With the F1 circus rolling into town, the first round of this weekend’s fixtures will have the USGP competing for our attention – the Green Bay Packers play the Detroit Lions (1800 – Sky Sports). The must-watch (if F1 permits) game of the week is the Indianapolis Colts facing the New England Patriots (2125 – Sky Sports). The last 2 games should come under the heading of QB-Injury-Report: Ben Roethlisberger (out), as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens (0120 Mon am – C4); Big-Ben has a dislocated rib, and his replacement (Byron Leftwich) will be in for a fight against a toughening Ravens team. Then on Monday, with Jay Cutler (out) & Alex Smith (out), the Chicago Bears take on the San Francisco 49ers (0130 Tues am – BBC; now with added studio!!). These two high-flying NFC teams will be without their starting QBs, so expect a tough, ground-and-pound game, in the ‘battle of the back-ups’ – Campbell vs Kaepernick.
NFL Week 11
Published by Will Davies on
Packers 24 - 20 Lions.
Now time for the Colts-Pats, but I might be watching Chargers as well + F1 highlights :)
...Damn those over-running early games, getting in the way of these KOs.
Finally, the Cowboys have beaten the Browns, now my game please...
Colts 14 - 7 Pats at the end of the first - sounds like bit of a barn-stormer.
If i comment here, can you promise no F1 spoilers?
I'm about to watch the highlights on the Beeb
How did no-one tackle him
(as well as the NFL, but I do know the outcome rightat the end)
I'm listening to the full 5Live replay, so I'd appreciate a don't-ask, don't tell policy in this thread :-)
Punt return TD!
took me completely by surprise, as did Gostkowski's FG miss a few minutes ago
Denver just made it 7-7 vs San Diego too.
So now you know which games I'm watching :-)
That is fine, Jake starts in 20.
Anyone watching New Orleans vs Oakland?
Just the Chargers for me (for my sins).
Rivers with another pick. Do I just give up now?
Rivers picked off. Denver have it on about the six.
Broncos should be left with a 4th & 1... FG unit out.
Pats pick off the Colts, TD!
Pats firing on all cylinders - every part of their game is scoring.
21-14 in NE now.
and 10-7 in Denver
Chargers with a nice stand in the Red Zone to limit to a FG.
According to the site footer, Sidepodcast has 0 followers on Twitter these days...
I was just about to shout for another pick, but then realised it's a replay!
Should say 6529
Can't believe I didn't buy Gamepass sooner. If only I'd known it was this good before. It's revolutionised my NFL viewing :-)
Chargers struggling at the moment. Don't want to give Manning too much help really.
Peyton Manning now second all time in number of TD passes. Now ahead of Dan Marino
Luck is pretty mobile when he needs to be. Evaded the sack nicely. Good awareness.
Big play on third & 5 for the Colts. First down in Pats territory.
Colts get a first down from 2nd and 1
Just seen one of the Pats' huge returns - nice moves.
Luck almost picked off again from a deflection.
Chargers ball vs Denver?
Bit of bouncy bouncy with the ball, looks like the Chargers have it. INT
47 yard field goal from Vinateri
I'm seeing Fumble on the GameCenter.
Colts need to provide a little more pocket protection. Vinatieri FG, 21-17.
That's quite possible. No ball on ground, so could be either!
Nice juggling went on there.
Officially a fumble. 13th of season. Ouch.
Whenever Rivers has the ball in his hands I hold my breath...
Chargers punt on 4th and 1. Touchback.
They're advertising Windows Phone 8 on CBS now :-)
Not having a good day then
4th down in NE. They'll kick.
Gostkowski FG good. 24-17 now. Last 2 mins of half.
And there was a really dirty late hit on Brady on third down too.
Colts fumble on the kickoff return, recover, will start on the 10.
Blocked punt in Denver!
Chargers punt block - looked a painful landing for the punter
Chargers punt blocked just outside theor own 20.
That's twice in 2 weeks that Scifres has landed like that
It did! If he kicks that, it's 15 yards. Which is such a silly rule. Roughing the punter is too easy if you *just * miss the ball!
Broncos TD. *grumbles*
Wide open! TD Broncos
You just can't get any wider open than that.
So, 17-7 to Denver, and 24-17 to New England. What's the score in Oakland?
My F1 is up to lap 8 (saying that the race got that far isn't a spoiler right?)
4th and 6 for the Colts with 4 seconds left in the half
(at the half)
No, it's not. I'm currently ahead, but as you're on highlights, I will fall behind :-)
I don't think any race ever failed to 1/7 distance so not a massive spoiler
FG attempt in NE
58 yards?No good. Wide left.
Wasn't far away considering the distance
Think it was long enough though.
Rivers is angry at his offensive line.
Not surprised - most of the starters aren't in there - he's a sitting duck.
High snap, but he got it away. Good job there was no rush there.
17-7 at the half.
Chargers are awful in the 2nd halves this season. Broncos game to lose.
New Orleans are 28-7 up now. Playing in the third.
Looks like a Raiders fumble recovered by the Saints here...
Fumbled on the Saints 14, returned to the Raiders 30 or so.
fumble overturned. Raiders ball on 22.
Are we back on in Denver?
Raiders FG. 21-10. Think it came off the post.
Yep, in off the inside of the post.
13:30 left in the quarter
Right, I'm back on the Denver game then.
Welker fumbled out of bounds. Gronkowski is destroying the Colts secondary today.
3rd & goal on the 2 for NE
Onside kick!!! Chargers recover
Ah, missed it. Wondered how they got it!
Blimey, this Austin GP goes on and on and on. Nowhere near the end still!
It looked like a standard KO until Novak slowed his leg swing to just tap it - teehee.
Mind you, I keep pausing to listen to the refs.
I've paused to go and put some bread in to cook.
Rivers with a fumble-y / incompletion, Bronco down on the play.
Nice pass and catch by Luck and McQuartie?
Also, Colts punted to the NE3, so Brady will have to beware too.
Giving up on the F1 replay, to concentrate on the NFL
Seems the Chargers are relying on their D and special teams to do all the work + scoring.
Ball knocked out of Luck's hands
Wait, 10:14 left in the third quarter? They've played 3 minutes in 20 mins!
Next play Brady throws a TD
Luck fumbles! Turnover!
Pats lead by more :-)
Turnover --> Brady --> Gronk --> TD --> Spike :-)
Man, there's no beating NE when they force turnovers against opposition.
Wow 2nd earned 1st down from the Chargers only (another one by penalty) - dire.
how did they get their TD?
Pick-6 wasn't it?
They'd already scored when I got in
This Austin GP is boring.
Whatever happened there that was double-dire!!
Maybe it's because it's radio comms.
I got massively hammered in the live comments for saying that, Everyone thought it was great
James Allen? #justsaying
Oops, Rivers bleeds another football.
O-Line is rubbish, but that is not an excuse.
Really? Sounds dire to me.
Nothing happened for most of the race.
you might be in the wrong thread, sir.
We are discussing NFL with the odd comment on the race from those who are watching now
Roughing the passer on the Pats. Seems a harsh call.
ooh, cool. followed your tweet, thought we'd got all crossthreaded.
as you were.
But they are non-spoilers :-) Although James Allen is still a very annoying commentator.
Ah, no, we're fine. But check the number of Twitter followers in the site footer ;-)
I don't think saying James Allen's commentary is annoying qualifies as a spoiler
Luck has 200 yards passing. How?
Good pre-snap read + adjust from Manning
Ah, yes, you are correct
So anyway, this third quarter is taking ages!
Brady is closing in on 300 yards. I remember when if both QBs got 200 yards in a game it was a huge deal. Now it barely rates a mention
Another Pats TD.
This is a total blowout
Pick 6. 40-odd to 17 now.
Colts receiver didn't seem sure what his route was and the pass got intercepted and taken back 87yards for a TD
Like I said. When the Pats force turnovers, they win. Every time.
Luck's had so many passes that have almost been picked off tonight.
If the Broncos aren't blitzing Rivers to cause him trauma, then they're covering all his receivers or stopping any/every possible run.
Seems unfair to have a defence that scores so many TDs when they have Brady as well
Luck almost had him on the run-back.
It's like 2002 all over again. Except now we can score 50 points and concede 35.
LOL, and just as I say that, I see it;s the first time since January 2002 the Pats have returned 2 INTs for a TD :-) Plus the punt return earlier...
I have exciting news: THE RACE FINISHED! You know what? I prefer NFL these days.
Pats generated just enough pass rush to rush Luck on a pass to a wide open receiver. Would have been a TD.
Just finished my homework for the weekend. thought I'd drop in.
Just got invited to the pub to watch the Sounders/LA MLS game.
Think I'll go but will probably watch Pitt/Baltimore on another screen.
That promises to be a quality game, but won'y be for me tonight.
I'm gamecentering that tomorrow. Not watching any of it tonight.
Even with Big Ben out?
Are you joining for tomorrow night's game
Tomorrows should be good too.
Unsure. Who is it?
Chicago and SF
Will be interesting for the Steelers, and will favour the Ravens. I mean it will be a good watch.
Battle of the back-ups.
Oh yeah. So Smith is out then for sure? I thought I heard he practiced this week.
Sounds good, but I shouldn't stay up really.
Also, plenty of thanksgiving day action :-)
Three games on Thursday, WE NEED A THREAD!
He needed to pass contact-tests today, so he has recovered faster than expected.
I'm going to be at my folks place who live in the mountains. No internet for me...
Hint taken ;) I'll write one at some point.
Isn't the first on in the middle of the night for them?!
Wow, Edelman almost took that all the way.
No wait, the Sky Sports website looks like it's not 100% correct
Riidley. TD. 50 points :-)
Out time, there are three games, usual Sunday night times.
early, late, late late
Denver got a field goal?
Pats should put Ryan Mallett in again.
Pats only seventh in passing this year. Fifth in rushing. Great to see a balanced offense.
Nice 38y pass Chargers... Not over yet
Edelman just returned a kickoff to the Colts 40...
those Colts aren't as good as their record looks.
But with the rest of the AFC struggling, they could well still make those playoffs.
Pats are destroying them.
Chargers going for it on 4th&1
Brady's so aware as well. He just told his tight end to line up on the line to avoid a penalty. You just don't see anyone else doing that.
Guess what? TD Pats/
They should go for 2. Make it sixty. Let people complain about "running up the score".
Colts INT. Pats ball.
Mallett's in now. Guess they'll just run it.
Chargers pull back a TD.
Ball bobbles slightly as it hits the ground, will probably be reversed.
Wow - TD.
Looks good to me.
He had possession, 2 steps, ball crossed the plane -TD (of course I can see the play should end there now)
Onside kick... Broncos ice the kicker.
Denver wrap it up. Now, SD have 2 timeouts...
Chargers have 23s for pretty much cover the field
Now we'll find out if Rivers has all his arm strength
Fumble - clock's out. Why do I do this to myself? ;)
Enjoy the late game, wish I could. See anyone tomorrow.
Cant sleep now. Anyone here?
i'll put the game on for a bit. am waiting for gp+ then planning to read and sleep.
OK. I'll stay aroun for a bit too then :-)
am guessing ravens are the favourties today?
I'd say so, but Steelers D is tough
To be fair, it was either commit the penalty, or concede the TD
how did he get through there?
How at ahead/behin are you?
if you're behind i don't wanna give it away. but that was a brilliant run.
Err, right. Glad I stayed up now!
So yeah, Ravens are favourites...
no kidding :) :0
i was about to say i like that they look like bumble bees and then the guy kept on running.
Flaccid smacked as he threw
Ooh, that's a bad autocorrect
that is genius.
I'm on Gamepass, hence behind
if you give me a marker i'll try and aim for it. comment when the clock next starts ticking and i'll hit play. i might be able to get pretty close.
Oh, did you add "flugged" to the SPC dictionary? :-)
we don't have one anymore sadly. ought to bring it back next year.
Ok, will comment when they snap
done. let's see how close we are.
I'm at 1200
same. i'll comment next snap to be sure, but i reckon this will work.
Comment appeared after play finished, but close enough :-)
I'm on iPod, so slow to comment
with only 200 comments? that's unusual. is it really old?
oh! i have to create a mini commenting system for next year. people keep giving me grief. hopefully january time.
It's 2nd gen, maybe 3rd. Touch
Limoa 920 will make it better :-)
Although like I say, even iPa chokes on longer threads
My spelling is bad today
7-3. Lively start
Windows Phone 8 is all over the adverts
max 1,000 comments. it's a memory thing.
Yeah but it's great the threads are so popular
can't complain at all.
we do need a stripped back page, that shows about 50 comments max. it might need to hard refresh too, depending how good garbage collection is on older devices.
Set hard refresh by client? Ie give people a choice?
could be a warning or something - "please refresh to ensure the best experience". if that's not too annoying?
Or a button to clear the page DOM? Is that even possible?
This is lookin like a gtlreat game
i can remove old comments as new ones come in. but when i tested it, memory usage didn't go down until the garbage collection happened. which seems to be random (and varies between devices). refresh was the only sure fire fix.
loving it. what's with the sand being kicked up?
May have been a lot of heavy rain
That was a really silly attempt to throw
Touchdown. Knew it as soon as he eat thefirst block
that was great to watch.
ravens back in business.
Was he actually down? Ruled down, but not convinced here
Looks like we fell asleep
heh. gp+ came out and i got a bit distracted. who won in the end?
Haven't watched the second half on Gamepass yet, so I don't know!
Good evening / night / morning.
Excited for this one - maybe even more because they both have backup QBs.
was so many miles away. am reading coldplay's new interactive ipad book thingy. dozy.
I had am alarm set to wake me up for certain :)
The alarm or the nap? ;)
this may have to be my penultimate live commenting weekend until after xmas. planning on taking december off! x1 crashed ice race and them i'm hibernating :)
Let's hope next weekend is the ultimate lice commenting weekend... MNF=Panthers-Eagles.
nice one. you're welcome to write threads btw. i'll just be sleeping.
:) There are some good games coming... People want this weekend's to start Thursday = Thanksgiving.
ah cool. is there more games then?
Move so there is now 3 on Thurs, and then the rest distributed normally on Sun/Mon.
...Erm roughness, but he did have to touch him though.
Kaepernick doesn't have the strongest arm, but looks more than good enough to me.
on the board
Not a bad opening drive
This is produced by USPContent - same as 5LiveF1, amongst other sporty stuff.
yeah, i was looking at some of the tweets last week. love those guys* muchly.
*apart from employing james allen of course.
Well naturally, but *things might change next season.
nah. can't see any change coming to be honest. unless sky offer him a job.
looking at these studio shots i'm guessing this coverage is being filmed in the green screen room - http://www.studiopeople.com/clients_usp.php
On one of last week's pics you could see the green screen peeking from behind the set. And some pics tonight show the production room :) So yup.
ahh cool. overhead boom mics rather than lapel ones? odd choice.
I imagine you have those easily in that studio.
that was something else.
is this a highlights how or something?!
Alex Smith might not come back when he's fit if Kaepernick continues like this.
Bears need to try the throw.
they're not interested.
Don't trust the QB's arm, and it looks like the '9ers have them schemed.
Tonight's first Q sent :)
surely you can't get two in a row?
I can only try :D
Nice pre-snap read from Kaepernick
Another TD '9ers. This kid..!!
how did he get through that?
eerie silence on the coverage...
Still adverts in the States?
Lucky hands there
I think it's quaint that the producer gives them a list of tweets for them to read on a sheet of paper. :)
i see the unused ipad has been ditched entirely for a paper pad and pencil :)
That was his first run - surprising it's taken this long.
It's a shame they're delaying the game by ~30s so I can't use GameCenter
ahh, didn't realise they were
I think it's so they can seamlessly cut the ads out.
that seems kinda logical.
Another of those and it's a safety.
99s for another '9er's score before the half?
Stayed '9ers 20-0 at the half.
not sure i'll make it to the 2nd half chap. reasonably confident this is only going one way :)
I'll agree with that this time (no Chargers-slump on the horizon).
catch you tomorrow.
Night / morning.
As this game isn't as close / much of a battle as it could be, I'm going to iPlayer the rest tomorrow.
And with that, '9ers score a TD taking it to 27-0.
5Live are doing the NFL on a Mon as well.