Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Oct 2013

Tanier's NFL Game Riffs: Week 7

It has been a busy week for me, with a bunch of historical articles and a toe-dip into the whole "Redskins" thing. But nothing stops the previews, which take a look at some major divisional rivalries with waning interest ... after the Colts-Broncos relationship drama.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 18 Oct 2013

7 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2013, 4:53pm by Hummingbird Cyborg

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by CBPodge :: Fri, 10/18/2013 - 8:34am

Just wanted to say that the Redskins article you wrote was great. And thanks for getting these regularly posted early on Friday so that they are up when I'm eating my lunch in the UK!

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by CBPodge :: Fri, 10/18/2013 - 8:34am

Just wanted to say that the Redskins article you wrote was great. And thanks for getting these regularly posted early on Friday so that they are up when I'm eating my lunch in the UK!

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by johonny (not verified) :: Fri, 10/18/2013 - 1:57pm

Jeff Ireland always has a plan, it just changes constantly.

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by Bobman :: Fri, 10/18/2013 - 5:16pm

Yeah yeah, I am dating someone 13 years younger, but that neckbeard sure gets irritating when we cuddle. I--I'm speaking figuratively here....

"The Giants will not bench Eli Manning this week. Seriously, that is where we are at: the possible benching of Eli Manning. For Curtis Painter. Anyone suggesting that clearly did not watch the 2011 Colts. Which leaves a huge percentage of the population, but still." Wow, I have trouble imagining anybody ever benching anybody capable of fogging a mirror in favor of Painter. The Giants signing Sorgi made some sense, but Painter has to have been the worst Peyton backup ever. Even worse than Rypien, who stepped in for ONE PLAY--the only play 18 ever missed due to injury when his jaw was broken--and promptly turned the ball over.

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by Perfundle :: Fri, 10/18/2013 - 9:41pm

Rypien sounds like Harrell last year. Rodgers get injured against the Saints on New Orleans' 2-yard line, Harrell is called in to hand the ball off, flubs it and loses the fumble, and New Orleans scores a touchdown 4 plays later.

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by Guest789 :: Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:46pm

Damn, that Colts capsule is actually really solid life advice. Tanier: Come for the witty football commentary, stay for the sage counselling about finding happiness.

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“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”

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by Hummingbird Cyborg :: Sun, 10/20/2013 - 4:53pm

On 3rd and five at the 35 the Jets run for the umpteenth time in a row only to be stopped for a very long field goal. They lose two yards and go for an incredibly improbable field goal. It's much more likely that they are able to pass for a first down or even try something else than the umpteenth run in a row on a playcall unlikely to convert.

Luckily, as their field goal sails wide, the Pats get charged a penalty for overloading the blocking units and they get another chance.

Anyhow, the rest of the AFC is ok with the Pats losing the game.

The Jets defense played very well. It's hard to tell how much Gronk improved the Pats because of how well the Jets defense played.

EDIT: I thought this was the discussion thread.