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Week 3: A Few Ducks, but Not Many

Posted by Radatz on September 19, 2017 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Tough week to pick in many areas. We'll give it a try. No extra day to tell who's coming back from what injury. Who needs it? Probably wouldn't help anyway.

[email protected]: Gak. What a lead-in. Major rivalry that's never been in sync really. It's close now, but I can't just say home team. Why, you ask. No you don't. You gotta take the Rams.

[email protected]: Steady wins the race. The Ravens aren't great so far, but they're steady.

[email protected]: One...

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Week 2 Wrap Wrap: Lions Roaring?

Posted by Radatz on September 19, 2017 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (5)

What's left of the once-fabled MNF can be hard to take. First, you have to expose yourself to adding to the ratings of the 4-letter network. Second, you have commentary such as that from their resident officiating expert, who explained just how the finger that was propelled into Stafford's eye by an onrushing lineman with his arm straight out during an aborted pass-turned-fumble was really 'incidental contact', not hands-to-the-face. And of course there's Chucky, who seems a bit o...

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Week 2: Attrition, a Few Answers and More Questions

Posted by Radatz on September 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (5)

Week 1 left us with a lot of questions. Week 2 seemed to answer some of them. Has the CBA-shortened preseason contributed to injuries instead of limiting them? Sure looks that way, particularly with noncontact stuff. It's an attrition parade. Has the AFC/NFC gap widened? Manning's gone, Brady and Ben are getting up there, but sure looked it.

HOU 13 CIN 9: We already skewered this ripe onion.

NE 36 NO 20: NE came out with a 2003-like ...

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Week 4 Top 25

Posted by theknightswhosay on September 17, 2017 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (4)

If you’re looking for my comments about the LSU game, go here.

This week starts the transition to my objective computer system. A couple of disclaimers for those who may not remember. No one is being penalized for a win (if they move down after one), only for not accomplishing good wins. Ranking team A ahead of team B does not necessarily mean I think...

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TNF Becomes SNF? Um, Not Exactly

Posted by Radatz on September 15, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (6)

After a quiet offseason drama, NFLN, apparently a subsidiary of the dreaded NBC, 'decided' first to stick Collinsworth in the analyst chair next to Tirico, then to dump Tirico for Michaels. Sound like ratings damage control? The results were disastrous, but no more so than the game.

Training camp continues. TNF had the promise of being at least morbidly interesting but ended up another dud. Don't tell that to gushin' Chris, who saw the next great QB (15/24 125 75...

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poft prophet 17.2

Posted by the immortal scurds on September 13, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (5)

ooooh weee. maybe we should stop now. just stick with an immortal 12-3 opening week. it all makes so much sense:

cin-5.5: aj macaron please. but even dalton can outscore the texans. bengals rebound. houston continues to sink

cleve+8: really liked the browns effort vs pitts, and i dont believe baltimore is that good o cncy that bad. and a juicy 8 too.

chic+7: glennon looks ready. 7 is fat for a cold team to spot in a disaster zone. too many pts.

minny+6: truth is, ptts ...

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Posted by Ferociousjane on September 13, 2017 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (5)

“Ohio State has the worst, most obnoxious fans “.

I have heard the chatter all my life and to be honest, it has always shocked me. I’ve never been around a truly heinous Ohio State fan , but then again that might be more a testament to the people I chose to hang around with back home than the vast majority.

So color me surprised this week to be thoroughly sickened by fan behavior on message boards and on what I thought were higher brow football sites like Elev...

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Will Week 2 Sort Out the Mysteries of Week 1?

Posted by Radatz on September 13, 2017 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (5)

In the aftermath of a rather confusing week 1 we get a week 2 schedule that's more interesting than usual. What did we learn last week? My take is that we learned many teams are still in preseason. Expect that to continue for a while. But let's apply the more specific 'lessons' of week 1 to each game --- then say what we really feel.

[email protected]: Battle of the megaflops. Week 1 told us neither team can win this game, but somebody's got to. Cinci doesn't h...

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MNF: One Bore and One Outrage

Posted by Radatz on September 12, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (7)

The weekend of strange outcomes and largely crummy games continued on MNF. Execution is at a mid-preseason low in most quarters, and teams with little turnover (via change or early attrition) and/or fairly simple 'systems' (if any are left) seem to have the advantage. Here's hoping the next CBA has more sane prep time. Injuries are huge, but it looks like this ain't workin' even on that front so far. Here's hoping the stupid NFL finally exterminates timeouts on field goals too.

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Week One is Done, Thankfully for the Most Part.

Posted by Radatz on September 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (10)

What an opening week. When it began, the Patriots were 'prohibitive favorites' to win the Super Bowl. After Thursday, the favorite became Seattle. Wonder who it is now. It was a week of surprises, a number of top dogs having a rough time (some while winning). Thank goodness for the Carsons (Wentz and Palmer) or I might have gotten just about every game wrong. Most of them were not what you call works of art. Seems all the players who don't get injured in the shortened preseason ma...

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