September 14, 2007 |
The NFL season is only a week old and injuries have already begun to create havoc with Las Vegas oddsmakers. From New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning's mysterious shoulder injury to Tampa Bay running back Cadillac Williams' injured ribs to Baltimore quarterback Steve McNair's nagging groin injury, betting lines have been moving all over the place heading into Sunday's Week 2 because of the questionable health status of several key players.
January 2, 2006 |
Even as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were slipping into caps commemorating their first NFC South crown in three years, linebacker Derrick Brooks was issuing a stern message to his teammates. "It's just the first leg of the championship -- division, conference and Super Bowl," the nine-time Pro Bowl selection said Sunday after the Buccaneers beat the New Orleans Saints, 27-13, to guarantee themselves a home playoff game. "As good as this feels, we're looking to feel even better next week."
November 13, 2000 |
Daunte Culpepper showed the Arizona Cardinals he doesn't rely solely on his arm and legs to win. The Viking quarterback introduced yet another weapon--patience--in Minnesota's 31-14 victory Sunday. He was content to pass underneath the Cardinal secondary, throwing for three touchdowns, running for another and completing 25 of 32 passes for 302 yards.
October 7, 2000 |
No. Team (Record) Comment 1. St. Louis (5-0) Only an open date can stop the Rams. 2. Minnesota (4-0) Scary number: Culpepper is averaging five yards a carry. 3. Miami (4-1) If Marino knew the Dolphins could play defense, he'd have stayed. 4. Indianapolis (3-1) It's a lot easier on Manning when the Colts play defense. 5. New York Jets (4-0) They gladly give Wayne Chrebet the damn ball. 6. Baltimore (4-1) City hasn't seen this many shutouts since Jim Palmer. 7.
October 16, 2000 |
Even with a 24-0 lead, the Philadelphia Eagles didn't feel secure--not against the Arizona Cardinals and Jake Plummer. Arizona had defeated the Eagles five consecutive times. In the last four, Plummer brought the Cardinals back from a fourth-quarter deficit, but this time the climb was too steep. No Plummer magic could overcome the poor tackling and weak defensive line that doomed Arizona from the start Sunday in a 33-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
September 22, 2003 |
Warren Sapp, the 303-pound defensive tackle, scored the first offensive touchdown of his career on a six-yard pass play, and the defending Super Bowl champions bounced back from an embarrassing loss and routed the Atlanta Falcons, 31-10, on Sunday. The Buccaneers (2-1) were clearly perturbed by the way they lost to Carolina a week earlier, getting two field goals and an extra point blocked before falling, 12-9, in overtime.
August 31, 1997 |
Colorado State opened its season with its seventh-best offensive output ever--577 yards--in routing Nevada, 45-13, Saturday in a nonconference game at Fort Collins, Colo. Damon Washington and Kevin McDougal combined for 315 yards rushing and four touchdowns and Moses Moreno threw for 245 yards to lead the Rams, who are favored to win the Western Athletic Conference. Colorado State also turned in an impressive defensive effort against Nevada, the favorite in the Big West Conference.
October 22, 2001 |
Jake Plummer built his reputation on last-minute comebacks. This time, he watched helplessly from the sidelines as Trent Green tried to perform a miracle finish for the Kansas City Chiefs. Green fell two yards short. Corey Chavous intercepted Green's pass in the end zone with one second to play after the Chiefs had driven 97 yards, and the Arizona Cardinals hung on for a 24-16 victory Sunday. "We've done that a few times," Plummer said. "I know what it's like for Trent over there.
December 13, 1999 |
Owner Dan Snyder called selected players into his office one by one last week. Two of those players, Tre' Johnson and Marco Coleman, held a players-only meeting. Whether those motivational tactics helped the Washington Redskins beat the Arizona Cardinals, 28-3, Sunday is hard to measure. More likely, they won because a grumbling offensive line got its wish: The Redskins ran the ball.