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Ah yes, the dreaded Monday Night Football opener, showcasing four teams that you sorta-kinda are interested in, but not really and would probably just put on as background noise if this was Week 10. So basically any other Monday Night Football game not including the opener. While the concept is of a doubleheader on Monday is pretty cool, the execution of it isn’t, much like a queef. Why? Well, even though we still have a year of Chris Berman left, we still have to actually sit through a year of having Chris Berman. That’s check number one. Number two, this is the production team that gave you the Chip Kelly “Fast Tempo” clock when the Eagles played, marveling Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico by giving him a clock that basically counted up instead of down. Jesus. And this is also the same production crew that brought you a couple years of Ray Lewis’… whatever you call it. You say words, I say ear stabbings. He’s stabby. Not much you can do about that. True, they replaced him with Randy Moss, but really, if I still have to listen to Steve Young’s hot takes, I’m not sure where improvement will come from. At the very least, they actually do show football, the one redeeming feature of ESPN’s Monday presentation, and tonight we’re in for a special treat, a team with an alleged rapist quarterback, a team with a racist name, a team that strives for mediocrity on a yearly basis (Los Angeles will love that, I’m sure) and a team that’s just plain bad. Monday Night Football!

 

By the Numbers

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5 – The number of consecutive wins the Steelers have against Washington, the last loss coming in November of 1991.

11 – The amount of touchdowns Kirk Cousins threw without an interception in his last three games.

6.65 – Averaged yards per rush by Todd Gurley against the 49ers in the one game he faced them last season.

6.65 – The number, on a scale of 0-100, of excitement I feel watching Blaine Gabbert start a NFL game.

 

Drinking Game

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Take one sip if…

Every time Jon Gruden says something that’s complete nonsense.

You see a Rams’ defender confused (ex: waving arms around) at the 49ers’ offense.

The Steelers go for a screen pass to DeAngelo Williams or Antonio Brown.

Kirk Cousins and the word “leader” or “leadership” are used in the same sentence.

The 49ers are on offense and the play clock somehow gets under 10 seconds.

Someone refers to the move of the Rams in a positive light.

Case Keenum whiffs completely on a pass to his receivers. (Double-sip if you think it’s both a whiff and the football McNabb-bounced.)

Jon Gruden says anything about the Cover 2.

Blaine Gabbert over or under-throws a receiver, including his running backs. (Double sip if it bounces before reaching said receiver.)

Finish your drink if…

“Chip Kelly” and “Innovative” are mentioned in the same sentence.

Jay Gruden looks clueless as to what is going on.

You see a fan in a St. Louis Cardinals jersey.

RG3’s injuries (knee or ankle) are mentioned in any context.

If Sam Bradford is mentioned in any context.

They show a Steelers Super Bowl montage.

 

Totally Legitmate Game Prediction

My reaction watching this game as well...

Steelers – 27 (Big Ben’s hat size.)

Washington – 6 (Kirk Cousin’s interception total.)

and

Rams – 10 (The teams level of mediocrity on a scale of 1-10.)

49ers – 9 (Blaine Gabbert’s level of mediocrity on a scale of 1-9.)

 

 

  1. William Hung says:
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    first?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: These games are terrible, honestly. Doesn’t help.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Jay: You know who doesn’t think these games are terrible? Steelers and Niners fans… everyone else, yes – terrible

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @William Hung: And Young and Berman, my god, maaaake it ennnnnnd

  2. Kyle B says:
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    I need St. Louis defense to get me 12 points to win. Thought I was set with Blaine gabbert starting….but no St. Louis gives up 14 in first half. Maybe I will get lucky in second half *facedesk*

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Kyle B: Haha, sorry man. Blaine Gabbert may not even survive this game.

  3. William Hung says:
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    It’s too early to jump ship on my bench WRs Torrey Smith, Corey Coleman, and Tyler Boyd right? I’m debating on whether or not to use my #3 Waiver on Eli Rogers, Theo Riddick, Nelson Algohor, Tyrell Williams, or Chris Thompson – or sit out the initial wave of waivers and see if anyone does a panic drop

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: Yes, but I’d still want Rogers. Probably over Boyd at the moment.

  4. Principal Blackman says:
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    How do I deal with the loss of Keenan Allen in my 16-team, 1/5 ppr league? The wire is pretty THIN.
    We start 2WR and 2 RB and a WRT FLEX spot. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    My roster:

    QB : D Brees
    RB: L Murray, G Bernard, D Washington, C Thompson, K Dixon, M Lynch (just in case)
    WR: A Brown, K Allen (RIP), S Shepard, K Aiken, T Benjamin
    TE: A Gates, V Green

    WRs on the wire include the likes of Tyrell Williams, Cole Beasley, Quincy Enunwa, Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola, Eddie Royal, and DHB. Like I said, pickings are pretty slim.

    Thanks

    • Principal Blackman says:
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      That should say 1/2 PPR. My Bad.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Principal Blackman: Oh man, do what I do and drink. Just quit everything and drink.

      I think here, you should actually go Williams for the chance that he fills in well. I don’t see much else there. I have a few leagues like this where I had Allen and I’m just going to take a risk here on Williams…

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