Week 3 Notes & Predictions

Can you believe we’re already three weeks into the 2010 NFL season? And some teams are already pressing the panic button, while other teams find themselves off to great starts. Who will be the winners and losers in this week’s edition of NFL action?

NFL Season Preview: AFC North

I wanted to pick the Ravens to win the division, but their weak secondary will be a real problem with non-divisional opponents like the Patriots, the Texans, and the Saints. The Bengals have given Palmer some solid weapons to revamp the offense, and the defense will remain strong. Give Cincinnati their second straight AFC North Championship

NFL Splinters | Divisional Playoffs

Those expecting this game to resemble a shootout were surprised when the Saint defense clipped the Cardinals’ wings. Arizona managed just 14 points on 359 total yards. One week after scoring 51, the Cardinals offense met a stronger force in the Saints D. Arizona’s defense surrendered 90 points in two playoff games.

NFL Splinters | Week 4 – 2009

Joe Flacco might not get the headlines, but the Raven QB gets first downs. In their loss to New England, Baltimore converted on 9 of 14 third down opportunities. Flacco went 8-11 in those situations. Maybe he needs to improve on taking a roughing the passer.

Tuesdays with Smitty: Winners & Losers of NFL Free Agency

It is hard to believe March is here already. While it may have snuck up on us, it has certainly started off with a bang. First March has brought us a new release from the Irish rockers, U2 ( ‘No Line on the Horizon’). But March has also brought us the beginning of NFL Free Agency. I must admit, writing an article while listening to a brand new release is the way to go! Earlier this year it was Bruce Springsteen – this week – it is U2 reminding us why they remain a force to be reckoned with. I must admit ‘Moment of Surrender’ has been the first song to grab me – but many of the other songs are quickly moving up the board.

Tuesdays with Smitty: Conference Championship Weekend

Similar to the dropping temperature in Rochester, NY – teams left in the NFL playoffs are slowly dwindling to a mere four. While most teams are beginning to plan for the proverbial “next” season (including the annual pillage of the Patriots coaching staff and front office), this Sunday results will determine who respresents each respective conference in Super Bowl XLIII. One game features a battle of 2 of the best defenses currently in the NFL, while the other showcases 2 teams that most people nearly wrote off about 6 or 7 weeks ago. Let’s break down both games: