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What is the Best & the Worst NFL Game that you have seen in Week 7?
Chris: I'm not sure if there was a "best" game when it comes to the AFC North. I will say that it would be tough to decide which was worse between the Ravens and Browns games. I don't think I've seen that much punting since a 1970s NFL game.Let's hope this week's AFC North games are more spirited.
Jaminson your thoughts on A.Brown for restof season? Does he move into WR2 role and perform well? Thanks
I feel that Brown should be the No. 2, but the Steelers have a delicate situation with Hines Ward. He's meant so much to this franchise and you can't just push to the side. My guess is you'll start to see Brown rotate more into the two-WR sets with Wallace as the season progresses. The Steelers have to think Brown is the No. 2 guy by next year.
Who would you consider the most underrated player in the AFCN ?
Here's my candidates for each team ... Bengals: DT Domata PekoBrowns: DT Ahtyba RubinRavens: LB Jarret JohnsonSteelers: WR Antonio BrownI will go with Peko. He is a monster inside. Actually, you could go with a lot of the Bengals defensive players as underrated right now.
With Mike Tomlin saying he will likely keep Ike Taylor on the ends, how do you see the Steelers defending Welker? Do you think William Gay will be used in Man or the typical combination of zone schemes.
James: Call me crazy but I'm not as worried about Welker as I am about those tight ends. Gronkowski and Hernandez present matchup problems for the Steelers. Didn't Gronkowski score like 10 touchdowns last year at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh has to find a way to contain the tight ends who create a lot of big plays for the Pats.
Is there any chance the Browns will pick up TO. Seems like the Browns need some help at WR with MoMass out with a head injury
Keep TO very far away from Greg Little. Don't even let him in the state of Ohio. Not worth the trouble with TO. His bad influence could cause long-lasting ramifications.
Do you think I was wrong for calling out the Ravens Offense after that pathetic performance on Monday night?
Sizzle: I like you speaking your mind. I agree with your point that Rice should get more touches. Of course, I'm not John Harbaugh. If I was, your paycheck would be a lot lighter this week.
Hello JH. Keep up the good work. My question is regarding the Steelers/Patriots game and the possible ramifications. If Pittsburgh airs it out in the game and is able to score enough points to win, do you think they will be tempted to change the identity of the offense? I don't want them to abandon the run but we've been getting it done more in the air than the ground, which is probably due to Ben and the line more than anything.
Brad: Thanks for the kind words. As far as the Steelers go, I think they know the best way to move the ball is through the air. Pittsburgh just doesn't have an offensive line that can consistently open holes up in the running game. Most teams need a running game to be successful in the red zone. But Roethlisberger has to be one of the best quarterbacks when it comes to converting down there when the field shrinks.
Do you see the Steelers winning, splitting or losing their next two games against the Pats and the Ravens? They are both at home.
SteelBone: I haven't made my official predictions and it could change by next week with the Ravens. So, don't hold me to it. But if you're asking for my gut feeling today ... I say Steelers lose to New England and beat Baltimore.
Do you think the Bengals have a shot at winning the division this year?
Charles: Yes, the Bengals have a "shot." I wouldn't call it a great shot at winning the division. I still see the Steelers and Ravens battling for the division title at the end of the season. That being said, the Bengals could make a run at a wild card. If it doesn't happen this year, this young team has already established that the future is bright in Cincy.
Jamison, who gets the start: Hillis, or Hardesty?
Justin: According to Shurmur, it will be Hillis. He said at his presser that Hillis would be the starter if he's healthy. Let the drama begin ...
Isn't it a shame that all of the Ravens Steelers games will be over so early in the season?
Adam: I certainly do. I think the NFL should make Steelers-Ravens the last game or second-to-last every year. Makes no sense to me to have the second game so early.
What do you think the Cowboys should do at the runningback position? I say sit Felix Jones and roll with DeMarco Murray.
Sorry, wrong division. Ask Graz in NFC East.
Should the ravens start the highly talented Tyrod "Hot Rod" Taylor? I think he can be the future. What ya think?
Bob: You have to be joking. Putting in Taylor is saying you've given up on the season and you're drafting a quarterback in the first round. Only way Flacco doesn't play is if he's injured. Yes, he's inconsistent. But he's won a lot more games than he's lost. You have to give him more time to work things out.
Will Pacman make an impact in the coming weeks?
Josh: I think Adam Jones (I think I legally have to call him that now) will make an impact on the Bengals defense. Cincinnati has exceeded expectations as far as defense and play fundamentally sound. What the Bengals need to be a great defense is some playmakers. Jones, as a nickel back, could be the guy who can make things happen.
How many Pro Bowlers will the Browns send this year and who would you choose?
Ben: A little too early for that right now. But cornerback Joe Haden deserves to go. Unfortunately, he might be the only one. Rubin is very good but doesn't get a lot of attention.
What do you think of Steven A Smith's comments on Joe Flacco calling him a 'puppet' and 'soft'?
Adam: Don't think Flacco is soft. He takes a lot of hits and actually holds onto the ball too long (which leads to a lot of the hits). As far as being a puppet, the Ravens need to give Flacco more responsibility and control of the offense. Cameron is running the entire show there.
Without knowing how the rest of the season will play out, do you believe that this is Cam's last season?
Flaps101: I don't think it is. One thing: Ravens are still No. 8 in the NFL in scoring (yes, I know the defensive touchdowns help). But that stat goes a long way for an offensive coordinator. The other part working in Cameron's favor is Harbaugh. If the Ravens keep winning, Harbaugh will be able to convince owner Steve Bisciotti to keep Cameron. But if they lose, all bets are off.
JH, you had issues with the Browns rank in the power rankings this week because they were behind a couple of 2-win teams. But can you honestly say that they'd outscore either the Eagles or the Panthers as all three teams stand right now?
Reglidan: I believe the Browns defense would keep Cleveland in the game in both of those instances. Cam Newton gets a lot of hype, but this Browns defense is better than people think.
With an offense that will undoubtedly keep them out of the Superbowl, can you give anybody in Baltimore a valid reason to keep following the Ravens? Our hearts and livers can take another game like that stinker in Jacksonville...
B-Thor: I understand the frustration. Having a letdown at Tennessee can be excused. But having another letdown at Jacksonville is cause for concern. Harbaugh typically beats the teams he supposed to beat. Not the case this year. Ravens still make the playoffs but their inconsistency on offense could make it another short postseason run. Baltimore has to fix that offense.
Who should Cleveland look at during the upcoming draft to help better the team
No draft questions until December. Come on, really? Can you tell me where the Browns are drafting in April?
If the Steelers can manage to win against the Patriots and then again against the Ravens do they become favorites to win the AFC?
James: Yes. It would be hard to argue otherwise. It would be a major statement for the Steelers to beat the AFC's top-rated quarterback and the NFL's top-rated defense in consecutive weeks.
Do you really believe Colt McCoy is the heart of Cleveland's offensive problems? Seems to me, the lack of running game, the shredded offensive line and poor play calling is the issue
Christian: It is true that McCoy doesn't have a lot to work with there. I know there are the comparisons to Drew Brees, but McCoy might not have the size or arm strength to be consistently successful in the NFL. I thought it was a major red flag when Holmgren wouldn't commit to McCoy past this year. If he was liking what he saw, he would have given McCoy a bigger vote of confidence.
any clue who the boss is going to bring in to run the offense?
Patrick: I'm not sure. I think we can rule out Holmgren himself, although that might be the best hire. Holmgren is a better coach than personnel evaluator. I do agree with him that Shurmur needs an offensive coordinator. It's just too much to ask of a head coach.
to James: obviously that would depend on HOW the Steelers managed to win those games yes?
Not sure about the how, but you're wrong about the WHO. I'm not James. He's in the AFC East.
JH, why don't you ask a question. I'll answer it....for free!
OK Brian. Is Flacco an elite quarterback? And who is better: Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu?
OK JH, how would YOU fix that Baltimore offense?
Lone Fisherman: Not enough time to go into my dissertation. The short version is go with quicker hitting plays. The routes take too long to develop, and the receivers aren't getting separation. Let's run more slants and crossing patterns.
Is it just me, or does Farrior look slower than any other Steeler defenders?
Brian: This is a down year for Farrior. He might be the next Steelers defensive star to get let go after the season.
Rank the Steelers key receivers... (H. Miller, H. Ward, M. Wallace, A. Brown, E. Sanders, and J. Cotchery)
Wallace, Brown, Miller, Ward and Sanders. Wait, is Cotchery even on this team anymore?
Jamison: Your thoughts on Little going forward? Small breakout or hit and miss? Thanks
Heather: Little has lots of potential. If he maintains his focus and commitment to the game, he could become an adequate No. 1. I'm not saying a star, but he could get the job done.
Does AJ Green make the pro bowl this year?
Walter ... Not this year. But I would be shocked if he didn't have multiple trips by his career is over.
is dalton the real deal or will be find him in the same situation as mccoy next year?
Patrick: Not sure if Dalton is the real deal right now. But he's winning more than McCoy. And when I say winning, it's not the amount of wins. Dalton has had more of an impact in Cincy's victories.
Easy one. No on Flacco. When has he won when it really mattered? And Troy for question 2. He makes plays when it counts the most. Not to take anything away from Reed who is an outstanding player, but Troy was DPOY for a reason.
No Flacco is too inconsistant to be elite, and Troy
Jamison, those questions were easy. 1) Flacco is not elite; he is in the group behind that. 2) Troy Polamalu.
What does Colt McCoy have to do to keep his job as starting QB past this year? I'm rooting for him, but every week he makes it harder to defend him...
Adam: McCoy has to show more accuracy and get into a rhythm faster in games. It seems like a 3-and-out is automatic for the Browns in the first quarter. The biggest thing is he has to have a hand in some wins. You can't have the defense winning in spite of the QB. That will be cause for a quick exit.
Is Joe Haden a top 5 cornerback in the league?
Austin: I'm not sure if I could say top five in the league. But I would say he's the best in the AFC North. That's saying a lot in a division that has the top four defenses in the NFL.
I know you are from Baltimore and Ratbird fan, but do you have to answer only Ratbird Questions. :D
Yes, Christian. I do. That's why I've been answering questions about Steelers WRs, Colt McCoy and Dalton over the past 50 minutes. Go Ratbirds!
What will decide the game between Pats and Steelers?
Couch: I'm not being funny here but it could be whoever has the ball last. I expect a high-scoring game. It could also come down to execution in the red zone. You can't settle for FGs in this one.
I wanna trip to Honolulu too!!
Sorry. Not happening. But I do want to apologize. You should have gotten one of my game balls for that strip of Whitehurst. My bad.
learn how to cover TJ
I thought pigeons were called ratbirds?
Wish Walker would come back, Hensley your not that good
JB: Sorry, you're kinda stuck with me. I'll try my best to convince you that I'm good.
My last question, it comes every week, can 3 AFCN teams make the playoffs this year?
Anderson: Well this is my last question that I'll field today. I still think it will be two teams coming from the North. I think the Jets or Raiders get one of the other wild cards. But hey, maybe a third team from the AFC North will prove me wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.
Thank you everyone for all the great questions. I think this was the best chat of them all. Let's do this again next week. I'll even wear my Ratbirds hat! Have a great week everyone.