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Picking apart the Week Five picks

Picking apart the Week Five picks

profootballtalk.com Updated Oct 4, 2012
Every Thursday, MDS joins PFT Live to discuss our game picks for the coming week. This week, we disagree on two games - Cardinals at Rams (which is going on right now) and Falcons at Redskins. We also each have one game that makes us nervous.  For MDS,
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  • Payton to attend Chargers-Saints, sources say

    Payton to attend Chargers-Saints, sources say

    Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will be in attendance at the Louisiana Superdome for Sunday night's game against the San Diego Chargers, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Report: Vitt declining Brees' invitation

    Report: Vitt declining Brees' invitation

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Oct 4, 2012
    At the request of Drew Brees, the NFL has given suspended New Orleans coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis permission to be at Sunday night’s game against San Diego. But at least one of the three reportedly
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  • Pierre Garçon says he won’t be 100 percent for a while

    Pierre Garçon says he won’t be 100 percent for a while

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Redskins got wide receiver Pierre Garçon back for Sunday’s win over the Buccaneers, although it was clear he wasn’t 100 percent recovered from his foot injury during the game. Garçon’s biggest play came when he fell on a Robert Griffin III fum
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  • Packers rule Greg Jennings out for Week Five

    Packers rule Greg Jennings out for Week Five

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    It was pretty easy to predict that the Packers were going to try to beat the Colts this weekend without wide receiver Greg Jennings after Jennings aggravated his groin injury against the Saints, but we thought we’d have to wait until Friday for them to
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  • Aldrick Robinson recovers from pregame collision

    Aldrick Robinson recovers from pregame collision

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Before Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather ran into receiver Aldrick Robinson, who was walking with his head down. Robinson was knocked unconscious. Amazingly, Robinson has been cleared to play. Even more amazingly,
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  • Lance Moore could miss Sunday night with hamstring injury

    Lance Moore could miss Sunday night with hamstring injury

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Well, now we know why the Saints looked at a quintet of free-agent receivers on Tuesday. Lance Moore, who is tied with Marques Colston with 19 receptions for the most among wide receivers, hasn’t practiced this week due to a hamstring injury, according
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  • Panthers going in short-handed against Seahawks

    Panthers going in short-handed against Seahawks

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Panthers have enough issues on defense, but now they appear to be going in short-handed. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday (via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer) that cornerback Chris Gamble wasn’t expected to play this week because of a s
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  • Julio Jones says his hand wasn’t reason for quiet Week Four

    Julio Jones says his hand wasn’t reason for quiet Week Four

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    Earlier this week, Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said that wide receiver Julio Jones‘ lacerated hand contributed to the fact that he finished last Sunday’s victory over the Panthers with just one catch. It doesn’t seem that he cleared t
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  • Falcons could become next team to use PSLs

    Falcons could become next team to use PSLs

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    The Falcons are hoping to get a new stadium to replace the Georgia Dome.  If they do, fans could end up having to pay for the ability to sit in the seats to which they buy tickets. According to 11Alive News in Atlanta, an NBC affiliate, the latest term …
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  • Cam Newton needs a new act

    Cam Newton needs a new act

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    After watching Cam Newton in his past two games, it occurred to me: I have seen this act before. The incredibly talented Carolina quarterback has been sulking on the sidelines when things don’t go well, waiting nearly an hour to talk to the media after
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  • Matt Ryan wins NFC offensive player of the month

    Matt Ryan wins NFC offensive player of the month

    For many people, nothing Matt Ryan does in September will ever matter. But it was still a really good September. The Falcons quarterback was named NFC offensive player of the month for September, for leading his team to a 4-0 record. Ryan was fairly phe…
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  • Around the NFC South

    Around the NFC South

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Let's take a look at the Thursday morning headlines from around the NFC South: ATLANTA FALCONS Matt Ryan continues to be talked about as an MVP candidate, but the quarterback doesn’t want to hear it. That’s exactly what I’d expect from Ryan, who doe
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  • Saints, Buccaneers struggle with YAC

    Saints, Buccaneers struggle with YAC

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    When it comes to allowing yards after the catch, two NFC South defenses are the worst in the NFL. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the New Orleans Saints have allowed a league-worst 636 yards after the catch (YAC). Their percentage of yards al…
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  • DeAngelo Hall and Mike Smith make up

    DeAngelo Hall and Mike Smith make up

    profootballtalk.com Oct 4, 2012
    DeAngelo Hall never played for Mike Smith, and they never had the warmest relationship. But they apparently patched things up over mai tais (or something) in Hawaii. Hall was one of the first players shipped out when Smith and general manager Thomas Dim…
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  • Southern exposure for Week 5

    Southern exposure for Week 5

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Let’s take our weekly look at the506.com to see which games involving NFC South teams will be shown in which television markets around the nation on Sunday. This week is pretty easy because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a bye and we don’t have to wait
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  • Blogger Blitz: Saints' play-action woes

    Blogger Blitz: Saints' play-action woes

    ESPN.com Oct 4, 2012
    Pat Yasinskas talks about how the Saints' success rate using the play-action pass is falling.
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  • The Saints' Woes Go Beyond Payton's Absence

    The Saints' Woes Go Beyond Payton's Absence

    grantland.com Oct 4, 2012
    What's happened to the New Orleans Saints? Unquestionably the most disappointing team in football through four games, last year's 13-3 NFC South champ...
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  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Chargers-Saints 00:32

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Chargers-Saints

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for San Diego at New Orleans
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Seahawks-Panthers 00:26

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Seahawks-Panthers

    Oct 4
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Seattle at Carolina
  • Video - Preview: San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints 02:33

    Preview: San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints

    Oct 4
    NFL Films previews the Week 5 matchup between the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints.
  • Video - Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers 02:12

    Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers

    Oct 4
    NFL Films previews the Week 5 matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers.

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