Pain. Sunday was full of Pain.
I am posting my recap on Monday, because I want to move on to Week 10. Tonight’s game doesn’t count, but I am on the Jets. Moneyline.
Here is this week’s pick record: 4-4
- Kansas City Chiefs vs Carolina Panthers (Sunday 1pm)
I didn’t want to subscribe to the McCaffery hype. Well it’s real. I didn’t want to pay attention to the warning sign of a double digit spread, I was wrong. I though Teddy would make too many mistakes. I was wrong. Best case scenario for the Chiefs is to have the bye week. They need to address their defense to prepare for the remainder of the season and playoffs. They return on Sunday night football against the Raiders who are the only team to have beat them this year. The question now is, are the Panthers legit in the NFC now, or was this more of a reflection of how bad the Chiefs defense?
- Pittsburg Steelers at Dallas Cowboys (Sunday 4:25pm)
Speaking of double-digit spreads… This was the most frustrating game to watch. This is 1000% on Mike Tomlin. The defense seemed like they were already on the plane home for most of the game and forgot that they had to play a game first. This is the NFL, all players in the league are good players in their own right. You have to show up every Sunday. Think of every cliché ever. I stand by this pick though, more than the Chiefs pick, because this game could have easily gotten ugly in favor of the Steelers. I would rather have lost this way, then have picked the Cowboys and watched them get worked like another team we saw Sunday night. What does this mean for the Steelers moving forward? You would like to think this was a wakeup call for the Steelers, and one they avoided losing. If they beat the Ravens and Bills, I think they can run the table.
- Arizona Cardinals vs Miami Dolphins (Sunday 4:25pm)
As Murray said: they dropped the ball. I think the Cardinals gave too much respect to the Dolphins and they took advantage of the zone defense as well as the one turnover that AZ gave up. The Cardinals also were terrible on 3rd down going 5-12, while the Dolphins went 4-8. Something else that is worth noting is the Dolphins are 3-1 as the road team and the Cardinals are 2-2 now at home. One thing I do know is I will not doubt Tua again until he gives me a reason to, and I am excited to see what they do against the Chargers next week.
- Seattle Seahawks at 6. Buffalo Bills (Sunday 1pm)
I saw the win coming for the Bills, but I did not expect the explosion of offense that we saw Sunday. 839 total yards for both teams combined. I have said before that I watch all games on NFL Redzone (working on multiple TVs in the Living Room), and it seemed like every five minutes we were getting a touchdown from this game. Josh Allen threw for 415 yards, while Wilson threw for 390. I spoke about this game being a good indicator of how the NFC would match up to the AFC. Well, with the Cardinals losing to the Dolphins and the Bills beating the Seahawks, I would say that right now AFC > NFC.
- Baltimore Ravens at 10. Indianapolis Colts (Sunday 1pm)
The Colts lost to Lamar Jackson on Sunday. Do I need to say anything else? Lamar ran more than the rest of the Ravens combined. Both of these teams are not going to be enough to go far in the playoffs if they make it and I think there are other teams rising in stock right now. I can see a world in which the Patriots lose to the Jets tonight looking to tank and then try to lose to the Ravens next week and end up beating the Ravens, because this type of football is not sustainable. The Ravens cannot rely on Lamar to win them every game by only throwing for 170 yards.
- Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (Thursday Night Football)
Never. Ever. Bet against Rodgers after a loss. Ever. Right now the Packers are favored at -14 against the Jags next week. Another double digit line, and this time I am going to be smart about it... or am I? As a Vikings fan, I am hoping that it's the kiss of death. It’s a trap.
- Tennessee Titans vs Chicago Bears (Sunday 1pm)
The Bears suck. Foles sucks. I feel bad for Bears fans, because their defense is really good, but they suck. The Titans? They are 6-2, but losing to the Steelers and the Bengals means they may just be “good”. Which sounds a lot like a first round playoff loss to me. They do have the Colts (5-3) two times in the next three weeks. If the Colts can win both of those games, they can potentially jump the Titans for first place in the Division. I think this Thursday night’s game is going to be a good one. Right now, the Titans are 4-1 at home and the Colts are 2-2 on the road and the Titans are favored at -2 and I am leaning that way.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints (Sunday Night Football)
What if Tom Brady fired Bruce and became a Player-Coach for Tampa Bay? He’s gotta be getting beyond frustrated, and this is on the coaching. Potentially on the offensive line as well, because they were all up in Brady’s business yesterday. Either way, Tampa better get their ducks in a row quick, because the Panthers will be looking to continue their offensive success after this week. The Saints have taken the lead back in the NFC south, which may now be the best Division in the NFC. They definitely have my attention and will be making an appearance in the Top Ten Rankings next week.
Thanks for reading!