Thank God For The AFC East…
…after another yawner Monday Night. Now, don’t get me wrong, the New England Patriots didn’t play their best game that night. But they didn’t have to. And they knew it.
Why else would you go into the game with 2 running backs, one (James White) who is really just a receiver and the other (Kenjon Barner) someone who has bounced on and off the team a few times and is clearly someone the team doesn’t trust all that much. More importantly, then give a stiff wide receiver 10 CARRIES? That’s right, Cordarrelle Patterson lined up in the backfield plenty and also ran the ball plenty. And besides breaking the one long run, not very well otherwise.
Dont’a Hightower was a late scratch as well. Sure, he gets hurt a lot. But no one really talked about him being in danger of missing the game…and then he did. Cuz they played the Bills. Good time for a rest.
With Derek Anderson behind center for the Bills, apparently a couple of weeks after he was trying to make some sort of professional golf tour, and perhaps their only true weapon, LeSean McCoy, possibly being limited from a previous concussion, the Pats were comfortable going into the game. That’s the way we see it anyway.
Even though the Pats were pretty much limited to kicking field goals early on, did any of us think the game was in danger at any point at all? Nope.
So once again, thank God for the ineptness of the division. We’ve been through the whole thing with the Pats, how the year feels different, how the team usually has things a little more together at this point in the season, the question marks all over the place on the team…and all that.
But it doesn’t matter. Now.
The Patriots will cruise to another division title with ease. What happens this year in the playoffs may be a different story. But we will cross that bridge when we get there.
Every year the “experts” think that either the Bills, Miami Dolphins or New York Jets are ready to pose a challenge for the top spot in the AFC East.
And every year, it just doesn’t happen.
This year will be no different.
I just hope the result of this game and the knowledge that the division is in the bag did not influence the trade deadline for the Pats. That things are all good and there was no need to add reinforcements. The team seemingly always does something at the deadline. Something that doesn’t seem that major, but the players they get end up being key contributors down the stretch.
Why nothing this year?
Could have been the cost was too high. But if that was the case, they should still have done it. Especially at linebacker. They are thin at running back, as noted. But Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead will apparently be back at some point. Good enough. Receiver was an issue early on. I’m ok with what they have their now. The defensive backfield is a little muddled. But they should be ok. Both sides of the line, not horrible. Linebacker is a glaring need. Perhaps no one was available that fit what they do. Would have been nice to see one move there at least.
Not much I can do about it myself. So I guess I won’t lose any sleep over it…for now…
Oakland at San Francisco (-3.5)
…and if I was going to ever lose any sleep, perhaps the answer will be to just put this game on. 2-13 combined. Ugh. Not what the NFL had in mind when they scheduled this one. Jon Gruden vs. Jimmy Garoppolo battling it out in Cali. Nope. Instead, with the backup (C.J. Beathard) to Jimmy Football now questionable, we may see an undrafted free agent starting for the Niners in Nick Mullens. Riveting. Enjoy!!
Oakland 24, San Francisco 13.
Week (against the spread): 8-6
Week (straight up): 11-3
Season (against the spread): 62-59
Season (straight up): 77-44
Posted on November 1, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged AFC East, C.J. Beathard, Cordarrelle Patterson, Derek Carr, gambling, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jon Gruden, New England Patriots, NFL picks, Nick Mullens, Oakland Raiders, point spreads, San Francisco 49ers, Thursday Night Football, Trade deadline. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.