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Offline MH

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« on: November 08, 2021, 12:09:09 pm »
So my Bills crapped theyselves this weekend... and it seems like every weekend there's an embarrassing upset.

The Jets even won.

Is this parity ?  Did they finally do it ?

Can someone who understands this complicated game explain it ?

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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2021, 03:59:45 pm »
So my Bills crapped theyselves this weekend... and it seems like every weekend there's an embarrassing upset.

The Jets even won.

Is this parity ?  Did they finally do it ?

Can someone who understands this complicated game explain it ?

I much prefer the CFL. 

NFL is too much run-run-pass.  Boring.

I do watch it, but only games with Mahomes or Jackson.  They make it much more entertaining.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2021, 04:37:17 pm »
Mahomes?

I guess it's entertainment.

CFL is also cool...

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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2022, 10:04:46 pm »
Bills about to win big against the Patriots...

Bengals win as will the Chiefs

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2022, 04:40:28 pm »
That was the Bengals' first playoff win since 1990, which was the longest drought in "the big four" North American pro sports.

The Bengals have been my favorite story of this season. With their budding stars on offense (QB Burrow, RB Mixon, and receivers Chase and Higgins, all 25 or younger) plus an unexpectedly good defense, they went from 4 wins last year to a division championship this season. The Steelers and Ravens have ruled the AFC North for a long time, but the Bengals crushed both of those teams in all four of their meetings this year.  They've been inconsistent, though, mixing in bad games and even a loss to the Jets along with those big wins. But overall they have been trending in the right direction. 

Three weeks ago, before their matchup, a reporter asked the Ravens' defensive coach if they would try to defend against Joe Burrow using the same strategy they used against Aaron Rodgers.  The coach said, more or less, Joe Burrow is no Aaron Rodgers. Burrow responded by completing 37 of 43 for 525 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions, a performance of historical scale.  They kept on passing all day, even once they had an insurmountable lead, just to prove a point. "This seems personal," one observer put it.

The week after, they faced the Chiefs with a chance to clinch the division, while the Chiefs had a chance to clinch first seed in the playoffs.  Burrow mailed it in with a tepid 30 of 39 for 440 yards and 4 TD/0 INT while Ja'Marr Chase took center stage with 266 yards and 3TD on 11 receptions. It wasn't just the sheer amount of yardage, it was how how he did it-- highlight reel catches and jaw-dropping runs after the catch.  It was a thrilling game, with the Bengals winning on a last-second field goal after spending the final 2+ minutes of the game within a yard of the Chiefs' end-zone.

I watched the final quarter of yesterday's game in a bar full of Raiders fans, and obviously you don't want to catch the attention of Raiders fans so I very quietly enjoyed the final moments and seeing them move on to the next round. It's exciting seeing young players on the rise putting things together.

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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2022, 10:44:38 pm »
FREAKIN GAME!!!

All of last week's games were decided on the final play! I don't know if that has ever happened before.

Bengals~~! defeat Titans 19-16. Just when it looks like this is heading to overtime, the Bengals score an interception with 20 seconds left on the clock, and Joe Burrow hits a quick sideline pass to Ja'Marr Chase to get inside field goal range. The Bengals' other secret weapon, kicker Evan MacPherson, kicks the winning FG as time expires to give the Bengals the upset win.  The Bengals gave up 9 (!!!) sacks in this game, but their defense held mighty Derrick Henry to just 62 yards of rushing, and made 3 interceptions to balance things out. After going for 31 years without a playoff win, the Bengals now have 2 in a week.

49ers beat Packers 13-10 on a time-expires field goal. This was a defensive slugfest.  Holding Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to 10 points is a major achievement for the 49ers.  A couple of big plays on special teams (a blocked field goal at the end of the 1st half and a blocked punt for a touchdown in the 4th quarter) won this for the 49ers.

Tom Brady leads the Buccaneers back from a 27-3 deficit in the final minutes of the game to tie it at 27.  I watched the end of this game with Lindsey's brother. We got there when it was 27-13 Rams, and he said "The Rams are blowing this. They are going to lose this game. They are making the exact same mistake everybody else makes against Tom Brady. If somebody game me a $50 bet that the Bucs don't win this game, I would take that bet." True to form, Tom Brady leads the Buccaneers to 2 touchdowns in the final 4 minutes to tie the game!  BUT THEN!! Matthew Stafford gets the ball back with 30 seconds left in the game and throws a beautiful bomb to Cooper Kupp to put the ball in field goal range! They manage to spike the ball to stop the clock before time expires, and kick a game-winning field goal as time expires. People sometimes wondered what Matt Stafford might be like on a team that wasn't as crappy as the Detroit Lions... the results are not bad so far.

BUT THAT WAS JUST THE WARM UP

Because the Chiefs-Bills game was hands down the most spectacular football game I have ever seen!  What an incredible quarterback duel between Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. I have never seen a game with such amazing playmaking by both offenses. This was an instant classic. To put in perspective what a see-saw battle this was, this graphic from ESPN showing the "win probability" as this game neared the ending...



I am not sure if there has ever been a game where a quarterback played as well as Josh Allen did last week without getting the win.  The end of this game will no doubt cause renewed discussion of the NFL's ridiculous overtime rules. The Chiefs won the coin toss, scored a TD on their first possession, and Allen never got the chance to tie it up.  That sucks.  A heartbreaking loss for the Bills, but still an epic battle that will be talked about for years to come. After throwing the game winning touchdown, Mahomes broke away from  his team-mates to run down the field to find Josh Allen and give him a big hug.  This has to really hurt for Bills fans... but what a way to go out.

Next week!

49ers at Rams!  The 49er's defense looked really impressive last week, but I think the Rams have the playmakers on both sides of the ball to win this.

Bengals at Chiefs!  The Bengals' Cinderella season has been fun, but the Chiefs looked unstoppable on Sunday. The Bengals beat the Chiefs a few weeks back, but I can't see that happening again. Especially if they can't provide Joe Burrow with better pass protection. Patrick Mahomes isn't going to throw 3 interceptions like the Titans did. The Chiefs just looked so good on Sunday, I can't imagine anybody beating them these next 2 games.

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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2022, 06:34:31 am »
FREAKIN GAME!!!   This has to really hurt for Bills fans... but what a way to go out.

 

Yeah it does hurt.

There is something about the NFL being there for us in this shitty time, though.  My neighbour is a Cowboys fan and his team went out in the same heart-stopping end-time way.

Oh well, it's just a game right ? :(

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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2022, 04:19:55 pm »
Looks like itís being reported that Tom Brady is going to retire!  Big news!

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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2022, 04:21:10 pm »
 ::) Also I heard a report that he changed his mind?

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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2022, 04:26:08 pm »
::) Also I heard a report that he changed his mind?
Yes, I just saw that too!  I donít know what to believe now.

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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2022, 04:33:37 pm »
Let me guess... You are a Brady fan...

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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2022, 04:35:19 pm »
Let me guess... You are a Brady fan...
Well, yes, but it stems more from him playing for Michigan in college.  I actually got kind of annoyed by him for a while in New England though.

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« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2022, 05:25:53 pm »
Joe Burrow!!!
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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2022, 12:48:29 am »
I didn't get to see the Bengals-Chiefs game, unfortunately.  I was with Lindsey on Sunday helping her entertain her niece and nephew, and she had booked us on a "healing walk".  I checked the score on my phone before we left, and it said 21-3 Chiefs, and I figured it was going to be that kind of a game. I got home from the "healing walk" and checked my phone and it says 27-24 Bengals in overtime. While I was out in the woods "getting in touch with my inner child," the Bengals shut down Mahones and scored 21 straight points to take the lead.  The Chiefs manage to tie it on a final-play field goal, then win the coin toss.  One of the funniest Tweets ever has to be Josh Allen's reaction to the Chiefs winning the coin toss:


People were thinking "hey, we saw this movie last week. The NFL overtime rules suck!"  But Mahomes immediately throws an interception and the Bengals quickly get within the range of
The Bengals' other secret weapon, kicker Evan MacPherson
and the can't-miss kid seals the stunning upset. MacPherson is a rookie and he is 12 of 12 in the playoffs, with several of them from beyond 50 yards.

As much as
Joe Burrow!!!
and the star receivers deserve a ton of credit, this win was actually driven by the Bengals'
unexpectedly good defense
as they thoroughly shut down the Chief's powerful offense in the 2nd half and had Mahomes flailing around looking foolish, before coming up with the crucial interception.  They also got a late interception to seal the deal against the Raiders, and got a late interception to set up the game-winning FG against the Titans.  I think that everybody had an idea that the Bengals offense would be able to score some points this season, but I don't think anybody expected that their defense would be good enough to withstand teams like the Titans and Chiefs.


I did get to see the Rams-49ers game.  Early on the 49ers were moving the ball really well got off to a 17-7 lead. It looked like they were on their way.  But after the 49ers got their touchdown early in the 3rd quarter, the Rams defense just started to smother them. By the end of the game the 49ers couldn't even get positive yards let alone score points.  The Rams, meanwhile, finally got it in gear with Matt Stafford and Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr all having big games.

It has been an amazing two weekends of games! Every game was decided by a single score, and the Rams-49ers game was the only one that wasn't decided on the final play. I can't imagine a more competitive playoffs! 

This leads to a Rams-Bengals Superb Owl. I would think that on paper the Rams seem like they should be the favorite... but would you bet against the Bengals at this point?


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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2022, 11:44:36 am »
I don't follow football and think it's a ridiculous, unwatchable sport, but it's hilarious to me that the Bengals were a laughingstock for so long because their owner (who inherited the team from his father) never bothered to hire a GM and ran the team himself. Peak failson energy.
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