Hi and welcome to the newest episode four Stocks Central.
I'm a demon moves my new co host Hunter, and today we'll talk about the world. Siri's.
We're gonna talk about the last last few minutes, all week, six weeks of the NFL season and then we're talking college football.
So yeah, so let's what were your thoughts? Let's start with the world Siris for your thoughts in the first games.
Um mean Clayton Kershaw put, Yeah, that was a vintage Clayton Kershaw performance.
It was involved in that game, So you put in all seriously, though he pitched well.
Dodgers lineup was really good. Cody Bellenger.
Just he's a freak.
Um, but you know, Blake Snell pitched, came to He was really, really good.
Don't really know why Dave Roberts was mismanaging his bullpen.
I think during that game they started Dustin May, for whatever reason, don't know lots of when they put.
Then they put me in right e had that mixed up.
That's my fault.
Apologies, but don't really.
He was just this managing his bullpen.
I think that whole game and the Rays were able to like him up like a Christmas tree and tie the Siri's.
But you know, these next few games, we're gonna be interesting.
I think Blake, walk the bueller.
I think those for game three I'm not mistaken versus more.
Probably Morton for the race.
Yeah, and then Game four, Um, I think it's e think for race will be a bullpen game and that Yeah, I think I think it be a bullpen game.
So probably like your ER probably already.
Officer some Julio.
But yeah, I mean my thought.
Yeah, I'm with you on that one.
Um, I think I mean, Ballenger has struggled in the playoffs the last couple of years.
I mean, he's actually playing better.
So it's good to see um, Kershaw, I mean, yeah, like you said, Kershaw's put pitching better at Well, and I think Jeff Passan on ESPN.
He kind of hinted that this was the reason why maybe he looked better.
And then that's because most of those runs he gives up in the postseason.
It's like either in the sixth inning or seventh inning and beyond.
Yeah, and if you've noted and if you noticed, they took him out after the sixth inning.
So he gave Roberts, historian to learn his lesson s so I'm not going to assume that Kershaw's like his playoff like the right place player's shocking isn't done.
I think it's they know his name.
They know his limitations in the postseason.
So that was them doing that.
I agree with you.
I don't understand the postseason.
I don't understand them.
Both men matchup in Game two.
I understand there the day off yesterday, but the problem is that's the I think I believe it's the one day off that we have in the World Series.
Are all the games now, like every day? Yeah, I think it's every should be.
Yeah, I think it might be every day.
Jeez, so they're just gonna play like 25 games in a row? That Z you know, it's my biggest problem.
E have a problem with that, too.
I think that's a little much.
They just I guess they just want to get this over a soon as they can for obvious reasons, with that's going on in the world but still five games in a row.
If that's true, that's what least one more off they should be in there.
Maybe I might be wrong, you know, but my but the point I want to bring up the bullpen game seemed like a little too much.
Like putting, especially putting in seven relievers.
I mean, one day off.
I mean, it would be too much.
I said You really was probably starting Game four because it seems like her Shaun Bealer are really your starter for Dodge Dodgers.
And then it's Gosselin, Dustin May or Royals, depending on whoever is arrested.
But pitching matchups.
I think that the race I think it raises have the advantage over the next few games.
Because if you think about it, Charlie Morton is going toe today, then bullpen, game game, bullpen game.
Game four, then Glass. No.
Now Game six and Morton. Game seven.
Then with the Dodgers is and it's Beeler.
Game 34 Maybe Kerr Shocking five or a race and then Kershaw.
Yes, I mean e mean so it's just a little more murky.
Uh, look, I'm hoping that Tampa Bay wins.
I mean, there there's easier to root for their, like that low budget team that you will you want to see win because they don't spend upto like the even close to the luxury tax every year.
And they I think, the entire payroll off.
I think Kershaw's and that's salary.
It's like equal to the total amount of payroll that Tampa Bay has.
Yeah, it's Everyone will mostly read for a little payroll team, a low budget team like that.
I mean, it would be the same A's got there.
And you know, the race that they just build from within.
They don't really go out and make a lot of splash.
And they have the number one farm system in the game right now and then, and that's most of their guys.
So, like most guys are, they were helped by the Pirates because they Charlie Morton, Tyler Glass No, no, no, no, no, no.
Morton went from the Pirates to Houston and hey did not and then you. And then he had.
And then he got he got into, like, pitching Laboratory that Houston has, and they basically told him, Hey, you got a really good curveball and you just used to fast a little differently and then something, Um, Morton was going from being a journey manages.
Throwing 97 98 with the curveball is like a 54 inch drop.
So and then he sat in from there.
He signed a two year deal with Tampa.
So yeah, so he didn't go from pitch.
It wasn't Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Houston.
And then indirectly, yeah, on.
And then, of course, Tyler Glass.
Now it's just it's easy to take Jazz last No Meadows and then string bag, please.
The top 100 guy who could? There's probably the Pirates may win this World Series, so it's just, you know, work.
Yeah, um, you know, and then the Dodgers, I think I think we mentioned it like last week.
Like if the Dodgers don't win the world this year.
I mean, speaking of another team was a really good farm system, and I know the Dodgers do a good job of development, but look at the Padres.
They have a really good team, and they got a nice collection of veteran.
So literally, I think there, if you're going off world serious chances by looking at your, um, division and how often people, what if you could win.
The Padres look like their team that they could challenge for that division soon.
Yeah, I think this is the best chance of the Dodgers have had in the World Series.
I mean, going up against Houston, and I know what their situation was with cheating.
I mean, that was still a hell of a team.
I think they went up against Boston, and one of those years to the Red Sox were really good one of those years.
So I mean, this is what their third appearance in four years.
So and this is like I said, this is the third time.
A charm, maybe, but like this is probably their best shot, because I don't think the Rays are as good as the Red Sox team was or the Oh, yeah, like they don't have to Experience like Charlie Morton was pretty much like the only player in that team that has playoff experience.
But I mean, but like I didn't advertorial between, I do not look forward to playing.
Randy arose. Arrange for the next few years.
Yeah, yeah, and then especially like I think, and I think some of the players to watch out for higher, like someone Brandon who had a good like He was good this year and he's been struggling to playoffs.
If he's good, like this is a guy that I think, Yeah, yeah, yeah, too.
But you would like second last year, mark your voting.
This is a guy that's very good.
So I mean, if he can pick up the pace at least for the next, it's look for another for the next three or four games.
I think Tampa Bay should have a good chance.
And obviously, if it's the pitching, it's a lot better if they're looking for the doctor to be great.
Um, I just think it's insane that, like like if you look at the Tampa Bay like bullpen and their pitching, it's like, Okay, so we're gonna replace one guy who could throw 97 or 98 miles an hour from one angle was from one arm angle with another guy who can throw 97 or 98 miles an hour from a different arm angle, and then we're going to replace him with a lefty left handed pitcher who could throw 97 98 from different Harmon ankle But it's just it's just how that's gonna It is just not fun to go up against that and that some of these guys were not like small guys like Glass knows, like 68 They have like like they got.
They got a guy slugger who looks 68 I think he might, or 6 10.
So I mean, there's they have some massive human beings.
You could throw triple digits.
So that's gonna be there gonna be a nightmare for a long time and then and I'll be in.
And I obviously like the I think both of us.
This is more in relation to both of us.
On the res, GM went to Virginia attack.
So like yeah, like, obviously, it's like there's no players that would get a World Series ring.
So the next best thing would probably be like an executive's from Virginia attacked, running essentially.
So let's move on Thio.
The Thursday Night Football Do you wanna go talk about the two traits of the Ravens made? Or do you wanna go talk with Thursday Night Football first? Well, let's talk about there's an acquittal first, Then we can just get Thio people just for some reason not declining.
Erica cost his calls.
Um, that game last night, I was, you know, flipping back and forth with you know what else was on TV, and, um, just I watched, like, 20 minutes of it.
I was like, I'm done like a garbage product is divisions flat out stinks.
I mean, Daniel Jones tripping over himself, he must have saw, like, a something in the distance that made them trip up.
I don't know his future girlfriend or something like that, but, I mean, I feel surprised that, like, Oh, I can run this fast or something.
I mean, you go up 21 10 less than five minutes to go.
How do you not win that game? I think I saw a tweet.
Oh, you have 21 10 with five.
You're down 21 10 to 5 minutes to go play the Giants. You'll win.
So, um, it's just New York Football is in a bad state right now, Daniel.
Uh, the bills, uh, New York, New Jersey area of New York City.
New Jersey area, I guess, is what I should say.
But Dan Jones look good for parts, but then you know his biggest problem, those strip sacks.
He just fumbles way too much their defense, like Carson wins, card them down the field on both drives.
And they had that personal foul penalty which backed them up like 10 15 yards and they still were scored on at the end of the game.
So I mean, Tennessee stinks.
I don't really know who's going to win that division.
I don't honestly care who wins that division.
Oh, yeah, They're one and done that.
That whoever wins the division one, it's one of you played the Bears or something like that.
You're still gonna lose Nick Nick Foles vs Philadelphia and Philly.
There's that revenge game potentially so.
But yeah, I just That game was terrible.
I don't wanna watch something like that.
Oh, yeah, And I think you had Yeah, I'm gonna try to avoid watching football team versus the Cowboys game because that Monday night game was I mean, from fancy perspective.
I was watching it only because I Kyler Murray.
So I was like, I'm going on that like so I'm fine with that, But yeah, yeah, you're right.
Nfi let's just awful it is it is awful.
Uh, and it's going.
It will be a shame that a team that they're gonna have a home playoff game and that a team like probably from the NFC West, like the Niners of the Rams or something like that, Yeah, they're going, They're not gonna have a home playoff game now.
That being said, I think we've talked about there might be a playoff bubble in the NFL, so we don't know about that.
So, uh, it might be neutral sites, but I mean, yeah, I mean, I think that's from that game.
If the Giants are in a tough situation, like do if they do get to number one pick because they somehow mission just like the Jets like, do they? Are they going to go and take ditch Daniel Jones and get Trevor? Or are they concerned to go like, just at least get give him one more chance, getting like a left get offensive line of receiver? And if Daniel Jones struggles again next year, do they go on replacing Ben? That's the one thing.
There's no question, I think I mean, just gotta win a game first to make this a debate.
So when there's a winnable game on the jet schedule, I don't know how they haven't even fired out of day. Scat.
Just looks like he's defeated on the sidewalk. E.
It's like they just want the number one pick like that.
You can buy a They want that.
And Sam Donald is also backing.
They play the bills so the Bills will have to shake off a couple losses on to Kansas City.
And, well, who did they lose to besides them? Remember, I think e I think it was Tennessee.
Yeah, but yeah, that Monday night game was bad, too.
I mean, I was wanting to see because they may DeLorean little.
They were supposed to be a trailer ****ing one minute TV spot of the same fricking footage because they don't want to show a soca to keep people guessing well, and I actually heard a theory on that one.
And YouTuber said a soca might only be in one episode.
So, like, yeah, So if you so if you put her in the trailer, then it might give the false impression that she might be a bigger part than what she actually did.
That's that's why, yes.
So that's why you don't see, like, focus on.
That's why you don't see Sabine in those guys.
So those characters tell me, um, but yeah, yeah, I think we can move on to, like, some of the train news from yesterday.
So for those who don't know that the Jaguar none for the Vikings Rub it in, just rub it in.
I'm not I'm not gonna I'm not a Steelers are a good team.
Like I'm not saying this makes Ravens like much better.
Like it's like it's putting some uneven ground, but, uh, and and Steelers have a decent front office like, that's the one thing we can say.
Like they don't They're not trash front office.
But what I was trying to say it's the Vikings.
They just I guess they like getting ripped off by the Ravens because because you're saying first of all, and you see any kind of hitting it before, I think at this point on from this point on, if you see Erica cost his name or number, just ignore it because you know you're picking him up.
This spot is really bad at this point.
Yeah, because here's because here is a timeline of his deals.
So a couple years ago, he trades a backup kicker who is not playing in the NFL prior to that point, and I don't think he's in the NFL now.
Um, he trades a backup kick or to the Viking for 1/5 round pick.
Why they do that? I have no idea.
Then in middle, then in the middle of the season, he trades a back of linebacker who was? I had a young who who I had high hopes for, produce disappointing and 1/5 round pick, which is the one they had not the Vikings fifth round pick, but their own fifth round pick to the Rams for Marcus Peters and then in the off season trades 1/5 round pick that everyone thought was the one that got for the Vikings.
But they traded that fifth from 1/5 round pick for clays Campbell.
But it turns out on the very next day they traded.
Hayden hurts in 1/4 round pick for a 2nd and 1/5 and so that fifth from pick, they got from Atlanta was actually the one that was sent to Jacksonville.
So pretty much for those, uh, for those if you were confused by that pretty much what it was is the Ravens got Marcus Peters, callous Campbell and Yannick and gawk way for 1/5 for backup kicker who is not in the NFL anymore.
Ah, backup linebacker.
Who? I don't know who.
He's probably playing on special teams for the rains right now, uh, to fifth round picks.
And I was like to fifth round picks. Yeah.
Yeah, it's to fifth round picks and a third.
And by the way, that second round pick that the Ravens got from Atlanta they got they took J. K. Dobbins.
Hey, Job Z, that is That is pretty much what he did with that.
Oh, I know Well, but then, to make Thio play, the three d chess king even shoot on.
It's a free agent this year.
He's gonna want too much money, so he's going to sign a new contract.
But now what's interesting is the Ravens are going to get a competent back for him, and that com pick is probably gonna be a 2022 3rd or fourth round pick.
So that fifth round pick they gave they sent to the Vikings is going to be switched with a third or fourth round pick and dynamic and gawk way to a long term deal.
Let Ju don't walk.
So basically they get a long term, by the way.
Yeah, yeah, Nick is 25 so they're going to get a long term pass rusher.
They're going to allow one of their guys to go.
They're not gonna lose much.
In fact, they might gain some and they they're just making these streets really good.
So now you have a D line that this year to me, Jude on Campbell, Brandon Williams, Derek Wolfe, Yannick God in God Way with a linebacker group of Patrick Queen and LJ four within his secondary have Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Jimmy Smith, Chuck Clark into Sean Elliott, who's been pretty good this year.
That defense is going to be in hard to run the ball against, and a lot of people said well, and my first thought, This this is clearly against because one of the things with, um, that the Raiders did really well that the Charter did really well on the Patriots did really well this year and last year what the some of the teams were doing.
Waas If you can rush four against the homes and presumably against a lot of teams, you're gonna have success because if you rush for you have a bunch of life, the resting go into coverage and the Ravens don't necessarily have that.
In fact, this year they had the fewest sacks.
When rushing four or less, they needed Marlin Humphries or Sean Elliott or Patrick Queen to rush the passer.
In order to get any pressure you get in GAC way, you get jumping out of bouquet for who was the third round rookie.
Uh, third round rookie out of A and M, who had, like, seven sacks last year, ended in the Interior D line to give Campbell on wolf breast.
Now you put those guys in, and now now you can kind.
Now you can kind of rush for guys and still have somewhat of a rotation.
Oh, and by the way, you still got good linebackers and you got a good secondary and and on the offense, you got a good run game, and then you got a good run game and then the one piece that you were missing if they're not going if they want to move away from the three tight end set is a possession receiver.
Miles Boykin has been a huge disappointment.
And then you go and signed Dez Bryant.
What were your thoughts on that one? I don't think you anymore, to be honest.
Yeah, and like I said, like, That's Brian is not gonna We're not asking him to be what he was 5, 10 years ago.
Yeah, like we're asking him to be.
Can you make two or three big catches? That's basically his job.
Can you make two or three big catches on a third and seven or catch in the end zone? That's basically what he is like Anquan Boldin A few years ago in the 2012 postseason run.
Can he be that type of receiver? So we're not asking? Does to be that we're not asking, does to be that good.
And then the one thing is, a lot of people are saying and stuff about in GAC way like oh, he's not gonna sign.
It will be tough for him to sign recently. Baltimore.
Well, do you know 100? You never and Janex from? No.
Uh, yeah, but honestly, they probably say that because of the Ravens cap situation.
Yeah, no, but yeah, but also, like, think about the from Billy Maryland.
He probably still has family in the area s so he might give he might give the Ravens a literal hometown discount.
So that's what I That's what? Um so that's kind of like my thoughts on the trade.
And apparently the Ravens may or may not be done.
I can't imagine what other moves they have because they don't like they like after in GAC way.
They probably think they only have, like, 304 100,000 left of cap space because of the Earl Thomas grievance.
I think there's an injury destination for Tony Jefferson, but eso they can't obviously be getting a big name.
Big play with you with a big contract.
And then, if you want to go and get truth like a Michael Gallup or an Allen Robinson or D J chart, you have five draft picks, next year's draft and you don't necessarily want to use the 2022 draft pool, and I think don't and and yeah, I know they gave up a draft pick in 2022 for the God quite pick but trade.
But keep in mind like I just said Jude on.
It's not to be a free agent.
You can recoup a third or fourth round pick in the 2022 traps, so it's still fine.
Like you're still deep, good and good enough shape.
So it's gonna be tough.
Um e I feel like one of the moment.
I heard Dez Brian, I was like, Yeah, they're not, they're not.
They're not getting Antonio Brown, but then when I think But then I think I was like If he doesn't play for much and it's not guarantee there's no guarantee there's not a lot of guaranteed money, I could see the Ravens bring him in, especially when Lamar says he's cool with it.
Hollywood, of course, just saying he's cool with it, Mark Ingram says.
He's cool with it and of course all of them have to kind of say that.
But if you look at their language, it if you look what they're saying like it makes sense like they're trying not Thio there.
Looks like there like there being honest.
And then you had plays Campbell come out.
He was on ESPN saying, Hang cool.
It's like, Hey, players like him are not available, are not are not available for this long and I granted we all know the reason why he's not available.
But my hip point being waas guys, I can tell you the Brown aren't available for in a while, so and he's like, Hey, and then he kind of clear he also expand on that thing.
I do believe we do have the locker room culture to handle a guy like Antonio Brown.
So that's also another interesting angle that I'm I'm kind of looking at right now.
And so let's move on to like some of the games.
Um, don't talk with the Steelers a little bit, Yeah, I mean, I think they Cleveland, that they're not ready to be in the Convention for the North.
I've always said this forever, man Baker Mayfield is not that good.
I think he's one of the most overrated players in the league.
You know some of these grounds fans were saying He said, Oh, yeah, Baker's better than then Ben's Wash now.
Well, Big Ben has 11 touchdowns, the only one interception this year, and I get it.
He's kind of a game manager at this point, but, I mean, you're this guy is in his third year, Can't even throw from the pocket.
He always just looked so uncomfortable in there.
It's really odd.
E the Penguins have Penguins.
Jesus, we're not paying mature.
The Steelers sent blitzes every single down because they knew how uncomfortable he waas.
They they sacked.
By the way, let me.
I didn't mean to cut you off, but I feel bad for Borough and may feel like after seeing what the Ravens standing with dirty line and the Steelers feline seeing having facing them twice a year.
That's not yeah, with Cam Cam Heyward.
I'm honestly, I think he probably broke Baker's ribs in one of those hits because he drilled him pretty hard, and I think that's when he came out of the game.
Heavens, the fancy just couldn't put him just could not put him back in.
So yeah, I think this deal were sent a message to not only then but the rest of league.
You know, we're e think we're just about a contender.
But, you know, they think this is the biggest test yet.
The entire country gets to watch them this week at one o'clock except New York.
Which, of course, it's the Bills Bets King and then Ohio, who is Bangles Brown.
But, you know, the rest of the country just gets to see through the best teams in the not only FC, but in the week go at it.
Um, this thing, like I said, this is the biggest test.
Derrick Henry is, uh, you know, Mike Tomlin said this week, literally a but do pretty as a running back.
So did you see, uh, Minkus caught at comments like when he was asked, How do you feel about like, you single tackle? Um, they're kind of like, Nope.
He basically said, Hey, there's guys in front of me That's their child.
Yeah, I retweeted that yesterday, and TJ's like, wow, he gets one interception.
He gets to say this nonsense.
So, um, it's this is I think the stewards have the best run defense in football.
It means statistically, you look at it and they've had one run of 74 yards, and that's basically all they have allowed all season.
Without that run from Miles Sanders, he had 10 carries, five yards.
Barkley didn't do anything. Melvin Ingram from Denver.
Melvin Gordon Melvin Gordon actually did not do anything from Denver.
Houston had no running game Kareem Hunt, that the Steelers stopped him virtually every time he got the ball.
You know, Derrick Henry is a different beast, and but, you know, I trust there.
I trust that they can stop him.
Kenya's you know, you got holding below, like, 80 yards.
I think that's possible.
I actually think it's very doable.
I mean, you know, you have a fun seven, you know, Cam Heyward stuff onto it.
You know, you can Tyson a little, however you say his name.
Yeah, although Allah, because Allah, Allah, Very good.
I got it. He's been great this season.
Then you have t J.
But Vince has become one of the best run stoppers.
I think in football.
We all know how bad their loss of Devin Busch is going to be.
They make it out to make a trade at some point, but they're also gonna let Roberts the lane.
Um e I don't think you guys have the cap space.
They they don't know.
But if they could get someone sheep, that would be the right thing.
That would be something I'm sure they would look at.
But right now they're gonna hand the keys over to Robert Spillane.
He looks fine when he came in last weekend who hits pretty hard.
But I mean, can he handle about 80? 85% of the snaps questionable.
And then, you know, the state the secondary last week was just so much improved.
Minka makes a play, you know, a brown.
So just keep that in mind.
It's also the brown.
So, yes, it's also Cleveland, but yeah, you know, they have a good secondary.
I'm just saying just keep in mind. Competent.
I mean, they did do a great job on O.
B. J and Jarvis Landry, respectively.
Nelson wouldn't dig what we do.
Anything and neither hated on Landry.
Mike Hilton is gonna be out for this week, so that sucks.
They could really use his corner blitzes and just he's also really a big key in stopping the run because he just he just He's a great tackler is the big thing.
So, um, they also get Deontay Johnson's back.
David DeCastro is back, but yeah, too big losses on the defense.
But, you know, this is gonna be a fun game.
We're excited to see how you know, strength versus strength.
I'm a little bit worried about just because he has been great this season, but I think that's dealers secondary could be up to the task.
Brown and obviously a study.
But I mean, once you get beyond that, there's not really a receiver that's as good as Brown.
I don't think, but, you know, this is it's gonna it's gonna be interesting.
I'm curious to see.
I mean, Ben has really only played one road game so far, so we'll be curious to see how he does here in like a full road environment in Tennessee against one of the best teams in football.
Yeah, so, obviously, the Ravens are worried by or have a bye week this week because the Titans can follow protocol, but so the Ravens played the Eagles.
I mean, Yeah, that was a closer game than I thought it was.
There was tied at the end.
Well, I think one of the reasons why was because the offensive line had, like, seven penalties.
I'm like e like there was literally apart in the second quarter where you had thing after I was It was like off positive place, like four or five yard runs.
Basically it waas.
Okay, so all right guard Tyree Phillips gets called for a penalty.
In the next play, Orlando Brown gets called for a penalty.
We moved back again.
Then on the next play, Ronnie Stanley gets called for a penalty.
We moved back even further.
And then there's other times like, I think, um, we have a 10 yard run later in the game that's called back again.
So it really was, um, a lot of it was those penalties that really slow down the the trend that they were going to, they could have probably score points.
I know there was a catch.
The heat, a catch Thio Hollywood that was called back because of a penalty from the are offensive line.
So the penalties were not great.
What was it? Um, all right.
You have the past, the past interference at the end of the game, which that was Joe Flacco play.
If you remember from the out there, that was Caminos hand fighting right.
That was just a bunch of hand fighting, and that clearly gave them a chance.
I mean, what I'll say is that that Carson Wentz can make Carson Wentz.
I think it's, ah, lot better than people give him credit for.
Weird quarterback like, yeah, looks great.
A lot of other times, it's just like, What am I seeing out? Right? And I think that the contract probably wasn't the best idea in the world giving him that contract, but now, but that those my general thoughts.
I mean, I know a lot of people were saying that like Lamar, like, he's been using a sidearm throw a lot, and then it's like, Well, like a lot of people feel like his sidearm, like he's using it too much or something.
Um, I mean, I thought really too much to talk about.
I think it's off.
Week by week was actually really good, Really good timing, obviously, because of the trades they made and stuff.
But, I mean, the defense look good.
Um, there might have been some drop interceptions while the Ravens last week, so I just I think this was a game that was close.
But there's a miss opportunities.
Uh, the Ravens had.
There's some concentration mistake's Ravens had that made it a lot closer.
Honestly, um, so to me, that's I mean, that's Czar my thoughts.
And I know there's a lot of Ravens fans that were like, Oh, this is like one of this is like going as far as just one of the worst five and one team like No, like, sure, like we're not good and like in all categories.
But what a lot of people like.
Oh, but we wanted to go last year, and I was looking into the I was looking into, um or but the problem.
You're going off the second half of last year because if you think about it, the first half of last year was we beat the Dolphins, 59 to 10.
We beat the Cardinals by seven.
Then we lost to Kansas City in Cleveland, and then we beat you guys in overtime Yeah, I think we beat the Bangles by 10.
So it wasn't like we play clean football for the first six games last year.
It wasn't until we way went to Seattle and New England and these other teams.
And that's when the 14 2025 point victory came into play.
So we'll see what they do in the second half of the season.
Now I like that.
I like, um, because of the trade estimated we talked about, I like that.
I think they're gonna I think we're gonna see some lopsided victories in the second half, obviously.
Now, against Pittsburgh.
Not, um, not I don't think, uh, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.
They're not gonna be close.
It's not gonna be lopsided that those air a Zoe's Air tough games to predict.
But, I mean, the colts are there hit or myth for me.
They play them at some point this year, too.
And I think they probably Jacksonville later down the one way I'll play the whole way of sea south.
And then on Ben.
And then, um, New England will we have to see, but then after? Because I know for a fact, er, I think the Ravens stretch now is, um, Pittsburgh, uh, cult, patriots and Tennessee.
And then, um, no.
And then I believe Cleveland.
I know Pittsburgh again.
And Thanksgiving the after Thanksgiving it's Dallas.
And then Cleveland Giants, JAG wires.
Wow, that's a joke.
To end the season. Good grief.
Yeah, um, and that's pretty much everything.
So if they can figure out their mistakes and keep something like, like, that stretch right there from the Steelers link was right the first time they play Steelers in the last time they play a Steeler the second time they play the Steelers this year, if they can still be win and most of their games in that stretch, then I think you're talking about.
And then, like you said, they got a joke of schedule for the last few games like this is gonna like.
I think you're gonna see some lopsided victories towards the end of the year.
Yeah, I mean, the Steelers have a lot of those coming up.
I mean, this is the biggest stretch right here.
I mean, you guys right after Tennessee, I mean, then they go to Dallas.
They should be able to crush the Cowboys and they, Andy Dalton.
They beat up on for years.
And then e mean like you said they saw Jacksonville.
They still play the Bangles twice.
Who I've been watching football team yet.
Washington to I mean, they haven't beaten.
I mean, they haven't lost in the Bangles and years.
They played them twice.
They still play Cleveland one more time.
I mean, obviously the two games against Baltimore, So I mean, they also have a pretty cupcakes schedule.
Outside of if I can, I feel like yours is probably a little more like the easier games are mixed with the harder games, but it's more like Okay, so here's your semi difficult games.
And then here's everything else.
Like you could take a rest of this point.
That's the thing with the Ravens, and I think that I think their defense, especially their pass rush, is a lot better this year than it was last year.
Because now you have in **** way and Jude on kind of on in the edge.
And now you have more interior pass rush.
Uh oh, and better don't sleep on.
Don't sleep on Justin mad bouquet.
He's like I said, he did have 7.
5 sacks in Texas A and M.
He's a rotational piece right now.
So he could he could make an impact later on eso for me.
I think those are kind of That's kind of my thoughts on the Ravens.
And then, um yeah, okay.
And into the other games, I mean, lions, Jaguars, There's really nothing there, uh, their answers.
Yeah, Like, e think I'm on the right one.
That bears. Yeah, Texans, Titans.
I mean, Texans almost beatem, man, that I didn't That a j Brown thing.
That wasn't a kind, which I don't think I don't think he got that last balance.
That was almost like a gift call, right? And then obviously the Texans missed the two point conversion or that got the game over time.
Then you had watching football team and giants.
No, no one really cares.
Unless your fans, those two teams, no one really cares about that game.
We already talked Brown Steelers.
We talked Ravens, eagles, Bangles, cults.
I mean, the colts almost lost a mask, lost a big game because of that.
I mean, if you were, I mean, that was actually Did you see that? You see the highlights of that game? Yeah.
Colds, But yeah, I talked about the gold Bangles game.
I mean, they went up, but then, you know, in typical Bangles fashion they may lost.
You know, I'm just I just feel bad for him.
He's such a great it's gonna be a quarterback, but they just they have nothing there right now.
They might be honest, We'll just tank their season and get another high pick and then, um correct.
Okay. Yeah, if I remember. Right.
Which were that? They once? Because I remember when McVeigh got into the world going to the Super Bowl.
Um, there were a bunch of NFL teams they're trying to find the next, Like Like Like they're trying to like their next coach with Faith, Coffee guy or something.
Uh, but yet the Bengals with Zach Taylor.
I mean, I wasn't e I mean, other than the packers with MK floor with with the floor, I don't think like any of those teams that got like, um, McVeigh's like guys like the next McVeigh has worked like where your thoughts on that the Bangles fans thought that was gonna work.
I mean, honestly, I think Bengal fans are ready to get rid of them. I've been seeing Bangles.
Fans say they want him fired already, so e think he will be fired at some point.
E My job is actually would be more appealing than what people would think.
It's like you give Borough decent online like the guy could be really good.
E um, e think the final game we should talk about before we probably move on.
I mean that the Dolphins situation.
I mean, I kind of feel bad for Fitzpatrick, but, you know, on the other side of it, weird because I thought he said like, Yeah, I know once they drafted, but then he seemed like he seemed kind of upset.
E, like there's three and three means they're a game out of first place.
This is a team that can actually win the A F.
S because I know the Bills are struggling right now, but I mean, I understand why he's frustrated.
He's led them, do a record that I don't think a lot of dolphins stands expected.
But I mean, the feature is now too is going to be their quarterback for a lot of years.
So I get why Brian Floors is doing it.
I mean, it's bold, though.
I mean, you could He could easily just have the easy way out and say, Yeah, we're just gonna ride Fitzpatrick until he sucks.
But he was like, you know what? Even in a blowout when I'm taking him out Because I'm putting this guy and he gives us the best chance to win, I guess.
Right? And I think what we could do is you can kind of move on to the locks of the week or say, Well, yeah, so I mean, I mean, some of the some of these aren't great.
Somebody like I would say that the bill, I mean, obviously, like one lakh for me is probably the bills over the Jets.
Yeah, the Jets lose that to anyone, so that's probably an easy one.
Yeah, and then, I mean, yeah, like a lot of good matchups.
I mean, I don't I mean, maybe tamp maybe Tampa over late a lot.
The Raiders. That's another good.
That's another law given, like the Detroit Covitz situation video over Denver. 9.5.
That's risky, but I think Can City could beat them by that much.
It's a divisional game, though.
Like that's gonna be tough.
Don't touch the Steelers Titans game.
That's gonna be really closed.
Uh, archers or seven half favorites over Jacksonville.
That's gonna be really tough.
I mean, it's like, this is not a good I'm gonna take the under for Dallas.
I don't think there's gonna be a lot of points in that game.
Oh, yeah, That would take the underarm points.
That's not, um it seems like it seems like you think you're Ali.
It still has butter fingers for hands.
I e I mean, that was the first thing I thought.
Like I thought of you.
I know you had a tickle your fancy team.
I was like, Oh, wow.
Hundreds from me really mad about this one.
He better go off this week.
So for two first place teams going at it, I've been blowing out everyone these last year.
You're probably gonna win because, like either, like, most of my guys are on, like are on a bye week or like, have bad matchups, like, probably because I've been starting Robert Woods for, like, all of this season.
And but he they're playing the Bears.
So, like, that's a really bad matchup.
So, like, yeah, you're probably gonna win, but who knows what happens there? Um, the Sunday Night football should be really interesting because I got taller Murray on my auntie and you got Russell Wilson on yours.
So that's gonna be an interesting game.
Andy Russell, go off there.
And speaking of that, um, obviously we have We haven't talked about this yet, but this has been a news like in a week or so.
Antonio Brown will.
His suspension is gonna be lifted.
Now, Everything I heard from some people say his suspension will be done and he's available to play Week nine.
The other situation is his suspension will start once he signs with a team.
I don't know where, like which one is true or not, but let's assume that after week eight, he can play.
Do you think that it? And if you were to go to Seattle because there's a lot of rumors suggesting he'll go there, do you think that do you think that Seattle will become even with that defense that Seattle will become the NFC favorites? Agreed to Super Bowl? I think so, Yeah.
I mean, like you said, they're defense is pretty garbage.
It's just a bad unit all around.
Which is smart because there's too easy anyone could cut you off there.
But pretty much like there are two ways to build a team.
You work on your weakness, weaknesses or you build upon your strength so your weaknesses aren't really covered up like you have a good defense.
Like build that offense up to a point where it doesn't matter.
How about your defense is so that's gonna be really interesting.
Um, but you keep going on with that one. Oh, no.
I mean, Russell Wilson's carried them this far.
Why? Why not give him another toy and have them keep carrying? So yeah, but we'll see if he does get time, who knows? And I think the Ravens were, like, the second, like the highest likely team to get signed.
And no, I think the team where it was a Seattle Baltimore Green Bay is another team that he could go to, like, if you put if you parent, Tonio Brown with Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams and and Erin Jones that you're running back.
Yeah, let's get those air good weapons.
I mean, well, I mean, it's still you still wouldn't give Aaron Rodgers the 1st 1st round receiver, but I'm in production.
Why? It's the first time receivers there.
All right, so then, um, yeah.
So now let's move on towards college football.
Uh, so, Virginia attack the Boston College, Um And my and I know you're on Twitter, like talking about Justin Hamilton and how, like, um, like, he's not like he hasn't played coached bombing.
My first thought was It's been two games like he's like it's two games in the defense is getting like we don't know, like, how much of the defense is actually practicing.
I mean, yeah, that's true.
I mean, if you saw, like, there's stuff on VT Twitter yesterday about Diablo and all that, he basically missed a couple of games because he did test positive.
I'm not gonna go into why I know why it's not appropriate.
Thio talk about on this show, but yeah, I heard something with, like, a couple of after.
It's just I'm not going to touch on.
Yeah, um, but, you know, my my baby thing was just because, like, they were tackling poor, which was going, I think that's unacceptable.
Like a tackling is like that.
And so they just they need to clean that up.
And I think they should win this week.
I don't think weight forces that good.
Well, they haven't.
They have a they like their offense is pretty heavily on zone, read so like and they do score a ton of points.
So we don't know, like it's gonna be tough to do that.
I mean, Hendon looked like he's awesome.
Yeah, Cleo Herbert stuff.
I think Leo Herbert for the Heisman should get a lot more consideration.
I know it's quarterback.
I know it's gonna be Trevor Lawrence.
I know it's gonna be Justin Fields.
I know it's gonna be like and I think if they have to pick a running back there, it goes et en over Herbert.
But he needs to be getting some Heisman love.
I mean, you're seeing it from college gameday already.
I think they're starting toe how I get on that high train a little bit.
But, I mean, these next few games for tech, er I mean are interesting.
They should win these next three games.
You look at their going into that Miami Game six, and you would be probably in the top 15 by that point, Honestly, so but that game at a time e love how Fuente said this week he was like, Yeah, we won by 26 but I thought we played pair of almost.
Okay, that's nice to hear.
Well, first of all, obviously way know that I agree with you there.
We know that Clemson is gonna be the best team in the A C.
We're going to come in the way and blow them out, and it's not going to be fun to watch.
Oh, yeah, By the way, I was actually looking at 247 a couple days ago, and then someone had a really bad take.
I don't know if you side was it, it was that playing.
We should not root for playing Clemson twice this year, e mean, And then someone said, And now and then someone Now and then someone said You do realize if we play Clemson twice, we get to the A C.
C right? And then they say, Oh, no, no.
We're gonna get crushed by Constant twice.
Like what? Does that mean it? But no.
Like like, what does that was like? What? What message is that for recruits? Um, we might not be Clemson, but we're gonna be in that group of either a We're gonna be Oh, yeah, And you beat out Notre Dame to get their two teams that were picked ahead of you.
You know, you know, not just that, but you know, that group of like, because you because number of game technically isn't a part of the agency and football.
So, like that group of teams of Miami, North Carolina, like Virginia Tech could solidify themselves in that spot and the state, maybe depending on their quarterback situation, But no, But like if you get there like you solidify your spot in that So your top your top team in the a. C.
And it comes to football, So that's a good recruiting push there.
And who knows? You might be a part of the class that actually dethrones comes in.
So you never know on that front.
So I just want to share that really bad take.
What kind of leads me to this? What? Something.
I wanted to have a brief discussion about how many losses, like, once.
Do you think a team has won to basically say that they're eliminated from that second spot, cause I think it's I think it's gonna be two or three.
Yeah, I think 34 Definitely a four or three.
Yeah, I think I honestly, I think it's 2 to 3.
I think it's honestly up there with Notre Dame, especially e.
Think it's three, I think because I think, Yeah, I think it will be three but 4 100%.
Like if you if you lose, if you lose four games this year, you're not getting a second spot.
So for me, I am.
So it looks like that second spot right now is Notre Dame, Miami, North Carolina, and then us because I think NC State unfortunately lost their quarterback.
Yeah, they're gonna slide down a bit.
And then we saw what happens against Tech when they put in their other guys.
So it's really Notre Dame my game against tech.
What? Devin, No, no, no, no, no, no.
We didn't know the backup.
We had a big lead.
And then in second half, Leary came into the game.
Oh, that's right.
I don't know why they didn't even start him.
No, but I mean, yeah, but But like I said, I think the four teams right now Now, if you're play Clemson, I think it's either u N c Miami US or Notre Dame.
Do you see another team kind of going into that group or just one of those four? It's gonna be one of those four.
Yeah, so for me, um and so, like Clemson, we both agree is ah, loss.
I mean, look, let me put it this way.
If we go one on one, if we, um the they don't like the one time I would care about being Clemson is probably the A C C championship game that the rest of your games, which could be policy with how talented this team is, and you only lose to Clemson.
You probably go to the a C C championship, even though, yeah.
Especially was Notre Dame not looking so good right now, You just got hope that they lose.
Like what? Right.
So that's what I would say and then, um and yeah, so, yeah.
So for me, that's what I would what I would say any.
But you're right.
Like we do have a, like, a favorable schedule.
Like Wake Forest, Louisville Liberty quarterback.
Or is he out Sale? I'm Cunningham.
But coming home, he got hurt.
A really bad injury.
But I do going if he's out because he's really good.
Well, they stay at the 4 p.
m. Kickoff on Halloween.
But now, like, we should be able to win as long as we don't, like, treat them like a trap game because there is some trap games there.
I mean, there there are there are deadly subtract games.
I mean, Louisville, I mean, liberty, I think, might be a decent game.
We were playing pretty well.
They just blew out in Syracuse, but also Syracuse is really bad, so I mean, Virginia, I think tax gonna blow you ba al when they come.
Elaine Uba is just a bad one.
More loss and like and like.
That's the only reason I'm rooting for Miami this week because one more lost by Miami uh, Miami beats and I think they're done.
I think they are.
I think they're done like they're not even if they there there.
Yeah, I think they're good.
They're done pretty much.
Um I mean, I don't know.
Malik Cunningham may or may not play.
We don't We don't We have no idea.
Um, but but yeah, that's what I would say.
Um then we have pit who's been disappointed, who's like it was always tough to play in because back So that's still going to be a decent game, I think.
I think it it always plays basically anyone tough.
So I won't Yeah, and the Miami Game committee pretty big like that.
Like we both create content big.
Um so I think we can be you the I think we can be pit.
I think Miami is gonna be very difficult, but without its at Lane e think that we have Georgia Tech.
I mean, they should win that game so that we play Georgia Tech way Should right way double check.
I don't think way then.
This year, maybe it's one of the things we were supposed to play them.
Oh, yeah, that's right.
I whether they were e thought they could play all the coastal teams.
No, I think, um, Let's, um I'm checking hokey sports right now, so, uh, it's Wake Forest.
Louisville Liberty, Miami Pit Clemson.
So there's no George attack? No.
So that's the first year in quite a while, so he don't get that.
And no, no dames.
That's good. Well, good. Yeah.
No, but I think you're right.
Like, what? Were 19th in the country right now? Yeah.
They should be able to get into the top 15 if they win the next game.
And I'll be really? And I think that, um, yeah, I think we covered that Herbert should be considered for the Heisman.
Oh, yeah, The other point I want to see.
I want to see what he in Blackshear getting more involved.
Yeah, him way more involved, I think.
Yeah, because teams I think we're going to start clue in on If you stop Herbert, then were, then we're gonna be pretty good.
Then we could stop them.
But if they could get if they could get black hair involved and if they could get some of their receivers involved, I think because I'm I'm a believer in idea.
You don't need all of your offensive weapons to click at the same time.
If you can get four or five guys clicking, then it's fine.
So if you have Herbert, uh, Mitchell has been pretty good.
Turner's occasionally made a play here and there.
You have those three that you could trust if Blacks years becomes one of those guys.
And if one of the transfer receivers can become one of the the guys with Hendon, I think this could be a really this could be a good offense.
So, yeah, I agree.
I mean, they're already scoring over 40 points a game, so I mean, the bar.
The bar is high right now, and Brad Core Nelson's actually having a decent You're calling the plays.
What do you think? Do you think? Do you think that's mainly due to Hendon? Like having a guy like hand in starting for Ryan or Josh? It might be Yeah, I've always said ever since core Nelson when I got here, I mean, after seeing for that, you know, he would be the biggest reason that he would hope be.
The biggest reason why VT is held back is because of his play calling.
I just don't think he does a good job, but I mean, this year he has been better.
Last game, I thought he was probably the best games ever called.
But, you know, get these Jets sweeps out of here to the short side.
For the love of God, well, we're seeing less of them this year.
That's good, Thank God.
I just I can't watch that play anymore.
And I mean, so yeah, and then they used to.
And we need to start using, available to feel a lot more than what we have, because it's been a lot of it's like just running up the middle or running to the side or a back shoulder pass.
Thio either Mitchell or Oh, and I completely for Octavian Robinson as well.
So he's been He's been good.
I like watching him.
Hopefully they can get that they need to get trade term or yeah, Oh, Yeah.
So let me rephrase.
My statement from before.
So like we have right now is Herbert.
It's Mitchell, it Turner.
And it's Robinson.
Right now, Those of you four guys on and you've got, of course you have handed.
But those of your four guys, they're involved in the offense.
If Blackshear could be more involved, that's five viable weapons you have get trade more involved.
I will say that he does not have the impact that I thought he was so far right and then But my point being is, uh, kind of repeated, like we don't need at all of our players, including our transfer receivers, to play Well, we just need five or six of them with Hendon.
Four or five with handing to play.
Well, because I think our defense it's good, I think our secondary.
We're starting to get a lot of guys back from our secondary.
Um, I think that you are the line definitely needs to tackle a lot better.
I think that that will, that will come.
I think e I think they need to keep it simple.
Like don't try to do too much, so I mean, That's just my opinion.
I don't try to do too much is focused on keeping the play in front of you.
Um e mean, so that's just like, yeah, I'll be always just have our discussion college football before we before we sign off while your predictions on, uh, we're a Game three, our game three.
Um, I think I'm gonna go with the Dodgers tonight because Bueller's pitching.
But Martin, don't underestimate him.
But I think Buehler is gonna opportunity to really stellar after, and I think they're gonna want a close one.
Yeah, it's me talk.
I think I think the Rays went today.
I think Dodgers went tomorrow.
Um, yeah, I think it will be close.
I think will be six or seven games.
Um, it's hard because I wanted because I want the race actually like heaven when it Yeah, I want Yeah, I want raise to win it in five or six, just to, like, end it really quick.
But that's kind of where I'm where I am with that.
But I mean that that concludes today's episode.
Sports Talk central.
Uh, we always have a new show every, uh, Friday around 1 52 o'clock and then, um, you'll see, uh, preview next week for Steelers.
Ravens? Yeah, yeah, we'll do Steelers Ravens preview will do the same thing.
We'll talk about the world Siri's and like our thoughts because the World Series will be over at that point.
So we'll talk about all that.
Um, of course, any other news or any, Like if there's any other trade deadline news? Um, but I think that we I think I'll give a prediction next week.
Uh, I think one of our topics us is the return of Antonio Brown because I really do think he's going to.
He's going to get signed to a team.
I think that he's going to get signed to a team, mainly because he's too good of a receiver.
His suspension will be up.
He'll be hand and he will be.
He could be have cheap, and I think there's like once you have three or four teams interested in him, I think that he's going, um he is an inevitability.
He's gonna get signed s Oh, well, we'll definitely bring that up, so I mean, yeah, so So there's a lot of look forward to next week if you just If this was the first episode you saw on the show, Thank you for choosing you.
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