DDFP 293: Week 4 picks & Top 10 trios

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DDFP 292

Shek, alongside NFL.com writers Dan Hanzus and Elliot Harrison rank the top 10 trios (quarterback, running back and wide receiver combos) in the game today. Plus, they make their picks for Week 4 in the “Red Challenge Flag Picks” segment.

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DDFP 292: Week 4 recap & QB rankings

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DDFP 292

Shek, Daniel Jeremiah and Handsome Hank recap the biggest storylines from Week 3 in the NFL including the Seahawks’ win over the Broncos, Chip Kelly’s coaching methods in Philadelphia and Ryan Tannehill’s struggles in Miami. Plus, Shek and D.J. rank the best quarterback performances so far this season.

Download: DDFP 292: Week 4 recap & QB rankings

Spoiler Alert: Week 3

Before the picks, some random thoughts and reckless speculation leading up to the Week 3 games…

» Like a lot of other people, I was high on the Cardinals’ chances of making the playoffs this year…until defensive stars Daryl Washington and Darnell Dockett were removed from the equation. Just three weeks into the season, though, Arizona is on precipice of something even the most bright-eyed optimists didn’t foresee: A two-game lead over both Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West race before the end of September. If the Cards can win at home against the Niners and get some help from Peyton & Co in the C-Link (not likely, but certainly realistic), Arians’ gang would be in the catbird seat…while the defending champs and their arch nemesis from the Bay would be 1-2 apiece. (And if the Rams at home against Dallas, Seattle and San Francisco would share the basement.)

» So far, so great for the Mike Pettine era in Cleveland. Not only did the Browns dump the Saints in Week 2, but — if it weren’t for the Steelers successfully completing a fourth-quarter fake punt while the two teams were tied — Cleveland might 2-0. As it is, the Browns have a great chance to keep the good times rolling ’til Josh Gordon returns after the team’s tenth game. Between now and then, only the game at Cincy seems like a sure loss, while seven other of those games look imminently winnable. This Sunday Cleveland hosts the Ex-Browns themselves (aka The Baltimore Ravens), who may only have staved off the reality of a mediocre roster with an emotional, must-have performance against Pittsburgh two Thursdays ago.

» Make no mistake, though: the Bengals are the best team in the AFC North.

» Matter of fact, the Bengals might be the best team in the AFC period. They certainly have the most talent 1-through-21…but the world will remain cynical until the ginger-haired fella playing the sport’s most important position proves he can do it in January.

» Remember when the Steelers “retired” Bruce Arians back in early 2012? Good thing the fashion maven turned down the gold watch in favor of putting the OC headset on over his Kangol for Indy that fall. Over the last two-and-a-half years, all he’s done is steer the Colts and their rookie QB to the playoffs (while head coach Chuck Pagano dealt with cancer), then nearly got the Cards to January with a double-digit wins, including handing Seattle its only home loss since Russell Wilson got to town. Forgive the hyperbole, but if he completes the feat this year and gets Arizona to the postseason, Arians will deserve — and receive — accolades as one of the game’s top three or four head coaches. Not bad for a retired coordinator.

» Dave’s Told You So from Week 2: As I predicted, the Bears went in to brand-new Levi’s Stadium and acid-washed the Niners. And as I predicted, Jay Cutler led the way with four touchdown passes. Point being, you really oughta be pickin’ up what layin’ down.

» Saints fans shouldn’t be overly concerned about their team’s 0-2 start: Sean Payton’s guys still have eight games left in the SuperDome, where they’re almost as unbeatable as the Hawks are in the C-Link. They oughta be 3-2 (after beating MIN, DAL & TB) when they head to the bye.

» Then again … The Saints might be in some real trouble. After that bye, they enter a rugged, gimme-free stretch of games running over the next 1- weeks: at DET; GB; at CAR; SF; CIN; BAL; at PIT; CAR; at CHI; ATL. Great as they are at home, New Orleans will have to be downright Super in the Dome against three 2013 division winners to go along with four legitimate road tests. Bottom line: These two need to work out their differences A.S.A. and P.

» Sunday’s game in Foxborough features the Tuck Rule rematch … reason enough to offer up this N-if-L about how things might’ve gone for Tom Brady and Co. if the call had gone against that night in the snow.

» Of course Devin Hester belongs in the Hall of Fame. He’s the best return man in the history of the game. But while the voters await his eligibility, they oughta consider the candidacy of Buffalo’s longtime special-teams ace, Steve Tasker … who’s also regularly described as the best ever at his particular area of expertise.

» As apocalyptically embarrassing as everything was for the Bucs on Thursday Night Football, those jersey numbers were still the ugliest part.

Alright, let’s get to the games …

Warning: Do NOT continue reading if you don’t want to know the final scores of the Week 3 games.

(1-0 this week; 8-8 last week; 17-15 on the season)

BUCS 19
FALCONS 27

B. Rainey: 20-110 yds, TD
J. Jones: 7 rec, 130 yds, 2 TDs

COLTS 24
JAGS 17

H. Nicks: 3 rec, 65 yds, TD
C. Henne: 2 INTs

TITANS 10
BENGALS 17

K. Wright: 5 rec, 84 yds, TD
G. Bernard: 14-88 yds, TD; 5 rec, 65 yds

CHARGERS 24
BILLS 20

K. Allen: 4 rec, 90 yds, TD
M. Williams: 3 sacks

PACKERS 38
LIONS 34

A. Rodgers: 28-38, 425 yds, 4 TDs
M. Stafford: 27-39, 400 yds, 3 TDs

RAVENS 13
BROWNS 16

J. Flacco: 3 INTs
J. Manziel: 9-yard TD run

TEXANS 21
GIANTS 23

A. Johnson: 5 rec, 120 yds, TD
E. Manning: 19-25, 300 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

COWBOYS 24
RAMS 28

D. Murray: 16-65 yds, TD
Z. Stacy: 22-130 yds, 2 TDs

SKINS 28
EAGLES 45

D. Jackson: 3 rec, 60 yds
S. McCoy: 18-120 yds, TD; 4 rec, 48 yds, TD

RAIDERS 14
PATRIOTS 31

D. McFadden: 15-112, TD
S. Ridley: 14-115, 2 TDs

VIKES 3
SAINTS 45

T. BRIDGEWATER: 7-10, 120 yds
B. COOKS: 8 rec, 130 yds, 2 TDs

CHIEFS 22
DOLPHINS 24

D. Bowe: 5 rec, 100 yds, TD
B. Hartline: 6, 80 yds, TD

NINERS 26
CARDS 17

C. Hyde: 11-90 yds, TD
M. Floyd: 5 rec, 85 yds, TD

BRONCOS 24
SEAHAWKS 33

P. Manning: 35-45, 360 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
R. Sherman: 65-yd INT TD

STEELERS 27
PANTHERS 29

L. Bell: 170 yds/scrimmage, TD
K. Benjamin: 4 rec, 75 yds, 2 TDs

BEARS 22
JETS 16

B. Marshall: 4 rec, 80 yds, TD
C. Ivory: 16-98 yds, TD

Enjoy the Week 3 games! I hope your team wins (unless they’re playing my team).

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DDFP 291: Week 3 picks & A.J. Hawk

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DDFP 291

Shek, Handsome Hank and NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison preview Week 3’s best games including the Seahawks vs. Broncos, Chargers vs. Bills and Bears vs. Jets. They also debate which running back they would rather have: Le’Veon Bell or Giovani Bernard? Plus, Shek chats with friend of the show and Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk.

 

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DDFP 290: Early-season forecast

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Shek is joined by Daniel Jeremiah to discuss the early season forecasts of the Bills, Bears, Steelers, Lions and more. Plus, potential trade destinations for the Giants’ Eli Manning.

Download: DDFP 290: Early-season forecast

Spoiler Alert: Week 2

If you’re looking for a new show, I strongly recommend Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’. From Clive Owen’s spiked doctor to the gruesome-but-fascinating imagery of turn-of-the-century surgery, things look promising. So far. I’m skeptical, you see, as I imagine anyone who wasted five or so years on ‘Lost’ awaiting something better than that lame finale is.

Then again, I’m glad I hung with the whole first season of ‘The Leftovers’ (exec produced by one of ‘Lost’’s creators)…but it was a slow burn: Things didn’t really start happening ‘til at least Episode Five. By the end, though, my patience was rewarded.

Maybe I’m reaching, but I feel like there’s something we football fans can take away from Dave Dameshek’s scripted-television-viewing habits, namely: It’s too soon here in mid-September to pass judgment on just about any NFL team. We’re 60 minutes into the season, everybody: Slow down. Let’s see where this show’s heading.

After just one week of evidence, pro pigskin’s kneejerkers have reached the following conclusions: The Packers are fraudulent would-be contenders after getting exposed in the C-Link, while the Seahawks are likely to go 16-0. The 0-1 Patriots are done for because of shoddy play on either side of the line of scrimmage. The Niners D doesn’t miss NaVorro Bowman or Aldon Smith. Tom Coughlin won’t make it to October. RGIII is damaged beyond repair. Jay Cutler stinks. Matt Ryan is elite. Matt Stafford, too. The Colts may as well shutter the doors for the rest of year without Robert Mathis. (Actually, that one might be true.) Matter of fact, they all might be true. Point is, we don’t know yet.

Things are even worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers, on whom the kneejerkers now have TWO weeks of evidence to pass final judgement. Never mind the team is just 1-1 (overall and in the division, same as the Ravens): if social media is to be believed, the Steelers are doomed! The defense stinks! The o-line is inept! Fire Todd Haley! Fire Dick LeBeau! Fire Mike Tomlin! Trade the whole team to Cleveland and start anew!

If I may, though…

Maybe the callow Steelers’ defense just needs more time to learn the intricacies of Dick LeBeau’s tricky scheme. Maybe the Baltimore crowd – already amped for a primetime game against the archrival – was even louder in support of their currently troubled franchise and disruptive to the road team. Maybe the Ravens themselves understood losing two home games within the division in the first two weeks would give them an imposing mountain left to climb. Maybe without an ill-timed fumble or penalty, the game would’ve gone Pittsburgh’s way – and we’d be comparing the 0-2 Ravens to ‘Rake’.

Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, the Steelers and Ravens each have 14 episodes left in the season. Everyone else has 15. In TV terms, we’re barely through the opening credits. Let’s not turn the channel just yet.

 

spoiler-alert

Warning: Do NOT continue reading if you don’t want to know the results of the rest of Week One’s games.

(0-1 this week, 9-7 last week, 9-8 on the season)

DOLPHINS 17

BILLS 19

K. Moreno: 18 carries, 65 yds

BUF D: 4.5 sacks, 2 turnovers

JAGS 21

SKINS 30

C. Henne: 23-40, 290 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

D. Jackson: 3 rec, 110 yds, TD

COWBOYS 23

TITANS 31

D. Bryant: 7 rec, 120 yds, TD

B. Sankey: 34-yd TD rec

LIONS 28

PANTHERS 24

G. Tate: 5 rec, 90 yds, TD

K. Benjamin: 4 rec, 95 yds

CARDS 20

GIANTS 23

L. Fitzgerald: 3 rec, 56 yds

R. Jennings: 18 carries, 97 yds, TD

PATS 21

VIKES 20

K. Thompkins: 6 rec, 88 yds, 2 TDs

MIN D: 1 sack

SAINTS 34

BROWNS 17

D. Brees: 24-30, 390 yds, 3 TDs

B. Hoyer: 22-43, 280 yds, TD, 2 INTs

FALCONS 24

BENGALS 31

ATL O: 21 rush att, 60 yds

G. Bernard: 15 carries, 105 yds, TD; 5 rec, 60 yds

RAMS 0

BUCS 9

Z. Stacy: 25 carries, 75 yds

P. Murray: 3-for-3 FGs

SEAHAWKS 26

CHARGERS 23

M. Lynch: 19 carries, 110 yds, TD

K. Allen: 5 rec, 110 yds, TD

TEXANS 21

RAIDERS 28

JJ Watt: 3 sacks

D. Carr: 22-37, 300 yds, 2 TDs

JETS 13

PACKERS 30

C. Ivory: 10 carries, 30 yds

R. Cobb: 8 rec, 125 yds, TD

CHIEFS 7

BRONCOS 42

J. Charles: 50-yd TD run

D. Thomas: 10 rec, 140 yds, 2 TDs

BEARS 31

NINERS 30

J. Cutler: 400 yds, 4 TDs

C. Hyde: 12 carries, 90 yds, TD

EAGLES 35

COLTS 27

S. McCoy: 17 carries, 102 yds, 2 TDs; 4 rec, 44 yds

TY Hilton: 68-yd TD rec

Good luck to your team this weekend. I hope they win…unless they’re playing my team.

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DDFP 289: Week 2 picks & Larry Fitzgerald debate

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DDFP 289

Shek, Handsome Hank and NFL.com writer Elliot Harrison preview Week 2 with the “The Black List” and make their predictions during the “Red Challenge Flag Picks” segment. Plus, the guys discuss which NFL teams would be a good fit for Larry Fitzgerald if the Arizona Cardinals decided to trade their star receiver.

 

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DDFP 288: Week 1 recap & Stevie Johnson

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Dave is joined by Handsome Hank and Daniel Jeremiah to help recap Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season. Topics include the Patriots new competition in the AFC East, Ray Rice’s release and the potential for an “elite” Matt Ryan season. Plus. 49ers receiver Stevie Johnson joins Shek to discuss the best quarterbacks he’s ever played with, the NFL’s best wide receiver group and more.

 

Download: DDFP 288: Week 1 recap & Stevie Johnson

Spoiler Alert: Week One

Warning: Do NOT continue reading if you don’t want to know the results of the rest of Week One’s games.

(1-0 on the season; 171-98 last season)

PATRIOTS 30

DOLPHINS 24

R. Gronkowski: 4 rec, 63 yds, 2 TDs

M. Wallace: 1 rec, 13 yds

JAGUARS 24

EAGLES 37

T. Gerhart: 24 carries, 88 yds, TD

J. Maclin: 3 rec, 97 yds, tD

VIKINGS 21

RAMS 23

C. Patterson: 5 rec, 128 yds, TD

J. Jenkins: 58-yd INT TD

RAIDERS 20

JETS 28

Carr: 312 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

Smith: 290 yds, 2 TDs

BROWNS 17

STEELERS 19

B. Hoyer: 282 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT

J. Jones: 2.5 sacks

BENGALS 20

RAVENS 23

G. Bernard: 18 carries, 112 yds, TD; 3 rec, 40 yds

J. Flacco: 324 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

SAINTS 38

FALCONS 28

B. Cooks: 4 rec, 98 yds, TD; 27 rush yds

J. Jones: 5 rec, 122 yds,

TITANS 21

CHIEFS 19

K. Wright: 130 yds, 2 TDs

J. Charles: 17 carries, 92 yds, TD; 4 rec, 50 yds

SKINS 17

TEXANS 24

A. Morris: 20 carries, 64 yds

HOU D: 6 sacks, 2 INTs

BILLS 21

BEARS 31

S. Watkins: 3 rec, 50 yds, TD

A. Jeffrey: 6 rec, 114 yds, TD

NINERS 37

COWBOYS 35

F. Gore: 18 carries, 100 yds, TD

D. Bryant: 10 rec, 160 yds, 2 TDs

PANTHERS 13

BUCS 23

D. Williams: 13 carries, 47 yds

V. Jackson: 4 rec, 110 yds, TD

COLTS 34

BRONCOS 40

R. Wayne: 7 rec, 88 yds, TD

J. Thomas: 4 rec, 60 yds, 2 TDs

GIANTS 16

LIONS 31

V. Cruz: 5 rec, 90 yds

R. Bush: 78-yd TD rec

CHARGERS 30

CARDINALS 23

P. Rivers: 390 yds, 3 TDs

M. Floyd: 4 rec, 105 yds, TD

Good luck to your team this weekend. I hope they win…unless they’re playing my team.

 

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2014 ProSHEKtions

PLAYOFF SEEDINGS

AFC

  1. COLTS (13-3)
  2. PATRIOTS (12-4)
  3. CHARGERS (12-4)
  4. STEELERS (10-6)
  5. BRONCOS (11-5)
  6. BENGALS (10-6)

Just missed: RAVENS (10-6); TITANS (9-7); JAGUARS (9-7)

NFC

  1. SAINTS (13-3)
  2. PACKERS (12-4)
  3. SEAHAWKS (12-4)
  4. EAGLES (12-4)
  5. BEARS (10-6)
  6. LIONS (10-6)

Just missed: 49ers (10-6); CARDINALS (9-7); BUCCANEERS (9-7)

WILDCARD RD

AFC

CHARGERS over BENGALS

BRONCOS over STEELERS

NFC

SEAHAWKS over LIONS

EAGLES over BEARS

DIVISIONAL RD

AFC

COLTS over BRONCOS

PATRIOTS over CHARGERS

NFC

SAINTS over EAGLES

PACKERS over SEAHAWKS

CHAMPIONSHIP RD

AFC

PATRIOTS over COLTS

NFC

PACKERS over SAINTS

SUPER BOWL XLIX

PACKERS over PATRIOTS

AWARDS

MVP: Jay Cutler

OPOY: Drew Brees

DPOY: Darrelle Revis

OROY: Blake Bortles

DROY: Ryan Shazier

COMEBACK POY Robert Griffin III

COACH: Mike McCoy

2015 NFL DRAFT ORDER (top five)

  1. COWBOYS
  2. RAIDERS
  3. GIANTS
  4. DOLPHINS
  5. CHIEFS
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