Every Wednesday or Thursday during the 2017 season, Joe Caporoso will break down the upcoming week of NFL action. Unfasten the belts and prepare to gorge on another weekend of fandom, fantasy, gambling, tweeting, cheering, complaining…and complaining. If you are looking to take part in any of the action, check out SBG Global Sportsbook right here!
The BackdropIt is easy to forget how long the NFL season is. One quarter of the schedule is in the books for every team but the narrative on each of their respective seasons is still likely to change multiple times. All it takes is one injury, one rough patch of the schedule or a few breaks the wrong or right way to shift the entire dynamic.
New England has a bad defense and is not going to be the juggernaut many expected (there were more than a few 16-0 predictions flying around in August) but that doesn’t mean they’re out of commission as contenders. It was only three years ago when they started 2-2 and were written off before ripping off seven wins in a row, five years ago when they were 3-3 and barely inched out the Jets for a win thanks to a Stephen Hill drop. They then finished the season 9-1. It may be a little early to print out those Buffalo Bills AFC East Champ shirts.
Look at how the story around certain teams has already shifted multiple times through just four games. Oakland was a Super Bowl contender after week 2. Now they are 2-2 and starting EJ Manuel at quarterback. The Titans were exposed in week one, back as contenders after beating Seattle and are now back to being done after getting wiped by the Texans and dealing with a Marcus Mariota injury. The Texans? They were buried under Tom Savage and offensive line incompetence by Jacksonville in week 1. Now they have a franchise quarterback and look like a contender. Things change fast in the NFL..unless you are the Browns.
A Three Team Tease Is Always A Bad Idea But…
- Giants (+3), Bills (+9), Steelers (-2)
- New England (-4), Houston (+1)
The Patriots generally play well after their rare losses. The Chiefs aren’t going undefeated.Record: 1-3
- Bills (+3)
I still can’t wrap my head around them being underdogs to the Bengals after beating Denver and Atlanta.
- QB – Aaron Rodgers
- RB – Bilal Powell
- RB – Isaiah Crowell
- WR – Jordy Nelson
- WR – Alshon Jeffrey
- WR – Larry Fitzgerald
- TE – Charles Clay
- K – Matt Prater
- D – Steelers
Overrated Snack Of The Week
Not as good or thick as delicious Triscuit crackers. Not better than most, if not all, chips or pretzels. Too light. Too much of an attempt to be healthy, when it isn’t even that healthy. There is no need for these to be taking up space on your table.
Random Internet Complaint
Sports Condescension! Football fans saying soccer is boring. Basketball fans saying who cares about the baseball playoffs. Baseball fans rolling their eyes at the start of hockey season. Soccer fans acting likes snobs. Everybody shut up and let everybody enjoy the sports they want to.
Survivor Pick Power Rankings
- New York Giants
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Philadelphia Eagles
Survivor Status: Still Alive!
Random NFL GIF
Smokin’ Jay is a gem who keeps on giving…
- EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel won’t be the answer as backup quarterbacks
- Calls for Jason Garret’s job will start up soon
- Mitch (Mitchell) Trubisky will struggle in his first start
- Kansas City will get their first loss
NFL Coach Reminders
- Don’t leave time on the clock for your opponent to tie or go ahead at the end of the 4th quarter
- Don’t run outside pitches and swing passes on 3rd and inches
- Don’t run fake punts on 4th and 21 (even if they work)
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