2014-10-30 Texans' Watt, Eagles' Barwin are prolific at batting passes - HOUSTON -- Since 2012, when the J.J. Watt batted passes phenomenon began, the players who lead the league in batted passes are two with similar roots. And they'll both be on the field at NRG Stadium on Sunday. J.J. Watt leads the league since then with 28 batted passes. Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin trails him with 17 batted passes since then. "I think it’s something that has to do with Bill Kollar," Barwin said, referencing the Texans' defensive line coach. ESPN - Houston Texans
    2014-10-30 Texans' Top-Heavy Offense Has No Extra Room for Damaris Johnson - When the Texans signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason, they were committing to an identity as a run-first offense. What we didn't know at the time was that, given head coach Bill O'Brien's reticence to embrace the spread as more than a two-minute drill tactic, Fitzpatrick's mental clock would lock the Texans into a pass offense that focuses almost exclusively on Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.  I would argue this is not necessarily a bad thing, because Houston's top-heavy roster has a lot of players I'd deem fungible. If the goal of an offense isn't to get the ball into the hands of its best players, is it really doing its job?  But I do not coach the Houston Texans, O'Brien does. And what O'Brien wants, according to Texans.com's Deepi Sidhu, is more involvement in the offense for preseason waiver claim Damaris Johnson.  I don't think (Damaris) Johnson has had a season worth writing home about. It's hard to fully separate his value from Fitzpatrick's scattershot arm, but from what I've seen, I think Johnson is the store brand version of Tavon Austin. And that's not a particularly flattering comparison given how Austin has played the past two seasons.  But the question this raises actually goes down to the fundamentals of the Houston offense. What change can be made to get (Damaris) Johnson more involved? The Texans used a third-round pick on tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and spent $11.75 million over three years to retain Garrett Graham in free agency. These are players Houston has actually invested valuable resources in, creating the two-tight end look O'Brien has preferred, and they have combined for just 22 targets.  And it's not like those were particularly effective targets, either. If O'Brien were willing to run three wideouts as a base set, rather than two tight ends, it could be the beginning of an interesting compromise with this offense.  Running back Arian Foster has seen nothing but stacked boxes when Houston has gone to its base looks. Graham, despite the contract, has always been a non-entity as a blocker. Fiedorowicz was drafted with the idea of being a multidimensional tight end who could block, but he's a rookie and has made plenty of rookie blocking mistakes.  In theory, playing (Damaris) Johnson more could un-crowd the box and get another speedy receiver on the field. Graham has been a non-factor as a receiver anyway, and if a receiving tight end can't even get enough targets to show off his calling card, how important can he be?  From purely an X's and O's standpoint, there are tons of creative ways to utilize (Damaris) Johnson. Run jet sweeps, use him out of the backfield as a receiver and otherwise give linebackers something else to think about rather than stopping Foster. And if that is the extent of (Damaris) Johnson's new "involvement," then sure, it does make some sense to give defenses more to worry about.  But it's not going to change the fundamental tenets of the Houston offense. Fitzpatrick is still not going to get past his second read on most plays. The Texans are still going to be more concerned about clock management and run effectiveness than expanding the pie of the passing offense. When they do pass, they have two of the handful of receivers in the league who can win one-on-ones with just about any cornerback. Those guys are getting the targets.  (Damaris) Johnson and Graham are both victims of the Pareto Principle and a quarterback who has to be expertly managed to create throws to the lower end of his route tree. Using one or the other more is just changing the window dressing rather than the way this offense will operate. Rivers McCown is the AFC South lead writer for Bleacher Report and the co-host of the Three-Cone Drill podcast. His work has also appeared on Football Outsiders and ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at @riversmccown. Bleacher Report
    2014-10-30 Ryan Fitzpatrick takes an old-school approach to film study - HOUSTON -- The line of questioning began as part of something else.  I'd read this story by Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal, that theorized NFL defenses were at a severe disadvantage because of the increased film-watching by offensive players on portable tablets that made subtleties in their systems glaringly obvious. So I asked Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick if he thought that was true. Turns out... "I don’t even use the iPad," Fitzpatrick said. ESPN - Houston Texans
    2014-10-30 Pass protection a priority as Texans prep for Eagles - If the Texans are going to upset Philadelphia at NRG Stadium, their pass protection must improved, especially blitz pickup. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been sacked 11 times in the last three games, including five against Indianapolis and five against Tennessee. As coach Bill O’Brien pointed out, the run blocking has been terrific, but the pass protection better be good enough to keep the Eagles’ best pass rushers – Connor Barwin and Trent Cole – away from Fitzpatrick. The Texans have to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick off the turf Sunday. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle) “I think where those guys (linemen) need to be better — along with the tight ends, the backs and [...] Houston Chronicle
    2014-10-30 Michael Beller: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Heavy bye week means digging deep to fill lineups - Week 9 marks the first of consecutive weeks with six teams on a bye. It?s not just any six teams, either. Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta,... SI.com Writers
    2014-10-30 Fantasy: Week 9 Rankings - Analysis - theScore's Justin Boone is currently ranked number one in FantasyPros' Most Accurate Expert Competition and is the top-ranked pro over the last three seasons. Scroll down to see his rankings for Week 9.A final rankings update will be available on Sunday morning.Quarterbacks RkPlayerOpp 1Peyton Manning - DENat NE2Andrew Luck - INDat NYG3Drew Brees - NOat Car4Tom Brady - NEvs. Den5Russell Wilson - SEAvs. Oak6Philip Rivers - SDat Mia7Colin Kaepernick - SFvs. StL8Cam Newton - CARvs. NO9Nick Foles - PHIat Hou10Tony Romo - DALvs. Ari11Ben Roethlisberger - PITvs. Bal12Carson Palmer - ARIat Dal13Ryan Tannehill - MIAvs. SD14Andy Dalton - CINvs. Jac15Alex Smith - KCvs. NYJ16Eli Manning - NYGvs. Ind17Joe Flacco - BALat Pit18Teddy Bridgewater - MINvs. Was19Ryan Fitzpatrick - HOUvs. Phi20Brian Hoyer - CLEvs. TB21Michael Vick - NYJat KC22Robert Griffin - WASat Min23Mike Glennon - TBat Cle24Austin Davis - STLat SF25Derek Carr - OAKat Sea26Blake Bortles - JACat Cin The highest over/under of the week goes to the Broncos vs. Patriots, which will feature two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks who have been absolutely eviscerating their opponents recently. Over the last four games, Tom Brady is averaging 317 yards and 3.5 touchdowns per outing, while Peyton Manning is averaging 330 yards and 3.5 touchdowns. After a slow start to the year, Brady has come on strong and is a top-five play this week. Another potential quarterback duel may not materialize as Tony Romo is looking like a game-time decision against the Cardinals. On the other side of the field, Carson Palmer is over his own injury woes and has been a solid, but not spectacular, fantasy quarterback since returning. Palmer has a plethora of weapons and is an excellent bye-week fill-in if he's available in your league. Speaking of Romo, if he is held out against the Cardinals, Brandon Weeden will not only be a scary fantasy option, but he'll drag the value of the Cowboys' other fantasy stars down. Maybe his time on the bench in Dallas has helped him develop, but I just keep having flashbacks to some of the baffling throws he made while starting for the Browns. One of the mistakes owners often make is overvaluing a player based on his performance the week before. This week's example would be Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns last Sunday. The Steelers quarterback's value is definitely rising, especially with the emergence of Martavis Bryant. However, prior to that massive stat line Roethlisberger had just one game with 20-plus fantasy points. Keep your expectations in check as he goes up against the division rival Ravens, as they have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Michael Vick is still fun to watch when he scrambles around, but don't be tempted to start him in fantasy based on his name and the good times you may have enjoyed with him in your lineup in years past. Trying to right the Jets offense on the road in Kansas City is not an easy task.Running Backs RkPlayerOpp 1Marshawn Lynch - SEAvs. Oak2Arian Foster - HOUvs. Phi3DeMarco Murray - DALvs. Ari4Jamaal Charles - KCvs. NYJ5LeSean McCoy - PHIat Hou6Le'Veon Bell - PITvs. Bal7Andre Ellington - ARIat Dal8Ronnie Hillman - DENat NE9Mark Ingram - NOat Car10Lamar Miller - MIAvs. SD11Giovani Bernard - CINvs. Jac12Ahmad Bradshaw - INDat NYG13Branden Oliver - SDat Mia14Jerick McKinnon - MINvs. Was15Alfred Morris - WASat Min16Frank Gore - SFvs. StL17Justin Forsett - BALat Pit18Andre Williams - NYGvs. Ind19Chris Ivory - NYJat KC20Ben Tate - CLEvs. TB21Shane Vereen - NEvs. Den22Denard Robinson - JACat Cin23Jeremy Hill - CINvs. Jac24Trent Richardson - INDat NYG25Darren McFadden - OAKat Sea26Jonathan Stewart - CARvs. NO27Bobby Rainey - TBat Cle28Lorenzo Taliaferro - BALat Pit29Travaris Cadet - NOat Car30Carlos Hyde - SFvs. StL31Charles Sims - TBat Cle32DeAngelo Williams - CARvs. NO33Tre Mason - STLat SF34Jonas Gray - NEvs. Den35Knile Davis - KCvs. NYJ36Terrance West - CLEvs. TB37Roy Helu - WASat Min38Darren Sproles - PHIat Hou39Juwan Thompson - DENat NE40Matt Asiata - MINvs. Was41Benny Cunningham - STLat SF42Daniel Thomas - MIAvs. SD43Isaiah Crowell - CLEvs. TB44Zac Stacy - STLat SF45LeGarrette Blount - PITvs. Bal46Robert Turbin - SEAvs. Oak47Peyton Hillis - NYGvs. Ind48Chris Johnson - NYJat KC49Toby Gerhart - JACat Cin50Joseph Randle - DALvs. Ari51Alfred Blue - HOUvs. Phi52Robert Hughes - ARIat Dal53Ronnie Brown - SDat Mia54Kyle Juszczyk - BALat Pit55Lance Dunbar - DALvs. Ari56Maurice Jones-Drew - OAKat Sea57De'Anthony Thomas - KCvs. NYJ58Marcel Reece - OAKat Sea59Bilal Powell - NYJat KC60Christine Michael - SEAvs. Oak After scoring six touchdowns in his first four games of the year, Marshawn Lynch hasn't found the end zone in three weeks. Beast Mode will definitely put an end to that drought this week, as the Seahawks welcome the Raiders to Seattle. The Raiders run defense leaves a lot to be desired and I expect Lynch to break the 100-yard mark with at least one touchdown. DeMarco Murray may have to carry the offense all by himself this week if Romo sits out. Murray is in the midst of a  monster season, but this week he faces a tough test against the Cardinals, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing rushers this year. That isn't a reason to consider benching Murray, just an explanation for why he is ranked third and not first this week. Murray's outstanding campaign has overshadowed a pretty impressive first half from Arian Foster. While Murray has rushed for 100 yards in every game, Foster has done so in six of the seven contests he's played in. That trend should continue at home against the Eagles. Coming off a 172-yard, one-touchdown effort, Mark Ingram has another quality matchup versus the Panthers on Thursday night. He will continue to receive the vast majority of snaps with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson likely out. Cadet will be used in the passing game, but he only had one carry last week. Ingram is a fantasy RB1 for Week 9. Giovani Bernard is reportedly dealing with a hip pointer and his clavicle is still an issue for him. With that in mind,  it might be smart for the Bengals to hold him out of a winnable game at home versus the Jaguars, especially since the team plays the Thursday nighter in Week 10. If Bernard doesn't suit up, Jeremy Hill will be ranked in the top 10 for this excellent matchup. The Browns running game hasn't been the same since center Alex Mack was lost to injury. Ben Tate, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell are all seeing snaps, but they haven't been able to do much with them in recent weeks. Until the team decides to give the bulk of the carries to one player, it's a dangerous situation to flirt with. If you have to rely on the Buccaneers backfield this week, I would play Bobby Rainey over the rookie Charles Sims. It's Sims' first game since suffering an ankle injury before the season and Tampa's rushing attack doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Sims is an interesting pickup for the stretch run, but not someone I would want to roll the dice on Sunday. Wide Receivers RkPlayerOpp 1Antonio Brown - PITvs. Bal2Dez Bryant - DALvs. Ari3Demaryius Thomas - DENat NE4T.Y. Hilton - INDat NYG5Jeremy Maclin - PHIat Hou6Emmanuel Sanders - DENat NE7Mike Wallace - MIAvs. SD8Kelvin Benjamin - CARvs. NO9Steve Smith - BALat Pit10Andre Johnson - HOUvs. Phi11Vincent Jackson - TBat Cle12Rueben Randle - NYGvs. Ind13DeAndre Hopkins - HOUvs. Phi14DeSean Jackson - WASat Min15A.J. Green - CINvs. Jac16Keenan Allen - SDat Mia17Michael Floyd - ARIat Dal18Brandin Cooks - NOat Car19Larry Fitzgerald - ARIat Dal20Doug Baldwin - SEAvs. Oak21Mohamed Sanu - CINvs. Jac22Brandon LaFell - NEvs. Den23Odell Beckham - NYGvs. Ind24Michael Crabtree - SFvs. StL25Julian Edelman - NEvs. Den26Terrance Williams - DALvs. Ari27Pierre Garcon - WASat Min28Mike Evans - TBat Cle29Denard Robinson - JACat Cin30Andrew Hawkins - CLEvs. TB31Allen Robinson - JACat Cin32Marques Colston - NOat Car33Eric Decker - NYJat KC34Cordarrelle Patterson - MINvs. Was35Torrey Smith - BALat Pit36Anquan Boldin - SFvs. StL37Dwayne Bowe - KCvs. NYJ38Donte Moncrief - INDat NYG39Andre Holmes - OAKat Sea40Malcom Floyd - SDat Mia41Percy Harvin - NYJat KC42John Brown - ARIat Dal43Greg Jennings - MINvs. Was44Cecil Shorts - JACat Cin45James Jones - OAKat Sea46Wes Welker - DENat NE47Martavis Bryant - PITvs. Bal48Riley Cooper - PHIat Hou49Kenny Britt - STLat SF50Reggie Wayne - INDat NYG51Jermaine Kearse - SEAvs. Oak52Miles Austin - CLEvs. TB53Eddie Royal - SDat Mia54Kenny Stills - NOat Car55Jordan Matthews - PHIat Hou56Jarvis Landry - MIAvs. SD57Louis Murphy - TBat Cle58Andre Roberts - WASat Min59Markus Wheaton - PITvs. Bal60Jerricho Cotchery - CARvs. NO61Taylor Gabriel - CLEvs. TB62Paul Richardson - SEAvs. Oak63Brandon Tate - CINvs. Jac64Jarius Wright - MINvs. Was65Steve Johnson - SFvs. StL66Allen Hurns - JACat Cin67Tavon Austin - STLat SF68Brian Hartline - MIAvs. SD69Preston Parker - NYGvs. Ind70Hakeem Nicks - INDat NYG Demaryius Thomas may have to deal with Darrelle Revis on Sunday, meaning Emmanuel Sanders could once again be the more productive Broncos receiver. In Week 8, Sanders caught all nine of his targets, finishing with 120 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots have done a good job versus the pass this season, but the Denver defense is far more potent than anything New England has had to deal with this season.  With so many teams on bye, the rankings get really interesting at wide receiver after the top five. Players like Kelvin Benjamin and Rueben Randle are higher than usual, but are very capable of posting big weeks in front of national audiences. Benjamin will get to showcase his talents on Thursday night, going up against a very generous Saints secondary. Randle has a tougher matchup on Monday Night Football (though it will get easier if Vontae Davis is ruled out), but he is now Eli Manning's top target with Victor Cruz out for the season. Larry Fitzgerald has posted a couple solid games in the last few weeks, but the Cardinals have remained adamant that they will throw to the open receiver, regardless of whether it's Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd or John Brown. Head coach Bruce Arians knows how to build a quality passing game, but I worry fantasy owners may have a hard time guessing which receiver will benefit in a given week. Despite his zero-catch performance last week, Floyd is still a player I want to own. Just a reminder that Denard Robinson is ranked under both running back and wide receiver because in Yahoo leagues he is eligible at both positions. His matchup on the road in Cincinnati isn't great, but Robinson has established himself as the clear lead back in Jacksonville with back-to-back 100-yard performances. Terrance Williams will be an intriguing start if Romo is under center, but right now Williams is ranked outside of the top 20. Brandon Weeden won't be able to support two fantasy receivers and Dez Bryant will get his yards regardless of who is passing him the ball. Brandon LaFell has emerged as Tom Brady's favorite receiver on the outside, with tight end Rob Gronkowski being his top option overall. LaFell caught all 11 of his targets for 124 yards and a score last week. Even in a tougher matchup against the Broncos secondary, LaFell is in the low-end WR2, high-end WR3 conversation now. I could probably copy and paste this every week, but if A.J. Green doesn't return to action, Mohamed Sanu will get a significant bump up the rankings into WR1 territory. Much like Golden Tate, Sanu has excelled during the absence of his team's top receiver.Don't be afraid to start rookies like Mike Evans, Allen Robinson, Donte Moncrief, John Brown or Martavis Bryant. They have lower floors than most receivers, but each is capable of outproducing their current ranking. Tight Ends RkPlayerOpp 1Rob Gronkowski - NEvs. Den2Julius Thomas - DENat NE3Jimmy Graham - NOat Car4Antonio Gates - SDat Mia5Greg Olsen - CARvs. NO6Larry Donnell - NYGvs. Ind7Dwayne Allen - INDat NYG8Jordan Reed - WASat Min9Travis Kelce - KCvs. NYJ10Zach Ertz - PHIat Hou11Jason Witten - DALvs. Ari12Vernon Davis - SFvs. StL13Heath Miller - PITvs. Bal14Jared Cook - STLat SF15Charles Clay - MIAvs. SD16Clay Harbor - JACat Cin17Tim Wright - NEvs. Den18Coby Fleener - INDat NYG19Jace Amaro - NYJat KC20Jermaine Gresham - CINvs. Jac21Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TBat Cle22John Carlson - ARIat Dal23Luke Willson - SEAvs. Oak24Chase Ford - MINvs. Was25Lance Kendricks - STLat SF26Crockett Gillmore - BALat Pit27Ladarius Green - SDat Mia28Gavin Escobar - DALvs. Ari29Mychal Rivera - OAKat Sea30Jeff Cumberland - NYJat KC Jimmy Graham contributed last week with five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. It's clear he's getting healthier and he remains one of the best options at the position even on limited snaps.  Rob Gronkowski was back to running defenders over and sometimes carrying them downfield with him last week. The Broncos are a favorable matchup for any tight end, so expect Gronk to carve them up. Larry Donnell should be set for a strong second half, starting with Monday night's matchup against the Colts. Prior to the bye, Donnell hauled in seven passes for 90 yards, which is more than you can ask for from most players at his position. Eli Manning loves throwing to Donnell and Indianapolis gives up the sixth most fantasy points to tight ends. Jordan Cameron isn't ranked, as he deals with a concussion. Unfortunately, Cameron has a history of concussions, putting not only his next few weeks in doubt, but perhaps the rest of his season. If there is a suitable waiver wire replacement, you can feel free to drop Cameron. Players like Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz have the talent to be impact fantasy players, but their teams just aren't using them as feature options. They still have high ceilings each week, but unfortunately that comes with very low floors as well. Tim Wright has touchdowns in his last three games and gets the same quality matchup as Gronkowski. It wouldn't surprise me if Bill Belichick acquired Wright simply to try and exploit Denver's weakness against tight ends. Defense/Special Teams RkPlayerOpp 1Cincinnati Bengals - Cinvs. Jac2Seattle Seahawks - Seavs. Oak3Kansas City Chiefs - KCvs. NYJ4San Francisco 49ers - SFvs. StL5Cleveland Browns - Clevs. TB6Dallas Cowboys - Dalvs. Ari7Minnesota Vikings - Minvs. Was8Philadelphia Eagles - Phiat Hou9Baltimore Ravens - Balat Pit10Arizona Cardinals - Ariat Dal11Indianapolis Colts - Indat NYG12Miami Dolphins - Miavs. SD13Denver Broncos - Denat NE14Houston Texans - Houvs. Phi15Pittsburgh Steelers - Pitvs. Bal16Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TBat Cle17New York Jets - NYJat KC18San Diego Chargers - SDat Mia19New Orleans Saints - NOat Car20New England Patriots - NEvs. Den21New York Giants - NYGvs. Ind22Washington Redskins - Wasat Min23Jacksonville Jaguars - Jacat Cin24Carolina Panthers - Carvs. NO25St. Louis Rams - StLat SF26Oakland Raiders - Oakat Sea Kickers RkPlayerOpp 1Stephen Gostkowski - NEvs. Den2Steven Hauschka - SEAvs. Oak3Dan Bailey - DALvs. Ari4Justin Tucker - BALat Pit5Adam Vinatieri - INDat NYG6Cody Parkey - PHIat Hou7Phil Dawson - SFvs. StL8Nick Novak - SDat Mia9Shayne Graham - NOat Car10Chandler Catanzaro - ARIat Dal11Mike Nugent - CINvs. Jac12Shaun Suisham - PITvs. Bal13Brandon McManus - DENat NE14Blair Walsh - MINvs. Was15Cairo Santos - KCvs. NYJ16Caleb Sturgis - MIAvs. SD17Billy Cundiff - CLEvs. TB18Graham Gano - CARvs. NO19Nick Folk - NYJat KC20Sebastian Janikowski - OAKat Sea21Josh Brown - NYGvs. Ind22Randy Bullock - HOUvs. Phi23Patrick Murray - TBat Cle24Kai Forbath - WASat Min25Greg Zuerlein - STLat SF26Josh Scobee - JACat Cin Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. 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    2014-10-30 Fantasy: Week 9 Rankings - Analysis - theScore's Justin Boone is currently ranked number one in FantasyPros' Most Accurate Expert Competition and is the top-ranked pro over the last three seasons. Scroll down to see his rankings for Week 9.A final rankings update will be available on Sunday morning.Quarterbacks RkPlayerOpp 1Peyton Manning - DENat NE2Andrew Luck - INDat NYG3Drew Brees - NOat Car4Tom Brady - NEvs. Den5Russell Wilson - SEAvs. Oak6Philip Rivers - SDat Mia7Colin Kaepernick - SFvs. StL8Cam Newton - CARvs. NO9Nick Foles - PHIat Hou10Tony Romo - DALvs. Ari11Ben Roethlisberger - PITvs. Bal12Carson Palmer - ARIat Dal13Ryan Tannehill - MIAvs. SD14Andy Dalton - CINvs. Jac15Alex Smith - KCvs. NYJ16Eli Manning - NYGvs. Ind17Joe Flacco - BALat Pit18Teddy Bridgewater - MINvs. Was19Ryan Fitzpatrick - HOUvs. Phi20Brian Hoyer - CLEvs. TB21Michael Vick - NYJat KC22Robert Griffin - WASat Min23Mike Glennon - TBat Cle24Austin Davis - STLat SF25Derek Carr - OAKat Sea26Blake Bortles - JACat Cin The highest over/under of the week goes to the Broncos vs. Patriots, which will feature two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks who have been absolutely eviscerating their opponents recently. Over the last four games, Tom Brady is averaging 317 yards and 3.5 touchdowns per outing, while Peyton Manning is averaging 330 yards and 3.5 touchdowns. After a slow start to the year, Brady has come on strong and is a top-five play this week. Another potential quarterback duel may not materialize as Tony Romo is looking like a game-time decision against the Cardinals. On the other side of the field, Carson Palmer is over his own injury woes and has been a solid, but not spectacular, fantasy quarterback since returning. Palmer has a plethora of weapons and is an excellent bye-week fill-in if he's available in your league. Speaking of Romo, if he is held out against the Cardinals, Brandon Weeden will not only be a scary fantasy option, but he'll drag the value of the Cowboys' other fantasy stars down. Maybe his time on the bench in Dallas has helped him develop, but I just keep having flashbacks to some of the baffling throws he made while starting for the Browns. One of the mistakes owners often make is overvaluing a player based on his performance the week before. This week's example would be Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 522 yards and six touchdowns last Sunday. The Steelers quarterback's value is definitely rising, especially with the emergence of Martavis Bryant. However, prior to that massive stat line Roethlisberger had just one game with 20-plus fantasy points. Keep your expectations in check as he goes up against the division rival Ravens, as they have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Michael Vick is still fun to watch when he scrambles around, but don't be tempted to start him in fantasy based on his name and the good times you may have enjoyed with him in your lineup in years past. Trying to right the Jets offense on the road in Kansas City is not an easy task.Running Backs RkPlayerOpp 1Marshawn Lynch - SEAvs. Oak2Arian Foster - HOUvs. Phi3DeMarco Murray - DALvs. Ari4Jamaal Charles - KCvs. NYJ5LeSean McCoy - PHIat Hou6Le'Veon Bell - PITvs. Bal7Andre Ellington - ARIat Dal8Ronnie Hillman - DENat NE9Mark Ingram - NOat Car10Lamar Miller - MIAvs. SD11Giovani Bernard - CINvs. Jac12Ahmad Bradshaw - INDat NYG13Branden Oliver - SDat Mia14Jerick McKinnon - MINvs. Was15Alfred Morris - WASat Min16Frank Gore - SFvs. StL17Justin Forsett - BALat Pit18Andre Williams - NYGvs. Ind19Chris Ivory - NYJat KC20Ben Tate - CLEvs. TB21Shane Vereen - NEvs. Den22Denard Robinson - JACat Cin23Jeremy Hill - CINvs. Jac24Trent Richardson - INDat NYG25Darren McFadden - OAKat Sea26Jonathan Stewart - CARvs. NO27Bobby Rainey - TBat Cle28Lorenzo Taliaferro - BALat Pit29Travaris Cadet - NOat Car30Carlos Hyde - SFvs. StL31Charles Sims - TBat Cle32DeAngelo Williams - CARvs. NO33Tre Mason - STLat SF34Jonas Gray - NEvs. Den35Knile Davis - KCvs. NYJ36Terrance West - CLEvs. TB37Roy Helu - WASat Min38Darren Sproles - PHIat Hou39Juwan Thompson - DENat NE40Matt Asiata - MINvs. Was41Benny Cunningham - STLat SF42Daniel Thomas - MIAvs. SD43Isaiah Crowell - CLEvs. TB44Zac Stacy - STLat SF45LeGarrette Blount - PITvs. Bal46Robert Turbin - SEAvs. Oak47Peyton Hillis - NYGvs. Ind48Chris Johnson - NYJat KC49Toby Gerhart - JACat Cin50Joseph Randle - DALvs. Ari51Alfred Blue - HOUvs. Phi52Robert Hughes - ARIat Dal53Ronnie Brown - SDat Mia54Kyle Juszczyk - BALat Pit55Lance Dunbar - DALvs. Ari56Maurice Jones-Drew - OAKat Sea57De'Anthony Thomas - KCvs. NYJ58Marcel Reece - OAKat Sea59Bilal Powell - NYJat KC60Christine Michael - SEAvs. Oak After scoring six touchdowns in his first four games of the year, Marshawn Lynch hasn't found the end zone in three weeks. Beast Mode will definitely put an end to that drought this week, as the Seahawks welcome the Raiders to Seattle. The Raiders run defense leaves a lot to be desired and I expect Lynch to break the 100-yard mark with at least one touchdown. DeMarco Murray may have to carry the offense all by himself this week if Romo sits out. Murray is in the midst of a  monster season, but this week he faces a tough test against the Cardinals, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing rushers this year. That isn't a reason to consider benching Murray, just an explanation for why he is ranked third and not first this week. Murray's outstanding campaign has overshadowed a pretty impressive first half from Arian Foster. While Murray has rushed for 100 yards in every game, Foster has done so in six of the seven contests he's played in. That trend should continue at home against the Eagles. Coming off a 172-yard, one-touchdown effort, Mark Ingram has another quality matchup versus the Panthers on Thursday night. He will continue to receive the vast majority of snaps with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson likely out. Cadet will be used in the passing game, but he only had one carry last week. Ingram is a fantasy RB1 for Week 9. Giovani Bernard is reportedly dealing with a hip pointer and his clavicle is still an issue for him. With that in mind,  it might be smart for the Bengals to hold him out of a winnable game at home versus the Jaguars, especially since the team plays the Thursday nighter in Week 10. If Bernard doesn't suit up, Jeremy Hill will be ranked in the top 10 for this excellent matchup. The Browns running game hasn't been the same since center Alex Mack was lost to injury. Ben Tate, Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell are all seeing snaps, but they haven't been able to do much with them in recent weeks. Until the team decides to give the bulk of the carries to one player, it's a dangerous situation to flirt with. If you have to rely on the Buccaneers backfield this week, I would play Bobby Rainey over the rookie Charles Sims. It's Sims' first game since suffering an ankle injury before the season and Tampa's rushing attack doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Sims is an interesting pickup for the stretch run, but not someone I would want to roll the dice on Sunday. Wide Receivers RkPlayerOpp 1Antonio Brown - PITvs. Bal2Dez Bryant - DALvs. Ari3Demaryius Thomas - DENat NE4T.Y. Hilton - INDat NYG5Jeremy Maclin - PHIat Hou6Emmanuel Sanders - DENat NE7Mike Wallace - MIAvs. SD8Kelvin Benjamin - CARvs. NO9Steve Smith - BALat Pit10Andre Johnson - HOUvs. Phi11Vincent Jackson - TBat Cle12Rueben Randle - NYGvs. Ind13DeAndre Hopkins - HOUvs. Phi14DeSean Jackson - WASat Min15A.J. Green - CINvs. Jac16Keenan Allen - SDat Mia17Michael Floyd - ARIat Dal18Brandin Cooks - NOat Car19Larry Fitzgerald - ARIat Dal20Doug Baldwin - SEAvs. Oak21Mohamed Sanu - CINvs. Jac22Brandon LaFell - NEvs. Den23Odell Beckham - NYGvs. Ind24Michael Crabtree - SFvs. StL25Julian Edelman - NEvs. Den26Terrance Williams - DALvs. Ari27Pierre Garcon - WASat Min28Mike Evans - TBat Cle29Denard Robinson - JACat Cin30Andrew Hawkins - CLEvs. TB31Allen Robinson - JACat Cin32Marques Colston - NOat Car33Eric Decker - NYJat KC34Cordarrelle Patterson - MINvs. Was35Torrey Smith - BALat Pit36Anquan Boldin - SFvs. StL37Dwayne Bowe - KCvs. NYJ38Donte Moncrief - INDat NYG39Andre Holmes - OAKat Sea40Malcom Floyd - SDat Mia41Percy Harvin - NYJat KC42John Brown - ARIat Dal43Greg Jennings - MINvs. Was44Cecil Shorts - JACat Cin45James Jones - OAKat Sea46Wes Welker - DENat NE47Martavis Bryant - PITvs. Bal48Riley Cooper - PHIat Hou49Kenny Britt - STLat SF50Reggie Wayne - INDat NYG51Jermaine Kearse - SEAvs. Oak52Miles Austin - CLEvs. TB53Eddie Royal - SDat Mia54Kenny Stills - NOat Car55Jordan Matthews - PHIat Hou56Jarvis Landry - MIAvs. SD57Louis Murphy - TBat Cle58Andre Roberts - WASat Min59Markus Wheaton - PITvs. Bal60Jerricho Cotchery - CARvs. NO61Taylor Gabriel - CLEvs. TB62Paul Richardson - SEAvs. Oak63Brandon Tate - CINvs. Jac64Jarius Wright - MINvs. Was65Steve Johnson - SFvs. StL66Allen Hurns - JACat Cin67Tavon Austin - STLat SF68Brian Hartline - MIAvs. SD69Preston Parker - NYGvs. Ind70Hakeem Nicks - INDat NYG Demaryius Thomas may have to deal with Darrelle Revis on Sunday, meaning Emmanuel Sanders could once again be the more productive Broncos receiver. In Week 8, Sanders caught all nine of his targets, finishing with 120 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots have done a good job versus the pass this season, but the Denver defense is far more potent than anything New England has had to deal with this season.  With so many teams on bye, the rankings get really interesting at wide receiver after the top five. Players like Kelvin Benjamin and Rueben Randle are higher than usual, but are very capable of posting big weeks in front of national audiences. Benjamin will get to showcase his talents on Thursday night, going up against a very generous Saints secondary. Randle has a tougher matchup on Monday Night Football (though it will get easier if Vontae Davis is ruled out), but he is now Eli Manning's top target with Victor Cruz out for the season. Larry Fitzgerald has posted a couple solid games in the last few weeks, but the Cardinals have remained adamant that they will throw to the open receiver, regardless of whether it's Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd or John Brown. Head coach Bruce Arians knows how to build a quality passing game, but I worry fantasy owners may have a hard time guessing which receiver will benefit in a given week. Despite his zero-catch performance last week, Floyd is still a player I want to own. Just a reminder that Denard Robinson is ranked under both running back and wide receiver because in Yahoo leagues he is eligible at both positions. His matchup on the road in Cincinnati isn't great, but Robinson has established himself as the clear lead back in Jacksonville with back-to-back 100-yard performances. Terrance Williams will be an intriguing start if Romo is under center, but right now Williams is ranked outside of the top 20. Brandon Weeden won't be able to support two fantasy receivers and Dez Bryant will get his yards regardless of who is passing him the ball. Brandon LaFell has emerged as Tom Brady's favorite receiver on the outside, with tight end Rob Gronkowski being his top option overall. LaFell caught all 11 of his targets for 124 yards and a score last week. Even in a tougher matchup against the Broncos secondary, LaFell is in the low-end WR2, high-end WR3 conversation now. I could probably copy and paste this every week, but if A.J. Green doesn't return to action, Mohamed Sanu will get a significant bump up the rankings into WR1 territory. Much like Golden Tate, Sanu has excelled during the absence of his team's top receiver.Don't be afraid to start rookies like Mike Evans, Allen Robinson, Donte Moncrief, John Brown or Martavis Bryant. They have lower floors than most receivers, but each is capable of outproducing their current ranking. Tight Ends RkPlayerOpp 1Rob Gronkowski - NEvs. Den2Julius Thomas - DENat NE3Jimmy Graham - NOat Car4Antonio Gates - SDat Mia5Greg Olsen - CARvs. NO6Larry Donnell - NYGvs. Ind7Dwayne Allen - INDat NYG8Jordan Reed - WASat Min9Travis Kelce - KCvs. NYJ10Zach Ertz - PHIat Hou11Jason Witten - DALvs. Ari12Vernon Davis - SFvs. StL13Heath Miller - PITvs. Bal14Jared Cook - STLat SF15Charles Clay - MIAvs. SD16Clay Harbor - JACat Cin17Tim Wright - NEvs. Den18Coby Fleener - INDat NYG19Jace Amaro - NYJat KC20Jermaine Gresham - CINvs. Jac21Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TBat Cle22John Carlson - ARIat Dal23Luke Willson - SEAvs. Oak24Chase Ford - MINvs. Was25Lance Kendricks - STLat SF26Crockett Gillmore - BALat Pit27Ladarius Green - SDat Mia28Gavin Escobar - DALvs. Ari29Mychal Rivera - OAKat Sea30Jeff Cumberland - NYJat KC Jimmy Graham contributed last week with five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. It's clear he's getting healthier and he remains one of the best options at the position even on limited snaps.  Rob Gronkowski was back to running defenders over and sometimes carrying them downfield with him last week. The Broncos are a favorable matchup for any tight end, so expect Gronk to carve them up. Larry Donnell should be set for a strong second half, starting with Monday night's matchup against the Colts. Prior to the bye, Donnell hauled in seven passes for 90 yards, which is more than you can ask for from most players at his position. Eli Manning loves throwing to Donnell and Indianapolis gives up the sixth most fantasy points to tight ends. Jordan Cameron isn't ranked, as he deals with a concussion. Unfortunately, Cameron has a history of concussions, putting not only his next few weeks in doubt, but perhaps the rest of his season. If there is a suitable waiver wire replacement, you can feel free to drop Cameron. Players like Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz have the talent to be impact fantasy players, but their teams just aren't using them as feature options. They still have high ceilings each week, but unfortunately that comes with very low floors as well. Tim Wright has touchdowns in his last three games and gets the same quality matchup as Gronkowski. It wouldn't surprise me if Bill Belichick acquired Wright simply to try and exploit Denver's weakness against tight ends. Defense/Special Teams RkPlayerOpp 1Cincinnati Bengals - Cinvs. Jac2Seattle Seahawks - Seavs. Oak3Kansas City Chiefs - KCvs. NYJ4San Francisco 49ers - SFvs. StL5Cleveland Browns - Clevs. TB6Dallas Cowboys - Dalvs. Ari7Minnesota Vikings - Minvs. Was8Philadelphia Eagles - Phiat Hou9Baltimore Ravens - Balat Pit10Arizona Cardinals - Ariat Dal11Indianapolis Colts - Indat NYG12Miami Dolphins - Miavs. SD13Denver Broncos - Denat NE14Houston Texans - Houvs. Phi15Pittsburgh Steelers - Pitvs. Bal16Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TBat Cle17New York Jets - NYJat KC18San Diego Chargers - SDat Mia19New Orleans Saints - NOat Car20New England Patriots - NEvs. Den21New York Giants - NYGvs. Ind22Washington Redskins - Wasat Min23Jacksonville Jaguars - Jacat Cin24Carolina Panthers - Carvs. NO25St. Louis Rams - StLat SF26Oakland Raiders - Oakat Sea Kickers RkPlayerOpp 1Stephen Gostkowski - NEvs. Den2Steven Hauschka - SEAvs. Oak3Dan Bailey - DALvs. Ari4Justin Tucker - BALat Pit5Adam Vinatieri - INDat NYG6Cody Parkey - PHIat Hou7Phil Dawson - SFvs. StL8Nick Novak - SDat Mia9Shayne Graham - NOat Car10Chandler Catanzaro - ARIat Dal11Mike Nugent - CINvs. Jac12Shaun Suisham - PITvs. Bal13Brandon McManus - DENat NE14Blair Walsh - MINvs. Was15Cairo Santos - KCvs. NYJ16Caleb Sturgis - MIAvs. SD17Billy Cundiff - CLEvs. TB18Graham Gano - CARvs. NO19Nick Folk - NYJat KC20Sebastian Janikowski - OAKat Sea21Josh Brown - NYGvs. Ind22Randy Bullock - HOUvs. Phi23Patrick Murray - TBat Cle24Kai Forbath - WASat Min25Greg Zuerlein - STLat SF26Josh Scobee - JACat Cin Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. 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    2014-10-30 Stop comparing Kyle Orton to Ryan Fitzpatrick. http://t.co/Gt9ENpqLpo #PurdueNotHarvard - None twitter
    2014-10-30 Bleach Social: Where Are You Watching Texans-Eagles? - After two weeks on the road, the Houston Texans returns to NRG Stadium to host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Where will you be watching? You'll have to forgive DeMeco Ryans, Connor Barwin, James Casey, Bryan Braman, Andrew Gardner, Donnie Jones, and Jeff Maehl if they wander into the wrong locker room on Sunday. It's Old Home Week for those former Texans, and I know that I'm eager to see how they fare against their former employers. Hopefully, they're all awful. I trust you'll be watching as well, so I ask you: What your plans for Texans-Eagles on Sunday afternoon? Will you be at NRG Stadium, loudly lecturing all those around you about how Whitney Mercilus measures up to Cap'n 'Meco when it comes to wearing No. 59 in battle red? Will you be watching at home, fighting the urge to mimic Connor Barwin's sack dance should (when?) he takes down Ryan Fitzpatrick? Will you be at a pub, staging punting exhibitions in the parking lot at commercial breaks like you're Shane Lechler or Donnie Jones? Whatever your plans, let us know in the Comments. If you're still trying to figure out what you're going to do, or if you're a stranger in a strange land looking for somewhere to catch the game, pose any queries here; someone might have a suggestion for you. Similarly, if you've got a worthy spot staked out somewhere and want to clue fellow Texans fans in to it, please divulge that information in the Comments as well. Eagles vs Texans coverage Bleeding Green Nation Battle Red Blog
    2014-10-30 RTC: Texans-Eagles will have intrasquad feeling - Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans ... When the seven former Texans return to Houston on Sunday, they'll lend an intrasquad feeling to the game, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. McClain addresses some of the history of how each of those players wound up with the Eagles after playing for the Texans. To some people in Houston, 'the general ' is a certain Texans reporter. To others, it's Ryan Fitzpatrick, writes Jim Corbett of USA Today. ESPN - Houston Texans
    2014-10-30 Eagles vs. Texans: Breaking Down Philadelphia's Game Plan - No NFL head coach likes to push the ball downfield more than Chip Kelly, but his Philadelphia Eagles offense hasn’t been nearly as efficient on deep passes in 2014 as it was last season. That being said, the opportunity for big plays should be there against the Houston Texans on Sunday—it’s simply a matter of converting. No team has allowed more completions of 40 yards or more than the Texans with 10. Literally not a week has gone by without Houston’s defense getting gashed for a huge gain in the passing game. Now, the most aggressive offense in the league is heading into Reliant Stadium. Better leave the roof open, because there might be fireworks. True, Nick Foles has not been sharp under center for the Eagles this season, deep ball or otherwise. That hasn’t stopped Kelly from trying to pick up chunks of yardage. Despite Foles’ struggles with accuracy and turnovers, no quarterback has attempted more passes of 20 yards or more—and there isn’t a close second—according to signature stats by Pro Football Focus (subscription required). The strategy has not been without its share of success, either. Foles may rank 25th out of 34 qualifiers with a 35.1 completion percentage and second with five interceptions on attempts of 20-plus, yet he’s also third with 18 completions, first with eight touchdowns. This isn’t the same Philadelphia offense that finished No. 1 in the NFL with 18 completions of 40 yards or more in 2013, but it is close. Of course, in order to push the ball downfield, the quarterback needs time and space to throw, which has been something of an issue for the Eagles this season. The offensive line receives some help this week in the form of Jason Kelce, the dynamic center likely returning from injury based on Geoff Mosher’s report for CSNPhilly.com. However, backup left guard Matt Tobin and right guard Todd Herremans—reportedly playing with a torn biceps, according to Jeff McLane for The Philadelphia Inquirer—have an enormous challenge on their hands in All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt. Despite Watt’s impact up front, the Texans secondary is vulnerable. Houston’s defense is ranked 28th through the air in total yards per game. Kelly should probably devise a more balanced approach than the Eagles took in their Week 8 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, where Foles dropped back to pass a whopping 62 times. That being said, throwing the football can and should still be the focal point of the offensive game plan, because if the Texans’ previous games serve as any indication, the throws are there to be made.   Stop Foster, Stop the Texans Arian Foster is back and in a big way. Coming off a 2013 campaign that was cut in half by injuries, Foster is on pace to post new career highs. The three-time Pro Bowler's second in the NFL in rushing yards (766), third in rushing average (5.2), fourth in yards from scrimmage (932) and first in rushing (seven) and total touchdowns (nine). What’s slightly befuddling about Foster’s breakout is he’s doing it with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. You would think defenses would load up the box to stop the ground attack, then dare the journeyman signal-caller to beat them. At least, that’s what the Eagles should do. Fitzpatrick is actually experiencing something of a career renaissance himself in his first season with the Texans. A 63.4 completion percentage, 7.7 yards per attempt and an 87.6 passer rating would all be personal bests for the 10th-year veteran if the season ended today. Credit Foster’s dominance and credit the offensive mind of new head coach Bill O’Brien, but Fitzpatrick has been a respectable starter for Houston. That being said, he’s still prone to mistakes. Despite the fact that Houston’s offense ranks second in the league in rushing attempts, Fitzpatrick has managed to toss seven interceptions nonetheless. Of the other 12 signal-callers with at least six picks, only two have thrown fewer passes. Sacks and fumbles aren’t out of the question, either. Fitzpatrick will spend a healthy amount of time running for his life when under pressure. He’s been caught in the backfield for a loss 16 times this season, escaped for shots, often meaningless gains too many times to count. He’s also fumbled four times, but he's been fortunate to lose just one. It stands to reason the more the ball is in Fitzpatrick’s hands, the more opportunities there are for the Eagles to create negative plays. Of course, if it were that easy, more teams would probably be doing it. In the six games Foster has started and finished, he’s eclipsed 100 yards on the ground in every one—nothing less than we’ve come to expect from the three-time 1,000-yard rusher. Also Philadelphia has not been quite as good at defending the run this year. In 2013, the Eagles ranked 10th against the run and fourth in yards per carry. Seven games into ’14, the Birds are 21st against the run and ninth in yards per carry. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis also risks putting his much-maligned defensive backs out on islands against some very good wideouts by devoting resources to stopping the run. Seven-time Pro Bowler Andre Johnson and 22-year-old DeAndre Hopkins are both over 500 yards receiving already. They could eat Nate Allen, Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher alive. If somebody can get them the ball, that is. Against a Philadelphia pass rush that has terrorized opposing signal-callers at times this season, Fitzpatrick could be exposed for what he is—a transitional quarterback. A placeholder. The key is forcing the Texans to air it out more than they normally would, and that means containing Foster and the Houston running game first. Bleacher Report
    2014-10-30 Football Daily Dose: Week 9 Sleepers - Nick Mensio identifies a dozen Week 9 sleepers and cheap FanDuel options, checking in on Anquan Boldin, Andrew Hawkins, and 10 others. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-30 Weekly Surprises: Week 9 Sleepers - Nick Mensio identifies a dozen Week 9 sleepers and cheap FanDuel options, checking in on Anquan Boldin, Andrew Hawkins, and 10 others. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
    2014-10-30 Week 9 Sleepers (Rotoworld) - Nick Mensio identifies a dozen Week 9 sleepers and cheap FanDuel options, checking in on Anquan Boldin, Andrew Hawkins, and 10 others. Yahoo Sports - St. Louis Rams
    2014-10-30 Dissecting Most Crucial Matchups in Philadelphia Eagles' Week 9 Game vs. Houston - This week, the Philadelphia Eagles will look to rebound from a tough 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The game against the Houston Texans seems winnable; after all, the Texans won just two games last year and their quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, doesn’t scare anyone. But Houston is already 4-4 this year and just a game back of the Indianapolis Colts for first place in the AFC South. And they have a slew of stars, ranging from running back Arian Foster to wide receiver Andre Johnson to all-world defensive end J.J. Watt. It’s difficult to pinpoint just three matchups that will decide this contest, but here are the ones that will likely play the largest impact in determining the winner, starting with a nightmarish matchup for Philadelphia.   RG Todd Herremans/RT Lane Johnson vs. LDE J.J. Watt There aren't enough superlatives to fully express J.J. Watt's greatness. He's every bit the player Lawrence Taylor was in his prime; Watt is flat-out unblockable and has the ability to take over a game from the 3-4 defensive end position. He's probably the best player in football in terms of pure dominance. The 4-4 Houston Texans might be 3-5 or 2-6 or even worse without Watt, who is just running away with the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award. For the season, Watt has seven sacks, three fumble recoveries, 22 tackles, seven passes defensed, an 80-yard pick-six, a 45-yard fumble return touchdown and a receiving touchdown. He can rush the passer and play the run as well as anyone in the game. And he's a master at the batted pass. Even when he's not accumulating statistics, he's opening up opportunities for his teammates. Watt typically lines up as the 5-technique defensive end on the left side of a three-man front. That would put him head-to-head against either right guard Todd Herremans or right tackle Lane Johnson. The problem is that no one man can block Watt, and Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will be creative and allow Watt to line up at multiple spots on the line. Oh yeah, and Herremans is dealing with a pretty serious injury that he wants to play through. Todd Herremans tore the biceps in his left arm, per NFL sources. The #Eagles RG is apparently going to try and play at least for 1 week. — Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 28, 2014 There's a pretty good chance Herremans will have to leave early due to injury. With Matt Tobin already filling in for Evan Mathis at left guard, third-year lineman Dennis Kelly would seem like the logical choice as the fill-in. Or not? I wonder if Andrew Gardner's experience practicing against J.J. Watt would influence having him as backup RG ahead of Dennis Kelly. — Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 29, 2014 Regardless of who plays right guard, he's in for a long game. Watt also doesn't line up exclusively at one spot; he can pretty much pick where he wants to play on the line, and he's good enough to inflict damage. The key won't be for Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to stop Watt; that can't be done. What Shurmur (and head coach Chip Kelly) can hope for is that he's creative enough with his game plan that the Eagles limit the number of impact plays Watt makes. The Tennessee Titans certainly couldn't do it last week. Playing against right tackle Michael Oher, Watt finished with two sacks, four pressures, three stops and a batted pass, rating as a ridiculous plus-9.2 per Pro Football Focus' game grades (subscription required). Watt is far and away the best player this season at his respective position; in fact, he's rated by PFF as the best player in the league, regardless of position. The only team to slow him down this season was the Oakland Raiders, who held Watt sackless and forced a minus-0.2 rating, per PFF's standards. (Of course, Watt still did finish with two quarterback hits, three pressures and a touchdown catch on offense, all of which would constitute a banner day for most defensive ends.) If the Eagles can work some miracle and a find a way to slow Watt, they have a chance. But if they don't, it could be the longest afternoon of Nick Foles' NFL life.   LT Jason Peters vs. ROLB Jadeveon Clowney Not only do the Houston Texans have J.J. Watt, but they have Jadeveon Clowney, this year's first overall draft pick and a player with a skill set that gives him a chance to be one of the game's all-time greats. Clowney has missed the majority of his rookie season with a knee injury. In his first action back last week he played 33 snaps, registering just a single quarterback hurry. His NFL stats thus far are nothing to brag about: just two tackles and no sacks. But that doesn't mean the Philadelphia Eagles should take Clowney lightly. He was the first player taken in the 2014 NFL draft for a reason; his first step as a pass-rusher is almost lethal, and he can play the run too. Fortunately, Jason Peters is a tremendous left tackle. He’s a six-time Pro Bowler who excels in both run blocking and pass blocking. He shut down Robert Quinn and Jason Pierre-Paul in consecutive weeks, and PFF rates him as the fifth-best overall offensive tackle in the NFL this season. The fact that J.J. Watt will be likely terrorizing the right side of the Eagles’ offensive line only increases the importance of Peters playing well.   CB Cary Williams vs. WR Andre Johnson The Cary Williams-Andre Johnson matchup could spell serious trouble for Philadelphia Eagles fans. Cary Williams has struggled this season, to say the least. Per Pro Football Focus, he’s been targeted 50 times. Thirty-one of those passes have been complete (62.0 percent) for 411 yards, three touchdowns and a 108.0 passer rating. Williams hasn’t recorded a single interception yet, this after picking off three in 2013. Andre Johnson is a 12-year veteran, but he’s still one of the best wide receivers in the game. He possesses a scary combination of size, speed and strength, checking in at 6’2”, 220 pounds. Johnson is on pace for another 1,100-yard season made even more impressive by the fact that he doesn’t have even close to an elite quarterback throwing to him. Per PFF Gold (subscription required), Johnson lines up on the left side at a slightly greater rate (45 percent) than DeAndre Hopkins (38 percent). Meanwhile, Williams plays right cornerback almost exclusively. Williams has faced Johnson previously; back in 2012 when Williams was on the Baltimore Ravens he matched up against Johnson for the majority of the game. Johnson finished with four catches (on four targets) for 37 yards, although he didn’t score a touchdown. If Williams can hold Johnson to 37 yards in this contest, he’ll have done his job; the problem is that the Houston Texans have another receiver in Hopkins who could give just as much fits to the Eagles’ other cornerback, Bradley Fletcher. Bleacher Report
    2014-10-30 4 Bold Predictions for Philadelphia Eagles' Week 9 Matchup - Malcolm Jenkins is already establishing himself as the most feared safety the Eagles have had since Brian Dawkins. He is lethal in pass coverage, having already picked off three passes in seven games, which is currently tied for third most in the league. Jenkins may have gone three weeks without an interception, but a player of his awareness and football IQ should nab another one very soon. What better opportunity than against Ryan Fitzpatrick? Fitzpatrick has thrown seven interceptions to just nine touchdowns. Fitzpatrick is also known for having one of the weaker arms in the NFL. All it takes is for one deeper pass to be slightly off the mark for Jenkins to be able to make a play on it. Follow @YuehHo_BR Bleacher Report
    2014-10-30 Ben Roethlisberger's Updated 2014 Fantasy Outlook Heading into Week 9 - In terms of fantasy quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger has been a revelation lately. But with his value on the rise, this might be the perfect time to find a trade partner for the Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller. His 522 passing yards were enough to make fantasy owners happy, but the absurd six touchdowns made those who benched him regret everything. Roethlisberger not only put up ridiculous numbers in Week 8 but actually set a franchise record, as Adam Schefter of ESPN notes: Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network provided some background on where that puts him compared to entire NFL teams: While some owners might be immediately planning on starting Big Ben, it might not be an automatic move. Sure, if it's over Teddy Bridgewater, it's probably an obvious move. Let's just say this might not necessarily be a trend for Roethlisberger. Even with that 44.78-point performance, he still has a whopping two games with over 20 points this season. One of those was not against the Baltimore Ravens, who actually held him to a season-low earlier this year. The last time Pittsburgh faced Baltimore, Roethlisberger threw no touchdowns and had one interception along with just 217 passing yards. Michael Fabiano of NFL.com offered his thoughts on the quarterback: Roethlisberger is coming off one of the greatest performances in NFL history, so why is he a sit 'em? Well, he's facing a Ravens defense that has held him to just one touchdown pass in five of their last six games (including each of the last four). I would expect Big Ben's ceiling to be around 16 points in this AFC North tilt. Therefore, let's just say this weekend isn't a good matchup for the quarterback. However, the rest of the fantasy season looks promising. Prior to the Week 12 bye, Roethlisberger has a chance to exploit both the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans defenses after the Ravens. The Jets have allowed an average of 22.17 points to quarterbacks while the Titans surrendered an average of 16.59 points over the last four weeks. Then again, Tennessee has faced Brian Hoyer, Blake Bortles, Ryan Fitzpatrick and a combination of Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy. Not exactly a daunting task for Roethlisberger. However, owners who want to unleash the quarterback might want to do so now. Due to his phenomenal performance, his value is higher than it likely will be the rest of the season. Even if the return isn't great, getting a reliable running back or wide receiver for Roethlisberger is a deal worth making. For owners who have Roethlisberger as a backup—which should be the case in most leagues—passing him off to an owner in need will help both sides. Having six quarterbacks on a bye including Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler, who have struggled lately, some owners might be getting desperate. Keeping him in deep leagues isn't a terrible idea, but don't expect the same results moving forward. Otherwise, dealing him prior to Sunday night seems like the most ideal option to build toward the playoffs.   All fantasy statistics courtesy of NFL.com.   Follow @RCorySmith on Twitter.Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com brvideo
    2014-10-29 Texans look for 'General' to lead playoff return - Veteran quarterback providing leadership and Houston hopes he supplies big win against Philadelphia on Sunday.          USA Today
    2014-10-29 Texans Fantasy Football Picks For Week Nine - Looking for the best fantasy options on the Houston Texans in Week Nine? Here's the analysis you need to figure that out. SB Nation has partnered with FanDuel, a site that hosts daily and one-week fantasy game. It's just like regular fantasy football, except you can reset your roster and start all over again. Each week, fantasy general managers can relive the best part of each fantasy year, the draft. But the skill involved with regular fantasy and FanDuel doesn't change - the key to winning any fantasy league is finding the value in your picks. It's family reunion time for Texans, as they face the Eagles in Week Nine. Nine players on the Eagles have been the Texans roster at one time or another. A great storyline that I'm sure we'll be reminded of many times during the broadcast of the game, but storylines aren't relevant to fantasy football. Looking at the Eagles defense, Football Outsiders rank Philly as the fourth-best defense against the run and nineteen against the pass. The Eagles defense has allowed 17.1 fantasy points per game from the running back position - eighteen-most in the league. Per Football Outsiders, Philadelphia has averaged 79.9 receiving yards on 11.9 passes per game to the "number one wide receiver" and 70.7 yards on 6.4 passes per game to the "number two wide receiver". They have also allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to receivers this season - 26.6 points per game. All signs point to a great day for Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick is like a speed limiter on a sports car, sure the car can still get from Point A to Point B but it's can only does it a set speed. The Texans offensive could be going 200 MPH without the limiter, but at the moment they just cruising along at 70 MPH. FItzpatrick puts a ceiling on the production of the wide receivers and tight ends. RB: Arian Foster - All glory to Arian Foster. Foster ran for 151 yards on 20 carries, added 22 yards receiving, and  scored three touchdowns. He did it all. The only question left is if he can overtake DeMarco Murray's spot as the most valuable fantasy player in the league. WR: Andre Johnson - Johnson was once again consistent, the only problem is Johnson ceiling isn't very high at this point in his career. He has seven games with five catches for at least 50 yards receiving, zero games over 100 yards, and one touchdown. Johnson is money in the bank in a PPR league, and a number two receiver going forward. WR:  DeAndre Hopkins - Hopkins was close to picking up his third 100-yard receiving game this season with 95 yards against the TItans on Sunday. He caught five passes on eleven targets. Hopkins still is a solid start each week with his explosive play ability, but he still isn't the first option in Fitzpatrick's reads. TE: Garrett Graham - I have to believe the Texans tight ends are in some kind of witness protection program, two weeks in a row against teams that don't cover tight ends well that have resulted in zero production. As a matter of fact, the tight end position saw zero targets in last Sunday's game. K: Randy Bullock - Bullock was 3-for-3 including a 49-yard field goal against the Titans. A solid day by all accounts. Now, the question is can the Texans offense continue to give him chances? Team Defense: Texans - The Texans won't be facing another rookie quarterback this week, instead they will face the high octane Eagles offense. The speed at which the Eagles operates could decimate the already thin depth of  the Texans defense. The Texans offense will have to keep possession and control the clock to give J.J. Watt and the boys a breather. I would look elsewhere if possible for a defense, as Fitzpatrick's inconstancy will have the defense in a track meet with the Eagles all game long. Summary: The Foster train keeps rolling in your starting lineup. Hopkins and Johnson look to have a good day against a less than stellar Philadelphia pass defense. FItzpatrick, Graham are still on the shelf, collecting dust. Randy Bullock may be an option if you need kicker replacement for a week, and the Texans defense has a tough matchup with the Eagles. *** Editor's Note: FanDuel is hosting a $500,000 one-week fantasy football league this weekend. It's $10 to join and first place wins $40,000. League starts Sunday 1 PM ET and ends on Monday night. Here's the link. Eagles vs Texans coverageBleeding Green Nation Battle Red Blog
    2014-10-29 Texans Fantasy Football Picks For Week Nine - Texans Fantasy Football Picks For Week Nine The Palm Beach Post
    2014-10-29 Put the Film on, Bro: Backshoulder Fade - Texans Analyst John Harris examines a key play from the Texans' win over the Titans. Houston Texans
    2014-10-29 Fitzpatrick on improvements, more - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick talked to the media Wednesday at NRG Stadium. Houston Texans
    2014-10-29 Fitzpatrick on improvements, more - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick talked to the media Wednesday at NRG Stadium. Houston Texans
    2014-10-29 O’Brien hopes to reach Texans’ TEs, slot WR more in second half - Coach Bill O’Brien was expected to regularly utilize tight ends and a slot receiver in the Texans’ new offense. While Arian Foster, DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson have excelled this season, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s game-managed passing has often left the team’s tight ends (Garrett Graham, Ryan Griffin, C.J. Fiedorowicz) and slot (Damaris Johnson) out of the action. O’Brien acknowledged Wednesday he’d like to spread the ball around more during the second half of the year. But with only so many passes to go around (Fitzpatrick ranks 19th in the NFL in total attempts at 227) there’s no guarantee the Texans will soon open up their offense. “It’s a combination of [...] Houston Chronicle
    2014-10-29 Houston Texans Snap Count Report, Week 8: Second Place Defensive MVP Of The Week Goes To Mike Mohamed - For the three of you who enjoy tracking the playing time of your Houston Texans, here's how the roster was deployed against the alleged Tennessee Titans. Offense Offense - Week 4 Running Total Special Teams Name POS Snaps PCT% Season Snaps Season % Snaps PCT% Duane Brown T 82 100 521 99 6 19 Derek Newton T 82 100 523 100 6 19 Tyson Clabo T 5 0 6 19 Brandon Brooks G 82 100 469 89 Ben Jones G 71 87 498 95 Xavier Su'a-Filo G 11 13 84 16 6 19 Chris Myers C 82 100 523 100 Ryan Fitzpatrick QB 82 100 520 99 Ryan Mallett QB 4 0 Andre Johnson WR 76 93 479 91 DeAndre Hopkins WR 74 90 495 94 Damaris Johnson WR 42 51 215 41 Keshawn Martin WR 5 6 114 21 8 26 Arian Foster RB 53 65 349 66 Jonathan Grimes RB 6 7 46 8 23 74 Alfred Blue RB 25 30 130 24 22 71 Garrett Graham TE 80 98 370 70 10 32 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE 28 34 258 49 9 29 Ryan Griffin TE 13 16 73 13 9 29 J.J. Watt TE 1 1 4 0 3 10 Jay Prosch FB 7 9 78 14 5 16 Defense Name POS Snaps PCT% Season Snaps Season % Snaps PCT% D.J. Swearinger FS 61 100 526 95 Kendrick Lewis FS 55 90 532 96 1 3 Danieal Manning S 33 54 250 45 19 61 Kareem Jackson CB 55 90 514 93 1 3 Johnathan Joseph CB 49 80 446 80 J.J. Watt DE 53 87 437 79 3 10 Tim Jamison DE 36 59 269 48 6 19 Jared Crick DE 28 46 331 59 2 6 Brooks Reed LB 20 33 390 70 1 3 Brian Cushing LB 366 66 A.J. Bouye CB 43 70 225 40 9 29 Whitney Mercilus LB 46 75 451 81 11 35 Mike Mohamed LB 43 70 253 45 7 23 Jadeveon Clowney LB 32 52 55 9 Jerrell Powe NT 6 10 169 30 2 6 Ryan Pickett DT 12 20 133 24 2 6 Justin Tuggle LB 25 41 217 39 17 55 John Simon LB 9 15 43 7 2 6 Andre Hal DB 12 20 139 25 14 45 Darryl Morris CB 100 18 Jeoffery Pagan DE 13 21 62 11 1 3 Jeff Tarpinian LB 36 6 Eddie Pleasant SS 6 10 19 3 21 68 Elbert Mack CB 6 10 15 2 19 61 Jumal Rolle CB 6 10 6 1 18 58 Josh Aubrey SS Akeem Dent LB 22 36 23 4 24 77 Not much to add, this week as I'm short on time.  Feel free to add any thoughts on this down below. It's interesting to see how the Texans rotated pretty heavily at ILB with Akeem Dent, Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed. They didn't look half bad. Battle Red Blog
    2014-10-29 Paid to be away: The 20 worst dead- money contracts on NFL payrolls - ?NFL contracts are fickle in nature due to the discrepancy in guaranteed and non-guaranteed deals. The difference between the two also cause many... SI.com Top Stories
    2014-10-29 O'Brien on Fitzpatrick: "He's a tough guy" - Head coach Bill O'Brien spoke to the media Wednesday at NRG Stadium following practice. Houston Texans
    2014-10-29 O'Brien on Fitzpatrick: "He's a tough guy" - Head coach Bill O'Brien spoke to the media Wednesday at NRG Stadium following practice. Houston Texans
    2014-10-29 @MCraigJohnstone Ryan Fitzpatrick maybe - None twitter
    2014-10-29 Houston Texans Ryan Fitzpatrick’s mid-way, surprising QB ranking unveiled - Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux. Eight weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out: 1. Peyton Manning – He put up mind-boggling numbers and wins games; there’s nothing more anyone could want from their quarterback. (LW: 1) 2. Aaron Rodgers - Up until he pulled his hamstring, Rodgers was going toe to toe with Drew Brees in the Superdome. Relax, people; it’s one loss. (LW: 2) 3. Tom Brady – During the past four weeks, Brady has proven that he’s still among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. (LW: 6) 4. Drew Brees - With Jimmy Graham getting healthier and Brandin Cooks turning into a player, Brees finally has YardBarker
    2014-10-29 Houston Texans Ryan Fitzpatrick’s mid-way, surprising QB ranking unveiled - Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux. Eight weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out: 1. Peyton Manning – He put up mind-boggling numbers and wins games; there’s nothing more anyone could want from their quarterback. (LW: 1) 2. Aaron Rodgers - Up until he pulled his hamstring, Rodgers was going toe to toe with Drew Brees in the Superdome. Relax, people; it’s one loss. (LW: 2) 3. Tom Brady – During the past four weeks, Brady has proven that he’s still among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. (LW: 6) 4. Drew Brees - With Jimmy Graham getting healthier and Brandin Cooks turning into a player, Brees finally has YardBarker
    2014-10-29 Houston Texans Ryan Fitzpatrick’s mid-way, surprising QB ranking unveiled - Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux. Eight weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out: 1. Peyton Manning – He put up mind-boggling numbers and wins games; there’s nothing more anyone could want from their quarterback. (LW: 1) 2. Aaron Rodgers - Up until he pulled his hamstring, Rodgers was going toe to toe with Drew Brees in the Superdome. Relax, people; it’s one loss. (LW: 2) 3. Tom Brady – During the past four weeks, Brady has proven that he’s still among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. (LW: 6) 4. Drew Brees - With Jimmy Graham getting healthier and Brandin Cooks turning into a player, Brees finally has YardBarker
    2014-10-29 Houston Texans Ryan Fitzpatrick’s mid-way, surprising QB ranking unveiled - Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux. Eight weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out: 1. Peyton Manning – He put up mind-boggling numbers and wins games; there’s nothing more anyone could want from their quarterback. (LW: 1) 2. Aaron Rodgers - Up until he pulled his hamstring, Rodgers was going toe to toe with Drew Brees in the Superdome. Relax, people; it’s one loss. (LW: 2) 3. Tom Brady – During the past four weeks, Brady has proven that he’s still among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. (LW: 6) 4. Drew Brees - With Jimmy Graham getting healthier and Brandin Cooks turning into a player, Brees finally has YardBarker
    2014-10-29 LIVE: Texans on Wednesday - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - 11:15 a.m. (approx.), DE J.J. Watt - 11:50 a.m. (approx.) Houston Texans
    2014-10-29 Kelly Calls Fitzpatrick “A Winner,” Swearinger “An Impact Player” - Wednesday conference calls between opposing head coaches and the local media are often quasi pep rallies, full of compliments, praise and pleasantries from one member of the NFL fraternity to others, sometimes without substance. Then there’s what […] CBS Local
    2014-10-29 NFL Power Rankings: Week 9 Standings Based on Latest Super Bowl Odds - It seems like every time we are ready to declare a team one of the best in the NFL, the squad loses a game it shouldn't have lost. The Dallas Cowboys had moved up the list to become one of the most impressive teams all season, but a home loss to the Washington Redskins now has people second-guessing Tony Romo and company. The Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers also had disappointing losses after coming into the week red hot. This has created a lot of confusion among those trying to predict a Super Bowl winner. The Vegas lines certainly see things one way, but that does not mean you should buy into the hype for whichever teams are at the top of the list. Here is a breakdown of power rankings based on Super Bowl odds, courtesy of Oddsshark.com. The best values to bet on at the halfway mark on the season can be seen in italics.   32. Oakland Raiders (5,000-1) There have been some positive developments with the Raiders in recent weeks, especially the play of rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Unfortunately, none of this has led to wins, as the team fell to 0-7 Sunday. With the schedule only getting tougher, the chances for victories could be running out.    31. Jacksonville Jaguars (3,000-1) In the last four games, the Jaguars defense has allowed only three touchdowns. In that same stretch, opposing defenses have returned three Blake Bortles interceptions for touchdowns. There is still hope for Bortles, but he is doing everything he can to lose games at this point.    30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2,000-1) Everyone seemed to be looking at the Buccaneers at the trade deadline with rumors surrounding both Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin. In the end, it was safety Mark Barron and linebacker Jonathan Casillas sent off in trades. This will make an already struggling defense even worse, while the offense will not get any better. It will be a long second half of the season for Tampa Bay.    29. New York Jets (2,000-1) Michael Vick will officially get the start against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9, but the veteran quarterback did not fare too much better against the Buffalo Bills than Geno Smith did. At this point, it seems like the only question is who the team will be selecting in the first round of the draft.   28. Tennessee Titans (1,000-1) Zach Mettenberger had some highlights in his first start, but he will have to show a lot more for the team to believe he could be a franchise quarterback. Either way, he is not getting a whole lot of help around him, and the Titans will be looking at a lot more losses ahead.    27. St. Louis Rams (500-1) Adding Mark Barron will certainly help the Rams in the long term, as it helps solidify one of the weaker parts of the defense. However, the offense will now have to survive without Sam Bradford, Jake Long and Brian Quick. The odds of competing in the NFC West just went from bad to worse.    26. Atlanta Falcons (300-1) The hope coming into the season was that last year's 4-12 record was a fluke and the Falcons would go back to being a top contender in the NFC. This does not appear to be the case, as the same problems on both sides of the ball have returned. After an embarrassing loss to the Detroit Lions in which the team blew a 21-0 halftime lead, it is hard to imagine head coach Mike Smith keeping his job.   25. Minnesota Vikings (250-1) The Vikings are clearly looking toward the future and trying to see which players fit into the overall scheme. While there have been inconsistencies with each, the trio of Teddy Bridgewater, Jerick McKinnon and Cordarrelle Patterson could be around for a long time.   24. Washington Redskins (200-1) Colt McCoy was fantastic in the Redskins' Monday-night win over the Dallas Cowboys. That being said, the team should not go overboard and start considering him the future of the franchise like it did with Kirk Cousins. This team still belongs to Robert Griffin III, and he should get his chance to prove it when he is healthy.    23. Chicago Bears (150-1) People like playing the long shots, but the ones higher on this list have little to no chance of even making the playoffs. Winning the Super Bowl this season is out of the question. While the Chicago Bears have looked awful at times this season as they built a 3-5 record, there is still enough talent on the roster for a turnaround to be possible. Head coach Marc Trestman discussed his thoughts heading into the Week 9 bye, via Eli Kaberon of ChicagoBears.com: This is a serious time for all of us. It starts through re-assessing what we are doing, making the necessary adjustments to how we are working, whether it was through practice or whether it was in game-planning. This is certainly a team that has a foundation of hard work, a very good work ethic, extreme high character and they love to work, they love football. The next step is to play consistent and clean football. While Jay Cutler has struggled this season, he has a lot of talent around him between Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. If the offense can just stop turning the ball over and the defense can make a few stops, the Bears have a chance to play their way back into the playoff picture. Although the chances of success are not good at this point, it might be worth the risk for a big payoff.    22. Houston Texans (100-1) As long as Arian Foster is healthy, the offense has a chance to score against anyone. The problem is the quarterback play as Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to struggle. Even with an improved record compared to last year, the Texans need a lot more help to be consistently competitive against good teams.   21. Cleveland Browns (100-1) Brian Hoyer is doing just enough to keep his starting quarterback job while Johnny Manziel remains on the bench. The only problem is the 4-3 record is still only good for last in the AFC North. With the division likely to be competitive all season, the Browns are going to be stuck in the bottom of the standings.    20. New York Giants (75-1) The Giants have the talent to be much better than they are, but struggles along the offensive line prevent everyone else from being successful. If Eli Manning finds some time to throw the ball, he should have a lot more success throwing the ball to young receivers Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr.   19. Carolina Panthers (75-1) Although the Panthers had a hard-fought loss to the Seattle Seahawks, it was still a loss. In the last six games, the team has only one win and one tie to fall to 3-4-1. While this is incredibly enough for first place in a poor division, there are still a lot of question marks surrounding this team.    18. Buffalo Bills (75-1) Most of the other teams in this section have been struggling, but the Bills are currently 5-3 after a blowout win over the Jets in Week 8 which saw the defense force six turnovers. This great defense has been on display all season, and it has been causing problems for opposing teams, as Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com pointed out: As Mike Rodak of ESPN.com noted, the offense did not have to do too much to be successful: Meanwhile, Sammy Watkins has been as good as advertised with a number of big games over the first eight weeks of the year. Kyle Orton has gotten the most out of the rookie receiver since taking over at quarterback, and the offense is now as dangerous as it has been in years. It might be tough to believe in a franchise that has not reached the playoffs since 1999, but this team is legit and could continue to surprise people for the rest of the year.   17. Miami Dolphins (66-1) With a win over Jacksonville, the Dolphins have moved to 3-1 on the road this season, an impressive stat for a team led by a young quarterback. The next few weeks will give Miami a chance to really prove its value with games against the Chargers, Lions, Bills and Broncos, four teams with at least five wins already this year. A positive record, and it might be time to believe in the Dolphins.   16. Kansas City Chiefs (40-1) Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis create as imposing of a backfield as there is in the NFL, and the defense has been playing better lately, following the formula that helped the team to the playoffs last season. As long as Alex Smith remains his efficient self, the Chiefs could be headed back to the postseason.    15. Pittsburgh Steelers (40-1) The Steelers likely aren't as good as they showed against the Indianapolis Colts, but you cannot ignore 51 points scored with Ben Roethlisberger throwing six touchdowns on 522 passing yards. Still, the question with this team lately has been whether it can be consistent from week to week. We know the talent is there to be great, but which squad will show up in Week 9?   14. Baltimore Ravens (28-1) The Ravens lost an opportunity to take a commanding lead of the division with a win at Cincinnati, but this is still a very good team. If the squad wants to become legitimate contenders, though, Joe Flacco will have to play like he did on the Super Bowl run and not how he has played since.    13. Cincinnati Bengals (25-1) As bad as the Bengals looked over the past month, getting to 4-2-1 and first place in a tough AFC North without A.J. Green for an extended period is a big plus. When the star receiver returns, the offense should once again be difficult to stop. Adding in the fact this team has now gone 12 games without losing at home, and Cincinnati should be a tough opponent for the rest of the year.    12. San Diego Chargers (25-1) While the Chargers have lost two games in a row after a 5-1 start, it would be a mistake to count them out now. In fact, this might be a blessing for those looking to get more value on a Super Bowl pick. Philip Rivers is still playing like an MVP candidate, ranking second in the NFL behind only Peyton Manning with a Total QBR of 85.5. In fact, Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus noted Rivers had the best overall grade among quarterbacks heading into Week 9 at plus-17. Peter Burns of ESPN credited head coach Mike McCoy for putting the veteran quarterback in the best position to succeed: Of course, the big difference is the defense, which has improved tremendously from last year with a revamped secondary. Although the unit is banged up right now, the team ranks sixth in the league against the pass (even after facing the Broncos), compared to 29th last season. This team is balanced and should be able to win a lot more games before the year ends.   11. Detroit Lions (22-1) Although the games have not been pretty, the Lions keep finding ways to win and are now 6-2. Like the Bengals, a lot of this has been done without an elite receiver and arguably best offensive player, in this case Calvin Johnson. Instead, the defense has been carrying this team to wins. As soon as the group gets healthy, this squad could be even better.    10. New Orleans Saints (20-1) As good as the Saints looked in the win over the Packers, they still do not have a win on the road in four tries. In most cases, it will take at least one or two victories away from home to even make the playoffs.  Drew Brees and company have to figure out what has been the problem in road games and fix it before it is too late.   9. Philadelphia Eagles (16-1) You can blame the secondary for allowing an 80-yard touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald and the game-winning 75-yard touchdown to John Brown. However, the real problem in the recent loss was Nick Foles. The quarterback had two bad interceptions Sunday and now has seven picks in the last four games. If his play does not improve, it will be hard to consider the Eagles a real contender going forward.    8. Indianapolis Colts (16-1) A week after the Colts shut out the Bengals, the defense allowed 51 points to the Steelers. The NFL is a funny thing. Fortunately, Indianapolis seems destined to win the AFC South once again this season as long as the team beats the opponents it should. The important thing until then is preparing for ways to win in the playoffs.    7. Arizona Cardinals (16-1) Going into Week 9, there are only two teams in the NFL with just one loss. One is the Broncos, who sits at No. 1 in these standings, and the other is the Cardinals. Of course, this is a big improvement from the preseason rankings, as noted by Brad Evans of Yahoo! Sports: Although many could think it is a fluke that Arizona is 6-1 at this point in the year, this team deserves a lot more respect. The defense has become almost impossible to run against, while the offense features numerous playmakers like Andre Ellington, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown. Now that Carson Palmer is healthy, the quarterback will be able to spread the ball around to these players and finally allow the offense to flourish. Just as importantly, the Cardinals are very good at University of Phoenix Stadium, winning eight of their last nine home games. If this squad can keep winning and get home games in the playoffs, it will be hard to bet against it.   6. San Francisco 49ers (14-1) Although the bye came at the right time, the 49ers are still dealing with a lot of injuries, especially on the defensive side of the ball. There are a lot of Pro Bowlers on the roster, but it does not do a lot of good when they are on the bench. The good news is that this team could be as good as it has in the past when Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith (suspension) finally return to the field.    5. Dallas Cowboys (14-1) Even with the loss to Washington, Dallas should still be considered a top contender thanks to the great offensive line and the red-hot running back behind it. DeMarco Murray is pretty much unstoppable, and he can control the game by getting the ball. As long as Tony Romo stays healthy (big "if" at this point), the Cowboys should be just fine.    4. Green Bay Packers (10-1) Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league, if not the best, but the Packers run defense is going to cause problems all year long. The team has allowed the most rushing yards per game in the NFL this season, which is something that allows opponents to control the ball and keep Rodgers off the field. This is not a recipe for success in Green Bay.   3. New England Patriots (9-1) It is amazing how quickly things change in the NFL. Everyone seemed to think Tom Brady and the Patriots were done after a blowout loss at the hands of Kansas City, but four wins in a row have changed the perception. If Jonas Gray can take over as the power runner and Brandon LaFell can become the go-to receiver the team needs, the Patriots can once again be a top contender in the AFC.    2. Seattle Seahawks (8-1) The production has not been there, but the oddsmakers are not shying away from the Seahawks just yet. Despite the 5-3 record, Seattle has the second-lowest odds to win the Super Bowl. As long as Russell Wilson keeps making big-time plays with both his arm and his legs, it is certainly hard to count this team out.    1. Denver Broncos (5-2) It is hard to deny the Broncos on top of any list at this point of the year. This squad has been almost perfect this year, only losing to the Seahawks in a tough overtime battle on the road. With Ronnie Hillman complementing the passing attack with his hard running, Manning has as good of a chance as ever of taking home that second Super Bowl title.    Follow Rob Goldberg on Twitter for the latest breaking news and analysis. brvideo
    2014-10-28 #Bengals trade history: Ryan Fitzpatrick helps Cincy hit Rock Bottom, but saves team in long run http://t.co/OhGDzBxKRu - None twitter
    2014-10-28 Targets and Touches: Week 8 Target Watch: AFC - Chet Gresham takes you through all the AFC Targets and Touches from Week 8. Fantasy Football Articles - Rotoworld.com
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    2014-10-28 Fantasy: Week 9 Rankings - Early Edition - Over the last two seasons, theScore's Justin Boone has finished in the top 10 in FantasyPros' Most Accurate Expert Competition. This year he's first overall. Scroll down to see his early rankings for Week 9. More detailed rankings, featuring analysis, will be available Thursday, with a final update on Sunday morning.Quarterbacks RkPlayerOpp 1Peyton Manning - DENat NE2Andrew Luck - INDat NYG3Drew Brees - NOat Car4Tom Brady - NEvs. Den5Russell Wilson - SEAvs. Oak6Philip Rivers - SDat Mia7Colin Kaepernick - SFvs. StL8Nick Foles - PHIat Hou9Tony Romo - DALvs. Ari10Cam Newton - CARvs. NO11Carson Palmer - ARIat Dal12Ben Roethlisberger - PITvs. Bal13Andy Dalton - CINvs. Jac14Ryan Tannehill - MIAvs. SD15Alex Smith - KCvs. NYJ16Eli Manning - NYGvs. Ind17Joe Flacco - BALat Pit18Teddy Bridgewater - MINvs. Was19Ryan Fitzpatrick - HOUvs. Phi20Michael Vick - NYJat KC21Robert Griffin - WASat Min22Brian Hoyer - CLEvs. TB23Mike Glennon - TBat Cle24Austin Davis - STLat SF25Derek Carr - OAKat Sea26Blake Bortles - JACat Cin Running Backs RkPlayerOpp 1DeMarco Murray - DALvs. Ari2Arian Foster - HOUvs. Phi3Marshawn Lynch - SEAvs. Oak4Jamaal Charles - KCvs. NYJ5LeSean McCoy - PHIat Hou6Le'Veon Bell - PITvs. Bal7Lamar Miller - MIAvs. SD8Andre Ellington - ARIat Dal9Ronnie Hillman - DENat NE10Ahmad Bradshaw - INDat NYG11Mark Ingram - NOat Car12Giovani Bernard - CINvs. Jac13Jerick McKinnon - MINvs. Was14Branden Oliver - SDat Mia15Chris Ivory - NYJat KC16Alfred Morris - WASat Min17Justin Forsett - BALat Pit18Shane Vereen - NEvs. Den19Ben Tate - CLEvs. TB20Denard Robinson - JACat Cin21Frank Gore - SFvs. StL22Andre Williams - NYGvs. Ind23Darren McFadden - OAKat Sea24Jeremy Hill - CINvs. Jac25Trent Richardson - INDat NYG26Jonathan Stewart - CARvs. NO27Bobby Rainey - TBat Cle28Travaris Cadet - NOat Car29Lorenzo Taliaferro - BALat Pit30Jonas Gray - NEvs. Den31Tre Mason - STLat SF32Terrance West - CLEvs. TB33Roy Helu - WASat Min34Carlos Hyde - SFvs. StL35Knile Davis - KCvs. NYJ36Darren Sproles - PHIat Hou37Benny Cunningham - STLat SF38Doug Martin - TBat Cle39Juwan Thompson - DENat NE40Isaiah Crowell - CLEvs. TB41Chris Johnson - NYJat KC42DeAngelo Williams - CARvs. NO43Charles Sims - TBat Cle44Matt Asiata - MINvs. Was45Zac Stacy - STLat SF46LeGarrette Blount - PITvs. Bal47Daniel Thomas - MIAvs. SD48Joseph Randle - DALvs. Ari49Toby Gerhart - JACat Cin50Robert Turbin - SEAvs. Oak51Alfred Blue - HOUvs. Phi52Maurice Jones-Drew - OAKat Sea53Lance Dunbar - DALvs. Ari54Chris Polk - PHIat Hou55Bilal Powell - NYJat KC56De'Anthony Thomas - KCvs. NYJ57Darrel Young - WASat Min58James White - NEvs. Den59Ronnie Brown - SDat Mia60Jordan Todman - JACat Cin Wide Receivers RkPlayerOpp 1Antonio Brown - PITvs. Bal2Dez Bryant - DALvs. Ari3Demaryius Thomas - DENat NE4T.Y. Hilton - INDat NYG5Jeremy Maclin - PHIat Hou6Mike Wallace - MIAvs. SD7Kelvin Benjamin - CARvs. NO8Emmanuel Sanders - DENat NE9Steve Smith - BALat Pit10Terrance Williams - DALvs. Ari11Vincent Jackson - TBat Cle12DeSean Jackson - WASat Min13Andre Johnson - HOUvs. Phi14A.J. Green - CINvs. Jac15Larry Fitzgerald - ARIat Dal16Pierre Garcon - WASat Min17DeAndre Hopkins - HOUvs. Phi18Keenan Allen - SDat Mia19Michael Floyd - ARIat Dal20Doug Baldwin - SEAvs. Oak21Brandin Cooks - NOat Car22Denard Robinson - JACat Cin23Rueben Randle - NYGvs. Ind24Brandon LaFell - NEvs. Den25Michael Crabtree - SFvs. StL26Mohamed Sanu - CINvs. Jac27Marques Colston - NOat Car28Eric Decker - NYJat KC29Odell Beckham - NYGvs. Ind30Mike Evans - TBat Cle31Julian Edelman - NEvs. Den32Wes Welker - DENat NE33Anquan Boldin - SFvs. StL34Allen Robinson - JACat Cin35Cordarrelle Patterson - MINvs. Was36Andrew Hawkins - CLEvs. TB37Torrey Smith - BALat Pit38Dwayne Bowe - KCvs. NYJ39Cecil Shorts - JACat Cin40Andre Holmes - OAKat Sea41Donte Moncrief - INDat NYG42Malcom Floyd - SDat Mia43Percy Harvin - NYJat KC44James Jones - OAKat Sea45Greg Jennings - MINvs. Was46Eddie Royal - SDat Mia47Martavis Bryant - PITvs. Bal48Miles Austin - CLEvs. TB49John Brown - ARIat Dal50Reggie Wayne - INDat NYG51Kenny Britt - STLat SF52Jermaine Kearse - SEAvs. Oak53Kenny Stills - NOat Car54Riley Cooper - PHIat Hou55Jarvis Landry - MIAvs. SD56Steve Johnson - SFvs. StL57Markus Wheaton - PITvs. Bal58Louis Murphy - TBat Cle59Jarius Wright - MINvs. Was60Jordan Matthews - PHIat Hou61Andre Roberts - WASat Min62Allen Hurns - JACat Cin63Brandon Lloyd - SFvs. StL64Jerricho Cotchery - CARvs. NO65Brian Hartline - MIAvs. SD66Hakeem Nicks - INDat NYG67Jeremy Kerley - NYJat KC68Paul Richardson - SEAvs. Oak69Travis Benjamin - CLEvs. TB70Brandon Tate - CINvs. Jac71Danny Amendola - NEvs. Den72Preston Parker - NYGvs. Ind73Brice Butler - OAKat Sea74Damaris Johnson - HOUvs. Phi75Lance Moore - PITvs. Bal Tight Ends RkPlayerOpp 1Rob Gronkowski - NEvs. Den2Julius Thomas - DENat NE3Jimmy Graham - NOat Car4Antonio Gates - SDat Mia5Greg Olsen - CARvs. NO6Dwayne Allen - INDat NYG7Jordan Reed - WASat Min8Travis Kelce - KCvs. NYJ9Zach Ertz - PHIat Hou10Jason Witten - DALvs. Ari11Larry Donnell - NYGvs. Ind12Vernon Davis - SFvs. StL13Heath Miller - PITvs. Bal14Jordan Cameron - CLEvs. TB15Jared Cook - STLat SF16Charles Clay - MIAvs. SD17Clay Harbor - JACat Cin18Tim Wright - NEvs. Den19Coby Fleener - INDat NYG20Jace Amaro - NYJat KC21Jermaine Gresham - CINvs. Jac22Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TBat Cle23Luke Willson - SEAvs. Oak24Lance Kendricks - STLat SF25Ladarius Green - SDat Mia26John Carlson - ARIat Dal27Mychal Rivera - OAKat Sea28Jeff Cumberland - NYJat KC29Niles Paul - WASat Min30Brent Celek - PHIat Hou Defense/Special Teams RkPlayerOpp 1Cincinnati Bengals - Cinvs. Jac2Seattle Seahawks - Seavs. Oak3Kansas City Chiefs - KCvs. NYJ4San Francisco 49ers - SFvs. StL5Cleveland Browns - Clevs. TB6Dallas Cowboys - Dalvs. Ari7Baltimore Ravens - Balat Pit8Philadelphia Eagles - Phiat Hou9Minnesota Vikings - Minvs. Was10Indianapolis Colts - Indat NYG11Denver Broncos - Denat NE12Miami Dolphins - Miavs. SD13Arizona Cardinals - Ariat Dal14Houston Texans - Houvs. Phi15Pittsburgh Steelers - Pitvs. Bal16Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TBat Cle17New York Jets - NYJat KC18San Diego Chargers - SDat Mia19New England Patriots - NEvs. Den20New York Giants - NYGvs. Ind21Washington Redskins - Wasat Min22Jacksonville Jaguars - Jacat Cin23New Orleans Saints - NOat Car24Carolina Panthers - Carvs. NO25St. Louis Rams - StLat SF26Oakland Raiders - Oakat Sea Kickers RkPlayerOpp 1Stephen Gostkowski - NEvs. Den2Steven Hauschka - SEAvs. Oak3Dan Bailey - DALvs. Ari4Justin Tucker - BALat Pit5Adam Vinatieri - INDat NYG6Cody Parkey - PHIat Hou7Nick Novak - SDat Mia8Chandler Catanzaro - ARIat Dal9Mike Nugent - CINvs. Jac10Shaun Suisham - PITvs. Bal11Brandon McManus - DENat NE12Phil Dawson - SFvs. StL13Blair Walsh - MINvs. Was14Cairo Santos - KCvs. NYJ15Shayne Graham - NOat Car16Caleb Sturgis - MIAvs. SD17Billy Cundiff - CLEvs. TB18Graham Gano - CARvs. NO19Nick Folk - NYJat KC20Sebastian Janikowski - OAKat Sea21Josh Brown - NYGvs. Ind22Randy Bullock - HOUvs. Phi23Patrick Murray - TBat Cle24Kai Forbath - WASat Min25Greg Zuerlein - STLat SF26Josh Scobee - JACat Cin Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. 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    2014-10-28 RT @scoopmayer35: How can this man wear a chin strap?! RT @TheSportsHernia: Good, Bad, And Ryan Fitzpatrick... https://t.co/ibPWnXh61j http… - None twitter
    2014-10-28 Fitzpatrick on Moving Forward - Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick addresses the media following last Sunday's win against the Tennessee Titans. Houston Texans
    2014-10-28 Fitzpatrick on Moving Forward - Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick addresses the media following last Sunday's win against the Tennessee Titans. Houston Texans
    2014-10-28 5 things we learned from Texans victory over Titans - The Houston Texans are now just a game out of first place in the AFC South after defeating the terrible Tennessee Titans 30-16. Here are five things we learned from the victory. 5. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s job is safe…for now After turnover issues and not getting much done during the three game losing streak, the Beard returned and had a fairly strong performance. Aside from being sacked five times, he finished with 227 yards and a touchdown and didn’t turn the ball over. Some folks like myself were getting tired of him, but Fitzpatrick deserves another week to prove he’s the permanent starter here. You may also be interested in:5 things we learned from Texans victory over TitansGrading Houston Texans performances against TitansTweetcap: Houston Texans fans should love these hilarious Jets & Bears memes YardBarker
    2014-10-28 5 things we learned from Texans victory over Titans - The Houston Texans are now just a game out of first place in the AFC South after defeating the terrible Tennessee Titans 30-16. Here are five things we learned from the victory. 5. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s job is safe…for now After turnover issues and not getting much done during the three game losing streak, the Beard returned and had a fairly strong performance. Aside from being sacked five times, he finished with 227 yards and a touchdown and didn’t turn the ball over. Some folks like myself were getting tired of him, but Fitzpatrick deserves another week to prove he’s the permanent starter here. You may also be interested in:5 things we learned from Texans victory over TitansGrading Houston Texans performances against TitansTweetcap: Houston Texans fans should love these hilarious Jets & Bears memes YardBarker
    2014-10-28 Texans Transcripts: Monday's press conference - Read quotes from Monday's media session. Houston Texans
    2014-10-28 Houston looks to build on win over Titans - The Houston Texans picked up their first win since Sept. 28 and got back to ... Austin American Statesman
    2014-10-28 Texans see plenty to work on - The Houston Texans got back to .500 by routing the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Now they're focused on building on the win by correcting their mistakes as they prepare for the Eagles. San Antonio Express News
    2014-10-27 Texans look to build on win over Titans - HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans picked up their first win since Sept. 28 and got back to .500 by routing the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. CSN Houston
    2014-10-27 Texans look to build on win over Titans - The Houston Texans picked up their first win since Sept. 28 and got back to .500 by routing the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. … Click to Continue » Sports News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com
    2014-10-27 Bill O'Brien Press Conference: On Jadeveon Clowney, Brian Cushing, Cohesion, And More - Looking for updates on the Texans, Eagles, and lower body extremities of Brian Cushing and Jadeveon Clowney? Of course you are, and BRB has you covered. Check out the notes from Bill O'Brien's Monday press conference. Bill O’Brien took to the podium today for his weekly Monday press conference. BOB touched on everything from Cushing’s day-to-day health status, to the offensive line’s cohesion, to Ryan Fitzpatrick needing to telegraph throws less often to cut down on tipped passes. Here are a few highlights from the presser, which you can watch in two parts by clicking on the links below. Part 1 Part 2 On the backup inside linebackers filling in for Brian Cushing… "I thought those guys stepped up and played well. I really do. I thought Akeem Dent played a good football game. Mike Mohamed played a good football game. Tug played a good football game. Dent and Mohamed did some good things on special teams. Mohamed was the one that tracked down that long punt return and then Dent made a few plays on the kick off so I thought those guys really did a good job of stepping up and playing well." On Arian Foster’s resurgence this season… "I think it shows a lot about what he did in the offseason to get ready to come in here and ready to play and the thing that’s kind of interesting about that is that he’s missed a game, and in the other game against Buffalo, I think he rushed for less than 20 yards, so think about that. He’s done this really in six games, what he’s been able to rush for. Like I said yesterday, he’s got really good vision, he’s a smart player, he knows how to set his blocks up. He’s been real good on third down in the receiving category. He’s done a good job for us in that deal. He’s a good pass protector. So nothing about him surprises me. I knew the talent that he had just from knowledge of him before I even came here but he’s been fun to coach." On Jadeveon Clowney’s expected workload against the Eagles... "I think he’ll be in there a little bit more. We’ll see how he feels throughout the week. I think it’s still a process of not being out there for seven weeks and now coming back I don’t think he’s ready to play 80 plays in a game, but I think we can keep working him in there more." On his assessment of Clowney’s performance on limited snaps… "I thought he played with good effort. Even at the end of the game there when he had played a good amount of plays, he was chasing things down from behind. He made a tackle on a pass play down the field. I thought he got off on the ball well, he had good explosion off the ball. He was good on his assignments. I think it’s going to be a work in progress as far as him getting back in to shape. There’s a difference between running around the track out on field one out there and having to play in a football game, so he’ll continue to work on that after practice, in the mornings, trying to get his conditioning level back to where it needs to be. But I thought overall, considering the situation he was in coming back from a long time off, he played pretty decent." On Xavier Su’a-Filo’s struggles… "I think he’s getting better. I think it’s very difficult for a rookie to play on the inside. I think that you see some rookies being able to do that. Other guys, it’s kind of some good, some not so good. I think Xavier falls into that category. He is a great kid, he’s a hard worker, he’s got a really good future in this league. He just needs to learn a little bit more about the tricks of the trade. We’ll continue to play him, give him a shot in there, but hopefully he learns from some of his mistakes and he will. He’s a very hard working kid, we love having him on our team, and he just needs to do a few things better." Texans vs Titans coverage Battle Red Blog
    2014-10-27 Ryan Fitzpatrick wants this feeling on Mondays - After a win, Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't feel the aches and pains as much. Houston Texans
    2014-10-27 Beard Game SKRONG RT @TheSportsHernia: QB Podium Fashion: Good, Bad & The Ryan Fitzpatrick... https://t.co/gbGlbQGO0k http://t.co/FWsrygD9S2 - None twitter
    2014-10-27 Texans look to build on win over Titans (The Associated Press) - The Houston Texans picked up their first win since Sept. 28 and got back to .500 by routing the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. ''There's a lot of things we can improve on,'' Ryan Fitzpatrick said. The offensive line believes better communication is the key to getting that number down this week, but Fitzpatrick shouldered the blame for those hits, saying he needs to be smarter and get rid of the ball quicker. ''I've got a long list of things every week that I know I can get better at.'' The Texans are 4-4 at the halfway point and are looking for a victory against Philadelphia on Sunday to enter their bye week with a winning record. Yahoo Sports - Tennessee Titans
    2014-10-27 "That's our offense. With most play calls, they have a few choices." -O'Brien on Fitzpatrick's freedom to call/change plays. #Texans - None twitter
    2014-10-27 RT @TheSportsHernia: QB Podium Fashion: The Good, The Bad, And The Ryan Fitzpatrick... https://t.co/unsPxt9ZIP http://t.co/zArbeG8QhB - None twitter
    2014-10-27 Game Prep Monday: Back To .500 - Now 4-4, the Texans are looking ahead to Sunday's game against the Eagles. Plus, Brian Cushing explained why he didn't play in Nashville. CBS Local
    2014-10-27 RT @TheSportsHernia: QB Podium Fashion: The Good, The Bad, And The Ryan Fitzpatrick... https://t.co/unsPxt9ZIP http://t.co/zArbeG8QhB - None twitter
    2014-10-27 Full Tennessee Titans Awards at Halfway Point of 2014 Season - Jurrell Casey's 2014 campaign may not be as eye-opening as last season was, but he's still a major positive within a defense that is suffering some huge growing pains. The Titans defensive line has shown modest improvements each week, and Casey has lead that charge. He's managed four sacks in a transition year to defensive end. Casey's grade ranked second among defensive ends in 3-4 systems in Week 8 against the Houston Texans, per Pro Football Focus. He didn't record a sack, but he was able to put pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick for most of the day, which he does to nearly every quarterback he faces. The inept Titans offense has done this transitioning defense no favors in 2014. Due to the lack of lengthy drives, the Titans defense has played more defensive snaps than anyone in the NFL, according to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com: Titans have played the most defensive snaps in the league: NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans ha... http://t.co/bcN5AUv820 #Titans — Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) October 27, 2014 Despite being on the field a lot, Casey has still showed that last season was no fluke. He wins this award narrowly over Wesley Woodyard and Jason McCourty. B/R NFL
    2014-10-27 Texans – Titans: In A Nutshell - Paul Gallant breaks down the Texans' 30-16 victory over the Titans. CBS Local
    2014-10-27 The Captain's Log 2014, Game 8: "Mojo Foster Slays Titans" - Capt Ron chronicles the Texans' latest win against the Titans and the return of Jadeveon Clowney. Captain's Log Supplemental Jadeveon Clowney may have only notched one tackle in his return to action in Tennessee, but there were flashes of his speed and power at times in his limited snaps.  It usually takes a couple of games to get back up to speed when a player misses time, and I can't wait to see him back at 100% of his ability. The hero of the day yesterday was clearly Arian Foster, who ran all over the Titans and scored 3 touchdowns.  J.J. Watt collected 2 sacks and nearly had another interception from a pass he knocked down.  DeAndre Hopkins had 5 receptions for 95 yards, while Andre Johnson posted 55 yards from 7 receptions.  Alfred Blue showed well today backing up Foster, as Blue gained 42 yards rushing on 14 carries, and 1 reception for 22 yards. Notwithstanding the slow start for the offense and some dreadful decisions and performances by Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Texans sorted things out and took command of the game to defeat the Titans.  The secondary gave up some late "trash-time" touchdowns, but otherwise the defense did a good job today overall. The stats below show a very clean game in terms of ball security, clock control, and capitalizing on turnover opportunities.  Let's hope that continues into next week as the Texans return home to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at NRG Stadium. Go Texans! Summary of Key Stats TEXANS TITANS First Downs 24 13 Net Rushing Yards 212 36 Net Passing Yards 193 290 Total Net Yards 405 326 Passing ATT-COMP-INT 19-35-0 27-41-1 Third Down Efficiency 7/16 (36%) 2/12 (16%) Touchdowns 3 2 Field Goals (made/attempted) 3 / 3 1 /1 Fumbles / Lost 0 /0 1 / 1 Turnovers (lost) 0 2 Penalties (QTY / Yards) 4 -35 6 - 361 Sacks (defense) 2 5 Interceptions (defense) 1 0 Fumbles Recovered (defense) 1 0 Time of Possession 35:22 24:38 Red Zone Efficiency 2/4 (50%) 2/4 (50%) Goal To Go Efficiency 2/3(66%) 0/0 (0%) Points From Turnovers 10 0 FINAL SCORE 30 16 Random Comic Around the AFC South... The Colts lost to the Steelers 51-34, as Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck engaged in a tremendous shootout. NFL.com reports: Roethlisberger's 522 yards are tied with Boomer Esiason for the fourth-most in NFL history. His six touchdown passes and 40 completions are the most by any quarterback in franchise history. His 81.6 completion percentage is the second-highest ever on more than 45 attempts. Luck became the first quarterback in franchise history with six consecutive 300-yard games. With half the season over, Luck is on pace for 44 touchdowns and 5,462 yards -- the latter of which would flirt with Peyton Manning's single-season record. Indy will now head to New York to face the 3-4 Giants on Monday Night Football next week. The Titans obviously lost to the Texans to fall to 2-6 on the season.  They are now officially into their bye week. The Jaguars are 1-7 on the season, as they lost to the Dolphins.  They head to Cincinnati to face the 4-2 Bengals, who just edged past the Ravens to take sole possession in leading the AFC North. Sick Bay "I'm a doctor, not a historian of ancient Greek Mythology!" INJURY UPDATES THIS WEEK: ILB Brian Cushing (knee) CB Darryl Morris (ankle) ILB Jeff Tarpinian (unknown) Movie Quote (name it): "Here lies the body of Mary Lee; died at the age of a hundred and three. For fifteen years she kept her virginity; not a bad record for this vicinity.  Front, bow. Back, stern. If ya don't get it right, squirt, I throw your ass out the little round window on the side." Bravo Zulu - Arian Foster (Bravo Zulu is a naval signal, conveyed by flag hoist or vocal, for "Well Done") That makes FOUR consecutive games of over 100 yards rushing for Foster, a career-best.  He simply crushed the Titans with: 151 yards rushing on 20 attempts, 4 receptions for 22 yards, and 3 touchdowns.  He averaged 7.6 yards per carry before being rested in the fourth quarter once the game was well in hand.  It's amazing to watch him glide through the enemy like some NFL version of "The Matrix." Stories From The Brig The offensive line struggled early in the game, but Ryan Fitzpatrick can't allow sacks the way he did out there.  As a veteran, he should know how to read a blitz and call an audible to change protection.  He should also know to throw the ball away when protection breaks down.  Finally, he should not throw the ball directly into the helmet of a defender standing a couple of yards in front of him.  How much longer must we endure this?!!! Movie Quote II (a/k/a the hint): "Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark.  Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain. For we've received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so nevermore shall we see you again." Ship's Galley Let's check in with the mess hall and see what's cooking... If you haven't seen the movie "CHEF," I highly recommend you do.  It is a feel-good movie of a chef who bonds with his son while rediscovering his creative ability in the culinary scene.  It stars Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony, Robert Downey. Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, and Sofia Vergara. One of the key recipes from the show is "Mojo Pork Cubanos," which I found and cooked this weekend.  I didn't do the Cubanos, but instead pulled the pork and served it with a chipotle mustard and candied jalapeno on Hawaaian rolls.  It was incredible!  I'll share the Cubanos recipe in another Captain's Log once I have a chance to do them properly. Here's the very tasty and versatile pork recipe: "Mojo Pork" Ingredients: ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup lightly packed cilantro, finely chopped 1 Tbsp. finely grated orange zest ¾ cup fresh orange juice ½ cup fresh lime juice ¼ cup lightly packed mint leaves, finely chopped 8 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp. minced oregano 2 tsp. ground cumin Kosher salt and pepper 3½ lbs. boneless pork shoulder, in one piece Directions In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except salt, pepper and the pork. Whisk in 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Transfer the marinade to a large resealable plastic bag and add the pork. Whisk in 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Transfer the marinade to a large resealable plastic bag and add the pork. Seal the bag and turn to coat; set in a baking dish and refrigerate overnight. Preheat the oven to 425° and set a rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer the pork to a work surface; discard the marinade. Fold the pork under itself, into thirds if necessary, and tie with string to form a neat roll. Season all over with salt and pepper and set it on the rack. Roast the pork for 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Reduce the oven temperature to 375° and roast for 1 hour and 30 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 160°; transfer to a carving board and let rest for 30 minutes. Discard the string before slicing across the grain, or pull for shredded applications. On The Horizon... The 4-4 Texans next host the 5-2 Eagles at NRG Stadium. Last week's Captain's Log: Game 7 v. Steelers Texans vs Titans coverage Battle Red Blog
    2014-10-27 @justRVB The fact the Texans can come back from 2-14 with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB and be 4-4 makes me realize just how bad a coach Fisher is. - None twitter
    2014-10-27 Hair of the Dog: Fitzpatrick!! Mettenberger!! http://t.co/r9Uf5G5Q0l - None twitter
    2014-10-27 Hair of the Dog: Fitzpatrick!! Mettenberger!! - If you can't get up for this game, then you don't love football. Actually, what I meant to say is you have to REALLY love football to get up for this game. I've spent the majority of the weekend building my daughters a playset.  I decided that instead of buying a kit or a prebuilt model, I'm going to design and construct this thing on my own.  Not only will this save me money, but it will be a fun project that will make the playset that much more special. This weekend was the first weekend of work that I've put in on it, but I'm sure it will take many more weekends before it's done.  It's a Christmas present, so I've got some time. At the same time, I've also started a training program for an upcoming Ragnar relay.  The race is a 200 mile, 12-person relay race from Miami to Key West.  I did it last year, and it was a lot of fun, so I've signed up again, and started a 16 week training program this past week. All that adds up to a weekend where I've run 10 miles and lifted, cut and placed hundreds of pounds of lumber.  I feel about as you would expect I feel.  Yet none of that hurts as much as watching Ryan Fitzpatrick versus Zach Mettenberger. Random first half comments that I have to lump together because nothing of interest actually happened for the first quarter and a half: Captain Ron: After the first offensive series and the punt coverage fiasco…queue the "we just need to coach better, call better plays, and play better football" soundtrack. Vega: Fitzpatrick avoids a sack and then just stands there so Griffin can come back at him. Brett: Wow...Clowney comes on the field and Lewan immediately tries to cut block him. What the kitten Vega: I'm pretty sure that BOB doesn't tell Fitzpatrick to slide when he runs because he'd be ok with him getting knocked out of the game. Rivers: The fact that the Titans are getting as much out of their offense with a rookie sixth-round pick as we are with Fitzpatrick is very telling. Corzo: Su'a Filo just got turnstyle'd on that last sack. Brett: Holy kitten Ryan Fitzpatrick just loves getting his passes tipped at the line... Vega: Somebody get the brooms! Finally, something happens!  Foster makes a dreamy touchdown run: Vega: Arian Foster's runs make me giggle Brett: Holy kitten, Foster. That one was special. BFD: Arian Foster looked like he was gliding on the touchdown run.  It's art.  It's freaking athletic art. J.J. Watt forces a fumble which Foster converts into another TD Rivers: So, J.J. Watt did J.J. Watt things. Arian Foster caught a wide-open pass on second-and-goal from the 8 or so, and the Titans are a trainwreck. Arian Foster scores his third TD of the game after a brilliant long run Brett: that was kittening NASTY Arian...wow. Vega: Things less smooth than Foster include velvet, 18 year Glenfiddich, and Barry White. Corzo: Glenmorangie or don't holla Zach Mettenberger throws his first career TD.  What a special moment for that young man. Just kidding.  Nobody gives a kitten. Other random comments that made me laugh Rivers: This is a brutal game to watch. Vega: I'm kind of surprised that the universe didn't explode on Swearinger's pick. Rivers: I'm surprised he didn't lead with his helmet on the ball. Brett: If you make the Texans look semi-capable, you are probably a bad team. BFD: I'm greatly looking forward to finally seeing Mallett in action.  I just can't wait until his hand-offs to Grimes and Blue. It's not often that you can sit back and relax as you watch a Texans game.  More often than not, the game is filled with pain, anguish, excitement, thrills, and more kitten than the weird lady down the street.  This Sunday, however, the game was rather tame, if not relaxing. After a first half that was mostly painful to watch, Arian Foster decided that somebody needs to do something about this or people are going to switch to underwater basket weaving.  Thank you, Arian.  Thank you.  Without you, we may still be at 3-3. Game Balls: Offense:  Arian Foster.  For making this thing watchable. Defense:  J.J. Watt.  Because he's J.J. Watt. Special Teams:  Randy Bullock.  It's really process of elimination here.  The coverage was brutal and Lechler hit a couple of duds.  Bullock hit all his FG and had an overall good day. Battle Red Blog
    2014-10-27 Hair of the Dog: Fitzpatrick!! Mettenberger!! - Hair of the Dog: Fitzpatrick!! Mettenberger!! The Palm Beach Post
    2014-10-27 Hair of the Dog (Texans v. Titans): Fitzpatrick!! Mettenberger!! - Hair of the Dog (Texans v. Titans): Fitzpatrick!! Mettenberger!! The Palm Beach Post
    2014-10-27 Arian Foster explodes for fantasy owners in Texans Week 8 win vs. Titans - Arian Foster explodes for fantasy owners in Texans Week 8 win vs. Titans The Palm Beach Post
    2014-10-27 NFL Team Stock Up, Stock Down at Midseason Mark - Although it's only been eight games, the Houston Texans have done a wonderful job of washing the taste of 2013's disastrous 2-14 campaign out of their collective mouth. At 4-4, coach Bill O'Brien's team has been a pleasant surprise. Running back Arian Foster has been the key on offense, as he's playing at an All-Pro level, with 766 rushing yards to go along with nine total touchdowns (seven on the ground). And defensive tackle J.J. Watt is the clear frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year. While the foibles of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely prevent the Texans from returning to the postseason, the first half of the season has been an unequivocal success. If the team can finish at .500 or better after bottoming out in 2013, it'll be an excellent first year on the job for O'Brien. Verdict: Stock UP B/R NFL
    2014-10-27 2015 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Week 8 Breakdown - The 2015 NFL draft doesn't commence until late April, but it's late enough in the current calendar year to get a feel for how the first round will look. A number of teams are halfway through their seasons, with some out of contention to the point that their fanbases are already eying the next campaign for optimism. Part of that perpetual phenomenon that some fans are more accustomed to than others deals with the draft and the prospect of hitting on those ever-critical higher picks. There is now a lot of college game tape for evaluators to sift through, too. The following is a complete mock of the first round, with the draft order determined by the latest odds to win the Super Bowl from Odds Shark. Featured extended analysis will focus on the top quarterback prospects.   1. Oakland Raiders: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M Ogbuehi is the next College Station product in line to be chosen near the top of the draft, following the likes of Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews in the previous two years. This will ensure that Raiders prospective franchise quarterback Derek Carr is aptly protected on his blind side.   2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DT, USC Loading up the trenches will boon Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley's bid to impose his team's will with tenacious defense. Even though Jacksonville has several strong contributors across the front four, the addition of Williams will only make the rotation that much more intimidating.   3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon The Bucs are reeling. Even within a weak NFC South division, they aren't remotely competitive this year. A big reason why is an unpromising quarterback depth chart headed by second-year signal-caller Mike Glennon. Despite throwing his first interception of 2014 in Oregon's game this last Friday, Mariota's stock isn't plummeting by any means. He still threw for five scores in a 59-41 win, and Ducks coach Mark Helfrich wasn't concerned. "It's almost funny," said Helfrich of the rare Mariota miscue, per Tyson Alger of The Oregonian. "You expect him to be perfect ... Marcus is such a stud, and it's great that he's got another year-and-a-half left." Helfrich may be presuming too much regarding Mariota's eligibility. It's highly likely Mariota will forgo his senior year in Eugene and make the jump to the pros. That's much to the delight of the fortunate franchise that is in position to secure him. ESPN College Football highlighted the dual-threat Mariota's prowess as a passer: In an NFL cluster that features Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, Tampa Bay brings up the rear at the most important position by a long shot. If the organization is lucky enough to see Mariota on the board here, pulling the trigger on the pick is a must.   4. New York Jets: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State The raging dumpster inferno that prompted Geno Smith's first-quarter yank in Week 8 should lead the Jets to look elsewhere for a QB of the future—not to mention a new general manager. ESPN Stats & Info provided Smith's dismal QB rating prior to being replaced: Although Winston is a risk due to some of his off-field issues, he has been groomed in a pro-style offense at Florida State. Amid all the distractions and negative criticism he's experienced, Winston has still excelled on the gridiron as a Heisman winner and national champion. He seems cut out to handle the New York media market. Jets coach Rex Ryan shouldn't field the blame for how anemic his team's offense has been. Ryan hasn't had a competent quarterback since he took over in New York. Winston at least gives him a chance at having that, provided the polarizing QB's character concerns check out.   5. Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa An investment in the offensive line is still the priority, even after QB Teddy Bridgewater was sacked just once in Week 8's overtime win over the Bucs. Scherff is a suitable option, given his ability to play both guard and tackle.   6. Tennessee Titans: Landon Collins, SS, Alabama Current starter George Wilson is a free agent after the season, and injured veteran Bernard Pollard has just one year left on his contract. That makes Collins a logical option to inject some youth into the Titans' defensive backfield as someone who can start immediately if need be.   7. Washington Redskins: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington The Huskies star goes to a different Washington in this scenario. If veteran DeAngelo Hall can return and play at a high level in 2015 in addition to Peters' arrival, the nation's capital's professional football club would have a strong secondary for the rest of the NFC East to deal with.   8. St. Louis Rams: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska This may not be the position to address on the surface. However, Chris Long's injury has exposed the lack of depth across the Rams' defensive front. Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller thinks highly of Gregory and sees him perhaps going even higher in Round 1: Throwing Gregory into the mix with Long, Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald among others is a tantalizing proposition for the Rams to consider.   9. Houston Texans: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA Hundley may be viewed as a reach this high in the draft. A big reason the Texans brought coach Bill O'Brien in was to develop a franchise quarterback, though. The arm talent and athleticism Hundley possesses are undeniable. What the UCLA star needs to work on is speeding up his processing of information, decision-making and overall mechanics from within the pocket. The threat to run would aid Hundley's ability to succeed in the NFL while he digests the complex O'Brien playbook. O'Brien has done a commendable job getting Houston to 4-4 with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. Until or unless Ryan Mallett turns out to be the long-term answer, look for the Texans to grab a QB like Hundley toward the top of the 2015 draft.   10. Atlanta Falcons: Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor Traveling across the pond in Week 8 did nothing to amend Atlanta's defensive woes. That triggers the decision to select Oakman, a freakishly athletic behemoth whose upside is too grand for the Falcons to pass up.   11. Cleveland Browns: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia Schematic concerns from the Mountaineers' simplistic, spread attack aside, White has proven enough to establish himself as the premier talent in the 2015 receiver class. The Browns could pair White opposite Josh Gordon and create a lethal tandem on the outside to complement slot dynamo Andrew Hawkins and tight end Jordan Cameron. Combined with play-caller Kyle Shanahan's penchant for the run, Cleveland's offense has the makings of a balanced juggernaut.   12. Chicago Bears: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State The Bears failed to sack Tom Brady amid the New England Patriots' 51-point blitz on Sunday that has Chicago in a tailspin. That creates a need on the front four, where Calhoun would thrive as a contributing member to a group that could use depth.   13. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo): Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson The spotty play of Barkevious Mingo should lead Browns coach Mike Pettine to lobby for an outside linebacker who might be a more consistent pass-rusher. That's where Clemson's all-time sack leader in Beasley comes in.   14. New York Giants: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington Playmaking is sorely needed in the Giants' front seven. That is the precise strength Thompson brings to the table with his hard-hitting, speedy style of play. Joining forces with Jon Beason and Jameel McClain in New York's linebacker corps figures to be a great place for Thompson to develop.   15. Miami Dolphins: Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida Exploring alternative options at defensive end to combat the apparent first-round misfire on Dion Jordan isn't a bad move for Miami to make. Acquiring a Sunshine State product in Fowler creates a nice storyline and a promising, deep Dolphins defensive line.   16. Pittsburgh Steelers: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama After Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 500 yards in Week 8, wide receiver seems low on the Steelers' list of needs. However, adding a weapon like Cooper to join with Antonio Brown and another strong youngster in Markus Wheaton would make Pittsburgh's offense a true load to handle.   17. Carolina Panthers: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford It wasn't a pretty Week 8 outing for Carolina's offense in a 13-9 home loss to Seattle. Peat is as pro-ready as any offensive lineman in this 2015 class, and he has the chops to fill the need at left tackle, providing Cam Newton with necessary help in protecting him in the pocket.   18. Kansas City Chiefs: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State A complementary cornerback to Sean Smith is a wise choice for Kansas City in its 2015 draft. Williams is a press-coverage specialist who, paired with Smith, helps anchor an extremely physical secondary that already features safety Eric Berry.   19. New Orleans Saints: Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State Something needs to change on defense for New Orleans to meet gaudy expectations. Whether coordinator Rob Ryan is still in the fold is irrelevant to the Saints' need for an inside linebacker prospect like McKinney to be an enforcer and take charge of the team's maligned side of the ball.    20. Cincinnati Bengals: Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State The former 5-star recruit, according to 247Sports, is coming into his own as a junior, commanding double-teams and allowing the Seminoles to compete with college football's elite. Teaming Goldman's strength against the run with Geno Atkins' prowess as an inside pass-rusher generates a new dynamic for Cincinnati's defense.   21. Detroit Lions: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State Thanks to the tremendous play of the defensive line, Detroit's secondary hasn't been exposed despite a lack of supremely talented personnel at cornerback. Waynes has a shot to start in Week 1 and gets to stay in-state if the Lions go with him on draft day.    22. San Diego Chargers: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia Gurley breaks the spell of running backs not being chosen in the first round the past two drafts by taking his talents to San Diego. The perpetual injury concerns about Ryan Mathews and a lack of workhorse alternatives leads the Chargers to bolster a rushing attack that ranked 30th entering Sunday's games.   23. Baltimore Ravens: Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan Steve Smith may have one or two more years left as a productive NFL receiver, and the Ravens will be counting on Torrey Smith to be the No. 1 option thereafter. Bringing along Funchess, a converted tight end, to learn from the Smiths and catch passes from Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco seems like a good recipe for sustained success through the air in Baltimore.   24. Arizona Cardinals: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon This team may be a shocking 6-1, but the league-worst pass defense was torched once more in Week 8 to the tune of 411 yards by Philadelphia's Nick Foles, who also wasn't sacked. Armstead hails from the program Eagles coach Chip Kelly built. He is therefore accustomed to practicing against uptempo offenses and should thus be in ideal condition to be the spark-plug pass-rusher the Cardinals despierately need.   25. Philadelphia Eagles: Shane Ray, DE, Missouri Sacks hadn't been hard to come by for Philadelphia until Week 8, when it failed to get to Cardinals QB Carson Palmer at all. There is an evident need for a pressure-inducing force like Ray, and in a draft littered with talent at his position, the Eagles get great value with this possible selection.   26. San Francisco 49ers: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon A merciful bye week will help the 49ers heal and figure out how to scheme to mask the lack of cornerbacks in San Francisco. Jimmie Ward and Ekpre-Olomu would make two defensive backs in two years in the first round, but it makes sense with the Niners' current roster makeup.   27. Indianapolis Colts: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin Ahmad Bradshaw has played well as an all-purpose back for Indianapolis. As injury-riddled as he's been in the past, though, it would be wise to take a chance with a special player in Gordon. The electric Badgers ball-carrier hasn't slowed down this year and ran for another three touchdowns this past weekend to give him a whopping 16 scores on the ground in 2014.   28. New England Patriots: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford It doesn't appear to matter who Tom Brady throws to, because the Patriots are always rolling. Nevertheless, someone with Montgomery's knowledge in pro-style schematics and route trees makes him an intriguing option for New England to bolster a thin cast of mostly castoff receivers.   29. Seattle Seahawks: Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina The report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Marshawn Lynch is leaving Seattle before the 2015 campaign means the Seahawks need another back. Davis fits the bill as a compact, downhill runner with the ability to catch passes out of the backfield as well. Lack of proof that Christine Michael and Robert Turbin could be feature backs leads Seattle to choose Davis. The hunt for a second, viable starting cornerback should see the Seahawks splurge in free agency on a proven player.   30. Dallas Cowboys: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State The offense is no problem for America's Team in either dimension. A front on defense featuring Bennett, who can get to the opposing QB quite well, Henry Melton, 2014 second-round pick Demarcus Lawrence and others ensures the Cowboys will continue to be as complete as they look through seven games.   31. Green Bay Packers: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington The Packers can't stop the run, so Shelton emerges as the new candidate to fill the nose tackle position. GM Ted Thompson will have spent four straight first-round picks on defense if Shelton is the man here. It is on Dom Capers to make it work.   32. Denver Broncos: A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina Orlando Franklin hasn't done a great job filling in for the departed Zane Beadles at left guard, mostly since it isn't his usual position. Perhaps Franklin can slide back to right tackle if the Broncos elect to go with the top guard prospect in Cann. What's nice about having such a sensational signal-caller like Peyton Manning is that deficiencies up front can be masked. As Manning gets later into his career, though, he can use all the help Denver can muster to protect him and pave running lanes for Broncos running backs. It's hard to argue with Denver as the Super Bowl favorite after its 35-21, Week 8 victory over San Diego on Thursday Night Football. As long as Manning is directing the offense, the Lombardi Trophy is a realistic possibility for the Broncos. The question is how long Manning will play. Denver can't get enough insurance to extend Manning's sensational run in the Mile High City.Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com brvideo
    2014-10-27 The Rundown: Texans Even Out Their Season - The Houston Texans evened their record to 4-4 with a 30-16 win over the Tennessee Titans. Scout - NFL
    2014-10-27 Ryan Fitzpatrick takes his share of blame for recent sacks - NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked five times for 34 yards and has been sacked 10 times during the last two games. Coach Bill O’Brien and Fitzpatrick said there were plays Sunday when the QB held on to the ball too long. Fitzpatrick acknowledged his in-game timing contributed toward his takedowns. “Some of those were definitely on me,” Fitzpatrick said. “There’s just stuff we need to continue to work at with the communication and getting everything on point.” brian.smith@chron.com twitter.com/ChronBrianSmith Houston Chronicle
    2014-10-27 Quotes: Texans defeat Titans - Read what the Texans said to the media after they beat the Titans in Nashville on Sunday. Houston Texans
    2014-10-27 Quotes: Texans defeat Titans - Read what the Texans said to the media after they beat the Titans in Nashville on Sunday. Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans: Full Report Card Grades for Houston - Another awful game from Ryan Fitzpatrick; I'm beyond frustrated by the coaching staff continuing to stick with him. He struggled in numerous ways, but two things stood out today in particular: Terrible accuracy and poor awareness in the pocket. The receivers got open quite a bit, but Fitzpatrick's throws were high, wide and behind all game long. Those inaccurate passes also led to balls being batted up in the air as the receiver tried to reach for it and ended up tipping it with their hand or fingers. The Texans were lucky not to have a few of them intercepted. Fitzpatrick also took a couple sacks on plays where he was able to avoid the initial rush, but then held on to the ball for way too long instead of throwing the ball away. Go back and watch the first half sack from Michael Griffin again if you get a chance. Fitzpatrick avoided the initial rush, took a few steps away to his right and then for some inexplicable reason just stopped and held the ball. Did he think that Griffin was completely out of the play; he was just a few steps away! Fitzpatrick has to either keep running or get rid of the ball in that situation. Then later in the first half Fitzpatrick committed an even bigger mistake in a similar scenario when on a second and goal play from the two yard line, he again avoided a Titans' blitzer, but held on to the ball instead of throwing it away and took another bad sack. You can certainly argue that the Texans should have run the ball instead of throwing it at the two yard line—and I would agree with you—but Fitzpatrick still has to throw the ball away in that situation; you can't take a sack and lose nine yards there. That mistake was a big reason why the Texans came away with three points instead of four on the possession. For the game Fitzpatrick finished 19-35 for 227 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Not a bad stat line, but stats can be deceiving. Grade: D B/R - Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans: Full Report Card Grades for Houston - Nothing explosive or game-breaking from the Texans' wide receivers against the Titans, but overall the group had a pretty solid game. Unfortunately we can't judge the production of the wide receivers by their numbers very fairly because the poor play of the quarterback throwing them the ball has had a negative impact on their stat line. As I mentioned on a previous page, the passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick were high, wide or behind the intended target on what felt like most of his pass attempts. You could put Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant out there at receiver for Fitzpatrick and their production wouldn't be much better. Bottom line: You can't catch what doesn't come close to hitting your hands. Overall for the game Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins were targeted a combined 23 times and came away with 12 receptions—shows you how many bad passes were thrown their way—for 150 receiving yards. Grade: B B/R - Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans: Full Report Card Grades for Houston - Put this group of players on a milk carton or put out a missing persons report because for the majority of every game this year it seems like they're not even on the field. The only time I even hear their name called is usually because they've just committed a penalty. #Texans Passing Targets WRs: 27 RBs: 7 Tight Ends: 1 — PDS (@PatDStat) October 26, 2014 I find it hard to believe that Ryan Fitzpatrick would just ignore the group if they were getting open because short or medium length passes to them over the middle should be the easiest to complete, so I have to assume that they're just not separating from their defenders when running routes. The Texans' trio of tight ends for the game had more penalties called on them than receptions made; very disappointing year so far for this position group. Grade: D B/R - Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans: Full Report Card Grades for Houston - Not a great game from the offensive line, but through the brilliance of Arian Foster the team overall was able to overcome their poor play. In particular the offensive line really struggled in pass protection as Ryan Fitzpatrick had to avoid free-rushers nearly all game long. For the second time in the last three games the Texans' offensive line allowed Fitzpatrick to be sacked five times and that number doesn't even tell the whole story as he was able to use his legs to avoid a few other potential sacks. Some people will probably point to the rushing total from Foster as a sign of solid play upfront, but his big chunk gains and most of his yardage came off plays where the line failed to open up anything in the direction of where the play was designed. If not for Foster's great vision to see holes opening up on the back side of the play, they wouldn't have had much success on the ground. Maybe I have too much faith in the players on this team, but with the exception of Derek Newton every starter on the offensive line was either a recent high draft pick or has had big success in this league. It doesn't make sense that the offensive line has struggled this much. Perhaps it's time to start pointing the finger at offensive line coach Paul Dunn. Grade: C- B/R - Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans: Full Report Card Grades for Houston - They won, so I won't be too critical, but there were a few decisions with the strategy from Bill O'Brien that I didn't like. The first one was more of the schizophrenic play calling from possession to possession that I've noticed from Coach O'Brien all year. One possession after Arian Foster had a 34 yard touchdown run from an under-center formation, O'Brien called three straight passes from out of the shotgun on the next possession. Not surprisingly the Texans went three and out and had to punt after not picking up a single yard. He seems to have a tendency for getting away from what works best. Later in the game an odd play call worked out in the Texans favor, but I still think questioning the strategy is justifiable. With the Texans up by three scores in the third quarter, O'Brien called for a pass with the Texans on their own four yard line on third and eight. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a pass for 19 yards to DeAndre Hopkins and the Texans went on to score a touchdown on the possession, but being aggressive there was a questionable decision at best. With a three score lead why take the risk of potentially giving the Titans easy points when their offense had struggled all game? Fitzpatrick has thrown crippling interceptions twice in that same situation in previous games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants this season. Both of those plays in previous games were apart of huge momentum swings for the opponent, so why risk a turnover in a game that you control? The risk just wasn't worth the potential reward. It's great that they ended up scoring, but I would argue that Fitzpatrick is more likely to commit a devastating turnover in that situation than a great play like he did to Hopkins. The Titans' offense was a train wreck for most of the game, the only thing that might have gotten them going would have been a free and easy score off of a turnover. It worked out, but letting Fitzpatrick throw it in that situation over running the ball will fail more times than it will work over the long haul. The last thing was his decision to keep key players in the game late into the fourth quarter when the game was essentially over. With a 21 point lead in the fourth quarter, there was no reason to keep Andre Johnson or Arian Foster in the game. Throw it Keshawn Martin or hand it off to Alfred Blue, why risk injury to older key players when the game is in hand? Along the same lines, I know Jadeveon Clowney needed work after missing six games, but why was he still in with under two minutes to go? Is whatever Clowney would gain from a couple more plays during a blowout worth more than the rest of the season? Can't look at the short term over the long term with a guy like Clowney; don't risk the rest of his season for a few plays in a game that you control. Grade: B B/R - Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 DeAndre Hopkins on pace for 72 receptions, 1138 yards, 6 TD. Not bad a 2nd year, #2 WR with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing to him. - None twitter
    2014-10-26 John McClain’s grades for the Texans’ win over the Titans - QUARTERBACKS Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 227 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t commit a turnover. He ran for a first down. But he was sacked five times. Grade: B-minus RUNNING BACKS Another outstanding performance by Arian Foster, who carried 20 times for 151 yards (7.6 average) and scored three touchdowns. Grade: A RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins combined for 12 catches and 150 yards. Hopkins averaged 19 yards a catch and was terrific on third down. Grade: B-minus OFFENSIVE LINE The run blocking was superb. The Texans ran for a season-high 212 yards and averaged 5.3 a carry. The pass protection was inconsistent. Grade: B DEFENSIVE LINE J.J. [...] Houston Chronicle
    2014-10-26 Postgame Sound: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Hear from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick following Sunday's win against the Titans. Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 Postgame Sound: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Hear from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick following Sunday's win against the Titans. Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 29 of 35 pass targets from Ryan Fitzpatrick went to Andre (12), DeAndre (11) and Arian (6). 4 to Damaris, 1 each to Graham & Blue. #Texans - None twitter
    2014-10-26 Ryan Fitzpatrick, DeAndre Hopkins, Andre Johnson's Post-Week 8 Fantasy Reaction - While the Houston Texans showed once again they are clearly a run-first team, there is still some fantasy value in the passing attack.  Here is a look at how Ryan Fitzpatrick and receivers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins fared in the team's Week 8 win over the Tennessee Titans: Fitzpatrick was under pressure the entire game and was sacked five times. Despite this, he still came through with a solid effort to help the team win. Of course, this does not do much for fantasy owners looking for a quarterback who can throw for over 300 yards, something the veteran has not done all season. Unless there is an extremely favorable matchup, there are likely better options at the position even as a bye-week fill-in. Meanwhile, both Hopkins and Johnson have value as the only consistent options in the passing game. They each received double-digit targets in this one, with Johnson getting more receptions but Hopkins totaling more yards. Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times joked about the consistent connection between Fitzpatrick and Hopkins: Although neither player was able to get into the end zone, they each have shown great consistency this season. Johnson has topped 50 yards in seven of eight games while Hopkins has reached this mark six times. This does not create huge fantasy numbers, but both receivers are safe options with the ability of some bigger days ahead. If you had to choose one player going forward, though, it would have to be Johnson based on his 75 targets compared to just 53 for Hopkins. This could make the veteran receiver a quality buy-low option in fantasy leagues before the trade deadline.   Follow Rob Goldberg on Twitter for the latest breaking news and analysis. Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com B/R NFL
    2014-10-26 RT @DoughertyDrew: "Arian just made some spectacular runs."-Ryan Fitzpatrick on Foster's big day. - None twitter
    2014-10-26 Arian Foster Runs All Over Titans In Texans Win - NASHVILLE (SPORTSRADIO610.com) – Arian Foster ran for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns and added a receiving touchdown with 22 receiving yards as the Texans rolled over the Tennessee Titans 30-16 in Nashville on Sunday. Fosters […] CBS Local
    2014-10-26 Texans topple Titans, move to 4-4 - The Texans rebounded from their three-game losing streak with a convincing 30-16 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at LP Field. Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 Texans topple Titans, move to 4-4 - The Texans rebounded from their three-game losing streak with a convincing 30-16 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at LP Field. Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 Recap: Tennessee vs. Houston - Arian Foster finished with three total touchdowns to lead the Houston Texans to a 30-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. … Click to Continue » Sports News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com
    2014-10-26 Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans 4th Quarter Open Thread - This picture alone indicates the Texans won the Yates trade Positives: Texans defense is killing Zach Mettenberger Arian Foster is a one-man army Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing okay enough for me to not rag on him relentlessly Negatives: Despite the strong defense, Zach "6th-round-rookie-QB-making-his-first-start" Mettenberger is still outplaying Ryan "Harvard" Fitzpatrick (it's not relentless if I only point out one thing, right?) Brett Kollman is starting Arian Foster against me in fantasy this week Just gotta wrap this one up with one more quarter of not-terrible football. Battle Red Blog
    2014-10-26 Highlights: Foster's TD reception - Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick passes to running back Arian Foster for a 5-yard touchdown. Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 Highlights: Foster's TD reception - Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick passes to running back Arian Foster for a 5-yard touchdown. Houston Texans
    2014-10-26 VINE - Arian Foster Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick for the 5 YD TD #HOUvsTEN https://t.co/kMGszp9l4Z - None twitter
    2014-10-26 Arian Foster grabs short TD from Ryan Fitzpatrick to put give Texans 20-3 lead over Titans. Foster: 109 Total yds, Rush TD, Rec TD - None twitter
    2014-10-26 RT @getnickwright: Ryan Fitzpatrick with the best pass he's made all year right there. - None twitter
    2014-10-26 This Ryan Fitzpatrick-Zach Mettenberger matchup might set the passing game back a good 50 yerars. - None twitter
    2014-10-26 RT @DoughertyDrew: Ryan Fitzpatrick is now the 41st QB in NFL history w/1,500 career rush yds. - None twitter
    2014-10-26 Colts vs. Steelers: Live Score and Analysis for Pittsburgh - Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck will square off on the late-afternoon stage when the Indianapolis Colts visit the Pittsburgh Steelers today at Heinz Field (CBS, 4:25 p.m.). The Steelers had better hope that Colts head coach Chuck Pagano doesn't fish for bulletin-board material. Steelers cornerback Brice McCain offered some lukewarm praise for Luck this week. When asked by The Pittsburgh-Tribune Review what makes Luck stand out from the four previous quarterbacks the Steelers have faced, McCain said "Not much." The Steelers (4-3) have gone 2-2 against the ragtag quarterback foursome of Mike Glennon, Blake Bortles, Brian Hoyer and Ryan Fitzpatrick over the past four weeks. Now they face Luck, who leads the NFL with 2,331 passing yards and is second with 19 touchdown passes. "He is a smart guy with good receivers around him, and he makes the right reads—that's about it,” McCain said. McCain wasn't the only Steeler providing potential motivational kindling for the Colts.  "I wouldn't say they have the best defense we've played this season," running back Le'Veon Bell told the Tribune-Review. "Their offense helps out the defense a lot. They really aren't on the field that much. I feel like they play with a lot of leads, so they pin their ears back with blitzes." Bell was talking about the fact that the Colts lead the NFL in time of possession, averaging 36:56 per game. Bell will need to help bring that average down by sustaining drives on the ground and keeping Luck off the field as much as possible. That's a difficult enough task to begin with. It will be even more difficult if the Colts read the newspapers. Follow @Steel_Tweets      Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com B/R NFL
    2014-10-26 Texans at Titans Week 8 - SI.com NFL
    2014-10-26 Gameday Central: Texans at Titans - Texans at Titans, noon: The Texans look to get back in the win column as they take on the AFC South rival Titans in Tennessee. The Texans are 3-4 heading into Sunday, with one more game (against the visiting Eagles) before their bye week. Follow the game right here. • • • Top stories from the week * Brian Cushing’s return to form threatened by injuries * The disappearance of DeVier Posey * Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick changes sides for this Texans-Titans meeting * It’s a guarantee, Texans will beat the Titans, writes Randy Harvey • • • Five questions for Sunday’s matchup at LP Field 1. How does the Texans’ [...] Houston Chronicle
    2014-10-26 Fantasy: Week 8 Rankings - Final Edition - Over the last two seasons, theScore's Justin Boone has finished in the top 10 in FantasyPros' Most Accurate Expert Competition. This year he's first overall after seven weeks. Scroll down to see his updated rankings for Week 8.Quarterbacks RkPlayerOpp 1Peyton Manning - DENvs. SD2Aaron Rodgers - GBat NO3Andrew Luck - INDat Pit4Drew Brees - NOvs. GB5Russell Wilson - SEAat Car6Philip Rivers - SDat Den7Tom Brady - NEvs. Chi8Tony Romo - DALvs. Was9Jay Cutler - CHIat NE10Nick Foles - PHIat Ari11Carson Palmer - ARIvs. Phi12Cam Newton - CARvs. Sea13Matthew Stafford - DETat Atl14Ryan Tannehill - MIAat Jac15Ben Roethlisberger - PITvs. Ind16Matt Ryan - ATLvs. Det17Alex Smith - KCvs. StL18Joe Flacco - BALat Cin19Kyle Orton - BUFat NYJ20Teddy Bridgewater - MINat TB21Derek Carr - OAKat Cle22Mike Glennon - TBvs. Min23Andy Dalton - CINvs. Bal24Austin Davis - STLat KC25Blake Bortles - JACvs. Mia26Ryan Fitzpatrick - HOUat Ten27Brian Hoyer - CLEvs. Oak28Geno Smith - NYJvs. Buf29Colt McCoy - WASat Dal30Zach Mettenberger - TENvs. Hou Running Backs RkPlayerOpp 1DeMarco Murray - DALvs. Was2Jamaal Charles - KCvs. StL3Matt Forte - CHIat NE4Arian Foster - HOUat Ten5Marshawn Lynch - SEAat Car6Le'Veon Bell - PITvs. Ind7Andre Ellington - ARIvs. Phi8Lamar Miller - MIAat Jac9LeSean McCoy - PHIat Ari10Ben Tate - CLEvs. Oak11Joique Bell - DETat Atl12Shane Vereen - NEvs. Chi13Giovani Bernard - CINvs. Bal14Jerick McKinnon - MINat TB15Ronnie Hillman - DENvs. SD16Ahmad Bradshaw - INDat Pit17Branden Oliver - SDat Den18Justin Forsett - BALat Cin19Mark Ingram - NOvs. GB20Eddie Lacy - GBat NO21Darren McFadden - OAKat Cle22Alfred Morris - WASat Dal23Chris Ivory - NYJvs. Buf24Tre Mason - STLat KC25Trent Richardson - INDat Pit26Doug Martin - TBvs. Min27Denard Robinson - JACvs. Mia28Bishop Sankey - TENvs. Hou29Bryce Brown - BUFat NYJ30Jonathan Stewart - CARvs. Sea31Anthony Dixon - BUFat NYJ32Travaris Cadet - NOvs. GB33Isaiah Crowell - CLEvs. Oak34Bobby Rainey - TBvs. Min35Jeremy Hill - CINvs. Bal36Roy Helu - WASat Dal37Steven Jackson - ATLvs. Det38James Starks - GBat NO39Chris Johnson - NYJvs. Buf40Jonas Gray - NEvs. Chi41Benny Cunningham - STLat KC42Knile Davis - KCvs. StL43Bernard Pierce - BALat Cin44Stepfan Taylor - ARIvs. Phi45Theo Riddick - DETat Atl46Matt Asiata - MINat TB47Antone Smith - ATLvs. Det48Juwan Thompson - DENvs. SD49Darren Sproles - PHIat Ari50Daniel Thomas - MIAat Jac51LeGarrette Blount - PITvs. Ind52Joseph Randle - DALvs. Was53Robert Turbin - SEAat Car54Dexter McCluster - TENvs. Hou55Alfred Blue - HOUat Ten56Devonta Freeman - ATLvs. Det57Storm Johnson - JACvs. Mia58Maurice Jones-Drew - OAKat Cle59Jacquizz Rodgers - ATLvs. Det60Lorenzo Taliaferro - BALat Cin61Zac Stacy - STLat KC62Darrin Reaves - CARvs. Sea63Terrance West - CLEvs. Oak64Toby Gerhart - JACvs. Mia65Ka'Deem Carey - CHIat NE Wide Receivers RkPlayerOpp 1Jordy Nelson - GBat NO2Demaryius Thomas - DENvs. SD3Dez Bryant - DALvs. Was4Antonio Brown - PITvs. Ind5Julio Jones - ATLvs. Det6Randall Cobb - GBat NO7T.Y. Hilton - INDat Pit8Brandon Marshall - CHIat NE9Golden Tate - DETat Atl10Jeremy Maclin - PHIat Ari11Sammy Watkins - BUFat NYJ12Mike Wallace - MIAat Jac13Emmanuel Sanders - DENvs. SD14Vincent Jackson - TBvs. Min15Michael Floyd - ARIvs. Phi16Alshon Jeffery - CHIat NE17Kelvin Benjamin - CARvs. Sea18Steve Smith - BALat Cin19Andre Johnson - HOUat Ten20Julian Edelman - NEvs. Chi21Roddy White - ATLvs. Det22Doug Baldwin - SEAat Car23Terrance Williams - DALvs. Was24DeSean Jackson - WASat Dal25Eric Decker - NYJvs. Buf26Pierre Garcon - WASat Dal27Mohamed Sanu - CINvs. Bal28DeAndre Hopkins - HOUat Ten29Marques Colston - NOvs. GB30Keenan Allen - SDat Den31Larry Fitzgerald - ARIvs. Phi32James Jones - OAKat Cle33Brandin Cooks - NOvs. GB34Denard Robinson - JACvs. Mia35Torrey Smith - BALat Cin36Cecil Shorts - JACvs. Mia37Andre Holmes - OAKat Cle38Mike Evans - TBvs. Min39Allen Robinson - JACvs. Mia40Wes Welker - DENvs. SD41Kendall Wright - TENvs. Hou42Brian Quick - STLat KC43Malcom Floyd - SDat Den44Brandon LaFell - NEvs. Chi45Eddie Royal - SDat Den46Cordarrelle Patterson - MINat TB47Davante Adams - GBat NO48Jermaine Kearse - SEAat Car49Justin Hunter - TENvs. Hou50Percy Harvin - NYJvs. Buf51Dwayne Bowe - KCvs. StL52Andrew Hawkins - CLEvs. Oak53Greg Jennings - MINat TB54Donte Moncrief - INDat Pit55Jarvis Landry - MIAat Jac56John Brown - ARIvs. Phi57Robert Woods - BUFat NYJ58Jordan Matthews - PHIat Ari59Kenny Stills - NOvs. GB60Hakeem Nicks - INDat Pit61Kenny Britt - STLat KC62Miles Austin - CLEvs. Oak63Riley Cooper - PHIat Ari64Corey Fuller - DETat Atl65Brandon Tate - CINvs. Bal66Harry Douglas - ATLvs. Det67Jarius Wright - MINat TB68Jeremy Ross - DETat Atl69Paul Richardson - SEAat Car70Jerricho Cotchery - CARvs. Sea71Andre Roberts - WASat Dal72Dane Sanzenbacher - CINvs. Bal73Louis Murphy - TBvs. Min74Martavis Bryant - PITvs. Ind75Devin Hester - ATLvs. Det76Allen Hurns - JACvs. Mia77Chris Hogan - BUFat NYJ78Brian Hartline - MIAat Jac79Nate Washington - TENvs. Hou80Brice Butler - OAKat Cle Tight Ends RkPlayerOpp 1Julius Thomas - DENvs. SD2Rob Gronkowski - NEvs. Chi3Antonio Gates - SDat Den4Greg Olsen - CARvs. Sea5Jimmy Graham - NOvs. GB6Martellus Bennett - CHIat NE7Jordan Reed - WASat Dal8Zach Ertz - PHIat Ari9Jordan Cameron - CLEvs. Oak10Travis Kelce - KCvs. StL11Dwayne Allen - INDat Pit12Delanie Walker - TENvs. Hou13Charles Clay - MIAat Jac14Jared Cook - STLat KC15Jason Witten - DALvs. Was16Heath Miller - PITvs. Ind17Coby Fleener - INDat Pit18Scott Chandler - BUFat NYJ19Clay Harbor - JACvs. Mia20Jermaine Gresham - CINvs. Bal21Jace Amaro - NYJvs. Buf22Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TBvs. Min23Ladarius Green - SDat Den24Tim Wright - NEvs. Chi25Andrew Quarless - GBat NO26Luke Willson - SEAat Car27Gavin Escobar - DALvs. Was28John Carlson - ARIvs. Phi29Chase Ford - MINat TB30Crockett Gillmore - BALat Cin31Garrett Graham - HOUat Ten32Jeff Cumberland - NYJvs. Buf33Niles Paul - WASat Dal34Brent Celek - PHIat Ari35Lance Kendricks - STLat KC Defense/Special Teams RkPlayerOpp 1Miami Dolphins - Miaat Jac2Buffalo Bills - Bufat NYJ3Detroit Lions - Detat Atl4Houston Texans - Houat Ten5Baltimore Ravens - Balat Cin6Kansas City Chiefs - KCvs. StL7Seattle Seahawks - Seaat Car8Dallas Cowboys - Dalvs. Was9Cleveland Browns - Clevs. Oak10Indianapolis Colts - Indat Pit11New England Patriots - NEvs. Chi12Philadelphia Eagles - Phiat Ari13Minnesota Vikings - Minat TB14Arizona Cardinals - Arivs. Phi15New York Jets - NYJvs. Buf16Denver Broncos - Denvs. SD17Cincinnati Bengals - Cinvs. Bal18Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TBvs. Min19Green Bay Packers - GBat NO20Carolina Panthers - Carvs. Sea21Chicago Bears - Chiat NE22Tennessee Titans - Tenvs. Hou23St. Louis Rams - StLat KC24Pittsburgh Steelers - Pitvs. Ind25Oakland Raiders - Oakat Cle26Atlanta Falcons - Atlvs. Det27Jacksonville Jaguars - Jacvs. Mia28San Diego Chargers - SDat Den29New Orleans Saints - NOvs. GB30Washington Redskins - Wasat Dal Kickers RkPlayerOpp 1Stephen Gostkowski - NEvs. Chi2Dan Bailey - DALvs. Was3Justin Tucker - BALat Cin4Adam Vinatieri - INDat Pit5Steven Hauschka - SEAat Car6Cody Parkey - PHIat Ari7Mason Crosby - GBat NO8Nick Novak - SDat Den9Dan Carpenter - BUFat NYJ10Chandler Catanzaro - ARIvs. Phi11Brandon McManus - DENvs. SD12Shaun Suisham - PITvs. Ind13Blair Walsh - MINat TB14Caleb Sturgis - MIAat Jac15Shayne Graham - NOvs. GB16Matt Prater - DETat Atl17Matt Bryant - ATLvs. Det18Robbie Gould - CHIat NE19Nick Folk - NYJvs. Buf20Mike Nugent - CINvs. Bal21Graham Gano - CARvs. Sea22Randy Bullock - HOUat Ten23Kai Forbath - WASat Dal24Cairo Santos - KCvs. StL25Greg Zuerlein - STLat KC26Billy Cundiff - CLEvs. Oak27Ryan Succop - TENvs. Hou28Patrick Murray - TBvs. Min29Sebastian Janikowski - OAKat Cle30Josh Scobee - JACvs. Mia Copyright © 2014 Score Media Ventures Inc. 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    2014-10-26 Fantasy football advice, Week 8: Who to start/sit for Texans vs. Titans - Sunday's AFC South matchup features two teams who ... aren't doing well. Promising starts. For the Tennessee Titans, it was a nice opening-week win over the Kansas City Chiefs before losing five of six to fall to 2-5. For the Houston Texans, it was a hot 3-1 start that has given way to three straight losses and a 3-4 record. Both teams are struggling and will look for a Sunday win to get moving in the right direction. The Texans' top two offensive stars -- running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson -- were both listed on the team's injury report this week, though neither is expected to miss Sunday. For Tennessee, running back Shonn Greene is expected to return from injury, though he's way off the fantasy radar. The AFC South matchup will be played in Tennessee at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Here's a look at the fantasy intrigue: TEXANS Start 'em: In six games played, Arian Foster has at least five points in every game, at least nine five times, at least 15 four times, at least 20 three times. He's super-elite. ... Even as he deals with injury, Andre Johnson is a fine WR2, though you'd like to see more scores for the veteran. ... The Texans' defense should be getting Jadeveon Clowney back Sunday, which makes it an attractive unit against a new starting quarterback. Start 'em?: Early in the season, DeAndre Hopkins looked like a nice fantasy play, but his usage has fallen off a lot lately. ... Randy Bullock has three double-digit fantasy days, which is a nice total for a kicker. Sit 'em: He put up 17 points Monday night, but overall, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been less than great with Houston, averaging barely 12 fantasy points a game. ... The Houston tight-end group -- Garrett Graham, Ryan Griffin, C.J. Fiedorowicz -- has done basically nothing this season. TITANS Start 'em?: Eventually, Bishop Sankey is going to have a good game. I think. But he's just a low-end flex play. ... Since his great start to the season, Delanie Walker has fallen off a lot, with 10 total fantasy points his last three games. ... The Titans' defense is very up and down, but against Fitzpatrick it could be a good week. Sit 'em: In defense of Zach Mettenberger, neither Jake Locker or Charlie Whitehurst would be fantasy starters either, but going to a rookie sixth-rounder does not inspire. ... How can you trust any of the Tennessee wide receivers? Both Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter are woefully inconsistent, and now they have a worse thrower giving them the ball. ... Ryan Succop doesn't do enough in the kicking game to be used in fantasy. SUMMARY Start in every league: Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Houston defenseStart if you're desperate: DeAndre Hopkins, Randy Bullock, Bishop Sankey, Delanie Walker, Tennessee defenseBench: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Garrett Graham, Ryan Griffin, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Zach Mettenberger, Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst, Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Ryan Succop SB Nation
    2014-10-26 NFL Preview - Houston (3-4) at Tennessee (2-5) (ET) - Quarterback Zach Mettenberger is expected to make his first career start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday as his club takes on the Houston Texans at LP Field. … Click to Continue » Sports News | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com
    2014-10-26 GAMEDAY NOTES: Houston - Can the Titans find a way to get a win against Houston and head to their bye week on a positive note. Scout - NFL

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