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.
February 7, 2010 |
Peyton Manning doesn't like to waste time. So, for instance, when the Indianapolis quarterback runs on the treadmill, he doesn't just chug along like everyone else. He practices the two-minute drill while jogging, gesturing and calling out plays as he racks up the miles. "The first time I saw that I was like, 'What is he doing?' " Colts guard Ryan Lilja said. "I'd never seen that before, but then I realized it makes perfect sense. This guy is a next-level thinker." For one NFL team -- either Manning's Colts or the New Orleans Saints -- the next level is just four quarters away.
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.
September 6, 2008
As provided by the league: SUNDAY ARIZONA at SAN FRANCISCO -- Cardinals: DOUBTFUL: DT Alan Branch (ankle), C Al Johnson (knee), DT Gabe Watson (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE Jerame Tuman (hamstring). PROBABLE: T Mike Gandy (knee), TE Ben Patrick (ankle). 49ers: PROBABLE: DT Aubrayo Franklin (knee), LB Parys Haralson (shoulder), S Michael Lewis (back), TE Delanie Walker (calf). CAROLINA at SAN DIEGO -- Panthers: OUT: QB Matt Moore (fibula), WR Ryne Robinson (knee). PROBABLE: RB Nick Goings (hand)
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.
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...
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.
October 15, 2011 |
Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, has tried something new heading into Sunday's game at New England: The silent treatment. Ryan, whose comment that Detroit's Calvin Johnson would be the third-best receiver on the Cowboys came back to haunt him, thought it best to keep his opinions to himself on the Patriots' Wes Welker. "I'm afraid to comment on wideouts," Ryan told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram when asked about Welker. "Apparently, I don't know anything.
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.