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Sunday, November 13, 2016

NFL Week 10

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Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) November 13, 2016 11:02 AM  

What a crazy day of college football yesterday was.

Blogger Nate November 13, 2016 11:39 AM  

I'm not particularly looking forward to Green Bay vs Tennessee. To be honest... this feels like one of those old... "Aaron Rogers is fine" games where he throws 87 touchdown passes and hits 95 out of 102 passes for 8 bazillion yards.

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 13, 2016 12:08 PM  

What, did Alabama only win by 400 yesterday, Josh?

Lots of pretenders this year. Usually there are three complete teams or so, with one having the edge. Not this go-round. Everyone from #2-10 has been covering a more-major-than usual flaw that will likely be exploited again by year-end.

Blogger YIH November 13, 2016 12:10 PM  

A month ago I would have said the Titans would be a pushover for the Vikes... Now, not so much.
Another good thing is the election is over, now the NFL can't use that as an excuse for slumping ratings.
And they are! While the NFL has pointed to the election as a major reason for the ratings slump, SBD noted that the last time ESPN aired a Monday Night Football game one day before an election, it drew a 9.5 overnight rating despite not being shown in the New York market and obviously being blacked out there (J-E-T-S! suck! suck! suck!) would hurt the national number.
The Seahawks-Bills game drew a 7.8 overnight rating, which is the lowest Week 9 MNF game rating since 2007, per Sports Business Daily..
How bad is that? Nevertheless, it couldn’t draw the same ratings as last year’s Week 9 meeting between the 2-5 Bears and 2-6 Chargers. Both teams were just as sucktacular then as now. Which kind of blows a big hole in the 'bad matchups' excuse.
The real reasons, of course, is younger audiences ain't watching (in fact, often, not TV at all), Krapernig, and f'n pink.
Though I don't think they'll go with the retro unis the Bears at Tampa game brings back memories. Before re-alignment, they were rivals - and typically the only home Bucs game to be televised in FL. Typically two guaranteed wins for the Bears, and yes, the Vikings too.
Today? Flip a coin, for some strange reason, Vegas favors the Bears (+1) go figure.

Blogger exfarmkid November 13, 2016 12:10 PM  

Good luck, Vikings.

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 13, 2016 12:14 PM  

SuperMario to Supernaw is going to tear the Packers to shreds, Nate.

Blogger Ben Cohen November 13, 2016 12:16 PM  

The jets are making a run for the playoffs starting this week.

Blogger Nate November 13, 2016 12:20 PM  

"SuperMario to Supernaw is going to tear the Packers to shreds, Nate."

The Titans are better this year. A lot better. like... maybe 8-8 better. which is huge... and far more than I expected.

never the less... I still can't see anything today but utter destruction by Green Bay

Blogger Ben Cohen November 13, 2016 12:24 PM  

Can't underestimate rogers. He's got the arm to make crazy hail Mary passes.

I think the Titans will still do better than the browns who may have a perfect season.

Blogger Cecil Henry November 13, 2016 12:29 PM  


'As Ratings Plummet, N.F.L. Considers Reducing Ads and Length of Games'

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/sports/football/nfl-tv-ratings-shorter-games-fewer-commercials.html?_r=0



The NFL has a problem: games are BOTH too long (in the total amount of time a full game takes) and too short (in the amount of action and play many games contain).

The NFL should seriously look at reducing the play clock, and reducing the length of timeouts.

After punts/kickoff's it feels like everyone goes to sleep for 4 minutes. Ridiculous. Boring too.

The league should look at the CFL, where you cannot sit on the ball with 7 minutes left and drain the clock without playing. IT makes for much more exciting and fast paced games, even with the 3 downs of the CFL.

The clock should stop after each play on dead ball, then once the referee resets the play the clock should start countdown at 20 seconds. PLAY ON.

With 2 minutes left, the game clock also stops while the referee resets the ball, only THEN does it restart.


This would speed up the game, and force teams to play instead of stalling in the 4th quarter. Put the pressure on teams to play, not stall the ball.


Making the extra point harder was an improvement, now reduce touch backs to the 15 or maybe the ten yard line. Give the kick off's more opportunity to effect the game and force players to run the ball out of the end zone.

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 13, 2016 12:38 PM  

You are probably right, but man I just don't see the Packers as having any confidence right now. Very tight and harried, even in the wins. Titans coaching looks pretty great right now with so little talent. I think that trumps the now mortal Rogers.

Blogger Dave November 13, 2016 1:07 PM  

One of the few shows I will watch on ESPN is Inside the NFL and on Friday they were ripping apart Rodgers for poor decision making and poor pocket presence. It was eye-opening; at one time Rodgers was talked about as the next Payton Manning or Tom Brady. Nobody would think that now watching a breakdown of his play. Can he flip the switch back on? Just goes to show how rare that sustained level of play is from players like Brady, Payton, Drew Breed, Favre, etc.

Blogger BassmanCO November 13, 2016 1:12 PM  

@Cecil Henry

The touchback was moved from the twenty to tje twenty-five to discourage run-backs, as more injuries occur on Special Teams than anywhere else. Good luck having the NFL change that with all the concern about concussions and injuries out there.

Blogger Nate November 13, 2016 1:13 PM  

Titans have more talent than people realize. Titans D-line is great. LBs are very very good. TEs are very good. Oline is dominant. RBs are excellent. Need another WR... much better lineup than people realize

Anonymous The OASF November 13, 2016 1:14 PM  

One thing that I find absolutely fantastic about the NFL and Big Time football in general are these strange trends that seem to defy the very fabric of the space-time continuum.

I read this really interesting article about the absolute one-hundred-percent statistical impossibility that the Miami Dolphins have a supernstural knack for defeating the Chicago Bears.

Yeah.

What are the chances of both upstart Penn State an upstart Pitt teams knocking off the number-two teams in the nation in one season? Was there some mystical connection there because Pitt and Penn State played each other for the first time in years and set an attendance record at Heinz Field? Gee I wonder what the attendance is going to be next year when the series shifts back to Happy Valley?

What are the chances of the Pittsburgh Steelers losing not once to the Cleveland Browns this year but twice.
Zero, of course.

Yeah.

Blogger bob kek mando ( I are Spartacus ... and you can too! C'mon, give it a try, these crosses are way more comfy than they look ) November 13, 2016 1:17 PM  

did i congratulate the Vikings on getting rid of Norv Turner?

congratulations.

it's worth saying twice.

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 13, 2016 1:39 PM  

I didn't mean "little talent." I should have written "potential talent." If Houston doesn't get it together, I think Titans make the playoffs.

Blogger exfarmkid November 13, 2016 1:42 PM  

Vikings are getting hammered.

Blogger Ben Cohen November 13, 2016 1:51 PM  

If the cubs can win the whole thing, then it's time for the Vikings to.

Blogger Nate November 13, 2016 1:51 PM  

what in the blue hell am i even seeing? 21-0? Demarco Murray has a 75 yard TD run... and a TD pass?

And Delaney Walker has like a million yards and has driven about 9 packers defenders into the ground with his stiff arm from hell.

Blogger exfarmkid November 13, 2016 1:55 PM  

The Vikings finally forced a Redskins punt.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein November 13, 2016 1:57 PM  

The wheels have fallen off of the NFL North.

Anonymous Jack Amok November 13, 2016 1:58 PM  

The NFL should seriously look at reducing the play clock,

Must not be any Bills fans here. I'd expect mention of a play clock would lead to them cursing a blue streak all the way from Seattle to Buffalo.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) November 13, 2016 2:10 PM  

Nate Silver failed to predict the Titans game correctly

Blogger exfarmkid November 13, 2016 2:20 PM  

I'll be dipped....the Vikings just tied the Skins.

Blogger l' Américain November 13, 2016 2:22 PM  

Football sucks.

McGregor won!

Blogger YIH November 13, 2016 2:25 PM  

@10 Cecil Henry:
Not bad, and get rid of the Thursday game, no one's ever liked it. If the NFL network wants an exclusive 'throwaway' game (Thursday games are usually third-tier matchups) make it a ''Sunday Morning'' (US time) European game.
The standard Wembley games plus games in various European soccer stadiums (France, Italy, Germany, ect).
Also, one of the reasons MNF ratings are down, is when ABC had it, they and the NFL made it point to make MNF 'the game of the week'. Now, it appears that the NFL is still handing second and third tier games to ESPN's MNF - just like they did when ESPN did the Sunday night game.

Blogger YIH November 13, 2016 2:44 PM  

Holy $#!+, the Titans are prison-raping the Pack!

Blogger RobertT November 13, 2016 3:12 PM  

So sad. Broncos are in decline. Win or lose, they'll likely end up third in the West. Draft picks aren't panning out.

Anonymous Undocumented Pharmacist November 13, 2016 3:22 PM  

Did I miss the post which discussed how Goodell said that Trump's election was going to cause domestic violence problems to skyrocket in the NFL? The guy hates the product his company produces. Like a vegan running a hamburger chain.

Blogger Nate November 13, 2016 3:51 PM  

"Like a vegan running a hamburger chain."

agreed. Goodell has been an unmitigated disaster. honestly I have long assumed he's a baseball fan doing everything he can to try to get baseball back on top of the american sports food chain.

Blogger exfarmkid November 13, 2016 3:55 PM  

Redskins 26, Vikings 20

Lots of additional Viking injuries today.

Having flashbacks to the Tommy Kramer days.....

Blogger exfarmkid November 13, 2016 4:00 PM  

Nate, don't give Goodell any more ideas.

Blogger Dave November 13, 2016 4:04 PM  

wth most of the 4th quarter still to go in Titans/Packers?

Eagles up by 9 less than two minutes

Blogger YIH November 13, 2016 4:08 PM  

Undocumented Pharmacist wrote:Did I miss the post which discussed how Goodell said that Trump's election was going to cause domestic violence problems to skyrocket in the NFL? The guy hates the product his company produces. Like a vegan running a hamburger chain.
I guess I missed it too. I just keep thinking that HOF Commissioner Pete Rozelle would bitch slap baddel saying ''WDF did you do to my NFL you idiot?!?!''.
It's up to the 32 team owners to vote to fire him however, they haven't, so it's their fault.
BTW, it's gonna be interesting if God Emperor-Elect Trump wants to attend an NFL game :)
The have to give the best, the team owner skybox if he asks for it, the Secret Service will make sure of that.

Blogger Dave November 13, 2016 4:11 PM  

Eagles pick off Ryan it's over. Need the Titans and Broncos to hang on. Freakin Redskins held off the Vikings dammit.

Anonymous Jack Amok November 13, 2016 4:17 PM  

Goodell has been an unmitigated disaster. honestly I have long assumed he's a baseball fan doing everything he can to try to get baseball back on top of the american sports food chain.

Huh. It all makes sense now. Bud Selig was clearly an agent for the NFL trying to destroy MLB, and Gooddell is payback.

Blogger YIH November 13, 2016 4:19 PM  

Sorry Vox, much as we'd like it, I really doubt the cat toast.gif (Vikings vs. Bills SB) is going to happen.

Anonymous Undocumented Pharmacist November 13, 2016 4:40 PM  

Goodell comments on Trump election:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2016/11/11/goodell_trump_election_makes_it_harder_for_nfl_to_combat_domestic_violence

Blogger YIH November 13, 2016 5:01 PM  

Didn't expect the Bucs to blow out 'Da Queers'.
And I'm still surprised the Pack got humiliated by the Titans.
BTW, As I was writing this, Krapernig just coughed up the ball to the Cards, LOL.

Blogger YIH November 13, 2016 5:11 PM  

The Cowboys/Steelers game is looking like it will continue the tradition.

Blogger bob kek mando ( I are Spartacus ... and you can too! C'mon, give it a try, these crosses are way more comfy than they look ) November 13, 2016 5:25 PM  

26. l' Américain November 13, 2016 2:22 PM
McGregor won!



he didn't just win, he made Eddie look stupid. and it's not like Rivera didn't try to take MacGregor down ... it's that he had zero success on his shots.

you see Thompson? holy crap, i can't believe he fought that choke off.

Weidman tried to re-enact the receiving end of the Michael Page forehead crush, just barely missed and got something like 50 stitches instead.

Blogger YIH November 13, 2016 5:26 PM  

As usual, I'm following the games on nfl.com. It's that stupid sectional couch again. With two shaved head monkeys, someone who looks like Tim Cook's butt buddy, and a barely interesting chick who seems disinterested.
This is not helping Disney/NFL.

Anonymous Walter Oleg November 13, 2016 7:10 PM  

Patriots win super bowl = more shitlib tears

Blogger Chris Ritchie November 13, 2016 7:28 PM  

Just watching Dallas and Pittsburgh. Anyone know of any Whitten meme's where Nick Nolte from North Dallas 40 is superimposed over Whitten? Thought that would be funny.

Anonymous Dave November 13, 2016 7:43 PM  

Teams that get to 5-4 just over 50% make the playoffs. Teams that are 4-5 about 13% make the playoffs.

Steelers 4-5 after losing a very winnable game today against the Cowboys.

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 13, 2016 7:57 PM  

Huh. This entire day, and the NFL didn't have a single ad about how that FIU player's pregnant girlfriend crippled him and derailed his career with boiling water and a beating. I'm sure the NFL wants her to know that that is NOT OK.

So weird!

Anonymous Clay November 13, 2016 8:04 PM  

That Marcus Mariota. Man, he is eating up the Fantasy Points.

Anonymous Jack Amok November 13, 2016 9:28 PM  

Huh. This entire day, and the NFL didn't have a single ad about how that FIU player's pregnant girlfriend crippled him and derailed his career with boiling water and a beating. I'm sure the NFL wants her to know that that is NOT OK.

Well, like Goodell said, Trump makes it harder to end domestic violence.

Thanks a lot Pittsburgh for not helping us out.

Blogger Lazarus November 13, 2016 10:10 PM  

Nate wrote:what in the blue hell am i even seeing? 21-0? Demarco Murray has a 75 yard TD run... and a TD pass?

And Delaney Walker has like a million yards and has driven about 9 packers defenders into the ground with his stiff arm from hell.


Last week commentors on the TeeVee said Packers lacked a running game.
Today, on the TeeVee, they said Packers lacked a running game.

Maybe the MSM is on to something in this particular case.

Blogger Lazarus November 13, 2016 10:18 PM  

Jack Amok wrote:Thanks a lot Pittsburgh for not helping us out.

Dallas = Team of Destiny 2016

Anonymous Jack Amok November 13, 2016 11:15 PM  

Dallas = Team of Destiny 2016

Seahawks = Team of Cardiac Arrests 2016

well, actually, 2012 through 2016

Blogger Lazarus November 13, 2016 11:42 PM  

Seattle wins. Now a politically incorrect result. Irony abounds.

Anonymous Pax_Romana November 14, 2016 12:45 AM  

Agreed, Jack. I kept expecting a Tom Brady miracle, that never happened, wooho!

Anonymous WaterBoy November 14, 2016 1:28 AM  

Vox @ Week 5:

"A friend who shall go unnamed subscribes to the scripted theory of the NFL, by which he means that the probable outcome of the season is more or less determined in advance....And here's where it gets interesting: for the first time, I'm picking up a narrative that suggests the Vikings are scripted to win the Super Bowl this year."

So I'm wondering, at this point in the season and Minnesota has fallen off to 5-4, if anyone still believes they are scripted to win the Super Bowl this year?

There are 32 teams in the NFL and each of them has their own narrative; the announcers of tonight's Patriots/Seahawks game mentioned this being a preview of the Super Bowl, in fact. Obviously, only one of these narratives can come true, and the people that happen to pick the winning narrative will claim it as proof of a scripted NFL -- disregarding the other 31 that didn't.

I'm still not buying it. And the Cleveland narrative backers can just give it up already.

Blogger arabic58 November 14, 2016 9:50 AM  

I would like to remind all the commentators here at VOX-Day, something Coach Tom Landry said 40 years ago.
" It's not enough that the team has lots of veterans, and luck, and go through the season with few injuries. Sometimes the ball has to bounce your way."

In my 50 years of being a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, I have seen the ball take some funny bounces.

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