This Week in the NFL! Ed Kracz/NFL Contributor


By Ed Kracz ED

Official NFL Contributor to The Balance

The Dallas Cowboys have the weekend off thanks to their bye, but the drama that has surrounded star running back Ezekiel Elliott did not take a break.
Elliott’s on-again, off-again six-game suspension was reinstated earlier in the week. Elliott, the Cowboys and the NFL Players Association refuse to go quietly into the night, however.
The NFLPA has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an immediate recall so they can pursue a full-panel hearing with the court. If the recall goes through, Elliott may very well be able to play in Dallas’ next game on Oct. 22 against the winless 49ers. If it does not, he will sit out games against San Francisco, the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angles Chargers. He would not be eligible to return until Nov. 30 against Washington.
By then, the Cowboys’ defense of the NFC East title they won last year, when they went 13-3, may be out the window, because the Eagles appear to be in good shape to unseat them.
The Eagles are sitting at 5-1, compared to Dallas’ 2-3, and Philly quarterback Carson Wentz has taken a huge leap forward from his rookie season. Wentz has thrown seven touchdowns in his last two games and has been over 300-yards passing in half the team’s games this year.
More importantly, the Eagles are playing team football and free of the drama that surrounds the Cowboys and also another NFC East team, the New York Giants, who are sitting at 0-5, have injuries galore at receiver and had to suspend cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie earlier in the week when he complained about being taken out of a recent game.
Elliott and the Cowboys seem to be affected by the suspension issue.
The offensive line, which is one of the league’s best, isn’t playing at the same level as it did last year when Elliott led the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards.
Also, in his first five games last year, Elliott had 546 yards and five touchdowns. In his first five this season, he has 393 with one touchdown and was held to eight yards on the ground by the Denver Broncos in Week Two.
Should Elliott be lost for the next six games, the running game would be handled by Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden. Not bad, but not Elliott, either.
That means quarterback Dak Prescott, who was last year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, will likely have to shoulder a heavier load.
Prescott has the targets to be effective in future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten and receivers Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley, but the quarterback also has an 11-game streak where he has failed to throw for more than 300 yards.
That would have to end if Elliott’s suspension remains in place.

The Balance Presents Super Bowl 50 Party/Special

Welcome to the annual Balance Super Bowl Party/Special broadcast.

This should be your 1st stop on Super Bowl Sunday. Today we invite freinds of the show back to talk nothing but Super Bowl

Host of the Balance El Presidente Tom Marquis and special guest Co-Host Ed Kracz Ed Kracz beat writer covering the Philadelphia Eagles for Calkins Media bring you all The Super Bowl storylines with a “Balance Twist”

This is a “Podcast” Format so 2 hours commercial free Super Bowl Talk

Mo of the Co Host of @BSSportstheFan Show, Matt Hicks from 1070 the fan in Indy,Kent Sterling of the Kent Sterling Show,Jason Hammer of the Hammer and Nigel show all are just a few of the guest expected to call into today’s show.

We will have serious breakdowns, with some comic relief, and we will probably fall the “The Rails’ from time to time..But Hey its Super Bowl Sunday

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On today’s show we talk to Roger Holtsclaw from and Turn4 promotions he will be calling us from the Pits at “Winter Meltdown” at Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Contiuing our Race Talk Steve Wilson calling to talk #NASCAR and Tony Stewart #Rolex24, and of course we being the “Daytona 500” Talk

Second half Super Bowl 50 talk begins Rich Nye “The Sports Guy” calls us and talks about the legacy of #18 Peyton Manning. Rich brings vast experience and hometown perspective to his sports reporting for WTHR, Channel 13, and covered Peyton Manning as a Colt in its entirety

Then Wrapping things up “the Great Nick Bosak joins us to talk Super Bowl, and this and that

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Derrick Schultz from Fox Sports 975 Query & Schultz show talk #NFL Championship weekend and The Brady/Manningg matchup as well as Newton/Palmer matchup

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2015 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round


This season the NFL playoffs, have basically gone as expected. The highlight of course being Luck Vs. Manning, and the interesting side stories of the always underdog Ravens making another unexpected run. In this article I’ll be reviewing each one of these playoff games and giving my predictions.

Ravens Vs. Patriots: Interestingly enough these 2 teams have faced in recent years many times. This is actually the only team Brady doesn’t dominate in the Playoffs. Baltimore winning the last 2 playoff matchup’s (one of them leading to Superbowl victory). The Ravens seem to start playing well come playoff time and regular-season-struggler Joe Flacco (or should a say Flacko) turns it a different QB. John Harbaugh calls “The leagues best quarterback”. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are ready to get over the Baltimore hump, and as always will be ready to pinpoint the weakness of the Ravens; which would be its secondary. This will likely not be a smooth running offensive heavy game. Its going to get real ugly.

Prediction: My guess is, things are going to go down to the wire. In this situation Joe Flacco chokes, and Brady will capitalize. All week the favorites have been the Ravens due to the competitive nature of the last 2 games. This round things will be different, thats Pats will be ready; and they’ll win, 28-24.

Panthers Vs. Seahawks: This NFC matchup will be one of more intrigue, with young athletic QBs Cam Newton and Russell Wilson. Newton’s Panthers are easily the worst team left this playoffs, considering the terrible regular season record (7-8-1). Wilson’s Seahawks finished the regular season with a 6 game winning streak, beating the 49ers and Cardinals twice. Even though this matchup does get fans excited, the Seahawks will have no trouble winning this game. The Panthers just have far to many issues; struggling to find a pass game, or any success in the secondary at all. Richard Sherman will eat rookie Kelvin Benjamin alive and the Panthers will be put in their place on Sunday. The only thing that would keep them in the game would be if the Seahawks struggle to pass the football, which is a definite possibility.

Prediction: Not saying this will be a blowout, but i do expect the Seahawks to win this game, no doubt. A young Cam Newton might carry his team with his legs, but in the end the Seahawks are a better team in almost all areas.

Cowboys Vs. Packers: Ahh Aaron Rodgers, the leagues best quarterback to face of against Americas most hated team the Dallas Cowboys. Such a sweet matchup for this divisional round. A surprising Dallas team against a Superbowl favorite Green Bay. This game could go many directions, but I think Dallas will have too many issues. Aaron Rodgers and his receiving core is just too much for a horrific Dallas secondary that ranks 26th in the league in yards allowed. Demarco Murray will be the x-factor for the Cowboys in this game. If he can control the tempo and rush for about 80-90 yards. The Cowboys might have a shot. I just think the Packers offense so a different universe better than the Cowboys defense and that will decide the game.

Prediction: Aaron Rodgers will deliver a monstrous game for the Packers, and will lead his team to another deep playoff run. As for the Cowboys, they’ve had a great season, but that secondary will be the downfall of them Sunday. Packers win 29-17.

Colts Vs. Broncos: Otherwise known as Luck Vs. Manning, otherwise otherwise known as the playoffs best game. This will be the game of the year. Peyton Manning’s old team the Indianapolis Colts come to town in his new city, with a new QB. The Chosen one, Andrew Luck. In this game Andrew Luck has everything to gain, and not a lot to lose. On the other hand Peyton Manning has everything to gain and everything to lose. With them both at different points in their careers, perspective will be different. The Broncos strong points this year of course have been the passing game, and passing defense. The Colts are exactly the same. It will all come down to who can do them better.

Prediction: Manning things could happen in this game. Yes you know the ones. The ole 4th quarter choke, or the 4th quarter dagger-in-the-heart game winner. I have a feeling, that its going to come down the the perfomance of Peyton. Andrew Luck will get his own, but Peyton will decide this game. Colts win this game 21-17.

Why Peyton Owes Irsay an Apology

By Jared Calhoun

I was disgusted to notice the Indy Star chose feature Peyton Manning on both the homepage of and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on the front page of Friday’s Indy Star as the Colt’s prepare to face the 6-0 Broncos off a short week and tough loss to the San Diego Chargers.

We all know Peyton’s past accomplishments and accolades from his time in Indy, but his departure alluded to anything but that. Yes, Manning rescued the colts from the cellar of NFL football and put the Colts on top of the AFC South for the last decade along with a Superbowl Title, to join his MVP awards. He did not however, get an Oscar or even a nominee for his role as Irsay’s victim as the saga of “Peyton’s Neck” developed for over a year in Indianapolis.

Yes, the Colts, Irsay and the Colt’s fan base appreciate all Peyton did while he was in Indy, but Peyton owes Irsay an apology. Think about it from this angle, Irsay paid Manning almost $30 million dollars while not playing a game in 2011, just to allow him to walk and receive another $100 million from the Broncos with a chance to win Superbowls in a team that is ready now. Peyton should be the most grateful human being ever, or maybe when you have so many millions in the bank $30 million isn’t just what it use to be. In the real world, if you don’t perform at work you’re out the door without a pay check. Receiving millions of dollars to get your skill back while rehabbing just doesn’t make sense. The idea that Peyton had any animosity towards his employer is absolutely ridiculous. Would you’re employer want you back after losing 30 million on you?

Every story needs a villain and hero, unfortunately this situation left Irsay with a 30 million dollars loss and the villain stigma. “How could you let the icon go” headlines resonated throughout media headlines. Maybe they just blew this up for a good story. I think it could be the media that owes Irsay an apology as they still attempt to stir the Manning-less pot in Indy. I think Green Bay was sad to see Brett Favre go, but you wouldn’t know that with Rodgers now at the helm and his token “discount double check” on every other commercial. If you go to a Colt’s game or walk around downtown Indy on Friday at lunch time you won’t see #18 jerseys, but what you will see is a newly embraced sea of blue #12s. Luck is Indy’s new darling and they are looking forward to 10-15 more years as perennial division winners.

So if the fans are over it, why is the story front page news?


Wow if there were any doubts that Peyton Manning is back. Then after last nights win on MNF in front of the world..Then there should be no more doubts.

Pardon my “FRENCH” but Holy crap!  We saw this God of the pigskin perform his miracles here in Indy. However to see #18 perform his great feats in different uniform just doesn’t seem right.

Is Peyton “The one that got away”?

If you missed MNF last night…Well you only missed the greatest comeback win in MNF history! Peyton Manning was the  engineer of the greatest comeback in MNF history maybe the history of the NFL.

The Broncos rallied from a 24-point deficit at halftime, scoring five touchdowns in the second half to defeat the San Diego Chargers 35-24 on Monday night at Qualcomm Stadium. Both teams are 3-3 this season.

With 29 seconds remaining in the second quarter, the Chargers extended their lead to 24-0 on an 11-yard touchdown pass from San Diego QB Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates — their second TD connection of the game. The 24-0 lead stood at halftime.

At the two-minute warning of the first half, the Broncos trailed the Chargers 17-0.

Broncos score 5th TD in 2nd half

The Broncos scored their fifth touchdown of the second half with 2:15 remaining in the game when Chris Harris returned an interception 46 yards to the end zone. Broncos 35, Chargers 24.

So welcome back to the NFL #18 you have been missed to bad your comeback wasn’t wearing a Colts Uniform..
Well we have Luck now ….
Now fist bump me and get back to work!