Week 7: Miami Dolphins 27 – Chicago Bears 14

Game reviews

Yet another game here where we thought we might find out the identity of these teams. Truthfully though we only really found out that the Dolphins are a pretty good team with a decent Defence & a QB who seems to be getting together. As for the Bears, we didn’t really find out anything, except that they are drastically inconsistent. Turnovers were the key factor in this game. Whilst we had plenty of games this week where teams would turn the ball over more than their opponents, then go on to win the game, the fact is the Bears aren’t built that way. The fact is that the Bears Defence is nowhere near good enough to win games that they don’t have the most Offensive snaps in. It’s that simple. What is frustrating as a Bears fan is, that it is abundantly obvious to nearly everyone that they need to put the ball in Forte’s hand’s more. This by the way doesn’t take anything away from the Dolphins. Miami played a great game, game-planned to perfection, taking full advantage of the Bears weaknesses. Are they good enough to make the Playoffs? Maybe, but they need to play catch-up.

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Atlanta Falcons Play 60 Event in London

On Monday 20th October the Atlanta Falcons joined children from Bushey Meads secondary school to host a play 60 event.

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Week 7: Minnesota Vikings 16 – Buffalo Bills 17

Game reviews

A close matchup that saw the Bills win the game, but lose a number of key players, in the form of both their starting Running Backs. The game was mostly a battle between the 2 Defensive Lines, who combined for a total of 8 Sacks. The Bills came out of the gates misfiring, coughing the ball up twice. The Vikings however struggled to make the most of this & only managed a field goal during the 1st period, thanks to a combination of tenacity from the Bills Defensive Line & poor play from Minnesota’s Offensive Line. The 2nd Quarter saw both Offences gain some traction & by half time the score was 13-10 to the Vikings. The 32rd Quarter opened with a lack of Offensive movement, with the Vikings eventually putting points up in the 4th, in the form of another field goal. However with 3 minutes left Kyle Orton took control of the game & meticulously moved the ball down field finishing with a touchdown to Rookie 1st Rd. Pick, Sammy Watkins. The Vikings now slip further in the NFC North after a decent start, thanks in large part to some serious Offensive Line woes, also having the best Running Back in the league unavailable has to hurt the Offence. The Bills get an unlikely win that saw them turn the ball over 4 times & still win the game, this pushes them to 4-3 & 2nd in the AFC East.

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Week 7: Atlanta Falcons 7 – Baltimore Ravens 29

Game reviews

This one looked set to be one of those games where we figure out how good these teams actually are. Unfortunately for the Falcons it seems that’s exactly what we found out. However the score doesn’t really tell the whole story & it wasn’t a complete failure from the Falcons, but more of an inability to capitalize on some potential momentum changing moments. Atlanta actually made some half decent plays, but it just never seemed to result in them converting them to points. Take the muffed punt by Jacoby Jones. The Falcons picked up the dropped punt on the 37 yard line with 1 minute left on the clock in the 1st half. But an ineffective run on Offence meant they’d go 3 & out & left Matt Bryant with a 57 yard field goal opportunity, which he didn’t make. Flacco with the ball in his hands, with 17 seconds left of the 1st half, made a pass to the 22 yard line setting up a very makeable field goal for Justin Tucker, putting the Ravens up 17-0, where a few decent plays could have seen the Falcons narrow it to a 1 score game. Not only did this put them 3 scores behind, but then immediately after the half they were kicking the ball to Baltimore. For the Ravens, it was a defensive effort that got them this win. The Offence seemed a little stop start, but when your Defence has 5 Sacks & a Safety, it’s very rare you’ll lose. Not the dominant performance from the Ravens that we saw last week, but proof that this team can win, even when the Offence misfires. The Falcons now have a tough challenge against the Lions in London, but a decent run could still see them be relevant in a weak NFC South, but injuries across both sides of the line could slow them down.

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Gridiron Gentlemen’s Prediction Club: Week 7

Last week was one that would like to forget about prediction wise, well unless you’re Charlie, who smashed all of us with 13 points! The next nearest result was 8. As a result we’ve banished Charlie for making us look bad. That being said the return of the Tailgate Knight could put us in our place. Week 7 has already started & although the result was predictable, the nature of the game wasn’t. As it turned out we did however all go for the Patriots (honest). Anyway let’s look at the Sunday/ Monday games.

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Week 7: New York Jets 25 – New England Patriots 27

Game reviews

Well we can lay to rest the thought that Thursday night Football is always a blowout. This one was won just 2 pts. & more specifically, a blocked field goal & missed 2pt conversion. The Jets were in fact always within one score of the Patriots, something we haven’t really seen this year on Thursday night. Even last week’s game between the Colts & Texans, Indianapolis built up a big lead that the Texans whittled down. Despite the win, to think the Patriots outplayed the Jets would be an unfair assessment. The truth is the Jets were decent driving down field, they had complete control of the time of possession, & did a decent job of forcing the Patriots to punt, they just couldn’t seem to punch it into the end zone & on no less than 5 occasions were forced to go for a field goal. The Jets had everything working in their favour they just couldn’t finish. The Jets fall to 1-6 & now look desperate. Despite a dreadful run of both injuries & an unreal schedule, Rex Ryan’s seat could be getting more than a little toasty. Missing out on a playoff spot is pretty much sealed, so the Jets are already surely in damage limitation mode, with a fighting chance for a victory against Pittsburgh, Kansas City & maybe Buffalo. But still 4-6 is not a record to aspire to when going into a bye week. The Patriots look set for a playoff spot, despite being pretty much outplayed in this one, improvements on Defence will need to happen if this team is to progress & be considered to be a Super bowl contender.

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What do we have here? Week 7 Fantasy options

How was last week for you? I was so owned in my PPR match up and the Gridiron Gentlemen also lost their matchup but I did fine in my keeper league. Branden Oliver continues to be a pleasant surprise and because of that is now owned in over 72% of leagues. This season is proving to be a tough one, with surprises each week. This week the Eagles and Bucs are on byes so no Foles, Rainey, Evans (again), LeSean McCoy or Maclin. Or Sproles but I am not going to cry over that. Chatting with the other Girdiron Gents, it does appear there are slim pickings off the waiver wire, so I will be sharing with you my own strategy and thinking, including who is a possible start (I hate doing that kind of prediction, invariably likely to get it wrong). No projected/actual score comparison this week you will be glad to hear, one dose of stats a week is enough me thinks.

 

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Episode 50:
Happy 50th to us

As the podcast hits the big 5-0, just how many puns about stealing underwear do you think we can crank out? One or two more than is entirely necessary, as it turns out. Aside from that we also look through all the weekend’s games and let Duncan loose on some speculative statistics.

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End of week 6: Power Ranking

The League appears to be settling down a little…that doesn’t make it any less confusing/entertaining

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Race to be number 1 (pick for 2015 Draft)

Draft and Free Agency | NFL Stats

For our 50th Episode we were asked (by Alex Dolling) on Facebook how many teams there are who have better odds on taking the number Draft pick in 2015 than they do winning the Superbowl. So I had a look, the answer I came to is six  (though technically it is seven) and here I show my workings. Yes people, there will be some statistical modelling. So here goes…

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