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Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald is not upset with the targets; Called it champagne problems

larry fitzLarry Fitzgerald has played six games in his career against the Philadelphia Eagles, scoring at least one touchdown in every single one – 10 TDs total — and averaging 6.7 catches for 107 yards per game.

“That was then, this is now,” the wide receiver said Thursday. “Different times.”

Fitzgerald doesn’t totally hide the fact he’d like more catches when he’s talking about the subject, even if he never says so directly. Fitzgerald has 23 receptions this season for 283 yards, putting him on a non-Fitz-like pace of 61 catches and 755 yards.

“I always keep it in perspective how fortunate and blessed not only me but everyone in this locker room is,” Fitzgerald said. “Not getting enough targets? Where I grew up we called those ‘champagne problems.’

“This is my job and I love it, but I also put it in its proper place.”

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Five unexpected players who have come up huge for their teams

goldenI thought it would be interesting to post a list of five players who sort of came from out of no where to really help give their team a better chance to win.

The biggest surprise to me has to be Justin Forsett of the Baltimore Ravens.  In the beginning of the season everyone was expecting Ray Rice to carry the load, but after his incident it really crippled the Ravens fan base.  Well little did they know they had a player on the bench that would be a top five running back through eight weeks.  Forsett has 503 rushing yards and has been pretty impressive.

Another huge surprise is Chris Ivory.  The former New Orleans Saints running back has been impressive this year. The Jets signed Chris Johnson from the Titans via free agency, but have struck gold with a player already on their roster.  Ivory has been running hard and is currently in the top 10 for yards.  Ivory looks good this year and has been a real nice surprise.

Golden Tate right now is hands down the best free agent acquisition of the season.  With Calvin Johnson missing time with an injury, Tate has picked up the slack.  Tate has been super impressive this year hauling in 48 receptions for 648 yards. He might only have 2 touchdowns but this guy has that “It” factor. He has been ballin in Detroit.

If you play fantasy football you know who Delanie Walker is.  Not many understand how good Walker has been this season, but with the quarterback issues he is the most consistent target for the Titans.  Walker has 438 yards this year with soon to be three different quarterbacks at the helm.

The last one I have to give credit too is Everson Griffen.  The Minnesota Vikings paid him a pretty good amount and boy has he been coming through. He already has 7 sacks through seven games. Averaging a sack a game Everson is expected to hit 10 plus sacks with ease.  He has been pretty impressive if you ask me.

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The Broncos and Cowboys are both 6-1, but who is more impressive?

romoSo far this year the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos are both 6-1 but the biggest difference between the two are the Cowboys have played teams with pretty poor records, while the Broncos have played some studs.

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The Cowboys and Broncos are both 6-1. 5/7 of the teams the Cowboys have played, have losing records. 1/7 of the teams Broncos played do.

I thought I would break it down for everyone to see the type of competition the two teams are playing.

Dallas has played San Francisco 49ers (4-3), Tennessee Titans (2-5), St. Louis Rams (2-4), New Orleans Saints (2-4), Houston Texans (3-4), Seattle Seahawks (3-3), and the New York Giants (3-4).

The total win/loss record for the teams above are 19-27, while the Broncos have faced much better opponents.

Denver has played Indianapolis Colts (5-2), Kansas City Chiefs (3-3), Seattle Seahawks (3-3), Arizona Cardinals (5-1), New York Jets (1-6), San Francisco 49ers (4-3), and the San Diego Chargers (5-3).

The total win/loss record for the teams above are 26-21.

So which team is more impressive? Could this be a future Super Bowl game….

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Browns WR Andrew Hawkins has a dilemma; His son likes Bengals WR’s

a hawkAfter becoming a restricted free agent last off-season, NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins signed with the Cleveland Browns after his previous team, the Cincinnati Bengals, opted not to match the Browns’ offer.

Hawkins’ two-year-old son Austin told his father that Bengals receivers Mohamed Sanu and A.J. Green were his favorite NFL players, and Andrew was less than pleased (you hear in the video Austin say  “A.J.”and “Sanu”)

Hawkins later posted the results on Instagram:

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Redskins DE Jason Hatcher talks great about the Cowboys; No Trash talking

hatcherFor the first eight seasons of his NFL career, Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher called Dallas home. The Cowboys selected him in the third round out of Grambling State in 2006, and after five seasons as a backup, he started from 2011 to ’13. Last season was a career year for Hatcher, as he recorded 11 sacks and made the Pro Bowl.

The Cowboys let the 32-year-old depart via free agency. On Monday, Hatcher will make his first return to AT&T Stadium and will line up opposite his former teammates a number of them close friends. This week Hatcher said it is just like another game, but had kind things to say about the organization.

“I was there eight years of my career, man,” he said. “I had a great career there, but I am approaching this game like any other game. It’s a must-win for us. So, I’m just concentrating on being the best player I can be to help our defense play the best they can. It’s no extra emotions involved. It’s just another game.”

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Seahawks owner donates 100 million dollars to help fight EBOLA

seahawksEbola has been a huge factor over the passed several weeks in the United States, and now the NFL is trying to help fight it. The owner of the Seattle Seahawks Paul Allen has tons of money and maybe he is just trying to save his money for a tax write off, but at the end of the day it is nice to see someone stepping up to fight Ebola

Via the New York Times, Allen has donated $100 million to the fight against Ebola.

“Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates with them, and this has resonated with me,” Allen said.  “The exponential nature of the growth of this disease is really a challenge — we’ve already seen in the U.S. where one case quickly became two.”

Allen also has created the TackleEbola.com website, where donations much smaller than $100 million can be made for small, specific projects.

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Patriots new linebacker Akeem Ayers is just happy to be able to play

ayersAkeem Ayers is pumped to be on a team he can play.  For the past 5 weeks Akeem Ayers has been a healthy scratch for the Tennessee Titans. Well they were able to make a move and pick up a sixth round draft pick by sending Ayers and a seventh to the Patriots.

“I’m pretty much just happy to be here. Obviously, I wasn’t playing there, and I just happened to get in a good situation here,” Ayers said, via the Boston Herald. “As I’m learning the playbook, I’m trying to simplify things as much as I can and the coaches are helping me out with that. We’re trying to keep things simple and try to learn to the best I can to play as fast as I can when I’m on the field.”

Ayers was a pretty solid player in his early years racking up 9 sacks and 2 interceptions along with 231 tackles.  The Patriots quietly get better every year.

 

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Texans head coach says Brian Cushing has a 50/50 chance of playing this week

cushingOn Wednesday night, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will miss at least one game due to lingering issues with his surgically-reconstructed knee.  On Thursday, coach Bill O’Brien said the report was false.

“First of all, no, I wasn’t aware of that report,” O’Brien told reporters on Thursday.  “I was trying to figure out how to try to get a first down against the Tennessee Titans because it was third-down night.  And secondly, there is no accuracy to that report.”

Brian Cushing is a very solid player and the Texans could truly use him to get passed the Titans this week.  O’Brien went on to say that Cushing has a 50/50 chance to win.

“I think he feels he’s getting better every day,” O’Brien said.  “I think coming off that [ACL] injury, you know, postgame is always, there is a lot of soreness.  We have to ease him back into the week.  Like how we say, he’s day-to-day.  We’ll see how he is tomorrow. We’ll bring him to Tennessee and we’ll see how he is before the game.”

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