Welcome to "The 12," a weekly recap (with a gambling twist) of all the great football action from the previous weekend and a look at what's ahead.
So to quote the late, great poet Heath Ledger’s Joker, “here...we…go.”
1. Adios Aaron Rodgers. The Jets big acquisition lasted one series before suffering an achilles injury that will keep him out the rest of the year. The Jets somehow scraped out a win thanks to great defense and a horrible performance from Josh Allen. But moving forward, this team is not a Super Bowl contender without Rodgers. The hype was fun while it lasted.
2. Hey Giants, what was that? Sunday night football was an embarrassment for the other New York team. The Cowboys got a special teams touchdown, a defensive touchdown, and the Giants offensive line was terrible. The result? A 40-0 Cowboys win. The Giants never had a shot. Don’t give up on New York; the Giants will get it fixed. But week 1 was a disaster.
3. Jordan Love did just fine. The Packers new QB was not Aaron Rodgers (he he didn’t die like Rodgers) but he was solid, and the skill position players were through the roof. The demise of the Pack might have been premature. Meanwhile, the Bears look unsettled on offense. They will get better, but this was a solid effort by the Packers.
4. Tyreek Hill is a witch. Hill singlehandly beat the Chargers with a massive performance. The Dolphins will be a team to watch ATS moving forward. The Chargers will be pretty good too. This was a great game with one player making the difference.
5. Command performance. Raise your hand if you took the Commanders in you suicide pool. After all, Arizona is a mess and is trying to lose. But Washington did not make it easy. How many times do you plan to use Washington this year? You got the win. Take it and move on.
6. Curtains for the Steelers. Sometimes you are just wrong on a bet. Every metric pointed to the Steelers covering against the 49ers. By the end of the first quarter that was never happening. San Francisco dominated and the Steelers looked awful. But expect Pittsburgh to bounce back and you should get a nice price next time.
7. Ignore the Bengals loss. Yes, they got smoked by the Browns and Mr. Massage Deshaun Watson. Jose Burrow (yes, I call him Jose) threw for less than 100 yards in awful weather. Week 1 judgements mean nothing. Jose and the Bengals will bounce back - they got crushed in Cleveland last year, too. You should get a better price on them next week than you should.
8. Bad beat of the week: If you bet Texas Tech to cover against Oregon, you were on the right side. You still lost thanks to a late pick six where the player simply should have gone down. That’s gambling.
9. Another tough one: If you bet Baylor against Utah - and there were a lot of reasons to do that - you had to feel pretty good with yout 6.5 to 7 up 13-3 late in the fourth quarter. In the end, you were lucky and got 7 if you pushed. Another game where you were on the right end and did not win.
10. The gambling recap: We played four college games and one NFL game. Our loss was SMU plus 15.5. Our wins? Rice plus 9,5 and Washington State pus 6.5. Both won outright. Out get out play was Hawaii minus 11 vs. Albany. Hawaii won 31-20. Something about a push just feels weird.
11. Hey Aggie, what was that? Texas A&M went into Miami favored and got taken to the woodshed. The Aggies have an opening in the SEC this year with Alabama down and LSU off to a slow start. But the Aggies defense looked terrible in the loss. You can trace the Aggies demise to former DC Mike Elko leaving for Duke. They have not been the same since.
12. Texas is…well, really good. The Longhorns walked into Tuscaloosa and slayed the beast that is Alabama. Texas was better coached, had better players and deserved the win. Alabama has another loss or two on its schedule, so the playoff is probably out. But for the Longhorns? To quote the late great poet Tom Petty, the future is wide open. Is Texas back? To be determined.
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