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Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

The Thanksgiving holiday brings us a trio of NFC playoff heavyweights doing battle with division rivals. It starts with Chicago traveling to Detroit to face the Lions, continues with Washington going to Dallas to play the Cowboys, and ends with New Orleans welcoming Atlanta to the Superdome. Use this thread to discuss them all.

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109 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2018, 9:25pm

1 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Raiderjoe // Nov 22, 2018 - 7:52am

Picuks
Lions 17, bears 13
Coqboys 23, Squirrels 17
Saings 38, Falcs 34

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3 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by rich006 // Nov 22, 2018 - 9:08am

“Coqboys”
I LOL’ed.

Saints will win by 4 TD’s.

Re: Colt McCoy, I was at the 2014 game where he relieved a benched Kirk Cousins at halftime to lead the “squirrels” to a comeback win over the Titans. This morning I had to look up who Tennessee’s QB was—Charlie Whitehurst.

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5 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Nov 22, 2018 - 10:39am

Coqboys?

I didn’t know Seattle was playing.

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2 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by ChrisLong // Nov 22, 2018 - 9:05am

Picuks
Lions 13 bears 16
Coqboys 27, Squirrels 17
Saings 38, Falcs 27

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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4 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Cheesehead_Canuck // Nov 22, 2018 - 10:22am

Bears starting Chase Daniel.
Lions without Kerryon Johnson and Marvin Jones.

As a Packer fan holding on to a sliver of hope, I will be cheering for the Lions. I mean, I'd cheer for the Lions over the Bears most weeks anyway, but more so today. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm at work. In Canada.

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6 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by umuddafadda // Nov 22, 2018 - 10:52am

Pickus
Bears 14-Lions 13
Cowboys-21-Skins-3
Saints-infinity-Falc's-20,323 (they missed an XP)

Welcome to the "NCF" (new college football)

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9 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Nov 22, 2018 - 12:25pm

"Saints-infinity"

LOL

Did we switch to baseball-cricket rules where you get to keep scoring until the defence makes an out?

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10 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Raiderfan // Nov 22, 2018 - 12:32pm

Not infinity—if only because the game only lasts sixty minutes. I could see Brees going for 8 TD passes though, to set a new single game record, as well as go ahead of Mahomes and help lock in MVP—unless he waits to do that against TB and avenge their only loss.

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7 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Yu Narukami // Nov 22, 2018 - 11:53am

Picuks
Lions 21, bears 20
Coqboys 24, Squirrels 16
Saings 35, Falcs 28

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8 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Sixknots // Nov 22, 2018 - 12:12pm

Picuks

Lions 9, bears 3
(Chase Daniel only throws 3 passes and Will Allen has a second piece of pumpkin pie)

Coqboys 14, Squirrels 17

Saings 68, Falcs 28

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11 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Sixknots // Nov 22, 2018 - 12:53pm

I should explain the Lions Bears score: The Lions score a TD but doink the EP. There are 7 field goals attempted. All hit the uprights with two bank-shot through. The league launches an investigation of the goal posts in Detroit.

The networks run highlights of the game with Yakety Sacs accompaniment.

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12 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:12pm

So far both quarterbacks are putting on an absolute clinic on failed completions.

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13 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by LionInAZ // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:24pm

Lions finally insert Zenner, get a decent run for once. Blount is a disaster.

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14 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:26pm

One thing you can say about Zenner, he will at least give you what's blocked. Blount often takes a successfully blocked running play and make it fail due to lack of speed and/or dancing around.

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15 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:29pm

And of course as I type that, Blount scores a nice second-effort touchdown run.

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16 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by LionInAZ // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:30pm

I have to revise my comment. It looks like Blount only runs hard near the goal line. Touchdown or nothing.

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21 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:54pm

Picks ar ein

Chi 0 det 7
Squids 27 dalls 17
No 38 atl 17

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17 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Steve in WI // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:37pm

Unless something changes drastically in the second half, this game is evidence that Trubisky is much more valuable to the Bears than Nagy is. I’m having flashbacks to so many bad Bears offenses.

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18 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:42pm

Or it's evidence that Darius Slay, who missed the first game against the Bears, is very valuable to the Lions defense (as Romo already pointed out). All the CB's on the roster besides him are sub-replacement level.

I actually dont' think Daniel has played all that badly (he should have had his second career touchdown pass, but the receiver dropped it). Trubisky's running is probably being missed, though.

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19 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Steve in WI // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:52pm

Oh, I don’t think Daniel has been bad necessarily. And obviously a big falloff from the starter to the backup is to be expected. But I'd hoped to see Nagy come up with something to make the Bears more effective than they’ve been. The defense has held the Lions to only 7 thus far, and if the Lions score fewer than 20 and the Bears still lose I’ll be supremely disappointed.

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22 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:57pm

Looks like Nagy found the formula.

On a separate note, this is what, like the 5th touchdown in a row that the Bears have gone for two? Is Nagy just going to make that a thing now? If so, I would be very interested to see how it goes, and if other coaches start to emulate it.

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27 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Steve in WI // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:05pm

I am encouraged by the way Mizzell got open on the TD, and how open Cohen was when Daniel overthrew him.

For all of my griping, I will certainly take a 2 point lead at the half and receiving the ball to start the 2nd half.

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33 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:35pm

Funny you say that, because I think the Bears are still a much better team than the Lions, even with Daniel at quarterback, so I'm kind of surprised they're keeping it this close.

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29 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Cythammer // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:07pm

It's been a thing before for other coaches. Mike Tomlin used to go for two all the time but it didn't seem to catch on with anyone else.

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20 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:54pm

Or in the second quarter

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23 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 2:59pm

Jim Bob Cooter is calling this game like he's terrified of turning the ball over.

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24 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by RickD // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:00pm

Why did the Bears go for 2? With only a 2-point lead and Chase Daniel under center?

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25 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:02pm

If I remember correctly, they went for two multiple times against the Vikings. Maybe Nagy acquired a taste for it, and decided that's what he's going to do from now on.

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26 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:02pm

They go for two routinely I think

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30 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Steve in WI // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:10pm

He’s spoken about how he generally wants to go for 2, although it didn’t really start until Parkey had the awful game.

I think there is something to the idea that in general, if you’re going to go for 2 then you need to do it a lot to reap the benefits and balance out the times where it doesn’t work. The only thing is that I question if the chance of getting the conversion is high enough with Daniel as QB to make it smart to try in the first place.

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28 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:07pm

I wonder if Mark Davis offered Bill Cower $100M to coach the Raiders for a decade first, or if he went straight to the wrong Gruden with that

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31 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Lebo // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:17pm

Why are the Lions uniforms so ugly? They look like they could be the Lions on Madden '97.

Also, watching the Sky Sports crew (in the UK) serve and eat turkey live on set is cringey.

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32 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:33pm

It's their 1950's throwback uniforms. I will say they are much better than their all-grey color rush abominations.

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by rfh1001 // Nov 23, 2018 - 4:35am

I would willingly pay five million pounds never to have to look at another colour rush uniform.

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100 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Sophandros // Nov 23, 2018 - 2:17pm

Other than the Saints color rush, of course.

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103 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Raiderjoe // Nov 23, 2018 - 4:06pm

i l;eik Saints and Rams color rush. Big fan of the all yellow Rams look

chargers color rush good too. jets also

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104 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Eddo // Nov 23, 2018 - 4:50pm

Are those considered "Color Rush" uniforms? The Saints have worn them at least three times this year, aren't they just alternate uniforms now?

And yeah, those jerseys (gold numbers on white) are probably the finest in the league. Just gorgeous.

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101 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by tuluse // Nov 23, 2018 - 2:26pm

+1 to color rush sucking. It really hurts because so many teams have cool throwbacks and we have to see those ugly things.

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91 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Lebo // Nov 23, 2018 - 6:25am

Ah, thought that might be the case. Thanks!

I hate NFL uniforms that are all (shirt and trousers) one colour (so, basically, I hate all colour rush - except all white, which looks okay). They look like pyjamas and are not in the slightest bit flattering to the players.

But, an all-grey scheme is even worse. An all-grey uniform is probably the worst colour scheme in any sport, in my opinion. All-grey looks like a placeholder for a final colour scheme, but the artist got distracted before completing it and the players have to run out like unlocked characters in a video game.

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93 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Yu Narukami // Nov 23, 2018 - 8:50am

I loved them.

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94 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Lebo // Nov 23, 2018 - 8:58am

Why is that? For nostalgic reasons, or for their aesthetics?

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95 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Yu Narukami // Nov 23, 2018 - 11:11am

I don't know, I "feel" them better than the standard ones. Less usage of colors, neater design,

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34 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:49pm

Don't understand why Patricia decided to go for two there, unless he's decided he's going to copy Nagy and just go for two all the time.

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35 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Cheesehead_Canuck // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:53pm

My guess is being up 4 is not a big difference than being up 5. And if they get it, then a 6 point lead is a lot different than a 5 point lead.

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36 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:58pm

Well if you're up 5, the opposing team has to go for two if they score a TD late in the game (if they fail, you have an opportunity to win with an FG). I guess either call is defensible. I'm usually not in favor of going for two unless you either do it all the time, or it's 4th quarter.

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39 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by LionInAZ // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:02pm

And the next Bears touchdown shows why it was a bad decision. Now a FG can only tie at best.

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37 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 3:58pm

Chase D is retroactively earning his paychecks today. He's taken some hits.

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38 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:01pm

I was just about to type that, but you beat me to it.

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40 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Steve in WI // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:10pm

Obviously the Bears offense has not been as good as it has with Trubisky, but the defense has looked like crap and they’re not even fully into their 4th quarter collapse yet. 2 sacks and no turnovers isn’t going to get the job done.

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44 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Steve in WI // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:25pm

Apparently all I need to do is complain it into existence. Really timely pick-six by Jackson who looks like an all-pro this season.

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41 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:17pm

Hated that cowardly short field goal.

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43 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Cythammer // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:24pm

Agreed. Especially considering you have LeGarette Blount, who is built for short yardage situations.

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47 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by RickD // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:34pm

He's built for them, but surprisingly poor at actually doing them. Which is part of why he keeps needing to find a new team.

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42 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Cythammer // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:23pm

Pretty funny that 228 yards is enough to Chase Daniel's career high. He's in his ninth year! Actually, looking at his Wikipedia it would appear he only needs 21 more yards to set a career season high too.

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45 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:26pm

Can't be too mad at Stafford for that pick-six, Eddie Jackson just made a hell of a hustle play.

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48 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:36pm

Okay but that endzone INT was just....

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60 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by LionInAZ // Nov 22, 2018 - 5:40pm

I think the TE screwed up on that one. Looked like he was supposed to keep on going to the back corner, but instead stopped and the defender get behind him.

Other than Golladay, the receivers weren't much help. Riddick stepped up, Blount stepped up, even the defense played above expectation. I think the Lions missed Marvin Jones more than the Bears missed Trubitsky.

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62 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 5:52pm

Yea without Marvin Jones, TJ Lang, or Kerryon Johnson, Bears Defense vs Lions Offense was a big mismatch. I feel like coaching was a mismatch too.

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46 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Cythammer // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:32pm

I wonder if the Lions would go for two again if they score a TD here. As a quasi-neutral who would rather see OT, I hope not, but it might be the right call.

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49 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Cheesehead_Canuck // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:37pm

We'll never know because Stafford threw it to the wrong team again.

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50 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Jose21crisis // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:38pm

We won't find out if there is going to be a 2 point play because Stafford got picked.

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51 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:42pm

This win by the Bears is how the Jaguars would like to play games, but the problem is that Blake Bortles is much worse than Chase Daniels.

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53 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:47pm

+1 brohole

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54 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Cythammer // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:50pm

The Bears defense is better than the Jags defense.

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57 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:54pm

Debatable, if we're talking about the theoretical units at full strength under equal circumstances. The Bears D has the huge advantage of being un-Bortled.

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52 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Tim R // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:45pm

Why is it always the lions and cowboys hosting on thanksgiving? Is there an actual reason or did it just become a tradition?

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55 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:50pm

I'm not sure how reliable this is, but dozens of media outlets tell the same story: https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/detroit-lions-dallas-cowb...

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56 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 22, 2018 - 4:51pm

It just became tradition. At one point Lamar Hunt made noise that it should be rotated amongst different teams, but the other owners never showed any interest in it.

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58 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Tim R // Nov 22, 2018 - 5:09pm

Thanks. Yeah was wondering more why it never really rotated but if the other owners just arent bothered about it then fair enough.

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63 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Nov 22, 2018 - 6:02pm

The Lions were doing this game before the Chiefs or Cowboys existed.

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88 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Eddo // Nov 23, 2018 - 12:34am

That doesn't mean Hunt couldn't have suggested changing it to rotate among all the teams.

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98 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 23, 2018 - 12:17pm

Since the 1990's ended, the Lions have ruined my Thanksgiving more often than not, so I would not mind it at all if they lost their spot.

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77 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by dbt // Nov 22, 2018 - 9:58pm

The first time NFL network did thanksgiving Thursday night, I believe they had the chiefs host it for this reason.

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59 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 5:10pm

Why does Dan Snyder always look like he's cringing from everyone, like he's afraid everybody is always about to attack him, even (especially?) Jerry Jones? I mean, I totally understand the urge to attack Snyder on sight and I would try to attack him too if given half a chance. But isn't he rich enough to pay robots or something to enforce a physical distance between himself and every other human at all times?

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61 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by LionInAZ // Nov 22, 2018 - 5:44pm

He's probably rich enough to have a robot stand-in for him in public. And yes, I do believe that not many people actually like him. From what I've heard, he alienates not just fans but also his neighbors.

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64 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Nov 22, 2018 - 6:03pm

Snyder alienates me just by appearing. Which is a totally ridiculous bias on my part that I can't explain or defend.

Jerry Jones, on the other hand, alienates me by talking, which is a bias I therefore consider fully justified.

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67 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by LionInAZ // Nov 22, 2018 - 6:44pm

+2

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68 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by justanothersteve // Nov 22, 2018 - 7:25pm

I was thinking nobody would notice a robot Dan Snyder, then realized the robot wouldn't be noticed because it would be less offensive than the real Dan Snyder

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65 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 6:15pm

Wow AP looks old and slow

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66 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by BJR // Nov 22, 2018 - 6:25pm

Redskins take a timeout before 2nd & 6, then come out and run a bubble screen for -2 yards.

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69 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by RickD // Nov 22, 2018 - 7:48pm

Dunbar is having a bad game. Looks like he's not fully healthy yet.

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70 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by justanothersteve // Nov 22, 2018 - 7:58pm

If you had been wondering why the Packers traded Clinton-Dix to the Squirrels, this quarter should have answered that question.

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71 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by RickD // Nov 22, 2018 - 7:59pm

Terrible safety play by Clinton-Dix on the 90-yard TD play. And all Fox can do is praise Amari Cooper. HaHa completely overran the guy that he's supposed to contain.

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72 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 8:30pm

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turducken

I think the gooducken sounds better

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73 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by RickD // Nov 22, 2018 - 8:41pm

That really should be a holding call on that last interception. Dallas got a defensive holding flag called on the Skins on a play with exactly as much/little holding.

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74 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by RickD // Nov 22, 2018 - 8:53pm

Obvious head to head ignored by refs.

No flags on Cowboys today.

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106 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Aaron Brooks Good Twin // Nov 24, 2018 - 10:38am

Just FYI, your reaction here is how everyone else perceives Pats games.

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75 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 8:54pm

I know making up an 11-point deficit is unlikely, but they aren't even trying...

Is Reed going into concussion protocol after that illegal hit or what?

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76 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by RickD // Nov 22, 2018 - 9:44pm

NBC flashes graphic showing Brees's 26/1 TD:INT ratio, including fact that he's got most TD's ever for a QB with only 1 INT. The very next play is an interception.

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78 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by LionInAZ // Nov 22, 2018 - 10:03pm

I wonder if Sean Payton is trying to work that fumbled-snap handoff to Ingram into the playbook.

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79 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by BJR // Nov 22, 2018 - 10:26pm

Tony Dungy is good in the booth. Calm and insightful. I suppose he lacks the flashy, shouty approach the networks are typically looking for.

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80 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual // Nov 22, 2018 - 10:33pm

I *wish* that's what the networks were looking for! They seem to like the somnolent Aikman-types. Dungy is sufficiently low-energy, but he totally differs from Aikman in content.

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82 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by BJR // Nov 22, 2018 - 11:03pm

True, although I'm not sure Aikman is necessarily typical; he just coasts by due to name-recognition. For example, when I think of the ESPN Monday night crew, a lot of vacuous noise comes to mind.

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89 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by tuluse // Nov 23, 2018 - 12:43am

The Disney Corp has always been special in terms of picking announcers. No one else tried Dennis Miller or Tony Kornheiser.

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81 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Jose21crisis // Nov 22, 2018 - 10:38pm

Julio-copter coughs up the ball.

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83 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Raiderjoe // Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22pm

Falca reallt pathetic offense int hsi game.

Wasnt likelt to win this week anyway but having j. Howard, c. Ridley and T. Coleman in fsntasy startinf lineup? Brutal. This was gonna be Howard's last stand on my team. Juust doesnt fit what M. Nagy want sto do. I almost drioped Howard weeks ago but didnt and then whhen Trubisky was out , figured c bears migth go heavy with running. I sohuld go heavy with rumming

Also some jerkface blocked me on Twitter becuase I correctly andwered his trivia question

Strangest thinf i ever encountered on twitter. Made me decide to leave Twitter for rest of day.

Name six padsers who threw for more tjan 4000 yards in a seaspn frpm 1983-86. I logged on and saw Marino and Dickey already correctly andwred. I tjen added Phil Simms, Neil Lomax, and Bill Kenney. Had to think on final guy for few minutes but then named Jay Schroeder in '86 with Squirrels.

Guy wasnt giving me a like or comment that i had the answers but he was responding to everyone else. "Sorry bro, you were 0 for 5."
"Marino is right, the rest are wrong." On and on.

20 minutes later I am seeing mt Twitter people still tryinf to come up witj answers. I nicely let two of tjem know I revealed the answrrs if they wanted to look. If not, just keep guessing I guess.

Then i was respondinf ti the random people who continuued to guess. Meanwhiel the trivia starter is continuing to tell everyone they are wrong and I am being ignored.

There was nothing on yhe line. No money to ve won. Jusr write, "It is over. Raiderjoe got the last four."

Nope. Instead he blocked me. Freakin' turkey that guy is

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97 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 23, 2018 - 12:16pm

You should have just linked the relevant seasons on profootball reference.com. It would have been plain for everyone to see.

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84 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by deus01 // Nov 22, 2018 - 11:35pm

Why is it Sunday night football on Thanksgiving night? Is the SNF brand so fundamental to NBC's coverage?

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92 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Jerry // Nov 23, 2018 - 7:34am

Yes.

Also, I think that by calling it Sunday Night Football, they can include it in the ratings for that show.

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85 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by justanothersteve // Nov 22, 2018 - 11:38pm

Not football related. But I really love the phone commercial with the Queen Flash Gordon song where the flash blinds everyone including Dracula.

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86 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Cythammer // Nov 23, 2018 - 12:03am

Saints look great seemingly every week. It's crazy the one game they've lost is to the Bucs. It wasn't even that close of a game (Saints made the scoreline more respectable late).

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87 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Raiderjoe // Nov 23, 2018 - 12:12am

Yeah. Funny. Picked Ssints to win the NFC before sesson started. They also caused me to be dead in my survival league on first Sundsy of the season. Luckily, no money ob line. Just a free group on Yahoo

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96 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano // Nov 23, 2018 - 12:13pm

Fitzmagic was like Bruce Banner in Avengers Infinity War. He hulked out in the beginning, then his powers failed him and refused to come back the rest of the season.

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102 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Cythammer // Nov 23, 2018 - 3:01pm

He was definitely his best in those first few games but he's still had good games more recently. He's 6th in DVOA. Now that I'm thinking about, it must be almost unprecedented for a QB to be ranked that high and still be getting cycled in and out of the lineup. While I think it probably does make more sense for the Bucs to see if Winston is their QB for the future, I still wish they had stuck with Fitz all year. He would probably have broken the single season passing record and might have gone over 6000 yards (Jameis + Fitz are still almost on pace for that as it is). That would've been something to see.

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105 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Nov 23, 2018 - 6:27pm

Taking a high variability performer and then pulling him on the down cycle makes absolutely no sense.

Either don't play him at all, or let him try to gunsling his way out of a deficit.

I mean, what does Koetter think? That because he threw 3 picks, he can't complete 3 TD bombs in the next 15 minutes? It's as stupid as pinch hitting for a home run hitter because he struck out the last 3 times at bat.

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107 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by BJR // Nov 24, 2018 - 10:46am

I agree with the above poster that it was crucial for the Bucs to use this season to evaluate Winston, before his 5th year option/contract renewal. The fact that Fitzpatrick had a couple of good games whilst Winston was suspended confused matters, but they did the right thing by bringing Winston at the first sign of Fitzpatrick regressing towards his mean level of play.

What then didn't make sense to me was benching Winston again. Perhaps the evaluation is complete. Still, in an obvious lost cause of a season, I would be using every last opportunity to put more Winston play on tape, to make absolutely sure the correct decision is made regarding his future. There is certainly nothing new to learn about Fitzpatrick.

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108 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by LionInAZ // Nov 24, 2018 - 4:44pm

It's not even as if the Bucs are expected to be in the playoff race.

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109 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Nov 24, 2018 - 9:25pm

I agree with that.

My point was more that, having moved Winston to QB2 behind Fitzpatrick, don't bother pulling Fitzpatrick in the second half of every game where he struggles early. If you're going to do that, just don't start Fitzpatrick at all.

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99 Re: Thanksgiving Open Game Discussion

by Michael.Edits // Nov 23, 2018 - 2:12pm

It's time for The Sanchize.

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