Bleacher Report – DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles Would be Better Off Without Each Other
After DeMarco Murray had a meeting with Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie last week, he was a name to watch on Sunday. Mruray’s meeting was supposedly about his role in the offense, so I wrote about why Murray was frustrated with his role in the offense. It’s not simply about how many touches he gets, it’s how those touches are designed.
Sports on Earth – How Todd Gurley Beat the Detroit Lions
Arguably the best running back in the league already, Gurley had another one of those games this week where he alone was worth watching the game. His explosiveness, balance and vision are simply sublime, not to mention his physicality against contact. Gurley is carrying that Rams offense this year. He can’t be written about enough.
Bleacher Report – A.J. McCarron Can Keep Cincinnati Bengals On Course for AFC North Crown
A.J. McCarron is not a quarterback I am particularly fond of but the Cincinnati Bengals have the best supporting cast in the NFL and a relatively soft schedule to finish out the rest of the year. If Hue Jackson is smart with how he calls plays, something he has been most of the year, the Bengals should still comfortably get to the playoffs.
Football Guys – Pushing the Pocket: The Ancillary Pieces of the Oakland Raiders Passing Game
This article is behind a paywall. My weekly tape analysis for Football Guys leads me to the Clive Walford, an athletic tight end who should be a vertical threat for the Raiders for years to come, and Seth Roberts, one of the more intriguing young players to emerge during this season.
Football Outsiders – Film Room: Khalil Mack, Blake Bortles
Khalil Mack dominated the Denver Broncos on Sunday so he was someone that had to be written about in Film Room. Mack’s sacks were all quite similar in how he got to the quarterback, but he did show off his versatility and take the quarterback down from both sides also. The second part of this article looks at the debate over Blake Bortles’ performance this week before I offer my own opinion on his play.
Sports on Earth – Jameis Winston and Mike Evans Could Become a Special Duo
This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a while but never found the right place to put it. It’s also an article I enjoyed writing more than most over recent weeks because there were fewer restrictions on what I could do(I say fewer but mean none at all). It compares Winston and Evans to Brady and Moss/Gronkowski by detailing the specific nature of each’s relationship.
Bleacher Report – Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns Enter Crucial Game Against the Seattle Seahawks
I once again lament the Browns’ persistence in keeping Manziel on the sideline for so long while scrutinizing his play from last week against the San Francisco 49ers. Manziel missed multiple big plays because of his poor pocket presence, something that the Seattle Seahawks are going to test even more this week. If Manziel had played all season, this game would have less significance for he and his franchise.
Sports on Earth – Matchup Spotlight[Publishes Friday]
Matchup Spotlight this week will look at the Odell Beckham-Josh Norman matchup that everyone is looking forward to, as well as what the Denver Broncos are going to need from Von Miller against the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackles. Finally, the article looks at the rejuvenated Philadelphia Eagles and how their interior offensive line will be crucial if they are to upset the Arizona Cardinals.