Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Oct 2013

Mandatory Monday: Rivalries Die Hard

Breakdowns of Ravens-Steelers, Jets-Patriots, and more, plus jokes about waterbongs and Wings records.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 21 Oct 2013

4 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2013, 7:30pm by Cythammer


by Anonymous23 (not verified) :: Mon, 10/21/2013 - 9:55am

FWIW, the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Pats on Folk's missed field goal was on Chris Jones, not Chandler Jones.

by Led :: Mon, 10/21/2013 - 11:23am

Mike T. -- Your anti-wildcat obsession is getting kooky. You're blaming an INT by Geno Smith on the Jets running the wildcat several plays earlier? You do realize the dude now has 11 interceptions, right? You don't need to reach to for explanations. When it comes to Geno Smith interceptions at this point, a cigar really is just a cigar. Still waiting for some numbers rather than anecdata to support your theory that the wildcat causes Jets QBs to make bad plays. For the past several years, Jets QBs have been quite capable of making bad plays for no particular reason at all.

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Mon, 10/21/2013 - 1:45pm

"It's like Game of Thrones meets Friday Night Lights meets Outbreak!"

That's as perfect a description for the 2013 Buccaneers as I've every heard.

by Cythammer (not verified) :: Mon, 10/21/2013 - 7:30pm

"Smith threw a pick-6 a few plays later, but that had nothing to do with being shuttled off to the sideline for half a series, right? Right?"
What's your theory here? That every time a QB is off the field for a few minutes he becomes much more likely to throw a pick? If that were true then we'd see an enormous increase in interceptions at the beginning of drives, and on the first drive of the game – after a whole week off – an interception would be virtually guaranteed. I don't even want to know what would happen on the first pass of the season.
In reality Geno still turns the ball over at a high rate, and running the ball a lot is great idea for the Jets, especially against the Patriots yesterday. The few Wildcat plays they ran were also actually successful.