Titans' Britt expects more action with new OC

Kenny Britt is excited about the promotion of Dowell Loggains to offensive coordinator and the addition of veteran Tom Moore with the Tennessee Titans.

Britt was asked what he expects to see out of Loggains' offense, and his reply was very to the point – “To see the ball more” per TitanInsider.

Chris Palmer, fired on Monday, was criticized for not using his big play players the right way, a style that led to a disconnect between coach and players.

Now Britt is among those excited about the switch to Loggains. Also, with the Titans bringing in Moore as a consultant, the veteran coach has been talking to Britt and the receivers about attention to detail.

“He showed me how to make a million dollars yesterday. He said, 'Let me show you how to make a million dollars.' Just yesterday in the red zone, he showed me how to run the fade the correct way,” Britt said of Moore's first day. “He said have the quarterback tell you where he wants the ball at, whether it's over the shoulder. He really helped me out in the end zone and we weren't even doing red zone yesterday. So he's come in and helped us out a lot.”

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Big Ben officially out vs. Ravens

Unless they happen to meet in the playoffs, the Baltimore Ravens won't see Ben Roethlisberger face off against them this year.

The Steelers announced in Friday's injury report that Big Ben will miss his third straight game with the shoulder injury he suffered against Kansas City.

Instead, Charlie Batch, who threw three interceptions last week in a loss to Cleveland, will get his second straight start after both Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich were injured.

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Bengals' Sanu has stress fracture in foot

Rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu looks to be out for the season with a stress fracture in his foot, the club announced on Friday.

Sanu had just been coming into his own and had two touchdown catches last week for the Bengals, but was injured in Thursday's practice and likely needs surgery to fix what is believed to be a fifth metatarsal injury.

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Over-Rated Prospect – Devin Street

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Many college receivers arrive with great fanfare because they were regarded as great high school players and then when they produce early in their college career they are labeled as “future superstars” and expected to be first round picks. However, when it comes to receiver this could not be farther from the truth as there is a long list of highly productive college receivers who were not drafted early and even more who never panned out at the NFL level. Unfortunately, from what I have seen Pittsburgh receiver Devin Street is not an elite NFL prospect despite being hyped as such.

DEVIN STREETUS PRESSWIREPittsburgh WR Devin Street runs after the catch.

Blessed with great height, long arms and natural hands, Street’s ability to be a clutch receiver in the redzone is unquestioned. Able to shield defenders while getting up to pluck high passes enables him to consistently win jump ball battles. His body control, coordination and concentration allow him to adjust to make tough catches on off-target passes with surprising ease. Being tall and having good hands is great, but that does not guarantee success in the NFL.

Street’s thin frame allows physical cornerbacks to jolt him with a punch to slow his release and are able to get him off his stem with physical play. He will need to add weight and improve his playing strength in order to deal with the physical coverage of NFL cornerbacks.

He does not however have good initial quickness off the ball, which limits his ability to get behind cornerback off the line. Lack of foot quickness and long legs also make it tough for him to change directions fast enough to avoid jam on line and contact during route.

While Street’s long strides definitely hide some of his speed, the reality is that he lacks the explosiveness and playing speed to get separation of deep pass routes. At Pittsburgh he has been able to make plays down the field by keeping the cornerback on his hip and shields him to make the catch deep. Against NFL cornerbacks his lack of quick acceleration and playing speed will greatly limit his ability to make big plays down field. Additionally, he does not have the speed to run away from defenders to score long touchdowns and he cannot out-run defenders who have the angle on him.

Despite being a smooth athlete with good body control, Street’s height hinders his ability to get in and out of his cuts fast. He lacks a burst out of cuts to consistently get separation from man coverage. He does however, have a good feel for finding open spots in zone coverage. He shows toughness holding onto the ball when he gets hit hard right after the catch.

As a junior, Street has been rumored to likely leave Pittsburgh early to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, but from what I have seen I think he would definitely be better suited to stay in school for his final season. He reminds me of two recent prospects, one who was a bust, Marquise Walker, and the other, Malcolm Floyd, who has turned into a good NFL receiver after entering the league as an undrafted free agent. If I were to bet, Street will be a mid-round pick and if he can improve his strength and route running he could develop into a contributing receiver in the NFL.

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All-22: Ball in the 'strike zone?' Throw the Pump-Seam

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If you are putting together a game plan vs. a defense that leans on single high safety looks (think Cover 3, Cover 1), why wouldn’t you run the “Pump-Seam” when you get into the strike zone (20-35 yard line)? Using the All-22 tape from Carolina’s win this past Monday over Philadelphia, let’s check out Cam Newton’s TD pass to TE Gary Barnidge.

Panthers vs. Eagles
Personnel: Tank (1WR-2TE-2RB)
Formation: Big Wing
Route: Pump-Seam
Defensive Scheme: Cover 3


– Running vertical concepts out of Tank (1WR-2TE-2RB) or Ace personnel (2WR-2TE-1RB) is a smart idea because you can disguise or window dress the route scheme with a Big Wing alignment.

-Pre-snap alignment for the FS? This is correct. As a deep middle of field defender in Cover 3 or Cover 1 you want to “split” the formation with your alignment.

-The idea behind the “Pump-Seam” is simple: move the FS out of the middle of the field. With a “Sluggo” (slant and go) to the open (weak) side of the formation, Newton will pump and come back to the inside vertical seam.


If you can force the free safety to lean to No.1 (or even open his hips), there will be room to target the inside seam. However, don’t forget about the outside vertical vs. Cover 3. The Panthers have to occupy Nnamdi Asomugha and prevent the CB from overlapping Barnidge’s route. That’s why you coach up No.1 to the closed (strong) side of the formation to stem his route outside of the numbers.


As we can see on the end zone angle, Barnidge’s route splits Asomugha and the FS. Solid execution from the Panthers given the field position and the personnel in the huddle vs. a 3-deep zone look.

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Titans' McCarthy out Sunday with concussion

Colin McCarthy is arguably the best player on the Tennessee Titans not-so-good defense.

But for the fifth time in 12 games this year, the Titans are prepared to play a game without their starting middle linebacker. The Titans host the 10-1 Houston Texans on Sunday.

McCarthy did not practice all week and will be out Sunday, according to TitanInsider, due to a concussion suffered last week vs. Jacksonville.

The linebacker has missed four other games this season due to a high ankle sprain suffered in the season opener.

To replace him on Sunday, the Titans will try two different players, using Tim Shaw in the base package and Will Witherspoon in the nickel.

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Report: Cowboys 'leaning' toward DeMarco Murray return Sunday

The Dallas Cowboys will be in prime time on Sunday night, a spot that might not be best for them at this point in a season that has not met expectations.

But they’re expected to get a boost as running back DeMarco Murray appears to be on track to finally return from a sprained left foot that has kept him out of the previous six games. Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports the team is “leaning” toward playing Murray against the Philadelphia Eagles, another NFC East club that has fallen on even harder times.

“It looks like that, we'll see how well he responds,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on KRLD-FM, according to the report. “The key day was (Thursday), he came back better than (Wednesday), which was his first day out and usually that's a leveling off or setback day.”

Felix Jones has been below average in place of Murray and the running back, if healthy and ready to roll, could give the offense a needed boost. Too much pressure has been on quarterback Tony Romo, who has been forced to do it all. Dallas must balance out the offensive attack and Murray’s return could help in that direction.

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Dom Raiola on Titus Young: 'He wants to be an a**hole, let him be an a**hole'

The Detroit Lions brought second-year wide receiver Titus Young back to practice this week after a timeout for what was described as insubordination.

Young was quiet after practice today, saying he did not want to dwell on the past, according to reports out of Detroit.

But Lions center Dominic Raiola, an outspoken leader in the locker room, made it clear the players are not going to put up with anymore nonsense from Young, a second-round pick from a year ago who reportedly was blowing his assignments on the field during games.

We've moved on from him. He wants to be an a**hole, let him be an a**hole,” Raiola said, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. “It's not my problem.

“What we can control is the guys who want to be here. And when you act like that, you don't want to be here. We've got good guys on offense. Don't be an a**hole and don't be a jerk.”

Sounds like Young is down to his final strike in the Lions locker room if he’s not already blown it with teammates. Here is a question worth pondering: When will the Lions players admit they’ve had enough with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh?

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Want to win some cash? Play the NFP/FanDuel Week 13 Fantasy challenge

Want to compete with Matt Bowen for a chance at the $2,000 prize pool from the NFP and FanDuel? Then sign up for this week’s fantasy challenge. It costs $10 to play and you can select up to three rosters for a shot at the cash.

Its easy. Scout the matchups, grab some talent and submit your lineup before kickoff on Sunday.

Trent Richardson US PRESSWIREBowen likes the matchup of Richardson vs. the Raiders' defense.

Let’s take a look at Bowen’s roster this week:

QB: Matt Schaub, Texans
RB: Trent Richardson, Browns
RB: Alfred Morris, Redskins
WR: Reggie Wayne, Colts
WR: Hakeem Nicks, Giants
WR: Randall Cobb, Packers
TE: Jason Witten, Cowboys
K: Lance Zuerlein, Rams
Defense: Seahawks

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Start 'em, Sit 'em, Smash 'em

For some of you, the fantasy postseason has finally arrived. For others, this week could mean the difference between a chance to play for some cash or another offseason filled with regret. Either way, come join us in the GameDay live chat on Sunday, which kicks off at 10:30am eastern. Free bloody marys!!

FADE OF THE WEEK (Season: 4-8)

Last week: SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (+1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (loss)

If you’ve been fading these picks as advised, you’ve been making money. Who do we have in store for Week 13?

DENVER BRONCOS (-7.5) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I love this game so much that there’s really only one way it can play out: Denver wins a close one, failing to cover in the process.


Here we go again!

DENVER BRONCOS (-7.5) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
ST. LOUIS RAMS (+7) vs. San Francisco 49ers
CINCINNATI BENGALS (-1.5) at San Diego Chargers
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (-7.5) at Miami Dolphins
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (+2.5) vs. New York Giants

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Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (at Redskins): After a five-game stretch that saw Manning throw just two touchdown passes with six interceptions, the Big Blue signal-caller broke out of his funk last Sunday with a 249-yard, three-touchdown effort against the Green Bay Packers. This is the time of year when the Giants start cooking with gas, so we are anticipating another solid performance Monday night against a Washington defense that currently ranks 31st in the league against the pass (301.4 yds/gm) while surrendering an average of 23.4 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season (second-most in NFL).

C.J. SpillerICONSpiller has had trouble finding the end zone, but he's definitely been rolling up the yardage.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills (vs. Jaguars): He hasn’t found the end zone since October 14, but Spiller has carried the ball 36 times for 198 yards over his last two outings and would be on the verge of fantasy greatness if the Bills could find a way to get him the rock inside of the red zone. Week 13 offers up another favorable matchup as the Jacksonville Jaguars come to town with the league’s 29th-ranked run defense (136.0 yds/gm). In addition, take note that the Jags are giving up an average of 23.0 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season (fourth-most in NFL). We can only hope that head coach Chan Gailey is looking at the same stats we are as he prepares for Sunday.

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (vs. Buccaneers): Decker has found the end zone in six of his last eight starts and has already set single-season career highs for receptions (54) and receiving yards (685) through just 11 games. Ride him again this week against a Buccaneers defense that currently ranks dead last in the NFL against the pass (315.5 yds/gm) while giving up an average of 28.4 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (second-most in NFL).

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals (at Jets): Wells returned to the gridiron in a big way last Sunday as the former Ohio State Buckeye found the end zone twice on 17 carries in a 31-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams. And while his yards per attempt average worries us a bit (2.8 YPA in Week 12), Wells has a very favorable showdown on Sunday against a Jets defense that ranks 30th in the league against the run (142.8 yds/gm) while surrendering an average of 21.9 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs (sixth-most in NFL). Consider Wells a solid flex option for Week 13.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins (vs. Giants): He was only on the field for approximately half of the offensive snaps last week against the Cowboys, but Garcon made the most of his time, catching four passes on six targets for 86 yards and a score. We like him as a WR3 in Week 13 against a Giants defense that ranks 25th in the NFL against the pass (252.6 yds/gm) and is surrendering an average of 26.1 fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts (third-most in NFL).

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans (at Titans): Daniels has scored a touchdown in six of his last eight starts, including one in his six-catch, 72-yard effort against this same Tennessee Titans team back on September 30. The Titans are giving up an average of 9.9 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season (fourth-most in NFL), so make sure that Daniels is locked and loaded into the starting rotation in Week 13. He’s got one of the best matchups on the board.

Dallas Cowboys, D/ST (vs. Eagles): Philadelphia is averaging just 16.7 points per game this season and is currently surrendering an average of 13.8 fantasy points per game to opposing D/STs (second-most in NFL). The last time these two teams got together, the Eagles committed two turnovers, two sacks and gave up three D/ST touchdowns. Yeah, we like Dallas a lot on Sunday.


Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Broncos): Freeman is currently a top-13 fantasy quarterback, but he put up a dud in Week 12 against the Falcons and now has to travel across the country to play an unfamiliar opponent in the Denver Broncos. This is bad news, as the Broncos rank fifth in the NFL against the pass (209.6 yds/gm) and are giving up an average of just 17.7 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season (11th-fewest in NFL). We think the Broncos roll in this one.

Marshawn LynchSeattle's workhorse back is in for an extremely physical showdown on Sunday.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks (at Bears): Lynch had has streak of four-straight 100-yard efforts snapped last Sunday at Miami (19-46-0) and now faces a Week 13 matchup with a Chicago Bears defense that ranks eighth in the league against the run (96.9 yds/gm). The Seahawks are averaging just 16.0 points per game on the road this season (1-5 record) and when you throw in the fact that the Bears are surrendering an average of just 12.9 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season (third-fewest in NFL), we get the idea that Lynch could be in for a long afternoon at Soldier Field.

Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Ravens): Over his last three starts, Wallace has caught just eight passes for 47 yards with one touchdown. Granted, it’s not necessarily the four-year veteran’s fault, as the Steelers have suffered a litany of injuries at the quarterback position as of late. But with Charlie Batch under center against the Baltimore Ravens, we feel that starting Wallace offers very little upside this Sunday.

Matt Fo
rte, RB, Chicago Bears (vs. Seahawks):
Forte suffered an ankle injury in Week 12 against the Vikings and will be at less than 100% on Sunday if he’s able to play. So what do you get when you take a guy who has rushed for only 144 yards and zero touchdowns over his last three games and combine it with a showdown against a defense that is giving up an average of just 15.0 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season (seventh-fewest in NFL)? In our estimation, you get a guy you should leave on the bench in Week 13.

Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Steelers): Prior to his 144-yard effort against the Chargers last Sunday, Smith hadn’t posted more than 67 receiving yards in a game in six consecutive starts. And with the NFL’s top-ranked passing defense in the form of the Pittsburgh Steelers coming to town on Sunday night (165.7 yds/gm), we feel it’s better to look for a wideout with more upside this weekend.

Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders (vs. Browns): Myers has quietly put together a solid season that currently sees him ranked 11th in fantasy scoring at the tight end position. But take note that the four-year veteran has a date with a Cleveland Browns defense this Sunday that has surrendered fewer fantasy points to opposing tight ends than any other team in the league this year (5.3 pts/gm).

New York Giants, D/ST (at Redskins): Big Blue currently ranks ninth in fantasy scoring at the D/ST position, but we advise looking for another option in Week 13. The Redskins rank seventh in the NFL in total offense (384.9 yds/gm) and are scoring an average of 26.8 points per game. Not only that, but Vegas has this total posted at 51 points for a reason.

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