The two local beat reporters, Jay Morrison of The Dayton Daily News and cheap jerseys and Richard Skinner, the digital sports columnist for Channel 12, are in on the Steelers for a variety of reasons. Morrison thinks the Bengals might have a tough time shortening the game on the ground and Skinner goes with the home team on what he sees as a 50-50 ball in the air.
Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette goes Steelers because of the ease with which they put up 38 points Monday night in Washington without three weapons in Le’Veon Bell, Markus Wheaton, and Ladarius Green, two of which they won’t have Sunday.
Week 2 of fantasy football kicks off with many owners hoping and praying Rob Gronkowski gets healthy; Travis Benjamin embraces his new No. 1 WR role for the Chargers; Spencer Ware’s big game last week wasn’t a flash in the pan; the Vikings put in Sam Bradford. That move alone leaves fantasy owners hoping Adrian Peterson isn’t the worst mistake they made in round 1 of their draft.
Drafting is just a small part of the winning equation for fantasy football. The waiver wire and your sit/start decisions are what makes or breaks your league standings. Trades are also a part of it, but most people don’t do trades unless they feel like they are clearly winning in the deal. With that said, I am going to tell all Willie Snead owners to sell high on him RIGHT NOW.
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“It just shows how poised he is. That guy is always smiling,” Green said after watching Dalton sacked a career-high seven times. “You can see how much he has grown from when we first got here until now. He’s so confident, he’s having fun, he knows what we have to do, he knows what kind of offense we have to put in to go score. That guy is one of the best. I’m telling you that because I’ve been dealing with him for six years and I’ve seen his level of play rise so high and today was another proof.”
But isn’t this more proof that Green not only dominates but defies? Even Revis seemed stunned in the fourth quarter when Green caught the back end of the ball as he dove into the sideline with a 32-yard catch that Dalton threw in such a way Green could shield himself from Revis.
But thanks to the longevity of Fitzpatrick’s career and Mike Brown’s highway robbery of the Raiders in the broad daylight of the trading deadline, it is about to happen for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.
When Fitzpatrick leads the Jets into Sunday’s opener (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) against the Bengals, it’s his third start against the team that gave him 12 starts in Palmer’s injury-shortened season of 2008. Since then he’s started 90 games for four teams and he’s coming off his best season with a franchise-record 31 TD passes that came leading the Jets to a 10-6 record.
Nine years ago, on the same day, the day after the cut to 53 players, the Bengals traded for the man they oppose this Sunday in New York (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12), Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. They ended up giving the Rams a 2008 seventh-rounder to find Carson Palmer’s backup for 2007 and 2008.
They’ve already got a backup in the talented, playoff-tested AJ McCarron, their best No. 2 since Fitzpatrick. But not for long. If they’re going to trade McCarron, they have to replace him first and the process has officially begun with Driskel, a 6-4, 230-pound specimen who they scouted before the 49ers took him in the sixth round.
“I knew when I was done playing and I’ll know when I’m done coaching,” Haslett said. “I couldn’t run anymore and ended up playing another year. I couldn’t figure out why the coaches kept me. The next year I got out … I still like being with the players, being on the field, being in the meeting room.”
Coyle, a month younger, is in his 40th year of coaching and his 16th in the NFL after serving as the defensive coordinator in Miami the previous four seasons. Not long ago he was regaling the iPad generation of his film work in the ‘80s at Holy Cross.