NFL 2013: Week 7

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Week 6 Thoughts:

* OK, things aren't quite *that* bad in Tampa. Mike Glennon can make some throws. The fade to VJax couldn't have been much better. So far, he looks like a rookie learning the NFL game. At least he throws better than Tebow.

* Good for Brandon Marshall. Outside of homosexuality, mental health is probably one of the biggest taboos in sports, and even more so outside the locker room. That he's taken his diagnosis and allowed himself to be vulnerable in the public eye is a testament to his character. His story rings true, as his past issues were always so strange and inexplicable, and came to an apparent halt once he received his diagnosis and underwent treatment. Both sports and the public at large have a long way to go in understanding mental health issues, and accepting those that struggle with them. Marshall will hopefully serve as a positive example for a long time.

* I still really enjoy watching Jay Cutler play, flaws and all.

* Brandon Jacobs had more production this week than I expected for the whole season. I don't know if he can do that for a full season, but he appears to have a bit more left in the tank than expected.

* I'm impressed with Terrelle Pryor's demeanor. He very strongly put the blame for the team's 10 sacks on himself, saying, "I didn’t get the ball out, and on one play I called the wrong protection. You make mistakes like that, you deserve to get pile-driven into the ground.” Sunday was not a good game for him, but it's the kind of game he can learn from, if he's committed enough to do so. I didn't think he had any chance as an NFL QB after seeing him at Ohio State, but at least he throws better than Tebow.

* You know your quarterback play is bad when Vince Young tweets an offer of help. The craziest part is that I'm not so sure that the current backup options behind Schaub are in fact better ones than VY. At least Young throw better than... wait, not really...

* Holy sh*t, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. I cannot wait to see them get after Peyton Manning.

* Some interesting things when looking at PFF's QB pressure numbers:
- Peyton Manning, to no one's surprise, is the least pressured QB in the league
- The second least pressured QB is Andy Dalton. But he has the 6th highest percentage of getting sacked on plays where he is pressured
- Brandon Weeden is the least accurate starting QB when pressured
- While Peyton Manning is 3rd best at not getting sacked on pressure plays, two QBs have fared even better at avoiding sacks under pressure: Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler. They're also the 4th and 7th most accurate QBs, respectively, under pressure
- Chad Henne actually has the 10th lowest sack percentage on pressure plays, and the 12th best completion percentage under pressure.

Pick 'Ems

Buccaneers @ Falcons: From the "someone has to get the W (unless they tie)" department. Atlanta's season has crumbled around them, and the bye week could not have come soon enough. Will we see an adjusted Falcons team capitalizing on the talent they still have, or does the flat spin continue? Tampa has been even worse, but against the Eagles, they at least showed some offensive signs of life, as Glennon connected to VJax for a pair of touchdowns on some nice throws, and Doug Martin bounced back partway after a disastrous game against the Cardinals.

Bears @ Redskins: The Redskins offense feels like it's trapped in a box, ready to break loose any minute, but straining against its constraints. The Bears may be 4-2, but their last 3 weeks have included two losses, and an unacceptably close win against a winless Giants team.

Chargers @ Jaguars: Jacksonville chalked up a moral victory last week, playing against the Broncos like a competent NFL team, while ultimately not endangering their top draft spot. History suggests, though, that the Jaguars will undermine their own best interests with some trap wins, and a West Coast team flying out on a short week is a common recipe for them. Also, the Jaguars will be wearing teal for the first time this year. It all adds up to an ambush of the Bolts, one so shameful that the team has to leave home and relocate to LA. Right?

49ers @ Titans: Tennessee gave Seattle a scare at the no-longer-loudest stadium in the league last week, even though it involved Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing for only 171 yards (as well as matching CJ0.8K's 33 rushing yards). The Titan defense has held their own all year, though, and will give the 49ers another challenge as that team continues to get healthy on some weaker teams after the two-game beating they took a few weeks ago from Seattle & Indy.

Broncos @ Colts: Manning! Irsay! Fox! Old people smack talk! No introduction needed here.

Make your Week 7 picks now!

Last Week's Results:
oldmanscene24: 5-0
tboon: 5-0
Oddsmakers: 5-0
Stele: 4-1
Cobble: 4-1
Elliottx: 4-1
Jasonofindy: 4-1
Blackanchor: 4-1
iaintgotnopants: 4-1
Laarrs: 4-1
garion333: 4-1
Zellbrigen26: 4-1
Infyrnos: 4-1
Thin_J: 3-2
billt721: 3-2
TrashiDawa: 3-2
psu_13: 3-2
thejustinbot: 3-2
Leroyog: 3-2
Top_Shelf: 3-2
Xeknos: 3-2
S0LIDARITY: 3-2
mudbunny: 3-2
Grumpicus: 3-2
Jayhawker: 3-2
Kush15: 3-2
MilkmanDanimal: 3-2
onewild: 3-2
Bzzz: 3-2
Secret Asian Man: 3-2
McFinn: 3-2
karmajay: 3-2
kaostheory: 3-2
LeapingGnome: 3-2
Kosars: 3-2
Thegameguru: 3-2
AnimeJ: 2-3
TempestBlayze: 2-3
Zaque: 2-3

Season to Date:
Cobble: 23-7
tboon: 21-9
Oddsmakers: 21-9
billt721: 20-10
mudbunny: 20-10
psu_13: 20-10
oldmanscene24: 20-10
thejustinbot: 20-10
Mudbunny: 20-10
Zaque: 19-11
Elliottx: 19-11
McFinn: 19-11
Jasonofindy: 19-11
Zellbrigen26: 19-11
iaintgotnopants: 19-11
kaostheory: 18-12
Kush15: 18-12
Kosars: 18-7
Laarrs: 18-12
s0lidarity: 18-12
TheGameGuru: 18-12
karmajay: 18-12
Leroyog: 18-12
MilkmanDanimal: 18-12
Stele: 18-12
Thin_J: 18-12
Xeknos: 18-12
S0LIDARITY: 18-12
Thegameguru: 18-12
Jayhawker: 17-13
garion333: 17-13
Grumpicus: 17-13
Jolly Bill: 16-4
MudderFudder77: 16-9
Bzzz: 16-14
LeapingGnome: 16-14
onewild: 16-14
Mudderfudder77: 16-9
Secret Asian Man: 15-15
Infyrnos: 15-15
Top_Shelf: 14-11
Jowner: 12-8
FSeven: 12 13
TempestBlayze: 12-13
Blackanchor: 12-13
paleocon: 11-9
Atras: 10-15
Gumbie: 8-7
AnimeJ: 7-8
TrashiDawa: 7-3
lostlobster: 4-6
Fedaykin98: 3-2
lostlobster : 3-2
Certis: 2-3
Tempest Blayze: 2-3

Keenum has been named the starter for Houston this week, on the road in KC. Excuse me while I go start the hashtag CaseIsOnTheCase.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Keenum has been named the starter for Houston this week, on the road in KC. Excuse me while I go start the hashtag CaseIsOnTheCase.

"If Only You'll Sign Vince Young"

Don't feel great about taking 4 road teams. But better than I do about taking the home teams, I guess.

Another 3-2 - I'm consistent if nothing else (well apart from that one 1-4)

Saw this at Target tonight. Took a picture just for MilkmanDanimal.

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Oddsmakers: 5-0

Weak picks last week, *Legion*. Especially Denver... sheesh.

Why didn't I go 5-0 too? Shut up. :p

*Legion* wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

Keenum has been named the starter for Houston this week, on the road in KC. Excuse me while I go start the hashtag CaseIsOnTheCase.

"If Only You'll Sign Vince Young"

That was pretty funny! Too bad the reporter doesn't love the original, which makes him a musical moron.

Also cool that they linked the Houston Texans rap anthem by Slim Thug, Paul Wall, and my close person friend* Z-Ro. That one is damn good, and has been my jam around playoff time the last two seasons.

*who used to live down the hall from my brother. We met once.

Met once and not claiming to be a part of his entourage. That's showing some restraint. Mad respect.

garion333 wrote:

Met once and not claiming to be a part of his entourage. That's showing some restraint. Mad respect.

I haven't even been to jail.

The offensive line in Arizona is sub-NFL level. It may be the most ineffective position group in the entire NFL.

John Abraham *blew up* Wilson. You could tell that wasn't Okung at LT.

I'm really good at going 3-2 in pickem.

*Legion* wrote:

The offensive line in Arizona is sub-NFL level. It may be the most ineffective position group in the entire NFL.

Worse than the Giants?

Based on what the Panthers D did to NYG versus what they didn't do against ARI, I'd say ARI's O line > NYG O line.

That said, it might be a race to the bottom there.

The Giants were destroyed by the Panthers, but have not been as bad in any other game (6 sacks vs Car, 10 sacks in all other games combined). The Cards only gave up over sack to the Panthers, but have been destroyed most of their other games. Cards have yielded more sacks, QB hits, and hurries than the G-Men.

And in terms of the eye test, I think the Giants line is underperforming, whereas I think the Cards line intrinsically sucks *that* much.

But that is probably splitting hairs, and "race to the bottom" probably describes it best.

It was cool to see the Seahawks fans travel so well last night.

Except for those guys holding up the 12th Man flag upside down. Whoops!

Jake Locker might be playing Sunday. One side of me wants him to not play and heal this week and the bye next week, BUT the other side of me knows there's no way in hell we win with Fitzpatrick. So.....

Gumbie wrote:

Jake Locker might be playing Sunday. One side of me wants him to not play and heal this week and the bye next week, BUT the other side of me knows there's no way in hell we win with Fitzpatrick. So.....

Legion and Stele's pictures make baby Jesus cry.

Tampa should win this game. They will lose it. I will pay a hooker to dress up like Greg Schiano, and I will poop in her mouth. IT'S THE CIRCLE OF LIFE.

I'm in Toronto at the moment. I have watched the better part of three CFL games the last two days. These QBs are friggin' awful. I think I might start rooting for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats because that's an impressively confusing name. Now playing--the Philadelphia Eagle-Birds vs. The New York Giant-Big People!

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Legion and Stele's pictures make baby Jesus cry.

Tampa should win this game. They will lose it. I will pay a hooker to dress up like Greg Schiano, and I will poop in her mouth. IT'S THE CIRCLE OF LIFE.

I'm in Toronto at the moment. I have watched the better part of three CFL games the last two days. These QBs are friggin' awful. I think I might start rooting for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats because that's an impressively confusing name. Now playing--the Philadelphia Eagle-Birds vs. The New York Giant-Big People!

There used to be two teams named the Roughriders. At the same time.

I chose the Jags. Gotta win sometime, right? ... No? Damn.

With 14:39 to go in the first quarter, it's Carolina 7, St. Louis 0.

Oh yeah!

So Gronk is back. I'm sure he'll get all the credit if the Pats win.

But the defense just intercepted Geno for an 81-yard pick-6.

First defensive TD for the Pats all year.

First quarter done, Tampa has four penalties for 35 yards, a fumble on a sack returned for a TD, and WHY HAS NOBODY SET GREG SCHIANO ON FIRE YET.

Good pick, but otherwise the Pats D is getting mauled.

Speaking of getting mauled, Buffalo at Miami. Yeesh.

Damn forgot to makes picks

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

First quarter done, Tampa has four penalties for 35 yards, a fumble on a sack returned for a TD, and WHY HAS NOBODY SET GREG SCHIANO ON FIRE YET.

Just fire him already and clean house (literally; MRSA is no joke).

That little dictator crap (unfortunately) flies in college but not w/grown men.

Where can we see who we picked?

Harry Douglas... FROM LOUISVILLE... is having an awesome half.

6 targets, 6 catches, 140 yards, 1 TD.

Stele wrote:

Harry Douglas... FROM LOUISVILLE... is having an awesome half.

6 targets, 6 catches, 140 yards, 1 TD.

He's being "covered" by rookie Jonathan Banks, who also turned Riley Cooper into Jerry Rice last week.

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