It took me all of five minutes to get through everything that I need to say about it, right? Welcome to SportsCastr News Monday Evening Edition, going over Monday Night Football with my boys Ray route and Joe New Beau.
Well, before we get into this, I just wanted toe bring up a specific topic with, Well, let's see here, California.
Now you can't have sports in California anymore.
So San Francisco have home games.
San Francisco's now moving their games to Arizona.
So how in the world they got three home games, they still have toe run.
Now, I don't think it's going to affect it as much as normal, due to the fact that you know there's no fans in the stands, basically anyhow, so that that's not in effect.
But, ah, home home game is home turf.
You know, your home turf.
You know where the little divots are in the field.
You know, these little specific things about your your home turf that, uh, you know, avoid this area or, uh, this areas faster or some Some things like that.
Um, you know how the sun comes up and comes down where the glints are? Things of that nature.
Ah, lot mawr than if you just go to, Well, San Francisco to Arizona.
I mean, that goes from West Coast to incredibly arid, incredibly and and and And no, no kind of moisture in the air, anything like that.
So they'll have to prepare their bodies a little bit differently.
Ray, what do your thoughts about San Francisco going going to Arizona rather than, uh, someplace else? That might be a little bit closer, A little more like, to them say in Washington or Seattle or something like that.
I don't think it matters where they went.
Let me tell you why.
This is an extreme, extreme, awful case with San Francisco 40 Niners.
And believe it or not, Lawrence, it has nothing to do with what you just talked about with the Davids and the because he's a professional football players who went on the road, they'll figure it out.
Let me tell you why this sucks.
Okay, This was a they found out getting on the plane on Saturday on the way to their game that this was gonna happen.
So the prep time and playtime has been they played Sunday and now, today they find out where they're going? Let me tell you guys a little story.
Every October I go to a conference and I'm gone for four days, right? And it's a great time.
And when I call my wife on Monday, it's Hi.
How's the conference? When I go when I call my wife on Tuesday, it's Hey, how's the conference? When I go on Wednesdays, it's like, Look, I'm busy. I got two kids.
What do you want? Right.
This isn't just pack up, Pack up the kids, pack up the family and let's go on down to Arizona.
This is a last minute.
Sorry, honey, I gotta go.
You run the household? Yeah, Professional football players are on the road.
They do a lot of things, but they go home.
They go home after practice.
They you know, they travel for a day. They're back.
It's they're not away from home as much as you think they're not.
It's not like the MBA, where they're on the road for 40 40 days a year, their home for extended periods of times each week.
This change the dynamic well.
The spouses understand, of course, for a week you know not.
You know, once you start getting to and they're gonna understand, but there's little stresses, right? Oh, the kids. You're sick.
You know what, Lawrence? Your Your father. Joe.
Your father. Kid.
Ever been sick? You get that gut in that pit in your stomach? Not only can they not do anything, they're miles away from you.
What? I mean, being able to comfort their kids now the wife, the girlfriend, the mother, whatever is taking care of them.
This is where it comes in.
There's more than just The football field is more than just this.
Um, it's not like the MBA where you had time to prep for this kind of stuff.
Okay, I'm gonna be gone.
What do you think it's There's no opt out now.
I gotta go to Arizona.
This is Week 13 were fighting for the playoffs.
And this is where I think it's more of a disadvantage rather than the field.
They can figure that out.
They're pros, But I feel bad for the players.
I think it will mentally affect them.
How will it affect the game? Who knows, Right, um, probably not is impactful, but I feel for these guys. I feel for their families.
This is an awful situation.
But at the same time, I'm gonna say this.
We're in a global pandemic and it's Santa Clara who made this right? I mean, if Santa Clara feels that this is what has to happen to keep people safe, I think it's if you make an exception for the San Francisco 40 Niners that opens up the door to arguments.
Well, why is it OK for them and not okay for us? I'm sure that Santa Clara probably feels like the 40 Niners would have proper protocols and do things properly, of course, but you get in that argument.
Listen, guys, we're here.
In Toronto, the Toronto Blue Jays played out of Buffalo.
The Toronto FC played out of Hartford and the Raptors airplane out of Orlando for Tampa Bay, Florida this year.
Um, there's no, there's no professional sports in this country.
They don't want to travel, and it looks like hockey is gonna be an all Canadian division with no travel to the United States.
You got it sucks, but you got to stick to your guns.
Um, we've already seen the football field getting decimated.
You know, Joe could tell you all about what's happening in Baltimore right now.
I had it in New England, Lawrence, I'm gonna say, you know, you guys had a game against the best running back in the week and didn't have your defensive line that you needed in front of you.
So, you know, I feel bad for everybody, but unfortunately, these are unprecedented times, guys.
We're one month away now from 2020.
Finally being over.
It'll be a rough start to 2021 hopefully by May, June and heading into next season.
We have a little bit of normality, Joe.
Your thoughts on the situation.
I highly doubt it.
Highly doubt there will be normality by them, but we'll see.
Um, yeah, I mean, we were talking a little bit about it, you know, before the street men that the NFL has just been brew forcing it right, And we kind of talked about this before the season started.
That that I thought the NFL was just gonna push through whatever obstacles Cove it would bring.
And that's pretty much exactly what they've done.
They've had to reschedule my game, you know, pretty much a week later when it was supposed to be played from Thursday All the way. Now toe Wednesday.
Um but yeah, with the Niners have to go through.
It's tough now, the question that I have for you guys that I actually couldn't find Are they not allowed to practice in Santa Clara or no contact Sports and saying Okay, so they also have to practice in Arizona as well.
Okay, so I was actually looking at it, and it's about an 11 hour drive from Santa Clara.
Now, I don't know if they're gonna fly.
They probably gonna fly.
That would probably be Mawr ideal.
But yeah, like you said, right? I mean, it's tough because of their family is probably there in California And it's a tough situation of being, and especially with all the injuries the Niners air already dealing with, um you know, But hey, you know, they are having a Super Bowl hangover, but probably not for the reasons that everybody thought that they would.
They're dealing with covert pretty hard, pretty heavy.
They're one of the teams that have to deal with it pretty heavy.
So it's tough, man.
Uh, but this is the NFL is reaping.
What it so's there.
They just wanted to brute force right through it instead of, you know, coming up with, like, a type of bubble situation that you you so that you said Ray, they just decided.
Now we're just gonna We're just gonna play without fans will be fine.
We'll be able to figure this out.
And unfortunately, we were afraid of the winter months, November, December.
And this is, uh it just so happens to be the playoff push time.
So it's getting rough.
I just want to point out to everybody that this is all Lawrence's fault because because Joe and I were probably Lawrence likes to stay away from political stuff.
He's very good at that, and he kind of really stayed away from Cove and the best he could During the offseason, Joe and I were the most vocal.
And then after week, too, Lawrence came out with a bit of a pump chest and talked about how well the NFL was doing and taking care of things.
And it was Week three that Tennessee's first outbreak started.
So, Lawrence, this is your fault for jinxing it.
Just everybody knows I gotta be mad at you about it.
Oh, yeah, because I'm the one that went out there and told the NFL.
Hey, go ahead and brute.
Force this and then make sure everything's e consultant to the two Roger Goodell and the NFL.
Where's my paycheck? E? Alright, um, so what? What? We're sitting here.
I just want to give a shout out toe chicken.
Thanks for being here. Ravens Span.
Thanks for the follow Ravens fan.
Also for the follow Let's see by by Kawai and my chicken says, um, that I cost on all the players.
And that's why you know, it happened, so I don't think so, But give me one moment.
I gotta kick my cat.
He's playing with a ball down here.
Lawrence, you need to know that MK chicken is like your number one fan.
I think I believe he wants to replace me with you on my S o.
That'd be weird.
A colts fan hosting a Patriots thing.
But, you know, whatever.
You could do it.
You could do it by faith in you.
Um, so you see, I got a question in Oakland, like, not too far away.
and they don't have a team right now.
Couldn't they have just used their stadium instead? But it's, I think it's all over California.
If I'm not mistaking.
No, it's just so charges are being affected.
I mean, it's a part of Santa Clara.
Well, but to be honest, who wants? Who wants to play in Oakland like, Come on.
Nobody wants to practice over there, But is it a part of Santa Clara? That's what I wanna know.
Well, it is like in the general area, like the Bay Area, right? So maybe it's kind of like the San Francisco area that they're just kind of doing the whole thing.
Yeah, because they're just a bridge apart.
Rights like I feel like it's together.
Same with San Diego, right? It's not.
It's not too far from there, either, but they I mean, they could have done the Coliseum like the Rams were doing last year.
So e mean there's multiple options.
I think that where you know, it would have been a little bit closer to home for the players.
As you say, right? That's that's the thing that I was a little worried about, but alright so go getting into this game.
Well, you know, before we even get to this game, let's talk about some other things.
Let's let's talk about, uh, you just got done with your stream, Joe.
You've talked quite a bit about the Patriots.
I wanna give Ray the floor here and let him talk about that impressive win from yesterday, man. Go ahead.
Is was a nice word for you.
I'm looking up cities in, uh, in Santa Clara.
Uh, impressive defensively.
Impressive defensive wind.
Special teams actually won that game.
Ah, big punt return.
That was a touchdown.
But they took it back because the NFL doesn't know what a block back is.
When you plant your feet, it's no longer a block back.
Pages got three out of it.
Adam Butler came alive yesterday.
He's been missing for 10 weeks.
Who's watching? The stream is gonna go ballistic.
I'm talking about him again.
Uh, chicken and I talked about it a lot, and I'm shot and I'm a chicken cause him and iron a little in a Patriots group chat with him.
And I talked about Adam Butler the most he went from probably one of the best interior defense alignment to the team.
To just invisible for 10 weeks came through yesterday.
Think five tackles and a sack.
He was reading the plan.
There was a point in the game and Arizona was in the huddle and they just caught it on TV.
And Adam Butler went up and said something.
You could see him talking to chase.
We novich like and pointing almost like this is how what they're doing.
That's what we're gonna do.
And and and then all of a sudden, they go into the huddle.
Both window vich and Butler spin off, and that gives Ah Butler a free run, and he just smokes Murray on a sack.
So, uh, look, I think Kyler Murray, Even though he's saying it's not an excuse, I think the shoulder injury was worse than they were trying to let on.
I mean, as of Thursday, he was still questioning for the game, and Cliff Kingsbury even came out and said, I can't make that decision right now.
We have to see how it is.
He did not look like the Kyler Murray, uh, get the Patriots defense a lot of credit.
They basically made him ineffective both in the passing game and running game.
And that's how you gotta beat Kyler.
I'm also going to say, though it's a second year quarterback playing Bill Belichick for the first time.
Uh, it's very difficult to get by that.
I think the only rookie you'd ever come out and beat Belichick was Joe Flacco, right? With Baltimore.
Oh, and Kaepernick.
So I Kaepernick beat him, Aziz.
Well, eso if you're if you're a bad quarterback, you could be.
No, I'm just kidding.
No, but most T guys the first time they see Bill Belichick don't win.
And that includes guys like Peyton Manning and Patrick Mahomes, Right? Uh, no. Played really, really well.
Cam Newton had a rough game.
I think he came out today and said he's not apologizing for for a victim for a win.
And absolutely, you know what? He's played well the last three weeks.
The defense got him through again.
Special teams, though.
Nick Folk 50 yard field goal.
It's a 2nd 50 yard field goal game, winner of the year, once against the Jets, and now Jake Bailey, an absolute weapon as a punter, and Donte Moncrief, who had like a like 1/4 5th, 46 yard kickoff return in, and all the Patriots nation thanking God, that gonna Rusevski is no longer running back Kickoffs and only doing punts.
And it was up to me even though he had that good punt return.
He wouldn't be doing that, either.
But I'll digress on that ugly game, but a win is a win save this season.
For now, all the pages have to do is when the next five games in a row finished 10 and six.
Uh, interesting, though I'm gonna get I'm gonna get deeper into this tonight, the three biggest teams in front of them.
I wish I had these notes in front of me, but they're upstairs.
But being Cleveland, Baltimore in Miami are all in the top 15 and strength of schedule, like for hardest schedules and the Patriots actually sitting down to 22 in Vegas, I think, is that 19.
So they actually out of all those teams, sort of competing for that final Wild.
Like that wild card spots, the Patriots have the easiest schedule on paper going forward, so it's you know.
Look improbable, teacher.
But in the NFL, I no longer say impossible.
Run the table just like Aaron Rodgers.
So, Joe, how Maney Practice Squad players is going to be playing tomorrow, Everybody.
Well, it z actually gonna be on Wednesday.
Now, Wednesday? Yeah, I got moved out. Moved back.
So Well, the good news that actually just dropped recently is apparently we are getting some players back.
So, um, we're actually getting jail in Ferguson, who is not a huge contributor, but we didn't really have any edge rushers, so it's nice to have at least one more edge rusher there.
Dobbins and Mark Ingram are supposed to be playing on Wednesday.
That's great news.
Now, for me, it's a little bit like concerning because I love Mark Ingram.
I say it all the time of my streams.
I love Mark Ingram.
He has a great personality.
He was the workhorse running back for 2019, and he brought us big trust, right? Never gonna forget that.
But he clearly needs to stop being on the field because he's not the best running back for the Ravens.
It's J. K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards.
So I'm afraid that the very minuscule chance, like very slim to none possibility of beating the Steelers that we have relies on the coaching staff running with J.
K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards.
I don't know if they're going to do that, because Mark Ingram is gonna be playing and they love to just stick in Mark Ingram in crucial situations when he shouldn't be there.
So that's my one concern.
Um, but yeah, Aside from that, we're getting some players back.
RG three is gonna lead us to the Promised Land.
Hopefully, we'll have to see, but yeah, I'm not feeling too great about this game.
Obviously, I think we're gonna lose.
Uh, Lamar's out.
Mark Andrews is gonna be out.
Willie Snead is gonna be out pretty much are three best offensive players.
Eso It's rough. It's rough.
The defensive line? No brand new Williams.
Campbell probably can't stop the run now.
The Steelers don't have James Connor, but they still have some decent running backs s Oh, yeah.
I mean, that's pretty much what's going on, man.
It's looking like it should in theory, be a Steelers blowout, but I still for some reason think it's gonna be a close game that's gonna come down to the wire because that's always how Ravens Steelers games go.
No matter who's playing, what's the secondary looking like? They're pretty healthy.
I mean, Humphries there.
Marcus Peters is healthy.
Chuck Clark to Sean Elliott.
Everybody's pretty much healthy.
So if they can play well, if they can play to the level that we know that they can play at, they should be able to at least hopefully slow down that passing attack.
But to be honest with you, if I'm the Steelers, the game plan should just be to run the ball straight up, because at this point, we can't stop it.
We don't have defensive lineman.
We're kind of like the Colts yesterday, right? Oh, God, please don't don't end up like the Colts because, yeah, I mean, when you lose one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL, and then one of your best defensive ends and your speed, your other speed line.
But everybody knows about Darius Winter.
But Bobby Ricky is just solid out there at the Sam.
And when you're facing against a guy like Derrick Henry, there was No question what's gonna happen that game and that.
And that's the good thing that we don't have to face against Derrick Henry anymore.
At least not until potentially the playoffs.
Right? But exactly, and the Steelers don't have James Connor.
They still have decent running backs, but I still the Steelers game plan should just be to run the ball straight up, because if they come in and try to go pass heavy, that's not gonna play into their strength.
We have a really good secondary.
We still have that good secondary.
So I'm that's That's all I'm saying, man.
I don't think this is gonna be a blowout like, I think a lot of people are thinking.
So the Pittsburgh Steelers air not an offensive team, even with Claypool and Juju Smith juju Smith Schuster.
Juju, um, look to receivers on big fans of obviously Chase.
He's a Canadian hero now, right? He's right up there with Wayne Gretzky.
Um, a T least for this season, always been a fan of juju.
I know he's on Joe **** list right now, but I'm a fan of juju.
Um, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are on special teams and defense.
Turnovers and short fields.
Right? Um, Baltimore can help themselves by not turning over the football.
Take the sacks, take the hits, take the punts.
You know what I mean? Like if you have to punt the ball but secure that football, that's how you beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
How did you beat New England next year? Last year? Don't turn over the football right and and and have good have better special teams and the team one of them to have that, like non quarterback m v P Award.
I don't think players would even be offended by that, because every player knows it's it's, you know, almost automatically gonna go to, ah, to a quarterback every once in a while a running back who has, like, a 25 100 yards season.
You know what I mean? That's kind of what they use offensive player of the year for, though, right, because they gave it to Michael Thomas last year.
They're like, Oh, you're the second M v p.
Like that's pretty much what it iss, right, So yeah, but I'd like to non I I think, though, that we could have a really good argument for non quarterback MVPs when you start adding in some of the defensive players from around the league and some of the seasons that they're having, right, um, and offensive players and other things.
So I think it be a good conversation.
Maybe after this season, we can have our will come up with our own awards here.
The original cogs.
They love Adam and Keith.
G s who did the whole preseason predictions.
We'll sit down and we'll give out our awards at the end of the season. GS.
We're gonna have one of those.
Well, guys, 54 minutes in.
Let's give our predictions, Ray, who you got in this game and Seattle.
I think this game is gonna be tight.
I agree with Joe.
This game is not gonna be a big blowout just because of the way the matchups go in.
Seattle seems to like the let teams hang around and not really, you know, they don't have that killer instinct, and that's why I don't see them as a legit Super Bowl contender anymore, because you have to have a bit of that killer instinct.
I still think it's gonna be a little bit more high school.
I'm gonna go 28 to 24 in favor No.
28 to 23 in favor of Seattle.
Oh, I'm the same.
I think it's gonna be a little more higher scoring.
I think if there's one game that whence could have a good game and silence all the Doubters, it would be against the Seattle defense because they've been letting anybody throw on them and run on them.
So, um, I'm gonna say 33.
30. I think it's gonna be high scoring.
Uh, Seahawks for sure.
I am going to go the complete opposite way.
I have this ugly feeling that Jamal Adams and Carlos Dunlap and then I think they're going to send a lot of blitzes on what whence and get a lot of pressure in his face, forcing them because I think Seattle is going to throw the football, even though they're like the sixth best pass defense on the Eagles.
I still think you're not stopping Russell in the air game.
Uh, now that they got Chris Carson, uh, to go with Carlos Hyde.
I think that that's gonna make that play actually even more deadly.
I think you're you're just not going to stop this offense.
I think, yes, Seattle will score in the thirties, but then the defense is just gonna send the house, you know, against against Carson Wentz, and he's not gonna know how to deal with it.
And they're gonna win by.
Yeah, I would say 35 but 17.
Okay, I I think I think Seattle wins in a massive blowout fashion. All right.
So I I have spoken a few of these guys that's already been on here.
Thank you so much.
So I guess I gotta go deal with this.
Have a good night.
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