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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 262: All-NFC South team

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Find out who leads the All-NFC South team on #DDFP 262.

DDFP 262

Shek and Rank welcome in NFL ATL’s Chris Wesseling to draft the #DDFP “All Division Team” for the NFC South. The trio debate Drew Brees vs. Cam Newton vs. Matt Ryan at quarterback and much more. Plus, is Tom Brady really no longer “elite”?

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ALL-NFC EAST TEAM

ALL-AFC WEST TEAM

**WORLD CUP PREVIEW SPECIAL**

Reality Shek: Two rings, or not two rings?

Dave Dameshek scrutinizes the relationship between Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers’ legacy with the current narrative surrounding their careers and asks the burning question; how much for just one more ring?

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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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The Shek Report: Week 16

Happy holidays! Here’s some shame!

Dave Dameshek dishes out holiday gifts to the most shameful from Week 16 in the NFL.

DDFP 209: Week 12 recap

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Dave Dameshek recaps the latest Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning showdown on #DDFP 209. (Associated Press)

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DDFP 209

Shek & Rank are joined in Studio 66 by former NFL scout/current show favorite Daniel Jeremiah to break down the latest between Peyton & Brady, the NFC North & AFC North races, who deserves to be #1 in college football, and the ‘Road House’ remake. Jeremiah also lays out an interesting option for the USC head coaching job before Producer Black Tie reads fan #DDFP tweets.

Download: DDFP 209: Week 12 recap

The Shek Report: Week 3

Dave Dameshek throws the book at Week 3′s biggest numbskulls. Tom Brady’s postgame attire and the underperforming Giants, Steelers and Redskins find themselves facing Dave’s white-hot light of shame this week.

DDFP 173: Jerry Rice

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NFL legend Jerry Rice joins Dave Dameshek on #DDFP 173. (NFL/HBO)

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DDFP 173

Shek & Rank catch up with the NFL’s all-time best WR, Jerry Rice, to talk about the 2013 49ers, Colin Kaepernick’s choice in caps, the possibility of Calvin Johnson breaking his records, and how he avoided having to dive to catch passes. Handsome Hank and ‘Around The League’ scribe Marc Sessler also drop by to discuss whether high-profile quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees & Tony Romo will win a future Super Bowl.

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DDFP 139: Free Agency Frenzy

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DDFP 139

Shek and Rank are joined by pal/colleague Akbar Gbajabiamila for a thorough breakdown of an exhilarating week of free agency, including: Wes Welker’s move to Denver; the NFC West arms race between Seattle and San Francisco; Nnamdi Asomugha’s future; and all the winners and losers.  And keep listening for the ATL Debate Club with Handsome Hank and Dan Hanzus.

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DDFP 124: Flacco 2, Elite 0

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DDFP 124

Shek and Rank are joined by Around The League heroes @DanHanzus and @MarcSesslerNFL, 12-year-old Baltimore Ravens commentator Cullen Little, and birthday boy Handsome Hank to look ahead to Super Bowl XLVII and break down the conference championship games. Subjects discussed include the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick legacy, where the New England Patriots’ dynasty ranks all time, where Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons go from here, plus, the risk/reward of drafting Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.

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