NFL Week 3

OK, I was terrible last week. I’ll update standings later. Commentary on Week 2:

* I was right, the Texans had no answer for Steve Smith. But they had answers for everything else, which amazed me.

* Filed under “places I’m happy I wasn’t:” in any Bengals defensive meeting this week. How do you allow the Browns to score 51 points?

* The Pats cheating thing just will not go away. Look, no excuses: the Pats broke the rules, they should be punished. I have no problem with that. But can we please move on? Seriously, I have yet to hear anything like an explanation of why this rule is even on the books. Yes, they were videotaping, but they were videotaping things which were happening in plain sight. It’s legal to have coaches watch that with binoculars and a type into a laptop. It’s not like they were breaking into fortified compounds and stealing nuclear secrets, sheesh.

* Note to all fantasy football players: if you have guys playing QB or WR going vs. the Saints, start ‘em.

* No, Donovan, they aren’t all over you because you’re black. They’re all over you for the same reason they’re all over Rex Grossman: you’re playing like crap right now. That is all.

Sunday 1:00
Cardinals @ Baltimore(-7.5)
Seems like too many; Baltimore’s offense isn’t exactly lighting up the world.

Bills @ New England(-16.5)
They beat both their first two opponents by more than that, and those teams are both better than the Bills. They’ll cover this if they want to.

Lions @ Philadelphia(-6.5)
Obviously the guys setting the line didn’t watch the same to games involving the Eagles that I did. McNabb can neither move nor throw, and nobody knows where the end zone is. Lions.

Colts @ Houston(+6)
I’m starting to believe, I want to believe, but man, it’s the Colts. I’d be happy to be wrong the third week in a row on the Texans, but I’m taking Indy here.

Dolphins @ New Jersey Meadowlands(-3)
Coin flip, the Jest get three points for being at home. Sure, Jets, why not?

Vikings @ Kansas City(-2.5)
Again, hunh? The Vikings I’ve seen have looked pretty good on D and the Chefs have zero offense. The only way the Chefs win by 3 is if the score is 3-0. Vikings.

Chargers @ Green Bay(+5)
Five? Seems like a lot, given how much the Chargers offense has struggled. I’m actually going to take the Packers on the theory that Norv is just cursed. Or sucks. Or both.

Niners @ Pittsburgh(-9)
The Stillers are firing on all cylinders right now, it seems, and the Niners are just staggering through. Stillers win here, but do they cover nine? That seems like a lot. Well, I’ll give it anyway.

Rams @ Tampa(-3.5)
Hard to imagine the Rams 0-3 and the Bucs 2-1, isn’t it? I’m no sure what to do with this one. The Bucs appear to actually have an offense now, which is bad for St. Louis. Can the Bucs keep it up? I don’t know. Because Al is going with Tampa, I’m taking the points.

Sunday, 4:10±5
Bengals @ Seattle(-3)
The best part here is that the over/under is a nice round fiddy (50). I’m taking the over. Can I just take the over and not pick the winner? Can we do that? Grrr. Well, if not, uhh… the Bengals have the better offense, but the Seabags have the better D (not saying much). Seattle, I guess. I’d much rather take the over.

Browns @ Oakland(-3)
Just for a change of pace, I’m going to actually pick the Raiders.

Jaguars @ Denver(-3)
The most obvious spread in the world–Denver by a field goal. Probably as the clock expires, too. This will be a push, so why pick it? Oh, fine, I’ll take Jax, but they lose on last-second field goal by only 1 or 2.

Panthers @ Atlanta(+4)
Only 4? Really? Sure, I’ll give 4. The Falcons are really, really bad.

Giants @ Washington(-3.5)
The Giants haven’t shown me anything. The Redskins may actually have some life this year, so I’m going with them.

Sunday NBC
Cowboys @ Chicago(-3)
Yes, Chicago has a great defense and all, but Dallas has enough defense (read: any) to stop the Bears and have enough offense to score a few. I like Dallas to win this outright.

MNF
Titans @ New Orleans(-4.5)
Weird. There’s something seriously wrong with the Saints, besides the obviously horrible secondary. Something wrong on offense. I have to go with Ditka’s analysis on this one: stop trying to spread the ball around and pound the rock with Deuce first, which will open up all the other stuff. Will they figure this out? Maybe, and maybe they’ll eek out a win. But they won’t cover ths.

One thought on “NFL Week 3”

  1. Sunday 1:00
    Cardinals @ Baltimore(-7.5)
    The Ravens have some key injuries and had trouble with the Jets. I’ll take the points.

    Bills @ New England(-16.5)
    Gosh, that’s sooo many points, but what can the Bills possibly do to stop them? I’ll gulp and give the points.

    Lions @ Philadelphia(-6.5)
    Sheesh. The Eagles are playing very poorly and the Lions are lighting it up! I’ll take the points gladly.

    Colts @ Houston(+6)
    How about them Texans? I may kick myself for this, but the Colts can be beaten. Hell, Houston even beat them down the stretch last year. I look for a close game and I’ll take the points again.

    Dolphins @ New Jersey Meadowlands(-3)
    The Jets own Miami! And I like the looks of this 2nd year QB against an aging defense.

    Vikings @ Kansas City(-2.5)
    The Vikings aren’t all that good, but I’m thinking they can handle an awful KC team.

    Chargers @ Green Bay(+5)
    The Packers seem to be having a lot of fun out there, but the Chargers are due to bust out. They have too much talent not to. I’ll give the points.

    Niners @ Pittsburgh(-9)
    I think the Niners are for real and I don’t expect Pittsburgh to keep up this torrid pace. I love getting points here.

    Rams @ Tampa(-3.5)
    Yeah, I said I was going to go with Tampa. I guess I’m just impressed at how they smacked the Saints around. We’ll see.

    Sunday, 4:10±5
    Bengals @ Seattle(-3)
    Fine, you take the over at 50. I’ll take the Bengals on the road despite their awful defense.

    Browns @ Oakland(-3)
    Oakland favored by 3 against a team that scored over 50 points last week. Hmm.. I sense a trap. I’m going with the Browns.

    Jaguars @ Denver(-3)
    I like Denver at home. The Jags seem like their struggling a bit. I’m still waiting for Jones-Drew to be electrifying like he was last year.

    Panthers @ Atlanta(+4)
    This is going to be an embarrassing home opener for the Falcons. Panthers (and Steve Smith) big.

    Giants @ Washington(-3.5)
    I was impressed with Jason Campbell last week. I think he’s the real deal. Go with Gibbs!

    Sunday NBC
    Cowboys @ Chicago(-3)
    I’ll gladly take the points here. The Cowboys seem like they’re priming for a deep playoff run while Chicago’s ship has sailed.

    MNF
    Titans @ New Orleans(-4.5)
    New Orleans hasn’t shown that they can cover a spread like this. They probably won’t even win. I’ll take the points.

    Good luck!

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