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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Mike Adams

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Mike Adams, SS, Colts (NFL) — The Colts kept their playoff hopes alive with a surprising 34-6 domination of the Vikings on the road on Sunday, after which the only debate was whether Indy’s offense or defense was the most impressive group on the field.

One compelling argument in the defense’s favor is that in the highly-anticipated return of Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson, who had been out since Week 2 with a knee injury, the Colts limited the former MVP to just 22 yards on six carries.

Adams contributed six tackles to that effort, and he forced and recovered a fumble by Peterson. Adams also had an interception. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

Byron Maxwell

Byron Maxwell

Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

1. Byron Maxwell, CB, Dolphins (NFL): Outweighed by about 30 pounds and giving up three inches in height to the monster of a receiver that is Brandon Marshall, Maxwell already had a tall task ahead of him in Sunday’s game against the Jets.

It was made worse in the days leading up to the game, as Marshall dragged Maxwell into a one-sided war of words by complaining about Maxwell’s physical style of coverage and accusing Maxwell of constantly holding and grabbing.

Maxwell didn’t return fire in front of the media. He just went out and held Marshall to six catches for 45 yards in Miami’s 27-23 victory. Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Demetrious Cox, S, Michigan State (NCAA): Following its 39-38 loss to Nebraska on Nov. 7, the Michigan State defense allowed an average of 12.5 points in its last four games to secure a spot in college football’s national championship playoff. In Saturday’ 16-13 victory over previously-undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game, Cox made his defensive contribution with seven tackles and an interception in the end zone off a deflected pass that he literally snatched off a teammate’s back.

Rontez Miles, FS, Jets (NFL): So much was made about star CB Darrelle Revis having to miss Sunday’s Jets-Giants game and whether the Jets’ secondary could handle Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. They didn’t, as OBJ caught six balls for 149 yards and a touchdown, but did good enough against QB Eli Manning and the Giants’ other receivers to help the Jets to a 23-20 overtime victory. Miles’ interception on a fourth down in the fourth quarter in the red zone kept the Giants from scoring a potentially backbreaking TD and set up a key field goal for the Jets. Continue reading

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Shead could be the next man up for the ‘Legion of Boom’

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NFL Films and other football historians may gloss over it, but famous defensive units like Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain” and the “Fearsome Foursome” of the Rams had just as much interchangeable membership as your average pop music boy band or R&B girl group.

Rosey Grier is arguably the second-most popular member of the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line behind Deacon Jones, yet he was only part of the group for four seasons before Roger Brown replaced him. Ernie Holmes of “Steel Curtain” fame only played on on two of the Steelers’ four Super Bowl championships squads from that era. Continue reading

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Why the Packers stayed away from Richard Sherman

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In case you missed it, Richard Sherman became a superstar this year.

In January, he drew mainstream attention (both good and bad) with his NFC Championship post-game interview. In February, he helped the Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII. In June, the public voted Sherman the Madden 15 cover model. In July, he won the ESPY Award for Breakthrough Athlete. And along the way, he picked up numerous endorsement deals and appeared in an increasing number of local and national TV ad campaigns. (Note: I live in Seattle, and you really cannot watch local TV here for 30 minutes without seeing Richard Sherman.)

Because Sherman has been everywhere lately, it may have seemed odd that his name wasn’t mentioned a lot during the NFL’s season-opening game/party last Thursday — Seattle’s 36-16 blowout of the Green Bay Packers. Continue reading

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