By Scott Taylor and Dave Petrishen
One of the great things about the NFL – and there are many – is that the people who play the game, coach the game and run the game always give us something new and exciting to talk about every week.
As we head into Week 9, we have the following:
(1) Miami Dolphins right tackle Jonathan Martin has apparently left the team after suffering what one teammate described to Jeff Darlington of nflmedia.com as an “emotional breakdown.” Darlington reported Wednesday that Martin is “seeking help with his family after an incident at the team’s cafeteria.” Fox NFL reporter Jay Glazer said that Martin was the victim of a prank at the cafeteria, becoming enraged enough to “smash his food tray on the ground.”
(2) Speaking of losing your lunch, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly lost his after a reporter asked him who would start at quarterback this week. Kelly berated the reporter for “asking the same question every week.” Seems like a pretty legitimate question, doesn’t it? By the way, Nick Foles will start at QB for the Eagles.
(3) It looks like cornerback Eric Wright will be activated in San Francisco. When he is, it’s likely 32-year-old Nnamdi Asomugha will be released. In 2011, Asomugha was a big-time free agent signing by the Eagles. In the NFL, the mighty fall quickly.
(4) Speaking of the Niners, DT Aldon Smith took another step toward resolving all of his legal issues. Smith surrendered to federal authorities on Tuesday night in connection with a number of felony weapons charges. Smith posted $75,000 in bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 12. He has an additional court date on Nov. 19 to face misdemeanor DUI and drug charges. No, kids, NFL players are not role models.
(5) Minnesota Vikings coach is, evidently, pissed at receiver Jerome Simpson. Simpson told a radio show that Christian Ponder would start at quarterback again this week. Apparently, Frazier wanted to wait until Thursday to make the announcement himself. As if any of that matters.
It never ends. As a microcosm of American life, the NFL is pretty representative. It’s also a great source of discussion. So as we prepare to pick our winners and losers this week, talk amongst yourselves.
By the way, our two experts were white-hot last week. Now, the money is starting is roll our way. Dr. Football was 10-3 (78-42) straight up and 7-6 (55-65) against the spread while The Coach went 12-1 (82-38) straight up and 10-3 (66-54) against the spread.
Now that we’re headed into Week 9, The Doc writes the weekly screed while The Coach rolls his eyes and makes snarky remarks.
Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) at Miami Dolphins (3-4) Line: Bengals by 2.5.
While the Dolphins surprised a lot of people with a fast start, they have been terrible especially in the second half. A few weeks back Buffalo beat them in the dying seconds, and last week they couldn’t finish off the Patriots. The Bengals have beat the Patriots, and last week destroyed a team that has beaten the Patriots, the New York Jets. Andy Dalton is having a career year, throwing for 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Only three quarterbacks have thrown for more yards, and he ranks sixth in passer rating. He should make short work of the Dolphins defense. The Coach says: The Roar has been restored.
The Doc: TAKE THE BENGALS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: RAKE THE BENGALS TO WIN AND COVER.