I had arguably my worst beat of the year in the first game with the Jets getting six against the Texans. They lost by seven after their normally reliable kicker missed two PATs, and that’s not counting the tack-on FG the Texans got when the Jets turned it over on downs with just enough time left.
Normally, I watch the 40-minute condensed version of the standalone night games when I wake up in the morning and immediately write them up on the blog. But this game was so bad, I watched it, then got caught up in other things and forgot to do the post until midway through the SXM show (4:00 pm my time.)
I thought it might be a bad week, and in some ways it was. I’m 7-8 ATS heading into Monday night, lost my best bet (Chargers) got knocked out of the playoffs in one league and am a 2:1-ish favorite to advance in another pending Monday night. My NFFC playoff team with George Kittle and Amari Cooper blew up, but realistically without Kareem Hunt and A.J. Green, that performance is probably wasted. And the one team I had on bye also had Hunt as its first pick. It could have been worse, though.
I was feeling pretty good about JAX plus four when they had the ball first and goal from the three, down 7-2 in the second quarter. Three stuffs and an incomplete pass later, Derrick Henry takes the carry from his own one-yard line and has the best long TD run since Marshawn Lynch in the 2010 playoff game against the Saints. Game over.
Had I known Mark Sanchez would be quarterbacking the Redskins for most of the game, I probably would have laid the wood. Like his predecessor, Colt McCoy fractured his fibula early in the game, and that was pretty much it for the Redskins offense, other than Adrian Peterson’s 90-yard TD run.
What a disastrous week of fantasy football. It started with the news Leonard Fournette was suspended, then Thursday night the Saints scored only 10 points with Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara doing next to nothing. Saturday, there was the Kareem Hunt news – that completely healthy first-round pick you had who was facing the Raiders this week? Yeah, he’s out of football now. On Sunday, A.J. Green, Greg Olsen and possibly James Conner were lost for the fantasy playoffs too. Of course, “disastrous” is a matter of perspective – if you had none of those players on your teams, your chances just got a lot better.