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FiveThirtyEight wrote:Best Matchups of week 7:
Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles - 1 PM Sunday (best)
Tennessee Titans & Los Angeles Chargers (in London) - 9:30 AM Sunday
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins - 4:25 PM Sunday
New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens - 4:05 PM Sunday
Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts - 1 PM Sunday
Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals - 8:20 PM Thursday
Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 1 PM Sunday (worst)
Steve Keim wrote:Mark Duffner is the new DC in Tampa:"When you are in this situation, it's lonely. At the same time you find out a lot about yourself, you find out a lot about your organization. You have two choices. You can curl up in a ball and hope it goes away -- which it's not -- or you come out swinging and fight. As far as I'm concerned, I'm coming out swinging like hell."
JustAnEngineer wrote:Byron Leftwich is the new Offensive Coordinator for the Cardinals:
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2502 ... mike-mccoySteve Keim wrote:Mark Duffner is the new DC in Tampa:"When you are in this situation, it's lonely. At the same time you find out a lot about yourself, you find out a lot about your organization. You have two choices. You can curl up in a ball and hope it goes away -- which it's not -- or you come out swinging and fight. As far as I'm concerned, I'm coming out swinging like hell."
http://www.espn.com/blog/tampa-bay-bucc ... nator-role
http://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2019/story ... p-10-picks
1-6 Arizona Cardinals are a half game up in what appears to be a six-team race for the first overall pick in the 2019 draft. They need help at WR, OL and CB.
1-5 New Jersey Giants are in sorry shape. They needed a quarterback in 2018 and they foolishly passed on good options. They'll need QB, Edge DE/LB and OT when the next draft starts.
1-5 Oakland Raiders have the second or third best odds of picking #1 overall, but that doesn't take into consideration any additional trades by Jon Gruden to burn the existing team to the ground in a tank-o-rama. They have needs at DE (post Khalil Mack), DB and QB.
2-3-1 Cleveland Browns have less than an 8% chance of having the #1 overall pick in 2019. They need help at WR (post Josh Gordon) and at LB and CB.
1-5 Indianapolis Colts need WR, DE and CB.
1-5 San Francisco 49ers need DE, WR and CB.
druidcent wrote:The Mack trade was indefensible. In the case of Amari Cooper, the Raiders weren't using him much, anyway. To get anything better than a third round pick for him was a great deal for the Raiders.JustAnEngineer wrote:And now the Raiders fleeced the Cowboys for another first round pick.1-5 Oakland Raiders have the second or third best odds of picking #1 overall, but that doesn't take into consideration any additional trades by Jon Gruden to burn the existing team to the ground in a tank-o-rama.
DancinJack wrote:Now I'm just wondering if Carr is gonna be wearing Black and Silver for the remainder of the year.
superjawes wrote:DancinJack wrote:Now I'm just wondering if Carr is gonna be wearing Black and Silver for the remainder of the year.
Who do you think would take him? Lots of teams needing offensive help this year, but the worst offenders have similar records, putting them in the "race" for #1 overall. Even a top 5 pick could potentially net a good rookie.
DancinJack wrote:The Jags are in an interesting middle ground I suppose. Bortles hasn't been great, but they have the talent on D to compete with just about anyone given an even semi-competent offense.
Daniel Popper, The Athletic wrote:https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/th ... s-anymore/The Jaguars are sinking helplessly into the burning cauldron with no lifeline in sight.
Michael Salfino, FiveThirtyEight wrote:In sixteen games in 2017, the Jaguars defense had 33 takeaways and 7 defensive touchdowns. In seven games so far in 2018, they've had just 5 takeaways and 1 defensive touchdown. If all you have on offense is Blake Bortles, that's not good enough.The real reason for the team’s struggles is that its super-human defense is not merely regressing as expected in forcing turnovers and converting them into touchdowns — it’s collapsing. There’s no denying that Bortles and the offense are a problem. But this was perfectly predictable. This year, Bortles is playing exactly like you would have expected. His QBR and passer rating are similar to his career rates, and his yards per dropbacks metric is actually significantly better. Make no mistake, the Jaguars defense overall is still very good — It’s just not supplementing an offense that needs supplementing. So now the Jaguars attack isn’t Bortles-plus — it’s just Bortles. And completely unsurprisingly, “just Bortles” is not a recipe for NFL success.
Bill Barnwell, ESPN wrote:If the Jaguars had a better backup, the case for benching Bortles would be compelling. As is, they aren't likely to encounter many significant upgrades in the trade market. The reality is that Bortles just seems to go through stretches like this. From Weeks 2-6 last season, Bortles posted a QBR of 40.1. Over the next three games, Bortles' 90.6 QBR was the best in the league. He posted a league-high passer rating of 128.6 from Weeks 13-15 in 2017, then settled in at less than half that mark -- 62.3 -- over the final two weeks of the regular season and the narrow playoff victory over the Bills. Good Blake and Bad Blake are going to show up for different stretches during a typical Jags season. You might understand why the Jaguars would be sick of that experience, but they're the ones who signed up for a repeat performance. Remember that Bortles was originally in his fifth-year option this season, only for Jacksonville to re-sign him to a three-year, $54 million extension this offseason.
JustAnEngineer wrote:Chucky the Tanker led the Raiders to make the 49ers 3rd-string QB Nick Mullens look like the second coming of Jim Kelly in his first start:The 1-6 Oakland Raiders have beem tanking hard since Jon Gruden decided to burn the roster to the ground and draft all new players. The oddsmakers have the 49ers as a 3-point favorite in this matchup of terrible teams.
superjawes wrote:I decided to skip that game because I thought it'd just be a dumpster fire. Seeing the score now makes me regret that a bit...but only a bit