New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

This is the ninth installment of my 11-part series, previewing each and every NFL playoff game this year. To read any of the other eight click on the appropriate link below:

Jets at Chargers

Cowboys at Vikings

Ravens at Colts

Cardinals at Saints

Packers at Cardinals

Ravens at patriots

Eagles at Cowboys

Jets at Bengals

The Jets need to play their absolute best football to win this game. Unfortunately for the Colts, that’s exactly what the Jets have been doing lately and on top of that the Jets seem to have luck on their side as well. For the Colts this will be a very similar game to last week, with one difference. The Ravens had a defense that excelled at stopping the run, and the Jets are a team that excels at stopping the pass but both are great overall defenses. The Jets and Ravens are essentially the exact same team offensively. Run first, pass minimally, young quarterback, one successful young running back and an effective veteran running back as well as a good full back. So if the Colts defense can have a similar performance to the one they put on last week the Jets will have a tough time scoring, therefore a tough time winning. Continue reading

New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals

This is going to be the first in an 11 part series – one for each game of the NFL playoffs. Bryan took care of the predictions, no matter how much I disagree with them. I’ll leave those alone and just do a game by game preview. This one is obviously about the Jets/Bengals game, which makes sense, seeing as it’s the first game of the postseason.

I want to start this one by saying that I believe this will be a ridiculously close and hard fought game. Don’t let last week’s game fool you. The Bengals weren’t about to tip their hand to the team that they would likely be playing in the playoffs the very next week. The Jets crushed the Bengals 37 to 0, but as I said, I think the Bengals were holding back quite a bit. Starting running back, Cedric Benson, didn’t even play. Continue reading

Friday Five – Young Receiver Tandems

I know that after my last Friday Five being about rookie receivers and now this one being about young receiver tandems you’re going to start thinking that all of my Friday Fives are going to be about young receivers, but I promise they won’t be. I got the idea for this one when I was talking to Bryan earlier this week about if it’s better to have two big receivers (Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, etc), two small receivers (Steve Smith, the other Steve Smith, DeSean Jackson, Santana Moss, etc), or one of each. Then we thought about the receivers that don’t really fit into either category like Reggie Wayne, Hines Ward or Chad Ochocinco. So this got me thinking about what the best receiver tandems of all time are. Then as my mind started wandering off in this direction I found myself wondering what are some of the best receiving tandems of all time that were two young players.  That is how this list came to be. Continue reading

Peyton Manning Keep Moving Up

With three seconds remaining in the first half of the Colts home game against the Seahawks Peyton Manning threw a perfect pass for a 16-yard touchdown. The rookie, Austin Collie, made a beautiful catch for the Colts to go up 21 to 3 (after the extra point) before half time and became the 32nd receiver to ever catch a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. All this however does not capture the significance of this play. Coming into the game Peyton had thrown 340 career touchdown passes. Earlier in the game, Peyton connected with Reggie Wayne to bump his career total to 341. Then with the play that I just described, Peyton moved up to 342 career touchdown passes, tying him with Fran Tarkenton at third on the all-time list in the NFL.

Hes good

He's good

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Where Might I Find Michael Vick in 2009?

Last year around this time I wrote a post (I’m actually just one week short of it being the exact same date) breaking down each team’s quarterback situation. You can check that out here. This post is going to be similar except it will be to specifically address whether or not each team has a need for Michael Vick and if they do, how much of a need it is. Some teams may need him simply because they need a quarterback, while others might be looking to use him in the Wildcat formation. Just today on ESPN.com’s NFL rumors section they said that the Redskins may be interested in Vick. I’d be interested as to what our commenter, Michael, who is a Redskins fan, thinks about this. Continue reading

Brett Gardner: Now An Ass

Who is Brett Gardner? It doesn’t matter. All you need to know right now is that the picture below is of him (ok, no it’s not, but I sure wish it was) and that he’s my least favorite baseball player in the world. We’ll get to that later though.

In case you aren’t a frequent reader of WaB, the title of this post is a play on Bryan’s most recent post. Unlike that post however, the title of this one is a little deceiving. This is actually Part 3 in my “Weller’s becoming a baseball fan” series. The first one being about how I picked my team, and the second being about my first fantasy baseball draft. This one is about my Orioles laying the smack down on the Yankees in their first game of the season,  and what I learned from watching the game. I’ll start by explaining the title. Continue reading

Tennessee Coaching Staff

On New Year’s Day I wrote a post about Tennessee Football’s new coaching staff despite the fact that there were still quite a few vacant positions. Two weeks later, I wrote another post to bring more news of the Tennessee coaching staff but there were still vacancies. Then, shortly after that the complete coaching staff was in place, and for whatever reason I didn’t write about it. So now here I am, nearly two weeks after National Signing Day and finally getting around to report on the complete staff for the Tennessee Vols Football team. Here it is: Continue reading

Update On Tennessee’s Coaching Staff

Happy New Years to everyone!  This is going to be a thorough look at Tennessee’s coaching staff, or at least what we know of it so far. I’ve tried to compile all the big information into one post, because I know that I, for one, was getting annoyed having to switch back and forth between multiple firefox tabs if I wanted information about all the coaches at once. So this should make things simpler. But let me first start by sharing an interview with Lane Kiffin, that I found. Click here to see the video.

As we all know by now, Lane Kiffin is the new head football coach for the Tennessee Volunteers. What most people probably don’t know at this point is who Lane Kiffin has kept from last year’s coaching staff and who else he has brought in so far. From what I can tell, Kiffin will be keeping two of the members from last year’s staff: Stan Drayton, Running Backs Coach and Jason Michael, Tight Ends Coach. Six other coaches have also been brought in. I put together a list of coaching positions, both those that have been filled and those that are still vacant. With them I will list who, from what I can tell, will be holding each of these spots on the staff. Not all of these are official yet, and I’m not 100% sure on exactly who will be holding what positions, but I’m pretty confident with what I have listed. I’m also adding the age and histories of the different coaches. Lane Kiffin, Monte Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and Jim Chaney are the ones I’m really focusing on, but I’ll try to give at least a little bit on all the rest as well.

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