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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 284: Ben Roethlisberger 1-on-1

Ben Roethlisberger

DDFP 284

 

Shek is joined by the guest of his dreams, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, as the two discuss Big Ben’s best playoff performances, clutch situations, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. Marc Sessler from the “Around the NFL” podcast also joins to preview the Cleveland Browns’ season before producer Black Tie critics Shek’s 2014 fantasy football roster.

 

Download: DDFP 284: Ben Roethlisberger 1-on-1

DDFP 283: Manziel reaction & AFC East preview

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DDFP 283

 

Shek, Handsome Hank and Elliot Harrison debate if the Cleveland Browns made the right choice going with Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. The guys also preview the 2014 New England Patriots and the rest of AFC East division. Lastly, NFL media researcher Bill Smith helps wrap the show with mind-blowing stats on the Patriots, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins and more.

 

Download: DDFP 283: Manziel reaction & AFC East preview

DDFP 263: All-AFC North team & Jordan Cameron

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

DDFP 263

Shek is joined by Cleveland Browns fan and NFL ATL’s Marc Sessler to help draft the #DDFP All-AFC North team. It’s Big Ben vs. Joe Flacco at QB and a loaded group at the WR and LB positions. The guys also discuss the latest reveals of NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2014″ and react to Colin Kaepernick’s new contract with the 49ers. Then, Cleveland Browns tight end and friend of NBA star Blake Griffin, Jordan Cameron, calls in to give his first impressions of Johnny Manziel and NBA Finals predictions.

 

Download: DDFP 263: All-AFC North team & Jordan Cameron

ALL-NFC EAST TEAM

ALL-AFC WEST TEAM

ALL-NFC SOUTH TEAM

**WORLD CUP PREVIEW SPECIAL**

Shek Report: 2014 draft special

Now that the 2014 NFL Draft is in the rear-view mirror, find out who makes their way underneath Dave Dameshek’s white-hot light of shame. Check out the biggest draft-day blunders in this special edition of the Shek report.

DDFP 235: Heads or tails?

AP/NFL/HBO

AP/NFL/HBO

DDFP 235

Shek, Rank, Handsome Hank and Dan Hanzus put their own spin on the pregame coin toss — picking heads or tails on a slate of important questions on and off the gridiron. Should the Texans take Johnny Manziel or Jadeveon Clowney? Should Jim Harbaugh be content with his situation with the San Francisco 49ers or should he jump ship to the Cleveland Browns? Which “True Detective” investigator would you rather have on your force — Marty or Rust? All these questions and more, answered on the latest edition of “The Dave Dameshek Football Program.”

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DDFP 231: Super Bowl champ Michael Bennett

(Associated Press)

Seahawks Michael Bennett joins Dave Dameshek to discuss Michael Sam, the Super Bowl and much more on #DDFP 231. (Associated Press)

DDFP 231

Shek, Rank & Handsome Hank welcome newly-crowned Super Bowl champ Michael Bennett into Studio 66 for a rangy, jive-free conversation about the Super Bowl after-party, Michael Sam, Peyton Manning, surfing on Jupiter, his brother/Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, the difficulty of tackling Cam Newton, and the Seahawks-49ers rivalry. The fellas also kibitz about the Cleveland Browns’ melodrama and Shek’s new favorite TV show ‘True Detective’. Also, Black Tie turns a new leaf…sort of.

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The ‘ATL’ Debate Club – Jim Brown joins the show

Ben Liebenberg/NFL

Ben Liebenberg/NFL

The ‘ATL’ Debate Club – Episode #34

Dan Hanzus and Marc Sessler are joined by a living legend, former Cleveland Browns fullback Jim Brown, for a lively discussion about the bright future of his former club, his career as an actor and which current running back belongs on the NFL’s Mount Rushmore of greats.

Plus, hear the disturbingly earnest letter one Marc Sessler once wrote to a prominent Hollywood director and much more.

DDFP 114: Weeden on RG3, Steelers

(Associated Press)

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.

Download: DDFP 114: Weeden on RG3, Steelers

 

DDFP 99: Brett Keisel & Josh Cribbs

Pittsburgh Steelers Brett Keisel and Cleveland Browns Josh Cribbs join a star-studded show on #DDFP 99. (Associated Press)

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DDFP 99

Shek & Rank talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ early-season troubles with defensive end Brett Keisel and then chat with the Cleveland Browns’ Josh Cribbs on the team’s ownership change, returning kicks despite his recent concussion and which superhero would claim victory in a battle to the finish: Superman or The Incredible Hulk? Miami Dolphins’ fan Handsome Hank also pops in to talk about the rabid mediocrity in the AFC; and the Around the League scribes Dan Hanzus, Mr. Fancy Pants Marc Sessler, and Gregg Rosenthal help wrap the show by discussing the upcoming Jets and Pats showdown.

Download: DDFP 99: Brett Keisel & Josh Cribbs