September 10, 2012
Robert Griffin III had a stunning NFL debut for Washington on Sunday, completing 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 139.9 in the Redskins' 40-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss what we can expect from RG3 the rest of the season. Check back throughout the day for more responses and join the discussion by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times Take a deep breath.
January 28, 2010 |
What the Indianapolis Colts' offense needs to concentrate on to combat the New Orleans Saints' defense in Super Bowl XLIV. Beat the clock Peyton Manning is the best in the business when it comes to squeezing every last second out of the play clock to figure out what the defense is doing. The NFL is all about disguise, and the Saints defense will want to hide whether it's in man or zone coverage because Manning can exploit that. You frequently see Manning pointing across the line of scrimmage, often at a linebacker.
October 7, 2009 |
No team did more hitting in training camp than the San Francisco 49ers. And, at least through the first quarter of the NFL season, that appears to be paying dividends. San Francisco (3-1) has won seven of nine under Coach Mike Singletary , and is coming off a 35-0 obliteration of St. Louis in which the 49ers scored two touchdowns on defense and one on special teams. For them, Sunday's test is turning back the well-rested Atlanta Falcons, a team loaded with offensive weapons and coming off its open week.
January 22, 2010 |
If Peyton Manning ever compares his record four most-valuable-player awards, the honor this season might come out on top. He didn't throw for 49 touchdowns as he did in 2004, but if there was ever a season in which Manning best embodied the award, it was this one, when the Indianapolis Colts rebuilt their offense on the fly. Now they're one victory shy of a second trip to the Super Bowl with Manning, facing the upstart New York Jets in Sunday's AFC...
November 18, 2010 |
Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman has nine career victories, six of them fourth-quarter comebacks. Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis has emerged as one of the NFL's toughest ballcarriers to bring down. Baltimore tackle Michael Oher has locked down the most difficult position on the line, and ? in keeping with the book and movie that chronicled his teenage years ? he's now protecting the blind side. They are but three of the league's up-and-coming players, emerging household names.
January 23, 2010 |
Who's going to make it to the Super Bowl? Keep an eye on the over/unders. That's the overachieving understudies, and each of the four teams in Sunday's conference championship games has at least two of them. They are the unheralded players who have ably stepped into key roles to help their teams -- New Orleans, Minnesota, Indianapolis and the New York Jets -- get to this point. A look at some of the no-names who've got game: Jets SHONN GREENE, running back: Greene, a rookie from Iowa, expected to spend this season learning behind veterans Leon Washington and Thomas Jones.
January 25, 2010 |
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay called his first Lombardi Trophy from three years ago "deeply fulfilling," and said his franchise is in pursuit of history this time around. Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning certainly put together a game that belongs in historical perspective, ending once and for all, discussion about the Colts' decision to pull starters in a Week 16 game here against the New York Jets and rest players instead of chasing a perfect season. All will be just right if the Colts triumph Feb. 7 in Super Bowl XLIV against the New Orleans Saints after Indianapolis disposed of the Jets, 30-17, in the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
October 25, 2009 |
The Tennessee Titans' Jeff Fisher was dressed for success at a recent charity event, removing his button-down shirt to reveal a Peyton Manning jersey underneath. The coach joked he wanted to "feel like a winner." Fisher is a no-nonsense guy who takes his job very seriously -- part of the reason he's the NFL's longest-tenured coach -- so a little humor was refreshing in these dismal times for his winless franchise. Tennessee's collapse tops our list of the biggest surprises through six weeks of the 2009 season: Dismember the Titans Since starting last season 10-0, Fisher's team has lost 10 of 13 and eight in a row. Mercifully, the Titans get an open date today after the humiliation of last Sunday's 59-0 rout at New England.
August 17, 2010 |
Stewart Bradley isn't asked to run back kicks for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he's their most valuable return man. That is to say the middle linebacker's return from the knee injury that ended his 2009 season is a vital component to the success of Philadelphia's defense. The Eagles learned the true value of Bradley when he wasn't around last season — he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in training camp — as they struggled to replace their defensive signal caller.
February 8, 2010 |
FIRST QUARTER -- Colts 10, Saints 3 PASSING LEADERS Saints Brees...3-7, 27 yards Colts Manning...9-14, 88 yards, TD RECEIVING LEADERS Saints Bush...1, 16 yards Colts Clark...2, 25yards RUSHING LEADERS Saints Bell...1, 4 yards Colts Addai...5, 58 yards Momentum: The Colts ran twice as many plays as the Saints, scored on their first two possessions and held the ball for 10 minutes 29 seconds of the 15 minutes.