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We have no two ways about it. We’ll see what it is, and if CJ’s rolling out there, we’ll be ready to go. I think CJ’s up to the task, he’s put in a lot of work, and we’ve gotta move forward.”Kyle Shanahan“I mean anytime you lose your starting quarterback it is a big deal. It was when we lost out starting running back too. So obviously, I feel for him personally. I know how disappointed he is. I have not had a chance to see him yet, but I feel for him.”
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With eight potential rushers, the Giants keep seven players back for pass protection while the play develops.To this point the Giants have not been able to run the ball effectively at all, with Jonathan Stewart losing yards on average. However, that doesn’t stop the Jets from reacting to the play fake, with all eight box defenders either attacking the run or freezing. Manning takes advantage of the opportunity to target Cody Latimer running the deep post. Latimer’s size and speed downfield get a couple steps of separation on Morris Claiborne while Trumaine Johnson is forced to respect the deep crossing route, keeping him from helping Claiborne in coverage.This play could — and probably should — have been a touchdown for Manning. However, hedoesn’t fully step in to the throw, under-throwing the ball by a yard or two. That could have been influenced by late pressure as rookie defensive lineman Nathan Shepard is never properly picked up and gets in Manning’s face as he throws the ball.Final thoughtsThis is a new and different offense from what we’ve seen from the Giants. It does have elements of previous offenses, such as the basic tenets of the west coast offense and most passing plays feature at least one vertical option, as in Kevin Gilbride’s offense. But unlike either McAdoo’s or Gilbride’s offense, Shurmur and Shula blend concepts and philosophies to create a varied and versatile offense. It is an offense that strives to create conflict on the defense while putting offensive players in position to maximize their skill sets — such as using Latimer deep or Engram in space against a linebacker. All that makes for relatively easy reads for Manning while letting him take care of the ball or indulge in his desire to attack the defense deep when the opportunity presents itself. The end result? 17 for 23 (73.9 percent) and 188 yards — a line that could easily have been better if not for the under-throw and a pair of drops by Hunter Sharp. Manning looked like a rejuvenated quarterback, quickly making his reads and delivering the ball on time and in rhythm. Manning certainly seems to enjoy playing in this offense, and with the team betting on their 37 year old QB having gas left in the tank, it was what they needed to see.
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Nelson, the consensus top offensive line prospect in the draft, was taken in the first round and Auburn’s Braden Smith was taken as the Colts’ second second-round pick, the first of three from the trade with the New York Jets, the pick after Indianapolis used their first second-round pick on Darius Leonard, who has already become one of the league’s most impactful linebackers. Smith was drafted as a guard but got time at tackle due to a myriad of injuries during training camp and has settled on the outside throughout the season. Only one of the Colts’ five starters along the line really came by accident —right guard Mark Glowinski was a waiver claim from the Seattle Seahawks in December of last year.A heavy investment in the offensive line was a necessity for this team and pass blocking, specifically, was a huge hole that needed to be fixed. During Andrew Luck’s entire career, the Colts have struggled to put a line in front of him that was even competent in pass protection. 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On this play, that ask was one-on-one blocks against J.J. Watt on one side and Jadeveon Clowney on the other. At no other time in the Luck era would the Colts have the confidence in the tackles to execute those blocks and if they did, there was a high probability they would be wrong.But Castonzo and Smith hold their blocks on the outside and Houston only rushes three, which doesn’t really matter because all three interior linemen could have taken on more defenders. Luck was under no pressure and found T.Y. Hilton open deep down the field.Having the trust and ability to hold up one-on-one opens up more possibilities against a standard four-man rush. On this play against the Buffalo Bills — 12th in pressure rate per Sports Info Solutions and fifth in Pass Rush Win Rate per ESPN — Buffalo sent four and the Colts pick the play up well. That allows Nelson, without a man, to move from help with Kelly up the middle to running over Jerry Hughes (55), who was rushing against Castonzo. With no threat of a rush, Luck was able to look downfield then find an open outlet to Marlon Mack, who ran 29 yards for a touchdown.The Colts individually have the players who can hold up in pass protection and also the communication across the line to help each other out. Against Dallas last week, the Cowboys sent a five-man rush with a stunt in the interior. Defensive tackle Tyronne Crawford looped from Nelson’s outside shoulder around to out of right guard Joe Haeg’s (73). Again with the tackles taking on the edge rushers one-on-one, the the interior lineman had little problem passing off the three rushers up the middle. Watch the transition when Crawford loops — Nelson immediately slides over to Cauron Reid (93), Kelly slides to linebacker Jaylon Smith (54), and Haeg released to get just enough of Crawford on the stunt.This line has also been a monster in the running game. Per Football Outsiders, the Colts rank sixth in Adjusted Line Yards, which divides credit between the line and running backs depending on the length of a given run. The line’s ability to create holes allows for a rotation of backs — Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, and Jordan Wilkins to be successful. Opening those holes is important for this Colts team because the running backs haven’t been able to consistently create on their own. The backs are sixth in second level yards (runs from 5-10 yards) but just 22nd in open field yards (runs of 10 yards or more). Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines have not been the type of runners to break tackles and gain more yards than they’ve been given this season.The below chart plots running backs with at least 100 touches and their broken tackles this season. Both Hines and Mack are in the lower portion (blue dots), under expectations given their touches.Mack, though, can take advantage of the holes given as one of the better downhill runners in the league. 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Those two blocks opened up a lane for a 21-yard run.On the next play, the Colts ran two double teams from the interior. Haeg and Kelly took on Woods, while Castonzo and Nelson took on Reid. The key there is that Castonzo/Nelson double team took on another player when they used Reid to also take out Vander Esch. Mack had a hole for a 6-yard touchdown.Right now there is really no weakness on the Indianapolis offensive line, especially when healthy, which they should be in Week 15. With the amount of investments put into the unit, that was the plan and to this point, it worked.
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As per Greene ahead of the matchup.The Bengals would win by seven points and Noll would leave Cincinnati with a broken arm having slipped on the ice the day before the game. Needing the Houston Oilers to beat the Bengals in the last game of the year to have any chance of winning the division, Pittsburgh were saved by a 21-16 Oilers victory. Appreciative of Houston’s efforts, the Steelers would send all the players and coaches on the Oilers roster leather briefcases as a thank you. Finishing with a 9-5 record, Pittsburgh would take on the 12-2 Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium and although tied at the start of the fourth quarter, would eventually lose their opening round game 34-21. A disappointing end to a tumultuous season that Noll would later blame on the distractions the team had to deal with over the course of the season.Thankfully for everyone concerned, all of this happened long before the arrival of the internet and social media and it is hard to imagine quite how extreme the response would have been if a team went through this much drama today. For all of the headlines the Steelers have generated because of their troubles of the last few years [url=http://www.authenticspittsburghsteelers.com/cheap-jesse-james-jersey]http://www.authenticspittsburghsteelers.com/cheap-jesse-james-jersey[/url] , nothing this current roster has done comes close to the drama created by the 1977 team. Fans and media members alike would have questioned if Noll was losing the locker room and whether he could still lead the team, while some would be calling out Greene for threatening officials. Lambert, Blount and Edwards would be considered disloyal, with many fans likely wanting them to be traded and Holmes would probably have been released by the Steelers and suspended by the league. Instead, the front office made relatively few changes during the offseason that followed and Pittsburgh would go on to win two more Super Bowl titles in 1978 and 1979 with the virtually the same team. A plan the Steelers might be well served to repeat this year all things considered.Credit must go to both Bob Labriola of Steelers.com and especially Gordon Dedman of SteelersUK.com for many of the historic quotes and specific details referenced in this piece. [url=http://www.nflshopoutlet.com/new-york-giants]Custom New York Giants Jerseys[/url]
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Roger Staubach (17-3, .850) is first.Patriots special teams captain Matt Slater is one of the few players left on New England's roster with enough tenure to appreciate that run and the emphasis Belichick puts on this portion of the season."As coach says, 'Football season starts after Thanksgiving,'" Slater said.Just for good measure, Brady is 75-18 in regular-season games played on or after Thanksgiving.Three of their final five games are at home, beginning with Sunday's matchup with Minnesota.But even after the Patriots (8-3) earned their latest post-Turkey Day win last week over the Jets , Slater said the message coming from Belichick and Brady is far from a state of being content."I don't think we've played our best football yet," Slater said. 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Though Zimmer's teams have lost three of four games against the Patriots, with the Vikings in 2014, as the defensive coordinator for Cincinnati in 2010 and as the defensive coordinator for Dallas in 2003, the Bengals beat New England 13-6 in 2013 with Zimmer in charge of the defense.Over those four games, Brady has been intercepted only once, but his average against Zimmer's defenses is only 204 passing yards and one touchdown with a 56.3 percent completion rate.The game at New England for the Vikings is sandwiched between matchups with Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Seattle's Russell Wilson, so Zimmer, his staff and his players have had their hands full lately and will continue to into the next month."Like Belichick said about Rodgers," Zimmer said of Brady, "I'm glad he's not in our division."GETTING THE GROUND GAME GOING:The Vikings have the third-fewest rushing yards in the league this year, after finishing seventh last season. 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