I’m so beaten down that I don’t really have anything to say anything witty to write at the top anymore.
Although, anyone who wrote off the Patriots after 6 weeks of bad defense is a fool – they have the best quarterback in the league by a wide margin now that Aaron Rodgers is out for the year and yes, I still think they’ll win the AFC.
On to Week 7!
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints (-4.5) — We are about to see if the Packers’ organization is actually great or if Aaron Rodgers was covering up all of their flaws with his golden arm. Brett Hundley is capable and while the Saints should be favored, I think 4-and-a-hook is a little too high.
Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears (+3) — Mitch Trubisky looked very impressive in managing the Bears to a win in Baltimore last week, becoming the first rookie quarterback to win there since Jake “The Snake” Plummer. Carolina has had a long week and should be fully prepared after losing to the Eagles.
Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings (-5.5) — This seems a little fishy, but I am not sure Baltimore can score enough to beat a quality defense on the road. There is always the chance that Case Keenum reverts to journeyman Case Keenum, but is that much worse than Joe Flacco?
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (+3.5) — How does Chuck Pagano still have a job? That late cover by the Titans last week was assuredly due to the fact that Pagano has no idea what he is doing and doesn’t get the ball to his best players – T.Y. Hilton, who only shows up against the worst teams in the league – or in Marlon Mack’s case, isn’t put in the game.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (-3) — I wonder about the long range effects of such a demoralizing loss like the one the Jets had to the Patriots last week. Cheated out of a touchdown in a game in which no one gave them any shot in, could break the will of a team. Take Miami – I’m looking for Jets’ hangover here.
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams (-3.5) — Jared Goff has regressed to the mean in looking like a below-average quarterback. I think the addition of Adrian Peterson gives some direction to the Cardinals’ offense and their defense still has enough playmakers to turn this game on its head.
Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns (+6) — I’d like to propose a new rule: If a team does not cover the spread against the Browns, said team should be relegated to the CFL.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills (-3) — The Bills should win this game. Big. No matter how healthy (or not healthy) Jameis Winston might be for the Buccaneers.
Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers (+6) — This game is close as per San Francisco standards and I think this time the 49ers actually pull it off. Jason Garrett has major problems – he just doesn’t know it yet.
Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants (+5.5) — While there are still talks of Odell Beckham being eligible for the Ewing Theory, the Seahawks should put that to rest this weekend. Pete Carroll won’t have his team overlooking the Giants.
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers (Even) — I have a weird feeling the Chargers are going to turn their season around and then miss the playoffs after a Week 17 missed field goal in true Chargers’ fashion.
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-5) — Division game between the two best teams in the AFC North (sorry Baltimore) should be closer than 5 points. The Steelers have won 13 out of the last 15 or something crazy like that, but every game has been close. I wonder what the odds are on a player getting thrown out in this game.
Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots (-3.5) — Keeping aside the obvious the rematch factor from the Super Bowl, I’m not sure how this version of the Patriots’ defense stops Atlanta’s offense in a week in which they have apparently made a renewed commitment to Julio Jones.
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (-4.5) — STOP THE PRESSES. The Redskins are about to go into Philadelphia on a Monday Night without Jonathan Allen, Dustin Hopkins, and possibly Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland… and win. I think the Eagles are a bit of a flawed team who have gotten away with playing ragtag football. I expect a second half collapse here.