I had mixed emotions watching this game. On the one hand, the Dolphins plus 11 were my best bet. On the other, I needed Stephen Gostkowski (fine) and Brandin Cooks (not fine) to have big games for my NFFC contest. If I wasn’t drawing dead before, I almost certainly am now.
What a disastrous week. All three of my first-round playoff teams got bounced, two of which had Amari Cooper, and my powerhouse NFFC team (23rd out of ~2,500-ish teams in the regular season) might be drawing dead in the three-week playoff, thanks to Alvin Kamara getting hurt, Jimmy Graham getting a zero and my starting Graham in the flex over Jamaal Williams (who had 30.8 points.)
What a kick in the nuts for Alvin Kamara owners. I was all set to enjoy his monster game for my NFFC high-stakes playoffs, and he starts off with three catches for 25 yards on the first drive before leaving for good with a concussion. What made it worse was watching the 40-minute condensed version, I didn’t even realize he was out until later in the quarter when Ingram was the only back in the game. And I couldn’t check online because that risked giving away the result of the game. So I sat there hoping it was a minor ankle injury or something until the fourth quarter when they finally mentioned it was a concussion. Just an unpleasant watching experience. At least I had the Falcons ATS.
It was the first Sunday in nearly 20 years that neither Manning was starting at quarterback. Good riddance to both – I always disliked Peyton and his pitch perfect interview tone, both calculatingly self-deprecating and slyly in on the joke. The embarrassingly sycophantic media slobbering over him only made it worse. Let his great play speak for itself, Joe Buck, no need to act like he’s a genius for snapping the ball while the 12th defender still has one foot on the field.
I had Washington at pick ’em in this game, and for the first three quarters I really thought they’d come back and win. But the Cowboys offensive line took over the game, mowing down Redskin tacklers and showing it didn’t matter much whether it was Alfred Morris or Zeke Elliott. The Cowboys defensive line also dominated, putting Kirk Cousins under constant pressure.