Not a lot of news this week. OBJ signed with the Rams, a run of “upsets” make things more interesting (who would think the Titans would be tied for the best record in the NFL), and Covid is still an issue. On the last one, it sounds like the NFL will be strengthening their Covid protocols around Thanksgiving. Minkah Fitzpatrick and Joey Bosa are the new big names who will miss this weekend’s games.
Meanwhile, LeVeon Bell gets cut, Chase Young is done for the season, Saquon Barkley mght be back, and Cam Newton might get the start for the Panthers.
Quiet week, so here’s your games this week:
Thursday, November 18, 2021
New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcons (+5.5, 46.5)
New Orleans Saints @ Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5, 43.5)
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets (+3.5, 45.5)
Washington Football Team @ Carolina Panthers (-2.5, 43.5)
Indianapolis Colts @ Buffalo Bills (+7, 49.5)
Detroit Lions @ Cleveland Browns (-10.5, 46)
San Francisco 49ers @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+5.5, 46.5)
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans (-10.5, 45.5)
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings (+2.5, 49.5)
Baltimore Ravens @ Chicago Bears (+6, 45)
Cincinnati Bengals @ Las Vegas Raiders (PK)
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks (+2, 50.5)
Dallas Cowboys @ Kansas City Chiefs (PK)
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5, 48)
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
New York Giants @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-11.5, 50.5)
Thursday’s game is interesting as a chance to reflect on Bill Belicheck. After so many “he can’t do it without Tom Brady” hot takes, the Patriots are 6-4 with a rookie QB. Impressive. Even more impressive, the dude is clearing $18 million a year, making him the highest paid coach in the US. Other than that, it’s not likely going to be a fun game.
Of the early Sunday games, Packers/Vikings should be interesting. I think the Vikings are better than their 4-5 record, and their losses came by 3, 1, 7, 3, and 4 points. I like them as a surprise playoff team this year. Hopefully they won’t start the run until after this weekend. Colts/Bills will be a better game than people expect, but I’m not sure what to make of either team. And if you need a good nap, I’ll prescribe the Dolphins/Jets game.
Cowboys/Chiefs is the game of the week. Two high powered offenses with Super Bowl potential in a pick ‘em matchup. Should be fantastic. Sunday night’s matchup could be interesting. Will Ben play? Will the Chargers miss their best defensive player? These are two competent NFL teams going head to head in a big game. Worth a watch.
Just skip the Monday night game. Maybe re-grout your bathroom instead. You know it needs it.
So, what should you do with your Monday night? Where did all the NY driven Mike White hype go? Can we just go ahead and transfer it to Cam’s return to Carolina? Does anyone care that I had to put a word in front of the number of this week because I couldn’t come up with a good phrase starting with Eleven?
Let’s hear from you.