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Mark Sanchez Dazzles in Eagles Debut

While Mark Sanchez celebrated his play with a pair of cheesesteaks fans everywhere else were glowing with their victory. Just one week after losing their young star QB Nick Foles to an injury, Sanchez may have cemented himself as the man to beat behind center. The former embattled Jets QB stepped up in a big way against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football and he may have emerged as, once more, a superstar at the QB position.

Sanchez took the field against a Panthers defense that was supposed to be gaining strength as the year progressed, but it just wasn’t happening. Instead of being pushed around and forced into turnovers, Sanchez turned in the finest performance of his entire career. In fact, Mark Sanchez threw for over 300 passing yards with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions for the first time in his entire career. I watched a bunch of Jets games with Fersen Lambranho over the last couple seasons, so it was surprising to see him doing so well.

The game wasn’t all on Sanchez’s shoulders, though. The Carolina Panthers came out as flat as ever and were down by 30+ points before the end of the first half. The Panthers are rapidly becoming one of the most beatable teams in the league despite the expectations they carried into the season.

Let Adrian Peterson Play?

The NFL players union emphatically calls for Adrian Peterson’s full reinstatement to the NFL active list. Peterson is currently on an NFL exemption that can only be instituted by commissioner Goodell. The exemption means that Peterson is out with pay. It is estimated that Peterson has earned 5.5 million dollars during his suspension. Peterson pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment after being charged with felony child abuse. The charges stemmed from an incident in which Peterson spanked his son with a switch in Montgomery County, Texas. Peterson who plays for the Minnesota Vikings was charged on the heels of the NFL attempts to tamp down mass criticism for their handling of domestic abuse cases in the NFL.

The media and many in the public like Gianfrancesco Genoso have called for the NFL commissioner to resign or be fired, but the requests were met with extreme skepticism and Goodell is still in charge. However, Goodell admitted that it could have dealt with such circumstances very differently. In response, Goodell raised the penalties for those that are charged with this particular offense. However, it is to be said that this represents a very small percentage of NFL players.

Peterson Still In Hot Water

Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has resolved his domestic violence case in Montgomery County, Texas. Peterson was charged with a felony account of child abuse. Peterson faced serious jail time over the issue and a possible end to his storied NFL career. Peterson was accused of injuring his four year old son with a switch. The child had bruising and welts on the skin and some minor contusions on a single testicle. Adrian Peterson has asserted that he loves his children and that he did not intend to harm his child. He went on to say that the type of discipline he issued was a common form of punishment in the small East Texas town that he is from. Some people are buying it, but my fantasy football opponent Christian is not exactly convinced.

Peterson was ordered to appear on accusations that he admitted to smoking marijuana while out on bail. Instead, the hearing focused on a plea bargain that Peterson and attorney Rusty Hardin formulated to circumvent the possibility of jail time. The term is deferred adjudicated which means that if the terms of the probation are satisfied, the charges will be expunged from his record. Peterson will soon be reunited with his son and says that he loves his children more than anyone could possibly know.

Dez Bryant Wants Big Pay Day But Cowboys Hesitant

Dez Bryant has consistently been one of the bright spots for the Dallas Cowboys. However, there are reports that the Cowboys are hesitant to give him a guaranteed big money deal when his contract expires at the end of the year. It’s not his play they are worried about; it’s his off-field issues. Bryant reportedly has anger management problems and other issues. In 2012 he was arrested and charged with hitting his mother in her face with a baseball bat.

The Cowboys for their part have set up sessions for Bryant with therapists and behavioral specialists. But he also has a security detail and is banned from visiting strip clubs and drinking alcohol.

As pointed in their article in an article last year, the talented wide-receiver has had issues dating back to his college days at Oklahoma State, but he is so talented both the Dallas Cowboys and potential endorsers are willing to overlook them.

Bryant is looking for a deal like the one with $48.75 million in guaranteed money Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson received. Owners like Bruce Levenson are interested to see how this plays out for the Cowboys because of the effect it could have on their teams. Bryant has said he would be disappointed if his new agent, Jay Z’s Roc Nation, and the Cowboys don’t agree on a contract extension and he is given the franchise tag.

Durant Out – Romo a Question Mark for Sunday in Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys will for sure be missing linebacker Justin Durant this weekend as he has been designated to be placed on the injured reserve list ending his season. The team is sure to miss Durant who has been the leading tackler on defense.

More questions face the Dallas offense with quarterback Tony Romo being listed as questionable to play in the game. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has stated that Romo’s status will mainly depend on the veteran signal callers ability to play with pain. Romo was injured on Monday night against the Washington Redskins and has yet to practice this week. If Tony Romo is not active for the game the starting job will fall to backup Brandon Weeden, who does have starting experience with Cleveland.

Even with Durant out and Tony Romo still an uncertain play Vegas is still predicting Dallas to be a favorite over the Arizona Cardinals this week. According to odds, Dallas is a current four point favorite, so things are looking good for you this week Mann.

Aqib Talib Looking Forward to Patriots-Broncos, Praises Gronk

When the Patriots passed no Aqib Talib in the off season, many pundits viewed it as a mistake. A few days later, the veteran defensive player was swooped up by the Denver Broncos. The Patriots were looking very silly at that point. However, they had an ace up their sleeve in the shape of Darrelle Revis. The Pats got Revis in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Pats also signed Brandon Browner in the off season, which means they are well stocked at corner back. Even though his former team are in good hands with those two players, Aqib Talib will want to remind Bill Belichick about how good he is on Sunday.

The Patriots host the high flying Denver Broncos in the most eagerly anticipated regular season clash in the AFC.

When Talib was asked about how he was preparing for this game, he responded with these comments: “I approach this game like every other. I don’t really judge how amped up I am for a game. But you could say I am very excited. I am definitely juiced for this one.”. Eh, seems to me, and fellow fantasy football armchair quarterback Sam Tabar, you might want to give this some more thought.

Talib also reserved special praise for Rob Gronkowski. Talib refers to his former teammate as a “wild dog” because of how big, strong and quick he can be. Gronkowski will be a key weapon for the Pats as they look to upset the Broncos.

RGIII Back to Practice for Washington

Often injured and often maligned quarterback Robert Griffin III has returned to full time practice for the Washington Redskins. With a full practice under his belt the athletic former Heisman winner has a chance to suit up and play this Sunday in Minnesota against the Vikings. The Baylor alum has been sidelined from play since suffering an ankle injury on September, 14th. If you watch the video, then you will see that it is pretty remarkable that Griffin is even able to take the field this season, the injury looked pretty awful but it does help that the Baylor alum is in incredible physical condition.

Kirk Cousins started out hot as Griffin’s replacement but was quickly brought back down to earth after being prone to turnovers.

Washington still sits with an unremarkable record of 3-5 but they are far from being considered out of playoff contention. Keep your head up Brian Torchin, at least y’all beat the Cowboys. Many Redskin fans would prefer to keep the hot hand McCoy under center but in the big picture RGIII has more talent, more starting experience, and gives the team the best chance to win.

Patriots Among Four Teams Chasing WR Vincent Jackson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just spent a lot of money locking down a left tackle to a six year contract. However, they seem reluctant to commit to wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Despite his skill set, the Bucs want to get rid of his huge contract. They are trying to rebuild the team, and Jackson does not fit into their long term picture.

The Patriots, Eagles, Seahawks and an unnamed team are interested in acquiring Jackson in a trade as soon as possible. It is easy to understand why these teams want Jackson. At six feet five inches, he is a beast of a wide receiver. He weighs 230 pounds, has great acceleration, and causes havoc in opposition secondaries. Despite his team being 1-5 for the season, Jackson has 25 catches and two TDs to his name already. He has caught for over 300 yards this season.

Most of these teams have decent offensive weapons. The Eagles have a lot of receivers, the Seahawks have quality weapons for Russell Wilson, and the Patriots have retooled their offense to great effect in recent weeks. The Pats have found success with the two or three tight end formations, with Rob Gronkowski, Brandon LeFell and Tim Wright emerging as key weapons for Tom Brady.

Despite all these teams being well stocked, they could do with improving. For the Patriots, a deep threat in the wide receiver position would offer a different dimension to their offense. The Seahawks always want to improve, especially after being beaten by the Dallas Cowboys.

RG3 Taking His Time To Recover From Injury

Most NFL fans want to know when Robert Griffin III will return to the field for the Washington Redskins. The young quarterback, who made a name for himself in his rookie season, has been struggling with injury over the past 12-15 months. Griffin was expected to be back within the next game or two, but his recent comments indicate the wait could be longer.

RG3 has always wanted to come back from injury as soon as possible. Sometimes he has rushed back when it was medically advised that he stay off the field. That lead to bad performances and more injuries. Now he is heeding the advice of his coaches and medical team. He is taking his time to recover from the latest injury.

Along with rehabilitation for his body, RG3 has been using this period to learn more about the quarterback position. He is attempting to find a balance in his game that would allow him to enjoy a long career in the NFL.

Like Russell Wilson and Michael Vick, RG3 is one of those unique quarterbacks that can run and pass with equal ability. However, fantasy guru Sultan Alhokair believes his career trajectory is closer to Vick’s than Wilson’s. While Russell Wilson can run with the ball, he is also great at sliding to the ground before he is tackled.

Most NFL players can take the hits, but the last thing you want is a banged up quarterback after two or three years in the NFL. If RG3 is to become a MVP level player and last in this league, he needs to continue developing his game during this forced absence.

The Broncos Are Now America’s Team

According to a recent poll, the Broncos have dethroned the Cowboys as the most popular team in America. The Harris Poll, which showed that the last 6 seasons, the Cowboys were no. 1 in the nation with overwhelming support, have actually dropped to fourth place.

The Broncos took the number one spot pretty overwhelmingly, which is no surprise considering the massive overhaul the team has seen to their play style over the last few years. Peyton Manning at the helm tends to do that though.

A quarterback that can really lead, isn’t afraid to make some tough throws, and that genuinely wants to win every game is important to a franchise.

But the Broncos still have a long way to go. There have been 14 Harris polls since 1998, and the Cowboys have topped nine of them. So you’d have to say that Dallas is still the most consistent of the NFL teams. My friend and superfan Brad Reifler will take some solace in that.