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(ESPN)   The Bears are who we thought they were, the Colts may want to reconsider playoffs, and the Jets play to win the game. This is your OFFICIAL Week 12 Power Rankings Thread   (espn.go.com) divider line 197
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2012-11-20 03:36:58 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: As a long-time Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder I assure you that 27th place is at LEAST two spots too high.

The team will finish 3-13 and is a dropped Browns INT, a shady Ravens penalty and a twice-missed Giants field goal as time expired away from heading to 0-16


I actually had to look up the fact that the Phillies have won more recently than the Eagles. It's true. Oct. 1st. Eagles beat the Giants the day before.
 
2012-11-20 03:37:52 PM

DoBeDoBeDo: so we were both right?


Sort of. That's one of the hand signals you rarely see - that and the illegal touching when they down a punt.
 
2012-11-20 03:38:32 PM
DET +3 is easy money this week.

/Texans fan.
 
2012-11-20 03:38:51 PM

Treygreen13: DoBeDoBeDo: so we were both right?

Sort of. That's one of the hand signals you rarely see - that and the illegal touching when they down a punt.


Actually you see it all the time if you go to a game, just not something they stop the game for or that they explain.
 
2012-11-20 03:38:56 PM

roc6783: No one picked the NYJ/STL game right, but of 18 people only 3 missed more than 1 other game. Just a really weird week.


Really? I got a perfect score this week thanks to the Jest playing up to expectations against the Lambs. Probably going to be my only perfect pick'em week this year.
 
2012-11-20 03:38:59 PM
Also, before I forget...

WHAR GRAF!?!??!?! WHAR?!?!?!?!

WHAR JAKE!?!??!?!? WHAR!?!?!?!?
 
2012-11-20 03:39:02 PM

thecpt: DeltaPunch: kronicfeld: Their blowout loss to the Patriots showed how out of place the Colts look in the playoff picture. (Clayton)

Except that they would get the 6th seed if the playoffs started today, and they have a cake remaining schedule with the exception of Houston.

They're not saying they can't make the playoffs. They're saying they'll get their asses reamed wide open by the first playoff team they see.

So they're the falcons?


profootballmock.com
 
2012-11-20 03:39:15 PM
Name That Call

1. Kicking a safety kick out of bounds is a penalty - but how many penalty yards? - Receiving team may elect to take the ball 30 yards from the spot of the kick or at the point where the kick went out of bounds.

2. This season, there has been a rule change. Illegally kicking a ball on the offense is still a penalty - but what is the punishment? - 10 yards and loss of down

3. Name these three hilarious looking referee signals, in order.
a. Illegal forward pass
b. Loss of down
c. I'm not sure; I see a one-handed version a lot at the high school level to start the play clock, so I assume it's a timekeeping thing.
 
2012-11-20 03:42:10 PM

degenerate-afro: roc6783: No one picked the NYJ/STL game right, but of 18 people only 3 missed more than 1 other game. Just a really weird week.

Really? I got a perfect score this week thanks to the Jest playing up to expectations against the Lambs. Probably going to be my only perfect pick'em week this year.


Ya, I missed on MIA and STL, but I am still in first for the 4th week in a row.
 
2012-11-20 03:42:15 PM

LantisEscudo: Name That Call

1. Kicking a safety kick out of bounds is a penalty - but how many penalty yards? - Receiving team may elect to take the ball 30 yards from the spot of the kick or at the point where the kick went out of bounds.

2. This season, there has been a rule change. Illegally kicking a ball on the offense is still a penalty - but what is the punishment? - 10 yards and loss of down

3. Name these three hilarious looking referee signals, in order.
a. Illegal forward pass
b. Loss of down
c. I'm not sure; I see a one-handed version a lot at the high school level to start the play clock, so I assume it's a timekeeping thing.


Well done. The Safety kick rule is rarely brought up, but you nailed it. The illegal kick rule was changed this season to add loss of down. What precipitated that change, I don't know.
 
2012-11-20 03:44:49 PM
"Six losses in a row. The Phillies won more recently. (Yes, really.) They do nothing well at all."

Come on Graziano, obviously the Eagles are great at collapsing under the weight of mounting disappointment.

/Skins fan
//Absolutely no room to talk at all
///It's almost December and we're not eliminated from the playoffs yet!
 
2012-11-20 03:45:01 PM
Redskins as best 4-6 team and 18th overall seems about right. I'd argue that they should be above the Cowboys, but we'll see if that's accurate in just two days.
 
2012-11-20 03:46:38 PM

DeltaPunch: Mr. Coffee Nerves: As a long-time Philadelphia Eagles season ticket holder I assure you that 27th place is at LEAST two spots too high.

The team will finish 3-13 and is a dropped Browns INT, a shady Ravens penalty and a twice-missed Giants field goal as time expired away from heading to 0-16

I actually had to look up the fact that the Phillies have won more recently than the Eagles. It's true. Oct. 1st. Eagles beat the Giants the day before.


Gotta say, life is good so far as the Giants are concerned: the Jets are a joke and the Eagles are garbage.
 
2012-11-20 03:47:56 PM

Dr Dreidel: Ravens at 5. They are who we thought they were at the start of the season! (Actually, they might have been 2 or 3, but they've been at 5 for like a month, right?)

Joe Flacco's reaction to the news:
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// also his reaction to cashing his game check, the birth of his firstborn son, getting kicked in the nads, T-Sizzle's man-crush on The Concussed Dennis Pitta, and Helen Mirren's sextape


Well hello, you sexy beast. So nice to see you around my favorite part of the internet. And since I have the graph up & ready to be updated, I thought I'd let you know that the Ravens started out at #6.
 
2012-11-20 03:48:59 PM

roc6783: GAT_00: roc6783: GAT_00: ***snip***

Eh, I'm a Titans fan, and honestly I think the NFC is better than us this year.

1 through 16, sure the NFC is better, but not overwhelmingly. But who in the NFC couldn't the Texans, Ravens, Patriots, and Broncos match up with? I know the 49ers could match up with anyone, but I have real doubts about the Packers (kill me with fire), the Falcons, the Bears (even with Cutler healthy), and the Giants.


O.O Your rampant fandom is one of the only reason Splat comes to the sports tab lol. Seems to be a lot less Rogers photobombs around these parts lately...
 
2012-11-20 03:54:40 PM

Di Atribe: Dr Dreidel: Ravens at 5. They are who we thought they were at the start of the season! (Actually, they might have been 2 or 3, but they've been at 5 for like a month, right?)

Joe Flacco's reaction to the news:
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// also his reaction to cashing his game check, the birth of his firstborn son, getting kicked in the nads, T-Sizzle's man-crush on The Concussed Dennis Pitta, and Helen Mirren's sextape

Well hello, you sexy beast. So nice to see you around my favorite part of the internet. And since I have the graph up & ready to be updated, I thought I'd let you know that the Ravens started out at #6.


You talking to me or Flacco?

// started at 6, are now 5; I reiterate my Denny-Green-channeling:
// "They are who we thought they were at season's start!"
// sigh...I wish Billick'd had some kind of meltdown, perhaps during he and Fassel's Season of Fail (started 4-2, lost 10 in a row to close the season - McNair's last)
 
2012-11-20 03:56:52 PM
The Phillies won more recently than the Eagles?

Ouch.
 
2012-11-20 04:06:15 PM

splat the whale: roc6783: GAT_00: roc6783: GAT_00: ***snip***

O.O Your rampant fandom is one of the only reason Splat comes to the sports tab lol. Seems to be a lot less Rogers photobombs around these parts lately...


There are no more Power Rankings Rodgers PhotoBombsTM anymore due to Packers fan request. I was told that I bore full responsibility for the early playoff exit, and agreed to end the deluge.

As to my rampant fandom...5 in a row, #1 in the NFC NORTH BIATCHES!!!!11!1!!1!!! Bears and Quitler fans can EABOD, Lions crybabies can go arm-stomp quietly into that good night, and the Viqueens can Ponder what a good QB actually looks like, while hoping AP doesn't fall apart after carrying the entire team on his back.
 
2012-11-20 04:07:19 PM
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2012-11-20 04:12:35 PM

m1ke: DET +3 is easy money this week.

/Texans fan.


I don't know. It wouldn't shock me, but The Texans probably won't be flat 2 weeks in a row
 
2012-11-20 04:12:44 PM

Treygreen13: [i291.photobucket.com image 598x200]
Welcome, once again, to the trivia game where the points don't matter, the players don't care, and the questions are oh-so-obscure. This week's edition of Name That Player has a NEW CATEGORY THAT I'M SO SURE YOU'RE ALL REALLY EXCITED ABOUT. You see, everyone has been harping on the referees this week and referring back to the Potato Refs. Well this week is the Revenge of the Zebras - and I don't mean Hochuli is going to come kick each and every one of your asses. Although I bet he could. Now bend over and spell "run", it's ON!

3 Categories, 3 Questions. QBs, Teams, and RULES. Answers go up after everyone has had a chance to answer.

Name that QB

1. Flacco
2. Sanchez
3. Sanchez

Name That Team

1. Denver
2. Houston
3. Pittsburgh

Name That Call

1. 15 yards
2. 10 yards and loss of down
3. no effing clue

 
2012-11-20 04:14:07 PM

RumsfeldsReplacement: Name that QB

1. Flacco
2. Sanchez
3. Sanchez

Name That Team

1. Denver
2. Houston
3. Pittsburgh

Name That Call

1. 15 yards
2. 10 yards and loss of down
3. no effing clue


You have 1 correct so far. It's Sanchez.
 
2012-11-20 04:14:19 PM

Dr Dreidel: You talking to me or Flacco?


Flacco? Why the hell would I say that to Flacco?
 
2012-11-20 04:14:46 PM

roc6783: Lions crybabies can go arm-stomp quietly into that good night


Hey now, most of us Lions fans have simply accepted our perpetual ability to only play like an actual football team for 1 quarter a game. It's less whining and more bemused resignation.
 
2012-11-20 04:15:24 PM
Err, two correct. You also got the illegal kicking correct, rumsfeldreplacement.
 
2012-11-20 04:16:09 PM
1. Playing on the road is tough - but this player is tougher. This QB has the best QB Rating in Away Games. Rodgers

2. This QB has lately been getting a lot of media attention, but it isn't for this statistical anomaly. He is the most accurate passer in the 1st Quarter. Probably Luck or Griffin. I flipped a coin and it landed on Luck so I'll go with him

3. It wouldn't be Name That Player trivia without some negative stats. This QB leads the league in red zone INTs, with a league high 4 ruined scoring opportunities. Sanchize


Name That Team

1. This team leads the league in several negative categories, but this one is particularly surprising considering their plan of attack in the previous seasons. This team has run the lowest percentage of running plays in the NFL. Titans

2. Much has been said about this team's ability to run the ball this season, but surprisingly this team is the worst in the NFL at converting 3rd and short with a running play. Panthers.. I think Cam has completed all of their "rushing" first downs

3. This team, in spite of being on an uptick as of late, still drags along the bottom of the league in Rushing Yards on 1st Down, meaning that they either need to re-evaluate their playcalling or stop trying to run on 1st down all together. JEST


Name That Call

1. Kicking a safety kick out of bounds is a penalty - but how many penalty yards? 15 yards

2. This season, there has been a rule change. Illegally kicking a ball on the offense is still a penalty - bu ...
 
2012-11-20 04:16:48 PM
Who's hungry for cupcakes and seventyburgers? It's the Third Weekennial Official Unofficial NFL Colley Rankings and Tier List!

Or 3WOUNFLCRTL.

A reminder slash disclaimer: Colley ratings are not predictive and should not be used for betting purposes. They should only be used for seeding NCAA-sanctioned tournaments and arguing on the Internet. Gamble at your own risk.

Anyway, it should come as no surprise that these rankings hew pretty closely to the standings, not counting playoff tiebreakers. The Colley method is designed to correct for schedule imbalances, and since pro schedules are a lot more balanced than college schedules, there's a lot less to correct. In fact, it can be proven that in the case of a perfectly balanced schedule (i.e. one or more round robins), each team's Colley rating is simply a function of its win percentage. Then again, these rankings still deviate more from the standings than ESPN's polls, at least this week. Whether that's because the writers are factoring in current trends and future outlooks or because they're just goddamn lazy is an exercise I leave to the reader.

Well, here they are. As before, plus means the computer ranking is higher than ESPN's, minus means the opposite, and Z means standardized score.

God Tier (2.0 < Z)
1. Houston Texans
Top Tier (1.5 < Z < 2.0)
2. Atlanta Falcons
Very High Tier (1.0 < Z < 1.5)
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Baltimore Ravens
6. Chicago Bears
7. New England Patriots (+1)
8. Denver Broncos (-1)
High Tier (0.5 < Z < 1.0)
9. Seattle Seahawks (+3)
Upper Mid Tier (0.0 < Z < 0.5)
10. Minnesota Vikings (+4)
11. Indianapolis Colts (+4)
12. New York Giants (-3)
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (-2)
14. Dallas Cowboys (+2)
Lower Mid Tier (-0.5 < Z < 0.0)
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5)
16. Arizona Cardinals (+9)
17. New York Jets (+5)
18. Tennessee Titans (+5)
19. New Orleans Saints (-6)
20. Detroit Lions (-1)
21. Cincinnati Bengals (-4)
22. Buffalo Bills (-2)
23. St. Louis Rams (+3)
Low Tier (-1.0 < Z < -0.5)
24. Miami Dolphins (-4)
25. Washington Redskins (-7)
26. San Diego Chargers (-5)
27. Philadelphia Eagles
Very Low Tier (-1.5 < Z < -1.0)
28. Oakland Raiders
29. Carolina Panthers
Bottom Tier (-2.0 < Z < -1.5)
30. Cleveland Browns
31. Jacksonville Jaguars
S#!t Tier (Z < -2.0)
32. Kansas City Chiefs


Now WHAR EVERYTHING ELSE WHAR?
 
2012-11-20 04:19:54 PM
Answer key goes up in 10 minutes.
 
2012-11-20 04:22:09 PM

Olympic Trolling Judge: ***snip***


As with everything in life, the beginning and the end are easy, the middle is where everything jacks up.
 
2012-11-20 04:22:50 PM

Olympic Trolling Judge: Or 3WOUNFLCRTL.


You should probably consider a new acronym. Perhaps CRATER, Colley Rating And Tiers Everyone Reads.

But excellent work. We have a hell of a weekly post thing going on now. It's beautiful. Everybody is bringing something like a football potluck.
 
2012-11-20 04:23:20 PM

Treygreen13: Answer key goes up in 10 minutes.

 

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2012-11-20 04:23:52 PM
Friends,

We are gathered here today to celebrate an incredible achievement. A remarkable achievement. A practically implausible achievement, considering no objective observer could have possibly foreseen it taking place in today's NFL. Indeed, a truly stunning one, in which it can hardly be imagined that any team in the NFL would lose to a farking quarterback who threw five Goddamned interceptions and not a single farking touchdown.

But sadly, I digress.

The achievement in question today is one recorded by an incredibly hyped rookie quarterback, not a QB who merely played like one. Today's pigskin hero came into the league as the "best prospect since John Elway," someone who broke all of said horsetoothed gunslinger's collegiate records, a perennial Heisman candidate, made 3 bowls - the Fiesta, Sun, and Orange - and was named the MVP of the latter. Clearly these are all much more sterling stamps of approval than "he won something called the MPC Computers Bowl" and "at least he always managed to beat Notre Dame."

Riding this wave of praise as high as possible into his inaugural season, this week's winner had nonetheless been surrounded by whispers of discontent and the disgruntled suggestions of a fanbase that has at times this year looked with jealousy on another team's freshman selection. Heading into the draft, there was a certain segment of sentiment that perhaps his team shouldn't go with the 2011 Heisman candidate and should instead cast their lot with the 2011 Heisman winner. Ignoring these concerns, the number one pick remained set in stone, much like the ignominy achieved by an offense so farking bad it couldn't cash in on six total turnovers for at least twenty piddling points on Sunday.

However, in fairness, it's not as though that pick has caused serious agita for his team. There have been ebbs and flows in his play, surely, certain weeks have shown him paling in comparison to the sensation known as RG3, but others have showcased a quarterback living up to the promise and potential spoken of in glowing terms during his collegiate career. He hasn't displayed any headcase tendencies to turn into the next Todd Marinovich. It's not as if he dove headfirst into a rapidly dwindling supply of Hostess products and JaMarcus'd himself. Like every quarterback with a surplus of talent who's still finding his footing in a league with an immense learning curve, he's been solid on some weeks, and something less than solid in others. After all, it's not as if he's a veteran with a handful of seasons under his belt who spent the week matching interceptions with years he's been in the NFL.

This week, though, it was a far different story. At least, it was supposed to be. If the previous weeks had been mere study sessions, Week 11 was to be the final exam.

...yeah, logically there's six more weeks to the season after the 11th, but stay with me here.

Stepping onto the frozen field at Foxboro is a daunting challenge for any gunslinger, let alone a rookie, no matter how much raw skill and dazzling possibility they possess. Facing down the fearsome combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on the road is enough to give anyone nightmares, but with the fate of a franchise on your back and wild card playoff hopes hanging in the balance, it's enough to make even massively overrated ACC quarterbacks cry for their mothers.

Nevertheless, starting off it seemed as though the job might be handled relatively well. True, New England had deferred the toss, leaving their prolific offense with a precious possession in their pocket for later, but that was okay. As long as their longtime rivals took care of business, it wouldn't matter. And in fact, things started out sparklingly, with a quick touchdown drive to open the festivities. The rookie was, for the moment, ahead of the decorated legend. A grin quickly spreading across his face, our man thought to himself, "Things might just work out after all. RG3 can eat my Ivy League balls. Matter of fact, on the subject of ridiculously douchetastic nicknames - "

His inner monologue interrupted by the tragically familiar sight of Tom Brady throwing a TD strike straight to Gronk, he took a steady deep breath and grabbed his helmet from the bench. "A shootout it is, then. Let's do this shiat, you buttchinned biatch" was the mindset as he retook the field and confidently sat under center, the ball on a string and 7 more points quickly followed. A 14 to 7 margin in favor of the visitors shone brightly from the scoreboard lights as the first quarter drew to a close, and the airshow promised by the preshow seemed as though it were fully underway. True, his efforts had started getting stymied before the quarter drew to a close and continued into the opening moments of the second frame, but it was fine. "A 3 and out here and there didn't hurt anyone that badly," he figured. "It's not as if this punt is gonna result in the lead being gone quicker than a hype balloon with a first round playoff bye or anything."

The game tied after a 68-yard punt return, this week's winner let out a long sigh and quickly came around to the idea that he'd have to do the job himself. "If the special teams is going to play that poorly," he pondered, "my teammates will need all the Luck they could get. Heh heh I should write that down for later." The search for a pen and paper would have to wait, as a mere 60 seconds were taken off the clock before a stunning pick 6 was flung from the rookie's grasp and taken straight to the house. The lead turned into a deficit, and after an exchange of field goals, halftime came. On the bright side, though, much like a Cardinals team with a fourth quarter lead, the outcome of this game was still very much in doubt.

Sadly, said outcome started being less in doubt immediately after the second half kickoff. A possession in hand for the Brady Bunch is poison for the opposition, and it quickly took effect in the form of a two-TD hole for our protagonist. On the other hand, being at his skill level, it's not as if being down two scores early in the third quarter was some insurmountable hill to climb. They could certainly march all the way back, road game or no road game, QB with an all access pass to Canton already stamped or no. With resolve in his heart, this quarterback figured, "As long as I keep calm and find my open receivers, there's still time to - "

The wind crushed from his lungs, this week's icon rolled helplessly on the ground directly after the ball had fallen on it. A fumble recovered by the opponent and turned into six points in short order, now the lead was 3 touchdowns, 14 of which directly provided by his failures. "Maybe it IS too hard," he darkly ruminated, "maybe I AM not good enough yet." Pushing those black thoughts out of his mind, he ignored the questioning looks of his teammates, refused to acknowledge the dreadlocked wonderboy they were thinking about, gathered them around himself, and took charge of that sideline.

"15 minutes are left on the clock, you know! Stranger things have happened. Hell, earlier this month a black man had been reelected to the White House! It's not as if that means an 0-4 playoff record isn't upcoming for the #1 seed of the NFC this year - some things are just too crazy to imagine - but if that could happen, 3 TDs on an awful Patriot defense are a piece of cake! Let's go win this ballgame!" With new inspiration and the ball firmly in hand, nothing was going to stop him from making his mark this week.

And indeed he did, as it took only one pass attempt to serve his own team a juicy fortyburger. Sitting glumly on the bench, he could only watch as Chef Brady fed him a fiftyburger soon thereafter. 21 Patriot points had come from his bumbling hand, outmatching the 14 points he had provided through the air for his own team. The shootout had turned into a blowout, and on the same week as a perfect game was posted by a certain other QB, no less.

There was no bottom.

With a shrug, he smiled and thought to himself, "Oh well, it could be worse. I could've lead an offense that was outscored by a safety in the playoffs. Time to get ready for the Bills."

For being the first of the 2012 hype twins to reach for this glory, for posting a 66.7 whereas someone else recorded a 158.3, for stepping up admirably where the Arizona Cardinals had so disgustingly failed (and not in the good way, either), I am proud to present The Jake for Week 11 of the 2012 NFL season to Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Andrew, any words?

www.fantasyfootballsportal.com

"I'm just happy I wasn't outscored by Chase Daniel in fantasy football this week!"

Good for you!


 
2012-11-20 04:28:20 PM
The Vikings should at least be in the top 10. No movement since last week and after watching the Bears last night I have this sneaking feeling that the Vikes will be knocking on the door to 1st in the NFC North sooner than later.
 
2012-11-20 04:28:27 PM

robsul82: Sitting glumly on the bench, he could only watch as Chef Brady fed him a fiftyburger soon thereafter.


Hehe.
 
2012-11-20 04:31:10 PM
I love the Matty ice hate rob.

+1
 
2012-11-20 04:36:26 PM

Rwa2play: Sorry, but the 49ers should own the #1 spot in beating the holy hell out of "Da Bears" while the Falcons and Texans struggled to beat bad-to-mediocre teams at home.


Well the Texans beat the holy hell out of the Bears last week after Cutler went out (at Soldier Field) while the 49ers tied with the Rams. Once week does not a top team make, I wouldn't put much weight on beating the rapidly fading Bears.
 
2012-11-20 04:36:41 PM

Sapper_Topo: The Vikings should at least be in the top 10. No movement since last week and after watching the Bears last night I have this sneaking feeling that the Vikes will be knocking on the door to 1st in the NFC North sooner than later.


Who should you replace?

/other than the Bears, who would be replaced by the Seahawks, who beat the Vikings and have the same record
 
2012-11-20 04:36:42 PM
The Saints have done well rallying back into contention, but their next four opponents have winning records. (Sando)

The Giants could easily slip back to .500 by that week, and two of the other three are against teams that the Saints have already defeated once thus far.

Still a glimmer of light in the Saints' tunnel this season. Also still a strong chance it will turn out to be the oncoming train of "Miss the playoffs and get a crappy draft pick", especially given that all of the other games involving fringe teams seem to be breaking the wrong way. (Stupid, useless Panthers...)
 
2012-11-20 04:39:00 PM
Answers for Week 11 Trivia:

QBs:
1. Aaron Rodgers - Best Away QB Rating (115.3) shouldn't really be a surprise. A-Rodg leads a lot of categories. This one is no exception. Surprised nobody guessed that, though.
2. Andrew Luck - Oh, he of the Jake Award probably wishes that the game was only one quarter. He completes 72.5% of his 1st quarter passes, and it drops precipitously in the 4th Quarter. Hopefully he'll improve on that problem.
3. Mark Sanchez - 4 Red-Zone INTs. This one comes as no surprise to those who have been watching the Jets this season... The Sanchize has been blowing it something fierce. NTTAWWT

Teams:
1. Oakland Raiders - 33.9% of their plays this season are running plays - one might think that with Carson Palmer and a receiving corps that most people outside fantasy couldn't name with a gun to their head, you'd think they'd try to run a bit. But they aren't.
2. Minnesota Vikings - 25.9% success rate on 3rd and short runs. This one was a surprise to me. One might think a team with AP can go All Day, but they are the worst at picking up third and short.
3. Dallas Cowboys - Only 360 yards this year on 1st down runs. The Cowboys offensive line is awful, and Jason Garrett only knows two plays and they're both passes.


Rules:
1. Kicking a safety kick out of bounds? 30 yards from the spot of the kick (or at the spot it went out of bounds). This is different from kicking a kickoff out of bounds. Why? No idea. Several of the rules I read seem needlessly complicated (like the number and dimensions of footballs provided by the home team) but this rule seems to be a way to really, really discourage teams from taking safeties.
2. Illegally kicking a ball out of bounds is a penalty of 10 yards and Loss of Down. This rule was changed this season to add the loss of down. I'm not sure why. If anyone can remember an occasion where a team illegally kicking a ball out of bounds benefited them lately, let me know.
3. Ah, the hilarious referee poses. There are some real gems in the rule book but "I'm getting a Beej" and "Raise the Roof" were my favorites. They are:
Illegal Forward Pass, Loss of Down, Reset Playclock to 40 Seconds
 
2012-11-20 04:42:12 PM

robsul82: Friends,


THAR JAKE THAR! I especially liked the digressions on RG3 and Matty Hype. No Jake is an island, but this week's definitely deserved some context.
 
2012-11-20 04:42:27 PM

Treygreen13: 2. Illegally kicking a ball out of bounds is a penalty of 10 yards and Loss of Down. This rule was changed this season to add the loss of down. I'm not sure why. If anyone can remember an occasion where a team illegally kicking a ball out of bounds benefited them lately, let me know.


There's a popular .gif of Mark Sanchez kicking a fumble out of the back of his own endzone to save a TD. That was probably one of the reason the rule got changed.
 
2012-11-20 04:43:41 PM
Why didn't Matty Ice win? He had an 83.333 Delhomme rating. I thought W-L was just the tiebreaker
 
2012-11-20 04:45:43 PM

Misplaced yat: Still a glimmer of light in the Saints' tunnel this season. Also still a strong chance it will turn out to be the oncoming train of "Miss the playoffs and get a crappy draft pick", especially given that all of the other games involving fringe teams seem to be breaking the wrong way. (Stupid, useless Panthers...)


Well, if we hit a fivefecta this week - New Orleans of course, Atlanta over TB, Miami over Seattle, Chicago over Minnesota, Washington over Dallas - we're in! lol

/Miami is so going to blow a 4th quarter lead just to kick us in the teeth
 
2012-11-20 04:45:50 PM

HaywoodJablonski: Why didn't Matty Ice win? He had an 83.333 Delhomme rating. I thought W-L was just the tiebreaker


He's the real winner to me.
 
2012-11-20 04:46:15 PM

NEDM: Treygreen13: 2. Illegally kicking a ball out of bounds is a penalty of 10 yards and Loss of Down. This rule was changed this season to add the loss of down. I'm not sure why. If anyone can remember an occasion where a team illegally kicking a ball out of bounds benefited them lately, let me know.


There's a popular .gif of Mark Sanchez kicking a fumble out of the back of his own endzone to save a TD. That was probably one of the reason the rule got changed.


This one, to be specific.

However, I was wrong. That was from this year, so it was unlikely to have sparked that rulechange.
 
2012-11-20 04:47:00 PM
Gnats move up in their week off. Eli wasn't out there stinking it up.
 
2012-11-20 04:47:50 PM
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NEDM: Treygreen13: 2. Illegally kicking a ball out of bounds is a penalty of 10 yards and Loss of Down. This rule was changed this season to add the loss of down. I'm not sure why. If anyone can remember an occasion where a team illegally kicking a ball out of bounds benefited them lately, let me know.


There's a popular .gif of Mark Sanchez kicking a fumble out of the back of his own endzone to save a TD. That was probably one of the reason the rule got changed.

 

Too big for Fark.
 
2012-11-20 04:48:27 PM

HaywoodJablonski: Why didn't Matty Ice win? He had an 83.333 Delhomme rating. I thought W-L was just the tiebreaker


Winning the game has always been an immediately disqualifier. It may have had the appearance of breaking ties, but was never intended as "solely to break ties."
 
2012-11-20 04:50:22 PM
I'm an embarrassment to Fark Football. How did I not know that?
 
2012-11-20 04:51:20 PM

NEDM: NEDM: Treygreen13: 2. Illegally kicking a ball out of bounds is a penalty of 10 yards and Loss of Down. This rule was changed this season to add the loss of down. I'm not sure why. If anyone can remember an occasion where a team illegally kicking a ball out of bounds benefited them lately, let me know.


There's a popular .gif of Mark Sanchez kicking a fumble out of the back of his own endzone to save a TD. That was probably one of the reason the rule got changed.

This one, to be specific.

However, I was wrong. That was from this year, so it was unlikely to have sparked that rulechange.


I imagine any situation where kicking the ball out of bounds is beneficial would be worth the additional loss of down.

I guess in that GIF, it's a safety since Sanchez kicked it out of the back of his own endzone. Still saves them 5 points, I guess.
 
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