Did you miss some big performances amidst all the weekend's action?
Two Rookies Take Big Steps
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The Patriots lose a close one out west to the Seahawks. The Jets win a blowout against Indy while Buffalo and Miami each win by three in Week 6.
Tom Brady and the best offense in the NFL got upstaged by an undersized rookie.
In the final minutes, it was Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks making all the big plays.
Wilson found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining, and the Seahawks rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun the New England Patriots 24-23 Sunday.
We wrap up the sixth Sunday of the NFL season by looking at a handful of players who exceeded expectations and a handful who failed to deliver.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: It's not as though expectations weren't at a relatively high level for Wilson, who's had a decent start to his career. But few expected him to perform like that against the Patriots...
The New England Patriots blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead to lose 24-23 at the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson found Sidney Rice for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:27 left to tie the game at 23. Steven Hauschka's extra point gave Seattle the lead, and after Tom Brady and the Patriots were stopped short on fourth down, the final margin was secure. New England falls to 3-3, while...
LAST WEEK: 6-8
SEASON: 55-36 (60%)
The Seahawks are coming off a huge win against the Pats and the 49ers are coming off a really rough loss to the Giants, but San Francisco's defense is just too good to lose to Russell Wilson no matter how good the Seattle defense plays.
Both of these teams were big underdogs in their...
On Sunday, viewers of the NFL Network’s heaven-sent RedZone Channel (which now includes Time Warner subscribers everywhere) were treated to perhaps the wildest 30 seconds of football you’ll ever see. Thanks to their ability to show multiple games at once, RedZone and uber-host Scott Hansen - employing their “triple box” technology at just the right moment – caught lightning...
In the midst of watching his team rally with 14 points in the final 71/2 minutes, Seattle coach Pete Carroll forgot about his history as a one-time coach of the New England Patriots.
He was too busy celebrating Seattle's unlikely comeback and a starring performance by rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.
"That's funny that you even bring that up. I hadn't even thought...
Fantasy owners face a big challenge in Week 7 with a whopping six teams on bye (Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego). This means several owners will be scrambling to the waiver wire, and in most standard 10- or 12-team leagues owners must dig a little deeper than normal. While waiver adds are usually specific to team needs, there are a couple of running...
Seattle's surprising win over the New England Patriots left the Seahawks at 4-2 and tied with the 49ers at the top of the suddenly formidable NFC West. Meanwhile, New England, a heavy favorite to win its tenth division title in the last 12 years, finds itself unexpectedly in a four-way tie atop the AFC East. Here's what we learned:1. New England's Secondary Needs...
Seattle Seahawks (4-2) at San Francisco 49ers (4-2) Sunday, 4:25 ET, FOX, Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver Last meeting: The 49ers won, 19-17, at Seattle last Dec. 24 with PK David Akers' fourth field goal of the day being the game-winner with 2:57 remaining. Streaking: San Francisco QB Alex Smith is 7-1 in his past eight starts against NFC West teams. Calling...