8 thoughts on “2019-2020 NFL: Week 17

  1. Sun
    Packers-Lions
    Jets-Bills
    Dolphins-Patriots
    Bears-Vikings
    Chargers-Chiefs
    Browns-Bengals
    Saints-Panthers
    Falcons-Buccaneers
    Colts-Jaguars
    Eagles-Giants
    Cardinals-Rams
    Steelers-Ravens
    Titans-Texans
    Raiders-Broncos
    Redskins-Cowboys
    49ers-Seahawks

  2. 49ers-Seahawks

    I came in with very low expectations. On paper it didn’t seem like the Seahawks had much of a chance. I felt that way before the first meeting between the two teams, but they played so badly against the Cardinals and they had more injuries going into this game than the first meeting.

    The first half fit what I expected, although the Seahawks were sort of lucky they were only down 13. The defense struggled to stop the Niners from moving the ball and the Seahawk offense struggled to move it. I don’t know what turned things around for the Seahawk offense in the second half, but they functioned a lot better–although it still felt like a struggle.

    The defense got a key stop at the end, but the offense could have won the game. Ursua came up with a big catch at the end. It would have been great if they could have scored, but Russ and the offense couldn’t get it done. (That delay of game penalty was huge.) Some may argue going to Philly is better than facing Minnesota at home. Even if that’s true, I’m really disappointed by this loss. At the same time, I think any wins they can have now are almost gravy.

  3. I watched the second half of the Seahawks-Niners game and it was a heck of a half. So Reid, you don’t agree with Collinsworth’s assessment of why the Seahawks were doing better in the second half?

    Who the heck is Homer and where did he come from?

    And yes. The key play in the second half was that delay of game penalty. I’ve already heard people squawking about the non-call on pass interference (calling it wouldn’t have been wrong, I agree, but not calling it wasn’t exactly wrong either), but Seattle can’t blame anyone for the delay of game.

    I enjoyed the heck out of what I saw. Fun football.

    1. Reid, you don’t agree with Collinsworth’s assessment of why the Seahawks were doing better in the second half?

      What did he say? For most of the game, I had the sound off.

      Who the heck is Homer and where did he come from?

      Homer is a late round draft pick from Miami.

      The delay of game was a big mistake, but I don’t think I would say it’s the key play. The Hawks had a good chance and probably should have won after that play. I feel the same about the non-PI call. I disagree with you, though–I think it should have been called. The ball goes right past Hollister’s head and Warner is still grabbing him. But these mistakes happen, and I wouldn’t pin the loss on it.

      1. You watch football a weird way. Actually, this is how the games are usually shown in sports bars, so maybe not.

        Collinsworth was unspecific, but he remarked a couple of times that by midway through the 3rd quarter, Wilson seemed to be getting a sense of the Niners’ defensive attack, like he understood what they were doing and was finding ways to exploit it. That was my takeaway, anyway.

    2. You watch football a weird way. Actually, this is how the games are usually shown in sports bars, so maybe not.

      In sports bar, I imagine they don’t have a choice–so what I’m doing is admittedly weird. Not that you asked, but part of the reason I do this is that I’m interested in forming opinions independently of what the commentators say. The downside is that I miss injuries or other important details.

      Collinsworth was unspecific, but he remarked a couple of times that by midway through the 3rd quarter, Wilson seemed to be getting a sense of the Niners’ defensive attack, like he understood what they were doing and was finding ways to exploit it.

      Oh OK. I actually heard that part. I have no idea if what he said is accurate or not. Sounds good, though. The answer might be as simple as they converted more first downs to keep the drive a live, and the OL blocked better As to why that happened, I have no idea. Maybe Schottenheimer did a better job of adjusting. Russ also said that the 49ers did a lot of different things since the previous game and kept changing coverages–so maybe Russ got a better sense of this in the second half?

      1. I’d say the real downside is that Chris Collinsworth is a hall-of-fame wide receiver who’s really good at explaining parts of the game most of us will never experience. But I know some people can’t stand him.

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