Monday Night Observations

What a frustrating game if you had the Redskins and the points. Two huge plays for the Eagles, a 64-yard TD to Mack Hollins on 2nd-and-16 to tie the game at 10 in the first half, and a third-down would-be sack by the entire defensive front Carson Wentz somehow avoided and turned into a 21-yard gain with the Eagles up seven in the fourth quarter, massively impacted the game. Credit to Wentz for making both plays, but timing matters. A long scramble on 1st and 10 isn’t nearly as damaging as one that avoids a sure sack and a punt and keeps the drive going, keeps the opposing defense on the field and leads to a score.

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Week 7 Observations

I spend most of my time on Twitter while watching the games, and this Sunday there seemed to be less engagement than usual – as if people had turned off their TVs and gone outside to enjoy the fall weather. I was also feeling that way (though it’s night time where I am.) I made a few snarky comments about coaches punting in obvious go-for-it situations, but it was barely even noteworthy. Cowardice is the rule, not the exception, and complaining about it feels good for a second, but gets lost in the ocean of other criticisms, right and wrong, of which no one can keep track. Imagine protesting actual injustice and seeing it swept under a similar tide of random, unrelated grievances, displaced animosity, public-relations spin and corporate co-option. The NFL generates apathy like nobody’s business.

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RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship Week 7

Welcome to Week 7 of the RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship as we are just halfway through this season with plenty of winning weeks ahead for everybody.
It was only yesterday when it was the first kickoff for the 2017 season, but now we have plenty of evidence and background to go forward.
And also welcome to life after Aaron Rodgers.
It could have not come at a worse time with the Packers facing a nice enticing opponent in New Orleans.
There is no doubt that some are enticed by taking a flyer on Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley. But even if he goes off against New Orleans this week, you don’t want to be the one that is left holding the bag and he goes the other way.
For this week a lot of players will be on the Falcons-Pats game for Sunday night with an over/under 56 points. There is no doubt that most of the players in that game will be heavily played, i.e. Pats QB Tom Brady and Falcons QB Matt Ryan.
With that said, if you are unfamiliar with the RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship competition, here are the basics:

– 10-week competition hosted on FanDuel
– $10 entry
– Compete against other users and three FanDuel experts (Jeff Erickson, Derek VanRiper, Kevin Payne)
– Finish above the experts and win an entry in the Week 11 Freeroll with over $4,000 in prizes and RotoWire subscriptions up for grabs
– Each qualifying week acts as a double-up with the top 150 doubling up their cash
– This is not a continuous competition so you can enter every week, and you don’t have to have participated in Week 1 to enter this week’s competition
– You can sign up for this week’s competition here

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Thursday Night Observations

What an insane Thursday night game. I had the Raiders plus three, and I was stewing over the 3rd-and-12, tipped touchdown to Albert Wilson that gave the Chiefs six-point lead. But the Chiefs blew it by going into a shell and trying to run clock rather than running their regular offense, punted it back to the Raiders who converted a 2nd-and-20 and a 4th-and-10 and had two untimed plays following penalties to win on a last-second throw. And then Giorgio Tavecchio, who missed two field-goals just barely made the game-winning PAT. Truly one of the more insane games I’ve watched, Thursday or otherwise.

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OAK vs. KC Thursday Matchup Edge

Oakland vs. Kansas City

Open: 47.5 O/U, KC -2.5
Press time: 46.5 O/U, KC -3

We all know about Marcus Peters, but the two other Chiefs corners who play prominently, Terrance Mitchell and Phillip Gaines, are easy targets in a Kansas City scheme that refuses to move Peters based on matchup. So long as the offensive coordinator in question isn’t hopelessly inept, the best receivers who play against the Chiefs will usually run routes against their worst corners. That’s why the Chiefs are allowing 8.2 yards per target to receivers, and a league-leading nine touchdowns in five games. That’s not a great return when you have a corner as talented as Peters, but this is the choice the Chiefs have stood by to this point.

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Week 6 Observations

What a random day of football. I mean it’s always somewhat random, but usually you get the sense you did well or poorly by the end of it. Week 6 seemed totally arbitrary, some of it even in my favor, but rarely in the way I envisioned. I suppose that’s part of the game, though – not merely that outcomes are uncertain but grasping the extent of the uncertainty and how much it overwhelms the known.

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