Getting Smart With the Tuesday Morning Quarterback

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1. Now There Are 4 – But There Only Can Be 1:

Last night escalated quickly in Charlotte.  Cam Newton tossed two TD passes and ran for 41 yards in the Panthers’ overtime win over the Colts on Monday. Newton has thrown at least one touchdown pass and run for 20 or more yards in every game this year. He’s the first player in NFL history to lead his team to a 7-0 start while passing for a TD and rushing for 20 yards in every game. No other player has done this in five straight wins to start a season.

Colts’ fourth-quarter comeback falls short

Down 23-6 in the fourth quarter, the Colts stormed back to tie the game on a pair of Andrew Luck touchdown passes and a game-tying field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time expired in regulation. However, the Panthers ultimately won the game in OT, as Graham Gano made two extra-time field goals. Carolina is the ninth team to win a game in overtime after leading by at least 17 points in the fourth quarter. The only other team with such a win over the last 10 years is the Cardinals, who defeated the Titans in OT, 37-34, in a December 2013 game after also leading by 17 points in the fourth.

Panthers take another early lead

Graham Gano opened the scoring for the Panthers on Monday, converting a 39-yard field goal attempt. Carolina has scored first in each of its seven games this season. Over the last 10 years, only two other teams began a season in this manner: the 2007 Patriots and 2012 Seahawks, who each scored first in their first eight games of their respective seasons.

Luck intercepted 12 times in six games

Andrew Luck was picked off three times on Monday, increasing his season total to 12 interceptions in six games. That’s the most interceptions through the first six games of a season for the reigning TD pass leader since Ken Stabler was picked off 13 times to start the 1977 season.

Vinatieri sets NFL record with OT field goal

Adam Vinatieri connected on a 50-yard field goal to open the scoring in overtime on Monday. That was Vinatieri’s 10th overtime field goal of his NFL career, passing Jim Breech, Steve Christie, Jason Elam, and Jason Hanson for the most such field goals for any kicker.

2. Side Bar

In case you were wondering about that “fourth-quarterap_599972857381 fumble recovery” that Trumaine McBride of the Giants returned for a 63-yard touchdown on Sunday; it was changed to an interception on Monday. Aside from the implications for fantasy players, this means that Drew Brees became only the second player in NFL history to throw a pick-6 after having thrown at least six TD passes in the game. The first was Len Dawson of the Chiefs on Nov. 1, 1964; Tom Janik of Denver intercepted a Dawson pass and returned it 22 yards for a score.

In case you’re thinking, “C’mon, how many players even threw six touchdown passes in one game?” The answer is 42 – the answer is always 42.


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3. Those Dirty Lil’Nugget Nabbers

First we get the news that the Denver Broncos are serious about trying to win now.  They traded for Vernon Davis to upgrade their turr-able inside-slot passing game by getting a player that can still stretch the field, (for 2, 6th round draft picks) – opening it up for guys like Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.  Denver got Davis for a sack of coal – the kind Charlie Brown gets for Halloween.  Is there anyone left in SF that can/wants/should play football?!  Reggie Bush is out with a knee injury, Mike Davis, who the ‘9ers promoted to RB after releasing Jarrod Hayne, is out with a broken hand and the bigger news is Kaep’N’1read is being benched for…….wait for it……Blaine Gabbert.  Are you kidding me?!  Blaine Gabbert?!  It’s so bad in San Francisco their are rumors that Oakland is actually gonna stay and play in Santa Clara and the 49ers are the ones moving to LA.  To quote Socrates: “I drank what?!” – Jim Tomsula


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7 Things You Should Read Before Lunch

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1. Score-onto

The Blue Jays, comfortable and eager to get back to the Homer-Dome, did so in electric fashion.  Tulo and Donaldson both hit bombs in a 6-run 3rd inning to blow the game open, and KC made the final score look closer than it was and actually out-hit Toronto.  Aside from the explosion of runs, someone tell me how a player gets ejected BEFORE the top of an inning as Tulo did in the start of the 8th?  When will MLB crack down on these clowns who think they are just as important as the players – NEWSFLASH, you don’t like it when players argue balls and strikes – then call the damn strikezone correctly and stop having different variations per umpire on what bottom of the letters to knees means.

2. 3-3 #SetYourGoals

At one point the Giants had 8:19 left in the game and that was enough time for them to get 3 more 3-and-outs.  This game was so terrible to watch that I began to count the penalties and turnovers – I stopped at 18 and 6.  If you are a Cowboys fan ,you can not be happy, because your while your team has no running back and is beset with injuries – you feel that until Romo comes back you’ll just keep sliding – meanwhile the Eggles are tied for 1st, and that’s really sad.

3. Invictus

We have 5 undefeated teams and at no time has this many teams been unbeaten, this long into a season.  So it got Rob Maaddi thinking over there at the Associated Press and he came up with the idea that Superbowl 50 could feature two undefeated teams.  We should all “friend” Rob in hopes he shares with us, whatever it is he has, because I’d like to see a sky like that in my world just once.

  • GET READY FOR A PAIR OF 18-0 TEAMS IN THE SUPER BOWL – Five teams are undefeated after six weeks so we just might see a team in each conference go 16-0, win two playoff games and face off for the NFL championship in February with history on the line.  You guessed it, it’s overreaction time.  The Patriots (5-0), Bengals (6-0) and Broncos (6-0) are the AFC’s undefeated teams and the Packers (6-0) and Panthers (5-0) are the NFC’s undefeated clubs.  Can one of them run the table……(continue reading)

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4. Deadline Deals

You forget that the NFL changed the NFL trade deadline so more teams might make mid-season trades to dominate more and more of the news cycle and make it as exciting as it does for baseball.  Not sure if it has caught on, because until Jason Hirschorn brought it up on Sports On Earth, I had forgot all about it being a possibility.

  • NFL PRE-DEADLINE TRADE CANDIDATES – With more time for teams to figure out whether or not they can contend this season, the prospect of significant deadline trading has increased. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, “Several NFL executives believe this could be a more fertile trade deadline than normal, with clubs now adjusted to the later deadline and with there being a growing delineation between the haves and the have nots.”……(continue reading)

5. It’s A Matter Of Anti-Trust

TV programming will change – how it is consumed, how it is watched, and how it is paid for.  The reason?  You should not have to pay for things you do not want or will not watch.  I do not care about the Kardashians, or Honey Boo Boo, or any other nonsense that was being paid for in satellite/cable bill – so I dropped it, and until the day arrives where I can pay for what I want to watch then it will be a good day.  Maybe that’s all these guys are complaining about in their lawsuit against the NFL, DIrecTV, CBS, etc…

  • NFL, Networks Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over TV Rights – Five plaintiffs who have purchased Sunday Ticket from DirecTV have filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL and its teams, as well as DirecTV, CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC, claiming that exclusive distribution agreements have driven up the cost of pro football telecasts in violation of antitrust law.  The lawsuit, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in New York, takes aim at NFL Sunday Ticket, calling the distribution agreement “unique among American sports” and claiming that it has enabled the defendants to charge “exorbitant prices,” as much as $359 per season……(continue reading)

6. Moving Day

An interesting point was brought up by Nick Wagoner at ESPN – What if the Rams were denied Los Angeles, would they still move?  Sounds a lot like if a tree falls in the woods.  For the NFL, the are letting the fans of St.Louis, San Diego and Oakland speak at the end of the month – like the NFL gives a damn, but they’ll placate you anyway.  If a team wants to move let them and make them build whatever diaphragm looking structure they want on their own dime.  watching the NFL on TV is better at home anyway and if you’re a fan you can watch YOUR team from any city, so….


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