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Old 14th November 2008, 04:40 PM   #136 (permalink)
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That was a tough loss for the Pats. Altough I am liking the rookie Jerod Mayo, he seems to be doing pretty well for us so far this season.

Oh well, there's always next we I guess. Hopefully we can stop the Wildcat offense of the Dolphins this time around.
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Old 15th November 2008, 10:56 PM   #137 (permalink)
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Given that others have since (you were the first to face it, if memory serves), I'm sure Belichik will not only have plans for stopping it, but even exploiting it by the time next weekend rolls around, milady!
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Old 17th November 2008, 03:09 AM   #138 (permalink)
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Somebody stop us.
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Old 17th November 2008, 03:14 AM   #139 (permalink)
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We'd oblige, but sadly we don't meet you this year...

You might get pushed next week, and watch out for the mighty Lions the week after. They're due a win.
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Old 17th November 2008, 04:56 AM   #140 (permalink)
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I think the Jets will be our first loss. They always play us well. I said it a few weeks ago they'd be the first loss...though our first half was pushing that prediction.
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Old 17th November 2008, 06:08 AM   #141 (permalink)
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I only kept track via NFL.com, but it looked like your defense was a brick wall in the second half. Everytime I flicked over Jacksonville were going three and out.
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Old 17th November 2008, 06:14 AM   #142 (permalink)
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Why, oh why, does Portis decide to be 70% and Campbell become interception-prone for Dallas, at home of all places? Grrrr, I HATE night games. We almost never do well (unless it's a Super Bowl), and I always wish I'd gone to sleep instead!

Well, no longer in the driver's seat for the wild card; have to earn it now.

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Old 17th November 2008, 07:39 AM   #143 (permalink)
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I only kept track via NFL.com, but it looked like your defense was a brick wall in the second half. Everytime I flicked over Jacksonville were going three and out.
It was a tale of two halves in that game.
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Old 17th November 2008, 02:02 PM   #144 (permalink)
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With that win over the Redskins (), and at 6-4, Dallas is no longer propping up their division.

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Old 17th November 2008, 10:18 PM   #145 (permalink)
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Well, the Vikings fell from a two way tie for the top, to a three way tie for the top at {drum roll please} 5 wins and 5 losses. Ah, mediocrity thou art a putrid jewel. The Vikes now need 5 and 1 or maybe could skinny by with a 4 and 2, but wouldn't bet on it.
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The first 50 minutes, Dallas played about as poorly as they'd been playing (though the defense managed to play well enough to keep it close) but a Martellus Bennett touchdown reception got the lead, a Newman defensive play got the ball back, and Marion Barber carried 10 times and caught once on eleven consecutive plays in a nearly-seven-minute drive and just could not be stopped, including going for it on 4th and 1 to finish the game. I couldn't be happier - perhaps an ugly win overall but the last ten minutes of the game (and part of the game earlier on the defensive side) were just how it was meant to be. Jay Ratliff sacks, DeMarcus Ware sacks, Terence Newman picks, and Marion Barber rushes.

'Course, I was happy after the Buc game, too, and look what happened next. So I'll have to cross my fingers and hope we actually take advantage of what has to be technically the easiest part of the entire schedule. And maybe Felix Jones will be healthy soon, too.

But, given what the Giants are doing, it looks like, Cowboy, Redskin, or Eagle fans, we're not competing with them any more, but just with the rest of the runners-up in the conference for those wild card spots.

Incidentally, ever since Dallas beat Pittsburgh in a Super Bowl and I was able to exorcise some ghosts, I've been able to enjoy Steelers football. How about Polamalu's interception and later near-touchdown? And the first ever 11-10 game. And in the snow. I loved it. If I could take one player in the league for Dallas, I think I'd take him, though that'll never happen.
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Well, the Vikings fell from a two way tie for the top, to a three way tie for the top at {drum roll please} 5 wins and 5 losses. Ah, mediocrity thou art a putrid jewel. The Vikes now need 5 and 1 or maybe could skinny by with a 4 and 2, but wouldn't bet on it.
Could lose Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams to suspension...
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The Vikes now need 5 and 1 or maybe could skinny by with a 4 and 2, but wouldn't bet on it.
Or 6-0. I wouldn't be surprised if some 10-6 NFC team this season suffered Cleveland's fate last season. I definitely don't think 9-7 will cut it. Which means even Dallas would need to do 4-2 to have hope. Beating San Fran and Seattle (fingers crossed) and splitting Pittsburgh, NYG, Baltimore and Phillie might not even do it. Not sure about the pure math, matchups, and tiebreakers at this point, though.

The Vikings look good to win at least three of the remainder, but the Arizona, Atlanta, NYG run looks tough, even with the last two at home. Maybe knock off Atlanta but I'm not sure about the other two.

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Could lose Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams to suspension...
'Course, that would probably render the discussion moot.

'Course, I also forgot the 5-5 log jam in the NFC North - all the Vikings have to do is win their division, which they might do at 9-7, but the NFC North is likely only sending one team. To get the wild card spots, it's going to take more than 9-7. Ironically.

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Old 19th November 2008, 10:40 AM   #149 (permalink)
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All right, I took the high road after the Skins bested the Boys in Dallas earlier in the season, but no longer.

Against the Steelers, the Redskins offensive line was overmatched (that's a defense). Against the Cowboys, however, they played poorly. Play that game again (which could happen later in the year!) 5 times and the Boys do no better than 3 sacks (which is better than their average before the game), not back-to-back, and no interceptions (Campbell's only been picked 3 times this year....1 percent of his total passes....thanks in no small part to the O line).
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Could lose Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams to suspension...
Wouldn't that tear the season! But Jared Allen's hit was both vicious and late, so a suspension would not be surprising. The "Williams Wall" aka "The Williams Wrecking Crew" might be guilty of steroids, but men of their size could also be taking a diet drug for the honest reason. If guilty and punished (4 week suspension) the best Viking defense in years, and any chance of the playoffs, is belly up for sure.
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