For some teams it’s the halfway point of the season while the
rest are a week away from that point.
Next week comes our midseason review of the numbers from the
NFL games but there was a lot to learn about some teams this weekend.
Some gave us reason to believe, others reminded us why they
are the way they are and the rest… well you can make arguments both for and against
Check out what we took away from an eventful Week 8 of NFL
action right here.
1- Caveat Emptor in the Buffalo Market
There’s been a lot of justifiable optimism around the Bills
so far this season but boy did they get smacked around by the Eagles.
There’s a legal phrase that applies here, “caveat emptor”
which loosely translated means “watch out idiot” and is a warning to do your research
before getting on board with something.
It’s not time to throw the Bills in the bin, they do have a
very manageable schedule on the cards, starting with Washington this week.
You might not want to back them against the Patriots in Week
16 but they do have a fair few games coming up where they should be favoured.
2 – Brees Back to Normal
It turned out to be the best possible outcome for the
Saints, Drew Brees returned and looked like his old self against the Arizona
34/43 for 373 yards and three touchdowns and most
importantly, a 22 point win over the Cardinals.
Now there’s a bye for the Saints before four straight
divisional matchups including back to back games against the wretched Atlanta
If you’d put a unit on the Saints at the line every week
while Brees was out you’d be pretty much guaranteed a profit on the team this
season and now there’s a chance of an overcorrection on the team in these games.
We will probably see the Saints move into the same category
as New England and anyone playing Miami where they have some double digit lines
to deal with and because of the potency of the offence, their over/under totals
will probably move back in the 50’s.
3 – Ain’t That a Kick in the Head… & Guts, Groin, Knees & Other Body Parts
You almost, ALMOST have to feel bad for the Bears.
After spending all offseason trying to find a kicker they
can trust in a clutch situation and thinking they might have found something in
Eddie Pineiro, there was a massive letdown when his game winning attempt sailed
He’s now one for two on game winning attempts this season,
hitting one in Denver in Week 2, but kicker is probably their second most
They clearly have no faith in Mitch/Mitchell Trubisky as
evidenced by the fact they didn’t trust him to get closer than the Chargers 21
yard line with 50 seconds remaining.
It’s going to be the same story as always with the Bears
then, win the game on defence and hope that Trubisky doesn’t screw things up,
unfortunately for them they have the Eagles coming to town this week.
4 – The Best 49ers Team in a Long Time
It’s not exactly breaking news that an undefeated team seven
games in is one of the best sides in the NFL, but that 49ers defence is
Carolina came off the bye feeling pretty good about where
they were at without Cam Newton but the 49ers buzzsaw rolled right through Kyle
Allen who threw his first interception of the season… and his second… and his third.
Things will get tougher over the next month and a bit with Seattle,
Green Bay, Baltimore and New Orleans all coming up over the next six weeks.
If the 49ers are as good as they have looked at times, there
could be some very interesting prices on offer that could be worth backing, either
for or against the 49ers.
5 – The Next Big Test
How do you beat the unbeaten Patriots?
There’s actually a couple of pretty clear ways, if you play
a perfect game and avoid making mistakes.
On offence, the Patriots line is suspect at best, with three
first choice players out of action, although Isaiah Wynn could be back after
the Week 10 bye.
That record setting defence has allowed four touchdowns, but
cancelled it out with four scores of their own and setting up plenty more with
a short field on a turnover.
They are far from invincible however and can be run on, as
demonstrated by Nick Chubb going for 131 yards, backing up Frank Gore’s big day
back in Week 4.
Who’s a team that can run the ball really well and control
Why it’s the next team on the Patriots schedule, the Baltimore
Ravens, who will definitely be up for this game given the history between the
It does bear watching how much Bill Belichick will sell out
to try and stop the Ravens on the ground and ask Lamar Jackson to try and win
the game with his arm but either way it’s going to set up for a great clash