Eagles Stand Alone

14 12 2009

The game had fireworks throughout. Five touchdowns, two by DeSean Jackson, a late comeback attempt by the G-Men and hostilities boiling over as Trent Cole used Sean O’hara’s head as a punching bag. It was definitely one of the more entertaining games this season, in a season filled with entertaining games. The end result, the Philadelphia Eagles stand alone atop the NFC East.

Michael Vick’s Atlanta explosion last week proved not to be a one time deal as Vick rushed for another touchdown and completed a 32-yard throw as well. The team is now consistently using Vick as a red zone threat.

The Birds may control their own destiny but it is not the easiest of paths. This coming week they will host the upstart San Francisco 49ers. In their favor, San Francisco will be on short rest since they are hosting the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals tonight on Monday Night Football.





Sunday News & Notes

25 10 2009

by Michael DeLuca

  • Miles Austin looks like he’s the real deal. After being thrust into his first start of his career last week due to an injury to Roy Williams, Austin busted out with 10 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs.  He was inserted into the starting lineup week 7 after that performance and didn’t disappoint, torching the Atlanta Falcons to the tune of 6 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He seems to have an amazing knack for running after the catch.  If he somehow slipped through your fantasy league’s waiver wire last week, make sure you put in a claim for him this time around.
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The Duke’s NFL Persiflage

1 10 2009

by Michael DeLuca

per⋅si⋅flage
–noun
1. light, bantering talk or writing.
2. a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.

Just learned this word and instantly fell in love with it. Kind of fun to say too, give it a try.

  • Crap

    "Crap!"

    PCPSPORTS.COM readers can look forward to a new weekly column titled, “Bird Droppings.” It will consist of a summary of the week’s Philadelphia Eagles news. Not because we need any more of it, just because I came up with the title and didn’t want it to go to waste. (UPDATE – As one of our readers has pointed out in the comments, I did not come up with this title, it already belongs to a blog by David Weinberg of the Press of Atlantic City…which I no doubt have heard of at some point in the past and then attempted to gank for my own after my “Memento” like short term memory kicked in. On the bright side, I am fairly certain that nobody else has an article titled “The Duke’s NFL Persiflage,” so we should be safe there.)

  • Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams on Carolina Panthers CB Richard Marshall, “He’s terrible. Print that.
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    "Looks like coach is getting ready for another motivational speech."

  • Mike Singletary appears well on his way to becoming just as memorable a head coach as he was a player. He’s chock full of fantastic quotes, has his team playing inspired football, and hasn’t exposed himself to his team yet this season. Said Singletary this week, “All the other stuff, you guys can write about it,” he said. “To me, the most important thing that you judge a coach by: is he winning? That’s it.” Read the rest of this entry »




NFL: PCP’s Power Rankings

17 09 2009

nfl-rankings

1. Pittsburgh Steelers – They didn’t look great against Tennessee but they managed to get the victory. I’ll reserve the top spot for the defending Super Bowl champs for the time being, but the  Polamulu injury (left mcl, 3-6 weeks) will really make the next few weeks a lot more difficult.

2. Minnesota Vikings – The part that bothers me about this team is that I think they’re going to make a real run…and would have without Favre as well.  Peterson is a beast, but the true strength of this team is in the trenches, where Minnesota very well may have both the best offensive and defensive lines in the game.

3. Philadelphia Eagles – Blowout victory over a very good Panthers team catapults the Birds up this list. Defense was amazingly effective. The McNabb injury will hurt a bit, but the depth at that position is now ridiculous. The only thing that will hold this team back is McNabb playing at less than 100%.

4. New York Giants – Once again, a solid all around team. Great defense, well coached. Read the rest of this entry »





Fantasy Football: The First Round!

5 07 2009

by Michael DeLuca

With less than two months until the start of the 2009 NFL season, it’s about that time to start looking forward to your fantasy football drafts. The magazine stands are packed with fantasy football mags and I’ve assembled a composite first round for a 12 team league from some of the more reputable sources. These results in no way reflect may personal opinions of where to draft players, I’ll provide my thoughts for each selection.

1. Adrian Peterson – RB, Minnesota Vikings – Peterson is pretty much the consensus #1 and rightfully so. Capable of putting up a 2000 yard season and 20 td’s. If your drafting #1, don’t overthink it, AP’s your man.

2. Maurice Jones Drew – RB, Jacksonville Jaguars – Fantasy owners are salivating over55738965 the chance to own Jones Drew now that Fred Taylor is no longer in town. After the team handed Jones Drew a 5 year $31 million deal, coach Jack Del Rio said, “We want Maurice on the field more often. We believe he’s a feature guy and it’s his time. We’re excited about that. I’m very confident this is the type of young man that will go out and continue to display the things that have made him so popular to begin with. He’s gonna get plenty of work. We’re excited about getting him the ball more often.” It sure sounds like a recipe for success.

3. Michael Turner – RB, Atlanta Falcons – Michael “The Burner” Turner was quite simply a beast last year. 1699 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns are the type of stats that fantasy championships are made of. There’s talk in Atlanta that they’d like to lighten his load and get Jerious Norwood more involved in the offense but we’ve been hearing that for years. Don’t believe the hype, Turner will get his share of carries and td’s and will warrant a high selection on draft day. The offseason acquisition of TE Tony Gonzalez will only increase Turner’s value as teams will be less inclined to stack the box. Read the rest of this entry »





NFL Week 8: The Duke’s Picks

25 10 2008

by Michael DeLuca

Last week I got ballsy and told you to forget Brandon Lang and  Bob Valentino. I went so far as to tell you that the “experts” at Sportsline were laughable. You’d have to figure that bout of detestable bravado would result in a losing week for The Duke’s Picks.  Well it didn’t and The Duke’s picks is now a miraculous 27-19 against the spread thus far this NFL season with just one losing week on the entire season! Last week, I gave you the Bills over the Chargers, told you the Titans would roll over the Chiefs, and told you no matter how atrocious the Lions may be, that the Texans laying nine would be too much. So, once again, forgot calling that 1-900 number. Put your credit card away. The Duke’s here and he’s got the best picks on the planet…or at least the cheapest. Home teams are in caps, Duke’s Picks are in bold.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS -3 NY Giants- This is the type of game that can really piss off a defending Super Bowl Champion.  The Steelers’ are the current flavor of the month, recently eclipsing the Giants on the majority of major media Power Rankings.  Look for the Boys In Blue to make this a statement game.  No Santonio “Panama Red Zone” Holmes will help.  The Giants defensive front is the best the Steelers’ depleted offensive line will face all season.  Expect Roethlisberger to be running for his life.

DALLAS COWBOYS -4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - In the interest of full disclosure, Tampa Bay has historically been The Duke’s kryptonite.  I can’t bet with or against them.  That being said, the Cowboys have been atrocious the last couple weeks and Brad Johnson definitely did not seem to gel with the offense in his start last week against the lowly Rams defense.  Tampa, on the other hand, seems to have gotten into a nice rhythm with Jeff Garcia back at the helm.  It may be close, but if Dallas pulls it out, I don’t see it being by more than a field goal.  Read the rest of this entry »





NFL Power Rankings – Week 6

7 10 2008

by Michael DeLuca

Miami upsets, Philadelphia disappoints, Detroit blows, and the intrigue grows.  Gotta love this game, here are your NFL Power Rankings heading into week 6.

1.  New York Giants (4-0) - No Burress, no problem.  The Giants rolled to a 44-6 victory over the Seattle Seahawks and solidified their stronghold on the #1 spot in the power rankings.  They haven’t seemed to miss a beat on defense despite the losses of Michael Strahan to retirement and Osi Umenyiora to a season ending injury. 

2.  Tennessee Titans (5-0) – Best defense in the league thus far continued to roll against the Baltimore Ravens, limiting them to just 285 total yards on offense and 2 turnovers.  Albert Haynesworth is a beast and Cortland Finnegan is gaining prominence as one of the league’s top cover corners.  Chris Johnson is a lightning bolt.  Kerry “Cocktail” Collins makes this offense more stable, allowing the defense to do what it do.

3.  Dallas Cowboys (4-1) – They beat the Bengals, but it wasn’t as easy as some would like.  Overall, they look to be losing a bit more mojo from week to week.  Their dominating performance in Cleveland in week 1 was followed up by a week 2 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.  In week three they traveled to Green Bay, where they had never won a game, and took it to the Packers for an impressive victory.  Rookie Felix Jones has established himself a dynamic playmaker, but inexplicably didn’t receive a single touch in the week 4 loss to the Washington Redskins.  Against the Bengals, Jones was once again involved and his 9 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown proved to be the difference. Read the rest of this entry »





NFL Power Rankings – Week 5

30 09 2008

by Michael DeLuca

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a better start to an NFL season.  Week four featured upsets galore, some key injuries, and much much more.  Without further ado, I present the week 5 NFL Power Rankings.

1.  New York Giants (3-0) - Sure they ascended to the top spot by virtue of a bye, but they are undefeated and are defending Super Bowl Champions.  They haven’t seemed to miss a beat on defense despite the losses of Michael Strahan to retirement and Osi Umenyiora to a season ending injury.  They coasted to wins in their first two games, but were just barely able to get past the lowly Cincinnati Bengals in week 3, winning by a field goal in overtime.  They’ll be without Plaxico Burress (suspended) in week 5 in what should be an interesting matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, who may have their top two receivers returning from injury.

2.  Tennessee Titans (4-0) – Best defense in the league thus far, hands down.  Albert Haynesworth is a beast and Cortland Finnegan is gaining prominence as one of the league’s top cover corners.  Chris Johnson is a lightning bolt.  Kerry “Cocktail” Collins makes this offense more stable, allowing the defense to do what it do.

3.  Dallas Cowboys (3-1) – Their dominating performance in Cleveland in week 1 was followed up by a week 2 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.  In week three they traveled to Green Bay, where they had never won a game, and took it to the Packers for an impressive victory.  Rookie Felix Jones has proven to be a dynamic playmaker, but inexplicably didn’t receive a single touch in the week 4 loss to the Washington Redskins.  Some knuckleheads will argue that the Redskins should be above the Cowboys since they have the same record and Washington beat Dallas, but you can’t forget that Dallas has scored victories over both Philadelphia and Green Bay. Read the rest of this entry »





Week 4: NFL Ramblings

29 09 2008

by Michael DeLuca

Talk about parity!  Two major upsets, even more see-saw battles, and lot’s of late game meltdowns.  Here’s your rambling rundown of week four in the NFL…

NY Jets (56) over Arizona Cardinals (35) – The New York Jets might want to make a permanant switch to their throwback New York Titans AFL jerseys. Six touchdowns for Brett Favre.  Wow!  And it wasn’t against a cracker jack defense, Arizona can bring it.  My guess is Ken Whisenhunt’s brilliant idea to stay on the road won’t be employed EVER again.  Kurt Warner lost his longtime battle with fubmlitis, coughing up the pigskin four times, three of which were recovered by the Jets.  He also threw three interceptions, one of which was returned for paydirt by Darrelle Revis.  Anquan Boldin was carted off the field after suffereing a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit in garbage time. Boldin was immobile and, initially, onlookers couldn’t help but fear the worst. Luckily, Boldin did not suffer a neck injury and should regain his senses sometime before the New Year. Read the rest of this entry »





The Duke’s Picks – Week 4

25 09 2008

by Michael DeLuca

The Duke’s Picks is off to an amazing 14-8 start, with three consecutive winning weeks to start off this year’s slate of NFL Football Games!  I’m still stewing over Denver’s inability to polish off a potential blowout of the Saints last week, but hey…you can’t win them all.  Let’s see if we can keep the ball rolling.  Home teams are in caps, Duke’s picks are in bold.  Away we go…

NEW ORLEANS -6 San Francisco – No Colston, no Shockey….ouch.  Now let’s add in to that the suspension of starting left guard Jamar Nesbit for violation of the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. Oh, and Pro Bowl left tackle Jammal Brown’s hip has limited him in practice this week. Get the point? Take the 49ers, their relatively healthy and not half bad. Read the rest of this entry »