Not My Year…
…and is it not the New England Patriots’ year either?
But…let’s hold off a second on that.
I mean, who cares about my picks? I hope no one is actually placing real bets based on them. Even in my “good” years, I think with the vig, the Blowhard would still have lost money in the end. “I think” because I know nothing about gambling. That’s why we don’t do it in real life.
Then again, if we were placing real bets, we wouldn’t force ourselves to pick all 16 games each week.
So there’s that…but I digress. Let’s just say if one was to take gambling advice from these columns, we hope that the best games are cherrypicked and therefore money has been made.
As far as it not being the Pats’ year though, this year is starting to feel a little like 2015. They started 10-0, everyone was handing them the Super Bowl trophy and then they finished 12-4 and eventually lost in the AFC Championship.
Remember Nate Ebners’ mortar kick against the Eagles and a whole lot of Stephen Jackson in the finale against the Dolphins?
Ugh, sorry I had to remind you.
This season has that sort of a feel, no?
BUT…the reason I say “let’s hold off a second on that” is because of last year. Do we already forget?
The Pats had dropped to 9-5 after an ugly loss to the Steelers in mid-December, which of course followed the “Miami Miracle” (no need to revisit those specifics, I am sure).
Then they went on to win the Super Bowl, which included a visit to Arrowhead Stadium, and a victory over a seemingly unbeatable Kansas City Chiefs team.
Who saw that coming? No one.
Can that happen again? Sure can, as invincible as Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens look thus far this season. And I’m not ruling out the Chiefs this season either.
I’m not counting on it. But it can happen.
Listen, the Houston loss was probably a long time coming. First time the Texans beat the Pats in a decade. Many Patriot players had the flu, blah, blah, blah. May have just been the Texans time.
And I’m not excited about how the team defended Deshaun Watson. The Pats have always had problems with running quarterbacks and this season is no different.
Even though the offense is, of course, having serious problems, I feel like they can still turn it around. No idea why. But I still feel it.
Julian Edelman is still Julian Edelman. James White resurfaced against the Texans, though a lot of garbage yards, I admit. Mohamed Sanu should get healthier and play more. Jakobi Meyers seems to be gaining more of Tom Brady’s trust…even if he still makes a ton of mistakes. Maybe they can get a little something from Ben Watson and Matt LaCosse as well.
Not sure why Rex Burkhead played so little. And N’Keal Harry seems to be a lost cause…though that may be a little unfair. But a redshirt year shouldn’t be out of the question at this point.
Sony Michel has looked better. And that brings me to…why did they go away from him early?
I thought coaching and play calling left a lot to be desired in this game. A lot of head-scratchers by offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Sure, the receivers still had some issues. Tom Brady missed some open guys. The defense wasn’t as stout. But Brady had more time to throw in this game than I can remember. Since sometime last season probably. And that was done partly with journeyman James Ferentz taking over for Ted Karras at center after Karras’ injury.
Because of this, I feel like maybe they can finally figure it out still. 4 games to go, starting with a tough one against the aforementioned Chiefs. There is time.
“Because of this”? Yes. Because I feel like the crux of the problem has been with the offensive line all season. And if they start giving Brady time to throw, I am feeling that all bets are off.
But maybe I’m just an idiot.
Dallas (-2.5) at Chicago
Two mediocre, underachieving, 6-6 teams that I don’t really feel like talking about much. We know what I think is not really going to matter anyway. But I think the Cowboys have more talent. We will see if that actually means anything this Thursday night.
Dallas 27, Chicago 20.
Week (against the spread): 7-9
Week (straight up): 9-7
Lock Of The Week (season, ATS): 6-7
Season (against the spread): 94-98
Season (straight up): 123-69
Posted on December 4, 2019, in Uncategorized and tagged Baltimore Ravens, Deshaun Watson, gambling, Houston Texans, Josh McDaniels, Kansas City Chiefs, Lamar Jackson, New England Patriots, NFL, NFL picks, point spreads, Super Bowl, Thursday Night Football, Tom Brady. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.