Ten Things I Sort Of Guess I Might Know About The NFL

by Reid Kerr
PSDC Offensive Coordinator

I found myself home alone this last Sunday, with a fresh set of remote batteries and no particular NFL game that struck my fancy, since the Saints-Bills game was effectively over shortly after the coin flip. I spent the day bouncing from game to game, trying to glean some kind of knowledge.

The great Peter King has a regular bit he does called “Ten Things I Think I Think.” I’m not nearly that good, so let’s just call these “Ten Things I Sort Of Guess I Might Know.”

1) I think sometime in the third quarter of last week’s Cowboys-Falcons game, Jerry Jones started suing the NFL, Roger Goodell, and whoever told him to draft Chaz Green.

2) Watching the Texans offense without Deshaun Watson is like trying to teach your grandmother to Skype. Normally it’s easy, but the circumstances make it absolutely maddening.

3) That Giants-49ers game wasn’t exactly a battle of wills. It was more a battle of won’ts.

4) The fourth quarter and overtime of that Chargers-Jaguars game might have been the dumbest half hour of any sport I’ve ever seen, short of that Donkey Basketball game I fouled out of for illegally hoofing a guy.

5) Two years ago Chip Kelly steered the Eagles directly into the toilet. Now they actually added an extra half-game to their division lead without even playing. That feels like something a team of destiny does.

6) If the Rams just ceased operations right now and decided to become a lacrosse team, they would still have won as many football games in these first nine weeks as they ever won under a full season with Jeff Fisher.

7) Bears Coach John Fox challenged a play where he thought his player scored a touchdown, and the replay showed he actually lost the ball out of the end zone for a turnover. That is officially the Buttfumble of Instant Replay Reviews.

8) The Colts have botched Andrew Luck’s injury so badly, he’s gone to Europe to get treatment. Driving a Pro Bowl quarterback into expatriatism doesn’t really seem like a selling point when it comes to attracting free agents to Indy.

9) If Greg Olsen doesn’t think he could get insight about the Rams and Vikings from being in the network booth for one of their games, then he’s definitely from the Phil Simms School of Broadcasting.

10) The absolute best move Hue Jackson has made as head coach of the Cleveland Browns is not having an Offensive Coordinator. That way there’s no one to take over for him, and he can’t be fired until the end of the season.

On to the picks. Last week I went 2–4 picking games straight up, and also 2–4 against the Vegas odds. In my defense, I wasn’t expecting Dallas to install a turnstile at the end of their offensive line against the Falcons. I’m now 29–29 straight up and 21–35–3 picking against the Vegas odds. Here’s my week ten picks, and I’ll admit I’m going out on a limb for some of these. As always, these are for the purposes of comedic discussion only, no wagering.

Philadelphia (-4.5) at Dallas: I feel like before last week’s Cowboys-Falcons game, the PA announcer should have come on and said “Playing the role of Tyron Smith tonight will be Kevin Hart.”
Pick: Dallas to win it outright. This one smacks of desperation, and Sunday Night Football games usually give us some surprises.

Arizona (+1.5) at Houston: When the NFL investigates why their television ratings dip, Exhibits A through F should be the six quarterbacks in uniform for this game.
Pick: Cardinals to win it outright.

LA Rams (+2.5) at Minnesota: At the beginning of the season, if you picked this Rams-Vikings as a game with huge playoff implications, get yourself to Las Vegas immediately. And buy lottery tickets all the way there.
Pick: Rams to win it outright.

Cincinnati (+2.5) at Denver: Vontaze Burfict talked trash with fans after getting tossed from the game last week, and the Bengals said they’ve spoken to him about it. Imagine that, Burfict actually gets advice like “The next time you get ejected, don’t do this…”
Pick: Bengals to win it outright.

Kansas City (-10.5) at NY Giants: The NY Giants have given up a touchdown to a tight end in ten straight games. Why would I mention that? Because reading that stat is far more interesting than watching them try and tackle.
Pick: Chiefs to cover, which means I think they’ll win by eleven or more. That’s a lot of points, I know, but the Giants seem to be giving less than full effort, their coach is a goner, and the Chiefs need a statement win.

Tampa Bay (even) at Miami: I have a rule in my house, every week I can either watch “This Is Us,” or a Dolphins game. I can’t take too much sadness in my life.
Pick: Bucs to win it.

I’ll also take the Lions-Bears game to go over 41 points, the NFC to win the Super Bowl, and the “Justice League” movie to be okay, but not that great. And why does Aquaman seem to have a redneck accent in this one? Did Atlantis sink off the coast of Alabama?

Good luck everybody.

– Reid Kerr talks a lot, as his wife always reminds him. Reid’s second book, “I Hate It Here: A Love Story,” is out now on Amazon.com. You can always tweet questions, comments, and angry messages to him at @reidaboutit.

Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

After more than a year of investigating, the NFL finally issued a ruling on the Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence allegations from July of 2016. The sentence? Six games for something Elliott was never charged for, never even arrested for. Throughout the past twelve months, the waters of this case have been more than a little muddied, even at one point seeing text messages between Elliott’s ex and some of her friends suggesting she asked them to lie for her and corroborate her story. In the end, the Columbus  District Police determined there wasn’t enough evidence to move forward with charges. A short time later, claims arose again about an incident in Florida where supposedly Elliott had gotten physical with his ex in a car with other people. Once again, however, witnesses declined to corroborate the woman’s story. Florida police would also decline to charge Elliott with anything.

[Read more…]

Sports Enyi Time: Cowboys Hall of Fame Game with Law Nation

During the second half of the Cowboys/Cardinals Hall of Fame game, Darreck and Enyi took some time to call up a friend of the show and engage in some quality Cowboys talk. Oh, and the Mavericks came up later on, too.

4 Reasons Dak Prescott Won’t Suffer A Sophomore Slump

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

If you pay attention to the NFL, specifically if you pay attention to the Dallas Cowboys, you’ve undoubtedly heard the buzz surrounding the Dallas Cowboys new starting quarterback, Dak Prescott. Going into his second year, the Mississippi State product is looking to build on a season that saw him throw for complete 67.8% of his passes for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions. That’s in addition to him running for another 6 scores, setting a new single-season franchise record. Prescott was so good, in fact, he ultimately forced then face-of-the-franchise QB, Tony Romo into retirement. But even with the job unquestionably his now, doubt continues to swirl around the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year on the national stage. But before you call Dak the next RG3 or Colin Kaepernick, consider the following:

[Read more…]

An Offseason to Forget

By Lindsey Jones
Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys Writer

The Dallas Cowboys have been making the news in all the wrong ways in the last few weeks.

[Read more…]

D&B Radio Talk Dak Prescott Autograph Machine Controversy, Who won NBA Offseason, and Whether the Rangers Should Trade Yu Darvish

Back again after a short hiatus, Darreck and Brennan browse the sports landscape for news, as well as a friendly debate/gentlemen’s’ bet. This should be fun!

 

Podcast Shanks feat. Law Nation: Cowboys on the Bubble and NBA Free Agency

Darreck Kirby is joined by Lawrence “Law Nation” Thomas for this week’s podcast, talking Cowboys on the bubble entering training camp, what to do with Damien Wilson, and more. Also, Darreck talks NBA Free Agency and how the Western Conference shake up further shifts the balance of power in the NBA. Plus, Dirk the selfless. Check it out!

 

Damien Wilson Arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

The six weeks between the end of minicamp and the beginning of training camp are some of the most nerve-racking for teams. During this time, the players are out of their reach and influence and headlines like this appear somewhat prevalent.

[Read more…]

Law Nation Film Study: Dak Prescott 2016 Senior Bowl


So many people doubted this guy and he is still proving them WRONG!!!

Law Nation Film Study: Lance “Mini Dez” Lenoir


Name: Lance Lenoir
College: Western Illinois Number: 7
Height: 6-0 Weight: 199
Position: WR & KR
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2017
40 Time Low: 4.56

[Read more…]

Law Nation Film Study: Damien Wilson


ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Productive, volume tackler over his two years as a Gopher ‘backer. Stays committed to the chase when ball spills wide. Shows a feel for blocks coming at him from an angle. Lines up the defense. Drops into zone coverage and spies the quarterback, mirroring the quarterback’s eyes and cutting off the passing lane.

[Read more…]

Law Nation Film Study: Kavon Frazier


OVERVIEW
Frazier garnered second-team All-MAC recognition in his senior season (led team with 108 tackles, 4.5 for loss), but the largest honor he received was being able to wear the No. 21 jersey of his former friend and teammate, Derrick Nash. Nash passed away from leukemia in June 2015, and coaches decided to rotate the 21 jersey throughout the season as a way of honoring his memory. Frazier got to wear the jersey twice, including in the team’s bowl game. Before 2015, Frazier played as a reserve in 2012 (36 tackles, one interception, three pass breakups), earned more playing time as a sophomore (67 tackles, three interceptions, five pass breakups), and went back to a partial starter in 2014 (58 stops, four pass break-ups).

[Read more…]