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saxoneagle 18-09-2008 09:25 PM

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Originally posted by pauldrulez
Saxon the 2nd blog is brilliant, great review of the game and your dayout.

Did I not say it would be more pleasurable to win with Cassel against the "certainties" NYJets.

How did the fans react to Favre being sacked for a 20yd loss and the 3 basically consecutive penalties in the 3rd? Quarter?


The huge sack by Adalius was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. He took two men down for a huge loss. The guy is a beast. The stadium emptied at that point.

As for the penalties, there was not much you can say - the two holds were obvious (I was 80 yards away and called them both before the flags) and the other was a false start. The more contentious (non) penalty was later in the drive when a deep ball by Favre was batted away by one of the corners. All the fans around screamed for a penalty but I thought it was perfectly timed. The replay was shown and the whole crowd booed. I still thought it looked fine. Oh well, what do I know? I'm just a stupid Pats fan... :)

And I didn't say it was more pleasurable - I'd much rather have seen Brady and a huge win to rub it in but it was fun nonetheless.

Third and final "blog" to come in half hour or so...

RDSdaEAGLE 18-09-2008 09:43 PM

I think this weekend was all about bad plays and bad defending. Especially for the Chargers. I know that I moaned about the umpire's calls - but honestly, we lost the game because our defence just didn't turn up. Cromartie was the worst culprit, letting his frustrations get to him for frequent fouls and subsequent lost yards. To give Royal an easy catch, not once but twice in the end zone tells the story really.

As for the Jets - their attempts to run the ball into the end zone with a few yards to go was ridiculous. Favre is a man who specialises in end-zone passing - he would hit the far corners with passes for the Packers every time. And yet the Jets just tried to run it. Awful. Patriots did well, and I think people underestimate Cassel. But - and there's always a but - he will face tougher D's than the Jets.

Two QB's who had awful days were Jackson for the Vikings and Russell for the Raiders. While Russell's lot won, they did so without his help. His passing wasn't inconsistent, it was incompetent. Six passes completed from a total of 17, with only 55 yards in total. To be fair to Jackson, it wasn't his fault that his receivers were shit. But I think they were asking too much of him.

The two televised games on Sunday and Monday evening were completely contrasting. Romeo Crennel will find it difficult at the Browns because of his awful play-calling and clock-management. For the second week in a row, they get it wrong. And for the second week in a row, he has a chance to show the fans that he's willing to give it a go. He doesn't, and they boo because he calls for the punting team to come out. I know that he doesn't have the greatest tools to work with, but he's clearly a defensively minded coach - and when your defence can't defend, you're going to struggle.

Eagles vs. Cowboys was a great game for entertainment, terrible game for technical ability and defensive skill - summed up by the ridiculous mistake by DeSean Jackson. I think the Eagles will push on from this though - they certainly gave the Cowboys a game. Again, I find Romo's movement and passing really enjoyable to watch.

Finally, I feel for the Rams. I'm not sure why, maybe because of their LA history, but they're terrible. And Bulger will need to get himself to the physio every Monday for some special treatment, because he's going to get bruised up with that crap offensive line.

pauldrulez 18-09-2008 09:51 PM

I know I made a point of it at the time, but the Colts first TD that brought it back to a 7pt gap, that was not a TD and I am certain of that.

The ball did not cross the line and should not have been given and the play should have been reversed when challenged. The Vikings were pretty much robbed there. But thats just an opinion.

With no Jeff Saturday, Manning senior is taking a bigger beating than normal at this point of the season.

I know you all hate me going on about the Patriots, but it was refreshing to have a match with absolutely zero mention of spygate. It was all about Cassel, Favre and no Brady. Even the dumbass Jets fans seemed to forget about it.

saxoneagle 18-09-2008 10:01 PM

Let me be your fantasy...

It’s a new game to me. Yes, I’ve played football games on the computer and I’ve done other fantasy leagues before for other sports. But this is NFL, where fantasy teams are taken almost as seriously as the real deal.

It was a Monday night. My Sunday efforts had me 30 points ahead with 1 game left – the Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys.

My team included Jason Witten, the Cowboys tight-end. My foe on this occasion had Tony Romo, the Cowboys QB. If Romo passed to Witten, I was on a winner but too many successes to TO, Barber et al could leave me struggling. So, I wanted the Cowboys to do well but not so well all at the same time. Dilemma, huh?

The guy next to me at the bar was a Cowboys fan, and an obnoxious one at that. When I said my wife was a Texas he asked, “so, you’re supporting the Cowboys, right?”

I couldn’t answer positively or negatively.

I’d fallen into the fantasy trap.

Every time TO got a catch, I winced. Every time Witten got a catch, I cheered. When Barber took the ball on a screen pass into the end zone, I despaired. When Romo dropped the ball in the end zone and got picked off, I cheered, laughed and was chastised by Mr Dallas next to me. I didn’t care and I wasn’t alone – the Jets fan behind me had Witten and his booing and cheering perfectly echoed mine.

I won. By 0.2 points. Pretty close. Dallas also won, so let’s all be happy.

Already, two games into the season, the way I watch football has been altered by fantasyland.

But how far would I go?

Would I have cheered if Dwayne Bowe had scored for the Chiefs in week 1 against my Brady-less Patriots? If I’d had Brett the Jet, would I have willed him into the end zone in week 2?

Not on your life! Get real…

davematt 18-09-2008 10:38 PM

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Originally posted by RDSdaEAGLE
summed up by the ridiculous mistake by DeSean Jackson.
I couldnt believe what he did when I saw it on NFL Replay last night.

He has done this before, notably playing college a few years ago. He dont a cartwheel just before entering the enzone and landed a inch or two outside!

jazman 18-09-2008 11:19 PM

My fantasy is a learning curve ...

Okay, I had no illusions when I signed up to this. You all know my background as to how NFL took a grip on me. So this season, the test of my limited was truly there. An offer to join a fantasy football league, American Football style. How different could it be to The Sun's Dream Team and the Telegraph Fantasy Football competitions that I have taken part in for several years now.

So here, the draft saw me take on some big names (luckily for me!). A mouthful of a QB fron Pittsburgh but to my joy the additions of RBs Addai and my home boy Marion Barber made me very positive in that I knew what I was doing. The rest of the side needed some research ..

Week 1 I left my team as it was as I simply had not had the time to get to know the players on my roster. But as Saxon kindly mentioned, my bench got almost as many points. In saying that, my gamble paid off and the Palace Cowboys start on 1 and 0.

Week 2 I felt the urge to tinker, check how to play the game. So by dropping two of my best players unbeknown to me caused great hilarity between my fellow fantasy managers. Luckily, I was luck enough to get them both back even though one of them has yet to feature for the mighty Palace Cowboys. A new signing and a little tinkering hey presto, we move on to 2 and 0 ... just like the real Cowboys ..

Could this rookie fantasy manager be pushing his luck to make it 3 and 0 ... I don't think so! Bring it on ....

pauldrulez 18-09-2008 11:22 PM

I like all the blogs now, if I didnt have 3 jobs (only get paid for one) :grrr: then I would update mine frequently.

Will do picks and predictions and some other blog tomorrow evening if I am not completely shattered.

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And from NFL.com

Which 0-2 team has the best chance of making the playoffs this season?

Vikings13%

Chargers63%

Jaguars 10%

Browns 5%

Seahawks 8%

Total Votes: 38073

jazman 18-09-2008 11:38 PM

Can't be arsed to set one up myself, rather just post on here ... if that's okay with everyone else ...

Strathclyde Eagle 19-09-2008 12:29 AM

Why aren't the Fins on that poll? Oh yeah, because we don't have an NFL worthy-roster.

jazman 19-09-2008 11:13 AM

Just realised I'm at a gig on Sunday night so won't be able to keep in touch with the scores .. :sob:

So desparate to see the Wembley match now that my addiction to NFL is well on its way back ....

Strathclyde Eagle 19-09-2008 02:06 PM

Headlines you shouldn't read when you're tired:
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ESPN.com - Broncos' Marshall faces battery charge in Georgia

pauldrulez 20-09-2008 01:22 PM

I would like to thank Joey Porter for making an arse of himself, I thought he said some stupid things but there is a whole list of "controversies" on wikipedia. :D Looking forward to this match, hope Cassel aims a few long ones at Moss as eloquently put to him by Randy last week. "You cant ••••••• overthrow me, just fecking throw it".

Oh, and for the Dolphins fans and saxon and anyone who wants to watch that game, there will be a link provided by me :D

jazman 20-09-2008 08:24 PM

What's the deal between Rivers and Cutler? They seem to have history ... the game on Christmas Eve last year?

RDSdaEAGLE 20-09-2008 08:35 PM

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Originally posted by jazman
What's the deal between Rivers and Cutler? They seem to have history ... the game on Christmas Eve last year?
Rivers has a mouth on him. Great QB, twat of a bloke though.

Strathclyde Eagle 20-09-2008 08:38 PM

Didn't JLM indicate something along those lines years ago? Can't remember what the exact story was.

pauldrulez 20-09-2008 08:40 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsSpYLU7Ig0

Believe this is what you are referring to Jaz??

jazman 20-09-2008 08:58 PM

Yep, thats the one ...

jlmatthews 20-09-2008 11:00 PM

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Originally posted by Strathclyde Eagle
Didn't JLM indicate something along those lines years ago? Can't remember what the exact story was.
Yeah. My story was that he has a hot head and a very high opinion of himself. He's the reason Brees isn't in San Diego anymore. He went to the front office and said I'm not a backup... play me now or trade me now. They gave in and used the "We drafted him very high to be the future of this team" line... the rest is history. A lot of San Diego players weren't happy about it. Including Brees' best friend, LT who felt like they were contenders with Brees and would be "rebuilding" for a couple years with Rivers while he learned how to play the position in the NFL.

saxoneagle 21-09-2008 01:54 PM

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Originally posted by jlmatthews
Yeah. My story was that he has a hot head and a very high opinion of himself. He's the reason Brees isn't in San Diego anymore. He went to the front office and said I'm not a backup... play me now or trade me now. They gave in and used the "We drafted him very high to be the future of this team" line... the rest is history. A lot of San Diego players weren't happy about it. Including Brees' best friend, LT who felt like they were contenders with Brees and would be "rebuilding" for a couple years with Rivers while he learned how to play the position in the NFL.
"Choke in the play-offs,
We know you'll choke in the play-offs..."

:D

pauldrulez 21-09-2008 01:59 PM

AS PROMISED.

http://www.myp2pforum.eu/nfl-cfl-afl...ng-thread.html

The link for the Pats-Phins game and basically every other game will appear there an hour or so before the match.

:p


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