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Week 15 - Yet Another One at Heinz

Discussion in '2018 Patriots Game Threads' started by DeadlySplitter, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

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    I haven't started a Pats game thread before, but fuck it.

    No talk about last week - it's over. You know who is in even a bigger freefall? the Steelers. They're barely hanging onto the 4 seed and could drop out of the picture entirely, as they have to go to New Orleans after this game.

    I love beating up on Big Ben & Tomlin. Perfect tonic to wash away last week. Let's do it.
     
  2. Hector Salamanca

    Hector Salamanca Member SoSH Member

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    A beautiful coverage map for those outside New England this week:
    [​IMG]
     
  3. Bergs

    Bergs Member SoSH Member

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    Niiiiice....
     
  4. KiltedFool

    KiltedFool has a terminal case of creeping sharia SoSH Member

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    Think within the last 2-3 weeks I have hit zero fucks given about the NFL. Maybe this can reinvigorate me.
     
  5. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Bless my heart

    I love all red.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

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    I hope all our friends in San Francisco enjoy the 49ers-Seahawks tilt.
     
  7. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    Injury report
    NE
    DNP-none
    LP-none
    FP-D Allen, Gilmore

    Pitt
    DNP-Ben, Conner, Pouncey(rest), Gilbert, Sean Davis
     
  8. StupendousMan

    StupendousMan Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Aaaaaannnnnd this is the week I'll be on a train during the game. Sigh.

    Any suggestions for following the game while on the Amtrak going from Boston to Rochester? We'll be in western MA and eastern NY during the game. What are the strongest radio stations I might try to pick up which will be broadcasting the game?
     
  9. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    I believe 102.7 in western mass is how I listened on Sunday due to my Sirius going in and out due to my Christmas tree on the roof.
     
  10. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

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    This is the list of patriots' stations.
    https://985thesportshub.com/patriots-radio-network/
    And i would expect the game will be a national broadcast, so Westwood 1.

    But you'll need a real radio (or a premium internet radio app); games are usually blocked from streaming. However, there are a few apps (for Android anyway) that try to aggregate stations that stream anyway. Its hit or miss.
     
  11. soxhop411

    soxhop411 Member SoSH Member

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    Ridley is still pissed at the pats


    https://www.bostonherald.com/2018/12/12/stevan-ridley-patriots-trashed-me-after-injury/

    More at link.
     
  12. BigSoxFan

    BigSoxFan Member SoSH Member

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    Man, our ex-RBs sure do hate us
     
  13. wiffleballhero

    wiffleballhero Member SoSH Member

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    Is there no internet access on the train? I'd just stream it if there is.
     
  14. koufax32

    koufax32 He'll cry if he wants to... SoSH Member

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    Hey Stevan,
    Even if you were healthy they probably weren’t going to pay you what you wanted because they very rarely pay market rate for RB’s. Your position is too fungible. But you do your Rodney Harrison thing if you need to.
     
  15. Dick Drago

    Dick Drago Member SoSH Member

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    All his fumbling didn't really help the cause either.
     
  16. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

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    Amtrak's "wifi" is much like Amtrak's "food." (Although it might be a bit better on a less-jammed route than the dc-boston corridor).
     
  17. brandonchristensen

    brandonchristensen mad photochops SoSH Member

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    Sounds like his performance since the Pats has been worse than abysmal.

    So the Pats were smart.
     
  18. Ralphwiggum

    Ralphwiggum Member SoSH Member

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    How is this a story?
     
  19. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

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    Yeah that is the best part of this article

    "Now they're still looking for a running back to come in and play," he told the Herald. "How many running backs have been through there to try to give them some consistency as a quote-unquote first- or second-down back? They're still looking for it right now. Yeah, it's very personal. It is."

    Ridley has 737 carries for 3,082 yards and 24 touchdowns for his career, but only 265 of those yards have come since 2015 as Ridley played bit roles for the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and others.
     
  20. Captaincoop

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    1. It feels like the Patriots have played the least 1pm Sunday games in their history this year.

    2. What is it about NFL scheduling that results in this game constantly being in Pittsburgh? Or am I imagining that?
     
  21. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

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    8 out of 16 when all is said and done, I think. Seems about normal.
     
  22. Ralphwiggum

    Ralphwiggum Member SoSH Member

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    Of course given that we have already lost games with Deion Lewis and Brandon Bolden playing key roles, I fully expect Ridley to look like vintage Marshall Faulk on Sunday.
     
  23. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    How do the Pats go about defending the Steelers WR's? With AB and Juju both being elite weapons, it's tough to decide who to double.
     
  24. RedOctober3829

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    Not that we need reminding after last week, but the kicking game will play a big part in this game. Ghost has missed a kick in every game he's played at Heinz Field(XP in last 2 games and FG in 2011). Stat courtesy of Andrew Callahan of MassLive.
     
  25. DrewDawg

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    Download the NFL app. Log in with your cable info. Watch the national game in your area.

    Depending on WIFI strength obviously.
     
  26. Mystic Merlin

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    Heinz is a shitshow for kicking, definitely a factor if you’re looking at areas where we could see higher scoring variance off of expected points.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Bill passes up longer FG as a result
     
  27. alydar

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    Good god, how long is that train ride? JetBlue just started BOS to ROC direct, fwiw.

    Oh, and go Pats.
     
  28. McBride11

    McBride11 Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Will be in the house again tomorrow. Rain potential in the forecast. Besides screwing both kickers I am not sure which team thatd affect more, but I do know it will suck for me.
     
  29. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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  30. DrewDawg

    DrewDawg Dorito Dink SoSH Member

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    Oh no, more Stevan Ridley!!
     
  31. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    Revenge tour continues.
     
  32. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    Steelers put Marcus Gilbert on IR and activated Eli Rogers.
     
  33. genoasalami

    genoasalami Member SoSH Member

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    Rain will be over by kickoff. Temps in the 40s. Not bad for mid December.
     
  34. shawnrbu

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    The NFL schedule is setup where you play conference opponents outside your division 3 years in a row in the same venue if they are on your schedule (guaranteed to be on your schedule at least 1 out of the 3 years. The other two years depend on finishing in the same place in their respective division.)

    13/14/15 - Steelers come to Foxboro if they are on the Pats schedule. This happened in 13 and 15. The teams did not meet in 14.

    16/17/18 - Pats go to Heinz Field if they are on the Steelers schedule. They played all 3 years.

    19/20/21 - Steelers will come to Foxboro if they are on the Pats schedule. Pats play the AFC North in 19, so we will get the Steelers in Foxboro next season. If the teams finish in the same place in their division in 19 and 20, then the Steelers will visit Foxboro in 20 and 21.
     
  35. RedOctober3829

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  36. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

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    bottom line.... going 3-5 on the road is just plain mediocre. they don't deserve a bye if that's what occurs.

    so here we are again with the huge swing game at Heinz.
     
  37. tims4wins

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    2010 Packers only SB winner with a losing road record.
     
  38. Super Nomario

    Super Nomario Member SoSH Member

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    And then they went 3-0 on the road in the playoffs.

    But their five road losses were all close - by 3 points in OT, by 3 points, by 3 points, by 4 points, by 4 points against the Pats with Matt Flynn starting. The 2018 Patriots are a considerably worse road team regardless of what happens today.
     
  39. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

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    Correct. Agreed. This Pats team could never win 3 straight road playoff games. Winning 1 might be asking too much.

    Win today though and everyone will feel much better about everything.
     
  40. mikeot

    mikeot Member SoSH Member

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    Why the homage to a 70s Canadian band?
     
  41. Ed Hillel

    Ed Hillel Wants to be startin somethin SoSH Member

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    If Stevan Ridley runs all over us today, I’m gonna go apeshit.
     
  42. bigq

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    Would be frustrating but I would take Ridley being productive if the Pats win and effectively blanket Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster - holding the Steelers to a low score as a result. The Pats' defensive strategy generally is to take away the opposing offenses strength. I'm more concerned with Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster than Stevan Ridley.
     
  43. DrewDawg

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    Big Ben has cracked rib. I’m sure he’ll miss a play or two today and heroically return.
     
  44. Mystic Merlin

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    Eh, if he does it’ll have little to do with him as compared to any other RB they’d stick in there
     
  45. j44thor

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    I think we see Gillmore on Ju-Ju as he is the longer more physical receiver that he tends to cover then perhaps the wonder twins bracket Brown as much as possible though Jason wil have to handle him 1-1 some of the time.

    If Switzer can't go that could be a big loss for PIT as he is there poor man's Edelman. Eli Roger's activation is prob a sign he isn't going.
    Chung on McDonald/James is also going to be key, we have been getting shredded by TE this year and PIT has two decent ones.
     
  46. BigSoxFan

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    I have zero feel for this game. There really isn’t an outcome today that would surprise me. Hoping we see a sharp response, and I expect it from the O, but I have zero faith in this defense, especially on the road. Methinks Brady will need to put up 30+.
     
  47. ilol@u

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    Defense vs JuJu & AB? Yikes. Need the front 4 to get some good pressure vs Ben. Hopefully Flowers is on his game.
     
  48. wiffleballhero

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    After those hideous uniforms Pittsburgh wore on Friday against the Bruins, I think there is some sort of city wide conspiracy here.
     
  49. RedOctober3829

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    I think we'll see Gilmore on Juju as you said and JC Jackson on AB with bracket coverage over the top. I don't think JMac is fast enough to stay with AB. I also would not be surprised to see Obi get more defensive snaps to play the TE so Chung could be freed up to roam around and help out in other areas.
     
  50. koufax32

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    Isn’t Chung’s strength in m2m and not zone? I would think that would be reversed if so.
     

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