What’s up everyone, great to be talking some Football again and great that we had another two of three tips win last week, let’s go for all three this time around!
First, let’s look at the mad week of trading that we’ve had in the NFL, and for me two stood out in particular.
We saw Demaryius Thomas go to the Texans. Houston needed a receiver, and they’ve got a good one. He’s at the latter end of his career but he plugs a gap well and should be able to make things happen. On the Broncos side of things, they can now promote Emmanuel Sanders to be that number one guy and that’s not a bad thing. They’ve gone younger and cheaper and that’s what all NFL teams are trying to do at the end of the day.
Secondly, what about Golden Tate going to the Eagles? It shows that Philly are pushing hard to be in the postseason – One of their staff came out and said that ‘We’ve got our foot on the gas’. He’s dynamic and a great competitor, should add juice to an offense that needs something extra.
For Detroit, they get a third rounder and if you’re a GM, you should always think that a third rounder will be someone that you can get snaps from straight away next season. If they are wanting to rebuild, they’ll need to use that pick wisely.
Looking ahead to Week 9, we’ll start with an NFC South clash that could be interesting. Tampa Bay has benched Jameis Winston, and FitzMagic rides again! At the end of the day, I understand why the coaching staff have done it, they are fighting for their lives and right now Fitz gives you a better chance of winning games, it’s as simple as that. If the Bucs don’t go on a streak in the second half of the season, we’ll probably be seeing the end of Dirk Koetter.
The reason it took so long is that Winston was a number 1 draft pick. Your whole organisation will have to live and die by that pick, people’s jobs are on the line with that pick and you put so much into it. They wanted to ride with him as long as they could, because it’s seen as such a failure if you admit defeat. Although it doesn’t mean they necessarily have just yet.
The Bucs play Carolina, who are looking great right now. Christian McCaffrey looks assured at RB and Greg Olsen has looked great since returning. Their defence is tight, although it will get tested on Sunday because the Bucs can score on anyone with their weapons, especially if Fitz starts firing.
But, their own defence is still more than suspect despite the Defensive Coordinator changes and I’m backing the Panthers to keep on rolling in this one.
Next up, let’s look at the Ravens taking on the Steelers in which should be a real gritty, tight divisional clash. The thing I don’t like about Baltimore is that they are so inconsistent offensively, and Pittsburgh’s defence has stepped up recently, you saw how much they got to Baker Mayfield when playing the Browns last Sunday.
You’ve got TJ Watt playing like his brother and James Conner making people almost forget about you know who. Their front has got a lot of 1st rounders in it and they are starting to really show that they should have been picked that high.
With all that being said, I really like the Steelers in this one despite them being the underdogs. It’s the time of the year where Pittsburgh usually find their groove and I expect this to continue Sunday.
Finally, we mention them every week but the Rams are continuing to do special things. They play so smart, from Coach Mcvay all throughout the roster; they do the little things so well and find the ways to win games.
Take Todd Gurley as an example. Last week he could have walked in for a TD, but stayed in bounds and went down before the goal line to eat up the clock and take the game out of Aaron Rodgers’ hands. 99% of RB’s would have gone for the score, but it shows the smarts of Gurley and the coaching staff.
The bookies have them as underdogs against the Saints and that’s because in New Orleans, it gets LOUD. It’s a tough place to play and no doubt that Drew Brees sees one last proper hurrah on the horizon this season with this team around him.
But the Rams have the weapons to keep up with Brees and their O-line should not be underestimated.
I think the scare they had against Green Bay will focus the minds of the Rams just that little bit. This should be one of the games of the year, and I’m backing LA to go 9-0.