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THAT’S MY TAKE Flying A Mile High-By David Ortega for Football Reporters Online When NFL Training camps opened back in late July, very few people, if any thought the Broncos would have a 2009 season to savor. With a new regime taking over and many changes taking place this team had more of the look of rebuilding, than contending. Following what could only have been described as a disastrous and tumultuous beginning with the trading of former franchise quarterback Jay Cutler, the Broncos new Head Coach Josh McDaniels appears to have...

FRO’s NFL Performance Rankings for week 5By Jon Wagner, Sr. Writer At-Large football Reporters Online While there are many power rankings out there based as much on hype, expectations, and too often, unrealized and inaccurate projections, at Football Reporters Online, we prefer to rank NFL teams on what’s actually happened, taking into account only how teams have performed on the field and who they’ve played. At F.R.O., you won’t find yet another power ranking that doesn’t tell you much. Instead, here are the F.R.O....

“FRO’s Favorite Five”Frankie’s Favorite Fantasy PicksWeek 6By Frankie Underwood, Senior Fantasy Writer at www.footballreportersonline.com Email questions and comments to [email protected] While it may seem like an over reaction to his sensational game last weekend, Seattle Seahawks Matt Hasselbeck should be up for another good game. Hasselbeck plays at home against an Arizona Cardinals defense that has stopped the run well but given up high yardage numbers to QBs. This fits perfectly into a Seattle offense that...

So Far, Henne Making The Most Of His OpportunityBy Jon Wagner Sr. Writer at Large-Football Reporters Online(Photo: Chad Henne by Chris J. Nelson)A starting quarterback, a former first-round draft pick of an AFC East team, goes down with an early-season injury, and a young kid from The University of Michigan steps in and unexpectedly starts winning big games. Sound familiar? Certainly, after a mere two NFL starts, no in his or her right football mind would equate Chad Henne and his potential ceiling as an NFL starting quarterback with...

The Fall of Johnny SmilesBy Michael – Louis Ingram, Associate Editor, Director of ScoutingFRO/BASN “White Men Can’t Jump? They don’t have to…they own the team!”–          Humorist Paul Mooney   PHILADELPHIA (FRO/BASN): On the long running comedy series, “The Jeffersons,” main protagonist George Jefferson would always love to brag that he made “enough green to cover his Black.” To a similar extent, that seemed to be the case with right – wing talk show wonk Rush Limbaugh, a smiling assassin in the...

JETS HUMBLED BY 31-27 LOSS TO  MIAMIby TJ Rosenthal The NY Jets were humbled Monday night at Landshark stadium in Miami. Unable to stop the vicious Wildcat run formation that the Dolphins introduced to the NFL back in 2008, the Jets lost a heartbreaking key divisional game to the Miami Dolphins 31-27 on Monday night football. Ronnie Brown scored his third TD on a third and two with under ten seconds left, on a play where a stop would’ve forced OT. The Braylon Edwards (5-64yds TD) coming out party was spoiled by a defense that...

 LIMBAUGH IS GIVEN THE SHAFT By The Gambler [J.Gamble] For Football Reporters Online When did American’s become so damn judgmental?  Land of the free. Home of the brave. Remember that? Freedom of speech. Freedom of the press. Does any of this exist anymore? Now, I’m no Rush Limbaugh fan. I don’t dislike him either. He is an American with his own ideas, friends, beliefs and opinions. No different than the rest of us. What makes him stand out is the fact that he has had a radio show for many years. And on his show he is staunchly...

                       NFC South Wrap Up Week 5 By Rafael GarciaSr. Contributing Writer Football Reporters OnlineSoutheast Region Carolina 20 Washington 17For the Panthers it was just a matter of a win any way they could get it. Well they had to sweat it out but got the win when Jonathan Stewart ran in from eight yards with just over nine minutes left in the game. Jake Delhomme came in needing to exercise the demons that have been haunting him since last year’s playoff debacle. He threw his eight interception...

Seven & Out – Week VBy Michael – Louis Ingram Associate Editor/Director of Scouting=Football Reporters OnlineFRO/BASN PHILADELPHIA (FRO/BASN): The word from On High is out about Week 5 in the NFL; so we come bearing gifts – (or is it gifting Bears?) Either way, here’s seven bowls of porridge for you… Dallas wide receiver MILES AUSTIN had 10 catches for a team-record 250 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 26-20 overtime victory at Kansas City.  Austin, who had a 60-yard game-winning TD reception in OT, is...

FRO’s FAVORITE FIVETop Five NFL Moments – Week 5by Jon Wagner, Sr. Writer-At Large, Football Reporters Online HONORABLE MENTIONSKyle Orton’s 35-48, 330-yard, 2 TD, 1 INT game, which included Orton’s second 11-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall of the day, to force overtime, in the Broncos 20-17 big extra session win over New England… Donovan McNabb’s 16 of 21, 264-yard, 3 TD, 0 INT day, posting a 157.2 passer rating, returning from injury in the Eagles’ 33-14 win over Tampa Bay… only to be outdone by Eli Manning’s...

                    AFC South Wrap Up Week 5 By Rafael GarciaSr. Contributing Writer Football Reporters OnlineSoutheast Region  Indianapolis 31 Tennessee 9Code Blue turned into Code Red in Nashville Sunday night. The game started well for the Titans as they played the Colts close. The crowd was into the game but when they had the chance to swing the momentum their way they kicked a field goal on fourth and one. This was a night that fans were hoping the team would turn things around. What they saw is a team that...

Healthy Manning & Giants Rout Raiders, Head To New Orleans 5-0By Jon WagnerSr. Writer at Large Football Reporters Online(photo: Steve Smith had another big day, while only catching 3 passes, one was his carer long of 43 yds. By Tomasso DeRosaAt a perfect 5-0, the New York Giants have begun 2009 on the right foot. However, it was a certain right foot — or more specifically, a right heel — which concerned the Giants most on Sunday. That is, the sore right heel of Giants’ star quarterback Eli Manning, who made his 83rd...

Giants Should Rest Eli because this could be a “Jungle Ambush” By Dr. Bill Chachkes-Executive Editor-Football Reporters Online Why risk it? That is what I would think If I were Coach Coughlin. So the guy started 82 strait games. It’s not like he has Brett Farve’s ego. New York Is 4-0(again), and can’t afford to loose Eli now that he’s probably playing his best football, at least since the championship run, to date. In case anyone hasn’t noticed, they play Oakland this weekend. They have been one of the worst teams in the...

Mangini May Yet Help The Jets Win A Super BowlBy Jon Wagner Sr. Writer at large Football Reporters Online Everything was going along fine for the NFL’s youngest head coach when he first arrived in New York in 2006, and even more so, two years later, when New Yorkers uttered the names “New York Jets” and “Super Bowl” in the same sentence, and actually meant it. Yes, former Jets’ head coach Eric Mangini, the disciple of the highly successful Bill Belichick, was often called “Man-genius” after turning the 2005 Jets, who finished...

FRO’s FANTASY FIXX(Target Practice) By David Ortega for Football Reporters Online “Craving more fantasy football notes and numbers, get your weekly fix here.”-Thee Prodigy Week Five in the NFL We are always in search of knowledge and more importantly that all important commodity information. If you are planning on setting a winning fantasy football lineup for week 5, then you better be in the know and certain which players are going to perform this week. Now that we are a quarter of the way into the season, we can start to discuss...

By David Ortega for Football Reporters Online Week 4 Earners and Bums(Studs & Duds) Now that we’ve entered the 5th week of the 2009 fantasy football season, it’s time for “The Collector” to make his weekly rounds and let everyone on Fantasy Football Boulevard know who is earning their keep and who’s not carrying their weight. After once again reviewing the books and checking the balance sheets, here were the week four money earners (studs) bring home the cash and the dead-beat bums (duds) short changing fantasy owners; The...

FANTASY SLEEPER – WEEK 5-Tim HightowerBy William Queen Contributing Writer Football Reporters Online Averaging a solid 10 fantasy points per game, Arizona running back Tim Hightower takes over as this week’s fantasy sleeper. Though he’s barely managed to rush for 100 yards all season, Hightower can defiantly pack a punch when he carries the ball. And ranking 3rd to last as far as run defense is concerned, that’s a punch that the Texans defense defiantly can’t take. The unique feature about Hightower is that, unlike most backs,...

“FRO’s Favorite Five”Frankie’s Favorite Fantasy PicksWeek 5By Frankie Underwood, Senior Fantasy Writer at www.footballreportersonline.com Email questions and comments to [email protected] Jacksonville Jaguar’s Quarterback David Garrard looked great Sunday against the Tennessee Titans this past weekend. Hopefully that momentum will carry across country to Seattle where he will face a depleted Seahawk’s secondary. Seattle has been terrible at stopping the run so they should concentrate on holding Maurice Jones-Drew...

The N – Files, Volume II: Collateral DamageBy Michael – Louis Ingram, Associate Editor /Director of ScoutingFootball Reporters OnlineFRO/BASN PHILADELPHIA (FRO/BASN): (two weeks later)N-Files Glossary: UPS (Ultrasonic Pulse Scanner); BIG UPS (Bilateral Integrated Ghost Ultrasonic Pulse Scanner);RATs (Residual Audio Templates); MAUS (Mobile Analog Uplink Source)RBG (Red Black Green, aka Reparations by Graduations); MAMA (Modified Analog Masking Apparatus)     “We don’t keep track of single quarter records; but geez, 356 yards...

FRO’s Performance Rankings week42009 NFL SeasonBy Jon Wagner, Sr. Writer At-Large Football Reporters Online While there are many power rankings out there based as much on hype, expectations, and too often, unrealized and inaccurate projections, at Football Reporters Online, we prefer to rank NFL teams on what’s actually happened, taking into account only how teams have performed on the field and who they’ve played. At F.R.O., you won’t find yet another power ranking that doesn’t tell you much. Instead, here are the F.R.O....