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Sunday, September 09, 2012

NFL 12 Week One

And after an offseason nearly as tumultuous as last year's, we're back again. I don't know about you, but I'm curious to see how all the rookie quarterbacks do. We can be certain that one or more will be stars and others will be busts, but no one knows who will fall into which category.

As for me, I really just want to see some improvement from Christian Ponder and a fully recovered AD. A win over Jax would be nice, of course, but that's almost of secondary interest at this point. We already know the Vikes are rebuilding after missing their one-year window of opportunity in 2009, but do they have anything from which to build? That is the question.

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Anonymous scoobius dubious September 09, 2012 12:22 PM  

Yowza yowza heeey!!! I bet my illiterate criminal black thugs can beat YOUR criminal illiterate black thugs!!

Go [Generic Thugs]!!

"Give my love to, oh, anybody."
-- James Schuyler

Anonymous Just Mark September 09, 2012 12:30 PM  

Winfield is back but this is his 14th year and Smith should help shore up the secondary. AP is back we'll see how much he's lost soon. Kalil was an excellent 1st round pick and will help protect Ponder. Vikes are probably a 6-10 or 7-9 team.

Anonymous Roundtine September 09, 2012 12:43 PM  

Pats go undefeated. Obama wins reelection. S&P closes year at new high.

Anonymous Josh September 09, 2012 12:43 PM  

I'd just be happy with the Titans staying within three tds of the Pats...

Anonymous ridip September 09, 2012 12:57 PM  


Why can't the Minnesota Vikings do the Lambeau Leap?

They'd hurt themselves on all the empty seats.


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Anonymous Supernaut September 09, 2012 12:59 PM  

I wait to see if Ponder has hit the weight room this offseason. He had no zip on the deep ball last year, any time he threw a pass over 30 yards, it was a big, looping rainbows.

As for me, I'm interested to see how Rudolph does in his first season as the #1 TE.

Good luck to my fellow A-VPFL opponents!

Anonymous Supernaut September 09, 2012 1:03 PM  

Oh, and let's just see how freakish Adrian Peterson's recovery abilities are....

Anonymous YIH September 09, 2012 1:30 PM  

VD: A win over Jax would be nice.
Oh ye of little faith, Vegas has Vikes by 3 1/2. I think they can get that field goal.

Anonymous The Original Arrogant Steelers Fan for 1 Day Only September 09, 2012 1:37 PM  

The burn unit at Denver General already has the IV and plastic cocoon ready for Ike Taylor's arrival.

Blogger James Dixon September 09, 2012 2:04 PM  

> Obama wins reelection. S&P closes year at new high.

Not if Obama wins reelection it doesn't. It may hit a new high before then though.

Anonymous YIH September 09, 2012 2:58 PM  

Gronk good at catch TD, Gronk not good at spike ball.

Anonymous YIH September 09, 2012 4:00 PM  

55 yrd. FG, going to OT. They don't know the meaning of the word quit. Or many other words.

Anonymous Difster September 09, 2012 4:21 PM  

...and the Vikes do it in OT. Good to see them starting the season out right. Although I must say, I lost faith when JAX scored the touchdown with 27 seconds to go.

Anonymous VD September 09, 2012 7:05 PM  

The problem wasn't the touchdown, the problem was the stupid penalty when they were trying to burn clock. If you're only burning clock and not seriously trying to get the first down, do it in Victory formation and take a knee.

But it was exciting. Greenway had a phenomenal game.

Anonymous Daniel September 09, 2012 8:18 PM  

RGIII. Holy smoke.

Luck played about as poorly as I expected him to against the Bears. Indy is six weeks away from a win (at least I hope so, for the Vikings' sake).

Yay Randy Moss! I'd love for him to finish out with a solid year or two and the playoffs. Always liked that guy (especially when he became an admittedly somewhat undeserved poster boy for tossing meter maids into traffic.)

Replacement refs are trash - every touch was interference in at least three of the games I caught. 4 timeouts for Seattle was atrocious. They need to figure that out soon. I can't stand watching the elite being game managed by the outclassed.

Anonymous Anonymous September 09, 2012 9:35 PM  

The AFC's entrant to the SB hammered Miami.

Next victim - J-ville.

:-) jb

Anonymous The Original Arrogant Steelers Fan for 1 Day Only September 09, 2012 9:40 PM  

And the Todd Haley offense has been unveiled.

Put the cover back over it, please.

Anonymous No_Limit_Bubba™ September 09, 2012 11:54 PM  

Petting. Manning.

This Raiders fan... *sighs resignedly/gives up on season*


(And they haven't even played their opener.)

Anonymous zen0 September 09, 2012 11:54 PM  

And the Todd Haley offense has been unveiled.

Put the cover back over it, please.



Yep, that was the problem, alright. Well, you are stuck with it until it is too late and then you get to try something else. Looks like the arrogance will have to take a break.

Anonymous zen0 September 09, 2012 11:58 PM  

OT

I am watching another bunch of documentary footage of 9/11. I never see it listed on U.S. channels but we get to see it almost every year in the Socialist Paradise of the Great White North.

I guess you folks in the land of the brave and the home of the free are too fearful and oppressed to view it.

Anonymous Anonymous September 10, 2012 12:08 AM  

Zen0-

Football, man. Did you miss the drift of the thread?

Have the simple courtesy to stay on subject, or persuade Vox to permit you to come on board as his adjunct. Then you can rattle off in whatever direction you wish.

Thread-busters . . . arrrgh! jb

Anonymous No_Limit_Bubba™ September 10, 2012 12:09 AM  

Peyton.


Autocorrect sucks.

*Proofreads (like three times) ... posts*

Anonymous tviper September 10, 2012 12:12 AM  

Hey Titans fans, what the f happened to CJ today? 11 carries? Is the entire coaching staff retarded or is the worst OLine in the league?

Blogger Peter Garstig September 10, 2012 2:48 AM  

There Goes my smart move to start toby instead of AD. Sould Know better to doubt the man. Still Have a chance to win, despite no tds for my wr/rb/te combo.

Say What you want, but ponder did what he needed to in 4th and ot. Good Game. Still, coach frazier plays it stupid safe aa chilly.

Blogger James Dixon September 10, 2012 8:25 AM  

> Still, coach frazier plays it stupid safe aa chilly.

They do seem to breed them that way, don't they.

Anonymous Go Titans September 10, 2012 9:53 AM  

If you walked 15 feet yesterday, you out gained CJ! He will be the reason it will be a LONG time before another running back gets a big time contract.

Blogger JDC September 10, 2012 9:55 AM  

Quote: Replacement refs are trash - every touch was interference in at least three of the games I caught. 4 timeouts for Seattle was atrocious.

Agreed. They missed two false start calls in the 49er's / Packers game - and those are about the most obvious penalties to catch (missing the 12th man on the field in the steeler's game was pretty bad too).

Anonymous Josh September 10, 2012 10:21 AM  

Hey Titans fans, what the f happened to CJ today? 11 carries? Is the entire coaching staff retarded or is the worst OLine in the league?

Both.

Anonymous zen0 September 10, 2012 10:38 AM  

Thread-busters . . . arrrgh! jb\

My bad. It was a pretty lean thread and no one had said anything for 2 hours. That usually means its done, but point taken.

Anonymous WaterBoy September 10, 2012 12:51 PM  

Too many quarterbacks performing so poorly, treating the pigskin like it had cooties and just dying to give it away to the other team. It's maybe to be expected from rookies like Weeden and Tannehill, but veterans like Stafford, Vick, and Fitzpatrick really should do better.

What's the point of preseason if they're still opening like this? They might as well add those games to an expanded regular season....

Blogger James Dixon September 10, 2012 1:17 PM  

> What's the point of preseason if they're still opening like this?

Well, since many of them finish the same way, I don't think expanding the regular season will help all that much.

But yeah, the preseason games are pretty much worthless for veterans, who only need the time in camp. Their importance is for evaluating newcomers in something remotely resembling game conditions.

Anonymous WaterBoy September 10, 2012 2:24 PM  

James Dixon: "I don't think expanding the regular season will help all that much."

But it apparently won't hurt, either.

If the preseason games don't really accomplish that much from a preparation perspective, there's really no reason not to expand the regular season into the preseason. Rookies can be evaluated over the course of training camp and two preseason games; if the coaching staff hasn't seen enough by then, they aren't really doing it right, IMO.

Unless the physical wear and tear on players in general over the course of a season really dictates an upper limit of 16 meaningful games (plus the postseason), I'd just rather see a 2-18 split than the current 4-16.

Blogger James Dixon September 10, 2012 2:53 PM  

> But it apparently won't hurt, either.

Not as far as quarterback performance goes, no.

> Unless the physical wear and tear on players in general over the course of a season really dictates an upper limit of 16 meaningful games (plus the postseason)...

I think I could make a convincing argument that even the 14 game season was too long in that regard, and that 12 games would be better for everyone concerned.

Of course, the hit to revenues means that will never happen.

If they do go to 16 regular season games, I think they'll have to expand the rosters to compensate for injuries.

Anonymous WaterBoy September 10, 2012 3:13 PM  

James Dixon: "If they do go to 16 regular season games, I think they'll have to expand the rosters to compensate for injuries."

I take it you meant 18, here? While the intensity of a regular season game might mean more injuries than a practice game, it's not like preseason games are cream-puff walkthroughs where nobody gets hurt. Michael Vick, for example, was injured in both of the preseason games in which he appeared, so the risk isn't negligible.

But I agree, they'll need to expand the roster size. Which, considering that these players will come from the lower tier groups which currently comprise practice squads (=lower salaries), and the additional revenue generated from higher ticket sales and broadcast rights, the costs for those additional roster spots will be more than offset from the additional revenue.

Blogger James Dixon September 10, 2012 3:45 PM  

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Blogger James Dixon September 10, 2012 3:48 PM  

> I take it you meant 18, here?

Yes.

When I tried to post, I got a server error, so I never saw the post. Which is also whey there is a deleted post above.

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