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God Help Us, It's Thursday Night Football

11/15/12 in NFL   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

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Are you ready for some football? No? I don't blame you. I know I'm late to this discussion but hasn't Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network been an absolute abomination this year? Let's take Roger Goodell and the greedy owners putting players in harm's way by having them play a game on three days rest out of the conversation for a moment. The games themselves have run the awful gamut from blowouts (Giants 36 Panthers 7) to snoozefests (49ers 13 Seahwaks 6) to matchups no one in their right mind would want to see... like tonight's Dolphins/Bills tilt, for instance

When the Miami Dolphins visit Orchard Park, NY this evening to take on the Buffalo Bills, fans will have the pleasure of watching two teams riding a combined five game losing streak. The Dolphins have slipped out of contention after dropping their last two to the Colts and Titans, while the scrappy Bills have found ways to lose their last three, including last weekend's nailbiter with the division-leading Patriots. Speaking of which, the funny thing is, for a couple of teams with sub-.500 records, Miami and Buffalo have shown flashes of decent play this year.

The Dolphins had a stretch a few weeks back where they won three straight, including road wins at Cincinnati and New York, where they absolutely demolished the Jets. Even in the loss to the Colts, quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for almost three hundred yards and a score and Reggie Bush broke off one of the more impressive touchdown runs of the season. However, last week yielded just the opposite; Tannehill was picked off three times and Bush was benched after fumbling. As for the latter, yes, coaches frown upon turnovers of any kind, but is it really prudent to bench your one true playmaker on offense? As for Buffalo, they stood toe-to-toe for four quarters with New England this past Sunday before Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception deep in Patriots territory in the game's waning seconds as the Bills went for the tying score. Apparently, #1 wideout Stevie Johnson was none too happy that the final play was directed at a rookie rather than a more polished receiver such as himself.

So, there you have it, tonight's contest features two AFC East teams hopelessly out of conention. For those that do decide to tune in, the game will have something to watch for fantasy footballers and fans of offense. Miami's defense is god-awful against the pass while Buffalo's D has shown zero ability to stop the run. For those that don't watch, there's always next Thursday's highly-anticipated rematch of Atlanta and New Orleans, easily the most compelling game of the entire Thursday night slate.
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11/16/12   |   Jess   |   34442 respect

DallasFan55 wrote:
I don't think the Seahawks will have any problems at all with the Dolphins and the Seahawks defense is better then the Bills which makes me think the Hawks will win both those games. Wilson and Crew will get it done. yes

I hope you're right :)

11/16/12   |   DallasFan55   |   38096 respect

Jess wrote:
I enjoyed it too, to be honest. As gaud-awful as both offenses are it was fun to see special teams come out swinging on both teams. The Seahawks are playing them both soon, so that was fun analyzing too. Of course, the Seahawks on the road could make either of those team look like the Texans or Falcons right now. I hope that doesn't happen.

I don't think the Seahawks will have any problems at all with the Dolphins and the Seahawks defense is better then the Bills which makes me think the Hawks will win both those games. Wilson and Crew will get it done. yes

11/16/12   |   Jess   |   34442 respect

DallasFan55 wrote:
I actually ended up enjoying the game. I liked how the Bills started off strong with a Td and keep the momentum going. Watched the whole game. smiley

I enjoyed it too, to be honest. As gaud-awful as both offenses are it was fun to see special teams come out swinging on both teams. The Seahawks are playing them both soon, so that was fun analyzing too. Of course, the Seahawks on the road could make either of those team look like the Texans or Falcons right now. I hope that doesn't happen.

11/16/12   |   DallasFan55   |   38096 respect

Jess wrote:
That brings up a good point too - if I get too tired, naps are best with sports background noise.

I actually ended up enjoying the game. I liked how the Bills started off strong with a Td and keep the momentum going. Watched the whole game. smiley

11/15/12   |   Jess   |   34442 respect

Wards_Page wrote:
Jess, the only thing to save this game would be one of your patented live blogs.

Gotcha covered cheeky

11/15/12   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Jess wrote:
That brings up a good point too - if I get too tired, naps are best with sports background noise.

Jess, the only thing to save this game would be one of your patented live blogs.

11/15/12   |   Jess   |   34442 respect

DallasFan55 wrote:
I'm like Jess, It's Football so as boring as it may be and including the fact that I'm not a fan of either of these teams, I will still watch it.. On the bright side..not being a fan makes it easy to say ok I"ve had enough and I'm going to bed.

That brings up a good point too - if I get too tired, naps are best with sports background noise.

11/15/12   |   DallasFan55   |   38096 respect

I'm like Jess, It's Football so as boring as it may be and including the fact that I'm not a fan of either of these teams, I will still watch it.. On the bright side..not being a fan makes it easy to say ok I"ve had enough and I'm going to bed.

11/15/12   |   Jess   |   34442 respect

Hey, it's football. It's not Monday or Saturday or Sunday. The NHL doesn't want my business this year. I don't care who's playing - I'll tune in. I'm one of those saps the NFL loves.

11/15/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

They exist because the NFL wants to force viewers to subscribe to their network, the NFL Network. It's all about the money.

11/15/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

NFL needs to say goodbye to these games. Just awful.