It is long overdue for the NFL to make officials full time employees. I realize they at most work 24 games a year, but how is this not as great an integrity issue as potentially deflated footballs? Would it be crazy for me to suggest that because the Broncos went for the field goal instead of the TD and cut the lead to 4 when the spread was 3, that any official who may have bet the Bronco’s plus 3 had a vested interest in seeing the Bronco’s score again? Continue reading
Week 12 is here and Thanksgiving week is always weird week. Teams will start actually clinching playoff spots soon, both in the real NFL and in your fantasy leagues! The best game of the weekend will probably be the Seahawks hosting the Steelers. Neither team is great, but I think both are very good and are very evenly matched. Continue reading
I’m way behind! And I’m off to watch high school football! So while there are 3 games today I’m not going to get the NFL:64 today. The first game starts at 12:30 so here are my picks!
PHILADELPHIA (4-6) @ DETROIT (3-7) [OFF THE BOARD]
I’ve got the Lions beating a depleted Eagles team as the Detroit defense is echoing the team of 2014.
Lions 24, Eagles 13
CAROLINA (10-0) @ DALLAS (3-7) [+1]
Carolina rolls to another victory over the Cowboys. If the Cowboys were legit it wouldn’t have been close against Miami last week with Tony Romo back, but it was and the Panthers are miles better than the Dolphins in every aspect of the game.
Panthers 38, Cowboys 24
CHICAGO (4-6) @ GREEN BAY (7-3) [+9]
I really wanted this to be the 5-5 Bears against the 6-4 Packers. Just the idea that the Bears could have leaped the Packers in the standings intrigued me greatly. Sadly the Bears and Vikings failed me. I think this is far closer game Vegas does so I’m taking the 9 points and the Bears, but have the Packers winning the game.
Packers 34, Bears 27
In terms of fantasy plays I’d say go with anyone you normally would with these teams except the Eagles. They are a mess right now!
Look for the actual NFL:64 Tomorrow!
The NFL has created a series of problems that it doesn’t seem to know how to, or want to fix. Announcers, people around water coolers, columnists, radio hosts and beat guys are all talking about no one knows how to define a catch anymore. It started a couple of years ago and was a once a month thing, but not defensive backs rake at the ball as best as they can as soon as it hits the WR hands knowing that even the slightest movement could cause enough of a question that the ball will be ruled incomplete. It’s smart coaching, but when every fan of the NFL is guessing on what is a catch and when every questionable catch goes to review that is a problem and whether they want to or not the NFL needs to solve it. Continue reading
The Red Sox and the Tigers are arguably the 2 best teams in the American League and the experts think they are likely to meet in the American League Championship Series and to the victor goes the World Series appearance. So their schedules should be of equal interest to baseball fans, right? Then why are the Tigers playing 17.2 percent of their home games during weekday afternoons, while the Red Sox are only playing 9.8? Continue reading