Well, the only thing missing from last week’s predictions was a toilet flush at the end of the sheet. 1-5-1 (4-7-1 on the year) is a pretty bleak afternoon! In fact the only thing bleaker that 1-5-1 is facing another week with replacement refs. The new kids on the block are making a travesty to the Sunday past time. Sure the real refs missed some calls. But the calls the real refs made were usually right, and they kept control of the game. These new refs sometimes don’t even make calls. Twice during the Eagles-Ravens game the refs waited to whistle a play dead after an incomplete pass. They weren’t sure if it was a fumble or not. Since turnovers are automatically reviewed this year, the refs would get an extra chance to get it right. Eventually someone’s going to lose their season because they were” earholled “ waiting for a play to be called dead.
You can argue, if you’re a Raven’s fan, that the refs disallowed a fourth quarter game icing touchdown last week. If you’re an Eagles fan you can argue that the receivers were being mugged throughout the game. Clearly the refs weren’t calling defensive pass interference, but offensive interference is a no-no. The league has battled credibility problems for years. These refs don’t help the NFL’s cause. But we’ll make our dogwoods, line up our snacks and hold oour noses while these new guys stink up our Sundays.
Let’s look at some of this week’s games. Remember this is a discussion meant for entertainment only. Any losses incurred from relying on the following advice is not the responsibility of me, The Mountain, Entercom Northeast, Entercom Communications, it’s properties or it’s subsidiaries.
BUCCANEERS (+9) over Cowboys. Don’t be shocked if the Bucs outright win this one. The Cowboys stormed out to an opening day win over the Giants by racking up 147 yards on the ground. Last week against the Seahawks the Pokes laid an egg, partly because they only rushed for 47 yards. Those pesky Bucs on the other hand have allowed only 104 yards on the ground all year. The Pokes have covered only twice in their last 10 NFC tilts and twice in their last 11 games overall. Besides, Wednesday was national talk like a pirate day. Arrrrrrrgh, me Buccaneers!
49ers (-7) over VIKINGS. Those 49ers are a complete team in a league of incomplete teams. You can get away with a one dimensional offense with a killer defense. A good defense isn’t enough. 49ers here
Chiefs (+9) over SAINTS. The saints can’t be THAT bad, can they? Maybe not, but 9 points is a lot to lay on a team that has yet to establish themselves as good. The Chiefs have covered 11 of their last 16, while the Saints have covered only 5 times in their last 17. Trends say KC
Eagles (-3) over CARDINALS. The Eagles are 2-0 on a combined margin of victory of 2 points. Nit a strong endorsement. The Cardinals have been doing it with Defense. The Eagles line is a mess and they turn the ball over too many times. However Kevin Kolb is staring for the Cards and that’s a break for Andy Reid, who knows where the holes in Kolb’s game is. Eagles here.
Packers (-3) over SEAHAWKS. Really? The Packers are good., The Seahawks are, well, getting better. Run with the PACK
That’s how I see it. Good luck