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Game of the Season:
So many people panned the 49ers Rams matchup last night and likely refused to watch the game of the season. The best meme I saw said “This nights game has been moved to Comedy Central.” Well the jokes on you folks! Highest scoring game in Thursday night history, and the 4th quarter saw the following drives: Rams TD to go up 14, San Fran TD but missed extra point (down 8), Rams TD to go up 15, 49ers TD to bring it within 8, Rams fumble the kickoff with 5 minutes left in the game, 49ers score as a result but miss the 2 pt conversion, so they’re down 2. Successful Onside kick with 2 minutes left, but the Rams D finally holds them. Wow what a whirlwind!
Thursday Night Disclaimer:
Most of this article is complete before Thursday. But many times the Thursday Night game can throw off some stats from the week before (you’ll see with the 49ers TD total below). This is just a disclaimer that unless I specifically reference the game played on Thursday, the entire article is about Week 2 games.
For the Record:
- How Case Keenum had the starting job for the Rams last year is beyond me. That game was over the second the injury report was released
- There is some terrible football being played this year. I’m looking at you San Fran, Seattle, Cleveland, Chicago, Giants, Jets, Colts and Bengals.
- The Broncos may be legit, I did NOT see them manhandling the Cowboys like they did
- Both Chargers games have come down to a missed Field Goal
- Todd Gurley may be having a bounceback year (I wrote this before Thursday night).
- Jay Cutler may be proving me right! 1-0
- Packers fans have nothing to worry about another early season loss
Stolen Stat of the Week:
Green Bay has played two of its last three games at Atlanta, falling behind a combined 48-7 by halftime.
Stolen Stat of the Week #2:
Cincinnati Bengals possession results for the season so far: Punt, interception, interception, punt, interception, punt, fumble, punt, punt, downs, interception, end of game; punt, punt, fumble, field goal, punt, punt, field goal, field goal, punt, punt, punt, downs, end of game.
Stat of the Week #3:
The Buccaneers have only played one game, and have still outscored 10 teams in the league
Stat of the Week #4:
The Panthers have given up only a Field Goal each game. Not that they’re playing elite teams, but that’s still impressive as a defense
Stat of the Week #5:
The world is righting itself somewhat, the top 3 QB’s in yards are Brady, Rodgers and Brees. Although Trevor Siemian is tied for 1st in TD passes with 6. Egads!
Stat of the Week #6:
Holy crap, Baltimore already has 8 interceptions! This on top of 2 fumble recoveries, so that’s 5 turnovers a game. 4 teams last year had 8 or fewer INT’s the entire season!
Stat of the Week #7:
The 49ers and Bengals have not scored a TD yet this season, the Giants and Seahawks have scored only 1.
Stat of the Week #8:
Joe Thomas has an unofficial record in the statbooks. On Sunday he hit 10,000 consecutive snaps which is incredible. Not only has he not been injured, he hasn’t even taken a play off! Jeff Saturday was talking about how impressive this is, because even as a hall of fame center, his coaches would pull him towards the end of games that were routs. Granted it helps that the Browns aren’t in a position to win games by 25+ points, but even on the other end of it he stayed in every play on offense.
Thursday Night Stats:
Todd Gurley tied Marshall Faulk with the most TD’s to start a season for the Rams with 6. He has the same amount of TD’s in 3 games as he had all of last season. Jared Goff is leading the league with 10.0 yards per attempt. Not per completion, per attempt! He was last in the league in this category last year. There are only 3 other QB’s who have averaged 10 yards per attempt in the first 3 games: Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.
Along with the general wimpification of America, are people really taking “offense” with Marshawn Lynch’s dance? Calm down. You can’t complain about a lack of celebrations and then get upset with Lynch dancing on the sidelines. It’s the home opener, for an Oakland born kid, dancing to a song that talks about being from Oakland, in front of fans who have 2 more years of watching this team, and you’ve scored 35 points by the 4th quarter. I can’t believe this has gotten so much press. Keep them out of the endzone 5 times if you don’t want to see him dance.
The Mercedes-Benz stadium opened up for the Falcons and it is very impressive! Not to be confused by NFC South rivals Saints stadium, which is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. I’m surprised the NFL allowed the same company to sponsor two stadiums. The latter stadium is within walking distance of the Smoothie King Center…
That’s the Price of Doing Business:
Apparently parking for Chargers games is $100 a pop. You could literally bring a family of 5 to a game, and it would cost more for your car to sit in a concrete dungeon than for you to watch a professional game.
Crystal Ball Experiment:
Alright, so keeping secret who the Super Bowl halftime act is, makes about as much sense as the baseball trade deadline. But that’s a whole other rant. So time for an experiment to check ol’ FMQB. Every year I feel l hear who the halftime act is, and then around Week 6 they “announce” it and everybody is surprised/happy/upset. I sit there thinking “what the heck, we’ve known this for months. Two weeks ago I swear I heard that Taylor Swift had been locked into the act, yet yesterday there were a bunch of reports saying that JayZ had turned the NFL down and no decision was made.