Week 8 favourites 12-1 straight up, 8-5 against the spread. The favourites were 18 games under .500 two weeks ago and so I guess things are starting to evening out. Last week, instead of writing jokes and finding stats, I wrote about the Texans owner’s comments about “The inmates running the prison”(https://onblastpodcast.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/inmates-running-the-prison-week-8-nfl-fix/). And since those comments things have taken a turn for the Texans, but more on that later. The pics at the bottom of said column were FIRE…..11-2 last week after a terrible 3 week slide.
This week the Bears, Vikings, Patriots, Steelers, Chargers and Browns are all on the bye. But hey, at least the Browns can’t lose this week and that’s at least a moral victory right? Nope, instead….the Browns thought they made a trade with the Bengals to land AJ McCarron (shout out to Mrs Webb-McCarron by the way and in case you’ve forgotten about AJ’s significant other…you’re welcome.
But in real life, while the Bengals were completing their trade call with the league office, the Browns were busy celebrating their “new QB” and missed the trade deadline. This is not a joke and to be honest I only really believe this report because it involves the Browns. Only the Cleveland Browns could find a way to lose during their bye week.
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
Bills -3 over JETS
The Bills were 5-2….and I was sipping the kool-aid and ended up losing my 5th straight Thursday night football game ATS. According to ESPN, this is 3rd time since 2000 the Bills started 5-2. All 3 times they lost their 8th game of season to Jets. Wish I knew this before the game….SMH. But its not all bad as they did add a new member to #BillsMafia this week. Before the trade deadline, Buffalo added Kelvin Benjamin to bolster their offence and they’re going to need it. After their no show against the Jets, the Bills are home to the Saints, @ Chargers, @ Chiefs, and home to the Patriots. Somehow, someway they’ll have to go 2-2 over that span to maintain their playoff push. Also, I’m not going to fully bail on the Bills just because they crashed and burned on a short week. With that said, it was a week filled with L’s for Buffalo’s own Rob Gronkowski, who got CRUSHED in a rap battle by the star of “Jane The Virgin”
Falcons -1.5 over PANTHERS
This line opened at Panthers -2.5, but that was before they traded away Cam’s best friend. I have yet to hear a good explanation as to why the Panthers decided to trade away their best receiver despite being 5-3 heading into a divisional game. I don’t get it at all. So I’m taking the Falcons just cause….but also because Cam Newton has the 2nd most giveaways in the NFL this season with 12.
TITANS -3 over Ravens
This game was off the board because of Joe Flacco’s health. And for the record, I didn’t think it was a dirty hit by Kiko Alonso at all. What is he supposed to do, assume the elite Joe Flacco is going to slide? Of course not. Problem is, in 2017 that LOOKED like the type of hit their trying to eliminate from the game….despite the fact that its football and you’re allowed to tackle people. Flacco or not, again I’m never going to be swayed too much either way by anything that happens on Thursday night. So I’m taking the better team, the Titans….especially off of their bye week. Also of note, in their 4 wins the Titans have rushed for 155.6 yards per game and 6 touchdowns. While the Raves are allowing 132.8 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 30th in the NFL. Go Titans. The other professional team in town had a little fun for Halloween. Preds forward Nick Bonino and his wife dressed up as fans to get autographs from his teammates and of course PK was there to film the entire thing.
JAGUARS -4.5 over Bengals
Last week for me was the last straw with the Bengals. They almost lost at home to the Colts. Meanwhile at this point of the season, I’m going to bet on things that I know for sure and I know for sure that the Jags defense IS LEGIT. Just don’t mess this up Mr. Bortles. Now we’ve already mentioned the failed Bengals/Browns trade, but here’s here’s the reaction of Fox Sports Ohio host Bruce Drennan.
EAGLES -7.5 over Broncos
I’m going to ride the Eagles train until the wheels fall off. Plus, they boost their running game by trading for Jay Ajayi. Meanwhile, Trevor Siemian appears to be losing his job in Denver to ya mans Brock Osweiler. Also Philly is LIT right now. As we discussed on this week’s #BallOnBlast (https://onblastpodcast.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/on-blast-podcast-ball-on-blast-ep-3/) the Embiid/Simmons duo is so hype, they’re becoming to hot for regular tv
Colts +7 over TEXANS
As mentioned earlier, last week I wrote about Texans owner Bob McNair’s “inmates running the prison” comments (https://onblastpodcast.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/inmates-running-the-prison-week-8-nfl-fix/). What happened next was CRAZY. Pretty much the entire team kneeled on Sunday
Then the team traded away Duane Brown who was said to be “the spokesperson” for the players in their response to the owner’s comments. But following another amazing performance by Deshaun Watson in a shootout loss in Seattle, this happens
Sometimes sports just isn’t fair. Watson was off to arguably the best start by a rookie QB in NFL history and now he joins this super sad list.
I don’t wanna believe this, so I’m just gonna move on.
Rams -3.5 over GIANTS
This seems way too low. The Rams are just way better than the Giants and they’re coming off a bye. The Giants are also missing their top corner Janoris Jenkins, while the Rams are putting up 30.3 points per game which is 2nd in the league. Speaking of LA’s favourite team that didn’t just lose a World Series and doesn’t have a member of the Ball family on it….the Rams are 4-0 when Todd Gurley rushes for 100 yards. Now Todd Gurley is having a great year, but is he having as much fun in LA as Lonzo did on his birthday? His shooting form is still terrible, but “HE GOT THE MOVES”
SAINTS -7 over Bucs
The Saints have won 5 in a row in which they have 11 takeaways and have rushed for an average of 140 yards per game. Meanwhile the Bucs are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 weeks. Mr Winston could be in trouble as the Saints defense is allowing a 52.4 passer rating during their 5 game winning streak. This just seems to line up as a classic Drew Brees shootout win. Now the Saints are on fire…but are they as FIRE as the “Hot Chip Challenge”
NINERS +1.5 over Cards
Jimmy Garoppolo is a Niner and I’m so happy. As a Niners fan, all I wanted was to NOT SIGN KIRK COUSINS TO A MONSTER CONTRACT. Yes Jimmy G is going to sign for a nice chunk of change, but for a 2nd round pick I’ll take a chance on someone graduating from “Brady & Belichick University”. Plus, I have faith in Young Shanny to make this work, you don’t need to dig deep into Matt Ryan’s splits from last year to this year to see the Shanny affect on his success. So yes, I’m hype despite the fact Jimmy G has only 94 career passes, while Derek Carr has thrown 101 passes in the past 2 weeks. I’m ok with this…I really am.
SEAHAWKS -7 over Washington
The Seahawks are coming off a great win against the Texans AND then they end up trading for Houston’s best offensive lineman. Ranking 2nd in total offense, the Seahawks are ROLLING and I’m gonna ride the wave against Kirk Cousins in Seattle.
Chiefs +2 over COWBOYS
I’m going with the Chiefs because it might take a while to get adjusted to life without Zeke. That is, if he is actually suspended. Please let him finally be suspended so this is over. The line moved from 2.5 to 1 following his latest rejected appeal, so let’s see if that sticks…..OH WAIT IT DIDN’T AND HE’S NOW HE’S PLAYING AGAIN…..WTF?!?! This is all so dumb, but either way I’d be on the Chiefs and the points as their offence leads the NFL at 6.5 yards per play and ranks 3rd in the NFL at 29.5 points per game. Plus Travis Kelce’s dance moves are FIRE
And shout out to Randy Moss
Raiders -2.5 over DOLPHINS
Adam Gase says the Dolphins have the worst offense in the league. Then they traded away their starting running back. Yup, I’ll take the Raiders.
Lions -2.5 over PACKERS
I will hopefully be watching basketball or finally catching up on HBO’s The Deuce, basically anything other than watching this game. A quick question for Detroit fans, were you cheering for Justin Verlander in the World Series? Either way, dude was lights out and he gets to go home to Kate Upton. Speaking of, how about this introduction when meeting one of your girlfriends friends
Filming Kate Upton’s “Dougie” should be at the top of his linked in bio and on behalf of the entire internet, I would like to thank you for capturing one of the best online videos of all time.
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