Covid remains the biggest story in the NFL this week. More Titans tested positive for Covid, bringing their total to 22. In light of the fact that Titans players reportedly met off site to train in clear violation of NFL protocals, I wouldn’t be in the least bit upset if they are forced to forfeit their game this weekend. The Pats, allowed to play Sunday against the Chiefs despite a positive test from Cam Newton (he was the only one who tested positive before the game), now have two more players testing positive, which means there was a good chance a player in that game was contagious. And the Raiders have a player testing positive. Cause they’re the Raiders.
The NFL, rightly furious over teams’ lack of following protocols, have issued more fines and will likely begin hammering teams by forfeiting draft picks and even games if teams like the Titans continue to fuck up. And there is talk of adding a Week 18 for makeup games. This whole thing could easily turn into a gigantic mess.
Bill O’Brien, rightfully so, is out in Houston, Washington benches Dwayne Haskins, and talking heads hype up Justin Herbert are the minor takeaways this week.
Here’s your games:
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears (+3.5, 44.5)
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-4.5, 55)
Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-12.5, 56)
Los Angeles Rams at Washington Football Team (+9, 45.5)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-6, 54)
Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets (+6.5, 47.5)
Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7, 45)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (-13.5, 51)
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers (-8, 47)
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (-11.5)
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-9.5, 54)
Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns (+2.5, 47.5)
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (-7, 58)
Monday, October 12, 2020
Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints (-7.5, 52)
I’m excited to watch this Thursday night’s game, not just because I like watching the Bears flounder, but because I tire of the Tom Brady hype and want to see him play a very good defense. Should be an interesting, low scoring, game.
Lots of garbage games early on Sunday. I get the KC/Raiders game which should be a boring blowout, and the Pittsburgh Eagles game, which has potential, but only if Wentz actually stops sucking.
Of the late games, only the Colts/Browns game really intrigues me. I think both teams are pretty good, but I’m unsure if they’re great. Should be a good game. Sunday nights game is pretty good, but only if Cousins gets it going against the Legion of Oops Was I Supposed to Cover That Guy?. Otherwise, Wilson could throw for 83 touchdowns that game.
I look forward to Monday night’s game more than others because I think the Chargers have a shot to be better than they’ve shown, but they’ve been wracked by injuries. Losing Derwin James, Mike Pouncey, Melvin Ingram, and Chris Harris has really hurt that defense, and now losing Austin Ekeler is a blow to the offense. I doubt they’ll beat the Saints, but I’m hoping for a good game.
So, let’s hear from you!
Edited to add: Another Titans player just tested positive for Covid. Looks like the Titan’s Bills game is in serious jeopardy.