By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
We’re about to start Week 3 in the National Football League and the last four days have been as intriguing as most of last Sunday’s games.
The NFL fined and suspended Tampa’s Dashon Goldson for an illegal hit on New Orleans’ Darren Sproles only to have the suspension overturned on appeal.
Cleveland traded its only legitimate runningback, Trent Richardson, to the Indianapolis Colts for the Colts No. 1 pick in 2014 (that really doesn’t mean that much for Cleveland considering Richardson was Cleveland’s No. 1 pick in 2012). If Willis McGahee passes the physical, he’ll be Cleveland’s new runningback.
And speaking of the Browns, Brian Hoyer will be their starting quarterback this week in Minnesota. Brian Whoyer?
Laughing at the Browns is like kicking an injured puppy. It’s just not right. It’s like laughing at the Jacksonville Jaguars. They can’t help it. They’re just bad. Both of those teams are loaded with Division 1 All-Americans and yet their skills just haven’t translated into wins in the NFL. Badly managed, badly coached, neither team will contend for a championship of any kind. In fact, the only reason one of these teams will not go 0-16 is because the two clubs face each other in Cleveland on Dec. 1.
This weekend, the Cleveland Browns face the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome while the Jaguars play in the loudest building on the planet – CenturyLink Field in Seattle. It’s as if the Vikings and the Seahawks just grabbed the free spot on the NFL’s Bingo card.
But Browns-Vikings and Jags-Seahawks are not the games we’ll be watching this weekend. In fact, there are half a dozen great games this week – Houston plays in Baltimore, Detroit is in Washington, Green Bay plays in Cincinnati, the Bears play at the Steelers, Arizona is in New Orleans, Indianapolis plays in San Francisco, Atlanta is in Miami and the Giants play in Carolina.
Those are good games and this should be a great week. And it all starts on Thursday night with two of the most interesting teams in the NFL this season, Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs and Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles. The Chiefs are 2-0 coming off a 17-16 home win over the Cowboys. The Eagles are 1-1 but they won 33-27 and lost 33-30. The Eagles are a high-powered offensive club that is really fun to watch.
It’s going to be a tremendous Week 3 and it starts with an outstanding Thursday night game.
Last week The Doctor was an astonishing 14-2 (24-8 overall) straight up, and an unimpressive 8-8 (13-19 overall) against the spread. The Coach, meanwhile, was 13-3 (24-8 on the season) straight up and 8-8 (14-18 overall) against the spread.
This week, we’ll be even better. Dr. Football captures our brilliant deductive reasoning with his prose while the Coach drinks a Rock Star and pretends to be Iron Man.
Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) Line: Eagles by 3.5.
Great match up. If any game Andy Reid will have his team fired up for it’s this one. And you have to think the bloodthirsty Philly fans will be fired up as well. The problem lies with the Eagles. This will be their third game in 11 days and with such an explosive style of play they will be tired and come out flat. The Coach says: Flat, schmat. Mike Vick puts up 500 total yards and the Eagles win by two touchdowns.
The Doc: TAKE THE CHIEFS IN AN UPSET.
The Coach: THE EAGLES TO WIN AND COVER