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We could see a record point spread in week 6, as the early betting lines on JAX @ DEN see the home team a 27 point favorite over the hapless Jags. The current record? Pitt -26 over TB (1976)

 

Thursday Night sees the suddenly un-tanking Cleveland Browns take on EJ Manuel and the Bills.

 

Pick of the 1:00 ET games to me are Saints-Bears, Lions-Packers, Chiefs-Titans (no Jake Locker for the surprising Titans, will the Chiefs go 5-0?) and the ultra-late night game on the NFL Network (that's right, after the 8:00 PM sunday night game, there's a game between the Raiders and the Chargers STARTING at 11:45 PM Eastern (moved from 4:25 due to how long it takes to convert the Oh No.. er.. the O.co stadium from a baseball configuration to a football configuration). Who's ready for 2 am football?

 

The (early) Sunday Night game sees the Texans, who choked a win away in Week 4, take on the 49ers, and the Monday Night game is the 1-3 Falcons hoping to turn their season around starting against the 2-2 Jets.

 

 

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I wonder if they could have flip-flopped the home games for SD and Oakland.

 

They could have and the NFL has done it in the past but for whatever reason this year they refused to do it.

 

I am thinking the biggest reason is the NFL is still bitter that they couldn't muscle MLB off the Thursday Opening Game thing so they don't want to have to adjust their schedule twice because of them.

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Per Brian Billick regarding that up-tempo Eagles offense:

 

 

For years, the NFL average for offensive plays per game is just about 65 ... the Eagles are right at 67. There are currently 10 other teams that are running more.

 

Digging further, if we take out the 53 they ran in the first half against Washington in Week 1, they're averaging 61 plays per game.

 

So, uh, yeah.

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Per Brian Billick regarding that up-tempo Eagles offense:

 

 

For years, the NFL average for offensive plays per game is just about 65 ... the Eagles are right at 67. There are currently 10 other teams that are running more.

 

Digging further, if we take out the 53 they ran in the first half against Washington in Week 1, they're averaging 61 plays per game.

 

So, uh, yeah.

They're moving the ball. They are getting killed in time of possession yet are 10th all time through 4 games for yards gained. Need to get points from those yards. Main issue now isn't not running enough plays; though that would increase with an even semi competent defense. If anything they should be trying to slow the offense down to eat more clock and keep the defense off the field as much as possible. 

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Clearly Jacksonville is feeling the pressure for that #1 draft pick. 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: The Battle for Bridgewater!

 

This is sorted by record, followed by strength of schedule (the weaker the better!).

 

#1 0-4 New York Giants

#2 0-4 Pittsburgh Steelers

#3 0-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

#4 0-4 Jacksonville Jaguars

#5 1-3 Oakland Raiders

#6 1-3 Philadelphia Eagles

#7 1-3 Washington Redskins

#8 1-3 Atlanta Falcons

#9 1-3 Minnesota Vikings

#10 1-3 St. Luis Rams

 

No wonder Jacksonville traded, 4th place in unacceptable! Interesting to note that he NFC East and South have strong representation here.  St. Luis with a chance at two top ten picks here, keep up the hard work!  I have to imagine at some point Atlanta/New York/Pittsburgh will begin to falter and start winning.

 

But hey, congrats to the New York Football Giants, you are the winners of the Week 4 Battle for Bridgewater!

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YES! USA USA! USA!

 

Jadeveon Clowney and your terrible foot come on down! (Since obviously there is no way they are picking Bridgewater - heck of your Top 10, 4 of those teams aren't taking QBs)

 

Oakland pretty much controls their own destiny. Since they played the Jags (and won which hurts them) and the entire NFC East.

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Exerpt from the upcoming Fanirau brothers NFL book

http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9745797/new-book-league-denial-says-nfl-used-resources-power-two-decades-deny-football-link-brain-damage

The National Football League conducted a two-decade campaign to deny a growing body of scientific research that showed a link between playing football and brain damage, according to an excerpt from a new book co-authored by a pair of ESPN investigative reporters.

An excerpt published Wednesday by ESPN The Magazine from the book, "League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth," reports that the NFL used its power and resources to discredit independent scientists and their work; that the league cited research data that minimized the dangers of concussions while emphasizing the league's own flawed research; and that league executives employed an aggressive public relations strategy designed to keep the public unaware of what league executives really knew about the effects of playing the game.

HEAD-ON COLLISION

An excerpt from "League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth," appears in the Oct. 14 editions of ESPN The Magazine, which is available on newsstands Friday. The excerpt

The NFL's minimizing of the debilitating neurological effects of playing football suffered by players began under former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who left office in 2006, but continued under his successor, the current commissioner Roger Goodell, according to the excerpt from the book written by ESPN investigative reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru.

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I don't think it's a coincidence that the NFL rushed to settle the lawsuit against them from former players prior to the publication of that book.  Too many smoking guns in there.

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They're moving the ball. They are getting killed in time of possession yet are 10th all time through 4 games for yards gained. Need to get points from those yards. Main issue now isn't not running enough plays; though that would increase with an even semi competent defense. If anything they should be trying to slow the offense down to eat more clock and keep the defense off the field as much as possible. 

 

What we heard in the first game and all preseason is that the Eagles would play really fast and score a lot of points by playing really fast.  The reality is that they aren't doing either one (99 points through 4 games - just 20.9 per game since the first half of the opening game).  They're leading the league in rushing (199 a game!) but doing nothing with it.  So what it seems to me is that they have big issues on both sides of the ball.

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The Eagles D is on pace to give up more yards than the Saints D did last year. Which, if anyone needs reminding, was the worst of ALL TIME. So yeah, not good.

 

Steeelers trading for Levi Brown is uh...curious. Mike Adams is not doing well but he's still in his 2nd year. Levi Brown hasn't done well his entire career.

 

Ravens, on the other hand, pick up a pretty solid tackle who doesn't have significant weight issues for basically peanuts. Early signs indicate Ozzie has worked his magic again (we'll ignore the whole Michael Huff thing for now)

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It's like someone projectile vomited little bits of purple all over that map.  Who the fuck cares about either of those teams outside of their own markets?

 

Like, I kind of understand why STL is getting Arizona/Carolina because of the division tie in, but 1. That game has no impact on the division (which is locked up at the top) and 2. STL was full of Bears fans before the Rams showed up.  Still is.

 

It airing in Boston is even more of a mystery.

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