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.
With the arrival of November, a degree of separation is beginning to occur in the NFL standings and reality is starting to set in for a handful of teams. Despite all the chatter about parity, if the season ended today the top three seeds in the AFC (New England, Kansas City, Pittsburgh) would be identical to last year and despite being one game behind Tennessee/Jacksonville, Houston has a good chance of making the top four seeds identical.
In the NFC, it feels like six teams are eliminated already (Giants, Redskins, Cardinals, 49ers, Bears and Bucs), while the Eagles, Seahawks, Rams and Vikings seem to have a clear track towards a playoff appearance. The wild card races in both conferences, particularly the AFC, should provide a degree of drama (Buffalo, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Miami and maybe Baltimore) but for the most part if feels like we know who the legitimate contenders are at this point. Injuries can still occur and there is always at least one team who makes a surprise second half charge but quarterbacking and coaching wins the day in November and December. Due to this, the usual suspects usually rise to the top of the pack.
A Three Team Tease Is Always A Bad Idea But…
- Eagles (-2), Colts (+19), Green Bay (+8.5)
BET AGAINST BROCK OSWEILER ALERT! 19 points is too high in a division game for the Colts against the Texans. Green Bay is a well coached team who had two weeks to prepare for Detroit so they should be able to keep this close even with Brett Hundley.
- Buffalo (-3), Oakland (-3)
Buffalo beat the Jets by 9 in week 1 and has a defense that will give Josh McCown problems. This is an all or nothing game for the Raiders who are basically out of the playoff race for good with a loss.
- Eagles (-8)
BET AGAINST BROCK OSWEILER ALERT!
- QB – Drew Brees
- RB – Lamar Miller
- RB – Carlos Hyde
- WR – Micheal Thomas
- WR – Amari Cooper
- WR – TY Hilton
- TE – Cameron Brate
- K – Greg Zuerlein
- D – Eagles
Overrated Snack Of The Week
A second rate snack. If you go to the supermarket and look at all the chips, pretzels, wings and decide to leave with Bugles…what exactly are you doing? They are plain tasting small cones that don’t work well with any condiments. Crunchy? Yes. Bland? Also yes. An uninspiring snack all around. Sad!
Random Internet Complaint
Are we sure everybody or anybody needs 280 characters on Twitter? Will this lower the constant “THREAD 1/77” we see? I don’t come to Twitter to read!
Survivor Pick Power Rankings
Survivor Status: Dead!
Random NFL GIF
I mean, WTF.
- The Bucs will lose again and fire somebody.
- Jay Ajayi will rush for over 50 yards in his Eagles debut.
- Brett Hundley will be substantially better in start two than start one.
- DeAndre Hopkins will have over 150 yards receiving vs. the Colts
NFL/GM Coach Reminders
- Don’t trade picks (or try to trade picks!) for AJ McCarron (Hue Jackson!)
- Don’t take the ball out of Deshaun Watson’s hands on key third downs (Bill O’Brien!)
- Don’t think Trevor Siemian is a capable starting QB (John Elway!)
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