NFL15 Cherry Picks W7: Super Synergy

21 Oct

Some things just go together:

Bacon & eggs;
Beer & pretzels;
Astaire & Rogers;
Siskel & Ebert;
McCartney & Lennon;
Berra & baseball;
Fall & football;
Lombardi & Starr;
Belichick & Brady;
Earth & Moon;
Jimmy & Rosalynn. You get the idea.

Same holds true on the gridiron.

....Astaire&Rogers.TheBarkleys.wc.thmAn NFL quarterback won’t be long for the League without a stout offensive line. The trench-men figure big for the grinders and kickers, too (See; B. O‘Neill (UM)).

But it’s the synergism flowing like a current between the field general and his receiver corps that makes five-star matriculation and TDs a thing of beauty to behold.

This season’s synergy sirens:

Falcons: Matt Ryan and Julio Jones (49r-638y, 4td);
Chargers: Phil Rivers and Keenan Allen (53-601, 3);
Pats: Tom Brady, Julian Edelman (40-449, 4) & Rob Gronkowski (23-425, 5);
Ravens: Joe Flacco & Steve Smith (36-510, 3). Synergy’s just part of it (1-5);
Cardinals: Carson Palmer and John Brown (33-497-2) & Larry Fitzgerald
Broncos: Peyton Manning and D. Thomas (48-527) & E. Sanders (38-527-3)
Lions: Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson (38-488, 2)
Texans: Brian Hoyer & Ryan Mallett and DeAndre Hopkins (52-726-5)
Jaguars: Blake Bortles and Allen’s Hurns (29-460-4) & Robinson (28-488-5)
Chiefs: Alex Smith and Jeremy Maclin (39-531-1) & Travis Kelce (29-416-2)
Bengals: Andy Dalton and A.J. Green (35-531-3) & Tyler Eifert (28-342-6)

Wheels Off

Seattle (2-4)

Dick Sherman’s been pretty quiet this NFL15. But now’s the time to work your mouth, stoke the spirit of winning. Anyone can talk-it-up when times is good. And if he hasn’t, Kam Chancellor should find himself a new agent. Holding out to start the season with 3y left on a deal was silly but particularly ill-advised on heels of a stinging SB loss.

Kansas City (1-5)

Loss of Jamaal Charles is titanic (ACL) but Chiefs’ malaise goes back farther, to 2013 when the Reid era jumped out to a 9-0 start, had the bye, then slumped to 2-5 and closed with a wild-card loss at Indy. It’s been a rocky boat ever since.

Chicago (2-4)

Made a fight of it in road loss to Detroit (34-37 (W6)), but even with a healthy Jay Cutler and Matt Forte the Monsters of Midway are toothless in team ranks on offense (#25 yapg / pts) and perplexing on the D side (#10 / 32). Halas Hall expected much better after exiting the Trestman train early (2y).

Detroit (1-5)

Sabrheads would have a collective conniption-fit were one to suggest that Jim Caldwell’s aggressive play-call versus Redskins in pre-season, an unnecessarily tough tack by Detroit defenders that got RG3…gone, has come back in form of karmic-backlash. Take that, tough guy. The Sporting Gods have long memories.

Baltimore (1-5)

Ravens were pick of many a prognosticator (moi) to win AFC in 2016 after getting line-shifted out of last season’s playoffs (v NE) and having every reason to make it gel this time around. But no gel. Offense is a-okay (10 / 11), but the defense that defines the B-birds is clearly missing it’s leader in Suggs (25 / 27). Delegation of duty & depth do matter so one of equal leadership can step into the breach.

Wheels On

Check out NaVorro Bowman, linebacker extraordinaire of the still-in-the-hunt 49ers: 13 tackles, 2 assists. This upward trend is a bright light in a 49ers season fraught with change and concerns. Joe Namath (knees) dreams of what might’ve been had the miracles medicine (See; AP) arrived a couple decades earlier (‘67).

Killer Quarter

Last year’s strange phenomenon was “swing-time.“ One club would build a big lead, fritter it away and the other rise from it’s stupor to take that lead and the win. This year, it’s beware of the killer quarter. It aught not be lethal but for today’s moodier players & coaches it too often proves the death blow.

Falcons (@ NO): 1Q 0-14
Chargers (@ GB): 1Q 3-14
Cardinals (@ PIT): 3Q 0-12
Jaguars (v HOU): 4Q 6-21
Bills (v. CIN): 3Q 0-14

Curious Quote

When speaking of Bengals’ Andy Dalton (22-33, 243, 3 (BUF)), Disney’s Tom Waddle said this: “He’s all grown up now…and I don’t mean to be disrespectful.”

....Waddle.wc.6.8.12.Kevie0508.CHI-NPNo, of course not, Tom, just like “Billy Batts (Frank Vincent)” didn’t mean to be “disrespectful” to “Tommy (Joe Pesci (Goodfellas ’90))” that nite they had the beef in the bar. That is, until “Batts” told “DeVito” to “go get (his) shine-box!”

If you’re gonna’ be cute, Disney’s the place for it, but don’t slip it into reverse so fast, Tom. Own it. Besides, Andrew’s handled signal-caller duties in four straight playoffs in this his 5th year (45-23-1 (0-4)), and you, well, you caught passes for three seasons.

Good Spot Week 6

Landry Jones (PIT) QB (sub): 8-12, 168, 2td
Drew Brees (NO) QB: 30-39, 312, 1
Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB: 13-100, 1
Benjamin Watson (NO) WR: 10-127, 1
Phil Rivers (SD) QB: 43-65, 503, 2
Jim Starks (GB) RB: 10-112, 1
Keenan Allen (SD) WR: 14-157
Andrew Luck (IND) QB: 30-50, 312, 3
Tom Brady (NE) QB: 23-37, 312, 3-1
Colin Kaepernick (SF) QB: 16-27, 340, 2
Cam Newton (CAR) QB: Two 4Q TDs (12-14 (1t), 2c (1t))
Lamar Miller (MIA) RB: 19-113-1
Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR: 6-137-2
John Brown (AZ) WR: 10-196
Chris Ivory (NYJ) RB: 20-146-1
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR: 10-111
Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR: 4-109-1
Mathew Stafford (DET) QB: 27-42, 405, 4-1
Calvin Johnson (DET) WR: 6-166-1
Lance Moore (DET) WR: 5-106-1
Alshon Jeffery (CHI) WR: 8-147-1
Brian Hoyer (HOU) QB: 24-36, 293, 3
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR: 10-148, 2
Andy Dalton (CIN) QB: 22-33, 243, 3


Bad Spot

Falcons (v NO): 3-FL, 5 sacks allowed
Titans OL (v MIA): 6 sacks (Wake 4)
Cardinals: 9-pen, 2-INT (Palmer), 1-FL (Brown)
Alfred Morris (DC) RB: 11-21
Peyton Manning (DEN) QB: 26-48, 290, 1-3i
Chicago @ Detroit: 19 penalties

Kicker’s Korner

Pat McAfee (IND) P: 6-46.5, 3 [-20]
Phil Dawson (SF) K: 4-4 (53), 1xp (13)
Steven Hauschka (SEA) K: 3-3 (50), 2 (11)
Chris Boswell (PIT) K: 4-4 (51), 1 (13)
Dustin Hopkins (DC) K: 2-2 (54), 2 (8)
Brandon McManus (DEN) K: 4-5 (39) GWF, 2-2 (14)
Robbie Gould (CHI) K: 4-4 (38), 2 (14)
Matt Prater (DET) K: 3-3 (39) GWF, 4-4 (13)
Blair Walsh (MIN) K: 3-3 (45), 1 (10)
Dustin Colquitt (KC) P: 6-39.3, 3
Kevin Huber (CIN) P: 3-40.3, 3

“Here There & Everywhere”

Dannell Ellerbe (NO) LB: 13t-1a-1fr
Cameron Jordan (NO) DE: 5-1-3sk-1fr
Nate Palmer (GB) LB: 9-2
Chandler Jones (NE) DE: 2-2-2.5s
Michael Wilhoite (SF) LB: 11-2-1i
Luke Kuechly (CAR) LB: 5-9
Kam Chancellor (SEA) LB: 6-4-1i
Cameron Wake (MIA) DE: 4sk-2ff
Reshad Jones (MIA) S: 5-3-1i-td
Antwon Blake (PIT) LB: 10-2
Dashon Goldson (DC) S: 7-6
Pierre Desir (CVD) CB: 10-2
Shaquil Barrett (DEN) LB: 6-3-1.5s-1ff-1fr
Karlos Danby (CVD) LB: 5-2-2i-1td
Steve Tulloch (DET) LB: 9-4
Brian Cushing (HOU) LB: 9-3
Eric Kendricks (MIN) LB: 9-1-1s


Cherry Picks Week 7

Seattle (2-4) @ SF (2-4): 10.22 CBS 8:25: SEA wins
Saints (2-4) @ Indy (3-3): 10.25 Fox 1:00: Colts win
Minnesota (3-2) @ Detroit (1-5): 1:00 Fox: Lions win
Steelers (4-2) @ KC (1-5): 1:00 CBS: Chiefs win
Texans (2-4) @ Miami (2-4): 1:00 CBS: Dolphins win
Jets (4-1) @ NE (5-0): CBS 1:00 (GOTW): Pats win
Raiders (2-3) @ San Diego (2-4): CBS 4:05: Bolts win
Cowboys (2-3) @ Giants (3-3): Fox 4:25: Dallas wins
Eagles (3-3) @ Carolina (5-0): NBC 8:30: Philly wins
Ravens (1-5) @ AZ (4-2): 10.26 ESPN 8:30: Cards win

Record: 27 – 27

Steven Keys
NFL HunchLine
Photo credit: Cherries, B.Kua, wc.cca, 6.1.08; Astaire&Rogers, wc, TheBarkleys; T.Waddle, wc, Kevie0508, 6,8,12, CHI-NP; NFL Wikiproject; Cherries, B.Kua, wc, 6.1.08.
Posted: 10.20.15 @ 11:34pm EST; Copyright © 2015


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