OFF THE SCHNEID! (or NFL Week 4)
We’re off the schneid! Or NFL Week 4
How about last week? 4-1, the lone loss coming as the Redskins decided to play beneath the Rams. That brings our record to 6-8-1. Remember 55% is the breakeven point. Some traps to look out for. The 49ers were supposed to be the best of the west(NFC West, that is) They’ve dramatically underachieved at the start. They’ve got too much talent to be this bad forever, unless they quit on the coach. The idea that Mike Singletary would have trouble holding on “the room” seems an NFL blasphemy, teams have quit on more accomplished coaches (see the Giants later in the column). Likewise don’t expect a team like the Rams to play inspired ball the rest of the season based on one win. Right around now is when the real teams step forward and play starts to become consistent. It’s also the week byes come into play which means next week trends will become even more important. Lets look at what we have this week.
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Eagles (-6) over Redskins. Michael Vick is playing lights out great. At one point during last week’s game during the third quarter there was an eight minute stretch where Vick looked “stupid good.” In one series Vick hit DeSean Jackson with a 45 yard dart between the 1 and the 0 throwing off his back foot. Then Vick followed that play with a 22 yard scramble that found him walking into the end zone. Its not supposed to be that easy. When Joe Nameth was scouted out of Alabama, Raiders owner Al Davis described Broadway Joe as playing “downhill.” He meant Nameth played so much bigger than anyone else on the field, like he was standing on a hill. Right now Michael Vick is playing downhill. The Redskins have an awful offensive line, and their players are either less than perfectly suited for a 3-4 defense, or the haven’t figured out what to do. McNabb will be cheered when he walks out of the tunnel. A proper thank you for his past effort in green. They’ll cheer even louder when he gets sacked 8 times. Plus the Eagles are 9-3-1 ATS at home. Fly Eagles Fly….
Colts (-7 ½) Over Jaguars. Obviously the Eagles/Jags game wasn’t national last week. Jax tallied 184 total yards against an Eagle defense that’s still trying to get it together, including 54 passing yards. The Colts are 10-2 ATS in October and 8-2 ATS their last 10 on the road. Meanwhile the lowely Jaguars are 7-25 ATS on grass and 4-14 ATS at home. Rumors they may be headed to L.A. aren’t helping. Take the Colts
Texans (-3) over Raiders. Really? Only laying three against the Raiders? I’ll take that any day! The Texans will make the Playoffs while the Raiders schedule Tee Times come January. Besides, the Texans are 7-1 ATS in week 4. Fortunes for the vaunted silver and black won’t change until Al Davis buys a calendar and finds out we’re in the 21st century. Texans are the play here
Bears (-4) over Giants. The Bears rallied big time Monday night to hold off the Packers. The Giants on the other hand are a team with problems. A few years ago the Giants won a Superbowl over a much better Patriot team because of Michael Strahan and a scary dominant defensive front. Now that front is ordinary, and the rest of the team is falling apart. Rumors in the New York rags suggest they’ve had enough with Head Coach Tom Caughlin. Not good. The Giants are 1-8 ATS against teams with winning records. That stinks. Bears big time here.
Patriots (-1) over Dolphins. Miami’s good New England’s better. This is about the time the Pats break off 6 wins in a row and walk away with the AFC East. Pats in a tight one.
That’s how I see it. Line up your special snacks and enjoy!