By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
Here’s why the National Football League can be the most frustrating league in all of sports. The New York Jets weren’t very good last Sunday, but they won. The Buffalo Bills played a terrific football game and they lost.
Still, if you’ve looked closely at the two teams, you’ll probably have noticed that the Bills have a chance to finish 8-8 this season while the Jets will not be better than 5-11.
Call it what you will: luck, a break in the schedule, just the crazy old game itself, the fact of the matter this, the Jets were lucky to win thanks to a dumb penalty while the Bills deserved a better fate against a better football team.
But hey, that’s the deal isn’t it? Sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail. And last week, over a 16-game stretch, Dr. Football and The Coach were both delivering the blows and then taking them straight in the wallet.
It’s not easy being a professional prognosticator. It is, however, loads of fun and that’s we’re getting at it again this week. This week there are some very intriguing games. Dallas is at Kansas City, Minnesota plays at Chicago, Detroit is at Arizona and then we get the three biggest games of Week 2 – Denver at the Giants, San Francisco at Seattle and Pittsburgh at Cincinnati.
But we’ll worry about those games on Friday as we always do. First, it’s Thursday Night Football and I sure can’t think of anything that I’d rather do than watch whiney ol’ Rex Ryan get it on with grumbly ol’ Bill Belichick. It’s the Jets at the Patriots and no matter how bad the Jets are or in which rebuilding stage the Patriots have put themselves, this is always a game that results in trash talking and helmet slapping.
In Week 1, Dr. Football went 10-6 straight up and 5-11 against the spread while The Coach went 11-5 straight up and 6-10 against the spread.
This week, as always, the Doc writes the reasons for our brilliant decisions while The Coach adds his two-bits worth and scarfs down pork rinds.
New York Jets (1-0) at New England Patriots (1-0)
Line: Patriots by 11.5.
It seems a bit peculiar that a team that barely got by the Bills last week is an 11 ½ point favourite over a team that won. I guess that’s why I’m not a bookie. The Patriots are a little banged up, and Tom Brady is still getting the feel of his offense. Geno Smith got the win for the Jets, but looked very shaky in his debut. Using the run against New England won’t work, as they controlled the Bills run game pretty much last week. A short week game is tough, but the Patriots will just do enough to win again this week. The Coach says: To quote the always insightful and graciously articulate Billy Clyde Puckett, “The dogass Jets won’t be close.”
The Doc: PATRIOTS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: PATRIOTS TO WIN AND COVER.