I had a very good Week 3, going 12-4 and now sit at 27-21 on the season. Maybe this a good time to bow out.
There are larger opportunities out there than prognosticating NFL games. As noted by Peyton Manning, the legalization of marijuana use in the state of Colorado has led to booming business for pizza delivery.
So I’ve decided I am going to devote all my time and energy into getting my own pizza franchise in the Denver area. And where does that leave me as a writer for Midwest Sports Fans?
Not that I have a choice. But screw it: I quit.
It would be good to do it while I am ahead. And if a news reporter in Anchorage walks off the set on-air, does it make a sound?
On to Week 4…
New York Giants (1-2) +4 at Washington (1-2)
I thought Eli Manning was finished and Victor Cruz had no clue about his role in the Giants new offensive system. Cruz has risen from the mid-30s in the fantasy receiver rankings into the top dozen in one week. Opinions are subject to change. But Kirk Cousins is the best quarterback in this game.
ATS pick: Washington
Green Bay Packers (1-2) -1.5 at Chicago Bears (2-1)
After one of the franchise’s worst offensive performances in the past 20-plus seasons, Aaron Rodgers took to the local airways to tell the Packers fanbase to chill. If the Packers win this week they will have scored par for the last fortnight. If they lose? That would be a double-bogey. I look for Green Bay to get up and down from the bunker.
ATS pick: Packers
Tennessee Titans (1-2) +7.5 at Indianapolis Colts (1-2)
Safe to say that turning the page from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck was a wise move, yes? Is it also safe to say trading a first round pick for Trent Richardson was beyond insane?
ATS pick: Colts
Miami Dolphins (1-2) -4 at Oakland Raiders (0-3) (at London)
The NFL continues to bring high quality matchups to Great Britain. No wonder Scotland considered secession, the country clearly feared Roger Goodell scheduling one of these stinkers in Glasgow. Joe Philbin vs. Dennis Allen, could the loser of this game end up getting “sacked?”
ATS pick: Raiders
Detroit Lions (2-1) -1.5 at New York Jets (1-2)
The Lions sure look awesome at home so far this year, their one previous road game was another matter. Calvin Johnson is limited in practice this week and Stephen Tulloch suffered a season-ending injury celebrating a sack of Aaron Rodgers. Neither of those things bode well for this week’s matchup.
ATS pick: Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) +7.5 at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
There has been plenty of bad football in Tampa Bay over the past 35 years, but last Thursday in the A-T-L may be the franchise’s all-time worst performance. At least the Bucs get to face a Pittsburgh defense absolutely decimated by injuries.
ATS pick: Steelers
Carolina Panthers (2-1) +3.5 at Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
Not that they had a running game anyway, but the Panthers are fresh out of running backs and Cam Newton continues to get banged up. The Ravens found their back last week when they fed Lorenzo Taliaferro the rock.
ATS pick: Ravens
Buffalo Bills (2-1) +3 at Houston Texans (2-1)
Are the Texans 2-1 on their way to 2-14 again? I don’t think so, look for them to bounce back at home in a big way with Alfred Blue likely in the backfield.
ATS pick: Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) +13 at San Diego Chargers (2-1)
One of my stronger plays of the week. Blake Bortles under center gives the Jaguars a fighting chance. They likely do not win but should give the Chargers a game.
ATS pick: Jaguars
Atlanta Falcons (2-1) -3 at Minnesota Vikings (1-2)
Can the Falcons offense pick up where they left off last Thursday night? The Vikings defense actually did a good job keeping New Orleans offense in check last week. This may be a trap Atlanta does not see coming with Teddy Bridgewater running the Vikes’ controls.
ATS pick: Vikings
Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) +5 at San Francisco 49ers (1-2)
The Niners fans showed more fight in the stands at Arizona last week than the team on the field. If the Niners lose this, the media can crank up the speculation on Jim Harbaugh taking the Michigan job and the Niners courting Bo Pelini. I will go with the urgency factor.
ATS pick: 49ers
New Orleans Saints (1-2) -3 at Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
The two teams met on a Sunday night last year and Darren Sproles made the Cowboys look silly. Unfortunately Sproles is no longer on the Saints’ payroll.
ATS pick: Cowboys
New England Patriots (2-1) -3.5 at Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)
I also like the home dog on the Monday night game. The Patriots have not been impressive so far and I look for the Chiefs to go thunder and lightning with both Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis.
ATS pick: Chiefs