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^Nice trade! That should work out very nicely for you! I expect Anderson to have a huge season, assuming he stays healthy. Kubiak wants to base his entire offense around the run game, and play action, something he couldn't do well with Manning last year. Now that he's gone, and Siemian is in, he's able to do that. Anderson looked super fast, and agile all night, and should have a lot of big games this season in this system! Don't forget, it's the same system that made Arian Foster a star.

 

I actually had Anderson on the bench for some reason on one of the two teams I own him in, heading into the game, and when I got on last minute to check rosters, realized it, and tried to swap him in for DeMarco Murray, I was literally a couple of seconds too late. I sure hope Murray has a huge game too, or that couple of seconds could have cost me the matchup...

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Anderson looked really good, strong, fast, put his head down and hit the hole hard. I expect him to get a lot of carries this season, especially with Siemian under the center. He looked good last night, but he is essentially a rookie and will need the running game to help him develop throughout the season. Partner all of that up with a top tier defense, Anderson could be a fantasy beast this season.

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Well, the first full Sunday of NFL action is in the books, and it's been an exciting start to the season! What is everybody's biggest surprise so far?

 

I think for me, I really didn't expect the Lions to be able to win on the road against the Colts - especially after they missed that extra point near the end. Granted, the Colts defense looks like a bottom three unit, if not the worst, but still... The Lions have a lot of history of epic failures, and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, so it was nice to see them turn that on its head for a change.

 

Also, it was horrible to see Keenan Allen go down again, likely for the year... Poor guy just can't catch a break it seems. He's a great talent, but his prime years are being eaten by injury,

 

As for Fantasy Football, I had a rough week in a lot of my leagues (I'm in 7 - don't be me), as I often performed well, only to face a team with one of the week's absurd performers. In our TPR Fantasy League, victory is not impossible for me, but it seems highly unlikely, barring DeAngelo Williams getting injured early in the game. Dang you Brandin Cooks!!!

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Biggest things for me yesterday were:

 

Colts vs Lions - I expected the Colts to come in and win big. Luck coming back from his injury, the Lions losing Megatron due to retirement. And, it was also in Indy, home field didn't do much to help Indy, it's going to be a long year with their defense.

 

Packers vs Jaguars - A lot of people are picking the Packers to win the super bowl this year, the Jags had a chance to knock them off. If it wasn't for a horrible play call on fourth down at the end of the game, I believe the Jags would have won the game. They could make a run for the playoffs this year.

 

Raiders vs Saints - Love the aggressive play call at the end, going for 2 for the win instead of the tie. I grew up being taught, when your on the road you go for the win, when your at home you go for the tie. The Raiders went for the win, and it worked.

 

Overall - Lots of very close games. There was only 1 game that was decided by double digits. And, I'm sorry if there are any Browns fans, but unfortunately they are going to lose a lot of games by double digits this year. But the future looks bright in Cleveland, you do have Gordon coming back, and Hue Jackson is one hell of a coach.

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^ To add insult to injury for Cleveland - RGIII out until at least November.

 

I feel their pain. Buffalo looked just as shitty yesterday as they have for the past 16 years and counting. It's just such a joke what this team has become after the Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, Andre Reed days that it's really hard for me to stomach their games anymore.

 

New coaches, new owners, new players, new GM's = the same results year after year.

 

Then you have someone like New England that can just crap out victories year after year - even with different personnel. Heck Garoppolo could have been being played by Brady for all I could tell last night - and this behind a patchwork offensive line. While a good game, I was devastated that my second favorite team lost the game by....gee, a missed 47 yard field goal. Sound familiar, Buffalo fans?

 

As much as I hate to admit it, this all falls back on Belichick. As much as I despise him for beating us twice a year for like 20 years in a row, he still gets the best from all of his players and doesn't take any crap from any of them. Ya gotta respect that even if you despise the Patriots like I, and everyone else in all of NY, NJ and Miami do (as well as a lot of other teams/fans).

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^I just wish the other three teams in their division played the Pats tougher, because that's been one of the keys to the NE "dynasty", is basically getting handed 5-6 victories out of the gate, and getting a leg up on the rest of the AFC competition for HFA in the Playoffs.

 

Honestly though, Pats winning last night was a bit fluky (as was the Broncos win, in much the same way), and I think Miami's defense is going to give Garoppolo and Belicheck all they can handle next week. Seattle is as good if not better than NE overall, pretty even from a coaching standpoint, and Wilson is MUCH better than Garoppolo, and yet they couldn't hardly do anything at home against Miami. It'll be interesting to see how that game in NE goes next week, especially if Gronk is sidelined again!

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One thing that I think separates NE from most of the other NFL teams is how well they are coached. They very rarely make "bonehead" plays, don't typically get called for stupid penalties, which I think can attribute a lot of that to coaching. I enjoy watching NE play, they play the game correctly, when showing my son the game of football, those are one of the teams that I prefer him to watch, and I am by no means a NE fan, I love to see them lose, but as a fan of the game, they do it right.

 

I feel your pain as a Bills fan, I cheered for them when they lost the 4 super bowl's in a row. I remember after the fourth loss telling my dad I am going to be a Dolphins fan now instead of a Bills fan, I was only 9 years old at the time, so I didn't really understand. But, now I'm a Bengals fan....which isn't much better.

 

I am curious to see how Miami's defense looks the rest of the way, are they finally going to live up their expectations that they didn't really live up to last year, or is Seattle's offense going to struggle a lot more than we thought with Marshawn Lynch being retired.

 

As for the games last night, as much as it pains me to say, the Steelers looked pretty good. Antonio Brown is a beast, I don't know if anyone can stop him 1 on 1. And what a disappointing start for LA, shut out against the 49ers. I don't know if I expected them to win, but I expected them to put some points on the board. When is the last time a Chip Kelly defense shut somebody out?

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^^ You are spot on with regards to NE basically getting handed wins from our division every year. Belichick & the coaching staff knows and understands other teams strengths and weaknesses and plays to them each game. Buffalo always seems to have a plan on offense and then keeps going to the same thing over and over whether it works or not (usually not).

 

The Bills game plan always seems to play not to lose versus playing to win and it always kills them because they end up with a critical turnover, or a really stupid penalty or special teams blunder. Although most of the time, it seems to be that they do all three in the 2nd half when playing NE...I actually called them last year (in the game that mattered) and they happened one right after the other after we had played them close through halftime.

 

It will be interesting to see if they actually try going after Revis the way the Bengals did or simply refuse to take deep shots down the field like they did against Baltimore. If they decide on screens and dump-off passes at the line of scrimmage & don't test deep, the Jets will do the same thing and stack the box...and probably shut them out this Thursday night.

 

^ Yeah, going from a Bills fan to a Bengals fan...I feel your pain. I've always liked the Cardinals and Buccaneers as my 2nd and 3rd favorite teams (for more than 20 years) so there were a LOT more painful games than good ones.

 

Although at least one of my teams has won it all once...the Bucs! And I like the way Winston is starting to come around as a leader. Sure hope he can keep it up!

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NFL security rant:

 

Thanks to the Rams, the Coliseum is a nightmare to get into now. AND it's not easy to get booze in anymore (not sold inside during USC games because of a PAC-12 policy) thanks to the NFL security procedures. Only allowing clear bags is frustrating too.

 

Oh, and the Rams are awful. So it's a double kick in the nuts.

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^

 

They do look rather dreadful after that game! However, one win this weekend at home against the Seahawks (who didn't look that strong themselves on Sunday), and all will be forgotten! (Not saying that's going to happen, just that it could.) Honestly, I think them not starting Goff is pretty nuts... I know he didn't look great in the Pre-Season, but Case Keenum? Seriously? After you mortgaged the future to draft Goff? Oi...

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I can understand not starting Goff, what I can't understand is not even dressing him. Atleast put him in a uniform, that way if your team looks bad enough (like they did)you can put him in there and get him some snaps. There have been plenty of QB's drafted in the first round that have sat out their first season, but they dressed every game. Hopefully for the Rams, this isn't a sign that they have already lost faith in him and wasted a top pick. I expect to see him dressed this week, and probably starting by week 4 or 5 if they continue to play like they did.

 

To add onto the Rams, Tavon Austin better show up better next week. He got a pretty nice contract in the offseason and only put up 4 catches for 13 yards in the first game of the season. But what would you expect from a guy that hasn't cracked 500 yards receiving in a season yet.

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Giants 2-0 for the first time since 2009. What has me impressed the most is that Ben McAdoo actually knows how to manage the clock. If they still had Crypt Keeper as coach, the team would probably be 0-2.

 

Oh, and that 200 million dollar defense looks damn good thus far.

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^Actually, that trade was a straight up win for him from the word go! We both had Johnson rated higher than Peterson anyway, and I actually drafted Johnson over him in another league when given the chance. But this was my last draft, and I wanted Peterson on one of my teams, so since Peterson was ranked stupidly high by ESPN, and I knew he wouldn't be there when I drafted, while Johnson likely would be, I simply told Ian if he drafted Peterson, I'd trade him Johnson if I got him. Believe me... That was always going to be a better trade for him than me, barring a Johnson injury. Peterson getting hurt is just icing on the cake! Don't worry about Ian... He's won a Fantasy Football Championship three years in a row! He knows what's up!

 

17 penalties for the Lions....someone please wake me up when Caldwell is fired and someone comes in who knows how to discipline a team. That was horrible all around.

 

Caldwell was such a terrible hire from the word "Go"! I don't care how "nice" he is, or whether he can "coach up" QB's... Running a team, he is imbecilic, and that's not an overstatement! Additionally, if I had a dollar for every time he made a statement that literally caused me to face-palm, I'd be a wealthy man...

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I cannot comprehend how Jeff Fisher still has a job.

 

Did you watch Hardknocks this year? After watching that I see why he's been a HC for 20 years with a 500 records, he's a pretty likable guy off the field who appears to do things the right way. But yeah.

 

What a weird week, LA beats Seattle after getting blasted by SF last week. The Jags get blasted by San Diego after playing Green Bay tough, and Green Bay loses to a team with a QB they signed last week. Week 2 is the "don't overreact it's still early" week, by week 5 the usual suspects will be on top of their divisions again.

 

"If New England beats Houston on Thursday with Jacoby Brisett as their starting QB I give up"

-The rest of the NFL

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I've always found it funny when people say sports tickets are over priced and instead of going they watch it on their big screen at home, like somehow they are sticking it to the man (not realizing how much $$ is being made off them from watching it on TV). Every time I see an article online about the NFL there are a lot of comments "overpriced, management sucks, I watch at home" etc.

 

The games are selling out and there are still always lines for concessions, TV ratings are through the roof, do you really think the NFL gives a **** about your opinion?

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I love going to sporting events. I do think they are overpriced, but people will pay it and for many people that attend sporting events they are building memories with their families. I will never forget seeing my son's face the first time he seen a professional baseball field.

 

With that being said, I refuse to take him to an NFL game. The fans are way to rowdy for a 5 year old, some of the things I have seen/heard I don't think he needs to experience that at the age of 5. I could be over protective of him, but don't feel people know how to act correctly at sporting events.

 

But as to your question, no the owners don't care at all if I go or not, if I don't I'm sure somebody else will be there.

 

But watching it at home makes it much easier to walk away when your team is playing like crap.

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fantasy football not going to well for me

 

I'm kind of getting tired of Fantasy Football but that's an entirely different discussion for a later time and date.

 

 

I love going to sporting events. I do think they are overpriced, but people will pay it and for many people that attend sporting events they are building memories with their families. I will never forget seeing my son's face the first time he seen a professional baseball field.

 

With that being said, I refuse to take him to an NFL game. The fans are way to rowdy for a 5 year old, some of the things I have seen/heard I don't think he needs to experience that at the age of 5. I could be over protective of him, but don't feel people know how to act correctly at sporting events.

 

But as to your question, no the owners don't care at all if I go or not, if I don't I'm sure somebody else will be there.

 

But watching it at home makes it much easier to walk away when your team is playing like crap.

 

Maybe I'm just spoiled but in Jacksonville the owners really have made great strides in improving the "in game" experience so that's it's really enjoyable, better food (albeit still somewhat expensive but at least it's good!), better access, wifi, it's a pretty fun time. So saying the owners "don't care" probably isn't very true when it comes down to it.

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