Last Week: 8-7-1
Indianapolis @ Chicago
Jacksonville @ Cincinnati
Cleveland @ Dallas
electric football game. Random collisions, players running with no apparent sense of direction, guys just spinning. It should actually be pretty fun to watch.
New Orleans @ Detroit
Seattle @ Miami
Los Angeles Chargers @ Tampa Bay
botching a hook and ladder that would have won it with no time left on the clock? I can’t say I’ve seen it go down exactly like that before. It’s a “nearly miraculous win loss.” Sure it would’ve been an amazing and unlikely outcome, but it was right there. A good pitch from Keenan Allen to Austin Ekeler would have won them the game. It’s hard for a team in the Chargers’ position to find a way to make that loss heartbreaking, but they managed to do it, and none of us should be surprised. I also won’t be surprised if they don’t have such an opportunity this week seeing as how tough Tampa has been on opposing quarterbacks so far this season. Sure, it’s a very small sample size, and two of those men were Teddy Bridgewater and Jeff Driskel, but it’s not as if Justin Herbert has been out of this world so far. He’s been fine, but I’m not sure that will cut it this Sunday. I have to give the guy credit though, he can hit a guy on a hook pattern. Now the Chargers just need to find a receiver that can pitch.
Baltimore @ Washington
Arizona @ Carolina
spitting in refs’ faces. I’m not saying it’s likely, but just don’t be surprised come the fourth quarter if you see Kingsbury on the sideline coldly staring across the field as his counterpart loses his mind.
Minnesota @ Houston
Breyer’s rainbow ice cream from the store. In retrospect, I’m not sure what I thought it would taste like, but I know it wasn’t that. Likewise, I didn’t know if these teams would be great going into the season, but I didn’t think they’d look like this. The Texans’ situation may be mostly a symptom of their schedule, but they’ve only even been competitive in one game so far, so even with the built in excuse their start hasn’t been encouraging. Then there’s the Vikings, who have looked even worse. I know that before the season Kirk Cousins said “if I die, I die ...” but I thought he was taking about the risks of playing football during a pandemic, not how he’d be performing on a weekly basis. To be fair, his numbers did improve some last week, but Minnesota still lost, and Cousins still ranks in the bottom five in the league in terms of starting quarterback ratings. I predict this will be a close game in which we learn very little; truly fitting for the Disappointment Bowl. In keeping with the theme, the Vikings are allowing players’ parents to attend this game, but only if they promise to slowly shake their heads the whole time.
New York Giants @ Los Angeles Rams
New England @ Kansas City
Buffalo @ Las Vegas
Philadelphia @ San Francisco
Atlanta @ Green Bay
This game could end up being Atlanta’s most atrocious loss of all. Honestly, how much would this Falcons team have to be up on Aaron Rodgers in the 4th quarter for you to think they were going to win? 21? 28? Infinity? Is it infinity points? Of course, a historic comeback victory for Rodgers and the Packers is contingent upon Atlanta getting up by that much. I doubt that will happen, but at this point we really shouldn’t put anything past the Falcons.