I’m watching this Broncos/Chargers game and it makes me wonder how people perceive close and/or exciting games played between two mediocre teams. Are we prepared to acknowledge how bad the AFC is this year? Their two best teams (Houston and Baltimore) got blown out by Green Bay and slipped past Dallas–the NFC’s talented laughing stock. Could 9-7 win two divisions in the AFC? I don’t see why not. I like turning on the end of a close game, and I like to see points scored, but watching some of these games feels like watching a 142-134 NBA All-Star Game. A lot of baskets, but there’s not a man alive who could watch all 48 minutes. The point being, is the NFL getting closer to the NBA as a product? What reason did you have to watch the first 3 quarters on Monday night? I guess to watch SD build a huge lead that they’d blow…a fortuitous twist in the Pick ‘Em Standings.
NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:
- Big Dub, Record: 17-12-1
- Gross, Record: 16-12-2
- Kraft, Record: 15-14-1
- JCK, Record: 15-14-1
- Nichols, Record: 15-15
- DC, Record: 14-16
The “Space Jump,” Pick of the Week: Big Dub, NYJ (-3.5)
Solid week for Big Dub gets him back atop the standings. His compulsion for picking Thursday games is starting to pay off, but who can remember that far back? I chose this game for a number of reasons. First being, who on Earth would lay points with the Jets? There wasn’t a team in the NFL that looked worse, but this was a great pick for identifying the energy levels of certain teams, and the ups and downs of a season. The Colts aren’t a great team and basically won their Super Bowl in week five. The result? They lose by 4 TDs to Mark Sanchez and revitalize Shonn Greene’s career. It’ll be interesting to see if Dub continues with this theme next week with a team like, say Seattle?
The “At Least Strasburg is Rested,” Awful Pick of the Week: Gross, Houston (-3.5)
The Texans really let me down. Embarrassed me. I knew the AFC was a terrible conference, but I thought the Texans were the exception. It’s not necessarily that they lost and didn’t cover–they probably weren’t going 16-0–it was the manner of the defeat. Where was the defense? The Packers had been looking out of rhythm against lesser teams, but against Houston’s vaunted bunch Aaron Rodgers could have played in shorts. They didn’t even give the offense a chance to get back in the game. Every Houston TD was answered by another Rodgers clinic. Bottom line, I said something about the Packers being overrated on offense. That’s the short answer. No need to elaborate further from there.
The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary Top-10:
1. Atlanta Falcons. When your poor games still result in wins? Welcome to the top of today’s NFL.
2. New York Giants. Probably the 2nd best team in the NFC, so probably the 2nd best team in the NFL.
3. Houston Texans. I’ll wait for one more stinker before I attach the anchor to Schaub and Company.
4. Chicago Bears. Looking better than ever after the bye week.
5. Baltimore Ravens. Doing an admirable job of winning ugly. Probable high-water mark for remainder of season.
6. San Francisco 49ers. I’m expecting a bounce back next week against the Seahawks.
7. Green Bay. Welcome to the 2012 Season, Green Bay. 6 TDs and a billion QB rating for Rodgers a good springboard to an easy stretch of games.
8. Seattle. The defense can keep them in games. The sh*t-dipped horseshoe garbage? That will eventually run its course.
9. Denver. If the Broncos ever show up for a 1st half–watch out. They could win upwards of 10 games.
10. New England. Still trying to digest the Tom Brady can’t close out games thing. Just a phase?
3-PT D.A. of the Week: Philip Rivers
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