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    16. Indianapolis

    Turns out the Colts still own the Titans, even with Andrew Luck enjoying early retirement. Jacoby Brissett connected with T.Y. Hilton for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and the Indy defense smothered a Marcus Mariota-led offense that had so much success moving the ball up and down the field a week earlier against the Browns. Despite the win, much of the postgame focus was on kicker Adam Vinatieri, who missed two more extra points on Sunday and is up to seven misses in his last three games (including last January's playoff clunker against the Chiefs). Reports out of Indianapolis had Vinatieri leaning toward retirement after the game, but it appears Frank Reich and the Colts talked him out of it, as Reich announced on Monday that Vinatieri will kick against the Falcons in Week 3. If he struggles again, you don't imagine the Colts will fight quite as hard to change the future Hall of Famer's mind.

    17. Chicago

    How can you not feel happy for Eddy Pineiro? Bears coach Matt Nagy waged psychological warfare with his kickers all summer, showing an almost maniacal determination to find someone with the physical ability and mental resolve not to double-doink it when it matters most. When the SI story came out detailing the methods of Nagy's madness, how the team brought in nine kickers and used a byzantine scoring system posted daily at team headquarters, the whole saga felt doomed. But there was Eddy Money (R.I.P.) smoking a 53-yard field goal through the uprights to steal a win from the Broncos at Mile High. Pineiro only had that chance because Mitchell Trubisky made the biggest throw of his young season, a 25-yard strike to Allen Robinson to put the Bears on the fringe of field-goal range with one second to play. It's a throw that could be huge from a confidence perspective going forward.

    18. Tampa Bay

    Welcome to the Todd Bowles Redemption Season. The Bucs' defensive coordinator saw his reputation take a hit during four forgettable seasons as head coach of the Jets, but Thursday was a reminder of why Bowles got that gig in the first place. The man can flat coach ball on D, and his unit stifled Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey in a huge prime-time win over the Panthers. The victory snapped the Bucs' seven-game losing streak away from home and sent the rival Panthers to a dark place at 0-2. Tampa Bay's defense has been excellent through two games, allowing just one touchdown in Week 1 against the 49ers and four piddly field goals to Carolina. Shaquil Barrett piled up three sacks, and Vernon Hargreaves saved the day in the final minute with his tackle of McCaffrey at the 2-yard line. This isn't the Bucs team we all envisioned when Bruce Arians came aboard as head coach, but it'll play.

    19. Carolina

    Cam Newton doesn't seem right. That should be evident after watching the 30-year-old's performance against the Bucs in a dispiriting Thursday night loss. Newton repeatedly missed gimme completions with inaccurate throws and -- for the second straight week -- stayed glued to the pocket instead of using his athleticism to extend plays and improvise big gains with his feet. Most disconcertingly, his arm strength was suspect. This was most notable on a key fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter, when Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett came free on a blitz. Newton saw Barrett, quickly loaded up and fired toward Curtis Samuel, who had gained separation behind the secondary. Newton's pass fell woefully short and far off the target. That was six points during Cam's MVP season in 2015. You wonder if the Panthers are worried that guy is gone for good.

    20. Cleveland

    Getting the injury-ravaged Jets was a perfect antidote for the Browns after their Week 1 stumble. The highlight of the 23-3 win was a slant pass from Baker Mayfield to Odell Beckham Jr., who took it 89 yards to the house. It was the longest play of Beckham's career and it came in the building where he became a star with the Giants. The TD also served as a statistical lifesaver for Mayfield, who was not sharp against a talent-deficient Jets secondary. On the other side of the ball, Myles Garrett is up to five sacks in 2019 after recording three on Monday. The former No. 1 overall pick is an early favorite for Defensive Player of the Year. The Browns have effectively rebooted their season at 1-1 and will compete in a division where Ben Roethlisberger is no longer a factor. Still plenty of reason for optimism in Believeland.
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    21. Oakland

    In what might have been the final game in NFL history to be played on a baseball dirt infield, the Raiders' defense held reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes hitless in three of his four at-bats. The problem was that one at-bat -- or quarter -- featured a moon shot of Ruthian proportions. Mahomes threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns in the second quarter ( just the second quarter), the only scoring the Raiders allowed in a 28-10 loss. Oakland actually jumped out to a 10-0 lead and forced the mighty Chiefs offense to punt on back-to-back drives to start as the Black Hole roared. Then Mahomes shut everyone up. No shame in that for the Raiders, who still should feel pretty good about themselves through two weeks. The next six weeks will be about survival, with five straight games away from Oakland, including a London trip to face the Bears (followed by a bye week) and road matchups against the Vikings, Colts, Packers and Texans.

    22. Atlanta

    It was a thing of beauty. On fourth-and-3 and staring down the very real possibility of 0-2, Matt Ryan checked into a screen pass to Julio Jones and, moments later, the Falcons were ahead of the Eagles for good. Ryan was at his field-general best, Jones showed the playmaking ability that will put him in Canton one day, and Jake Matthews delivered the pancake block to spring Jones that left tackles dream about. It was the best play of an otherwise-sloppy night for Ryan, who missed open receivers and threw three interceptions. His final pass wiped away all sins. We'd be remiss not to bring attention to cornerback Isaiah Oliver, who saved the game in the final minute with a textbook tackle of Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz on fourth down. If Ertz gets an extra half yard, the Eagles have first-and-goal. Instead, Oliver sent the Falcons' offense back on the field in victory formation.

    23. New Orleans

    Sunday started as an opportunity for some sweet revenge on the Rams after January's infamous NFC Championship Game officiating fiasco. Instead, the Saints find themselves in crisis after Drew Brees suffered a thumb injury that will require surgery and at least six weeks of recovery time. Sean Payton now turns to Teddy Bridgewater to keep the Saints afloat. The trepidation here for New Orleans stems from the fact that Bridgewater did not look overly sharp against the Rams and failed to inspire confidence in his lone Saints start, a Week 17 loss last December. He'll need to be better, but you get the feeling with Payton and the skill players around him, the former first-round pick will make enough plays to keep the team competitive until Brees returns. If not, we might just see intriguing utility man Taysom Hill get his shot. Speaking of Bridgewater, you think he's happy he turned down the Dolphins starting job to stay on as the backup with the Saints?

    24. Arizona

    Two weeks in, and it's safe to say Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray won't be barnstorming across America with an unstoppable, paradigm-shifting offensive attack. There's no shame in that, of course. That was always presented as an unlikely, best-case scenario for Cardinals faithful. But you want to see more consistency from the unit, and a lot better execution in the red zone. Murray took the Cardinals deep into Ravens territory three times in the first three quarters on Sunday, but Arizona had to settle on field goals of 22, 21 and 21 yards. In a game decided by six points, that hurts. Kingsbury seemed reluctant to trust his running game when the Cards got close to the end zone, instead preferring to run fades to Larry Fitzgerald. In fact, Arizona ran the ball just twice in 10 red zone plays during those stalled field goal drives. Mix it up, boss.

    25. Denver

    There are bad losses, there are terrible losses, and then there's what happened to the Broncos on Sunday at Mile High. If that final second had ticked off following Allen Robinson's catch, if Eddy Pineiro had yanked his 53-yard field-goal attempt wide left or right, the Broncos are 1-1 and feeling confident about what lies ahead. But the clock halted at one second and Pineiro's kick was true, and now the Broncos find themselves at an early crisis point. One positive in that roller-coaster of a final stretch came on offense, where Joe Flacco and Co. showed life on a 12-play, 62-yard drive that culminated in a brilliant Emmanuel Sanders catch in the back of the end zone and a 2-point conversion (also by Sanders) that gave Denver a short-lived 14-13 lead. One question: What happened to Denver's supposedly fearsome pass rush? Zero sacks through two games. Seems impossible.
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    26. Washington

    Defense was supposed to be the side of the football that carried the Redskins this season. Not so far. The D looked overmatched against a great Cowboys offense, unable to sniff Dak Prescott (two hits, one sack) and surrendering over 200 yards on the ground to Ezekiel Elliott and company. That's back-to-back weeks of 30-plus points for Redskins opponents, both division rivals. The trenches have been an issue in general for the Redskins during their 0-2 start. The ground game has averaged just 2.5 yards per carry on 30 rushes against the Eagles and Cowboys. On Sunday, it was Adrian Peterson's turn to repeatedly run into a wall of defenders. Jay Gruden was an obvious hot-seat candidate entering the season -- you have to wonder if defensive coordinator Greg Manusky is the first to go if Washington's defense tosses off another stinker next week in prime time against the Bears.

    27. Jacksonville

    Things have gotten ugly in a hurry for the Jaguars, now 0-2 and playing under the massive cloud of Jalen Ramsey's trade request. Don't consider it a coincidence that the trade-request reports surfaced a day after Ramsey and Jags coach Doug Marrone had a verbal altercation on the sideline during the team's loss to the Texans. They say winning cures everything, and that makes you wonder if things would be different this week had Leonard Fournette been able to crash into the end zone on Jacksonville's two-point conversion attempt in the final minute. Marrone gambled big and lost, and now he's dealing with wars on multiple fronts: Last place in the standings, starting quarterback on injured reserve, star cornerback looking for escape hatch. You wonder what Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin is thinking right now. We might find out.

    28. New York Jets

    It's going to be one of those seasons for the Jets. The Week 1 loss to the Bills was brutal. The Sam Darnold mono diagnosis was hard to believe. A lopsided loss to the Browns on Monday night was more expected. Trevor Siemian's time as the QB1 lasted less than two quarters before he suffered a nasty ankle injury, and backup Luke Falk -- who started the day on the practice squad -- did a respectable job to keep things from devolving into a total farce. With Darnold out indefinitely and an upcoming schedule that includes the Patriots, Eagles, Cowboys and Patriots again, the Jets have a better chance of getting the first overall pick than making the playoffs. That wasn't supposed to be the road map under first-year coach Adam Gase, but things rarely stay on course for the Jets.

    29. Cincinnati

    A week ago, the Bengals looked like a fun, frisky bunch who could sneak up on teams in 2019. On Sunday, they looked like one of the worst teams in football. The real Bengals are probably somewhere in the middle. Against the 49ers, Cincy allowed 572 total yards, one of the worst defensive performances in franchise history. San Francisco went 5 for 9 on third down and averaged 6.2 yards per carry en route to a 259-yard day on the ground. The Bengals' defensive performance was doubly disappointing when you remember how stout the unit was against the Seahawks in Week 1, holding a Russell Wilson-led offense to just 232 yards in a one-point loss. Now it's back to the drawing board for first-year coach Zac Taylor, who's 0-2 with a road trip to meet the surprising 2-0 Bills next.

    30. New York Giants

    The time is here. On Monday, after another lifeless showing by the Giants on both sides of the ball in a loss to the Bills, coach Pat Shurmur told reporters he was not ready to name a starting quarterback for Big Blue's Week 3 matchup against the Buccaneers. A day later, apparently Shurmur was indeed ready -- and he made a change: Your turn, Danny Dimes. The franchise displayed substantial patience and loyalty to two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, but this certainly felt like an acceptable time to move to first-round pick Daniel Jones. Remember, Jones balled out during the preseason, a series of performances that planted a seed. Shurmur, meanwhile, knows there is no guarantee he gets a third year on the job if the G-Men bumble to 4-12 without any development at the game's most important position. Shurmur needs to show management that this team is going in the right direction. Having Jones on the field making plays and learning on the job is the only way to do it.

    31. Pittsburgh

    They're all gone now. Le'Veon Bell is in New York, Antonio Brown is in New England and now Ben Roethlisberger is on injured reserve after suffering an elbow injury on Sunday that will require season-ending surgery. It's an absolute disaster scenario for Mike Tomlin's team, 0-2 and suddenly in the precarious position of asking 2018 third-round pick Mason Rudolph to save the season. The silver lining here is that Rudolph played with confidence after replacing Roethlisberger against the Seahawks, throwing two touchdown passes to Vance McDonald and running the offense smoothly, which backs up his reputation as a diligent worker. Still, there's no sugarcoating the situation here: Heading into Week 1, the Steelers felt like legitimate Super Bowl contenders. After losing two games and their future Hall of Fame quarterback, the ceiling has been lowered considerably, even after their bold move to acquire Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Dolphins.

    32. Miami

    Somehow, it got worse in Week 2. The Dolphins are now sitting on a minus-92 point differential after a 43-0 drubbing by the Patriots. That their blowout losses to the Ravens and Pats were played at home only adds to the indignity and the realization that we might be looking at one of the worst teams in the 100-year history of the NFL. On Monday, head coach Brian Flores (bless his heart) said Ryan Fitzpatrick would remain his starting quarterback for a Week 3 road matchup against the Cowboys. Yes, that's right. After back-to-back home slaughters, the Dolphins will travel to Dallas to face one of the most complete teams in the league, and with one more talented player taken out of the equation by Miami's decision to ship cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers Monday night. That's two former first-rounders (Fitzpatrick and left tackle Laremy Tunsil, traded to Houston in August) sent out of the building in the past few weeks. If you're still here, that means you've either read the entire Power Rankings -- thank you -- or you're a Dolphins fan who clicked in to read about your favorite team. If you're in the latter group, just know you deserve better.
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    Me too!
    Wrong again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
    Wrong again!
    I'm going to have to face facts, Jerry. With my math I'm a prognosticating Einstein. Without it, I'm the guy who washed Einsteins car. When someone helped him.



    Well, who cares? I'll get back in the calculating saddle by mid season. I'm having fun throwing darts with you for now. Give me a minute and I'll look up what's coming.
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    1. Ten @ Jac (1.5): we should have picked the Jags on paper, but who would quibble taking the Titans given the turmoil?

    2. Atl @ Ind (2.5): Indy is better without Luck than I thought they'd be, but the Falcons just got a tough win at home against the Eagles but this one is on the road, where the Birds don't fare well...the Colts won @ Ten last week on the road. I'm going to begin my "Colts as dark horse" routine now and take Indy in a pick'em game.

    3. Cin @ Buf (6.5): at home I'd be conflicted, but in Buffalo, even though it's a lot of points against a team that looked anemic at home and is due for a rebound game, I'm taking the Bills.

    4. Miami @ Dal (21.5): that's an ungodly point spread. Can any team be that comparatively bad? We'll see, but this is purely a heart chance to keep it closer by the Fins...and I don't think theirs is beating. Give me Dallas to cover the ridiculous. I mean, who wants to be the team that Miami kept it close with?

    5. Den @ GB (7.5): I think this week is the week when Rodgers' offense catches fire to help that suddenly stout defense and everyone begins to more seriously consider the chance that the most talented qb of a generation may be chasing hardware. I'll take the Pack 31-17.

    6. Det @ Phi (6.5): the Eagles need a balm after that road loss to Atlanta and Detroit had trouble finding points against a Chargers team that looks to be one of the fall offs from last years playoff run, sadly. I'll take Philly in a statement game.

    7. Bal @ KC (6.5): this is the game of the week. I get that Mahomes may be the next great one from the new generation, but he still plays for a team with a suspect defense and there has to be at least one road line upset for the week. I'm going to take Baltimore to kick the card table over.

    8. Oak @ Min (7.5): the Raiders aren't very good and the Vikings are...and in their backyard. I'll take the Vikes to cover easily.

    9. Jests @ NE (22.5): a bigger line than Miami? Wow. And I can see it, but I'm going to side with the underdog on this one. New York will need/have to slow this one down and emphasize the running game and short pass. It won't work, but it may keep this one from being worse than it has to be...essentially I see this one being at best a 33-14 affair. At worst? Think 45-3 ish...because they weren't a completely horrible team trying to be horrible I'm going to go against the notion of two historically big lines coming true in the same week and choose this one as my upset. I'll take the Jets. Mostly because they deserve better. The football gods will not punish them as they will Miami.

    10. Gia @ TB (6.5): the clock is ticking on Winston and the folks in Tampa are grumbling. The fans in New York are having a bittersweet prep-parade in celebration of the future king. The smart money is on a cover. I'm feeling bold...sort of...I'll say here comes a moral victory for the Giants hopefuls and a "Whew" for Winston's agent. Give me the Giants to spoil the cover in a closer Tampa victory, say 28-24.

    11. Car (2.5) @ Arz: Given the state of Cam, taking Arizona for the "upset" doesn't really feel like a stretch.

    12. NO @ Sea (4.5): the Saints aren't a great road team to begin with and without Brees (and with Teddy still brushing off the rust) it's hard for me to see this not being Seattle's game to lose. Seattle at home in double digits.

    13. Pit @ SF (6.5): the other AFC team primed to fall off, along with the Chargers, but for a more comprehensible reason. Too many good pieces off the board and SF is looking the way we they did before Jimmy's injury. I had the Niners by 6 before Ben went down. That has to be worth double digits. Come on Niners!

    14. Hou @ LAC (3.5): the Chargers need to reconsider paying Gordon. His from line of scrimmage contributions are the difference in the Bolts' play. Maybe this week will drive that one home. I'm taking the Texans in a mild road upset. They'll either hold it to a fg or win outright.

    15. LAR (2.5) @ Cle: a statement game for both teams early. This is actually a pick'em game for me. Both qbs need to regain their form from last year. Almost no one likes the Browns to manage it. Me either. Rams.

    16. Chi (4.5) @ Was: a great defense is your only surety on the road, but that Bears offense...I see this as more of a defense, chip shot fg sort of game, so I'll take Washington.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
    Wrong again!
    LOL!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Atl @ Ind (2.5): Indy is better without Luck than I thought they'd be, but the Falcons just got a tough win at home against the Eagles but this one is on the road, where the Birds don't fare well...the Colts won @ Ten last week on the road. I'm going to begin my "Colts as dark horse" routine now and take Indy in a pick'em game.
    I'll take Atlanta and give the points.

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    Cin @ Buf (6.5): at home I'd be conflicted, but in Buffalo, even though it's a lot of points against a team that looked anemic at home and is due for a rebound game, I'm taking the Bills.
    I'll take Cincy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Miami @ Dal (21.5): that's an ungodly point spread. Can any team be that comparatively bad? We'll see, but this is purely a heart chance to keep it closer by the Fins...and I don't think theirs is beating. Give me Dallas to cover the ridiculous. I mean, who wants to be the team that Miami kept it close with?
    I hate to bet against my Cowboys but that is too many points so I will take the points and the fins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Den @ GB (7.5): I think this week is the week when Rodgers' offense catches fire to help that suddenly stout defense and everyone begins to more seriously consider the chance that the most talented qb of a generation may be chasing hardware. I'll take the Pack 31-17.
    Me too!

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Det @ Phi (6.5): the Eagles need a balm after that road loss to Atlanta and Detroit had trouble finding points against a Chargers team that looks to be one of the fall offs from last years playoff run, sadly. I'll take Philly in a statement game.
    Philly for me also!

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Bal @ KC (6.5): this is the game of the week. I get that Mahomes may be the next great one from the new generation, but he still plays for a team with a suspect defense and there has to be at least one road line upset for the week. I'm going to take Baltimore to kick the card table over.
    Gotta go with my man Mahomes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Oak @ Min (7.5): the Raiders aren't very good and the Vikings are...and in their backyard. I'll take the Vikes to cover easily.
    Vikes for me as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Jests @ NE (22.5): a bigger line than Miami? Wow. And I can see it, but I'm going to side with the underdog on this one. New York will need/have to slow this one down and emphasize the running game and short pass. It won't work, but it may keep this one from being worse than it has to be...essentially I see this one being at best a 33-14 affair. At worst? Think 45-3 ish...because they weren't a completely horrible team trying to be horrible I'm going to go against the notion of two historically big lines coming true in the same week and choose this one as my upset. I'll take the Jets. Mostly because they deserve better. The football gods will not punish them as they will Miami.
    Me too!

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    Gia @ TB (6.5): the clock is ticking on Winston and the folks in Tampa are grumbling. The fans in New York are having a bittersweet prep-parade in celebration of the future king. The smart money is on a cover. I'm feeling bold...sort of...I'll say here comes a moral victory for the Giants hopefuls and a "Whew" for Winston's agent. Give me the Giants to spoil the cover in a closer Tampa victory, say 28-24.
    The future king will blow it so I take the Bucs to cover.

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Car (2.5) @ Arz: Given the state of Cam, taking Arizona for the "upset" doesn't really feel like a stretch.
    I will also go for the Cardinals and the points.

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    NO @ Sea (4.5): the Saints aren't a great road team to begin with and without Brees (and with Teddy still brushing off the rust) it's hard for me to see this not being Seattle's game to lose. Seattle at home in double digits.
    Me too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Pit @ SF (6.5): the other AFC team primed to fall off, along with the Chargers, but for a more comprehensible reason. Too many good pieces off the board and SF is looking the way we they did before Jimmy's injury. I had the Niners by 6 before Ben went down. That has to be worth double digits. Come on Niners!


    I'll take the Steelers this week and take the points.

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    14. Hou @ LAC (3.5): the Chargers need to reconsider paying Gordon. His from line of scrimmage contributions are the difference in the Bolts' play. Maybe this week will drive that one home. I'm taking the Texans in a mild road upset. They'll either hold it to a fg or win outright.
    I don't have much confidence in the Texans so I will take the Chargers and give the points.

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    LAR (2.5) @ Cle: a statement game for both teams early. This is actually a pick'em game for me. Both qbs need to regain their form from last year. Almost no one likes the Browns to manage it. Me either. Rams.
    I also take the Rams.

    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Chi (4.5) @ Was: a great defense is your only surety on the road, but that Bears offense...I see this as more of a defense, chip shot fg sort of game, so I'll take Washington.
    The Skins don't impress me much so I take the Bears and give the points.

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    Patriots say bye-bye to Antonio Brown!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
    Patriots say bye-bye to Antonio Brown!
    And now he's filing a lawsuit for his signing bonus, naming the Pats and Kraft. Yeah, that's going to make your NFL future secure, suing an owner who tried to help you.

    A decent day yesterday. I'm 10-4, though I did change my mind on the Carolina game. I was looking at the defenses and noticed, late, that the Cardinals were one of the worst at defending the run and porus enough on the pass to help out a pitch-in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    A decent day yesterday. I'm 10-4, though I did change my mind on the Carolina game.
    Now you are back to your old self.

    I did so bad I don't want anyone to know how bad. I too am back to my old self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
    Now you are back to your old self.
    Well, we'll see.

    I did so bad I don't want anyone to know how bad. I too am back to my old self.
    It's hard without a system...went back today and figured the math on this week. I'd be one game ahead of where I am, so that's not bad. I have Chicago winning by 3, so the math is telling me to go with the Redskins...but everyone and their mother says take the Bears. I'm on the verge, but I'll stick with my instinct and ride the math.

    Closest scores from this week:

    Called by math: Den 17, GB 28
    Actual score: Den 16, GB 27

    CBM: Atl 23, Ind 26
    AS: Atl 24, Ind 27

    CBM: Jets 14, NE 33
    AS: Jets 14, NE 30

    Biggest win while significantly off:
    CBM: Car 25, Arz 21
    AS: Car 38, Arz 20

    So the math said a squeaker with Car by 3 and bam, 18...but there's a significant fudge factor when you have a back up under center without a hard record. My scale would have been from 3 to 10 pts, but all I needed was the three when it posted. I think the line shifted significantly by game day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post

    Biggest win while significantly off:
    CBM: Car 25, Arz 21
    AS: Car 38, Arz 20

    So the math said a squeaker with Car by 3 and bam, 18...
    That's also with cam as QB, not the newbie..
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    Quote Originally Posted by drbrumley View Post
    That's also with cam as QB, not the newbie..
    This year, so far, it wouldn't be a big difference. He's been playing hurt and hurt the team. They need him sitting until he's actually 100%. Let the young man help the way Teddy is in New Orleans.
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