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Old April 11 2013, 02:14 PM   #166
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Somewhere along the eastern seaboard, Timby's blood pressure just shot through the roof....



http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/4/9...inals-interest
The Bears do need some offensive linemen...
Think of all the tricky plays you could run.
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Old April 11 2013, 06:41 PM   #167
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^ Most of those trick plays would have to be named after fast food.

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Old April 12 2013, 03:21 AM   #168
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Somewhere along the eastern seaboard, Timby's blood pressure just shot through the roof....



http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2013/4/9...inals-interest
The Bears do need some offensive linemen...
Think of all the tricky plays you could run.
The fumblerooski was outlawed. Unless you just count on him actually fumbling the ball. Which you can.
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Old April 16 2013, 07:39 PM   #169
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Ravens sign Caleb Hanie to a one-year deal.

Better pray that Flacco doesn't get hurt, or else Ravens fans are going to have some very, very long days...
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Old April 17 2013, 03:33 AM   #170
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The NFL will announce the 2013 schedule on Thursday night, at 8pm Eastern:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/91...edule-thursday

Of course, we already know what all the matchups will be. That's been known for several months now:

http://www.johnnyroadtrip.com/schedu...lopponents.htm

But with the schedule release on Thursday night, we'll learn what order the games will be played in, which matchups get primetime billing and the like.
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Old April 18 2013, 07:28 PM   #171
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Bal@Den would be a rematch of last season's divisional round playoff game that went to double OT and could have gone either way, deciding the Super Bowl champion. Plenty of "story" there.
Yes, but there are several other playoff rematch storyline games that will probably make it to SNF during the season. Not as unique a storyline as, say, Peyton and Eli playing what'll probably be their last game against each other or Peyton returning to Indy or Shanahan returning to Denver. So many Denver games with storylines like that this season, and they can't put them all on NBC.
Looks like they did indeed choose BAL @ DEN for the opener.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/ey...13-nfl-kickoff
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Old April 18 2013, 10:51 PM   #172
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The NFL will announce the 2013 schedule on Thursday night, at 8pm Eastern:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/91...edule-thursday

Of course, we already know what all the matchups will be. That's been known for several months now:

http://www.johnnyroadtrip.com/schedu...lopponents.htm

But with the schedule release on Thursday night, we'll learn what order the games will be played in, which matchups get primetime billing and the like.
If they put one of the Seattle/49ers games on NBC (Should be both by the way, or at least both in Prime Time), I will be happy.
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Old April 19 2013, 06:29 PM   #173
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I tried to get hotel reservations for the Packers/Vikings game at Lambeau as soon as the schedule was announced, but all the hotels near Lambeau were sold out almost immediately.
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Old April 21 2013, 06:03 AM   #174
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The Texans open on a Monday night game at the Chargers, which doesn't even start until 9:20PM Houston time. Christ, I'll be asleep before halftime.
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Old April 21 2013, 08:39 AM   #175
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Bal@Den would be a rematch of last season's divisional round playoff game that went to double OT and could have gone either way, deciding the Super Bowl champion. Plenty of "story" there.
Yes, but there are several other playoff rematch storyline games that will probably make it to SNF during the season. Not as unique a storyline as, say, Peyton and Eli playing what'll probably be their last game against each other or Peyton returning to Indy or Shanahan returning to Denver. So many Denver games with storylines like that this season, and they can't put them all on NBC.
Looks like they did indeed choose BAL @ DEN for the opener.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/ey...13-nfl-kickoff
Yeah, I was a bit surprised that they made that one a primetime game, and not Denver@NYG, which is probably the final game ever between Peyton and Eli. I guess the intrigue threshold is higher for AFC-NFC matchups than for matchups within the conference.
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Old April 21 2013, 08:43 AM   #176
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Re: NFL 2013 Off-Season Discussion

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The NFL will announce the 2013 schedule on Thursday night, at 8pm Eastern:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/91...edule-thursday

Of course, we already know what all the matchups will be. That's been known for several months now:

http://www.johnnyroadtrip.com/schedu...lopponents.htm

But with the schedule release on Thursday night, we'll learn what order the games will be played in, which matchups get primetime billing and the like.
If they put one of the Seattle/49ers games on NBC (Should be both by the way, or at least both in Prime Time), I will be happy.
SF@Seattle (in Week 2) is an NBC Sunday night game, but Seattle@SF (in Week 14) is just a Sunday afternoon game. Granted, the latter is in the "flex" portion of the schedule, so there's always an outside chance that it'll get moved to Sunday night if the intrigue is high enough.
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Old April 21 2013, 08:57 AM   #177
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Yes, but there are several other playoff rematch storyline games that will probably make it to SNF during the season. Not as unique a storyline as, say, Peyton and Eli playing what'll probably be their last game against each other or Peyton returning to Indy or Shanahan returning to Denver. So many Denver games with storylines like that this season, and they can't put them all on NBC.
Looks like they did indeed choose BAL @ DEN for the opener.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/ey...13-nfl-kickoff
Yeah, I was a bit surprised that they made that one a primetime game, and not Denver@NYG, which is probably the final game ever between Peyton and Eli. I guess the intrigue threshold is higher for AFC-NFC matchups than for matchups within the conference.
I'm not surprised that this is the one they chose... They wanted the Ravens to be the first game of the season, and because they couldn't work something out for the Ravens to be at home, their options were:
  • Broncos
  • Bills
  • Dolphins
  • Steelers
  • Browns
  • Bears
  • Lions
  • Bengals
From that list, we can immediately nuke the Bills, Dolphins, Browns, and Lions as intriguing options for the primetime season opener. Now, out of the remaining 4 games, which matchups are people really going to care about and really want to see? The Steelers and the Broncos. Steelers v. Ravens has the benefit of being a rivalry that regularly produces good, entertaining games. However, the Broncos v. Ravens has the huge revenge game angle going for it.

In fact, looking at the Ravens schedule, there's only 3 games that I can see being used as the first game of the season, and 2 of them are home games (Patriots and Packers).
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Old April 21 2013, 06:11 PM   #178
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SF@Seattle (in Week 2) is an NBC Sunday night game, but Seattle@SF (in Week 14) is just a Sunday afternoon game. Granted, the latter is in the "flex" portion of the schedule, so there's always an outside chance that it'll get moved to Sunday night if the intrigue is high enough.
As much as people in general like San Francisco and Seattle (and fans of other teams may disagree), I don't think it's fair to award the SNF game twice in one season to the same match-up. There are 30 other teams that play home-and-away games, in fact every single team plays three of them each year. What makes SF vs SEA the most intriguing of them all?
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Old April 21 2013, 06:32 PM   #179
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SF@Seattle (in Week 2) is an NBC Sunday night game, but Seattle@SF (in Week 14) is just a Sunday afternoon game. Granted, the latter is in the "flex" portion of the schedule, so there's always an outside chance that it'll get moved to Sunday night if the intrigue is high enough.
As much as people in general like San Francisco and Seattle (and fans of other teams may disagree), I don't think it's fair to award the SNF game twice in one season to the same match-up. There are 30 other teams that play home-and-away games, in fact every single team plays three of them each year. What makes SF vs SEA the most intriguing of them all?
The NFL is banking hard on Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson being highly marketable faces of the league after Peyton and Brady retire. Also, by Week 14, the playoff picture will be shaping up, and it's quite likely that the Seahawks and 49ers will be the only NFC West teams worth a shit next year.
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Old April 22 2013, 04:20 AM   #180
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There's at least one recent case in which the NFL flexed in a Sunday night game that was a divisional matchup that they'd already had earlier in the season. In 2011, the Week 14 Giants @ Cowboys was on Sunday night, and then just three weeks later on Week 17, Cowboys @ Giants was flexed into the Sunday night slot.

Of course, the NFL's options for that Week 17 Sunday night game are always very limited, as they need to figure out which, if any, games will have playoff implications regardless of the outcomes of the Sunday afternoon games earlier that day. So they may not have had any good alternatives in that case.

In general though, they've become increasingly reluctant to flex out the tentative game for SNF unless it's a real dog. Week 17 always being the exception because there is no tentative Sunday night game.
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