Around SB Nation: What Other NFL Blogs Are Discussing

After a lengthy holdout, not participating in camp, and not playing in the preseason, Mike Wallace expects to start Week 1 against the Broncos.

First game of the regular season is Sunday. I cannont wait! What will we learn this year? Not much considering we're in a rebuilding year.

Anyway, it's time for our weekly look at what the rest of the NFL Blogs around SB Nation are discussing this week.

Here's the rundown:

AFC EAST:

New England Patriots (via Pats Pulpit)

Branch Cut: Now What? - Pats Pulpit
Oh that Bill Belichick. About as predictable as it gets. I saw that Deion Branch cut from a mile away.

New York Jets (via Gang Green Nation)

Can An Elite Defense Carry A Team In The Modern Game? - Gang Green Nation
Back in 2000 the Baltimore Ravens captured a world championship by playing Elite defense Led by Ray Lexis. Some might even argue that the 2000 Ravens had the best defense of all time

Buffalo Bills (via Buffalo Rumblings)

Buffalo Bills' Linebacker Position Still Unsettled - Buffalo Rumblings
Arthur Moats appeared to win the Buffalo Bills' starting strong-side linebacker job in the pre-season, but as practice for Week 1 began, he was splitting first-team reps with rookie Nigel Bradham.

AFC NORTH:

Baltimore Ravens (via Baltimore Beatdown)

How Does Baltimore Rank In Smartest Spenders In Sports? - Baltimore Beat Down
Bloomberg Business Week did a ranking of the Smartest Spenders In Sports, rating all the teams in the four major sports leagues in North America (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL).

Pittsburgh Steelers (via Behind the Steel Curtain)

Steelers WR Mike Wallace Looks To Start In Week 1 At Denver - Behind the Steel Curtain
Steelers WR Mike Wallace practiced with the starting offense on Monday, strongly suggesting he'll start in Week 1 when the Steelers take on the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field.

Cincinnati Bengals (via Cincy Jungle)

FOX Sports Predicts The 2012 NFL Season Results - Cincy Jungle
FOX Sports predicts outcomes and awards for the 2012 NFL season.

Cleveland Browns (via Dawgs By Nature)

RB Trent Richardson Returns to Browns Practice - Dawgs By Nature
After having surgery on August 9th on his left knee, Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson participated in practice on Monday, according to reports.

AFC SOUTH:

Houston Texans (via Battle Red Blog)

Houston Texans Roster Moves: Seven To The Practice Squad, Shelley Smith Waived - Battle Red Blog
The Houston Texans continue to make roster moves. Today, they have added seven members to their practice squad and waived Shelley Smith from the 53-man roster.

Tennessee Titans (via Music City Miracles)

Previous First-Time Starting Quarterbacks Fared Surprisingly Well - Music City Miracles
As Jake Locker prepares for his first career start, Music City Miracles glances back into the past to look at other first round QBs in his situation. Six other QBs faced a similar scenario and all had excellent initial games. How will Jake do?

Jacksonville Jaguars (via Big Cat Country)

Jaguars Name Team Captains, Blaine Gabbert Earns Honor - Big Cat Country
The Jaguars named team captains on Monday and Blaine Gabbert earned the honor, while three-time Pro Bowler Maurice Jones-Drew did not.

Indianapolis Colts (via Stampede Blue)

Austin Collie On Track To Start Against Chicago - Stampede Blue
Austin Collie was "full go" for Monday's practice and "looks good for Sunday," according to Phil Wilson of the Indy Star. Obviously, most of us have a great deal of mixed feelings about this situation, including Collie's own father.

AFC WEST:

Denver Broncos (via Mile High Report)

Broncos release their week one depth chart - Mile High Report
The Broncos release their week one depth chart.

San Diego Chargers (via Bolts from the Blue)

San Diego Chargers: Searching for an Offensive Tackle - Bolts From The Blue
In searching for a recently-released Offensive Tackle with starting experience, there isn't much to find.

Oakland Raiders (via Silver and Black Pride)

Van Dyke release signals complete overhaul at cornerback for Raiders - Silver And Black Pride
Raiders have now officially made a complete overhaul of their cornerback unit from last season.

Kansas City Chiefs (via Arrowhead Pride)

Chiefs Have Plenty Of Salary Cap Space Entering 2012 Season - Arrowhead Pride
The KC Chiefs have the second most salary cap space in the NFL entering the 2012 season.

NFC EAST:

New York Giants (via Big Blue View)

Shaun O'Hara Officially Retires - Big Blue View
Former New York Giants center Shaun O'Hara has not played in the NFL since the Giants released him on the eve of training camp in 2011. Today, he made his retirement from the NFL official, joining NFL Network as an analyst.

Philadelphia Eagles (via Bleeding Green Nation)

Eagles Defense, Nick Foles Among NFL Preseason Leaders - Bleeding Green Nation
I'm not sure exactly what it means when you lead the NFL in a stat during the preseason, probably that you played a lot... But it certainly can't be taken as a bad thing.

Dallas Cowboys (via Blogging the Boys)

The Cowboys Must Win The Fourth Quarter in 2012 - Blogging The Boys
Improved 4th quarter play in 2012 could easily be the difference between a playoff spot and another top ten pick for the Cowboys in the 2013 draft. We look at why.

Washington Redskins (via Hogs Haven)

Bull Market: Five Non-Starters on the Rise - Hogs Haven
Hogs Haven takes a look at five Redskins backups who stock rose as a result of last week's roster cuts.

NFC NORTH:

Green Bay Packers (via Acme Packing Company)

Packers-49ers Series History - Acme Packing Company
History of the series between the San Fransisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers

Detroit Lions (via Pride of Detroit)

Jim Schwartz Explains Why Kellen Moore Made Lions Roster - Pride Of Detroit
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talked on Monday about the decision to keep Kellen Moore on the team's 53-man roster.

Chicago Bears (via Windy City Gridiron)

Urlacher's Knee: How will it affect the Bears? - Windy City Gridiron
Can the Bears win without Urlacher? History says no.

Minnesota Vikings (via Daily Norseman)

Peterson To Be Game-Time Decision; Will Be "Limited" If He Plays - Daily Norseman
Adrian Peterson could be "limited" against the Jacksonville Jaguars. . .if he plays at all.

NFC SOUTH:

New Orleans Saints (via Canal Street Chronicles)

Sports Illustrated's Take on the Saints Chances in 2012 - Canal Street Chronicles
Sports Illustrated's 2012 NFL Preview is out, and this post highlights and comments on what it says about the Saints chances in the upcoming season.

Atlanta Falcons (via The Falcoholic)

Who Will Return Punts For The Falcons On Sunday? - The Falcoholic
Mike Smith is really good at avoiding giving straight answers to the media. At Flowery Branch on Monday he neglected to share any specifics concerning the starters and over game plan this coming weekend.

Carolina Panthers (via Cat Scratch Reader)

Steve Smith Returns to Practice; Should Play in Opener - Cat Scratch Reader
I'm reading between the lines here but I'm sure Smitty returning to practice just in time for game planning says he plans to play. Right now we all just happy to see him back in practice:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Bucs Nation)

The Experienced Back - Bucs Nation
Josh Freeman is entering a pivotal year in his career. So far it has truly been a roller coaster ride. From the first game of his rookie season you could see he had talent and potential, however he was prone to inaccuracy and extremely poor decision making in the red zone that led to many turnovers. The Buccaneers won only 3 games during Freeman’s rookie year.

NFC WEST:

San Francisco 49ers (via Niners Nation)

So What Exactly Is A 'Football Player'? - Niners Nation
We take a look at some of Jim Harbaugh's comments describing 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith as "a football player", and try to figure out what he means

Arizona Cardinals (via Revenge of the Birds)

Despite Being Spurned From The Starting Position, Kevin Kolb Continues To Keep His Head Held High - Revenge of the Birds
Even though Kevin Kolb lost the starting quarterback competition to John Skelton, he still plans on being the best he can be and being ready for when his name is called.

Seattle Seahawks (via Field Gulls)

Notes on the 2012 Seahawks and the Zone Blocking Scheme - Field Gulls
I was just able to finish catching up with the Seahawks-Raiders game this week and I am thoroughly impressed with how much the play of the offensive line has improved overall

St. Louis Rams (via Turf Show Times)

Rams Depth Chart: Who Starts At Left Guard? - Turf Show Times
The shape of the St. Louis Rams offensive line is changing ... again. Who will be the starting left guard?

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