Disgusting…And Then…The Picks…
…trying to find the right words to write while also wondering why Jason Garrett still has a job several days after the end of the NFL season…guess that is not something I need to worry about. But still curious…anyway…bottom line is that Jerry Jones is probably weaseling out of the whole thing and letting Garrett’s contract expire on the 14th I think. Maybe force the new coach after that to add Garrett to his staff. But otherwise keep him “in the building”, without actually firing him as head coach.
Just find the whole thing in Dallas comical. As opposed to Miami coach (and long time Patriot assistant) Brian Flores firing his offensive coordinator (and long time Patriot assistant) Chad O’Shea the day after the season ended…and after only one year…and after Flores brought O’Shea to Miami…and considering those guys were supposedly tight. I find that story interesting, but nothing more.
What is NOT comical is the New England Patriots’ loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. I think all Patriot fans feel the same way.
Even though it has likely been a lot of substitutes for the main hosts on the local sports radio stations this week, we have not been able to bring ourselves to listen to the noise. Because we fear the noise is accurate. And I will make my own noise here. Don’t you worry.
But even the subs have probably been saying the same things on the radio (and TV and newspapers and the internet and etc. of course) this week. Stuff like:
*If they can’t beat Miami with a bye on the line, how do you think they will do in the actual playoffs?
*So much for that vaunted defense. Letting the immortal Ryan Fitzpatrick march the offense downfield to win the game in the end.
*By the same token, so much for that Defensive Player of the Year award for Stephon Gilmore this season after being torched by Devante Parker all day.
*Tom Brady sure looked terrible today, eh? Is he hiding an injury?
*Why did they give up ANYTHING for Mohamed Sanu? He is brutal!
*Boy, Julian Edelman really needs some time off. Could’ve used that bye!
*Brady is gone. Josh McDaniels is gone. Devin McCourty is gone. Kyle Van Noy is gone. Joe Thuney is gone. Jamie Collins is gone. (Insert other free agent player or coach here).
*Feels like the 2009 team all over again, right?!
And so on…
I can’t argue with ANY of that. This space loved the 8-0 start. But we weren’t completely sold on the team since they were playing teams that were barely better than some local colleges. Well, maybe not local colleges, as Boston College still stinks. But you get the point.
And yeah, the Dolphins sure turned things around from that 43-0 blasting by the Pats in Week Two, eh?
The FEEL of things out there regarding the team just doesn’t seem right. And that is without getting into Brady’s future with the organization (or football as a whole). We may get to that someday. That topic has already been covered ad nauseam locally. I’m not sure I have completely formed my opinion on that as of yet. It feels like he is gone, to retirement or another team. But this postseason could prepare a different script. We can chat more about that later.
But back to the “feel”, meaning…the offense…and Brady himself… has never seemed right. The offensive line has been bad, helping contribute to running back Sony Michel not running for many yards. Though Michel has looked slow and indecisive in his own right. Brady’s attitude and demeanor in interviews. McDaniels’ play calling. Does Brady ever trust the kid wide receivers? Or do they just stink? The defense not looking so great against good teams. Why did they opt for Sanu over Emmanuel Sanders, who is playing well in San Fran? The Antonio Brown fiasco. The Gronk “will he or won’t he garbage”. Edelman being banged up. Is Brady too? Giving Michael Bennett away instead of say, ditching Deatrich Wise Jr., who plays very little, but always seems to have a key penalty every game. The Josh Gordon Experience. Blah, blah, blah.
In any event, based on the history of this organization, it would not shock me at all to see them make another Super Bowl run. Far-fetched, especially since they needlessly forced themselves to play an extra game? Sure. But the Pats have looked bad before. And turned it around when no one thought they could. See: Last season.
Is a Super Bowl run likely? Doubt it. There are just too many strong teams out there. Baltimore and Kansas City in the AFC. (Side note: I am not sure how everyone is handing the conference to the Ravens. And have been for quite some time. We know what the Chiefs can do, right?). San Francisco, Green Bay, New Orleans, even Seattle in the NFC (though those teams do have flaws that can be exposed, especially with two weeks of preparation time). The overall competition just seems a little stiffer all around.
It’s just hard for me to rule anything out with these Patriots. Despite what we all feel. Yup, that the dynasty may indeed be over.
As for this weekends’ slate:
Buffalo at Houston (-2.5)
I love some of the latest chatter I’ve heard: The Bills are going to go into Houston and win. Then shock the Ravens in Baltimore. Then when New England beats Tennessee at home and upsets the Chiefs in KC (well, they did that last year!), the Pats will be hosting the Bills in Foxborough for the AFC Championship game!!!!! And guess what? THEN the Bills will all of a sudden suck and it will be an easy win for the Pats to cruise into the Super Bowl!! Please. The Bills are a nice story. I said it last week, Sean McDermott seems like a good coach and has the team headed in the right direction. QB Josh Allen has his moments. The Texans do have some trouble in the playoffs historically. Resting some key guys last week will help them. Maybe the return of J.J. Watt will as well. The Bills ride ends here. Sorry wishful thinkers.
Houston 27, Buffalo 17.
Tennessee at New England (-5.5)
You know who else’s ride ends here? You’ll have to wait a second. As well as the Patriots defense has played at times this year, they have had some problems stopping the run. Titans RB Derrick Henry led the NFL in rushing yardage. Also would not be surprised if the Titans resurrected old friend Dion Lewis from the depths of their bench. The Pats D historically don’t do well against QB’s who can run, or at least move around a little. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill can at least do the latter. And upped his game for sure once he took over the Titans job. It’s unlikely Bill Belichick will stack eight men in the box against the running game since the Titans all of a sudden have a receiver tearing it up in A.J. Brown. The Titans can give up some points, but the Pats have trouble scoring them. Not a lot of confidence from this usual homer. And therefore you get this:
Tennessee 27, New England 20.
Minnesota at New Orleans (-7.5)
Verizon FIOS is trying to make me feel bad. They have removed the FOX channel from our cable offerings because apparently, FOX is trying to squeeze more money out of Verizon. How’s that feel Verizon? Look in the f’ng mirror. Like you haven’t been screwing John Q. Public for years with your plans? This message is on a loop on the channel now: “This station is asking for a 70% increase in order to carry them. That’s like the price of gas going from $2.99 to over $5.00 a gallon overnight”. Comparing a huge corporation with Joe Average Person? Please. Enough with that nonsense already. I digress, but I mention it because I will have to find an alternative way to watch this game. Plus, I think it is as funny as sh&t that VZ is trying to do this. Plus, I don’t really have much of anything to say about the actual game. Looks like Dalvin Cook is ready to roll for the Vikes. But how healthy is Adam Thielen? Kirk Cousins had a nice run for a while, but I can’t say I’ve ever bought in. The Saints should handle this one at home fairly easily I imagine. Maybe I won’t even have to watch.
New Orleans 34, Minnesota 24.
Seattle (-1.5) at Philadelphia
The Seahawks lost 3 of 4 down the stretch and have emergency guys playing running back. Yet, they were an inch (and a horrific delay of game penalty previously?) away from not even being in this game. Maybe they should have fans call in goal line plays instead of whoever is coaching. Might end up with better results than last week and…well, you know the other major time. Philly won their last four, but 2 against the Giants and one each against Dallas and Washington. I’m not sold. Miles Sanders is supposedly giving it a go, but will Zach Ertz be able to? The Iggles are banged up all around. I just don’t see how they can win one against a good team here. Being home and having the ‘Hawks go cross country should help. But Seattle was surprisingly 7-1 on the road this season. Even if Sanders, Ertz and their slew of injured players can suit up, it seems like a tall task.
Seattle 31, Philadelphia 23.
Week (against the spread): 9-7
Week (straight up): 9-7
Lock Of The Week (season, ATS): 10-7
Season (against the spread): 130-126
Season (straight up): 164-92
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