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11-16-2012, 03:19 PM
Once again, it's time to gear up for this week's slate of NFL games with analysis from the best in the business -- Greg Cosell of NFL Films and ESPN's "NFL Matchup." Greg gives you a sense of the week's upcoming games you won't get anywhere else, based on his conversations with players and coaches past and present, and his OCD-level evaluation of coach's tape. *Since the podcast was recorded on Friday morning, we started by reviewing the Buffalo Bills' Thursday night win over the Miami Dolphins. The Shutdown Corner Week 11 Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell Here are the Sunday and Monday games, in order of discussion: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans New York Jets at St. Louis Rams New Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers On Ryan Tannehill's recent struggles: "Let's be realistic. How many times have I talked to you and to others about the fact that playing quarterback in the NFL when you're young is a process? There are ups and downs. Usually, the downs occur for a young quarterback when the rest of the team starts to go down as well. It's easy to point to Ryan Tannehill, and he's not been as sharp as he has been since the Cols game -- a game they lost, but he played extremely well. His two next games, which were last night and last Sunday, he's not been as sharp. But all of a sudden, a team that was playing very good defense early in the season, and a team that was running the ball very effectively, is doing neither of those two things. That has made it a lot harder for a rookie quarterback to play. There are reasons for this that are not just about Ryan Tannehill." The Shutdown Corner Week 11 Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell On Tony Romo, and the 'late-in-the-down' quarterback: "Romo has been up and down, both in his reading of defenses and his decision-making. I thought that last week, even though the Cowboys won, he played a little fast and was over-reactive in the pocket. And a lot of people say, 'Well, you would be too, behind that offensive line.' But that misses the point. Early-in-the-down quarterbacks get rid of the ball within the precise timing of the offense. That's Manning, Brady, and Brees. They compensate for potentially poor offensive line play, because the ball comes out. Late-in-the-down quarterbacks -- and Romo fits more into that category -- make an offensive line look worse than it is, because the ball's not out often enough within the precise timing of the offense, and the design of a given play. The flipside of that is that Romo has the ability to be very effective late in the down and compensate for his o-line, because he's able to move and make plays. But then, you get into this improvisational, random element of quarterback play, and as we know, that leads to inconsistency." On why Philadelphia's defense is even worse against the long pass under Todd Bowles than it was under Juan Castillo:

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