NFL Into Week 4, Saturday's High School Results

New England/Atlanta At 8:30 PM... Upper Cape Gets First Win

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9/29 1:00 ET Pittsburgh -2.5 Minnesota
(At London) 41.5

Bloody hell! I've always felt that calling our game "football" is unfair to Soccer. Soccer has more foot/ball action, and deserves the name. I don't know how they attached "football" to our game, to be honest. They may have been trying to lure European immigrants to games, where they'd be unable to refund tickets once they figured out that "football" is actually "soccer" here.

Pittsburgh, 16-14


9/29 1:00 ET Baltimore -3 At Buffalo 44

A few retirements and injuries take the Super Bowl champs at home and only give them 3 points against a perpetually terrible Buffalo squad. I don't buy it.

Baltimore, 28-10


9/29 1:00 ET Cincinnati -3.5 At Cleveland 42.5

The Battle of Ohio will rage as millions sleep in Calcutta.

Cincy, 20-14


9/29 1:00 ET Indianapolis -8.5 At Jacksonville 42.5

Jacksonville failed to cover a 19.5 point spread last week.

Indy, 31-10


9/29 1:00 ET Seattle -2 At Houston 42

I'm pretty sure that Seattle destroyed a better 3-4 team earlier this season.

Seattle, 20-17


9/29 1:00 ET At Tampa Bay -2.5 Arizona 40.5

Tampa just benched their QB, which is essentially hitting the RESET button on the last 5 years of the franchise history. Fortunately and probably on purpose, they did it the week the play Arizona.

Tampa Bay, 23-21


9/29 1:00 ET At Detroit -3 Chicago 48

I hate myself when I do it, but I always fall for the Lions and bet them if they start off any better than 0-3.

Detroit, 20-13


9/29 1:00 ET At Kansas City -4 NY Giants 44

KC is 3-0 and the Giants are in free-fall. Everything can be pulled back to the center from both ends if the Giants can get a dub.

NYG, 28-21


9/29 4:05 ET At Tennessee -3.5 NY Jets 40.5

The Jets already have too many wins for their talent level, and there are 13 games left.

Tennessee, 17-13


9/29 4:25 ET Dallas -2 At San Diego 46.5

Dallas can open up their lead in the NFC East with what should be an easy win here.

Dallas, 27-21


9/29 4:25 ET Washington -3.5 At Oakland 44

Washington has to beat someone, and Oakland may have used up their luck already just getting to 1-2.

DC, 34-14


9/29 4:25 ET At Denver -11 Philadelphia 58.5

Denver is destroying whoever stands before them. From what I can see, the NFL figured out Chip Kelly's fast break Philly offense in one week.

Denver, 38-21


9/29 8:30 ET At Atlanta -2.5 New England 49.5

Best going-to-Atlanta line ever, spoken by General Sherman.... "I shall make Georgia howl."

New England is 3-0, despite the fact that we are throwing to rookies and cast-offs. Atlanta has weapons all over the field, and will be 3 games back on New Orleans if they lose this. New England could fall behind Miami if they get smoked here.

I don't like Aqib Talib against Julio Jones, but I can live with it. Roddy White, if he is healthy enough, should own our #2 cornerback. Tony Gonzalez has had a weak season, but he could bust out any time now. I like Bill Belichick's chances of befuddling Matt Ryan, and Steven Jackson is injured.

Atlanta is probably too good to be 1-3, and no team should be 4-0 with Julian Edelman and Aaron Dobson shagging passes, no matter who is coaching or who is playing QB.

With Miami at 3-0, we can't afford to lose this game. You could have Baltimore, Houston and even Denver (as good as they've been, they're tied for their division lead with KC) looking for the wild card spots. We have New Orleans, Baltimore, Houston, Cincinnati and Denver on our future schedule. Miami could and should cool off... but until they do, each game is critical.

I can get around my aversion to betting against New England by simply taking the Over, which looks very conservative.

New England, 35-34

 

Monday Night Football Line
9/30 8:40 ET At New Orleans -6.5 Miami 48

Miami should not be 3-0, and- even if we lose to Atlanta- they should not be a game up on us.

New Orleans, 38-13

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Last Week: 12-4

This Week: 1-0

YTD: 27-22

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Saturday's HS Results

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Cathedral 26, Pope John Paul II 22

The splendidly-named Jermal Brevard-Jackson (who could be half-French, like me) out-dueled Ryan Barabe for the W. Barabe threw 3 TDs, including a 50 yard heave during a furious second-half comeback.


Upper Cape 34, Nantucket 28

John DuMont ran for 216 yards and 4 TDs to carry the whole Upper Cape. Nantucket was led by Keenan Phillips, who racked up 3 scores. UCT broke the ice after last year's Super Bowl title. I hope you took the Over.

 

Scituate 21, Pembroke 7

On the South Shore, there exists a great deal of Coastal Envy on the part of landlocked towns. That will only be worse as Pemby heads back to the Swamp after getting routed by Skitch-You-Et.

 

Hanover 8, Middleboro 7

Much like a casino, points were hard to come by for Middleboro.

 

Bridgewater-Raynham 32, New Bedford 0

B-R gets another shot at #1 overall now that Barnstable did the heavy lifting. 

 

Everett 35, St. John's Prep 14

#5 beat #3, just to muddy up the rankings on the week #1 lost. #1 beat #3 and #5 already, just to muddy things up more.

 

Duxbury 29, Silver Lake 0

Duxbury looks dominant again, but B-R effectively has Duxbury on her back with a foot to her throat due to their early season victory over their rival for the top spot.

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Saturday: 3-3

This Week: 10-5

YTD: 39-25

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