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Michael Oher to remain Ravens left tackle

Michael Oher returns to the blind side as the Ravens’ official starting left tackle (Credit: Baltimore Sun/Kenneth E. Lam) Many football fans have heard over the last few years about Michael Oher’s remarkable journey and development as a football player. It was a story so touching that it merited a movie, which was up for Best Picture at the 2009 Academy Awards. That dream of...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 5 Fantasy Tight Ends For Week 2

Well, the new “week” starts tomorrow around the NFL and to give fantasy owners a good idea of what to do at the Tight End position, here are the top 5 Tight Ends that can make a difference for your fantasy team this week. 5. Aaron Hernandez – Patriots (Kim-Klement-US-PRESSWIRE) Hernandez started the season strong for his Fantasy Owners. He brought in 6 receptions for 59 yards...
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September 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Maurice Jones-Drew says he was ready for 80 carries Sunday

Maurice Jones-Drew held out of all off-season activities with the Jacksonville Jaguars and for that he was docked a spot on the Jags depth chart. When he did finally show up, he said he as ready to go for football action, but Head Coach Mike Mularkey decided against that and didn’t use Pocket Hercules (AP PHOTO) as much as he probably would have liked. MJD ran for 77 yards on just...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Teen Becomes First Female Quarterback to Play in Florida

While high school football does not get a lot of coverage on DownAndDistance, this piece had to be posted as it is historic for Florida. Earlier this month, Erin DiMeglio became the first female to play quarterback in Florida (Credit: ABC News) Erin DiMeglio has now become the first female in Florida high school football history to play as quarterback. “I have always wanted to...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

John Madden: Robert Griffin III is “a Tim Tebow that can pass”

After watching the Redskins’ week one win over New Orleans, former coach John Madden told SiriusXM NFL Radio that Robert Griffin III looks like “a Tim Tebow that can pass” (Credit: AP Photo) Former coach and broadcaster, John Madden, watch rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins take on the New Orleans Saints this past weekend. Afterwards, Madden was...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Top 5 quarterback performances of Week One

With the first round of games completed in this 2012 NFL season, we’ve seen plenty of story lines pop up. Quarterbacks who had the weight of the world’s expectations on their shoulders stepped up and performed admirably. Some quarterbacks who were hyped up in the offseason by coaches, fans, and reporters didn’t show up prepared to play. And even one quarterback, a year removed...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Bills, local government agree to one-year extension of lease

Only hours after reporting that talks between the Bills and the local officials, in an attempt to extend their lease, had stalled, reports are coming out that they have now agreed to a one-year extension (Credit: AP Photo) Only a few hours after reporting that the Buffalo Bills discussion with local officials over the lease of Ralph Wilson stadium had failed, news is now breaking...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Darrelle Revis cleared for physical activity, not contact

After suffering a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills, Jets corner back Darrelle Revis has yet to be cleared for contact (Credit: AP Photo) With a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers looming this Sunday, the New York Jets and Rex Ryan cannot afford to lose their top defender Darrelle Revis. While it is only Wednesday, there looks like there is a chance that Revis...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Steve Smith on Saints targeting him: “This isn’t powder puff”

When asked today if he thought Saints defenders would target him this week, Carolina’s Steve Smith told reporters “this isn’t powderpuff” (Credit: AP Photo) Shortly following the breaking of the Saints Bounty-gate scandal, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith came forward and said he knew the Saints were dirty because a Saints player had once taken a cheap shot at...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Bills stadium lease talks stall with state, county

Today, the Associated Press announced talks for a new lease between the Buffalo Bills and county officials have stalled. Without one, the team could be without a stadium to play in for 2013. (Credit: BuffaloBills.Com) The Associated Press is announcing today that talks between the Buffalo Bills and county officials have stalled, meaning a one-year interim lease would have to be reached...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss
TELLIN' IT LIKE IT IS

Rodgers on refs: 'Frustrating'

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, commenting on the replacement refs working the game against the 49ers, noted that there were "some bizarre calls on both sides."

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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Joe Namath downgrades the Jets again, says Tebow can’t be QB

Joe Namath has bashed the Jets over the course of the off-season. He’s questioned the motive of the coaching staff for bringing in Tim Tebow by referring to it as a publicity stunt and even went as far as saying the team is more interested in making headlines than winning football games. Now the former Jet is back at it again, discussing none other than Backup QB Tim Tebow (no...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Brother of Bills Marcell Dareus Killed in Triple Murder

According to ProFootballTalk, WIAT out of Birmingham, Alabama, has confirmed that at least one victim in a triple shooting Sunday is the brother of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. Nineteen-year-old Simeon Gilmore was killed in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham. Authorities said 20-year-old Jon Staggs Jr. of Pelham is being held in the triple slaying, which occurred...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Pistol Peat’s Top 5 RB’s Week One

Finally, everything is cooling off, there’s change in the air, and of course, football is back!  Week 1 is officially in the books, and I’ve come up with the top 5 running backs in the first games of the 2012 season.  There were many worthy half back performances that belong on the list, but there can only be 5.  After careful consideration, here’s my top 5 RB’s.   5...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Perhaps A Simple Nod Gesture This Year

Who could forget the controversial 2011 handshake immediately following the game between 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Lions head coach Jim Schwarts?  It turns out both coaches have when asked about it as we wait in anticipation for this Sunday’s matchup between the unbeaten San Fransisco and Detroit teams. “Our approach with the mini controversies are really to give them...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL.Com’s Power Rankings Label The Jets as ‘Tebow’

I was looking around on the NFL.com and decided to check out the Power Rankings. Little did I know that Elliott Harrison decided to play a tiny prank on the fans of the New York Jets. Either that or he made an honest mistake. Either way, it is hilarious nonetheless. I decided to snap the teams about the Jets and below the Jets so you know I did not doctor this. If you want to check...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Aaron Rodgers backs out of Boyz II Men jersey bet

Before week one’s game against the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a little wager with the group Boyz II Men. Rodgers wanted the Boyz to sing the National Anthem before the season opener, and they did so. However, there was a little side action going on. Rodgers also made a bet with singer Nathan Morris of the group. If the Packers...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Brett’s Picks For The Top Three Games of Week Two

With week one now officially in the books, we can finally turn our sights on week two. For fans of some teams, such as myself [Buffalo], week two brings about a chance to see if your team really is as awful as they looked in week one. Buffalo, Philadelphia, Miami, Cincinnati and New Orleans fans I am looking at you. For others, such as New York Jets, Denver, Baltimore, Atlanta and...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL not happy with RGIII’s “Heart” shirt

If you watched the Pregame show for the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints, you might have seen a shirt that Robert Griffin III was wearing prior to suiting up for his record-setting Rookie debut. This shirt modified by Robert Griffin III has the NFL a bit upset (Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE) Griffin appeared in a white Redskins shirt that had the word “Heart” handwritten...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Five years later, young fan gets his Aaron Rodgers autograph

After mailing a letter asking for an autograph in 2007, five years later, one young Packers fan finally had his request filled (Credit: AP Photo) When 15-year-old fan Nick Stigsell got a Rodgers autograph in the mail last week, it had been so long since he asked for it that he had forgotten he ever made the request. When the self-addressed envelope with Stigsell’s name on it,...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

NaVorro Bowman: 49ers’ win over Packers “was a huge statement”

After a 30-22 win over the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers NaVorro Bowman said the win was a “huge statement” (Credit: AP Photo) After leading the 49ers with 11 tackles and had an interception of Aaron Rodgers as the 49ers beat the Packers on Sunday and Bowman thinks this win meant a whole lot more than just in the standings. “That was a huge statement,” Bowman said...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Cutler has a message for Packers defensive backs: “Good luck”

With the addition of physical wide receivers such as Brandon Marshall (above), Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is becoming more cocky telling Green Bay defense backs “good luck” (Credit: AP Photo). As the Chicago Bears prepare for their showdown with division rival Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Jay Cutler is already giving the Packers bulletin board material. Cutler has always...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Jonathan Vilma to meet with Goodell for first time since Bounty Gate

Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove caught a break last week when a three member panel overturned their suspensions handed down from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell due to the Bounty Scandal that took place in New Orleans. During the time, the four players suspended refused to talk to Goodell, or any other league personnel to discuss bounties. During the...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Shurmur dismisses “clamoring for Colt,” insists Weeden will start

  Despite a 5.1 quarter back rating and a game where he turned the ball over six times, head coach Pat Shurmur told reports Brandon Weeden will start week two (Credit: AP Photo) After an abysmal start to the season, one in which he finished the game with a 5.1 quarterback rating, Cleveland Browns fans are already questioning whether or not quarterback Brandon Weeden should be the...
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September 11, 2012  |  Discuss
PAY THE MAN!

Harbaugh weighs in on Flacco contract

Following the Ravens QB's stellar performance in Baltimore's win over Cincinnati, head coach John Harbaugh said the team should pay Joe Flacco "whatever he wants."

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September 11, 2012  |  1 Comment
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