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You know, at first glance, you wonder why we’re watching a prime time game featuring the Vikings. At least, that was my reaction on our last podcast… but when you delve into the actual thought process NBC went through, it starts making a bit more sense. First, it’s the Packers… their like the Patriots, in that half the nation tunes in out of love and fandem. The exception here being that the other half of American which has resounding disdain for the New England franchise let out a collective “meh” when it comes to Green Bay. Could the combination of Rodgers doing State Farm commercials and Clay Matthews never cutting his hair be part of the reason why? Most definitely not, but I’m no psychologist. Second, the Vikings are debuting their new stadium and were a team on the rise. A lot of young talent, and a lot of upside, quite possibly leading them to be a nice sleeper pick for the postseason. Then, Teddy Bridgewater’s knee exploded in 18 different places and the Vikings decided to mortgage a part of their future for Sam Bradford. Seems good. So we get tonight’s game… which should be stated, has the ingredients to be close. A division matchup, at home for the Vikings, the air of a new stadium. Then again, this is Sam Bradford’s debut, so an 80-point blowout is also just as possible…

 

By the Numbers

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7 – The number of combined division titles won by the Vikings and Packers over the past eight seasons; Minnesota won the NFC North in 2008, 2009 and 2015.

5 – The number of interceptions Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown in 15 career games against Minnesota; He’s thrown for 3,993 yards in the series.

103 – The number of receiving yards by Stefon Diggs in Minnesota’s 25-16 win in Week 1 over the Titans

103 – The amount of times Sam Bradford will be traded in his career.

 

Drinking Game

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Take one sip of your drink if…

Adrian Peterson isn’t involved in the play but should have been.

Eddie Lacy should have gotten the ball instead of whoever did. (I’m looking at you Starks.)

They show a close up of Clay Matthews hair.

Sam Bradford checks down. (Take baby sips.)

Al Michaels says “YUUUUUUUUUGE” in any context.

Sam Bradford completely whiffs on an open man.

There is any mention of Brett Favre.

Finish your drink if…

Mike McCarthy calls a dumb timeout.

Cris Collinsworth fellates a lineman.

Mike McCarthy calls a completely stupid run play.

Mike Zimmer looks totally confused about life.

Bob Costas gets smarmy. Finish another drink if he’s wearing a sweater vest.

 

Totally Legitimate Game Prediction

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Packers – 328 (The number of State Farm commercials Aaron Rodgers has done. I’m not even sure that’s the real number, but it feels close.

Vikings – 2 (The amount of Diggs puns I’ll probably use during tomorrows roundup…)

 

 

  1. db says:
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    who would you drop for coates in ppr keeper league
    jordan howard, perriman, kevin white, dorsett, sproles, sims

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @db: Think I got this before, but yeah, probably Sproles.

      • db says:
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        @Jay: other running backs are lat murray, gio bernard, sims, and howard

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @db: Alright, Gio is in trouble for sure, but I still love Murray. Today’s entire Giants offensive gameplan was just dumb.

          • William Hung says:
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            @Jay: why is Gio in trouble? Other than his fumble, he had a great game.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @William Hung: I talking on the ground. The pass-catching was on point.

  2. Jose says:
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    Jay would you trade Todd gurley for jordy Nelson? I don’t like the schedule of the Rams

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jose: Is this PPR? Maaaaybe. If it’s standard, I’m still holding.

      • Jose says:
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        is a ppr league….my team looks like this….QB Drew Bree’s
        RB lesean McCoy
        RB Todd gurley
        WR Julian Edelman
        WR Randall Cobb
        WR Emanuel sanders
        Te Marcellus Bennett
        TwR Chris hogan
        Twr Jason witten
        Bench Eli Rodgers, coby fleener, Markus Wheaton, Dion Lewis

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Jose: Eh, I don’t think you should, you’d have a gaping hole at RB.

  3. William Hung says:
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    I need 40 points between Cobb, Blair Walsh, and Vikings DEF… which means I need Cobb to go off for 100+ yards and 2 TDs, Walsh to make 4 50+ yard FGs and Vikings DEF to take 1 or 2 back for TDs or score special teams TDs

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: That’s not bad. I think I need 80 points from Ryan Mathews in one league. I should be fine.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Jay: You just need Mathews to go into Bo Jackson Tecmo mode

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @William Hung: I actually like these KIA commercials. I mean, totally my generation type of grab, but I’m not complaining.

  4. Whatthe says:
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    In a keeper I have an offer of $12 Shepard for $3 Forsett

    Also, a loose offer of $4 Allen Robinson for Forsett and $5 freeman

    Or

    $4 Robinson for $2 Crowell and $7 c-Michael.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Whatthe: Are you getting Shepard? I’d go for it.

      • Whatthe says:
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        @Jay: yea id be getting Shepard and dumping Forsett.. I think so too..

        Another q, you like the trades below more or less than a Forsett for Shepard swap? I mean robinson> shepard but also im only giving up Forsett to get him, Robinson takes 2 guys

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Whatthe: I sorta like the A-Rob one, but I think getting rid of Forsett for Shepard is really good here.

          • Whatthe says:
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            @Jay: so the guy wants both Forsett and Kenneth Dixon. Gotta do it right? Getting Shepard.

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Whatthe: Yeah, I still think you do it here.

  5. William Hung says:
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    Should I be worried about Allen Robinson? I mean he’s been pretty meh the first 2 weeks.

    Were the Chargers D really that good?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: Naw, he just made a bunch of bad decisions, and the Chargers secondary obliged.

  6. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    that same dynasty some twit just dropped treadwell, he could’ve dropped d.hester (return yards have value, but c’mon), conley (really), owen “sunny” D (is he still on a team for real). this was the CLE owner, who admittedly needed a QB when mccown went out (grabbed the “chainsaw” kessler, this nickname is from a poker pro who’s name is kessler and nickname is “chainsaw”), but treadwell he JUST traded for treadwell (THANK GOD the guy he got treadwell off only has the 12th waiver or this would’ve looked FISHY as F, so he’s not collusionary just stupid). my 16th waiver likely doesn’t get it done here but in case it does:
    QB cousins/goff
    RB (start 1) AP (man this is depressing), blount, mckinnon, sims, c.thompson
    WR (start 2) benjamin/d-jax/agholor/garcon/doctson
    TE reed/ASJ
    who’s my drop (i have enough WAS players now with 14 including 4 absolute schlubs in IR slots, 10 minimum). maybe garcon, but maybe his role would be useful if d-jax got hurt (maybe not though).

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Sorry didn’t get to these sooner, just finishing up the recas. Yeah, I don’t get dropping Treadwell in this format. Hester doesn’t do much for him, even with the return yards dynamic. I honestly have no idea who to drop here, but my eyes keep focusing on Garcon. He seems the least useful here.

  7. Whatthe says:
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    Would you deal Crowell for tevin Coleman?

    I’m a freeman owner so Id nice to get them both.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Whatthe: Yeah, I think that’s okay. Crowell has more value, but getting some security makes sense.

  8. William Hung says:
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    Me thinks there will be a run on the waiver wire for running backs… right now who are your top 3 picks?

    I’m eyeing Fozzy and dropping my most injured RB among Woodhead, Foster, and Lewis… really don’t want to drop Lewis, but might have to.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @William Hung: lewis is clearly 1st dropped, unless we hear something like “woodhead done for season” of course by tomorrow (or whenever you waivers clear)

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William Hung: Yeah, I think Lewis has to go. Fozzy seems good. A lot of stuff in the air right now. We’ll know more tomorrow after some updates.

  9. Latenighttip says:
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    What side of:
    1) Greg Olsen, Carlos Hyde for Crowell, Stefon diggs

    Or

    2) g. Olsen, Carlos Hyde, for Dwayne Allen, sammy Watkins, Crowell?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Latenighttip: Diggs side and Watkins side… but that one is really risky.

  10. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    why the F was asiata playing over mckinnon tonight? maybe since mckinnon has been having some shorter term injuries, it better be.

  11. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    jesus, now collingstwerp is blowing bradford too.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: My favorite was when he said that Bradford hadn’t gotten the same opportunities as other quarterbacks. LOL, he’s gotten a fuckton dude.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Jay: holy jebus, this is the last dude who was gifted the most guaranteed money (which back then it did seem the rams were trying to put together a decent roster around him too, but they were handicapped by his giant sieve contract) for doing nothing at an NFL level. fun articles that always used to come out showing how the rams spend X on their QB and teams that were winning in their own division (SEA and SF) spent like a 15th or so on their much better QB’s. if flacco is the “elite” guy at checkdowns bradford was certainly the elite guy at throwing at people’s feet for those rams years, and even more elite at ripping up something in his legs when he actually tried to move more than 5 feet numerous times. for years it surely looked like his next “elite” claim to fame was being a guy who threw through a moving tireswing at carnivals while signing autographs to Okies (at a wage decent when compared to average americans too). he’d be good at that, very accurate when throwing at something that moves (a little) at a distance (not too far) and not being defended by other humans, nor ever having to change his mind on what to throw at, making a 2nd or 3rd or 4th decision, nor ever having to move himself. he was a superstar once back when he never had to move.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: agree with everything you said here. I’m actually amazed he’s still only 28. Seems like he’s been around as long as Manning.

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