I was sitting on my couch last week, delighted at the prospect of 14 hours of football. But Spurs needing to sign Christian McCaffrey wasn’t the most surprising storyline of the day – oh no.
The Miami Dolphins were in a position to win a game. And as I contemplated giving up this great game for good, Brian Flores made an absolute ballbag of himself and all was once again right in the world.
Let me set the scene: there are six seconds left and Ryan Fitzpatrick has just thrown a touchdown. They’re an extra point away from overtime, and a tonne of momentum.
So, did they kick the point-after? Did they ever. Flores called a screen pass where, even if Kenyan Drake made the catch, there was zero chance of him squeezing between the massed Washington linemen to convert.
He dropped it as the bore down on him, and we could all breath again.
Here we go for Week 7…
This one will surprise people, of course.
But spreads aren’t carved solely on form – no, they’re a culmination of countless factors that influence the outcome of NFL games, and this is one of those perfect storms.
You’re sat here wondering how this Colts team can stop a Texans squad who outshot Patrick Mahomes last week?
Well, they’re at home. They’re coming off a bye week. Houston put everything into that victory in Missouri.
The Colts offensive line is one of maybe three units that can stand up to this crazed Houston rush. If and when it holds up, T.Y. Hilton will have a field day, especially if he’s lined up on the same side as Jahleel Addae.
There is no worse good team in the NFL than the Atlanta Falcons.
There is enough talent on this roster to conceivably challenge for a Super Bowl, but both you and I know that won’t happen. Why? Dan Quinn.
It’s crazy to think that years ago, he was a coveted commodity, apparently having a big hand in producing the Legion of Doom unit in Seattle.
I’m not particularly bothered by what the Rams can or can’t do on offence – they looked flat against the Niners, but again – the Niners are winning the Super Bowl and we’re all going to have to deal with it.
But they will put up serious points against these Falcons, and it doesn’t matter what level of homefield advantage they’re claiming.
It looks like Marcus Mariota’s time in the NFL could be done.
The Titans are rolling with former dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill this week. He’ll have to face Joey Bosa and, potentially, Melvin Ingram before a home crowd getting more and more frustrated with the front office as the weeks go by.
While you have to account for the interception Kevin Byard is going to have against Rivers because that’s alongside death and taxes as life’s biggest certainties, you also need to remember that good teams generally beat bad teams.
This is one such occasion, and it’s probably the loss that will see the Titans think about the future of their franchise earlier than they would have liked.
*All odds correct at time of posting