Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Nov 2010

Week 9 N.F.L. Matchups

This week, Laugh In references and Randy Moss jokes. You know, the usual.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 05 Nov 2010

14 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2010, 12:28pm by Kevin from Philly

Comments

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by Athelas :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 3:26pm

I have no interest in the actual game, but I liked the Bears-Bills write-up.

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by Kevin from Philly :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 4:20pm

Veehhry eeeenteresting.

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by Justin from MO (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 5:29pm

LOL, love the Cowboys and Steelers write-ups.

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by @nonymous (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 5:31pm

The Steelers Bengals write up is the most hilarious thing I've read in awhile.

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by Bobman :: Sat, 11/06/2010 - 2:15am

Yes, and I fully expect it to play out that way.

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by Arkaein :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 6:05pm

Please don't joke about 66 minute Packers games. It sounds funny until you realize that the Packers have already played in two overtime games this season, and three times in their last nine meaningful games (last year's playoff loss at Arizona).

Considering GB's abysmal record in recent overtime games (1-5 under McCarthy) I'd be happy if I never saw them play in another.

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by wr (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 7:35pm

I thought the Colts writeup was hilarious (and
wouldn't be shocked if it's not too far from the
truth).

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by Nathan :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 8:16pm

Is there a more slyly debilitating RB injury than turf toe? Backs with it are always healthy enough to play but the burst and explosion gets totally shot. And it takes forever to heal cause they continue to run on it. I'd debate picking the Lions this week but I suspect Best won't be as lethal as he was the beginning of the year until he's had an offseason to rest it.

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by Nathan :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 8:21pm

I'm really torn on a couple picks this week... KC/OAK (leaning KC) and IND/PHI. Freeney has looked dominant when I've watched him this year but is he going to run himself out of plays giving Vick lanes to run? Matthis tweaked his knee but on the other hand Dunlap is out and Peters is returning from an injury, I can easily see the Colt's DEs feasting. Also I can see Manning going after the Eagles corner (since Hobbs is out) again and again. Manning has been viscous with the presnap adjustments the past two weeks, just hard counting to get the D to show it's hand and checking to effective plays over and over.

What do you guys think?

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by HostileGospel :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 10:09pm

"Manning has been viscous" is a fantastic typo.

As an Eagles fan, I just can't see Dmitri Patterson and Nate Allen being able to reliably cover the Colts receivers. The only way I envision the Eagles winning this involves Ernie Sims being suspended and Manning leaving on a cart in the first quarter.

--
They must of thought I was the old Osama Bin Laden they made me strip down somethn crucial at the airport sheeeeesh... not djacc I'm str8

-Djacc, via Twitter

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by Bobman :: Sat, 11/06/2010 - 2:13am

I don't know how many more weeks Manning can operate with band-aids and baling wire. He has very limited receiver options, but my biggest concern is RB for blitz pickup, since Brown seems to be the weakest link there and isn't even 100% himself, but it the likely starter. Unless it's UDFA Javarris James (Edge's nephew), and unless blitz pickup is genetic, I don't think he's going to keep Manning upright too often. Everyone expected Manning to torch the "world's worst" pass D from Houston and guess what--he had an average day (not an average Manning day, which would have been a whole lot better).

Last week his throws were off but his orchestration (an underappreciated aspect of any QB's game) at the line was great.

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by Michael LaRocca (not verified) :: Fri, 11/05/2010 - 11:42pm

Before I click the link like a Pavlovian dog, I wonder, "Will Mike achieve the Randy Ratio?"

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by Bobman :: Sat, 11/06/2010 - 2:06am

The Steelers game will definitely happen, just as Mike decribes it. It'll be filmed and theatrically released as a remake of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

Ref 1: I cahn't see! I cahn't see....
Tomlin: He cahn't see! He cahn't see!

Then Spencer Tracy tracks James Harrison to the Big W where he spears Jake Locker during pregame warmups.

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by Kevin from Philly :: Mon, 11/08/2010 - 12:28pm

Shame it's not against the Eagles. Andy Reid would make a great Ethel Merman.