That fake field goal was Browns-esque. There's no defending that decision.
Seattle's offense is literally "Russell Wilson runs around and pull something out of his ass." It's kind of remarkable how much it works.
It's literally the only thing in the playbook that works for us. Everything else is a mess, last night's two-minute drill was especially Andy Reid-esq.
I may have cried last night.
Seriously. Why Seattle can't build a team around him, I have no idea. It's not as bad as Luck and the Colts, but it's still baffling.
I'm not sure if Wilson will ever be a pocket QB. A couple of years ago, when the o-line wasn't such a disaster, they tried keeping Wilson in the pocket and it was a disaster for the first seven or eight weeks of the year. Then the back half of the season, when they let him play sandlot ball, he blew up and was the No. 1 QB over the final part of the season.
I thought Atlanta's usual second half fade was going to kick in, but then we decicde to skip the field goal down by 7 and go for it on 4th and short with a terrible pass call. And hey, who needs timeouts for the end of the game?
Welp, Tomlin and the Steelers tried to lose to a team they should have easily handled. If the game were in Green Bay, they most likely would have lost, because that's his mantra. They missed JuJu a lot last night--I think there were like 6-7 dropped passes, and turnovers were the worst. Secondary made Hundley look like Rodgers was back there.
Oh, and Aquib Talib is still a giant asshole, for those scoring at home. What a fucking douchebag. And he always has been. I'll be very interested to see what the NFL does, if anything, for this latest incident.
Yeah, Aqib Talib is four letter word I'll refrain from using out of respect for the women here. Don't punch a dude not wearing a helmet one second and then in next make sure your own is secure. He's a disgrace to the sport. But Crabtree was the instigator this time around, and he shouldn't have let an asshole like Talib get in his head again.
Much respect for Marshawn Lynch for standing up and trying to prevent any more incidents by escorting Talib off the field.
Some dopes say the falling ratings are a result of the anthem crap, but what about the fact that professional football has become boring as hell? Every other fucking play requires a ref conference and replay review. It's like C-SPAN on grass.
The anthem stuff doesn't help, but it is merely an ember to the conflagration that is the play. Before we even get to the refereeing, the play just isn't very good. The reduced number of practices is intended to alleviate the damage the game does to its players, but some of the second order effects are sloppier play (ergo, less safety) and less overall competence (ergo, more refereeing).
Shitbag owners, stadium scams, and ubiquity of product (Thurs, Sunday, Monday, plus constant reporting via SI, ESPN, etc) are also contributing. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and football NEVER goes away.
I keep saying, it's the refs killing it. They have to conference to make a call, they get plays wrong even after replay, and then don't flag stuff that happens right in front of them. You might as well bring back the replacement refs.
There was a great sequence yesterday in the Jax-Arizona game where a play went left and Myles Jack was trying to make a tackle. Arizona TE grabbed his jersey, runner went out of bounds and clearly over the air you heard "THAT'S FUCKING HOLDING" from Jax DC Todd Wash. Replay showed the hold as well. But, play continued. Also, the announcers complimented the Jaguars coaches for keeping the complaining clean.
Yeah, I really started to move away from football when I realized that I was immediately looking to the part of the screen where FLAG pops up after -every- big play. And seeing it there way, way too often.
Plus, every scoring play going to review makes it impossible to celebrate anything in the moment. It's like watching a TV series and taking a break right before the climax, every single time.
I went from paying for Sunday Ticket a handful of years ago, to only watching the free games, to only watching down at the bar when a big game was on.
When they blacklisted Kaepernick, it made it really easy to drop that down to, "I'll probably go to the bar for the playoffs... but only because they also have the best wings on Earth".
(Smoked Thai Chile Wings, btw)
Devildoubt and I texted yesterday during the games, as we are wont to do most Sundays.
I pointed out that Ed Hochuli has an assistant hand him glasses so he can review the play review on the screen. Then he hands them back off when he heads back to the field.
WHAT THE FUCK.
It doesn't help that the prime time games have been for the most part pretty terrible. On a busy Sunday, a dud game gets lost in the shuffle of seven or eight other games going on. But a 42-10 wipeout when the NFL has the night to itself just glares.
While I'm not objective (I'm a Vikings fan), I have to say that the Vikes have been fun to watch this year, and their Thanksgiving day game with Detroit was thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end.
If you're a NE or Pittsburgh fan you can sleep well knowing one of those 2 teams will represent the AFC in the SB this year. I mean the AFC is crap other than those 2 teams. Even the Ravens who have a SB winning QB and usually a pretty good defense aren't going to do much this year.
NFC playoffs should be good. I don't think it'll the crap fest many might think. There are good amount of NFC teams with QB that should be around and good to great for years to come: Wentz, Goff, Newton, Teddy Bridgewater ( once he comes back), Prescott, Cousins, and Ryan and Wilson who have already been to a SB or two.
So I wouldn't quite sound the funeral dirge for the NFL just yet, even though I agree there are a lot of bad games every week.
This article on Josh Gordon's 2,000th comeback attempt is sobering (pun totally intended) - https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/11/28/josh-gordon-interview-cleveland-browns-nfl