Big Surprises, Wild Card Races, Top Teams, Looking Towards The Half-Time Report



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1st QUARTER





Big Surprises, Wild Card Races, Top Teams, Looking Towards The Half-Time Report







City of Brotherly Love Not Feeling It As Team Flounders Amid High Expectations?

Eagles Coach Valentino Montalbano is feeling the heat these days as his talent laden squad has stumbled to an unexpected 1-3 start. The defending NFC East Champs began the season with a 20-10 loss at home against hated Dallas in a game that saw the offense have a virtual meltdown in the second half being shutout. A smackdown in Washington the following week and a week 4 whipping at the hands of Indianapolis has sent the organization to the mattresses.

The statistics,though, suggest the club should be playing better so folks are asking what, exactly, has been the problem? Well, for one, the Eagles are the most penalized team in the league being flagged a whopping 30 timesfor 252 yards! Those two dubious numbers lead the PADFL and have led to far too many 3rd and longs for Philly. That,in turn, has led to the Eagles woeful 29.2% 3rd down conversion rate which is the 8th worst in the league. To put that in perspective, only 2 teams in the league have an above .500 record and have a worse 3rd down ratio (Kansas City and Atlanta) than the Eagles!

To be sure, there is alot of time left in the season but Philly has to get it going now. They have another tough test against Denver next before having three straight winnable games versus New York, San Diego, and Carolina. Then, they face rival Dallas down in Big D. The Eagles won in Dallas last season, 30-16, but the Cowboys have played like the best team in the NFC so far this year.



#14 QB Andy Dalton Has Posted 122.6 QB Rating For Undefeated Saints

#14 Andy Dalton Has Posted 122.6 QB Rating Thus Far for Unbeaten Saints







Please excuse the enthusiasm being exhibited by giddy Saints’ fans, players,and even coach Keith Sanderlin lately. Afterall,this is a franchsie that has never finished higher than third in the rugged NFC Central but now finds itself atop the division at 4-0 after compiling convincing wins over Minnesota, Green Bay,and Seattle!They have done much of their damage with the brilliant play of QB Andy Dalton, who has tossed 10 TD passes while throwing just 1 pick, combined with the punishing running of Marshawn Lynch who has plowed for 453 yards (4.9 YPC) and 2 touchdowns. TE/WR Jimmy Graham has been a match-up nightmare snagging 32 balls at an 11 YPR clip! The Saints can take charge of the division if they can go to Lambeau Field this week and beat the Packers there for the first time ever! WHO DAT?



4-0 Saints Have Big Easy Feeling Jazzy

The PDAFL will be installing a new schedule format this year that is designed to match teams according to their prior season’s results rather than pre-determined year-by-year traditional scheduling systems. The league has had difficulty creating balanced schedules with its current league construct that has two 5-team divisions and one 4-team division in each conference soit is going to try this new method. Essentially, the winners of each division from a season ago can count on playing the winners from all the other divisons each season with that concept trickling down toall the other clubs. There is a problem with the 5th place teams in the four divisions matching up with the 4th place teams from the NFC West and AFC Central but the league has done its best to balance even these teams. In additon, it became necessary to always have the two 4-team divisions play each other due to the divisional imbalances.

The truth is leagues simply cannot create parity without unfairly penalizing the owners who have built powerful teams and few leagues have ever supported any idea of creating parity by forcing talent off winning franchises. At the same time, leagues have trouble remaining stable if the talent gets so unbalanced that some teams cannot see any light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. This results in owners losing interest and even leaving the league with the added dilemma of the league then being burdened with trying to find new owners willing to assume control of the abandoned weak teams.

The new schedule is designed to, perhaps, find a bit of a compromise to the competing views. The top teams will retain their talent (The exiting cap has not forced top teams to lose talant) but will inherit extremely challenging schedules outside their divisions while the weaker teams will play schedules more in line with their overall talent abilities. It is hoped that this will extend the playoff hunts later into the season generating owner interest and participation, trade activity beyond the traditional mode of the weak teams moving ”rental” studs to contenders for future draft picks or talent, and extending excitement deeper into the season! The system, though, should still reward the top teams (most of the time) assuming those teams win the games within their divisions that they are supposed to win. Time will tell if this schedule results in added energy and great competition.







Cowboys Running Roughshod Over League?

The Dallas Cowboys (4-0) and running back Demarco Murray have begun the season literally trampling teams into oblivion. The Pokes have rushed for 688 yards with a league best 9 rushing touchdowns mostly behind their star studded offensive line and their great back. Murray has had games of 180, 168, 96,and 184 yards this year and is on pace for a stunning 2612 yard season! If any team is going to knock off Dallas,they are going to have to find a way to slow down the D-Marc Express.

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The Next 4 Weeks?

Some Observations

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There is one thing that we can all count on: The loser of the week 5 Philly-Denver Game is staring at disaster.

The Vikings might look ugly two weeks from nowif they lose to both Chicago and Green Bay but this author has them still finishing no worse than 10-6 or 11-5! Don’t sleep on the Purple People Eaters.

I have a feeling Dallas is gonna win a few more in a row and talk of a 16-0 year is gonna crop up. But, a week 12 game at Soldeir Field against the Bears could shape up as one of the biggest regular season match-ups in PADFL history! Stay tuned.

The Green Bay Packers’ 228.5 YPG allowed on defense is on pace to set a new league record. The Eagles hold the regular season record allowing just 254.1 YPG and set that mark last season.

Dallas RB DeMarco Murray has been terrific thus far this season. But, Viking Adrian Peterson galloped for 2397 yards two years ago in Minnesota with an incredible 6.1 avg! AP topped the century mark 12 times that year, had three 200+ yd games, and hit the end-zone25 times!



Falcons Flying High!

3-1 start has team thinking playoffs

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The Atlanta Falcons are back! After a 12-4 season two years ago, Hotlanta got mighty frigid with a 2-14 debacle last year. But, a revival has begun with the club taking three of their first four games and the teamin first place in the NFC West.

Still, entusiasm has been tempered a bit by the prospect of an impending three game slate coming up that will include games against Cincinnati, St.Louis, and New Orleans. But, if they can grab 1 win out of this run they will be at 4-3 after seven games and very much so in position to make a second half run!



It’s Music City Baby For Surging Titans...

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The Titans have never finished above .500 in the PADFL but things are looking up these days in Nashville. At 3-1, Tennessee is hanging tough with the favored Bengals in the AFC Central. They have a stretch of games coming up that could be tough but that is followed up with an extremely favorable schedule down the back half of the season. Games against St. Louis, Kansas City, and Cinci (on the road) loom before a critical set of games against Cleveland, Miami, New England, and San Diego.

QB Mike Glennon has played well connecting with a trio of wide receivers: Torrey Smith, Markus Wheaton,and Mohamed Sanu. The defense has been sparked by a nice pass rush paced by DE’s Rob Ninkovich and Michael Johnson who have combined for 7 sacks and 8 hurries.

If this keeps up, The Music City will have alot to sing about.

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