Clear separation going on within NFL
November 21, 2017 3:00 AM
by Jim Feist
Life is about cycles and we’re seeing a very down one right now in the National Football League. No, I’m not saying the NFL is not producing a good product top to bottom just that the very bottom of the league is larger than it has been in the past.
The Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants are all low hanging fruit in the NFL this season. However, perhaps the worst right now are the Cleveland Browns. If you look at win/loss over the last few years, the Browns would definitely have to be considered the worst of the worst.
It’s ironic the one team that everybody was betting would not win a game this year was the New York Jets, who have actually played decent football. They are not good by any stretch of the imagination, but have been capable of putting up a strong effort every now and then to cover some pointspreads. This is a team that was expected to be bad, but is really middle of the pack this season.
Then we have those that started out good, but because of injury or suspension have fallen into this lower echelon of teams. The Houston Texans went from the penthouse to the outhouse in the blink of an eye when they lost quarterback Deshaun Watson to a season-ending injury.
Green Bay is in the same boat as Houston. The Packers lost their franchise QB Aaron Rodgers and went from the top to a deep slide down the polls with Brett Hundley as the signal caller.
The Dallas Cowboys haven’t always looked like a top team this year, but they sure could have been. Ezekiel Elliott was finally lost to suspension and it became evident their running-back-by-committee is not the answer – scoring just seven points at Atlanta last week.
The Baltimore Ravens don’t run the ball very well and have looked very shaky at times. Of course, they did get a big boost of confidence in a 40-0 win over Miami a few weeks ago.
The Seattle Seahawks have a good team, but not a great one. More bad news for the Hawks as they lost Richard Sherman to a torn Achilles. They also have offensive line problems and that results in not protecting their quarterback or being able to run the ball effectively.
The Denver Broncos have the look of a team that has given up. Ever since their home loss to the NY Giants, they have lost any desire to compete. The defense that was once top rated is now being lit up for points. John Elway is likely going to clean house with his coaching staff at some point plus the QB rotation of Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler are not the answer.
We are seeing teams giving up as they see their playoff hopes fade. When looking at the pointspread and your betting, be sure to look at these teams I’ve mentioned and take a lot of caution before backing them with your money.