The most anticipated game of the year for the Patriots has finally arrived! The 9-1 Denver Broncos will be coming to face the 7-3 New England Patriots. Two of the top AFC teams will be facing off in this epic match-up and the Brady v. Manning rivalry will once again be renewed. Manning will be looking for revenge for last year’s loss against the Patriots, but Brady will be looking to help his team secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
All the talk this week has been on the Brady and Manning rivalry and the return of Welker. Both are definitely headline worthy, so let’s take a look at how these factors will affect the outcome of the game. Continue reading Week 12 Preview: Broncos Take On Patriots in Brady-Manning XIV »
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Yesterday, the 20th of November, represented the deadline for Major League teams to finalize their 40-man rosters. For those who are not as familiar with the intricacy of baseball rosters, the 40-man roster represents the players who are eligible to play on the 25-man Major League roster. During the offseason however, the 40-man roster is used to protect players from the Rule 5 draft which takes place in December.
The Rule 5 Draft
In the Rule 5 draft players who are not protected by the 40-man roster are eligible to be drafted by the other teams for a fee of $50,000. If the player that is selected does not stay on the 25-man roster for the entire season he must be offered back to his original team for $25,000. Notable Rule 5 draft picks in the past include Johan Santana, Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista, and Red Sox right-fielder Shane Victorino. Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was also a Rule 5 draft pick, so clearly neither the draft nor the players the Red Sox placed on the 40-man roster be overlooked. Continue reading Red Sox Add Three to 40-Man Roster, Future Begins to Take Shape »
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1. Patriots-Denver Preview:
* Patriots are 18-25 vs. Denver 10-9 at home
* Hope those Idiots that boo Vinatieri are in the beer line when Wes Welker takes the field (what is Welker’s life expectancy?) youtube – Ryan Clark hit / Brandon Browner hit / Eric Smith hit / Troy Polamalu hit
* Denver’s top four receivers: 220 receptions / 2,944 yards / 31 TD
* Patriots top four receivers: 151 receptions / 1,727 yards / 11 TD
* Manning projected for 54 TD passes
* Demaryius Thomas projected for: 1,462 yards/ 14 TD / 96 receptions
* Shaun Phillips has 9 sacks Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Brady-Manning, Please Cheer Welker, James Henry Superhero! »
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A quick glance at the Red Sox roster and you will see six quality starters on the Red Sox roster with five spots to fill. With an extra starter it would make sense to trade a veteran arm (Jake Peavy, John Lackey or Ryan Dempster) to free up some cap space in order to focus on more pressing areas. The extra cash could be helpful in landing big money free agents such as Brian McCann or Carlos Beltran. Trading one of the six starters seems to be a no brainer, until you look at recent history.
You Can Never Have Enough Pitching
Last year, the Dodgers went into Spring Training with eight viable starters. They felt so comfortable with their pitching staff that they traded Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies at the beginning of Spring Training. Fast forward three months and they had lost Josh Becket, Chad Billingsley, and Ted Lilly to the disabled list. The Dodgers had to scramble at the trade deadline and ended up trading away three prospects for Ricky Nolasco. Continue reading Even with Surplus Starting Pitching, Red Sox Should Stand Pat »
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The Boston Bruins are now in first place in the division and the conference after eeking out a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
The Bruins came into New York on the back end of a three game road trip that saw them go from Ottawa to Carolina and finally to New York. They had split the previous two games by losing to Ottawa and beating Carolina. The Rangers were coming off a tough 1-0 home loss to the Los Angeles Kings but were anxiously awaiting the return of star forward Rick Nash. The Rangers who have been hovering around .500 all season were looking to right the ship against the Bruins. Continue reading Bruins Edge Rangers, Take Eastern Conference Lead »
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Another week in the books for the Boston Celtics and, entering Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs, they have lost four straight, including a 24-point defeat against the Houston Rockets. The Celtics have had trouble on the offensive end in the last four games with an average of 88 points per game, but is that what is to blame for the four-game skid?
Defense showing lack of composure
It seems very strange to see the green team off to such a horrid start, but what is even worse is the defense. Besides the first game of the week which they allowed 89 points, the other three teams have scored an average of 108 points per contest. This type of effort on the defensive end is not like the Celtics from the last few seasons who were one of the best at keeping games close. The Rockets even shot 56.9 percent from the field and 9-of-21 from deep. Continue reading State of the Celtics: Defense/Offense Struggles Continue »
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The Week 12 byes for Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Seattle leave fantasy owners devoid of several key players and looking for depth options to round out their lineups. This is the final bye week, so if you’re in the playoffs you can have a separate agenda from those needing to win this week. Look for defenses with good matchups if you need one and handcuff options for your stud skill position players. Here are some players to target if you need to look to the wire to win a week 12 matchup. Continue reading Winning the Wire and Surviving the Bye: Week 12 Fantasy Sleepers »
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