It’s often wise to bet the under in a game expected to be so high scoring, but not this time. Seventy-seven points and three catches for 29 yards combined for Brandin Cooks and Julio Jones, this was a strange contest, dominated by the Falcons running game and the Saints lack of defense. It makes you wonder what Ben McAdoo was thinking in Week 2 as the Giants offense managed only 16 points against it.
Every NFL Sunday in Europe is a full day before the games even start. I went to a farm within the Berlin city limits with Heather and Sasha to see some pigs, cows, lambs and chickens, pick some apples and harvest some potatoes to take home and cook. Here’s a snapshot of the scene – think we were looking at the sheep:
It was unseasonably hot, and after checking out the animals, knocking some underripe (but not bad) apples off a tree with a large stick and a half-assed attempt to dig up some potatoes (we mostly put some people had left behind in our bag for a pathetically small haul), we sat down at their biergarten for some food and drinks. There was an outdoor seating area and beyond that an open area with a guy singing kids songs in terrible English and a make-shift merry-go-round on which Sasha wanted to ride. Heather went over and seated her on a plastic horse. I was left at the table to order and checked my Twitter feed while I waited.
Most of America missed it, after an hour-plus weather delay in Tampa, but the end of the Bucs game was the worst end-game coaching we will see in 2016. Here was the situation: down 37-32 with 49 seconds left and two timeouts, the Bucs completed a 12 yard dumpoff to Charles Sims. He was tackled in bounds at the Rams 15, making it a first down with about 37 seconds left.
The strategy there is obvious (particularly since Tampa had an hour to prepare for it). Call timeout and you have the ball at the Rams 15 with 35 or so seconds left, 1st and 10, and a timeout still in your pocket.
Yet what does Tampa do?
Welcome to Week 3 of the NFL season.
And for me I hope the rest of the season is much better than the first two weeks where I have literally stunk up the joint.
But let me not dwell on my pathetic daily football play.
For many of the northern portion of the United States, this might be the first Sunday with a chill in the air, well relatively considering the hot summer that if finally starting to cool off. And this is the first official weekend of the fall season as we pass the Autumnal Equinox on Thursday.
And this is Week 3 of the RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Football Championship. If you are unfamiliar with the competition, here are the basics:
- 10-week competition hosted on FanDuel
- $10 entry (max five entries each week)
- Compete against other users and three FanDuel experts (Jeff Erickson, Derek VanRiper, Kevin Payne
- Finish above the experts, win an entry in the Week 11 Freeroll with over $5,000 in prizes and RotoWire subscriptions up for grabs
- Each qualifying week acts as a double-up with the top 250 doubling up their cash
- This is not a continuous competition, so you can enter every week, and you don’t have to have participated in Week 1 to enter this week’s competition
- There is no limit on the amount of entries you can win for the championship round, so start racking them up this week if you haven’t already
- You can sign up for this week’s competition here
I picked the Patriots as one-point underdogs at home despite having misgivings with third-stringer Jacoby Brissett starting against a tough Houston defense. On the one hand, the Texans should crush them on paper. On the other, they were traveling on a short week against a Bill-Belichick-coached team. Personnel vs. coaching and set-up. It’s often a tough call. So you can imagine I was surprised to wake up this morning and see the final score. But maybe I shouldn’t have been.
Playing cash games in DFS is a lot like playing blackjack. I can accept losing here and there if I’m making the right plays. After all, everyone loses sometimes after doubling down on 11 against a 6. The difference with blackjack, of course, is there’s a “book,” so when I lose, I can feel better by telling myself I made the “right” play. In DFS cash games, there is no book … so how do I know when I made the right play and the result was just unlucky (like losing a double down against a 6), or if I lost because I stayed on 15 against a king? Practice. Experience. Being willing to study my thought processes, and the results, and learn.
I lost in Week 2 in cash games on DraftKings, so maybe that’s why I’m talking about the process. But in all honesty, just like blackjack, I’m comfortable, for the most part, with the plays I made.
What do you think? Am I rationalizing? Here’s how I constructed my cash lineup on DraftKings in Week 2, after which I’ll take an early look at Week 3.
It’s tough to watch a crappy game between mediocre to bad teams on Game Rewind when you know the score in advance. Even the condensed version takes 40 minutes, and you want to fast forward, but you realize there’s nothing to skip – all the commercials and huddles have already been taken out. So I watched until all the non-Eddie Royal return TD scoring had happened and shut it off.