Arizona Cardinals: The Two Faces of Kevin Kolb and the Roles Ken Whisenhunt Asks him to Fill

How far can Kevin Kolb carry the Cardinals?

The Arizona Cardinals are one of only three remaining unbeaten NFL teams after Week 3 of the 2012 NFL season. The Cardinals defense and special teams play has stolen all the headlines for the team’s excellent start, but Kevin Kolb’s impact on the offense has been very significant also.

Kolb lost the quarterback competition to John Skelton in the off-season, but Skelton was subsequently injured against the Seattle Seahawks on opening day. Kolb came in to that game in the fourth quarter and led a game-winning touchdown drive.

Since then he has orchestrated victories against the New England Patriots, in Foxboro, and the Philadelphia Eagles, in Arizona, with two very different performances. Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt has asked a lot of Kolb in his first two starts this season, but each gameplan has been vastly different from the other. Continue reading

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Tale of the Tape: Cleveland Browns’ Trent Richardson v. Philadelphia Eagles

Trent Richardson had an underwhelming debut, but was it really because of his off-season injury?

Trent Richardson had a lot of things working against him in his NFL debut for the Cleveland Browns against the Philadelphia Eagles. Richardson had undergone two surgical procedures since he had last played football, in college, while his Browns side were facing the much more talented roster of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rust was expected from Richardson, but because he was fully recovered from his knee issue, the Browns had no issues feeding him the football. Outside of a few snaps from Brandon Jackson in a third down role late in the game, Richardson played every single snap at half-back for the Browns. Continue reading

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Rematch is Perfect Timing for Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos

If Peyton Manning could pick one team on his schedule to start the season with, would it really be the Steelers?

It was October 21st 2007. Jason Elam of the Denver Broncos lined up roughly 54 yards away from the opposing goalposts. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the visiting team to Mile High Stadium and the game was tied at 28 points apiece with just two seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Elam, a veteran kicker and long-time Broncos player, kicked the ball so it sliced through the thin air for a 49 yard field. That field goal handed the Steelers their second loss of the season, a tough one after a phenomenal game, but ultimately an irrelevant one.

The thin air, that had a positive effect on Elam’s field goal attempt, had also had a massive effect on Steelers safety Ryan Clark. Clark, then playing in his second season as a Steeler, suffered a splenal infarction when the thin air combined with his sickle cell trait. Clark Continue reading

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Carolina Panthers 2012 NFL Regular Season Preview

Cam Newton has a big reputation after his rookie season to live up to.

State of the Offense:
There is almost as much uncertainty about Cam Newton entering this season as there was last. Last year Newton disproved all of his doubters, but this season will be different because defenses now have a lot of tape to study and gameplan for him. The Panthers have made some slight adjustments to the offense by bringing in rookie Amini Silatolu to start at left guard, Louis Murphy to help as a receiver and Mike Tolbert joins a crowded Continue reading

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The Alternate List of Intriguing NFL Players for the 2012 NFL Season

The St. Louis Rams are Janoris Jenkins third team since High School, will this one work out?

You won’t find Tim Tebow here. No, Peyton Mannings on this list either. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III? Nope, not them either. This is the list of alternate intriguing players for the 2012 NFL season.

Most preview lists focus on the star quarterbacks, running-backs or even receivers leading up to the opening weekend of the year. Instead I thought I’d dig a bit deeper and not insult your footballing intelligence with the obvious guys to watch out for. Continue reading

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Buffalo Billls NFL Regular Season 2012 Index

The Bills have big expectations this year, but the offense needs to keep its key performers healthy.

State of the Offense:
The Bills mostly concentrated on reviving their front seven on defense this off-season, but Ryan Fitzpatrick did get one significant addition to help him keep his starting spot. Rookie Cordy Glenn will start at left tackle from Week 1. Glenn replaces the departed Demetress Bell in what should be an impressive offensive line on the whole. If the line play to their potential both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson should have every opportunity to Continue reading

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Baltimore Ravens NFL Regular Season 2012 Index

Can Joe Flacco lead the Ravens to the Super Bowl? As far as I’m concerned, he already did last year.

State of the Offense:
Ray Rice received a big deal in the off-season to continue to carry the offense in Baltimore. Even though Joe Flacco had an impressive season last year, and is not often given the respect he deserves, Rice’s all-around talent at the running-back position is too great. When Flacco is passing the ball, he will have to worry about the left side of his offensive line. Bryant McKinnie has had issues with his health during preseason, while Bobbie Williams is a 35 year old coming off of injury who is also trying to replace Ben Grubbs at Continue reading

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