NFL News & Notes: Redskins visit to Baltimore first since B. Jones era

Street Talk NFL News & Notes: Redskins visit to Baltimore first since B. Jones era

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Cardinals, even though rookie Tim Hightower is not playing well, there has been no talk of re-inserting Edgerrin James into the Cardinals’ backfield….Ravens, how long has it been since the Redskins came to Baltimore for a regular season game? Try November 6, 1978.  Bert Jones, who would start only three games that year at quarterback due to a shoulder injury, outplayed the Redskins and Billy Kilmer that Monday night.  Jones completed 10 of 19 passes for three scores, 2 to Roger Carr in a 21-17 Colts victory.  Redskins’ head coach Jack Pardee complained that Jones was faking his injury to bait the Redskins into not thinking he could not throw long.  One of Jones’ touchdowns went for seventy eight yards.  This was the last Monday night game the Baltimore Colts would play before moving in 1983…Bills, second year signal caller Trent Edwards is starting to publicly complain about offensive coordinator Turk Schonert’s play calling, saying, “The defense threw things at us that we were not prepared for, and I can only run the plays that are called.”


Browns, with a $5 million roster bonus due to him in March there is no chance that injured quarterback Derek Anderson will be in Cleveland next year.  The bet here is that D.A. lands in Detroit with general manager Phil Savage.  For the remainder of this year Ken Dorsey will start with both Anderson and Brady Quinn hurt….Packers, Aaron Rodgers has as many touchdown passes this year, 20, as Brett Favre does but has thrown 4 less interceptions and has a slightly better passing rating.  After twelve games last year with the Packers, Favre threw for twenty one scores….Houston, Matt Schaub should be back starting at quarterback this week in Green Bay.  Long snapper Bryan Pittman was suspended for 4 games for using a diuretic that masks steroids…. Colts, Indianapolis ranks 29th in rushing the ball this year, gaining just below 80 yards a game but they will still continue to try and run.  Play action is a staple of their offense and defenses still respect Joseph Addai’s ability to run the ball.  Defensive signal caller Gary Brackett will miss 2 games with a cracked bone in his leg….Jacksonville, head coach Jack Del Rio will be back next year and is still considered owner Wayne Weaver’s top advisor as to player personal moves….


Chiefs, Herm Edwards will stay as head coach next year but is getting pressure to replace defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham…. Vikings, defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams are two of six NFL players suspended for using a diuretic that masks steroids.  Like the others they will miss 4 games…. Saints, Deuce McAllister along with Charles Grant and Will Smith, like the Williams tandem in Minnesota, have been suspended for 4 games for the same diuretic…Giants, with the suspension of Plaxico Burress for the remainder of the season and playoffs due to a handgun violation, Domenick Hixon will start in his place.  There may be some drop in production but the Giants will throw to him as often as they did to Burress….


Rams, tackle Orlando Pace and wide receiver Torry Holt will probably not be Rams next year.  Regardless of who the head coach is the Rams have a major rebuilding project in front of them and both veterans who were on the Super Bowl XXXIV team will not be a part of the team’s future…Seahawks, when Jim Mora Jr. takes over as head coach next year for Mike Holmgren, he will bring back his defensive coordinator who was with him in Atlanta, Ed Donatell replacing John Marshall. The Seahawks’ defense has allowed more than 400 yards in 5 games this year.

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Kurt Backert

About Kurt Backert

Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980's where he's captured more titles than John Wooden's UCLA Bruins   Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son. More from Kurt Backert


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