Saturday, October 19, 2019

PIGSKIN 2019: Week Seven

Week Seven


Week Six Record: 9-3
Overall Record: 39-41
Schmear of the Week: 3-3
Bagels in the Basket:  -2

1st and Ten
  • Patriots and Niners are still undefeated.
  • Bengals lead Dolphins in the race for number one draft pick.
  • Sam "the spleen" Darnold leads Jets to first win.
  • Andy Reid wins game #200 as head coach.
2nd and Long
  • Buffalo: second place never felt so good.
  • Seahawks only five-win team not in first place.
No Gain
  • Pat Mahomes out!
  • Marcus Mariota loses starting quarterback spot to Ryan Tannehill.
  • Browns and Steelers tied for second place with 2-4 records.
  • Jets ruin Jerry Jones' birthday and the Cowboys lose three in a row.
  • Jaguars finally trade Jalen Ramsey to Rams for a haul.

Friday Line ~ NYDN

GIANTS -3 Cardinals
Time I give my favorite team some love.  I've been picking against the Giants all season.  There is still much to learn from last week's game film against the Patriots.  Let's see if any of it translates into something positive this Sunday.  The Giants have been outscored 24-63 over their last two games while only possessing the ball for a total of 47:44 minutes.  The Vikings held the ball for 32:40 two weeks ago, and the Patriots last week held it for damn near 40-minutes.  Talk about an overbearing tax placed on a young inexperienced defense.  Much of what has transpired over the last two weeks is attributable to injuries sustained by Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and most notably Saquon Barkley.  Since his thrilling week two performance Daniel Jones has been caught in a downward spiral as a result.  The Giants should finally regain a measure of offensive stability with the return to action this week of Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram.  I'm also very interested in seeing the Daniel Jones/ Darius Slayton connection taking another step forward.
Loss; 27-21 Cardinals

Patriots -10 JETS *Monday
Sam Darnold gets his first crack of the season against the Patriots.  With Luke Falk at the helm New England defeated the Jets in week three at Foxboro where the Patriots held the ball for 35:14 minutes.  Falk was sacked five times and threw one INT.  The Patriots limited Le'Veon Bell that day to 35-yards on 18 rushes.  But the Jets offensive line and the running game have been a problem throughout.  In five games Bell has only rushed for 256-yards on 85 rushes which averages out to 51-yards a game.  Even with Darnold back under center, I do not foresee tangible changes in their performance.  Bell's 50-yards on 14 carries last week against the Cowboys bears that out.  The Jets remain stuck on the tarmac until the offensive line play improves.
WIN; 33-0 Patriots

This is only the Colts second real home game.  In three victories the Colts outscored their opponents by a mere eleven point margin.  They've lost to the Chargers and Raiders by six, and seven points, respectively.  Texans handled the Chargers at Los Angeles.  They'll handle the Colts at Indy.
Loss; 30-23 Colts

BILLS -16 1/2 Dolphins
Miami will not allow the Bengals to get next year's first overall draft pick.  They're averaging an anemic 8.4 points a game.  They are determined to lose at all costs.  The only question is will the Bills cover.  Buffalo is only averaging 18-points a game.  But the Sea Mammals allow an average of 36-points a game.  That's an 18-point cushion.
Loss; 31-21 Bills

Vikings -1 LIONS
Yeah, why not.  The Vikings are presently hot, and the Lions are not.
WIN; 42-30 Vikings

PACKERS -6 Raiders
That John Gruden is a wily coach, but he doesn't have enough to handle both Aaron Rogers and Green Bay's defense.
WIN; 42-24 Packers

Jaguars -3 BENGALS
Despite a 2-4 record, the Jags have been in every game.  My recommendation is to just stay away.
WIN; 27-17 Jaguars

When it rains it pours, even inside domes.  Atlanta is en route to a coaching change.  Not the least bit impressed by the Rams, though.
WIN; 37-10 Rams

Niners -10 D.C. SNYDERS
Yes ...
Loss; 9-0 Niners

Chargers +2 TITANS
That Titans defense is very solid, but their offense has completely failed them.  Ryan Tannehill is coming out of the bullpen in place of Marcus Mariota.
Loss; 23-20 Titans

Ravens +3 SEAHAWKS
I smell a push ... might as well be on the receiving end.
WIN; 30-16 Ravens

Saints +3 BEARS
Alvin Kamara is out for Sunday's game, but I don't care.  Much more impressed with Teddy Bridgewater and the Saints strength of schedule.  Whether Mitch Trubisky plays also does not concern me.
WIN; 36-25 Saints

Eagles +3 COWBOYS
Go back and look at that Jets game.  I'm sure the Eagles have.
Loss; 37-10 Cowboys

Schmear of the Week: (3-3)
Texans  pk

Good luck, and have a Happy Football Sunday, everybody!

Post Game
Week Seven Record: 7-6
Overall Record: 46-47
Schmear of the Week: 3-4
Bagels in the Basket:  -4

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