NFL Links: Ngata's added girth paying off

Posted Oct. 05, 2012 @ 10:49 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Friday, Oct. 5

Ravens DT Haloti Ngata says his decision to bulk up to 350 pounds in the offseason is already paying dividends.

Among the wealth of issues that have plagued the winless Saints in 2012, the lack of a pass rush might be the most worrisome.

Despite the Browns’ 0-4 start and speculation of a front office shakeup under new management, incoming owner Jimmy Haslam III doesn’t plan to make any major changes until the end of the year.

A Minnesota writer offers an in-depth look at Vikings DE Jared Allen and his keys to getting to the quarterback.

After a quiet start to the season, Chargers WR Robert Meachem says Sunday would be a great time for a big game as he returns to New Orleans.

A Pittsburgh columnist wonders what has happened to the Steelers’ once elite run defense.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

A Seattle columnist thinks Pete Carroll “has painted himself into a corner” with the preseason decision to start Russell Wilson over Matt Flynn at quarterback.

Even though the Raiders allowed 37 points against the Broncos in Week Four, Richard Seymour says the game tape shows Oakland’s defense is "so close" and “headed in the right direction.”

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand says the Lions’ slow start is “a different 1-3 than we’ve experienced in the past.”

A New York writer offers a proposal for more ways to utilize Tim Tebow, including as the Jets’ “designated spiker” and “challenge-flag tosser.”

After two years under heavy scrutiny from fans, Texans CB Kareem Jackson is starting to fulfill his first-round pedigree.

A St. Louis columnist says that any fans worried about the impact of the Rams’ 2012 draft class should quiet their concerns.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is not worried about the offense’s lack of explosiveness, saying “the big plays will come.”

The Bears’ impressive defensive performance Monday night stole the spotlight from another “Cutler Cold Shoulder,” according to a Chicago columnist.

Is it possible that Wildcat QB Colin Kaepernick’s increased involvement in San Francisco is an indictment of the base offense with Alex Smith and Co.?

A San Diego writer thinks this older, more mature Chargers roster might just be the perfect fit for Norv Turner’s coaching style.

Sunday night’s failed comeback drive against the Eagles should help teach the Giants that “late rallies are not a sure thing,” according to a New York columnist

Despite ranking statistically among the league’s worst starting quarterbacks, Ryan Tannehill is impressing his coaches in Miami.

Monday, Oct. 1

After Sunday’s game-winning drive, an Atlanta writer thinks Matt Ryan and the Falcons are “closing in on greatness.”

Even with the return of the regular referees Sunday, fans, coaches and players in Green Bay are still unhappy with the officiating of their games.

Though the Patriots destroyed Tim Tebow’s Broncos twice last season, a Denver columnist says Peyton Manning will make Sunday’s game in New England a fair fight.

After Mark Sanchez's anemic performance against the 49ers, could Tebow Time on the horizon? A New York writer certainly thinks so.

Brian Dawkins’ return to Philadelphia made Sunday “a night to remember” for both the nine-time Pro Bowler and Eagles fans.

A Minnesota columnist takes a look at the surprising 3-1 start by the supposedly rebuilding Vikings.