Is the Thursday Night NFL Schedule Exciting? Plus the Obligatory Pick
There’s not much light at the end of the tunnel. There might be one good team each week, but can you really feel good watching Tennessee, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and Jacksonville over the next month-plus?
The answer is yes. We’re all fantasy and gambling degenerates at heart. We’ll watch whatever games the NFL puts on because it’s on. Hopefully you’re not starting Andre Roberts this week on your fantasy team if you have better options. If you are starting him because your other receivers are on the bye, you’re watching the hell out of this game. That’s the beauty of the NFL. We’re all suckers at this point and we’re OK with it.
Survivor Pick of the Week:
SAN FRANCISCO over Buffalo
There's been uproar for a refresh of survivor pools to start after the carnage most players endured during the first four weeks. Most of those cries have been answered by pool administrators as I've seen quite a few second-chance survivor pools starting in Week 5. Last week didn't see many upsets, but this week's schedule doesn't leave too much room for error.
The Niners are the favorite to use this week, but their offense doesn't make you feel 100% comfortable. The team as a whole did, however, rebound well last week in a completely dominant effort against the Jets. The Bills have struggled defensively this year despite their additions on that side of the ball. That will allow San Francisco the ability to run the ball effectively again this week and there's no reason to think their defense will be any less dominant. The Bills' strength is the running game, something that doesn't bode well against the Niners' top-ranked rushing defense. As long as San Francisco doesn't turn the ball over, they should roll in this one.
Thursday Night Pick:
Arizona -1.5 over ST. LOUIS
I bet you didn't expect to see Arizona favored in any road games before the season started. This game has a few different angles going and looking to bet it because it's the only thing on TV is how Vegas makes their money. One view is that Arizona's luck is bound to run out at some point. They've won three games by four points or less. Then you look at where the Cardinals rank in the main categories across the league. They're 29thin rushing offense, 25th in passing offense, 14th in rushing defense, and 21st in passing defense. That's not exactly domination.
Another view is that the Cardinals are 9-1 in their last ten games dating back to last year. Their defense has been quite good this year if you ignore the passing display last week that made Ryan Tannehill look like the second coming of Dan Marino. Arizona's coaching staff has done its best to tailor its offense to the strengths of Kevin Kolb, running a lot of no- huddle. The Cardinals should also be able to run the ball this week against St. Louis' 26th ranked run defense. Sometimes you can't hate on a team that's just doing enough to get things done, especially against a run-of-the-mill Rams team. Just win, baby!
Last Week: 6-9