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NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 38-10 WIN AT DALLAS (10/19/20)

2020.10.20 23:06 Arizona-Cardinals NOTES FROM THE CARDINALS 38-10 WIN AT DALLAS (10/19/20)

• The Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38-10 at AT&T Stadium on Monday Night Football. The victory was the Cardinals third-ever road win on Monday Night Football and first since 1977. All three of Arizona’s road wins on MNF have come against Dallas: 11/14/77 @ Dal, 24-17; 11/16/70 @ Dal, 38-0
• Arizona is now 4-1 in its last five appearances on MNF. The Cardinals have as many wins in their last five MNF appearances (4) as they had in their previous 20 (4).
• With the win on Monday, the Cardinals improved to 5-1 in their last six games against the Cowboys and also improved to 2-0 all-time at AT&T Stadium.
• With a 4-2 record in 2020, Arizona is off to its best start since 2015 (also 4-2).

WINNING BIG IN 2020

• Following their 28-point victory on the road in Dallas on Monday, the Cardinals now have the second-best point differential (+54) in the NFC and the fourth-best in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Point Differential (2020)

Rnk Team Diff PF PA
1 Baltimore +75 179 104
2 Pittsburgh +62 156 94
3 Tampa Bay +55 177 122
4 Arizona +54 166 112
5 Kansas City +48 175 127
• Combined with their 30-10 win over the Jets in Week 5, the Cardinals have won consecutive road games by 20+ points for just the fifth time in franchise history. It marks just the second time in franchise history (Games 7-8 in 1949) the Cardinals have won road games by 20+ points in consecutive weeks.

Franchise History – Consecutive Road Wins By 20+ Points

Year Games
2020 Game 5 @ Jets (+20); Game 6 @ Dal (+28)
2015 Game 12 @ Rams (+24); Game 14 @ Eagles (+23)
2015 Game 2 @ Bears (+25); Game 5 @ Lions (+25)
1965 Game 2 @ Browns (+36); Games 4 @ Washington (+21)
1949 Game 4 @ Yankees (+45); Game 7 @ Lions (+23); Game 8 @ Packers (+22)
• Between 2017-19, the Cardinals had just one win decided by 20 points or more. The team has two such wins the last two weeks. Of Arizona’s four wins this season, three have come by 15+ points.
• Arizona (2) joins Baltimore (2) and Miami (2) as the only teams with multiple wins by 20+ points this season.

MOVING UP IN THE NFC WEST

• The Cardinals victory over Dallas – coupled with the Rams loss in San Francisco – means Arizona will enter its Week 7 showdown against the undefeated Seahawks tied for second place in the NFC West.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Seattle 5 0 169 135 3-0 2-0 0-0 3-0
Arizona 4 2 166 112 1-1 3-1 1-0 3-2
L.A. Rams 4 2 152 114 2-0 2-2 0-1 4-1
San Francisco 3 3 148 130 1-3 2-0 1-1 2-2
• The NFC West leads the NFL in wins (16), points scored (635) and fewest points allowed (491). It remains the only division in which every team has a record of .500 or better and in which every team has a positive point differential.

OFFENSE PUTS UP 38 POINTS IN DALLAS

• The Cardinals finished Monday’s game with a season-high 38 points to go along with 438 total net yards (261 rushing; 177 passing). It marks the eighth time – and fourth time this season – Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 22 games under head coach *Kliff Kingsbury*. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once in 32 games over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to his arrival.
Arizona (4) joins the L.A. Rams (4) and Dallas (4) as the only teams in the NFL this season with at least four games of 400+ total yards.
• Through the first six games, the Cardinals have 2,415 total net yards on offense (1,449 passing; 966 rushing). Arizona’s 2,415 total yards represent the fifth-highest total in franchise history through the first six games of a season – and the most since the team had 2,434 total yards in 2015.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 6 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1984 2,559
2 1948 2,493
3 1988 2,446
4 2015 2,434
5 2020 2,415
• The 2020 season marks the third time in franchise history the Cardinals have at least 1,400 passing yards and 900 rushing yards through the first six games of a season.

Franchise History – 1,400 Pass Yards & 900 Rush Yds Thru 6 Games

Year Pass Rush Total
2020 1,449 966 2,415
1988 1,647 912 2,559
1984 1,493 953 2,446
• Below is a look at the Cardinals offensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Offensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Rushing TDs (11) 1st
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (100.0) t-1st
4th Down Conv. Pct. (100.0) t-1st
Rushing 1st Downs (59) 1st
Red Zone TD Pct. (80.0) 2nd
Total 1st Downs (150) 2nd
Total TDs (21) t-2nd
Big Plays (47) t-2nd
Big Play Runs (29) 3rd
Rushing Yards/Game (161.0) 4th
Total Yards/Game (402.5) 5th
Total Plays (397) 6th
Sacks Allowed (9) 10th
Passing TDs (10) t-16th

CARDS REACH NINE STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 21+ POINTS

• Monday’s victory over the Cowboys marked the ninth consecutive game the Cardinals have scored at least 21 points. Only two teams have longer active streaks than Arizona.

Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts (Active)

Rnk Team Gms
1 Kansas City 17
2 New Orleans 12
3 Arizona 9
4 Seattle 6
5t Pittsburgh 5
5t Detroit 5
5t Miami 5
• The Cardinals current streak of nine straight games with 21+ points is the team's longest since 2007-08 (10) and is tied for the fourth-longest in franchise history.

Franchise Record - Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts

Rnk Year(s) Gms
1 1983-84 11
2t 2007-08 10
2t 1948-49 10
4t 2019-20 9
4t 1975-76 9
• The Cardinals have scored 21+ points in 16 of 22 games under Kingsbury. Arizona scored 21+ points in an NFL-low 9 games in the two seasons prior to his arrival (2017-18).

ARIZONA RUNS FOR SEASON-HIGH 261 ON THE GROUND IN DALLAS

• The Cardinals ran for a season-high 261 yards and three TDs on 35 carries (7.5 avg.) in the win over the Cowboys on Monday. Arizona has now rushed for 100+ yards in all six games this season – and in 16 of 22 games under Kingsbury.
• The 2020 season marks just the third time in the last 46 years (1975-20) that the Cardinals rushed for 100+ yards in each of the first six games of a season.
• Monday’s victory over the Cowboys marked the second time the Cardinals rushed for 260+ yards in a game in the last two seasons (266 yards at Cincinnati, 10/6/19). That equals the number of games in which Arizona had 260+ yards in the previous 38 seasons: 11/27/11 at St. Louis (268) and 9/22/96 at New Orleans (267).
• The Cardinals have now rushed for 966 yards and 11 TDs on 183 carries (5.28 avg.) in 2020. Arizona’s 966 rushing yards are the most through the first six games of a season since the team had 1,088 rushing yards through six games in 1976.
• Through Week 6, Arizona ranks fourth in the NFL averaging 161.0 rushing yards per game in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards/Game (2020)

Rnk Team Yds/Gm Att Avg TD
1 Cleveland 169.5 194 5.2 8
2 New England 167.2 165 5.1 8
3 Baltimore 164.3 181 5.5 7
4 Arizona 161.0 183 5.3 11
5 Tennessee 157.8 163 4.8 7
After rushing for three TDs against the Cowboys on Monday, the Cardinals now have six rushing TDs in their last two games and an NFL-high 11 rushing TDs in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (2020)

Rnk Team TDs
1 Arizona 11
2t L.A. Rams 9
2t Dallas 9
4t Cleveland 8
4t New Orleans 8
4t New England 8
4t Minnesota 8
4t San Francisco 8
• With three rushing TDs against the Jets in Week 5 and three more on MNF at Dallas, the Cardinals have rushed for 3+ TDs in consecutive games for the first time since 2016 – and for just the third time (2016, 2008) in the last 41 years (1980-2020).

DEFENSE HOLDS HIGH-SCORING COWBOYS TO 10 POINTS

• Facing the NFL’s #3 ranked scoring offense in Dallas on MNF, the Cardinals held the Cowboys (who entered the contest averaging 32.6 points/game) to season lows in points (10) and total TDs (1).
• The 10 points allowed are tied for the fewest for the Cardinals under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph – matching their total from Week 5 against the Jets. Yesterday’s game also marked the fifth time in the last eight games Arizona’s defense has allowed 20 points or fewer. With the win on MNF, the Cardinals improved to 4-0 this season when holding an opponent to 20 points or fewer.
The Cardinals defense is allowing just 18.7 points per game in 2020. That is the second-best total in the NFL behind only Baltimore (17.3).

NFL Leaders – Points Allowed/Game (2020)

Rnk Team PPG
1 Baltimore 17.3
2 Arizona 18.7
3t Pittsburgh 18.8
3t Miami 18.8
5 L.A. Rams 19.0
• The Cardinals (112) have allowed the fewest total points in the NFC – despite having already played six games in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Fewest Points Allowed

Rnk Team Pts Gms
1 Pittsburgh 94 5
2 Baltimore 104 6
3t Denver 110 5
3t New England 110 5
5 Arizona 112 6
• Arizona’s defense collected a season-high four takeaways (2 INT, 2 FR), 3.0 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 8 QB hits and a season-high 7 passes defensed against the Cowboys. The Cardinals scored 24 points (3 TD, 1 FG) off the Cowboys four turnovers.
• The Cardinals defense has allowed just two total TDs in the last two games (1 at NYJ; 1 at Dal). It marks just the second time in the last 16 seasons (2005-20) that Arizona allowed one TD or fewer in back-to-back road games: Games 12-13 in 2015.
• Below is a look at the Cardinals defensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Defensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (41.7) 1st
Points Allowed/Game (18.7) 2nd
Red Zone TD Pct. (41.7) 2nd
Rushing TDs Allowed (3) t-2nd
Total TDs Allowed (12) t-4th
QB Hits (37) t-6th
Sacks (17.0) t-6th
Yards Allowed/Play (5.15) 7th
3rd Down Pct. (36.5) 7th
Tackles for Loss (31) t-7th
Points/Drive Allowed (1.75) 8th
Passing Yards/Game (226.5) 11th
Total Net Yards/Game (346.2) 13th

MURRAY EARNS YET ANOTHER WIN AT AT&T STADIUM

• In leading the Cardinals to a victory over the Cowboys on MNF, QB Kyler Murray improved to 7-0 as a starter at AT&T Stadium dating back to his sophomore year of high school in 2012. Murray now has at least one win at AT&T Stadium at the high school (Allen HS), college (Oklahoma) and NFL levels.
• Murray threw for 188 yards and two TDs and also rushed for 74 yards and a TD on 10 carries in the win over Dallas. It was his sixth career game with both a passing and rushing TD. Only three players in franchise history had more games with both a passing and rushing TD in their career than Murray has in his first 22 career games.

Franchise Record – Games w/ Rushing & Pass TD (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Jim Hart (1966-83) 11
2 Ernie Nevers (1929-31) 8
3 Charley Johnson (1961-69) 7
4t Kyler Murray (2019-20) 6
4t Paul Christman (1945-49) 6
Monday’s win was Murray’s fifth game this season with both a passing and rushing TD. He is the first player in NFL history to accomplish the feat five times in the first six games of a season. Murray (5) joins Jim Hart (5 in 1968) as the only players in franchise history with at least five such games in a single season.
• Murray threw for multiple TD passes in a game for the 11th time in his career. He has already established a franchise record for the most games with multiple TD passes in a player’s first two NFL seasons.

Franchise Record – Games w/ 2+ TD Passes (1st 2 Seasons)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 11
2 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 8
3 Sam Etcheverry (1961-62) 7
4t Jim Hart (1966-67) 6
4t M.C. Reynolds (1958) 6
4t Lamar McHan (1954-55) 6
• Murray’s 80-yard TD pass to WR Christian Kirk in the second quarter was his 30th career TD pass. He now needs just three more to pass Jake Plummer (32) for the most in franchise history by a player in his first two seasons.

Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st 2 NFL Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) TDs
1 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 32
2 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 30
3 Jim Hart (1966-67) 19
4 Paul Christman (1945-46) 18
5 Lamar McHan (1954-55) 17
• In the second quarter, Murray posted his sixth rushing TD of the season (and 10th of his career) on a one-yard run. Despite being just six games into the season, his six rushing TDs are tied for the franchise single-season record for rushing TDs by a QB. He matched the total put up by Jim Hart, who had six rushing TDs in 13 games in 1968.

Franchise Record – Rushing TDs by Quarterback (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) TDs Gms
1t Kyler Murray (2020) 6 6
1t Jim Hart (1968) 6 13
3t King Hill (1959) 5 11
3t Lamar McHan (1956) 5 12
5t Kyler Murray (2019) 4 16
5t Jake Plummer (1998) 4 16
5t Charley Trippi (1952) 4 11
5t Charley Trippi (1951) 4 12
5t Arnie Horween (1922) 4 11
• No QB in the Super Bowl era has had more rushing TDs than Murray through the first six games of a season.
• Only Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (7) has more rushing TDs in 2020 than Murray (6).

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 RB Dalvin Cook (Min) 7
2t QB Kyler Murray (AZ) 6
2t RB Derrick Henry (Ten) 6
4t RB Todd Gurley (Atl) 5
4t RB Josh Jacobs (LV) 5
4t RB Aaron Jones (GB) 5
4t QB Cam Newton (Car) 5
4t RB Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 5
Murray is just the fifth player in NFL history with 30+ passing TDs and 10+ rushing TDs in their first two NFL seasons. He joins Daunte Culpepper (1999-01) as the only players in NFL history with 30+ passing TDs and 10+ rushing TDs in their first 22 career games.

NFL History – 30+ Pass TDs & 10+ Rush TDs in 1st 2 Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) Pass Rush Gms
1 Cam Newton (2011-12) 40 22 32
2 Dak Prescott (2016-17) 45 12 32
3 Lamar Jackson (2018-19) 42 17 31
4 Josh Allen (2018-19) 30 17 28
5 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 30 10 22

DRAKE SHINES AGAIN ON MONDAY NIGHT

• RB Kenyan Drake finished Monday’s game with 164 yards and two TDs on 20 carries (8.2 avg.), including TD runs of 1 and 69 yards. Yesterday’s game marked Drake’s sixth career 100-yard outing - and fourth in 14 games with Arizona. He has twice as many 100-yard performances with the Cardinals (4) than he had in 54 games with Miami (2).
• Drake has now rushed for 100+ yards in three of the last nine games.

Drake’s Career Games with 100+ Rushing Yards

Rnk Team Yds Opponent
1 Arizona 166 12/22/19 at Seattle
2 Arizona 164 10/19/20 at Dallas
3 Arizona 137 12/15/19 vs. Cleveland
4 Miami 120 12/3/17 vs. Denver
5 Miami 114 12/11/17 vs. New England
6 Arizona 110 10/31/19 vs. San Francisco
• Drake now has 478 yards and four TDs on 105 carries in 2020. His 478 rushing yards rank fourth in the NFL this season.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Yds Att Avg.
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 588 123 4.8
2 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) 505 107 4.7
3 Dalvin Cook (Min) 489 92 5.3
4 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 478 105 4.6
5 Ronald Jones (TB) 472 97 4.9
• Since the Cardinals acquired Drake in Week 9 last season, he ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,121 rushing yards. His 12 rushing TDs during that span rank third in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards (Week 9 of 2019 – present)

Rnk Player (Team) Yds
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 1,547
2 Joe Mixon (Cin) 1,245
3 Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 1,168
4 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 1,121
5 Nick Chubb (Cle) 1,091

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (Week 9 of 2019 – present)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 17
2 Aaron Jones (GB) 13
3 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 12
4t Dalvin Cook (Min) 11
4t Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 11
4t Christian McCaffrey (Car) 11
4t Todd Gurley (Atl) 11
• Of Drake’s six career 100-yard rushing performances, two have come in his three career games played on Monday Night Football. He now has 100+ rushing yards in each of his last two games played on MNF (had 114 yards vs. New England on 12/11/17 with Miami).
• In his three career appearances on MNF, Drake has 449 total yards (360 rushing; 89 receiving) and three total TDs. Among the TDs are runs of 69 and 66 yards.

Drake on Monday Night Football

Opponent Team Rush Yds TD Rec Yds
10/19/20 @ Dal AZ 20 164 2 0 0
12/11/17 vs. NE Mia 25 114 0 5 79
11/13/17 @ Car Mia 7 82 1 2 10
• Drake now has 12 rushing TDs in 14 games with Arizona, after he totaled nine rushing TDs in 54 games with Miami. Yesterday’s game was Drake’s third career outing with multiple rushing TDs. All three of those performances have come in his last nine games with the Cardinals. He never rushed for multiple TDs in his first 59 career games.

Drake Career Games w/ 2+ Rushing TDs

Opponent TD
12/15/19 vs. Cleveland 4
12/22/19 at Seattle 2
10/19/20 at Dallas 2

KIRK SCORES TWICE ON MONDAY – INCLUDING A CAREER-LONG 80-YARDER

• Like teammate Kyler Murray, WR Christian Kirk entered Monday’s game with experience playing at AT&T Stadium. He played three games at the venue during his time at Texas A&M, scoring six TDs in those contests. He added to that total on MNF, scoring his second and third TDs of the season on a pair of passes from Kyler Murray.
• Kirk’s first catch on Monday was a six-yard TD reception early in the second quarter. Two drives later, he hauled in a career-long 80-yard TD catch. Dating back to his college career at Texas A&M, Kirk now has eight TDs in four games played at AT&T Stadium.

Kirk TDs By Game at AT&T Stadium

Opponent Team TDs Type
10/19/20 @ Dallas Arizona 2 2 Rec (80 and 6 yards)
9/23/17 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 3 2 Rec (81 and 10 yards); 1 KOR (100 yards)
9/24/16 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 1 1 Rec (9 yards)
9/26/15 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 2 2 Rec (44 and 20 yards)
• Kirk’s 80-yard TD reception was his ninth career TD catch, four of which have covered 50+ yards (59, 69, 75 and 80 yards). Dating back to Kirk’s rookie season in 2018, only Tyreek Hill (6) and DeSean Jackson (5) have more TD receptions of 50+ yards.

NFL Leaders – TD Receptions of 50+ Yards (2018-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 Tyreek Hill (KC) 6
2 DeSean Jackson (Phi) 5
3t Christian Kirk (AZ) 4
3t A.J. Brown (Ten) 4
3t Stefon Diggs (Buf) 4
3t Mike Evans (TB) 4
3t Cooper Kupp (LAR) 4
3t D.J. Moore (Car) 4

A BIG DAY FOR BUDDA, INCLUDING HIS FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION

• Still wearing a cast on his hand due to a thumb injury suffered earlier this season, S Budda Baker had one of the best games of his career in the Cardinals win over Dallas on Monday. The Pro Bowler finished yesterday’s game with seven tackles, a sack, his first career INT, a tackle for loss, two QB hits, a pass defensed and a forced fumble.
Monday’s game in Dallas was Baker’s first as a team captain. He received the honor on Saturday evening, taking over the role LB *Chandler Jones** held prior to his season-ending injury.*
Baker became the first Cardinals player since 2003 (Renaldo Hill on 11/2 vs. Cincinnati) to record a sack, an INT and a forced fumble in the same game.
• In the fourth quarter on Monday, Baker dove in front of an Andy Dalton pass intended for Amari Cooper and intercepted it at the AZ 10-yard line. It was the first INT of his NFL career and first INT since his junior year at the University of Washington, when he intercepted a Luke Falk pass on 11/25/16 vs. Washington State.
• Through Week 6, Baker has 45 tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, three QB hits, his first-career INT, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in five games. He missed Arizona's Week 4 game against Carolina after thumb surgery but still ranks top-five among NFL DBs in tackles this year.

NFL Leaders – Total Tackles by a DB (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkl GP
1 S Jordan Poyer (Buf) 50 6
2 S Jeremy Chinn (Car) 48 6
3 S Josh Jones (Jax) 47 6
4 S John Johnson (LAR) 46 6
5t S Budda Baker (AZ) 45 5
5t S Vonn Bell (Cin) 45 6

KIRKPATRICK PICKS UP 11TH CAREER INTERCEPTION – AND FOURTH ON MNF

• CB Dre Kirkpatrick recorded his 11th career INT when he picked off an Andy Dalton pass intended for WR CeeDee Lamb in the third quarter. It was his fourth INT in eight career MNF appearances. Among active players, only New England CB Devin McCourty (5 in 12 games) has more INTs while playing on MNF.

Active NFL Leaders – INTs on Monday Night Football

Rnk Player (Team) INTs Gms
1 Devin McCourty (NE) 5 12
2t Dre Kirkpatrick (AZ) 4 8
2t Marcus Peters (Bal) 4 7
4t Richard Sherman (SF) 3 11
4t Jason McCourty (NE) 3 6
4t Tyrann Mathieu (KC) 3 7
4t Xavien Howard (Mia) 3 3

MONDAY NIGHT NOTES

• Fourth-year LB Haason Reddick had one of the best games of his career against the Cowboys, recording five tackles, 2.0 sacks, two tackles for loss and a pass defensed. It was the first multi-sack performance of his career.
• Second-year CB Byron Murphy Jr. also had a career game in Dallas, finishing with eight tackles, a tackle for loss, two passes defensed and his first career fumble recovery.
• Playing just days after attending the funeral of his father, DL Jordan Phillips recorded two tackles, two QB hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against the Cowboys. Playing in his 82nd career game, it was the first time in his career Phillips recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game.
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2020.10.20 21:22 NFLPowerRankers Official r/NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

Week 6 Official NFL Power Rankings are here! With almost half of the top ten teams losing and almost half of bottom ten winning, look for shakeups galore. Who's ready to be mad? Discuss! 32/32 Reporting
# Team Δ Record Comment
1. Chiefs +2 5-1 The Chiefs bounced back in a big way against the Bills by...running the ball? Kansas City rushed for the most yards in a game since 2012, and this was the most rushing yards by an Andy Reid led team ever. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had an impressive night running the ball behind a patchwork offensive line that still had an amazing day. Nick Allegretti and Daniel Kilgore, especially, performed amazingly. If this rushing attack can continue and the defense can continue to also play well, the Chiefs will add another sorely needed dimension to their arsenal. An arsenal Le'Veon Bell is now powering up.
2. Seahawks -- 5-0 Week 6 saw the Seahawks become the only undefeated team left in the NFC. Look for that to continue this week in Arizona. Russell Unlimited is coming for that MVP vote baby. 😎
3. Ravens +1 5-1 5-1 going into the bye with an offense that does not look great, but the 20+ streak lives on another week. The Ravens really fought off some refball valiantly as the game ended, but that defense was ferocious, and the offense can keep experimenting as teams get HUMPED!!!!!
4. Steelers +2 5-0 Although the Steelers have one less game played for cumulative stats, even on average, the defense is near the top of the NFL in most categories. A depleted Browns team found that out the hard way when their promising start was interrupted with a rude wake-up call, courtesy of Pittsburgh's defense. Cleveland came into that game arguably the hottest rushing team in the league and were held to just 75 yards. Now, after 4 straight home games, the Steelers have to try and continue this pace with 4 of 5 on the road starting at Tennessee to decide who will potentially be left with a perfect record in the AFC.
5. Titans -- 5-0 Derrick Henry had another 200+ 2 TD rushing game and outgained the Jets, Bears, Giants, Browns and Packers in total yards on Sunday. All attention turns to the upcoming battle of two 5-0 teams against the Steelers.
6. Packers -5 4-1 apolgy for poor run d. when were you when aron threw pick6? i was at house eating dorito when phone ring. "aron is kil". "no"
7. Buccaneers +6 4-2 The Buccaneers played a romper stomper on Sunday, upsetting the undefeated Packers 38-10 (after starting down 10-0). Ronald Jones rolled through his third straight 100 yard rushing game, the defense generated 24 pressures on Aaron Rodgers (including 2 interceptions), and 0 penalties were committed. If this is the Buccaneer football the team produces for the rest of the year, they will be a contender deep into playoffs. Next up, the Las Vegas Raiders, where Center Rodney Hudson is expected to go AWOL in Tijuana the night before the big game.
8. Bills -1 4-2 The Bills are reeling off of two straight losses, and for the first time in years most of the blame can go on the defense. No semblance of a pass rush, and an anemic run D have plagued the team in two consecutive weeks now. With that being said: the Bills are 4-2, lead their division by a game, go into what should be a “gimme” against an awful Jets team, and Josh Allen is still a franchise QB. Things could be a lot better, but they could also be a whole lot worse.
9. Rams -1 4-2 The 2020 NLCS had it all: Close battles, big blowouts, amazing defensive plays, grand slams, TOOTBLANs, and best of all, blowing a 3-1 lead. The Dodgers are now headed to their third World Series in four years, and while immensely grateful to the Rays for eliminating the cheaters, after a decade of postseason pain, the mantra among Dodger fans is “please just win it this time.”
10. Bears +4 5-1 Have the Bears earned your respect yet? Their defense continues to flash hard hits, rattle quarterbacks, and keep teams out of the endzone. The Monsters rank in the top (bottom?) 6 in points allowed, yards/play allowed, touchdowns given up, and third down conversions. They lead the league in red zone defense too -- allowing opponents to score a touchdown on only 36%! of red zone possesions. The biggest weakness of this team is clearly the offensive line, which can't seem to find a way to open up room to run no matter who they're facing. The next three games (@LAR, NOS, @TEN) may determine for many if the Bears are contenders or simply good-but-not-great.
11. Raiders -1 3-2 The Raiders score points on 56% of their drives, averaging 3.04 points per drive, both of which are near, or tops in the league. They will need to keep scoring at a similar or better pace against the Bucs who are coming off a very strong win against the Packers this week. The Raiders have a few key players returning from injury this week which should help bolster their defense which is coming off a strong performance against the Chiefs their last time out. Holding them to only 8 points in the second half of the Raiders dominant win.
12. Saints -1 3-2 Much like how Fulcanelli, it's clear Sean Payton possesses great knowledge which can be used to improve his team, but he needs to ensure it doesn't get lost; as with Fulcanelli's knowledge after the Liberation of Paris. The Saints need to put the bye round to good use to ensure this team snaps out of the mire of mediocrity it's been stuck in to start the season lest the resurgent Bucs and Panthers overtake them.
13. Cardinals +3 4-2 That was one of the more memorable Monday Night Football games for Cardinals fans. The Red Rifle had Cardinal hunting in mind, but Budda Baker and the defense were having none of it as they mostly shut down the Cowboy offense and created 4 turnovers. On offense Murray's throws were a little off, but the team seemed much more balanced and fluid as Kenyan Drake had a huge game on the ground. Hopefully the team can use this as momentum as they'll face a well rested division leading Seahawks team next week.
14. Colts +1 4-2 The Colts dug themselves out from under a 21-0 deficit and managed to escape with a 31-27 victory on Sunday. The death of Phillip Rivers has been postponed temporarily; 17 made it happen in his best game as a Colt to date. Extra shout out to Jack Doyle for hauling in a beautiful TD. At 4-2, Indy looks to catch up with the resurgent Titans for control of the AFC South.
15. Browns -6 4-2 Browns fans have a lot to reflect on after the Steelers game. The Browns will take on the Bengals, at home, in a game everyone is sure to tune into.
16. 49ers +2 3-3 The return of Emmanuel Moseley changed the entire look of the defense. Instead of being a weakness, the secondary looked like the strength of the defense against the Rams this week. On the other side of the ball, the Offensive line played a flawless game, allowing 0 sacks on Jimmy G. Both sides of the football will have to be at the top of their game for the stretch of games ahead (@NE, @Sea, GB, @NO, @LAR).
17. Patriots -5 2-3 Hard to gauge what's going on with the team without practice, that being said they did not look great against the Broncos. Pats need a boring week of normalcy leading up to the Niners.
18. Dolphins +1 2-3 Between Mike Gesicki, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Christian Wilkins the Dolphins players are clearly representing the fanbase's excitement for the team very, very well! And while everyone is happy that we finally saw Tua on the field for a couple of passes in mop-up duty after another well won game over a bad team, it clearly meant something more for Tua to get on the field for the first time since his injury in college.
19. Panthers -2 3-3 For a lot of people, failing against the Bears will come as a "We are who they thought they were" moment for the Panthers. But a closer look reveals this: The Panthers have either been in control of or within one possession of every single game they've played in 2020. It's likely not our year, but that's an impressive feat for a team that was supposed to be one of the League's worst going into the season.
20. Chargers +1 1-4 The Chargers didn't blow it this weekend, and about six livers are probably thankful for it. Now the rest of the week can be spent worrying about how this team could shoot itself in the foot against the super spoopy Jaguars.
21. Broncos +5 2-3 242 yards. For a running back or a wide receiver, that'd be an all-time great game. For Brandon McManus, that's just another day at the office. On the leg of their longest-tenured active player, plus a little help from the active hands of Shelby Harris, the Broncos exited Massachusetts with their first win in Foxborough since Jake Plummer. A season not quite dead and not quite alive gets its next test when Mahomes comes to town on Sunday.
22. Lions +3 2-3 A Lions win delivers happiness, excitement, and confusion. Not that the Lions beat the lowly Jaguars, but the Lions dominated from the first snap. They held the lead for the entire game, and beat the Jaguars on both sides of the ball. HC Matt Patricia stated they would be "simplifying" the defense in order to have results NOW, and god damn it finally worked. Does this save his job? No, but consistent performances like that will definitely earn a second look. Next week at ATL, are the teams going to fight over who gets to blow the double digit lead first? Tune in next week!
23. Texans -- 1-5 From the beginning to the very last seconds the Texans were in the game and pushing to win. Aggression was their watchword and for the first time in a long time the Texans were undeniably entertaining to watch. The difference in the team since BoB's firing is obvious, and I think fans can be rightfully proud of this team again. When the worst part of a game was having to listen to Rich Gannon demonstrate loudly how little he knows about strategy, you know it's been a Sunday afternoon well spent.
24. Eagles -- 1-4-1 The Philadelphia Eagles Practice Squad did their best against the Ravens but were unable to complete the comeback. Injuries and losses continue to pile up with virtually no end in sight. The only saving grace: the NFC East is so historically bad that the Eagles, with 1 win in 6 games, sit in 2nd place.
25. Cowboys -5 2-4 The Dallas Cowboys have continued their drunken shuffle sideways, falling the least far from the top of shit mountain. They rotated out which key players were injured, so that was a nice change of pace. Fans have started to shift playoff expectations from a potential Superb Owl push to picking in the early 20s with a 5-11 record.
26. Falcons +4 1-5 Prospective employers are crossing Dan Quinn off in droves, whose incompetent body of work at this point is nothing short of a creative masterpiece. Under new leadership Atlanta looks as sleek as their new jerseys, holding a lead for the first win of the season. Meanwhile, fans have undergone the quickest 180 in recent memory, from Trevor tanking to 11-5 hopefuls in just under five business days.
27. Vikings -5 1-5 Justin Jefferson's stat line from Sunday: 9 catches, 166 yards, 2 TDs, 1 reason to live.
28. Bengals -1 1-4-1 How to lose close games and & alienate players. A memoir by Zac Taylor, coming soon.
29. Washington FT -1 1-5 Washington Football Team and the Giants both came in with aspirations of being the least in the east but when it came time to win the game, Washington showed true losing heart and just wanted it less.
30. Jaguars -1 1-5 The Jacksonville Jaguars are very bad at the sport of American football. Fans call for leadership changes, however it seems the beatings will continue until morale improves.
31. Giants -- 1-5 An ugly win is still a win. But boy, was this one ugly. Staredowns and inexplicable lobs into the air resulting in picks continue to plague Daniel Jones, and the offensive playcalling leaves much to be desired. Thankfully, the defense continues to (mostly) impress. The Giants have little time for celebration on their first win of the season, though, as they'll head to Philly on a short week to see who wants to lose the NFC East title more.
32. Jets -- 0-6 Immediately following the game in Miami, the Jets traded DL Steve McLendon to the Bucs, who promptly got into his car and drove straight to Tampa. We should all be so luc
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2020.10.20 21:02 WhatMyHeartHeld Game Notes Week 6

• The Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38-10 at AT&T Stadium on Monday Night Football. The victory was the Cardinals third-ever road win on Monday Night Football and first since 1977. All three of Arizona’s road wins on MNF have come against Dallas: 11/14/77 @ Dal, 24-17; 11/16/70 @ Dal, 38-0
• Arizona is now 4-1 in its last five appearances on MNF. The Cardinals have as many wins in their last five MNF appearances (4) as they had in their previous 20 (4).
• With the win on Monday, the Cardinals improved to 5-1 in their last six games against the Cowboys and also improved to 2-0 all-time at AT&T Stadium.
• With a 4-2 record in 2020, Arizona is off to its best start since 2015 (also 4-2).

WINNING BIG IN 2020

• Following their 28-point victory on the road in Dallas on Monday, the Cardinals now have the second-best point differential (+54) in the NFC and the fourth-best in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Point Differential (2020)

Rnk Team Diff PF PA
1 Baltimore +75 179 104
2 Pittsburgh +62 156 94
3 Tampa Bay +55 177 122
4 Arizona +54 166 112
5 Kansas City +48 175 127
• Combined with their 30-10 win over the Jets in Week 5, the Cardinals have won consecutive road games by 20+ points for just the fifth time in franchise history. It marks just the second time in franchise history (Games 7-8 in 1949) the Cardinals have won road games by 20+ points in consecutive weeks.

Franchise History – Consecutive Road Wins By 20+ Points

Year Games
2020 Game 5 @ Jets (+20); Game 6 @ Dal (+28)
2015 Game 12 @ Rams (+24); Game 14 @ Eagles (+23)
2015 Game 2 @ Bears (+25); Game 5 @ Lions (+25)
1965 Game 2 @ Browns (+36); Games 4 @ Washington (+21)
1949 Game 4 @ Yankees (+45); Game 7 @ Lions (+23); Game 8 @ Packers (+22)
• Between 2017-19, the Cardinals had just one win decided by 20 points or more. The team has two such wins the last two weeks. Of Arizona’s four wins this season, three have come by 15+ points.
• Arizona (2) joins Baltimore (2) and Miami (2) as the only teams with multiple wins by 20+ points this season.

MOVING UP IN THE NFC WEST

• The Cardinals victory over Dallas – coupled with the Rams loss in San Francisco – means Arizona will enter its Week 7 showdown against the undefeated Seahawks tied for second place in the NFC West.

2020 NFC West Standings

Team W L PF PA Hm Road Div Conf
Seattle 5 0 169 135 3-0 2-0 0-0 3-0
Arizona 4 2 166 112 1-1 3-1 1-0 3-2
L.A. Rams 4 2 152 114 2-0 2-2 0-1 4-1
San Francisco 3 3 148 130 1-3 2-0 1-1 2-2
• The NFC West leads the NFL in wins (16), points scored (635) and fewest points allowed (491). It remains the only division in which every team has a record of .500 or better and in which every team has a positive point differential.

OFFENSE PUTS UP 38 POINTS IN DALLAS

• The Cardinals finished Monday’s game with a season-high 38 points to go along with 438 total net yards (261 rushing; 177 passing). It marks the eighth time – and fourth time this season – Arizona reached 400+ total yards in 22 games under head coach *Kliff Kingsbury*. Arizona reached 400+ yards just once in 32 games over the two seasons combined (2017-18) prior to his arrival.
Arizona (4) joins the L.A. Rams (4) and Dallas (4) as the only teams in the NFL this season with at least four games of 400+ total yards.
• Through the first six games, the Cardinals have 2,415 total net yards on offense (1,449 passing; 966 rushing). Arizona’s 2,415 total yards represent the fifth-highest total in franchise history through the first six games of a season – and the most since the team had 2,434 total yards in 2015.

Franchise History – Most Yards Thru 6 Games

Rnk Year Yds
1 1984 2,559
2 1948 2,493
3 1988 2,446
4 2015 2,434
5 2020 2,415
• The 2020 season marks the third time in franchise history the Cardinals have at least 1,400 passing yards and 900 rushing yards through the first six games of a season.

Franchise History – 1,400 Pass Yards & 900 Rush Yds Thru 6 Games

Year Pass Rush Total
2020 1,449 966 2,415
1988 1,647 912 2,559
1984 1,493 953 2,446
• Below is a look at the Cardinals offensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Offensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Rushing TDs (11) 1st
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (100.0) t-1st
4th Down Conv. Pct. (100.0) t-1st
Rushing 1st Downs (59) 1st
Red Zone TD Pct. (80.0) 2nd
Total 1st Downs (150) 2nd
Total TDs (21) t-2nd
Big Plays (47) t-2nd
Big Play Runs (29) 3rd
Rushing Yards/Game (161.0) 4th
Total Yards/Game (402.5) 5th
Total Plays (397) 6th
Sacks Allowed (9) 10th
Passing TDs (10) t-16th

CARDS REACH NINE STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 21+ POINTS

• Monday’s victory over the Cowboys marked the ninth consecutive game the Cardinals have scored at least 21 points. Only two teams have longer active streaks than Arizona.

Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts (Active)

Rnk Team Gms
1 Kansas City 17
2 New Orleans 12
3 Arizona 9
4 Seattle 6
5t Pittsburgh 5
5t Detroit 5
5t Miami 5
• The Cardinals current streak of nine straight games with 21+ points is the team's longest since 2007-08 (10) and is tied for the fourth-longest in franchise history.

Franchise Record - Consecutive Games Scoring 21+ Pts

Rnk Year(s) Gms
1 1983-84 11
2t 2007-08 10
2t 1948-49 10
4t 2019-20 9
4t 1975-76 9
• The Cardinals have scored 21+ points in 16 of 22 games under Kingsbury. Arizona scored 21+ points in an NFL-low 9 games in the two seasons prior to his arrival (2017-18).

ARIZONA RUNS FOR SEASON-HIGH 261 ON THE GROUND IN DALLAS

• The Cardinals ran for a season-high 261 yards and three TDs on 35 carries (7.5 avg.) in the win over the Cowboys on Monday. Arizona has now rushed for 100+ yards in all six games this season – and in 16 of 22 games under Kingsbury.
• The 2020 season marks just the third time in the last 46 years (1975-20) that the Cardinals rushed for 100+ yards in each of the first six games of a season.
• Monday’s victory over the Cowboys marked the second time the Cardinals rushed for 260+ yards in a game in the last two seasons (266 yards at Cincinnati, 10/6/19). That equals the number of games in which Arizona had 260+ yards in the previous 38 seasons: 11/27/11 at St. Louis (268) and 9/22/96 at New Orleans (267).
• The Cardinals have now rushed for 966 yards and 11 TDs on 183 carries (5.28 avg.) in 2020. Arizona’s 966 rushing yards are the most through the first six games of a season since the team had 1,088 rushing yards through six games in 1976.
• Through Week 6, Arizona ranks fourth in the NFL averaging 161.0 rushing yards per game in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards/Game (2020)

Rnk Team Yds/Gm Att Avg TD
1 Cleveland 169.5 194 5.2 8
2 New England 167.2 165 5.1 8
3 Baltimore 164.3 181 5.5 7
4 Arizona 161.0 183 5.3 11
5 Tennessee 157.8 163 4.8 7
After rushing for three TDs against the Cowboys on Monday, the Cardinals now have six rushing TDs in their last two games and an NFL-high 11 rushing TDs in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (2020)

Rnk Team TDs
1 Arizona 11
2t L.A. Rams 9
2t Dallas 9
4t Cleveland 8
4t New Orleans 8
4t New England 8
4t Minnesota 8
4t San Francisco 8
• With three rushing TDs against the Jets in Week 5 and three more on MNF at Dallas, the Cardinals have rushed for 3+ TDs in consecutive games for the first time since 2016 – and for just the third time (2016, 2008) in the last 41 years (1980-2020).

DEFENSE HOLDS HIGH-SCORING COWBOYS TO 10 POINTS

• Facing the NFL’s #3 ranked scoring offense in Dallas on MNF, the Cardinals held the Cowboys (who entered the contest averaging 32.6 points/game) to season lows in points (10) and total TDs (1).
• The 10 points allowed are tied for the fewest for the Cardinals under defensive coordinator Vance Joseph – matching their total from Week 5 against the Jets. Yesterday’s game also marked the fifth time in the last eight games Arizona’s defense has allowed 20 points or fewer. With the win on MNF, the Cardinals improved to 4-0 this season when holding an opponent to 20 points or fewer.
The Cardinals defense is allowing just 18.7 points per game in 2020. That is the second-best total in the NFL behind only Baltimore (17.3).

NFL Leaders – Points Allowed/Game (2020)

Rnk Team PPG
1 Baltimore 17.3
2 Arizona 18.7
3t Pittsburgh 18.8
3t Miami 18.8
5 L.A. Rams 19.0
• The Cardinals (112) have allowed the fewest total points in the NFC – despite having already played six games in 2020.

NFL Leaders – Fewest Points Allowed

Rnk Team Pts Gms
1 Pittsburgh 94 5
2 Baltimore 104 6
3t Denver 110 5
3t New England 110 5
5 Arizona 112 6
• Arizona’s defense collected a season-high four takeaways (2 INT, 2 FR), 3.0 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 8 QB hits and a season-high 7 passes defensed against the Cowboys. The Cardinals scored 24 points (3 TD, 1 FG) off the Cowboys four turnovers.
• The Cardinals defense has allowed just two total TDs in the last two games (1 at NYJ; 1 at Dal). It marks just the second time in the last 16 seasons (2005-20) that Arizona allowed one TD or fewer in back-to-back road games: Games 12-13 in 2015.
• Below is a look at the Cardinals defensive rankings in 2020:

Arizona Defensive Rankings in 2020

Statistic NFL Rnk
Goal-to-Go TD Pct. (41.7) 1st
Points Allowed/Game (18.7) 2nd
Red Zone TD Pct. (41.7) 2nd
Rushing TDs Allowed (3) t-2nd
Total TDs Allowed (12) t-4th
QB Hits (37) t-6th
Sacks (17.0) t-6th
Yards Allowed/Play (5.15) 7th
3rd Down Pct. (36.5) 7th
Tackles for Loss (31) t-7th
Points/Drive Allowed (1.75) 8th
Passing Yards/Game (226.5) 11th
Total Net Yards/Game (346.2) 13th

MURRAY EARNS YET ANOTHER WIN AT AT&T STADIUM

• In leading the Cardinals to a victory over the Cowboys on MNF, QB Kyler Murray improved to 7-0 as a starter at AT&T Stadium dating back to his sophomore year of high school in 2012. Murray now has at least one win at AT&T Stadium at the high school (Allen HS), college (Oklahoma) and NFL levels.
• Murray threw for 188 yards and two TDs and also rushed for 74 yards and a TD on 10 carries in the win over Dallas. It was his sixth career game with both a passing and rushing TD. Only three players in franchise history had more games with both a passing and rushing TD in their career than Murray has in his first 22 career games.

Franchise Record – Games w/ Rushing & Pass TD (Career)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Jim Hart (1966-83) 11
2 Ernie Nevers (1929-31) 8
3 Charley Johnson (1961-69) 7
4t Kyler Murray (2019-20) 6
4t Paul Christman (1945-49) 6
Monday’s win was Murray’s fifth game this season with both a passing and rushing TD. He is the first player in NFL history to accomplish the feat five times in the first six games of a season. Murray (5) joins Jim Hart (5 in 1968) as the only players in franchise history with at least five such games in a single season.
• Murray threw for multiple TD passes in a game for the 11th time in his career. He has already established a franchise record for the most games with multiple TD passes in a player’s first two NFL seasons.

Franchise Record – Games w/ 2+ TD Passes (1st 2 Seasons)

Rnk Player (Years) Gms
1 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 11
2 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 8
3 Sam Etcheverry (1961-62) 7
4t Jim Hart (1966-67) 6
4t M.C. Reynolds (1958) 6
4t Lamar McHan (1954-55) 6
• Murray’s 80-yard TD pass to WR Christian Kirk in the second quarter was his 30th career TD pass. He now needs just three more to pass Jake Plummer (32) for the most in franchise history by a player in his first two seasons.

Franchise Record – TD Passes in 1st 2 NFL Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) TDs
1 Jake Plummer (1997-98) 32
2 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 30
3 Jim Hart (1966-67) 19
4 Paul Christman (1945-46) 18
5 Lamar McHan (1954-55) 17
• In the second quarter, Murray posted his sixth rushing TD of the season (and 10th of his career) on a one-yard run. Despite being just six games into the season, his six rushing TDs are tied for the franchise single-season record for rushing TDs by a QB. He matched the total put up by Jim Hart, who had six rushing TDs in 13 games in 1968.

Franchise Record – Rushing TDs by Quarterback (Season)

Rnk Player (Year) TDs Gms
1t Kyler Murray (2020) 6 6
1t Jim Hart (1968) 6 13
3t King Hill (1959) 5 11
3t Lamar McHan (1956) 5 12
5t Kyler Murray (2019) 4 16
5t Jake Plummer (1998) 4 16
5t Charley Trippi (1952) 4 11
5t Charley Trippi (1951) 4 12
5t Arnie Horween (1922) 4 11
• No QB in the Super Bowl era has had more rushing TDs than Murray through the first six games of a season.
• Only Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (7) has more rushing TDs in 2020 than Murray (6).

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 RB Dalvin Cook (Min) 7
2t QB Kyler Murray (AZ) 6
2t RB Derrick Henry (Ten) 6
4t RB Todd Gurley (Atl) 5
4t RB Josh Jacobs (LV) 5
4t RB Aaron Jones (GB) 5
4t QB Cam Newton (Car) 5
4t RB Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 5
Murray is just the fifth player in NFL history with 30+ passing TDs and 10+ rushing TDs in their first two NFL seasons. He joins Daunte Culpepper (1999-01) as the only players in NFL history with 30+ passing TDs and 10+ rushing TDs in their first 22 career games.

NFL History – 30+ Pass TDs & 10+ Rush TDs in 1st 2 Seasons

Rnk Player (Years) Pass Rush Gms
1 Cam Newton (2011-12) 40 22 32
2 Dak Prescott (2016-17) 45 12 32
3 Lamar Jackson (2018-19) 42 17 31
4 Josh Allen (2018-19) 30 17 28
5 Kyler Murray (2019-20) 30 10 22

DRAKE SHINES AGAIN ON MONDAY NIGHT

• RB Kenyan Drake finished Monday’s game with 164 yards and two TDs on 20 carries (8.2 avg.), including TD runs of 1 and 69 yards. Yesterday’s game marked Drake’s sixth career 100-yard outing - and fourth in 14 games with Arizona. He has twice as many 100-yard performances with the Cardinals (4) than he had in 54 games with Miami (2).
• Drake has now rushed for 100+ yards in three of the last nine games.

Drake’s Career Games with 100+ Rushing Yards

Rnk Team Yds Opponent
1 Arizona 166 12/22/19 at Seattle
2 Arizona 164 10/19/20 at Dallas
3 Arizona 137 12/15/19 vs. Cleveland
4 Miami 120 12/3/17 vs. Denver
5 Miami 114 12/11/17 vs. New England
6 Arizona 110 10/31/19 vs. San Francisco
• Drake now has 478 yards and four TDs on 105 carries in 2020. His 478 rushing yards rank fourth in the NFL this season.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Yds Att Avg.
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 588 123 4.8
2 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) 505 107 4.7
3 Dalvin Cook (Min) 489 92 5.3
4 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 478 105 4.6
5 Ronald Jones (TB) 472 97 4.9
• Since the Cardinals acquired Drake in Week 9 last season, he ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,121 rushing yards. His 12 rushing TDs during that span rank third in the NFL.

NFL Leaders – Rushing Yards (Week 9 of 2019 – present)

Rnk Player (Team) Yds
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 1,547
2 Joe Mixon (Cin) 1,245
3 Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 1,168
4 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 1,121
5 Nick Chubb (Cle) 1,091

NFL Leaders – Rushing TDs (Week 9 of 2019 – present)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 Derrick Henry (Ten) 17
2 Aaron Jones (GB) 13
3 Kenyan Drake (AZ) 12
4t Dalvin Cook (Min) 11
4t Ezekiel Elliott (Dal) 11
4t Christian McCaffrey (Car) 11
4t Todd Gurley (Atl) 11
• Of Drake’s six career 100-yard rushing performances, two have come in his three career games played on Monday Night Football. He now has 100+ rushing yards in each of his last two games played on MNF (had 114 yards vs. New England on 12/11/17 with Miami).
• In his three career appearances on MNF, Drake has 449 total yards (360 rushing; 89 receiving) and three total TDs. Among the TDs are runs of 69 and 66 yards.

Drake on Monday Night Football

Opponent Team Rush Yds TD Rec Yds
10/19/20 @ Dal AZ 20 164 2 0 0
12/11/17 vs. NE Mia 25 114 0 5 79
11/13/17 @ Car Mia 7 82 1 2 10
• Drake now has 12 rushing TDs in 14 games with Arizona, after he totaled nine rushing TDs in 54 games with Miami. Yesterday’s game was Drake’s third career outing with multiple rushing TDs. All three of those performances have come in his last nine games with the Cardinals. He never rushed for multiple TDs in his first 59 career games.

Drake Career Games w/ 2+ Rushing TDs

Opponent TD
12/15/19 vs. Cleveland 4
12/22/19 at Seattle 2
10/19/20 at Dallas 2

KIRK SCORES TWICE ON MONDAY – INCLUDING A CAREER-LONG 80-YARDER

• Like teammate Kyler Murray, WR Christian Kirk entered Monday’s game with experience playing at AT&T Stadium. He played three games at the venue during his time at Texas A&M, scoring six TDs in those contests. He added to that total on MNF, scoring his second and third TDs of the season on a pair of passes from Kyler Murray.
• Kirk’s first catch on Monday was a six-yard TD reception early in the second quarter. Two drives later, he hauled in a career-long 80-yard TD catch. Dating back to his college career at Texas A&M, Kirk now has eight TDs in four games played at AT&T Stadium.

Kirk TDs By Game at AT&T Stadium

Opponent Team TDs Type
10/19/20 @ Dallas Arizona 2 2 Rec (80 and 6 yards)
9/23/17 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 3 2 Rec (81 and 10 yards); 1 KOR (100 yards)
9/24/16 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 1 1 Rec (9 yards)
9/26/15 vs. Arkansas Texas A&M 2 2 Rec (44 and 20 yards)
• Kirk’s 80-yard TD reception was his ninth career TD catch, four of which have covered 50+ yards (59, 69, 75 and 80 yards). Dating back to Kirk’s rookie season in 2018, only Tyreek Hill (6) and DeSean Jackson (5) have more TD receptions of 50+ yards.

NFL Leaders – TD Receptions of 50+ Yards (2018-20)

Rnk Player (Team) TDs
1 Tyreek Hill (KC) 6
2 DeSean Jackson (Phi) 5
3t Christian Kirk (AZ) 4
3t A.J. Brown (Ten) 4
3t Stefon Diggs (Buf) 4
3t Mike Evans (TB) 4
3t Cooper Kupp (LAR) 4
3t D.J. Moore (Car) 4

A BIG DAY FOR BUDDA, INCLUDING HIS FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION

• Still wearing a cast on his hand due to a thumb injury suffered earlier this season, S Budda Baker had one of the best games of his career in the Cardinals win over Dallas on Monday. The Pro Bowler finished yesterday’s game with seven tackles, a sack, his first career INT, a tackle for loss, two QB hits, a pass defensed and a forced fumble.
Monday’s game in Dallas was Baker’s first as a team captain. He received the honor on Saturday evening, taking over the role LB *Chandler Jones** held prior to his season-ending injury.*
Baker became the first Cardinals player since 2003 (Renaldo Hill on 11/2 vs. Cincinnati) to record a sack, an INT and a forced fumble in the same game.
• In the fourth quarter on Monday, Baker dove in front of an Andy Dalton pass intended for Amari Cooper and intercepted it at the AZ 10-yard line. It was the first INT of his NFL career and first INT since his junior year at the University of Washington, when he intercepted a Luke Falk pass on 11/25/16 vs. Washington State.
• Through Week 6, Baker has 45 tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, three QB hits, his first-career INT, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in five games. He missed Arizona's Week 4 game against Carolina after thumb surgery but still ranks top-five among NFL DBs in tackles this year.

NFL Leaders – Total Tackles by a DB (2020)

Rnk Player (Team) Tkl GP
1 S Jordan Poyer (Buf) 50 6
2 S Jeremy Chinn (Car) 48 6
3 S Josh Jones (Jax) 47 6
4 S John Johnson (LAR) 46 6
5t S Budda Baker (AZ) 45 5
5t S Vonn Bell (Cin) 45 6

KIRKPATRICK PICKS UP 11TH CAREER INTERCEPTION – AND FOURTH ON MNF

• CB Dre Kirkpatrick recorded his 11th career INT when he picked off an Andy Dalton pass intended for WR CeeDee Lamb in the third quarter. It was his fourth INT in eight career MNF appearances. Among active players, only New England CB Devin McCourty (5 in 12 games) has more INTs while playing on MNF.

Active NFL Leaders – INTs on Monday Night Football

Rnk Player (Team) INTs Gms
1 Devin McCourty (NE) 5 12
2t Dre Kirkpatrick (AZ) 4 8
2t Marcus Peters (Bal) 4 7
4t Richard Sherman (SF) 3 11
4t Jason McCourty (NE) 3 6
4t Tyrann Mathieu (KC) 3 7
4t Xavien Howard (Mia) 3 3

MONDAY NIGHT NOTES

• Fourth-year LB Haason Reddick had one of the best games of his career against the Cowboys, recording five tackles, 2.0 sacks, two tackles for loss and a pass defensed. It was the first multi-sack performance of his career.
• Second-year CB Byron Murphy Jr. also had a career game in Dallas, finishing with eight tackles, a tackle for loss, two passes defensed and his first career fumble recovery.
• Playing just days after attending the funeral of his father, DL Jordan Phillips recorded two tackles, two QB hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against the Cowboys. Playing in his 82nd career game, it was the first time in his career Phillips recorded a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game.
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2020.10.20 20:57 JessCHistory England's First Murder By Gun - Who Shot Robert Pakington in 1536?

I’m back with another curious mystery from London that I’m fairly sure hasn’t been covered here before. I’m a historian and the Tudor period, particularly the Henrican Reformation, was my specialty at degree. It’s got guns, clerical reform, and the first ever murder committed with a handgun in England.

Who Was Robert Pakington?
Robert Pakington was born to John Pakington and Elizabeth Washborne in a village called Stanforn-in-Teme. The village is in the county of Worcestershire, which is part of the West Midlands, and located not far from the Welsh border. His date of birth is not precisely known, being estimated around 1489 to fit in with later details we know of his life.
The family had a long lineage of genteel origin, the line stretching all the way back to the reign of Henry I. Elizabeth Washborne was an heiress that brought wealth to the Pakington family, and her and John would produce a large family. They would have four sons (John, Humphrey, Robert, Augustine) and three daughters (Joyce, Eleanor, and Margery). Money and influence was clearly spent on educating their children and putting them in the most favourable positions possible. The eldest son, John, would go on to become a lawyer and take a position at court, rising so high in Henry VIII’s favour that he was granted special permission to wear his hat in the presence of the king.
Robert was sent away at a young age to be an apprentice for the Mercer’s Company in London. This was entirely normal. Living with another household was important in the education of any young person, giving them vital social connections, a polish on their manners, as well as educating them in a trade. The Mercer’s Company was a guild and trade association for merchants, but most especially for those trading in fabrics such as wool, velvet, and silk. Wool fabric was the backbone of the English economy. Widely considered to be the finest fabric in Europe and generated huge amounts of wealth for an emerging merchant class that would become hugely influential throughout the sixteenth century.
Guilds were like a mixture of trade unions and secret societies. They would hold the secrets of their trade to members and their families, controlling trade standards and techniques, but also operated as communities of like-minded families. They would put on events, masques, parades, and care for the families of members who fell into destitution. Robert was clearly a respected member of the company as he worked as a Warden in the years 1527 and 1528.
Many guilds had strong religious links, although that really goes without saying for anything in the sixteenth century! There was not a single aspect of life in Tudor England that did not link back to religion. However, the nature of those connections and the role the church played in everyday life was rapidly changing. Humanist thought, where authors, writers, and theologians sought to look at original Biblical texts and examined works of classical Republicanism, had encouraged increased interest and criticism of the function and theology of the Catholic church.
This can be seen as coming to a head with Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg in 1517. While other movements that sought to reform the practices of the Catholic church had faltered before, this was a new age. The printing press allowed quicker dissemination of ideas, especially in bustling urban centres, full of newly made men who did not entirely fit into the traditional social hierarchy.
Anti-clerical thought was high and common in London. Robert Hunne, a merchant tailor, was accused of heresy in 1514 after refusing to pay a church fee for his baby’s burial robe. He was found hanging in his cell in suspicious circumstances and the authorities had his corpse burnt for his supposed crimes. It is possible that Robert, employed in a similar trade, may have known Hunne socially. He would have certainly known him in his network of contacts and through working in the same circles.
In any case, Pakington wrote articles for the Mercers in 1523 and 1529 that were extremely anti-clerical. It is important to note that ‘Protestant’ did not exist as a cohesive branch of religious thought or even as a term at this point. Robert would have been known as a reformist or an evangelical, and his views were extremely common for men of his position and rank. He also would have still considered himself a Catholic. What reformers wanted was for the church to return to a state of spiritual purity that existed in the earliest days of the Christian church and to cut through rules and customs that had been built up over the centuries.
Robert Pakington was elected to parliament in October 1533 and re-elected in 1536. Edward Hall, a lawyer and historian, recorded that Pakington spent time in parliament ‘speaking somewhat against the covetousness and cruelty of the clergy’. It was most likely during this time that he came into contact with Thomas Cromwell.
Working as chancellor from 1533, Cromwell is, to put it mildly, a much discussed and controversial figure. To avoid any big discussions on Cromwell and his role in the Reformation, let’s simplify by saying that he held strongly reformist views and that when Henry VIII said he wished for people to jump, Cromwell would ask how high it should be. He was responsible for overseeing the king’s wishes, especially in directing policy for the Church of England after it broke away from the main body of the Roman Catholic Church in 1533. Pakington supplied Cromwell with reports on Flanders, an influential area in the Low Countries that is now in Belgium. The Low Countries had embraced reformist beliefs fairly quickly and was the key market for international trade, especially woollen cloth. Pakington definitely had knowledge on both fronts to keep the Chancellor well informed.

The Murder
Pakington lived in an area called ‘Westcheap’ - now known as Cheapside. ‘Cheap’ was the word for market in Middle English and the area was the site of the major produce markets for the city. Cheapside has also had a long association with fabric and cloth, most likely because the Mercer’s Company was based there. In fact, their main chapel at St Thomas of Acre was located just across the street from Robert Pakington’s home.
Robert attended mass at this chapel daily. As he left his home on the 13th November 1536, leaving his second wife Katherine and his five children inside, he found that the street was blocked by a man driving a cart. The man turned to Robert and asked whether he was Robert Pakington. Robert, used to dealing with messengers and merchants on a daily basis, confirmed that he was indeed Master Pakington.
The man in the cart turned, leaning into the haystack on his cart, and removed a wheellock handgun. He shot Robert in the head, killing him instantly. The shot was heard throughout the neighbourhood. It was the first murder committed with a handgun in London.
‘And one morning amongst all other, being a great misty morning such as hath seldom been seen, even as he was crossing the street from his house to the church, he was suddenly murdered with a gun, which of the neighbours was plainly heard and by a great number of labourers there standing at Soper's Lane [NB. now known as Queen Street] end...but the deed doer was never espied nor known.’
Neighbours and bystanders came running to see the noise as the murderer on the cart quickly made a get away. The strong mist and fog limited what they could see of the killer; it is probably why Pakington was not suspicious of being asked his identity. The neighbours gave conflicting reports about what the murderer looked like and the direction he had escaped. A ‘gret rewarde’ was put forward but who did it was never discovered.

The Murder Weapon
Robert Pakington was shot with a wheellock handgun. These were developed from around 1500 and they are fired in a way similar to a cigarette lighter. A wheel is spun against pyrite to create a spark that ignites the charge. They were the perfect weapon for a quick murder in an urban environment. A wheellock can be fired with just one hand, unlike most guns of the time that required packed powders and being locked and prepared in a long process. They are also resistant to rain or damp conditions. While other guns required a burning slow match to be applied to a fuse, the wheellock meant a spark could be made in any weather. The smaller size meant it could easily be hidden in cloaks and pockets. Later on in the sixteenth century, these very factors meant wheellocks were used for the assassinations of William the Silent and Francis, Duke of Guise.
However, those factors that made the wheellock such an effective weapon made it incredibly expensive. The mechanisms required an extremely skilled gunsmith to craft them and to maintain them. The complexity of design made it prone to malfunctions and breakages if the gun is not kept carefully. This would suggest that someone with access to a lot of money killed Pakington or arranged for his death. The gun may have even been sourced from abroad. London was one of the larger cities in England but the population was around 100,000. Any gunsmith with knowledge of selling such a notable weapon would have been identified and questioned (although, he may also have been bought off). In any case, the use of the gun makes this murder particularly notable.

Who Murdered Robert Pakington?
It is extremely unlikely at this point that we will ever know the exact identity of Pakington’s killer - not unless we find a signed confession or will confessing to the crime - there have been theories put forth over the years as to who did the deed.
Robert Barnes, a reformist priest who led the sermon for Pakington’s funeral, called Robert a martyr. This idea was promoted by many of those who knew Robert and who became committed to the new Protestant cause. John Bale, a Protestant reformer, suggested in 1545 that conservative Catholic bishops funded an assassin to do the deed. Edward Hall agreed. John Foxe, a martyrologist who wrote accounts of Protestant martyrs being horribly killed by corrupt Catholic authorities in his work Actes and Monuments, also blamed the clergy. He added to the story by alleging that John Incent, a Dean of St. Paul’s, made a deathbed confession that he murdered Pakington. He also came up with a theory that an Italian may have been the assassin. After all, Italy had the most skilled gunsmiths in Europe and guns were thought to be more part of Italian culture than anywhere else.
The chroniclers John Stow, Richard Grafton, and Raphael Holinshed did not repeat Foxe’s claims in their accounts of the murder. Instead, they claimed that a felon hanged in Banbury, an Oxfordshire village, confessed to the murder while on the gallows.
Finger pointing about religion aside, it is extremely unlikely that bishops got together to conspire to assassinate Robert Pakington. He was a minor figure of reformist policy with no real say over anything. There was nothing especially controversial or notable about his views. He was not translating or publishing Bibles, although he may have imported illegal Tyndale translations from his connections in the Low Countries. There was nothing that would have made him more of a target than, say, Thomas Cromwell. In fact, if bishops wanted to conspire to kill anyone, Thomas Cromwell would have been top of their list.
The death seems to have definitely been arranged. The weapon was chosen for the weather in London in a cold, wet November. The day was chosen carefully, picking one of mist and fog where it would be easy to make a getaway without any neighbours making an identification. Preparing the cart and the hay implies premeditation. Whoever did the murder must have known Pakington’s schedule to be aware of when he was likely to leave his home for mass and that he would not be accompanied with his wife or children. There was money spent on the crime. Handguns were still very rare in England and effort had been put into selecting a weapon that would be the most efficient at killing Pakington to give the killer time to get away.
If he wasn’t killed for his politics, maybe Pakington’s finances provide a clue. He left behind a fortune of around £300 - equivalent to £126,407 in modern money, or around the wages due from 10,000 days of labour. That is a considerable amount of money and he was part of an influential guild with connections stretching into Europe. In the rush to label him a martyr, any business dealings, debts, or disputes that had gone sour were forgotten and never recorded.
There is always the chance that Pakington was, as one in Cheapside might say today, a bit of a dick and someone just wanted to kill him for entirely personal reasons.
Whoever it was that killed Robert Pakington put time, effort, and money into ensuring it was well done. So well done that, while Robert Pakington is still remembered as the first man murdered by a gun in England, we have no idea who killed him and why.

What ideas do you have about the murder of Robert Pakington?
Some sources used:
https://inquisitivewonder.com/the-assassination-of-robert-pakington/
https://www.tudorsociety.com/tag/robert-pakington/
https://peoplepill.com/people/robert-pakington/
http://www.johnfoxe.org/index_realm_text_gototype_modern_edition_1570_pageid_1330.html
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2020.10.20 16:25 Basic-Acanthisitta-5 Shogun 2 Legendary Tips. (For the Sengoku Jidai/Vanilla Campaign)

  1. Field ashigaru-heavy armies. This will allow you to keep costs low. It is not for their spear wall ability, though this is powerful, it is because their cost effectiveness will allow you to make mistakes.
  2. Remember, you cannot save-scum on legendary. Something will go wrong, and when you don't need to throw your all-samurai army away in a piss-up, the game is a lot more forgiving, and a lot more fun.
  3. Attack first. Be aggressive. All the tables favour the A.I.; so, it is up to you to turn them. Build cheap, expendable expeditionary forces to take enemy castles. You'll thank me when your first stack crushes the enemy at your capital in a siege defence, but doesn't have the movement range to counterattack effectively: this usually results in the enemy A.I. using its game-breaking economy and über recruitment slots to field another full stack in two turns. Fuck the A.I. Make sure there's an ambush force in range of the enemy settlement before the enemy begins their assault on your castle. Do this right and you may not even have to fight their army, fingers crossed. (Armies go poof when their last town goes bye-bye.)
  4. Which reminds me, fight using your castles. Open field battles, when you're attacking that is, are a piss-up. The enemy A.I. always camps on hills and makes it a life or death struggle. Arrow towers are not worthless. Choke points are provided to you during siege defences. Use every layer. Don't underestimate good strategy. You can hold 300 men on one side of the castle with one unit of ashigaru. The enemy has to try and take your towers and your central flag; so, place your ashigaru in spear wall directly in front of your flags. The enemy must run at your ashigaru and defeat them before progressing through the rest of the castle. Utilise the stupidity of the A.I. and break the enemy by making them come to you.
  5. If the enemy has archers during castle defences, make them waste their ammo, if there are too many of them, attack first.
  6. Cavalry are not good in bulk unless you're Takeda. Four units is too many units. I bolster my generals with a single cavalry unit, which I place on top of my general during deployment, and then lock them together as if they were a single unit. I have one additional cavalry unit in reserve to replace this one; usually, I hide this unit in the woods until I need it. What this does is make my general more weighty. I can now slam him into the lines when they're looking like they're about to tilt in the enemy's favour, which I don't want. This makes him a true support unit, rather than a liability in combat. Yes, your general may die doing this, but you've taken every reasonable precaution, and 60+ additional bodies makes for at least three well-executed charges into the line before things start getting dubious.
  7. Abuse the charge animation. Once you set your cavalry to charge something, the animation begins, calculates the charge bonus, and then deals out the corresponding damage onto the enemy unit. Pull them out the moment the animation ends, because by then your horses are useless and caught-up in the dice-roll matrix. Once your cavalry are out, check the line. If your men aren't winning decisively, slam your bolstered general into the same line again and watch it crumble. Your cavalry will be tired, but you've just won the engagement.
  8. Reduce your micro-management in battles to three key tools: Infantry core, archers on support, and general-cavalry. If you're fast, throw in a quirk unit: ninjas, firebomb throwers (my personal favourite because they don't require much micro to use and they affect the enemy's morale), or brawlers (marathon monks/nag' warrior monks). Whatever your 'quirk unit' is, min-max it with encampment and skill tree buffs, otherwise, sorry, but you've wasted time and money acquiring it for the roster. If you're building an army you can't field in three turns, you're fucked.
  9. Economy, economy, economy. Get it? Sake dens and markets, sake dens and markets. That's money for your army: not for your navy, not for your nation's well-being and happiness - that's why you're building sake dens - money is for your army.
  10. Use your agents. None of them are shit or under-powered or any of the mumblefuck-none-sense people put online when they don't know how to utilise them. Monks fuck. Walk them through the enemy's territory and past their capital and into their back lines and wololo those bastards into an early revolution. 33% chance is a 1/3 chance, and if the cost of inciting unrest is only 500 gold... I'll take that bet. This fundamentally weakens your enemy and cuts off their supply lines: which causes the A.I.'s diplomacy to go haywire. How can Takeda be trading with Hojo if I just made their border provinces into grey states? That's right, they can't. Break their relationship first, then bribe them to turn on one another. If you've made them hard for you, they'll do it. There you go. You just crushed one of the hardest clans without fighting a battle on the open field. See? Monks fuck. Monks can also demoralise the enemy and inspire your troops with morale bonuses. If the enemy stack has no general to recover from this loss, this is deadly. You will win the encounter on morale alone.
  11. Which reminds me: diplomacy, diplomacy, diplomacy. Think it doesn't matter? Actually, I made Hojo destroy Takeda as Oda, and Imagawa-Tokugawa, and then made Kyoto spit on Hattori, and Hatano clash with the Ikko Ikki: all whilst I sat back, lining up my troops. When the time was right, I sent my armies to take the provinces I needed to execute my Kyoto-plan. Thank you, machine-learning.
  12. Have a plan. Choose territories for their perks (+accuracy bonuses, blacksmiths, resources, gold mines, schools and libraries), not for their availability. If you overextend... Good luck. Just be aware you can't take back coming into contact with the other clans. The more isolationist you are about your affairs, the better.
  13. Your borders are your worse nightmare. Connect with too many clans too quickly and you enter the death-brawl of which there's no escape. Enjoy your war of attrition. Tzu states that there is no instance of a nation benefiting from extended period of war, and yours won't either. Your economy will be shitting bricks by turn fifteen and you'll be playing in -134 income hell. The game isn't fun this way. And it isn't fun because you thrust your fist out into the unknown and hell answered back.
  14. Back to agents: Ninja. Ninja fuck harder than anyone's ever fucked. They can redirect enemies and make them go crying home to baba. Sabotage everything in sight during the first few turns of their lifespan. But do not sabotage things belonging to the clans you want to like you, because if you fail, and you will, -20 or even -40 to diplomatic relations. -40 will convince most clans you're a threat and you need wiping off the map. Skill-tree-wise, dump points into assassination. Protect your ninja with +5%/10% chances to escape unharmed if they fail in their attempts, and take every +1 to assassination that RNG sweetly offers. Take 33% chances on enemy Daimyo. I've wounded the Oda more times than I can count with these odds and sent his army running back home. And remember, on Legendary, nothing can be taken back. Every attempt might be your agent's last: get used to it. I see a lot of people saying ninja are 'too expensive to maintain'. But what else are you spending money on, other than recruiting ashigaru and upgrading vital infrastructure? ... Right? Nothing. People that say this can't run a half-decent economy because they're too busy building archery dojos instead of sake dens.
  15. Metsuke are too expensive to maintain, admittedly. They should not be used to bribe, unless you're doing an 'all-out Metsuke offence'; and by this I mean using Metsuke instead of ninja to send armies back at the A.I, badminton-style. But personally, I don't see this as cost effective. Instead, Metsuke should be used to spy on strategic choke points to watch out for enemy agents, and to bolster the profitability of rice dens. Did you know that if you put Metsuke into provinces with markets, that the growth and economy of those provinces goes up? They can also protect your Daimyo or top-tier generals from being assassinated by enemy ninja; and I highly recommend putting one in each of your core armies. Trust me: it sucks to lose your five-star general to a suspicious death on turn 60, especially when the game auto-saves at the beginning of each turn. Bye-bye Stand and Fight. Bye-bye Ashigaru Commander. Farewell Night Attack. Hello sadness.
  16. For Sieges, have ranged superiority from the off-set. Six bow ashigaru will melt most armies inside of their fort. On my Chōkosabe play-through, each unit had 200+ kills by the end of the siege. I do not find siege battles intimidating when I know I'm coming in with more archers than the opposing army, because I can and will surround them, can and will out-trade them, and then when they're weak and tired from trying to avoid my arrows, that's when I send in my yari ashigaru to take advantage of their failing strength. One unit of bomb throwers on the gate of your choice will blow it to shreds and allow spear-wall after spear-wall to penetrate their defences. The A.I. will blob the gate: perfect, that allows your archers to menace them. If the enemy army has bow samurai, do not attack the wall they're stationed at. You will get fucked because the A.I's bow samurai is always god-tier, and yours fling kaka in comparison. Instead, place an infantry reserve unit just out of range of that wall, and the A.I. will station most of their archers at it and... wait, allowing you to haemorrhage the fort from an opposing angle. Don't bother moving the reserve unit into range of the enemy archers, not necessary, they'll stay there as long as you stare back at them, menacingly. Target priority is: generals, infantry, and bows. If you kill them off in that order, you can afford to get impatient and rush the walls, because bows can't stop yari from getting in. And if your bomb throwers have spare ammo, launch it at any stubborn archers manning the walls: they will quickly get the point and relocate elsewhere.
  17. Toppeth-Tippeth: Bomb throwers can follow your yari ashigaru through the main gate, and toss bombs into the enemy's ranks over the heads of your infantry. I really didn't think this would work when I first tried it, because I figured the narrowness of the gate would cause my bomb throwers to report their line of sight as 'blocked': rendering them useless. Turns out no, actually, they pretty happily line themselves up on the ramp, swing their grenades, and launch them into the enemy blob. Yes, you will lose men: bah. But the enemy's morale will break long before you run out of reserves, especially with all their generals dead already. It's also fun as fuck. Boom... boom... boom.
  18. Katana infantry kind of fuck, but only under the right circumstances. I've found having one or two in reserve to be really advantageous. They are absolutely class for going in with the second wave during sieges. Fresh and eager, and up against tired defenders: they melt. But inspired? They will fuck on everything. Best of all, katana infantry fight to the last man (because bushidō), and because the A.I. loves to field spears, they always have the advantage. The only drawback is they're expensive to maintain, and therefore should only be used this way in the early to mid game, if at all. Lastly, they're dumb-good in siege defences. Put them on the walls, away from the enemy archers, and whoever's coming up isn't coming up for long. I never have to worry about the walls I've assigned my katana to. They're just too good at holding the battlements due to their superior melee stats.
  19. Once your armies have been fielded, hold an economy of around 500/1000 koku. If you don't use it, this will just keep adding to your war chest. It's not a lot, but in three or four turns you will accumulate enough wealth to put together an ashigaru army in a pinch, or bribe an ally to join a war. \Smacks lips.* Nice.*
  20. You can body block stacks from entering your territories and delay them for at least three turns before they can reach your capital. The way you do this is by taking a single unit of yari ashigaru, placing it on a choke point on the campaign map, and then when the enemy is forced to attack it, you retreat. And then you play this game with the enemy's avatar until you've rallied your forces. This is a big dick move, and has saved my ass many'a time. If you have ninja, you're laughing. It'll be five turns before they can get to you. In five turns I can throw an expendable army at them from the god-damn barracks.
  21. In field battles, do not use all your units at once. By this, I mean don't commit everything to one assault. Put four ashi' up to take the enemy charge. Flank with two ashi' on either side. Move your archers around. Harry them with your cavalry. And if you have samurai, use them to take out the key players. Commit in units, not in bulk. Yes, your main line will be chewed apart while you adjust, but who cares? You can recruit two/three ashigaru next turn. Expend the expendable, preserve your veterans. If your initial commitment breaks and surrenders, good, now the enemy has to reform and turn around: usually into a line of no-dachi. Banzaiii!!!
  22. If your objective is to win every battle with no casualties, start praying. Most sieges end in most of my army routed, and only my generals and a single unit of tired yari ashigaru left, with all my archers either out of ammo, or about to be. I always lose two units to critical losses, but then I can always recruit them back next turn. The rest of my army limps back to rejoin me another day, despite taking severe losses from enemy archers/the gate. Game's pretty forgiving when you commit to siege battles.
  23. You can force the enemy to attack your main army by putting it on a choke-point on the campaign map. The A.I. will have to come through you to get what it wants. Sadly, the A.I. can also be a huge puss', calculate unfavourable odds, and never bother to attack you, as you straddle the border to your territory like an asshole, forever. In this case, either go into ambush stance, or make a play. Defensive battles in the field are preferable to attacking, always. The A.I. will come to you, and you can choose anywhere on the map to make your stand. This leads to easy and fun battles, even on legendary, where you can set-up your men in ranks on hills, between valleys, in villages, and around bridges. Battles where you're on the attack always end the same way: by baiting and switching, which is not fun (... to me.)
  24. Katana cavalry are kind of a joke despite them looking like they would fuck. Sadly, they don't, and you're much better-off with two units of light cavalry, or yari cavalry.
  25. Bow samurai are overrated and worse: expensive. Ashigaruuu!
  26. Yari samurai are 'okay', but I always disband them on turn 1, then use the additional income to recruit other, cheaper spears. The enemy cavalry runs at your line during deployment, they're so dumb. Don't waste money on fielding a unit that's built to counter something that tends to counter itself.
  27. For extra income, you can sell military access, but do so strategically. On average, I can sell 5 turns for 500-750. 10 turns for 1250-1500. And 20 turns for 3000 koku++ upwards. I do this when I want to upgrade essential infrastructure, like gold mines. But you must be wary of doing this on legendary, as you create a dialogue with potential enemies that wraps you up in red tape should you decide to attack them before the peace-bond made between you runs out. And sometimes it can take a very long time for this to happen (30+ turns if you settle for a 20 turn deal). This is huge because if you decide to attack before the timer runs out, then you'll suffer from diplomacy penalties with all the other clans you've come into contact with so far. On some campaigns, this can really hurt you. e.g. Piss off the Hojo as Oda, and Takeda will march on you early (because he's programmed to want your territory). That's not good, really not good. Likewise, as Shimazu you may want Tachibana or Chōkosabe on your side to buffer the northern clans. Well, not if you go cheesing Ito and betraying alliances with the Otomo. If you act the prick on legendary, you're asking for trouble. If your diplomacy window reads hostile, hostile, hostile, and you're not the Ikko-Ikki or a Christian clan, then you're doing something wrong. The game sets you up with natural enemies and natural allies, but you can break the mechanics and side with clans who're designed to inherently hate you, as long as you keep their attention fixed elsewhere via correct use of military access. Beware, selling military access to aggressive clans will cause them to come into your territory and devour your vassals, forcing you to make awkward decisions; and I'm certain you didn't just sell Date military access so that he could come and cause issues for you left and right: so, better to avoid this altogether. Be cautious about the fronts you're engaging with, TL;DR.
  28. Vassals are worthless, even as buffers. You can't sell them military access and most of the time you can't encourage them to wage war, and if they can't be depended on as allies, then they're useless as allies. And they will betray you, they'll betray you because the game makes it impossible to keep them happy because you're demanding military access from them in return for protection, when they should be the ones protecting you. Only they don't because they're fucking dumb and can't be coerced into attacking who you want them to attack. So, don't take the settlements you don't need, and occupy them peacefully if you do.
  29. Which brings me to ONAH! - Honor is important. Low honor causes rebellions in your back lines. Low honor means clans hate you :-). Low honor makes it so that when you take a new city, the new city will whine turn after turn unless you have a general with the '-6 to resistance' trait, really good Metsuke, or a spare army to shut them up. (Psst. Recruiting men just to put down rebellions means less koku and negative economic growth.) This game literally makes you pay for your mistakes. There aren't many clans that can afford to be honour-less on legendary, not unless you want stacks of pissed-off armies marching into your territory every couple of years. Did you know that if you gift 150 koku to your super-powered feudal overlords, you get +3 to your diplomatic relations with them? Do this every other turn and you'll have +20 in no time. +20 is enough to dissuade them from attacking you: as long you have an active trade deal going and are giving them plenty of military access.
  30. Be in it for the long game. Let others weaken your enemies for you, it is not so good to wage war before you are sure that you have the advantage.
  31. Have fun. Legendary's great because it is fast-paced and consistent. You'll rarely have more than a couple years of peace, enjoy it while it lasts.
  32. One last battle tip: use the terrain. Even a slight incline gives your ashigaru an advantage. A slight incline for the enemy marks your death. Zoom in, check where you are actually positioning your forces, and do not make the mistake of fighting on fatal ground. The reason why I lose so many armies to inferior opponents is because I think the A.I. is ha-ha dumb. It is ha-ha dumb. But it is also committed to attacking. If you march onto unfavourable ground, and you allow the enemy to attack you on it: his strategy is superior. Watch as your lines break. Then zoom in afterwards and realise: you just marched your entire army onto some really weird and obnoxious inclines that made holding the line difficult for your ashigaru. Woopsy. 'Woopsy' on legendary could cost you the campaign.
  33. Good luck, my dudes. Great game +10 years on, even on a Mac. Wahahaha!
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2020.10.20 14:24 throwaway32134532 22 [F4M] Georgia, US - Only Christian men please.

About me: technically I know I'm still young and have my life ahead of me but I just never dated or had a boyfriend growing up. Never. I didn't grow up with a father figure so I was very shy, awkward, and standoffish about guys. It doesn't help that with age and reports of violence towards women that my fear of men hasn't exactly waned. There were some guys that showed interest in me and that I liked that I just blew it with because I was so self conscious. I'm a little late in the game and I have no clue where to start. I'm just leaning on God for guidance and help as I start my dating journey and hoping that I do get to meet Christian men that I can become friends with and eventually one to marry. I think a lot of Christians are in that situation where you are single but you are not really interested in anyone at church or people are already taken. Sometimes you might find someone but they might have a few vices you want to let them deal with alone with God, lol.
But anyway, talking about myself, I love animals (I have 2 dogs and birds), I enjoy cooking, exercising and taking walks, watching movies and tv shows, playing board games, and reading. I'm 5'3, petite, and generally pretty healthy and have an active lifestyle. I have a picture on my profile, if you're curious about the way I look.
About you: Obviously a Christian man, preferably religious, takes care of himself, has a healthy lifestyle, lives nearby, able to travel, wants to start a family eventually, not married or has kids, has a stable life and job.
Edit: Lol at all the people who are downvoting
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2020.10.20 04:08 allyngoobz Someone or Something Is Following My Boyfriend, and I Want to Thank It

Posting this to a few different subreddits since I'm really just casting a net here:
I started dating my boyfriend in March. Very early on in our conversations he mentioned his amazing 'luck' he had. In quotes since neither of us are religious. We both grew up with general christian undertones but neither of us pursued anything after ten. We both have ambivalent views on concepts of luck, karma, etc.
So, of course, I took his statements with heavy criticism. Until I really got to know him and experience it for myself. He is unnaturally lucky, and knows it isint he himself but "something"
His luck ranges from something happening in his favor (usually that he says out loud, but not always), keeping him safe such as 15+ near horrible car crashes through no fault of his driving, and sheer luck that happens within frighteningly low odds. Occasionally if something really, really fortunate happens to him, he gets a kinda bad thing that happens in return (i.e. he was able to get a $2.5k tool he wanted for free, but in return he got a flat on the way home) every time this happens, I point out that his luck may have run out and he just shakes his head and says it's payment for something else that's happened previously.
Sometimes he actively thanks "his luck" as if it is something other. He claims to not know where it comes from, and he dosent feel the need to know more about it.
I want to figure out how to say thank you to whatever this is. It has saved him, I kid you not, dozens upon dozens of times. As he and I have realized our amazing bond with one another, we have plans for engagement soon. The good luck seems to occasionally bless me too. I have broken six phone screens over the years in the exact same way: dropping them face down on asphalt as I get out of my car. Two weeks ago, the same thing happened with no case on my phone and not a single scratch appeared, and I had an overwhelming sense to say thank you then and there (which I did to myself in my empty car, feeling crazy).
I don't know the first place to look for such a situation. I want to show my appreciation to whatever this is and what form that would take. Below I will list a few more random things about the "luck" that follows my bf.
-I asked once if he wanted to get a tattoo, of which he already has many, to represent the luck he possesses. Without hesitation it was a hard 'No', and he said "it would break the luck, it would leave" when asked to explain.
-Card games are a frequent source of luck for him, with near impossible odds and accuracy.
-He has willed his luck onto others (myself included) and there has never been a situation in the past 8 months where his intentions were not the outcome (safety and speed through dangerous areas, financially fortunate outcomes in gambling and life, etc)
-Nobody else in his family has ever experienced this kind of fortune as far as he believes. Ironically, he claims that most of his family that's passed has had chronic illnesses that they've survived just to perish on something simple, such as choking and dying on a piece of steak. My boyfriend too suffers from several lifelong health problems, and jokes he will go out by not a car wreak but a stubbed toe
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2020.10.20 04:07 allyngoobz Someone or Something Is Following My Boyfriend, and I Want to Thank It

Posting this to a few different subreddits since I'm really just casting a net here:
I started dating my boyfriend in March. Very early on in our conversations he mentioned his amazing 'luck' he had. In quotes since neither of us are religious. We both grew up with general christian undertones but neither of us pursued anything after ten. We both have ambivalent views on concepts of luck, karma, etc.
So, of course, I took his statements with heavy criticism. Until I really got to know him and experience it for myself. He is unnaturally lucky, and knows it isint he himself but "something"
His luck ranges from something happening in his favor (usually that he says out loud, but not always), keeping him safe such as 15+ near horrible car crashes through no fault of his driving, and sheer luck that happens within frighteningly low odds. Occasionally if something really, really fortunate happens to him, he gets a kinda bad thing that happens in return (i.e. he was able to get a $2.5k tool he wanted for free, but in return he got a flat on the way home) every time this happens, I point out that his luck may have run out and he just shakes his head and says it's payment for something else that's happened previously.
Sometimes he actively thanks "his luck" as if it is something other. He claims to not know where it comes from, and he dosent feel the need to know more about it.
I want to figure out how to say thank you to whatever this is. It has saved him, I kid you not, dozens upon dozens of times. As he and I have realized our amazing bond with one another, we have plans for engagement soon. The good luck seems to occasionally bless me too. I have broken six phone screens over the years in the exact same way: dropping them face down on asphalt as I get out of my car. Two weeks ago, the same thing happened with no case on my phone and not a single scratch appeared, and I had an overwhelming sense to say thank you then and there (which I did to myself in my empty car, feeling crazy).
I don't know the first place to look for such a situation. I want to show my appreciation to whatever this is and what form that would take. Below I will list a few more random things about the "luck" that follows my bf.
-I asked once if he wanted to get a tattoo, of which he already has many, to represent the luck he possesses. Without hesitation it was a hard 'No', and he said "it would break the luck, it would leave" when asked to explain.
-Card games are a frequent source of luck for him, with near impossible odds and accuracy.
-He has willed his luck onto others (myself included) and there has never been a situation in the past 8 months where his intentions were not the outcome (safety and speed through dangerous areas, financially fortunate outcomes in gambling and life, etc)
-Nobody else in his family has ever experienced this kind of fortune as far as he believes. Ironically, he claims that most of his family that's passed has had chronic illnesses that they've survived just to perish on something simple, such as choking and dying on a piece of steak. My boyfriend too suffers from several lifelong health problems, and jokes he will go out by not a car wreak but a stubbed toe
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2020.10.20 04:05 allyngoobz Someone or Something Is Following My Boyfriend, and I Want to Thank It

Posting this to a few different subreddits since I'm really just casting a net here:
I started dating my boyfriend in March. Very early on in our conversations he mentioned his amazing 'luck' he had. In quotes since neither of us are religious. We both grew up with general christian undertones but neither of us pursued anything after ten. We both have ambivalent views on concepts of luck, karma, etc.
So, of course, I took his statements with heavy criticism. Until I really got to know him and experience it for myself. He is unnaturally lucky, and knows it isint he himself but "something"
His luck ranges from something happening in his favor (usually that he says out loud, but not always), keeping him safe such as 15+ near horrible car crashes through no fault of his driving, and sheer luck that happens within frighteningly low odds. Occasionally if something really, really fortunate happens to him, he gets a kinda bad thing that happens in return (i.e. he was able to get a $2.5k tool he wanted for free, but in return he got a flat on the way home) every time this happens, I point out that his luck may have run out and he just shakes his head and says it's payment for something else that's happened previously.
Sometimes he actively thanks "his luck" as if it is something other. He claims to not know where it comes from, and he dosent feel the need to know more about it.
I want to figure out how to say thank you to whatever this is. It has saved him, I kid you not, dozens upon dozens of times. As he and I have realized our amazing bond with one another, we have plans for engagement soon. The good luck seems to occasionally bless me too. I have broken six phone screens over the years in the exact same way: dropping them face down on asphalt as I get out of my car. Two weeks ago, the same thing happened with no case on my phone and not a single scratch appeared, and I had an overwhelming sense to say thank you then and there (which I did to myself in my empty car, feeling crazy).
I don't know the first place to look for such a situation. I want to show my appreciation to whatever this is and what form that would take. Below I will list a few more random things about the "luck" that follows my bf.
-I asked once if he wanted to get a tattoo, of which he already has many, to represent the luck he possesses. Without hesitation it was a hard 'No', and he said "it would break the luck, it would leave" when asked to explain.
-Card games are a frequent source of luck for him, with near impossible odds and accuracy.
-He has willed his luck onto others (myself included) and there has never been a situation in the past 8 months where his intentions were not the outcome (safety and speed through dangerous areas, financially fortunate outcomes in gambling and life, etc)
-Nobody else in his family has ever experienced this kind of fortune as far as he believes. Ironically, he claims that most of his family that's passed has had chronic illnesses that they've survived just to perish on something simple, such as choking and dying on a piece of steak. My boyfriend too suffers from several lifelong health problems, and jokes he will go out by not a car wreak but a stubbed toe
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2020.10.20 04:05 allyngoobz Someone or Something Is Following My Boyfriend, and I Want to Thank It

Posting this to a few different subreddits since I'm really just casting a net here:
I started dating my boyfriend in March. Very early on in our conversations he mentioned his amazing 'luck' he had. In quotes since neither of us are religious. We both grew up with general christian undertones but neither of us pursued anything after ten. We both have ambivalent views on concepts of luck, karma, etc.
So, of course, I took his statements with heavy criticism. Until I really got to know him and experience it for myself. He is unnaturally lucky, and knows it isint he himself but "something"
His luck ranges from something happening in his favor (usually that he says out loud, but not always), keeping him safe such as 15+ near horrible car crashes through no fault of his driving, and sheer luck that happens within frighteningly low odds. Occasionally if something really, really fortunate happens to him, he gets a kinda bad thing that happens in return (i.e. he was able to get a $2.5k tool he wanted for free, but in return he got a flat on the way home) every time this happens, I point out that his luck may have run out and he just shakes his head and says it's payment for something else that's happened previously.
Sometimes he actively thanks "his luck" as if it is something other. He claims to not know where it comes from, and he dosent feel the need to know more about it.
I want to figure out how to say thank you to whatever this is. It has saved him, I kid you not, dozens upon dozens of times. As he and I have realized our amazing bond with one another, we have plans for engagement soon. The good luck seems to occasionally bless me too. I have broken six phone screens over the years in the exact same way: dropping them face down on asphalt as I get out of my car. Two weeks ago, the same thing happened with no case on my phone and not a single scratch appeared, and I had an overwhelming sense to say thank you then and there (which I did to myself in my empty car, feeling crazy).
I don't know the first place to look for such a situation. I want to show my appreciation to whatever this is and what form that would take. Below I will list a few more random things about the "luck" that follows my bf.
-I asked once if he wanted to get a tattoo, of which he already has many, to represent the luck he possesses. Without hesitation it was a hard 'No', and he said "it would break the luck, it would leave" when asked to explain.
-Card games are a frequent source of luck for him, with near impossible odds and accuracy.
-He has willed his luck onto others (myself included) and there has never been a situation in the past 8 months where his intentions were not the outcome (safety and speed through dangerous areas, financially fortunate outcomes in gambling and life, etc)
-Nobody else in his family has ever experienced this kind of fortune as far as he believes. Ironically, he claims that most of his family that's passed has had chronic illnesses that they've survived just to perish on something simple, such as choking and dying on a piece of steak. My boyfriend too suffers from several lifelong health problems, and jokes he will go out by not a car wreak but a stubbed toe
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2020.10.20 03:21 megsie72 Few matches, fewer replies

Hi Reddit! I need some help.
I just got back on bumble after being exclusively on tinder for a year or so. I know bumble is a little slower from past experience. However, it has never been this slow for me. I swipe pretty consistently (maybe 25 right swipes per day) and I match between 3 and 5 people most days. I have messaged every single match since I rejoined, and I get ignored almost every time, even though I start with an interesting message that’s usually relevant to their profile. I currently have 3 matches that haven’t expired, and I’ve been back on bumble for two or 3 weeks. I think the problem is one or all of these things: 1. My profile is trash. 2. I’m a plus size girl and existing as such makes dating hard. 3. I set a filter for Christian guys and Christian guys don’t go for plus size girls (in my experience).
So what I’m asking is would any one mind taking a look through my profile and telling me what they think the problem might be?
my profile
For reference: I match with 75% of my right swipes on tinder using mostly the same pictures. I’ve been on bumble before and was more successful. My weight has not changed significantly, nor has the way I represented myself in photos. When I signed up, I noticed the beeline counted to 30 on the first night but then slowed and didn’t hit 50 until day 3 or 4. After that I don’t know because I don’t have the subscription.
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2020.10.20 03:00 lowendtheroy My review of Franchise in Madden21

So I just bought Madden 21 last week, I mostly play 2k but I always get the itch to play Madden during the NFL season.
(Face of the Franchise) I like how they intergrated your Yard player into your franchise player it makes you feel like you have a single player in the world of Madden. I started playing Face of the Franchise and after an hour I had to quit because it was so corny. Who were they making this story for? Do they think people who like soap operas play Madden it's something my girlfriend could get into who knows NOTHING about football, but anyone who watches the sport....i don't even have to explain the absurd premise. What's so hard about letting u play in Highschool and college and based on your performance it dictates where you go to college and get drafted? Like I why do I have to lose my starting QB job to someone who has heart cancer and we go to the same college like WTF‽
(Gameplay and bugs) So I just started my own Franchise..... right away now you can't play online Franchise unless you have playstation plus.....ok:/....so I did an offline Franchise I played QB for the Giants. It's pretty much the same experience as Madden20, I do like the new presentation but Madden has the ESPN license so they could still do alot better. The gameplay feels better is more smooth and they actually call roughing the passer and late hit penalties. You can pass out of sacks this year which is nice and offensive lineman get injured. The dropped passes this year tho is BRUTAL you have no idea when it's gonna be a drop or a catch I've hit open receivers on drags and just bounces of their hands. My QB is a scrambler yet half the time I run read option I fumble WHY? If I don't slide there is a very good chance we will lose possession and it's been like this for years! Very dumb makes me play the game differently. I had like a nice 25 yard run and got hit from the side (the opposite side I'm holding the ball) and it popped out.Does your X factor boost work or is it just in the game to look like it has depth? I have roaming deadeye "perfect accuracy while standing outside the pocket" nope def don't have perfect accuracy outside the pocket. Gusty scrambler "immune to defensive pressure while on the run" nope definitely not. I turned on Madden the next day to continue my Franchise but the save files are blank so I exit and re-enter the mode but the dates and times are wrong so I clicked it and it didn't save anything I played 4 game i saw the auto save in the corner but I guess nothing saved...WTF
(Stats and realism) I made another QB on the Panthers and I'm about 7 games in and im manually saving after every game. As far as stats go it's still bad which is a BIG deal for me cause I like realism. Like other Maddens QBs are having career years in efficiency Phillip River has thrown 1 int thru 7 games, Sam Darnold has 2 the leader in ints is actually Aaron Rodgers lol. I have Christian Mccaffrey on my team so I try to get him the ball alot...I play on All-Pro and with 89 carries Mccaffrey has 252 yards that's 2.8 yards a carry. I went to check to see were other running backs were at and Mccaffrey has the lowest yard/attempt than any starting RB in the NFL he's a 99!. Like I said before the drops are crazy and I think it's funny they took the drops of the season stats because I really think Robby Anderson would have just as much drops as catches. I checked mid game (it still shows drops during the game) and Robby Anderson has 5 DROPS, and Delanie Walker had 2 so thats 7 drops in 1 half I had 9 incomplete passes. Also WHY can't you equip small pads on the Yard but not in Franchise, as a QB it's normal to have smaller pads and In real life you can always tell who the QB is but in Madden I'm wearing the same pads a LB would even when I set the hight and width to 0 they are still to big.
I just want superstar mode back!!! If they made madden 05 but with ps4 graphics it's be by far the greatest Madden ever. Even Madden 08 where based on your performance in the combine it determines your overall and you could do the iq test and have an agent. It's just disappointing.
One more thing Madden could do is get ride of there hollow practice mode and make it into something like UFC were the preparation means alot. Like we could have tasks mid-week like study there defense and work on money plays thay gives you skill points and then you could allocate the point to other players on your team for the week. It would make it alot more immersive and every game would feel more personal for example if we played a team with a weak run defense we could work on run blocking in practice to expose their weakness. In the NFL that week before the game is very important to what happens on Sunday
I do think this is better than Madden 17-20 but there's still SO MUCH things they could do I hope EAs on the right track after getting completely embarrassed by the public but hey......its Madden
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2020.10.19 12:54 mricaz Should I stay with my bf or end it for the sake of family (although I can’t imagine myself ending it)

tl;dr: Overthinking about the future, scared of not being accepted. Feeling isolated and my exams are starting tomorrow. Could this fuel my anxiety and overthinking even more?
I’m a female. 18 in a week and dating a guy, we’re in a long distance relationship. I love him to death and I would seriously do anything he asks of me, and vice versa. There is only one issue that has been eating me alive. Or maybe two, but the biggest one is the fact that my family do not know about him. I feel terrible at the fact that I cannot speak to my parents or family about him and it makes me feel like I’m holding everything in and away from them. The last time I had a minor crush on a guy I was kinda working with for a few weeks, I told my mum and (because we are Arab) she said that we don’t do dating, and it is much safer to keep my distance from him. I was heartbroken, and I started crying after she left. This was well over two years ago, so I’m over the pain now, and he ended up being a jerk anyway, so I’m really glad I didn’t pursue anything deeper with him. As for this guy, he’s amazing. He offers to buy me everything, I’m the one who refuses and suggests that I’m the one that will buy him stuff. He’s wanted to catch a flight to see me, but I said it’s too soon (although we’ve been together for half a year). His parents know about me, and yet the only person I’ve ever mentioned him to was my older sister. I feel absolutely guilty. This may seem so stupid seeing as we have not met in real life but I truly think I am in love with this person. I can’t imagine a day without him, I can’t go without talking to him every single second of the day that I am able to. I think about him all the time. We have different timezones but he has always stayed up for hours on end just to make sure I sleep well, and that I’m happy.
Long story short, I love this person. But here’s the complicated part: my religion isn’t Christian, Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, etc. Instead it is a religion with a minority population that does not allow conversion. A lot (or some) of the women and men in my community have married outsiders, but that has often resulted in being disowned or just shunned by the community, which is absolutely stupid. So to think that my parents would accept it, is out of the question. Because I know for sure it will be no. Personally, I am not religious. But my parents I’d say are lenient with a lot of things, but interfaith is not one.
I don’t know how to keep my partner and my caring family both in my life? I don’t want to let my parents down. But we live in a Western society and it is unfortunate but I don’t have the same mindset as them, they cannot expect me to follow every rule and custom of their country. I always overthink scenarios, that lead me to cry and be upset over. Scenarios of my family yelling at me for this decision and me having to decide whether to break up with him or face the judgement of everybody else? If my parents would accept us, I don’t even care if the world was against us, I would continue to love him. I’m scared, I don’t want to leave him but what happens if I am forced to? This sounds stupid and I’m sorry if nobody is able to empathise with me, but it’s difficult to move on with my life and pretend to be happy when truly I am miserable by overthinking this.
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2020.10.19 10:43 defpotek BF (M30) left on a road trip with no return date. He has ignored my texts and calls after a joke and a puppy.

My BF went on a road trip with no return date. He suddenly stopped most communication, texts and phone calls after a joke and a new puppy. Here’s the scoop. the last text I sent him is at end of the post. So scroll down and enjoy the gossip.
So my BF (M30) and I (F30) had talked about the relationship and where it was going after dating for a year. We both felt like we needed to focus on ourselves and goals before we can start planning a future. Which seems fair. I love him and respect him so much. We both agreed to spend more time apart after being quarantined at each other’s house, back and forth, sleeping over at each other’s houses, because of COVID.
By the end of August he was missing his family after being away from his hometown for a year. He moved to Oregon a year ago and he met me shortly after moving. Well, his grandmother fell which sent her to the hospital. This really scared him, to lose her, they were close, and with Covid, I can understand feeling emotional over family. He was also missing his mom who had recently recovered from severe mental health issues. She had to be instituted for shock therapy.
He went through hell and back helping his mother during her mental illness. He moved to Oregon after his mom was admitted for treatment. Probably an extremely traumatic experience for him. So I get it. He really wanted to go see his family. I supported him after pushing my feelings aside of him being away a long indeterminate amount of time. Plus we had discussed taking a break, not an emotional break by all means, just spent less time together. So this road trip seemed like good point to do things for ourselves and have the physical break and that we would still be a couple in a relationship who are best friends and love each other. Which I supported 100% and did he. We were good.
So he took the road trip to see his family in Massachusetts.
He went to California first and met up with a friend for a few days then went to Utah to help his friend move cross country. They arrived to the state his friend moved to. Mind you, this all happened within a month since he left. And will soon make his way to Massachusetts. He doesn’t know when he will be back. And I’m cool with all of that.
During his time in Cali I made fun of him for going to hooters and I cracked a few jokes. He didn’t take them well. I just thought it was funny that he went to hooters. Like come on! You’re in LA and you go to Hooters? Lmfao. I know I’m not the only one thinking thats funny. It’s just funny. So I cracked a joke about how it’s a sin to be at hooters as a conservative man. He identifies as “conservative”. So given the nature of the style of service hooters provides, “Objectification” and “sexualization”- by all means I don’t think hooters is evil or anything. I’m also not jealous either. I’m an extremely beautiful woman myself. I support women 100%. I’m pretty liberal. I support sex workers etc. etc.- I thoughts cracking a joke about when conservatives and a group of feminists where cracking down on the local hooters’ that South Park made an episode all about it, that the joke would be funny. Especially because he had mentioned watching South Park the night before. But I joke pretty hard. I like dark humor. So he didn’t like my joke. I offended him I guess. I did apologize and said I went too far. I get it. I can take responsibility for that. But then again I joke like South Park jokes. I would be the person writing South Park episodes.
So ever since he got upset at me about it. Stopped talking to me. And avoided my texts and phone calls. If he replied it was distant. He hasn’t said I love you back or I miss you. Then on a phone call that was meant to be brief, he tells me he has an issue with me being married to my ex who I have a child with because he is a conservative man of faith.
Let rewind for a bit now!
I never got divorced. Partly because at the time the relationship between my EX and I was toxic and neither of us had money. We were broke as fuck. So years went by. It has been 6 years since the breakup.
I was honest about my past and honest about my forgotten marriage from the beginning of our relationship. I’m a single mom. I have a job. I have Priorities, and my relationship with my son and his father is 100% amicable to the extent of it pertaining to only our child’s well being. I absolutely have no emotional attachment to my EX because he abused me and I had to recover from his abuse with therapy. Which I did. But it took years.
So I’m healthy now, mature and aware enough to engage in cordial coparenting. No more drama. My son is happy and loves both of his parents. He is a healthy young boy. I am proud of my son and his development. The separation took a toll on him. As I healed so did he.
I decided to get a Dog for my son (M9) because he has been sad die to COVID and being unable to see his friend. I love my son and will do anything for his happiness. both his dad (EX) and I agreed to get him a puppy. the puppy would belong to my son only. That means the dog will go where ever he goes. To me this was a great idea because the dog would be at his side at all times for emotional support and he wouldn’t have to worry about the dog only being at moms or dads. The dog was meant for him, to protect him, and give emotional support.
When I got the puppy I slept at my EX’s house to help with the 3 month old puppy. I did not cheat. Swear on my grave. I would never! The stay was meant for adjustment purposes. I slept on a couch. I was there to give my son the joy of him sharing a happy moment with both parents. I was there for 2 nights. I have my snap chat location on so my BF sees where I am. I was open and honest about what the plan was with the dog. He was ok with it. We were good.
My BF seemed ok with all of this. 2 days go by and suddenly he started to avoid my texts and calls. He got pretty irritated with me one night. He yelled at me after I asked him if he was ok and that I was sensing a change in behavior and communication from him.
He claimed that I am still committed to my ex, that if anyone can’t commit its not him but me, he said that me getting the dog is taking a jab at him and I’m robbing him the idea of our 1st dog in the family, our family, and that he as a conservative Christian can’t be with a married woman. This SHOOK me. It hit me hard. Kind of like a whole year late there huh?
I reassured him that I love him only and that I am 100% committed to him. Because I am. I want a future with him and I can be patient and not put pressure on it. I reassured him he is loved. I understood his feelings and view. I supported his emotions and I thought they were valid. So I gave him reassurance. We ended the call with I love you’s. He seemed to sound better after I heard his feelings.
I love him. Absolutely love him. Even through the hard times. I love him immensely. So it hurts how much he pulled back immediately again after that phone call. I thought we were good. It worried me that he was festering his feelings and closing up, when we were usually pretty intimate and open with each other.
He delayed texting me. Ignored my calls. And I was easy with it. I got annoyed at it once and told him It was hurting my feelings to be ignored. 2 days later I try to reach out to tell him about my hike and promotion at work. He yelled at me a second time telling me that I only care about my feelings, that he isnt going to force an I love you, that his priority is his family, that I am not a priority anymore and that he doesn’t have time to miss me. I remained calm and reassured him I loved him, told him I’m here to talk, and that he can trust me. The next morning he sends me a text saying good morning and congratulations. I was hurt so I gave it a few days. I didn’t want to hurt him with irrational words coming from pain.
I started to reach out over the weekend. But my attempts were all cut short. He ignored all my calls. Never responded to my i loves you and miss yous and have a good days. I feel like he is hurt over the puppy that will be co-cared by both me and my EX. I’m not sure if the joke about him being conservative also hurt him. But anyways all of this has made him ignore most of my texts and calls. Actually all of my calls this week.
I am not blasting his phone at all. I’m living my life. Doing so many fall activities with my son. Im going on hikes and fun places! I love having fun. But it doesn’t mean I feel hurt by his sudden change in behavior and lack of communication. I am afraid he is pulling back because he is going to break up with me because he thinks I cheated or that I am leaving him out. I wish he was with me doing fun things and getting to know the dog. But I understand he has friends and family to visit. A risky move during COVID. But I support him. So after him avoiding me for 2 weeks now. Im feeling anxious about it all, I’ve come close to panic attacks, I probably did have like 3 already. I sent him this text:
Does this count as freaking out?
Me: Well I was thinking we can talk on the phone. Been a few days. I know you’re tired and stuff. So it’s all good! I love you and I miss you! I would love to hear your voice! Also, if there’s something going on don’t be afraid to talk me me. I’m here for you. I hope things between us are secure. ❤️
Me: I called. But you keep pushing me away. It hurts. But I understand. I love you and I want to be there for you. I left a kind voicemail. Please listen to it. Communication is important. But if you wish to not communicate with me please let me know. I hope you can find the peace, strength and clarity in your heart to be able to talk to me. I can’t help but sense that something is hurting you. Always remember that you are amazing just the way you are. And you are blessed. You are absolutely beautiful inside and out. You are the most handsome person I’ve had the pleasure of being with. And your personality is my favorite. It’s ok to feel confused. It’s ok to feel hurt. It’s ok to feel unsure, depressed or anxious. It’s ok to want to end things with me or to cut off communication. But it needs to be communicated. I hope breaking up is not the case. But my heart hurts and I’m no stranger to the patterns of a person who is pushing away with break up in their mind. But I have faith that this could just be a rough patch. That you are overwhelmed with life, traveling and your family. You are loved by everyone and it can get hard to stretch yourself thin to meet everyone’s needs. Please be honest with me and understand that avoiding talking to me and avoiding intimacy hurts the foundation of our relationship. I am 100% committed to you. I’m here to lift you up not down. But if you have no desire to be close to me please let me know before I pour my heart out for you.
I am a lover. I am a fighter. But I can also step away when and where I know I’m not wanted. I would hate for us to end in ambiguous ways that create pain for us, making it difficult to heal. We both deserve and are deserving of healthy communication and relationships. We both are deserving of compassion, understanding and forgiveness. Good night. I will not reach out from this point onwards. I will give you the space you need. But I do request clarity and communication sooner than later. I’m hurting but I don’t want to hurt you. Just wanna love you.
End of text.
Any advice or opinions are appreciated. I feel like I’m overreacting. And that my anxiety is making me ruin my relationships.
Also* I started filling for Divorce this weekend.
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2020.10.19 08:04 AractusP Biblical scripture has changed significantly

There have been several long-standing myths about Judeo-Christian scriptures. Many were assumed to be true for centuries. One myth regarded the Masoretic text (MT) and viewed it as the “central Scripture text” (Tov 2020). What was not acknowledged widely until relatively recently was that ancient people had a very different idea about what sacred scripture was, and it wasn't a problem for them to have multiple variants of the same text. That didn't invalidate a text as scripture.
Prior to the discovery of the DSS (dead sea scrolls) it was commonly believed that whenever the LXX departed wildly from the MT that it was just very poor translation. However we now know that the translators didn't always use the same textual variant that the MT witnesses. The MT is a very good copy and close witness for a single variant of each book that existed in the second temple period, however it doesn't necessarily represent an authoritative version as viewed by ancient Jews in the second temple period of each book.
Moreover the use and meaning of the Hebrew bible scriptures is substantially different for Jews than it is for Christians. Even the very same texts are read and understood differently from competing perspectives.
The redactional work certainly didn't end with the Hebrew bible. You probably know that 2 Corinthians and Philippians are widely believed to be composites of multiple Pauline letters. Something I didn't know until recently, because it's never talked about, is that some scholars also believe that Paul's most seminal letter Romans is also a composite from several Pauline letters.
Then we have the gospels - Matthew, Luke, and John are all composites. Mark is the only one we know almost nothing about the source material. No matter what solution you have to the Synoptic Problem, Luke and Matthew composted their source material. John too, because he's reliant on Mark's passion. Even Marcion saw these problems in the second century - he rejected Matthew and John - accepted Luke as the only true gospel whilst recognising that it was corrupted, and he created his own gospel from it.
The canonical gospels were not the only gospels used as scripture. There are over 30 Christian gospels that were used as scripture, but later not selected to be a part of the New Testament. And those are just the ones we know about, there may have been hundreds. There are specific examples we can talk about that mirror the style and form of the canonical gospels - take the Diatessaron gospel for example. A clear attempt at harmonising different Christian texts. Is this what Matthew and Luke were trying to accomplish with their gospels? Take Mark and harmonise it with Q and some other source documents? As noted by Watson 2016: “the Diatessaron treats Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as sources to be emended, co-ordinated, and elaborated, not as authoritative texts whose normativity a harmony seeks to vindicate. It is gospel rather than gospel harmony. Tatian’s treatment of his sources is on a continuum with Luke’s or Matthew’s”, and indeed Marcion’s as well. To put this another way, Matthew and Luke's use of Mark, and Marcion's use of Luke, is as a source text to be “emended, co-ordinated, and elaborated” and not as an authoritative text. Therefore what has happened with the gospels, the canonical ones that modern-day Christians consider scripture, is that they were chosen amongst many options, not as a process of inclusion but one of exclusion.
This process created the illusion that early Christian texts were more harmonious than they really were by deriding the non-canonical texts as “heresies”. The meaning of heresy in Greek is “choice” (Elaine Pagels). Texts were excluded because in the opinion of early theologians they afforded early Christians too much choice. That's very different to how most Christians probably understand the word. They were not chosen on historical merit, but on theological merit to create an orthodoxy. The great irony today of course is that modern Christians have more choice than ever in what beliefs and rituals they want to hold sacred, the modern Church is indeed heretical. The obsession that modern scholars have had over placing the canonical gospels within the first century is I think both somewhat delusional, but even more importantly - irrelevant. Just because Mark is written c. 70-85 CE doesn't mean it has more merit as scripture than a gospel written in 125-150 CE. If that were the case, most of the Old Testament can be thrown out for being written centuries after Genesis and Exodus and seeking to alter the laws, practises, and history prescribed in earlier texts - beginning with Deuteronomy. The Gospel of Thomas was not selected precisely because Jesus teaches things that theologians in the third century and later considered to be contradictory with their orthodoxy. Furthermore the insistence by some scholars that Thomas was written c. 130-140 CE whilst simultaneously insisting that Matthew and Luke were written 80-90 CE, is entirely illogical and I think betrays their motivations. The date of Mark hardly binds the dates of Matthew and Luke any more than it can bind the date of the Diatessaron gospel. What if the “most excellent Theophilus” who Luke is writing to is Theophilus of Antioch?
Charles Cutler Torrey, an excellent scholar I might add (RM Price), thought that the canonical gospels were written about 10 years after Jesus. What's noteworthy here is that Torrey advanced a hypothesis that is now largely abandoned, but one which he believed with academic conviction which is more than I can say for the scholars that write introductions for Evangelical bibles.
If we assume that when Thomas was written it was a collection of sayings all of which were authentic to the historical Jesus, then it means that over time there was suppression of certain teachings of Jesus in order to create an orthodoxy. Of course, we need not make such a bold assumption. If one assumes that the Q-source sayings are historical, or were at the very least believed by the author to be attributed to the historical Jesus, then one must accept that at least some of the sayings in the gospel of Thomas have equal historical merit, and probably most if you could get your hands on the original version. After all more than half of Thomas is paralleled in the canonical gospels. We can therefore assume that at the time Thomas was written it was a document containing sayings that the author believed to be attributed to the historical Jesus, the same assumption we make for Q. This is a problem for those who argue that “scripture hasn't changed” because it is clear evidence of suppression of heresy.
Of course the document we have today is a 4th century redacted text, translated into Coptic. It's not the original version that may have been written as early as 60-90 CE. It's widely believed that a redactor harmonised sayings with the canonical gospels (one would think if that's the case they probably harmonised some with non-canonical gospels as well). But it was still read, copied, and used as scripture at least in some Christian circles up to the 4th century.
We can see from the early theologians that they did not think that the gospels were literal history. Irenaeus in Against Heresies II.22 wrote an entire chapter under the title: “The thirty Æons are not typified by the fact that Christ was baptized in His thirtieth year: He did not suffer in the twelfth month after His baptism, but was more than fifty years old when He died.” The earliest Latin bible commentary by Fortunatianus of Aquileia, interprets the canonical gospels as a series of allegories not literal history:
There's been an assumption that it's a literal record of truth - a lot of the early scholars got very worried about inconsistencies between Matthew and Luke, for example.
But for people teaching the Bible in the fourth century, it's not the literal meaning which is important, it's how it's read allegorically.
In contemporary Biblical scholarship a lot of the gospels are written with symbolism in mind.
They are not setting out to be literal accounts but they are set out to be symbolic.
Hugh Houghton
The fact that the gospels were literalised fundamentally changes how they are read, used, and understood. Irenaeus uses the gospels in several places, alongside the Old Testament scriptures, to make his argument that Jesus was at least 50 when crucified.
This leads me to my last point. The origin and authority afforded to the Christian biblical canon fundamentally changed what Christians held to be scripture. It elevated the texts we know as the New Testament while illogically deriding the value of other scriptures - even letters of Paul in their original forms, and sayings gospels like Thomas. It changed by omission and suppression what Jesus taught, perhaps even what Paul taught as well. The canon itself implies sanctity of the Church, and its traditions and teachings - a fact that the Reformers realised and grappled with (HH Howorth 1909). The Church came first, then Scriptures came, and finally a Bible decided by the Church who declared only it as Christian scripture. I'm not sure this issue has ever been solved by any modern theologians: “If the Bible was not to be accepted and taken over on the authority of a Church which claimed to be infallible and under the continual guidance of divine wisdom, the reasons why its contents were to be accepted as inspired must be extraordinarily cogent and conclusive since the book itself was in future to become the single pedestal upon which the Christian faith was to be planted.” (Howorth 1909). Where does their elevated value - above that of all the “rejected” scriptures come from?
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2020.10.19 07:00 coRvid_ice_elation COVID19 PCR Tests are Scientifically Meaningless

https://archive.is/R4gPW
Though the whole world relies on RT-PCR to “diagnose” Sars-Cov-2 infection, the science is clear: they are not fit for purpose
Torsten Engelbrecht and Konstantin Demeter
Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify “positive” patients, whereby “positive” is usually equated with “infected.”But looking closely at the facts, the conclusion is that these PCR tests are meaningless as a diagnostic tool to determine an alleged infection by a supposedly new virus called SARS-CoV-2.

UNFOUNDED “TEST, TEST, TEST,…” MANTRA

At the media briefing on COVID-19 on March 16, 2020, the WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said:
We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test.”
The message was spread through headlines around the world, for instance by Reuters and the BBC.Still on the 3 of May, the moderator of the heute journal — one of the most important news magazines on German television— was passing the mantra of the corona dogma on to his audience with the admonishing words:
Test, test, test—that is the credo at the moment, and it is the only way to really understand how much the coronavirus is spreading.”
This indicates that the belief in the validity of the PCR tests is so strong that it equals a religion that tolerates virtually no contradiction.But it is well known that religions are about faith and not about scientific facts. And as Walter Lippmann, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and perhaps the most influential journalist of the 20th century said: “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.”So to start, it is very remarkable that Kary Mullis himself, the inventor of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology, did not think alike. His invention got him the Nobel prize in chemistry in 1993.Unfortunately, Mullis passed away last year at the age of 74, but there is no doubt that the biochemist regarded the PCR as inappropriate to detect a viral infection.The reason is that the intended use of the PCR was, and still is, to apply it as a manufacturing technique, being able to replicate DNA sequences millions and billions of times, and not as a diagnostic tool to detect viruses.How declaring virus pandemics based on PCR tests can end in disaster was described by Gina Kolata in her 2007 New York Times article Faith in Quick Test Leads to Epidemic That Wasn’t.

LACK OF A VALID GOLD STANDARD

Moreover, it is worth mentioning that the PCR tests used to identify so-called COVID-19 patients presumably infected by what is called SARS-CoV-2 do not have a valid gold standard to compare them with.This is a fundamental point. Tests need to be evaluated to determine their preciseness — strictly speaking their “sensitivity”[1] and “specificity” — by comparison with a “gold standard,” meaning the most accurate method available.As an example, for a pregnancy test the gold standard would be the pregnancy itself. But as Australian infectious diseases specialist Sanjaya Senanayake, for example, stated in an ABC TV interview in an answer to the question “How accurate is the [COVID-19] testing?”:
If we had a new test for picking up [the bacterium] golden staph in blood, we’ve already got blood cultures, that’s our gold standard we’ve been using for decades, and we could match this new test against that. But for COVID-19 we don’t have a gold standard test.”
Jessica C. Watson from Bristol University confirms this. In her paper “Interpreting a COVID-19 test result”, published recently in The British Medical Journal, she writes that there is a “lack of such a clear-cut ‘gold-standard’ for COVID-19 testing.”But instead of classifying the tests as unsuitable for SARS-CoV-2 detection and COVID-19 diagnosis, or instead of pointing out that only a virus, proven through isolation and purification, can be a solid gold standard, Watson claims in all seriousness that, “pragmatically” COVID-19 diagnosis itself, remarkably including PCR testing itself, “may be the best available ‘gold standard’.” But this is not scientifically sound.Apart from the fact that it is downright absurd to take the PCR test itself as part of the gold standard to evaluate the PCR test, there are no distinctive specific symptoms for COVID-19, as even people such as Thomas Löscher, former head of the Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine at the University of Munich and member of the Federal Association of German Internists, conceded to us[2].And if there are no distinctive specific symptoms for COVID-19, COVID-19 diagnosis — contrary to Watson’s statement — cannot be suitable for serving as a valid gold standard.In addition, “experts” such as Watson overlook the fact that only virus isolation, i.e. an unequivocal virus proof, can be the gold standard.That is why I asked Watson how COVID-19 diagnosis “may be the best available gold standard,” if there are no distinctive specific symptoms for COVID-19, and also whether the virus itself, that is virus isolation, wouldn’t be the best available/possible gold standard. But she hasn’t answered these questions yet – despite multiple requests. And she has not yet responded to our rapid response post on her article in which we address exactly the same points, either, though she wrote us on June 2nd: “I will try to post a reply later this week when I have a chance.”

NO PROOF FOR THE RNA BEING OF VIRAL ORIGIN

Now the question is: What is required first for virus isolation/proof? We need to know where the RNA for which the PCR tests are calibrated comes from.As textbooks (e.g., White/Fenner. Medical Virology, 1986, p. 9) as well as leading virus researchers such as Luc Montagnier or Dominic Dwyer state, particle purification — i.e. the separation of an object from everything else that is not that object, as for instance Nobel laureate Marie Curie purified 100 mg of radium chloride in 1898 by extracting it from tons of pitchblende — is an essential pre-requisite for proving the existence of a virus, and thus to prove that the RNA from the particle in question comes from a new virus.The reason for this is that PCR is extremely sensitive, which means it can detect even the smallest pieces of DNA or RNA — but it cannot determine where these particles came from. That has to be determined beforehand.And because the PCR tests are calibrated for gene sequences (in this case RNA sequences because SARS-CoV-2 is believed to be a RNA virus), we have to know that these gene snippets are part of the looked-for virus. And to know that, correct isolation and purification of the presumed virus has to be executed.Hence, we have asked the science teams of the relevant papers which are referred to in the context of SARS-CoV-2 for proof whether the electron-microscopic shots depicted in their in vitro experiments show purified viruses.But not a single team could answer that question with “yes” — and NB., nobody said purification was not a necessary step. We only got answers like “No, we did not obtain an electron micrograph showing the degree of purification” (see below).We asked several study authors “Do your electron micrographs show the purified virus?”, they gave the following responses:Study 1: Leo L. M. Poon; Malik Peiris. “Emergence of a novel human coronavirus threatening human health” Nature Medicine, March 2020 Replying Author: Malik Peiris Date: May 12, 2020 Answer: “The image is the virus budding from an infected cell. It is not purified virus.”Study 2: Myung-Guk Han et al. “Identification of Coronavirus Isolated from a Patient in Korea with COVID-19”, Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives, February 2020 Replying Author: Myung-Guk Han Date: May 6, 2020 Answer: “We could not estimate the degree of purification because we do not purify and concentrate the virus cultured in cells.”Study 3: Wan Beom Park et al. “Virus Isolation from the First Patient with SARS-CoV-2 in Korea”, Journal of Korean Medical Science, February 24, 2020 Replying Author: Wan Beom Park Date: March 19, 2020 Answer: “We did not obtain an electron micrograph showing the degree of purification.”Study 4: Na Zhu et al., “A Novel Coronavirus from Patients with Pneumonia in China”, 2019, New England Journal of Medicine, February 20, 2020 Replying Author: Wenjie Tan Date: March 18, 2020 Answer: “[We show] an image of sedimented virus particles, not purified ones.”Regarding the mentioned papers it is clear that what is shown in the electron micrographs (EMs) is the end result of the experiment, meaning there is no other result that they could have made EMs from.That is to say, if the authors of these studies concede that their published EMs do not show purified particles, then they definitely do not possess purified particles claimed to be viral. (In this context, it has to be remarked that some researchers use the term “isolation” in their papers, but the procedures described therein do not represent a proper isolation (purification) process. Consequently, in this context the term “isolation” is misused).Thus, the authors of four of the principal, early 2020 papers claiming discovery of a new coronavirus concede they had no proof that the origin of the virus genome was viral-like particles or cellular debris, pure or impure, or particles of any kind. In other words, the existence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA is based on faith, not fact.We have also contacted Dr Charles Calisher, who is a seasoned virologist. In 2001, Science published an “impassioned plea…to the younger generation” from several veteran virologists, among them Calisher, saying that:
[modern virus detection methods like] sleek polymerase chain reaction […] tell little or nothing about how a virus multiplies, which animals carry it, [or] how it makes people sick. [It is] like trying to say whether somebody has bad breath by looking at his fingerprint.”[3]
And that’s why we asked Dr Calisher whether he knows one single paper in which SARS-CoV-2 has been isolated and finally really purified. His answer:
I know of no such a publication. I have kept an eye out for one.”[4]
This actually means that one cannot conclude that the RNA gene sequences, which the scientists took from the tissue samples prepared in the mentioned in vitro trials and for which the PCR tests are finally being “calibrated,” belong to a specific virus — in this case SARS-CoV-2.
In addition, there is no scientific proof that those RNA sequences are the causative agent of what is called COVID-19.In order to establish a causal connection, one way or the other, i.e. beyond virus isolation and purification, it would have been absolutely necessary to carry out an experiment that satisfies the four Koch’s postulates. But there is no such experiment, as Amory Devereux and Rosemary Frei recently revealed for OffGuardian.The necessity to fulfill these postulates regarding SARS-CoV-2 is demonstrated not least by the fact that attempts have been made to fulfill them. But even researchers claiming they have done it, in reality, did not succeed.One example is a study published in Nature on May 7. This trial, besides other procedures which render the study invalid, did not meet any of the postulates.For instance, the alleged “infected” laboratory mice did not show any relevant clinical symptoms clearly attributable to pneumonia, which according to the third postulate should actually occur if a dangerous and potentially deadly virus was really at work there. And the slight bristles and weight loss, which were observed temporarily in the animals are negligible, not only because they could have been caused by the procedure itself, but also because the weight went back to normal again.Also, no animal died except those they killed to perform the autopsies. And let’s not forget: These experiments should have been done before developing a test, which is not the case.Revealingly, none of the leading German representatives of the official theory about SARS-Cov-2/COVID-19 — the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI), Alexander S. Kekulé (University of Halle), Hartmut Hengel and Ralf Bartenschlager (German Society for Virology), the aforementioned Thomas Löscher, Ulrich Dirnagl (Charité Berlin) or Georg Bornkamm (virologist and professor emeritus at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Munich) — could answer the following question I have sent them:If the particles that are claimed to be to be SARS-CoV-2 have not been purified, how do you want to be sure that the RNA gene sequences of these particles belong to a specific new virus?Particularly, if there are studies showing that substances such as antibiotics that are added to the test tubes in the in vitro experiments carried out for virus detection can “stress” the cell culture in a way that new gene sequences are being formed that were not previously detectable — an aspect that Nobel laureate Barbara McClintock already drew attention to in her Nobel Lecture back in 1983.It should not go unmentioned that we finally got the Charité – the employer of Christian Drosten, Germany’s most influential virologist in respect of COVID-19, advisor to the German government and co-developer of the PCR test which was the first to be “accepted” (not validated!) by the WHO worldwide – to answer questions on the topic.But we didn’t get answers until June 18, 2020, after months of non-response. In the end, we achieved it only with the help of Berlin lawyer Viviane Fischer.Regarding our question “Has the Charité convinced itself that appropriate particle purification was carried out?,” the Charité concedes that they didn’t use purified particles.And although they claim “virologists at the Charité are sure that they are testing for the virus,” in their paper (Corman et al.) they state:
RNA was extracted from clinical samples with the MagNA Pure 96 system (Roche, Penzberg, Germany) and from cell culture supernatants with the viral RNA mini kit (QIAGEN, Hilden, Germany),”
Which means they just assumed the RNA was viral.Incidentally, the Corman et al. paper, published on January 23, 2020 didn’t even go through a proper peer review process, nor were the procedures outlined therein accompanied by controls — although it is only through these two things that scientific work becomes really solid.

IRRATIONAL TEST RESULTS

It is also certain that we cannot know the false positive rate of the PCR tests without widespread testing of people who certainly do not have the virus, proven by a method which is independent of the test (having a solid gold standard).Therefore, it is hardly surprising that there are several papers illustrating irrational test results.For example, already in February the health authority in China’s Guangdong province reported that people have fully recovered from illness blamed on COVID-19, started to test “negative,” and then tested “positive” again.A month later, a paper published in the Journal of Medical Virology showed that 29 out of 610 patients at a hospital in Wuhan had 3 to 6 test results that flipped between “negative”, “positive” and “dubious”.A third example is a study from Singapore in which tests were carried out almost daily on 18 patients and the majority went from “positive” to “negative” back to “positive” at least once, and up to five times in one patient.Even Wang Chen, president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, conceded in February that the PCR tests are “only 30 to 50 per cent accurate”; while Sin Hang Lee from the Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory sent a letter to the WHO’s coronavirus response team and to Anthony S. Fauci on March 22, 2020, saying that:
It has been widely reported in the social media that the RT-qPCR [Reverse Transcriptase quantitative PCR] test kits used to detect SARSCoV-2 RNA in human specimens are generating many false positive results and are not sensitive enough to detect some real positive cases.”
In other words, even if we theoretically assume that these PCR tests can really detect a viral infection, the tests would be practically worthless, and would only cause an unfounded scare among the “positive” people tested.This becomes also evident considering the positive predictive value (PPV).The PPV indicates the probability that a person with a positive test result is truly “positive” (ie. has the supposed virus), and it depends on two factors: the prevalence of the virus in the general population and the specificity of the test, that is the percentage of people without disease in whom the test is correctly “negative” (a test with a specificity of 95% incorrectly gives a positive result in 5 out of 100 non-infected people).With the same specificity, the higher the prevalence, the higher the PPV.In this context, on June 12 2020, the journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt published an article in which the PPV has been calculated with three different prevalence scenarios.The results must, of course, be viewed very critically, first because it is not possible to calculate the specificity without a solid gold standard, as outlined, and second because the calculations in the article are based on the specificity determined in the study by Jessica Watson, which is potentially worthless, as also mentioned.But if you abstract from it, assuming that the underlying specificity of 95% is correct and that we know the prevalence, even the mainstream medical journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt reports that the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests may have “a shockingly low” PPV.In one of the three scenarios, figuring with an assumed prevalence of 3%, the PPV was only 30 percent, which means that 70 percent of the people tested “positive” are not “positive” at all. Yet “they are prescribed quarantine,” as even the Ärzteblatt notes critically.In a second scenario of the journal’s article, a prevalence of rate of 20 percent is assumed. In this case they generate a PPV of 78 percent, meaning that 22 percent of the “positive” tests are false “positives.”That would mean: If we take the around 9 million people who are currently considered “positive” worldwide — supposing that the true “positives” really have a viral infection — we would get almost 2 million false “positives.”All this fits with the fact that the CDC and the FDA, for instance, concede in their files that the so-called “SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests” are not suitable for SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis.In the “CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel“ file from March 30, 2020, for example, it says:
Detection of viral RNA may not indicate the presence of infectious virus or that 2019-nCoV is the causative agent for clinical symptoms”
And:
This test cannot rule out diseases caused by other bacterial or viral pathogens.”
And the FDA admits that:
positive results […] do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent detected may not be the definite cause of disease.”
Remarkably, in the instruction manuals of PCR tests we can also read that they are not intended as a diagnostic test, as for instance in those by Altona Diagnostics and Creative Diagnostics[5].To quote another one, in the product announcement of the LightMix Modular Assays produced by TIB Molbiol — which were developed using the Corman et al. protocol — and distributed by Roche we can read:
These assays are not intended for use as an aid in the diagnosis of coronavirus infection”
see comment below for MORE
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2020.10.19 04:49 lei1an11 my mother is making me go insane

hi, i'm a girl, 16 in aus. i'm christian, academic, do distance ed, part time job, friends with good people and i try to be a good person. however, in my mother's mind; i'm a teenager who treats everyone like shit and i don't try at anything. i'm struggling with the way my mother treats me, and i've come here because... well it's reddit.
my mother will go over and above for me sometimes, she'll make me really nice food and offer buy nice things for me. but then, she's also an insanely strict mother, and if i mess up just a little bit, i can kiss everyone goodbye. she says that she's doing everything right, and nothing wrong, at all. she will never own up to her mistakes, on the rare occasion that she does, its when i bring it up.
i'll give you some examples from the last TWO WEEKS:
(her form of punishment is taking away all my tech; taking away my phone, and because i do distance ed, she'll make me attend classes next to her and study next to her until i get my tech back. despite the fact that she goes to bed at 8pm and i usually sleep at 12)
- i was having a bad day, so i must've had a bad energy around me, so in the car she said this: "you're so unpleasant to be around, do you even love me?"
- if i'm "unpleasant to be around", i get my tech taken away for weeks.
- i'm not allowed to date, or have any friends unless she approves of them (which, are only the homeschooled christian kids we all know.)
- she made me attend church every single week and listen to worship with her until this year when covid hit (THANK GOD) and takes it personally when i say no, because i don't consider myself a christian
- whenever i bring something like this up with her she immediately stops me and refuses to talk to me about it, and calls me disrespectful for doing so.
- never drives me places, so i want take public transport but she wont let me. so i'm forced to stay home.
- my thousands of dollars from working is in HER bank account in HER name and refuses to let me change it into mine
- every single time we have an argument she immediately starts yelling and interrupting. every time.
- if i accidentally be rude to her in any way (like saying something in a tone she doesn't like, or looking at her in a certain way) she takes my tech away (i.e. she's telling me to get up and i shout go away *half asleep* and she gets mad and grounds me, etc.)
- if i use sarcasm or something similar as a form of humour she takes it personally and gives me a lecture.
- constantly assuming the worst & refuses to let me see a therapist

there's hundreds of more circumstances like these, i had them written in a notebook but she took it. you see, whenever i do something wrong i immediately apologise, because i need my phone to cry to my friends about this ahah. i don't know if this is the right community to post this in, but this is my first time on reddit so i'm just looking for advice.
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2020.10.18 20:49 Watchdogs66 Our "Drive to 245": The Twenty-Fifth Step (Third Quarter)

The Drive To 245: Deprive the GOP In 25
 
In 2014 and with 234 House seats, the NRCC launched the “Drive to 245” campaign for the 2014 midterms, which focused on securing 245 seats for the 114th Congress. At the close of the midterms, they ended up picking up 13 seats, putting their new majority to 247 seats, 2 seats above the goal. For the majority of this election cycle, we had at least 234 House seats to start with, until a turncoat in disguise switched to the GOP in December 2019 (get fucked Jeff Van Drew) and we lost one of our districts in a May 2020 special election (get your act together Christy Smith). Despite these setbacks, getting to 245 seats in the next election is possible for us to achieve, if we are smart about it.
 
In late November 2018, I began by compiling an initial list of 25 potential districts that could give us the necessary gains for us to make the necessary net gain of 10 seats to fulfill our “Drive to 245” campaign goal. I then outlined the state representatives and state senators that we have on our side that live within (or at least represent a good portion of) the identified districts in the second step, which was split into parts one and two. These local officials are often our first line of offense when it comes to selecting appropriate candidates to flip GOP congressional districts, as these people often start out with significant amounts of name recognition (at least compared to most political novices), developed campaign infrastructures, and established donor networks to draw on. In the third step, I explored four different ways that these state representatives and state senators can help promising candidates build a solid platform to flip these 25 districts, even if we are not able to recruit any of these seasoned individuals themselves. I then proceeded to identify every individual local county Democratic organization within in each of these 25 districts to determine how much of a viable network exists towards flipping any of these districts, and whether any of them appear to be fledgling and underfunded, which was split into parts one, two, and three. I then proceeded to draw up rough battle plans to recruit the best candidates that are suitable towards making the necessary gains for the proposed 245 House seats, which I covered in parts one, two, and three. Since then, I updated my list of 25 districts to better reflect the developments that have occurred since November 2018, as well as the candidates from our end that have filed in those districts. After that, I covered updated game plans for the updated 25 districts, which was again split into parts one, two, and three. Another comprehensive update to the list was conducted in early July to account for the GOP retirements, lack of Democratic candidate recruitment for several districts, and other remarkable events that have occurred, all of which have been documented in said update. From there, more detailed plans were made that illustrated the overall status of the Democratic campaigns for each of these districts, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. These plans also highlighted which candidates appeared to have the most organized campaigns for each district, and which ones out of these strongest candidates needed the most assistance in terms of fundraising. Donation plans were also made that could sufficiently help out these struggling candidates, if every active user of this subreddit took part. After that, I provided a detailed plan for defending our 5 most endangered Democratic incumbents for this cycle. I next discussed the different methods that volunteers can help out a campaign, and what good campaigns should provide in such activities to optimize their voter outreach effectiveness, both of which can be found in parts one and two. In October 2019, I then provided another comprehensive review of the 25 districts that are the most likely to flip blue and the ideal strategies to accomplish that goal, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. After that, I provided an update on the overall status of our top 5 most endangered incumbents, and posted a rescue plan to help out the least financially stable campaigns, both of which can be found in this post. My next step provided day-by-day calendars highlighting volunteer events within the targeted 25 districts that helped participants develop vital Democratic infrastructure in those areas. These calendars, which ran from October 31 to January 15, can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. In late January, I gave a third update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. At the start of February 2020, I gave a fresh analysis of the 25 districts with the best chances of going blue, which are provided in parts one, two, three, and four. I then jumped to a day-by-day calendar of volunteer events of congressional campaigns operating throughout the 25 districts, which was originally planned to be released in four parts. However, the quickly deteriorating COVID-19 situation has forced this series to be suspended halfway through this step. The two calendars provided in this step, which ran from February 7 to March 19, can be found here and here. In April 2020, I provided an updated study of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Later in May 2020, I provided another update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle and their performances. I subsequently proceeded in June 2020 to provide a list of the competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that this series targeted or defended, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Starting in late July 2020, I provided an updated perspective of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, all of which were provided in parts one, two, three, and four. Shortly thereafter in August 2020, I provided a fresh update on the campaign status of the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. From there, I supplied a fresh view on the status of our campaigns in competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that was targeted or defended by this series, which was given in parts one, two, three, and four. Next, I provided a calendar highlighting the important dates for the congressional campaigns operating within the 30 districts targeted and defended by this series.
 
This step will provide a final comprehensive review for each of the 25 districts that this series is targeting in the 2020 elections. As of now, the Democratic nominees have been selected for each target district. This review’s main objective is to gauge the progress of each nominee’s general election campaign. During the months that have transpired from the series’ last comprehensive review, excellent overall progress has been made in the target districts, which currently cover regions located throughout fifteen states. These districts are sorted by state, then ordered by priority, which is roughly based on factors such as whether there is an important up-ballot statewide race (Presidential or Senate) to support, the overall flippability of the districts in question, how soon within the 2020 cycle Democratic organization began within these relevant areas, and the overall quality of the Democratic nominees. Given the overall length of these strategies, this step will be split into four quarters. In the first quarter of this step, game plans were elaborated for districts located in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. The second quarter of this step went over the best strategies for districts situated in Texas, Ohio, New York, and Virginia.
This third quarter will describe ideal procedures for flipping target districts in Illinois, Florida, Indiana, and California. For each district, the nominee’s campaign website, the amount of money he or she has raised so far according to the 2020 Q3 reports, and their campaign donation page will be listed. The fundraising numbers of the GOP opponent and an analysis of the Democratic nominee’s campaign will also be provided.
For the special case of the newly added CA-25, a list of individual local county Democratic organizations that this district partially covers will also be included for the district’s section. The fundraising numbers of the Democratic and Republican candidates will only cover the period from June 2 to September 30 in order to provide a more accurate picture of our prospects there.
Some nominees are indicated with a minus or a plus, which indicates the overall quality of their campaign websites according to criteria that was listed in the second half of the eleventh step of this series. All districts listed on this post have their PVI and the bluest rating given by the political pundits at the time of this writing.
 
IL-13 (Rodney Davis, R+3, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (+) Fundraising Numbers: $4,383,763 Campaign Website: https://www.betsydirksenlondrigan.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/londriganweb2020
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Rodney Davis: $4,156,056
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is continuing to run a very strong campaign from her narrow 0.8% loss in her 2018 run, as she is now outraising the GOP incumbent, Rodney Davis. The latest poll for this district show her in a dead heat with Rodney Davis, which is another sign that the race is heading our way. Also, local reports say that infrastructure in Macon County have improved since December 2018. However, quite a few counties still lack significant Democratic support, which include Bond, Calhoun, Champaign, Christian, Greene, Jersey, Montgomery, and Piatt Counties. Organization to expand voter outreach efforts for all of these counties should take place to help improve our margins in this district.
FL-15 (OPEN, R+6, Lean R):
Democratic Nominee: Alan Michael Cohn Fundraising Numbers: $1,560,219 Campaign Website: https://alancohnforcongress.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cohn-for-congress-website
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Scott Franklin: $1,105,401
Alan Michael Cohn is definitely someone who should not be underestimated, as he managed to pull out a rather impressive primary victory by tapping into his anti-corruption background and the support network of a lot of progressive organizations. Although he is currently outpacing his GOP opponent Scott Franklin in fundraising, Alan Michael Cohn is currently behind in the district’s latest polls by high single digit margins. Still, his campaign infrastructure is decent and certainly has the ability to close that polling gap in the last weeks of this election cycle. Hillsborough County is a highly important area to organize and win Democratic voters in, as the county also intersects with FL-16.
FL-16 (Vern Buchanan, R+7, Likely R):
Democratic Nominee: Margaret Elizabeth Rowell Good (+) Fundraising Numbers: $2,747,401 Campaign Website: https://margaretgood.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/margaretgood_website
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Vern Buchanan: $2,739,612
Margaret Elizabeth Rowell Good has now fully closed the fundraising gap between herself and the GOP incumbent Vern Buchanan, and is currently slightly outpacing him in that department. However, Vern Buchanan is still clearly leading her in the latest polls by considerable margins. Fortunately, Margaret Elizabeth Rowell Good is employing several strengths in her campaign to keep this race somewhat competitive, which include her top-notch organized campaign website, extensive local roots in the district, and her current role as a sitting State Representative. Once again, I stress the importance of organizing in Hillsborough County, as we can benefit our chances in flipping two districts for the price of energizing one single county.
IN-05 (OPEN, R+9, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Christina Hale Fundraising Numbers: $3,181,208 Campaign Website: https://haleforcongress.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/haleweb2020
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Victoria Spartz: $2,374,370
Christina Hale remains ahead of her GOP opponent, Victoria Spartz, in the fundraising department, which will likely stay that way thanks to Pete Buttigieg’s active support to Christina Hale’s campaign. The latest polls for this district show that Christina Hale has established a small but consistent lead over Victoria Spartz. This is consistent with the district’s recent trends, with Joe Donnelly actually winning it in his 2018 Senate campaign and providing us with a theoretical victory map to follow. All of this means that this district is headed for a Democratic takeover if we keep providing grassroots support there. Extra efforts should be made in Blackford, Grant, and Tipton Counties, as the Democratic parties there are underfunded and could use a further boost.
CA-22 (Devin Nunes, R+8, Likely R):
Democratic Nominee: Phil Arballo (+) Fundraising Numbers: $3,971,014 Campaign Website: https://www.philarballo.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/arb_monthly_website
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Devin Nunes: $22,424,339
Seriously, what the hell else is there to say about Devin Nunes, the GOP incumbent? Devin Nunes’ antics during the impeachment inquiry, his pro-Trump obsession, his lawsuits over the past several years, and now his book tour publicity stunt strongly say “enough said”. I have said, at least THIRTEEN times to date, that that I am ashamed that this traitor is a Californian. Unfortunately, Devin Nunes has an eight-figure fundraising advantage against his Democratic challenger, Phil Arballo. This is in spite of the fact that Phil Arballo has raised a respectable seven-figure sum and having a well-organized campaign website. What is worse is that Phil Arballo is behind Devin Nunes in the district’s latest polls by considerable margins. The district might be a dream flip, but I personally think that supporting Phil Arballo is still somewhat useful since it will force Devin Nunes to spend his eight-figure war chest in his own district and not spread his diseased ideals elsewhere.
CA-25 (Mike Garcia, EVEN, Tossup): Los Angeles County: https://www.lacdp.org/ Ventura County: http://www.venturacountydemocrats.com/
Democratic Nominee: Christy Smith Fundraising Numbers: $1,581,763 Campaign Website: https://www.christyforcongress.org/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/christy-for-congress-1-web
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Mike Garcia: $3,839,106
According to several local reports, Christy Smith still has plenty of negatives from the special election debacle, which has left a lot of Democratic donors burned and unwilling to invest in her race. The fact that many of them are seeing her as severely damaged goods has also led her campaign staffers to repeatedly make emphatic promotions for the underpinnings of her strategy this time around. Unfortunately, Christy Smith is being massively outraised by the now-GOP incumbent, Mike Garcia. What is worse is that she is still running behind Mike Garcia in the latest polls for this district. The strategy to win this district this time around involves racking up wide margins among Democrats, women, and Hispanics to counter Garcia’s moderate appeal on the surface. There are still quite a few voters in these groups who remain undecided, and Christy Smith needs to be competitive in the airwaves as well as have a much-improved ground game, which were two of her most prominent weaknesses in the special election. And finally, the national figures such as Biden, Obama, Harris, and Warren need to make a very strong play for Christy Smith immediately, as the mail-in ballots have already been sent to the district’s voters.
 
And thus we come the end of this step’s third quarter. The final quarter will cover optimized tactics for districts within New Jersey, Colorado, Nebraska, and Montana. So stay tuned! Any corrections or comments are welcome.
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2020.10.18 13:01 ThePotatoRepublic A Letter/Rant to my parents after leaving them

I wrote this after an argument that I had with my parents. I'm planning on leaving within 6 months and they don't know. This was more of a rant than anything but yea...
Dear S and D,
As you have clearly noticed, I am no longer living with you. I have left, and I am never coming back. You say I don’t know what it’s like to contribute to a functioning household. You would be correct – this has never been a functioning household and you seem to forget how I contributed by doing 95% of all the household chores for you people because of your ‘injuries’ that you refuse to see a medical professional for. Do not try to contact me, reach out to me or approach me in any way shape or form – the Police have been notified of my leaving and I have worked with them about what happened in this house for the past eighteen years.
You treated me like absolute shit for 18 years and expected me to love you? That’s not how love works, because if you believe that that is how you treat someone you love then good luck with your marriage. Especially now that you don’t have someone to blame for it not working. The saddest part is I did think that that was how you treat someone you love until I realised that I do not and have not ever deserved to be treated like that.
The way you treat me is abusive – period. My childhood doctor even told you two that and you not only completely dismissed it – you locked yourself in a room for three days fake crying only to come out and blame everything on me. And, frankly, that is all the confirmation I need to say that you have no interest in building or maintaining a relationship with me.
Want to know how I came to the conclusion I was being abused? A fucking English Extension assignment I wrote in Term 1. I had to study the psychology behind children from abusive households and quite literally saw myself. And so I thought that this can’t be true – my parents love me don’t they? I asked my entire friendship group and not one person said that they thought you were loving parents. They said in comparison to their parents you guys sounded crazy and controlling and scary. So I saw a new GP who also whole heartedly agreed that your behavior was not only abusive – it was narcissistic. I feel like it would be overkill to mention that I then got a second doctor’s opinion who also stated the same thing. Not to mention the psychologist you never knew I saw, or the few teachers who helped me set up a plan to leave home or the friends’ parents who pulled me aside at birthday parties to talk to me to ask me if home was safe. So you can sit here and lament to yourselves that it must have been the way I lied or made you guys seem like horrible people – but at the end of the day the cold hard reality is the fact that I have multiple people actually like me enough to open up their homes to me to get away from you.
Do you happen to remember when I was very young I would have very serious nightmares about torture and death almost every night? Being stabbed, set aflame, drowning etc.? You didn’t think to get help for me then? Because that was one of my first signs of developing PTSD. I have lived with PTSD, severe depression, anxiety and symptoms of psychosis for years now because you couldn’t find it within yourself to give a single fuck about your child. From the age of thirteen I started slicing into my skin (and trust me I did it a hell of a lot more than you ever knew) and from the ages of about fourteen to eighteen I developed three different suicide plans. Because you led me to believe that I was such a horrible person (trying to do everything you ever asked of me, I never told you that I hated you, I never fully lashed out at you, I sacrificed my true self so you could be proud of me) so that I believed that the world would have been better without me.
You can call me a brat, a liar, a horrible person and a whore all you damn well please, the funniest thing is you guys are the only people who have ever called me anything of the sort. Isn’t it kind of sad when your biggest bullies have always been your parents? I know now that not much else in life is going to damage me or hurt me more than you two have already. I would much rather live in my car for five years than to spend those five years being “loved” by you. Families don’t treat each other like that – and I did have a family, it was Nana. But you made the last few years of her life complete and utter hell because she saw the shit you did to me and she took the front of it. I realised only once she was gone that she was truly the only person to ever love me. And I want you to know how much I hate you for that.
In the beginning of my school career, you didn’t let me make friends for myself – you handpicked the friends you wanted me to have and to stick with those friends has been one of the shittiest decisions of my life. Because I didn’t think I could make any other friends without you or that you would let me make other friends. And I hate you for that.
You refused to let me pick the clothes and sports and activities that I wanted to. You dressed me like you, made me do the things that only you wanted to do and I had to fit into this conservative view you have of what is appropriate for a young Christian woman. And I hate you for that.
You called me names, told me I was a horrible person, told me that to be loved by Jesus I had to do certain things, you hit me, screamed at me, lost your temper way too often, made me believe I was so hard to love. I could go on, I really could. You did a lot more damage to me than you could ever come to terms with. And I hate you for that.
Most of my friends and peers have had relationships, dates and sex – and because of your inability to even talk with me openly about that I have had none of these same experiences. I feel incredibly unprepared and inexperienced for the dating world – not to mention what I said before about feeling hard to love. I was too busy taking care of all the expectations you placed on me. And I hate you for that.
And despite what you tell people – you never believed in my ability to succeed in my rowing. S, when I first wanted to start rowing, you laughed at me and told me I had better stick to it for the whole season and that it wasn’t your fault that I was going to eventually realise how hard it was. And then I got called a natural and suddenly you were all on board – anything for a little praise right? Must feel good when you remember how little you got from your parents. D, you told me that at least with rowing I wouldn’t lose my curves or boob size – unlike soccer. I want you to know that rowing was – and has always been the one fucking thing that has kept me from actually killing myself. It has become my one purpose in life – the one thing that has ever truly made me happy. Someday I’m going to make it to the Olympics and you get to watch from the TV knowing that that woman standing on the podium was once your daughter. But I also want you to remember that you threw that all way – you made the conscious decision time and time again to mistreat me and so this is what you will get.
So thank you – I suppose – for fulfilling my basic necessities by giving me a roof over my head and feeding me, although I shouldn’t have to say that.
If you wanted to know you your daughter and watch her grow older and maybe even give you grandchildren, I guess you should have treated her better.
And now you get to live with the consequences of your actions.
Fuck you.
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2020.10.18 05:27 thewilliambecker Me And That Man is underrated as hell

Behemoth is known for being a rather aggressive blackened death metal band with overtly religious/satanic themes. 2014’s “The Satanist” was Loudwire's best metal album of the decade. Nergal was once quoted having said, “Satan stands for everything that is dear to me.” Their song names include things like “O Father O Satan O Sun,” “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” and “Christians to the Lions.” Behemoth’s music is very dense, both lyrically and sonically, and as such, it is rather difficult for the average mainstream listener to appreciate. Like a lot of music that people find offensive or “edgy,” the darkness in the lyrical themes and stage antics can be often narrowed down to aesthetics, in a manner that isn’t too far removed from Ozzy Osbourne or Marilyn Manson. If you are on this subreddit, you probably don’t find much offense in the lyrical themes of black metal.
Me And That Man is a musical project on the polar opposite end of the spectrum from Behemoth, yet seems to root from the same set of ideas. Like Behemoth, the group is fronted by Nergal, but whereas Behemoth is abrasive and filled with growled vocals and hellish screams, Me And That Man is a country act that has swagger and is easily digestible. There’s none of that urban-country glam that comes from artists like Keith Urban or Luke Combs. There are no lyrics about hooking up with women, dirt roads, or cold beers. Instead, Me And That Man is just as heathenistic as Behemoth. “Now I wear my graveyard suit/ And I smoke a black cigaI sing 'Hosanna, Hosanna'/At the funeral of the god,” Nergal sings on “Cross My Heart and Hope To Die.” They’re gothic-folk, blues, and country meshed together to produce something that stands out from a lot of country music. To sum up Me And That Man, they’re an extremely gloomy country band with lyrics to match. They almost sound as depressive and dark as Johnny Cash did right before his death, if not more so. In some ways, they make me think of a much more exciting version of Colter Wall.
To date, Me And That Man has only released two albums, with a total combined run time of just under an hour and a half. Their music is easily digestible and offensively under-appreciated. Their first album came out in early 2017, and their second and most recent album came out in late march of 2020, making their already superb career still in its infantile stages.
"My Church Is Black" was the group’s first single and is a pretty good summary of the general sound. There’s little pieces of blues, country, and folk, along with the lyrics that are obnoxiously gothic Americana. It’s a unique sound, to say the least. It takes a mood and lyrics that would normally be associated with heavy metal and shoves them into a genre that is much more barebones and down-to-earth, making something that is hard to find anywhere else (unless you’re talking about American Recordings-era Johnny Cash, King Dude, or Wovenhand.) The music and mood associated is so simple yet unique that it becomes insanely infectious.
Speaking of Johnny Cash, "Cross My Heart and Hope To Die" isn’t too far off from something like “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” mixing Nergal’s crooned vocals with a choir of children, an acoustic guitar, and a beat that sounds like traditional spiritual music. His polish accent cuts through the music, marking a sharp contrast to the southern twang of almost all other folk and country music.
If you’re looking for something that would be less likely to offend your religious aunts and uncles at Thanksgiving, "Męstwo," off of the band’s second album, “New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol 1” is a beautiful melody written entirely in Nergal’s native language. Like much of their work, it focuses itself around simple rhythms and dark sounds. There’s something entrancing about Nergal’s raspy vocals.
One of the group’s best songs was released just before Christmas of 2019 in an almost hilarious sense of irony, "Burning Churches.” The song features Mat McNerney on vocals, giving an almost Irish folk sound to the track. It directly references the cathedral fire of Notre-Dame in April of 2019, as well as the infamous church burnings that are often associated with the genre of black metal. Anton LaVey, the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, also receives a tribute on the song. “Burning Churches” is an ode to the absurdism and brutality of the genre. These things shouldn’t necessarily be condoned, but the song showcases everything that is interesting about Me And That Man. It features lyrics that are self-aware about the ridiculous extremism of the genre, gloomy blues instrumentation, and McNerney’s unique accent provides for a rather addicting listen.
Love or hate the themes, Me And That Man is a band that demands the attention of the listener. There’s not a lot out there that matches the satanic overtones, melancholic lyrics, and doomy instrumentation of the group. They’re interesting and certainly worth checking out for anyone with an open mind when it comes to music, especially if you can understand that a lot of the references to Satanism are purely in the name of imagery. Don’t sleep on Me And That Man.
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