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.

Week 3: Fantasy 2011, Plays & Sits Beyond the Obvious

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Fantasy Plays WR, Mike Sims-Walker Rams vs Ravens The Ravens’ weakness is their secondary and they are banged up, they have allowed a 100 yard receiver in each of the first two games. With Danny Amendola out for the Rams last week, Walker was targeted with 11 passes in their loss to the Giants. With the fact that the Rams will not be able to run on the Ravens, Sam Bradford could throw 40 passes, it all adds to a solid day for Walker. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis at Bills Green-Ellis...

FANTASY BLITZ: Some Not So Obvious Plays & Sits in Week 2

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                                          Saint WR Marques Colston will not be back for several more weeks, giving more value to Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson and Bronco RB Knowshon Moreno will be out Sunday, Willis McGahee will be the feature back against the Bengals.  Fantasy Plays RB Michael Bush, Raiders at Bills Bush is a great flex start this week. Darren McFadden will get his normal share of carries playing a Buffalo run defense that allowed 169 yards a game rushing last year and last week allowed 108 yards on just eighteen carries...

Fantasy News & Notes

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      Fantasy News and Notes ·         Falcons, Roddy White had  8 receptions for 61 yards and no scores, Chicago’s Charles Tillman had tight coverage all day, White was not able to get open more than fifteen yards downfield all day, due to that bad  pass protection for Matt Ryan, it will not get easier for White, he has the Eagles this week ·         Bills, TE Scott Chandler had 5 catches for sixty three yards, with 2 scores, the Bills have not thrown to the TE consistently since Jim Kelly in...

FANTASY BLITZ’ Plays & Sits

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With Peyton Manning out for who knows how long, stay with WR Reggie Wayne and TE Dallas Clark. They are elite players even with Kerry Collins. This is the same as starting Calvin Johnson when Shaun Hill replaced Matt Stafford – good receivers find the ball and goal line sometimes despite the quarterback. Word from the Houston Chronicle is that Arian Foster will be a game day decision. But which back is on deck, Ben Tate or Derrick Ward?  The matchup is great against the Colts so if Foster is...

FANTASY BLITZ: Gonzo still kicking in the red zone!

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Despite many industry tabloids writing off  TE Tony Gonzalez entering his 15th season because of age, he is still a viable starting fantasy TE. I know rookie sensation Julio Jones is now a Falcon and Roddy White is the clear favorite of QB Matt Ryan, but consider this. Gonzalez led all TE’s in targets in 2010 inside the 20 yard line and the 10 yard line. He is durable, thrown to near the goal line, and a future Hall of Famer. If you want steady performance and want a player...

THE FANTASY BLITZ: News, notes and a top secret sleeper

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If you are in search of that third WR or flex player, select Texans’ WR Kevin Walter He’s not flashy but is steady and he will hold off Jacoby Jones to stay as the second Houston WR. You want any receiver on a team with Matt Schaub as QB who guides an offense that chucked it on 58% of their offensive plays in 2010. Do not let the return of a healthy TE Owen Daniels scare you. Walter has actually had MORE productive seasons with Daniels on the field than...

Super Bowl XLV Snapshot

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AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers vs. NFC Champion Green Bay Packers Cowboys Stadium, Arlington Texas, seats 80,000 for football Line, Packers favored by 2.5 points, Over- Under 45 The NFL/NFC have won 23 of the 44  Super Bowls….the AFC has won 5 of the last 7….this is the third Super Bowl played in the state of Texas, the first in the Dallas area… Super Bowl VIII was played in Houston at Rice Stadium, a 24-7 Miami victory over the Vikings, Super Bowl XXXVIII was played at Reliant Stadium in Houston, a...

OLD SCHOOL: Baltimore v. Pittsburgh, a One-Sided Post Season Rivalry

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In this two-part article will revisit the post season matches between Pittsburgh’s and Baltimore’s sports teams. Part I, the 70’s, the Colts, Orioles, Steelers, and Pirates Part II, 1979-to January 2009, Orioles, Ravens, Pirates, and Steelers With the Ravens making NFL history by winning in the Wild Card round for the third consecutive year they now set the table for another post season trip to Pittsburgh. This will be the Ravens third trip there for a playoff game trying to win for the first time against the Steelers in the...

3rd Time Never a Charm for Wild Card Teams

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Our Ravens are Wild Card bound for the third straight year. As we all know this means taking to the road to make it back to a Super Bowl. By becoming a Wild Card for the third straight season, the Ravens join a very small club. They have become just the 4th team since the Wild Card became a football word in 1969, to make it into the playoffs as a Wild Card entry, and with a victory in Kansas City this Sunday, they would be the first team in...

OLD SCHOOL: A look back to Baltimore’s controversial first playoff game

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Baltimore’s First Post Season Football Game Even though the 2010 Bills have played just 5 games, historians are already making comparisons between this team and the worst in their franchise’s history. The 2010 Bills are 0-5, have the 30th ranked offense and the 29th ranked defense that has allowed at least 34 points in each of its last 4 games. Now they come to Baltimore to face a Ravens team that is almost a 2 touchdown favorite. They have been compared to the 1-12-1 1968 Bills, a team that finished...

OLD SCHOOL: Baltimore v. New England

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Former Commissioner Pete Rozelle the man who led the NFL to the prominent role it plays today in American society passed away in 1996. While he is not with us anymore he has to smiling down upon the state of affairs of the 2010 season. Rozelle’s dream was to create parity among his league’s teams, his catch phrase “on any given Sunday any NFL can beat another” has more truth in 2010 than it has had in any other season from my recent memory. Seventeen of the 32 teams are...

OLD SCHOOL: Baltimore’s best and worst days v. Denver

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Kyle Orton brings the 2-2 Denver Broncos into M&T Bank Stadium to face the 3-1 Ravens Sunday. Orton beat the Titans last week with a short pass for a score to Correll Buckhalter with 1:33 remaining to pull the victory out. Orton hopes to do better than he did last year in Baltimore. Then, the Broncos were unbeaten and facing the 3-3 Ravens. Both teams were rested coming off their bye weeks and the Ravens blew the Broncos out of M&T that day 30-7. The Broncos effort was listless to...

History suggests that the Ravens are in for a battle in Cincy

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The Ravens in Week 2 after an Opening Day Victory First the Good News After battling their way to a 10-9 win Monday night over the Jets, the Ravens are now 7-8 all time in their openers, and have won the last three in a row. They now prepare to meet the Bengals.  The good news is they are 4-2 in week 2 games after winning the opener. The better news is that during the John Harbaugh era the Ravens have gone on to win in both of their second...

NFL FACT OR FICTION? The answers may surprise you

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The NFL has been an entity since 1920. As with any long running business or entertainment venue, fables are bound to be created.  The NFL is no exception.   In this segment of Old School we will tell the story behind 4 popular NFL fables. The truth behind three of these so called fables goes against “conventional wisdom.” One is actually true.   The Fables are:   1. “Monday Night Football”: ABC was the first major network to televise a prime time NFL regular season game on a week night,...

OLD SCHOOL: The Best NFL Drafts, Part II of III

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As stated in part one of our article, championships define great drafts, but All Pro awards and Hall of Fame Enshrinements also count as variables. After considering all the factors the draft of the 1958 Green Bay Packers, a major building block of their great dynasty of the 1960’s rates as the second best draft in NFL history, but it was almost a toss up between them and our first place finisher.   The Green Bay Packers of the 1960’s played in six NFL championship games, won 5 of them...

OLD SCHOOL: The Best Drafts in NFL History, Part I

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There were 2 drafts in NFL history that helped shape two of the league’s greatest dynasties – dynasties that produced the 2 best teams the NFL has seen for a single season. While no single draft was solely responsible for creating these dynasties, these 2 drafts coupled with other successful drafts and free agent pickups resulted in sustained excellence on the gridiron.   Today’s piece will be the first of a three part series. In Part I we will define what makes a great draft and look at some of...

OLD SCHOOL: The Best Drafts in NFL History, Part I

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There were 2 drafts in NFL history that helped shape two of the league’s greatest dynasties – dynasties that produced the 2 best teams the NFL has seen for a single season. While no single draft was solely responsible for creating these dynasties, these 2 drafts coupled with other successful drafts and free agent pickups resulted in sustained excellence on the gridiron.   Today’s piece will be the first of a three part series. In Part I we will define what makes a great draft and look at some of...

SUPER BOWL XLIV: The 44th AFC/NFC World Championship Game

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NFC Champion New Orleans Saints vs. AFC Champion Colts   Line: Colts favored by 5 points, Over/Under 57   The NFL/NFC have won 22 of the 43 Super Bowls….the AFC has won 5 of the last six….this is the tenth game to played in the Miami, South Florida area, 5 games were played at the Orange Bowl, this is the fifth being played at what was first known as Joe Robbie Stadium, now Sun Life Stadium….the regular season series between these teams dates back to 1967, the Baltimore Colts never...

The 50th AFL/AFC Championship Game

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New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts   Line, Colts favored by 7 1/2 points, Over-Under 39   The home team has won 31 AFL/AFC championship games, lost eighteen….home team has won the last three straight…the regular season series between these teams dates back to 1970, the Baltimore Colts  won the first regular season contest between the teams 29-22, the Colts intercepted six Joe Namath passes, returning 2 for touchdowns…, Baltimore Colts built a 15-12 regular season  series advantage over the Jets from 1970-1983, after the Colts moved in 1984, the...

The 77th NFL/NFC Championship Game

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Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints   Line, Saints favored by 4 points, Over-Under 53   The home team has won 51 NFL/NFC championship games, lost 24, the 1936 championship game was played on a neutral field…..the regular season series between these teams dates back to 1968, Saints won the first contest between the teams 20-17, winning on a Billy Kilmer touchdown pass…. the Vikings have won eighteen of the 25 regular season games played between them, the last being a 30-27 win in 2008 at New Orleans, a late...