DDFP 299: Terence Newman & Eddie Lacy

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Shek is joined by friend of the show and Bengals cornerback Terence Newman to discuss the NFL’s overtime rules, differences between Cam Newton and Andrew Luck and much more. Shek is then joined by Handsome Hank and NFL researcher Drew Christensen to preview Week 7 before the Packers Eddie Lacy joins the show.

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DDFP 298: NFC playoff picture preview

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Shek is joined by former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks to take an early look at the NFC playoff picture: who’s in and who’s out? Shek also shares his thoughts on Cam Newton’s recent great play and makes hypothetical trades involving head coaches.

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DDFP 297: Eric Weddle, Ike Taylor & Week 6 picks

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Shek chats with safety Eric Weddle about the Chargers’ great start to the season, Philip Rivers and the best beards in the NFL. Shek is then joined by Handsome Hank, Elliot Harrison and NFL researcher Drew Christensen to preview the Week 6 schedule. Lastly, Steelers cornerback and friend of the show Ike Taylor talks about his season-ending injury and why the Steelers’ offense never seems to put up huge numbers.

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DDFP 296: Week 5 recap & next QB to win first Super Bowl

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Shek is joined by Daniel Jeremiah and old time friend of the show, Adam Rank, to discuss Week 5 NFL games. Topics include the Patriots’ big win over the Bengals and which quarterback will be the first to win his first Super Bowl.

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DDFP 295: Week 5 picks & MVP debate

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Shek is joined by Handsome Hank and Elliot Harrison to debate who has been the MVP of the 2014 NFL season so far. The guys also make their Week 5 predictions with NFL Network researcher Drew Christensen and try out some new treats from London.

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DDFP 294: Week 4 recap

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Shek is joined by Daniel Jeremiah to discuss the best storylines from Week 4 including the Bills change at quarterback, the Jets’ QB situation and the struggles of the NFC South. Plus, they discuss the Cowboys 3-1 record, the legend of the Ravens’ Steve Smith and other early-season surprises.

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DDFP 293: Week 4 picks & Top 10 trios

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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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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.

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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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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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