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Washington Redskins v Pittsburgh Steelers

Ever since the Pittsburgh Steelers cut ties with linebacker James Harrison, Harrison’s agent Bill Parise has been diligently working the phones, and thinks his client would fit in well with a handful of NFL teams.

Via The Baltimore Sun

“Baltimore would be a great fit for James,” agent Bill Parise said. “They’re a contender and a class organization, so James would definitely be interested. I would think they would have a need with the market for Kruger.”

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No what am I supposed to do with this crappy T-shirt?

When Sean Payton’s year-long suspension for his involvement in Bountygate was first handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last spring, the original intention was that he’d be barred from any and all coaching duties until after the 2013 Super Bowl. Well, now he’s beat the system (FREEDOM AT LAST)…by about a week.

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After being occupied with all the injury news you could possibly desire to prompt Roger Sterling style mid-day drinking earlier (“we drink because it’s WHAT MEN DO“), we return to our regularly-scheduled programming: the lamenting of a fantasy massacre.

Consider the three stray/somewhat connected rants and observations below to be a sort of therapy, because we’re all hurting so very deeply after last night. It’s mostly for me after the decline of Jimmy Graham was compartmentalized this morning, but also for you. We run a service here, you know, so feel free to voice your own tale of defeat and woe after the three points (*puts head through desk*) you received from the third highest scoring player in fantasy. That player’s name is, of course, Drew Brees, who’s averaging 18 points per game, and last night was his first game this year below 15 points.

And it came one week before the fantasy playoffs start in many leagues. Oh happy day.

More on Brees in a minute, because Matt Ryan was a jerk too.

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I’m still trying to fully comprehend what I watched last night. Like seriously, Gregg Popovich, a little discretion would have been nice. Bench one starter, maybe two. But all of the starters? You, sir, are not a master of the dark arts of deception.

Ohhh yes, the football game. There’s quite a bit from last night’s football match which was perplexing for fantasy purposes, enough that I’ll expand on it a little later on today in another post, pretty much because that will be necessary for my own personal self-therapy on this foggy Friday. But for now let’s focus on one man: Jimmy Graham.

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Consensus line: Falcons -3.5, total 55.5
Current betting percentage: 62% on the Saints, 68% on the over

Individual Team Trends:

  • Saints are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a S.U. loss.
  • Saints are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in November.
  • Falcons are 23-9-2 ATS in their last 34 games following a ATS loss.
  • Falcons are 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November.
  • Over is 11-1 in Saints last 12 vs. NFC.
  • Over is 5-2 in Saints last 7 road games.
  • Under is 4-1 in Falcons last 5 home games.
  • Under is 14-5 in Falcons last 19 games following a S.U. win.

Head-to-Head Trends:

  • Saints are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
  • Over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
  • Underdog is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

After having to endure some painful Thursday Night Football matchups this season, the NFL schedule makers have finally done right by setting up a great NFC South contest between the Falcons and Saints. Atlanta enters this game coming off of a one-point victory over the Bucs last week, but they could have easily won that game by more if Matt Bryant didn’t piss himself on two separate occasions. Regardless, you can’t help but feel that Atlanta is probably the worst 10-1 team in NFL history. Meanwhile, New Orleans had their playoff push halted by the 49ers with a 31-21 loss at the Superdome.

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This afternoon we were saved. No, Tim Tebow didn’t sprinkle water on our heads. That’s next week.

When the Saints beat the Falcons, one giant leap was taken towards fantasy playoff doom being avoided.

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Confusion has most often been the name of the Saints backfield, with handing a ball to a running back treated like an obligation down in the Big Easy. But saddle up those frowns, kids, because with the one certainty — Darren Sproles — temporarily out, so too is the single outcome we knew to be true about the Saints backfield every week.

Sproles would catch passes, and run and dance and score a touchdown (he has four receiving touchdowns), and those dinks and dunks would essentially be the New Orleans running game. Everyone would be happy, and everyone would win. Except probably the Saints.

Now the smiles are scarce, and confusion is even more widespread than usual. Because as we saw last night, there’s so very little certainty in the Saints’ backfield without Sproles.

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