NFL Week 11 Open Thread

posted at 12:31 pm on November 17, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Ed is still traveling the world and should have the European Union pretty much dismantled by the time you read this, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to turn over the controls and let him start doing the football picks again just yet. This week, the anticipated den of irrational picks for Jets victories may have to rear its ugly head. Gang Green is facing their AFC East rivals the Buffalo Bills in their ongoing bid for a wildcard ticket to the post season. (Did I really just type that? Allahpundit assured me they would finish pretty much dead last.) Well, even Dan Hanzus at NFL.com seems to think the Jets are going to the dance, so who am I to argue? Rex’s boys have several of their starters, including Tone Holmes back in the lineup this week, plus they just signed future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed to the roster to strengthen their pass defense. The Jets have yet to win two games in a row this season, but they’ll have to figure out how if they want a shot at the post season, so I’ll take New York over the still weakened Bills in a bit of a romp, 31-17.

Last week, I went 5-2, showing up the boss and coming close to an A rating if it weren’t for Ed’s Steelers breaking my pick and beating the Bills. Can I show some consistency and keep on my winning ways? (all times ET):

  • Lions at Steelers (1 pm, Fox) - It wouldn’t be Hot Air without a Steelers pick, so I’ll have to try. The Vegas line has the Lions as a two and a half point favorite, but the Steelers are at home and very likely playing for their lives every single week from here on out. I’m going to cut Ed a break and say that Pittsburgh takes it to keep hope alive in a pass heavy game, 27-20.
  • Chargers at Dolphins (1 pm, Fox) – Everyone, including the oddsmakers, are expecting a narrow win for San Diego, particularly given all of the (ahem) drama going on this week with Miami’s locker room. But for some reason I think the Fins will leave all of that media feeding frenzy back in the locker room and get the job done. Miami in an upset over San Diego 31-21.
  • 49ers at Saints (4:25 pm, Fox) - This may well be the game of the week to watch given what’s been going on with both teams. San Francisco is fresh off a really heartbreaking loss to the Panthers and probably very fired up. But the Saints have been one of the toughest teams to beat at home (unless you’re the Jets, of course) and the questions about their run defense seem a bit overblown. I’ll take New Orleans in a low scoring match, 21-17.
  • Ravens at Bears (1 pm, CBS) -Baltimore stole a clutch victory last week over the Bengals which they desperately needed, and to keep the ball rolling they’ll have to do it again – this time on the road – against Chicago. Can they manage it? Not bloody likely in my opinion. I’ll take the Bears 27-21.
  • Eagles at Barrycaders (1 pm, Fox) - This is always a fun game to watch, if only for the rivalry. Unfortunately, both teams have had a lot of problems. Fortunately for the Eagles, Nick Foles has performed so far above his initial stock value that it’s not funny and opened up new opportunities with receivers who didn’t get as much attention in the past. RGIII is not looking as bad as before, bit it won’t be enough to win this one. Philadelphia in a road win over Washington 34-24.
  • Patriots at Panthers (MNF, 8:40 pm, ESPN) - This game may only be of real interest to AFC East addicts or the remaining Carolina faithful, but it’s on Monday night and there won’t be anything else to watch anyway. We Jets fans really need New England to lose a couple of games, but it seems like they keep squeaking out victories. This week, though… and maybe it’s just the whisky talking here.. I see the Panthers performing to the oddsmakers’ expectations and pulling off a victory at home. Carolina over New England 17-14.

Next week, Ed should be back and continue his string of Pittsburgh win predictions and failed attempts to foresee doom for the Jets. But it’s been fun doing this while he was gone. (And don’t forget to rub my 5-2 record in his nose when he returns.).


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Go Chiefs!

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Philadelphia in a road win over Washington 34-24.

Um, Jazz, if the Eagles beat the Team-Which-Will-Not-Be-Named, it will be their first HOME win in a good while.

thebrokenrattle on November 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Next week, Ed should be back and continue his string of Pittsburgh win predictions and failed attempts to foresee doom for the Jets. But it’s been fun doing this while he was gone. (And don’t forget to rub my 5-2 record in his nose when he returns.).

Well, it’s 5-2 before kickoff today so, in fairness to the bald one, let’s see what it looks like Tuesday morning before we start thinking nose rubs.

To do otherwise would be akin to judging Obama’s performance before, say, Obamacare. ;-)

TXUS on November 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM

did the jet’s secretely acquire reed to be qb?

Fred

jrsrigmvr on November 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I think Detroit has its missing piece-Reggie Bush. Lions over Stillers.

Lots of folks here in New England worried about tomorrow night’s Pats-Panthers game. Can the O-Line keep Brady protected? That will be the key.

Del Dolemonte on November 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Vikings will get killed in Seattle – that is all

gophergirl on November 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

49ers at Saints (4:25 pm, Fox) – This may well be the game of the week to watch …

The way I see it, the game to watch is tonight’s game, KC at Denver. The Broncos will hand the Chiefs their first L in a high-scoring affair, 41-33.

TXUS on November 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Kyle Orbinati ‏@kaorbinati 5m

Its game day.. this is the game we been waiting for all season. #KCvsDEN

Except for the northeastern Hot Air elitists.

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Hey, what about Seattle vs Minnesota??

What does the Hawk say?

dont taze me bro on November 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM

50 years Pretty Kitties.
Go Stillers!

LtGenRob on November 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Hey Jazz. It says Philadelphia is at home? Either way they are going to kick Washington’s hindquarters.

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The way I see it, the game to watch is tonight’s game, KC at Denver. The Broncos will hand the Chiefs their first L in a high-scoring affair, 41-33.

TXUS on November 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I may have to dig out my Priest Holmes jersey.

I have a Gonzales one, too, somewhere.

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The way I see it, the game to watch is tonight’s game, KC at Denver. The Broncos will hand the Chiefs their first L in a high-scoring affair, 41-33.

TXUS on November 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I hope it’s a good one and not like the NO/Cowboys game

gophergirl on November 17, 2013 at 12:59 PM

…we are going to “bully” the Steelers today since we won’t be wearing PINK…though Ed may have hope!…Lions have not won in Pittsburg…since 1955!

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

The way I see it, the game to watch is tonight’s game, KC at Denver. The Broncos will hand the Chiefs their first L in a high-scoring affair, 41-33.

TXUS on November 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

could be the inside track to the super bowl.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on November 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

…we are playing Bumble Bees?

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM

I worry about Ed, going to those foreigny places messes up your head sometimes.

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Lol you know your team is in trouble when the Giants are favored by 3.

Hope Tolzen (sp?) tears up the Giants. This is one of those games the Packers NEED to win to stay relevant.

watertown on November 17, 2013 at 1:06 PM

omg already, Geno Smith injured??

JetBoy on November 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I worry about Ed, going to those foreigny places messes up your head sometimes.

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

…if he is seen with a French Beret…than I’ll worry!

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Chief…… it’s what’s for dinner.

phineas on November 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

49rs/Saints GOTW?

Denver/KC. I notice the lack of a pick from Jazz.

Denver 38, KC 35 in a miracle on Sunday night.

Limerick on November 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

The way I see it, the game to watch is tonight’s game, KC at Denver. The Broncos will hand the Chiefs their first L in a high-scoring affair, 41-33.

TXUS on November 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I like that, go Broncos!

scalleywag on November 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Chiefs by a defensive touchdown.

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Well he did have a Steelers helmet painted on his noggin.

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

The weather in Chicago looks a bit scary.

gophergirl on November 17, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Jazz you suck. Why would a Patriots vs Panthers game be only of interest to “AFC East addicts? Its not like both of them have winning records, one on a 5 game streak and one of them 7 and 2. And in the same post you claim SF vs NO is the “game of the week?” BOTH games are between 7-2 and 6-3 teams! Except guess what, New England beat the Saints, and Carolina beat the 49ers. Your bias makes you stupid.

And on top of that, you ignore the actual game of the week, Den vs KC??? I mean its not like they’re the best 2 teams in the AFC or anything.

Daikokuco on November 17, 2013 at 1:38 PM

KC and Denver have both only played jobber teams so far, except the Colts who beat the Broncos. There is a possibility one can expose the other as a phony.

Tampa Bay has a good defense, but look at their record. Its time for KC to pay the troll toll.

Daikokuco on November 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The Husband says they are evacuating the Bears stadium.

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The NFL just called the game in Chicago due to a thunderstorm/tornado cluster?

Jaibones on November 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Vikings will get killed in Seattle – that is all

gophergirl on November 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM

word.

WitchDoctor on November 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Daikokuco on November 17, 2013 at 1:38 PM

tell us what you really think.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on November 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

The Husband says they are evacuating the Bears stadium.

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

TV was hilarious. First the refs huddled up, then they talked on the phone with the NFL/weather experts, then the players ran off the field to the locker rooms … and all the while the fans just sat there as if to say “What’s the big deal, a little rainstorm?”

Jaibones on November 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Jaibones on November 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Apparently close by they have had a pretty severe hit.

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

…we are going to “bully” the Steelers today since we won’t be wearing PINK…though Ed may have hope!…Lions have not won in Pittsburg…since 1955!

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

…ok!…second quarter…our nipples are showing…we are wearing pink panties…and getting stung!

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 1:57 PM

DieCaCa…we all know you in reality are the only one that ‘sucks’.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Eagles at Barrycaders (1 pm, Fox)

Why are we running articles on the leftist take over of sports when actively participating in it? Redskins today, Redskins tomorrow, Redskins forever!!!

abobo on November 17, 2013 at 2:03 PM

jrsrigmvr on November 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Seems a bit overly worked up over this football deal, doesn’t he?

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

abobo on November 17, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I think barrycades is appropriate, notice how the eagles are going over, around, and thru those barrycades.

lighten up.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on November 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Football is for quiche eaters.

Soccer is for real men and womynz.

SparkPlug on November 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Bears game is just delayed.

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Them Kittens are looking awfully playful in Pittsburgh.

Flange on November 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

not a sports fan so…I hope everyone has a good day and their teams win :)

dmacleo on November 17, 2013 at 2:37 PM

What? No pick of the Game of the Week, Broncos/Chiefs?

Bitter Clinger on November 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM

The NFC East is a joke. Too bad one of them is guaranteed a playoff spot. Hopefully its Dallas, if only because its the only team who’s city isnt a murderous corrupt cesspool of far-left criminality.

Daikokuco on November 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Apparently close by they have had a pretty severe hit.

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

I live here … went right over our heads. Pretty rough.

Jaibones on November 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Football is for quiche eaters.

Soccer is for real men and womynz.

SparkPlug on November 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Oh… you mean the “sport” where players compete for the best looking “fish out of water flopping”?

Pansies. My mother takes harder hits without flinching.

Shepherd Lover on November 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Summary: AFC Sucks! Go Pack!!!

Bmore on November 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Jaibones on November 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM

I’m glad you’re okay. Hopefully it will just be “stuff” and no lives that were taken.

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Is this for real?

Bmore on November 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Apparently Peoria is gone.

Bmore on November 17, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Bmore on November 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Sure hope that’s not something someone would “joke” about.

Cindy Munford on November 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Very bad.

Bmore on November 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Good Lord have mercy…

Prayers going up for those affected by the storm in Peoria!!

Shepherd Lover on November 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Its the 2-fer. Jets getting obliterated on one channel, Steelers looking like sewage inspired clowns that they are on the other. Detroit crumbles with near-Dallas like regularity but hopefully this week they’ll be able to flush Rothlisburger and company down the toilet.

Daikokuco on November 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Daikokuco on November 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

the steeler bees are buzzin’ again. 97 yd. drive.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on November 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Daikokuco on November 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

steelers 37 — lions 27

eat it.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on November 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

…Ed owes me!…for T. Bell from Michigan State…and for letting the Bumble Bees…. beat the Lions!

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Very bad.

Bmore on November 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

…that…does not look good!
…Lord be with them!

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Since its Open Thread,..Batton down the hatch’s:

US Midwest severe weather threat, Nov. 17, 2013
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1st confirmed death from severe weather and tornadoes, in Washington County. Mo., near St. Louis – @ABC7Chicago
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Illinois, US
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Photo: A crushed truck and splintered trees in Washington, Ill., – Jake Behyl via @WCL_Shawn
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Bartholomew, IN, US
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Tornado warning for Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence and Monroe counties in Indiana until 4:45pm – @TWCBreaking
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Noblesville, IN, US
27m
Confirmed large, dangerous tornado 11 miles northwest of Noblesville in northern Hamilton County, Ind.; moving northeast at 65mph – @TWCBreaking
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Morganfield, KY, US
30m
Spotter reports a tornado between Waverly and Morganfield, Ky., moving east at 55 mph – @stormchaser4850
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49m
Confirmed ‘large and extremely dangerous tornado’ 9 miles northwest of Shoals, Ind., moving NE at 70 mph – @TWCBreaking
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Kokomo, IN, US
1h
Tornado on the ground 7 miles southwest of Kokomo, Ind., heading toward Kokomo and Elwood, Ind. – @breakingweather
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Chicago, IL, US
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Chicago has been cleared from the tornado watch; very gusty winds continue there as cooler and drier air arrives – @TWCBreaking
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Photo: Tornado damage to a home on Agnes Street, in Washington, Ill. – @lauranight
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Video: Tornado damage in Washington, Ill, – YouTube’s T Hermes, via @mikeseidel
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=665YzN66AyA

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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-midwest-severe-weather-threat-nov-17-2013/

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

CHIEFS!

journeyscarab on November 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

How about dem Eagles!

celtic warrior on November 17, 2013 at 4:54 PM

steelers 37 — lions 27

eat it.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on November 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Do you think I’m surprised that Detroit fell apart? They do it often. Oh well. Steelers still aren’t playoff material. Hell, maybe its even better if their fans get start getting their hopes up so they can experience the despair of the early season all over again.

Daikokuco on November 17, 2013 at 4:58 PM

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Yup. We’re getting it here now in Toledo. Fortunately we only have a tornado watch but my NOAA weather radio is going off every five minutes.

rbj on November 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Oh well. Steelers still aren’t playoff material. Daikokuco on November 17, 2013 at 4:58 PM

we’ve known that since about the third week, but now we get to play spoiler and mess up other teams plans.
every win is good.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on November 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM

US Midwest severe weather threat, Nov. 17, 2013
21m
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Today is on pace to be the biggest tornado day in all of 2013 so far – @wxbrad
read more on twitter.com

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Yup. We’re getting it here now in Toledo. Fortunately we only have a tornado watch but my NOAA weather radio is going off every five minutes.

rbj on November 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

rbj: UnReal, stay safe,heres a radar near you:)
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http://www.wunderground.com/radar/map.asp

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Thanks.

Tornado sirens just went off. Heading for the basement.

rbj on November 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Thanks.

Tornado sirens just went off. Heading for the basement.

rbj on November 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

rbj:Ugh, stay ever vigil—-:)

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Whether the Steelers will end up with a better record will depend if they disavow themselves of obama and obamacare. Until they repent of their shilling for the disaster in chief, they may win but will need help and they will not be in the playoffs. It took them years to beat down the Johnny Unitas curse. This will be worse. For those of you that do not know what The Unitas curse is: Once upon a time Johnny U played semi pro ball in Pittsburgh. They had a chance to sign him and passed saying he wasn’t any good. You know the rest of the story.

crosshugger on November 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Tornado warning is over for here, but the storm continues eastward.

rbj on November 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

** Mother Nature on a Murderous Rampage**,….ahem….(sarc):)
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PHOTO GALLERY: Tornadoes and severe weather leave trail of devastation in Illinois, Missouri: http://apne.ws/1b28cYk -SS
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AP PHOTO: Man embraces family after his home is destroyed by tornado in Pekin, Ill.: http://apne.ws/18gfV2q -SM
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AP INTERACTIVE: Tracking severe storms and tornado activity across the U.S.: http://apne.ws/1aLK5qO -SM

Tornado tracker
Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest Sunday, causing damage in several central Illinois communities.

http://hosted.ap.org/interactives/2013/tornadoes/index.html
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The Associated Press ‏@AP 2h

Tornado survivor hiding in basement: “all of a sudden I could see daylight … my house was gone”: http://apne.ws/18g70y4 -SM

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

For those of you that do not know what The Unitas curse is: Once upon a time Johnny U played semi pro ball in Pittsburgh. They had a chance to sign him and passed saying he wasn’t any good. You know the rest of the story.

crosshugger on November 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Was not familiar with that curse. It’s similar to the one we had in New England with the Boston Red Sox known as the Curse of the Bambino. The then-owner of the team sold Babe Ruth to the hated NY Yankees in 1918, and for the next 86 years the team never won a World Series.

Del Dolemonte on November 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM

#48 = 6 Congrats

Fred

jrsrigmvr on November 17, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Shepherd Lover on November 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Lol. I was kidding. Soccer is for floppers.

Hey those steeler uniforms are weird.

SparkPlug on November 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Jazz looking pretty perfect today with extra good picks of the Dolphins and Bears. The Eagles and Steelers win too.

TarheelBen on November 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I guess grabbing wide receiver’s jerseys, (on two Niners drives) is allowable in New Orleans. Plus what a crappy call on the Brees sack/fumble. Not impressed with the refs in this game at all.

Rovin on November 17, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Who Dat!?!?

Hooray! 23-20.

Geaux Saints!

Theophile on November 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Anyone see the 49er vs Saints game? The 49ers had won the game and the refs just gave it to the Saints because the defense, ummm, tackled the QB and made him fumble. Why even play the game because someone might get hurt? Why not just flip the coin and whoever wins gets the win? Why even have a defense on the field anymore? The sissyfication of the NFL continues. It’s been an exciting 40yrs but I think I’m just about done with the NFL now.

Dollayo on November 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I guess grabbing wide receiver’s jerseys, (on two Niners drives) is allowable in New Orleans. Plus what a crappy call on the Brees sack/fumble. Not impressed with the refs in this game at all.

Rovin on November 17, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Anyone see the 49er vs Saints game? The 49ers had won the game and the refs just gave it to the Saints because the defense, ummm, tackled the QB and made him fumble. Why even play the game because someone might get hurt? Why not just flip the coin and whoever wins gets the win? Why even have a defense on the field anymore? The sissyfication of the NFL continues. It’s been an exciting 40yrs but I think I’m just about done with the NFL now.

Dollayo on November 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Want me to cut some cheese for you? Goes great with SF Whine.

At the very least, the 49ers hit on Brees was a horse collar, which is still highly unethical.

Your real problem was that the Saints basically outplayed you in every phase of the game.

1. Nearly twice as many first downs (22-12)

2. Nearly twice as many total yards (387-196)

3. Nearly 3 times as many passing yards (295-115)

As for total cheating penalties:

NO 4 for 48 yards

SF 4 for 30 yards

Both quarterbacks also had QB ratings below 90!

But face it, SF fans, your team isn’t the same team it was last year. This game wouldn’t have even been close except for 3 turnovers by the Saints.

Normally when a team does that, they lose.

Oh, and your team was out-managed by the best clock managing coach in the game. Case in point was your having to burn all of your time outs before the first half had even ended!

Del Dolemonte on November 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

My poor beloved Pack.

Bmore on November 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

My poor beloved Pack.

Bmore on November 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Be thankful you aren’t a Browns’ fan! :)

Anti-Control on November 18, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Shepherd Lover *booked*

SparkPlug *booked*

Christien on November 18, 2013 at 2:07 AM

After watching the 49′ers get screwed by the zebras in New Orleans, I am done with the fucking NFL forever. The sport wouldn’t be recognized by the players of yesteryear. It has become a totally pussified POS. Next thing you know they’ll be introducing a bullying penalty and an epithet penalty if somebody tries to intimidate an opponent.

What’s next? Games where they don’t keep score like the pee-wee T-ball leagues–where everybody gets a trophy for participating?

FUCK OFF and DIE, NFL.

PD Quig on November 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

PD Quig on November 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Bye.

Christien on November 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM

After watching the 49′ers get screwed by the zebras in New Orleans,

PD Quig on November 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Your real problem was that the Saints basically outplayed you in every phase of the game.

1. Nearly twice as many first downs (22-12)

2. Nearly twice as many total yards (387-196)

3. Nearly 3 times as many passing yards (295-115)

Del Dolemonte on November 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Peter King, Sports Illustrated:

Tony Corrente got the call right in New Orleans. With 3:18 left and San Francisco up by three in a crucial game between the Niners and Saints, linebacker Ahmad Brooks sacked Drew Brees and forced a fumble, which the Niners recovered. The problem was the sack, and the mechanics of it. Brooks clotheslined Brees on a hit that started above the sternum and finished with him forcibly sending Brees to the ground by contacting the neck with his forearm. Corrente called a personal foul on Brooks, gave the ball back to New Orleans, and the Saints went on to win with two Garrett Hartley field goals in the final three minutes. Emotional call, obviously, one that hurt the Niners grievously. But if you’ve seen nothing else in this league over the past three years, you’ve seen that officials are charged with protecting the quarterback above all others. And Corrente was protecting the quarterback. He did it wisely. Brees was tossed to the ground because of a forearm that finished on his neck. I thought the call was obvious.

Del Dolemonte on November 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Del,

Thanks for posting that. It was an obvious call. It would’ve been a badass sack in seasons past. What is more important is that Brees shook it off and hit Colston for 14 on the very next play. Let’s see if the Niners can follow suit and pick themselves up, too.

Christien on November 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM