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Ladies vs Fellas: Week 4 2012

This week was the first Battle of the Sexes week in our league.  One of those match ups was Play Action Princess (me) vs El Jefe (Daryle).  Before we share the results, here are some notes about NFL players this week…

What you know about my man Alfred Morris?!

Is Jackie Battle the new LT in San Diego?

THAT’S the Aaron Rogers I know!

Flip a coin:  Spiller or Jackson?

Cam Newton made a come back (even if he did the A-Town stomp and lost)

Is Jason Witten back to Fantasy relevance?

Everything about the Jets is really bad…

Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Steve Smith, Julio Jones:  what happened?!

That Houston DEF is something serious!

Tony Romo…

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2012 Preview: Carolina Panthers

The 2012 Carolina Panthers is coming off of the “Year of Cam”.  Cam Newton splashed onto the NFL shutting up all of the naysayers who said he wasn’t an NFL quarterback.  He had one of the most successful rookie seasons of any incoming QB, and he single-handedly breathed new life into the Panthers and its anemic offense.  He also helped with the re-emergence of one of the league’s most exciting WRs.  But with the success of the offense, there was the downfall of the Panther defense, resulting in a 6-10 season.  This year the Panthers will look to continue the offensive success with the continued development of Newton, a strong running game, and an improved defense.  Time will tell.

Fantasy Football Studs: Several Panthers have the potential to be Studs, but there are only 2 players with guaranteed stud status.  Cam Newton became a fantasy studs the moment he hit the field.  He threw for over 4000 yards, showing that he had what it takes to be a QB in this league.  He also added over 700 yards on the ground, which netted 14 rushing TDs.  On the receiving end on over 1300 of those passing yards was Steve Smith, who just two seasons ago had to listen to rumblings of diminishing skills and the possibilities of taking a reserved role with a new team. But with the presence of a new QB and almost instant chemistry with the rookie phenom, Smith quieted his critics and enjoyed a comeback season.  Also in the mix are RBs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and newly acquired fullback Mike Tolbert.  All three of these players have stud potential as long as they are used.  Last season, Williams and Stewart were underused much to the chagrin of fantasy owners everywhere.

Area of Strength:   The Panthers have many strengths on the offensive side of the ball, but the strength they need to utilize the most is the running game.  Last year, Cam Newton was the offensive catalyst and the main man in the running game, mostly because the Panthers played from behind.  But this year, they plan to use both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, who both have 1000 yard potential.  This will keep the opposing offenses off the field and place the momentum fully in favor of the Panthers.  This will also sustain and preserve their QB.  We all know, Newton does have Vick-like rushing potential, but that also makes him susceptible to Vick-like injuries.  And when you add in lead blocker, Mike Tolbert, who has had back to back double-digit TD seasons with the Chargers, the Panthers have the potential to be the #1 rushing team in the league this season. 

Area of Weakness: The weakness is most assuredly the Panther defense.  This defense put ZERO pressure on the opposing teams quarterbacks.  The leading individual sack total was 4.  Pathetic.  They also failed to keep opponents out of the end zone as well.  The defense held none of their opponents under 10 points, and only two of their opponents were held under 17 points.  In fact, 8 teams scored 30 or more points on this defense.  Yes, they had some injuries, but they could barely defend an SEC college squad, let alone and NFL offense.  They hope to have more success with the drafting of LB Luke Luechley, and the return of LBs Thomas Davis and Jon Beason, and defensive tackle Ron Edwards, all coming of injuries.

2012 Marquee Matchups:   In addition to the division games, the Panthers have a few great matchups.  Week 3 in a Thursday Night showdown, the Panthers face Superbowl Champs NY Giants.  Week  is the Panther’s bye week and then their schedule gets interesting facing the following teams back to back:  Dallas, Chicago, Washington, Denver, Tampa Bay, then Philly!  PS:  That Philly game is a Monday nighter in Philly.  Hope the Panthers are ready.  That’s a great stretch of games right there.

All Things Carolina Panthers: There are several ways to keep up with the 2012 Carolina Panthers.  Here are a few we like…

Blogs:  Cat Scratch Reader http://www.catscratchreader.com/ ; Cat Crave http://catcrave.com/ ; Carolina Huddle http://www.carolinahuddle.com/index.html

Apps: Carolina Panters Mobile (by YinzCam, Inc.)

Fan Clubs:   The official Panthers fan club can be found on www.panthers.com under fan zone. 

The NFL Relevance of Heisman Winners

The winner of the 2011 Heisman Trophy will be presented tonight.   It’s gearing up to be a pretty close race.  This prestigious honor is given to college football’s best player.  For one lucky young man, it could be the springboard to NFL superstardom.  But for some, superstardom is not easy to come by.  We take a look at the most recent, relevant Heisman trophy winners.  Does college football’s top honor translate to NFL stud? Continue reading

It’s still early…Week 2


Burgers on the grill is how we kicked off Week 2 of NFL games on a crisp early fall day in Washington, DC.  Kudos to the NFL network and ESPN for starting game day coverage even earlier this year.  It’s fantastic!  I fully expected my Redskins to go 2-0 heading into Dallas and they did not disappoint…well sort of.  They should have blown OUT the Cards but due to mistakes, they let them hang around the whole game.  Still..a win is a win and now WE WANT DALLAS!

I continue to be impressed with Cam Newton!  He certainly has that star quality!  He still needs to learn personnel on the field though…Charles Woodson is pretty good.  I think he must have forgotten.   

As a Cowboy fan coming off another loss at the mistake prone hands of Tony Romo, it wasn’t a good week for me. I heard it from everybody and everywhere:  people on Twitter, Facebook, co-workers, employees, customers!!  I even see my boss’s boss and the first thing he says to me was, “Hey Daryle, HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS!”. Then he sends me a work related email using the tagline, HTTR.  Since I wear my Cowboy colors proudly, I take it, but I also give it. I even got into a friendly twitter battle yesterday with a fellow blogger @Sports_R_Me_MP3, who loves his Niners, who happened to be playing my ‘Boys. Now before I get to the game, I ripped Romo last week for giving away another game. I wiped my hands of the QB. But yesterday, after being knocked out of the game with fractured ribs, Romo toughed it out to lead the ‘Boys back in an OT victory, after being down going into the 4th quarter.  Romo is in no way off my Hit List, but he showed me and a lot of fans what he is actually capable of doing Continue reading

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