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October 9, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Matt Williamson

Matt Williamson
  (12:01 PM)

Hey Everyone...let's get this rolling

Robin (Sherwood)

Matt,What do you make of the Jets young defensive line? I like the trio of Wilkerson, Ellis and Richardson.

Matt Williamson
  (12:02 PM)

Don't forget about Harrison. What a find he has been as a pure run stuffing NT. Their DL is simply outstanding. Wilkerson is becoming one of the best in the league and I think Richardson is the best rookie in football right now.

Matt (Pensacola)

How good can the Saints be?

Matt Williamson
  (12:02 PM)

They can def win it all...that is pretty good!

Jay (Michigan)

Does Pitt get their first win at Jets?

Matt Williamson
  (12:03 PM)

Can see the Jets DL owning the Steelers OL, but also think NYJ has a tough time putting points on the board. Going to reluctantly take the Steelers coming off a bye in a very close low scoring game.

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

Tony Romo is an absolute talent. If he were put on the trading block, how many teams would look at their own QB and say "wow, we could really upgrade through a trade for Romo"?

Matt Williamson
  (12:05 PM)

Most teams. Of course his age would prohibit some teams from making such a move, but Romo is clearly a Top 10-if not better-NFL QB who is playing great

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

Turn Auto Update On

Matt Williamson
  (12:05 PM)

It is on...at least on my end...having issues?

Andrew (SF)

How mediocre is Harry Douglas?

Matt Williamson
  (12:06 PM)

Excellent word for him. Just a guy. Not dynamic or physical enough.

Sam (SLC)

What is your opinion of Dontari Poe's play through 5?

Matt Williamson
  (12:06 PM)

One of the most dominant DL in the NFL right now...fantastic

Jim (Atlanta)

MW, has Peyton Manning surpassed ARodgers as the best player in football? He's playing at a level nobody has, right?

Matt Williamson
  (12:07 PM)

I gotta say so...the numbers are simply ridiculous. He doesn't even throw the ball very well in terms of tough arm strength throws! It is remarkable

Aggie (TX)

So was trading the 18th pick for Fredrick and Terrence WIlliams a smart move now?

Matt Williamson
  (12:09 PM)

Sure looks like it! It makes no sense, cause if Frederick goes just a few picks later and is a "2nd Rounder" no one gives Dallas a hard time. He is a long time starter in this league and paying off huge.

Blueman (Indy)

Indy secondary better than advertised,just been lucky enough to play teams without elite WRs or combination of the two?

Matt Williamson
  (12:10 PM)

Def better...aggressive in man schemes and the pass rush is also better than advertised...Mathis is on fire

Aggie (TX)

Fun stat, in EACH of Eli's playoff wins defense held other team to less than 20 points. When Peyton's defense does the same his record is 117-0!!!

Matt Williamson
  (12:10 PM)

Is that a fact?

Brandon (Phoenix, AZ)

Chiefs are built for beating Denver no? Great RB that can chew out long drives and a secondary/linebacking corp that can minimize Denver on the perimeter.

Matt Williamson
  (12:12 PM)

I very much agree...Deep secondary and a great pass rush too...I bet they would slow down DEN's O, but I also don't think KC's passing game can keep up in the end

Brett (Ottawa)

Good call on the Falcons struggles this year M-dub. Of the Falcons, Steelers and Giants, who is most equipped to bounce immediately back in 2014? Who is in the worst shape?

Matt Williamson
  (12:13 PM)

Tough call...all have QBs, which is essential. I also think all three teams are well managed and have a plan in place. Check out the article that Sando and I did last night about the state of the Falcons, but I think I put them last in terms of bounce back potential

Jeremy (NJ)

sure the chiefs defense has looked good, but they haven't beaten any quality teams yet. best win is against tennessee, but fitzpatrick was the qb.

Matt Williamson
  (12:15 PM)

True, but very good players on that D who are playing outstanding. Very good offseason for the D bringing in reinforcements too. I am very much buying KC's D...but not their passing game

Blueman (Indy)

Biggest disappointment this year Steelers,Giants,Texans,or Falcons ?

Matt Williamson
  (12:16 PM)

In order of disappointing: 1. Giants 2. Steelers 3. Falcons 4. Texans

Neil (NYC)

MDub, where to you put Alex Smith in terms of all qb's? is he average? Is he below average? Obviously his record overrates him.

Matt Williamson
  (12:17 PM)

Slightly above average but very limited

Will (Tally)

What do the Rams need to do to get Austin going?

Matt Williamson
  (12:17 PM)

They haven't schemed up hardly anything for him, which makes zero sense...don't feature him at all!

Rob (San Antonio)

Is Sanchez going the way of Matt Flynn and Matt Cassel? A career back up that another team may try to make their starter.

Matt Williamson
  (12:18 PM)

Well said...good backup who will get time as a stop gap starter

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

Chiefs beat the Cowboys, at least a semi-quality team, no?

Matt Williamson
  (12:19 PM)

I did overlook that and yes, Dallas is a legit playoff type of team. KC is strong

Aggie (TX)

Can we PLEASE stop defending Sam Bradford? After offseason upgrades he is looking worse and worse.

Matt Williamson
  (12:20 PM)

Yes. He is. And I am done defending him. Must step up and make those around him better. So many excuses

Bert (St. Paul, MN)

Is Isaiah Pead in the dog house and/or not as talented as his draft position?

Matt Williamson
  (12:21 PM)

I think he has some talent, but is very straight linish as a runner and not real physical. Doesn't make enough people miss for being a smaller guy

shawn (In Limbo)

WR pick up Ted Ginn,DeAndre Hopkins,Vincent Brown ? this is for long term?

Matt Williamson
  (12:22 PM)

For Fantasy I assume? Ginn would be clearly last on that list. I expect Hopkins' targets to increase with Daniels out and I think he is more talented than Brown, whose role also in increasing in a better passing O. Tough choice, but give me Hopkins

Ben (Charlotte)

if Calvin is active, do you like Detroit to win in Cleveland this week?

Matt Williamson
  (12:23 PM)

Yes, but without him, no

David (Halifax)

What do you think Nick Foles has to do Sunday to hold on to the starting spot when Vick gets healthy?

Matt Williamson
  (12:24 PM)

Good question. I am sure Philly doesn't see Vick as the long term answer, so Foles does have an opportunity. Ball security will be key for sure.

Tim (El Cajon, CA)

Your thoughts on Freeman to the Vikes? Good move? Can he help get the Vikes to the playoffs?

Matt Williamson
  (12:25 PM)

Dunno about that! But I think a change of scenery is GREAT for him. Had to get out of that environment, but if he doesn't work hard, it won't matter where he is playing...worth the risk for the Vikes though, but I thought they gave him too much money

shawn (In Limbo)

Should i hold on to Rob Housler, not to many starting TE options left? will he get in on the Offense?

Matt Williamson
  (12:26 PM)

I don't have high hopes for Housler's production. Low on the food chain and that OL needs all kinds of help.

Aggie (TX)

Do the Rams know it's legal to pass 10+ yds down the field? Seems their O-tactics have squeezed everything in the short area.

Matt Williamson
  (12:27 PM)

It is insane. I know pass pro is a bit of a problem, but be aggressive!

Hanson (DC)

Is there a team in the NFCE that can finish 8-8?

Matt Williamson
  (12:28 PM)

I am now a Dallas believer, but other than that-Nope

AJ (Oakland)

T. Pryor has the heart of a champion and keeps getting better with 0 talent around him. Do you think he can be the long-term QB for the Raiders?

Matt Williamson
  (12:29 PM)

I am very much starting to believe that he is. Clearly is working on his game-becoming a much better passer, esp deep

Dave (Charlotte)

With both Gronk & Amendola projected to play this weekend, how come I have no confidence in the Pats beating the Saints? Tom Brady looks awful.

Matt Williamson
  (12:30 PM)

He certainly is struggling, but he rarely loses at home. Haven't yet made my picks, but that is the game of the week and a real tough call. Feel like a statement game from NEng is coming

John (CT)

Over/Under 1 win for the Jaguars this season?

Matt Williamson
  (12:31 PM)

That is a REALLY good line! UNDER

Jeremy (NJ)

start geno or pryor (i hate the KC matchup) this week in fantasy football? matt ryan is on a bye for me.

Matt Williamson
  (12:32 PM)

Still Pryor...Geno isn't startable yet in my opinion

Harry (Babylon, NY)

How big a difference is it from Coach Arians to Coach Pagano - Indy looks like it is playing a much more physical game this season?

Matt Williamson
  (12:32 PM)

Agreed....Hamilton has a lot to do with that as well. Remember, they want to be the Ravens on D

Dime Store (Needles CA)

Is the Den/Jac game this weekend the worst you have ever seen on paper?

Matt Williamson
  (12:33 PM)

No question. Check out today's podcast. We have Chad Millman on talking about the betting implications of a 28 point spread! 28!!!!

Jeff (Nyack)

How many losses do the Giants have to rack up before people start the "fire Caughlin" conversation? 0 -8, 0-10 or is he safe no matter what?

Matt Williamson
  (12:34 PM)

I think he is safe no matter what but I also think that convo is already occuring

Brandon (Phoenix, AZ)

To me Denver/Jax game is one of the most exciting matchups I've seen in years... For gambling purposes. Highest line ever! Will Jax cover? Will see!

Matt Williamson
  (12:35 PM)

It really is pretty intriguing! Check out today's podcast. You will dig it

Hanson (DC)

What do the Texans do with Shaub? They have no real option on the team,they have no chance at getting a top 12 pick and they him a ton of cash.

Matt Williamson
  (12:35 PM)

Have to play him from here on out but it is a supposed to be a deep QB draft...might be time to trade up and get one

Craig (PA)

If Pryor is the QB fit for LA, what do you see Reggie doing with the large amount of cap space he's made for himself this offseason?

Matt Williamson
  (12:36 PM)

Oh they still have plenty of needs Bro! A lot of their guys are only signed to one year deals.

Al (Wausau, WI)

Will Gus Bradley survive a 0-16 season in Jacksonville if that happens? I think he should survive no matter what.

Matt Williamson
  (12:37 PM)

He def should

Matt (Toronto)

How has Jake Long played this season? I am a Fish fan and don't miss his salary or his inability to stay healthy, but he could certainly help Miami's O-line!

Matt Williamson
  (12:37 PM)

I hear ya, but he hasn't been great. Feel like his best days are behind him. However, B Albert would sure look good in a Miami uniform!

Mr. Al Davis (Alameda CA)

I feel awful for Jake Locker. Do you think he could come back and be the long term QB?

Matt Williamson
  (12:38 PM)

Yes, that is awful. And yes, I think he can. Was showing drastic improvement before the injury.

Mr. Al Davis (Alameda CA)

What are realistic expectations for the Bengals this year? Are they SB material?

Matt Williamson
  (12:38 PM)

Not with that QB. Maybe win a playoff game

Jon (Seattle, WA)

Hi Matt! Love what Richardson has shown so far in a Jets jersey. When New York drafted him, quite a few analysts were puzzled with the pick because of the scheme fit. Is he talented enough to fit in any scheme or how have the Jets used him so successfully this season?

Matt Williamson
  (12:39 PM)

The Jets are so multiple on D that they really are not one specific scheme. Richardson is doing it all and doing it all extremely well

Shawn (U rock!!)

What are u thought on Jacoby Jones and Jordan Reed for the rest of the Fantsy Season? Keep or drop/trade

Matt Williamson
  (12:40 PM)

Not real enamored with either, but could see Jones converting on some big plays. I think 2014 is the year to own Reed.

Derek (Charlotte)

What is wrong with Cam Newton? How does he go from one of the young stars of the league to literally not being metioned with Luck, RG III, Wilson etc. Can you explain it?

Matt Williamson
  (12:41 PM)

Really taking a step back this year. So inaccurate. Fundamentally unsound. Shocking really that he hasn't improved in these areas.

Harry (Babylon, NY)

Can the Jets running game be successful mixing Powell, Ivory & Goodson they way they did on Monday?

Matt Williamson
  (12:43 PM)

Yes...very underrated run blocking OL too. D should keep them in games so they can stick with running game. ATL is a bad run D though and poor tacklers.

Geoff (DC)

Tampa has the best talent in the NFCS other than the Saints. Do they get a QB next year or stick with Glennon? Thanks

Matt Williamson
  (12:44 PM)

Not a huge Glennon fan here, but it is great that he will have this stretch to see what he can do. But I am betting on a new QB in TB

Gus (Boston)

As a Pats fan used to seeing the high flying offenses of the early fall, Broncos fans shouldn't get TOO excited until the temperature starts dropping and snowflakes start falling.

Matt Williamson
  (12:44 PM)

No question, esp with Manning's age and limited arm strength

Glenn (Sacramento)

With Ridley returning to practice, do you think he starts producing more positively now that Gronk and Amendola are back? He's just so talented and it baffles me he is struggling so much. Reminds me of Frank Gore in his younger days.

Matt Williamson
  (12:45 PM)

I bet Ridley puts up great numbers the rest of the way...buy him in fantasy!

Tebow (Disney Land)

Is the Broncos defense cause for concern, or is it just teams playing catch up and airing it out?

Matt Williamson
  (12:47 PM)

Some of that, but they haven't had Champ or Miller yet and lost 3 starters during last week's game. In the end, I think the D is more than good enough, esp with Miller

Charles (NY)

Are we ever going to see Trent Richardson break out like we keep hoping?

Matt Williamson
  (12:48 PM)

Bradshaw is out and T Rich looked quite good late in last week's game...sensing a break out

Jerrel Freeman (Indy)

Am I the best ILB no one has ever heard of? If I played for Jets or Giants would I be a star?

Matt Williamson
  (12:49 PM)

Not a star but a high quality player with great range...I like for sure

Aggie (TX)

Has Trent Richardson been a slight disappointment in NFL?

Matt Williamson
  (12:50 PM)

For sure, but not ready to say he won't be a star

Bear (CHI)

How long before Freeman gets a chance to start in Minn?

Matt Williamson
  (12:50 PM)

ASAP...has to

James (KC)

AJ Green gonna pick up the production, or destined to be turned into nothing more than a possession WR by Andy Dalton?

Matt Williamson
  (12:51 PM)

He will pick it up, but has struggled against really good man to man CBs this year....his QB isn't helping

CB (Pat)

Do you think Aqib Talib has played at a defensive player of the year level so far?

Matt Williamson
  (12:52 PM)

No, that award belongs to Mr. Watt, but Talib has been great for sure

Al (Wausau, WI)

Matt, given the nature of Ponder's rib injury (I've heard it's rather close to his heart), might it make sense for the Vikings to put Ponder on injured reserve for his own physical well-being?

Matt Williamson
  (12:53 PM)

Always tough to comment on injuries from afar, but that might be best for all...kinda convenient too

Paul (NJ)

Do you really think that Watt is playing better than Wilkerson so far this year?

Matt Williamson
  (12:54 PM)

Yes, but both have been excellent...Suh too

Glenn (Sacramento)

Zac Stacy looks like a bright spot for the Rams...you think he'll start pulling away from the pack? I get they played the Jags but he did do exactly what good RBs do against poor run Ds and gashed them for 5.0+ ypc.

Matt Williamson
  (12:55 PM)

Well said and yes, he is their best option...should be his job going forward

Brett (Ottawa)

Is Jermichael Finley still underrated in terms of his ability to dictate coverage even when the ball doesn't come his way? Or has his inconsistency and drops reduced that benefit?

Matt Williamson
  (12:56 PM)

No, I think he is still quite good and effective when he doesn't get the ball, but I suppose less than a few years ago

Keith H (Seattle)

Looks like TB is coming apart at the seams. Does Schiano survive? I think not and he's lost the team.

Matt Williamson
  (12:57 PM)

Tend to agree...but a very good D

Michael (Cincinnati) [via mobile]

Does Jordan Cameron keep his production up with Weeden?

Matt Williamson
  (12:57 PM)

Bet he regresses just a little, but Weeden is better than many think...Cameron should keep rolling along

Trent (Canton OH)

What does Rex Ryan need to do to keep his job?

Matt Williamson
  (12:58 PM)

He is doing a heck of a job this year! I think he is keeping his job

Trent (Canton OH)

Can Alex Smith lead the Chiefs to the SB as a game manager?

Matt Williamson
  (12:59 PM)

I really don't think so

Matt Williamson
  (12:59 PM)

Folks, I am out! Great stuff as always!