Week 11 Reaches

Digging deep this week with 19 reaches:
 
Quarterback
 
Tyler Thigpen vs. New Orleans – He could be one of the best waiver wire pickups of the year and he faces an injured Saint defense and secondary. If he keeps playing well, he’ll be their starter for sure next year.
 
Sage Rosenfels at Indianapolis – Sure he’ll turn it over and will take some sacks, but by the end of the game, the numbers will be there–just like every week with this guy.
 
Jake Delhomme vs. Detroit – He’s been a disappointment pretty much all season, but how he could not do well this week? 
 
Running Back
 
Deuce McAllister at Kansas City – The Chiefs will likely be without at least three starters in their front seven so McAllister makes for a nice #3 RB this week.
 
Ricky Williams vs. Oakland – He looked spry last week and the Raider run defense is weak.
 
Jerious Norwood vs. Denver – Nice reach here for a flex option against the usually shaky Bronco run defense.
 
Correll Buckhalter at Cincinnati – This would go with my Brent Celek reach of a few weeks ago, but even more of a reach. I’m banking on the Eagles to blow out the Bengals. If it happens, [...]

COACHING TAPE – WEEK 10 (11/15/08)

Editor’s Note: Welcome to a new blog here on FantasyGuru.com. This blog will include the raw notes taken by our own Greg Cosell as he prepares for the Matchup Show on ESPN by analyzing NFL coach’s tape. Greg is Senior Producer of the show, and he’s been a producer at NFL Films for over 20 years. 

EAGLES OFFENSE VS. GIANTS DEFENSE

Eagles only ran 57 offensive plays, and had the ball for only 20:50
Eagles only 300 total yards, and only 3-11 on third down conversions
Eagles 5 trips inside the red zone, 4 TD; 3-3 goal-to-go efficiency
Blackburn started at WLB for the Giants, Wilkinson inactive – Phillips started at S with Butler inactive
Jackson 9 yard TD: Direct snap to Jackson in the shotgun with Buckhalter offset to his right, McNabb was split wide left outside the numbers, Westbrook slot left; Sweep right behind pulling RT Runyan and leading Buckhalter
Interesting front alignment by the Giants on a 3rd + 7 in the second quarter: Tuck and Tollefson stood up as LBs with only 2 DL with their hands on the ground; Giants actually blew the coverage, and did not account for TE Smith, but S Phillips got in [...]

COACHING TAPE – WEEK 10 (11/13/08)

Editor’s Note: Welcome to a new blog here on FantasyGuru.com. This blog will include the raw notes taken by our own Greg Cosell as he prepares for the Matchup Show on ESPN by analyzing NFL coach’s tape. Greg is Senior Producer of the show, and he’s been a producer at NFL Films for over 20 years. 

 

BRONCOS OFFENSE VS. BROWNS DEFENSE

Broncos ran 71 offensive plays, and gained 564 total yards
Broncos 6-11 on third down conversions
Cutler 24-42 for 447 yards, 3 TD, 1 interception, only sacked once
Scheffler 39 yards on the first play of the game, He beat S Pool down the middle seam by initially showing an in-breaking route and then taking it vertically; Scheffler acceleration and long speed for a big TE, Pool cannot run and is a liability in man coverage against quality receiving TEs – This was the exact same play Broncos ran against the Raiders the first week of the season when Cutler off designed movement hit Scheffler for 72 yards
Browns corners play a lot of press bail technique in which they turn to the inside, You cannot cover any out-breaking routes [...]

COACHING TAPE – WEEK 10 (11/11/08)

Editor’s Note: Welcome to a new blog here on FantasyGuru.com. This blog will include the raw notes taken by our own Greg Cosell as he prepares for the Matchup Show on ESPN by analyzing NFL coach’s tape. Greg is Senior Producer of the show, and he’s been a producer at NFL Films for over 20 years. 

CHIEFS OFFENSE VS. CHARGERS DEFENSE

Chiefs ran 60 offensive plays, but had the ball for only 25 minutes – A function of play breakdown: 44 called passes / 16 called runs
Chiefs excellent on third down: 7-14
Chiefs opening drive: 12 plays, 95 yards, TD
This was Rivera’s first game as DC: Big change he made was Cromartie did not start, Gordon started at RCB – Cromartie did play with the first unit as the game progressed, about midway through the Chiefs first series
Thigpen huge completion on 3rd + 11 from Chiefs 4 yard line on the opening series: Great timing and anticipation, plus touch and accuracy on 17 yard out route to Bowe; Bowe beat Cromartie, who came in at RCB in the nickel
Chiefs continued to make extensive use of “12” personnel, with both Gonzalez and Cottam – Also it’s clear that Thigpen [...]

Week 10 Review

I never look at statistics when I watch games the next day in order to get a truly organic idea of what happened, that way nothing influences what I see.

I’ll be doing this instead of my podcasts the rest of the way, time permitting.

Here’s a look at the early games from Sunday with those hard to find facts about plays missed etc:

BAL-HOU

- I was surprised that the Texans moved the ball as well as they did in this game. That stood out as the game progressed. Plays were there to be made but they had penalties and too many mental breakdowns which prevented them from scoring. When you don’t watch the entire game, you really never get a sense of what really happened. Watching bits and pieces of this game on Sunday, I didn’t feel that Houston could have scored much more than they did. I felt differently after watching it fully on Monday.

- Owen Daniels missed two TDs on consecutive drives. One was on the Haloti Ngata INT. All Sage Rosenfels had to do is lob the ball over his hand on the first one. Second one was a pass to the right where Daniels had OLB Jarret Johnson [...]

COACHING TAPE – WEEK 10 (11/10/08)

Editor’s Note: Welcome to a new blog here on FantasyGuru.com. This blog will include the raw notes taken by our own Greg Cosell as he prepares for the Matchup Show on ESPN by analyzing NFL coach’s tape. Greg is Senior Producer of the show, and he’s been a producer at NFL Films for over 20 years. 

 BROWNS OFFENSE VS. BRONCOS DEFENSE  

First NFL start for Quinn: 23-35 for 239 yards, 2 TD, 0 interceptions, 0 sacks
Browns ran 64 offensive plays, and controlled the ball for more than 32 minutes
Browns 399 total yards, They were 6-14 on third down conversions
Browns 5 trips inside the red zone, 3 TD
Browns play breakdown: 28 called runs / 36 called passes
Broncos starting LBs: SLB Winborn, MLB Webster, WLB Woodyard
Lewis 29 yards on first quarter TD drive came out of “22” personnel; DT Thomas blown off the ball, Woodyard too far inside
Winslow 5 yard TD on 3rd + 5: Quinn stick throw into a tight window, Loved the willingness of Quinn to make the throw, Great spin move by Dumervil on RT Shaffer to get quick pressure on Quinn
Harrison 13 yards on first play of third series came out of full house backfield [...]

Week 10 Reaches

We nailed a bunch of them again last week so lets do it again with over 20 reaches:

Quarterback

Matt Ryan vs. New Orleans – He’s playing at a high level and he’ll have to throw to keep up with the Saint offense.

David Garrard at Detroit – The Lion defense is so bad that even the Jaguar OL can hold their own. Garrard should have a solid game against a suspect Lion secondary.

Sage Rosenfels vs. Baltimore – It comes down to his OL’s ability to handle the Raven front seven. If the OL holds up, there will be plays to be made.

Joe Flacco at Houston – He’s now playing at a pretty good level and he faces a weak Texan secondary.

Running Back

Deuce McAllister at Atlanta – If Grady Jackson can’t play, McAllister should wind up being at least a solid #3 RB in this matchup. If the old man plays, look at McAllister as a flex option.

Kevin Smith vs. Jacksonville – He seems to do something of note each week and the Jaguars are without starting DT John Henderson.

Kevin Faulk vs. Buffalo – He should get plenty of touches again and looks to be a solid flex option or better in this [...]

Week Nine Reaches

Quarterback

David Garrard at Cincinnnati – It’s getting to the point that he’s not a reach anymore. He’ll face a shaky Bengal secondary.

Derek Anderson vs. Baltimore – Both Raven starting CBs are out.

Marc Bulger vs. Arizona – You know how bad the Cardinal CBs are.

Gus Frerotte vs. Houston – He faces a shaky Texan secondary.

Chad Pennington at Denver – No Champ Bailey to face.

Running Back

Tim Hightower at St. Louis – If he starts, he makes for a nice #3 RB or better against an average Ram run defense.

Justin Fargas vs. Atlanta – He could do decently against a less than average run defense.

Kevin Faulk at Indianapolis – He’ll get a decent amount of touches against a shaky Colt defense.

Wide Receiver

Devin Hester vs. Detroit – He did well in the first matchup against the weak Lion secondary.

Donnie Avery vs. Arizona – Do we need to mention that the Cardinal CBs are bad? Just look at the numbers.

Bernard Berrian vs. Houston – He’ll face a shaky Texan secondary.

Antonio Bryant at Kansas City – Not a bad reach here against a young Chief secondary.

Greg Camarillo/Ted Ginn at Denver – No Champ Bailey–that’s huge!

Kevin Curtis at Seattle – He played more than expected last week [...]

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