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25 Sep 2011

Week 3 Game Discussion Thread

Here's a place to discuss all of the Week 3 games as they are going on!

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 25 Sep 2011

125 replies , Last at 27 Sep 2011, 8:14pm by Intropy

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by B :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 1:26pm

Watching NE/Buf. So far there have been 9 pass attempts, and 1 hit the ground.

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 1:31pm

Has that game been as fun so far as it sounds?

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by B :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 1:35pm

Depends on how you feel about defense. If you think it's overrated, this game is for you. I'm loving it.

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by B :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 1:37pm

4th and 14, rather than attempt a ~52 field goal, the Bills go for it, and Fitzpatrick tries to force a throw and gets picked off. Gutsy decision to go for it, though.

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 1:41pm

Did I understand the highlight correctly that Vick is out?

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 1:50pm

Brady's never had any targets? Doesn't look it today. Gronkowski and Welker get open every play.

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by Rocco :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 2:21pm

From Sports Pickle's Twitter: "Bills just got ridiculous penalties for hits on Woodhead and Welker. The NFL is now protecting midgets just like they do quarterbacks."

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 2:25pm

The Detroit punter just got called for a facemask. That has to be a rare event.

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by nojo :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 2:33pm

Can the Vikings blow a 20-point halftime lead this week?

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by Jonadan :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:02pm

Well your regularly scheduled Vikings implosion is beginning right on time. (Let's go Lions!) Though as a Lions fan I'm pretty sure we're due for a beating after last week, so I'm assuming we won't manage the comeback until it actually happens. /years of losing.

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"When you absolutely don't know what to do any more, then it's time to panic." - Johann van der Wiel

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by evenchunkiermonkey :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:11pm

They fumble, then punt, allowing a 20 yard return and a few huge passes resulting in a quick td for detroit. Im just guessing.

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by andrew :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:31pm

The Vikings have been outscored 14-0 in the 4th quarter each week. The Lions therefore waited until after the start of the 4th quarter to punch that drive in, thus setting them up nicely.

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by nojo :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 5:31pm

Yes. Yes, they can.

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by tuluse :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 3:48am

At this point the Vikings are just putting on some kind of modern performance art right?

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by B :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:07pm

The announcers in the NE/Bills game got Woodhead and Welker mixed up. All white guys look alike?

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by Tepid Coffee (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:46pm

During the Giants-Eagles halftime highlights, the studio guy called Tom Brady "Manning." Whatever your think of that confusion, it's hard to imagine two white guys who look less alike.

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by evenchunkiermonkey :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 2:52am

Bill walton and vern troyer.

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by Intropy :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 3:19am

Michael Jackson and Andre the Giant.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 8:28am

Jackson doesn't count, he said "guys."

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by B :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:10pm

The Pats two biggest plays have been passes to Gronk, who I am pretty sure is the slowest receiver on their team.

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:28pm

John Lynch has mentioned Mariano Rivera more than any of the players actually in the Det@Min game.

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by andrew :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:29pm

The vikings, not content with blowing a 17-0 lead last week, are poised to blow a 20-0 lead this week.

Once again after being efficient all first half they have suddenly failed to convert anything in the second half, starting with three consecutive 3-and-outs. THe last one a 3rd and 1 and they decide to throw it (incomplete).

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by B :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:36pm

Didn't you predict this would happen?

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by andrew :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:39pm

No, I predicted they would be up by 7 and lose by 17.

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by andrew :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:37pm

sigh. and now, 4th and 1, in Lions territory in field goal range, Frazier lets Peterson talk him into going for it. So they hand it off.... to Gerheart, who isn't close. Just shoot this team now.

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by Jonadan :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:49pm

Vikings have successfully blown a 20 point lead as of now.

Of course, the game's currently tied, so we don't have a final winner yet, but the accomplishment's there.

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"When you absolutely don't know what to do any more, then it's time to panic." - Johann van der Wiel

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by andrew :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:56pm

The Vikings manage one more 3-and out and punt again. Which means detroit needs maybe 15 yards to kick the game winner. And Frazier passed on an easy FG earlier.

Oh, on first play the Vikings get a personal foul to put them in easy FG range. Detroit is now just milking clock but will probably get a td.

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by Jonadan :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:00pm

Not objecting to getting the lead, but I'm worried the Vikes decide to just hand off to AP for the next 2 minutes for the win.

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"When you absolutely don't know what to do any more, then it's time to panic." - Johann van der Wiel

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by Tim R :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:34pm

I know they made it after the penalty but I don't like the giants going for two there. Surely you make it a five point lead so if the Eagles score a td you win with a FG not tie?

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:43pm

Uh, oh. I can see the zebra discussion coming in the NE/Buffalo game recap, no matter who wins.

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by Anonymousfool (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:44pm

Yeah, pretty much everyone other than morganja would agree that the PI in the endzone was really rather ticky-tack.

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:49pm

Oh, no doubt. That really is a tough call because Nelson clearly wasn't given a chance to come back to the ball (and that defender wasn't looking to play the ball but did impede Nelson), yet even if Nelson is allowed to come back toward the ball, the second NE defender, who intercepted, was clearly in better position to catch the ball.

I mean, I think you have to make the call, but it doesn't seem right.

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by Anonymousfool (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:50pm

No way that gets called if it's a Hail Mary pass. They absolutely could have declined to call it.

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:56pm

True, but it wasn't a Hail Mary in that the ref had only 3 guys to watch, not 8 or 10.

But, let's say the second NE defender wasn't there to intercept, is the play likely PI? I think so. So why do you not call it?

I think it's unfair, but the right call.

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by Stats are for losers (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:53pm

Each team had a drive that was basically half penalties, NE's just ended with an interception.

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by Anonymousfool (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:57pm

And your point is? NFL officiating isn't designed to be socialist.

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:58pm

They're just trying to be like NBA refs -- make up calls?

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by Anonymousfool (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:10pm

I wouldn't know - I don't watch professional wrestling.

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:12pm

AGREED! I am so happy that there is an NBA lockout. I do dorm duty at a private school, and after study hall, no having the TV on NBA junk in the common room.

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by MJK :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:31pm

What about the roughing the passer call that got the Bills out of the shadow of their own endzone a couple of plays prior to the PI call? I couldn't see anything at all questionable about the hit. The defender made contact milliseconds after the ball left Fitzpatrick's hand, he didn't lead with his helmet, he made a clean tackle around the waist, not high or low, and didn't drive the QB into the ground especially.

The other roughing the passer was a good call (clearly helmet-to-helmet), but I don't get this one...

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:38pm

You're right. The angle they showed didn't show diddly in terms of roughing. The ref said "blow to the head," but from the view they gave us, the only remote chance of a blow to the head was on the way to the ground, after they fell away from the camera. I didn't see it.

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by andrew :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:48pm

What is up with these Bills

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:50pm

Still plenty of time to choke.

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:53pm

Uh oh, trouble in heaven (Ocho! On-No!)

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by B :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:56pm

More like Ocho-Stinko.
#rimshot

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 3:56pm

The Win Probability graph for the Buf-NE game is amazing: http://live.advancednflstats.com/index.php?gameid1=2011092502

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by B :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:01pm

Rich Gannon: You got some options here, you can run it, or you can throw it. Well, that about covers it.

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:01pm

This is a very un-BB/Brady drive here.

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:10pm

Better for the Pats if this is a TD now.

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:11pm

If no TD, let Buffalo just run it in here and keep your timeouts?

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by Purds :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:13pm

Classic! BB is arguing that the Bills scored. I would argue too!

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by Anonymousfool (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:22pm

Well, congrats to the Bills.

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by Nathan :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 8:17am

Yeah, it's hard not to like these Bills, even if they did just knock off my Pats to take the division lead.

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by Thok :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:15pm

So, the Niners have demonstrated the ability to win a nondivision road game. Is it too early to declare them NFC West champs?

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by Jonadan :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:28pm

Aaaaand that's game! 3-0 for the Lions, but would it kill Detroit to find a running game one of these weeks?

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"When you absolutely don't know what to do any more, then it's time to panic." - Johann van der Wiel

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 8:32am

If there was any point in NFL history for a team to not have a running game, it's now. The NFL has started to look like the early 2000s WAC.

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by andrew :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:28pm

And the Vikings complete the collapse.

So to recap, first half: Vikings 54, opponents 7. After halftime: Opponents 67, Vikings 6.

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by andrew :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:29pm

If the Vikings and Bills were to play a game we could see a 42 point comeback...

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by Newjamarcus (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:35pm

very nice

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by Anonymousfool (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:29pm

Yet another overtime ending that doesn't do justice to regulation.

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by ScottyB (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:35pm

If you don't want to lose in OT, don't give up 40 and 17 yard pass plays. Defense counts in winning/losing games in OT, too.

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by Anonymousfool (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:41pm

Not my team. What you said doesn't change the fact that it was an unappealing ending (except for Detroit fans).

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:44pm

What exactly was unappealing about it?

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by Anonymousfool (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:46pm

Stop playing dumb. There's a reason the OT rules got changed for the playoffs.

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:49pm

Glad to know never to ask you to clarify anything.

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by Jonadan :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:51pm

There's a difference between "not appealing" (which cheap FG OT wins in general are) and "not doing justice to regulation" - and somehow a cheap FG OT win really does seem like the appropriate ending to any game with a blown 20 point lead vs. a team with no running game.

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"When you absolutely don't know what to do any more, then it's time to panic." - Johann van der Wiel

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by Jonadan :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:45pm

As a Lions fan, I think it did complete justice to (the second half of) regulation.

As one of those people who hate sudden death OT and much prefer the soccer rules (either no OT or play out the whole period), I'm never entirely satisfied with FG OT wins. A TD win is at least plausible even with sudden death rules, while FG wins feel a little cheap.

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"When you absolutely don't know what to do any more, then it's time to panic." - Johann van der Wiel

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by Nathan :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 8:19am

Wait, what? Soccer rules? Where they decide the winner with an arbitrary mini-game that is essentially a big match of rock paper scissors? That has to be the worst "overtime" setup in all of sports.

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by Tim R :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 10:16am

A penalty shootout only occurs after a full period (30mins) of extra time. I assume that is what is being suggested not a field goal competition.

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by ScottyB (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:36pm

(I say this as a Jets fan) Mark Sanchez, lowest football IQ since... jeez, what an awful decision.

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by Exy (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 5:15pm

To be fair to him though, apart from that one and the one that was almost picked off in the end zone, he's been for the most part making decent decisions and has been fairly accurate. Unfortunately there have been quite a few drops.

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by ScottyB (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 5:19pm

He's so frustrating. Looks great, then looks awful, the looks great again...

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by ScottyB (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 9:48pm

He did play well today. D and ST let us down.

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by Independent George :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:53pm

I didn't want to jinx it until now, but I think they finally killed that hideous Fiat commercial. That's got to be the early favorite for worst commercial of the season. It was so bad, I got nostalgic for "This Is Our Country".

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Who is Torrey Smith?
by MurphyZero :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 4:57pm

All he does is catch TDs for the Ravens. 3 catches, 133 yds, 3 TD, 1 quarter of play.

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Re: Who is Torrey Smith?
by Shattenjager :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 5:07pm

Rookie deep threat they took in the second round. Supposedly very fast with great burst but lots of questions about his hands.

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by Tim R :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 5:10pm

His hands have looked pretty good so far, the Rams coverage on the other hand.

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by AriaTloak (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 6:34pm

So,,,,is there any good reason the Chiefs just ran Thomas "Grandpa" Jones on 3rd and 11 inside the SD 20? How &%@#ing scared is the coaching staff?!

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by RedZone :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 9:42pm

Somewhere, FireOmarTomlin just burst a blood vessel.

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by B :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 9:44pm

Omar coming.

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by Nathan :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 8:25am

Woah, how nice it is to realize I had completely forgotten about the existence of FireOmarTomlin.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 10:11pm

Wait a second there. The Austin Collie is clearly half a yard short, the ref signals fourth down, and somehow it ends up 1st and 10? The ball was even spotted half a yard short of the prior first down mark for the first down play.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 8:37am

When was the last time you saw a chain measurement in the NFL?

I've seen a bunch of 9.5-yard conversions this year in both the NFL and NCAA, and wish I knew what was going on.

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by Intropy :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 12:54pm

It actually happened again early on the Colts' touch down drive, although in that case it was the more mundane variety of just giving an inordinately generous spot.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 10:21pm

Not only are the Colts dominating the middle of the line of scrimmage on defense, but their pursuit in the run game has been superb.

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by Alexander :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 12:28am

If the Colts' defense had been this good over the last 5 years they would have at least 2 superbowls, maybe 3.

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by Intropy :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 1:45am

I think the up-front dominance has at least as much to do with terrible o-line play, but the rest was good.

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by Legursky (not verified) :: Sun, 09/25/2011 - 10:41pm

How did Legursky's injury look? I''m "watching" via play-by-play unfortuanately...

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 8:53pm

Washington looked good on that first drive, which has me mildly concerned. LEt's see how Dallas does with the ball. First play is a run. I'm guessing we'll see a lot of that...

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Re: Week 3 Game Discussion Thread
by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:14pm

Dallas looked OK on its first series, but lots of runs and lots of passes designed to get the ball off quickly so Romo doesn't become such a target.

Dallas also did better on Washington's second series, but I don't like giving them those third-and-short situations...

And on Dallas' next series there's a hold-- I expect these guys were told to do that if things get dire. Better risk the penalty than risk losing Romo.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:19pm

I don't think that this challenge of the fumble will work. The Washington player slips and his foot clearly slides along the line, making him out of bounds. He touches the ball while in the air (but after his foot slipped out from under him). You don't suddenly become in bounds after that.

Tirico seems to disagree. Perhaps I'm missing what makes the first guy out of bounds, though.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:20pm

Yeah. Overruled. I don't like the call, but I'm not familiar with the rules enough, I guess.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:25pm

Wow. Nice defensive series by Dallas-- and some uncreative play-calling by Washington. And a potential disaster turns into something slightly smaller.

It's been a fast first Q, and being down 3 points for Dallas isn't so bad, I don't think.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:34pm

Yikes. Dallas gets a nice pick, and runs two nice plays, but on third and short, even Gruden's calling the play. If Gruden can predict what's coming, you know that SOMEONE on the Washington defense is expecting it. Not a great third down, and now it's tied up 6-6 in a field goal fest.

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Re: Week 3 Game Discussion Thread
by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:44pm

I see. So to avoid the leading-with-the-helmet rule, the DBs now just put their forearm up just before the spear.

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Re: Week 3 Game Discussion Thread
by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 9:45pm

Washington is getting the upper hand on offense, it seems.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 10:22pm

At the half, it's been an odd game. I feel like Dallas is just playing not to lose here, which isn't a great football strategy. Their running game continues to suck. Ed Wener is claiming that Garret hasn't tailored his play-calling to Romo's injury, but I don't buy that at all.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 10:30pm

And that drive was a series of incredible blunders. Romo made an incredible save with that botched snap-- truly incredible-- but then turns around and throws a pick. Of course, long picks on third down are effectively a punt with a good return, so it's not the end of the world. But you have to wonder about Romo's ability to hit the deep pass with his ribs.

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by RickD :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 10:33pm

The Romo-love by ESPN is baffling. On the play when he got a snap he didn't expect and nearly lost 20 yards because he's not on the same page as his center, they praise him for making a completion for 2 yards.

On the next play, facing a blitz, Romo makes a pass to a wide-open Redskins defender. Now I have to listen to Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden explain how it's the fault of the receiver for not being where Romo was going to throw the ball.

Um, HUH???

Isn't it the QB's job to make sure that the ball is within ten yards of the nearest receiver??

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Re: Week 3 Game Discussion Thread
by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 10:40pm

Clearly, the bad snap was the Center's fault, no Romo's. He turned a play that virtually every other QB would have sat on for a sack-- if they'd even gotten the ball-- and turned it into positive yardage.

On the following play, it's unclear if Romo just couldn't get the ball far enough or if the WR didn't run the right route, but the sort of discussion is hardly some sort of Romo-love; plenty of QBs get the credit when they throw picks because a WR didn't run the right route.

Isn't it the QB's job to make sure that the ball is within ten yards of the nearest receiver??

Given that most passes are thrown long before a WR is within 10 yards of the target destination, these situations are a bit more complex. If Romo expects a WR to be at a certain spot but the WR goes the wrong way, it's hard to blame it on the QB.

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by RickD :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:13pm

...and yet we usually blame the QB. It's not like the WR's route is some kind of mystery whose success or failure is only visible at the point in time when the ball is delivered. You can look at where the WR is running and have some idea of where he's going to be. It's not a situation where a WR was supposed to make a late cut in one direction and did something else instead.

The pass was nowhere near the receiver.

99 times out of 100, the QB takes the blame for that.

Well, Gruden just blamed Romo for not throwing away the pass 1 second before he was blindsided by a rusher he could not see.

Basically, Gruden is an idiot.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:22pm

...and yet we usually blame the QB. It's not like the WR's route is some kind of mystery whose success or failure is only visible at the point in time when the ball is delivered. You can look at where the WR is running and have some idea of where he's going to be. It's not a situation where a WR was supposed to make a late cut in one direction and did something else instead. Well, perhaps I'm recalling my football differently. As for the play in question, I'd have to watch it again, but it looks like Romo released it expecting the WR to make a cut at a certain angle, when in fact the WR took a few more steps and then angled in less sharply. So yes, it looked me me exactly like the WR was supposed to make one certain cut, and did something else instead.

That said, we have no idea what the ACTUAL play was, or of there was some sort of automatic hot-read route given that Washington was really blitzing hard.

As for "99 times out of 100, the QB takes the blame for the pass being "nowhere near the receiver", I seriously doubt it. While there are plenty of cases where a QB just doesn't put the ball where he's supposed to, I am quite sure that when there's a miss, it's not 99% of the time on the QB.

We often hear of WRs being poor route-runners. Indeed, we're watching Dallas' 3rd down play down for the touchdown where the WR just stopped on his route while Romo was expecting him to keep going. Odds are that this was the WR's fault, not Romo's.

But yes, I do agree that blaming Romo for not seeing the rusher is crazy. Yes, QBs should have that "internal clock" but Romo had just gotten set up; he has to assume that his OL is going to defend longer than that.

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by RickD :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:14pm

BTW, how do you know the bad snap was the center's fault? I would think the most we could say is that it was either his fault or the QBs.

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Re: Week 3 Game Discussion Thread
by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:28pm

Well, let's see. Tony Romo's been running the same offense for about 6 years now. The Center is a 2nd year player who was a back-up last year. We've seen Romo stand in the shotgun and make protection calls and adjust the play at the line a dozen times a game for years. But now, we're to assume that Romo suddenly has forgotten what he's been doing and the Center is the one who is making the right calls.

Meanwhile, when we watch after the play and Romo is pantomiming to the Center that he should think, the Center isn't objecting, but stands like a scolded puppy. But still, it's Romo's fault? Come on.

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Re: Week 3 Game Discussion Thread
by RickD :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:38pm

I was asking "how you know?" I wasn't claiming definitively either way.

I saw a QB yelling at somebody. If I yell at somebody after I make a mistake, does that mean I didn't make a mistake? Have you never seen somebody make a mistake and try to pass the blame off on somebody else?

Sorry, I just don't see what you have to make a conclusion. "Romo's a 6th year player" Yep, and he's not a very good one, either. He's one who's notorious for making bad decisions.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:46pm

Well, in general, the QB gives an indication that he's ready for the snap. This is basic high school stuff. The Center doesn't snap until the QB indicates that he's ready. You'd have to assume that Romo gives the "snap the ball signal" and then says "oh wait, I think I want to double-check the linebacker situation". Which is stupid.

You can say that Romo isn't a very good player, and that's fine. I seriously couldn't care less what you think of him. But to assert that the center is the one who is correct and the QB is somehow screwing up when the ball is snapped before he's ready suggests that you really are just looking to play up some "Romo sucks" meme. It's tired and old, but if it's your thing, then go for it.

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by RickD :: Tue, 09/27/2011 - 12:38am

Still looking for the part where I assert something.

If I disagree with your conclusion about something, that doesn't automatically mean that I'm asserting the opposite.

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by Lance :: Tue, 09/27/2011 - 3:45am

I've edited out the snark, so let me start from the beginning:

I was asking "how you know?" I wasn't claiming definitively either way.

I should have addressed this more clearly; I apologize.

Here's how it works-- or at least, how it worked when I played football in high school, and how I've heard friends who played in college, and heard heard commentators, coaches, and media people on TV and radio talk about it in regards to college and the pros.

In virtually every instance, the QB is always the one who indicates that he's ready for the snap. Even in loud games when you're going on a silent count, a QB under center will give the C a little "goose" to indicate that he's ready for the snap.

In the shotgun (admittedly not so common back in the early 90's), the QB would indicate that he's ready with something like that leg-raise you see Manning do, or a hand gesture. The QB might then give some sort of cadence ("Hut hut!" or "Ready go!" or something), but he only does that after he's indicated that he's set. Given that the QB spends the first moments out of the huddle checking protections, reviewing the defense and in some cases making audibles, it doesn't make much sense for the C to determine when to make the snap. In fact, only the opposite makes sense: the QB goes through is pre-snap reads, etc., then he indicates to the C that he's ready, and then the C settles and makes the snap.

We can imagine some rare cases where the QB might indicate that he's ready, but become distracted by, say, a LB or SS rushing up to indicate a blitz, or an offensive player motioning/not motioning when he shouldn't/should. But, again, those aren't common.

Whatever you think of the above (though, I assure you that it's right), in regards to this game, I'm right as Costa admitsf to the errors: admittedly due to what sounds like some fairly devious/unsportsmanlike (and rule-breaking?) play by Washington.

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by Intropy :: Tue, 09/27/2011 - 6:56pm

If by unsportsmanlike you mean brilliant. Unless of course that's illegal. If it's illegal then trying to get away with it is unsportsmanlike. If there's no rule, then in my opinion it's right there with icing the kicker or lining up hoping to draw an offsides with no intention to snap the ball.

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by Nathan :: Tue, 09/27/2011 - 7:35pm

It's not permitted.

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by Intropy :: Tue, 09/27/2011 - 8:14pm

Then, yeah, it's pretty bad. It's not like it's a borderline thing "oh he hit him a fraction of a second too late." Either you did it or not. That makes it worse in my view since you are actively trying to gain a competitive advantage doing something that is outlawed.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 10:49pm

Ugh. A blown TD and Dallas settles for yet another FG. They did get a nice run for once, and Romo looks to be accurate. They miss Miles Austin, though.

I'm not convinced that the defense is going to be able to keep up against Washington. They seemed to have found a way to generate these long 5- and 6-yard runs, and that's not good for Dallas...

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:01pm

This looks like the Dallas of early last year. Lots of mistakes, a lack of focus. Gutsy call, though: going for it on 4th and 6... but that's marked by another blunder, as they have to call a time-out because of confusion. Dallas' bye week can't come soon enough.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:04pm

.... and they punt. Which figures. Now they'll let the Dallas defense play, but it's not clear to me that they're going to stop this Washington offense.

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by RickD :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:40pm

Skins blew this game on 3rd and 21. Gotta make the stop there.

...and then Hightower converts on 2nd and 17. Hmm...maybe it's not over yet.

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by RickD :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:41pm

Gaffney chooses the 1st down over the sideline.

Gruden thinks he's wrong. Does that mean Gaffney was right? No - he just thought he could get both and made a mistake.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:41pm

Ugh. Under 2 minutes to play, Dallas has a 1 point lead. After a good start, Washington has started marching and looks good. One time out left and 41 seconds...

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by Dan :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:43pm

Is this the most points ever by a team that didn't score a touchdown?

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by Biebs :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:46pm

I remember the Broncos winning a game 23-21 on 7 FG and a safety in the late 80s/early 90s

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by Biebs :: Tue, 09/27/2011 - 12:04am

I was completely off on the teams but not the circumstance... Vikings over Rams. Oddly the kicker was Rich Karlis, who I always associated with the Broncos, the brain works in weird ways.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:49pm

No, Dallas once won a game about 15 years ago kicking 7 FGs, which I think is the NFL record (held by several players). But in that particular game (it was when Barry Switzer was coaching), those were Dallas' only points.

I don't know if anyone has done more (e.g. 7 FGs and a safety or whatever), though.

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by Dan :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:58pm

You guys are right. Using PFR Game Finder, 4 teams have topped it (scoring over 18 points with no touchdowns), led by the 1989 Vikings with 23 points in a 23-21 overtime win (that must be the one you were thinking of, Biebs) and including 21 from the 1996 Cowboys. 5 other teams have matched the Cowboys' 18. So the 2011 Cowboys become the 10th team ever to score 18+ points without a touchdown. How many of those 10 teams won the game?

All 10.

23-21, 1989 Vikings over Rams (with an overtime safety)
21-6, 1996 Cowboys over Packers
21-7, 2007 Bengals over Ravens
20-17, 1994 Bengals over Seahawks (with an overtime field goal)
18-17, 1972 Eagles over Oilers
18-17, 1972 Jets over Saints
18-12, 1993 Chargers over Seahawks
18-17, 1993 Chargers over Oilers (two weeks later)
18-10, 2006 Rams over Broncos
18-16, 2011 Cowboys over Redskins

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by RickD :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:44pm

Grossman fails to show that rear-view radar that Gruden thinks every QB should have. Fumbles instead of throwing the ball away. (Did he think he could scramble for meaningful yardage?)

The Redskin offense is starting to gel into something good, but they are still constrained by the fact that Grossman's ceiling just isn't very high.

Jon Gruden thinks "this is one of the great victories in Tony Romo's career as a quarterback!" Really? Wow. I'm not a huge Romo fan, but he's certainly had much bigger victories than this one.

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by Lance :: Mon, 09/26/2011 - 11:53pm

Jon Gruden thinks "this is one of the great victories in Tony Romo's career as a quarterback!" Really? Wow. I'm not a huge Romo fan, but he's certainly had much bigger victories than this one.

Yeah, I agree (as a Romo fan). I think that his comments were more because of the broken rib situation, and how the Dallas offense seemed to have been filled out by a lot of people who had no idea what was going on. There were like 4 bad snaps (one saved incredibly by Romo) and a number of poor routes run by his WRs.

It was a nice win, but we'll see if it's all in vain. Dallas has a lot of problems that I'd hoped were gone with the Wade era; perhaps we all were too optimistic...

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