I don’t know what’s scarier – the impending Ebola outbreak, or the fact that my beloved season is already 25% over. Let’s not focus on the negative, though, when we’ve got this to consider –
What up with the Saints?
What up with the Chiefs?
And WHAT up with the Cowboys?
All of last week’s prime time games were severely lopsided, leading to announcers having to earn their pay and spew out stats faster than Michael Phelps on a country road at 2 a.m. Oh, too soon?
First Domino To Fall
And by domino, I mean Raiders coach. And by Raiders coach, I mean inevitable firing that’s happened just about yearly since 2003. Dennis Allen was fired over the phone this time, continuing the cycle of failure in the biggity biggity Oaktown. We all know that mid-season replacements rarely work, but rumor has it that the Raiders are going for the big guns in the form of former coach Jon Gruden. Gruden, now host of Monday Night Football, is the last memorably successful coach of the Raiders (yeah, Bill Callahan, but we all know that argument…). He’s one of the more well known faces and voices of the league. So why in the world would Gruden possibly want the job? No one really knows, but we wait with bated breath to see if “Chucky” comes back to the Bay Area.
Cr-ISIS in the end zone?
Chief safety Husain Abdullah bowed in prayer after a pick six (an interception returned for a touchdown) and was promptly penalized for unsportmanlike conduct. Wait…wha? Doesn’t every corn fed Christian in the league point to the main upstairs (meaning the Lord, not Goodell) after nearly every touchdown. Hasn’t anyone every heard of Tebow-ing? The league has since admitted their error, trying to understand that praying to Mecca is not really in the same league as spiking the ball or creating a signature dance. Chalk yet another one up to the sensitivity chip that seems to be missing from our favorite sport.
Fantasy Hilarity Ensues
Dark horses are starting to emerge as stars at this point. Be vigilant – last week produced two new hot ads to the waiver wire. Rookie running back Jerick McKinnon stole the show at Minnesota, while Giants Tight End Larry Donnell racked up three touchdowns but ironically lost his own Fantasy game when he benched himself in favor of the unproductive 49er Vernon Davis. NFL stars – they’re just like us!
We Got Game
This weekend the universe rewards us for sitting through last weekend’s sleep-inducers. Here’s the games to get most jiggy with –
Cardinals at Broncos
Could this be the meeting of the top teams in the AFC and NFC? Maybe too early to tell but this one thing I can predict is that no one will be wearing a Kangol as smoothly as coach Bruce Arians.
Chiefs at 49ers
Will the Chiefs be living off their high from their bludgeoning of the Patriots? Will the 49ers continue their upswing from barely pulling it out against the Eagles? And will Kaepernick get his damn act together and start earning me some fantasy points?
Bengals at Patriots
Sorry, Broncos, but there may be some competition for best team in the AFC and it’s the 3-0 Cincinnati Bengals. And will the Patriots dynasty continue it’s slow death march? We’ll, I’d ask Belichick, but, you know….
Hope your weekend is one long touchdown celebration gals!