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  • #31
    Jerry!!!

    This may be your year.

    Your Boys are looking like the best team in the NFC. I know it's early, but barring any major injuries, there is no reason why the Cowboys will not go to the Super Bowl.

    However, the Patriots are looking scary good. Just hope your Boys don't have to play them in the Super Bowl.

    My Steelers are toast. They were toast even with Roethlisberger. They have no running game, no defense, no receivers, and Ben looked old at times.

    It will be kind of refreshing watching Mason Rudolf at QB the rest of the year (he's from Oklahoma State, your neck of the woods...lol) Hopefully he can play like some of the other good young QB's in the NFL.

    I don't think Roethlisberger will ever play again. He's 37, and has been talking about retiring a lot before his injury.
    (1 Cor 1:13 KJV) Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

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    • #32
      The Raven's Lamar Jackson has 7 passing TD's this year in two games.

      Last year, he had 6 passing TD's for the entire year.

      I don't think anyone saw this coming.
      (1 Cor 1:13 KJV) Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

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      • #33
        Looks like Eli may get benched.

        With Ben out for the season, Eli benched, and Rivers not playing good against the 49'ers, that great QB class of 2004 may be in its final hour.

        That 2004 QB class (Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, and Rivers) never came close to matching the great 1983 QB class of Elway, Marino, and Kelly.

        Scary Stat: All six QB's combined from both classes have the same amount of Super Bowl wins as Tom Brady does by himself.
        (1 Cor 1:13 KJV) Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

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        • #34
          Originally posted by tetelestai View Post
          My Steelers are toast. They were toast even with Roethlisberger. They have no running game, no defense, no receivers, and Ben looked old at times.
          The long road back!

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Town Heretic View Post
            Oh, and tonight I have Cleveland handling their business and covering the the spread.
            I'm with you on that. Go Browns!

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            • #36
              On Sunday Dak Prescott passed Brees and Brady in all time passer rating

              1 Rodgers 103.1
              2 Wilson 100.9
              3 Prescott 98.0
              4 Brady 97.8
              5 Brees 97.7

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              • #37
                What about these point spreads?:

                At New England -23
                NY Jets

                At Dallas -21.5
                Miami

                I am going to have to take the points in both games.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
                  What about these point spreads?:

                  At New England -23
                  NY Jets
                  That's a lot of points...and you have the dreaded starting qb down thing going on, which can be problematic. That said, last year the Pats thumped them 38-3 at NE. . . but could only muster a 14 pt win on the road.

                  The year before they won by 20 at home and 7 on the road.

                  So recent history is against them. And if there was any qb play to rely on, along with AB, I'd say this one might be even closer. But the qb position is what? And there's an addition on the Pats that could kick things up a bit, along with the fact that we're early in the season, so Brady is fresh.

                  If they're ever going to put a stomping on the Jets, this would be the game. But history is against it.

                  At Dallas -21.5
                  Miami

                  I am going to have to take the points in both games.
                  No recent history here, only a recent history of horrible, garbage effort by a stripped down Fins.

                  The Cowboys only put up 18 more than the woeful Giants at home. They beat Washington by 10 on the road...Miami is a very bad team. But are they that bad? Last year the Cowboys only double digit road margin came against the Colts. It went 23-0. So there is precedent.

                  The chance is that one of these will cover. Vegas is showing 70% of the action favoring the Pats cover and 68% for Dallas.

                  I'm going to go nuts and take Dallas to cover and the Jets to make it more interesting.
                  You aren't what you eat, but you're always what you swallow.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Town Heretic View Post
                    Last year the Cowboys only double digit road margin came against the Colts. It went 23-0. So there is precedent.
                    Here is the result of that game:

                    Colts 23
                    Cowboys 0

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
                      Here is the result of that game:

                      Colts 23
                      Cowboys 0
                      Well, at least I remembered the game and score correctly...and we can still say that they participated in a double digit blowout on the road.

                      Revenge time then, sort of...a chance to flex? I'll stick with your boys to do the damage.
                      You aren't what you eat, but you're always what you swallow.

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                      • #41
                        Tonight we have the Titans on the road at Jacksonville and favored by 1.5...only the turmoil on the coaching and defensive side coupled with the lack of offensive coherency for Jacksonville leads me to take Tennessee going away.
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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Town Heretic View Post
                          Tonight we have the Titans on the road at Jacksonville and favored by 1.5...only the turmoil on the coaching and defensive side coupled with the lack of offensive coherency for Jacksonville leads me to take Tennessee going away.
                          Me too!
                          Last edited by Jerry Shugart; September 20th, 2019, 08:50 AM.

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                          • #43
                            Docs Week 2 Rankings (1=5)

                            1. New England 2-0-0

                            Through two weeks, the New England Patriots have outscored their opponents 76-3. That, my friends, is how you remain atop a Power Rankings exercise on the internet. Antonio Brown made his Patriots debut, finishing with four catches and the first touchdown reception of his career on a pass not thrown by Ben Roethlisberger. Mr. Big Chest fireworks aside, this was not a dominant performance by a Patriots offense in cruise control against a truly woeful Dolphins team. It's a reminder that New England's most talented unit is the defense, which you know just tickles an old DC like Bill Belichick. Maybe that explains why Belichick sent the house at Poor Josh Rosen (this is his official name now) on the last snap of a 43-0 game. The 16-0 talk will continue to build as the schedule stays soft next week, with a home date against the injury-ravaged Jets.

                            2. Baltimore

                            It wasn't nearly as easy as it was against the Dolphins in Week 1, but the Ravens are 2-0 nonetheless after beating the Cardinals on Sunday. Lamar Jackson's 41-yard deep shot to Marquise Brown on third-and-11 late in the fourth quarter was the play of this game, defined by a perfectly thrown ball and great sideline catch. Brown is the guy who takes the top off the defense, but he's far from Jackson's only weapon. Tight end Mark Andrews now has two 100-yard games in two tries, and Mark Ingram is -- just like in his Saints days -- a fine second-banana running back. The Numero Uno Banana? Well, that would be Lamar Jackson, who rushed for 120 yards on 16 carries. That yardage total wasn't inflated by one breakaway; rather, it was a series of 8, 10, 12 and 14-yard runs that slowly broke Arizona's back. This Sunday brings us Lamar vs. Mahomes at Arrowhead. Buckle up.

                            3. San Francisco

                            All those summertime concerns feel so far away now, don't they? The 49ers are 2-0 and coming off a game in which the offense dominated in the way the Niners envisioned when they lured Kyle Shanahan from Atlanta to the Bay. Jimmy Garoppolo -- looking increasingly comfortable in his second start since undergoing knee surgery last year -- threw for 297 yards and tied a career high with three touchdown passes. Jimmy G was supported by a 49ers rushing attack that piled up 259 yards on the ground. Matt Breida -- playing like a Pro Bowl candidate -- led the way with 121 yards on just 12 carries. Raheem Mostert added 151 yards of total offense and a touchdown. Marquise Goodwin broke wide open -- 13.2 yards of separation from the nearest defender (!), per Next Gen Stats, when the ball arrived -- to initiate the scoring with a 38-yard touchdown. Shanahan has some pieces to work with here, and it should be a joy to watch.

                            4. Kansas City

                            Here were Patrick Mahomes' final five completions of the first half against the Raiders: 42-yard TD to Mecole Hardman, 32 yards to Damien Williams, 43 yards to Demarcus Robinson, a 27-yard TD to Travis Kelce and a 39-yard TD to Robinson. Superman stuff. Mahomes threw for an astounding 278 yards and four touchdowns in the second quarter alone and finished a game with more than 350 yards and four-plus touchdowns for the fourth time in 18 career starts. Oh, and he turned 24 today. Happy birthday, MVP. Kansas City's defense -- which Derek Carr labeled as "really good" after the game -- deserves credit after holding Oakland scoreless in the final three quarters. Answer me this: Who (besides New England) has a chance of beating this team if Mahomes stays healthy and Steve Spagnuolo's defense develops into an above-average unit?

                            5. Dallas

                            The Cowboys are locked in. Sunday was a complete effort on both sides of the ball, but let's call special attention to the offensive line, which plays a lot like the Dallas lines that dominated the trenches earlier this decade. Ezekiel Elliott went for over 100 yards with a score, and Dak Prescott was sacked once and hit only twice by an overmatched Redskins front seven. Prescott, perhaps emboldened by his star running back and ace blocking, is playing with MVP-like confidence. He had another big game against Washington, throwing for three touchdowns, averaging 9.0 yards per attempt and rushing for 69 yards, which included a career-high 42-yard sprint in the second quarter. Promising second-year wideout Michael Gallup is going to miss time with a knee injury, but enter Devin Smith, the star-crossed former Jets second-round pick, who channeled his blazing Ohio State days on a 51-yard touchdown reception.
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                            • #44
                              6-10

                              6. Los Angeles Rams

                              Drew Brees' thumb injury took a lot of juice out of Sunday's NFC Championship Game rematch between New Orleans and Los Angeles, but don't hate on the Rams if they don't feel any less pleased about a convincing win. The offense remains out of sync when compared to the best times of the last two seasons under Sean McVay, but Sunday brought progress. The most impressive play? A gorgeous 57-yard rainbow from Jared Goff to Brandin Cooks to set up L.A.'s opening field goal. Cooper Kupp, meanwhile, has not skipped a beat following reconstructive knee surgery. He's been Goff's favorite receiver this season, leading the team with 19 targets. His 66-yard catch-and-run to the goal line showed speed and power that backs up the offseason reports that he's more explosive now than he was before the ACL tear. The Rams are 2-0 and have yet to hit their stride. Good place to be.

                              7. Buffalo

                              For the second straight week, the Bills came to the Meadowlands and throttled the home offense. My favorite stat from the 28-14 win over the Giants comes from ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques, who noted that only three of the Giants' 12 drives spanned more than six plays. That's called having your way with an opponent. The Bills took control of the game with three consecutive touchdown drives spanning the first and second quarters. Unlike his sloppy start and strong close against the Jets in the opener, Josh Allen delivered a strong, consistent performance, picking on the Giants' weak secondary for his second straight game of more than 250 yards passing. Allen spread the ball around to eight different receivers and avoided making the mental errors that have held him back in the past. Get excited, Bills fans. This season could be fun.

                              8. Green Bay

                              What a strange, strange game. The Packers ripped off touchdown drives of 75, 63 and 33 yards to start the day against the Vikings ... then were shut out the rest of the way, gaining just 164 more yards in an eventual 21-16 win. Had the Vikings not repeatedly shot themselves in the foot (and been on the wrong end of three questionable OPI calls), Green Bay probably loses this game. So, yes, we saw progress in the Aaron Rodgers-Matt LaFleur marriage in Week 2 -- but not nearly as much as one would expect, given how the game started. For the second straight week, it was Mike Pettine's defense that took the Packers home. Kevin King's fourth-quarter interception in the end zone preserved Green Bay's lead with five minutes to play, and after another Packers three-and-out, the D got one last stop to finish off Minnesota.

                              9. Seattle

                              For the second consecutive week, we saw how having Russell Wilson on your side in a close game can make all the difference. Wilson's numbers against the Steelers were excellent (29 for 35, 300 yards, 3 TDs), but I was most impressed by how the QB closed out Pittsburgh after the Steelers scored a touchdown to pull within two. After taking over at his own 25 with 5:34 to play, Wilson converted a pair of first downs on passes to tight end Will Dissly and receiver Tyler Lockett, then scrambled 10 yards for a third first down, scrambled again for 9 yards (a play wiped out by penalty), then scrambled once more on third-and-16, picking up 15 yards to set up Chris Carson for the game-clinching fourth-and-1 conversion. Art. Speaking of Dissly, the 2018 fourth-round pick was targeted five times and finished with five catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Another hit for general manager John Schneider.

                              10. Detroit

                              There's nothing like a dramatic comeback win at home to wash out the bad taste of last week's disappointing draw with the Cardinals. Kenny Golladay was the hero, pulling in the Matthew Stafford 31-yard touchdown pass with 7:21 to play to put the Lions ahead for good in the fourth quarter. Golladay -- who finished with eight catches for 117 yards and the TD -- looks like he'll build off the 1,000-yard season of a year ago that seemed to announce the Lions had found their playmaking successor to Calvin Johnson at wide receiver. Golladay's big frame and explosive athleticism pop off the screen, and it's clear by Stafford's throws that he has a lot of faith in his 25-year-old teammate. Lastly, let's give some props to cornerback Darius Slay, who got humbled by Keenan Allen for the better part of four quarters, then saved the day with an end-zone interception of Philip Rivers in the final minutes.
                              The state — whatever its particular forms — always expresses itself as a collective form of property ownership. All political systems are socialistic, in that they are premised upon the subservience of individual interests to collective authority. Communism, fascism, lesser forms of state socialism, and welfarism, are all premised upon the state’s usurpation of privately-owned property. Whether one chooses to be aligned with the political "Left," "Right," or "Middle," comes down to nothing more than a preference for a particular franchise of state socialism.

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                              • #45
                                11-15

                                11. Tennessee

                                After sucking in their fan base with an explosive second-half effort against the Browns in Week 1, the Titans reverted back to their old ways in a home-opener loss to the Colts. The culprit was again an ineffectual offense unable to make a big play when it mattered. Marcus Mariota struggled throughout, finishing with just 154 air yards in the face of consistent Colts pressure. Mariota had a chance to salvage his day in Tennessee's final possession, but could not cobble together a drive to put his team in field-goal range. That Mariota's lone touchdown came on a tackle-eligible pass to offensive lineman David Quessenberry tells you everything you need to know about the lack of explosiveness on display. Time to send out a missing-persons report on buzzed-about free-agent acquisition Adam Humphries. He has three catches for 4 yards through two games. Not a typo

                                12. Minnesota

                                What a frustrating Sunday for the Vikings, who fell in a 21-0 hole, then took control of the game, but could not figure out a way to get over the hump against the Packers. Much of the failure falls at the feet of Kirk Cousins, the pricey quarterback who was brought in to be a steadying presence in tense divisional showdowns like this. At Lambeau Field, Cousins buckled. His worst moment came with 5:17 to play in the fourth quarter, when he was intercepted on a first-and-goal lob into double coverage. It was a terrible decision, and Minnesota never threatened again. It should be noted that the Vikings were on the wrong end of three questionable offensive pass interference calls, including a penalty buzzed down from upstairs that negated a Stefon Diggs TD. Mike Zimmer won't sleep 'til Thursday.

                                13. Los Angeles Chargers

                                A terrible loss for the Chargers. Two touchdowns called back by penalty, a goal-line fumble by Austin Ekeler, and Ty Long misses field-goal tries from 41 and 39 in an eventual 13-10 defeat to the Lions. Philip Rivers' pained expression on the sideline after the second Long miss said it all. Sand is running through the hour glass for the 37-year-old quarterback -- he doesn't have time for these special teams-related shenanigans anymore. Still, Rivers could have been better in this one. He took a bad delay-of-game penalty on the Chargers' last drive, then forced a ball into double coverage on third-and-19 that was intercepted in the end zone, with Los Angeles down just three and in field goal range (purportedly). It was an overly difficult throw, but perhaps Rivers wasn't going to put the game back in Long's hands. The Chargers have to regroup after losing a game you probably win nine out of 10 times. Those sting the most.

                                14. Philadelphia

                                Nelson Agholor had the game in his hands ... he just couldn't hold onto it. Carson Wentz's perfectly placed dart down the far sideline with two minutes to play hit his receiver in stride, but Agholor dropped what would have been a sure touchdown. (For what it's worth, Agholor confirmed he lost it in the lights in the postgame, but still took accountability.) When Zach Ertz was stopped one foot short of a first down deep in Falcons territory, it was the final painful chapter in a frustrating loss to the Falcons. It's a shame, too, because this was one of the more enjoyable Wentz games ever. The quarterback struggled mightily in the first half and lost two of his top playmakers, Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, to injury, but he nearly brought the Eagles all the way back with a series of money throws in high-leverage spots. It was a reminder that, even in defeat, Philadelphia is in good hands. Now the Eagles have to get healthy after a punishing Sunday.

                                15. Houston

                                The Texans have something in their new 1-2 punch at running back. For the second straight week, Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson made a big impact on the Houston offense, this time resulting in a win over the Jaguars. Hyde ran for 90 yards on 20 carries; Johnson added 31 yards on six carries. The Texans need that balance, especially on days when Deshaun Watson and the Texans' passing game can't light it up like they did against the Saints in the opener. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Whitney Mercilus looks revitalized with Jadeveon Clowney now doing his work in Seattle. Mercilus had two sacks and two forced fumbles against the Jaguars, giving Houston's defense a much-needed counterpart to J.J. Watt. Speaking of Watt, it was another quiet day for the All-Pro, who finished with two tackles, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hit.
                                The state — whatever its particular forms — always expresses itself as a collective form of property ownership. All political systems are socialistic, in that they are premised upon the subservience of individual interests to collective authority. Communism, fascism, lesser forms of state socialism, and welfarism, are all premised upon the state’s usurpation of privately-owned property. Whether one chooses to be aligned with the political "Left," "Right," or "Middle," comes down to nothing more than a preference for a particular franchise of state socialism.

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