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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Sunday, 9-15-19:

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NFL Update:
  • Jags’ master plan to steal a win in Houston hits a crucial snag when Fournette is met with serious resistance on the doorstep of the goal line. Too bad Marrone forgot how to add. 7 plus 6 equals 13 and potential overtime. #Jaguars #Texans
  • Seattle gets a measure of revenge for the 2006 Super Bowl, with a narrow win in Pittsburgh. For Steeler fans, the emergence of Mason Rudolf is a big positive; however, it’s overshadowed by much bigger problems on both sides of the ball … including critical lapses in the secondary and getting dominated on the line of scrimmage/failing to stop the run, as well as a lack of playmakers at wide receiver and a less-than-threatening running game. And what was going on on the 3 and forever play near game’s end, when the stadium knew Wilson would be using his legs to get into field goals range … where’s a good spy when you need one?

    This team’s not getting it done with the current group, and that includes Tomlin.

  • This was a totally rational game, in which the Chiefs’ offense did anything and everything they wanted to do to the pitiful Raider resistance in the 2nd quarter, and then, quite understandably, got extremely bored and took the rest of the afternoon off … and without any adverse consequences. #Chiefs #Raiders
  • There was no miracle in Miami today for the Dullphins … just the grim reality of utter and complete domination at the hands of the Patriots, who never looked threatened and spent the day in total and complete control. Beautiful if you are a NE fan; boring as sin if you are anybody else. #Patriots #Dolphins
  • Heady game for Lamar, who realized what he couldn’t do with his arm, he had to do with his legs. As for the Cardinals, give them credit for hanging around and hanging up enough points to make this interesting … courtesy in no small part to some fancy passing from new kid Kyler. #Cardinals #Ravens
  • Bengal defense was particularly galling (or should we say appalling), as the match ups go decidedly in favor of QB Garoppolo. #FortyNiners #Bengals
  • Chargers were missing their kicker, and with the missed field goals and PAT could not have been sicker; that being said, this was heinous loss for the visitors, who shot themselves in the feet over and over and over again with bonehead penalties and stupid coaching decisions (at some point, isn’t it advisable to play to your strength and play for touchdowns?). It’s a long season, but something tells me LAC will be very sorry they let this one get away. #Chargers #Lions
  • As usual, Rogers has no problem outplaying Cousins, and the rest of the Viking offense just can’t pick up the slack against the Pack. #Vikings #Packers
  • Giants have Barkley, but Bill have more with Gore and an efficient Josh Allen. As for Manning, he’s proving to be a real Eliability. #Bills #Giants
  • Dak leads a Dallas attack that left the slower Redskins looking like they had lead in their boots. #Cowboys #Redskins
  • Lots of D on display in Denver; unfortunately for the home team, the instant O belonged to Pineiro, whose big boot makes him a hero. #Bears #Broncos
  • Breezy, pleasant day on the Left Coast it was not for the Brees-less Saints, who are left to languish with 9 measly points when Bridgewater just can’t bridge the leadership gap. Rams get clicking in the 2nd half with super touchdown by Cooper and a return to rugged and reliable running by Gurley. #Saints #Rams
  • Irony in ATL, with Philly being patient and opportunistic with the ball, but getting carelessly aggressive when trying to stop the home team in their final drive. Flawed Falcons survive. #Eagles #Falcons
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Thursday, 9-12-19:

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NFL Update:

  • Tampa’s always Famous Jameis outplays Carolina’s flimsy flam Cam in an undistinguished battle of NFC South also rans. Newton did throw for something on the order of 333, but wasn’t very efficient (under 50% in completions) and fell apart like a cheap suit in the red zone. Not only is his directional compass off, but he’s evidently unwilling to resume use of his big body to and powerful legs to gain critical yards as a scrambler. This deficiency was most obvious on the Panther’s final offensive play, as Rivera chose to try a misdirection with little McCaffrey to the outside, instead of going straight ahead and downhill with their big QB when all they needed was a yard or two. And congrats to Arians for imposing some defensive austerity on the princes of pewter … it’s about time. #Buccaneers #Panthers
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Monday, 9-9-19:

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NFL Update:

  • Wildly entertaining game starts off the first night of Monday night football, as the Saints scramble miraculously for a last second, mongo field goal by the kicker with the shortest name in football. Neither team showed much defense, but what was perhaps most impressive was the way Watson held his own against Drew Brees. As for New Orleans, the defensive effort was in one word “weak”, and if you seriously intend to contend for attendance at this year’s big game, that dog just won’t hunt. #Texans #Saints
  • Kudos to the Raiders, who put the Antonio Brown circus behind them, and get down to the nitty gritty details of football execution in Week 1. This was definitely one of the most complete, competent games we’ve seen from the Silver and Black in a long time, and reflects solid coaching by Gruden and what appears to be a healthy, optimistic and aggressive Carr; however, KC comes to town next week, we’ll see whether harsh reality sets in quickly to obscure this moment of glory. #Broncos #Raiders
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Sunday, 9-8-19:

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NFL Update:

  • Same old story for the somnolent Steelers, who sleep walk through another nightmarish opener. Shame on the front office for letting Tomlin repeat past mistakes … bringing a team to the starting gun with no real game plan on offense, including a completely pathetic running game and a very predicable passing routine. 21 yards for James Connor? 1 catch by the tight end? Relying on someone named Moncrief to take the pressure off of JuJu. Good grief!Congratulations to the Patriots for not losing a trace of a step from last year’s Super Bowl performance.
  • Niners were shining today, with some sparkling leadership on defense from the ever-intense Richard Sherman; as for Tampa Bay, it looks like they’ll need a lot more than Bruce Arians to turn things around … how about a compass for Famous Jameis’ continuous misfires. #FortyNiners #Buccaneers
  • G-men put up minimal resistance when it matters most in Big D; Dak had the knack for finding open receivers, and Zeke looked like all he needed was a week to get ready for work. #Giants #Cowboys
  • Another kiss your sister moment in the desert as Detroit self-destructs, and Arizona rises from the dead, but with both teams shooting themselves in foot in OT. Oh boy … what a thriller! #Lions #Cardinals
  • Bungling Bengals can’t finish properly in the red zone, and that’s a fatal flaw when you’re facing Russell Wilson at home; opportunistic Seahawks squeeze out a narrow win in game 1. #Bengals #Seahawks
  • Philly gives its fans some major heartburn, before Wentz orchestrates a stunning second half rally; give the Skins credit for coming in ready to play. After working some kinks out, the Eagles look ready to challenge the Cowboys for top best in the NFL East. #Redskins #Eagles
  • Jets do what Jets do and waste a golden opportunity for a hot start to the season, laying down to the Bills in a disastrous fourth quarter. The silver lining here was a nice debut for Bell, who did a little of everything and should help gang green win at least a few games. #Bills #Jets
  • Chiefs choke the life out of the Jags, as Mahomes looks quite at home without Tyreek Hill. He’s still got plenty of weapons, and had no problem mastering what many thought was a formidable defense. And the addition of McCoy also helps. As for Jacksonville, it looks like it’ll be another long season with star pickup Foles folding up his tent for a while with a serious injury. #Chiefs #Jaguars
  • Vikes mount and stuff the Falcons with a stifling defense and a calm, coordinated Kirk Cousins. Credit also needs to go to Dalvin Cook, who stirred the pot with his smooth running. #Falcons #Vikings
  • The decrepit Dullphin defense is so inept it makes Lamar Jackson look like a pro QB… the first act of Tanking for Tua was a complete success!
  • Rams looked ready to defend their NFC Title with a rather routine road win over the bumbling Panthers. Too many busted plays, hiccups, penalties and flubs for Rivera’s gang … meanwhile Gurley and Cupp are back and there’s no reason to believe the Rams will be wallowing in last Jan’s disappointment. #Rams #Panthers
  • So much for the new and improved Browns, who fall flat on their faces in the home opener against the rough and tough Titans. TN had not only the typically rugged running game going, but also was moving things through the air. Meanwhile, Mayfield was creating nothing but utter mayhem for his teammates with three ugly interceptions. Cleveland’s clearly still a work in progress, which means the rest of the AFC North is licking its chops. #Titans #Browns
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 2-4-19 (click post for some Tom Brady that is now a distant memory)

Jubilant Julian and his bushy beard was certainly the Rabbi the Patriots needed to properly sacrifice stubbles McVay and the rest of the LA Lambs.
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  • Brady was mediocre and Goff was more than off, Gurley was mostly withdrawn and non-confrontational, and the defensive lines for both teams had field days; that being said, the difference was clearly a huge mismatch in coaching, with Belichick’s defenders completely getting in the minds of McVay’s high powered scoring machine. Belichick was the MVP (Most Valuable Puppeteer), but we know they can’t do that so the trophy goes to Super juking Julian Edelman, the first winner of this award claiming a Hebrew heritage. Yes, New England, you are football’s version of the Yankees, which makes the rest of the league feel pretty … helpless. And can this happen another 3 to 4 to 5 more times under the guidance of the GOAT … most certainly. #Patriots #Rams

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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 1-20-19 (click post for some hometown encouragement from the files of Jim Rockford)

The Brady era comes full circle as almost 20 years later it’s Rams-Patriots in the Super Bowl … all over again…
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NFL Update:

  • Everything is up to date in KC, as the Chiefs do what they typically do and bow out in majorly disappointing fashion after raising so many expectations during the regular year. It did take them way too long to put their game face on, but once Mahomes got going, there was no stopping him. Unfortunately, this game seems to strongly suggest they’ll never take that next step with Andy “I like to read my play chart/as opposed to watching the game” Reid. The big red tomato is destined to forever playing ketchup with Belichick, who yet again coached him into a cramped corner. What was with the ultra conservative play calling for nearly a half, the refusal to make adjustments at the end of the game to cover Edelman and Gronk on those crossing patterns over the middle, or the unwillingness to make anything other than a token attempt to score a TD at the end of regulation. But the his biggest screw up was sitting on those 3 timeouts in OT, with Brady marching inexorably toward a winning TD, and the Chiefs’ exhausted defense in need of a serious blow. Sometimes the best time outs are those taken when you don’t have the ball, and when Burkhead rammed the ball over the goal line to put KC out of its misery, those game breaks went unused and wasted. #Chiefs #Patriots
  • My how the worm turned today in the Superdome, as the Rams came back from legally dead status to shock the Saints (who were probably booking their Super Bowl reservations). Yes, there was a blown call that changed everything, but let’s remember what the Rams did to get to that point … their D-line played huge, they did a great job stopping the Saints running game, and Goff and Co. showed maturity and poise in making the big plays/executing when they had to. This young team grew a ton in the last 15 minutes and into OT, and they deserve to move on. As for the Saints, they’ve had plenty of help all year long from the refs, so what goes around comes around. And let’s give a big pat on the back to Greg Z., whose big foot was the difference maker at the end. #Rams #Saints
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 1-13-19 (click post to hear Constanza on shrinkage — like the kind we saw today from the dead-in-the-water Bolts)

Cry me a Rivers … Chargers fail to hold up their end in cold New England.
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NFL Update:

  • Nothing new in New England as the Belichick’s Patriots cut Lynn’s chagrined Chargers to the quick in a game that was clearly not as close as the score indicated. Brady was connecting at will and running backs Michel and White kept the Bolts’ defense completely off balance and on its heels. As for Rivers, it’s just another largely successful campaign that comes to a cold, bitter end on the forbidden turf of Foxboro. The convincing nature of this win also sends notice to KC that the Chiefs had better roll out their A+ game, not to mention their A+ QB if they hope to represent the AFC in February. #Chargers #Patriots
  • Saints hope they’ve shaken some cobwebs out of their face masks with a somewhat shaky, but gratifying triumph over the defending Super Bowl champs. They did this by systematically controlling time of possession on offense and stymieing Philly’s No. 1 stud, and by going for the big payoff on a gutsy fake punt and on a 4th a goal deep in the red zone. That’s enough this week, but will it cut the mustard against a Rams squad that has more weapons and more talent? It’s something for Coach Payton to ponder for a few more queasy days in the Big Easy. #Saints #Eagles
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 1-12-19 (click post for some classic Keith Jackson — Whoa Nellie, the Rams are going ot the NFC Finals)

It’s all smiles in LA, as McVay had his Rams ready to play on Saturday.
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NFL Update:

  • Rams may have sputtered a bit to end the season, but they started the playoffs focused and out for blood, bulling their way to a convincing 8-pt win over the Cowboys. The tandem of Anderson and Gurley ran over and through what had been touted as a stout Dallas defense, and Goff did the rest with an excellent job running plays and connecting with his receivers. Give the NFC East champions credit for growing as a team throughout the year and perhaps setting the foundation for a more dominant campaign in 2019, but for now, LA is making the headlines and moves on the NFC Championship round with no reason but to be brimming with confidence. #Cowboys #Rams
  • Colts get hit with a haymaker right right from the start in form of not only the amazing right arm of Mahomes, but also some very inspired Chiefs defense. Yes, the Chiefs’ defense. After an impressive run to end the season, Frank Reich needs to take a hard look at a still suspect defense, which was terribly porous down the middle of the field. And Andrew Luck needs some smelling salts, Viagra or something to give his passes more punch and his approach a little more bite. Today’s exhibition was completely uninspiring. #Chiefs #Colts
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 1-6-19 (click post for audio)

Parkey needs to work on his parking skills!
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NFL Update:

  • All the Bears had to do was park a 43 yard field goal over the cross bar and between the goal posts at Soldier field; unfortunately Parkey was not up to the task, and it’s Philadelphia that lives to play another day. Chicago definitely has only itself to blame, not just because this game was completely winnable, but also given the harsh reality that Minnesota would’ve likely been an easier mark in round one, as compared with the defending champs. It only gets tougher for the Eagles, who now travel to the Big Easy, where Breesy and the who dat gang await, fully rested. Foles will need to bring his “A” game, not the B variety we saw today, if they are to prevail in what would be a major upset. #Eagles #Bears
  • Baltimore shoots itself in the foot with an anemic offense, headed up by sluggish side-winding slinger Lamar, and of all things, a missed field goal by normally Turgo-charged Tucker, opening the door for the Chargers to slip through to week 2 of the NFL Playoffs. This was no work of beauty for either team’s QB, as Rivers was keep largely under wraps for most of the game, but LAC came up with enough yards and points to have a relatively secure cushion, leading in to a rather chaotic final 8 minutes. Indeed, if the Ravens had only made a 50 yard try earlier in the game, they might have been in good position in the final minute to tie things up with another kick. As it worked out, the road team pulled out a real gut check victory and moves on to New England, where it will need to be a lot sharper if it has any hope of overcoming the favored Patriots. #Chargers #Ravens
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