September 11, 2012

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2012 NFL season in preview (Part 2)

By: Joe Williams

Welcome back to the NFL season in preview. If you missed the first half last week you can check it out here before you read part 2.

Could the 2012 season end with Andre Johnson and the Houston Texans as Super Bowl champions?

Nov. 2

Terrell Owens announces on Twitter that he will rejoin the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League for the 2013 season.

Nov. 7

The NFL announces that an agreement has been reached with the officials. The replacement referees will work one more week before NFL officials return to the field.

Nov. 11

4:05 p.m.: After getting an extra week of preparation during the bye, Tim Tebow makes his first start for the New York Jets but gets fined for violating the NFL uniform policy when he takes the field shirtless.

Nov. 12

Ben Rothlisberger tells reporters that he “probably has a concussion or something” but it won’t keep him from playing against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.

Nov. 14

Jennifer Lopez (part owner of the Miami Dolphins) announces that she hasn’t been able to stop judging people since leaving American Idol and is going to begin attending the Dolphins practices so she can critique “everything and everyone.”

Nov. 18

Ben Rothlisberger tells reporters that “surgery is for wimps” and he will go against his doctor’s advice and play against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

Nov. 22

The New York Jets drop their third straight game, this time to the rival New England Patriots. The offense has 11 turnovers in the last three weeks.

Nov. 26

My fantasy team clinches a playoff spot. Yours has been eliminated from playoff contention. Better luck next season.

Nov. 29

At halftime of the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons game, news breaks that an unidentified NFL player is now dating a Kardashian.

Dec. 1

The San Diego Chargers enter December at 8-3.

Dec. 2

One of the top quarterbacks in the NFL goes down with a season-ending injury. There could not be worse news for my fantasy team.
A man files a lawsuit against the New York Jets, claiming the team cost him a “large sum of money” when they removed him from the stadium for selling apple and lime flavored pastries called “Timovers.”

Dec. 3

Brett Farve holds a press conference to announce he has “five or six” wins left in him for any teams who need to replace their starting quarterback heading into the playoffs. He also lets it slip that he, Roger Clemens and Allen Iverson have a bet to see who can get on the field and stay in the headlines the longest after their skills have eroded.

Dec. 10

The Houston Texans knock off the undefeated New England Patriots. Every team now has at least one loss.

Dec. 15

The NFL announces that their contract with league statisticians has run out and an agreement cannot be reached…therefore the statisticians have been locked out. The games will go out without any stats being recorded. This ruins championship week in all fantasy leagues.

Dec. 23

RGIII breaks Cam Newton’s rookie passing yardage record.

Dec. 30

After a terrible December stretch, the San Diego Chargers finish the season at 8-8 and miss out on the playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints clinch a playoff spot. During their post-game celebration, Saints players credit the success to the team camaraderie that was developed when they all got “Roger sucks” tattoos during the bye week.
Randy Moss makes it through an entire season without becoming a disruption in the 49ers’ locker room.

Jan. 20

The Houston Texans complete the sweep and beat New England for the second time, this time for a trip to the Super Bowl.
The Green Bay Packers get revenge for the season-opening loss and knock off the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Feb. 3

The Houston Texans win the first Super Bowl in franchise history.

June 18, 2012

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Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, & Chad Ochocinco on the Comeback Trail

By: Anson Whaley

As recently as two years ago, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, and Chad Ochocinco were three of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL. Each was a few years past his respective prime, but still able to contribute heavily. The trio combined for more than 2,200 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2010, and the group was still a potent bunch.

Two years later, though, and it’s a different story.

Moss didn’t play last season and after a brief retirement, signed with the San Francisco 49ers for 2012. Moss may be the biggest question mark as he had the worst numbers of the three players in 2010. He failed to make big splashes with any of the three (yes, three) teams for which he played. Moss had brief stints with the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans, but had a hard time fitting in with any of them, even though he previously had done well with the Patriots.

Alex Smith

The San Francisco 49ers and Alex Smith are hoping Randy Moss can help improve their passing attack.

An offseason injury in 2011 forced Terrell Owens to the sideline. He was deemed ready to play by his agent and even held a televised workout in October, but no NFL teams attended. With no other options, Owens suited up for the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, playing there earlier this year, but has since been released.

After a solid 2010, Chad Ochocinco dropped off in a big way last season. Playing for the New England Patriots, he never fully grasped the system and simply wasn’t a good fit. He had the worst season of his career with only 276 receiving yards and a single touchdown.

Even though all three have question marks, each is headed in different directions as I see it.

Of the three, Owens’ career may be the one most in danger. The fact that his workout in 2011 drew no NFL interest shows exactly where he stands in terms of league appeal. And while he had a productive 2010 playing alongside Ochocinco in Cincinnati, he wasn’t able to dominate the Indoor Football League this past season. Owens played in only eight games, so it’s not fair to judge him based on total numbers. But his per game average of 52.9 yards a game wasn’t even in the league’s top 20 and he was merely a good, not great, wideout. For a player trying to get back to the NFL, it isn’t terribly impressive that he wasn’t even among the best receivers in an indoor league. It’s a different brand of football, but Owens’ skill should still translate into better numbers.

Moss, on the other hand, will have an immediate opportunity. He’s headed to a 49ers team that is in desperate need of an upgraded passing attack. Alex Smith has become a serviceable quarterback, but will have a chance to get even better if Moss is in shape. Even in his older age, Moss has a chance to become a top target in San Fran. Still, it’s hard to put his dismal 2010 out of mind. When you think about his inability to fit with any of the three teams for which he played, it’s pretty unsettling. The bottom line is that while he’s getting yet another shot, there’s no guarantee Moss will work out.

Ochocinco recently signed with the Miami Dolphins and may have the best chance to revive his career simply because he’s the youngest. At only 34, there’s still plenty of time for him to be effective. His numbers were incredibly low last season, but there’s good reason to think that his year was a bit of an anomaly. Playing in New England as a wide receiver is a bit different than many places. The Patriots emphasize finding the open man rather than looking for specific targets – it’s one of the reasons why unknowns can produce big seasons there. The other thing to like about Ochocinco is that even while playing alongside Owens in 2010, he still racked up over 800 yards receiving and caught nearly 70 passes. Playing in Miami, he’ll become one of the focal points of the passing game since the Dolphins allowed their No. 1 receiver, Brandon Marshall, to go to the Chicago Bears. Ochocinco will be the star in Miami and could even be in line for a 1,000-yard season if he’s still healthy. If you need another reason for his potential success, look no further than the Dolphins’ potent rushing game, which was 11th in the NFL. That should free up the passing game a bit and give Ochocinco an even bigger chance for success.

If anything slows him down this year, it will be the quarterback situation. The Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill in the first round and could be forced to play him early on. That could prevent Ochocinco from having a huge season if Tannehill has some growing pains, but Miami also has veterans David Garrard and Matt Moore in place. Neither is great, but both are capable NFL quarterbacks.

All three have a chance to become impact receivers again, but my bet is on Ochocinco to do the most with the remainder of his career.

June 8, 2012

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Where Will Ochocinco End Up?

By: Junior

With news coming out yesterday that Chad Ochocinco was released by the New England Patriots, speculation has started on where the wide receiver could end up next year. It has been a rough year for wide receivers in the NFL. Terrell Owens has been unable to land with a team, Hines Ward retired maybe a bit earlier than he wanted to, and now Chad Ochocinco needs to find a home. So which teams could be interested in the former Pro Bowl wide receiver?

Could Chad Ochocinco and Trent Richardson be teammates next season?

Houston Texans

If the Houston Texans have interest in Ochocinco, you would have to think they would be the favorites. The team on my list with the best chances of making it to the playoffs this season, Chad went to the Patriots in the hopes of winning a Super Bowl.  The Texans made the playoffs last year and might see Ochocinco as the WR they have been looking for to free Andre Johnson of constant double teams.

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have some precedent with this type of signing, having picked up Terrell Owens in 2009. The Bills started off last season with a 5-2 record before eventually ending up 6-10. That fast start, with the free agency addition of Mario Williams and the drafting of Stephon Gilmore could be enough to entice Ochocinco. The Bills don’t have much in the WR department outside of Stevie Johnson, so Ochocinco could be a solid addition to their offense.

Cleveland Browns
This might be a long shot, but the Cleveland Browns desperately were looking for a WR going into the NFL Draft, and while they came out with a new QB and RB, they still are thin at wide receiver. The Browns aren’t considered likely candidates to make a big playoff run, but with a revamped offense, Ochocinco could be a missing piece to a rebound season.

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins lost their #1 receiver in Brandon Marshall during the off-season, when they traded him to the Chicago Bears. They may find Ochocinco to be too much of a distraction for their team to gamble on, but they could definitely use the help. Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill could use some help with targets to throw to and there aren’t many WR’s of Ochocino’s caliber available on the free agent market.

St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford is a solid young QB on a pretty awful St. Louis Rams football team. With WR’s Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson as his wideouts, you have to think Bradford would welcome Chad Ochocinco to the offense. Jeff Fisher has taken a gamble on an older receiver before, having acquired Randy Moss while he was the head coach of the Tennessee Titans. I am not sure Ochocinco would go to a team that has struggled like the Rams have, but right now, his options are limited.

December 3, 2008

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Another Wild Week In The NFL

By: realbigfathead

By Apryl DeLancey

All year I’ve been picking the Oakland Raiders to upset someone…until this week!  They finally came through and beat the Denver Broncos.  I had a feeling it would be someone in their division, but I somehow missed this one.  Argh.  I just knew it!  They not only beat the Broncos…they beat them by three touchdowns!  Why did I miss this one!  It figures.

At least I am not a Detroit Lions fan.  I really feel for you folks!  Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely rooting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  It was nice to see Cadillac Williams back in action, however limited.  I just find it sad to be 0-11.  I find it especially sad to score 17 points and then stop completely as if they thought the game was over.  Oops.  Okay, they did score another field goal, but still…they had the game…they just needed to finish it!

I really thought the San Diego Chargers would pull out the “W” over the Indianapolis Colts.  NOT!  What the heck has happened to the Chargers?  And LaDainian Tomlinson…what the heck?  I am so sad to see him playing so badly.  Where is that monster stud player that cluttered the airwaves with endorsements and highlight reels?  What happened to his “better”?

Oh my gosh – and what was that final score of the New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers game?  Saints 51 and Packers 29?  Geez!  If you’re the betting type I’ll venture to guess the over/under wasn’t close to that.  Deuce McAllister got his 54th touchdown as a member of the Saints in the slaughter.  Good for you, Deuce.

I really only picked a few right this week – I had the Washington Redskins over the Seattle Seahawks.  That wasn’t too hard to get right.  As I mentioned, I picked the Bucs over the Lions.  That first part of the game really had me worried. I did pick the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, and New York Jets as well.  I just happened to go a little crazy on the upset picks.  I really didn’t have faith that the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens combo would get back in sync.  I was wrong.  I thought it would be a fun time to pick the San Francisco 49ers to win that one.  My bad.

It doesn’t really matter.  The fun thing about picking games is the wild ones.  I don’t bet any money on these picks and I’m not one of those that absolutely has to be right or I’ll have feelings of inadequacy and depression.  Nah, football should be fun.  I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings.  I know I’ll be making more wild picks!

Go underdogs!  That means you Oakland Raiders!

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post do not represent those of Fathead, LLC.    Although, on a personal note from a lifelong Lion’s fan…I must admit the big “0” in the W category is getting rather depressing!