Emptywheel’s Pro Football Trash Talk – Week 15

Only one college game left before the endless series of bowl games starts up. The annual Army Navy game from Philadelphia. Both teams have among the best rushing offenses in the country, and among the most anemic passing offenses. Seems like a close match, but it’s not, Navy is the clearly better team, and they are favored. They should be, GO NAVY!

The pros, as the post title indicates, are into week 15 of the regular schedule. Already the Bolts have shocked the Donkos in Denver. Peyton seemed off and the Broncos never really got untracked. They abandoned Knowshon Moreno and the running game that has served them so well of late and really missed Wes Welker, who was out with a concussion. A bit about that. Much has been made about how the NFL treats it’s players with respect to concussions (and the lame settlement) but, really, the NFL teats its players like meat in pretty much every area of the body. Here is a great longform about just how true this is: My Injury File: How I Shot, Smoked, And Screwed My Way Through The NFL. It is blunt and gruesome.

Probably the best matchup on the Sunday slate is Pats at the Dolphins. Gronkowski is out again for the Pats, this time he is done for the season with an ACL/MCL injury. That hurts, because Gronk is not only Brady’s best receiver, but also draws tons of pressure off the other young kids at WR. Brady too appears to be a little banged up in the throwing shoulder and has been limited in use in practice, but no reason to believe he won’t be the same old Tom once the game starts. On paper, the Fish match up pretty well, and their defense is young and good. If the depleted Miami O-line can give Ryan Tannehill some time to throw, this could be an upset. But now that Brady and Belichick have home field in the playoffs in their hands, due to Denver’s Thursday night flop, I sure wouldn’t bet on it. Take the Pats.

Ravens at Detroit on Monday night also looks pretty interesting. The Lions are flaky and should be (and are) the favorite at home. But Baltimore has won four of their last five and are worried about their own playoff push. Maybe the Ravens’ secondary should not have pissed off Megatron. Still, Kitties better watch out, this game has upset alert written all over it. As does the Bears at the Brownies. Cutler returns for the Bears, though I would have left hot hand Josh McCown in were it me. The browns are better than their record. Hard to see the Packers coming out of Big D with a win over the ‘Boys. Actually might be possible for all three NFC North leaders to lose this week. And Dallas needs the win because the Eagles figure to dispatch the Vikings.

The last bit of real interest is to see just how crappy the game between the Redskins and Falcons is. These are surely the two biggest disappointments in the league this year, both teams are just a mess. Would be a hell of a sight if new Skins starting QB Kirk Cousins lights up Atlanta. And he just might. RG3 and 10 is not even the backup, instead he has been deactivated and Sexy Rex Grossman will be the backup.

Well, what else ya got to yammer about? Music by the incomparable Lou Rawls.

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47 Responses to Emptywheel’s Pro Football Trash Talk – Week 15

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bmaz Guess Holder's "ethical culture" didn't include prosecuting banksters that brought the US+world economy down. https://t.co/4t9pQjYxp9
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bmaz RT @DanLamothe: Lawyer for Navy officer accused in espionage case alleges entrapment by the FBI. https://t.co/zME3v41WNS https://t.co/zEZ3s
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bmaz @DonnaDiva Did I send any of that to you?? No. Yet here you are using me as a proxy for it. I like you, but that is BS.
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bmaz @DonnaDiva Not at all, but I am flat out accusing you of lying about it when you gratuitously apply it to me.
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bmaz @DonnaDiva It's got nothing to do w/her sex, is has to do with her being a disgusting politician. I may have to vote for her anyway. #Puke
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bmaz @DonnaDiva Because both are DLC, bought off Wall St semi-Republican assholes, additionally, Hillary is a total hammerhead warmonger.
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bmaz @DonnaDiva I included no misogyny whatsoever, so this is just another bullshit Clintonian slur and lie. I said Clintons plural.
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bmaz @DonnaDiva "Bernie Bros" was a dishonest pile of slurring scumbag shit. The Clintons can rot in fucking hell.
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emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS I listen on road trips, not around town. @joanneleon @ddayen
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emptywheel Jeebus. Turns out Allen Dulles would have been easy to Phish. But then so would Brennan... https://t.co/t9bFcckLEm
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emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS Right; read it while working out, walking your dog, commuting, traveling. @joanneleon @ddayen
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emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS @ddayen's, in a few weeks, bc he has a great narrator. I'm reading Greg Grandin's kissinger book which is good. @joanneleon
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