You know what I’m tired of? Apologizing for the NFL. I’m tired of pretending to be amused by the horrific level of play. It may be great for D.A. Fantasy Football, but it’s not funny. Not really. Bad play is like a virus, or a stink bug infestation and the NFL isn’t doing a damn thing about it. A while back you had your Bengals, your Browns, your Cardinals and a stray team here or there and that was the bottom of the barrel. Now, half the teams in the league with winning records are unwatchable. How many teams do you get excited to see? These awful slates of games aren’t the exception–they’re the norm.
Ask anyone and they’ll say that something is missing in the NFL this season. Is it the quarterback play? To me there are two types of offenses in the NFL. The one led by a ridiculous QB (four/five teams at most) and then some wildly boring, vanilla atrocity. Did you see what the damn Browns did last week? They gave Hardesty about 90 carries like he was Jim Brown. They could have played 10 quarters and he wouldn’t have hit 100 yards, but there were the Browns running it into the line of scrimmage every play on their way to a 6-3 win. And, if they pass the ball, be prepared for a dizzying array of 6-yd patterns. How about Denver? Did Foxy steal a middle school playbook to give to Tebow? It’s a joke.
Is it the rule changes? Are we protecting too many people? Are the defenders handcuffed? Is this kick-off rule finally proving to be the disaster everyone thought it would be? I wish I had an answer for what was going wrong, but week after week I watch the football games and become less inspired. Will we ever get to the point where people stop watching the NFL simply because it is the NFL? It’d take a long time, because people are conditioned to think the NFL is the premium product when it comes to sports entertainment, but how many kids have sat down in front of at TV this year and been captivated by what they saw?
I always fear the NFL’s arrogance, the trust they have in their monopoly. I just want people in the league office to realize their product stinks right now. Yes, Mr. Goodell? Two-thirds of your teams are a joke. Most teams can’t or don’t know how to play defense. There is a grave problem with QB play and development. Why are Sanchez, Flacco, Ryan, Bradford, and Freeman regressing? Your prime time games are a complete joke. I don’t believe you can’t flex out of a Colts/Saints game if the Colts are 0-6. That’s crap. You’re the NFL. You can do whatever you want. Stop force-feeding the public this dime store, outlet grade horse bleep. Get a clue now while there’s a still a chance to fix what is going on.
Contraction Special: Bengals @ Seahawks.
Oh, lordy. The Bengals are 4-2! Great. They’re unwatchable. We get the added bonus of Cedric Benson serving his suspension this week so Bernard Scott gets the call. I love how he was a hot pick up in fantasy this week. The guy’s a back up for a reason. The Seahawks are killer against the run and have a good defense period. Get ready for 5.6 points out of the Scott-train. And, the defenses are really the story here. Both teams will lock it up, Dalton and White(Akili Smith)hurst won’t be able to move the ball and we could be headed toward another 6-3 thriller. Maybe 5-2. Who knows. The over/under is 38, which almost seems too easy. As always, I feel for the fans. Cincy has to pretend they like Andy Dalton and Seattle knows last year was a fluke and they still don’t have a QB. Keep buying those tickets, though.
AFC Special: Chargers @ Chiefs.
Here we go. Monday Night Football. My question is, what did ESPN do to the NFL to deserve these games? The league spreads themselves so thin. Promising games to Fox, CBS, NBC and there’s nothing but scraps left for the Worldwide Leader and they eagerly slurp them up like it’s a nice mid-rare filet. This game is for AFC West supremacy (because let’s be honest, the Raiders are sunk with CP), but the Chiefs still look terrible. That was the least convincing 28-0 win in the history of the sport last week. And, we all know the Chargers can’t be trusted. The worst thing about this game isn’t necessarily that the teams aren’t that great–but it’s that you know, or at least have a feeling that it’s going to be very sloppy. Fewest back-breaking pick6s wins. The AFC West, ladies and gentlemen.
Game of the Week: New England @ Pittsburgh.
This is a bit of a lay-up. The Cowboys/Eagles game could be very good, but either of those teams could also implode at any moment. The best part is that the team who wins will have an insufferable fan base for near future. Eagles fans will be walking around like their 7-0 and not 3-4. And, god bless them for that. But, this Pats/Steelers game is good for one reason–and that’s there should be a ton of points. And, quality offensive play, not slop. The Steelers never really have much luck stopping New England even when their D is stout, so this year should be a free for all. And, New England probably won’t be able to contain the Steelers’ passing game either. These teams hooked up in prime time last year and I think Gronk and Company went wild. If Pittsburgh can keep it a bit closer, it’ll be the best game of the year so far.
Five Fantasy Busts:
- A.J Green
- Knowshon Moreno
- Tim Tebow
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Bernard Scott
Five Fantasy Adds if You’re Desperate (And, we’re getting real desperate this time of year):
- Antonio Brown
- Seahawks Defense
- Jake Ballard
- Christian Ponder
- Roy Helu
Over/Under Lock of the Week (Record: 3-1–ooh la la): Browns/49ers Under 38.5