Only five short weeks into the 2011 season, the NFL has been filled with a plethora of unexpected events. Here are the top 5 surprises so far:
1) The Bills are actually good. With a 4-1 record and convincing wins over the Raiders and Patriots, the Bills look like the real deal. Fred Jackson is averaging nearly 100 rushing yards a game and Ryan Fitzpatrick looks solid if not good. If their defense can step up a little bit, the Bills will continue to pleasantly surprise fans week after week.
2) The Eagles aren't doing so well. The self-proclaimed "Dream Team" is having a living nightmare. A 1-4 start is not the way most analysts and fans saw this season starting. Although they did face decent teams (Falcons, Giants, Bills), most people were clearly expecting more from them. There's still time to turn the season around, but playoff chances are growing slimmer each week.
3) Cam Newton's quick transition to the NFL. He is averaging over 320 passing yards per game and is on pace to break Dan Marino's single season record. Few expected him to throw for over 420 yards in his debut and even fewer expected him to throw for over 430 yards again against the Packers the following week. Not to mention, he's also ran for five rushing touchdowns so far. Based on this, Cam Newton appears to be a legitimate NFL quarterback at the moment. Before you start thinking too highly of Cam, keep in mind interceptions have been a bit of a problem. He's thrown six of them in just five games so far, but interceptions are very typical for rookie quarterbacks.
4) The Lions are 5-0. Here are some fun facts: The Lions have not made the playoffs since 1999. The Lions have not started 3-0 since 1980. The Lions have not started 5-0 since 1956. Despite all of the negative history that surrounds the Lions, they are tied for 1st place in the NFC North with the Packers. Matt Stafford is playing very well with 13 touchdown passes and Calvin Johnson could very well be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL for the time being. With a strong 24-13 win over the Bears last week, the Lions look like they could make a serious push for the playoffs. At the very least they should finish above .500...for the first time since 2000.
5) The NFC West. In the darkest depths of the worst division in the NFL, many would expect to find the 49ers. However, the 49ers actually sit atop the division with a 4-1 record. Their defense is holding opposing teams to just 15.6 points per game and their running game has a spark with Frank Gore in the backfield. The team that most would expect to find in first: The St. Louis Rams, are in last with an 0-4 record. A pitiful defense that allows 28.2 points per game and an even worse offense that has managed to score just 46 points so far this season, potentially makes the Rams the worst team in the NFL at the moment. Even Sam Bradford must shake his head at his 70.8 QB rating.
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Great, terrible, awful, average and terrific are all words that would describe the Rangers 2010-2011 season. Talk about inconsistency. Ultimately in the end, the superb goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist and the hard work of American forward Ryan Callahan was just enough to propel the Rangers into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the number eight seed.
After avoiding a potential two year hiatus from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Rangers found themselves pinned up against the Alex Ovechkin led Washington Capitals. However bounces weren't in the Rangers favor, (see link), and everything that could go wrong went wrong, as they were quickly knocked out in a mere five games.
Despite the early first round exit, the Rangers have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
Young center, Derek Stepan proved he is able to handle second line/third line duties at the NHL level. He put up a very respectable 45 points in his rookie campaign. Stepan can become a top two-way center in the league if he reaches his full potential; which many believe he will.
As alluded to above, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist put up spectacular numbers once again, the main reason why the Rangers reached the playoffs. At 29 years old, Lundqvist is in his prime, and will be among the top goaltenders for the 2011-2012 season. Can he bring the Rangers to the glory land? He is definitely capable of doing it.
On June 29, the Rangers decided to finally buyout disgruntled center, captain, Chris Drury. Drury's career has been slowed down by numerous injuries, limiting his play and ultimately forcing the Rangers to buy him out. His cap hit of just over seven million dollars was way too much for a guy who put up less than 60 points during his tenure as a Ranger.
Heading into "Free Agency Frenzy", the big name on the market was Brad Richards. Who would be able to sign the playmaker machine to a long term deal? Well whenever theirs a superstar on the market, you can always guarantee that General Manager, Glen Sather and the Rangers will make a push to lockup whoever is available. That was certainly the case this year, and the Rangers came out successful as they signed Richards to a lucrative contract worth 6.667 million dollars for nine years.
Richards should be a good complement to sniper Marian Gaborik, who is looking to have a bounce back season after putting up 48 points in an injury riddled 62 game season.
Following the move the Rangers stayed quiet before resigning the likes of restricted free agents, Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan. These two gritty forwards have shown they are capable of shutting down other top lines, while producing offensively as well.
Expect Callahan to be made captain of this team. During his young career, he has exhibited qualities worthy of a captain in the National Hockey League.
The Rangers have the talent to make the playoffs, however given the tough division they play in, it will be difficult. However I see head coach John Tortorella leading his team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
With recent news of the NBA labor negotiations slowly progressing, and hope that the 2011-2012 season could be salvaged, we look at a few players the defending eastern conference champions should take a look at based on need and price range.
1. Samuel Dalembert: For many Heat fans, the 2011 NBA finals were filled with horror and disappointment which exposed many of the team's flaws. One of the major problems not only in that series but throughout the season was the lack of quality production from the center position. Throughout the regular season and up till the eastern conference finals, Head coach Erick Spolestra continued to tinker with the rotation and starting spot. Throughout the year, players like Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Jamaal Magloire, Erick Dampier, Juwan Howard had their fair chances to bring quality consistent play, but in the end all failed misriably when matched up against the likes of Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, and in last June to Tyson Chandler. Although Samuel Dalembert is not near all star level, many believe that he can fill what the Heat need out of a center, which is someone who knows his defensive assignment, crashes the boards, blocks shots and plays off the big 3 on the offensive end. Although there are better big men in this years free agent class, Samuel Dalembert can be an upgrade based on those abilities. Dalembert, who is from Haiti could be interested in playing for the heat due to Miami's haitian population and influence as well as having the chance to compete for an NBA title. With the Heat having salary cap restraints, Dalembert could come cheap at the veterans minimum, which is all the more reason to see him down Biscayne boulevard this upcoming season.
2. Shane Battier: After helping the young Memphis Grizzlies upset the number one seed San Antonio Spurs in the first round, Battier seemingly raised his stock and will be heavily pursued by many teams. Now, many will ask if the Heat have salary cap restraints how would they be able to pursue a free agent that is popular on the market like Battier will be. The answer to that question is simple, Battier who has played on 3 different teams in his 10 year NBA career has not gotten close to winning an NBA title, at age 33 he may not get many more chances. With that being said vets like battier think of winning first and money second. To have an addition like Battier would be great for the Heat, he would be a guy that could spot up and knock down long range shots and match up against some of the premiere perimeter players in the Game like Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose. If battier is truly stern on winning, then joining the heat would be the right move.
3. Tayshaun Prince: Similar to Batter, Prince is a veteran who has been suffering on lottery bound Detroit Pistons teams in the last few seasons that should be looking for a team that can help him get back to his winning ways. Prince at 6 foot 9 inches is a tall athletic combo forward that is a defensive specialist with championship experience. Prince would fit in well as a sixth man who would close out games and bring an offensive boost with his ability to create shots off the dribble as well as knock down the three point shot. Prince who was a teammate of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James on the 2008 U.S. "redeem team " that won gold, could be recruited to try to win his second NBA title on the heat.
4. Michael Redd: Due to injury plagued seasons the last few years, Redd would likely accept an offer for the veteran's minimum from a championship contending team. Like Prince, Redd was also on the "Redeem team" and is friends with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Adding Redd would be a low risk high reward type of player off the bench. At one point Redd was one of the most deadliest shooters in the NBA and spread defenses around the court as soon as he touched the ball. If Redd is able to be 1/4th of what he was in 2004(all star year) then the heat will have a player who could spread the floor on drives and post ups form the big 3.
After the 2011 NBA finals loss many players decided to make a mockery of the Heat due to their feeling of disrespect and hatred, the same players may have themselves competing for roster spot on the very same team.
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The Atlanta Hawks the perfect enigma of a basketball team, talented, but overpaid, needing just one move to hoist them into the upper echelon of playoffs teams, a 4th-5h seed, talented to get to the Conference Finals, disappointing in the lack of achievement. Atlanta has some of the most overpaid players in its roster compact together. Led by Joe Johnson with $18,000,000, Josh Smith at $12,400,000, Al Horford $12,000,000, the expiring contract of Kirk Hinrich at $8,000,000, underachiever Marvin Williams at $7,500,000, and Zaza Pachulia at a servicable but nasty $5,000,000. These grotesque numbers are enough to make former co-owners sue each other.
However, with this payroll comes talent. Joe Johnson is a 6-8 SG with ballhandling skills of a PG and the deadly signature J that makes him feared and makes up for his average lateral quickness and athleticism. Josh Smith is an enigma within an enigma, quick enough to play SF, big and bruising enough to play PF. However, he settles too much for outside jumpers when he should do his damage attacking and punishing slower, weaker forwards with his elite athleticism and explosiveness. Al Horford is a Carlos Boozer sized player forced to play C, which will eventually take its toll, he is still however averaging an Allstar berth and 15-10. Kirk Hinrich is a good backup PG who was overpaid, but is expiring. Marvin Williams, although a bust, has still averaged 10-5, which is still not worth his contract. Zaza is a backup C at best, but will still have to do.
In order for the Hawks to push through they must lose some payroll and risk to rise above. They are talented enough to defeat the Magic, push the Bulls into 7 games, and need only one of several things to push them to the finals. Frontcourt size and a servicable PG, one of which could be fulfilled without doing anything in the free agency or draft. Jeff Teague, had flashes of brilliance during the Eastern Semi-finals against D-Rose. Holding his own and helping the Hawks push MVP-led Bulls to seven games. Jeff Teague is athletic and quick, an underrated passer as well. He is unselfish, but prone to mistakes, because he was rarely given playing time. Next season is for him to shine with Jamal Crawford as a FA and Captain Kirk expiring. Next is frontcourt size, Al Horford is barely 6-9 but forced to play C against a weak Eastern conference front court, that still consists of D-12, Bogut, Brook Lopez, Joakim Noah. Keith Benson was drafted to alleviate the cause, but he barely weighs 220 lbs and is a rookie. In order for the Hawks to achieve once again, they will need to rise to the occasion and fulfill these needs.
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On September 7, Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the Kontinental Hockey League was on a routine flight to Minsk, where they were scheduled to face Dynamo Minsk for the KHL season opener.
However, after failing to gain altitude upon takeoff, an old private jet, carrying 45 people crashed into a signal tower prior to the jet splitting into halves in the Volga River, which is located in close proximity to Yaroslavl.
Of the 45 members on the jet, 36 were part of the Lokomotiv organization, while eight were part of the flight crew. All members perished, except for young right wing, Aleksandr Galimov and crew member, Aleksandr Sizov. Galimov has suffered burns over 90% of his body. He is currently being aided by Vishnevsky Institute in Moscow, and is in critical condition. Sizov is also in "very grave" condition.
Former allstar, Pavol Demitra, defensemen Karl Rachunek, and Karlis Skarastins were among the group of former NHLers who passed away as a result of the crash.
The KHL hopes to rebuild a team in Yaroslavl to remember all the fatalities in this towering, unexpected accident. "We will do our best to ensure that hockey in Yaroslavl does not die, and that is continues to live for the people that were on that plane," commented former great Olympic goaltender, Vladislav Tretyak.
The Kontinental Hockey League has suspended the league's actions for the next five days, while it mourns those lost.
Here are the victims of the crash. Got Sports?Blog's Thoughts and Prayers are with the families and friends who lost loved ones.
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The Vikings will be fielding a new look at offense after losing their Quarterback and top Wide Receiver this off-season. Brett Favre retired. (For Now at least) and Sidney Rice took the bigger contract and left Minnesota for Seattle. The Vikings drafted Christian Ponder, but traded for Donavan McNabb who will start this weekend. The offense will be worse then last season meaning the Vikings playoff chances are not favorable. The Chargers should put up big numbers on offense verse a decent Minnesota Defense. Minnesota's offense will start slow while the team adjusts to a new look at offense meaning the Chargers should easily outpace Minnesota early in the game giving them the edge in this matchup.
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As many avid soccer fans know, the USA men's soccer team fired previous coach Bob Bradley and hired former german national teamer, Jurgen Klinnsman. Bradley didn't do a terrible job with the talent the team had. He led them to consecutive round of 16s in the 2006 and 2010 world cups. The problem he faced was being a defensive minded coach and thinking of keeping shutouts rather than scoring goals. All this has and will change under new coach Jurgen Klinnsman. Klinnsman himself was a forward and career leader in goals for the german national team in his playing days. Therefore, just by nature he thinks scoring goals. That mentality is the environment he wants this national team and the rest of US soccer. He has said himself that currently the USA team is not a 5 star caliber squad and presently cannot win a world cup. The process of changing USA soccer's mentality will take time; probably not in his USA coaching career, but over decades. Klinnsman is preaching to the players that they shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes and that taking risks is what will help them in the long run. Another philosophy the german has is waiting for the young players to evolve and not rushing them straight into playing time. Under coach Bob Bradley, countless young players were supposed to be "the next Pele" of American soccer and ended up being busts. Klinnsman doesn't want the same thing happening with current MLS players Juan Agudelo and Brek Shea. With Bradley, Agudelo was starting or playing heavily in almost every US game in the past year. Though, so far with Klinnsman, Agudelo has played only a couple dozen minutes combined in two games under the new coach. This mentality should be contagious and will help US soccer in the future. We won't see an instant change like most US fans want, but hopefully by the 2014 world cup we can move up from our current 30th ranked team in the world to be a top 20 team. Klinnsman understands soccer isn't a main sports priority in America, but if the team succeeds it might soon be.
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The New Jersey Devils hope to avoid a repeat of last season, which saw them fail to qualify the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1996.
An atrocious start to last year's season, which saw the team go 9-22-2, ended up biting the Devils at season's end. Not even the resurgence of Russian star Ilya Kovalchuk and the mastermind coaching of interim head-coach Jacques Lemaire could propel Jersey's Team into the playoffs despite numerous long term winning streaks.
Their were a few bright spots, however, that should be accounted for.
A youth movement was finally installed into the Devils organization after a Zach Parise injury, and the moving of dead weight, Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner forced callups from Albany.
Youngsters Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Joseffson led this group and have proved to Lou Lamiorello that they are capable of playing in the NHL full time this season. Tedenby's marvelous hands, and quickness could lead to a potential 25-30 goal scorer down the road. Josefsson possesses maturity way beyond his years, and is responsible on both sides of the puck.
Providence College graduate, defenseman Mark Fayne turned into an unexpected surprise. He was a constant int the Devils lineup for most of the duration of the 2010-2011 season. He found himself on a defensive pair with veteran Henrik Tallinder. The 24 year old can become a reliable defensive defenseman if he continues on this path.
The Devils offseason started with a bang, as they selected Adam Larsson with their 4th overall selection. After playing in the Swedish Elite League, the best and most prominent league in Sweden, Larsson may potentially be a regular in the Devil's lineup this season. He certainly has potential to be a top two defenseman. However he is just 18 years old, and going to Albany maybe a more intelligent move.
The Devils had a relatively quiet offseason. They locked up Andy Greene and many other young players in their system.
Greene aspires to have a bounce back season, as he only put up 23 points with a horrendous minus 23. You can't really blame Greene, as that minus stat is a reflection of how bad this team was to begin the season.
On July 19, the Devils went through a rather routine procedure-hiring a new head coach. The Devils haven't been too stable when it comes to coaching. They hired former Florida Panthers head-coach, Peter Deboer. Deboer did exceptionally well, considering the limited talent he had in the sunshine state.
Deboer is a coach who puts on a team that will compete night in night out. Something we haven't really been able to say about Devils teams in years past.
The Devils cleared up much needed cap space when they traded Brian Rolston to the Islanders and bought out longtime d-man, Colin White.
In return for Rolston, the Devils acquired Trent Hunter, but then proceeded to buy out the veteran.
Added to the fold were tough guys Eric Boulton and former fan favorite, Cam Janssen.
Although they aren't necessarily expected to be in the lineup every night, they shall provide some much needed spark, especially against division rivals.
The biggest transaction the Devils made was the resigning of left winger Zach Parise. The Devils resigned him for just one year for a cap hit of six million. He is eligible to test the market next offseason if not resigned before July 1st, 2012.
Parise suited up for just 13 games in 2010-2011. A torn meniscus forced the former first round draft pick to sit out most of the season.
Expect a big year from Parise, as he hopes to cash in for his next contract, whether it will be with the Devils or not.
Legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur will be entering the final year of his contract (gulp), which annually pays him a little over five million dollars a year.
With three Stanley Cups already on his resume, he hopes to add another before he hangs up the skates. He hopes to regain his dominance in net this year after putting up just 23 wins last season.
The Devils are in a youth movement right now. However, I see this team in the playoffs come mid April. They boost loads of talent. Although they may not claim home ice advantage, they will be among the top eight in the Eastern Conference.
- Boise State will be making noise again this year about representing a non-BCS conference in the BCS championship game. Boise State will need to go undefeated to even have a chance, but with a rather easy schedule from here on out an undefeated season looks likely for the Broncos this season.
- Georgia's hopes of a BCS bowl game look like they may be heading out the door. After loosing convincingly to Boise State this weekend they enter next week having to play a very tough South Carolina team. A win there is a must to keep their confidence alive heading into the thick of the season.
- Chase Keenum is back and could give Houston a chance to go undefeated this season after a thrilling victory over UCLA in week one. Keenum was out all of last season with an ACL injury, but appears to have recovered perfectly.
- LSU will be fine with out Jordan Jefferson. LSU convincingly beat number 4 Oregon without Jefferson and will be in the national championship hunt even if he is gone all season.
- The Big East could be competitive again after a down year last season. West Virginia is strong like always and USF looks highly competitive after knocking off Notre Dame this weekend. Rutgers is a dark horse as well after knocking off NCCU 48-0 in game in which the offense and defense were both flawless.
- Notre Dame once again appears like it will be heading towards another mediocre season after receiving their first loss to USF before they enter an extremely though stretch the next 4 weeks.
- South Carolina is my dark house to reach the national championship game. When Stephen Garcia is in at Quarterback the offensive is extremely explosive and can score on anyone after putting up 56 points in their week 1 win.
The New York Islanders finished the 2010-2011 campaign with a medicre 73 points, ahead of only the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference.
However their were a few silver linings in such a dreadful season.
John Tavares avoided the infamous sophmore slump, putting up an impressive 67 points in 79 games.
Tavares was the Islanders first overall selection back in 2009, and is surely living up to expectations.
When the Islanders picked up Michael Grabner off waivers from the Florida Panthers in October, they were expecting a player who could score a timely goal here and there.
Boy did they end up getting lucky. Grabner ended up leading the Isles in goals with 34 and was in the hunt for Rookie of the Year honors all season, but ended up losing to Jeff Skinner.
At the draft, the Islanders made Ryan Strome their fifth overall selection. Strome is a Youtube sensation, known for his slick, and smooth hands. Let's hope he doesn't turn into a former first round draft pick, Rob Schremp.
Unlikely, yes, because Strome has skill in a lot of areas, but I guess anything is possible, right?
The Island was very quiet in the offseason, as they always are, due to money restraints. Garth Snow focused on getting his young guys long term contracts, which he was quite successful in doing.
The most critical news came off ice for the Islanders. Voters rejected an Arena Referendum on August 2nd. This basically means the Islanders will depart Long Island, once their lease is over with the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Islanders did make headline news when they struck a deal with the New Jersey Devils, sending Trent Hunter to Newark for veteran Brian Rolston.
Possibly being relied on more on the Island, can help rejuvenate a career in much need of rejuvenation.
However I see Rolston as a guy who will step up in the locker room and mentor the young Islanders, as the 38 year old winger has seen it all in his lengthy career. Expect an average 15-20 goals from the winger.
Perhaps the biggest move, or non move, is the return of former all-star defenseman, Mark Streit. Streit missed the entire 2010-2011 season, leaving a large whole on the Islanders blue line.
Streit is a quality defenseman, who can put up a lot of points for a team that needs more point production from their D corps.
The Islanders hope to be a little bit more stable in net. Last season they went through an absurd amount of six goalies.
This year we expect a different story, as Rick DiPietro is expected to start the season. Hopefully he becomes more careful when dealing with his injury. If you've injury prone, don't get into goalie fight with a guy quite bigger in frame then you. Not the intelligent thing to do, Ricky.
Evgeni Nabokov is expecting to report to training camp for the Islanders after avoiding them last year after they picked him up off waivers.
A DiPietro, Nabokov goaltending duo has the potential to be quite good IF the former can stay healthy.
The New York Islanders will be in the hunt for the playoffs this year. Will they qualify? Probably not. They play in arguably the toughest division in all of sports, the Atlantic Division. They do have the offensive depth, however their defense is lacking a proven defenseman besides for Streit. Give it a couple more years for the Islanders rebuild. Their almost there, Islanders Faithful.
The Pittsburgh Steelers. The most feared team this decade - let alone NFL history. The big question is: Can they, once again, prove themselves an elite football squad?
The Cleveland Browns- Recently, nothing has been going in favor of Cleveland. LeBron left the Cavaliers, who ended up going a dreaded 19-63. The Cleveland Indians have not been good since their 2007 run to the American League Championship against the Boston Red Sox. Now they are in the rebuilding process just like the Cincinnati Bengals.
Linebackers- The most dominant aspect of the Steelers is by far, without any question, their linebackers. They have too many good linebackers. This is a problem because they want to give young prospect Jason Worlids and veteran Larry Foote some reps. Other than that, some might say that this is the most dominant set of linebackers in NFL history. Starting at left outside linebacker is LaMarr Woodley. Woodley was just signed a 6 year $61.5 million contract! Some might say that he is the heat and soul of the Steelers's linebackers with his incredible capability to sack a quarterback. Next, playing left inside linebacker is James Farrior. He is the worst out of all of their starting linebackers, yet if he were to be placed on any other roster, he would possibly be the best. Young Lawrence Timmons starts at right inside linebacker. He was drafted as the Steeler's 1st pick in the 2007 NFL draft. He had a break-out season last year with 135 tackles! This is why the Steelers rewarded him with a 6 year $50 million extension. Last but not least, James Harrison. He will, like usual, be starting as the right outside linebacker. Harrison is pretty much the most dangerous and feared player in the NFL. He is also one of the best. His sack count goes off the charts every season. This is why he is one of the most valuable players on the Steelers. If anything, these incredible linebackers will play better this year than ever because they all have experience now.
Cornerbacks- Ike Taylor is one of the most consistent cornerbacks in the league. He has only missed three games in his eight year career. His tackle count is always above 50 (high for a cornerback) and always gets multiple interceptions every season. His average pass deflection per game is 0.98. That is pretty much one per game. On the other hand, Bryant McFadden is unreliable. Before every game, it is announced that one of the key factors for the Steelers's opponent is attacking Bryant McFadden. This is why William Gay may receive a starting role this season instead of McFadden.
Young head coach Mike Tomlin is already an NFL elite coach. Raters place him as the second best active coach (behind Bill Bilichick). Tomlin has already won coach of the year and made it to the Super Bowl twice. In his four years of being the head coach he has led the Steelers to a 10-6 season, a 12-4 season, a 9-7 season, and another 12-4 season. Those are great records. Unarguably the best defensive coordinator of all times is Dick LeBeau. Since he was assigned as the Steelers's defensive coordinator, the points allowed per game is roughly 18 points. Bruce Arians is the offensive coordinator of the Steelers. Arians started his NFL coaching career as the Colts's quarterback coach. Peyton Manning's career started off with a big bang because of Arians. In 2007 the Steelers assigned him as their offensive coordinator. Since then, the Steelers have only been heading in the right direction.
Overall Grade: A-
Predictions Based On Schedule-
The 2011 schedule for the Steelers looks remarkably easy. It starts out somewhat tough, but it gets more and more unchallenging as the season goes on.
Week #1: Ravens (away) Loss
Week #2: Seahawks (home) Win
Week #3: Colts (away) Win
Week #4: Texans (away) Loss
Week #5: Titans (home) Win
Week #6: Jaguars (home) Win
Week #7: Cardinals (away) Win
Week #8: Patriots (home) Loss
Week #9: Ravens (home) Win
Week #10: Bengals (away) Win
Week #11: Bye Week
Week #12: Chiefs (away) Win
Week #13: Bengals (home) Win
Week #14: Browns (home) Win
Week #15: 49ers (away) Win
Week #16: Rams (home) Win
Week #17: Browns (away) Win
Overall Record: 13-3
This Is Got Sports Blog Writer Jordan Kahn.
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