Bye weeks should be extended to analysts as well.
Never has so much study meant so little as last Monday when my five picks were chosen. None had a whiff of success. We mostly chose the 10 a.m. favorites and they played like dogs. And the dogs went a stellar 6-1-1 by the time the 1 p.m. contests arrived.
So what, if anything, has been established as we approach the end of the first quarter in the NFL regular season?
Well, apparently insulting Mark Brunell does light a fire. One rude reporter actually asked the Skins QB how it felt to be 36 and see his best days behind him. Brunell, one of the class acts in the league, let his play last Sunday do the talking — connecting on 22 straight passes in a rousing 31-15 victory over the inept Houston Texans.
Had I heard about that stupid question prior to making the picks, my choice of Houston would have been immediately changed to Washington. Obviously there still is something left in the Brunell tank, though I admit having doubts myself.
As for the Texans, David Carr succeeds while all else fails. Houston just may be the NFL’s worst team at 0-4 as fans wonder why Reggie Bush was passed over in the draft. Both Tennessee and Detroit aren’t far behind.
Here’s hoping for a much better effort in Week 4. At least, I know the count can’t be any worse in any week than five losers.
Colts -9 at Jets: Second trip for Peyton to the Meadowlands, but there’s a Pennington instead of Manning on the opposition. The Jets are a surprising 2-1 behind a resurrected Chad, whose arm is holding up. Rookie HC Mangini has Jets believing. Indianapolis has handled a rough sked so far and could show up flat. JETS.
49ers +7 at Chiefs: Niners were handled easily by the Eagles and head into Arrowhead, where KC is waiting to explode. Good spot for Trent Green to return. If not, Larry Johnson should have a huge day. CHIEFS.
Cowboys -9Â½ at Titans: The Titans tried hard at Miami, but still lost to overrated Dolphins. Dallas coming off the bye will be fresh and anxious to pick up the win with Philly ahead next week. COWBOYS.
Browns -2Â½ at Raiders: I know the Raiders stink, but no way am I believing Cleveland should give points on the road. Plus, Oakland has had two weeks to study the Browns and remove their own stains. RAIDERS.
Vikings +1 at Bills: The Bills became the first NFL team with a 300-yard passer (Losman) and 150-yard rusher (McGahee) to lose. I like their chances if they can do that again facing the low scoring Vikes. BILLS.