NFL 2022: The Week 18 thread

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Week 18 schedule is here. Note that there are two games on Saturday (Chiefs-Raiders at 4:30 and Titans-Jags at 8:15). There's the usual Sunday schedule, with Lions-Packers in the SNF spot, and no Monday game.

Coverage maps will be here Wednesday.

Playoff scenarios are here; playoff odds are here.

Everything's in flux at the moment. I guess we can use this thread to talk about the NFL will do and should do, which are often not the same thing.

Jags primetime football with playoff ramifications. What a world 2023 is.

Could the NFL just say the Bills and Cincy game ends as a tie? I can’t realistically figure what else they can do…at this point do we even want any games played this weekend?

In my life, there are Billls fans, Bengals fans, Chefs fans, Ravens fans, and Browns fans. I am waiting to see which will take the moral high ground, and which will complain about the game not being played. I’m guessing ion this instance morality will heavily depend on playoff seeding.

Spoiler:

Except the Browns fans, who have forever surrendered the moral high ground

Guessing the NFL doesn't have a clue as to what to do right now, and is waiting for Hamlin to hopefully wake up before making a decision. If he wakes up cogent and ready to start recovering, it's one thing, but, if he doesn't, well, then they'll still have no clue what to do.

I think the NFL will find a way to determine an outcome to the Bills/Bengals game without it being played. They could:

- Decide the game is a tie;
- Award a win to the team with the better record, or;
- 'Make' the teams flip a coin.

What I am almost certain won't happen is the restarting of the game. I suspect that - in the background - there are animated discussions taking place at the Competition Committee, and with the senior officers of the two teams involved.

Personal preference? The coin flip. It delivers a result in a way that is equally fair/unfair to both teams.

Or, do like they do in MLB (where teams frequently end the season not playing all their games due to weather cancelations), and use this fancy advanced mathematical technique of win percentage.

My favorite line about weather around 3 min.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Or, do like they do in MLB (where teams frequently end the season not playing all their games due to weather cancelations), and use this fancy advanced mathematical technique of win percentage.

That's a lot tougher in the NFL, where a single missing game out of 17 swings the percentage by a lot compared to a couple games missing out of 162.

That said, the Bengals and Bills are both playoff-clinched teams. The outcome of this game barely matters.

Doctors got "promising overnight readings" that they were hoping for from Damar Hamlin.

Hamlin's friend, who's been handling the press communication, was asked by the family not to go into specifics, so that's all we get. But at the very least, signs of positive progress.

*Legion* wrote:
UpToIsomorphism wrote:

Or, do like they do in MLB (where teams frequently end the season not playing all their games due to weather cancelations), and use this fancy advanced mathematical technique of win percentage.

That's a lot tougher in the NFL, where a single missing game out of 17 swings the percentage by a lot compared to a couple games missing out of 162.

That said, the Bengals and Bills are both playoff-clinched teams. The outcome of this game barely matters.

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On a lighter note, it looks like Zach Wilson bought a car in California.

He might as well be out buying cars. Jets announced that they'll start Mike White again (no shock) and that Flacco will be QB2.

It's probably safe to say that Wilson is done in New York.

Pro Football HOF finalist list is out.

There are 15 finalists. Three of them made the cut in their first year of eligibility: Dwight Freeney, Joe Thomas and Darrelle Revis. Those three seem like a sure bet for the HoF?

Enix wrote:

Pro Football HOF finalist list is out.

There are 15 finalists. Three of them made the cut in their first year of eligibility: Dwight Freeney, Joe Thomas and Darrelle Revis. Those three seem like a sure bet for the HoF?

I'm surprised Freeney made it in year one; yeah, lots of sacks, but IIRC not a run defender at all? His sack totals are behind both Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware, so I'd actually think they'd likely be on the proverbial menu before Freeney is.

Statement from the Bills. The important point is he appears, in their words, to be "neurologically intact."

Enix wrote:

Pro Football HOF finalist list is out.

There are 15 finalists. Three of them made the cut in their first year of eligibility: Dwight Freeney, Joe Thomas and Darrelle Revis. Those three seem like a sure bet for the HoF?

Freeney wouldn't be a pick of mine for this year. Like MMD said, he belongs in line behind DeMarcus Ware for the next HoF edge rusher.

All the guys I picked out during the semifinals made it to the finals:

me a few weeks ago wrote:

For me, there's three easy choices: Joe Thomas, Darrelle Revis, Patrick Willis.

After that... Zach Thomas, Ronde Barber, Willie Anderson, DeMarcus Ware, and Jaguars legend Torry Holt are probably my second tier guys. Pick any two to round out the 5 modern era inductees.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Statement from the Bills. The important point is he appears, in their words, to be "neurologically intact."

A little more detail:

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More madness: NFL is reportedly thinking of adding an eighth playoff team in each conference.

Some sad news for Enix; per Football Outsiders (well, a tweet somebody posted to Reddit), the team with the best passing offense by DVOA these last six weeks is . . . the Carolina Panthers.

WHO'S READY FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF SAM DARNOLD!

Damar Hamlin asked in writing who won. Imagine the long conversation if he was asking who won Speaker of the House.

Conscious and communicating, that's great

People reportedly close to the discussions have leaked to the AP that the NFL does not plan to resume the Bills/Bengals game, but that the NFLPA will need to approve the change.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Some sad news for Enix; per Football Outsiders (well, a tweet somebody posted to Reddit), the team with the best passing offense by DVOA these last six weeks is . . . the Carolina Panthers.

WHO'S READY FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF SAM DARNOLD!

Weirdly enough, BEARDEDARNOLD has actually been pretty good over the past month or so. His TD passes in the game were absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, clean-shaven Darnold (aka Bad Sam) made an appearance, too. I can't imagine he'll be back, but I'm already resigning myself to his serving as a bridge QB for some or all of the 2023 season.

So this is how the Greg Schiano/Lovie Smith/Dirk Koetter Bucs felt like, huh? Ugh.

*Legion* wrote:

People reportedly close to the discussions have leaked to the AP that the NFL does not plan to resume the Bills/Bengals game, but that the NFLPA will need to approve the change.

"Oh sh*t, he's asking about the game. What do we tell him?"

So this has understandably been lost in the shuffle due to Damar Hamlin, but the NFL world suffered another tragedy while everyone was looking in Damar's direction.

Former Jaguars offensive lineman Uchechukwu "Uche" Nwaneri collapsed and died in his wife's home on December 30th. It wasn't reported in the news until Tuesday, which is why it got drowned out by Damar's situation.

But Nwaneri was only 38 years old, and he died of acute heart failure.

Nwaneri was active in online communities, and produced a YouTube video show under the name The Observant Lineman, where he talked about the NFL from a lineman's perspective, often diving into issues like race and player health. He was born to Nigerian parents, who immigrated to the Dallas area in the 1970s.

Enix wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Some sad news for Enix; per Football Outsiders (well, a tweet somebody posted to Reddit), the team with the best passing offense by DVOA these last six weeks is . . . the Carolina Panthers.

WHO'S READY FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF SAM DARNOLD!

Weirdly enough, BEARDEDARNOLD has actually been pretty good over the past month or so. His TD passes in the game were absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, clean-shaven Darnold (aka Bad Sam) made an appearance, too. I can't imagine he'll be back, but I'm already resigning myself to his serving as a bridge QB for some or all of the 2023 season.

So this is how the Greg Schiano/Lovie Smith/Dirk Koetter Bucs felt like, huh? Ugh.

You forgot Raheem Morris.

And, yes, pretty much. Except with a rapist at QB.

Bills coach Sean McDermott has addressed the team with regards to the possibility of completing the Bengals game:

McDermott said that the players’ decision was that they didn’t feel they could continue and he delivered that message to league officials.

That game ain't getting played. We're all just gonna move on. And speaking of moving on:

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Scenarios for clinching the first pick of the NFL draft:

If the Texans LOSE, they will get the first pick.

If the Texans WIN and the Bears WIN or TIE, the Texans get the pick.

If the Texans WIN and the Bears LOSE, the Bears get the pick.

If Kevin McCarthy LOSES four more Speaker votes, the Republicans get the pick.

*Legion* wrote:

If Kevin McCarthy LOSES four more Speaker votes, the Republicans get the pick.

Stetson Bennett IV

iaintgotnopants wrote:
*Legion* wrote:

If Kevin McCarthy LOSES four more Speaker votes, the Republicans get the pick.

Stetson Bennett IV

Whose older than about a third of the starting QBs in the league. I mean, the dude is two full years older than TD Trevor, ffs.

If Bennett doesn't yet have his PhD, American higher ed has failed him.

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