After my highly injured and incompetently coached Razorbacks got positively obliterated by Alabama, I don’t think I want to talk about football the rest of the year. But I’m still gonna.
Last week I had Peyton Manning as the player to watch. They were clearly easing him back in with a lot of under routes so that his 19/26 2 TD performance (with no picks) got kind of overshadowed by a mediocre 253 yards passing. Still, the guy’s still got it. But because Peyton didn’t explode, I’ll say I missed that pick. 0-1 there on the year.
However, for my upset I boldly called that the 49ers would beat the top team in the power rankings, the Green Bay Packers. Give it up, because I was right. 1-0.
Player to watch: Darren McFadden. Yes, I’m biased, and you can blame that if I turn out to be wrong. But McFadden was anemic last week against the Chargers. He doesn’t tend to do that two weeks in a row and, against the Dolphins, he might find he has some more running lanes. Plus, Jacoby Ford is injured, so they’ll undoubtedly be handing the ball off more. Look for McFadden to go apeshit.
Upset: If I were going for easy mode, I’d take the Jets to upset the Steelers. The line is Pittsburgh by 6, which is perplexing considering that last week the Jets looked like gods (that Tebow didn’t worship from the sidelines…strange how nobody notices him Tebowing from the bench) and the Steelers looked hungover against a pretty average Denver team. But no, I’m going bold again. Even though the 49ers looked unstoppable against Green Bay last week, I think they have a let down game this week and fall to the Detroit Lions.
Discussion point for the week: I have bet Michaelyn that the Jets will start Tebow this season over a healthy Mark Sanchez at least once. I thought that would be the easiest bet I’d ever won, but after what Sanchez did last week I’m not so sure. What say you guys?