Raiders win thrilling comeback over Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in Game of the Year


[Raiders 31, Chiefs 30]
[Carr to Crabtree Game-winner] [Silver and Black Pride]

The Oakland Raiders managed to deliver not only the game of the year for fans of the NFL; but saved their season with a last minute win.

Derek Carr went 29 of 52 for 417 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Raiders lost Marshawn Lynch to an ejection and overcame a 30-21 fourth quarter deficit. Amari Cooper went over 200 yards receiving.

There were about five plays at the end of this game that were dubbed the final play of the game. Flags continued the game with :00 left. The final play to Crabtree was pure magic, and you had the feeling; at least I did, that the Raiders were not going to be denied.

The Chiefs move to 5-2, and the Raiders move to 3-4 and snap a four-game losing streak. Their season and hopes in the AFC are kept alive after beating what was perceived as a heavyweight and with Denver suddenly looking in peril.

This was absolutely the game of the season and probably the game of the last couple years, possibly. I am immensely impressed by Derek Carr’s game.

Carr went 6-11 for 96 yards and the game winner on the final drive. For everything and more on this game, it’s here on NFL.com.

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The 2018 NFL Draft will be in Dallas

The 2018 NFL Draft is headed to Jerry’s World.

Ian Rapoport with the report:

This is great! It should be a celebration of when the Cowboys did this.

The draft was held in Chicago for two years after always being in New York City. Last year, it went to Philly and the City of Brotherly Love blew the roof off.

I think the draft in Dallas will go down as the biggest and best ever.

NFL Ratings are down 7.5% in 2017

It’s being reported that through six weeks of play, the NFL ratings are down 7.5% in 2017.

Here’s why I think it’s down.

It’s no one thing. I’m a 34 year old white guy. And I am going to dedicate this post to why I care less. And I have loved it since I was five. I used to watch from 7 AM pregame shows until it went off the air past midnight sometimes. Here’s why I am turned off or care less. I also think my age, gender, and race are the majority audience of the NFL. I am in the segment the NFL should work the hardest to maintain.

1) The Kaepernick/Politics in Football. Huge mistake. Just a turn off
2) It’s a flag fest. The product on field is just missing sizzle. It’s just a poor watch. Too many penalties, negated TD’s, negated big plays, bad calls. Officiating is terrible.
3) Injuries constantly to star players. I don’t want to watch the Raiders without Derek Carr. I’m not interested in the Packers without Aaron Rodgers. It’s a QB league. When these guys go down, unless I have absolutely no other sports to watch, I’m not tuning in.
4) NFL badly needs to develop or have new stars develop as ‘face of the league’. Brady and Rodgers are getting older. Prescott, Newton, Watson, etc. are all guys who make me want to tune in. They need these guys to work out.
5) Guys my age have young children. I have a one year old and near three-year old. I have to make deals with my wife to see a specific (usually Dallas) game. Otherwise, my kids won’t let me watch 3 games in a day. Many guys in my age bracket have young kids. It’s exhausting. A lot of times if they take a nap around those 1:00 games; if no one interesting is on; I’m taking a nap too. Has to be a marquee game or I’ll just let my kids win and watch bubble guppies.

Dak Prescott Runs out of Time against Green Bay


[Packers 35, Cowboys 31]
[Dak Prescott Highlights] [Prescott to Beasley TD #1] [Prescott to Beasley TD #2] [Prescott to Bryant TD]

Aaron Rodgers got Dak Prescott once again.

The Cowboys looked near flawless in amassing a 21-6 lead early in the first half. Dak Prescott was on fire. He threw three touchdown passes and was making plays left and right. There was no answer for him. He finished 25 of 36 for 3 TD’s, an interception and 251 yards. He ran for another 37 yards on 4 rushes and scored what should have been the game-winning touchdown. There was 1:13 left on the clock.

Then it became apparent that Rod Marinelli once again had no answer for Aaron Rodgers; Rodgers is now 14-2 against Rod Marinelli defenses in his career.

To the Cowboys credit, they seemed to know this. They knew that they had to try to grind this game out and leave Rodgers with little to no time left. They turned the game over to Zeke Elliott and he responded with some huge rungs. He had 29 big carries for 116 yards.

This was probably the game of the season; it just sucks that heading into a bye week that the Cowboys were handed such a crushing defeat and are now 3-2 on the season without much of a signature win to speak of.

It’s Sunday

It’s another Sunday in life. Thank God for all of them. Sunday’s with two kids in diapers are a lot different. I’m about 2,400 steps deep on my fitbit. I’ve just been chasing kids all morning, cleaning up after them. It’s amazing the activity you get in just being a parent.

As for today’s slate; the highlight of the day is Packers and Cowboys at 4:25 in Dallas. This is a big one for big D.

Aside from that the other good games today or games of note are Carolina at Detroit, the Charges (0-4) take on the Giants (0-4) in the Land of the Sopranos. That matchup always makes me think of this:

God, to think we lived such a life in such a place. That was a great game.

Buffalo travels to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. The Derek Carr-less Raiders host the Ravens. And then the Sunday Night game is the Houston Texans welcoming the Kansas City Chiefs. It should be a nice little slate in the NFL today.

Enjoy your Sunday!

And hey, how about this for old times childhood sake: