NFL 2021: The Week 4 thread

I didn't watch the game, but I see that Jameis had a solid day, yet Taysom got to come in to throw an INT in the second half. Don't worry, Sean, keep trying. This is a GREAT idea, and you should keep your gadget guy throwing as much as possible.

I don't think Collins got touched on that TD. Completely clean from backfield to summersault into the end zone.

This is very weird day to be a Patriots fan.

Rodney Harrison standing there with Mike Tirico, Drew Brees and Tony Dungy, but he's the only one too good to hold his own umbrella. WTF.

"Yes, Mac, we know that's what Superman does."

Was only half watching Packers Steelers because it was over early. But just now saw Jaire Alexander got hurt. Some kind of joint injury that could be 1-2 weeks or 6 weeks or surgery. More info tomorrow hopefully.

NBC's "team that has the ball" indicator is the worst.

Feels weird rooting for the patriots in a game. Usually I’m rooting for something like a natural disaster to strike.

Stele wrote:

Was only half watching Packers Steelers because it was over early. But just now saw Jaire Alexander got hurt. Some kind of joint injury that could be 1-2 weeks or 6 weeks or surgery. More info tomorrow hopefully.

He made a great play on Najee Harris on a 4th and 4. Only obvious problem was when a CB goes hard into a RB who is wayyyyyyy bigger than them. Shoulder to thigh.

Hope they choose the best long term option. Packers could probably win the NFC North going 9-8 anyways or even worse.

TheGameguru wrote:

Feels weird rooting for the patriots in a game. Usually I’m rooting for something like a natural disaster to strike.

I know, right?

A colleague at work is a huge Boston fan (family connection?) and I was telling them on Friday how I was...rooting for their team. It felt icky saying that. It felt weird again when I told my son who I was rooting for.

And then I rephrased it as, "Actually, we're rooting against Brady. Yucky, yucky Brady." And all was right with the world again.

That Ravens win wasn't perfect, but I will take an emphatic road win any time I can get one. Gotta work on that tackling though and the drops were still there. That and our run game was non existent.

There will be a lot on film to work on next week.

Much more interesting second half tonight

The way Collinsworth says Judon sounds like Jew Don.

lol, Belichick let Jakobi Meyers air it out deeper than Mac.

Doink

This may be max level trash-talking by 6'8" Spencer Brown to 5'10" Desmond King.

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Did they both lose? I don't think Brady won that game. But somehow the Bucs won? That was kinda satisfying. Screw em both

Setting aside all the Brady stuff, it is really gutting that the Patriots could easily be 3-1 if it wasn't for a couple of stupid penalties and stupid turnovers. Today, the JJ Taylor fumble and the Slater penalty were very costly. And on the final drive, they had a false start on 2nd and 1. Without that penalty, they almost surely run the clock and kick a shorter field goal at the end of the game.

I don't think the Patriots can go far with this OL. The running game is non-existent and they get beat constantly inside and outside. Still, everybody else feels a bit shaky (especially on the AFC side) and they'll get Gilmore back (and hopefully Trent Brown...) so we´ll see what happens.

Paleocon wrote:

That Ravens win wasn't perfect, but I will take an emphatic road win any time I can get one. Gotta work on that tackling though and the drops were still there. That and our run game was non existent.

There will be a lot on film to work on next week.

Coaches were giving the vet pickups a chance to show something this game and I don't think we'll be seeing more Lev Bell anymore, but what do I know? Ty'Son Williams needs to be back in the lineup. And not just for my fantasy team.

Wow. Watching Broussard and Wright dunk on Denver is almost cringelol.

Urban Meyer apologizes for being a "distraction." Over the grinding in the bar, not the losing so dramatically that everyone thinks he's out of there by week 7.

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I saw that live and knew instantly it was destined to live forever in GIF form.

Rat Boy wrote:

Urban Meyer apologizes for being a "distraction." Over the grinding in the bar, not the losing so dramatically that everyone thinks he's out of there by week 7.

Losing is not a distraction for the Jaguars. It's when they win that they get distracted. See 2017.

Paleocon wrote:

Wow. Watching Broussard and Wright dunk on Denver is almost cringelol.

Some coaches might instruct their players to try and intentionally hurt Jackson over nonsense like that.

All of those shows are cringelol. All heat and no light, and most hard-core football fans live in dark rooms so they can better see their screens.

TheGameguru wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Wow. Watching Broussard and Wright dunk on Denver is almost cringelol.

Some coaches might instruct their players to try and intentionally hurt Jackson over nonsense like that.

Meh. That's twice a year when we play the Steelers.

Seriously though. The Broncos took three timeouts in order to try to get a garbage time, vanity TD which backfired when it resulted in an INT in the end zone (setting up the infamous play). They could have ended the game at any point, but instead decided to pad their stats in garbage time.

The Ravens didn't set up in victory formation. They set up telegraphing power left and that is precisely where they went. They couldn't have been more obvious than if Lamar pointed in that direction and said "we are going here and we are for sure running it". Even Fangio was yelling something to that effect from the sideline. And when Lamar got his five yards, he sat his ass down instead of breaking it out for a score.

So if Broncos fans want to be butthurt about this, fine. I can't control how they feel. But they need to ask themselves if their team played well enough to earn the right to end an historic streak or not. I think the answer to that is pretty obvious.

Edit: also, it should be pretty obvious to anyone that it was not personally about the Broncos. It was about obliterating a record that is sacred to the Steelers.

From Draw Play's cartoon bets for next week:

If the Jaguars win, I will draw Urban Meyer getting a victory lapdance

Now is the time to get on the board, Jags.

I hate it when he promises an awesome idea that he'll probably get out of drawing.

Paleocon wrote:

Seriously though. The Broncos took three timeouts in order to try to get a garbage time, vanity TD which backfired when it resulted in an INT in the end zone (setting up the infamous play). They could have ended the game at any point, but instead decided to pad their stats in garbage time.

I mean, 23-7 is technically a two score game, and Denver had the ball with 1:51 left. If they scored and got the 2pt conversion, they would have been onside kicking and, down by 8, able to play for OT if they recovered the kick. I wouldn't quite call it playing only for a vanity score.

If they were down by 1 more point, making it necessarily a 3-score game, then I'd agree.

Now, granted, they managed to burn almost all 1:51 along with the 3 timeouts, so ultimately the drive took too long to matter even if they had gotten into the endzone on the INT play. But at the start of the drive, there was still a reasonable path to OT.

That all said, I wouldn't be all bent out of shape over a 5-yard run on the literal final snap of the game.