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The Hat Trick

October 30th, 2006 Comments off

Once again, I look like a fool. I did not expect the Falcons to win against the Bengals. Not because of any perceived lack of offensive ability, but because of the defense. The defense gave up 38 points to a 2-5 Steelers team, so what would they have given up to a 4-2 Bengals team? The defense wasn’t lights out, but it did just enough to allow Vick & Co. to win the game. Jim Mora also had a 33% winning percentage in games like these (road games following home wins), which did not inspire me with much confidence in this team’s potential focus this week. But I was pleasantly surprised.

Chalk it up, I’m officially back on the Falcons Bandwagon of Optimism. I’ve said it numerous times over the past month, that the Falcons needed to win two of its most recent trio of games, if they wanted to show they were a playoff-ready team. And they did so. Things are starting to come together, on offense, on special teams, and on the sideline with the coaches. I can’t be too proud of the defense, as they’ve given up 89 points in the past 10 quarters, but I can live with 75% of the pieces fitting together. This team has 9 more weeks to get the defense playing back to the level that it was during the first 4 weeks of the season.

Vick hasn’t really made me into a true believer yet, but it is nice to see consecutive good games from him that actually resulted in 2 Falcons wins. He’s played very well, but can he keep this up? I don’t like holding him to such lofty standards, but if we are going to compare him to those that are the best in the league like Manning, Brady, and McNabb, then two games isn’t anywhere close to cutting it. He is going to have to play like this about a dozen times per year.

The near-300 yard passing games are all fine and dandy, but I’d like to see Dunn get back into his groove, and the defense step it up. I think this team has shown they are playoff-ready, meaning they can match up with the best teams in the NFC (namely the Giants and Bears), but they need to show a bit more if they want to prove to me they can make a deep run into the playoffs.

But as I said, I’m feeling much more optimistic, and I won’t automatically assume anymore that Vick is going to falter, the defense is going to choke, and Mora will be outcoached like I was so quick to do before.

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Game #6 vs Pittsburgh Steelers Game Review is coming!

October 29th, 2006 Comments off

I’ve had a few ask about this past week’s game review so I thought I’d drop a note here to address it.

I made the bone-headed mistake of recording FOX instead of CBS so I don’t have the game in hand yet. However, I’ve got a copy on the way and will pull double duty this week as soon as I get it!

Also, I am planning to do a mid-season review of the team on a position by position basis. Not sure where it will go yet but it’ll be fun to see!

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Pudge’s Power Rankings – Week 8

October 27th, 2006 Comments off

Two straight losing weeks, I hope I haven’t hit a wall or anything. Oddly enough for this week’s predictions, once again I expect the Colts to get their first L again although you’ll finally notice I’m giving them a little more love in the power rankings. Also, the Jets, Patriots, and Steelers are the only road teams that I’m predicting to win as well.

Week 7 Results
Predictions: 5-8
Blowouts: 0 of 4 correct
Non-blowouts: 7 of 9 correct

Season Totals:
Predictions: 61-39
Blowouts: 8 of 23 correct
Non-blowouts: 61 of 77 correct

Week 8 Predictions
Saints over Ravens
Chiefs over Seahawks
Packers over Cardinals
Bengals over Falcons
Bears over 49ers*
Titans over Texans
Eagles over Jaguars
Giants over Bucs*
Chargers over Rams
Steelers over Raiders*
Broncos over Colts
Jets over Browns
Panthers over Cowboys
Patriots over Vikings
* predicted blowout

RNK TEAM            OVR   RTG PREV1  Bears           7.10  7.59  +12  Chargers        7.53  7.34  -13  Patriots        6.73  7.01   -4  Ravens          7.27  6.88  +25  Eagles          7.47  6.84  +26  Panthers        7.33  6.83  +27  Cowboys         7.43  6.79  -28  Jaguars         6.50  6.79  -49  Giants          7.67  6.66  +910 Broncos         6.67  6.62  +111 Colts           6.73  6.57 +1112 Jets            5.80  6.53  +413 Bengals         6.90  6.52  +814 Saints          7.37  6.52  +515 Falcons         7.13  6.48   -16 Bills           6.00  6.45  -217 Seahawks        6.07  6.45  -518 Steelers        6.90  6.45  -119 Redskins        6.67  6.44 -1020 Vikings         6.30  6.44  -721 Dolphins        5.70  6.32 -1122 Rams            6.37  6.26  -223 Chiefs          6.57  6.20   -24 49ers           5.57  5.98  +125 Packers         5.17  5.92  -126 Lions           5.30  5.87   -27 Cardinals       5.00  5.57   -28 Titans          5.20  5.50   -29 Texans          4.90  5.49   -30 Buccaneers      6.13  5.49   -31 Raiders         5.17  5.32   -32 Browns          5.13  5.14   -
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Pudge’s Power Rankings – Week 8

October 26th, 2006 Comments off

Two straight losing weeks, I hope I haven’t hit a wall or anything. Oddly enough for this week’s predictions, once again I expect the Colts to get their first L again although you’ll finally notice I’m giving them a little more love in the power rankings. Also, the Jets, Patriots, and Steelers are the only road teams that I’m predicting to win as well.

Week 7 Results
Predictions: 5-8
Blowouts: 0 of 4 correct
Non-blowouts: 7 of 9 correct

Season Totals:
Predictions: 61-39
Blowouts: 8 of 23 correct
Non-blowouts: 61 of 77 correct

Week 8 Predictions
Saints over Ravens
Chiefs over Seahawks
Packers over Cardinals
Bengals over Falcons
Bears over 49ers*
Titans over Texans
Eagles over Jaguars
Giants over Bucs*
Chargers over Rams
Steelers over Raiders*
Broncos over Colts
Jets over Browns
Panthers over Cowboys
Patriots over Vikings
* predicted blowout


RNK TEAM OVR RTG PREV
1 Bears 7.10 7.59 +1
2 Chargers 7.53 7.34 -1
3 Patriots 6.73 7.01 -
4 Ravens 7.27 6.88 +2
5 Eagles 7.47 6.84 +2
6 Panthers 7.33 6.83 +2
7 Cowboys 7.43 6.79 -2
8 Jaguars 6.50 6.79 -4
9 Giants 7.67 6.66 +9
10 Broncos 6.67 6.62 +1
11 Colts 6.73 6.57 +11
12 Jets 5.80 6.53 +4
13 Bengals 6.90 6.52 +8
14 Saints 7.37 6.52 +5
15 Falcons 7.13 6.48 -
16 Bills 6.00 6.45 -2
17 Seahawks 6.07 6.45 -5
18 Steelers 6.90 6.45 -1
19 Redskins 6.67 6.44 -10
20 Vikings 6.30 6.44 -7
21 Dolphins 5.70 6.32 -11
22 Rams 6.37 6.26 -2
23 Chiefs 6.57 6.20 -
24 49ers 5.57 5.98 +1
25 Packers 5.17 5.92 -1
26 Lions 5.30 5.87 -
27 Cardinals 5.00 5.57 -
28 Titans 5.20 5.50 -
29 Texans 4.90 5.49 -
30 Buccaneers 6.13 5.49 -
31 Raiders 5.17 5.32 -
32 Browns 5.13 5.14 -
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Same old Falcons?…

October 23rd, 2006 Comments off

I won’t lie, I was very critical of the entire coaching staff all week long, from Mora to Knapp to Donatella (and no that is not a typo). I will also admit I expected the Falcons to lose this game with their recent performances against the Giants, Cardinals, and Saints. And now I have a nice big plate of crow in front of me, and I’m going to enjoy eating it all. Throw a bunch of salt on it, and it almost takes like chicken…that has been dipped in bile.

But I’m not all smiles. In fact, I will be even more critical of the coaching staff and the players from this point onwards. Now the standards have been raised. We have finally discovered our successful passing game. But we need to build off this. No, I’m not expecting Vick to throw over 200 yards and 4 touchdowns each week. This game will likely be the best statistically he’ll play all year long. But I want to see more games like this one, not statistically, but where he properly managed the game. I want to see fewer turnovers on his part (although I don’t blame him too much for the pair of INTs).

The coaching staff (with exception of Donatella) really brought it today. Thank you Joe DeCamillis for not making me seem so crazy for talking you up a few weeks ago. The Falcons were prepared. Why can’t we see more of these performances consistently? When Jim Mora was looking across the field at his counterpart today, in Bill Cowher he should have seen a coach that consistently motivates his team. The Steelers record may not be too great right now, but how many times have you ever seen the Steelers come out flat and just be completely inept, whether it’s at the outset of the game or in the second half? I’m sure you’ll be thinking for some time about that one, I know I will. Now think about how many times you’ve seen that from the Falcons. You’re going to run out of fingers and toes pretty quickly. An interesting stat I discovered is that this football team under Mora’s leadership is 3-6 in road games following a home victory. I will definitely be looking hard at their performance next week against the Bengals to see if that poor record grows worse. I’ve said for some time, if this team is a playoff-caliber team right now, it will win 2 of this 3 game stretch against the Giants, Steelers, and Bengals. Winning next week will be huge for this team and this coaching staff in my eyes. And I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to state that a loss next week saps any and all positives that came out of this week’s win.

I’m happy with this win, and I’m not going to be too critical of the coaching staff or Michael Vick this week. If you doubt my sincerity in my contentness, just know that I went to school in Pittsburgh, and know more Steeler fans than I do Falcon fans. And after witnessing their Super Bowl win last year, it definitely feels good to have a little something to hold over their head, even if it’s not a title. He might be a terrible quarterback in their eyes, but I’m sure I can sleep better at night knowing they have yet to find a way to beat him.

As I said on the forums earlier in the week, we need to see Michael Vick making that ascension to the next level in this offense by the end of this year. This was hopefully the first of many steps.

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Game #5 vs New York Giants Review

October 22nd, 2006 1 comment

This was a game that we let get away from us. The good news is that most of the problems we have are fixable. The bad news is that most of them have happened before and haven’t been fixed yet.

Here’s what I saw:

Offense:

Running game: Dunn (14/146,1 TD), Vick (8/68,1 TD), Norwood (4/9). Outside of 5 rushes, the Giants did a good job of bottling up Warrick Dunn. The 90 yard run really boosted the numbers up significantly. Towards the end of the game the Giants defense seemed to have a few answers for Vick’s running but never really truly contained him. Yet another 200 yard rushing game as a team.

Breakdown of passes:

Vick: 14/27, 154 yards, 0 TD/1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions are: 6 bad throws, 2 pass defended, 1 throw away and 4 drops. The INT was on Roddy White not Vick. Even Coach Mora lit into White as he came to the sideline telling him, “You’ve got to catch those.” There was 1 more bad throw than I would like to see but considering that 1 of his bad throws came on a play that would have been a sack with virtually any other QB in the league, it’s tough to be too upset about that. The drops are still present. The receivers MUST step it up. Our receivers and backs simply aren’t making the “tough catches” and that needs to improve as well. The biggest thing missing from this team right now is for somebody to step up and make some “Wow” catches.

Drops (4): Jenkins 2 (6), White 1 (3), and Jennings 1 (1). Jenkins dropped a sure TD early on a perfect deep ball and then dropped one later that even Moose said something about. White’s drop was the INT as Mora pointed out. I hated to pin a drop on Jennings because of the way he got tagged but the ball was in his hands and he just didn’t hang on.

Sack responsibility (7): First one was the result of a double corner blitz. Gandy missed his chip, Dunn couldn’t get over in time to pick that up and Griffith completely missed his block. The second one was Lehr missing a man and Gandy missing two guys (the one he should have got and the one Lehr ignored). The third is a result of an ineffective block attempt by Dunn. The fourth and fifth sacks were a result of Vick holding the ball too long. The sixth sack was on Gandy. The final sack was on Lehr. Not a good day for the backfield or the left side of the line.

Pass blocking: Horrid job of blocking in this game by the o-line.

YTD Sacks (18):

Vick 8 (3 rushing attempts that went for negative yards)
Lehr 2.5
Forney 2
Beverly 1
Wayne Gandy 2.5
Justin Griffith 1.0
Warrick Dunn 1.0

Defense:

Run defense: Not a good job, especially on the outside. Mostly a case of being outplayed physically. The LB’s consistantly got blocked out of plays or overpursued. No one linebacker stood out as a problem.

Pass Defense: Not sure why Barber didn’t have someone on him consistantly and still not sure how a Jeremy Shockey gets covered by Ike Reese. Overall, really not a bad job of pass defense but it simply wasn’t as aggressive as I’d like to see.

2 sacks: Kerney had 1 and Abraham added another. Both in the first half and there was very little pressure in the second half.

Special Teams:

Rossum had 4 kickoff returns for 21, 22 and 27 yards twice. Norwood had 1 for 22 yards. No punt returns. An okay job but nothing standing out.

Koenen had 6 punts. 3 went inside the 20. A very good job of punting.

Kickoffs: Koenen had 3 kickoffs: Two went to the Endzone with 1 Touchback. Excellent coverage job.

Field Goals: None.

Special Teams leading tackler: Mathis, McCrary and Beck all had 1.

Things that really need improvement:

1. WR’s MUST make plays.
2. Is Vick allowed to audible? When DB’s are blitzing, the WR’s shouldn’t be running anything but very quick routes.
3. Defense must tackle better and not overpursue.
4. Offensive line must give Vick time.

Offensive MVP: Michael Vick
Defensive MVP: Patrick Kerney (3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 hurry and 1 pass defended)
Special Teams MVP: Michael Koenen

Goat of the Week: Jenkins, White, Gandy and Lehr
Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:

Next up: vs. Pittsburgh, October 22!

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Trade deadline is just fine

October 19th, 2006 Comments off

Okay, the trade deadline has passed without much fanfare. The Colts picked up Booger McFarland and the Bills got Tony Hargrove. Not really feeling anything about the McFarland trade. He could have a big impact in Indy, but that’s only if this trade serves as a wake-up call. This guy has been far from an impact player over the past few years. I don’t think it’s going to solve the Colts problems in stopping the run. Instead of getting an underachieving defensive tackle, perhaps they should stop starting ex-ends at tackle. Reagor and Brock aren’t run stoppers, never were.

Hargrove’s sole point of interest in my mind is that he was taken after Matt Schaub a few years ago. Reportedly, Martz really wanted Schaub with that pick, but wound up settling for Hargrove. Yep, that worked out well for them.

Why am I discussing other team’s trades? Because if you keep reading it will eventually relate to the Falcons!

I’ve read some discussion about moving the deadline back a few weeks, rather than coming the Tuesday after Week 6, perhaps Week 8 or 10. With that potential development, would the Falcons have been more interested then? I doubt it. Mid-season trades are basically there for teams that have suffered a major injury that they need a quick fix, or for a team trying to dump a disgruntled or underachieving player. The only guys that come close to fitting that bill are Roddy White and Matt Lehr, the only starters that are susceptible to losing their starting jobs before the end of the season.

So if the trading deadline was later, perhaps you could see the Falcons trade someone like Lehr, but only if someone like Clabo or King comes in and plays really well during his absence. But then, who is going to make a trade for a guy that is in the midst or just coming off a possible steroid-related suspension? Especially one that is probably a backup on any team that does not have a Gibbs-based zone blocking scheme.

Personally, I really don’t care if the trade deadline was moved back or whatever. I think few midseason trades are ever really going to have a huge impact. I figure with the time needed to integrate guys into schemes and systems, typically you won’t be able to get more than 6-8 weeks of production from somebody. It’s not like superstars are being moved either. I would liken McFarland and Hargrove to players like Ed Jasper (his good years) and Chauncey Davis, respectively. Would any team acquiring either player really expect them to do much more than improve their rotation? It’s not like it’s Rod Coleman or Kerney. Sure, you say Deion Branch was traded earlier this year. Yeah, that was a good move, but is probably the exception rather than the norm. More than likely the Koren Robinsons and Doug Gabriels are going to get traded. Good players, but nobody expects 1000-yard seasons from them.

So in summary, when the trade deadline is really doesn’t matter for the majority of teams. Perhaps one team will be able to make a big move, but from the case of Branch, it doesn’t seem like the “earliness” of the deadline negatively affected it.

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Pudge’s Power Rankings – Week 7

October 19th, 2006 Comments off

It was not a good week for my predictions. After all that gloating last week, I follow up with a dismal 5-9 performance. I guess I could feel a little bit better that so many of the games I didn’t predict correctly were won by 3 points or less. Looking over this week’s predictions, the surprises I expect to see are the Colts suffering their first loss and the Raiders getting their first win. Well at least that’s what the formula is saying, although those aren’t predictions my gut would normally make.

Week 6 Results
Predictions: 5-9
Blowouts: 2 of 4 correct
Non-blowouts: 8 of 9 correct

Season Totals
Predictions: 56-32
Blowouts: 8 of 19 correct
Non-blowouts: 54 of 68 correct

Week 7 Predictions
Jaguars over Texans*
Panthers over Bengals
Patriots over Bills
Falcons over Steelers
Eagles over Bucs*
Jets over Lions
Dolphins over Packers
Chargers over Chiefs*
Broncos over Browns*
Seahawks over Vikings
Raiders over Cardinals
Redskins over Colts
Cowboys over Giants
* predicted blowouts

RNK TEAM           OVR  RTG  PREV 1. Chargers      8.07  7.72   - 2. Bears         7.10  7.59   - 3. Patriots      6.73  7.01   - 4. Jaguars       6.70  6.93  +1 5. Cowboys       7.60  6.91  +1 6. Ravens        7.43  7.00  -2 7. Eagles        7.47  6.84   - 8. Panthers      7.20  6.73  +6 9. Redskins      6.97  6.66  -110. Dolphins      6.17  6.66  +211. Broncos       6.67  6.62  +712. Seahawks      6.23  6.57  +313. Vikings       6.47  6.56  -214. Bills         6.13  6.55  -415. Falcons       7.17  6.50  -616. Jets          5.73  6.48  -317. Steelers      6.90  6.45   -18. Giants        7.33  6.42  +319. Saints        7.17  6.37  -320. Rams          6.37  6.26  +321. Bengals       6.50  6.23  -222. Colts         6.20  6.19  -223. Chiefs        6.40  6.08  -124. Packers       5.33  6.04   -25. 49ers         5.57  5.98   -26. Lions         5.30  5.87   -27. Cardinals     5.00  5.57  +128. Titans        5.20  5.50  +329. Texans        4.70  5.35  -230. Buccaneers    5.80  5.25   -31. Raiders       5.00  5.20  +132. Browns        4.97  5.02  -3
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Pudge’s Power Rankings – Week 6

October 12th, 2006 Comments off

So my rankings last week were too crazy? Well tell that to my 12-2 record from Week 5. Well that makes 3 straight weeks where I’ve accurately predicted at least 70% of the winners. Not bad if I do say so myself, considering I didn’t really design these rankings to predict which teams will win week in and week out. I didn’t predict any blowouts last week, but there were 3 (Bears, Giants, and Jags all were considered blowout wins).There have been a total of 19 through the first 5 weeks, so even if another week comes up that I don’t see many blowouts, I think I’m still going to pick a minimum of 3 based on which trio will be the most likeliest.

Week 5 Results
Predictions: 12-2
Blowouts: 0 of 0 correct
Non-blowouts: 11 of 14 correct

Season Totals
Predictions: 51-23
Blowouts: 6 of 15 correct
Non-blowouts: 46 of 59 correct

Week 6 Predictions
Bills over Lions
Cowboys over Texans*
Ravens over Panthers
Falcons over Giants
Redskins over Titans*
Bengals over Bucs
Rams over Seahawks
Eagles over Saints
Chargers over 49ers*
Steelers over Chiefs
Dolphins over Jets
Broncos over Raiders
Bears over Cardinals*
* indicates predicted blowouts

RNK TEAM          OVR  RTG  PREV 1. Chargers      8.27 7.87   - 2. Bears         7.27 7.71   - 3. Patriots      6.73 7.01  +1 4. Ravens        7.43 7.00  +1 5. Jaguars       6.70 6.93  -2 6. Cowboys       7.60 6.91   - 7. Eagles        7.47 6.84   - 8. Redskins      7.13 6.78  +1 9. Falcons       7.50 6.74  +110. Bills         6.27 6.64  -211. Vikings       6.47 6.56  +212. Dolphins      5.97 6.51  -113. Jets          5.73 6.48  -114. Panthers      6.83 6.47  +215. Seahawks      6.07 6.45  -116. Saints        7.17 6.37  -117. Steelers      6.73 6.33  +118. Broncos       6.13 6.24  +119. Bengals       6.50 6.23  +120. Colts         6.20 6.19  -321. Giants        6.87 6.09  +422. Chiefs        6.40 6.08  -123. Rams          6.07 6.04  -124. Packers       5.33 6.04  -125. 49ers         5.57 5.98  -126. Lions         5.13 5.76   -27. Texans        4.70 5.35  +128. Cardinals     4.63 5.31  -129. Browns        5.33 5.28   -30. Buccaneers    5.83 5.28  +231. Titans        4.87 5.26  -132. Raiders       5.00 5.20  -1
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Game #4 vs Arizona Cardinals Review

October 7th, 2006 1 comment

Talk about a “get well” game! This one was both frustrating and satisfying at the same time. It’s great that we were finally able to put them away in the second half but it’s frustrating that we could have done that very same thing in the first half and didn’t. A very fixable issue but something to keep an eye on for sure.

Here’s what I saw:

Offense:

Running game: Dunn (19/55), Vick (11/101), Norwood (6/106). The Cardinals did a very good job of containing Dunn but did a horrible job of containing Vick. Norwood came in the fourth quarter and slammed the door. I’m thinking Norwood’s nickname should be “F-15″ as in the Air Force jet that pulls it’s nose straight up and the next thing you know the little jet is gone in the clouds straight in the air. That’s Norwood in a nutshell, one cut and gone!

Breakdown of passes:

Vick: 13/22, 153 yards, 0 TD/1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions are: 2 bad throws, 4 pass defended and 3 drops. One really horrible decision (the interception obviously) but otherwise, Vick is putting it where he needs to. Bad throws were limited to 9% of attempts and that’s excellent. The drops are still present. The receivers MUST step it up. The other thing I charted this game was what Mora called “50/50″ plays. There were 4 of these. For those that missed it, Mora defined a “50/50″ by being a play that you don’t necessarily expect the receiver to make but a situation where a play could be made. Our receivers and backs simply aren’t making the “tough catches” and that needs to improve as well.

Drops (3): Crumpler 2 (4), Jenkins 1 (4). One was low to Crump but nobody touched him and the ball hit his hands. Another was to Jenkins in the endzone. It was thrown slightly behind him but again, with no defender there you have to make that play.

Sack responsibility (2): First sack was on the Vick for not throwing the ball away. Ojinnaka allowed pressure but Vick still had time to throw it away and didn’t. The second sack also goes on Vick. He stepped up in the pocket and the man Lehr was blocking simply had to turn around and grab Vick, which is what he did.

Pass blocking: Excellent job of blocking in this game by the o-line.

YTD Sacks (11):

Vick 6 (3 rushing attempts that went for negative yards)
Lehr 1
Forney 2
Beverly 1
Wayne Gandy 0.5
Justin Griffith 0.5

Defense:

Run defense: All I can say is WOW to the job the defense did in bottling up James. Grady Jackson definitely makes a huge impact and D-mo was making a lot of plays hitting the gaps and sniffing out pitches around the end. Fantastic job.

Pass Defense: Not a lot of yards and a ton of pressure all day long. Although I’m still not a fan of the amount of zone defense we tend to play, it’s hard to argue with the results thus far.

4 sacks: Kerney had 3 sacks and Boley added another. Grady Jackson didn’t get credit for sacks but I’m going to add that Warner fell in the backfield and Jackson touched him “down”, that should be a sack as Jackson gets credited with a tackle. Jackson also hit Leinart 4 yards deep to cause a fumble and didn’t get credited with a sack either.

Special Teams:

Rossum had 2 kickoff returns for 23 and 27 yards. McCrary had 1 for 10 yards. 1 punt return for 41 yards. After the punt return it was obvious that the Cards wanted no part of Rossum or Norwood.

Koenen had 2 punts. 1 for 59 inside the 20 and a net of 52 and the other for 34 yards and fair caught inside the 20. A very good job of punting.

Kickoffs: Koenen had 9 kickoffs: To the–10, 1(2), 5, 8, EZ(4) with 1 touchback. Best starting position for the Cards was the 24. Excellent coverage job.

Field Goals: Andersen hit all 5 of his attempts from 40 in and Koenen nailed a 51 yarder.

Special Teams leading tackler: Rossum had 2 with 1 assist, Reese and Lowe both had 2, Norwood, Jennings and Beck all had 1 each.

Things that really need improvement:

1. Taking advantage of scoring opportunities. We’ve got to score when we get the chance. This one stays from the previous three weeks
2. WR’s getting better separation and making plays.
3. Figure out what to do with Hartwell when he returns. How can you bench D-mo after the way he’s played??

Offensive MVP: Michael Vick/Jerious Norwood
Defensive MVP: Michael Boley and Patrick Kerney (although it really could be the entire defense)
Special Teams MVP: Morten Andersen

Goat of the Week: All pass catchers. Drops and not making plays.

Let me know your thoughts and questions otherwise:

Next up: The Bye Week

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