Host Patrick Gelesh and Cohost Brian Harker begin the week nine podcast by analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-15 victory over the Detroit Lions. They discuss the the gameplan and how the running game suffered with the absence of Vance McDonald. The breakdown continues by analyzing JuJu Smith-Schuster's break-out game and 97-yard touchdown reception. But are quick to point out just how badly Martavis Bryant is needed with the lack-luster performances of Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bey who both dropped easy touchdown receptions.
The defense's hot streak continued. They limited the Lions rushing attack, and had two big stops inside the five yard line to prevent touchdowns but there was still a lot to improve on. The Lions fielded a pair of backup tackles that T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree couldn't beat all night. The Steelers constantly bltized Matthew Stafford, but only sacked him twice. Consistancy in their pass rush is something the defense will need to work on in the second half of the season. Most importantly, Patrick and Brian concluded that the secondary is no where near as elite as it's top pass defense ranking entering week 8 would imply. Stafford is an upper-echolon quarterback who knew his system well and was surrounded by play-makers. As a result, Stafford finished with 411 passing yards and four different Lions receivers had receptions of over 30 yards. Even so, the Steelers didn't surrender a touchdown, which gives the defense something positive to build on.
Next they took a look at the rest of the NFL. Going division by division and discussing teams, records, schedules and trades that occured at the trade deadline. It's hard to believe given the Steelers uneven play but if the playoffs started today, they would have the one seed by way of tie-breaker. They have the ability to cement that home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by continuing to win. Keeping pace with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. So is beating the Patriots when they come to town in week 15.
Lastly, our co-hosts touch on some storylines to watch in the second half of the season. Can Ben Roethlisberger stay healthy for all 16 games? Will Le'Veon Bell wilt under his massive work load? Will the defensive secondary continue to tackle poorly like they did in Detroit? Or was that an abberation? They emphasized the importance of Stephon Tuitt when it comes to the defensive front seven, and his health. How much of James Harrison will we see in the second half of the season? Does Smith-Schuster's breakout game mean that he's going to be targeted more than Bryant? Will that cause more controversy in the media? These are all questions that will play out in the second half of the season. Enjoy!
Well, it has finally happened, Robert Griffin III has signed with a NFL
team and we will discuss that right here. Will he actually be the
starter? Or will the Browns still draft a QB? We try to do our best to
figure that one out.
We do continue our NFL Off-Season Analysis series on the NFC North, by
having interviews with Last Word on Sports Writer Ryan Timmerman talk
Green Bay Packers and Jack Coleman let's us know what's going on with
the Detroit Lions.
We also discuss the Nick
Fairley to the Saints,
Courtney Upshaw to the Falcons, L.A. Rams being the Hard Knocks team,
The Touchback Rule and Automatic Ejection Rule passing, Rueben Randle to
the Eagles, Nate Washington to the Patriots and more.
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(4:37-38:23) NFL News: RG3 to the Browns, Nick Fairley to the Saints,
Courtney Upshaw to the Falcons, NFL Rule Changes, and More.
(38:23-1:03:11 Includes Interview) Green Bay Packers
(1:03:11-End Includes Interview) Detroit Lions
We end our look at the AFC West by continuing our 2016 NFL Off-Season
Analysis, going team-by-team looking at their team needs, who they
should re-sign, and giving a short recap of their 2015 season.
Thankfully, we are not alone and have enlisted a little help from some
friends. Last Word on Sports Writer and Kansas City Chiefs fan Jarrett
Middleton and San Diego Chargers season ticket holder since 1978,
Rachelle Carpenter, give us the lowdown on their teams.
We also look at some of the
cuts that have already
happened, players that have retired, and some potential moves that could
be made by the time we see you again on Tuesday morning.
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(3:00-24:00) NFL News Players who could be cut or Franchised Tagged
(24:00-42:15) Kansas City Chiefs Interview
(42:15-End) San Diego Chargers interview and discuss Chiefs and Chargers team needs
We kick things off with a short post-game for the Monday Night Football
shootout between the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints (6:00-17:10.)
Even though it didn't matter for playoff contention, there are questions
facing the coaching staffs for both teams. We try to answer those as
well as discuss some key points about the game as well.
After that, we get into the main portion of our program with our NFL
Week 15 Recap (17:10-1:18:44) where we discuss all the games, breakdown
to the win and the
loss, answer questions about the teams that matter, and look at some
other things too. Don't miss our NFL Week 15 Recap.
Randy goes through the College Bowl games that have happened to this
point and we make predictions from the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl until
the GoDaddy.com Bowl (1:18:44-1:25:07) and leave the rest for our NFL
Week 16 Preview podcast on Thursday morning.
Finally we end things with a look at our NFL Pick'em standings, Gary's
Top 5 Fantasy Football pickups for the Championship games, our Top 5
Power Rankings, and our Player of the Week (1:25:07-End)
We kick things off with a short post-game for the Monday Night Football shootout between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins (6:05-18:45.) Have the Giants finally found their groove? Is the Miami Dolphins defense overrated? And what now for the Dolphins now that they are done in the playoffs race.
Then we get into the main portion of the program with our NFL Week 14 Recap (18:45-2:06:00,) where we discuss what led to the win, what led to the loss for each game, analyze some tough decisions, and answer questions about the teams that matter. Plus another look at the crazy NFL playoff race in both conferences too. (We do have a call-in during the middle of this that calls to talk about his Buffalo Bills from 58:45-1:14:30. So that's why the Recap portion went a little longer than normal.)
Finally, we end things with a preview for the Thursday Night Football game between the Tampa Bay Bucs and the St. Louis Rams (2:06:00-2:12:50.)
Gary has his Fantasy Football Playoff waiver wire pickups and we have our Top 5 Power Rankings and the Player of the Week as well. (2:12:50-End)
We kick things off today with a short post-game on the Thursday Night
Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions
(2:00-10:05.) Did that hail mary catch save the Packers season? Will
this be a loss that haunts the Lions the rest of the way? We discuss
those things and more.
After that, we get into the main portion of the show with our NFL Week
13 Preview (10:05-1:12:45.) We go game by game asking questions about
each team, playing some games, and also answering some
tough fantasy questions as well, while also making predictions on each game too.
We finish things out by making predictions on the huge College Football
Conference Championship games (1:12:45-End) happening on Saturday as
We kick things off by doing a recap of the three NFL on Thanksgiving Day games (3:55-23:10) that occurred and wonder if anyone left on the Carolina Panthers schedule is going to beat them.
Then we get into the main part of the podcast for our NFL Week 12 Preview where we ask questions about each team, and of course make predictions on each game as well. This went from (23:10-1:28:38, around the 1:13:00 mark we had a listener call-in to the show, which took the segment to the time listed. He talked to us about his Philadelphia Eagles for a bit and we also discussed the Johnny Manziel benching situation there.)
Coming into Week 12, 23 out of 32 teams are either at 500 or below it. Obviously, there are week's left to play in the season, but this can't be what the NFL wants can it? So, we discuss the NFL's parody and if it really is as good as it is perceived to be. (1:28:38-1:35:25)
We finish things out by giving our predictions on the big College Football games that happened on Saturday (1:35:25-End)
Sean, Gary, and Randy kick things off with a short post-game for the
Thursday Night Football game between the Tennessee Titans and the
Jacksonville Jaguars. We discuss the things that led to the win for the
Jags and the loss for the Titans. We also wonder if the Titans season
is over and if Jaguars really proved they could win the AFC South with
this big win.
After that, we get into our NFL Week 11 Preview, where we answer general
questions and fantasy football questions about each team, as
well as, give an actual prediction on each game too.
Randy takes us through the big games happening this week in College
Football and we make predictions on those to round out the show.
We apologize for coming out a day later than usual, Sean had another internet outage on Monday that wasn't fixed until Tuesday morning. At least we have a podcast for you though.
We start things right off with our NFL Week 10 Recap (4:35-1:21:45) looking at all the games, probably running through them a lot faster than usual, but still answering questions about each team and before we finish with that, we do a preview for the Thursday Night tilt (1:21:45-1:25:25) between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, which one of the two young QB's will lead their team to an important AFC South divisional win? Find out who we choose right here.
After that, we discuss the one year suspension of Aldon Smith and also take a look at all of the Quarterback changes (1:25:25-1:55:45) made this week, which one will yield the most positive results? Could we see one of these guys become a permanent starter? How long should the Denver Broncos sit Peyton Manning? From Case Keenum to Brock Osweiler, we discuss all of those players and more.
Randy takes us through the third College Football Playoff Rankings (1:55:45-2:00:55) and we take a look back at another crazy week on the University Gridiron.
We move along to Gary's Fantasy Football pickups, the Top 5 Power Rankings, and the Player of the Week (2:00:55-2:11:00)
We end things with a discussion on "what exactly is a NFL catch" and examine some controversial plays and if they were actually a "catch" or not (2:11:00-End)
We kick things off today with a post-game for the Thursday Night
Football game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets
(3:00-14:25.) Randy will surely have a lot to say about this one after
the Jets blew plenty of chances. Should the Jets have kicked the field
goal with over three minutes left? Are the Bills legit contenders after
this win? We ponder these questions and more.
Then we get into the main portion of our program with a full NFL Week 10 Preview (14:25-1:09:10.) We
discuss a question or
two about every game happening on Sunday, including potential key
Fantasy Football matchups you should pay attention to as well. So, if
you don't listen to anything else, don't miss our NFL Week 10 Preview.
Randy leads us through the big games happening in College Football Week
11 (1:09:10-1:23:45) and we discuss the second week of the College
Football Playoff Rankings as well.
We then end things with a conversation about whether or not Draft Kings
and Fan Duel should really be considered illegal (1:23:45-End.)