Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
How enjoyable to watch games with the fans some involved and cheering; felt so good to hear them as I watched on Sunday. Fourteen games across the country, and no doubt we all had the game or games we wanted to see.
The game of the day for me and possibly a play-off encounter in January was the Steelers @ Bills. Half-time adjustments and/or a newfound motivation brought the victory to Pittsburgh.
Always there are scores that surprise us? Will that continue? Hell yes! Two divisions are undefeated, and that said...a brief look at the schedule tells us that the NFC West (strongest division in football) plays the AFC South, thus any victory by a team from that division coupled with a winning record against division opponents will bring the division title to that team.
AFC West plays the so-called "Black & Blue" division the NFC North, and as such teams such as the Vikings and Bears who view themselves as Wild card candidates best win at least a couple of those match-ups.
Taking a look back at anniversary achievements; the Rams on September 12th, 1976 tore apart a Falcon team that just could not stop the Los Angeles ground attack. "Ground Chuck" had two 100 yard rushers (McCutcheon & Cappelletti). Historically the Rams have had one of the most prolific rushing games, with many, MANY 100-yard rushing performances.
From 1963 through 1975 the Rams record when having a 100-yard rusher was 23-2-1 (opening day '73 Rams had two 100 yard rushers). The NFC Championship losses of '74 & '75 in the rear view mirror, the Rams no doubt believed "this is finally our year"! Is that the case for Los Angeles in 2021?
Everyone who read the write-up of the game and Matt Stafford's pinpoint performance will stay tuned to see if he can continue his elite passing and lead the Rams deep into the playoffs.
In closing, recently read that former Minnesota Viking center Mick Tinglehoff has left us. He was one of those men who had to wait many years before enshrinement in the Hall, but fortunately, he was alive to be there. Having seen a virtual ton of film of him; would have relished sitting and talking football, and specifically blocking with this durable consistently excellent player.
How many centers had the opportunity to attempt to block Schmidt, Nitschke, Butkus, Lanier, Lambert, and hopefully future Hall of Famer Gradishar? His interviews with NFL Films are priceless—especially talking about Butkus.
RIP Mick, you were a valued member of your team and the league.
Monday, September 13, 2021
By Eric Goska
Lump-sum or smaller disbursements over time?
Sunday, the New Orleans Saints chose the latter. Content with extracting payment in regular intervals, the Saints repeatedly gouged Green Bay during a pair of monster first-half drives that set the stage for a 38-3 blowout win.
Those two possessions – back-to-back 15-play excursions – propelled New Orleans to a 17-3 halftime lead. They also kept the ball away from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense.
The first covered 76 yards, removed seven minutes, 51 seconds from the game clock and was capped by Jameis Winston’s 3-yard pass to running back Alvin Kamara. The second carried 80 yards, chewed up 10 minutes and concluded with Winston’s 1-yard toss to tight end Juwan Johnson in the back of the end zone.
Given time to digest this seemingly relentless advancement by New Orleans, the crew at Fox Sports offered this nugget coming out of halftime. Not since the Vikings of 2000 had a team put together back-to-back touchdown drives of 15 or more plays.
It’s a powerful stat. And it beautifully summed up just how inept Green Bay’s defense was at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.
Nearly 21 years and more than 5,000 games ago, New England served as patsy while the Vikings imposed their will. Now Green Bay sits in the corner, dunce cap squarely atop its head.
Like sculpting with stone, the Saints chipped away at the Packers. They picked up 13 first downs on their second and third drives combined. They encountered five third-down situations, converted three and utilized fourth down – including Winston’s pass to Johnson – to overcome the other two.
Never did they gain more than 17 yards on a single play. Only once did the team lose yardage, that a 1-yard setback with Taysom Hill carrying.
Methodically and purposefully, New Orleans moved the ball. Or, to use an expression popularized by the late Hank Stram who once coached the Saints (1976-77), they “matriculated the ball down the field.”
In doing so, New Orleans gave Green Bay precious few opportunities. While Winston and his unit reeled off 38 first-half plays, Rodgers and his teammates got on the field for just 17. The Packers’ four first-half rushing attempts tied a team low going back to 1954.
What Fox Sports could not report was how often Green Bay has been subjected to consecutive long-haul touchdown drives throughout its first 100 years. Leave it to Pro Football Journal to provide that information below.
Back-to-back TD drives of more than 25 combined plays given up by the Packers since 1921.
Plays Yards TOP Opponent Date Result
30 156 17:51 Saints Sept. 12, 2021 GB lost, 3-38
29 146 10:54 Cowboys Nov. 12, 1978 GB lost, 14-42
29 171 14:44 Lions Nov. 22, 1984 GB lost, 28-31
28 158 15:23 Vikings Nov. 10, 1968 GB lost, 10-14
28 152 14:22 Vikings Oct. 2, 1977 GB lost, 7-19
28 147 9:40 Bears Nov. 29, 2019 GB won, 41-25
27 143 12:03 Cardinals Oct. 29, 2006 GB won, 31-14
26 150 NA Maroons Nov. 4, 1928 GB won, 26-14
TOP = time of possession
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Lewan didn't give up all five sacks but he did get beat a few times so he was really just owning his poor performance rather than making excuses and good for him for doing that.
Friday, September 10, 2021
In the Nation's Capitol, he was able to continue his high level of play. though there was an adjustment period in 1988 playing in Richie Petitbon's defense (George Allen's defense).
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
By Chris Willis, NFL Films
|1935 NFL Pass to President Franklin D. Roosevelt|
(Courtesy: FDR Presidential Library)
As we approach the NFL’s 102nd season in 2021 PFJ looks back on the old tradition of the NFL office sending out courtesy passes to the press and dignitaries. Back in 2016 PFJ wrote an article on how and why Joe Carr, NFL President from 1921-1939, used the ability to send free NFL passes to get the writing press and special dignitaries to come to NFL games during the league’s first two decades.
One of Carr’s biggest attempts to get people out to NFL games was to offer the President of the United States a free NFL pass. From 1934 to 1938 Carr sent a free pass to Franklin D. Roosevelt. His letter and pass would go straight to the White House.
One of the most interesting thing about this venture was that the NFL pass that Carr sent every year to Roosevelt was always labeled number one. Carr made sure the President would get the first pass printed up.
Over those five years, Joe Carr's letter to the White House would be addressed to Roosevelt himself and would include the free pass and the hope that the President could attend games that fall. Once in 1936 Carr wrote: "As you are probably aware, the American public has come to realize that Professional Football is a really GREAT GAME, and we would certainly feel complimented to have a really GREAT PRESIDENT honor us with his presence at some of our games." Carr and the NFL would always get a thank you letter back from the White House, signed by FDR's secretary.
|1934 NFL Pass to FDR|
(Courtesy: all NFL passes, letters, FDR Presidential Library)
|1935 NFL Pass to FDR|
|1936 NFL Pass to FDR|
|1937 NFL Pass to FDR|
In 1938 Carr and the NFL went one step further. That year Carr sent the pass to Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall to hand-deliver the pass to Roosevelt. On September 17th (the day the NFL was founded in Canton, Ohio) Marshall entered the White House at approximately 11:40 a.m. In the White House office Marshall handed the 1938 NFL Pass to President Roosevelt. A photo was taken to preserve the moment. Then at 11:45 a.m. Marshall left, the President had a meeting scheduled with William G. McAdoo, a senator from California.
|Sept. 17, 1938 Day-to-Day Schedule, FDR, White House|
(Courtesy: FDR Presidential Library)
|George Preston Marshall, owner Washington Redskins, hands FDR 1938 NFL Pass|
(Courtesy: Joe F. Carr family)
In the end, it looks like Roosevelt’s schedule prohibited him from attending any NFL games in those years, or at least there is no known proof. Unlike baseball, where FDR attended games and threw out the first pitch often, FDR it seems didn't make it to an NFL game. But it didn’t stop Joe Carr or the NFL from trying.
Enjoy the 2021 NFL season!