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DDFP 221: Wild card recap & Ike Taylor

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Dave Dameshek recaps Wild Card Weekend with Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. (NFL/Associated Press)

 

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DDFP 221

Shek & Rank are joined by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor for a breakdown of a wild & crazy wildcard weekend, Peyton vs. Brady, the frustration of watching the playoffs on TV, the lack of credit for Alex Smith, and which QB among the eight still standing is best.

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Spoiler Alert: Week 16 – The Rise of the Arizona Phoenix

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My pal Daniel (@MoveTheSticks) Jeremiah asked an interesting question the other day: “If you went out on the street and asked people who call themselves NFL fans, how many of them how would know the Cardinals’ record?”

Considering the avalanche of playoff-scenario breakdown segments put out over the last few days, you may have absorbed the correct answer (9-5), but the point is still well taken. No one seems to have noticed what’s going on in the desert this season.  (By the way… for a more in-depth analysis of Week 16 and all the playoff implications, I encourage – nay, demand! – you listen to the latest ‘Dave Dameshek Football Program’ with our pals Elliot Harrison and Marc Sessler.)

You’ve probably already seen the above photos of festively festooned Arizona Cardinals (a requirement of Carson Palmer for any of his teammates who want the Christmas gifts he’s gotten them).

Fun? Yes… but it’s just the start of the good tidings for Arizona this weekend.

That’s right, I’m gonna say it: the Cardinals will pull the biggest upset of 2013 this Sunday when they go into the C-Link and deliver Russell Wilson his first home loss as a pro.

Thanks to Peyton Manning, the word “narrative” has become prominent here in December 2013.  In that spirit, then, here’s an underreported narrative: Arians is a really good coach.  Matter of fact, he deserves serious consideration for a second-straight Coach of the Year award (as well as the world’s biggest fruit basket from the Steelers, the team that announced he was “retiring” two years ago).  As great a job as he did in guiding a team with a rookie QB to the playoffs last year, he now has the Cardinals – the Arizona Cardinals! – on the edge of the playoffs.

No doubt Palmer has had a large hand – or arm – in the Cards’ success, but being an upgrade from the QBs the team’s used over the couple seasons is the definition of damning with faint praise.  In other words, make no mistake: Arians has been the lynchpin to Arizona’s rise from the ashes. (By the way, the Arizona Phoenix would be way to go if the team ever decides to rebrand itself.)

Now, though, comes the bad news in the form of back-to-back games against the NFL’s two best teams (at Seattle and home to San Francisco).  The playoff chase looks bleak… but it says here Arians’ gang will stay alive at least through Christmas. I know, I know… the Seahawks never lose in Seattle, but never can’t last forever. Spare me your notes of outrage, Hawks fans: Come January, I believe your team will start a new two-game streak that’ll carry over to September 2014, when the team kicks off the NFL season at home (as is the custom for the defending Super Bowl champ).

But back to the here and now. The Cardinals need to win, whereas the Seahawks would merely like to win to solidify their inevitable spot atop the NFC standings. I’ll take the more desperate team, the team with the menacing d-line and egregiously underrated middle linebacker and shutdown cornerback and all-world receiver and emerging skill position players and the aforementioned great coach. Gimme the Cardinals.

By the way, maybe the loss will be good for the Seahawks. Pete Carroll will know how to use it as a wakeup call just in time for the playoffs.  And who knows? Maybe Pete will get to thank Arians in-person for said wakeup call before the Cards & Seahawks playoff game kicks off.

Let’s get to this week’s picks.

spoiler-alert

Warning: do NOT continue reading if you don’t want to know final scores of the Week 16 games.

(7-9 last week, 140-86 on the season)

SAINTS 21

PANTHERS 23

B. LaFell: 93 yds, TD

DOLPHINS 17

BILLS 19

S. Gilmore: 33-yd INT TD

COWBOYS 38

SKINS 37

D. Bryant: 178 yds, 2 TDs, 0 tears shed

COLTS 20

CHIEFS 23

D. Bowe: 114 yds, TD

BROWNS 22

JETS 23

J. Campbell/G. Smith: 7 INTs (combined)

VIKES 27

BENGALS 40

AJ Green: 124 yds, 2 TDs

BRONCOS 31

TEXANS 17

P. Manning: 360 yds, 3 TDs

BUCS 7

RAMS 9

G. Zuerlein: 3 FGs

TITANS 13

JAGS 10

Eyeballs: 60,085 pairs damaged by ugly uniforms

CARDINALS 24

SEAHAWKS 21

C. Palmer: 299 yds, 3 TDs

STEELERS 28

PACKERS 27

L. Bell: 103 yds, TD

GIANTS 20

LIONS 30

R. Bush: 165 yds/scrimmage

RAIDERS 13

CHARGERS 31

P. Rivers: 411 yds, 3 TDs

BEARS 28

EAGLES 31

L. McCoy: 111 yds, TD

PATS 26

RAVENS 21

S. Vereen: 132 yds/scrimmage

FALCONS 13

NINERS 20

M. Crabtree: 37-yd TD REC

Enjoy Week 16, everybody! I hope your team wins (unless they’re playing my team)…

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DDFP 212: Tomlin, Seahawks & Week 14 picks

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Dave Dameshek and the crew preview Week 14 in the NFL on #DDFP 212. (NFL/Associated Press)

 

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DDFP 212

Shek is joined in Studio 66 by Elliot Harrison & Bucky Brooks to debate the Mike Tomlin kerfuffle, the Seahawks’ dominance, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles’ rise and who the winners of Week 14’s biggest games will be.

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DDFP 211: Week 13 recap

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Dave Dameshek and the crew break down all the footballing action over Thanksgiving weekend on #DDFP 211. (Associated Press)

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DDFP 211

Shek & Rank are joined in Studio 66 by Daniel Jeremiah & Handsome Hank for a breakdown of a classic Saturday in college football, what it will mean for the BCS title game and the stronger contender between Carolina and KC. The gang also discusses Geno Smith’s future, Nick Foles and the Eagles’ offense, Peyton Manning’s play-calling wristband and plenty of leftover Thanksgiving stories.

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DDFP 140: Terence Newman co-hosts

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NFL cornerback Terence Newman joins the #DDFP to talk free agency options and much more with Dave Dameshek and Co. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

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DDFP 140

Shek, Rank and Handsome Hank welcome cornerback Terence Newman into Studio 66 for a wide-ranging conversation, with subjects including being courted in free agency, Oakland vs. Cincinnati, what Bill Parcells is like, speaking with an English accent and more.

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DDFP 137: Wheelin’ and Dealin’

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On #DDFP 137, Dave Dameshek is joined by the Ravens’ Bryant McKinnie to discuss the player movement around the NFL. Bills Stevie Johnson talks Darrelle Revis vs. Richard Sherman. (Associated Press)

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DDFP 137

Shek, Rank & Handsome Hank are joined in Studio 66 by Ravens LT Bryant McKinnie, who reacts to the Anquan Boldin and Percy Harvin deals, plus, what it’s like being a Super Bowl champ and favorite dessert items. Rank goes one-on-one with Bills WR Stevie Johnson for a Revis vs. Sherman Gridiron Breakdown. Plus, Black Tie’s latest Black List, with free agency & the Canada vs. Mexico brawl.

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DDFP 126: NFL.com Live, Day 1

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Dave Dameshek is joined by Colts QB Andrew Luck Giants QB Eli Manning and much more at radio row in New Orleans. (Perry Knotts/NFL)

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DDFP 126

Shek & Rank broadcast live from New Orleans where they are joined by colleagues Matt “Money” Smith and Jaime Maggio. Interviews include Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, actor David Koechner and much more.

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DDFP 125: Dynasty Wars

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DDFP 125

In episode No. 125, ‘Shek and Rank welcome Mr. Fancy Pants (Marc Sessler) and Handsome Hank to talk about the greatest dynasties in the Super Bowl era. We also talk about the Los Angeles Lakers and more fallout from the Manti Te’o fiasco. Have a listen, it’s delightful.

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DDFP 114: Weeden on RG3, Steelers

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Dave Dameshek is joined by Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden who previews the team’s upcoming matchup with RG3 and talks Cavaliers basketball . (Associated Press)

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DDFP 114

Shek & Rank welcome Cleveland rookie QB Brandon Weeden to yap about the promising Browns, facing RG3, seeing the Cavs dump the Lakers and beating AFC North bully Pittsburgh. Marc Sessler of “Around the League” joins us for the Black List to talk about the most exciting play in sports and best RB duo ever. Sessler and “Around the League” cohort Dan Hanzus round out the week with a discussion of Comeback Player of the Year candidates on the ATL Debate Club.

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DDFP 111: The Fall of Sanchize

Has Mark Sanchez’s run as New York Jets quarterback come to an end? The guys debate that and more on #DDFP 111. (Associated Press)

Has Mark Sanchez’s run as New York Jets quarterback come to an end? The guys debate that and more on #DDFP 111. (Associated Press)

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DDFP 111

Shek and Rank break down a fascinating Week 13 with the help of Around The League’s Dan Hanzus and England’s Handsome Hank, with subjects including, but not limited to, the Baltimore Ravens’ specious play-calling, Mark Sanchez’s future with the New York Jets (or anyone else), the sterling QB rookie class and the suddenly muddled NFC East. Then Black Tie challenges the gang with his latest Black List and Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown joins in to talk about aiming for the AFC’s top seed, playing the New England Patriots, and buying a car from Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

Download: DDFP 111: The Fall of Sanchize