We start this NFL week with an homage to all of the ladies who love the NFL and the men who love them!
Who would have thought that there would be only three undefeated teams after week 3, and they would be the Cardinals, Eagles and Bengals? Not exactly the powerhouses we expected. Still, the Seahawks and Broncos predictably top most people’s power ranking list, and for good reason. Denver went into Seattle, an almost impossible stadium to win in, and made it a game. Seattle’s road record makes them a question mark during the playoffs, as if they have to go on the road, they could struggle!
Wait…why are we worrying about the playoffs? Playoffs!!
It’s week four.
This week’s games are YAWNERS. Seriously.
Jacksonville at San Diego? Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh? Miami and Oakland in London? I predict lopsided games more boring than last Thursday’s crazy Falcon’s 54-14 blowout, where the game was over about 5 minutes in. If this happens in the London game you’ll see a mass exodus faster than you can say “mind the gap”.
As far as must-see games, there are two –
1) Philadelphia at San Francisco
A few weeks ago, I would have said this could be a preview of the NFC championship game (there I go again, jumping ahead). But after San Francisco’s dreadful play the last few weeks, I am expecting them to come in with a renewed desperation and make it a good one. I’m calling this game the “Desperation, It’s the World’s Worst Cologne” Bowl in honor of one of my favorite movies, Singles.
2) New England at Kansas City
Two franchises on the decline. Last year at this time, Kansas City was undefeated and Andy Reid was being praised as a turnaround artist. However, this year they have looked flat and are out to a 1-2 start. New England sputtered against a very weak Raiders team at home last week. However they have the benefit of a perpetually week division and with Brady and Belichik can always bounce back. So I’m calling this the Bounce Back Bowl and I’m hoping one of the two teams will show me something. Or Andy Reid might just Booty Bump ya.
It’s week four, so the bye weeks start. That means your star could have the week off. Make sure you have a strong bench to fill those gaps, then use the back ups as trade bait after the bye week is over.
Feel Good Stuff
People are still feeling sad and bad about the NFL and I get it. If you want to embrace the dysfunctionality while drinking in sayings like “pungent crotch sweat”, pay homage to the South Park NFL spoof that just aired. More fun than listening to Phil Simms trying not to say “Redskins” during a whole game of That Team From Washington.
Smart Football Talk
If you really want to get your head right, read this heartwarming article about Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still. Prepare the kleenex box, though, as I implore you to get through it without the waterworks.
Then tell all your smartie pants football friends this story and end with, “You know, maybe football isn’t just about the money after all.” – said as you walk off into the sunset, an ending befitting a Hollywood movie.