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NFL ‘offs past rekindled in second week play

September 17, 2017

Among the five NFL (in one case AFL/NFL) “semis” rematches on today’s slate, are the two from 1968. Additionally, three NFL/’all the way” (cue Eric Carmen and “The Raspberries”) and three other ‘offs past games make/made eleven of sixteen in the second week.

In 1968, the New York Jets won (27-23) at home vs the Oakland Raiders in the AFL title game. Later that day, although Jim Simpson “famously” said “it is already (10-0) Baltimore” on the NBC radio broadcast as there was overlap, the Baltimore Colts ripped the Cleveland Browns (34-0) on the shores of Lake Erie (Cleveland) to win the NFL title game.

Two weeks later, the Jets shocked most, not 13 year old me, who rooted for the Supe loser a third time in as many such tilts, beating the Colts.

Today it would be a big upset if the Jets prevailed at Oakland. The 1999 expansion team, Cleveland Browns are also big underdogs in their second week tilt at the Baltimore Ravens, the franchise that moved from Cleveland after the 1995 season.

Tonight a redux of last year’s NFC title tilt/NFL semi with Atlanta looking to win at home vs Green Bay as they did in that tilt. Same venue as well for a 2013 NFC title game rematch, with “Sea” a 2 touchdown “fave” to repeat its win vs SF, whose quarterback that day was Colin Kaepernick, a player that has been both vastly over rated as “the second coming” and now “flagged” as not among the best 64 QB’s out there. Each assessment a gross error in talent, if not overall judgment.

Finally, same venue, at least city, Jacksonville, where the home Jaguars hope to reverse the result of their 1999 AFC title tilt loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Supe repeats: (you get the past results) Dallas at Denver, Minnesota at Pittsburgh, both of those games were in New Orleans, where today the current Supe champions, the NE Patriots visit the Saints.

Tomorrow 82 years later, this time at least closer to New York and not in Detroit, where the home team, Lions prevailed so many years ago, it is Det at “Hack” in a 1935 NFL title game redux.

L.A. now has two NFL teams, for better and I think worse, both teams are home today in slots/divisional round rematches held at the other venue, (3 games, one each from ’81-’83) the Rams host the Redskins while the now L.A. Chargers host the Dolphins.

Rounding out this esoteric post, the other NFL round a fourth, the wild card round was the status of Houston/Cincinnati.




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