The Games start early on Sunday (10), with the NFL returning to London. Unfortunately for London fans, they aren’t getting the best the NFL has to offer for this game, but it will still be fun. Both Atlanta and New York are bottom-feeding one-win teams, which a Londoner shouldn’t be happy about. There are so many other medium-caliber teams who can put on a show. Honestly, last week’s Chargers-Raiders game would have been perfect as they are both decent playoff-caliber teams who can light up a scoreboard. This was a mistake by the NFL, but hopefully, the numbers are still good. The NFL is still thinking of placing a permanent team there one day, which would be amazing!
As for the game this Sunday (10), I would be surprised if the meltdown Falcons blew this game. I don’t usually like to pick bad teams as a lock, and the Falcons are bad, and they find ways to blow games, like the one last week or the Superbowl a few years back. But this Falcon team easily outguns the Jets and puts on a show for the London faithful. They still have to play the game though and anything can happen. Look at the Tampa-New England game this past week. On paper, Tampa should have owned the Patriots. But weather and injuries made this game an instant classic. A game with everything! Props go to Bill Belichek for calling a heck of a game, except the final play. 4th and 3 at the 37 of the Bucs with a minute to go, he attempts a 56-yard field goal, which hits the post and bounces out. It would have left Brady about 50 seconds to get the Bucs into field goal range, which he would have, had Nick Folk made the kick. So why not go for it on 4th and 3 Bill? The old Beliheck would have! How many times over twenty years did he go for it with #12 under center? So I’m generally confused. The truth is I didn’t care who won as I’m a fan of both these teams and good football. It’s just an interesting call because if the Patriots converted the 4th down, they run out the clock and get a chip shot field foal to win it all. Brady never gets the ball back, either and his homecoming would have been ruined. In any case, it was a great game with a great ending if you missed it!
Even though the Patriots lost, and Brady has won a Superbowl since leaving New England, I don’t think it will be long until the Patriots are championship contenders again, which means Belichek might have the last laugh. He could coach much longer than Brady plays for, in theory, and the Patriots are looking good. I can’t say enough about Mac Jones, 19 completed passes in a row tying all kinds of records, showing poise under pressure and he looked mad, like Brady mad when he lost. Have the Bucs just unleased Brady 2.0? Only time will tell.
It is far too early to say, as the 17 game season is only about a quarter done. But, the Dallas Cowboys, who are otherwise known as the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NFL might win the NFC East this season and then win a playoff game or two. That said, anything short of a Superbowl appearance and victory for them will be seen as a failure, and the NFC is stacked with high-quality teams. Arizona, Los Angeles, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, so good luck Dallas, but so far, so good. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it is all about staying healthy, so if Dallas can stay healthy, they have as good a chance as anyone. Tampa Bay, for example, is really banged up, and that could ruin their chances at repeating.
In the Hot Seat: Hard to fathom this, but it’s Urban Meyer this week. He hasn’t won a game yet, and the media world is attacking his public behavior last week. Meyer was seen partying and unprofessionally dancing with a woman, who wasn’t his wife. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this was right after losing their 4th game in a row. Not an example that should be followed! The owner of Jacksonville has called him out; let’s see if the Jaguars, who have lost 19 games in a row, can win this week; they are up against an underachieving divisional rival, the Tennessee Titans. Meyer could be on a short leash if this game isn’t super close. Tennessee was also embarrassed last week by the lowly Jets. They will be looking to rebound hard, which is bad news for the Jags and Meyer!
Players of the week
The Mahomes and Hill show was back in a big way last weekend! A Shout out to Ezekiel Elliot making this list twice so far this season!
Patrick Mahomes, QB – Kansas City Chiefs
24/30 C/ATT, 278 YDS, 5 TDs
Tyreek Hill, WR – Kansas City Chiefs
11 REC, 186 YDS, 3 TDs
Ezekiel Elliott, RB – Dallas Cowboys
20 CAR, 143 YDS, 1 TD
Adam’s NFL week 5 picks. Last Week ATS: (9W – 6L) / Season Total ATS: (33 W – 27 L)
Some good football games this weekend; one to keep an eye on is Cleveland visiting Los Angeles. Both teams are riding high and will want to win this one bad, as it could have playoff implications down the road. The same goes for the Packers and the surprise upstart Bengals. But can Joe Burrow outplay Aaron Rodgers? I almost feel dumb for writing this, but the Falcons are my lock this week at -3. Not even they can blow this game! Right?
Sunday 10 (9:30 am)
New York Jets @ Atlanta Falcons
Sunday 10 (1:00 pm)
Miami Dolphins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay -10
Denver Broncos @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Philadelphia Eagles @ Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints @ Washington Football Team
Green Bay Packers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Green Bay -3
New England @ Houston Texans
New England -9
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
Sunday 10 (4:05 pm)
Chicago Bears @ Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas -5.5
Cleveland Browns @ Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday 10 (4:25 pm)
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
New York +7
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
Sunday 10 (8:20 pm)
Buffalo Bills @ Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City -2.5
Monday 11 (8:15 pm)
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens