I can stay with our common season. Coulda been higher … however undoubtedly coulda been a lot worse. We bought a lot stronger within the second half, caught with a philosophy that much less is more in a wacky NFL season, and referred to as a good bit of ‘canines who would win outright down the stretch.
Thus far, we’re 25-17. So 60%. Again, we can stay with that.
As for this weekend, there are a few video games that we simply would not contact in any respect. If you understand which model of the Rams or Cardinals goes to point out up on Monday night time, congrats. as a result of I do not know and would not wager something on that complete or level unfold. Too a lot variance with each of these groups. If Rodney Hudson does the job on Aaron Donald then I suppose the Cardinals win, however I do not like this sport. The unfold on the Chiefs sport has gone too excessive for me. And the Raiders and Bengals every have a lengthy and twisted historical past within the postseason the final twenty years (three within the case of Cincy), so I’ll sit that one out as properly in phrases of any projections.
But there are two video games I like.
San Francisco 49ers
I discussed ‘canines who win outright and moneyline potential. I see lots of it right here. The 49ers know precisely who they’re and what they do and they’ve a confirmed template on each side of the ball. They will mitigate the Dallas move rush with their outdoors zone dashing assault and use the fullback as a weapon in all elements of the offense. Deebo Samuel will get a ton of touches and many of them shall be impactful. I get the trepidation with Jimmy Garoppolo, and the turnovers, however you can say the identical factor of Dak Prescott and a lot more stress shall be on the Cowboys QB. San Fran has the higher working sport and getting Trent Williams again is huge in each sense of the phrase.
The 49ers are more fearless and can let all of it hang around. The Cowboys have an proprietor who thinks they will the Super Bowl and a ton of hype for a staff that hasn’t put 60 minutes of soccer collectively towards a actual opponent in fairly a while. The offense is all matches and spurts and appears to be a disaster of concepts and confidence on the most crucial time. The coach might be in bother if he loses this sport and his coordinators have seemingly each proprietor within the NFL who wants a head coach attempting to schedule interviews with them. That dynamic can be deleterious within the postseason.
San Francisco has the more current pedigree of playoff success and this Dallas staff has seemed fugazi to me the final six weeks. I believe they’re very susceptible right here and in the event that they must play from behind early, it may get sideway with the 49ers DL a beast within the second half of the season.
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I do know it’ll be very chilly. But so long as this is not Wind Bowl 2.0 and a repeat of the primary Bills/Patriots assembly, I like the house staff to deal with enterprise by a landing or more. There is a enormous discrepancy between these QBs and Buffalo’s protection has fared a lot better than New England’s down the stretch. The Pats mustered simply 33 sacks and more than a third got here from Matt Judon, whose play tailed off within the closing month. If he is not particular this entrance seven is not particular, and if Josh Allen depends on his secondary items and does not get caught up attempting to power-feed Stephon Diggs (as a result of Bill Belichick will deploy J.C. Jackson on him and combat to take him away), they can nonetheless transfer the ball sufficiently to cowl. I additionally like what Devin Singletary has given the Bills within the run sport the previous couple of weeks.
If Josh Allen stays inside himself it may get ugly.
Mac Jones has to offer you pause these previous couple of weeks, and New England goes to must have a large, large sport on the bottom to remain shut. The Pats lack wideouts that you actually must concern deep downfield, and it feels to me like that is the place Mac’s rookie season ends, and maybe with a thud. No disgrace in that if that’s the case. But that is often the way it goes for inexperienced QBs this time of 12 months.