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      In today's Divisional Debacle, the Defense under Greg Manusky in the first half, gave up 207 yards of offense (105 rushing/102 passing) and two touchdowns.  That said, they did manage a single INT on which the Offense actually managed to score a touchdown off of. They allowed 12 of 16 passes to be completed . 
       
      In the second half it was 107 yards given up (58 rushing//49 passing) a field goal and a touchdown. They traded their first half pick for a second half sack. However, Dallas completed all five of their pass attempts. 
       
      Don't read that thinking "Well it seems like they tightened up some in the 2nd half."  They didn't. They simply had about half the plays in the second half. 30 plays in the First and 18 in the Second.
       
      So far in two Divisional matchups, the Defense has faltered in the Second half. They start out like a house of fire for the first few drives until their opponents gradually make adjustments. This Defensive coaching staff fails make any adjustments, whether in game or at the very least at Halftime. They've given up over 30 points per game for a total of 63 points given up in two games. While the Bears are up next, the Pats await and they've put up over 70 points in two games. Yeah. Ok. They did shut out the Dolphins today which is looking like the NFL version of ... ahem... shooting fish in a barrel. 
       
      The frustrating thing is Manusky is the DC that the Front Office actively looked to replace during the off season without firing him. When you know they're looking to replace you, most people would make a concentrated effort to show an improvement. Yet Manusky's Defense still keeps acting like it's starring in Groundhog Day.
       
      In his post game presser, when asked directly about if any coaching changes would be made, Gruden said "No, I think after two games – you’re talking about playing two very good offensive football teams and two of the best offensive lines in pro football we just played back-to-back. That’s no excuse whatsoever, but I don’t think we need to hit the panic button yet. We just have to continue to focus on what we can do better to win. Get Jonathan [Allen] in here, get a couple of our corners back in here and let’s go back and strap it up against Chicago [Bears] next week and see what happens.” 
       
      Here's another frustrating thing. The defensive communication was an issue last season as well. Wasn't this supposed to have been worked on during OTA's and Training Camp? It's understandable that the rookies would still be on a learning curve, but NFL vets like Collins and DRC you'd think they would have down by the start of the season. 
       
      Gruden said they're a very talented group on Defense but that they weren't reaching them. When questioned as to why the coaching staff that has been in place for several years, wasn't reaching them, he defended the comment as them being a young defense. “We have some moving parts now. Landon Collins is a veteran guy but this is his first year, [Montez] Sweat’s in his first year, [Cole] Holcomb, it’s his first year, [Jon] Bostic is in his first year. We’re playing Dominique [Rodgers-Cromartie] at corner and this is Jimmy Moreland’s first year, so it’s not like we are the most experienced group. We feel like were very talented, but we`re still fighting through somethings. There are a lot of things to look forward to, without a doubt, but we do have to play better and strap it up and get back to work."

       
       
       
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Rick Story over Gunnar Nelson today, was a bit of an upset, was it ?

 

In most eyes it was. It was a bit of a prospect check for Nelson. Story is so damn inconsistent, its maddening. When he's right, he's a tough out for anybody, hell he beat the current champ.

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dominant performance from Rory Mac and got the finish with killer left hook in the 3rd, he's gotta be the #1 contender

 

 

*slips back into Nationals related depression*

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Yeah, Rory had surprising power tonight. Wasn't as robotic as I'm used to seeing him. He was smashing some leg kicks in there, and was putting together pretty combos. I'm excited to see this Rory, hope he scraps like that against Lawler or Hendricks. Could be champ in 2015.

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*slips back into Nationals related depression*

 

 

Seriously, watching that game for 18 innings and seeing them lose felt like watching a Redskins primetime game. 

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Seriously, watching that game for 18 innings and seeing them lose felt like watching a Redskins primetime game. 

 

It was worse, deep in my heart, I know the Redskins will ultimately amount to ****. I convinced myself the Nationals were different

 

I would rather have taken that punch from Rory than experience that Nationals game.

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I think Rory can take Hendricks.

And Rory vs Lawler would be a more interesting matchup

You'd have 2 guys, both moving forward (almost constantly), trying to dictate the pace.

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I say Lawler kos Rory. Hendricks I'm intrigued.

They are the big 3. Lombard is getting hosed fighting Burkman. If he knocks his block off and continues to win, then he should get a shot after the middle of next year. WW is great right now, especially if Rory keeps fighting aggressively. Savage mother****ers.

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They should send Bisping in after him. Mayhem's trash talk didn't save him then and I wouldn't save him now. :)

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Dana said Rory gets the next title shot in Canada. Then again, I'll believe it when I see it.

Rory v Lawler 1 was all about Rory trying to set up too much off his jab that Lawler parried all night so Rory didn't get anything going.

I think Rory is smart enough to not rely on the jab vs a southpaw again, but the guy tends to make big mistakes at odd times that cost him vs the very elite fighters. I don't consider either Lawler or Hendricks as elite fighters so I like Rory's chances but would not be surprised to see him beat due to a brain fart.

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Have a look at this, think you guys might like it. Let me know if its been posted before. Got it from one of the recent Rogan Podcasts.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63xMDIy3Xic

 

Many comments say real, many say fake. I'm not totally sure, though I lean towards real. Not really his defense, but when he attempts his throws it looks a little fishy to me. I realize he must have perfect technique, but the way he sends some of the guys flying looks off to me. 

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^^^

That spinning head kick and just standing there is probably the best immediate reaction to just KO'ing somebody ever. Hunt walks away on the reg, but none of them are as pimpastic as that.

Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington at UFC 181 on Dec 6th. Holm has the best chance of beating Ronda. If she can keep it standing she can possibly beat Ronda up, slow her down, knock her out.

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Twitter was not kind to Mike Goldberg's debut calling the Vikings/Lions game last Sunday.

 

 

Why FOX decided to go with Goldberg to begin with is anyones guess.

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Damn, I hope someone makes a lowlight video of his worst calls. Almost want to watch a little of the game to hear his ultra commercial voice reel off ads. Wonder if he's as mechanical as he is in the UFC.

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Damn, I hope someone makes a lowlight video of his worst calls. Almost want to watch a little of the game to hear his ultra commercial voice reel off ads. Wonder if he's as mechanical as he is in the UFC.

 

Haven't seen a lowlight video yet, but this article highlights some of the gems from twitter: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/10/12/6966049/mma-news-twitter-reacts-ufc-announcer-mike-goldberg-nfl-on-fox-debut

 

 

Keith Leventhal @KeithLeventhal

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Brandon Ayanbadejo - "Negative play."

 

Mike Goldberg - "Negative play indeed."

 

Great contribution.

#Vikings #Lions

 

 

InMyMMAOpinion @InMyMMAOpinion

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"Powering ahead for a 1st down."

  - Mike Goldberg

Player was a yard short. 4th down. 

Cc:@jordanbreen

 

I like those best because when I first read them, I heard Goldberg's voice in my head. 

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Damn, I hope someone makes a lowlight video of his worst calls. Almost want to watch a little of the game to hear his ultra commercial voice reel off ads. Wonder if he's as mechanical as he is in the UFC.

 

Yeah I meant to watch a little of it just to see how he was doing, but then I got wrapped up in other games. Apparently I missed quite a performance. :)

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I worry for Goldie. He catches an enormous amount of flak, and he's already fighting a drug addiction. **** like this can make a former addict re-visit his comforting drugs. Kinda sucks, because I appreciate him for sure. Voice of the UFC. He's gotta loosen up. Been doing the gameshow/talk show intro man voice too long. Just chill brah. Lay off the coffee a little. And stop leaning over top of Joe Rogan so much when you're doing PPV intros.

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