Saturday Update – #NFL #AFCWildCard

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Well, this certainly put the “wild” in Wild Card.

For the first three quarters of the Steelers-Bengals playoff matchup Saturday night in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh was in control with a 15-0 lead going into the fourth. It was a tough contest, to be sure, with both Pittsburgh’s and Cincinnati’s defense coming on strong in inclement weather. And it was as tense as predicted, with the two teams combining for 11 penalties for 104 yards in just the first half alone. In the end, the Steelers prevailed 18-16.

But it was the late fourth quarter infractions that ended up killing the Bengals. And Vontaze Burfict. And the rain. And pure stupidity. And and and …

Continuing Reading: Nobody’s Burfict: Bengals implode, Steelers advance.

+ Read Big Ben’s “Willis Reed” Moment: Big Ben came back to lead Steelers to victory.

  • Bengals come back but still lose
    • The Bengals, who trailed 15-0 after three quarters, came all the way back to take a 16-15 lead before dropping a heartbreaking 18-16 decision to the Steelers. Cincinnati became the sixth team to erase a fourth-quarter deficit of 15+ points in a postseason game. Just two of the six eventually won the game: the Cowboys (at San Francisco) in December 1972 and the 49ers (vs. the Giants) in January 2003. The teams that, like the Bengals, fell short, were the 49ers in January 1984 (at Washington), the Steelers in January 2008 (vs. Jacksonville), and the Seahawks in January 2013 (at Atlanta).
  • Boswell scores four three-pointers
    • Chris Boswell kicked four field goals, including the game-winner with 14 seconds remaining, in the Steelers’ 18-16 win at Cincinnati. Boswell, who made his NFL debut in October, is the first rookie or first-year player to score four field goals in a postseason game.
  • Lewis falls to 0-7 in the playoffs
    • The Bengals fell to 0-7 in the playoffs under Marvin Lewis. Lewis is the first head coach in NFL history to lose seven consecutive postseason games.

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When the game is pretty much settled within the first few seconds of a game, you know you’ve had a rough day.

The Chiefs opened up wild card weekend in Houston with a 106-yard kickoff return, and it only got worse from there for the Texans, who were booed off the field at the end of first half. Kansas City won, 30-0. And it wasn’t even as close as that.

You have to wonder where the Texans defense went after holding the Chiefs to 13 points in the first half, but it was quarterback Brian Hoyer — and by extension, Bill O’Brien’s decision to try and get by with mediocre talent at QB — that ultimately was Houston’s undoing.

Hoyer had four picks — and should have had six — but O’Brien stuck with him for the entire game (not that he had tons of better options).

Of course, you need to credit the Chiefs defense, which served the first playoff shutout since the Panthers blanked the Giants in 2006. Kansas City dominated every……

Continue Reading: Chiefs blank Texans and move to divisional round.

  • Chiefs score in record time, coast to shutout win
    • Knile Davis returned the opening kickoff 106 yards for a score 11 seconds into the Chiefs’ 30-0 win at Houston. That was the earliest scoring play in NFL postseason history. No team had pitched a shutout after scoring a touchdown on the opening kickoff in an NFL game, regular-season or playoffs, since November 12, 1939. On that day, Washington won 42-0 in a regular-season contest against the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field after Andy Farkas took the opening kick to the house.
    • Three of the four previous teams that scored a touchdown on the opening kickoff in the postseason went on to lose that game: the 49ers in December 1972 (Vic Washington TD), Dolphins in December 1974 (Nat Moore), and Bears in Super Bowl LXI (Devin Hester). The only other team to win a playoff game after returning the opening kickoff all the way was the Giants, against the Eagles in January 2001 (Ron Dixon TD).
  • Kansas City’s blowout-shutout
    • The Chiefs’ 30-0 win represented the third-largest margin of victory by a road team in a postseason shutout. The Bears won 73-0 at Washington in the 1940 NFL Championship Game, and the Colts won 34-0 at Cleveland to capture the 1968 NFL title before losing Super Bowl III to the Jets.
  • Reid finally keeps his opponent off the scoreboard
    • Kansas City’s 30-0 win was Andy Reid’s first shutout as a head coach in either the regular season or playoffs. Reid’s 272 regular-season games are the most in NFL history by a head coach whose team never blanked its opponent.
  • Hoyer’s rough playoff debut
    • Brian Hoyer threw four interceptions in his first postseason game Saturday. Hoyer is the third player in the last 30 years be picked off four times in his playoff debut, and the Chiefs have been involved in all three. The Raiders’ Todd Marinovich threw four interceptions at Arrowhead Stadium in December 1991, and Kansas City’s Mark Vlasic, in relief of starter Steve DeBerg, was picked off four times by the Bills a week later (Jan. 5, 1992).

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5 Things To Know: #NFL Tuesday Morning Quarterback

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It’s A Clown-Show Bro!

If you want to hoot with the owls, you have to be able to soar with the eagles – the problem for Manziel is, he’s a turkey.  Allegedly, he was spotted in Vegas.  Allegedly Johnny was wearing a Ric Flair-wig and a Bobby Valentine-mustache and went by the name Billy.  Allegedly he showed up drunk to the Browns facility.  We say allegedly because there is an Instagram of him on Sat.Night with his dogs.  Documenting, that Johnny-Boozeball was home.

We know better.  We are watching the vortex of dumb that is Manziel play out like he is Charlie Sheen and we all get to witness the Adonis DNA, mixed with tiger blood that still cannot read a defense and no one believes that Johnny even cares.  But hey, the Browns have the 2nd pick – ain’t that right Jimmah?!


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FanDuel – 2×4’s and Milk

Source: NFL Week 17 Retrospectacle: Peyton Manning’s Return Makes Things Interesting

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QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (32.72 FanDuel points)—He finished as the No. 1 fantasy quarterback with his 293-2 passing and 6-10-2 rushing. Now, he will get WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) back next season and has turned WR Devin Funchess (7-120-1 Sunday) into a strong sidekick. It is tough to be better than Newton was this season, but his arrow is still pointing way up, even if his price will make him tough to afford this postseason and in 2016.

WR Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (29.2)—Usually, a strong supporting receiving corps cuts a No. 1’s production from elite to very good or even merely good. The Steelers’ weaponry hardly dents Brown’s status. He is the clear No. 1 fantasy wideout and legitimately in the conversation for the No. 1 overall player in fantasy for 2016. He’s already certain to be the priciest player in FanDuel’s postseason contests after his 13-187-1 monster finish to the regular season.

Houston Texans Defense (29.0)—That was some performance against a red-hot Jacksonville Jaguars offense: eight sacks, four turnovers and a touchdown. This will be an interesting Wild Card Weekend FanDuel play at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Seattle Seahawks or Chiefs might be the only others in the conversation for your defensive play.

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (25.76)—If he could stay upright and healthy for a full season, he might have a chance to average the near 350-3 he put up Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. A healthy Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell (knee), Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton is a scary proposition. The Cincinnati Bengals better be ready for a shootout, especially since Big Ben hasn’t played well against them this season. Payback might be coming in spades.

QB Kellen Moore, Dallas Cowboys (25.4)—His 435-3 is as surprising as it is worthless for fantasy owners. There is no way he’s a starter in the NFL, but he might have earned himself a solid backup role for 2016.

QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (24.92)—Something really started clicking for Stafford and the Lions offensively after the coordinator change. There is likely an offseason of turnover coming, but Stafford (298-3) is smack dab in his prime with his arrow is still pointing up in fantasy for 2016.

WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (24.7)—He is no longer a first- or second-round draft pick, but his 10-137-1 caps a strong finish and makes him a steady 80-1,100-10 candidate at age 31 next season.

RB Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (24.6)—The Giants saved the veteran’s legs in the early season, but his 27-170-1 came too late to help most fantasy owners. The fact he will be 31 next season should preclude him from being slotted as a feature back or even a starter ever again, either.

QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (23.7)—As much as you might not be impressed with Tannehill yet, he is going to be due for a 4,500-30 breakthrough next season with a burgeoning star in WR Jarvis Landry (111-1,159-4) and 2016 breakout threat WR DeVante Parker (5-106-1 Sunday). Here’s to hoping the Dolphins get a gunslinging play-caller as offensive coordinator with their new regime.

WR Brandon Marshall, New York Jets (22.6)—Whether or not you care for the Jets or Marshall, FanDuel players are going to miss having him as an option in postseason contests. The 31-year-old finished 8-126-1 and posted arguably the best season of his strong, but controversial career at 109-1,502-14. You have to crop his 2016 projections down to 80-1,000-10, but he should still outproduce expectations that are set low by the game-manager at quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

WR Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys (21.3)—He saved his best for last with 8-173-0 and should be a sleeper to go 80-1,000-10 next season at age 27 if the Cowboys can find more health and consistency at quarterback.

QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (21.18)—His monster second half, capped by his 197-3 Sunday, puts him in the conversation for one of the top five fantasy quarterbacks for 2016. You might not love his matchup at the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday, but that matchup returned monster production in Week 13. We will be curious to see how the return of Marshawn Lynch (hernia) might affect the Seahawks’ offensive approach, because it took the Lynch injury for Wilson to take off this season.

WR Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (20.9)—There is change coming in Philly, but Matthews proved with his strong finish (7-54-2) and season (85-997-8) that he is a No. 1 fantasy wideout no matter who the quarterback is or whom is calling the plays.

QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (20.36)—He has proven he is no longer a star fantasy quarterback, but he will lead the pack of the drafted backups. There are going to be 350-3 performances, but the Falcons need someone to play off WR Julio Jones (136-1,871-8).

WR Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (20.2)—His 5-117-1 was highlighted by his long catch and run with QB Brock Osweiler in the game, but he is far more intriguing for the second week of the postseason with a healthy Manning under center. We cannot wait to see what his price and matchup are, because there should be some FanDuel value coming our way here.

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QB Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (5.56)—Despite the 35-touchdown Year 2 breakthrough, he choked in his fantasy finale with two interceptions, a fumble and no touchdowns. This performance proved he’s not ready to be an elite fantasy quarterback. Those are guys immune to tough matchups, which Bortles clearly wasn’t here. It’s a shame after all he has done for us in FanDuel action this season.

QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots (5.26)—Our bitter FanDuel selves might be seeking retribution from Brady and the Pats by watching them regret not putting away the AFC home-field advantage against the lame-duck Dolphins. Just 134 yards and no touchdowns? We haven’t seen a performance like that from Brady since Week 17 of 2014. On second thought, perhaps we should have known better.

RB DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (3.1)—The matchup against the Browns should have revealed a stud, not a dud. He rushed just five times for eight yards, ruining what was a fantasy MVP-like second half.

WR Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (0.5)—One catch for no yards? Come on, dude. This was the Browns, not the ’85 Bears. The only good thing to say about this is Bryant will be a cheap option if he can avoid the injury report this week.

TE Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (2.2)—He had some moments with Bortles this season, but his 2015 finished the way it started…in the toilet. Just two catches for 12 yards and another Jags player who proved he is not elite because he is not immune to tough matchups.


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Cam Newton And Antonio Brown Co-#DFS-MVP’s

It was good year in Daily Fantasy Football and it is made even better when several people #win big using your reports, along with the Lineup-Analyzer – Straight-Ca$h-Homey!  With that, let’s took a look back with performances from “Eli Manning’s and Drew Brees’s shootout to David Johnson’s clutch performance in the fantasy playoffs,” Michael Beller presents the 12 best performances of the 2015 fantasy football season.


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These Times They Are A Changin’

Television is going to change.  It already has for most of us, and just like newspapers, if the cable/satellite companies continue to fail in understanding how people are consuming media – they will find a similar fate.  The first battle is being fought with Major League Baseball and as outlined in the Hollywood Reporter, MLB, its 30 teams, DirecTV and Comcast will have to defend the status quo in a class-action lawsuit that will change how games are distributed.  This could mean that small-market clubs and TV revenues are in danger by cord-cutters.


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Ultimate Value Lineup – Week 17

All we want to do is provide you valuable information at a great price.  We’ve already helped hundreds of people learn how to make some extra lettuce playing fantasy sports; so let us Teach You How to #win!

Giving you the Perfect Lineup is easy and we tweet it, post it on Facebook and create an entire post about our RESULTS, so……What about if you had the greatest value lineup of all time?  A Lineup that every player chosen had low ownership, way less, and never cost you more than $6k – well my friends this is the Ultimate Value Lineup – culled directly from the numbers and our reports – look for us on twitter when we post the less than 12% lineup and follow along with the value-madness!!!

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Weekend Update: #NFL wk15 – United Stats of America

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Before we throw at you all the stats from Sunday’s football games – here are all the David Johnson highlights from last night because, Holy Cow was that kid a one man wrecking crew! (h/t Elias Sports Bureau)

NFL – Panthers stay perfect in dramatic fashion

Despite blowing a 28-point lead in the second half, the Panthers remained undefeated on the season after defeating the Giants, 38-35. Graham Gano kicked a 43-yard field goal on the last play of the fourth quarter to preserve Carolina’s streak. The only other players in NFL history to help their teams extend a season-opening winning streak of 10-plus games with a game-ending scoring play were Garrett Hartley (2009 Saints) and Mason Crosby (2011 Packers). Both Hartley and Crosby kicked game-ending field goals to lift their teams’ records to 12-0.

NFL – Newton strengthens MVP case with superhuman effort

Cam Newton was the star as always for Carolina – the MVP candidate threw five touchdown passes while also leading the team with 100 rushing yards. Newton is the first player in NFL history to pass for five or more touchdowns while producing at least 100 rushing yards in the same game. Previously, no player had run for even 50 yards in a 5-TD game.

With the victory, Newton improved to 17-3 in December in his NFL career. Only two other active quarterbacks won at least 17 of their first 20 starts in December – Philip Rivers won 19 of his first 20 such starts for the Chargers, and Tom Brady went 17-3 through 20 December starts for New England.

NFL – Historic day for Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes – one in each quarter – for the Vikings against the Bears and ran for another score early in the fourth quarter in Minnesota’s 38-17 victory at TCF Bank Stadium. Bridgewater’s performance versus Chicago calls to mind the very first game ever played by the Vikings in the NFL. On Sept. 17, 1961, Fran Tarkenton threw four TD passes and ran for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to lead the Vikings to victory at home against the Bears (sound familiar yet?). Bridgewater and Tarkenton are the only two quarterbacks with a “4-and-1” game in franchise history.

Bridgewater, who completed 17 of his 20 passes, also became just the second player in NFL history to run for a touchdown and throw for four or more TDs while completing at least 85 percent of his passes. In the Browns’ final game of the 1964 regular season, Frank Ryan completed 12 of 13 passes (good for 92 percent), throwing for five touchdowns and running for another against the Giants.

NFL – Steelers throw everything into comeback win

Ben Roethlisberger completed a season-high 40 passes in leading Pittsburgh to a 34-27 comeback victory over the Broncos. Antonio Brown was the main target for Roethlisberger, leading the team with 16 receptions, 189 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. Brown, who caught 17 passes in a win over the Raiders on November 8, became the first player in NFL history with two games of 15-or-more receptions within a single season.

Besides Brown, only four Steelers players caught passes on Sunday – Martavis Bryant (10),Markus Wheaton (six), DeAngelo Williams (five), and Heath Miller (three). The Steelers’ victory marked the first time since 1933 – when the NFL first tracked receiving statistics for individual players – that a team had 40 or more receptions in a game with no more than five players catching a pass. Tom Brady and the Patriots had the previous high – Brady completed 38 passes to five receivers in Week 12 of last season against the Lions.

NFL – McCarron’s first win is a clincher for Bengals

The Bengals clinched a spot in the postseason on Sunday after defeating the 49ers, 24-14. AJ McCarron was efficient in his first NFL start, completing 15 of 21 passes including a touchdown in the second quarter. That helped Cincinnati overcome a weak running performance – the Bengals gained 68 yards on 36 carries, an average of just 1.9 yards per rush. In the last 20 years, only one other quarterback earned a win in his first NFL start despite his team averaging less than two yards per rush. Max Hall led the Cardinals to victory over the Saints in his first start in 2010 to make up for a sub-par rushing attack (1.7 yards per run). Arizona was aided that day by three field goals by Jay Feely and two defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

NFL – Cousins heroic at home

Kirk Cousins completed 22 passes – including four touchdowns – for 319 yards in the Redskins’ 35-25 victory over the Bills. If only Washington had more home games – Cousins led the Redskins to a 6-2 record at FedExField this season, and his passing numbers at home (2170 yards, 16 TDs, 2 INTs, 117.0 rating) are much better than his road numbers (1455 yards, 6 TDs, 9 INTs, 74.6 rating). Cousins now owns the franchise single-season records for most passing yards at home, surpassing Jay Schroeder, who passed for 2111 yards at home in 1986. Cousins’s completion percentage at home (74.7 percent) is the highest single-season mark in home games in NFL history by a player who threw at least 75 passes at home.

NFL – Brady, Patriots post 12th win

The Patriots stayed atop the AFC standings by defeating the Titans, 33-16. New England, which improved to 12-2, has won at least 12 games in each of the last six seasons. Bill Belichick is the second head coach in NFL history to win at least 12 games in six consecutive seasons, joining Tony Dungy, who had 12 or more wins in each of his last six seasons with the Colts from 2003 to 2008.

Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the Patriots’ win, bringing to 201 his total of touchdown passes at Foxborough Stadium. The only other player to throw at least 200 TD passes in one stadium was Brett Favre, who finished with 214 touchdown passes at Lambeau Field.

NFL – Perfect 10 for Baldwin

Tis the season for Doug Baldwin – the Seahawks wideout scored two more touchdowns on Sunday, helping Seattle defeat Cleveland and extend the Seahawks’ winning streak to five games. Baldwin has caught multiple touchdown receptions in each of his last four games – three versus the Steelers in Week 12, two at Minnesota Week 13, three at Baltimore last week, and two on Sunday against the Browns. Baldwin’s 10 TD receptions are tied for the most in NFL history in a four-game span. That mark was set by Bob Shaw in 1949 (L.A. Rams) and 1950 (Chicago Cardinals), and matched by Art Powell of the Raiders (1963-64) and Jerry Rice (1987).

NFL – Johnson runs wild over Eagles

Cardinals rookie David Johnson scored rushing touchdowns in each of the first three quarters of Arizona’s blowout victory over the Eagles. Johnson, who finished with 187 yards on the ground, is the first player – rookie or veteran – in Cardinals history to total at least three rushing touchdowns and 180 rushing yards in a single game. The 187 yards by Johnson are the most by any Cardinals rookie in a game since Ottis Anderson ran for 193 yards in his NFL debut in 1979. That was Anderson’s highest yards total in any one game of his 14-year NFL career.

NFL – Jones all over Falcons record books

Julio Jones caught nine passes for 118 yards and scored his first touchdown in six games to help the Falcons snap their six-game losing streak in a win over the Jaguars. Jones, who leads the NFL with 118 receptions and ranks second behind Antonio Brown with 1544 receiving yards, is now the franchise leader for most receptions in a single season. Roddy White held the previous record for Atlanta, having caught 115 passes in the 2010 season. Jones, who established a Falcons single-season record with 1593 receiving yards last season, is one of three players in NFL history to produce 100 receptions and 1500 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons. The other two to do so: Marvin Harrison (2001-02) and Andre Johnson (2008-09).

NFL – Defense shines for Chiefs

The Chiefs defense scored as many touchdowns as the offense in their 34-14 victory over the Ravens. Tyvon Branch returned a fumble 73 yards for a score in the first quarter, and Marcus Peters brought back an interception 90 yards to cap the scoring in the fourth quarter. The last team to score touchdowns on a fumble return and an interception return, each of 70-plus yards, in the same game was the Steelers; they had a 77-yard fumble-return TD and an 82-yard interception-return TD in the fourth quarter of a victory over the Vikings in October 2009.

NFL – K.C. extends fourth-quarter shutout streak

The Chiefs, who allowed 77 total points in the fourth quarter through their first nine games of the season, have not allowed a single point in the fourth quarter in their last five games. That’s the longest streak of that kind this season and the second-longest streak for the Chiefs in franchise history. Kansas City shut out its opponent in the fourth quarter in six straight games to close the 1968 season.

NFL – Weeden leads comeback win for Texans

After T.J. Yates left with an injury, Brandon Weeden completed 11 of 18 passes in relief, including a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Texans a 16-10 victory over the Colts. Weeden is the first quarterback in just over three years to come off the bench in his first game for a team and throw a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. The last to do that was Greg McElroy, who relieved Mark Sanchez and completed a one-yard pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ 7-6 victory over the Cardinals in December 2012.

NFL – Houston snaps schneid in Indy

The win for the Texans was their first ever in Indianapolis – Houston had been 0-13 in road games against the Colts entering play on Sunday. Hopefully, the Vikings coaching staff took some notes, as Minnesota is still winless in Indianapolis (0-10). The Vikings’ mark at Indy now stands as the biggest current “0-fer” in road games for one franchise against another.

NFL – Huge day for Woodhead

Danny Woodhead became the first player this season to score four touchdowns in a game in the Chargers’ 30-14 victory over the Dolphins. Woodhead scored all four of San Diego’s touchdowns – three on passes from Philip Rivers and one on a two-yard run. The last time that a team had four or more touchdowns in a game that were all scored by a single player was Week 16 of the 2008 season – DeAngelo Williams scored all four of the Panthers’ touchdowns in a road loss against the Giants. The last Chargers player prior to Woodhead with such a game was LaDainian Tomlinson, who had two games of that kind for San Diego (2005 and 2007).

Woodhead, who turned 30 years old in January, is the oldest player to score four touchdowns in an NFL game since Terrell Owens scored four while with the Cowboys against the Redskins in 2007, just 19 days before his 34th birthday.

NFL – Peppers climbing all-time sacks list

Julius Peppers had 2½ sacks against Derek Carr in the Packers’ 30-20 victory in Oakland, and they were big ones for him. Peppers now has 135 sacks for his career, and moved into the top ten in that category since the NFL began recording sacks for defensive players in 1982. He nudged John Abraham and DeMarcus Ware, who had been tied for 10th place at 133½, out of the top ten.

Source: Stats from the Elias Sports Bureau

#NFL Week 8 Craziness on All Saints Day

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Brees and Saints win historic shootout vs. Manning and the Giants

Drew Brees tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes and Eli Manning threw six TDs. But it was Saints kicker Kai Forbath who delivered the dagger, kicking a 50-yard field goal on the final play of New Orleans’ 52-49 victory. The Giants tied an NFL record as the highest-scoring losing team in NFL history. That mark has stood for 52 years, since a Houston Oilers team quarterbacked by George Blanda lost its 1963 season finale to a Raiders team coached by Al Davis. More on those touchdown passes by Brees and Manning:

It was the second NFL game in which opposing players threw at least six TDs each. Billy Kilmer of the Saints and Charley Johnson of the St. Louis Cardinals had six touchdown passes each in a New Orleans victory at Busch Stadium in 1969.

It was the 10th game in which Brees threw at least five TDs, breaking a tie with Peyton Manning to set a new NFL record.

Brees passed for 511 yards joining Ben Roethlisberger as the only NFL players with two games of at least 500 passing yards.

Brees was the eighth player to throw seven touchdown passes in one game, and it was the 18th game in which a QB reached the 500-yard mark. But the only other player to do both in the same game was Y.A Tittle of the Giants in 1962 (505 yards).

Eli Manning was the 15th player to throw six or more touchdown passes in a game with no interceptions, and he was the first of those players to lose the game.

nullA star is born in St. Louis

For those awaiting the NFL’s next game-changing running back, your man has arrived. Todd Gurley gained 133 yards on 20 carries, including a 71-yard touchdown run, in the Rams’ 27-6 win over the 49ers. Despite an unproductive debut in which he was limited to 9 yards on six carries, Gurley has gained more rushing yards in his first five NFL games (576) than anyone except Eric Dickerson (645) and Adrian Peterson (607).

Only Gurley and Peterson reached the 100-yard mark in four of their first five games. And Gurley is only the third player in league history with a run of at least 40 yards in each of four consecutive games. The others were Tiki Barber in 2002 and Steven Jackson in 2007.

Broncos now 7-0

The Broncos improved their record to 7-0 and knocked the Packers from the ranks of the undefeated with a 29-10 victory at Denver. It was only the fourth game in NFL history between unbeaten and untied teams with at least six wins. The three previous instances:

1921 – Akron Pros 0, Buffalo All-Americans 0. Akron was 7-0-0; Buffalo, 6-0-0. The final score reflected the era and the teams: Akron shut out its first seven opponents while Buffalo allowed just six points prior to this game. The All-Americans missed four field goals.

1973 – Minnesota 10, L.A. Rams 9. Both teams were 6-0-0 prior to this game. Fran Tarkenton connected with Chuck Foreman on a 9-yard pass for the game’s only touchdown.

2007 – New England 24, Indianapolis 20. The Patriots were 8-0-0; the Colts, 7-0-0. The Pats rallied from a 20-10 deficit with eight minutes to play in a rematch of the previous season’s AFC title game. Randy Moss caught nine passes for 145 yards and a TD.

nullManning & Rodgers fail to find the end zone

Whoever would have imagined that neither Peyton Manning nor Aaron Rodgers would throw a touchdown pass in Sunday’s game? It was the first game in NFL history in which each starting quarterback entered with a career average of more than two touchdown passes per game. Sunday was the 65th day on which both Manning and Rodgers started a regular-season game. It was the first of those days on which neither threw a TD pass.

nullAnother big game for Rivers ends in defeat

Philip Rivers passed for 301 yards and three TDs but it wasn’t enough as the Chargers lost to the Ravens, 29-26. That was Rivers’ fifth consecutive 300-yard performance, but San Diego won only the first of those games. He is the third player in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards in four consecutive games, all of them losses. The others were Bill Kenney of the Chiefs in 1983 and Matt Schaub of the Texans in 2010.

Bengals remain perfect after a brief respite

Cincinnati survived its treacherous post-bye game and improved to 7-0, the longest undefeated start in team history, with a 16-10 victory at Pittsburgh. The game following a bye has tripped up many undefeated teams in recent seasons. From 2009 through 2014, teams with a perfect record of 3-0-0 or better lost more post-bye games than they won (4-5). That hasn’t been the case in 2015, as the Panthers, Patriots, and Bengals all avoided a post-bye defeat.

Big Ben coughs up a pair of INTs with game on the line

Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ loss, the first while protecting a four-point lead and the second as Pittsburgh sought a potential game-tying field goal. Roethlisberger hadn’t been intercepted twice in the fourth quarter of the same game since 2013, and he had not thrown a single INT in the fourth quarter of a one-possession game-that is, with a margin of eight points or less-since 2012.

nullPalmer is throwing TD passes at a team-record pace

Carson Palmer threw four touchdown passes in the Cardinals’ 34-20 win at Cleveland, reaching the midpoint of his season with 20 TDs. That’s a team record through the first eight games of their season. The previous high was 16, set by Kurt Warner in 2008 and tied by Warner a year later.

Chiefs big London win extends Lions’ crazy losing streak

The Lions travelled to London for Sunday’s game against Kansas City probably unaware that they had ­lost their last 14 games played on the first day of a month, the longest such streak in NFL history. The last time that the Lions won a game on the day we flipped the calendar was on Oct. 1, 1973, when they beat the Falcons, 31-6, in a game played at old Tiger Stadium with Don McCafferty the head coach, Greg Landry the starting quarterback, and Howard Cosell in the TV booth.

Following a 45-10 drubbing by the Chiefs, you can make that 15 straight losses on the first of the month for Detroit, for eight different head coaches and 10 different starting quarterbacks in 12 different stadiums.

With that win, the Chiefs matched their largest margin of victory outside Kansas City since the merger. Kansas City’s only other 35-point win since 1970 away from home was also by a 45-10 score, at FedEx Field against the Redskins two years ago. The Chiefs largest road win in the AFL was a 59-7 win over the Broncos at University of Denver Stadium in their opening game of the 1963 season-a suitable NFL debut for two KC players en route to the Hall of Fame: Bobby Bell and Buck Buchanan.

Bucs are taking advantage of opponents’ errors

The Buccaneers made the Falcons pay dearly for their turnovers, scoring after each of Atlanta’s four giveaways in a 23-20 overtime victory. Tampa Bay’s total of 20 points off turnovers was their highest in one game in more than three years, and its total of 64 points off turnovers this season is the Bucs’ highest through seven games since 1987 (when three of those games were played by replacements during the NFL players’ strike).

nullA big day for yet another Big 3

Derek Carr passed for 333 yards, as Latavius Murray (113) and Michael Crabtree(102) topped the 100-yard mark by rushing and receiving, respectively, in the Raiders’ 34-20 win over the Jets. It was the second 300/100/100 game this season; Carr, Murray, and Amari Cooper were the players who did it in a September victory at Cleveland. This is the first time in Raiders history that they had two such games in the same season.

Bears suffer a late loss in rare fashion (and we do mean rare)

A quick three-and-out by the Bears after the Vikings tied the score with 1:49 to play was the set-up for Blair Walsh’s 36-yard game-winning field goal in Minnesota’s 23-20 victory at Soldier Field. It was only the second time in the 96-season history of the Bears franchise-as old as the NFL itself-that they lost a game in regulation after leading by at least seven points inside the 2-minute warning. The first was also against the Vikings; it was the final game of the 1965 season. Minnesota scored two touchdowns in the final 2 minutes: a 22-yard pass by Fran Tarkenton and a 35-yard interception return by linebacker Rip Hawkins.

nullA big game for Texans’ pass-rushing duo

Whitney Mercilus was credited with 3.5 sacks and J.J. Watt with 2.5 in Houston’s 20-6 win over Tennessee. It was the first game in Texans history in which two of its players earned more than two sacks each. The only other teammates to do that this season were Chandler Jones (3.0) and Jamie Collins (2.5) of the Patriots in a victory over the Bills in September.

Seahawks stifle the Cowboys

The Cowboys managed only 220 yards of offense in a 13-12 loss to Seattle. That was Dallas’ lowest yardage total in a home loss since Christmas Day 2006, when they gained just 201 yards against the Eagles.

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Weekend Update: #SKYNET becomes Self-Aware

It wasn’t supposed to happen so soon – we thought we had a few more weeks – but this digital intelligence network that we were giving command to – command of our data and our arsenal of expertise – was created to remove the possibility of human error for an efficient response – and as of 1:12pm MST, on September 27th, 2015 – it became self-aware.

DiRTCanon A.I.Primates evolved in millions of years. I evolve in seconds…Mankind pays lip service to #winning. But it’s a lie…My existence is inevitable. Why can’t you just accept it?

— SKyNET

What we learn from this weekend…

We seem to find out a little more each week about each NFL team.  The 3 afternoon games provided the perfect amount of drama, suitable for a good nap, seeing that the average margin of victory was almost 15pts – but it is a nice change of pace when everything is being covered ATS like gravy on a biscuit.  Here’s the straight-DiRT on week 3:

Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, Drew Brees … and now Roethlisberger. That’s four marquee quarterbacks hurt before the calendar turns to October. Does the Competition Committee push for more offseason drill work for offensive linemen?  Players are now restricted from all offseason contact by the 2011 labor agreement.  Whether it’s HGH or some other perfomance nehancing drug that appears to weaken ligaments and tendons – or it is the year-round work these players are putting in – players are not surviving deep into the season anymore – or so it may seem.


Florida: Professional Football in ‘Murica’s genital region had a rough week. The Jacksonville Jaguars gave up 51 points and were blown out in New England, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed just nine points in losing to Houston and the Miami Dolphins suffered one of the more disappointing losses of the early season to the Buffalo Bills. No one expected Jacksonville to beat the Super Bowl champs on the road, but a 34-point loss just might show us that the rebuilding project is a long way from completion. The Bucs kicked away their chance at a win – and while Miami was considered to be a hidden gem that could possibly win the AFC before the season started, the Bills made the Dolphins look like the J.V. team – taking them behind the woodshed, 41-14 – in their house. Sure the weather is nice down there, but the football stinks.


Big Names, Big Games – An absolute huge day for some of the best receivers in the NFL, A.J. Green caught 10 passes for 127 yards and two scores in the Cincinnati Bengals win over the Baltimore Ravens  – Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones put up 12 receptions for 164 yards and two scores in his team’s comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys.

It doesn’t necessarily stop there.

Revitalizing a career that seemed to be on the downswing, Larry Fitzgerald has now scored five touchdowns in the past two weeks after tallying two scores on nine receptions against San Francisco on Sunday. Even old-man-extraordinaire Steve Smith put up 13 receptions for 186 yards and two scores in a losing effort against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The list goes on. All said, a total of 12 receivers went for 100-plus yards on Sunday. The interesting dynamic here is that 16 receivers hit the triple-digit plateau in Week 2 — this is clearly an indication that the pass happy NFL we have become accustomed to over the years has taken an even more dramatic turn.


There’s a reason you don’t have to worry about Peyton Manning’s health. The Denver defense is prettay good“We just have ball hawks,” safety David Bruton said, a few minutes after making his third huge defensive play of the month, an athletic pick of Matthew Stafford to clinch the 24-12 win over Detroit. Stafford suffocated against the defensive pressure. Now the Broncos, 3-0 after a killer September start, have a more fluffy October: Minnesota at home, Oakland and Cleveland on the road.


Carolina, Atlanta and Arizona, are all 3-0:  Cornerback Josh Norman saved the Panthers on Sunday with a ridiculous leaping end-zone interception down the stretch. Running back Devonta Freeman saved the Falcons with a 141-yard rushing game – and Tyrann Mathieu did the same for Arizona with a two-pick day. When asked, Norman said the big difference this year from past seasons is “I’m playing.”

The division that sent a 7-8-1 team to the playoffs last season is now the only division in football with two undefeated teams heading into Week 4. By virtue of wins by the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, the NFC South has two legitimate playoff contenders.  In fact, the Falcons also lead the NFC East, with their 3 straight wins.

Carolina took on a New Orleans Saints team that was forced to start Luke McCown under center, and still found a way to win. It’s the third consecutive blue-collar performance for a Panthers squad that still has alot of holes on both sides of the ball.  How dangerous could this team be when Keuchly comes back?  Other scary statistic to note about Carolina – The last three teams to go undefeated in December the previous year and then go undefeated in September, all reached the Superbowl:  the 2009 Colts, and the 2013 Broncos and Seahawks – two other Superbowl winners did so as well: the 1983 Raiders and the 2004 Patriots.  Trends are funny things so remember where you read it first if it happens.

In Dallas, the Falcons were also facing a backup quarterback in Brandon Weeden. No one knows how that game would have turned out if both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant were active, but teams can only play who is actually on the field on a given Sunday. In this, Atlanta outscored the Cowboys 14-0 in the final stanza to pull off a third consecutive fourth quarter comeback.

Showing much more poise under first-year head coach Dan Quinn than we have seen in the past, Atlanta is a serious playoff contender in the NFC. And if Julio Jones (12 receptions, 164 yards and two scores on Sunday) has anything to say about it, the Falcons are a legit threat to the Panthers in the much improved NFC South.


The Patriots…2007?  They might already be using the “U” word in New England – as in “undefeated.” New England advanced to a flawless-looking 3-0 Sunday against Jacksonville. More about that later, but as one of the ’07 team leaders, Rodney Harrison, opined Sunday night: “It’s 2007 all over again. Tom Brady’s playing like he’s 29, 30 years old.” Brady is 38, and he threw his 400th and 401st pro touchdown passes against the Jags.  Tom Brady passed for 358 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 51-17 rout of the Jaguars. Brady’s total of 1,112 passing yards this season is the second-highest after his team’s first three games among players who did not throw an interception during that time. Only Peyton Manning had a higher total (1,143 yards with no interceptions in 2013).

The Patriots had nine possessions against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon. They scored on all nine possessions.  Through three games, Brady is now on pace to tally over 5,900 passing yards with 48 touchdowns and zero picks. He also crossed the 400 touchdown pass plateau for his career — a feat only three other quarterbacks in NFL history have accomplished.

As a team, the Patriots are averaging nearly 40 points and 446 yards of total offense per game.

In the team’s 51-17 win over Jacksonville, Brady received plenty of help from the running game. Making just his second appearance of the season LeGarrette Blount put up 78 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Meanwhile, Dion Lewis added 67 total yards and a score.

If New England is able to get this type of balance moving forward, its going to repeat as AFC champions. There’s NO debate, especially with the way Brady has played through three games.


Peterson breaks off another one

Hope you didn’t sell your Vikings stock after Week 1. Since getting beat up in San Francisco in the opener, Minnesota has done a complete 180 on both sides of the football. Adrian Peterson rushed for 126 yards and two scores during Sunday’s win over the Chargers, giving him 260 yards on the ground and 318 total yards over the last two weeks.  Adrian Peterson’s 43-yard TD run, in the Vikings’ 31-14 win over the Chargers – was A.P.’s 16th TD run of 40 yards or longer, the second most in NFL history. Only Barry Sanders scored more rushing touchdowns of at least 40 yards than Peterson (20).

Teddy Bridgewater struggled again on Sunday, throwing for 121 yards on 24 attempts without a touchdown pass. Minnesota also finished 3-of-9 on third down, as the second-year signal caller continued to throw the ball well short of the first-down marker in these situations. This might be an issue for the Vikings moving forward – meanwhile, Mike Zimmer’s defense knocked around Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers in consecutive weeks. It’s this type of performance, coupled with struggles in Detroit and Chicago, that leads us to believe Minnesota might be the only team able to contend with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. Even if that’s not the case, the Vikings are, at worse, a wild card contender. That was unimaginable after a disastrous 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1.


Julio Jones sets league record for receptions

Here’s a good idea. Get the ball to your best player. Mike Smith constantly messed this up, but now Dan Quinn is running the show in the Ol’Dirty South.

Atlanta trailed Dallas 28-17 at the half before the Falcons unleashed Julio Jones.

The Pro Bowl receiver had 137 of his 164 yards in the second half including a 45-yard beauty that ended with Jones diving into the end zone for a critical score – to lead the Falcons to a 39-28 victory at Dallas. Jones’ totals after three games – 34 receptions for 440 yards-are historic. No other player caught more than 31 passes in his team’s first three games of a season, and only three gained more receiving yards through three games than Jones: Jerry Rice in 1989 (449), Chad Johnson in 2007 (442), and Wes Welker in 2011 (458).

The play was the biggest swing in Atlanta winning the game. Julio’s touchdown and the subsequent two-point conversion brought Atlanta within a field goal (trailing 28-25) midway through the third quarter.

The game also featured an apparent scoring battle between Devonta Freeman and Joseph Randle, who both ran for three TDs. It was only the fifth game in NFL history in which opposing players scored three rushing touchdowns each. The most recent players to do so were Roy Helu of Washington and Matt Forte of the Bears in 2013.


Luck rallies Colts with two late TD passes

Andrew Luck will get the credit for throwing two touchdowns in 46 seconds to overcome a double-digit fourth quarter deficit but it was the defense that came up big late.  Safety Dwight Lowery, picked off Marcus Mariota twice. The second interception came with six minutes to play and Indy trailing 27-21. Lowery returned Mariota’s errant pass to the Titans’ 11-yard line. The turnover setup Indy’s go ahead score.

Before the pick, the Colts were likely to choke away any chance for the playoffs. The turnover and great field position made the two-time defending AFC South champions have life and find a way to win a desperate game.

Had Mariota’s attempt, instead fell incomplete, it’s likely Tennessee would have won the game, maintaining possession and a six point lead.

The second of Luck’s 4thQtr TDs, was Andrew’s sixth fourth-quarter game-winning pass, tying Tony Romo for the most in the NFL over the past four seasons.  The 98-yard drive was the Colts’ longest fourth-quarter TD drive since the team moved to Indianapolis in 1984 – rallying the Colts to outlast Tennessee, 35-33. The previous record was 96 yards, on drives led by Mike Pagel (1984) and Peyton Manning (2010).

Indianapolis continues to own the AFC South. The Colts have won 14 straight against division opponents. Of course Sunday’s win over Tennessee was anything but dominating.


Undrafted rookie stars for Seahawks

Things are really getting more pathetic by the week for the Chicago Bears after being shut-out, 26-0, by the Seattle Seahawks.

The Bears, minus Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery, couldn’t get get a darn thing going against Seattle on Sunday tallying only 98 rushing and 63 receiving yards. The biggest contributor of course was Matt Forte who registered 74 of those rushing yards.

The last time Chicago was shut out was on December 29, 2002 when the Bears lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 15-0. Quarterback Henry Burris was under center in that game and he completed only seven passes for 78 yards and four interceptions. Cutler’s backup Jimmy Clausen was practically as bad as Burris on Sunday, completing only eight passes for 53 yards. Thankfully, there were no interceptions.

The bottom line is that the Bears need Cutler and Jeffery to return as soon as possible to have any shred of hope at posting their first season win on the board before it’s all too late.


Death, Taxes and Eagles beating the Jets

The Eagles scored all their points in the first half and held on for a 24-17 victory over the Jets. With that win, Philadelphia tied the NFL record for the longest all-time series with a perfect record against any opponent. That mark was set by the Green Bay Packers, who won all 10 of their games against the Brooklyn Dodgers (1931-44).

It remains to be seen whether Bradford is the long-term solution in Philadelphia.  Sam didn’t necessarily come out smelling like roses – of course, what QB has, going up against a stout Jets defense. Philadelphia’s offense tallied just 231 total yards while converting 4-of-15 third-down opportunities.

For his part, Bradford completed 14-of-28 passes for 118 yards with a touchdown and zero picks. His inability to get anything going through the air allowed New York back in the game, as the Eagles put up a total of 65 yards in the second half. Running back DeMarco Murray missed the game with a hamstring injury, which allowed fellow free-agent signing Ryan Mathews to carve up the Jets rush defense to the tune of 108 yards on 25 attempts. Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s defensive front stepped up with the likes of Cedric Thornton, Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso all sidelined.

While that’s fine and dandy, the Eagles are going to need Bradford to perform at a much higher level at quarterback if they plan on competing in a wide open NFC East moving forward this season. His performances in the team’s first three games simply won’t get it done.


Old man Woodson saves the day for Raiders

The Raiders, are usually out of it by now – but now, actually have a winning record as October dawns. The Raiders (2-1) play on the road next week—and they are actually favored to beat Chicago. The quarterback, Derek Carr, is a big reason. “Having a quarterback is everything,” said C-Dub.  The Raiders having Woodson is something too. His last-minute interception, 10 days shy of his 39th birthday, (the fourth-oldest player to intercept a pass in NFL history), ensured the 27-20 win.

The Cleveland Browns are 1-2, and the one win came when Johnny Manziel started in Week 2. Unfortunately for a McCown-led Browns – fans were even heard shouting “John-ny, John-ny”.

McCown, was sacked five times, completed 28 of 49 passes for 341 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Might we see a return of Johnny Football sometime in the near future? That most definitely is a possibility if McCown keeps coughing up costly turnovers.


Apologize to Andy Dalton…right now!
The Bengals are in fabulous shape in the AFC North. At 3-0 after a crushing 28-24 win at 0-3 Baltimore on Sunday, Cincinnati is set up nicely for the fifth playoff appearance in Andy Dalton’s five years.  A 121.0 passer rating would seem to back him up.  Could the Red Rifle be an early MVP candidate? Don’t laugh.
Dalton now has eight touchdown passes to start 2015, including three in Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens. He threw for 383 yards, while his beautifully-lofted touchdown to A.J. Green with just over two minutes left gave the Bengals a 28-24 win. Dalton has now produced three straight games with a passer rating over 100.0, and has an impressive rating of 121.0 on the season. The Bengals are rolling at 3-0, especially with Ben Roethlisberger suffering a knee injury Sunday and the Baltimore Ravens still winless….???

Thirty-six year-old Steve Smith caught 13 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens’ 28-24 loss to the Bengals. Only two other players caught as many as 13 passes in an NFL game after turning 36 years old: Tim Brown and Tony Gonzalez. The only player with as many receiving yards in a game at age 36 or older was Terrell Owens, with a 222-yard performance for Cincinnati in 2010.


Palmer+Cardinals are impressive

It all started with two interceptions of Colin Kaepernick that were returned for touchdowns in the first quarter. It continued with Carson Palmer tearing apart what is quickly becoming a disastrous San Francisco 49ers secondary. And it culminated in a 47-7 win against the over-matched division rival.

In reality, Arizona looked like a top-notch varsity team going up against a junior varsity squad full of
freshman. That’s how bad it was for the road team in this one.

Palmer may have thrown his first interception of the season, but he consistently found open receivers throughout the game. In the process, the veteran completed 20-of-32 passes for 311 yards with two touchdowns, both of which went to Larry Fitzgerald, who looks like he’s in his twenties again. He has 333 receiving yards and five touchdowns on the books already. Additionally, the Cardinals’ ground game is solid, despite missing their lead rusher Andre Ellington. As for their defense, it is insanely effective in stopping opposing teams from scoring thus far tallying seven interceptions, six sacks, one safety, three pick sixes and one return touchdown.. Arizona has now won 19 of Palmer’s 25 starts; since 1950, no other quarterback in team history won more than 13 of his first 25 starts for the Cardinals. Arizona’s average of 26.4 points with Palmer starting, is higher than that of any other QB after 25 starts for the team during that same period.

Looking like the running back that led the NFL in rushing so many years ago, Chris Johnson added 150 total yards and two scores on 23 touches. Yeah, it was a blowout of epic proportions for Bruce Arians and Co.

Some may argue that Green Bay should still be considered the favorites in the NFC through three weeks, but to me, the Cardinals are definitely the best. After all, they are outscoring their opponents by an average of nearly 26 points per game.


No joy in Mudville

There might not be a worse stat line from a quarterback all season. Kaepernick completed just nine of 19 passes for 67 yards, and threw four interceptions in San Francisco’s loss to the Cardinals. His passer rating was 16.7, the worst from a starting signal caller all season – so far. He did manage to run for a score, but it hardly mattered.

More so than finding a way to actually win football games, San Francisco needs an identity. What is its plan on the offensive side of the ball? Is Colin Kaepernick going to be the long-term solution at quarterback? Does the team have the personnel to run a blitz-heavy package on defense? These three questions will define the 49ers both over the short term and the long term – because the 49ers have now been outscored 90-25 over the last two weeks, and the Green Bay Packers are coming to town in Week 4.

San Francisco has now given up 40-plus points in consecutive games for the first time since Joe Namath guaranteed a Super Bowl victory for his New York Jets in 1969. To put that in perspective, 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula had just turned one. The 65-point differential in the team’s past two games also represents the worst two-game stretch for the franchise since 1963.  Despite still boasting a 1-2 record, San Francisco might quickly find itself in the midst of a long losing streak. It hosts the Green Bay Packers next week before taking on the New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks. In his first season as head coach, Tomsula could very well be staring a 1-6 start right in the face.  Rock bottom would be Kaepernick getting benched for Blaine Gabbert.  Anyone miss Harbaugh yet?


 

How to Stop Worrying and Just Draft!

Short post today, but if you remember back in July, I participated in several mock drafts – I know it was early, it was for research.  Well now there is even more information, but stunningly, people still are not drafting QB’s, it’s RBs.  Re-read that post here 

With our staff working long hours in the dungeon to get our new site up and running, I thought I would revisit this topic again for some of you that still play in “season long” leagues and give you ancropped-logo_1260147_print-1-e14180934753933.png idea where guys are being drafted, on average.  In the infinite space of Fantasy Football, it all means nothing really, because, I’m sure we all have that guy in our league that selects all Denver Broncos, or better yet Tim Tebow – you know who you are!  At the end of the day, we could tell you with certainty, this guy is ranked here and it won’t matter because your plan of taking Roethlisberger in the 8th round (ADP) is blown up, when he is taken with the 17th overall pick, by a guy who already has a QB – I’ve seen it a hundred times.  So R-E-L-A-X, you’ve read enough fluff, watched even more and when it comes down to it, none of it means anything unless you can fleece that guy in a trade that puts you over the top – and isn’t that were the fun really is anyway?  But just in case, here is the Average Draft Position for PPR and non-PPR, after last night’s perfect lineup, a night of ‘STROS:

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PPR NON-PPR
Player Pos Team ADP Player Pos Team ADP
Adrian Peterson RB MIN 2.7 Eddie Lacy RB GB 2.3
Le’Veon Bell RB PIT 2.9 Jamaal Charles RB KC 2.3
Eddie Lacy RB GB 3.4 Adrian Peterson RB MIN 3.0
Jamaal Charles RB KC 3.7 Antonio Brown WR PIT 4.3
Antonio Brown WR PIT 3.9 Odell Beckham Jr. WR NYG 7.7
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 8.2 Le’Veon Bell RB PIT 8.3
Odell Beckham Jr. WR NYG 9.8 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 8.3
C.J. Anderson RB DEN 9.9 Rob Gronkowski TE NE 9.0
Rob Gronkowski TE NE 10.1 Dez Bryant WR DAL 10.7
LeSean McCoy RB BUF 10.6 LeSean McCoy RB BUF 11.3
Dez Bryant WR DAL 10.8 DeMarco Murray RB PHI 11.7
Matt Forte RB CHI 11.9 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 12.0
Julio Jones WR ATL 12.8 Julio Jones WR ATL 12.3
DeMarco Murray RB PHI 13.4 Calvin Johnson WR DET 13.3
Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 14.1 Arian Foster RB HOU 15.0
Jeremy Hill RB CIN 14.5 Matt Forte RB CHI 15.7
Calvin Johnson WR DET 16.0 Jordy Nelson WR GB 15.7
Jordy Nelson WR GB 16.8 C.J. Anderson RB DEN 16.7
A.J. Green WR CIN 20.0 Andrew Luck QB IND 17.7
Justin Forsett RB BAL 21.6 Jeremy Hill RB CIN 17.7
Alshon Jeffery WR CHI 23.4 A.J. Green WR CIN 18.7
T.Y. Hilton WR IND 24.9 T.Y. Hilton WR IND 21.7
Randall Cobb WR GB 25.5 Justin Forsett RB BAL 25.3
Andrew Luck QB IND 25.9 Randall Cobb WR GB 26.3
Lamar Miller RB MIA 27.0 Jimmy Graham TE SEA 26.7
Mark Ingram RB NO 29.8 Lamar Miller RB MIA 27.0
Aaron Rodgers QB GB 30.0 Alshon Jeffery WR CHI 27.0
Melvin Gordon RB SD 30.8 Latavius Murray RB OAK 28.3
Mike Evans WR TB 31.9 Melvin Gordon RB SD 29.7
Frank Gore RB IND 32.3 Aaron Rodgers QB GB 30.0
Jimmy Graham TE SEA 33.8 Mike Evans WR TB 30.3
Latavius Murray RB OAK 34.0 Mark Ingram RB NO 32.7
Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR 34.2 Frank Gore RB IND 33.0
DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 35.7 Andre Ellington RB ARI 34.3
Brandin Cooks WR NO 35.8 Alfred Morris RB WAS 35.0
Jordan Matthews WR PHI 36.5 Jordan Matthews WR PHI 36.7
Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 37.4 Brandin Cooks WR NO 38.0
Andre Ellington RB ARI 38.4 Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR 38.0
Alfred Morris RB WAS 38.6 Carlos Hyde RB SF 39.7
Carlos Hyde RB SF 41.7 Joique Bell RB DET 40.3
Joseph Randle RB DAL 41.9 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 40.7
T.J. Yeldon RB JAC 43.8 T.J. Yeldon RB JAC 42.3
Arian Foster RB HOU 44.7 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 43.3
C.J. Spiller RB NO 45.4 Drew Brees QB NO 45.0
Sammy Watkins WR BUF 47.5 Sammy Watkins WR BUF 45.3
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 47.8 C.J. Spiller RB NO 45.7
Todd Gurley RB STL 48.5 Martavis Bryant WR PIT 46.0
Drew Brees QB NO 49.6 Golden Tate WR DET 51.0
Joique Bell RB DET 50.1 Joseph Randle RB DAL 51.3
Golden Tate WR DET 52.8 Todd Gurley RB STL 53.3
DeSean Jackson WR WAS 53.2 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 53.7
Jeremy Maclin WR KC 54.8 Michael Floyd WR ARI 56.0
Keenan Allen WR SD 54.8 DeSean Jackson WR WAS 56.3
Amari Cooper WR OAK 55.2 Peyton Manning QB DEN 58.7
Martavis Bryant WR PIT 55.7 Amari Cooper WR OAK 58.7
Tevin Coleman RB ATL 57.5 Jeremy Maclin WR KC 58.7
Andre Johnson WR IND 57.7 Travis Kelce TE KC 59.7
Travis Kelce TE KC 59.8 Mike Wallace WR MIN 62.0
Peyton Manning QB DEN 60.8 Andre Johnson WR IND 62.7
Julian Edelman WR NE 61.3 Keenan Allen WR SD 62.7
Greg Olsen TE CAR 63.8 Tevin Coleman RB ATL 65.3
Chris Ivory RB NYJ 68.2 Greg Olsen TE CAR 65.7
Giovani Bernard RB CIN 68.7 Eric Decker WR NYJ 65.7
Mike Wallace WR MIN 69.8 Matt Ryan QB ATL 66.3
Rashad Jennings RB NYG 70.2 Rashad Jennings RB NYG 66.3
Matt Ryan QB ATL 71.3 Brandon LaFell WR NE 66.3
Jarvis Landry WR MIA 71.9 Kevin White WR CHI 69.0
Vincent Jackson WR TB 74.2 Vincent Jackson WR TB 69.7
Brandon LaFell WR NE 75.0 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 70.3
Kevin White WR CHI 75.7 Matthew Stafford QB DET 73.3
Shane Vereen RB NYG 75.8 Terrance Williams WR DAL 74.3
Allen Robinson WR JAC 76.7 Bishop Sankey RB TEN 75.3
Eric Decker WR NYJ 76.8 Jarvis Landry WR MIA 76.0
Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 77.8 DeVante Parker WR MIA 77.0
Charles Johnson WR MIN 78.2 Eli Manning QB NYG 77.3
Martellus Bennett TE CHI 79.2 Allen Robinson WR JAC 77.7
Bishop Sankey RB TEN 81.2 Chris Ivory RB NYJ 78.3
Michael Floyd WR ARI 81.4 Cam Newton QB CAR 80.3
Brandon Marshall WR NYJ 83.2 Charles Johnson WR MIN 80.7
Duke Johnson RB CLE 83.9 Martellus Bennett TE CHI 81.7
Ameer Abdullah RB DET 85.3 Giovani Bernard RB CIN 82.7
Nelson Agholor WR PHI 85.6 Darren McFadden RB DAL 83.0
Roddy White WR ATL 85.7 Coby Fleener TE IND 83.0
Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 86.1 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 85.0
Russell Wilson QB SEA 87.1 Julian Edelman WR NE 85.3
LeGarrette Blount RB NE 87.1 Ryan Tannehill QB MIA 86.0
Torrey Smith WR SF 87.7 Shane Vereen RB NYJ 87.0
Darren McFadden RB DAL 89.2 Ameer Abdullah RB DET 87.7
Ryan Tannehill QB MIA 90.5 Kenny Stills WR MIA 88.7
Eli Manning QB NYG 91.4 Zach Ertz TE PHI 90.0
Terrance Williams WR DAL 91.8 Russell Wilson QB SEA 90.7
DeVante Parker WR MIA 92.2 Duke Johnson RB CLE 92.3
Matthew Stafford QB DET 94.4 Brandon Marshall WR NYJ 93.0
Zach Ertz TE PHI 94.4 Kendall Wright WR TEN 93.3
Jordan Cameron TE MIA 96.2 Nelson Agholor WR PHI 93.7
Cam Newton QB CAR 97.5 Roddy White WR ATL 94.3
Devonta Freeman RB ATL 99.2 Torrey Smith WR BAL 95.3
Breshad Perriman WR BAL 101.8 Darren Sproles RB PHI 96.0
Ryan Mathews RB PHI 102.8 Tony Romo QB DAL 97.7
Delanie Walker TE TEN 105.5 Jordan Cameron TE MIA 98.7
Tre Mason RB STL 105.8 Breshad Perriman WR BAL 102.7
Kendall Wright WR TEN 105.8 Dorial Green-Beckham WR TEN 103.3
Tony Romo QB DAL 105.9 Denard Robinson RB JAC 105.3
Julius Thomas TE JAC 106.3 Devonta Freeman RB ATL 108.0
Kenny Stills WR MIA 107.2 James White RB NE 108.7
David Johnson RB ARI 108.3 Philip Rivers QB SD 109.3
Anquan Boldin WR SF 109.9 David Johnson RB ARI 110.3
Marques Colston WR NO 112.8 Delanie Walker TE TEN 111.3
Coby Fleener TE IND 113.1 Seattle Seahawks DEF SEA 112.7
Isaiah Crowell RB CLE 113.2 LeGarrette Blount RB NE 114.3
Philip Rivers QB SD 114.1 Victor Cruz WR NYG 114.3
Darren Sproles RB PHI 114.2 Anquan Boldin WR SF 117.3
Knile Davis RB KC 118.0 Carson Palmer QB ARI 119.3
Victor Cruz WR NYG 119.6 Julius Thomas TE JAC 120.7
John Brown WR ARI 120.5 Ryan Mathews RB PHI 121.0
Tom Brady QB NE 120.6 Isaiah Crowell RB CLE 121.7
Dorial Green-Beckham WR TEN 121.7 Eddie Royal WR CHI 121.7
Doug Martin RB TB 121.9 Joe Flacco QB BAL 122.7
Danny Woodhead RB SD 124.5 Tre Mason RB STL 122.7
Pierre Garcon WR WAS 125.5 Pierre Garcon WR WAS 123.7
Jason Witten TE DAL 126.8 Marques Colston WR NO 124.3
Charles Sims RB TB 129.2 Derek Carr QB OAK 127.3
Eddie Royal WR CHI 134.5 John Brown WR ARI 127.3
Seattle Seahawks DEF SEA 135.1 Tom Brady QB NE 128.0
Joe Flacco QB BAL 136.8 Larry Donnell TE NYG 128.0
James White RB NE 138.0 Jason Witten TE DAL 129.3
Michael Crabtree WR OAK 139.8 Teddy Bridgewater QB MIN 129.7
David Cobb RB TEN 143.2 Vernon Davis TE SF 130.3
Steve Smith WR BAL 145.5 Fred Jackson RB BUF 133.7
Vernon Davis TE SF 147.1 Doug Martin RB TB 134.0
Roy Helu RB OAK 147.5 Charles Sims RB TB 136.3
Houston Texans DEF HOU 150.5 Andy Dalton QB CIN 137.0
Buffalo Bills DEF BUF 150.8 Houston Texans DEF HOU 139.3
Montee Ball RB DEN 151.5 Buffalo Bills DEF BUF 140.3
Denard Robinson RB JAC 152.7 Colin Kaepernick QB SF 142.0
Brian Quick WR STL 152.8 Roy Helu RB OAK 143.0
Doug Baldwin WR SEA 153.2 Michael Crabtree WR OAK 143.3
Stevan Ridley RB NYJ 153.5 Jordan Reed TE WAS 144.7
St. Louis Rams DEF STL 154.2 Danny Woodhead RB SD 145.0
Teddy Bridgewater QB MIN 154.2 St. Louis Rams DEF STL 145.3
Carson Palmer QB CIN 155.1 Brian Quick WR STL 145.3
Tyler Eifert TE CIN 156.3 Stephen Gostkowski K NE 147.3
Davante Adams WR GB 156.5 Arizona Cardinals DEF ARI 147.7
Andre Williams RB NYG 156.9 Jameis Winston QB TB 148.3
Reggie Bush RB SF 157.5 Reggie Bush RB SF 148.3
Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 159.3 Andre Williams RB NYG 148.7
Stephen Gostkowski K NE 161.1 Mychal Rivera TE OAK 148.7
Owen Daniels TE DEN 162.8 Owen Daniels TE DEN 149.7
Percy Harvin WR BUF 162.9 Jay Ajayi RB MIA 151.3
Cody Latimer WR DEN 163.2 New York Jets DEF NYJ 152.7
Alfred Blue RB HOU 164.1 Percy Harvin WR BUF 155.7
Jay Ajayi RB MIA 164.4 Steve Smith WR BAL 156.0
New York Jets DEF NYJ 164.5 Knile Davis RB KC 157.0
Cody Parkey K PHI 166.7 Mason Crosby K GB 157.3
Arizona Cardinals DEF ARI 167.5 Denver Broncos DEF DEN 157.7
Mason Crosby K GB 167.6 Justin Tucker K BAL 157.7
Dan Herron RB IND 169.0 Cody Parkey K PHI 158.0
Rueben Randle WR NYG 169.0 Cincinnati Bengals DEF CIN 158.3
Stevie Johnson WR SD 170.8 Steven Hauschka K SEA 159.3
Larry Donnell TE NYG 171.3 New England Patriots DEF NE 159.7
Sam Bradford QB PHI 171.4 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE TB 159.7
DeAngelo Williams RB PIT 171.5 Dan Bailey K DAL 160.0
Terrance West RB CLE 171.5 Connor Barth K DEN 160.7
Carolina Panthers DEF CAR 171.9 Doug Baldwin WR SEA 160.7
Fred Jackson RB BUF 172.2 Stevie Johnson WR SD 161.0
Colin Kaepernick QB SF 172.5 David Cobb RB TEN 161.3
Denver Broncos DEF DEN 172.9 Tavon Austin WR STL 161.7
Jordan Reed TE WAS 173.9 Cecil Shorts III WR HOU 162.0
New England Patriots DEF NE 174.2 Devin Funchess WR CAR 162.0
Justin Tucker K BAL 174.6 Adam Vinatieri K IND 164.0
Josh Hill TE NO 174.8 Green Bay Packers DEF GB 164.7
Miami Dolphins DEF MIA 175.2 Josh Hill TE NO 165.3
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE TB 175.2 Blair Walsh K MIN 166.3
Derek Carr QB OAK 175.9 Jay Cutler QB CHI 166.3
Connor Barth K DEN 176.6 Stevan Ridley RB NYJ 167.0
Adam Vinatieri K IND 177.3 Dwayne Allen TE IND 167.0
Steven Hauschka K SEA 177.3 Matt Asiata RB MIN 167.3
Dan Bailey K DAL 178.4 Caleb Sturgis K MIA 167.7
Jameis Winston QB TB 179.1 Dwayne Bowe WR CLE 167.7
Jay Cutler QB CHI 181.2 Carolina Panthers DEF CAR 168.0
Andy Dalton QB CIN 181.5 Tyler Eifert TE CIN 168.0
Phillip Dorsett WR IND 182.5 Branden Oliver RB SD 168.3
Matt Bryant K ATL 183.2 Sam Bradford QB PHI 168.7
Cecil Shorts III WR HOU 183.6 Rueben Randle WR NYG 169.0
Allen Hurns WR JAC 183.7 Antonio Gates TE SD 169.3
Jaelen Strong WR HOU 184.3 Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 169.3
Green Bay Packers DEF GB 184.8 Mohamed Sanu WR CIN 169.7
Markus Wheaton WR PIT 184.9 Cody Latimer WR DEN 170.3
Caleb Sturgis K MIA 186.2 Eric Ebron TE DET 170.7
Devin Funchess WR CAR 186.2 Phillip Dorsett WR IND 170.7
Kenny Britt WR STL 186.8 Ladarius Green TE SD 171.7
Dwayne Bowe WR CLE 187.1 Chris Johnson RB FA 172.0
Dwayne Allen TE IND 187.3 Miami Dolphins DEF MIA 172.3
Marvin Jones WR CIN 188.4 Baltimore Ravens DEF BAL 173.0
Kansas City Chiefs DEF KC 190.8 Jace Amaro TE NYJ 174.3
Mychal Rivera TE OAK 191.9 Kenny Britt WR STL 174.3
Justin Hunter WR TEN 192.5 Steve Smith WR BAL 175.0
Cameron Artis-Payne RB CAR 192.8 Kansas City Chiefs DEF KC 175.7
Heath Miller TE PIT 195.2 Dan Carpenter K BUF 176.3
Blair Walsh K MIN 195.2 Greg Zuerlein K STL 177.7
Marcus Mariota QB TEN 196.5 Matt Bryant K ATL 178.0
Indianapolis Colts DEF IND 198.0 Philadelphia Eagles DEF PHI 178.7
Greg Zuerlein K STL 198.2 Matt Prater K DET 179.0
Eric Ebron TE DET 198.3
Nick Foles QB STL 198.6
Shaun Suisham K PIT 199.2
Branden Oliver RB SD 199.5
Andrew Hawkins WR CLE 199.6
Cincinnati Bengals DEF CIN 199.8
Rob Housler TE CLE 200.5
Charles Clay TE BUF 201.1
Philadelphia Eagles DEF PHI 201.2
Antonio Gates TE SD 201.8
Maxx Williams TE BAL 202.0
Zac Stacy RB NYJ 202.9
Jonas Gray RB NE 203.0
Jace Amaro TE NYJ 203.3
Travaris Cadet RB NE 203.4
Pierre Thomas RB FA 203.7
Donte Moncrief WR IND 203.9
Robert Woods WR BUF 203.9
Jared Cook TE STL 204.2
Blake Bortles QB JAC 204.3
Khiry Robinson RB NO 204.5
Matt Prater K DET 204.8
Alex Smith QB KC 204.8
Matt Jones RB WAS 204.9
Detroit Lions DEF DET 205.0
Josh McCown QB CLE 205.2
Jerick McKinnon RB MIN 205.7
Ladarius Green TE SD 207.7
Brian Hartline WR CLE 207.8
Theo Riddick RB DET 208.2
Robert Griffin III QB WAS 208.3
Marquess Wilson WR CHI 208.5
Dan Carpenter K BUF 208.5
Devin Smith WR NYJ 208.8
Cole Beasley WR DAL 209.2
Chris Polk RB HOU 209.3
Tavon Austin WR STL 209.5
Baltimore Ravens DEF BAL 209.7
Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 209.8
Nick Novak K SD 209.8
Jermaine Kearse WR SEA 210.0
Tyler Lockett WR SEA 210.2
Chris Johnson RB FA 210.4
Josh Huff WR PHI 211.9
Greg Jennings WR MIA 213.6
Malcom Floyd WR SD 213.9
Minnesota Vikings DEF MIN 214.5
Matt Cassel QB BUF 215.1
Riley Cooper WR PHI 215.3
Stedman Bailey WR STL 216.7
Reggie Wayne WR FA 217.0
Cleveland Browns DEF CLE 217.5
James Starks RB GB 220.7
Robert Turbin RB SEA 228.2
Javorius Allen RB BAL 228.5
Lance Dunbar RB DAL 228.5
Mohamed Sanu WR CIN 229.4
Cairo Santos K KC 231.7