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29 Oct 2010

Week 8 N.F.L. Matchups

The Broncos and Niners export awkward comedy across the pond, Jim Caldwell gets biblical, and Brett Favre hems and haws like it's August in Hattiesburg.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 29 Oct 2010

17 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2010, 9:32am by Dean


by Athelas :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 10:54am

Why no pick in the Bucs/Cardinals game--just too awful?

by TomKelso :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 11:01am

"and five grand for not watching enough Steelers footage." Priceless.

If I didn't know Dan Jenkins was still alive, I'd swear Tanier was being possessed.

by Mr Shush :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 11:25am

Noooooooooo!!!!! Tanier picked the Texans! I don't think they've ever won a game he picked them in.

Also, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Tim Tebow is a fair distance from being the best known player on the two Wembley teams' combined rosters this side of the Atlantic. The NFL is very much a minority interest here, but NCAA football is beyond obscure. I would guess Frank Gore is probably the current 49ers/Broncos player most Brits (and it still wouldn't be that many) could name. It might be Champ Bailey. It might conceivably be Alex Smith or Kyle Orton. But Tebow would be a long, long way down the list.

by MJK :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 11:31am

My favorite line:

Brad Childress called Sunday night’s loss to the Packers “the worst-officiated game I’ve seen in a while,” so the league fined him $35,000: thirty grand for criticizing the referees and five grand for not watching enough Steelers footage.

Classic hilarity.

by MJK :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 11:43am

Regarding the Pittsburgh fumble, one of the posters on the article claimed that the call could have benefitted the Dolphins, because if it was a Steeler that recovered it in the endzone, it would have been a Steeler TD. Leaving out the fact that most people outside of western Pennsylvania are pretty sure that a Dolphin recovered it, isn't this thought wrong anyway?

It was 3rd down. I thought, by rule, that on 3rd or 4th down, a fumble couldn't advance a ball. Once possession is lost, even if the offensive team recovers, the ball is moved back to the spot of the fumble, correct?

by Travis :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 12:03pm

It was 3rd down. I thought, by rule, that on 3rd or 4th down, a fumble couldn't advance a ball. Once possession is lost, even if the offensive team recovers, the ball is moved back to the spot of the fumble, correct?

Only on 4th down or on plays starting after the two-minute warning of either half are fumbles recovered by the offensive team returned to the spot of the fumble. (Note that this only applies if someone other than the fumbler himself recovers.)

Since the fumble took place on 3rd down and on a play starting at the 2:37 mark, the Steelers could have advanced it.

by Arkaein :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 12:06pm

I'm pretty sure that's only on 4th down, and in any case the player who fumbled is still eligible to recover and advance the ball.

So if Ben had clearly recovered in the end zone it would have been a TD.

by tuluse :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 12:03pm

That transition fossils blog is pretty cool.

Also, is it odd the first thing I think of when I hear "Gideons" is the group that puts Bibles in hotel rooms?

by TimTheEnchanter (not verified) :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 12:45pm

"Gideon defeated 10,000 Midianites with a force of 300 Israelites"

Did the Bible writers trade inspirational stories with Sparta or something? Maybe the Colts can sign Gerard Butler...

by commissionerleaf :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 1:52pm

Agree with most of the picks, but the Texans are going to get steamrolled in Indy. Their offense is a bit sputtery at present, and while the Colts' defense is a cure for sputtering, it occasionally comes up big, especially at home.

by countertorque :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 4:53pm

"As we earned last week..." Typo in the Pit-Saints blurb.

by zenbitz :: Fri, 10/29/2010 - 5:55pm

Isn't it illegal to export entertainment of that quality?

by Shattenjager :: Sat, 10/30/2010 - 3:25am

If it were, Adam Sandler would have been jailed somewhere by now.

by Dean :: Mon, 11/01/2010 - 9:32am

There was a time when he made funny movies. It wasn't until he decided to work with Drew Barrymore that his movies started to suck.

by Pat Swinnegan :: Sat, 10/30/2010 - 1:51am

Many thanks for posting your NYT matchups here earlier this week. It's one of the few EPs that I'll go and find even if no link to it ever appears on Football Outsiders (MMQB? not so much) and so it's nice to have it right here.

by Anonymous1 (not verified) :: Sat, 10/30/2010 - 10:09am

I find the comment beneath the article that Pitt had at least a 50/50 shot of recovering the fumble laughable. Two Dolphins jumped on the ball first and one of those two came out of the pile with the ball. Seems pretty straightforward to me, unless you choose to believe Big Ben's pathetic attempt to claim he had the ball.

by IsraelP (not verified) :: Sun, 10/31/2010 - 4:21am

The Dolphins lost last week because they couldn't move the ball 35-40 yards into FG range in the two minutes plus that they had left.

And if they had gotten the ball as a touchback, there was plenty of time after the inevitable three and out for the Steelers to get back into FG range themselves.