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NFL 2015 Wild-Card Weekend

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:36 pm    Post subject: NFL 2015 Wild-Card Weekend Reply with quote

Just complete dominance by the Chiefs tonight. From the opening kickoff which was returned for a TD, the Texans had no shot. But they did lose Jeremy Maclin to a potentially serious knee injury.


Hoyer was dreadful today. 4 INT's. Its games like this that could cause the great JJ Watt to bolt, once his deal is up.


And to think, if it wasnt for Andrew Luck's various injuries, and that awful special teams mishap against the Patriots, the Colts could've been the winners of the AFC South instead.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well another year, another Wild Card weekend with the Bengals being eliminated. And after coming back, only to implode via stupidity by Vontzae Burfict. With a late hit on Antonio Brown, which he got a concussion for. Burfict should get a suspension when next season starts. If Odell Beckham was suspended, then Burfict should be suspended too.

I dont think this will be the end of Marvin Lewis, but no playoff wins during his tenure, plus the chaotic way this game ended. He has to be on the hot seat next year, if things dont improve.

So now the Steelers face Denver. Who could be without not only Brown, but Rothlisberger. He left with a shoulder injury, but in typical fashion, came back at the end clearly hurting. He wont be 100% against that Denver defense. Which would mean a long day for the Steelers.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the more heartbreaking ways to lose a game happened with a chip shot FG that could've won the game for the Vikings, but instead it was no good. And Seattle advances to face Carolina next week. I might be leaning towards Seattle.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only minor surprise this weekend was Green Bay beating Washington. After having a rough several weeks, they seem to be on the right track for now. It'll probably be temporary as they face the Cards.

The bigger Washington QB question for the offseason, isnt about whether Kirk Cousins is staying, which he will. Its which team will risk signing RG3. It wont be Washington.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green Bay beating Washington really isn't a surprise. Washington's defense isn't good and was getting worn down by the second half. The Washington offense couldn't do enough to respond.

The Seattle-Minnesota game isn't indicative of how Seattle will play the rest of the playoffs, but it is a sign that it can struggle against good defenses. Even if they had Marshawn Lynch, that's no guarantee they would have run roughshod over Minnesota. Thomas Rawls has been better this season, anyway (5.6 yards per carry on 147 attempts, versus 3.8 yards per carry on 114 attempts for Lynch).

Pittsburgh-Cincinnati will be remembered for the final plays, but the referees let a lot of shit happen, even as they tossed flags around for players and coaches acting like assholes. They should have flagged and ejected both Burfict and DeCastro when they were tussling on the ground to send a message to both teams that "this bullshit ends now."

Houston needs a quarterback. The Texans can't keep relying on mediocrity at the position any longer. They have to draft one early and probably stick with T.J. Yates as their "veteran to compete for the job." Hoyer just isn't starting material.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What strikes me about wild card weekend is how improbable two of the wins were. After the Bengals got the interception deep in Steelers' territory with less than 2 minutes left, I am sure their win expectancy was over 90%. Same for the Vikings right before the field goal attempt.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, strange wins.

The Vikes missing a FG is a bit less strange, though it was such a chip shot.

The Bengals job was insane. First they were getting blown out. Then they get back in it, and Ben gets hurt. Then they damn near turn a 2 point conversion attempt into a return in the other direction (which would have been a hoot). Then Pitt turns it over, and the Bengals just need to force Pitt into using their time outs before taking the FG attempt. Even if they miss, Pitt doesn't have good time left given their issues moving the ball without Ben. Instead, they fumble it away. Ben is back, but can barely throw, which bleeds away much of the time on the clock which would have been brutal if they didn't have the time outs. Then the 30 yards in penalties on one play, to set up the FG and then make it a more make-able FG.

One wonders how much Ben will be shot up to play this coming weekend. One also worries about how footloose they will play with the "concussion protocol" when it comes to Brown. :(
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/01/11/nfl-suspends-vontaze-burfict-three-games/

The right call. It would've been hypocritical if he was just fined and not suspended
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