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CAB: Florida, Mississippi State set for showdown

Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and maybe some other stuff.
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Florida passes Tennessee road test, now gets Mississippi State: The challenges keep coming. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)
Defensive line shines on Rocky Top: It was good work by the Gators up front … but I think Tennessee’s offensive line might be really bad. (Ethan Hughes, Florida Gators)
Adam Shuler brings mean streak to Florida front: Bringing in a transfer who didn’t play elsewhere and wanted to get on a field meant galvanizing a line in need of a leader.

Cowboys Playoff Tracker: Winter is coming for the 1-2 Cowboys

Week 3 in the NFL is an interesting week, because it is the first week after which the first teams are basically eliminated from playoff contention. Only three times since 1990 (‘92 Chargers, ‘95 Lions, ‘98 Bills) has a team made the playoffs after starting 0-3. Since realignment in 2002, not one of the 78 teams that started the season 0-3 made the playoffs, which means the 0-3 teams (Raiders, Texans, Cardinals) can start doing mock drafts.
Week 3 is also interesting for teams like the Cowboys that started the season 1-1, because the third game often points such teams in one or the other direction. Had the Cowboys won against the Seahawks and improved to 2-1, their historic playoff odds would have jumped to 53%. Instead, they dropped to 24%.

Defensive back decommits from Florida State

3-star defensive back Renardo Green announced his decommitment from Florida State on Tuesday.

Green, a 5’11 164 lb cornerback from Wekiva High School in Apopka, FL, has decided to open back up his recruitment after committing to FSU in April.
Green is the second commitment to leave Tribe 19 after defensive end Mike Morris flipped his pledge to the University of Michigan earlier this month. While the Morris flip was hardly a shock, given that the Florida State coaches saw his future on the offensive side of the ball, the Green decommitment is a bit more surprising given that he listed FSU as his “dream school.”
Although small in stature, Green has the ability to play much bigger than his size would dictate. He has solid ball skills and is very physical when it comes to shutting down opposing receivers.

Grading the Game: Arizona State

During the Chris Petersen era, the Washington Huskies defensive strategy has been largely predicated on one principal above all others: forcing opposing offenses to earn every single yard, no matter how consequential that individual yard may be. On Saturday, the Dawgs employed that strategy to great effect, beating the Arizona State Sun Devils for just the second time since 2001. While the seven-point margin of victory made fans sweat the outcome for longer than they would have liked (the Huskies were favored by 18 points at kickoff), there’s no denying that Washington looked like a more complete team against ASU than they did a week earlier at Utah, and should still be considered one of the favorites to win this year’s Pac-12 championship.

Grading the Game: Arizona State

During the Chris Petersen era, the Washington Huskies defensive strategy has been largely predicated on one principal above all others: forcing opposing offenses to earn every single yard, no matter how consequential that individual yard may be. On Saturday, the Dawgs employed that strategy to great effect, beating the Arizona State Sun Devils for just the second time since 2001. While the seven-point margin of victory made fans sweat the outcome for longer than they would have liked (the Huskies were favored by 18 points at kickoff), there’s no denying that Washington looked like a more complete team against ASU than they did a week earlier at Utah, and should still be considered one of the favorites to win this year’s Pac-12 championship.

Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers need to show some patience on offense

If you could sum up the first three games for the Green Bay Packers’ offense in two words they would be “slow start.”
The second half comeback against the Chicago Bears in Week 1 and the ill fated attempt to make a game out of it last Sunday against Washington illustrated the biggest challenge for Green Bay this far: sluggish starts in two of three games by the offense has put the team in a hole at halftime.
Aaron Rodgers is playing on one bad knee and possibly two given reports he injured his hamstring on Sunday. He isn’t as mobile as he usually is. This means the Packers should be running a quick, dink and dunk offense as that has been proven to work since Rodgers got hurt in Week 1.

Who gets the Week 3 Game Ball vs. Patriots?

The Detroit Lions finally got their first win of the season on Sunday, and that means we actually have worthwhile individual performances to acknowledge this week.
While the Lions themselves gave the game ball to head coach Matt Patricia—watch that awesome moment here, if you haven’t already—it’s up to us to hand it out to a deserving player.
Before we get into this week’s candidates vs. the New England Patriots, here are the Game Ball standing through two games.
[Reminder: 1st place in voting gets 3 points, 2nd place gets 2, 3rd place gets 1]
Game Ball standings through Week 2:
Kenny Golladay – 6Devon Kennard – 3 Quandre Diggs – 2Da’Shawn Hand – 1
Onto Week 3:
Kerryon Johnson
Stats: 16 rushes, 101 yards (6.

2018 Opponent Scouting Report: the Texans offense might be beatable.

On September 30, 2018 the Indianapolis Colts will host the Houston Texans in this week four match-up I sought to understand our opponent and get a better idea of how they may attack our new look Colts.
The Texans finished 2017 with 4 wins and 12 losses, in what was only their third losing season in the last decade. The last time these two teams faced off the Texans and Colts were both missing their franchise quarterbacks. In the week of practice leading up to the two teams first matchup of 2017, rookie phenom quarterback Deshaun Watson went down with a torn ACL three days before the game, leaving no time for the coaches to adjust the gamplan. As a result, half of the 2017 Indianapolis Colts wins came against the Houston Texans. This year both starting quarterbacks are expected to play in this one, hopefully the results are the same as last season.

11 revelations from Rod Walters’ 74-page report on Maryland football

After Jordan McNair died following his collapse at a Maryland football practice, the university commissioned Rod Walters, a former SEC trainer and head of Walters Inc., a sports medicine group, to investigate the “practices and procedures” that led to McNair’s death.
You can read that full 74-page report here.
Walters took the podium to answer questions along with University System of Maryland Board of Regents chair James Brady following the release of the report on Friday, but that was mere moments after the report was released to the public. Now that we’ve had some time to go over it, here are the highlights:
1. There’s now an updated timeline of the workout in question, and an account of McNair’s whereabouts.

4:24 p.m.

11 revelations from Rod Walters’ 74-page report on Maryland football

After Jordan McNair died following his collapse at a Maryland football practice, the university commissioned Rod Walters, a former SEC trainer and head of Walters Inc., a sports medicine group, to investigate the “practices and procedures” that led to McNair’s death.
You can read that full 74-page report here.
Walters took the podium to answer questions along with University System of Maryland Board of Regents chair James Brady following the release of the report on Friday, but that was mere moments after the report was released to the public. Now that we’ve had some time to go over it, here are the highlights:
1. There’s now an updated timeline of the workout in question, and an account of McNair’s whereabouts.

4:24 p.m.

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