Look, I'm exhausted.
I've spent a LOT of time these past three days watching videos and looking at pictures of what happened on Wednesday. Every few hours, it seems, there were new revelations, more footage.
I was, and am still, outraged.
I don't really know what to say right now. I COULD say a lot. However, there have been SO MANY takes, too many, really. Not that the story isn't important. It is. It is THE STORY. I, however, am only interested in facts right now.
Evidence and identifications are the things I'm most interested in. What happened. How it happened. How it was ALLOWED to happen. Who was involved.
There has to be a full accounting of this. There HAVE to be CONSEQUENCES; far-reaching, grave, lasting consequences.
Lessons must be learned.
There must be a reckoning.
This is THE STORY. THE STORY is not over. Not yet.
For now, I am not ready to add my voice to the din. I will keep watching, though. So should you.
Indy (11-5) at Buffalo (13-3)
These were two of my favourite teams entering the season. Indy underachieved, mostly due to injuries and the inconsistent play of Philip Rivers. When healthy, Indy's defense is among the best units in the league, and this is as healthy as they've been in a while, thought CB Rock Ya-Sin is Out and DeForest Buckner, the achor of their D-Line, is hobbled. They'll have their hands full with a Buffalo offence that has exceeded even my expectations this year. Adding a true STAR WR in Stefon Diggs to an already talented receiving corps has greatly helped in the maturation process of Josh Allen. I think that Indy could absolutely give Buffalo a scare on Saturday if Rivers plays well. However, with the game in cold Buffalo, and with what I've seen of Rivers this season, I don't believe that Indy will be able to keep pace with red-hot Buffalo. Winner: Buffalo
LAAries (10-6) at Seattle (12-4)
Both of these teams are likely too flawed to make a deep playoff run, but here we are, with one of them set to survive at least one more week. I've been thinking for a while that as good as LA's defense is playing, if I had ANY faith in their offense, then I'd have them as potential championship contenders. Alas, their offense isn't nearly good enough. As for Seattle, it seems that the opposite is true, as their defense has not played nearly to the level of their offense. LA has given Seattle a lot of trouble this season, and I'm tempted to pick them. However, in a low-scoring game like I expect this to be, I can clearly envision some late-game heroics by a battle-tested Russell Wilson to pull this one out for the home team. Winner: Seattle
Tampa (11-5) at Washington (7-9)
First off, let me just say how sorry I am to Big Blue fans that this game is being played in Maryland instead of Jersey. Your team played its guts out last week, and Doug Pederson disgraced himself and screwed you over ROYALLY. So now, instead of the story being Brady vs. his Superb Owl nemesis team, we get weak storylines comparing Washington's O-Line to the New York units that plagued him in the past.
Now, while it's true that Washington's defensive front if fearsome, I don't see this game as being much in doubt. Though Tampa will be without its best player on defense, LB Devin White (COVID), the Washington offence is pretty bad. Also, even with WR Mike Evans hobbled, Tampa has enough depth at receiver to keep things humming along, at least enough to outpace Washington. Winner: Tampa