2020 NFL: Wk.17 Game Thread

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Who in the world would be a Jets-Patriots broadcast team for a 1 p.m. meaningless game?
 

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Derrick Henry needs 223 yards to break 2,000. Houston ranks 31st in rushing defense this season. Could be a fun push.
 

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Kind of weird that due to the schedule and standings, with two playoff spots open, all three of the Rams, Cards, and Bears have destiny in their own hands.

If the Bears win, they're in regardless of the outcome of the LAR-Ari game.
If the Rams win, that automatically means Arizona loses (H2H matchup this week), which knocks the Cards out, because Chicago would be in with an Arizona loss.
If the Cards win, that automatically means LAR loses. If that result combines with a Chicago loss, then the Bears are out and LAR makes it in anyway despite losing to Arizona, and both the Cards and Rams get in while the Bears miss out. But if Arizona wins and Chicago wins, then the Rams lose out on tiebreakers.

So all three of those teams are in a "win and you're in...somehow" situation this week. But two of them could also lose and still somehow get in (LAR, Chi).

If the Bears lose, they can still get in with a Rams win.
If the Rams lose, they can still get in with a Bears loss to GB.

Given the QB situation for the Rams, and given that GB needs to win this week to clinch the #1 seed - and the timing of the games are such that they won't know whether they actually need it or not as they're playing - I expect the Packers to beat the Bears, and I expect the Cards to beat the Rams, which would put both NFC West teams in, and Chicago out. It's crazy though.
 

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Oh man, Beasley Reece. I remember when I was in Grad School at UConn and got the Hartford station and was shocked to learn he had a day job on TV too.
 

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On the Ringer Fantasy Podcast, they delivered some fun facts. One of them was that Mahomes had 16 dropped INTs this year, which is a record in the NFL.

That is quite a number.

edit - another fact was that Brady has made the playoffs 12 years in a row, which is also a record.
 

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Need a little advice. I'm in a margin of victory pool (like a survivor, you can only use a team once per season) and I'm 20 points out of the money. I want to take the highest risk/reward team possible. Without considering who the others might choose (I'll do that later), which of my available teams remaining are good candidates to run up the score?

I have CIN, DAL, NYG, CHI, JAX, CAR, NYJ, NE, TEN, HOU, WAS, PHI, ATL, LV, DEN and SF.
 

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Need a little advice. I'm in a margin of victory pool (like a survivor, you can only use a team once per season) and I'm 20 points out of the money. I want to take the highest risk/reward team possible. Without considering who the others might choose (I'll do that later), which of my available teams remaining are good candidates to run up the score?

I have CIN, DAL, NYG, CHI, JAX, CAR, NYJ, NE, TEN, HOU, WAS, PHI, ATL, LV, DEN and SF.
Tennesse is a big favorite and that game also has the highest over under for the entire weekend. So just following the numbers of expected points versus the opponent, this pick is unequivocally Tennessee.
 

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Tennesse is a big favorite and that game also has the highest over under for the entire weekend. So just following the numbers of expected points versus the opponent, this pick is unequivocally Tennessee.
Thanks. I'll need to see how many of the 6 above me have Tennessee available.

Edit: first place is out of reach, 2nd and 3rd have TEN available to use, 4-6 do not, and I'm within 6 points of those last three. Any backup suggestion? Need to see if 4th place pays out.
 

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Thanks. I'll need to see how many of the 6 above me have Tennessee available.

Edit: first place is out of reach, 2nd and 3rd have TEN available to use, 4-6 do not, and I'm within 6 points of those last three. Any backup suggestion? Need to see if 4th place pays out.
vegas or denver
 

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Wait, both sides of the same game? You're killing me j-man! Lol
well i can see both sides getting out to a big lead and the other side packing it in but i will say lean toward vegas mcmanas has been bad the last 2 weeks and plus with a loss denver gets the Jets and Jax next year instead of NE HOU which is a huge difference
 

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espn: The Patriots have eight passing touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season. They have finished with fewer than 10 passing TDs in a season just once: 1970, when they accumulated seven touchdowns and 28 picks.
 

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espn: The Patriots have eight passing touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season. They have finished with fewer than 10 passing TDs in a season just once: 1970, when they accumulated seven touchdowns and 28 picks.
1970 was their last year as the Boston Patriots. Quarterbacks were Joe Kapp and Mike Taliaferro, who, for some reason, pronounced his last name as Tollifer. In 1971, Jim Plunkett started as a rookie.
 

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Should probably watch Browns/Steelers but can’t not watch Jets