Who To Bet, And How Much To Bet By...
9/15 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -7 San Diego 55
Philly curb-stomped playoff participants Washington on national TV last week, and San Diego A) was nowhere near the playoffs last year, and B) is a worse team now. Make the popcorn early and hit the bathroom between quarters, because Philly plays at a breakneck pace. Therefore, bet Philly along Madden lines, where you only wait 5 seconds between plays, and 2 of those seconds are trying to get the D Line to jump offsides.
9/15 1:00 ET At Baltimore -6.5 Cleveland 43.5
Unfortunately for Cleveland, they are the first team the Super Bowl champs play since that 49 point shellacking that Denver put on them the week before.
9/15 1:00 ET At Houston -9 Tennessee 43
Tenny won an ugly one against the Steelers last week, but Houston is a whole other challenge entirely. Look for J.J. (Say) Watt to bat Tennessee QB Jake Locker around most of the night.
9/15 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -2.5 Miami 43
Indy has the better young QB, so I choose them. People are talking Miami as a AFC East dark horse, but I see 6-10 when I look over their roster.
9/15 1:00 ET Carolina -3 At Buffalo 43.5
Buffalo looked good against us, but lots of people do ("lots" taken in the context that we are a yearly playoff contender). They had months to prepare for that game. Carolina isn't as good as we are, but Buffalo peaked last week.
9/15 1:00 ET At Atlanta -6 St. Louis 47
Hotlanta got punked out last week, and can't afford to be 0-2 in the NFC while playing in the suddenly-powerful West.
9/15 1:00 ET At Green Bay -7 Washington 49.5
GB hung with Super Bowl favorite San Francisco last week, while Washington may still be dizzy from the Philly game.
Green Bay, 31-20
9/15 1:00 ET At Kansas City -3 Dallas 46.5
KC won by 27 this week, but trips to the South are generally tougher than Jacksonville. KC learns that Sunday.
9/15 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Minnesota 42
Unless Adrian Peterson runs for 200 yards- and he might- I'd take Chicago and the under. Those points are scary, though.
9/15 4:05 ET New Orleans -3 At Tampa Bay 47
New Orleans can be 2-0 with two division wins after this easy Dub.
New Orleans, 34-14
9/15 4:05 ET Detroit -1.5 At Arizona 48
Arizona had a pretty good defense before getting the good QB, but we'll wait a few eeks before affording them any bookmaking respect.
9/15 4:25 ET At Oakland -5.5 Jacksonville 39.5
This is an important game, as whoever loses gets to draft fearsome college LB Jadevon Clowney.
9/15 4:25 ET Denver -4.5 At NY Giants 55
Denver didn't have much trouble with Baltimore, although Big Blue has shut down fancy passing offenses before. We need an upset this week, why not here? Maybe Peyton Manning (1 Super Bowl win) has some sort of inferiority complex regarding kid brother Eli (2 Super Bowl wins) that will manifest itself as one of those 3 INT games Peyton used to have against us.
9/15 8:30 ET At Seattle -3 San Francisco 44.5
This is a Hatred Bowl, sort of a B+ west coast Sox/Yankees. Undercover cops will be at the stadium dressed as 49er fans, to arrest local toughs who try to start stuff with visiting fans. That doesn't work in Foxboro, where the Pats fans just fight each other (other than when they pause to fight undercover cops, that is). As for the game, I think San Fran is the real deal, and Seattle is bluffing. That bluff gets called Sunday.
San Francisco, 44-10
Monday Night Football Line
9/16 8:40 ET At Cincinnati -7 Pittsburgh 41
It may be time to break up the Steelers, as woeful be the day that they are being given 7 points by the friggin' Bungles.
Last Week: 8-8
Cape Cod TODAY Fantasy Team Update
Cape Cod TODAY (0-1) took one on the chin last week, but it was a case of losing the battle to win the war.
We drafted after the first game, so a few adversaries filled their roster with Denver guys (Denver routed Baltimore, and several men had career games) drafted above where they should be drafted. This left a better quality of player for us to draft. It cost us Week 1, but we should clean up Weeks 2-17.
I blame Mike Wallace (3 points) and CJ Spiller (3 points) for the 109-91 loss. I demoted Wallace to Flex.
We did suffer tragedy, as Shane Vereen (who accounted for over 100 yards last week) suffered a bone break or something. He's out, so we moved Steve Smith up.
We have 4 guys injured- Vereen, Tony Romo, Wes Welker and Rashard Mendenhall. Only Vereen won't play.
We're starting Matthew Stafford, Ray Rice, CJ Spiller, Wes Welker, Mike Wallace, Steve Smith, Jimmy Graham, New England defense, and Blair Walsh.
Already off to a nice start, as New England got a solid 15 points while poundcaking the Jets.
We shall bathe in the blood of this week's opponent, who is Justin Rimes. I don't know Justin, but I hope to ruin his Sunday with my blind luck and my keen fantasy football-playing acumen.
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS FOR FRIDAY
Nauset 28, Sandwich 6
Cade Frodell and Jimmy Sullivan each had a pair of TD runs as Nauset owned.
Plymouth North 24, Dennis-Yarmouth 7
North went up 17-0, and that was all she wrote for D-Y. Is there an elite school on the Cape this year?
Pope John Paul II 45, Matignon 32
The Pope prevailed in this defensive struggle.
Falmouth 13, Mashpee 6
Falmouth pulls off a nice West Cape win.
Cardinal Spellman 50, Bourne 0
This might be an O-fer year up along the Canal. 50 points is more than I assign as a margin of victory if I'm joking.
This Week: 12-5