Tuesday, September 30, 2008

NFL - week 4 wrapup

Week 4 in the NFL...

  • The Patriots didn't play and I saw little football. Consequently, I've got not much to say about this weekend's games.


  • Saw a little bit of the Broncos-Chiefs game. Denver could not stop the running game. And they couldn't move the ball against the Chiefs defense. And another potential 0-16 season goes by the boards. What I cannot be sure of, yet, is whether this makes me feel better about the Patriots week one win against KC, or worse about the Broncos. Or both.


  • OK, the Washington-Dallas game was a good game. And I'm convinced that the Cowboys are not a serious threat to win the Super Bowl. Somewhere along the line, Romo will throw a Favre, Phillips will go for it when he shouldn't or punt when he should go for it, they'll burn timeouts, take a dumb penalty, mismanage the clock, and lose in the playoffs to a team that everyone thinks they should hammer.


  • The Rams fire Scott Linehan. See Titanic - deck chairs, rearranging of. Certainly, there's no good case to be made that he should keep the job, but one hopes that someone has, you know, an actual plan to improve things rather than a sudden inspiration - "Hey, let's fire the coach! That'll make everything better!


  • And the Lions fire Matt Millen. Which is actually a shock. When someone who should have been fired four years ago (and three years ago and two years ago and one year ago) still has his job, you begin to think that there's some invisible reason that he's keeping it, and he'll never lose it.


  • Before Sunday, I would have guessed that Romeo Crennel's job was in greater danger than Marvin Lewis'. I would not guess that today.


  • Evidence that you should be listening carefully to what I say:

    San Diego at Oakland - "Here's a rivalry game. Traditional divisional rivals in the AL West. Pretty good team at the home of pretty bad team. Pretty good team wins handily and covers the spread."


  • Evidence that you should be listening carefully to what I say (and betting the opposite):

    Denver at Kansas City - "Here's a rivalry game. Traditional divisional rivals in the AL West. Pretty good team at the home of pretty bad team. Pretty good team wins handily and covers the spread."


  • For the week:
    Winners: 8-5
    ATS: 8-5-0


  • For the season:
    Winners: 39-21
    ATS: 34-25-1

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