About Kurt Backert

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.

Earl Morrall, The Ultimate Backup

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Earl Morrall, a twenty-one year NFL veteran quarterback, mostly as a backup, passed away Friday in Florida at the age of 79. His career began as the second overall selection out of Michigan State in the 1956 NFL draft by the 49ers and ended with the Miami Dolphins after the 1976 season. In between he also quarterbacked for the Lions, Steelers, Giants, and Colts. He threw his first touchdown pass on October 28, 1956 to Gordy Soltau for the 49ers in a 38-21 loss to the Bears. His final scoring...

Baltimore’s Best Football Rivalries

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Back in April of 2005 we examined Baltimore’s Best Football Rivalries. Today we revisit the list and ask you to let us know if time has changed this list in our poll below…   3. Baltimore Colts vs. Washington Redskins, 1953-1969, Colts 13-3, they never met in the Post Season The Colts re-entered the NFL in 1953. Washington owner George Preston Marshall was of course against it. His games played on local radio in Baltimore and he did not want to lose the income. He petitioned the league for compensation...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Championship Week

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Congrats to those of you who made it this far! Let’s look at some under-the-radar players that could help you win Fantasy Gold! Quarterback Kirk Cousins— Redskins vs. Cowboys The Dallas defense has been bad all season, but in the past couple of weeks they’re moving into historically bad territory, allowing back-to-back four-touchdown games to Josh McCown and Matt Flynn. Robert Griffin III somehow didn’t manage to score a single touchdown when they met in Week 6, but he still came away with 19 fantasy points. In his first start...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 15

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Quarterback Joe Flacco— Ravens at Lions A Baltimore football team has not won in Detroit since the Colts beat the Lions 10-9 in 1980. While that streak may last for another few years, Flacco has a favorable match-up. He has thrown for a score in eight consecutive games and has Dennis Pitta back. The Lions are ranked 25th against the pass, allowing more than 250 yards per game in the air. With Pitta back, there is more receiving space for Ray Rice, who has not been a factor in the...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 14

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Quarterback Philip Rivers—Chargers vs. Giants Rivers has a 23-to-9 touchdown pass to interception ratio this year. He is also averaging 35 pass attempts and 314 passing yards his last three games. The Giants have played against the pass much better the past few weeks however, not allowing a touchdown pass in four of their last six contests. It seems like a so-so match up, but with Rivers at home and the fact the Giants are due for a bad game, this is a favorable match up for Rivers. The Chargers...

They’ll Never Touch Nevers

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Despite All The Rule Changes, The One Record That Will Never Be Broken   Someone once said that records are made to be broken. One record that we in Baltimore thought would be the exception to that rule is John Unitas’ record of throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games. Unitas set his record in an era when pass defense could do just about anything they wanted before the ball was thrown. Despite that, the NFL’s answer to MLB’s Joe DiMaggio consecutive game hit streak (56 games) was labeled...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 13

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The Detroit Lions have been playing on Thanksgiving since 1934. Although they have tradition on their side, they have not won on this Holiday since 2003 when with Steve Mariucci as head coach, Jason Hanson kicked five field goals in a 22-14 win over the playoff-bound Green Bay Packers. How many years ago was that? On the same weekend, the Ravens defeated the 49ers 44-6 behind two touchdown passes from quarterback…Anthony Wright. It is safe to say that it has been a long time since a Lion team won on...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 12

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Quarterback Josh McCown— Bears at Rams McCown is not a starting NFL quarterback. He thrives for a couple of weeks here and there coming off the bench, but he will never be a starting fantasy quarterback consistently. This late in the fantasy season you have to play the match-ups and McCown has a favorable one this week. He will get the start for the Bears on the road against the Rams on Sunday. He has played well, including last week’s awkward delayed game against the solid pass defense of the...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 11

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The Cowboys and Rams are on the bye this week. Winning picks for Week 11 Quarterback Mike Glennon—Buccaneers vs. Falcons Glennon has thrown for a score in each of the six games he has started and has thrown for multiple touchdowns in three of those. He has a 9-to-4 touchdown pass to interception ratio and faces the Falcons, a team that allowed Glennon to complete 26 of 44 passes for 250 yards and throw two touchdowns in Week 7. Based on Glennon’s play recently, he warrants a fantasy start— but...

Nick Foles Delivers a Legendary Performance

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If second year Eagles quarterback Nick Foles never plays another NFL game he has left his mark. His name will now be inscribed in the NFL Record and Fact Book forever. Last Sunday he tied the NFL record with 7 touchdown passes in a single game, the 7th quarterback to achieve this feat. While he tied the record, he actually bested it to a degree. Why? A review of his six predecessors helps to explain.   November 14, 1943 Sid Luckman, Bears vs. Giants Luckman playing in his 52nd NFL...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 10

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The Browns, Chiefs, Patriots, and Jets are on the bye this week Winning picks for Week Ten Quarterback Kellen Clemens— Rams at Colts We are flying way beneath the radar with this pick, but it makes sense. Clemens is never going to be a regular starting quarterback in the NFL, but he is a competent back-up. The Rams will attack the Colts with three and four-receiver sets and spread the ball around. The Colts allowed Case Keenum 350 passing yards and three scores; and having Andre Johnson sure made it...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 9

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Quarterback Jake Locker— Titans at Rams Locker has multiple touchdown passes in three of his last four games and has thrown just one interception. He is becoming a viable starting quarterback, and receivers Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, and Chris Johnson out of the backfield can score fantasy points. The Rams have allowed 14 scoring throws but have played much better against the pass, allowing just one multiple-touchdown pass game in their last four. The Rams are playing better but if Locker can throw for 326 yards and two...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar Players for Week 8

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There were several key injuries on Sunday. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is gone for the year and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be out for four weeks. Journeyman back-up Kellen Clemens will take the snaps for the Rams and Josh McCown will do so for the Bears. Bradford and Cutler were not top-tier fantasy starts in single quarterback leagues, though it does weaken the depth at the position. Two injuries did occur to fantasy stars, however—the loss of Reggie Wayne for the Colts to a season ending knee injury and...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar in Week 7 (and a Ravens/Steelers Note)

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Last Sunday, the Lions beat the Browns 31-17 in Cleveland, moving the Lions to 4-2 and dropping the Browns to 3-3. The game did not draw much national attention outside of fantasy owners. However, it was an interesting matchup – this was the first meeting between these teams since 1970 when each came into the game with a winning record. When they met on October 18, 1970, the Browns and the Lions were 3-1. After the Lions’ 41-24 victory, Detroit moved to 4-1 as the Browns dropped to 3-2. Why...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar in Week 6

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In the Broncos’ 51-48 victory over the Cowboys, Tony Romo and Peyton Manning combined for a “record book” game. Their performances placed them in a tie for third-most combined passing yards in a single game. The Jets’ Ken O’Brien and the Dolphins’ Dan Marino, each members of the famed 1983 quarterback draft class, combined for 884 passing yards on a Monday night in 1986. The Jets won that game 51-45 in overtime. The Broncos and Cowboys combined for 99 points, making it the highest scoring game since 2004 when the...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar in Week 5

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In running back news this week, local Buffalo media is reporting that running back  CJ Spiller did not practice Tuesday; it was first reported that he did. The ankle injury suffered against the Ravens will probably keep him out of their Thursday night match with the Browns. Fred Jackson should be ready to go with Tashard Choice getting some touches. The Browns, who last year were an easy mark for fantasy running backs allowing 118 yards a game on the ground, are giving up just 79 yards a game in...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under The Radar in Week 4

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After completing 30 passes and throwing for three scores on Sunday, Brian Hoyer imitated Brian Sipe in the Browns’ 31-27 victory over the Vikings. Hoyer will be the starter with Jason Campbell backing him up and with Josh Gordon coming back along with the emergence of Jordan Cameron, do not be surprised to see Hoyer’s name in this article in the coming weeks. Rookie Mike Glennon will be the Buccaneers starting quarterback after the benching of Josh Freeman. Barring a huge surprise, Freeman started his last game for Tampa Bay...

FANTASY BLITZ: Week 3 Players Flying Under the Radar

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What a way to start week three! In a trade that shocked most of the NFL, the Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Colts for their first round selection in the 2014 draft. This now gives the Browns multiple choices in rounds one, three, and four in 2014. This certainly looks to be the end of the Brandon Weeden era at quarterback. They will use those picks to select a franchise quarterback, possibly someone similar to Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. The Browns will turn to Brian Hoyer to...

FANTASY BLITZ: Week 2 Players Flying Under the Radar

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Peyton Manning’s seven touchdown pass performance in the Broncos’ 49-27 win over the Ravens last week is worth mentioning. He tied the NFL record with the seven scoring throws, and his 462 passing yards made his game on Thursday night the second-highest fantasy scoring game of all-time by a quarterback. The only quarterback to have a better fantasy game was Hall-of-Famer YA Tittle who threw for seven touchdowns and had 505 passing yards in a 49-34 New York Giant victory over the Washington Redskins in 1962. The Ravens 22-point loss...

FANTASY FOOTBALL 2013: Flying Under The Radar, Week 1

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Welcome to the NFL’s 94th season and the 51st season of Fantasy Football. Each week I will present a few players or team defenses that I feel are, “flying under the fantasy radar”, players that are not getting much press but will score you fantasy points based on their weekly match ups. Here we go. Under The Radar Players You Want This Week   QB Alex Smith Chiefs vs. Jaguars There are a couple of Chiefs here this week, starting with Alex Smith’s soft match up against a Jaguar pass...
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