Helluva season, right? If there’s one thing we know so far, it’s that nobody knows anything.
And the whispers are getting louder; the New York Giants look like they’re the worst team in The NFL this season.
And it’s only Week 5!
What a year this is shaping up to be. So let’s pick some damn games.
Now, as a bonus (and because The Redskins are on their Bye Week) I’m gonna pick six ballgames. I say we try to get that magic back.
And on that note…shall we?
(NOTE: these Point Spreads are courtesy of ESPN)
New York(A) vs Cleveland (Pick’em) (o/u 39.5)
This one’s a toughie. Truth is, I can see it going either way. And so can Vegas! That’s why they made this game a Pick Em (which is kinda cheap). Anyways, the Jets have earned my respect. They ain’t the doormat that everyone says they are. Hell, they’re batting .500 after the first month the season. But can they keep it going in Cleveland? Interesting question. The Browns on the other hand have struggled a little more than I expected. But to be fair to them, they’ve had to play their whole Division coming right outta the gate. Although my expectation of them was to be more competitive than this, will they right the ship in this matchup? I don’t think so. As is stands right now, the New York Jets are the better team & they will prove it on The Field.
Take the over.
New York(A) 26 ✓
Tennessee vs Miami (No Line)
Who are you Tennessee? Are you the team that beat (and ran all over) Perennial Contender Seattle, or are you really that sad sack squad that got body slammed by Houston? There’s so much potential outta these guys, it makes you want to believe. At the same time, the inconsistent play prompts anyone with some sense to pump the brakes on them a bit. Whereas Miami has proven (thus far) to be a pretender. Getting shut out in the London Game – by the Saints, who can’t stop a running faucet with a handle? That’s disturbing. I’m inclined to lose faith in the Dolphins, but they are at Home. And in a (projected) rainstorm of an afternoon, they get one last shot outta me. I know I’ll regret this.
Miami rights the ship at Home.
Miami 17 ✓
Los Angeles(A) vs New York(N) (-3) (o/u 45)
So it’s come to this: the loser bowl. WoW. As far as the Chargers go, I never understood the love you guys were given. The LA move was stupid, and the team can’t beat anybody. Anybody. And fortunately for Los Angeles (yuck!), the New York Football Giants pop up on the schedule. These Giants are a layup if ever there was one. They can’t run, they can’t block, and they struggle to score. Easy Win, right? Thing is, this is the week that New York gets on the board. You blow this one G-men & YOU ARE the worst!
Giants Win at Home because….fuck it. Somebody has to Win.
Los Angeles(A) 38
New York(N) 41 ✓
Arizona vs Philadelphia (-6.5) (o/u 45)
Finally(!) after all of that slop, a proper game. Arizona, a team that seems to be in Must-Win mode every week is slated to face a pretty strong Philadelphia Eagles team that could be ready to take off. This matchup is problematic for the Cards in the sense that it represents a pretty tough Road Game. However, if these Cardinals can take advantage of Philly’s banged up secondary, then it lowers their degree of difficulty significantly. As for the Eagles, do ya think you’re a Contender? Fine. Beat Arizona. Keeping it real here, Zona’s no slouch. Their strongest teams are in the past, but they are good enough to beat your green ass at home. If you think you are genuinely the best team in The NFC East, here’s your opportunity to prove it.
Philly Wins a close ballgame
Arizona 24 ✓
Baltimore vs Oakland (-2.5) (o/u 39)
Welcome to the latest edition of “who’s struggling more?”. In this matchup, we’ve got a toothless Baltimore travelling out West to face a less-than-inspiring Oakland Raiders. This may be a down year for the Ravens. It’s not that I think they suck; it’s more that they ain’t the same team without their key guys. As for the Raiders, they’re dealing with their own significant injury – to their Quarterback no less. And the last word on the matter appears to be that Carr won’t play. And from a Raiders perspective, that changes nothing. After a tough 2 game stretch, Oakland gets back to their home turf. If you’re really a Super Bowl Contender Oakland, you take this one.
I got the Raiders getting it done at Home (and covering).
Oakland 17 ✓
Kansas City vs Houston (Pick’em) (o/u 45.5)
And now we get to the best matchup of the week (that I’m picking). The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs take on a surprisingly good Houston Texans team. These Chiefs sure have been rolling. After Winning an epic Monday Nighter, this could be a pretty stiff Road Test for KC. Houston may have found some magic in their Rookie Quarterback, as they had New England on the ropes before falling in Foxboro. They followed up that effort with a stunning beat down of Tennessee, laying claim to being the best team in the AFC South. Can Kansas City bottle this amazing Rookie up in prime time? I don’t think so. In another Pick Em affair, I got Houston taking down The League’s lone unbeaten team.
Take the over in this one people.
Kansas City 31
Houston 36 ✓
That’s it for this week. We’re probably in for some more craziness. Buckle up and enjoy the games!
My Season so far
ATS: 4-13 (Aye Yai Yai!)