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  1. stormstopper

    [2022] Injured Reserve

    The Chicago Bears place WR Dwayne Maddox 6-2 180 1 LSU [Speed] [0] 77 on injured reserve. He suffered a severe ACL rupture week 7 and is out for the season. The Chicago Bears activate WR Peter Foster 6-1 174 5 Baylor [Speed] [0] 75 from injured reserve. He suffered a moderate shoulder rotator cuff injury in preseason week #2 and has recovered sufficiently to be questionable for week 8.
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    [2022] Week #7 - SNF

    You're both 4-3, right? I know you have head to head but there's the rematch too.
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    [2022] Week #7 - SNF

    That's 4 of 5 for Kansas City now. Ties them for first place in the AFC West and every non-divisional opponent the Raiders have remaining is over .500 right now. Gotta think KC's got a real shot as long as Harris keeps performing well.
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    [2022] Week #7 - 4 PM

    Norris Brooksheer versus Eric Jennings for the first time ever, if I'm not mistaken. That makes me feel things.
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    [2022] Week #7 - 1 PM

    Did our return TD belong to Dwayne Maddox before he got hurt? If not, who would it have been? Trying to figure out whether this special teams performance is the last of its kind for us this year or the first.
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    [2022] Week #7 - 1 PM

    I don't even know how to begin to react to that game
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    [2022] Week #6 - MNF

    This is the largest margin of defeat in Raiders history. Previous record was 21 points to Denver in 2019. Fifth time they've given up 35+ at home (1-4 in such games now). Ties the Raider record for fewest points scored at home with 10. And Nick Hall looked like a human being. Not as many Miami records to spotlight because they win big more than Vegas loses big, but they have not beaten a team that finished better than 6-10 like this since the 2018 playoffs when they thrashed the Bengals (then lost to the Jets in the divisional).
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    [2022] Week #6 - 4 PM

    I'm going to call it now: Seattle will win the NFC West.
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    [2022] Week #6 - 1 PM

    As we all predicted before the season, the Cardinals in week 6 became the first NFC West team with a non-divisional win this year. They are now tied for first in the division.
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    [2022] Week #6 - Saturday Evening

    Solid effort by Texas Tech, just stalled out just outside the red zone too often. Oklahoma is really impressive. Didn't even get as much as they would've liked from White, but Eric Pope is stepping up in a big way. He's already matched last season's pass TD total. TCU's receivers have really become difference-makers. And I think that's one of the things holding Texas back right now and has been a problem for the whole Tackett era. UTEP-BYU is quite possibly the most surprising result of the season so far. UTEP was a 26-point underdog, and for good reason! UTEP's coming off of a trouncing by Rice and their wins are all over Sun Belt and C-USA teams. Not that BYU's played a particularly tough schedule, either, but still. BYU had the 4th-best point differential in the country against the 86th-hardest schedule by point differential (excluding this game but including all others up to now). UTEP had the #82 point differential against the #139 schedule by point differential. BYU beat Wyoming by 49; UTEP beat Wyoming by 12. Massive upset, and hats off to the Miners.
  11. Saturday Evening #4 Oklahoma (3-0) at #17 Texas Tech (3-0) (+3)* For the final time at the college level, two of the greatest runningbacks in Big XII history will square off head-to-head. In the white (sorry, cream) corner is redshirt senior Maurice White, the conference's all-time leader in career rushing yards with 5,325 to go with 54 touchdowns and 31 games of 100 yards or more. And in the red corner is junior Solomon McLaughlin, who may be about a thousand yards behind White but ranks 2nd in Big XII history with 60 career rushing touchdowns. He's averaged an astounding 149.4 rushing yards per game for his career and has never failed to run for 100 yards in a game. These are two hard-nosed teams, and both will need to establish the run early. For the Red Raiders, that's going to mean the offensive line needs to get a hat on Jeremiah Melvin (3.5 sacks, 3 TFL) and David Kaiser (1.5 sacks, 2 TFL) in particular. The Sooners usually prefer to use their linebackers in coverage, but given that Texas Tech only passes in emergency situations you can bet they'll be stacking the box as much as possible. If the Red Raiders can wall off the two biggest dangers and let McLaughlin work his magic, then they have a better chance of getting a repeat of the 170-yard, 3-touchdown performance that he put up against Oklahoma State. (And it would be beyond helpful when Hayden Dyer is spelling McLaughlin.) As usual, quarterback Donald Garrett will need to take care of the ball. He's thrown 37 passes so far this year for 2 touchdowns and no interceptions; this time, though, he's got Elijah Williams and a seriously tough Oklahoma secondary on the other side. It's not likely he'll have much impact on the game, but a badly timed interception could be decisive. The Sooners are obviously going to be much more reliant on Eric Pope. He's thrown for 7 touchdowns in 3 games so far, which is already just two touchdowns shy of his 2021 total. He's averaging 10.7 yards per attempt and maintaining a 188.8 passer rating, which would be the best-ever totals by an Oklahoma quarterback if they were to hold up. But Texas Tech's defense is incredibly disruptive up front, with Curtis Jones (5.0 sacks, 3 TFL) and newcomer Samir Sample (2.0 sacks, 5 TFL) absolutely lighting up opposing backfields. Freshman linebacker Josh Poe Jr. has already intercepted a pass and forced a fumble that was recovered for a touchdown. Oklahoma's advantage is that they can keep Texas Tech's defense on its toes in three dimensions: the pass, the handoff, and the quarterback run. Maurice White is averaging 6.7 yards per carry. Rangi Salanoa's averaging 23.2 yards per catch with 3 touchdowns. Lucas Dykes is also averaging 16.8 yards per catch with 2 touchdowns. This offense is explosive. And Texas Tech's defense is talented but can give up points in gobs--South Alabama scored 29 and Oklahoma State scored 31, after all. I just think Oklahoma is more balanced on both ends of the field, and that'll make the difference. Of course, I thought the same about Oklahoma State when Texas Tech upset them, so what do I know? Either way, whoever wins this has a much clearer path to the Big XII Championship Game, so we look forward to seeing how it plays out. #4 Oklahoma 31, #17 Texas Tech 27 #21 Texas (4-0) at #3 TCU (3-1) (-14)* After a long spell of Texas dominance over TCU (with one famous exception in 2014), the series began to turn when Nathan Burden's quarterback sneak led the Horned Frogs to their second win in the series in 2018. While the Longhorns got revenge the year after, the series has moved sharply in TCU's favor ever since then. TCU survived a rally to beat Texas in Fort Worth in 2020 before rocking the Longhorns in Austin the year after, 27-3. Despite the Longhorns' undefeated record and top-25 ranking, they enter this game as significant underdogs against the #3 Horned Frogs. To overcome that, they're going to need to do one simple task, at minimum: score points. When they scored 31 against Iowa State, it was the first time that they had breached the national scoring average of 25.8 points per game without relying on overtime. They won their first three games by 3 points apiece because their defense has been lights-out, but there's a reason they changed quarterbacks two games in. Kyler Tackett's been a massive improvement over Lucas Beckwith, completing 76.6% of his passes with 4 touchdowns through the air. He's also thrown 2 interceptions. They're also hoping Simeon Wells can find the form he showed in the Beckwith games. He rushed for 296 yards and 2 touchdowns on 47 carries with Beckwith and has amassed just 205 yards and 1 touchdown on 46 carries with Tackett. They will need to establish the run because Tackett almost never carries a game on his own; they need that balance. TCU's defensive front is about as balanced as they get: 5 different players have recorded a tackle for loss and 5 different players have recorded a sack. Chance Herring leads the team in both categories with 3 apiece. If Texas wants to throw it, they have to contend with Roman Blackmon (1 INT) and freshman nickelback Patrick Ross (2 INT). Even with Wells, I'm not sure there's an individual matchup that Texas wins. But their defense might have a shot to slow down a TCU offense that's been rolling lately. Martin Gifford has already rushed for 6 touchdowns for TCU, which is more rushing touchdowns than every Longhorn combined has so far this year. He's at 5.3 yards per carry and 106.3 yards per game, meaning a defense can't ignore him. And that takes attention away from TCU's passing attack that's gone from good to devastating. Felix Luck is completing 67.2% of his passes with 9 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. And it's not a matter of taking one guy out of the action: TCU has three different guys with at least 200 yards receiving and four different guys with multiple touchdown catches already. Griffin McHanna is the big-play guy with nearly 15.8 yards per catch, but Finn Nielsen and Miguel Aguilera have been steady as they get. The only point of concern for the Frogs is whether their young offensive line can hold up against a tough Texas defensive line highlighted by Tristan Priest (3.0 sacks, 1 TFL), Zion Gaines (1.5 sacks, 2 TFL), and Thomas Sanders (3.0 sacks, 2 TFL). They don't necessarily have to get a sack to affect the game; the pressure they've forced has already led to 3 Devon Braxton interceptions (plus one for Samir Sneed). But Luck's a careful passer. He's thrown an interception on just 1.7% of his passes for his career. That's presently the 11th-lowest rate in Big XII history. I think it's going to be a good, defensive struggle, but I trust TCU's offense to scrap together enough to get the win. And just like the other game this evening, whoever wins this game will be in a great spot in their pursuit of the Big XII title. #3 TCU 20, #21 Texas 10 Byes: Iowa State (1-3), #11 Oklahoma State (3-1)
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    [2022] Week #6 - Saturday Afternoon

    Whoa, Northern Iowa with the stunner. Just took it to Eastern Washington on the road and earned a second straight gutsy win. Raekwon Thomas is putting his name on draft boards everywhere, too.
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    [2022] Week #6 - Saturday Morning

    Josh Beckett must be so grateful that Anthony Swanson is always there for him. What a show from both of them. Notre Dame's last three games have looked a lot better than their first couple did. Might have to realign what my expectations are for them this season. Boston College has looked a lot different against real competition though... UMass has scored 9 points this season. Total, not average. They gave up more than that on punt returns today. Akron and James Madison really put some late fear into the home fans. A few more minutes and those games could have both gone the other way. Biggest win of the slate belongs to Tennessee. True SEC style rush-and-defend with just enough from Goldson. Storm stopped.
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    [2022] Week #6 - FNF

    The positives: Even with only one sack, the defense did a bang-up job across the board. We didn't quit down 14-0 and were just a couple of plays away from forcing overtime. The negatives: We had a lot of opportunities to turn this into a win and didn't take them. Three drops, a fumble we couldn't recover, 97 yards' worth of penalties, a field goal from the WVU 6 while down 7 in the fourth quarter...and that's not even getting into the "normal" errors such as an interception and 60% passing with 5.5 YPA, barely 3 yards a carry, and creating no separation on third down or special teams. We just needed to be a little bit better and instead we're 1-4.
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    [2022] Week #6 - FNF

    Will react to my own game in a moment, but is Troy's score supposed to be 17 or 13? The quarter-by-quarter and FG/XP made/attempted stats imply 17; the kick distances, Troy individual stats, and the final total all imply 13.