1. All of these games occurred in the “early” window of Sunday’s schedule.
2. All of the results are difficult to reconcile.
3. All of the results decreased the gift budget for the Holidays for a large number of off-the-field “players.”
Four games in the 1 PM slot of Sunday’s NFL schedule pretty much defied explanation…simultaneously…
Kansas City 19, Green Bay 14 - The undefeated season. The quarterback sporting not even a scratch. The 12-point favorite on the road against a team who just fired their coach and had lost five of their last six. Of course…the Packers’ pursuit of perfection is now over…and Aaron Rodgers barely made it back home in one piece.
Washington 23, New York Giants 10 - The G-Men were a 7-point favorite at home against a team they allegedly wanted revenge against for a season-opening loss…a team that had only won one of their last nine. No surprise…Rex Grossman managed to outplay Eli Manning while still throwing two more interceptions. Eli might want to schedule extra practice for his receivers, who continue operating through this Holiday season in a “giving” mode instead of a “receiving” one.
Indianapolis 27, Tennessee 13 – Titans were a 7-point favorite on the road versus a winless, rudderless team they had already beaten 27-10 a little over a month ago. Logically…Donald Brown proceeds to run like Jim Brown. Colts win. Colts WIN. Who needs Peyton Manning…or Andrew Luck for that matter…when you have Dan Orlovsky?
Carolina 28, Houston 13 - Texans were a 5-point favorite at home…in the hunt for home field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs…having won seven in a row. Texans’ HC Gary Kubiak had the team hit in full pads earlier in the week just in case…to help cure their recent fumbling habits (six in last four games). It then makes perfect sense Arian Foster gave the ball away…again. Maybe have ‘em hit through a session naked this week, Gary?
“The Twilight Zone” during full daylight. Rod Serling himself couldn’t have written a more mind-numbing script for these early games. Making it even more surreal was for a lot of folks it was the first week of their Fantasy Football Playoffs and the star players on these losing teams…well, they just didn’t get it done for Fantasy owners. But we won’t discuss how my team suffered a losing streak at season’s end and didn’t even make my league’s Playoffs. Nor will we discuss the fact my streak magically coincided with the injury to Minnesota star Adrian Peterson…the centerpiece of my league-leading success. Adrian said mid-week he wanted to come back Sunday and play for his team…kidding he also knew a lot of Fantasy owners wanted him to go against New Orleans also.
AP…10 carries, 60 yards…just what your owners wanted Santa to bring them for their Playoffs.
Merry Christmas to all. Even to AP. I forgive you.
Those Fantasy owners who played you this weekend however…you may have to wait awhile for them to forgive you.