NFL Open Thread - Week 15 Late Games

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The best game of the afternoon: Pitt heads to Balamur for the follow up to September's OT win by the Steelers in Heinz Field. I won't be watching because CBS has determined that I should care more about New England - Oakland.

Your quick early game recaps:

  • Brian Lumbergh...er, Griese apparently started for Jeff Garcia today (out with a bad calf and possible groin problem due to hot wife) and has thrown a pick and a TD for TB. Matt Ryan's thrown two picks, but the Falcons are still up 10-7 on the strength of Michael Turner. TB is driving right now....and got an FG. Game's in OT, and TB has the ball again.
  • Niners down 14-9 agains the Dolphins; Miami has not broken and hasn't given up a TD in the last 11 quarters or something. Shaun Hill and the SF O is at the 22 of Miami right now. Chad Pennington's thrown two TD passes....and, this game's done because J-Peezy just took Shaun Hill to the ground on 4th down.
  • Buffalo fans will be stringing up J.P. Losman soon. He just got sacked and fumbled, which was recovered for the go-ahead TD by the Jets, and then promptly threw a pick to end it with about 1:30 left in the game. Jersey Bretts, 31-27.
  • The Colts defense has made Dan Orlovsky, Kevin Smith and the rest of the Lions look good. One TD for Smith, one TD for Calvin Johnson, but three rushing TDs for the Colts, and Indy is ahead 28-21.
  • Jacksonville ahead of Green Bay 20-16, Aaron Rodgers was leading a drive but was just picked by Reggie Fucking Nelson. Two TD passes for David Garrard and one rushing TD for MJD.
  • EPIC FAIL in progress for the Bolts in KC: 6 minutes left and the Chiefs are up 21-10. Philip Rivers has done nothing except throw an INT and a bunch of floaters. Tyler Thigpen continues to look good with the pistol formation offense with 1 TD passing and one throwing. Larry Johnson has a TD pass to Tony Gonzalez on the nice trickeration.
  • STRATOSPHERIC FAIL in progress for the Redskins: they are down 10 points to the Bungles in Cincy. Two minutes left. Ryan Fitzpatrick's thrown for a TD and run for one too.
  • No TDs for the Titans and only one for Houston in their matchup. Andre Johnson caught the TD pass. 4 FGs for Tennessee. 13-12, Houston, but the Titans have the ball with about 3 minutes to go.
  • Seattle and St. Louis tied at 20. (Yawns.)

CBS:

Pittsburgh @ Baltimore - Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Denver @ Carolina - Dick Enberg, Randy Cross, Dan Fouts
New England @ Oakland - Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Fox:

Minnesota at Arizona - Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver

Posted by Signal to Noise at 3:42 PM

56 Comments:

Falcons win in OT. Brian Baldinger whining for Genius Gruden because Tampa had 2 road games in 6 days in the same frickin time zone, and the longer of the two was at most a three hour flight.

They already had a excuse with Garcia being out.

jg said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:21:00 PM  

The Texans hung on to beat the Titans 13-12. Wow.

Dr. Pym said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:24:00 PM  

The Chiefs are about to blow an 11 point lead after Dwayne Bowe dropped the onside kick. Rivers threw two TD passes in the last minute of game action.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:27:00 PM  

THE CHARGERS MAY HAVE JUST FUCKED THEMSELVES.

Defensive delay of game as the clock was ticking down.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:30:00 PM  

KC's kicker hooked the 50 yarder left. Lucky, lucky, lucky.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:31:00 PM  

Great. New England-Oakland isn't even in HD. Fuck you, CBS.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:35:00 PM  

"I just can't wait to get through puberty." - Dick Enberg

huh!?

Anonymous said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:39:00 PM  

I'm pretty sure that everytime Dick Stockton open his mouth, he said something that was either obvious ("Someone's going to lose 2 games in a row, unless it's a tie"), gramatically incorrect (From 53-yard out), or just downright stupid (everything else he said). I don't think Baldinger had one insightful comment all afternoon.

JFein said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:39:00 PM  

LOL.

Dick Enberg - "I just can't wait to hit puberty" (in reference to the lack of facial hair)

Oh god. That was great. He even did a double arm pump.

Akiyama said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:41:00 PM  

Terrible play-calling by Jeff Fiher, going for it on 4th and 3 instead of kicking the go ahead field goal.

ESPN is going to rake him over the coals. Deservedly so.

Anonymous said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:47:00 PM  

*Fisher

Anonymous said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:50:00 PM  

That Atlanta-Tampa Bay game was great but it had the feel of being played in a library. Is the Georgia Dome that quiet, or does FOX block out the crowd noise so I can get a better listen to the blather that is Dick Stockton/Brian Baldinger?

BTW Tampa to Greensboro is a flight of less than 2 hours, so Charlotte and Atlanta are both less than that. Hush up with that weak excuse Baldy. And after looking at Stockton's pate it would be fair to call them both Baldy.

Jeff Fisher does not kick the 49 yard field goal on 4th and 3 right after the 2-minute warning down 1...must be nice to have a playoff bid already locked up and be able to treat the game like you're playing Madden.

Secor314 said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:52:00 PM  

@ secor314

Rob Bironas has kicked a 60 yard FG, I believe he can kick a 49 yarder.

Anonymous said...
Dec 14, 2008, 4:57:00 PM  

Secor314

Thanks wasnt sure how long those flights were.



And STFU Simms.

jg said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:00:00 PM  

@S2N, this Raider-Patriots game isn't that bad. At least there has been a lot of scoring so far.

49er16 said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:03:00 PM  

"In America we call that assault." - FOX News anchor Julie Banderas on the Iraqi reporter who his shoes at President Bush. Apparently, the reporter is claiming free speech.

jg said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:08:00 PM  

Previous post should say "who threw his shoes"

jg said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:10:00 PM  

The Raiders and Patriots just traded kickoff returns for TDs. Bizarre as hell.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:15:00 PM  

that was after a Wes Welker touchdown grab, by the way -- so, 21 points with less than 45 seconds in game time wasted.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

Ravens-Steelers is making Auburn-Miss State look exciting.

Knew I should have gone to sports bar for Panthers-Broncos.

jg said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:19:00 PM  

@anon 4:57, I know Bironas can nail that kick...that's part of my astonishment at his not even being sent on the field to try the kick. My reference to Madden is that in the video game I refuse to ever punt.

Dick Enberg is acting like a professor of North Carolina history and geography today. Hopefully he'll be explaining the difference between eastern and Lexington style barbecue soon. If you aren't getting the Panthers game you are missing out on Randy Cross' hellacious mustache...

Secor314 said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:22:00 PM  

And CBS refused to send Pats-Raiders into NYC or South Florida. Time for a REGIME CHANGE at CBS!

Fox has Vikings-Cards on in NYC and the on-screen scoreboard didn't include Pats-Raiders, at least not in the 1st quarter.

Anonymous said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:22:00 PM  

"These unbalanced lines, just put in for this game?"

Clearly Jim Nantz did no research for this game and/or didn't get to hear Madden mention it every 30 seconds last Sunday.

Bazooka Jones said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:23:00 PM  

3 TD passes in the first half for Tarvaris Jackson.

Question: has he improved with his time on the bench or is Arizona just that shitty on defense?

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:23:00 PM  

Oakland scored two TDs? wow.

walnuts said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:24:00 PM  

Joe Flacco stats:

1/6 with a INT passer rating of 4.2.

jg said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:24:00 PM  

You know what's always annoyed me? On the FOX highlight shows, they always have this fake crowd noise and these fake grunting noises. Annoying as hell - just wanted to get that off my chest.

Anonymous said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:25:00 PM  

"He mistimed his jump so that made it incomplete." - Simms taking on the Capt Obvious role.

Again STFU Simms

jg said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:31:00 PM  

anon, I also hate that FOX robot during thier bumper promos. What's the point of that thing and how much money you think they waste on that thing?

walnuts said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:31:00 PM  

What can I tell ya? Jeff fisher was channeling his inner Andy Reid.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:35:00 PM  

James, if it was a 43-yarder, Reid would have kicked it. He would have also kicked it from 55-yards out.

walnuts said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:38:00 PM  

Denver fumbed to Carolina... wow.

walnuts said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:40:00 PM  

BTW, Football Night in America live blog starting at 7:10 PM EST at The O Files, and you gotta be a Blogspot member only to post your comments.

In addition, any rude comments will result in banishment. That means you, Swearing Man and Gay Man.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:40:00 PM  

So no disparaging comments about Andy Reid?

walnuts said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:42:00 PM  

The way the Patriots have been playing, you wouldn't even think they were playing in the rain. Oh wait, they are playing the Raiders.

49er16 said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:44:00 PM  

Anon 5:22, know the rules of Television Broadcasting.

One, their best broadcast team goes to the games with the most importance. And in this case, Nantz/Simms went to Pittsburgh-Baltimore.

Living in Pennsylvania, I get force fed Steelers one week, Steelers the next because the idotis at CBS think all of Pennsylvania is Steelers country...and I live in Philadelphia, which has tons of Eagles fans. it's time CBS takes the old Beano Cook philosophy, "When in doubt, give 'em [insert name of team here]."

JamesCraven said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:45:00 PM  

Anyone know if there's a reason a game in Oakland is never in HD? Something with the stadium?

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:45:00 PM  

Hey, Paulie Walnuts, the Jeff Fisher channeling his inner Andy Reid was a shot at Reid's playcalling.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:46:00 PM  

S2N, not enough HD trucks. It's supposed to be all games are in HD, but there may be a shortage of them but more are being built.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:47:00 PM  

@S2N, Yah there is something wrong with the stadium, the Raiders play in it.

49er16 said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:48:00 PM  

Never in Oakland? I'm sure ESPN has had baseball there in HD.

walnuts said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:48:00 PM  

And +2 to 49er16.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:53:00 PM  

James Craven

Its an NFL rule called secondary market. It basically means if there are two NFL teams in your state or another one nearby, you automatically get that game. Its why Steelers games are on in Philly, DC gets force fed the ghetto thug Ravens, and Ohio cities always get Bengals and Browns. It also affects Oak / SF, and the Florida teams.

jg said...
Dec 14, 2008, 5:58:00 PM  

@James: Patriots-Raiders affects the Jets and Dolphins, both of whom won earlier. CBS did not schedule the Pats game for NYC or South Florida. Fox sent the Dolphins game into New England (at least those areas with power).

Also, CBS2 in NYC has a policy to show the national telecast when the Jets or Giants are not available.

Anonymous said...
Dec 14, 2008, 6:10:00 PM  

Steelers' radio play-by-play (Bill Hillgrove?): "And Willie Colon gets fingered for a hold."

Perfect.

An aside: Is there a logical answer as to why the Browns flagship station is running the Steelers radio network broadcast? It just seems odd.

Dec 14, 2008, 6:13:00 PM  

Only the Raiders could get an extra point blocked.

49er16 said...
Dec 14, 2008, 6:28:00 PM  

Your unlikely performer of the day in fantasy: Tarvaris Jackson and his 4 TD passes. There's still most of the fourth quarter to go, too.

Runner-up: Matt Cassel with 4 TD passes, but doing that against the Raiders downgrades the accomplishment a little.

Signal to Noise said...
Dec 14, 2008, 6:37:00 PM  

After going out and missing the morning games I'd like to say the following:


THE SEAHAWKS WON!!!!!!!!!!


I'm not used to this.....

SSReporters said...
Dec 14, 2008, 6:44:00 PM  

SSR: Put an asterisk next to that comment. They played the Rams.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 14, 2008, 6:46:00 PM  

Hoodie has a towl hanging out of his hoodie. One of the funniest things I have ever seen.

49er16 said...
Dec 14, 2008, 6:49:00 PM  

Anon 6:10 PM: Next week's steelers game is going to be CBS' featured telecast with Nantz/Simms. Screw the secondary market rule.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 14, 2008, 6:49:00 PM  

CBS just ripped the Carolina game from the viewers in, well, Carolina.

Even if you were enjoying that beatdown the Panthers were giving Mike Shanahan and Jay Cutler, you are now doing your lesson plans or balancing your checkbook to the background noise of Jim Nantz and the hum of Phil Simms trying to figure out "how'd I get stuck with this guy" while they call Baltimore-Pittsburgh.

Let me just say FOX rarely did this to me while I was living in Michigan and someone was tearing up the Lions. I got the WHOLE thing.

Secor314 said...
Dec 14, 2008, 6:50:00 PM  

@ James, both teams were 2-11.

SSReporters said...
Dec 14, 2008, 6:53:00 PM  

And after about 5 minutes someone at CBS has finally realized that North Carolina is in the same state as the home stadium of the Carolina Panthers.

No HD when they flipped it back, but at least this makes sense.

WV: Colownse. Apt description of the people at CBS who decide what game you get during the NCAA tournament.

Secor314 said...
Dec 14, 2008, 6:57:00 PM  

The Raiders are awful. They just let their former player Lamont Jordan score his first TD of the year on another long run.

49er16 said...
Dec 14, 2008, 7:00:00 PM  

SSR: Hence the astrisk. It's called "sarcasm".

JamesCraven said...
Dec 14, 2008, 8:21:00 PM  

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