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By: Will Burge
Weeden bounces back fast – Brandon Weeden left the win over Pittsburgh late in the 4th quarter with a mild concussion and no one knew whether or not he would be able to play Sunday in Oakland. Well now we know. Pat Shurmur said that Weeden was cleared to practice, he did, and he told us after practice that he is good to go for Sunday.
If you listen closely, you can hear laptops being broken all over the Bay area. If Colt McCoy had started against the Raiders, it would have been much harder to exploit the 24th ranked pass defense in the NFL. The Raiders have given up so many big plays through the air that they rank dead last in passing TD’s allowed.
According to Profootballfocus.com, the Raiders starting corner Ron Bartell is ranked 77th in the NFL among players at his position. Matt Giordano, their starting free safety, is ranked 73rd at his position. While Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch are decent players, there are obviously glaring weaknesses in their secondary that need to be tested early and often.
Apology for idiocy – Tank Carder addressed the media and apologized for using a gay slur in a tweet a few days ago. On his twitter account, Carder went to battle with angry fans saying that he did not agree with homosexuality and saying he was “unapologetically strong”.
Well apparently, he has since became “apologetically weak” because he has now apologized twice and asked that people not let that tweet define him. Here is the problem Tank, it does define you. When no one has seen or heard you do anything else, ever, they will take the first impression and judge you.
Fair or not, that’s the reality of the situation. If you don’t like it, delete your twitter and keep your bigotry to yourself.
Big honor for a Browns leader – In somewhat of a surprise, D’Qwell Jackson won the AFC defensive player of the week. Jackson had 9 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass defensed on Sunday but more importantly he is the heart and soul of a defense that forced 8 turnovers.
According to ProFootballFocus.com, Jackson is the 3rd best linebacker in the NFL on pass plays this season and was the 4th ranked linebacker overall in week 12.
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