Plenty of winless teams at bottom of NFL heap
October 03, 2017 3:00 AM
by Andy Iskoe
VIP Pigskin Picks | For all but Miami and Tampa Bay, whose opening game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, the first quarter of the season will have been completed once Monday night’s Washington at Kansas City game was played.
For all but Miami and Tampa Bay, whose opening game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, the first quarter of the season will have been completed once Monday night’s Washington at Kansas City game was played.
Injuries continue to wreak havoc both with teams’ chances of having successful seasons and in posting lines on several games on a weekly basis.
Most of the injuries affecting the posting of lines deal with the uncertain status of starting quarterbacks and again there are several such situations this week.
Through Sunday only one team remained perfect on the season and that team, Kansas City, put its 3-0 record on the line Monday night.
Four teams were still seeking their first wins of 2017 through 4 games and while Indianapolis and San Francisco can’t be considered shocks, the Los Angeles Chargers being 0-4 would be considered a mild shock while the New York Giants having yet to win would have to be considered a major shock.
Barring a tie either the Giants or the Chargers will get their maiden win of the season this Sunday as they meet in New Jersey. The sidebar story surrounding this game will be that this could be the final meeting between the two quarterbacks traded for one another on Draft night when the Chargers drafted and traded Eli Manning to the Giants in exchange for Philip Rivers.
One wonders how the fates of both franchises might be different had that trade not been made. Yet barring the very unlikely the fate of both teams this season is likely to be similar with neither team making the Playoffs.
Byes begin this week and the first four teams to have a week of rest are Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans and Washington.
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LA Chargers +3.5 at N Y Giants (44.5): The Chargers play their first road game after three straight at home whereas the Giants are off of 2 road games and played 3 of their first 4 away from home. Their offense has shown some spark the past two weeks despite slow starts in both games but their defense, considered their strength, has been unable to protect late fourth quarter leads. Returning home in a desperate yet favorable scheduling situation leads to a preference for the hosts. NY GIANTS