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Week 5 Open Discussion Thread

Week 5 kicks off with a doozy as the 3-1 Rams visit Seattle to play the 3-1 Seahawks on Thursday night. Loser risks falling a game and a half back of San Francisco in the division, pending the undefeated 49ers hosting the 2-2 Browns on Monday night. In between, you've got Jags-Panthers, Bucs-Saints, Bears-Raiders, Packers-Cowboys, and Colts-Chiefs on Sunday night. Plus, a battle of winless teams between Arizona and Cincinnati that will be critical for draft positioning. Use this thread to discuss them all.  

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143 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2019, 10:42pm

106 I thought it would have been…

I thought it would have been illegal contact. However, the receiver was also running at the CB most of the play. Not sure if that's why the ref didn't call it, but I've seen those called in the past. 

109 Now this is weird

I didn't reply to you but the post I'm replying to is on the previous page. Your post wasn't even posted when I started my post. Don't know why this happened, but my post still works so I'm not changing it. More FO site weirdness with posting, probably not duplicatable so I doubt there's much that can be done. 

97 Alexander got torched again,…

Alexander got torched again, and whiffed on the tackle, Cooper takes it to the house and it's now a 10 point game.

The Fox broadcast is annoyingly committed to not showing key penalties. We never saw what Kenny Clark supposedly did that set up Elliott's run, nor what Z Smith supposedly did that set up the Cooper bomb. Not saying they weren't deserved, necessarily, but we ought to at least see what happened.

103 More adventures in…

More adventures in officiating. GB gets called for a roughing the passer penalty for a hand hitting Prescott's head. Except it looked to me like Prescott had already tucked the ball and was getting ready to run. As a runner, don't think that's a penalty. Though admittedly it's a bang-bang play.

Anyway, it was a really good run, even diving to get out of bounds and stop the clock.

107 Most of the games have been…

Most of the games have been meh today. Hoping for excitement in tonight's game(especially since T.Y. Hilton is playing) and tomorrow night.

108 I never should have felt so…

I never should have felt so uneasy during a 10 point road win but hey, I’ll take it. Lions next Monday night should be a great game and it’s looking like the Almanac’s thoughts on these two duking it out for the division could be accurate after all.

110 Interesting that Colts coach…

Interesting that Colts coach gives KC an easy FG rather than force them into a 3rd and 31 situation. I smell fear of Mahomes.

118 Jacoby Brissett looks really…

Jacoby Brissett looks really poised out there. He may not have the amazing physical chops of Mahomes or Watson, but he looks like he could be a top tier QB.

On an unrelated side note, it comforts me to see how the Bud Light "Party Tower" ad continues to highlight how stupid Bud drinkers are. What other brand makes their consumers look stupid?

119 I think a lot do, actually,…

I think a lot do, actually, though none specifically come to mind. But I've noticed many times that an ad seems to be insulting potential customers. My quasi conspiracy theory is that a lot of marketing departments are filled with people who don't like the product they are selling.

139 There was a fun article in…

There was a fun article in Slate a few years ago that looked at why the people portrayed in beer commercials were so stupid. The pretty convincing argument: it's because they're marketing to teenage boys. Everything at least makes more sense that way.

120 That ball looked clearly…

That ball looked clearly incomplete to me. I'm glad they changed it, but I wish they would get rid of the 'clear and obvious' standard. Just go with what the replay official judges to be better. There's no reason to have a bias in favor of what was called on the field.

125 That was a bad overturn.

There was no way to tell if it hit the ground or just the receivers hand. 
 

I also am strongly against replays being anything other then obvious for overturns. Replay should fix terrible calls, not close ones. 

124 Wide Open NFC

I know it's only 5 games, but the NFC seems more wide open than I recall-- any of 8-9 teams could get to the Super Bowl. I'd put Eagles, Seahawks and Saints slightly out front-- but Packers, Rams, Cowboys, Vikings, 49ers, Bears, Lions can't be too far behind. And Panthers or Bucs can't be ruled out either And now we see the CHiefs are hardly as dominant in the AFC as was assumed

130 Collinsworth and Michaels…

Collinsworth and Michaels are all awed at the Colts calling 40+ running plays, with nary a menton about KC being absolutely horrendous against the run. Maybe that has something to do with it?

131 It never really crossed my…

It never really crossed my mind that the Chiefs might lose this game until pretty much right now, when Mack converted that 4th and 1. Even a FG now might salt the game away, 2 possession game under 4 mins left. I'll never count out Mahomes until the lock reads 0:00, but he looks injured.

133 Wow, what a win by Colts…

Wow, what a win by Colts. Did not see that coming, although I figured they could cover the spread by simply recognizing that their Run O

134 Just a ton of upsets today…

Just a ton of upsets today. Wolverhampton beat Manchester City, the Colts beat the Chiefs... Newcastle and the Raiders beat Manchester United and the Bears, respectively… 

138 Turns out being down your…

Turns out being down your top 2 receivers can slow down even the KC offense.  Kelce tried to give the ball away multiple times, getting the benefit of borderline calls each time.  I'd like to comment on the Cheifs' RB1, but Andy Reid was ghosting him.  And Mahomes spent the second half hobbling around (though Indy had them bottled up in the first half, too).

There were still a couple of improbable completions by Mahomes in the first half, but otherwise the combination of a pass rush and ball control offense on the other side made the Chiefs look pedestrian.

141 Browns did that OBJ fake…

Browns did that OBJ fake-reverse pass thing last week too. I'd make a joke but it might be their most effective play.

49ers take it to the house on an 83-yard run right up the gut on their first play from scrimmage. Browns respond by immediately throwing a pick. 49ers then go 3 and out, nearly fumbling it away in the process. This is something less than a battle of the titans in the early going.

142 "The national conversation…

"The national conversation is that Baker Mayfield is a one-read quarterback" -Booger

What does this even mean? I don't think you can describe any NFL QB this way. Maybe Luke Falk or other borderline cases, but Mayfield? Come on.

143 Kitchens is anticipating a…

Kitchens is anticipating a surprising number of possessions in the fourth quarter. With under 2 minutes to play in the third, down 25, he punted from close to mid-field. Yes, it was 4th-and-10, but still. Booger's a bit disappointed in this coaching decision.

EDIT: then Kitchens decides he doesn't need time outs, either, and throws one away on a challenge that (a) had no chance of success, and (b) wasn't all that important a play, anyway.