Chester McGlockton was pronounced dead Wednesday morning. McGlockton was the 16th overall pick in 1992 NFL draft by the Raiders and played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Raiders, Chiefs, Broncos and Jets. He had 481 career tackles and 51 sacks and made the Pro Bowl four times. He was currently in his second season as a Defensive Assistant for Stanford. Chester was only 42 years old.
Packers 27, Lions 15
-Packers keep on rolling; it’s getting to the point where I would be more stunned if they didn’t go 16-0.
-All of the sudden, the Lions are falling back to Earth. They need to right the ship or else they’ll be watching the playoffs and the good vibes from earlier in the season will be lost.
Dallas20, Dolphins 19
-It wasn’t pretty, but their win and a Giants loss, the Cowboys are in great position to run away with the NFC East.
-Give credit where credit is due, the Dolphins are playing hard for a coach that will likely get fired.
Ravens 16, 49ers 6
-Hard for the 49ers to move the ball when their quarterback is on the ground more than he is upright.
-I still can’t get on the Flacco bandwagon.
Falcons 24, Vikings 14
-With the Bears losing their quarterback and the Lions falling apart, the Falcons are in good shape to get a wildcard.
-At least Jared Allen took snaps at long snapper. That’s about all that Vikings have going for them with no AP.
Bengals 23, Browns 20
-Peyton Hillis finally made his return and still stunk. His play wasn’t all that special before he got hurt.
-My colleague Bill Fucich thinksDaltonshould win Offensive Rookie of the Year overNewton. IfDaltonkeeps looking this good, it might become a reality.
Titans 23, Bucs 17
-The Titans might not be all that good, but they keep hanging around….
-Might it be time for Raheem Morris to be on the chopping block? A very disappointing season for the Bucs continues.
Panthers 27, Colts 19
-One of the last chances for the Colts to get a victory.
-Cam was just average, but it got the job done.
Cardinals 23, Rams 20
-Patrick Peterson might be the second best player on his team.
-Might be the end of the line for Spags in St. Louis.
Jets 28, Bills 24
-I thought Stevie Johnson’s touchdown dance was hilarious.
-Jets have a favorable schedule, but with them losing the tiebreaker toDenverand the Bengals one up on them, its possible 10-6 won’t be good enough.
Texans 20, Jags 13
-Tough break for Leinhart, who broke his collarbone early in the game.
-Coach gets fired, team gets sold, does anyone inJacksonvillecare?
Raiders 25, Bears 20
-Still think the Bears are good enough to get a playoff spot with Forte and the defense leading the way.
-I think the Raiders are far from a great team, but 7-4 speaks for itself even in a weak division.
Redskins 23, Seahawks 17
– Helu had 108 yards rushing, makes you wonder why Shananan hasn’t used him more recently.
-Lynch had 111 yards rushing which was only 33 yards less than what his quarterback threw. Seattle needs a quarterback in the worst way.
Patriots 38, Eagles 20
-I know Jeff Lurie likes money and the season continues on this pace, he won’t like seeing half empty stadiums in the third quarter.
-LeSean McCoy had only 10 carries and still leads the league in rushing. Take a hint, Andy.
Tebow 16, Chargers 13 OT
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– He still stinks folks. The defense and Willis McGahee are why the Broncos are on fire, not him.
Steelers 13, Tyler Palko stinks 9.
-Chiefs should start Orton this week.
-Seems the Steelers have made winning ugly their motto this year.
Saints 49, Giants’ seasonal collapse 24
-Saints are really good. That defense doesn’t strike fear in me though.
-If the Giants don’t turn it around, Coughlin is gone.
Bobby Valentine is the new Boston Red Sox manager. Valentine managed 15 seasons for the Rangers and the Mets. He had a record of 1117-1072 with one National League pennant in 2000 with the Mets. Valentine was most recently a baseball analyst for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
1. (1) Green Bay Packers 11-0– Aaron Rodgers and the Packers appear to be the Super Bowl favorites by a wide margin.
2. (6) Baltimore Ravens 8-3– John got the better of Jim in Harbaugh Bowl I. Ravens may be inconsistent but they beat the good teams.
3. (2) San Francisco 49ers 9-2– Niners look to bounce back from a tough loss by clinching the NFC west this week.
4. (4) New Orleans Saints 8-3- Drew Brees and the offense could go toe to toe with the Packers indoors but what about outside in the playoffs?
5. (5) New England Patriots 8-3– Easy schedule the rest of the way should see the Pats finishing with 12 wins. Can the defense stand up come playoff time?
6. (3) Pittsburgh Steelers 8-3- Another dicey game against a poor team, yet they pull off a victory.
7. (7) Houston Texans 8-3- Matt Schaub done. Matt Leinart out. The T.J. Yates era is underway.
8. (10) Dallas Cowboys 7-4– The Cowboys win games when DeMarco Murray starts.
9. (9) Chicago Bears 7-4–Week one with Caleb Hanie didn’t exactly work out. We’ll see if he gets it going in start two.
10. (9) Detroit Lions 7-4– Lions are going to have to start winning games if they want to reach the postseason.
11. (12) Oakland Raiders 7-4- The Raiders continue to win football games. Postseason is within sight.
12. (13) Atlanta Falcons 7-4-When Matt Ryan plays well the Falcons win football games. They will need him to step up in December.
13. (14) Cincinnati Bengals 7-4- The Bengals close out a stretch of four consecutive divisional games with week against Pittsburgh.
14. (11)- New York Giants 6-5- Tough schedule is taking a toll on the Giants playoff hopes.
15. (15)Denver Broncos 6-5– Not only is Tim Tebow winning games week after week but so is the defense.
16. (16) New York Jets 6-5- The Jets will hang in the playoff race until the end. They could cause trouble if they make the postseason.
17. (18) Tennessee Titans 6-5-Titans continue to hang around. Chris Johnson finally showed up this week.
18. (19) Buffalo Bills 5-6– Looks like the Buffalo faithful will have to wait till next year….yet again.
19. (20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-7– Tough season in Tampa….Josh Freeman will need to play better if they wish to compete next year.
20. (21) Philadelphia Eagles 4-7– The coaching staff needs to be replaced. DeSean Jackson looks like a future Dallas Cowboy.
21. (17) San Diego Chargers 4-7- The Chargers and Eagles are the biggest disappointments in the NFL this year. Norv Turner needs to be fired.
22. (23) Miami Dolphins 3-8 – The Dolphins have played very well four weeks running. Spoiler is the role to play from here on out.
23. (25) Cleveland Browns 4-7–Maybe the one AFC North team that doesn’t reach the postseason.
24. (22) Seattle Seahawks 4-7- Prime time Thursday night at home against the Eagles.
25 (24) Carolina Panthers 3-8- Losing year, yup. Successful season, yup.
26. (27) Washington Redskins 4-7- Victory in Seattle stops the skid. Season was over prior.
27. (28) Arizona Cardinals 4-7– Beanie Wells went nuts on the Rams for a franchise record 228 yards.
28. (26) Kansas City Chiefs 4-7– Rough year in Kansas City, hard scheduled and injuries all over the place. Tyler Palko is very bad.
29. (29) Jacksonville Jaguars 3-8– Team sold. Jack Del Rio fired. Season over.
30. (31) Minnesota Vikings 2-9– Been a big fall since the NFC Championship a few years back.
31. (30) St. Louis Rams 2-9- The experts pick in the NFC West has been a disaster. Jobs could be lost.
32. (32) Indianapolis Colts 0-11– Horrible season. The Colts/Patriots game doesn’t have the same feels this season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired Head Coach Jack Del Rio. Del Rio coached the Jaguars for 10 seasons and had a 68-71 record. He led the Jags to the playoffs twice where he went 1-1. Jack played in the NFL for 11 seasons with the Saints, Chiefs, Cowboys and Vikings. Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker will coach the team for the rest of the season.
Urban Meyer has been named the new Ohio State football coach. Meyer began his coaching career with Bowling Green in 2001, coaching for 2 years before heading to Utah and Florida. He resigned at Florida in 2010 after battling health problems. Meyer has a 104-23 record with 2 National Championships. He was born in Ashtabula, Ohio and played defensive back at Cincinnati.
When Houston businessman Jim Crane purchased the Astros many expected wholesale changers were inevitable. The Astros will shift to the American League west in 2013 and they will do so under different leadership.
The Astros began the shakeup of their front office when they fired president of baseball operations Tal Smith as well as general manager Ed Wade.
The now former GM of the Astros & Phillies has never been a fan favorite in either city.