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I've been to a few Giants games, and while fun, I'm of the opinion that football is much better on television. When you're sitting in a corner and the action is moving in the opposite direction you have to watch the game on a screen anyway. So might as well stay home and save $500.

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^Funny... The biggest takeaway I had from the game is that the Texans really screwed up when they paid so much money to an incredibly mediocre QB to lead an otherwise talented team! Additionally, their coaching staff was also WAY too conservative and timid in their game plan early on, and they made some serious Special Teams blunders that handed the game to the Pats early, and often.

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm surprised and impressed that New England has managed to go 3-0 without Brady, and in spite of being a less impressive team on paper in two of those three games. But don't buy the pop narrative too hard when it comes to the Pats... They have been very fortunate to start this way as well, as a missed kick is all that separated them from an "L" in Week 1, and I saw a laughably unprepared, and overrated Texans team tonight hand the game to them on a silver platter. We'll see what happens when they play the best of the rest of the teams in the league, even with Brady. I don't see this team going 16-0, and I will be quite surprised if they win the Super Bowl. But props to them for their start to the season, in spite of adversity!

 

But again, the Texans tonight...

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The Texans certainly made Elway look like a genius for not overpaying for an overrated back up QB.

 

 

I'd actually take Siemian over Osweiler at this point anyway! Siemian has really impressed me with his poise in the pocket, and his unflappable demeanor, while Osweiler's timidity was on full display last night. Even though Manning's skills had declined dramatically last year, there is no way the Broncos win the Super Bowl if the switch back to Manning from Osweiler wasn't made. Brock just doesn't have that "it" factor you need to win in the clutch.

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Additionally, their coaching staff was also WAY too conservative and timid in their game plan

 

This. This. And more of This.

 

I have seen Buffalo (as well as lots of other teams) do this every year and when the game counts, this is what they do - the opposing defenses will play conservatively and let the Patriots offense take what is given to them. Or the opposing team has a huge turnover or special teams gaffe that hands the Patriots a win. Or both.

 

If the opposing teams defense isn't quick enough to immediately put pressure on Brady (or any other of their QB's), they are going to be in for a long day.

 

You'd think coaches would really study how the Giants defense has beaten them in the past and used it as a blueprint. But nope...they try to be cute and outsmart Belichick...and they always get burned.

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And who thought the Bills would demolish the Cardinals? I certainly didn't and I have been watching Buffalo play for 30+ years.

 

Actually, I never saw the Eagles dismantling the Steelers like that, the Vikings whooping on the Panthers at home...and wow, what happened to the Giants with that big lead over Washington?

 

And this is why I don't bet on football games anymore - I can't even come close to picking the winners, let alone cover the spreads!

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^ I liked Buffalo against the spread this past weekend just because of the West Coast to East coast 1pm kickoff, those games are always weird, but didn't expect them to win.

 

But yeah, betting on the NFL is tough, the odds makers are so good I don't know how they do it sometimes. Early in the season you might be able to steal a few from them but after about week 6 it's all over, they've figured out everyone.

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^ That's a good point as I had forgotten that the Cardinals seem to struggle when they visit the east coast for some reason (ala last year's NFC Championship blowout in Carolina). The announcers were quick to point out their horrible east coast record once they went down 17-7 on Sunday.

 

I agree about the spreads too. When I used to play tickets at works, I would usually only play the first few weeks because once Vegas started figuring out which teams were good and which were bad, it made it awfully hard to pick. I don't think that I have ever won playing the spread late in the season.

 

Now I just save my money and go in for about $250 on as many Super Bowl pools (playing the squares) as I can get in. That's paid off pretty good for me the past few years. Actually one year, it bought Michael and me a trip to Vegas!

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Yeah, I still do an eliminator pool every year with some friends (still alive, thank you Dolphins), and do a college football pick em pool for some money (nothing serious, $100 for the season), but yeah picking the NFL against the spread is just tough. I used to do a pool where we picked every game every week and the 10 people or so in the pool for a few years the best anyone ever did was about 58%, it's just hard.

 

With that being said, one of these days I wanna play the Westgate Las Vegas Supercontest, I'd probably lose all of my $1500 entry fee but it would still be fun. The guy who won it last year (and won like $800,000) picked at like a 74% clip for the season which is just insane, but hey it takes a little luck to win big.

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Could be an interesting week in the NFL, lots of changes taking place wonder how they will impact the teams, if at all:

 

Steelers - Le'Veon Bell comes back this week, how does he fit in in the backfield with DeAngelo Williams, does Big Ben throw the ball a little less now, or does he change the offense at all?

 

Ravens - Off to a 3-0 start and Elvis Dumervil is expected to make his season debut this week, will be the first time since the 2014 season that the Ravens will have both of their pass rushers back on the field at the same time.

 

Bengals - (my Bengals are off to a slow start) Vontaze Burfict comes back from suspension, dude plays out of control, but no one can deny when he is on the field and not making stupid penalties, he is a game changer. He brings a toughness that the Bengals are lacking right now. What they really need is Tyler Eifert to come back and help out the red zone offense.

 

Texans - JJ Watt moved to IR, Texans already looked horrible against the Patriots and had people starting to bring up doubt about Oswiler's ability to lead the team, now they lose their leader for the rest of the season. Next four games don't get any easier for them either, vs Titans, at Vikings, vs Colts, and at Broncos. They could easily lose 3 of those 4.

 

Cowboys - Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture, said he could miss 3 weeks, which include games at 49ers, home against the Bengals and at Packers. Oh, and apparently Dez didn't show up for his MRI, so who knows. Not shocking at all.

 

Patriots - Who starts at QB week 4, does it even matter who plays QB? Last week before Brady comes back. What if they start the season off 4-0, Brady comes back and they lose to Cleveland in his first game back? QB debate? I wish.

 

Browns - Speaking of Cleveland, Terelle Pryor believes Cleveland can win out the season. They will be lucky to win 3 games this year.

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^I team full of D-bags might actually be a pretty decent fantasy lineup, that might be my strategy next year. What would be the ultimate D-bag fantasy lineup?

 

QB- Jay Cutler

RB1- Adrian Peterson

RB2- Leveon Bell

WR1- Dez Bryant

WR2- Steve Smith Sr.

TE- Aaron Hernandez

Flex- Terrelle Pryor?

D/ST- Seattle

Kicker- Sebastian Janikowski

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^I team full of D-bags might actually be a pretty decent fantasy lineup, that might be my strategy next year. What would be the ultimate D-bag fantasy lineup?

 

QB- Jay Cutler

RB1- Adrian Peterson

RB2- Leveon Bell

WR1- Dez Bryant

WR2- Steve Smith Sr.

TE- Aaron Hernandez

Flex- Terrelle Pryor?

D/ST- Seattle

Kicker- Sebastian Janikowski

 

I think you have to consider Big Ben in there as QB.

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I cannot comprehend how Jeff Fisher still has a job.

 

 

What a difference 3 weeks makes, 3-1 and first place in the division with wins over Seattle and Arizona with Case Keenum playing QB. If Goff pans out a develops the future in LA might be bright.

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^I team full of D-bags might actually be a pretty decent fantasy lineup, that might be my strategy next year. What would be the ultimate D-bag fantasy lineup?

 

QB- Jay Cutler

RB1- Adrian Peterson

RB2- Leveon Bell

WR1- Dez Bryant

WR2- Steve Smith Sr.

TE- Aaron Hernandez

Flex- Terrelle Pryor?

D/ST- Seattle

Kicker- Sebastian Janikowski

 

I think you have to consider Big Ben in there as QB.

 

 

I don't like Brady at all, and yes, Cutler is a D-Bag. But compared to Big Ben? Not even close!

 

I actually don't agree with either RB pick... I can see why AP gets that rap, but Bell? So the dude loves Pot more than playing all of his teams' games... He's actually a very friendly and personable fellow (as is AP, actually...), and not at all somebody I'd classify as a D-Bag. Marshawn Lynch was an awesome RB, but he would definitely qualify, just based on personality...

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Haha, I'm just messin with ya. As far as Leveon Bell I don't know much about him other than he can't keep his nose clean long enough to play a full season, then again that doesn't seem to hurt Pittsburgh much, what are they now 5-2 in games without him or something? If there's any position you don't mind a start player taking a few games off through the season it's probably at running back anyways.

 

 

It's amazing how the game of football somehow re-invents itself to an extent every few years. I mean 5 or 6 season ago if you didn't have an elite quarterback who was throwing 50 TDs a season you weren't going to win a Superbowl. Now all of the "elite" QB's a struggling and teams with elite defenses are thriving (Denver, Minnesota, Seattle, Carolina last year). The two best teams in the league right now have Sam Bradford and Tevor Seimien/Paxton Lynch playing QB, haven't seen that in a long time.

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^ I'm hoping that Buffalo will fall into that mix this year as well in terms of their good defense getting us some wins. I admit that I was utterly flabbergasted that they shut the Patriots out on Sunday. Although I admit that it seemed like Belichick just kinda gave up hope after the first half as if to think, "Oh well, we went 3-1 without Brady...we'll just go undefeated the rest of the way now."

 

After starting out the year like a train about ready to fly off the rails, the Bills went out and got two pretty big wins against the Cardinals (despite their early season struggles) and Patriots (albeit without Brady).

 

I like Tyrod Taylor and all, but he has got to stop throwing off his back feet all the time as well as throwing left while running to the right. Dude is gonna throw some seriously bad INT's against good teams if he doesn't knock that sh%t off.

 

Given the way the Rams have surprised since their Game One loss, this is now looking to be quite the match-up this week against Buffalo...gotta love to see good defensive teams going up against one another. At the beginning of the season, this looked like a ho-hum game, but now this is looking more like one of the games of the week...should be exciting!

 

I can't believe what a pleasant surprise that Zach Brown has been to our LB corps! I'm intrigued to see how he plays this week after 18 tackles, a pair of forced fumbles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and a sack against NE! Leading the league in tackles right now with 52...holy chit, the man is a beast!

 

And we'll have "lovin' my pot smokin'" DT - Marcel Dareus back from suspension, so it will be interesting to see how Brown performs with Dareus and Kyle Williams both in front of him.

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