The Morning Fix: Red Friday Edition

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Ok, it’s been a crummy week. Based on everything we’ve seen, we could be in for another long, depressing, frustrating Sunday.

But it’s still Red Friday, damn it, and Pope hope springs eternal!

Now here is your Morning Fix!

“I was a little nervous before that talk,” Haley conceded in a phone interview. “You have to organize your thoughts and talk it through pretty clearly when you’re talking to them, especially about those Steelers, because you’re talking about something that happened when these players were infants, mostly.”

“Some of the problems that Suh presents I don’t know there are answers for, to be quite honest with you,” Kansas City coach Todd Haley said. “This guy’s a dominant inside player that can really disrupt the game plan if you let him, and you just got to find ways to not allow that to happen.”

There’s no question that a blowout loss in Week 1 is a bad sign. But can teams recover and still make the playoffs? Yes, of course they can — and they are even more likely to recover if they are already coming off good seasons.

We’ll define a blowout loss here as three or more touchdowns, so 21 or more points. From 1983-2010, 17 teams suffered a blowout loss in Week 1 despite coming off a season of double-digit wins. These teams eventually averaged 7.4 wins in those seasons. That sounds bad, but teams with similar Week 1 losses that weren’t coming off double-digit-win seasons averaged just 5.4 wins.

Julio Jones (ATL) vs. Nate Burleson (DET) – Jones is the better talent with the brighter future, but he only has one game under his belt and is facing one of the best secondaries in the league in the Eagles. Burleson should have a much better time against Kansas City. If Ryan Fitzpatrick did what he did against the Chiefs in Week 1, what is Matthew Stafford capable of? We’ll play the better matchup here. Our Pick: Burleson.

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