That was one of the worst backdoor covers I’ve ever seen. These Monday night games–good lord. The Lions were so thoroughly dominated, but the Bears cussed around and blew the cover. It makes me want to yell and scream, but I guess I’ll just get over it, live to pick another day. There really is a solid, one, two hundred more words of rant left inside me, but how about a topic change? What happened to the era of the dominant QB?
As hideous as the NFL product can be at times, and really, thank god for fantasy and gambling–there does appear to be a definitive hierarchy forming in the NFL. The power is shifted toward the NFC. Atlanta, San Francisco, New York, Chicago look a step above the rest. In the AFC, it looks right now that Houston has a cake walk to the Super Bowl. The Ravens? Laughable. So, if these are the best teams, the question is: Where is Brady? Brees? Peyton? Rodgers? Big Ben? As recently as last season you thought you needed an elite QB to make a playoff run. A stout defense was cute, but you’d eventually get picked apart.
Not the case so far this season. Sure, Eli is still there and Matt Ryan could be taking a big step this year, but the rest of the QBs atop the league are a mixed bag. Alex Smith, Cutler-Face, Matt Schaub. Talented for sure, but 2nd tier. The teams at the top aren’t relying on QB play, for the most part they are shutting teams down. The Bears put on a defensive clinic Monday night and they are absolutely the last team I’d want to play in the post-season. Can the golden arm boys make some headway in the 2nd half? We’ll see.
NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:
- Grossy, 19-14-2
- JCK, 19-15-1
- Nichols, 19-16
- Big Dub, 18-15-2
- Kraft, 18-16-1
- DC, 17-18
As you can see, on the whole, we’re doing all right. Pretty average stuff. At this point last year the standings were fairly similar, though the leader, JCK was 10 games over .500 and had a nice lead. Things got progressively more difficult, which I can’t even imagine considering some of the games I’ve already lost this year.
The “Comfort In Numbers,” Pick of the Week: Multiple Pickers (NYJ +10.5)
I don’t see a singular, stand-out pick this week. Correct me if I’m wrong. And, I don’t see any real penetrating analysis. I think it was a tough lineup this week so there was a lot of, “just because,” or “I hope and wish.” Not that there is anything wrong with that type of analysis, but no one was out on a limb. Nichols did have the Lions, but I don’t care what you say, that was an awful pick. So, why the Jets? Well, I think conventional wisdom would be to think the Pats were going to come out on fire as revenge for what happened in Seattle last week. “I wouldn’t want to be the Jets this week.”–2008. But, this version of the Pats seems to play worse in the 4th quarter. They show flashes, but give up too much through the air to cover big spreads. A nod to everyone who recognized that.
The “LaRussa Would Have Made More Pitching Changes,” Awful Pick of the Week: (Cleveland +2.5)
I imagine there is some type of rule about taking the Browns on the road? Or taking the Browns? Or picking a game in either direction involving the Browns? Again, I don’t see a real stand-out piece of idiocy here. Let’s try to distinguish ourselves a little better next week, gentlemen. I wanted to highlight Oakland/Jacksonville, but what’s my argument going to be? How can you not take Jacksonville? It’d be halfhearted at best. Too many horrible teams in this league, too many teams on bye this week.
The Arbitrary, Yet Definitive Top-10
1. Atlanta, 6-0. Eagles should provide necessary springboard into the 2nd half this Sunday.
2. Chicago, 5-1. Suffocating defense, if healthy could steamroll the NFC.
3. New York Giants, 5-2. I imagine right where they want to be.
4. Houston, 6-1. The AFC is so incredibly bad that Houston is the Vegas favorite to win the Super Bowl. Think about that.
5. San Francisco, 5-2. Probably better than Houston, but trying for some AFC/NFC balance.
6. Minnesota, 5-2. If they can win with Ponder playing like that? Why not #6?
7. Baltimore, 5-2. Still falling. Cripled with injuries and Flacco was scary bad against Houston.
8. Green Bay, 4-3. Two game winning streak? Welcome to the top-10.
9. New England, 4-3. AFC Nostalgia Division Part I.
10. Pittsburgh, 3-3. AFC Nostalgia Division Part II.
3-PT D.A. of the Week: Christian Ponder.
Check out the D.A. Tab at the top of the page for a rundown of Ponder’s week and a photo of his newsy significant other. We’ve got cumulative totals as well, see how poorly you stand in the tie-breaker race. You’re probably slightly better off than this guy.