September 07, 2014

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 11 comments

I never predict a team repeating in the NFL, but I can't get over the Seahawks opening win versus a solid Packers team. Even with the offensive weapons Green Bay can throw at opponents, Seattle beat the hell out of them. I remember being worried for the physical safety of Eddie Lacy as he struggled to gain extra yards while Seahawk after Seahawk took turns smashing into him. He's almost fortunate a concussion was all he came away with from that game.

With very few teams able to even come close to the firepower of the Packers and Broncos, Seattle's last two victims, I can't see anyone competing with them at this point, especially in the NFC. A healthy Percy Harvin makes the offense far more dynamic too.

Anything can and does happen, but a healthy Seattle is going to prove difficult to beat this year.

posted by dyams at 10:07 AM on September 07, 2014

As much as I've ragged on the over-Jeteriffication of this MLB season, it was still a nice ceremony for him today. I think they went a LITTLE overboard with the guests, but the fans enjoyed it so how can I really complain.

posted by grum@work at 04:53 PM on September 07, 2014

versus a solid Packers team

Packers are solid offensively but average or below average elsewhere, especially defensively and along the lines. Seattle owned the line play and the Packers blew the first 2 or 3 tackle opportunities on nearly every play defensively.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:21 PM on September 07, 2014

It's bad enough to be on the Cleveland Browns, but you have to have THIS happen to you as well?

posted by grum@work at 11:58 PM on September 07, 2014

Possibly a dumb question - but is that legal in NFL?

It's definitely illegal in rugby union and rugby league.

posted by owlhouse at 02:27 AM on September 08, 2014

That runback is in the Steelers special team playbook. It's called "Juke Jump deJong".

posted by beaverboard at 07:20 AM on September 08, 2014

Yeah, it's illegal. He got an unnecessary roughness penalty, and I wouldn't be surprised if the NFL commish hits him with a nominal fine as well.

posted by grum@work at 07:52 AM on September 08, 2014

How dare he do that to a man with a 152.1 career passer rating.

posted by Etrigan at 09:58 AM on September 08, 2014


posted by NoMich at 01:18 PM on September 08, 2014

Maurice Jones-Drew just invented the fumble punt.

posted by rcade at 02:12 PM on September 08, 2014

So close to being the best flea flicker imaginable. Damn you Calvin Pace!

posted by cl at 02:37 PM on September 08, 2014

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