Sunday, December 20, 2015

NFL Week 15

Well, that's the end of my fantasy season. I made it to the wild card round, but Mark Ingram went on IR and I erroneously preferred to start the SF RB1 against the Cleveland defense rather than the CLE RB1 against the San Francisco defense.

That was the difference.

This is your NFL Open Thread. All eyes are on Carolina.



Blogger Dave December 20, 2015 12:20 PM  

All eyes are on Carolina.

All the more puzzling why NBC would flex the Eagles/Cardinals to Sunday night and not the Giants/Panthers. Carolina hasn't locked up home field in the playoffs so they're still playing for something and the Giants always seem to get up for better teams. The Eagles are hit or miss; they could pull off an upset but more likely will get blown out.

Giants and Panthers was the sure bet to be a competitive game but NBC knows best.

Anonymous VFM#092 December 20, 2015 12:23 PM  

Jets took it last night so pressure is on for my Steelers to beat the donkeys for a shot at the wild card slot. Fantasy also a bust for me.

Anonymous WillBest December 20, 2015 12:56 PM  

@1 Fox and CBS are allowed to protect a couple games from flex.

Blogger Dave December 20, 2015 1:31 PM  

Good point Willbest; here is what I found on that:

"CBS and Fox each protect games in five out of six weeks starting Week 11, and cannot protect any games Week 17"

Vikes/Giants are the flex game week 16.

Anonymous VFM #0189 December 20, 2015 1:31 PM  

Teddy Bear vs. The Not Ready Bear.

Not sure which one is Minnesota and which one is Chicago, though.

Anonymous Jabari December 20, 2015 1:38 PM  

@1: The Cards seem to be the darling team this year for some reason. *shrug*

Everyone's sleeping on Carolina a bit I think (and I'm a Cards fan). That's a good team there.

Anonymous Mavwreck December 20, 2015 2:02 PM  

Rookie QBs are 5-13 or something against the Pats under Belichick. I probably shouldn't have started Mariota this week...but who cares, it's the consolation bracket. Crazy fantasy year with all the injuries.

@6: I don't think people are sleeping on Carolina; I think they're sleeping on Cam, specifically. He was a bit of a disappointment (for a first-overall pick) before this year. Even his 12-4 year in 2013 was on the back of the second-best defense in the league.

Anonymous YIH December 20, 2015 2:26 PM  

@6 The Panthers have been one of this year's surprises. Last year they were the best of the worst 7-8-1. If I said a year ago ''they'll be unbeaten and clinch home-field through the playoffs before Christmas'' I'd be told I've had too much eggnog.
Even funkier? Depending on who on you believe, the Cowboys are either mathematically eliminated [home page], or could still win the division by:
Winning this and next week.
The other three losing this and next.
To set up a showdown against the 'skins on MNF to finish the season.
And if that doesn't happen the Cowboys pick #6 in April.
Like I said, even the WWE couldn't write a storyline like that.

Blogger Rob December 20, 2015 2:43 PM  

Was the last to pick in our fantasy draft and picked Cam Newton out of desperation. I've been picking up Carolina castoffs all season and I'm riding that horse all the way to a Fantasy Superbowl! It really pisses off my wife who was able to draft Tom Brady and half the Patriots that I'm beating her!

Blogger Ministry of Truth December 20, 2015 2:44 PM  

@1 @3 @4 I was expecting CAR v NYG to be flexed to NBC SNF for importance/ratings...but are the combined Philly/AZ TV markets more lucrative than the NY/CAR markets?? idk maybe

or maybe FOX protected the game for said TV markets/ratings/importance relative to playoffs

Blogger Ministry of Truth December 20, 2015 2:52 PM  

@6 I'm a lifelong Panthers fan (& by that i mean the life of the Panthers franchise not my whole life), and i too think this team is kind of being slept on too.

I don't want to be overly confident in them bc today could be the day the tide turns, but they really are looking head & shoulders above this year. Their defense has been solid to excellent in every season of Ron Rivera's tenure, and Cam disproved my doubts long ago.

If they can stay healthy, they have to be the favorites for a Superbowl appearance and/or ring going into the playoffs

Anonymous Jabari December 20, 2015 3:01 PM  

@11: Well they certainly look good today so far! *laugh*

Blogger VD December 20, 2015 3:15 PM  

Carolina is SOLID on both offense and defense. Their defense is quietly nasty. Cam is in complete control; he's very much NOT a bigger Michael Vick even though they play a simple offense.

Blogger jwshell December 20, 2015 3:35 PM  

biggest change in Newton that I've noticed is he's learned to make all the throws: touch, hard, line drive, air...whatever he needs, and he doesn't make dumb throws...

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Anonymous YIH December 20, 2015 4:37 PM  

Congrats to the Panthers!
They had to fight to deny the Giants the ability to say ''we defeated the undefeated - twice''.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein December 20, 2015 4:48 PM  

He was a bit of a disappointment (for a first-overall pick) before this year.

Among big dual-threat SEC quarterbacks taken first in the draft by my favorite teams, Cam Newton has been far from disappointing.

*coughs* JaMarcus Russell *coughs*

Blogger Ministry of Truth December 20, 2015 4:52 PM  

@16 I follow this team closely. The Panthers have now one 3 NFC South titles in a row & Cam Newton has been breaking NFL records since his rookie year; I wouldn't classify any part of his 5 year NFL career as disappointing.

I will say that until this year the Panther offensive line has been sub-par. Now that they have a competent OL, Newton usually has 3 seconds to go through his progressions instead of a 1-count & run for his life.

Anonymous Jack Amok December 20, 2015 5:26 PM  

Two KC defensive scores and losing both Rawls and Blount probably means I am exiting the playoffs today.

Anonymous YIH December 20, 2015 6:20 PM  

Can someone tell what the hell this (((female))) is doing on

Blogger Nate December 20, 2015 6:22 PM  

"Cam is in complete control; he's very much NOT a bigger Michael Vick even though they play a simple offense."

They do a very good job of asking Cam to be Cam... and not asking Cam to be Aaron Rogers.

Cam is not the pure NFL passer that Winston and Mariotta are. He doesn't have the whole bag of tricks that they have (even this early in their career you can see both of them moving safeties around with their eyes.)

But Cam has a big enough arsenal to beat you provided they keep him inside his abilities.

Blogger Nate December 20, 2015 6:24 PM  

"*coughs* JaMarcus Russell *coughs*"

JaMarcus was always lazy. Money gave him an excuse to be even more lazy.

And honestly... who's smarter? The guy who takes that 40 million and walks (knees and brain happily intact) or the guy who sticks around and ends up beaten and battered and dies at 45 or 50?

Fact is I don't blame guys that make that decision (like Bosworth) at all.

Anonymous WillBest December 20, 2015 6:50 PM  

The smartest players are those that become MLB pitchers and get paid $200 million guaranteed for a decade to work 1 day a week.

Anonymous YIH December 20, 2015 6:54 PM  

@23 Nate:
They chose to have their brains beaten in.
They knew what could (and did) happen to them.
Joe Montana and Dan Marino really paid the price.
Yes, they're both stupid now, but being White they had the brain cells to trade for fame, fortune and very good pay.
Ask Payton Manning if he has any regrets - other than not winning Super Bowls.
His brother doesn't either, even if he couldn't derail another perfect team.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 20, 2015 7:55 PM  

He has Greg Olsen

Blogger Desiderius December 21, 2015 4:05 AM  

"Carolina is SOLID on both offense and defense. Their defense is quietly nasty. Cam is in complete control; he's very much NOT a bigger Michael Vick even though they play a simple offense."

Yeah, they play a simple offense because they can. It's like Lombardi's Sweep.

Seattle/Carolina II will be a clash of titans.

Maybe the winner will be overconfident against the Bengals.

Speaking of overconfident, you know who else played QB for Alabama?

Bart Starr.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 21, 2015 7:36 AM  

Joe Namath Alabama Crimson Tide 1964 nat champs of course on an all white team which you just know the SJW must chafe at.

Blogger Desiderius December 21, 2015 8:51 AM  

"Joe Namath"

That was what made it a trick question.

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