We gather here today to remember Deshaun Watson’s rookie season. Coming out of Clemson Watson’s former head coach Dabo Swinney compared him to Michael Jordan. We laughed at such a stupid statement. Well apparently Dabo does not lie. Deshaun was the real fucking deal. And now he is gone.
A torn ACL in practice is heartbreaking to say the least. When Tom Savage and Matt McGloin are the alternatives it elevates to tragic. Toss in that your owner may or may not say the n-word with a hard “r” and being a Texans fan flat out sucks at the moment.
But let us remember Deshaun’s historic rookie pace. Prior to his untimely fall on Thursday he had reinvigorated a dead offense. He made DeAndre Hopkins relevant and made Will Fuller’s touchdown total look like it was out of Backyard Football. He finishes his rookie year with 1,699 yards, 19 touchdowns to eight interceptions with a completion percentage of 61.8.
Rest easy Deshaun, the NFL waits patiently for your return.
Following an electric 3-1 Week 7, Week 8 sent me back to earth with a 2-2 performance. Not terrible but not great either. Let’s return to greatness.
Falcons (-2) over PANTHERS
What the hell is going on in Charlotte? Kelvin Benjamin getting shown the door at the deadline still makes no sense. With Greg Olson out with a broken foot Kelvin was Cam Newton’s best weapon through the air. How will Cam handle the loss of yet another weapon? I’m not entirely sure.
Uncertainty will be the main theme of this contest. The Falcons have the capable parts but can’t put it together. Last week the Jets took them down to the wire and that offense has not been the same without Kyle Shanahan calling plays. Matt Ryan has regressed back to the Matt Ryan pre-Shanahan and the offense overall has been flaccid.
So far the Super Bowl hangover has been real for Atlanta. But, a win here can change everything. The Panthers and Falcons are tied for second in the AFC South, both trailing the Saints. If Ryan and Julio Jones can get loose against that suspect Panthers secondary maybe the defending NFC champs can regain their swagger. Julio has yet to breakout, setting up quite the day to get back on track.
Prediction: Falcons 23, Panthers 16
Colts (+7) over TEXANS
We covered the Deshaun injury enough. This sucks. Tom Savage sucks. Matt McGloin sucks. The Colts suck, just not as much as the Deshaun Watson injury. This game will be unwatchable and a chore to get through. Grab the points and look away.
Prediction: Colts 17, Texans 21
Buccaneers (+7) over SAINTS
My patience is wearing thin with Jameis Winston. I truly believed he and this Buccaneers squad was ready to level up. Instead they sit in last in the best division in football. The good news is a win streak can get them in the mix of at least a Wild Card spot. It will be a long shot considering they’re 2-5, but the firepower on offense has that much potential. Thus far the Bucs have been unfulfilled potential.
On the flip side you have the Saints who have shattered expectations. The most surprising part about the Saints’ success has been the run game. Sure Drew Brees is great but that has been the case his whole tenure in New Orleans. In comparison to past years Brees has less of a role. The stars of the offense have been Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. The duo has taken off since Adrian Peterson was shipped out of town.
If the Bucs are going to have any shot at winning in New Orleans they will have to slow down these two horses. This is essentially the season for Jameis and company, I think he comes out slinging and puts the Saints defense under pressure.
Prediction: Buccaneers 27, Saints 31
Chiefs (+2) over COWBOYS
The Zeke Elliott saga continues into Week 9. Is Zeke suspended or is he not? No one knows at this point and quite frankly only Cowboys fans and fantasy owners really care. Zeke is cleared to play this week which is good because the Cowboys will need all hands on deck for this one.
With Watson’s injury Kareem Hunt regains pole position in the Rookie of the Year race. His rampant scoring has gone down but he remains a major part of the Chiefs offense. Alex Smith has continued his great season as has Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill to a lesser extent. The mix of speed, strength and elusiveness will put a suspect Cowboys defense under pressure all night. Can Dak Prescott and company keep up the pace? I can’t say I feel too confident about that which is why I think the Chiefs take this one at Jerry’s World.
Prediction: Chiefs 28, Cowboys 21
The Other Guys
JAGUARS (-6) over Bengals
Rams (-3.5) over GIANTS
EAGLES (-7) over Broncos
Ravens (+3.5) over TITANS
Cardinals (-2.5) over 49ERS
Redskins (+7.5) over SEAHAWKS
Raiders (-3) over DOLPHINS
Lions (-2.5) over PACKERS
Last Week: 7-6