…in the AFC. Normally, this space is where the Blowhard would comment on the most recent New England Patriots game. However, despite the 43-40 win against the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and all the good (and bad) that came from it, we have not actually seen the game.
Yup, but we had a good reason…attending Game Two of the Boston Red Sox game against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park that very same night. Aaaaaand…haven’t had the chance to watch the replay or highlights or anything else.
I know…pathetic. But…
So we can really only give some very generic thoughts here. And of course, we will do that!!
Here’s the summary:
The Patriots defense stinks.
Other than that…one thing to note about the KC/NE game is that it just tightened up the race for the top. If the Chiefs won that game, they would be 6-0 and two games up on everyone else in the conference. The Pats would be 3-3 and in the middle of a slew of other teams in the AFC.
Now? Nope. Not only are the Chiefs 5-1 and the Pats right behind them at 4-2 (with of course the tiebreaker). But the Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens are also 4-2. The Steelers have rebounded to 3-2-1. And the Jets (?!), Titans, Texans (?!) and the Jaguars are still in the mix at 3-3.
Yes, it appears that teams like the Jets, Texans and Dolphins are fraud teams. Probably the Titans too. But…this is the NFL. So I guess you never know.
The Ravens appear to be the only team in the NFL to have some semblance of a defense. But they haven’t exactly played the iron of the league as of yet. No one else seems to be able to stop anyone. Guess that makes sense. Why? No one can touch the quarterback anymore. Nor the receivers. Now we have this ridiculous roughing the passer rules. “Can’t put your whole body weight on the QB…” What the F does that mean? And what the hell happened to the Jaguars. THEY were supposed to have an elite defense. Guess not.
I don’t even know where I am going with this. Just needed to write something I guess.
Let’s just say this: The Patriots may well still be the cream of the crop in the AFC, despite the fact that their defense is atrocious. That’s what it kind of all comes down to.
As for the start of Week Seven:
Denver (-2.5) at Arizona
One may have thought that the continuously putrid Thursday Night Football games over the years may have finally turned a corner with the exciting Week 4 matchup between the Vikings and Rams. Maybe even the Week 3 tilt between the Browns and Jets, where Baker Mayfield introduced himself to the world. Nope. Pats/Indy in Week 5 and Eagles/Giants in Week 6 followed. Now we have this mess. I bet the Broncos are glad they gave all that money to Case Keenum now. Plus the coaching hire of Vance Joseph seems to be working out great. That all being said…
Denver 27, Arizona 16.
Week (against the spread): 9-6
Week (straight up): 11-4
Season (against the spread): 46-47
Season (straight up): 56-37
Posted on October 18, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged AFC, Arizona Cardinals, Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum, defense, Denver Broncos, gambling, New England Patriots, NFL, NFL picks, point spreads, Thursday Night Football. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.