NFL playoffs 2017/18: back again like marv

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well, there's basically no route to victory for carolina from this point. it's a horrible match up for them, they have had success controlling games but you can't really play brees that way. no surprise that they are going to finish 0/3 for the season against NO.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 7 January 2018 23:01 (one year ago) link

on another note, buck/aikman is by some distance the worst coverage team now. for some reason i imagine buck at least to be untouchable but fox needs to replace them both.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 7 January 2018 23:03 (one year ago) link

thoughts during wild card weekend "this is basically an impossible comeback WAIT HOW DID THE FALCONS BLOW A 25 POINT LEAD IN THE SUPER BOWL FFS"

¯\_(🏈 )_/¯ (daria-g), Monday, 8 January 2018 00:31 (one year ago) link

you can't catch that man. situational football. belichick would murder someone for that

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 8 January 2018 00:44 (one year ago) link

this would be a horrible loss if no loses

johnny crunch, Monday, 8 January 2018 00:45 (one year ago) link

wow @ that throw/catch

johnny crunch, Monday, 8 January 2018 00:45 (one year ago) link

That was a wacky wacky call by the Saints. They deserve to lose if it blows up on them.

earlnash, Monday, 8 January 2018 00:46 (one year ago) link

could've easily been PI and ball inside the 5

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 8 January 2018 00:47 (one year ago) link

i liked the 4th down call for NO, this offense should make that a high % of the time. if they lose this game, that's not the reason why. in fact, it's the first time all half they've looked like they were trying to win the game instead of not lose their lead

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 8 January 2018 00:49 (one year ago) link

p cool game

lag∞n, Monday, 8 January 2018 01:01 (one year ago) link

I want the Saints to win the Super Bowl this year

Bee OK, Monday, 8 January 2018 02:47 (one year ago) link

the saints of the first half could get to the super bowl for sure. if they do it'll be via 2 humdingers.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 8 January 2018 03:08 (one year ago) link

did Cam fake an eye injury so people wouldn't think he had a concussion? that was very strange

frogbs, Monday, 8 January 2018 03:18 (one year ago) link

chiefs OC is new bears HC. i imagine he had a lot to do with the fun chiefs offense of the first half of the season before things got all andy reid. everyone looking for their sean mcvay now, maybe chicago has found one.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 8 January 2018 17:15 (one year ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTC0jYLXkAEz9S2.jpg:small

mookieproof, Monday, 8 January 2018 20:27 (one year ago) link

The thing about a shark, it's got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes...

earlnash, Monday, 8 January 2018 22:16 (one year ago) link

It kind of reminded me of this guy who we used to be sure had some secrets.

http://cdn2.holytaco.com/wp-content/uploads/images/2010/brad-childress-new-job%20%281%29.jpg

earlnash, Monday, 8 January 2018 22:18 (one year ago) link

maybe I'm biased b/c I want the Vikings to lose, but Saints +4 looks like a pretty good line, no? hate to sound like a bad pundit here but experience, star power, and coaching all seem to matter more in the playoffs and the Saints have an advantage in all three. Vikings have been damn impressive but don't these sorts of Cinderella teams usually wilt in the playoffs?

frogbs, Monday, 8 January 2018 22:18 (one year ago) link

It's probably a pickem game and you have the fact that Minnesota has had some shite luck in the playoffs. That said, every good team had to win it for the first time. Vikings defense is real, but if New Orleans gets up a couple scores early that will be trouble as you don't want Keenum and Co. to have to start chucking it around pass happy.

You could probably make the same case for Atlanta to beat Philly too.

earlnash, Monday, 8 January 2018 22:27 (one year ago) link

I'm sorry how are the Vikings at 13-3 with a statistically dominant defense a "Cinderella" team?

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 8 January 2018 23:36 (one year ago) link

listen I get you have cheddar clogging your synapses and the Saints are a good team and Brees is one of the best, so we could lose but I guarantee no one one this board has watched this team more than I have and this defense is brutal to deal with.

if anything I would actually try to about putting it on the passing game. a direct power run game is probably their closest thing to a weakness.

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 8 January 2018 23:38 (one year ago) link

was looking back at the reg season meeting and brees had a fair game but the vikes run defense crushed NO. admittedly that was back when kamara was still sharing snaps with peterson, but he was still sub 3y per. their run game got stopped in the wild card game too but brees was still able to chuck it around when they needed him to - he got nearly 400y despite being kinda shackled a lot of the 2nd half - in a way he won't be able to against MN. i do think it is really close but i can easily imagine another 20 point game for NO and i think the vikes win that p much every time.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:16 (one year ago) link

this weekend harks back to the avian battles of yore when a veritable cornucopia of polish quarterbacks -- steve bartkowski and ron jaworski -- led their raptor-monikered teams against each other

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p41_M_mehG0

mookieproof, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:20 (one year ago) link

the bird fight i can see being a p low scorer which opens the door for philly even tho i still think they are dogs overall. atl is cresting on the back of their defense right now and their offense, altho improved on early season, is still spluttering a bit. playing against a dominant defense is not where they want to be and if philly can squeeze another half decent game out of foles that could be enough for a 20-17.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:30 (one year ago) link

I'm sorry how are the Vikings at 13-3 with a statistically dominant defense a "Cinderella" team?

coz they were projected to go 8-8 and the only player your average fan could pick out of a lineup is probably the backup QB. they don't seem too different from say that 08 Titans squad that rode a stellar defense to 13 wins

frogbs, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 03:14 (one year ago) link

tell u one thing no one knows whats gonna happen in the nba playoffs baby! especially now that they got that tent

lag∞n, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 03:22 (one year ago) link

https://www.theringer.com/2018/1/9/16867564/playoffs-salary-cap-free-agent-spending-jaguars-eagles-patriots

another interesting piece by kevin clark in his productive vein of identifying trends that are becoming generally apparent and articulating them well. i think he oversells the impact of this but it is certainly real, you can't argue with the examples.

Incredibly, six of the top 10 2017 spenders in free agency, a period formerly reserved for desperate teams to throw money at anyone, made the playoffs: the Patriots, Titans, Rams, Vikings, Panthers, and Jaguars (who spent $20 million more than any other team).

the eagles not on this particular list but they are the first team i think of with their aggressive offseason and he covers them in detail later on.

casual ko shot on the browns to finish too, respect

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 16:39 (one year ago) link

norval eugene turner . . . welcome back to the [very cris collinsworth voice] national football league

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 January 2018 02:58 (one year ago) link

poor cam

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:08 (one year ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTSW6IwXUAIFER-.jpg

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:32 (one year ago) link

blessed image

frogbs, Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:42 (one year ago) link

i have, in order of confidence:

ne over ten
atl over phl
pit over jax
min over no

i really think all signs point to vikes winning at home but that is a hard game to look at straight. it should be a doozy, anyhow.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 12 January 2018 16:06 (one year ago) link

yeah thats a true battle of styles between evenly matched teams game

lag∞n, Friday, 12 January 2018 16:53 (one year ago) link

who will IMPOSE THEIR WILL

lag∞n, Friday, 12 January 2018 16:53 (one year ago) link

it's kinda hard to describe how bad bortles was throwing the ball on sunday pic.twitter.com/o34w8xI5ri

— charles mcdonald (@FourVerts) January 12, 2018

get scared steelers

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:04 (one year ago) link

yow lol

lag∞n, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:14 (one year ago) link

classic bortling

omar little, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:17 (one year ago) link

at least he's better than that bum Lebron

.@CBSSports pic.twitter.com/r6oV5RdQ9h

— Blake Bortles Facts (@BortlesFacts) January 11, 2018

frogbs, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:28 (one year ago) link

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles deals with more criticism than any other starting quarterback in football, namely because he's not a good quarterback and he plays for a good football team that is currently in the midst of a playoff run. Though Bortles has occasionally flashed signs of improvement in his fourth season, the criticism has persisted as the Jaguars prepare for their upcoming game against the Steelers.

On Wednesday, when Bortles was asked about his critics, he acknowledged that the criticism will never stop. And then he made a really good point that has to do with LeBron James. Don't worry, he didn't compare himself to the greatest basketball player of all-time (cue the Michael Jordan arguments in the comment section below).

"It'll probably never stop," he said. "There's people who think LeBron James sucks. So if that happens, I'm sure there will always be people who always think I suck."

omar little, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:42 (one year ago) link

(citation needed)

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:50 (one year ago) link

blake bortles is the most fake and hilarious sounding real name maybe ever

lag∞n, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:53 (one year ago) link

sounds like when chevy chase had to come up w a name on the fly and he said john cocktoastin

lag∞n, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:54 (one year ago) link

Bortlemania has inspired me to start watching NFL for the first time since about Super Bowl XXVI so he’s obviously a great advert for the sport.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:12 (one year ago) link

thumbtacks/jags conference finals would be cause for a national holiday imo

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:13 (one year ago) link

if Bortles has three decent games in a row he will make 100 million dollars. lol

frogbs, Friday, 12 January 2018 20:14 (one year ago) link

needs to bring on joe flacco as a life coach

lag∞n, Friday, 12 January 2018 20:30 (one year ago) link

https://russellstreetreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/flaccogummibears.jpg

"Every starting quarterback in the NFL can get an endorsement deal. Even me. Hi, I'm Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens."

omar little, Friday, 12 January 2018 20:38 (one year ago) link

enjoy the chewy bears

lag∞n, Friday, 12 January 2018 20:44 (one year ago) link


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