Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots: Owning a New England running back in fantasy football is often maddening as Coach Bill Belichick likes to spread out the workload, one that can change on a weekly basis. And each Patriots tailback has shined at various points this season. Burkhead, signed during the offseason, was injured for several weeks before returning in late October.
To be honest, I think as a team we kind of don’t understand why we got written off because we’re playing with a backup, Wisniewski told co-host Ed McCaffrey and me earlier this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Nick Foles is a really good quarterback. He’s made a Pro Bowl in the past. He’s got a great arm. He’s athletic, he’s smart, and you can see that as his reps grow with the first-team offense he keeps getting more and more confident.
Everyone likes to make it about one player — the quarterback. But it’s a team sport. Wentz was having a great year. Obviously that’s a big loss. But we’re 13-3 and the No. 1 seed not just because of Wentz but because we’ve got a heck of a defense, our running game has been great, we’ve got a lot of talent on offense and good special teams.
Elliott and the Union were subjected to an arbitration process in which, among other things, there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives, including NFL Senior Vice President and Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel, to hide critical information, which would completely exonerate Elliott, the filing stated.
I’ve always believed NFL conference title games are the most pressure-filled of all playoff games. For any team other than the Patriots, for whom it’s invariably Super Bowl victory or bust, a loss in this round is the ultimate downer.
I’ve been to the conference championship six times, and my teams won twice (1976 Vikings, 1999 Titans) and lost four times (Vikings in 1977, 1987 and 1998 and Titans in 2002). We lost the two Super Bowls in which my teams played, but it was absolutely more painful to lose in the NFC/AFC championship games.