NFL 2022: The Week 2 thread

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Yes, I know it's only Tuesday, but I'm on the road all week (leaving the house -- what a concept!) and it was either today or not at all. And unlike my hate-loved Carolina Panthers, I wanted to get the week off to a fast start. HEY-YO

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I'm going to outsource my best/worst of the week to The Ringer, which you should be reading anyway. The Winners and Losers of Week X is required Monday morning reading in my house.

Speaking of winners:

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It's going to be a fun season, isn't it?

CONCERNED OR NOT

Teams I'm not at all concerned about: Bills, Chiefs

Teams I am concerned about: Cowboys (bc they were bad before Dak got hurt), Rams (who had no business getting blown out at "home" like they did), Broncos (bc they don't know what timeouts are)

Teams I should be concerned about but am not: Packers (Rodgers was terrible in Week 1 last year but had an MVP season), Patriots (bc Belicheck), Falcons (bc their go-to move is to blow big fourth-quarter leads, so Week 1 was totally in character for them) and Niners (bad field, new QB, they'll get better)

Honestly, I don't get too wrecked about Week 1. It's essentially the fourth preseason game, and most teams won't become the true versions of themselves till about Week 8 or 10 or so. Still sucks to lose in Week 1, though.

POWER RANKINGS

From ESPN this week.

Your top 5: Bills (1 last week), Chiefs (4), Bucs (2), Chargers (8), Rams (3).

WEEK 2 SCHEDULE

Not much of a week once you get past Thursday, tbh:

Thursday night: *Chargers-Chiefs* (Amazon)

Sunday early: Dolphins-Ravens, Jets-Browns, Commandos-Lions, Colts-Jags, Bucs-Saints, Panthers-Giants, Patriots-Steelers

Sunday late: Falcons-Rams, Seahawks-Niners, Bengals-Cowboys (national GOTW), Texans-Broncos, Cards-Raiders

Sunday night: Bears-Packers (NBC)

Monday DOUBLEHEADER: Titans-Bills (7:15p, ESPN), Vikings-Eagles (8:30p, ABC); no ManningCast

Coverage maps will be here on Wednesday.

Enjoy Week 2!

My big takeaway from Week 1 is that a lot of the "good" teams just re-discovered the downside of having all your starters sit and twiddle their thumbs during preseason.

The "not so good" teams were a lot more prepared to play games that counted this week.

Also, Niners once again played a road game out east (at 1pm ET) on a sh*tty field to start the season and had their starting running back go down to long-term injury.

Wow a preemptive coverage map link. I like it

The decision-making in the last minute of the Broncos game at least gave us an all-time Manningcast moment. Peyton's headed to IR for a repetitive stress injury for repeatedly making the timeout symbol with his hand while the clock ticked away.

*Legion* wrote:

My big takeaway from Week 1 is that a lot of the "good" teams just re-discovered the downside of having all your starters sit and twiddle their thumbs during preseason.

The Panthers, too. The first three quarters made it evident that the QB competition was a sham, Baker hadn't had nearly enough time with the playbook and that Ben MacAdolt didn't know what he was doing.

That fourth quarter, tho, whoa. Baker had a perfect QB rating and looked like a star.

No idea what to expect Sunday versus the NYG.

Enix wrote:

That fourth quarter, tho, whoa. Baker had a perfect QB rating and looked like a star.

I mean, that's Baker in a nutshell, right? Part time star QB, part time not-an-adult. Too good for the trash heap, but too consistently inconsistent.

You know, when I think about it, his pattern of production is kinda like a 10-15% better Blake Bortles. Baker throws for roughly the same yards/gm average, is slightly more accurate, has basically the exact same INT %, but he converts TDs at a bit better rate than Bortles, which helps his passer rating vs. Bortles (87.8 vs 80.6). Doesn't match Bortles' ground game though.

But, yeah, if you want 3800 passing yards in a season, low-mid 20s TDs, and mid-teens INTs, these are your guys.

Guys like Baker who are great in the locker room and are basically willing to be coaches on the field and the sideline often wind up with really long careers as backups in the NFL. Except that whole "great in the locker room" thing appears to be not what Baker is like.

You have to be genuinely good at football to stick around in the league if your teammates reportedly think you're an asshat. Baker hasn't exactly shown that yet.

49ers put Elijah Mitchell on IR, sign Marlon Mack to the practice squad.

Mack was a surprise cut for the Texans. About as good a talent as you could hope for from the RB free agent scrap heap at this point.

Of course, the Niners need this mostly because the Eagles sniped Trey Sermon when they were trying to stash him on the practice squad.

An old clip of Chris Berman has been making the rounds today. You'd probably need a few Deux-Deux-Deuxs to get through a Jets game in this day and age if the Canadians still made them.

Just a little bit of opioids. Just a drop.

More proof that Brett Favre is a piece of sh*t.

Rat Boy wrote:

More proof that Brett Favre is a piece of sh*t.

Been waiting for that since the last story about him paying it back. Knew there was more to it

Rat Boy wrote:

More proof that Brett Favre is a piece of sh*t.

Red state siphons money from the poor to pay for rich person's luxuries. Gee there's a story we've definitely never ever heard before.

You know, after watching the various spin off football leagues the last year, I have a new respect for the dominance of the NFL.
I came to the conclusion after watching all the second and third string teams play in the preseason. The level of talent is off the charts. The level of talent and execution even on the also rans and players on the bubble is far better than what was shown in these other leagues. It is like the other leagues are 5th and 6th string players.

Today's NFL really is a game of inches and fractions of seconds. And you can tell because you see how much more awful it is when its off by steps and handfuls of seconds...

The gap between "regular NFL contributor" and "out of the league" is exceedingly, excruciatingly small.

Tevin Coleman was, in 2016 and 2019, the starting running back for Super Bowl teams. A few years later, he's only 29 years old, and is healthy, and is on the outside looking in.

Could he still run the ball on an NFL field? Sure. Last year he started 5 games and picked up 4.2 yards per carry. But the Jets drafted young RBs fairly early in back-to-back drafts, and he's not a cheap UDFA to fill out the bottom of the RB depth chart while playing special teams, so, he's out.

It looked like he might get a chance to rejoin the 49ers after Elijah Mitchell's injury (one of the draft picks who replaced him in San Francisco), but the Niners signed Marlon Mack instead, a player even younger (26) who was in the same position.

As for the "knockoff" leagues, I think you would see a much higher level of talent in them if one of them (a) stuck around long enough to be taken seriously, and (b) established a relationship with the NFL that allowed NFL teams to assign developmental guys to the league the way they did with NFL Europe.

The AAF was closing in on becoming exactly that, which is why it was so infuriating when they got Gordon Gecko'd by Tom Dundon.

That's pretty shocking. 4.2 yards per carry seems too good to be out of the league. I mean Frank Gore made a 16 year long career with that...

And it shows it is not just talent or physical gifts. Its execution.

fangblackbone wrote:

That's pretty shocking. 4.2 yards per carry seems too good to be out of the league. I mean Frank Gore made a 16 year long career with that...

And it shows it is not just talent or physical gifts. Its execution.

At a lot of positions, you need to either be a starter (or very close to it), or you need to be cheap and throw your body into special teams. There are very few veterans at the bottom of an NFL depth chart. Even with the Veteran Salary Benefit reducing the cost of minimum-contract veterans to be more competitive with cheap rookies and second-year players, team just prefer to throw 22, 23 year old bodies into those roles.

Frankly, the NFL is overdue for expansion. The talent pool is beyond ready to support expansion franchises. The only position group I'd be worried about with expansion is the offensive line. In most position groups, there's a surplus. Even quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo, Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder, and Jordan Love should be starting on expansion teams. Blake Bortles should be a veteran backup or early-season seat-warming starter for one of the teams that would otherwise be starting a rookie QB.

More than you ever cared to know about Mike McDaniel's showering habits

EDIT: Down in the tweet comments, shots fired:

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I kinda see what you are saying and agree with you.
The only problem is it seems like a slap in the face to the current bottom of the barrel teams. It can't help but end up the rich get richer and the poor get more diluted.
The top teams are not going to lose any talent because why would you leave talent, system, coach and culture for a whole list of unknowns and a new head coach every year or two?

Plus, where are the new markets that will thrive? More CA, TX and FL teams?

fangblackbone wrote:

The top teams are not going to lose any talent because why would you leave talent, system, coach and culture for a whole list of unknowns and a new head coach every year or two?

Same reason professionals go anywhere: money. Because the new franchise has a clean balance sheet and $200m of unused cap space burning a hole in their pocket.

That, and players not having the choice because they were claimed in an expansion draft.

On that topic, I expect when the NFL does resume expansion, the expansion draft rules are going to be more expansion team friendly than they have been in the past.

Plus, where are the new markets that will thrive? More CA, TX and FL teams?

The NFL is going international. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it, just a question of time. If the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors can make ocean-crossing flights to play Mountain West Conference football, so can a professional team playing NFL road games.

But there are certainly still markets within the US that will support teams. I expect cities that had NFL teams and lost them will get the first look in expansion, kinda like the Browns being restored to Cleveland.

Also, Austin/San Antonio will jump to the top of the list the moment Jerruh kicks the bucket.

Apparently rain just follows the 49ers around, as the gameday forecast in Santa Clara has had the chance for rain steadily increasing over the past few days, currently up to 84%.

At least when it rains at Levi's, the playing surface actually absorbs some and doesn't turn into pools of water on a green carpet. How is the Soldier Field surface so bad?

Anyone daring enough to go on social media today would know that Trey's been preparing by making it rain.

Why not just approach major SEC and B10 teams and see about upgrading? You could even do a thing where there's a Tier 1 and Tier 2. There's enough money to make it happen.

Asante Samuel drops an easy INT and the opposing team goes on to score a TD. Sounds familiar.

FitzMagic looks atrocious next to Sherman and Gonzalez. Yikes.

If Amazon's smart, they'd develop a button to let viewers instantly buy whatever old book or movie the broadcasters reference.

Rat Boy wrote:

If Amazon's smart, they'd develop a button to let viewers instantly buy whatever old book or movie the broadcasters reference.

Don't give Bezos ideas. He'll put Dennis Miller back into the booth.

*Legion* wrote:
Rat Boy wrote:

If Amazon's smart, they'd develop a button to let viewers instantly buy whatever old book or movie the broadcasters reference.

Don't give Bezos ideas.

Good grief, remember when we used to use Amazon as a quick and easy way to buy a crapton of books?

Remember when Dennis Miller was actually funny?

Also, here's a flashback/flashback/flashback to football from 20 years ago, including a Daunte Culpeper joke!

The Amazon All-22 was actually pretty cool.

Herbstreit was distracting. I kept thinking I had tuned into an Ohio State game.

Enix wrote:

Herbstreit was distracting. I kept thinking I had tuned into an Ohio State game.

He's also got some beef with Al Michaels. The number of times he made a "you called that game" remark for a game from 50 years ago and Michaels replied "yeah from my bassinette" was cringeworthy and by the end of the game it sounded like Al wanted to just deck the guy for all his low blow remarks.

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