ScoreboardWeek Two Record: 6-9
Overall Record: 10-16-1
Schmear of the Week: 1-1
Bagels in the Basket: -7
1st and Ten:
- President Donald Trump said on Friday, players who kneel during the National Anthem should be fired by the NFL's respective team owners. Uh, isn't that illegal Mr. President?
- A judge's decision has cleared the way for Ezekiel Elliott to participate in at least the next two games.
- What are these London, England, games all about? Future Expansion? Isn't that what the old European League of American Football was all about? And failed? Just think of the onerous travel potentially facing teams like the Cardinals, Rams, Chargers, Raiders, 49ers, and Seahawks.
- Chargers football in Los Angeles? So far, they have 25,381 fans. Great reception; great start. Not.
Friday Line ~ NYDN
EAGLES -6 (Giants)
Philly should double-team Odell Beckham all day long. If they don't, they're fools. The Giants can't run the ball; they can't pass protect. And neither Sterling Shepard nor Brandon Marshall are enough to get the offense through the day. Giants have managed just 13 total points through two games. Expect more of the same.
Dolphins -6 (JETS)
Even potentially jet lagged after flying in from San Diego, the Fish are just a better team that the Jets.
Ravens -4 (Jaguars) London
I guess convincing victories over the Browns and Bengals should warrant some respect for the Ravens. The Texans showed us last week exactly where the Jags stand.
Browns -1 (COLTS)
A baseball man, Paul DePodesta, is gonna save the Browns ... or so Cleveland hopes. Remember the Browns effort against the Steelers? I 'member. Otherwise, this is a great time to be playing the Colts. If this spread were wider, I'd be singing a different tune.
Steelers -7 1/2 (BEARS)
The Steelers have baffled me for two years now. My head says this is a six-point game, but my heart says lay the points. Pittsburgh needs to bring the pain against the Bears in order to validate their 2-0 start.
Broncos -3 (BILLS)
What the hell is Las Vegas thinking? I'd love to know. Must be a trap! Lay the points.
PATRIOTS -13 (Texans)
Texans whooped the Jaguars, then just barely got by the Bengals. On the other side, we know Brady and Simon Bar Belichick like to run up the score whenever they can.
Saints +6 (PANTHERS)
Drew Brees and Saints already know it's desperation time. Their offense has scored 39 points in defeat so far. But, I know what you're saying - the Panthers have so far given up only six points. I get that. But they've played the 49ers and Bills, and just barely squeaked by the latter. Cam Newton will be playing this week on a hobbled foot. That evens the playing field a bit. Take the points.
Bucs +1 (VIKINGS)
Sam Bradford will miss his second straight game. A good Bucs team will prevail.
Falcons -3 (LIONS)
Nice match-up! Stafford vs. Ryan. However, unlike what the Lions defensive line did against the Giants, particularly Eli Manning, the Falcons offensive line will keep Matt Ryan upright and clean.
TITANS -2 1/2 (Seahawks)
The Seahawks are making a habit of coming on late in seasons. They squeaked by the 49ers in Week One, then managed only nine points during good weather in Green Bay. If the Titans win time of possession, the Seahawks are doomed.
Chiefs -3 (CHARGERS)
Andy Reid has been at this a long time. He's a good coach, and the Chiefs will be among the AFC's final four. Beating the Patriots was no fluke. The Chiefs then followed-up with a win over the Eagles. At least Los Angeles spectators will see one good team on the field. Said another way, the Chargers have no chance.
Bengals +9 (PACKERS)
Say hello to another desperate 0-2 team. If the Bengals really care about Coach Lewis, then they'll play competitive football Sunday in Green Bay. No excuses ... the weather will still be nice, etc. Covering nine points would be good enough for me. But them Cats are still gonna get Marvin Lewis fired.
Raiders -3 (D.C.HOGS)
This is another one of those Las Vegas spreads that makes me scratch my head. I think the Raiders win by two touchdowns.
Schmear of the Week: (1-1)
Roast pork shoulder, Spanish rice, platanos, avocado and tomato salad, and a bread pudding.
Good luck, and have a great Football Sunday everyone!