Week 3 is upon us. From here, The Season is like a finger painted landscape portrait: all fuzzy and blurred. As we move forward, each succeeding week brings forth clarity – like a high grade camera lens sharpening the image into focus. And we as fans are the lucky ones.
We get to enjoy the drama unfold in a chain of violent collisions, with each ballgame’s Winner staking a claim towards the next season.
Who’s gonna participate in that next season? Although we have some idea (maybe we’re sold on 3 or 4 squads), the real treat lies in watching the musical chairs of cities stepping up & getting knocked back off by their rivals.
Yes! Competition in the purest of its forms.
In that regard you’re damn right every single game is important. Hell, fall asleep against an inferior opponent early in the year and that could mean the difference between qualifying (or missing) The Playoffs.
Crunch time is now!
Having said that, there are a couple’a high stakes games on tap for this weekend. Let’s take a look at a couple of em, shall we?
(NOTE: these Point Spreads are courtesy of ESPN)
Baltimore (-4) vs Jacksonville (over/under 39)
Trust me. I know I’m thuggin it with this pick.
Baltimore has played some outstanding ball thus far, particularly on Defense. Even though it was against the dregs of the AFC North, there’s something laudable about knocking your 1st two Opponents clean out. But the flip side is that the Ravens ain’t been tested yet. One has to wonder what happens when they meet a team coming down the pike that fights back. That’s not to say that Bmore ain’t tough; but it has to be said that they’re beating up on wimps.
Enter Jacksonville. Them beating Houston like they did to open things told me these ain’t those same ol’ Jags. And this London game is really one of their Home Games. This may be that year where the Jags get things rolling. Me gets the feeling that there is an upset at play here, so I’m picking the upset!
Jacksonville earns the surprise of the day, in the early morning.
Jacksonville 19 ✓
New York(N) vs Philadelphia (-6) (o/u 43)
What the hell is up with New York? Besides their inability to pass, run, block, score, & defend, they might be alright this year. The ugly defeat on Monday Night has uhhhh…readjusted expectations a bit. Thing is, if a team (any team) has a substandard Offensive Line<—-with a hole at Left Tackle, a hole at Running Back, and a (seemingly) washed up Wideout opposite their Superstar, then a reasonable observer could have seen these struggles coming. But I digress. Here it is G-men: if you are going to have a season then this ballgame is a Must Win. Yes, in Week 3.
Enter the Philadelphia Eagles. Those (punk bastards!) beat The Burgundy & Gold in a tough Division game, then went on the Road and gave Kansas City 60 minutes of hell before falling. I hate to admit it, but that Pederson fella can Coach. Of course everybody in Philly takes heat, but he goes for gold every time I’ve seen his teams play. And Pederson’s better than his Sunday counterpart. That, I know. And he’s got the best Defensive Line in The Division, hands down. Which would seem to spell trouble for his Opponent.
But a desperate team is a dangerous team. And the Giants are absolutely desperate! That’s why I like em this week. I have no idea how they’ll block or score, but they will find a way to get it done. New York shocks Philly at Home & beats the spread.
New York 17 ✓
Denver (-3) vs Buffalo (o/u 40.5)
The Broncos are smokin’ to start the season! With two big Wins at Home, they take to the Road for the 1st time in their season. Trevor Siemian has played some quality ball & that Defense is thumping people! But all bets are off on the Road. Will the Broncos be up for their 1st Road test?
Conversely, Buffalo has had something of an interesting start. Sure they got a big Home Win (isn’t every Win big?) in the Division, but lost a tough Road test to the Panthers Sunday. To be fair, Winning in Carolina is a tough ask. But 3 points is all the Bills could muster? I know they’re rebuilding in Orchard Park, but a visiting Denver team represents an opportunity to do some barking. Can Buffalo take advantage?
I don’t think so. The bottom line is that I expect the Broncos to roll. No disrespect towards the Bills (because they can play Defense), but I don’t see a close game. Denver Wins. And covers.
Denver 21 ✓
Cincinnati vs Green Bay (-9) (o/u 44.5)
I feel for ya Bengals fans. Cincinnati is in shambles! I haven’t heard anything good coming out of the Queen City yet. It seems like the worst thing to happen to these tigers was losing last Thursday & having to wait a week & a 1/2 to get back on The Field. That’s a long time a let a bad loss fester. Then again, there could be a rage building pressure like a tightly would coil. And Green Bay could catch that spring shot!
On the other hand, beating the Packers in Lambeau may not be impossible. But it’s just about the closest thing to it. With these Packers coming off of a tough loss to Atlanta themselves….c’mon. Green Bay’s gonna kick Cincy’s fuckin ass. I won’t sugarcoat it.
Pack in a romp. Easy money! (Prove us wrong Bengals!)
Green Bay 38 ✓
That’s how I’m livin’ this week party people! What do you think? As always, please let me know in the comments section.
I know. The last pick is a layup. But just because that one’s an easy call doesn’t mean I take the easy route every time. How many of y’all got Jacksonville over the Ravens huh? Remember, this is a week-to-week League.
And you have my word; Diehard Otis will always call em like I see em. Stay tuned.
My Season so far
OVERALL: 3-1 (damn you Cincinnati!)