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PFT Planet: Is starting RGIII the correct choice?

Mike Florio takes tweets and calls from around PFT Planet and discusses if the Falcons’ season is already over despite a handful of games left of the schedule, if it was the right decision to name Robert Griffin III Washington’s Week 9 starter, and what chances the Cowboys face with Brandon Weeden under center instead of the hobbled Tony Romo.

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PFT Live: Brandon Weeden may be Dallas’ best option under center

Tony Romo’s injury status is still up in the air and Charean Williams from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram joins PFT Live to discuss her thoughts on the fluid quarterback situation in Dallas and breaks down reasons why DeMarco Murray should change his running style to reduce the number of fumbles he coughs up.

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ProFootballTalk: What does Arizona have to do to slow down DeMarco Murray?

Cris Collinsworth breaks down how the Arizona Cardinals’ defense has improved as the season has went on and what they’ll have to do in order to slow down DeMarco Murray.

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ProFootballTalk: Stopping Brady or Manning will be almost impossible

Cris Collinsworth joins PFT to compare Denver and New England’s defenses. Collinsworth prefers the Broncos Defense thanks to their impressive pass rush.

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ProFootbalTalk: Are the Saints finally turning their season around?

Cris Collinsworth joins PFT to discuss the transition period the Saints have had to deal with on both sides of the ball and how they’ve started to overcome their early season struggles.

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PFT Live: Emmitt Smith, Week Nine picks

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The Cowboys have the league’s most productive running back in DeMarco Murray and find themselves in first place in the NFC East at the halfway point in the season.

Having the league’s top back and being one of the league’s top teams went hand in hand when Emmitt Smith was toting the rock in Dallas, which makes it a good time to check in with the Hall of Famer to see what he thinks about his old team. Smith will join Mike Florio on Thursday’s edition of PFT Live to share his thoughts about Murray, the Cowboys and this weekend’s matchup with the Cardinals, who happen to be another former employer of Smith’s.

That Cowboys-Cardinals game is the biggest in the NFC this weekend, although it probably can’t knock Broncos-Patriots from the top spot among all games. Florio and MDS will share their picks for those two games and all the rest of the action from Week Nine during Thursday’s show.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can watch it all live by clicking right here.

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PFT Live: Two pairs of coaches, GMs sit atop hot seat

The hot seat is heating up as the NFL embarks on the latter half of the season and Mike Florio takes us through his latest hot seat list, which includes general managers as well as coaches.

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PFT Live: Cardinals defensive coordinator talks hot start

The Cardinals are picking up a head of steam on the defensive side of the ball, becoming a large factor in their 6-1 start and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles joins the show to break down major contributors and improvement the squad can make for the second half.

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PFT Live: Todd Bowles, Coaching hot seat

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The Cardinals are the only one-loss team in the NFC through the first eight weeks of the season and the work of their defense has been a big reason for their success.

Making that work all the more impressive has been the departure of key players from last year’s team and injuries that have cost the team the services of several other major contributors for all or some of this season. On Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live, Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will join Mike Florio to discuss what has been working for the team this year and any areas where he’d like to see improvement in the second half.

We’ll also see what he has to say about the prospect of moving up to a head coaching job after several interviews in recent years. Should Bowles move on to the next rung on the ladder, he could replace one of the coaches mentioned in this week’s look at the coaching hot seat. Florio will run down some of the vulnerable coaches and what they need to do if they’re going to remain in their position for the long term.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can watch it all live by clicking right here.

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ProFootballTalk: The differences between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady

Jason Taylor compares Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as the two will play against each other for the 16th time in their career when the Broncos travel to face the Patriots.

 

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PFT Live: Anthony Barr, Ike Taylor

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Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has made a quick transition to the professional ranks, which helped him make a big play in overtime against the Buccaneers.

Barr stripped the ball from Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and returned the ball for a touchdown that allowed the Vikings to escape with a 19-13 win after blowing a 10-0 lead in the fourth quarter. Barr will tell us about the play when he joins Mike Florio on Tuesday’s edition of PFT Live before giving us his take on the first half of his first NFL season. Given how well he’s played, we imagine he enjoyed a lot of it.

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor didn’t have any big plays last Sunday as he continues to recover from the broken forearm that has kept him out since Week Three. He’ll also join Florio on Tuesday so we can find out how he’s feeling and what he thought of Ben Roethlisberger’s sparkling performance against the Colts.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can watch it all live by clicking right here.

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ProFootballTalk: It’s tough times for the Falcons right now

The PFT crew fills in the blank about multiple topics from Week 9 in the NFL including what the ending of the Lions-Falcons game says about Atlanta.

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PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta, Patriots talk with Tom Curran

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The Jets lost their seventh straight game on Sunday and their performance against the Bills in the 43-23 defeat ranks as a low in a season filled with them.

Geno Smith threw three interceptions before the game was 11 minutes old, the secondary got burnt to a crisp by Sammy Watkins on several occasions and making the move to Michael Vick at quarterback led to three more turnovers after some brief flickers of competent offensive play.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News will join Mike Florio on Monday’s edition of PFT Live to discuss the fallout from the loss, including the question of who will start at quarterback against the Chiefs next Sunday and the question of whether there’s anything that Rex Ryan can do to save his job at this point.

It was a better day for the Vikings, who bounced back from blowing a lead to the Buccaneers to send the game to overtime. On the first play of the extra period, linebacker Anthony Barr forced a fumble, recovered it and scampered for a game-winning touchdown. The rookie will also join Florio on Monday to talk about his big play and his quick transition to the NFL.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can watch it all live by clicking right here.

UPDATE 11:54 a.m. ET: Barr can’t make it on the show on Monday, but should join us later in the week. Tom Curran of CSN New England will now be joining Florio to discuss all things Patriots in the wake of their 51-23 rout of the Bears.

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PFT Live: Can Saints offense overcome shaky defense?

Jeff Duncan from New Orleans Times-Picayune joins PFT Live to urge Saints fans to temper their anger at the team’s 2-4 start because of their narrow margin of defeat and deciphers if Drew Brees and the offense can carry the defense that has looked shaky at times the rest of the way.

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PFT Live: Saints talk with Jeff Duncan, PFT Planet calls and tweets

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The Saints will host the Packers on Sunday Night Football in a game that the 2-4 Saints could really use if they are going to return to the playoffs this season.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune will join Mike Florio on Friday’s edition of PFT Live to preview the contest. They’ll discuss what the Saints defense needs to do to have a chance at knocking quarterback Aaron Rodgers out of the relaxed groove he’s been in this month and whether the team’s offense remains potent enough to overcome a shaky defense if they can’t get it together on that side of the ball.

There are plenty of other games to talk about and we’re curious to hear what’s on the minds of PFT Planet heading into the weekend. You can send in questions for Florio on Twitter — @ProFootballTalk — or give a call to 888-237-5269 during the show to share what you’re thinking about this Friday.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can watch it all live by clicking right here.

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