NFL Week 4 through the eyes of an ordinary bettor
Blackened crow was on the Sunday menu.
It didn’t taste good. Grinding bits of char like sand between my teeth.
I’ve been preparing to eat my words for three weeks now. I’ve finally stomached the fact that Cam Newton is going to be a good NFL quarterback.
He didn’t win this week but played well against a great defense. Newton looks like he’s been in this league for years.
When Warren Moon said this kid would be good, I told every ear that would listen he was full of shit. I thought Newton wasn’t a good enough passer, the next Vince Young, at best.
Now I’m a believer, my apologies Mr. Moonlight.
Newton probably can’t comprehend the three laws of motion, but he’s got an arm as big as Isaac’s brain. And he can beat pressure with mobility.
Carolina isn’t going to win every week, and the kid is going to have his share of rookie mistakes, but this team will compete.
Will oddsmakers continue to undervalue the Panthers? I’m aware that two of their three covers came from garbage touchdowns but that just shows they fight to the end. The kitties host the big bad Saints next Sunday. I’m praying that spread heads north.
I’ve always held Jeff Fisher in the highest tier of NFL coaches. When Bud Adams let him walk I thought the Titans were in for an era of futility. But the 88-year-old has been watching this game a lot longer than I have.
Tennessee isn’t going to miss Kenny Britt as much as I thought it would. “Bad Back” Hasselbeck has been one of the most efficient passers this season. Six different guys had catches Sunday.
The Titans defense is legit. This team will be in the division race with Houston until the end.
Calvin Johnson is already a better receiver than Cris Carter ever was. Perhaps jealousy is keeping Carter from admitting Johnson is one of the five best wideouts in the game.
He’s not just in the top five; he’s the king of the freakin’ mountain. Not even Optimus Ryan could find a way to slow Megatron this week.
Save for a few quarterbacks, Johnson is the best player in the NFL. It doesn’t matter how much the Lions get down, as long as No. 81 is on the field they’ll always have a chance.
Justin Tuck is a liar. That stubby-fingered flake nearly cost me another win.
I like betting on quotes and Tuck said if he got on the team plane he was playing. When he boarded the sky bus destined for the Desert I assumed he would keep his word.
Flipped when I found out he wasn’t playing. Tuck is a game-changer and I’m convinced New York would’ve won by double digits if he’s on the field. Twice I’ve backed the G-Men and twice he hasn’t played.
And I’m happy we won’t be hearing about Tom Coughlin crucifying Victor Cruz. Sorry for the bad beat Cardinals backers but he did give himself up.
Can you believe Colt McCoy sent 61 balls through the air Sunday? The West Coast Offense is designed to chuck it around but Pat Shurmur didn’t draw it up like that.
The doo-doo Browns were a trendy preseason pick but we can’t forget this team has an unproven quarterback and is adjusting to new systems on both sides of the ball.
The WCO is all about short, horizontal passing but the Browns are taking it to a new level. They simply don’t have the quarterback or playmakers to take necessary occasional downfield shots, or comeback from big deficits.
Big Ben probably feels a lot like Mike Vick. And it looks like he’ll be on the weekly injury report, just like Vick.
As soon as Willie Colon-oscopy went down this team was in trouble. Rookie Marcus Gilbert is not a viable replacement. And when Doug Legursky and Jonathan Scott don’t play, you’re going to see Roethlisberger with a walking boot and crutches.
This offensive line is useless. It can’t protect or run block. Fourteen sacks surrendered and no back has even sniffed the century mark.
Warren Sapp has talked about how the Steel Curtain defense has fallen. Too old, too slow, too vulnerable, done. That fat flab may actually know what he’s talking about.
Pitt will have nine defensive starters over 30 by season’s end. Excluding the Seattle game, the Steelers have been gashed on the ground. Would you believe 150 yards per? Troy Polamalu and crew have certainly lost a step. They only have one takeaway all year.
After the nail-biter in Indy, Mike Tomlin said good teams don’t have that kind of performance. The writing’s on the wall coach.
Bills +3 vs. Eagles - Philly has no right to be a road fave against a 3-1 team. Odds still inflated.
Packers -4 at Falcons - Hotlanta is frozen over. I envision last year’s playoff game Part Deux.
NFL Record: 10-3-2, $700