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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Sunday, 10-6-19:

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NFL Update:

  • Illegal hit leaves Mason wasted, and though Devlin manages to work out the details, Steelers don’t deal with the particulars too well in OT. Why Tomlin chose to kickoff in OT we’ll never know (how can you possibly give away that obvious benefit voluntarily?), and JuJu loses his handle on the situation. #Ravens #Steelers
  • Jets certainly needed a cool hand Luke manning the controls; not today, as the Eagles rip out the spleen of gang green. #Jets #Eagles
  • KC gets overpowered by the patient and relentless Colts, who controlled the offensive line with their reliable starting five and by lots of havoc wreaked by ex-Chief Houston. #Colts #Chiefs
  • Cowboys spend the first half looking like total slackers against the Packers, and can never recover. Bad things often happen for his team when Dak continuously drops back, A pleasant surprise for the visitors was the rushing of Aaron the running back. Green Bay is only to happy to find a winning formula that does not teeter unduly on Aaron the QB. #Packers #Cowboys
  • Buc defense wasn’t ready for Teddy, who had them backing u after Q1. #Buccaneers #Saints
  • Denver designs a suffocating defense that took away the trademark Rivers short stuff, and wins the rough and tumble battle in the trenches with the gutty play of LIndsay. #Broncos #Chargers
  • Bills show an iron will in standing up to the tough Titans in Nashville. #Bills #Titans
  • Late in the game, the Bears come undone in London; was this really the Raiders? #Bears #Raiders
  • Vikings pillage at will in Giants’ village; NY’s prolems are by no means behind them particularly with no Barkley and run options limited.
  • Redskins beat a hasty retreat from the Patriot onslaught in the second half, with Colt misfiring and virtually nothing to show in terms of 3rd down conversions. #Patriots #Redskins
  • Falcon defense falls short against Fuller, who fills up on receptions and yardage in a Big Texan way. #Falcons #Texans
  • Cardinals work a fly-by shooting of the ever-victimized Bengals, and Kyler Murray is the lead perpetrator. #Cardinals #Bengals
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Thursday, 10-3-19:

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NFL Update:

  • Wearing those sickly magic marker green unis, the Seattle Peehawks prevail in a very tight one over the LA Rams. Russell Wilson is the chief orchestrator of the damaging wetwork, showering 4 TDs on the lately very porous LA Lamb defense. Hey McVay, where’s that running game gone? Time to start leaning more heavily on your Gurley man. #Rams #Seahawks
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Monday, 9-30-19:

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NFL Update:

  • In Pittsburgh, they’ve gone from Big Ben to a guy who looks remarkably like Robby Benson. Maybe it’s time to start calling Mason “Henry Steeler”.
  • Pittsburgh stays picture perfect at PNC on Monday Night, with a very satisfying thrashing of the bewildered Bengals. No. 2 Rudolph was just too good, working at a near 90% completion rate, and looking like a very youthful combination of some of the league’s QB mainstays (Brady? Wilson? Roethlisberger?). The play calling suited him perfectly, allowing for safe, short completions, which kept the chains moving and got the running backs involved and loosened up. This was also an important confidence booster for Diontae Johnson, who recovered from an early fumble (thank you JuJu for the pep talk) to have a game changing performance. And could multi-talented utlity man Jalen Samuels be the team’s backup QB, in addition to doing a little bit of everything really well.As for the defense, this was beautiful display of effective pass rushing, along with tough run stopping on Mixon and aggressive, tight pass coverage.Yes, this was only the Bengals, but it gives the team a solid foundation for moving forward, and let’s note we are now only 1 game out (with the Ravens coming to town). #Steelers #Bengals
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Sunday, 9-29-19:

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NFL Update:

  • Vikings lie down compliantly against another quality defense, with little to show for Captain Kirk’s 26 measly completions … or for that matter, their QB’s massive price tag. Quite a drag for the folks in Minnesota, who were sold quite a tainted bill of goods by Cousins’ St. Farmism agent. #Vikings #Bears
  • Chiefs do what quality teams do and take care of business with a game-winning drive, leaving the Lions crying; however, give Detroit’s defense lots of credit for coming up with a scheme that made things tough on the league’s most high powered offense, and provides an example to follow going forward. All that was missing was a spy to keep better tabs on Mahomes, when the star QB ventured away from home and out of the protective pocket. #Chiefs #Lions
  • A Baltimore defense that was softened up last week by Patrick and his Mahomey boys got absolutely drubbed by Chubb and riddled by Baker’s bullets. This may well be the victory that puts the Browns on track for their first AFC North divisional title. #Browns #Ravens
  • With Prescott pressing all night and Elliott unable to evade or overrun NO defenders, the Cowboys got roped into a low scoring tug of war with the inspired Saints and lose their grip on an unblemished season. #Cowboys #Saints
  • Jacksonville fights back with some fine running from Fournette, and Minshew administer the final fatal blow to a Denver defense that is no longer getting it done in the Mile High City. #Jaguars #Broncos
  • Suh makes sure the Rams are through with monster fumble return, and the LA secondary gets continuously burned by the Winston-to-Godwin combo. Tampa looks uncharacteristically tough under the authority of Arians. #Buccaneers #Rams
  • Jadeveon certainly wasn’t clowning around when he took matters into his own hands with one of the most athletic pick sixes you’ll ever see. The end result an insurmountable lead for the very reliable Seahawks, who have no trouble taking the fight out of the flighty Cardinals. #Seahawks #Cardinals
  • Basket case Redskins were just asking for more trouble by putting in Haskins, who clearly wasn’t ready for the promotion; lopsided loss to G-men has Gruden looking like dead man walking in the Nation’s Capital. #Redskins #Giants
  • Chargers take care of business in South Beach by wearing out the lightweight Dolphins. Miami is now 1/4 way done with its perfectly imperfect season. #Chargers #Dolphins
  • Road warrior Raiders show uncommon poise, with an emotional, but focused, start, and hold on to jolt the Colts. Carr has one of his best games in a long time, and the defense makes the big plays that matter (without the usual mental meltdowns). #Raiders #Colts
  • Panthers are all smiles with Kyle at QB; shame on Deshaun and the inept Texans who frittered away countless opportunities en route to a completely forgettable (and somewhat inexplicable) offensive breakdown. #Panthers #Texans
  • Titans right the ship with their typically winning formula of stout defense, strong running and controlled passing; you let this team play with the lead, and you are playing with fire. As for ATL, they are hopelessly addicted to air travel, which is a strategy fraught with land mines. #Titans #Falcons
  • Patriots overcome their own anemic offense to snuff out mistake-prone Buff. #Patriots #Bills
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Thursday, 9-26-19:

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NFL Update:

  • Eagles soar in Green Bay, with a balanced offense including over 175 on the ground and a squeaky clean game from Wentz. On the other side, Rogers piled up impressive numbers in terms of completions and yards, but as is often the case, bad things like interceptions and QB fumbles usually happen when you pass to excess. As for the GB defense, it looks like there are definite holes, notwithstanding its earlier successes again the modest arsenals of Bears/Vikings. #Eagles #Packers
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Monday, 9-23-19:

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NFL Update:

  • Case gets unceremoniously dumped on this case … over and over and over again in Landover … and spends prime time scurrying around like the gopher on Caddyshack. Yes, the Redskins are still a complete joke, and Keenum deserves a lot of the blame, operating in the pocket like a clueless statue. But the overall stewardship of this fine mess by the younger, blundering Gruden remains a lingering problem. There’s no running game, obvious holes in all phases of the defense, and no real leadership at the top. #Redskins #Bears
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NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives, Sunday, 9-22-19:

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NFL Update:

  • Tampa tried to fool itself into thinking it could keep up with the Jones … it couldn’t. Giants fight back under new QB for what could be a season saving win. #Giants #Buccaneers
  • Allen is a breath of fresh air for the reeling Panthers, who hope they’ve found a formula for emerging out of the NFC South basement. #Panthers #Cardinals
  • Good teams make adjustments at halftime; that’s what the Rams have made a habit of doing, and today was no exception.Good teams put the ball in the end zone when they’re sitting at first and goal from the 5; today, the Browns fell short of this standard by mucking up such a lovely situation.
    With three time outs and 40 seconds, there was no reason in the world that Cleveland couldn’t have attempted at least one run with their talented halfback Nick Chubb; alternately, they could’ve
    tried their luck with a Mayfield scramble to daylight. Instead, they quite predictably had Baker drop back for 4 straight hope hurls into a crowded end zone. The end result was massive teeing off by Donald and Co. on the pass rush, a feeble pickoff on the game’s final play, and the Rams walk away with a precious road win. #Rams #Browns
  • Awful loss for the lackluster Steelers, who are gifted a handful of TOs but can’t fully capitalize; Niners are allowed to hang around, and when push comes to shove, they impose their will and go in for the kill. #Steelers #FortyNiners
  • Chargers’ lack of 2nd half follow through holds true once again, as Watson riddles the Charger defense for huge chunks through the air, and Watt and friends bother Rivers to no end. For LAC, it looks pretty obvious that the breaks that were going their way last year are nowhere to be found. #Texans #Chargers
  • Seattle’s repeated brain farts, which lead to an absolutely horrible start, create a hurdle that was just too steep for the normally resourceful Russell to navigate. Saints look ready to keep their heads above water with Teddy. #Saints #Seahawks
  • Falcons lose their grip at the outset and never quite recover; another impressive effort by unheralded Brissett, who is doing his level best to make the loss of Luck something to forget. #Falcons #Colts
  • Bills make the Bengals pay dearly for their defective start; tip drill worked to perfection with cooperation of Hyde and White. #Bills #Bengals
  • This week, Broncos get trampled the Green Bay Way as Orange Crush looks more like mush, and Flacco and friends look relatively flat. #Broncos #Packers
  • Patriots junk the Jets, who get scrapped early but recover to prevent a cover. #Jets #Patriots
  • Are these really the Lions? Making the most out of their yards and taking better care of the ball than their opponents? A pat on the back to Patricia is in order. #Lions #Eagles
  • Cook has a field day against a disorganized Raider rabble (what a surprise), creating the perfect home environment for Kirk to do his work. #Raiders #Vikings
  • Chiefs’ home run experience continues with Mahomes, who sizzled when the situation required, complimenting a suitably, if not awe-inspiring job done by the KC defense. Too little, too late for Lamar and the Poe-inspired Ravens. #Ravens #Chiefs
  • Miami offensive mishaps continue, as the offense moves but doesn’t accomplish much with Rosen, the Chosen One, at the help. Dallas wakes up in the second half, and routinely covers (barely). #Dolphins #Cowboys
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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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