A week after the pro picks’ stellar performance, it was like Prodigius Mrs., with poor choices across the board. At least we have survived in the knockout pool and somehow, have hit every upset special to win straight away.
The challenge for any forecaster is to rebound quickly. Unfortunately, the Week 5 schedule offers a lot of toss up from Thursday night, when the Rams and Seahawks of the mighty NFC West meet in Seattle.
The Seahawks scored a crucial win in San Francisco – no, we didn’t get that right. Los Angeles was scrambled by visiting Arizona, another one we got wrong.
And now, that’s a short period to get ready.
“Thursday night puts it into such a fast-moving pace,” says Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, who previously was with the Rams. “So you really don’t have a lot of time to stop and think about how it would be different from going up against another opponent.”
Los Angeles has struggled on defense, where it has excelled in 2020, but has gone through significant roster changes. Only five teams are allowed more yards per game than the Rams’ 396.8. They are dropping 24.8 points per game, ranking 18th in the league.
worrying? Well, when faced with Russell Wilson and a strong group of receivers, it should be.
Coach Sean McVay said, “With our players, there’s a lot of new pieces that we’re asking to step into important roles, whether it’s from injuries or something different, especially to the back end.” “You lose some key people. That’s such an important part of it.”
Also an important part is that Los Angeles (3-1) has the offensive pieces to keep up with Seattle (2-2). According to FanDuel Sportsbook, The Rams are the 1½-point favorite at No.15 Seattle, at No.4 on AP Pro 32.
Knockout Pool: While last week we were getting completely wrong, at least Bill Survivor came in as an option. This week, it is New England.
No. 27 New York Giants (Plus 7) at No. 9 Dallas
The Giants surprised us and most of the people in the Big Easy last week. Not now.
best bet: Cowboys, 31-20
No. 2 Buffalo (plus 2½) No. 10 Kansas City . Feather
In this our impeccable record was given to live dangerously…
Troubled Special: Bill, 31-30
No. 16 San Francisco (plus 5½) at No. 1 Arizona
Thought of this for Top Upset, but Niners’ QB position is very tough.
No. 14 Denver (plus 1½) at No. 22 Pittsburgh
Ditto here with the Broncos. Actually, two selections because of Teddy Bridgewater.
Broncos, 20-16 (with Bridgewater)
Steelers, 16-13 (without Bridgewater)
No. 25 Chicago (plus 5½) No. 11 to Las Vegas
Bear defense is starting to look better. Not good enough here.
No. 20 New England (minus 9½) No. 30 Houston . Feather
Now that the Brady “Reunion” is over…
No. 26 Miami (plus 10) at No. 3 Tampa Bay
Now that the Brady “Reunion” is over…
No. 8 Cleveland (plus 1) at No. 7 Los Angeles Chargers
That’s what we mean by a toss-up game.
No. 24 Indianapolis (Plus 7) at No. 5 Baltimore, Monday Night
Don’t think John Harbaugh should worry about rushing yards here.
No. 29 New York Jets (plus 3½) vs No. 28 Atlanta (in London)
It states that the Jets find the W and are sent across the ocean.
No. 31 Detroit (plus 7½) to No. 21 Minnesota
For those who call the Vikings underachievers…
No. 6 Green Bay (minus 3½) at No. 13 Cincinnati
Not a good time to meet Aaron Rodgers and friends for the improvising Bengals.
No. 17 New Orleans (minus 2) Washington at No. 19
No, we can’t even understand saints.
No. 23 Philadelphia (Plus 5) at No. 12 Carolina
One day, Philly fans will sing hurts so Good.
Jacksonville at No. 18 Tennessee (minus 4½) No. 32
Boy, could Urban and Trevor use a win. Pardon me …
Last week: Straight Up: 8-8. Against the spread: 4-12.
Season: Straight up: 37-27. Against the spread: 34-28-2.
best bet: Straight Up: 3-1. Against the spread: 3-1.
Special upset: Straight Up: 4-0. Against the spread: 4-0.