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What Steelers Ugly Loss says about Future of 2014 season? posted by Steelers Fan

The Steelers had looked like the unstoppable team in the AFC. With Roethlisberger setting passing records and the defense shutting down every offense it faced.

However, when the Steelers faced off against the one win New York Jets Sunday, what Steeler team showed up was a far cry from the dominating presence that had been there for the last several games.

While one loss or one win doesn’t usually say much about the future of a team’s season, when a first place team loses to a one loss team, AND loses to that one loss team in a humiliating, demoralizing way, then there is cause for concern.

From the start of the game, the Jets ran the ball all over the Steelers D, going up 10-0 early in the game, but instead of rallying the Steelers had their next 3 drives end with turnovers. Hardly a display of urgency on a part of the offense, as they went into the half only scoring 3 points.

In the second half, Roethlisberger was picked off again, one of 4 Steeler turnovers on the day. While the stats look good on paper, it was the complete lack of urgency from the Steelers' offense. The no-huddle, which has paid major dividends in the last three weeks and the last two in particular, didn't make an appearance until the final minutes of the game. 

To watch the Steelers on Sunday against the Jets, one would not believe this was a team tied for first place.

They played down to an inferior opponent. They abandoned everything that worked on offense. Losing to a one-win team isn't going to help convince anyone that the Steelers are truly legitimate threats to reach the playoffs, let alone win a Super Bowl. This was a major step back that the Steelers should not have made. 

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The 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers posted by Steelers Fan

The Pittsburgh Steelers won six of their last eight games last season, salvaging what looked like a lost campaign and ending the year with an even 8-8 record. This season, the team looks forward to building from that strong showing and perhaps entering the playoffs.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, throwing for 4,261 yards and 28 touchdowns with only 15 interceptions. Like his team, he started slowly with six scores and six picks in his first four outings. But he caught fire late in the season, and the Steelers hope he’ll bring that momentum in the new season.

But he’ll have to play without Emmanuel Sanders who was their starting receiver. Antonio Brown is still there and the receiver was impressive last year with 110 receptions. Still, the Steelers will need another receiver to step up.  Some of the more promising candidates to step up to the challenge are rookie Martavis Bryant and third-year pro Markus Wheaton.

The improved play of the Steelers offensive line was one of the top stories for the team last year. Guards David DeCastro and Ramon Foster were their top blockers last year, surrendering only two sacks.  Left tackle Kevin Beachum also did a stellar job of protecting the blind side of their quarterback, surrendering only one sack in the last six games of the season.

The Steelers have always taken pride in their defense, but they were uncharacteristically a step slower on defense the past year. In fact they allowed opposing teams to score 23 points per game against them.  The team hopes that two rookies--- Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt---- would provide the spark in defense. Michael Mitchell was also signed to boost the defense as he’ll start next to Troy Polamalu and in lieu of the ineffective Ryan Clark.

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NFL Betting and Pittsburgh Steelers In 2013 posted by Steelers Fan

Some betting experts discourage people from placing a wager on their favourite team or even the season’s favourites. They instead advise people to remain objective as they place wagers on the teams. Most newbies tend to focus on their own team and this leads them to vote for teams with very poor chances of winning. Pros do their homework. They bet on a team based on facts instead of feelings. If you do this it can dramatically increase your chances of winning.

If you're a newbie, or simply can't bring yourself to bet against your own team then you might be better suited for other sides of online gambling, like for example online casinos. Take your pick from literally hundreds of slots machines available at places like Lucky Nugget who can be found at http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com/online-slots/ If you're not looking to branch too much into the world of casino game then don't be intimidated. Even though some people do enjoy intense games like poker, a bit of light-hearted, sports based fun like the slots found at the above URL can earn you a fair deal of money too. If this doesn't appeal to you at all, then do read on and we will try and ensure you a winning betting slip this weekend!


It is also important not to be too withdrawn; it takes away the fun and is counter intuitive. In order to follow the game closely, you need to have passion. If you are planning to engage in sports betting for the first time you may want to pick a sport that you love. Your experience, knowledge and willingness to learn will help you make better choices.
NFL Football betting is by far the most popular sports that people wager on. While baseball gives more options on how you can wager, football is simple and uncomplicated. This makes it easier for beginners to understand and feel comfortable with. If you are a Steels fan then you need to brace yourself for an unpredictable but exciting season.

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The Opening Drive: Week 16, 2012 posted by Joe Anello

Week 16 in the NFL season has arrived! With two weeks left in the season, I don’t need to tell you how important these games are for those teams still in the hunt. It’s time to get into all the storylines in The Opening Drive!

(12-2) Atlanta Falcons at

(4-10) Detroit Lions

Saturday night football has arrived! And it’s… relatively meaningless. The Falcons are very close to locking down their one seed (only need one win) and the Lions could be another embarrassing loss away from blowing things up. This could be an entertaining (but non-competitive) contest to open the week.

(6-8) New Orleans Saints at

(8-6) Dallas Cowboys

I’ve already seen a LOT of coverage for this game, which only features one possible playoff participant. The Cowboys can win the division if they win their final two games, and that starts with an interesting match-up against the Saints. Drew Brees won’t take it light on a Dallas secondary that has been hit-or-miss this year. But I think the Saint defense won’t play as well as it appeared to last week versus the Bucs.

(5-9) San Diego Chargers at

(6-8) New York Jets

Wait. There has to be a reason I put this game on the list. THE GREG MCELROY ERA HAS BEGUN! But honestly, I don’t know if any of the Jets’ quarterbacks will be on the roster next season. And the Chargers? They’re a train wreck. AND I LOVE IT.

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The Final Drive: Week 14, 2012 posted by Joe Anello

There were some wildly surprising results from week 14 in the NFL. Before we move on from the weekend’s action, it’s time to recap the best stories in The Final Drive!

(7-6) Dallas Cowboys 20

(7-6) Cincinnati Bengals 19

Not only is it impressive that the Cowboys focused up and found a way to win on the road against a quality opponent, but they did it while facing such enormous adversity. Losing a teammate 24 hours before the game has to be a shock to their system, but they maintained composure and kept themselves in the playoff race. Meanwhile, Cincy lost out on a prime opportunity to pull away from the Steelers, who lost a shocker. They dropped a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter and couldn’t get A.J. Green the ball. Both of which are concerns for a supposed playoff team.

(9-4) Indianapolis Colts 27

(4-9) Tennessee Titans 23

Dude. Andrew Luck. Stop it. We get it. You’re SUPER clutch. Next time you face an inferior team can you just blow the doors off them right away and not spot them points by throwing stupid interceptions? Obviously I love the drama, but I’m betting your fans could use less heart attacks.

(5-8) San Diego Chargers 34

(7-6) Pittsburgh Steelers 24

This was definitely the WTF game of the weekend. How the Steelers came out this flat at home against a team in such turmoil we’ve never know. Norv Turner pulled out all the tricks in this one, but this is just the biggest damn fluke I’ve ever seen. Shame on you Pittsburgh. Shame.

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The Final Drive: Week 13, 2012 posted by Joe Anello

Week 13 of the NFL put a lot of races in the proper perspective. Teams began to clinch playoff spots/division titles and can now aim for loftier goals. Other teams had their struggles, including one squad that faced the unimaginable. It’s time for The Final Drive.

(11-1) Atlanta Falcons 23

(5-7) New Orleans Saints 13

Can we all just stop thinking the Saints are making the playoffs? Because it’s REALLY not happening. This may not have been the throat-stomping win for Atlanta that everyone wanted, but it was a solid victory that can only build on their confidence as they streak toward the number one seed in the NFC.

 

(8-4) Indianapolis Colts 35

(4-8) Detroit Lions 33

Luck does it again. I’m not a huge fan of all the interceptions he’s thrown, but he’s brought his team back all year long and has them primed for a playoff spot. It’s extraordinarily impressive. And he’s just going to get better. For Detroit, this is just another crushing loss in a season of disappointments. Put them out of their misery.

(8-4) Green Bay Packers 23

(6-6) Minnesota Vikings 14

Even when Adrian Peterson goes off for 210 yards on only 21 carries, Aaron Rodgers refuses to let his team lose. It’s pretty stunning what he can do sometimes. The Packers dominated time of possession, keeping Peterson on the sideline for almost two-thirds of the game. That’s the way to win.

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The Opening Drive: Week 10, 2012 posted by Joe Anello

Capped by what can only be called “putrid” primetime contests, week 10 of the NFL season isn’t actually all that bad! We have some very interesting divisional match-ups, including a “losing coach gets fired” match in the NFC East and a possible trap for our lone undefeated squad. Let’s hop into The Opening Drive!

  

(5-3) Indianapolis Colts at

(1-7) Jacksonville Jaguars

Gross NFL Network. Gross. Indianapolis is a winning team, sure. But they’re not good enough to make this game overly enjoyable. Well, unless you like watching bad football. Like this guy. Jacksonville will entertain me all night long.

(6-3) New York Giants at

(3-5) Cincinnati Bengals

The Giants are apparently “slumping” after losing to the Steelers, so of course they’ll probably come out this week and expose the Bengals as pretenders. Hakeem Nicks says he’s going to play, so Eli will likely bust out of the passing rut he’s in. Cincy hasn’t proven that they can beat the good teams, only that they can hang with them. That shouldn’t change on Sunday.

(4-4) Detroit Lions at

(5-4) Minnesota Vikings

Early this year we thought the Vikings were for real and that the Lions were terrible. A handful of bad Christian Ponder performances in Minnesota and special teams adjustments in Detroit have since leveled the playing field. A win Sunday can put one of these teams in the clustered mix for a possible wildcard spot. (Because let’s face it, neither of them are winning the division.) I like the Lions’ one-dimensional offense over the Vikings’ one-dimensional offense.

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The Opening Drive: Week 7, 2012 posted by Joe Anello

The NFL is full of parity through six weeks of this season, clearly evident by the fact that only two teams in the AFC are above .500. In week seven we get to see new takes on division rivalries and a battle for supremacy in the AFC. Let’s break down some games!

(4-2) Seattle Seahawks at

(4-2) San Francisco 49ers

Rookie QB Russell Wilson has been hit at home and miss on the road so far in 2012. Tonight, he gets to take on one of the best defenses in football. Unfortunately, they were embarrassed by Eli Manning last week and will probably take their frustration out on him. The Niners don’t like to play from behind, but I’m unconvinced the Seahawks are capable of pulling away. Seattle needs to keep this one close or else they could lose out on the division race.

(3-3) Green Bay Packers at

(3-3) St. Louis Rams

It’s been some time since a game between the Packers and the Rams would have been this intriguing. I’m not saying it’ll be close though. Green Bay is pulling itself out of a deep hole and is facing a stringy defense that likes aggressive, physical coverage. Aaron Rodgers could light up the scoreboard for a second straight week, leaving Sam Bradford and the out-manned Rams offense in catch-up mode. They just won’t be able to put up the same level of points if their defense can’t hold up. If the Rams are going to win this game, it’ll be because their defensive line pounded Aaron Rodgers into the ground. And with that Packer o-line? It’s a possibility.

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First Down Friday: Week Two posted by Amari Harris

First Down Friday

Evening football fans,

Week one of the NFL season is in the books and week two is on deck.  We’ve already seen the Packers vindicate themselves on Thursday night football after their week one loss, but this definitely doesn’t look like the 15-1 team from 2011 or the Super Bowl team from 2010.  Everyone had high expectations for the Bears after some offseason upgrades (Brandon Marshall & Michael Bush), and they seemed to justify those expectation with a week one drubbing of the Colts 41-21.  But last night’s game seemed to foreshadow the unpredictability of the 2012 NFL season and it feels as though we may know less after week two than we did after week one (if that’s possible).  Here are my thoughts about this upcoming weekend’s games:

  1. Scoring up?  Big Whoop!

Many fans and experts alike took note of the record breaking scoring that went on in week one, and a majority seemed concerned that this was a bad sign for the league.  The fact remains that the NFL has evolved into a more fast paced, passing-centered game that will result in more high scores.  Almost all new developments in the game are designed to enhance the passing game, increase the scoring, and bring more excitement to the game.  The NFL’s researchers know that audiences love the air shows that quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Aaron Rogers, and Tom Brady conduct on a weekly basis. 

However, there is still room in this game for punishing defense and an effective run game.  That’s how the 49ers were able to beat up on that 15-1 Packers team from a year ago despite the Pack’s upgrades at several positions.  That’s how the Cowboys were able to get revenge on the Super Bowl champion Giants.  While the passing game will get you points, put you in a position to win games, and get you to the playoffs, defense and the running game keeps the other team off the board, ends games, and wins you a championship.  Some will argue that the last few Super Bowl champions didn’t have great regular season defenses, but if you look at any of those teams playoff runs, you will see that each of those defenses was playing the best at the time.  We’ll see if that trend continues or if the league will completely shift to an offense dominated game. 

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Another Unpredictable NFL Season On the Way posted by Charles Bisbee

With the 2012 NFL season fast approaching, pundits are busy serving up another round of fearless predictions. I enjoy reading these predictions because 1. they are bold and 2. more often than not they prove be woefully inaccurate.

This is the great thing about the NFL: no one has a clue and anyone who says they do is full of baloney. The league has mostly been a crapshoot over the past 10 years (save for the Pats, Steelers, and Manning-lead Colts), with teams jostling for position like ping pong balls in a lottery draw.

And still some writers insist on using phrases like “up and coming” and “back of the pack” in an attempt to project a team’s un-chartable trajectory. History should have taught us that in the NFL the up and coming team is generally an illusion. Look at the Buccaneers, for example, who went a “promising” 10-6 in 2010 and then fell to 4-12 in 2011 (despite having largely the same roster). Now Si.com’s Don Banks predicts new head coach Greg Schiano  “easily will better the Bucs’ record of last year and have [the] club being identified by year’s end as one to watch in 2013.” Only in the NFL can a team go from up-and-comer to bottom of the pack to up-and-comer again in the span of 12 months.

The 49ers, on the other hand, flipped the script after a dismal 6-10 campaign in 2010, hired a new coach and finished 13-3 in 2011. Meanwhile, the Rams went a "promising" 7-9 under rookie quarterback Sam Bradford in 2010, kept the roster largely intact and then finished 2-14 last year. Where is the rhyme? Where is the reason? What can account for this anual see-saw?

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NFL Winners and Losers: The drop that might change the season (Shutdown Corner)

Jordy Nelson is one of the best receivers in the NFL. You could make a decent argument he is the best. Green Bay wouldn't be 10-4 without Nelson. He's a tremendous player. But what might remain in the back of our minds for the rest of this NFL season was the catch Nelson didn’t make. It might have changed the Packers' path this season, and that can change the entire NFL playoff picture. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , Nelson had pointed out on the sideline during Green Bay’s game at Buffalo that a slant-and-go route against the Bills’ “quarters” zone coverage would be open. Was it ever. Late in the third quarter, with the Packers trailing 16-10 and backed up at their own 6-yard line, Nelson ran the route to perfection. And how many times have we seen Nelson break down that far sideline for a long touchdown? Aaron Rodgers threw the ball to him and started skipping around the end zone. Because it was a great throw, and Nelson never drops that pass. This time, he did. “I short-armed it and dropped it," Nelson said, according to the Journal Sentinel. "It’s pretty easy to see.” It likely would have been a 94-yard touchdown. Safety Duke Williams would have had a shot to tackle him, but Nelson is tough to bring down in the open field. A touchdown would have given the Packers the lead. Instead, they lost 21-13, with the Bills getting a late safety for the final points of the game. The entire game is different if Nelson catches that pass. Maybe the Packers would have lost anyway, but clearly Green Bay’s probability of winning would have been much higher with the 94-yard score there. The loss might change everything for the Packers. They’re tied in the NFC North, after the Lions won. The division was probably coming down to Detroit’s trip to Lambeau Field in Week 17 whether the Packers won or lost at Buffalo, so even more important to Green Bay might be how the loss affects its shot at the NFC's No. 1 seed. With Seattle, Arizona and either Philadelphia or Dallas winning in Week 15, the Packers’ loss might cost them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs – and they might have the best home-field advantage in the NFL. The Packers with the No. 1 seed would be a heavy favorite to advance to the Super Bowl. But Seattle is now tied with the Packers (and Seattle beat Green Bay and holds the head-to-head tiebreaker) and the Cardinals are a game ahead. The Packers aren’t even assured of getting a playoff spot in the NFC if they lose to the Lions in a couple weeks. An 11-5 record might not be good enough to make it. And unless the Packers win out and get some help to nab the No. 1 seed, or get to the Super Bowl without having a bye or home-field advantage, we’ll remember Nelson’s drop. It might not be fair for a player with 83 catches to have such a glaring light be shined on one miscue. But that's how important it might end up being for the Packers, and for the many other teams that could be affected by their loss too. Think about it, what if Arizona or Seattle get the No. 1 seed because the Packers lost on Sunday, and ride that to the Super Bowl? “You have to show up every week and we didn’t show up today. Some of us didn’t," Nelson said, according to the Journal Sentinel. "The offensive line and running backs played extremely well. But I didn’t do my part at all.” Here are the rest of the winners and losers from Week 15: WINNERS Peyton Manning’s toughness: Manning isn’t playing at an MVP level lately, but he had a great excuse on Sunday. Manning had flu-like symptoms on Saturday, and needed to get intravenous fluids four times, he said. Then late in the first half, he suffered a thigh injury making an ill-advised block. No matter. Manning did enough, completing 14 of 20 passes for 233 yards and a huge second-half touchdown to Demaryius Thomas to help beat the San Diego Chargers 22-10 and win the AFC West. It wasn't a vintage high-scoring Manning performance, but it was impressive given the circumstances. The Broncos defense deserves a lot of credit. It has played very well lately, and stifled the Chargers. The Broncos have morphed into a running team the past few weeks, and that’s a big reason they have won four in a row. But don't forget Manning, who battled all day on Sunday. #JJforMVP: Every week that passes, we're presented with more evidence that the Houston Texans' J.J. Watt should win the NFL’s MVP award. Watt had two sacks, five tackles, including two for loss, two other quarterback hits and a pass batted down. He even took time out to give a hug to a 15-year-old fan before the game. Pretty full day. Anyone who argues the Texans’ record as a reason Watt shouldn’t win MVP isn’t paying enough attention. Houston lost quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and couldn’t even get to 300 yards of offense. The only reason the Texans were in the game Sunday is because the defense did a great job against the Colts’ explosive offense, and there’s no question who leads that Texans defense. To penalize Watt because the team around him isn’t good is illogical. He's not the reason Houston lost 17-10 on Sunday. With Rodgers having the worst game of his career (it was the worst quarterback rating he has had in any start), Watt should move to the front of the MVP line with two weeks to go. Denying him just because he doesn’t play quarterback would be a mistake. Jonas Gray: Well, look who came out of the doghouse on Sunday. Gray, the star of New England’s win at Indianapolis and Sports Illustrated cover boy, earned the wrath of Bill Belichick for showing up late to meetings the week after the Colts game, and he had three carries in the three games that followed. He was back on Sunday, running 11 times for 62 yards, all in the second half. LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen had just 14 carries combined. Gray ran very hard, like a back who was thrilled to get another shot and didn’t want to blow it. Maybe that was part of Belichick’s plan all along. Now it appears the Patriots have another option on offense. They’re going to be hard to beat the rest of the season.  AFC North: Other than the immense struggles of Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns, the AFC North had a heck of a day. If the season ended today, the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens would make up half of the AFC playoff field. The Bengals, despite Andy Dalton’s own struggles, beat the Browns pretty easily to stay in first place. The Ravens and Steelers got some separation in a crowded wild-card race. Baltimore beat Jacksonville in a tougher-than-expected game against Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh beat Atlanta. The Ravens and Steelers are each 9-5. The Chargers, Chiefs and Bills are still lingering at 8-6, but the AFC North took a big step toward filling up the AFC playoff field. Buffalo Bills defense: In today’s NFL, the idea that a defense could hold Manning and Rodgers each without a touchdown in consecutive weeks sounds crazy. Except that the Bills did it. Buffalo is not dead yet in the playoff race , thanks to Sunday’s upset of Green Bay. The defense is the reason. They hounded Rodgers into a 34.3 quarterback rating, the worst rating in any start of his career. The Bills are a game back in the AFC wild-card race, although their 5-6 conference record wouldn’t help if it came down to tiebreakers. The Bills play at Oakland and then finish the season at New England, so they might need to shut down Tom Brady in the regular-season finale to have a shot at the playoffs. But hey, if they can shut down Manning and Rodgers, you can’t rule it out. LOSERS Jets vs. Titans: Who said this game wouldn’t be historic? It ended with a 16-11 score, the first time in NFL history that has happened according to CBS. How special. The game itself was entirely forgettable. Titans quarterback Jake Locker suffered another injury that knocked him out of a game. Jets quarterback Geno Smith took a safety on an intentional grounding penalty. The Titans nearly had a remarkable lateral-filled play on the final snap of the game, but Delanie Walker was tackled at the 9-yard line when he should have lateraled one more time. This game wasn’t pretty. This was also the rare contest in which the fans of each team were rooting against their own team (or should have been). The Jets really screwed up by winning – they might have cost themselves a chance at Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota ( Eric Edholm has the draft order breakdown here ). The Jets couldn’t even Suck for the Duck correctly. Anyone getting in front of a (ticked) off Tom Brady: Brady wasn’t much of a runner even as a young man, and at 37 years old you’d think self preservation would be his biggest priority. But when Brady took off for a 17-yard run on third-and-11 on Sunday, he wasn’t interested in sliding. He dropped his shoulder and pounded into Dolphins defensive back Walt Aikens, getting knocked out of bounds but firing up the Patriots. The offense hadn’t been playing well to that point, so Brady wasn’t giving himself up. "I think it was a play we needed to make so it was good to make it at the time," Brady said, according to the Boston Herald . "I was going to slide, but I was pretty [ticked] off at that time, so I figured I wouldn't slide.” Belichick doesn’t want to see his quarterback do that all the time, but it worked. It sparked the Patriots to a division-clinching 41-13 win. It was a fun play by one of the league's best competitors. The 49ers-Seahawks rivalry: It was kind of sad that the 49ers-Seahawks game was a bit of an afterthought on a busy Sunday. This San Francisco team is nothing like Jim Harbaugh's first three 49ers squads. It is now officially eliminated from the playoff hunt after a 17-7 loss at Seattle. It was the same hard-hitting affair – the 49ers lost running backs Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde to injuries, so fullback Bruce Miller had to play some tailback – but the stakes weren’t as high. It was just the Seahawks, who along with the Patriots are the hottest team in the NFL, getting a win it needed as it tries to win the NFC West.  With Harbaugh probably on the way out after the season, the rivalry will continue to change. It might never be as hot as it was the last couple seasons before this one. That’s too bad. This list of fantasy players: If you were in the semifinals of your fantasy playoffs, it’s likely one or more of these players helped get you there – Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson, Philip Rivers, Manning, Nelson, Jamaal Charles, Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith, T.Y. Hilton or Sammy Watkins. All of those players were well under their season averages on Sunday, in a strangely quiet week for many of the league’s stars. So if you had some combination of those players, good luck next year. Unless Odell Beckham bailed you out, of course. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab [read full article]

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