I had the Titans minus 4.5 in this game, a line I made up mid-week before Marcus Mariota’s status was confirmed, and it felt like the wrong side virtually the entire time. But one bomb to Taywan Taylor later, and it was good. I actually saw the line go up to 7.5 in some places, meaning the gratuitous Derrick Henry TD run actually swung the outcome.
What a random day of football. I mean it’s always somewhat random, but usually you get the sense you did well or poorly by the end of it. Week 6 seemed totally arbitrary, some of it even in my favor, but rarely in the way I envisioned. I suppose that’s part of the game, though – not merely that outcomes are uncertain but grasping the extent of the uncertainty and how much it overwhelms the known.
This was an odd game. It’s rare to see one team so totally unable to run. I’m a Giants fan, so I’ve often seen Paul Perkins or Rashad Jennings run straight into tacklers at the line of scrimmage for no gain these past two seasons, but Jonathan Stewart was losing three or four yards on half of his runs. A coach can force 2nd-and-9 or -10 if he’s stubborn, but 2nd-and-13 is unacceptable even to the dumbest, most thick-skulled troglodytes.
What a frustrating and disastrous game. I was up 11 against a team with Kyle Rudolph who had one target and zero catches in the first half. I also had the Bears plus three. Not only did Rudolph seem like Case Keenum’s only target all second half, but the refs called the game as if they had bet on the Vikings.
I spent the first 20 minutes of action frantically trying to get one of three browsers to carry either the red-zone channel or Giants game, and they kept hanging or giving me error messages. I searched Twitter, and apparently Game Pass was having problems for its European users. I was working myself into a rage, considering what angry demands I might make with customer service when suddenly it was fixed.
Moreover, while the NFL app on my older Apple TV model doesn’t work, I finally figured out how to “airplay” the red-zone channel from a “second screen” on my laptop, leaving the laptop itself for the Giants game and Twitter, i.e., I finally had last year’s setup back, minus the ability to split the screen into two or four games, which I honestly never used that much. From the aggravation of getting my set-up together to the frustration of the games themselves, the transition was nearly seamless.
Past performance does not guarantee future results.
So what if the Patriots defense was terrible through four games? That doesn’t mean Week 5 will play out the same way. I’m not arguing the Pats have fixed anything permanently – only that whatever information you have heading into the game often quickly becomes irrelevant once the game starts.
Living in Portugal, I’m unable to watch the late games in real time, so I catch the condensed version the following morning. Last year, it was easy to squint as I clicked on the game without seeing the score, but NFL.com’s new system has made that more difficult. Usually, I end up seeing the score, which makes watching a lot less dramatic and enjoyable. This morning, I managed to squint my way to the game, noticing only one number: 29. I knew one of the teams scored 29, but I didn’t know which, or how they got there. I also had the Redskins plus seven against the spread.