A blowout loss and Tom Brady absolutely sucking. The Houston Texans ownership and team President can go blow goats after firing their P.R. director for, apparently, being supportive of Kamala Harris. The Dolphins and Vikings are experiencing a resurgence. And, of course, Covid. Not a ton of earth shattering news this week. Which is nice, so we can focus on actual football.
Here’s your games this week:
Thursday, Nov. 12
Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans (-1.5, 49)
Sunday, Nov. 15
Washington Football Team vs. Detroit Lions (-3.5, 46.5)
Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns (-3, 54)
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Green Bay Packers (-14, 53)
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants (+3.5, 44)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers (+6, 49.5)
Denver Broncos vs. Las Vegas Raiders (-4.5, 51)
Buffalo Bills vs. Arizona Cardinals (-1.5, 55.5)
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins (-2.5, 48.5)
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (-8, 47.5)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams (-1.5, 55.5)
San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints (-9, 51)
Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots (+7, 41.5)
Monday, Nov. 16
Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears (+2.5, 44.5)
Thanks to the Masters (I think), there are actually more afternoon games than early games this week, with television getting two afternoon games and only one early game. This week, my early game is the Packers. This season, I’ve been able to watch a ton of Packers (for good and ill). I guess St. Louis losing the Rams (Fuck Stan Kroenke!) has given me more chances to watch the Pack. Too bad this week’s game looks to be a blowout against a very bad team. At least I get to watch Jake Luton, who I never thought I’d actually say out loud. Actually, maybe I’ll just watch the Masters, because none of those early games looks any fun to watch. Or, heaven forbid, I go outside.
The later games are more interesting, but none really grab me. I’m surprised the Bills aren’t favored by more than 1.5 points, but the inconsistency of their QB play is an issue. The Seahawks/Rams game might be a tight contest, and I love me some Aaron Donald, but Seattle doesn’t play defense at all. Likewise Sunday and Monday night’s games arent very compelling either. Ravens/Pats has a great history, but these aren’t your normal Pats. And I’ll watch the Vikings/Bears game, just to enjoy watching the Bears waste another playoff caliber defensive year. With Dalvin Cook and more experience for that young defense, I am a little concerned about the Vikings actually being good. How else do you explain a 5-4 home team being an underdog to a 3-5 team.
Not a great week for NFL games this week, at least to my eye. Maybe we should all go outside, watch the leaves turn, go for a hike in the cool air, stay 6 feet away from each other, and enjoy the real world. Or we can watch the Masters, and then do that stuff.
Let’s hear what you’ll be doing instead of watching NFL football!