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The NFL Show Must Go On

Mill Woods

Posted on September 28, 2020 21:32

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Last week, we NFL fans were worried about a rash of injuries in several top teams. This week, the pandemic has pushed its way back into our consciousness. But, for now, league management and players are saying: “the show must go on.”

It was nirvana for a moment there, but the new coronavirus has finally become a factor in NFL football. The long-anticipated showdown between the Steelers and Titans had to be postponed until Monday or Tuesday, as several Titans players tested positive. This development also impacted who I think will win once these 3-0 teams finally meet.

Elsewhere in the NFL, injuries are a much bigger factor than COVID-19. The Falcons usually play well against the Packers, but I don’t see much of a chance if they are still dealing with injuries to four defensive stars. And, even if WR Julio Jones plays, he may still be hobbled, so this week’s Monday Night Football game could end up being a snoozer.

But, in the Sunday Night Football showcase, I will take the bankrupt 49ers over the broken-winged Eagles. The Eagles coaches seem to be missing an offensive identity, and this is another team just decimated with injuries, especially at the receiver positions.

I would like to see just one normal game — where injuries do not dominate the headlines — and perhaps I've found one. Let's dub it: "Superman vs. Superman” — Cam Newton and the Patriots taking on the seemingly-invincible Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs. Forgive me for being a fan of underdogs, but I am going with the Patriots, even though I am lately thinking that the title of “league’s toughest defense” belongs to the Chiefs (formerly, I gave that award to the Bears).

Looks like I will again be consuming a lot of football on Sunday, because that Browns-Cowboys matchup also looks too tempting to pass up. Even though the Cowboys are only 1-2, they seem to have a knack for keeping every game close. But the Browns are now playing defense like true contenders, and if Browns QB Baker Mayfield can find WR Odell Beckham just a little bit more, it could be a very long day for that questionable Cowboy secondary.

Here are all the games scheduled for Week Four — assuming there are no further postponements — and my picks:

Away Home My Pick
1. Broncos Jets Jets
2. Ravens Washington Ravens
3. Steelers Titans Steelers
4. Chargers Bucs Bucs
5. Seahawks Dolphins Seahawks
6. Vikings Texans Vikings
7. Saints Lions Lions
8. Browns Cowboys Browns
9. Jaguars Bengals Jaguars
10. Colts Bears Bears
11. Cardinals Panthers Cardinals
12. Giants Rams Rams
13. Bills Raiders Bills
14. Patriots Chiefs Patriots
15. Eagles 49ers 49ers
16. Falcons Packers Packers.

Mill Woods

Posted on September 28, 2020 21:32

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