Hey there, folks!
My computer is still broken, so I'm borrowing my wife's laptop again. We've spent most of today making marmalade and other fun recipes with the 35 lbs. of beautiful, seedless oranges we bought this week for $8.00. Now, we're getting a little bit of our Irish on; she's having coffee with Bailey's, while I'm enjoying some nice Irish whiskey.
So, let's get to it.
Week Five Picks
Winners in Bold
New York J at Atlanta (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium)
You've no doubt heard of Brexit, the portmanteau moniker that has become shorthand for Britain's exit from the EU. Lately, it's caused some problems in England, like petrol shortages. In keeping with the hardships of Brexit, the NFL is offering up these two lame teams in its latest effort to appeal to the tea-and-strumpet set. Oh well; at least they'll get to watch criminally underappreciated Cordarrelle Patterson.
Detroit at Minnesota
Is there any other NFL (sports?) franchise more hopeless than Detroit?
NO at Washington
Tough game to call. NO has been wildly inconsistent. Washington's defense hasn't quite lived up to its billing yet.
New England at Houston
I really like Mac Jones. He has shown more poise than could be reasonably expected for a rookie QB in his situation.
Miami at Tampa
If you live in the Tampa area, and played DB in high school, Tampa might have a spot for you on their roster. It's worth a shot.
Green Bay at Cincinnati
Maybe it's the whiskey typing, but I like Cincy's chances here. No one expects them to win.
Denver at Pittsburgh
Is Teddy Bridgewater playing? His presence matters, but not as much as it would if, say, Ben Roethlisberger could still play. And by that, I mean well. And by THAT, I mean that Ben is done.
Philadelphia at Carolina
Carolina got beaten by a much more talented Dallas squad last week. No shame in that. Philly is a bit closer to Carolina's level.
Tennessee at Jacksonville
I honestly don't know what to think about Tennessee at this point. Their defense needs serious work, and their offense has been so banged-up that it's hard to tell yet just how good it can be.
Cleveland at Los Angeles Bolts
One of the two best matchups of the week. I'm all-in on this Bolts squad; they look fantastic, and they can beat any team in the league. Cleveland is no slouch, and will be a good test, but for them to beat LA, Baker Mayfield will have to outplay Justin Herbert.
Chicago at Las Vegas
I believe that Derek Carr is playing the best football of his life so far this season. If Vegas could just get out of the habit of spotting their opponents a couple of scores per game, they might really do some damage this year.
San Francisco at Arizona
Another big NFC West clash. Sadly, San Fran's best player, George Kittle, won't be playing.
New York G at Dallas
I would just like to take this opportunity to say that I believed in Daniel Jones from day one, and every time I've seen him play, I became more convinced that he had what it takes to make it. I was right. I could think of a few teams that would be contenders with Jones under Center. Unfortunately, New York isn't one of them.
Buffalo at KC
Buffalo is just better than KC is right now. It's a fact, and it's obvious. After a rough first game against Pittsburgh, Buffalo has just cruised along, winning easily by absolutely crushing it on both sides of the ball. You could make a case for Buffalo as the best team in the league right now. KC's offense is putting up numbers, but it looks like something's amiss. Patrick Mahomes knows it; you can see him trying just a little too hard at times, where he made things look smooth and easy in the past few seasons. It reminds me of Aaron Rodgers when he used to get hurt a lot because he was carrying his team. KC's defense is horrible, arguably the worst in the whole league. That this is not an easy pick is a testament to just how good Mahomes is.
Indianapolis at Baltimore
Indy finally showed some signs of life last week, completely shutting down Miami's offense until a late rally. I'm counting on them to give Baltimore more than they can handle. Also, John Harbaugh is a petty jerk who whines constantly about other teams, but who has neither a scintilla of class nor a spot of scruple.