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NFL 2018 III - Gronk is Better at Life Than You

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8 minutes ago, ljkeane said:

Mike Vrabel going for 2 rather than taking the extra point and going to overtime was a brave call. He’s certainly not died wondering anyway.

 

3 minutes ago, Philokles said:

I can understand going for two, but passing both times rather than running, given Mariota’s issues, seems a strange decision.

I was just saying the same. No issue with the decision in spirit, but that was a weird way to end the game. The Chargers had a whole bunch of time to get coached and catch their breath because of the clock stoppage, which increases difficulty. 'Cause it's not like you lined up again 30 seconds after scoring to run it down their throats some more.

And the passing on both attempts is folly. At least give yourself an option run up the middle to Henry and a flare to Lewis. Fuck, have the WR's just block instead of running routes. If you get called for OPI 'cause you have to throw it and the contact was too early, just kick the PAT

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8 minutes ago, Nictarion said:

I thought the Browns were supposed to be fun to watch now?

We have probably the second worst coaching staff in the NFL (thanks, Cardinals!).  Once teams got some tape on the Browns, they were able to scheme to beat them and the Browns don't appear to actually make week to week adjustments.

I pretty much went into this year expecting it to be a lost season.  I think they held off on firing Hue because they knew no one would want to take the Browns job last spring.  After this year, the job is going to be much more appealing.  

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3 minutes ago, Jace, Basilissa said:

Cody 'Cool Kid' Kessler.

He's doing it!

Wouldn't be surprised to see Kessler succeed with the Jags.  He seems like he's got the tools to be a decent game manager, and Jacksonville is exactly the type of team that could use a guy like that.  Good receivers and a great defense.  If he can just avoid turning the ball over, that's really what they need.

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6 minutes ago, Nictarion said:

Bucs are terrible, but that was a nice play by Landry. 

Losing Alexander for the game (and probably season) earlier today has seemed to have a major impact on them.  They haven't been able to stop the run since he went down.

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That was frustrating for the Bears.  The game-tying Hail Mary pass was caught one yard short of the EZ.  Bears lose by a single score after giving up two really cheap TDs on special teams: a kick-off return for a TD and a punt blocked and carried in for a TD.  And Edelman was really lucky to recover a fumble on his own goal line.  All losses so far have been close.

Positives:  Trey Burton was very good, by far the best receiver.  Cohen was good at catch & run.  Mitch turned some scrambles into very good downfield runs, one for a TD (he ran ~70 yards to get an 8 yard gain), and another 54 yards to the 5yd line that led to a TD.  Howard had a couple of good series where he was getting ~5yds per carry instead of the 0-2yds per carry we’ve seen most of this season.  Defense forced three turnovers with solid tackling.  Kevin White is back after so many injuries, and made two good catches in just a few snaps.

Negatives: Trubiskey’s long throws are so inaccurate, they give WRs no chance most of the time and they risk interceptions all the time.  No pass rush, and Mack anonymous, for the second consecutive game.  Not much pass protection either.  Run defense was nowhere in Q1, and could not stop Pats from bleeding the clock for the last four minutes of Q4 — they should have known it would be all runs and make a stop sooner.  Receivers other than Burton were generally poor, even if strong sunlight hindered them — the timing and movement of the Pats receivers was light years ahead.  Howard running inside and Cohen running outside is generally too predictable and therefore easy to stop.  There was also some poor tackling at times and the LBs (other than Smith) look slow and sluggish to the ball.

Patriots are a machine.  They are superbly coached to play within their system.  They have player turnover each year, which may explain the slow start as new players absorb the system, but they’re already looking more solid in recent games.  No Gronk today didn’t matter.  They got lucky with two special teams TDs today, but they also moved the ball with ease all day and they won’t give up three fumbles (one is officially an interception) every week.  Both o-line and d-line were really solid and controlled the game, Brady’s accuracy was very good and his receivers made great runs all day, plus the run game offered good balance.  Lots of short passes, and just a couple turned into big gains after missed tackles.  Their secondary recovered after a bad game last week and played very aggressively, with plenty of flags for holding and face-masks (a few were declined anyway).  And they had the right tactics today — extra pass rush destroys the Bears; Trubiskey can’t take advantage with deep throws against one-on-one cover, the o-line crumbles quickly, and they don’t hit a slot receiver (Gabriel would be good) with a quick throw over the blitz. 

A pity to lose but still entertaining to watch. 

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I'm so happy I have Hunt in fantasy to blunt the utter ass kicking the Bengals are getting.

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