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NFL Week 5 thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by LongTimeListener, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Starts with a Minnesota-Green Bay Thursday nighter that sounds surprisingly interesting after Sunday, but then again it's a Thursday night game so it's going to suck rotten eggs.

    Texans (3-1) at Cowboys (3-1): Who the hell saw that coming? Cowboys are 4-point favorites.

    Cardinals (3-0) at Broncos (2-1): Gotta believe the Drew Stanton magic dries up here for a week. Undefeated team as a seven-point dog? No respect!

    Chiefs (2-2) at 49ers (2-2): The Return Of Alex, coupled with the series-by-series battle of wills between Kaepernick and that damn play clock that just won't stop winding down.

    Cincinnati (3-0) at New England (2-2), prime time: Another ugly undressing of Brady, or does Belichick rally up and get some very curious help from the home headsets?

    Seattle (2-1) at Washington (1-3): Jon Gruden gets to watch his brother's train wreck up close. Who is Cousins' backup, anyway? We'll find out.


    Big drama out in the Bay Area. Raiders already fired Dennis Allen -- seriously, they're already through the easy part of their schedule, they could go 0-16 -- but the major trouble is brewing with the 49ers. Deion says players want Harbaugh out. Dilfer says the atmosphere is "toxic." Harbaugh says it's "a bunch of crap." And most around here believe forces within the organization are scheming against the coach, which is how the 49ers have done it all the way back to the days when Eddie almost fired Bill Walsh in January 1988.

    Just one example:

    49ers' Harbaugh well aware his enemies are plotting

  2. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member


  3. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    If they were smart, they'd support Harbaugh throughout the season and then dangle him to the highest bidder during the off-season. Hell, teams will fire a coach they might have otherwise kept if it thinks it has a shot at Harbaugh.

    I don't doubt the guy is a pain in the ass. I doubt there is a NFL team out there where the veterans are all thrilled with the current coach.

    The players may not like him, but they haven't quit on him.
  4. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    When is Reggie McKenzie going to be fired in Oakland? He has been a total failure.
  5. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    The autumn wind is a pirate
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    There's really no point to firing a GM during the season, because you still need someone to answer the phone and maybe pick up a draft pick at the deadline, but yeah he's toast.

    You couldn't spend more and get less than he did during the off-season.
  7. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    I thought I read where Carson Palmer has a good shot at returning this week for Arizona? Not that it should matter much - they should get exposed by the Broncos.

    But ... if they win at Denver, with either Palmer or Stanton, they'll have to be considered a strong No. 2 (or 1A) behind Seattle in the NFC, and maybe the entire NFL.
  8. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    I think even if Arizona loses this weekend, they're the second best team in the NFC. Who else would it be? Green Bay? Detroit?
  9. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    If Kaepernick doesn't get worse, the 49ers will be the second-best team once Smith and Bowman return.
  10. Morris816

    Morris816 Member

    So what would be his worst move? There's a lot of them.

    * Signing Roger Saffold, who either fails a physical or is unwanted by Mark Davis, depending on who you ask. Meanwhile, their best offensive lineman, Jared Veldheer, signs with the Arizona Cardinals for money that the Raiders could have easily fit under the cap.

    * Letting Lamar Houston, their best young defender, sign with the Bears, not only for money that could have fit under the cap, but a cap-friendly deal overall. Instead, let's give two years each to Justin Tuck and Lamar Woodley as a consolation prize.

    * Signing Maurice Jones-Drew in the first place. Seriously, 1.1 yards per carry?

    It's easy to pick on them for their QB trades, but those were hardly the worst moves they made. Of course, you can feel free to pick on most of their draft picks, other than Khalil Mack and Derek Carr.
  11. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    They could be buried by then, though. After KC this week, they go to Denver in two weeks, and after they get those guys back they still have to play Seattle twice. And they close at home, but with San Diego and Arizona, AND with a new stadium that clearly offers zero in the way of home-field advantage.

    They could easily end up with six or seven losses.
  12. amraeder

    amraeder Well-Known Member

    How sure are we that we can't mock that Carr pick? On a scale of 1-10. His completion percentage is admittedly much higher than I expected, though that's possibly driven by a yards per attempt that ranks 34th out of 34 qualifying QBs. I, for one, am still ready to mock.

    (Andy Dalton, as an aside, is completing 65.5% of his passes on an astounding 8.6 YPA)
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