NFL playoffs 2017/18: back again like marv

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i got home sweep

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 4 January 2018 16:06 (one year ago) link

falcons might have a shot? but yeah

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 January 2018 16:28 (one year ago) link

that does look like the closest game. chiefs are prob the worst of the home teams but titans are so bad.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 4 January 2018 16:35 (one year ago) link

can i just tell you how excited everyone in L.A. is to have the Rams in the playoffs? sports fans here can't stop talking about Paul George.

omar little, Thursday, 4 January 2018 17:14 (one year ago) link

feel like we should just give kc and jax byes and make tennessee play buffalo in a snowstorm for funsies

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 January 2018 17:18 (one year ago) link

the idea of Buffalo at Jacksonville in a playoff game would've sounded so crazy a year ago

frogbs, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:21 (one year ago) link

the buffalo bills will win the nfl playoffs

lag∞n, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:26 (one year ago) link

It's a pretty wacky playoff lineup, if NE nor the Steelers don't win it, someone unexpected and new is going to win.

earlnash, Saturday, 6 January 2018 02:02 (one year ago) link

People are giving decent shots to Carolina or New Orleans to make it, since they got to the big game. Atlanta did get better as the season went on.

Obviously Carolina and New Orleans is the match up of the week with marquee QBs of differing styles both of which have played in a Super Bowl. Carolina isn't great, but they are solid. Saints seem to have a decent defense and plenty of offensive weapons. Saints seem to me the favorite and my pick, but I would believe the Panthers winning too. It's close to a pick em game to me.

KC is up and down, but if they lose to the Titans - eh, that would be bad. Titans deserve some credit for moving up into the playoffs when really, they didn't have that good a year and have room for improvement at QB (which could still happen).

This is a pretty epic game for Bills fans, as they finally get back in to the playoffs and face their once middling head coach who went "nah, I'll pass" and walked on out the door when offered a new contract. J-Ville seems kinda similar to the Vikings in style. They should win the game as they are just a better team.

Rams had a good year but I think I got to go with many talking heads and take the Falcons on the road.

earlnash, Saturday, 6 January 2018 02:11 (one year ago) link

Go Rams!

they are easily going to win this game, next week will be an issue...

Bee OK, Saturday, 6 January 2018 03:48 (one year ago) link

how was that not a fumble

mookieproof, Saturday, 6 January 2018 22:53 (one year ago) link

looool

Roberto Spiralli, Saturday, 6 January 2018 23:34 (one year ago) link

Dull game this but its become tight all of a sudden

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:09 (one year ago) link

these teams are v bad, i am excited that one of them will be in the divisional round

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:15 (one year ago) link

is gruden gonna work the whole playoffs doesnt he have a fulltime job now

lag∞n, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:18 (one year ago) link

lol nice toss bro

lag∞n, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:22 (one year ago) link

nice toss bro

lag∞n, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:22 (one year ago) link

uhhh

lag∞n, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:24 (one year ago) link

i just turned this on to see that 2-pt attempt, should prob turn it back off huh

call all destroyer, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:24 (one year ago) link

Wow

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:25 (one year ago) link

shd that play have been stoppedddd

lag∞n, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:25 (one year ago) link

id like to see this game decided on some classic andy reid bad clock management

lag∞n, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:29 (one year ago) link

Chief's are chocking

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:34 (one year ago) link

Lol

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:37 (one year ago) link

I didn't think I carefully but loving this outcome

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:38 (one year ago) link

*cared

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:39 (one year ago) link

LMAOOOOOOO

frogbs, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:41 (one year ago) link

Wtf

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:42 (one year ago) link

I was so bored but now this is fun

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:43 (one year ago) link

chiefs offense has been absolute piss in the 2nd half, it will be a travesty if they do anything with the last possession.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:45 (one year ago) link

lol nm. that was a hell of a play

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:46 (one year ago) link

Nail in the coffin

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:47 (one year ago) link

Awwwww

frogbs, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:47 (one year ago) link

I had under 44 here so this is nice but still I wish that had counted

So brutal for those fans

frogbs, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:49 (one year ago) link

A one point game

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:51 (one year ago) link

Though a probly was really 3 because they went 4 two 2 point conversions

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:52 (one year ago) link

* Voice recognition

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:52 (one year ago) link

Go Rams

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:54 (one year ago) link

okay i wasn't watching, how did this happen besides lol chieves

mookieproof, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:57 (one year ago) link

Well that's exactly what happened

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:58 (one year ago) link

dick 'halftime adjustments' lebeau i suppose

mookieproof, Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:59 (one year ago) link

They dominated the 1st half

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 01:00 (one year ago) link

So lol at them chocking

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 01:01 (one year ago) link

"Marcus Mariota passed to Marcus Mariota to the left for 6 yard touchdown (Ryan Succop made PAT)"

Just checked the score and saw this description, that must have been a weird play.

Andy Reid is a forever goat. He can go get him a chair next to Marty at the old coaches home.

earlnash, Sunday, 7 January 2018 01:04 (one year ago) link

hey, andy reid is the most innovative hc in the league right now

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 7 January 2018 01:07 (one year ago) link

Marcus Mariota threw a TD to himself. WHAT?! #Chiefs #Titans pic.twitter.com/53KFxA5cUh

— Clay Wendler (@ClayWendler) January 6, 2018

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 7 January 2018 01:08 (one year ago) link

lol @ chefs

johnny crunch, Sunday, 7 January 2018 01:12 (one year ago) link

WR Julio Jones will be INACTIVE today against the LA Rams #ATLvsLA

— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 11, 2016

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 7 January 2018 01:12 (one year ago) link

Fuck yay

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 01:13 (one year ago) link

Wouldn't matter anyways

Bee OK, Sunday, 7 January 2018 01:13 (one year ago) link

i literally have no idea what's happening out there

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 01:30 (one year ago) link

Ppl are going insane

Mordy, Monday, 22 January 2018 01:30 (one year ago) link

good thing they greased up the light poles before the game

lag∞n, Monday, 22 January 2018 01:31 (one year ago) link

Probably otm tbh

Mordy, Monday, 22 January 2018 01:32 (one year ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUGcm5sX0AY3piS.jpg

the nice bois

lag∞n, Monday, 22 January 2018 01:39 (one year ago) link

Foles not playing like a backup today.

earlnash, Monday, 22 January 2018 01:52 (one year ago) link

lmao

Bill Belichick’s utter contempt for the AFC Championship trophy remains legendary pic.twitter.com/9TDv96qxde

— Jason Schwartz (@JasonSchwartz) January 21, 2018

lag∞n, Monday, 22 January 2018 01:53 (one year ago) link

last year

The disdain with which Bill Belichick received the Lamar Hunt trophy is truly awe inspiring pic.twitter.com/A6RG8eafCo

— Jason Schwartz (@JasonSchwartz) January 23, 2017

lag∞n, Monday, 22 January 2018 01:54 (one year ago) link

it’s true, he hates that thing.

call all destroyer, Monday, 22 January 2018 02:10 (one year ago) link

wait why? I don't know anything about football industry stuff...

Evan, Monday, 22 January 2018 02:23 (one year ago) link

i mean look at it

Van Horn Street, Monday, 22 January 2018 02:24 (one year ago) link

would look neat hanging with an edison bulb or something inside

Evan, Monday, 22 January 2018 02:28 (one year ago) link

bill disdains any prize that isn't the vince lombardi trophy

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 02:30 (one year ago) link

belichick handling the trophy like it was slathered in poison is everything i love about him

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Monday, 22 January 2018 02:33 (one year ago) link

man that game was fucking nuts

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 02:42 (one year ago) link

well
fuck life

bhad and bhabie (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 22 January 2018 03:52 (one year ago) link

seems like foles might be good

k3vin k., Monday, 22 January 2018 13:09 (one year ago) link

with apologies to m@tt, the game was amazing as was the atmosphere at the linc. there was basically a mosh pit to get to our seats. and every score the entire place went absolutely nuts

k3vin k., Monday, 22 January 2018 13:10 (one year ago) link

Lord... look at the LT/LG dbl team. pic.twitter.com/k1ASmFCOV0

— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) January 22, 2018

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 14:34 (one year ago) link

plan to spend the next 2 weeks trying to understand what happened in that game

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 14:35 (one year ago) link

RS how many syllables are in the jacksonville team's name

mookieproof, Monday, 22 January 2018 15:13 (one year ago) link

Asking for Tony Romo?

Moodles, Monday, 22 January 2018 15:14 (one year ago) link

I know Romo gets clowned on a lot but I legitimately love him as a broadcaster. even saying "alright! here we go!" a dozen times a game doesn't wear on me like I thought it would.

frogbs, Monday, 22 January 2018 15:16 (one year ago) link

well the car company of the same name is from the city i grew up in and my dad worked there so i thought i knew for sure that there are 3 syllables, but yesterday i learned from tony romo that it is pronounced "jag-wires"

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 15:16 (one year ago) link

our other romo observation yesterday was that nearly every single play is introduced as "this is a really big play here". lots of big plays when you get this deep in the offs

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 15:18 (one year ago) link

vikings have the best defense at stopping 3rd down conversions since the stat started to be tracked in 1991
nick foles has the worst 3rd down conversion % among starting qbs this year

10/11, 159yds, 2 TDs, 0 INTs

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 15:31 (one year ago) link

hah -- i didn't see either game yesterday so i didn't know about romo

i do like him a lot, kinda wonder when the excitement will be ground out of him and he turns into aikman

mookieproof, Monday, 22 January 2018 15:36 (one year ago) link

Got to love Philly fans for doing things like punching a police horse before the game while getting busted for drunk and disorderly conduct.

earlnash, Monday, 22 January 2018 17:55 (one year ago) link

Foals' performance reminded me of Kerry Collins' 2000 NFC Championship game performance. I can't remember the last time, other than Collins, where a pretty mediocre quarterback has a game for the ages in a conference title game. Hopefully Foals doesn't shit the bed like Collins did in the Super Bowl, though.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Monday, 22 January 2018 19:11 (one year ago) link

foles isn't bad he's just v streaky. he's still in the HOF and had an insane season in 2013. check out this if you didn't already know: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/pass_rating_single_season.htm

Mordy, Monday, 22 January 2018 19:26 (one year ago) link

I'm sure having LeSean and DeSean helped a lot there. And it's only 10 games. But still....those are some all time numbers. Everyone else who's had a season like that has been a slam dunk Hall of Famer. Foles didn't even make it another year.

frogbs, Monday, 22 January 2018 19:35 (one year ago) link

i'm not going to say that any qb could've had foles's 2013 season since i have seen nfl qbs miss wide open receivers enough times, but that season was 100% scheme and foles was just making uncontested throws to wide open dudes. for one year chip's offense was a legit phenomenon in pro ball, sui generis, and other teams needed all season long to figure out how to counter it. foles has been below average to bad nearly every other game he played outside the season, until last night's performance where a couple times that worked dudes wide open e.g. the jeffrey bomb, but he was just making incredible plays otherwise. that one game means more to the evaluation of foles than the whole of 2013 imo.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 20:11 (one year ago) link

only 2 qbs have ever completed more than 75% of their passes in two back-to-back playoff games. that's a kind of lol stat but still.

Mordy, Monday, 22 January 2018 20:13 (one year ago) link

what a horrible sport that ends in making either Philly or New England happy

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 22 January 2018 21:01 (one year ago) link

otm

mookieproof, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:04 (one year ago) link

fair. you must be delighted that neither the sox or phillies have won the stickball championships recently

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:06 (one year ago) link

i did root for the phillies when they played the yankees in stickball that one time

mookieproof, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:09 (one year ago) link

yeah didn't make it to the end of that Series

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 22 January 2018 21:22 (one year ago) link

this is tough -- the pats are pure evil, have been much too good the last 15 years and could tie the steelers with six titles

otoh, philly

mookieproof, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:39 (one year ago) link

the super bowl of hate

khat person (jim in vancouver), Monday, 22 January 2018 21:47 (one year ago) link

ty for the thread title my mans

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:50 (one year ago) link

ok, in my quest to understand the nfc championship game, i have learned the following:

the ringer published a completely content- and analysis-free 'article' called Everything the Vikings Are Good at Failed Against the Eagles. however, the title was the most important part of the whole thing and succinctly nails the game. p much everything that the vikings do well they were bad at and everything that has worked for them this season stopped working.

the vikings defense is in some ways very aggressive. not that they are blitzing all the time, but they play right in your face. on pass plays the safeties hardly ever drop deep in coverage and instead they hang around the gain line and make the short/intermediate part of the field very condensed, effective against the run and effective against the pass if you don't give up big plays doing it. their dbs are all good enough that they can play close in and dare qbs to try to go over them, and the danger of passes completed in front of them breaking into big YAC plays is minimized because the whole defense is one of the best tackling units in the league.

all of that went wrong. first, they couldn't tackle for shit. multiple times the eagles completed short of the sticks on 3rd down and the vikings couldn't wrap them up. really just a bizarre drop off. second, they made the pass plays minnesota was betting they couldn't. 2 factors here. first is scheme - pederson game planned out of his mind on this one, had a player as good as harrison smith, the clear best safety in football this year, chasing his tail on plays like the jeffrey bomb. 2nd cb trae waynes - who is not xavier rhodes but who was a 1st round pick who really came on as the season progressed - was totally victimized. visibly humiliated on the flea flicker but also gave up over 100y and 2 tds total. second factor was nick foles who was apparently just as good as he looked. rated as his best ever play by play performance, better even than his 7 td game vs oakland in 2013. perfect passer rating and qbr in the second half.

on offense, the vikes acknowledged their weakness - the o-line - and devised a game plan around getting the ball out quickly. this had worked for them during the regular season and as i noted before the game, keenum was also one of the best qbs in the nfl vs pressure. however, even with 3 step drops and keenum never having the ball much longer than a couple seconds, the eagles still managed to pressure him on 50% of dropbacks which is actually terrifying. the eagles front just brutally and thoroughly mauled them. they rattled keenum and didn't even give him time to loft hopeful 50/50s to thielen or diggs downfield, the cornerstone of their offense.

there were definitely other major factors, for sure the 14 points off turnovers in the first half had a massive impact on the way the game developed, but essentially this game was about the vikings being bad at what they do well, the eagles being good at what they do well, and nick foles turning into 2010 aaron rodgers.

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:45 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrRxiK3xW8Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z58Ad7IVaA

these are really terrific, recaps with a bit of tactical breakdown thrown in

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 26 January 2018 00:46 (one year ago) link

foles is so normcore, love him

k3vin k., Friday, 26 January 2018 05:11 (one year ago) link

Foals did have a great 2013 season, but it seems passer rating is losing it's significance more and more with each year. I mean, Tony Romo has essentially the same career rating as Tom Brady and I can almost guarantee you he won't be getting in the hall of fame.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Friday, 26 January 2018 18:39 (one year ago) link

well, no one is going in the HOF based on passer rating, that is certainly true. as i was saying upthread, football stats are pretty bad all round. i like the ways folks like football outsiders and PFF are building metrics that try to do things like measure passes irrespective of catches and taking account of on-field situations, but there are infinite variables and the holy grail of a stat that tidily and definitively describes qb performance is likely a fantasy. but take a bunch of different datapoints together and hopefully you see something consistent. as phil simms famously said, "data analysis in football is like a georges seurat painting"

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 26 January 2018 19:05 (one year ago) link

yeah passer ratings for the legendary QBs of the 80s like Elway and Marino were pedestrian compared to today's QBs but that's because completion percentages are higher as so many offenses use screens and dump-offs whereas Elway/Marino flung the ball downfield most of the game.

Tannehill had passer ratings that were higher than Marino posted in many seasons and was hated by a large chunk of his fanbase....cos it really doesn't mean much anymore.

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Friday, 26 January 2018 19:23 (one year ago) link

i vote for romo

lag∞n, Friday, 26 January 2018 19:26 (one year ago) link


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