NFL 2018: Week 7

The new NFL is here to stay, for now. Passing numbers are still high and people are watching again. The Patriots, naturally, are setting records even in Tom Brady's 27th year playing in the NFL:

Embracing the new NFL means throwing to the open man who then burns everyone for a bunch of yards. This was best exemplified in Week 7 by none other than Brock Osweiler who had his best game ever, really. He threw for 380 yards with 268 of those yards coming after the catch. I did the math, that's over 70% of his yardage. Nuts. Al Davis would be proud of the Fins. You get fast people and you give them the ball. Simple.

Speaking of the Crypt Keeper, let's check in on how his ol team is trying to keep it old school by shipping out more of their players and bringing in ... someone worse? Gruden's tenure has been a sh*t show so far (sorry Marshawn, you deserve better) and the most exciting thing that's happened on that team is this:

I, literally, have nothing else to say after that. Go make some babies, people.

Derek Carr is currently 10th in the NFL in passing yards with 1783.

Over 16 games, that projects to 4755 yards.

Joe Flacco is 9th with 1788 yards, a 4768 yard season projection.

There are 22 passers currently on pace for 4000+ yards. That #22 guy is Mitch Trubisky, on pace for 4035 yards.

Today's Deadspin Funbag (and speaking of QBs):

Speaking of Peterman, he belongs that cursed set of backup quarterbacks who always manage to start at least one game during any given season, no matter how deep down they’re buried on the depth chart. If you have Nathan Peterman, Brock Osweiler, Matt Cassel, or Ryan Fitzpatrick on your roster, they WILL play for you at some point. It’s unavoidable. You sealed your fate the second you brought them into the building. They are the YOU AGAIN? quarterbacks. Watching Peterman play gives me the sensation of being back in school and somehow getting the exact same class schedule as Gorf Blurgfeld, the school’s foremost glue eater. The Bills could handcuff Nathan Peterman, lock him in a car, drive that car to Alaska, dump that car in the Bering Strait, drive all the way back home, and walk in the door only to find Peterman BACK, fit as a fiddle, and ready to start for Week 7. They’ll never shake him.

The YOU AGAIN? quarterback. Heh.

It's a same Chase Daniel never really makes that list. The guy has been a great back-up, but rarely ever played behind Brees or Smith. He would be the perfect back-up for Mahomes right now. Well, Kapernick would be better...

Yeah I still don't have anything of worth to say regarding NFL stuff so just stamping my post here to keep this in my activity feed.

EDIT: Actually, Enix, you're the Panthers fan, right? What are your thoughts on Sunday's match-up with the Eagles? I'd like to be confident coming off the win of the Giants that Eagles could succeed, but the team has been pretty painful to watch so far this year. I know the score was close for Panthers/Giants, but every team's weaknesses and strengths are different so that's not a good thing to gauge. I think Barkley showed some issues with Eagles defense, but Cam Newton is a different kind of quarterback than Eli Manning and Barkley was effectively the Giants' only real weapon.

Anything Eagles should watch out for on the Panthers' side? And anything about the Eagles that has you questioning Panthers' chances?

No penalties? Really?

Stele wrote:

No penalties? Really?

No called penalties.

garion333 wrote:
Stele wrote:

No penalties? Really?

No called penalties.

A vital distinction.

Stele wrote:

No penalties? Really?

How are the corners / safeties going to commit pass interference when Hill is 15 yards behind them? I think there were a couple offsetting and declined penalties.

On the radio I heard something about teams scoring 40 or more points and losing is pretty rare but heavily weighted towards the last 1-2 years but I couldn't find anything on the internet. If true it would just be another notch on the board for offensive scoring getting ridiculous.

Stat 2008 2017 2018 (through W3) 2018 (through W6)
Offensive yards/game 327.2 331.4 353.2 366.0
Passing yards/game 211.3 224.4 246.8 256.3
Rushing yards/game 116.0 109.7 106.4 109.7
Penalties/game 5.6 6.7 7.3 6.9
Penalty yards/game 44.5 57.8 63.7 58.2

Flags have started going back into the refs' pockets, and now the offensive explosion is only accelerating.

Probably from the NFL seeing their ratings go up, but griping about penalties.

But I thought lowering the helmet was all about player safety?!?

ccesarano wrote:

EDIT: Actually, Enix, you're the Panthers fan, right? What are your thoughts on Sunday's match-up with the Eagles? ... Anything Eagles should watch out for on the Panthers' side? And anything about the Eagles that has you questioning Panthers' chances?

Honestly, I don't know what to make of this Panthers team. (Then again, I can't figure out an Eagles team that has lost to both TB and TEN.) The Panthers have some talent but are underachieving -- see narrow wins over Dallas, NYG and that stupid loss last week to DC. Cam was ass in the first half last week but sharp in the second.

If McCaffrey can get loose and the Panthers WRs can hold onto the ball, I feel pretty good about Sunday.

But the Panthers have had trouble stopping runners and especially tight ends for some reason. Look for Zach Ertz to have a lot of balls thrown his way.

How is Philly's pass rush? Carolina's O-line is patchwork at best, but they've been more good than bad so far. That's probably because Norv calls a lot of short and mid-range passes that don't require a lot of blocking.

Enix wrote:

How is Philly's pass rush? Carolina's O-line is patchwork at best, but they've been more good than bad so far. That's probably because Norv calls a lot of short and mid-range passes that don't require a lot of blocking.

I had to look this term up because I'm still a filthy casual, and honestly I couldn't really tell you. We've had some sacks and Fletcher Cox remains a beast but I dunno if Eagles have done particularly well or not. Maybe Gameguru could better tell ya.

EDIT: Maybe this will help?

garion333 wrote:

https://isgrudengoneyet.com/

So awesome. I love the little cash counter.

Gruden isn't working out? This is my shocked face!

In case you wonder how the Panthers run the ball, an Eagles video guy breaks it down on Twitter. Lots of misdirection, lots of doing different things out of similar sets. He even IDs a triple option or two.

It works because, well, Cam (and McCaffrey).

LeapingGnome wrote:

Gruden isn't working out? This is my shocked face!

Listen! He’s a grinder! He lays bricks!

Giants put Corey Coleman on their practice squad.

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/dSv44gr.jpg)

And that is straight up Madden football. It’s finally sim!

Reaper81 wrote:
LeapingGnome wrote:

Gruden isn't working out? This is my shocked face!

Listen! He’s a grinder! He lays bricks!

Tampa Two! Ser-pen-tine!

*Legion* wrote:

defense is gone

As a Packers fan this is all I've really expected for a long long time.

Would we lump negative yard sacks into this?

Teams are not expecting to actually prevent passes. They are hoping they get to the QB quick for a 5+ yard sack and then once in long yardage things might get more manageable?

The Cardinals might be bad.

Other than OL injury issues, I don't think Mike McCoy is fitting in at all.

jowner wrote:
*Legion* wrote:

defense is gone

As a Packers fan this is all I've really expected for a long long time.

Would we lump negative yard sacks into this?

Teams are not expecting to actually prevent passes. They are hoping they get to the QB quick for a 5+ yard sack and then once in long yardage things might get more manageable?

It's really turned into Arena Football.

garion333 wrote:

Other than OL injury issues, I don't think Mike McCoy is fitting in at all.

Arizona agrees. Fired.

*Legion* wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Other than OL injury issues, I don't think Mike McCoy is fitting in at all.

Arizona agrees. Fired.

You forgot the best part:

Byron Leftwich named OC.

garion333 wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Other than OL injury issues, I don't think Mike McCoy is fitting in at all.

Arizona agrees. Fired.

You forgot the best part:

Byron Leftwich named OC.

Welcome to the NFL offensive explosion of 2018, Cardinals!

I feel bad for the next team you play against...

*shuffles papers*

.... the Niners?

Huh I didn't even know Leftwich was coaching. I hope it goes well for him.