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HitOrGetHit 09-07-2010 12:26 PM

***OFFICIAL*** 2010-11 NFL Discussion Thread
 

It is that time of year again! Football season is upon us! Let's get this going!!!

KEYZER-SOZE 09-07-2010 01:18 PM

YESSSS!!!!! just a couple more days than i can stop watching baseball

HitOrGetHit 09-09-2010 10:16 AM

Vikings-Saints ‘encore’ kicks off NFL season
 
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NEW ORLEANS (AP)—The Saints’ first Super Bowl title was so big in New Orleans that Mardi Gras, a revered local institution dating back well more than a century, became popularly known as, “Lombardi Gras.”

New Orleans’ momentous victory over the Indianapolis Colts occurred in the middle of the city’s parade season, so the Saints’ celebratory ride through town with the Vince Lombardi Trophy was simply added to the lineup. In the following days, players, coaches, team officials and the trophy made appearances in traditional parades as well.

And while Mardi Gras ended way back on Ash Wednesday, it seems as though Lombardi Gras still isn’t over quite yet—certainly not by the looks of the French Quarter, where a massive concert stage has been built on the river front, overlooking historic Jackson Square.

In the hours before the defending champs kick off the NFL season against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night in the Louisiana Superdome, the Big Easy will host a concert featuring Dave Matthews and Taylor Swift, an NFL-sponsored parade and a citywide bash for which a number of schools and businesses have already decided to shut down.

“It’s like the Super Bowl all over again,” Saints running back Reggie Bush(notes) said.

Indeed, Saints owner Tom Benson will show off the Lombardi Trophy once more at a newly completed festival plaza next to the Superdome that has been named Champions Square. Then the festivities move inside the dome, where those with the hottest ticket in town will witness the raising of a 2009 championship banner before kickoff.

The Vikings would like to see the party end right about there, and they have their reasons for believing they can make that happen.

Minnesota outperformed the Saints in numerous statistical categories when they met in last season’s NFC championship game and might have won if not for five turnovers.

The Vikings outgained the Saints 165 yards to 68 on the ground and 310 yards to 189 in the air. In the end, Minnesota was done in by three lost fumbles and two interceptions, the last by Saints cornerback Tracy Porter(notes) when the Vikings were threatening to take a late-game lead.

“They took us to the brink of destruction,” Saints safety Roman Harper(notes) recalled. “If it wasn’t for another Tracy Porter pick, who knows where we would be. … It was a great game last year and should be a great game this year.”

There is one considerable difference, however, as Minnesota coach Brad Childress was quick to point out. When this game ends, both teams get to keep playing.

“We’ve got 15 games after that,” Childress stressed. “You beat New Orleans, Miami’s coming to town. You lose to New Orleans, Miami’s coming to town.”

That hasn’t diminished interest in a game that also features the return of Brett Favre(notes), who’ll start his 20th season despite offseason left ankle surgery that had him mulling what would have been his third retirement. Instead, he reported to the Vikings halfway through the preseason.

“I feel pretty good,” Favre said. “People continue to say, ‘Can he hold up the whole year?’ You can say that about any quarterback that plays the game. It seems like at age 40, and soon to be 41, that I am the easy target to pick on … yet I continue to outlast all these guys.”

Favre performed brilliantly in the NFC title game despite taking a pounding from a Saints defense that drew a few flags—and fines—for some of the heavy hits they delivered.

Childress and some of Favre’s teammates have since suggested that the Saints appeared to be trying to hurt their quarterback, although Favre said this week he had no complaints.

The Saints say so-called “remember me” hits are part of an aggressive style taught by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and that they play the same way every game.

With the chatter that has gone back and forth, Saints quarterback Drew Brees(notes) figures the Vikings may be looking for a little payback. Certainly, it wouldn’t hurt Minnesota’s cause to knock the reigning Super Bowl MVP—who completed an NFL record 70.62 percent of his passes last season—out of the game.

“If you play defense in this league, you love to take a shot at the quarterback—a legal, clean shot—albeit you hit him as hard as you can,” Brees said. “We’ve been pretty good in regards to protecting the quarterback, trying to get it out and to avoid sacks and all those things. … Obviously, I know they’re going to be coming after me, and that’s fine.”

Minnesota topped the NFL with 48 sacks last season, led by end Jared Allen’s(notes) 14 1/2 . The Vikings defense also ranked sixth in yards allowed (305.5 per game).

The Saints’ offense led the NFL in total yards (403.8 per game) and has all of its key players back.

The biggest changes for New Orleans came on defense, where there will be three new starters, including Malcolm Jenkins(notes) at free safety while All-Pro Darren Sharper(notes) continues his rehabilitation from offseason knee surgery.

Minnesota’s offense will be without injured receiver Sidney Rice(notes), while running back Chester Taylor(notes) left for Chicago in the offseason.

Still, receiver Percy Harvin(notes)—also a threat in the running game—will be lining up all over the field, and the Saints still have to figure out how to stop Adrian Peterson. Peterson rushed for 122 yards and three TDs against New Orleans last year and who is eager to prove he’s overcome his past fumbling problems.

Saints fullback Heath Evans(notes) summed up the rematch this way: “They’ve got a lot to prove, we’ve got a lot to prove, and we both know it, so it will be everything it’s cracked up to be.”

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KEYZER-SOZE 09-09-2010 12:32 PM

this is going to be a heck of a game tonight im really looking forward to the monday night game with the ravens and th jets, i think the ravens are going to run through the afc since they got a couple of legit wr's now

HitOrGetHit 09-09-2010 12:50 PM

The Ravens are actually the underdogs in the vbookie. I put some credits on them. Flacco has a ton of options out there now. He is going to have McGahee/Rice in the backfield. Then he has Todd Heap as the tight end. Then he has Anquan Boldin, TJ Houshmandzadeh, Derrick Mason and Donte Stallworth as receivers.

That is an awesome set and then there defense is always looking good.

Thelegend 09-09-2010 06:15 PM

great game to start off this new season! cant wait to see what the jets can do.

HitOrGetHit 09-10-2010 07:37 AM

Brady OKs contract to become NFL’s top paid player
 
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP)—A day that started badly for Tom Brady(notes) turned out to be a pretty good one after all.

After a morning crash left Brady’s car damaged but the New England Patriots quarterback unhurt, he came to terms on a contract that will make him the highest paid player in the NFL.

Two people with knowledge of the contract said Thursday night that Brady has agreed to a four-year extension beginning in 2011.

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It has a value of $18 million per year with a total of $48.5 million guaranteed, one of those persons said. Both persons spoke on condition of anonymity because the paperwork had not yet been filed with the NFL.

Brady is making $6.5 million this season in the final year of a six-year deal.

The extension was first reported by Peter King of Sports Illustrated during halftime of NBC’s telecast of the Minnesota-New Orleans game.

The average value of Brady’s deal surpasses that of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning(notes), who agreed this year to a six-year, $97.5 million ($16.25 million average) extension starting next year. He’s making $9.4 million this season.

Peyton Manning(notes) is in the final year of a seven-year, $98 million deal ($14 million average) and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said he intends to make his quarterback the NFL’s highest paid player.

Brady’s contract differs from those two deals in that it pays him a higher average salary over a shorter period of time. He has said he would like to play 10 more seasons. He is currently playing under a four-year extension with an average value of $12 million that he signed with two years left on his previous deal.

Brady’s new agreement, which expires when he will be 37, came on a day in which the black Audi being driven by the two-time Super Bowl MVP was involved in a two-car crash near his home in Boston’s Back Bay. Police responded to the scene at about 6:30 a.m. after reports of an accident, police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said.

The 21-year-old driver of a red minivan involved in the crash, Ludgero Rodrigues, was cited Thursday for failing to stop at a red light, based on witnesses statements, police said. Two other people were able to exit the minivan and had no visible injuries, they said.

The police report, which did not name Brady, said the driver of the Audi had no visible injuries and was evaluated by Emergency Medical Services. It said a 49-year-old passenger had to be freed with the Jaws of Life and was taken to a hospital.

Brady wasn’t hospitalized and went to Gillette Stadium where he took part in a walkthrough practice at about 10:45 a.m. At the full practice starting shortly after 1 p.m., he stretched with his teammates, threw passes and participated in the entire session in full uniform.

The Patriots begin their season Sunday at home against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brady has had a strong exhibition season after throwing for 4,398 yards, second-most in his career, in 2009. His 28 touchdown passes tied for second in his career. That followed a 2008 season in which he suffered a season-ending injury to his left knee in the opener. He played late last season with finger and rib injuries but appeared healthy since the team began training camp in late July.

The Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round out of Michigan in 2000 and he has been the starter since the third game in 2001 after Drew Bledsoe was injured. Brady was named MVP of the Super Bowl that season and in the 2003 season. He also was part of the team that won the championship after the 2004 season.

In 2007, he was named MVP of the NFL when the Patriots were 18-0 before losing the Super Bowl 17-14 to the New York Giants on a last-minute touchdown.
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Thelegend 09-10-2010 09:36 AM

^Manning is seeing dollar signs after this contract was signed. brady deserves to be one of the highest paid guys in the league.

HitOrGetHit 09-10-2010 11:06 AM

Week 1 Injuries
 
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Minnesota Vikings
Chris Cook CB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Jimmy Kennedy DT Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Toby Gerhart RB Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Cedric Griffin CB Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Brett Favre QB Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jamarca Sanford S Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable
John Sullivan C Calf Limited Participation in Practice Probable

New Orleans Saints
Stanley Arnoux LB Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Chris Ivory RB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Zach Strief T Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Tony Hargrove DT Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Probable
Marques Colston WR Kidney Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jimmy Graham TE Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable
Pierson Prioleau S Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Tracy Porter CB Knee Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Jonathan Vilma LB Groin Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Cleveland Browns
Shawn Lauvao G Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice
Nick Sorensen S Head Did Not Participate In Practice
Robert Royal TE Ankle Full Participation in Practice
Marcus Benard LB Shoulder Limited Participation in Practice
David Bowens LB Knee Limited Participation in Practice
Shaun Rogers DT Ankle Limited Participation in Practice
Floyd Womack G Knee Limited Participation in Practice
D'Qwell Jackson LB Chest Out (Definitely Will Not Play)

Tampa Bay Bucs
Josh Freeman QB right Thumb Full Participation in Practice
Niko Koutouvides LB Neck Full Participation in Practice
Brian Price DT Hamstring Full Participation in Practice
Maurice Stovall WR Ankle Full Participation in Practice

Miami Dolphins
Channing Crowder LB Groin Did Not Participate In Practice
Jake Grove C Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Brandon Marshall WR Ankle Full Participation in Practice
Jake Long T Knee Limited Participation in Practice

Buffalo Bills
Antonio Coleman LB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Kawika Mitchell LB Foot Did Not Participate In Practice
Reggie Torbor LB Chest Did Not Participate In Practice
Jairus Byrd S Groin Full Participation in Practice

Cincinatti Bengals
Andre Caldwell WR Groin Did Not Participate In Practice
Brandon Ghee CB Head Did Not Participate In Practice
Geno Atkins DT Knee Full Participation in Practice
Jonathan Fanene DT Hamstring Full Participation in Practice
Brian Leonard RB Foot Limited Participation in Practice

New England Patriots
Nick Kaczur T Back Did Not Participate In Practice
Randy Moss WR Illness Did Not Participate In Practice
Terrence Wheatley CB Foot Did Not Participate In Practice
Kyle Arrington CB Groin Full Participation in Practice
Ron Brace DT Ankle Full Participation in Practice
Tom Brady QB right Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Jermaine Cunningham LB Ankle Full Participation in Practice
Brandon Deaderick DE Toe Full Participation in Practice
Aaron Hernandez TE Knee Full Participation in Practice
Myron Pryor DE Knee Full Participation in Practice
Matt Slater WR Hamstring Full Participation in Practice
Julian Edelman WR Foot Limited Participation in Practice
Laurence Maroney RB Thigh Limited Participation in Practice

Houston Texans
Antwaun Molden CB Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice
Kareem Jackson CB Eye Full Participation in Practice
Steve Slaton RB Toe Full Participation in Practice
Duane Brown T Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice
Owen Daniels TE Knee Limited Participation in Practice
Mario Williams DE Groin Limited Participation in Practice

Denver Broncos
Ryan Harris T Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice
Darcel McBath S Forearm Did Not Participate In Practice
Andre Brown RB Toe Full Participation in Practice
Daniel Graham TE Chest Full Participation in Practice
Knowshon Moreno RB Hamstring Full Participation in Practice
Demaryius Thomas WR Foot Full Participation in Practice

Jacksonville Jaguars
Scotty McGee KR Shoulder Did Not Participate In Practice
Jarett Dillard WR Foot Limited Participation in Practice
Deji Karim RB Thumb Limited Participation in Practice

Oakland Raiders
Michael Bush RB Thumb Did Not Participate In Practice
Travis Goethel LB Back Did Not Participate In Practice
Walter McFadden CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Chaz Schilens WR Knee Did Not Participate In Practice
Desmond Bryant DT Elbow Limited Participation in Practice

Tennessee Titans
Mike Otto T Knee Did Not Participate In Practice --
Will Witherspoon LB Not Injury Related Did Not Participate In Practice --
Tony Brown DT Knee Full Participation in Practice
Jacob Ford DE Back Full Participation in Practice
Justin Gage WR Hand Full Participation in Practice
Leroy Harris G Ankle Full Participation in Practice
Colin Allred LB Ankle Limited Participation in Practice
William Hayes DE Knee Limited Participation in Practice

Carolina Panthers
Jeff Otah T Knee Did Not Participate In Practice
Jordan Senn LB Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice
Tyrell Sutton RB Shoulder Did Not Participate In Practice
Tyler Brayton DE Ankle Full Participation in Practice

New York Giants
Phillip Dillard LB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Michael Johnson S Not Injury Related Did Not Participate In Practice
Chase Blackburn LB Knee Full Participation in Practice
Chris Canty DT Groin Full Participation in Practice
Shaun O'Hara C Ankle Full Participation in Practice
Corey Webster CB Groin Full Participation in Practice
Gerris Wilkinson LB Groin Full Participation in Practice
Aaron Ross CB Foot Limited Participation in Practice

Detroit Lions
DeAndre Levy LB Groin Did Not Participate In Practice
C.C. Brown S Forearm Full Participation in Practice
Jonathan Wade CB Finger Full Participation in Practice
Louis Delmas S Groin Limited Participation in Practice

Chicago Bears
Earl Bennett WR Hamstring Full Participation in Practice
Nick Roach LB Knee Full Participation in Practice
Major Wright S Finger Full Participation in Practice
Lance Briggs LB Ankle Limited Participation in Practice
Desmond Clark RB Ankle Limited Participation in Practice
Craig Steltz S Ankle Limited Participation in Practice

Arizona Cardinals
Chris Wells RB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice
Michael Adams CB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Will Davis LB Knee Full Participation in Practice
Larry Fitzgerald WR Knee Full Participation in Practice
Ben Patrick TE Knee Full Participation in Practice
Joey Porter LB Back Full Participation in Practice
Andre Roberts WR Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Jason Wright RB Toe Limited Participation in Practice

St. Louis Rams
James Butler S Knee Limited Participation in Practice

Atlanta Falcons
Michael Jenkins WR Shoulder Did Not Participate In Practice
Brent Grimes CB Hip Full Participation in Practice
Corey Peters DT Knee Full Participation in Practice
Joe Hawley C Hip Limited Participation in Practice

Pittsburgh Steelers
Chris Kemoeatu G Foot Did Not Participate In Practice
Byron Leftwich QB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice

Green Bay Packers
Desmond Bishop LB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice
Mike Neal DE Abdomen Did Not Participate In Practice
Brady Poppinga LB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice
Brandon Underwood CB Shoulder Did Not Participate In Practice
Bryan Bulaga T Hip Full Participation in Practice
Cullen Jenkins DE Calf Full Participation in Practice
Brad Jones LB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice
Clay Matthews LB Hamstring Full Participation in Practice

Philadelphia Eagles
None

San Franscisco 49ers
William James CB Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice
Diyral Briggs LB Concussion Full Participation in Practice
Ahmad Brooks LB Lacerated Kidney Out (Definitely Will Not Play)
Eric Heitmann C Fibula Out (Definitely Will Not Play)
Kyle Williams WR Toe Out (Definitely Will Not Play)

Seattle Seahawks
Raheem Brock DE Back Limited Participation in Practice
Anthony McCoy TE Ankle Limited Participation in Practice
Chester Pitts G Knee Limited Participation in Practice
Russell Okung T Ankle Out (Definitely Will Not Play)

Dallas Coyboys
Marc Colombo T Knee Did Not Participate In Practice
Kyle Kosier G Knee Did Not Participate In Practice
Sam Young T Knee Did Not Participate In Practice
Gerald Sensabaugh S Shoulder Full Participation in Practice

Wahsington Redskins
Kareem Moore S Knee Did Not Participate In Practice
Jammal Brown T Hip Full Participation in Practice
Donovan McNabb QB Ankle Full Participation in Practice
Mike Sellers RB Knee Full Participation in Practice
Andre Carter LB Illness Limited Participation in Practice
Perry Riley LB Foot Limited Participation in Practice

Baltimore Ravens
Paul Kruger LB Shoulder Did Not Participate In Practice
Oniel Cousins T Head Full Participation in Practice
Lardarius Webb CB Knee Full Participation in Practice
Terrence Cody DT Knee Out (Definitely Will Not Play)
Jared Gaither T Back Out (Definitely Will Not Play)
Donte' Stallworth WR Foot Out (Definitely Will Not Play)

New York Jets
Brodney Pool S Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice
Shaun Ellis DE Knee Limited Participation in Practice
Calvin Pace LB Foot Out (Definitely Will Not Play)

San Diego Chargers
Billy Volek QB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice
Shawne Merriman LB Achilles Limited Participation in Practice

Kansas City Chiefs
Cameron Sheffield LB Neck Did Not Participate In Practice
Ryan O'Callaghan T Groin Limited Participation in Practice
http://www.nfl.com/injuries?week=1

KEYZER-SOZE 09-10-2010 12:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Thelegend (Post 1263604)
^Manning is seeing dollar signs after this contract was signed. brady deserves to be one of the highest paid guys in the league.


oh yeah yo better belive peyton is going to expect the colts to either match that or go way over now. i thought brady made way more than that, only 6.5 mil that was a steal for the pats


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