NFL Week 8: OPEN THREAD

 

 

 

The mid-season mark is almost here for most teams. The number of teams who will assert themselves to make a push for the playoffs is fewer than they were when September began. In early September every team — and their fans — shared hope for a championship. It’s clear now that more than half of the teams in the league have greatly reduced their chances to make the playoffs as 17 out of 32 teams in the league are playing .500 ball or worse. Twelve of those teams have 4 losses or more and with over half a season to play, today’s games could all but eliminate some of them. After all, it’s pretty darn difficult to make the playoffs with 5 losses and 8 games to play.

 

Let’s go over the games:

 

 

  • Baltimore has already manhandled Miami 40-0… so I predict the Ravens win this one. πŸ˜‰

 

  • Minnesota is facing the Browns in London. Even the Queen has the Vikes. Not sure how having the Browns go to Europe is promoting the game there.

 

  • Oakland is traveling to the East coast where they’ll face a good Bills squad. Order some wings and watch da Raidahs fall flat.

 

  • The Colts travel 120 miles to Cincinnati to face Bengals. Take the Bengals… and double the points.

 

  • The Los Angeles Chargers fly to New England. It might as well be England. Pats will prevail then… home by 4:00 CT. Except for Gronk.

 

  • Bears visit the Saints. I’m sticking with the Saints.

 

  • The Falcons are at the Jets. Don’t expect another NW meltdown. There are over 4,000 tickets left for this game, the most in the league. The Jets may have a shot at a .500 record by winning. Might as well be win-less as far as the crowd is concerned.

 

  • The 9ers are at the Eagles. Gee, I wonder who wins this one. Sometimes there is no parity. Just pity. Pity the 9ers.

 

  • Carolina goes to Tampa Bay and this looks to be a good game. I’ll go with TB in an upset. Uh, forget it. I changed my mind.

 

  • The Texans visit the Seattle Seahawks. They should end up going back to Texas with their tail between their legs. Hawks have one Home loss in the past year and a half.

 

  • Dallas is at Washington which will go a long way in deciding who comes in 2nd in the NFC East but, it probably won’t include the playoffs. Too many other good second place teams in the division.

 

  • On Sunday night, the Steelers go to Detroit. Some say the Lions win. I wish, but I highly doubt it.

 

 

On Monday evening the Broncos visit Arrowhead Stadium to play the K.C. Chiefs. More on that game later.

 

 

So, who do you like? Any predictions? Do you have an upset in mind?

 

 

 

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  • berttheclock

    Just because I watch a great deal of films from Britain and read The Guardian early each and every day, does not make me an Anglophile or the current expression of being a Britophile. But, yes, while, they did try to tax us without representation, tried to burn down Washington DC, griped about the troops sent there to bail them out yet complained about them being “over sexed, over paid and over here”, none of those things should have subjected them to having to watch the Cleveland (Expansion) Browns visiting, eh? I mean, didn’t the expression of “cruel and unusual punishment” emanate from there?

    • berttheclock

      Cruel and unusual punishment was enacted into the English Bill of Rights in 1689 and was incorporated into the US Constitution’s Eighth Amendment in 1791. Currently, in the NFL, it should be used to block anyone from having to view the Cleveland Browns or extending any contract to Roger Goodell which would place many NFL fans in jeopardy to their sanity. At least, for once, Jerry Jones appears to be headed in the right direction for leading a group of owners in blocking any extension to Goodell, which means, Jones wants him fired.

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        Maybe the NFL should consider a governing board rather than a single commissioner. Goodell’s attempt at totalitarianism has given the NFL as much a black eye as many of the actions of the players.

        • ladner morse

          I think you’re right about Goodell’s approach and you would think that the owners would get tired of being taken to the higher courts to have his decisions overturned. Hard to run an organization as a subservient state when you live in a democracy.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            The amount of Goodell’s salary, plus the attorney fees the owners are paying in the attempt to uphold is decisions would, I think, easily pay for a 5-7 person board that could make decisions that both the NFL and NFLPA could agree to abide by.

          • berttheclock

            Remember when the Bud Selig led group of owners ousted Fay Vincent from his Commish of MLB? They were upset with him over several issues, especially, his involvement with the player’s walkout. But, after the coup, Bud Selig became the Commish and was baseball really any better with him?

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            That’s a scary thought if you think about any of the NFL owners becoming the Commish.

      • freshmeat62

        Dang, I hate to say it, but I’m starting to like Jerry Jones…just a little bit!

        • ladner morse

          Live in Dallas for 20 years… you’ll change your mind in a hurry. He’s sooooo full of himself.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      That’s funny Bert! I just checked the score and the Browns are making a game of it. Currently down by 2 in the third. The Browns actually had a 1 point lead at the half. Who would of thunk it.

    • better than being a francophile.

  • ladner morse

    Does parity explain that the Browns are ahead of Minnesota right now?
    The Viking must have only taken their practice squad to England.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Apparently, any give Sunday works across the pond as well!

      • ladner morse

        I guess the whole Vike team went to England… now it’s 30 to 16.

        • berttheclock

          Amazing what a running game can do for a team, eh?

  • ladner morse

    Here’s my pre-official announcement: I bought a house this week.

    I say “pre” official because, I close on Tuesday and am praying that all goes as planned.

    PLUS!: it has a finished walk-out basement for my man-cave-Chiefs-room… so naturally, I’m stoked.

    PS: That means I’ll be able to spend more time writing about the Chiefs and giving AO attention.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Congratulations Laddie……

      • ladner morse

        Thank you kind sir!

    • berttheclock

      May the Closing Gods be with you.

      • ladner morse

        Thanks Bert

        • berttheclock

          So, is a walk-out basement the same as we call a daylight basement, meaning a house built on a slope with the entrance to the house on the upper level and the basement opening to the lower slope?

          Have you read Michael Connely’s newest book where he discusses an Upside down house. That means one above the San Fernando Valley with the entrance on street level, but, bedrooms on the lower slopes.

          • ladner morse

            Yes to your first question.

            I’ve see many upside down houses and was in one just a week ago… only the street level was the basement and the upper level led to a backyard which also was the living room, kitchen, bedrooms so you had to walk up stairs on the side of the house to get to the main entrance.

          • berttheclock

            I have been in a couple of houses in Magnolia, which is more of a tony area of Seattle. They are deceptive as from street level they appear to be of average size. But, their daylight basements have the same square footage as the main floor. The ones I saw had their main level rooms looking more akin to show rooms, as the main living was conducted on the lower level.

      • Roswell Incident

        Burn incense or sacrifice a bucket of fried chicken. πŸ™‚

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Congratulations, I hope all goes well!

    • Homer Dave

      I’m late to the party and all that, but that is great news Laddie. So happy to hear it is all working out for you and yours.

  • berttheclock

    Adam Shefeter says at least two teams have reached out to Ballard to discuss a possible trade for Vontae Davis, the 29 year old DB. So, any thoughts concerning Veach being one of them? Or, would he be talking more with Lynch of the Niners? Which would fit better? A 29 year old corner or a 26 year old safety?

    • ladner morse

      Both are needed but Safety should come first unless the issue becomes cap considerations then you go get either one you can afford.

      • berttheclock

        Funny thing about Vontae Davis. Both he and Sean Smith slipped away from the Dolphins at about the same time.

      • berttheclock

        Just saw Kenny Vaccarro, safety, make a great open field tackle on a big Chicago RB. He has had 3 INTs so far this year. Remember when he was disgruntled about lack of playing time with the Saints? This is what happens to a team with very little wiggle room in Cap space. Veach could have reached out, but………………….

        • berttheclock

          Plus, Vaccarro just slammed into Trubisky on an outside blitz.

  • berttheclock

    One other corner I wouldn’t mind seeing Veach pry loose is Jamar Taylor, the former Boise State corner who was drafted high by the Dolphins, but, traded to Cleveland for a low pick. He still has another year on his contract. One trivia note is he went to the same HS as did Alex Smith.

    • Roswell Incident

      Any DB help is welcome. πŸ™‚

  • berttheclock

    So far, the Raiders are using pass to set up the run. 72 yards passing to only 9 rushing. But, they punched their one TD in from 2 yards out.

  • berttheclock

    Laddie says to pity the Niners. Yes,as they have just lost their fine free safety, Jimmie Ward, to an arm injury.

  • berttheclock

    Ingram of the Saints has just jumped over the pile reaching out with the football to score for the Saints. He reminded me of seeing Marcus Allen do the same with the Trojans, then, the Chiefs. The Saints have a very good one two punch with Ingram and Kamara. Really sets up play action for Brees. Did you hear that Mr Andy, “play action”? Yes, it is still legal to run in the NFL.

  • Roswell Incident

    Weird as I find myself rooting for the Chargers and Oak (as much as I can root for the Raiders).

  • ladner morse
  • berttheclock

    The Chiefs gave up 505 total yards to the Raiders. The Bills only gave up 367 yards and intercepted Carr twice.

    The Chiefs ran for 94 yards against the Raiders. The Bills ran for 166 yards.

  • well. predictions, too late. I am watching Texan at Seahawks. Texans have driven down deep in Hawk territory. May end up being a FG but that would take the lead, 24-21.

    • berttheclock

      Why did the Texans allow Andy Reid to call the play when they were 3rd and four in their penultimate series? Up the middle for two against a jammed box. Oh yeah, the defense will bail us out, eh?

  • Roswell Incident

    Well, go Lions!

  • berttheclock

    Nothing like having Donald Stephenson to lead your team from behind. Geez, hit RIchardson deep down the middle, hit one other pass, then, Whammo 0, hit a for what ever reason a wide open Jimmy Graham down the middle for a game winning TD.

    Geez, if only Scott Pioli could have drafted Donald Stephenson instead of that slug, Russell Wilson, eh?

  • berttheclock

    BTW, Mr Veach, Seattle really needed to shore up its defense, so, Schneider went out and picked up Sheldon Richardson after the season began. Did you happen to read about it? Geez, a GM who sees problems and goes out to rectify it, what a concept.

  • Roswell Incident

    Damn. All the 2 loss teams in the AFC took care of business. Here’s hoping KC does, too. Then on to Dal where were 2 pt dogs.