bomba503 posted:
bomba503 posted:

Eagles are back in the mix. Dallas has faced the Eli Giants, Foreskins and Fins so far. With Dallas facing NO on the road, then GB and the J e t s jets jets jets next for us we could be tied for first in Nine days.

As I was saying

Looks like it will be a lost season for the Eagles. At Buffalo next.  

Thursday night I went to GW Fins.  It's always the best meal I have in NOLA.  Missed the entire game. 

Sunday the Falcons - Rams was on at Coops.  I'm sure that the chicken I ate had more will to live than the Falcons.  You have to fire that coach.  The team quit last year with 8 games left, and never competed this year.  Show up, try not to get hurt, get your check.  The reality is a total need to clean house, but you need to start on top.

B.B King's was a bust for the Niners game.  The bartender had a melt down over being out of Ginger Beer, no one seemed to know where the remotes were and we quickly headed across the street to Turtle Bay based on a recommendation from Fay at Coops.  Fay is never wrong on recommendations on where to go in New Orleans.  Turtle Bay was a great venue to watch then end of the Niners and the entire Saints game.

Powder Puff time is over for the Niners.  11 wins though would be better than I though the top end was for them this year and that's 5-5 the rest of the way.

Da Bears.  FREE BEER FOR ME.  It's actually worse than I thought.  The offense is so bad, you can see some quit starting to work it's way into the defense.  That effort was maybe 75% of what I saw early in the year.  They still have all 4 games against the NFC Least, but that offense is pitiful.  You know you didn't want to call Farve a bust after 31 games, cause you'd be wrong, but Trubisky is no Brett Farve.  He's also not an NFL caliber quarterback.  Chase Daniels is better.

Had dinner at the bar at Muriel's on Monday night.  I saw ghosts also, the ghost of Nathan Peterman.   If you're a Jets fan, that's a bad ghost to see.

 

Thursday night I was distracted by tapping a new beer at the neighbors.  He's got a three tap system.  You all really need to come visit out here, every neighbor has a barn or garage converted to a full bar.  The beer was the most interesting part of the game.

Sunday I was on a plane to San Diego for the first half of the morning games.  The good news was I parked myself in a sports bar in the Gaslamp and in edition to the Saints I got to catch a lot of the other early games in bits.  I don't think Drew Beees is 100%, but 60% vs the Cardinals is better than 30 of the 32 starting QB's in the league.   At 100% this is the best Saints team ever.

The Bills remind me of the Fins a couple years ago when I watched 3 games and the Fins went 7-9 and I couldn't figure out from what I watched how they ever won a game.  The Bills might still be a playoff team, but not one that can win a playoff game.

I didn't know if there were any Bolts fans left here until that kick went wide.  Turns out they still care about the Chargers in San Diego.  Pitiful performance by the Bears coaching staff.  They have less than zero confidence in their QB and offense.  I always felt a team deserved to lose if they took a knee and turned the game over to a kicker.  A kicker.  I mean you don't really even want that guy hanging out in the same locker room with you.  If you trust a kicker more than your QB, well your QB sucks.  "We don't want you to throw to Lattimore's side of the field no matter what, and we trust some guy whose name sounds like a spanish cuss word more than you" are not votes of confidence in your QB in back to back weeks.

I decided a nice Brickhouse stogie and a Belgian Double were more important for the afternoon game than tracking down a place to watch the Niners, so I saw the Raiders v Texans.  Really too bad about Watt because I thought that Texans team could sneak its way through a lot of playoff games with him leading the defense.  He's the one guy in the league I've ever seen Brees be really concerned with on every play.

I'm looking forward to Niners vs Seahawks.  That's going to be something to see.  I really had the Niners at 10-6 this year, now I'd say 12-4 is really possible.  Of course that also makes them a top candidate for a correction next year.  Right now they've turned around their +/- turnover ratio +27 I think.  Cam Jordan is a completely dominate force on defense.  Bosa is probably twice as good.  I think on Thursday you'll see just what a mistake Arizona made.

Packers shouldn't have let that Chiefs team hang around so long.  I think they're a step behind the Saints and Niners, both of whom would have put a choke hold on a back up QB led Chiefs team.

I'll give this to the FIns, there's no quit.  There's no talent, but there's no quit.  The Falcons are probably twice as good and they don't give a shit about playing football.  The Broncos have their ski lift tickets booked for the winter, The Bengals look like they'd even give up work-release privileges if they didn't have to show up on Sunday, but the Fins are playing hard.  That's more positive than I've seen from them in years, even when they were winning games (god knows how). 

Not sure who I'll watch this coming up Sunday.  Seems like I've got at least one from every team.  The powers finally back on at home after 4 days so I'm sure there will be the need for some down time on the patio.

Browns finished the 'tough' part of their schedule at 2-5 and looking inept.  Especially Freddie, who has made some of the worst coaching decisions I've ever seen.  That being said....I could easily see them going 7-2 in the back half of the schedule, and pushing for the division.  The best QB they play moving forward is Josh Allen of the Bills.  

If they don't win convincingly at Denver this weekend, though, season over.  

I love the unbridled enthusiasm from the Dog Pound.  The 'easy' part of the schedule has 5 teams with a better record and one with the same number of wins.  5-4 to finish 7-9 would be pretty damn good.  They really need to fix the discipline issue, which starts with the coach  2-5 teams can't give up 80 yards in penalties every week.  The offensive ones especially are destructive.  Puts Mayfield in situations where he's channeling Jamies Winston on second and long and third and long.  That's your killer right there.

The Old Man posted:

I don't know anything about football, but did the Spanos family do the right thing? The photo is really quite shocking.

Um, no.  I wasn't tuned in to the history of the Spanos ownership.  However like all franchise movement, it involves money, money, and more money.  If I can boil it down to one sentence, Spanos family told the city or county of San Diego to build us a stadium or we move.   The problem with Los Angeles is that it doesn't have a strong fan base.  The original Rams franchise moved to St. Louis in 1994, and Al Davis' Raiders, after moving to Los Angeles in 1982, relocated back to Oakland also in 1994.  Plus, if you lived on the other side of Los Angeles, it's probably faster for you to fly to Phoenix or San Jose and attend a Cardinals or Niners game, respectively.

The most underrated thing in football is smarts.  Pure and simple, you have to be really, really smart to play well at the top level.  It is the differentiation between greatness and waiver wire.  By the time you get to the NFL; every corner runs a 4.4-4.5, every receiver has an insane vertical jump, every d-lineman can chase down someone from behind not running at full speed, every RB was a star in college.

Anyone think Deandre Baker will be playing in this league in 3 years?  Anyone?  Every physical measure he has is better than Richard Sherman's right now, except Sherman is probably at least 30 IQ points higher than Baker.  Sherman will still be playing in the NFL after Baker is gone.

Why do the Giants have 2 wins?  The traded THREE draft choices to get a guy who doesn't know if a play call is zone or man.  Imagine the scorn a rookie QB would get 8 games in if he didn't know if a play was a run or a pass.  The problem with the Giants is stupid.  IT starts on top, stupid doesn't recognize stupid, it trades three draft choices for it.

With the Niners on Thursday and Saints on bye I got little bits of a lot of games.  Stefania hates it but I pretty much had the multi screen on the NFL package running all day Sunday. Couldn't seem to help myself in watching extended amounts of the Bears and Browns.

And that's all I'll say about those two teams.  No need to rub it in.

Flacco might be the worst team cancer since Cutler.  Remove him and a dead team comes back to life.

Tampa is my early pick for biggest turn around next year.  They need a DB or two and a QB who doesn't make stupid choices and they'll win 4-5 more games next year vs this year.  Not even a great QB, or even a good one, just a smart one.

That was the Chargers team I was expecting.

The Ravens - Patriots result wasn't really a surprise to me.  The Pats schedule had been laughably easy so far.  The Ravens have a great D and really they just need Jackson to not turn the ball over.

The Fins win also wasn't a surprise after watching them against the Steelers.  They play hard, don't quit, and that's all you really need to beat the Jets.  I wish I would have seen the Cowboys - Jets game because all I've ever seen from Darnold made me afraid of ghosts too.  He had a good game once I hear.  I missed it.  

I don't watch a lot of college ball, but I do remember not being very impressed by Darnold vs the hype he was getting.  I didn't see a superstar, I saw someone who made poor decisions as often as not and tried to force the ball in when he had better options.  I thought some team would over draft him.

And speaking of college ball I think the worst award mistake in history was giving the Heisman to some generic Alabama RB because the east coast voters couldn't stay awake to see the best college football player I've ever seen.  McCaffrey  was completely unstoppable in every part of the offensive game at Stanford. 

I was surprised he went as high in the draft as he did because his game is running between the tackles and he's 30 pounds lighter than most NFL backs who run up the middle.  Kudos to the Panthers for taking a chance.  He's been better than every player taken before him, and the players behind him who have had a big impact the Panthers didn't really need.

Saints v the Deadbirds at 10AM and I'm actually thinking I'll take the day off Monday so I don't miss any Hawks v Niners.  Really excited to watch that game.

 

Paul - I agree as to the Dolphins - not sure if they will ultimately regret winning but I will say for Flores - he has them trying generally.  Obviously the personnel is too weak to compete against any real time over the course of a game - but they do seem to have effort at least

Apparently the Chargers are considering moving to--England!

"Would the Chargers really move to London?

Such a move would be years away, but it’s hard to blame the NFL for considering such a drastic move. The Chargers’ migration from San Diego to Los Angeles has been an embarrassment for the league, as opposing fans repeatedly take over Dignity Health Sports Park, the 27,000-capacity soccer stadium the Chargers are using as a temporary home."

Moving a team to London won't happen without some serious tax reform in the UK.  For entertainers, like football players, the tax rate would be in the range of 75%.  Was listening to ESPN on the way into work this morning and they used Jared Goff's rookie contract as an example.  The contract was worth $28 million.  He would pay US taxes of $11 million, and additional UK tax of $12.5 million, meaning of his $28 million, he'd pocked only $4.5 million.  No way the union would approve of expansion or relocation without some tax reform, which would require an act of British Parliament.  Not happening any time soon.  

doubled posted:

So much for the upcoming easy schedule for the Browns.  🤷‍♂️

They pooped the bed, it's taken me a few days to recover.  Season over.  Going to the game next Thursday against Shitsburgh, they can salvage some pride with a couple of W's against their/our hated rival

Looks like my Eagles are exactly where I thought they'd be. Muddling through the season and needing to go 3-3 through a particularly brutal 6 game stretch. They are 2-2 through so far. The bye week comes at a perfect time as they need to get some guys healthy and desperately need some help at WR which they should be able to find over these two weeks. If they can take down NE or SEA at home they should be going to the post season party

On the Chargers I find it particularly funny to see LA Times readers citing the lack of LA support of the team. This is as much fake news as Fox puts out. The LA Times has always had it out for the Chargers particularly Bill Plaschke.

The reality is SD never truly supported this team either. I have been attending Charger home games since 1991 and was a season ticket holder at times. I never attended a single Chargers "Home" game where opposing fans didnt make up at least 1/3rd of the fans and often it was far worse at Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium.

I remember going to an Eagles v SD game several years ago at QCOM and buying 50 yd line plaza tickets (best in the house) a few weeks before the game for about face value. In most cities those kinds of tickets would never get resold. Fans would go or have family or friends to give them to. It would be extremely rare that they would be available at any price.

SD is a city of transplants. While they had some very loyal and devoted fans they never had enough to come close to filling a stadium with them on a regular basis. As a season tix holder during some of the worst seasons I remember not being able to give away two great tickets for FREE. Literally no one wanted to go! In contrast as a former Eagles season tix holder I remember going to sold out games in sub freezing temperatures during lousy seasons.  Its literally unheard of in most NFL cities to have a significant visiting contingency (lets say 10 to 20% of seating capacity for arguments sake) except down in Miami and perhaps Phx which are also a cities of transplants.

While not a Rams or Raiders fan they suffered and still suffer similar fates. LA like SD is also a city of transplants. Every game Ive ever been there also have had a large visiting fan attendance. The sad truth is in the warm climate glamour cities NFL football simply doesnt occupy the same esteemed place as it does elsewhere.

 

I remember reading one of the tipping points for the Rams owner moving the team in 1994 was her frustration that the only sell out every year in L.A. was against the 49ers and 60-80% of the crowd were 49er fans.  My Dad went every year, flying down and making a long weekend out of it.  He claimed it was over 90% 49er fans at the those games.  I don't know why anyone would think that would have changed over 25 years.

IT did have my conspiracy theory hackles up last year as the Rams had their way handed to them to the Super Bowl.  The NFL seemed to do everything possible, including stuffing yellow flags inside of jock straps no matter how bad the foul, to inspire some sort of local support for the Rams.  They failed.  A few weeks ago an LA Times Op-Ed blamed the NFL for the lack of fan support in LA. Imagine that?

The 'story' in the Athletic was complete crap.  The worst kind of blogging dressed up as journalism you can have.  Basically the story was one report heard from one guy in the NFL office that two guys in the office where talking about moving the Chargers.  Where's Indybob when we need him to explain how that's not a news story.  Then every other outlet around picked it up and basically their second source was each other.   It doesn't even qualify as news to then be classified as fake news.  IT's gossip.

The Spanos family is firmly rooted in Stockton CA, They're not leaving the state, and if I was a betting man I'd bet the Chargers end up in the East Bay or Sacramento eventually.   NFL teams will never be sold again.  They're cash cows and with the repeal of the inheritance tax there's no financial need for any family to ever sell again.  The owners you have now, are the owners you're always going to have.

 

 

The threat of moving a team to London will be the leverage used to get cities to pay for new stadia for the teams.  There simply aren’t many locations left in the US that can or will (LA) support an NFL franchise to be able to use a US city as leverage. 

bomba503 posted:

SW

Divorce and death not the least of them

Divorce, ok maybe.  Death?  The Hawks and Saints both survived their owners death with no threat to family control.  There was thought that Paul Allen's sister would sell the team but there's no sign that will happen.

Open mics catching ugly comments and dicks out in the office, that's the only way I see owners being forced to sell.

stefaniawine posted:
bomba503 posted:

SW

Divorce and death not the least of them

Divorce, ok maybe.  Death?  The Hawks and Saints both survived their owners death with no threat to family control.  There was thought that Paul Allen's sister would sell the team but there's no sign that will happen.

Open mics catching ugly comments and dicks out in the office, that's the only way I see owners being forced to sell.

It can be more complicated than you think. For example about 15 years ago I was in a dumpy sports bar around the corner watching my Eagles and saw an older couple looking for a place to sit with Eagles gear on. I invited them to join me. He was a retired banker from Philly. I became friends with them and over the years watched many games with them at that dumpy sports bar. I wondered why they kept coming and they said they just liked going there and getting out of the house. The wife passed several years ago, the bar shut down when BWW came to town and I hadnt seen them in a while. I bumped into him around town with his caregiver about 8 months ago. He was suffering memory loss and didnt know who I was. So why is this relevant you may ask? The team is worth close to $3B and he owns 10% of the Eagles. There is someone else out there that also quietly owns 10% and he has an ex-wife who owns a piece also. There are silent minority ownership stakes all over the league that could create a need to sell. There are lots of other things going on as well out there. Its not as simple as one guy/gal owning each team. 

I do know how complicated the ownership structures can be.  Few teams are owned outright.  Sale of minority shares isn't really what we were talking about with the Spanos family.  They have minority owners also, but the minority owners are not going to decide where to locate the team, the Spanos' are.

I was referring to your comment that "NFL teams will never be sold again.  They're cash cows and with the repeal of the inheritance tax there's no financial need for any family to ever sell again.  The owners you have now, are the owners you're always going to have." I have no idea what will happen with the Chargers but as a whole NFL teams will continue to change ownership the future

I was being a little bit of a smart ass.  When you hear people say the Bears, or Skins or Jets need to get sold, they're not getting sold no matter how poor the team performs.

In the last 5 years there have been two sales.  The Bills because the family could not cover the taxes, a factor that doesn't exist anymore, and the Panthers - see comment about dick out in office.

8 sold in the 12 years before that, but it's a much different league now than 2004 or 2012.  In reality if not for the dick thing, there has not been any sale in 5 years, which I bet is a record streak without doing the research.  I don't think that's a fluke, I think it's the new normal.  Yeah they'll get sold, but I'd bet it's one every 5-7 years for some reason tied to owner conduct, not 3-4 every 5 years like it was before 2012.  When they do get sold, they're going to get sold to people who will keep them right where they are and mind their instructions from the league office.

If the league was after owners who could revitalize a franchise and turn it into a winner, well Eddie D would have been invited back 10 years ago, and he's not being invited back ever.  That tells me revitalizing and turning around a franchise is not in the selection criteria for new owners.

 

I think a lot of the turnover was age related. It's not much different than my neighborhood. I'm here 20 years. Lots of people moved in, had babies and now that kids are off to college they are off somewhere else. In the NFL most of the original ownership from the modern era passed 80 and the sales increased. Look at franchises with aging ownership for the next flurry

 A perfect quarterback rating in the NFL is 158.3.   You know how a perfect wine rating is 100? Well, wouldn't it make more sense to have a perfect QB rating be 100.  I mean, 158.3 is a pretty weird number.

Here is the gobbledygook from which the rating is derived:  (This is from Wikipedia) - If you get to the bottom of this without getting a headache then you are either a true football fan, a geek, a math genius, or seriously mentally ill.

 

"The NFL passer rating formula includes four variables: completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdowns per attempt, and interceptions per attempt. Each of those variables is scaled to a value between 0 and 2.375, with 1.0 being statistically average (based on league data between 1960–1970). When the formula was first created, a 66.7 rating indicated an average performance, and a 100+ rating indicated an excellent performance.[3] However, passing performance has improved steadily since then and in 2017 the league average rating was 88.6.[4]

The four separate calculations can be expressed in the following equations:

 

a=\left[{{\text{COMP}} \over {\text{ATT}}}-.3\right)\times 5

b=\left[{{\text{YDS}} \over {\text{ATT}}}-3\right)\times .25

c=\left[{{\text{TD}} \over {\text{ATT}}}\right)\times 20

d=2.375-\left[{{\text{INT}} \over {\text{ATT}}}\times 25\right)

where

<dl><dd>ATT = Number of passing attempts</dd><dd>COMP = Number of completions</dd><dd>YDS = Passing yards</dd><dd>TD = Touchdown passes</dd><dd>INT = Interceptions</dd></dl>

If the result of any calculation is greater than 2.375, it is set to 2.375. If the result is a negative number, it is set to zero.

Then, the above calculations are used to complete the passer rating:

{\text{Passer Rating}}=\left[{a+b+c+d \over 6}\right)\times 100

A perfect passer rating (158.3) requires at least:[1]A minimum rating (0.0) requires at best:

77.5% completion percentage
12.5 yards per attempt
11.875% TD/ATT (1 TD/8.421ATT)
No interceptions

30.0% completion percentage
3.0 yards per attempt
No touchdowns
9.5% INT/ATT (1INT/10.526ATT)

I am not one to hijack sports threads for outside issues, but here goes.

Unless I have seriously missed something, and I doubt I have, estate taxes are still very much in place. While the personal exemption has been raised to around $5.5 million per person, thus $11 million per couple, that pales in comparison to the value of an NFL team. Now while there are numerous ways to mitigate the tax consequences, the estate tax is still a vital consideration on the sale of such an asset. The current estate tax law sunsets in 2025, so we have no idea what it will be then. Thus, the current ownership of NFL teams may indeed be affected by the estate tax.

Been an unusually chaotic week.  I usually write these on the train and have only been on the train once this week.  I got half the Raiders game, all the Saints, nothing in the afternoon, bits of the Cowboys and all the Niners.

We were very busy Sunday, I poured wine all afternoon, so not a bad thing.  We actually ran out of glasses.

This is the hardest part of the season to call for me if you break it down into quarters.  The first four games you're learning to separate hype from reality, or in the case of things like the Bears and Browns, see if you got it right or like the Chargers wrong.  The next 4 games are the easiest.  You know stuff then and generally everyone is playing with effort.

Now though games 9-12, anything can happen.  A so so team with a lot of motivation, facing a lot of teams with out motivation can fire off a string of wins, like the Browns did last year.  Go Dolphins.  You can also get a team that' s been dead all year wake up and realize the coach they love is going to get fired and they might end up with Pat Shurmer, or something.  Hello Falcons, where you been all year?

Teams don't take other teams serious and lay duds, and then some teams that you think have potential for a run start thinking more about their golf dates in January, like last years Panthers.  If you're a bettor, now is the time to keep your money in your pocket, save it for the playoffs.  Nothing will surprise me for the next few weeks.  Except maybe the Bengals winning.

I'll make an super early prediction here.  Check back in 5 years, but I think the Dolphins saved themselves a world of heartache with a couple wins.  I don't follow college ball that closely but the way the talent is lining up, and the hype and the likely draft order, I think you don't want those first two picks any more than you would have wanted them in 2015.

Last thing was that was a hell of a game as expected with the Niners.  I'll repeat myself though, it's not wide sprinter, wide jumper, wide route runner, it's wide FUCKING RECEIVER.  Why do teams keep drafting, and playing guys who can't catch a freaking football?

 

 

Last night I was running through a list of things that could be worse to watch; fat chick string bikini contest, old man naked mud wrestling, Kathy Lee Gifford, Frozen II, then all hell broke loose.

Two takeaways, Mason Rudolph doesn't look like a long term solution, his pocket work is really bad.  Second believe it or not was how completely undisciplined the Browns are and it's systemic through the team.  Then with 8 seconds left that became the most completely obvious observation all season.

I've watched three Browns games and the penalties I've commented on before as really holding them back.   Their coaching staff seems completely over matched by their own team.  Lots of blame to go around, but it should start on top.

I think Mason Rudolph will be a very good quarterback.  He has a learning curve to get over, but I wouldn't spend draft capital to find another QB.   Ju-Ju is a very good slot receiver but cannot stretch the field when there is double coverage; he was knocked out of the game in 2nd Qtr from a helmet-to-helmet hit.  The rest of the receivers are not very good.   There was no running game.   

stefaniawine posted:

Last night I was running through a list of things that could be worse to watch; fat chick string bikini contest, old man naked mud wrestling, Kathy Lee Gifford, Frozen II, then all hell broke loose.

Two takeaways, Mason Rudolph doesn't look like a long term solution, his pocket work is really bad.  Second believe it or not was how completely undisciplined the Browns are and it's systemic through the team.  Then with 8 seconds left that became the most completely obvious observation all season.

I've watched three Browns games and the penalties I've commented on before as really holding them back.   Their coaching staff seems completely over matched by their own team.  Lots of blame to go around, but it should start on top.

Freddie is terrible, though they've cleaned in up the last few weeks.  The helmet swing was a snap judgement that I don't put on Freddie however.  

It's a shame that their complete domination of their hated division rivals was overlooked by the fight.  

stefaniawine posted:

Last night I was running through a list of things that could be worse to watch; fat chick string bikini contest, old man naked mud wrestling, Kathy Lee Gifford, Frozen II, then all hell broke loose.

Two takeaways, Mason Rudolph doesn't look like a long term solution, his pocket work is really bad.  Second believe it or not was how completely undisciplined the Browns are and it's systemic through the team.  Then with 8 seconds left that became the most completely obvious observation all season.

I've watched three Browns games and the penalties I've commented on before as really holding them back.   Their coaching staff seems completely over matched by their own team.  Lots of blame to go around, but it should start on top.

Not to mention why they refuse to give Chubb carries.  They could have drained the clock and won easier rather than letting Mayfield flail

It's a shame that their complete domination of their hated division rivals was overlooked by the fight.  
 

Congrats on beating the JV team -  JuJu and Conner out  for 2.5 and 3 quarters, respectively, and with the JV QB.  It was close until the last quarter.  Unable to convert on 3rd and 4th and short.  I'm sure it'll be a different outcome in a couple of weeks.  I'm Macdonald sure.

While Kitchens may know the x and os  of football, he has no clue on how to effectively run an organization. No guy with control of his team would ever have an incident like last night's melee. Garrett is always good for a couple of personal fouls per game so it is no surprise that he was a main character in a fight.

Agree that the Dolphins should try to win. Tua may be a good NFL QB, but may not be the franchise QB as previously thought (if for nothing else his fragile ankles). Burrow may be a better prospect. The one everyone should covet is 2021 and Trevor Lawrence.

 

doubled posted:
It's a shame that their complete domination of their hated division rivals was overlooked by the fight.  
 

Congrats on beating the JV team -  JuJu and Conner out  for 2.5 and 3 quarters, respectively, and with the JV QB.  It was close until the last quarter.  Unable to convert on 3rd and 4th and short.  I'm sure it'll be a different outcome in a couple of weeks.  I'm Macdonald sure.

a Win is a Win is a Win.  Cleveland has fielded a JV team for the last 20 years, didn't hear you complaining then about lack of competition.  

If you could guarantee the refs not going after Cleveland when they play in 10 days I'd take that bet, but we know how it is when Pitts is at home.  

Garrett said in his appeal today that Rudolph used a racial slur and that's why he hit him.  First anyone has heard of this (I think).  If it's true, Rudolph deserved it frankly, but if it's not, that's a hell of an accusation to be throwing around.  

I should try to beat the start of a new week.  Already commented on the Browns Steelers, and could go on about that, but the Browns are the Browns and back to wasted 1st round picks and irrelevance they go.  

Watched the Saints, Niners, Pandas (why, why again) and the Chargers-Chiefs.

Winston's first two picks were kind of freak bounces.  They were not well thrown balls, but they could have been incomplete easier than they were picks.  The third one I thought Williams might signal for a fair catch on.  By the fourth one I was on my way to the neighbors.  Kamara still doesn't look close to 100% but the good news was the Saints didn't fall off a cliff without Lattimore, which they've done in the past.

It's strange but there's still talk on all the news feeds about Tampa trying to keep WInston another year.  I actually read something this morning that the Titans might dump both options they have now, both of whom are better than Mr. Uber.  There's not a bad team there, just maybe the worst QB in the league.  I know there are back ups all over and somehow Brian Hoyer started a game this year, but worst in no one ever thought Hoyer would be any good or stuck by him for years.  Value returned to faith.  Worst.

Speaking of worst - Bears 2017 draft.  Burrito eating contest winners and back flip specialist.  It wasn't hard to call at the time.  That's not even mentioning trading up a pick to get a player the team you were trading to didn't want.  Hind sight?  I called it then, should have bet you guys on that one also.  I think of the Bears front office, and it must be like that scene in  Money Ball; "He's got a hot girlfriend and can do back flips, we should draft him".

The basic rule of the NFL is learn, adapt, change, invent, or die.  The league caught up to the Rams.  You don't keep changing, you die.  Everyone has seen the film now, they are prepared for it, every week you have to  show a defense something new.  McVay should know that, but so far he hasn't shown it.

I feel a little better about the Chargers miss after watching Rivers fade into the world of Eli Manning over the last few weeks.  Watching Monday I wondered if he's got some injury we don't know about.  Highlights from 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T4dq6WYP8o

Then from a good game against the Fins this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9lmcU0WxRI

Notice the lowering of his already low arm angle and release point?  His release seems almost slow motion now vs 2017.  Watch his balance, his weight shift is all off in 2019, and he's throwing off balance, almost looks like Johnny Manziel (without Johnny's happy hop when he was ready to throw).  He looked awful Monday night, the arm angle and release speed was really bad.  Is it just age?

Niners kept rolling even with another sloppy game.  At least 2-3 times a game Jimmy G throws a ball and you go "What the hell was that?".

Should be a good slate of games this week.  Niners  v Packers especially.

I hope he stays out of trouble i.e., don't be like Vick.  The only thing to stop Lamar Jackson are direct hits to his legs and body.   Several years ago, Cam Newton was doing similar things -- maybe not as fast but definitely bigger and stronger.  Then Cam started to get hit badly and sometimes taking illegal hits.  It has changed his game.

Watched Colts-Texans, Saints-Panthers, split screen Titans-Jags and Pats-Boys.  Watched both night games and both were surprising duds.

The Colts have a pretty easy road to get the last playoff spot, and that might go to an 8-8 team.  That's about the best I can say about them.  Texans should have won by more.

The level of officiating is really bad.  That's my take away from the Saints game.  Never mind the overturned PI that was inconsistent with every other call over the last 8 weeks, Every official on the field missed the muffed punt when every person on the field, stadium and TV saw it.  Saints defense really is much different without Lattimore.

So I go out to check the tasting room at half time of the late games.  Come back and what the hell happened with the Titans?  28 points?  I wasn't gone that long.  The TItans have one of the tougher schedules to finish off of the 5-6, 6-5 teams, and they might be the best one of the lot at this point.  Turns out it was a good team with a bad QB.

That's what I was talking about with the Cooper trade.  That's exactly what he was in Oakland.  He'd disappear all game then show up wide open - and drop the ball.  Ted Ginn Jr Jr.  The Cowboys are likely to get a home playoff game, imagine that.  Maybe one of the Philly guys can tell me, are any of their injured players close to coming back?  I don't want to watch anymore Cowboys games.

That's the Raiders team I expected.

I didn't expect that beat down of Rodgers and the Pack.  Even Jimmy G's 2-3 WTF moments had no impact.  Saints-Niners in a couple weeks.  Might be worth a trip to NOLA.

Clay Mathews.  He made Colin Kaepernick a star.  January 13th 2013, Greg Roman, undresses Mathews on Read Option after Read Option.  He never could play with any discipline and Roman beat him play after play.  He gave him a situation he loved, tackle behind the line, and made a fool out of him.  181 rushing yards for a QB.

Last night Roman got to do it again with Jackson, same result.  The Cam Newton analogy is good, but Jackson is making better reads and better throws now than Newton ever did.  I watched him take a hard hit to the right arm last night and I think his time as a star will be short.  He's going to get hit, and hit a lot.  RGIII, Newton, Kap, all where going to 'change the league', none did, none could last.  He does look like a better QB than any of those other guys, but I don't see him staying healthy very long. 

Ravens defense is mean, just mean.

Agree on Jackson having a much better arm then the others. Its incumbent on the coaching staff to protect him through play calling. Would be a shame to see that kind of talent wasted.

Philly has lots of guys coming back. They played without two PB lineman (Johnson and Brooks) both of whom should be back. Alshon and Algohor should be back as should Howard. They play Miami this week so may hold some out longer. Ajayi will add some depth and a bigger back then they have had the last couple weeks.

Philly has a painfully easy schedule and should breeze through next few games but with so many guys nicked up and Wentz struggling anything is possible. Most likely it will come down to 11/22 Eagles-Dallas game in Philly to see who gets the right to lose to SF at home in the first round of the playoffs.

 

Early edition or I'll forget all this stuff by Tuesday.

The Bears - Lions game should have been the dinner time game.  If there was one to ignore this was it.  Still tracking right on for 8-8 and free beer.  The Lions 3rd string QB was fun to watch, hope he does get a chance to play.

Josh Allen looked so much better than he did when I watched him against the Pats.  In that game he was clearly overwhelmed by the moment.  I figured that might happen again, and it did not.  His reads and passing was so much better, but then he was playing the Cowboys.  I figured the Bills for a quick ride out of the playoffs, but they realistically could beat the Chiefs or Texans.

My father in law used to say: "In order to avoid disappointment, one must make sure perception aligns with reality."  The Cowboys are delusional.  Romo last night still was talking about little adjustments, and I'm still reading about 'small changes'.  This is the line up of this team at it's highest profile positions:

Case Keenum (actually Mariota is a closer match if Mariota had ever gotten good coaching)

Devonta Freeman

Ted Ginn Jr

Whitney Mercilus 

No one is calling that group a Super Bowl contender if you put them together.  If the Cowboys were in the NFC West they would be 3-9.  If they were in the NFC South they would be 4-8.  If the Eagles get a little healthy they should run away with the East over the next 5 weeks.

Eli Apple might have had the worst game I've ever seen a CB have when he didn't actually give up a big play.  On all three of his PI calls there was no need to touch the receiver at all.  I wonder how much time the Saints will spend on onside kick coverage this week.  Really though if your big problems are onside kick recovery and CB discipline that's not bad.  Lots of dropped balls.  I hate to see that.  The team last night didn't look like they could beat the Niners.

Falcons should go out 0 for the rest of the season now.

And final thought.  I'm not a parade guy at all.  I go to our small town ones because that's what you do in a small town: Chama Days, the GIlroy Christmas Parade, Morgan Hill 4th of July.  Of course in New Orleans I've seen the Halloween Parade, the Gay Easter Parade, the St Patrick Day parade and probably 50 weddings, birthdays or parades for the hell of it.  In between games Stef had the Macy's parade on and I thought: "If you've ever been to a parade in New Orleans, this New York parade is the lamest fucking thing you'll ever see in your life."  You New Yorkers should be embarrassed, step up your game.  Your parade is worse than your football teams.

The Browns have a decent chance to make the playoffs, despite their current 5-6 record.  They have 2 games remaining against the Bengals, who are winless. They have a game left against Arizona, who is 3-7-1.  If they can win against Pittsburgh today, who has a 3rd string quarterback playing, they could win 4 more games and finish with 9 wins, even if they lose their other remaining game against the Ravens.

Pittsburgh, on the other hand, has a 6-5 record. They play the Browns today and they also have a game against Arizona.  But their other three games are the Ravens, the Jets and the Bills.

Today the Ravens host San Francisco. It will be raining hard for most of the game and temperature will be in the 40's.  I am glad I will be inside.

 

patespo1 posted:
doubled posted:
It's a shame that their complete domination of their hated division rivals was overlooked by the fight.  
 

Congrats on beating the JV team -  JuJu and Conner out  for 2.5 and 3 quarters, respectively, and with the JV QB.  It was close until the last quarter.  Unable to convert on 3rd and 4th and short.  I'm sure it'll be a different outcome in a couple of weeks.  I'm Macdonald sure.

a Win is a Win is a Win.  Cleveland has fielded a JV team for the last 20 years, didn't hear you complaining then about lack of competition.  

If you could guarantee the refs not going after Cleveland when they play in 10 days I'd take that bet, but we know how it is when Pitts is at home.  

The refs were not a factor in today's game.  Baker needs to stop doing commercials and spend more time practicing with his WRs.  😘

doubled posted:
patespo1 posted:
doubled posted:
It's a shame that their complete domination of their hated division rivals was overlooked by the fight.  
 

Congrats on beating the JV team -  JuJu and Conner out  for 2.5 and 3 quarters, respectively, and with the JV QB.  It was close until the last quarter.  Unable to convert on 3rd and 4th and short.  I'm sure it'll be a different outcome in a couple of weeks.  I'm Macdonald sure.

a Win is a Win is a Win.  Cleveland has fielded a JV team for the last 20 years, didn't hear you complaining then about lack of competition.  

If you could guarantee the refs not going after Cleveland when they play in 10 days I'd take that bet, but we know how it is when Pitts is at home.  

The refs were not a factor in today's game.  Baker needs to stop doing commercials and spend more time practicing with his WRs.  😘

Baker made a bad throw on the last play, other than that he played well as usual.  The loss is solely on Fat F*ck Freddie, and he deserves to be fired for it.  Hope that happens, he's been terrible all season. 

bomba503 posted:

Philly has lots of guys coming back. They played without two PB lineman (Johnson and Brooks) both of whom should be back. Alshon and Algohor should be back as should Howard. They play Miami this week so may hold some out longer. Ajayi will add some depth and a bigger back then they have had the last couple weeks.

Philly has a painfully easy schedule and should breeze through next few games but with so many guys nicked up and Wentz struggling anything is possible. Most likely it will come down to 11/22 Eagles-Dallas game in Philly to see who gets the right to lose to SF at home in the first round of the playoffs.

 

Yeah, Miami made that game look easy.  Maybe those guys should have dressed yesterday.

stefaniawine posted:
patespo1 posted:
Baker made a bad throw on the last play, other than that he played well as usual.  

The parts of the game I watched he was out played by a third stringer best known for his duck calling ability.  Did I miss his highlights?

Apparently you did 

doubled posted:
bomba503 posted:

Philly has lots of guys coming back. They played without two PB lineman (Johnson and Brooks) both of whom should be back. Alshon and Algohor should be back as should Howard. They play Miami this week so may hold some out longer. Ajayi will add some depth and a bigger back then they have had the last couple weeks.

Philly has a painfully easy schedule and should breeze through next few games but with so many guys nicked up and Wentz struggling anything is possible. Most likely it will come down to 11/22 Eagles-Dallas game in Philly to see who gets the right to lose to SF at home in the first round of the playoffs.

 

Yeah, Miami made that game look easy.  Maybe those guys should have dressed yesterday.

We stink. Pederson has lost his edge too

I watched the official NFL 14 minute highlight package and went through the box score.  Mayfield had a good set of mid range passes.  Hodges had probably the best weekend in the NFL on long range passes.  The suck line with weighting (Int=5/Sack = 2/Fumble = 6/Unplanned Run = 1)

Hodges 1/1/0/5 = 12

Mayfield 1/5/1/1 = 22

Hodges had a QBR 20 points higher and was 2-2 in the two minute offense with 10 points.  Mayfield was 0-3 with a turnover.  So yeah Hodges outplayed Mayfield.

You know what they say about a Heisman Trophy in the NFL.  That and $2 will get you a bus pass.  Transfers are $1 more.

I watched the Niners-Ravens and was able to split screen the other games during breaks.  To me the Niners game came down to one of those Jimmy G WTF moments early in the game when he fumbled and gave the Ravens a short field.  That TD was the difference.  The Ravens didn't make that type of mistake all game.

Just when I'm smarting off about the the Macy's Parade being the worst thing in New York the Jets and Giants go out and make statement games.  They do in fact suck more than the parade.

We are finally through the complete unpredictability of games 8-12.  I mean none of you had a parley with the Bengals, Fins and Skins winning right?  Games should be easier to call now, at least for those not hopeless homers like every Cowboy fan and commentator out there.  

The Titans I need to watch an entire game so I quit missing how they score 14 points so damn fast.  They look like the team trending best out of 6/7 win group and could cause some problems in January.  The Cardinals and Raiders finally played like I expected them to all season.  Next week space aliens are going to come down and block a field goal with their ship to cost the Chargers a win, because that is like the only way they've not found to lose yet.

You know that meme about the gods taking a day from your life for every cigarette you smoke and giving it to Keith Richards?  Tom Brady has that some thing for everyone who says he's washed up.  The gods give him one more completion.  I'm not saying anything, but I, like everyone else, went to the Pats schedule to see who the hell they beat.  The wins against the Eagles, Cowboys and Browns look a lot less impressive now that we know the reality of those teams versus the fantasy of what we thought they were.

I was on the porch drinking a Manny and smoking a Brick House for the first half last night.  THe second half was great.  Wilson is doing things this year reading defenses and making adjustments that I've not seen him do regularly in the past.  THe game plan isn't just 'run around until someone is open' anymore.  Very impressive.

Saints-Niners coming up.  I stocked the fridge with Anchor Steam and Abita.  Stop by.

stefaniawine posted:

I watched the official NFL 14 minute highlight package and went through the box score.  Mayfield had a good set of mid range passes.  Hodges had probably the best weekend in the NFL on long range passes.  The suck line with weighting (Int=5/Sack = 2/Fumble = 6/Unplanned Run = 1)

Hodges 1/1/0/5 = 12

Mayfield 1/5/1/1 = 22

Hodges had a QBR 20 points higher and was 2-2 in the two minute offense with 10 points.  Mayfield was 0-3 with a turnover.  So yeah Hodges outplayed Mayfield.

You know what they say about a Heisman Trophy in the NFL.  That and $2 will get you a bus pass.  Transfers are $1 more.

I watched the Niners-Ravens and was able to split screen the other games during breaks.  To me the Niners game came down to one of those Jimmy G WTF moments early in the game when he fumbled and gave the Ravens a short field.  That TD was the difference.  The Ravens didn't make that type of mistake all game.

Just when I'm smarting off about the the Macy's Parade being the worst thing in New York the Jets and Giants go out and make statement games.  They do in fact suck more than the parade.

We are finally through the complete unpredictability of games 8-12.  I mean none of you had a parley with the Bengals, Fins and Skins winning right?  Games should be easier to call now, at least for those not hopeless homers like every Cowboy fan and commentator out there.  

The Titans I need to watch an entire game so I quit missing how they score 14 points so damn fast.  They look like the team trending best out of 6/7 win group and could cause some problems in January.  The Cardinals and Raiders finally played like I expected them to all season.  Next week space aliens are going to come down and block a field goal with their ship to cost the Chargers a win, because that is like the only way they've not found to lose yet.

You know that meme about the gods taking a day from your life for every cigarette you smoke and giving it to Keith Richards?  Tom Brady has that some thing for everyone who says he's washed up.  The gods give him one more completion.  I'm not saying anything, but I, like everyone else, went to the Pats schedule to see who the hell they beat.  The wins against the Eagles, Cowboys and Browns look a lot less impressive now that we know the reality of those teams versus the fantasy of what we thought they were.

I was on the porch drinking a Manny and smoking a Brick House for the first half last night.  THe second half was great.  Wilson is doing things this year reading defenses and making adjustments that I've not seen him do regularly in the past.  THe game plan isn't just 'run  around until someone is open' anymore.  Very impressive.

Saints-Niners coming up.  I stocked the fridge with Anchor Steam and Abita.  Stop by.

Re: Jimmy I'm less critical on the fumble. Bad weather game in the cold and one turnover is not unexpected. He had one fumble and no INTs which is above average For that type of game.

For me the Jimmy WTF moments were his inability to get the ball to Kittle. 2 catches and under 20 yards to one of the Premier TE's in the NFL is a big time fail. Big... Time.... Fail. That's why they lost

That's a good fair assessment of not finding Kittle but I don't think the game turned on that.

Jimmy is fearless standing in the pocket.  Scary fearless.  It reminds me of Brady and Brees.  I've watched Brees for 15 seasons now and the amazing thing to me is that as long as he can hang in there, bad things don't happen.  He'll get sacked from time to time, but still less than league average.  Even though a lot of those sacks are scary two arm wrap around from behind, he never puts the ball on the ground.  He also never throws bad balls in those situations.  Most of his Ints are bad bounces.

I've watched pretty much every Jimmy game since he came to the 49ers and consistently he makes 2-3 horrible mistakes a game.  He puts the ball on the ground, he throws balls right to defenders, he puts up jump balls.  Those things all happen when he holds in the pocket.  So far this year his defense has been able to bail him out by forcing more turnovers or making a stop.  Against the Ravens they couldn't / didn't.

The Niners season this year flipped on what might end up being the biggest one year turn around in +/- turnover change ever.  They're +31 better than last year right now, but they still give the ball away much more often than the other elite teams.  I see the Niners season ending this year with Jimmy on the ground and whatever opposing defense it is posing in the end zone.

At least you can't accuse me of being a homer I guess.  He is the best QB we've had since Garcia and he's got fewer career starts than Mayfield or Trubisky, so maybe I'm expecting too much from him at this point.

I think its a little premature to label him either way. The first 10 games of the year were against exceedingly soft competition while the last 6 will be against exceedingly difficult competition. So far so good but 4 more to go. We'll have a better idea in a few more weeks after seeing how he fares through a full season and post season.

In fairness, not getting it to Kittle may be as much the coaching staffs fault. Ive been to dozens of games in weather like that. In a bad weather game like that you gotta get the ball to your TE. Thats how you move the chains and sustain drives. When you have one as good as Kittle that is particularly true.

stefaniawine posted:

 I've watched Brees for 15 seasons now and the amazing thing to me is that as long as he can hang in there, bad things don't happen.  He'll get sacked from time to time, but still less than league average.  Even though a lot of those sacks are scary two arm wrap around from behind, he never puts the ball on the ground.  He also never throws bad balls in those situations.  Most of his Ints are bad bounces.

That would be post-Chargers. Just sayin'. Whether that's a matter of getting away from a dysfunctional team (my guess) or gaining experience in the league is up for debate.

Saw a story yesterday that the Cowboys were seriously evaluating their kicker.  Yeah the kicker, that's where the talent problem is.  That explains it all. 

The game Thursday reminded me a lot of the Titans game last year where Mariota went 22-23 and was praised for a great game when he totally sucked.  The Cowboys all finished with good stats, all of them gathered Blake Bortles style in the second half when the game was over.  Cooper finished with 6 catches, 88 yards and a touchdown.  Good game right?  He was 1 catch on three targets for 15 yards while the game was still in doubt.  5 catches, 73 yards and a touchdown that didn't matter even a little.

Prescott finished with 334 yards.  He had 270 of those yards after the Bear took control of the game 24-7, he went two full quarters between the first drive and the 24-7 score with 19 yards passing.

The second highest paid Dlinemen in the league had two tackles and no sacks.  He's had 1/2 sack in his last five games.

There are some long lean years ahead for the Cowboys.

There's that video we've all seen - Dick Butkus lifting Leroy Kelly, legs still churning and throwing him to the ground.  For three decades that's been the video of the baddest ass -toughest play of all time.  Then Kittle drags Marcus Williams by his facemask with the rest of the Saints secondary nipping at him like hyenas trying to bring down a bull elephant and we have the new video of bad ass for the next 30 years.

If you were watching the Browns or Jets or whatever Sunday morning I feel for you man.  Praise your loyalty but you missed the game of the year.  Niners pulled out everything in the book and Brees put on an all time great game.  Everything else feels like it might be a let down.

The afternoon was spent at Tommy's Saloon and Todd's Beer Garage so I got the Raiders v Titans only.  So the way the Titans get points so fast is Tannehill has freed himself from the evil clutches of Adam Gase.  What a fun team to watch. 

The way NFL coaches rise is so weird.  Gase's claim to fame was being Payton's OC at the end of his career.  An OC was as important to Manning the last 10 years of his career as the guy who brang over the Microsoft Surface to him when he ran off the field.  Ok maybe not even that important.  Then from there he goes to coaching Cutler.  So irrelevant and uninterested is basically his resume but he turns that into two head coaching jobs as some sort of QB guru.

Seahawks laid a turd in the late game.  Looked like Saints v Falcons a few weeks ago.

Monday night was a good game.  Philly fans get a lot of well deserved crap, but they do boo when a team needs to get booed and that team needed it in the first half.  The Giants offensive line was the worst offensive line I've seen all year.  Their secondary is worse than the offensive line.  I've seen the Bengals play twice and the GIants play twice, the GIants are worse.  I do think if Manning wants to come back next year he earned himself a job.  He'd be a good transitional QB on an average to above average team working up a new QB.

The Eagles still needed overtime to beat them.  Wentz's two big completions in the first half were dying ducks each receiver needed to come back on and basket catch.  Against any other NFL team those would have been interceptions or knock downs.  I worked on a new metaphor for the upcoming Eagles v Cowboys showdown.  It's 3:30 AM at a Waffle House outside of Mobile Alabama and you're watching two fat women fight over a diet coke.

Texans v Titans is the big morning game coming up.  I am looking forward to seeing a Greg Williams defense vs the Raven's on Thursday.  Jackson should clinch his MVP.

stefaniawine posted:

There's that video we've all seen - Dick Butkus lifting Leroy Kelly, legs still churning and throwing him to the ground.  For three decades that's been the video of the baddest ass -toughest play of all time.  Then Kittle drags Marcus Williams by his facemask with the rest of the Saints secondary nipping at him like hyenas trying to bring down a bull elephant and we have the new video of bad ass for the next 30 years.

If you were watching the Browns or Jets or whatever Sunday morning I feel for you man.  Praise your loyalty but you missed the game of the year.  Niners pulled out everything in the book and Brees put on an all time great game.  Everything else feels like it might be a let down.

The afternoon was spent at Tommy's Saloon and Todd's Beer Garage so I got the Raiders v Titans only.  So the way the Titans get points so fast is Tannehill has freed himself from the evil clutches of Adam Gase.  What a fun team to watch. 

The way NFL coaches rise is so weird.  Gase's claim to fame was being Payton's OC at the end of his career.  An OC was as important to Manning the last 10 years of his career as the guy who brang over the Microsoft Surface to him when he ran off the field.  Ok maybe not even that important.  Then from there he goes to coaching Cutler.  So irrelevant and uninterested is basically his resume but he turns that into two head coaching jobs as some sort of QB guru.

Seahawks laid a turd in the late game.  Looked like Saints v Falcons a few weeks ago.

Monday night was a good game.  Philly fans get a lot of well deserved crap, but they do boo when a team needs to get booed and that team needed it in the first half.  The Giants offensive line was the worst offensive line I've seen all year.  Their secondary is worse than the offensive line.  I've seen the Bengals play twice and the GIants play twice, the GIants are worse.  I do think if Manning wants to come back next year he earned himself a job.  He'd be a good transitional QB on an average to above average team working up a new QB.

The Eagles still needed overtime to beat them.  Wentz's two big completions in the first half were dying ducks each receiver needed to come back on and basket catch.  Against any other NFL team those would have been interceptions or knock downs.  I worked on a new metaphor for the upcoming Eagles v Cowboys showdown.  It's 3:30 AM at a Waffle House outside of Mobile Alabama and you're watching two fat women fight over a diet coke.

Texans v Titans is the big morning game coming up.  I am looking forward to seeing a Greg Williams defense vs the Raven's on Thursday.  Jackson should clinch his MVP.

The Saints/Niners game was awesome.  Good teams, fighting hard.  Really fun.

Gase is a truly terrible coach.  I am so happy he is gone and running the Jets.

The Browns, with a slim chance of staying live for the playoffs, shit the bed against Arizona yesterday.  Fat F*ck Freddie gets outcoached by Kingsbury, and shouldn't have been allowed on the plane back to Cleveland.  

Need a new HC and some offensive lineman this offseason. 

My perspective is the Browns are making good progress.  The record last year was a fluke of luck based on getting a bunch of teams at the end of the season who had quit.  IF they had finished with 4-5 wins we would have said that was good progress.  Coming into this season a good prediction would have been 7-8 wins, not playoffs and potential Super Bowl.   They'll make that and 8 wins two years after 0 would be a team heading in the right direction.

If you think Freddie is bad, Gregg the Moron would have been far worse, so to me another good trend in they didn't make that mistake.  I do think they would benefit greatly from a coach with QB experience who could work with Mayfield.  Something like the Rams or 49ers did.

Not really a lot of surprise left in the season now.  Really only the Niners game but they had 6 starters out on defense and the Falcons are good when they play hard.

The Jets game was interesting.  Darnold and Anderson showed something good.  To bad they have the worst coaching staff in the NFL and no indication they're getting rid of the dynamic dumbos.   

I expected a better game in the Texans v Titans match up.  Early in the season I said the only close games I saw the Texans having was in games where they really should have blown the other team out and that was one of them.

The Cowboys are of course now going to win the Super Bowl based on beating a single winning team (one that looked like it's booked its golf dates).  At least that's what I got reading the news about them.

If the Bucs had any other QB, anyone who turned the ball over at an average rate, they'd be 10-4.

I made the best red beans and rice I've ever done Monday.  Ham Hock was the secret I've been missing.  That and pork belly.  I read an advance stat this week that Michael Thomas has dropped one, one, a single pass this year he should have caught.  Cooper can do that in a single quarter in any game.  I mention Thomas because he's the first Pro Bowl wide receiver Drew Brees has ever had on the Saints.  Think about all time leader in Yards, Completions, and Touchdowns and he hasn't had a Pro Bowler to throw to until 3 years ago.

Tom Coughlin is out of the league for the moment.  Want to know a team with an idiot running it?  It's whoever hires him next.  Skins are my bet.

I'm going to be rooting for the Eagles and Chiefs this week.  The first because one should root against the Cowboys at all times.  The later because it will clinch that 8-8 Chitown beer for me.

SF has no excuse and should have won easily. Loss rests firmly on offense, Shanhan play calling and Jimmy. Too many possessions deep without touchdowns. If not for the muffed punt the offense scores one TD. Not good enough

I really don't see much of a chance for Philly this weekend but who knows. 

No game tonight, but three on Saturday all with playoff implications. Good day to spend on the couch with a big bowl of soup nursing my cold 

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