Welp, (that’s what these kids are saying nowadays right?), the Vikings came oh so close to covering for me last week to push me to an even week. It would’ve been sweet to come back to you today to at least say, “still only one losing week so far this year”, but no. Mitch-a-palooza had to play half decent for a rookie getting his first start on Monday night. Kid can throw and move and throw on the move, wow! He was hitting guys in the hands near the sidelines while running away from 300 pound guys trying to catch him as a late Monday night snack. He could be the real deal for them.
Shockers of the week were road teams, Panthers, Jags, Seahawks, Ravens, who were all road dogs and won. I tell ya, I can’t figure out the 1 o’clock and the Sunday night games. That seems to be my Bermuda Triangle. Just take a look, everywhere else I’m excellent:
|Thursday Night||Sunday 1p|
|Sunday 4p||Sunday Night|
|Bookend Nights (Thr/Mon)||Overall|
Listen, I don’t want to tell you to stay away from my picks but if you look at my Sunday 1pm games and/or my Sunday night games, please be skeptical at best about them. On to tonight’s game (where by the way, I’m 80% winners for the year):
|Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers, 8:25p (Panthers -3, O/U: 45.5)
This is probably the first matchup of the year on Thursday night that pits 2 hot teams against each other, with both teams being 4-1.
The Panthers have seen a resurgence from Cam Newton in the last 2 weeks. 300 yard games, well over 70% completions, 6 TD’s/1 INT. I must admit, I sold on Cam early and didn’t do my research. In the last 5 seasons, of Cam’s 6 plus in the NFL, Cam has had a losing record and then followed it with a winning record. He’s gone from touchdowns in the teens to the 20’s and 30’s in the following year. There’s something about Cam that must feed off of the doubters because he’s having a career year throwing the ball and I couldn’t have been more wrong about him.
I sold a bit early because I saw the super bowl slump follow him into this year’s first 3 games and couldn’t take any more. 18 games of poor quarterback play with big weapons and he only managed about a TD per game, that’s not winning you jack in fantasy.
Cut to the Panther’s defense who is 3rd in the league going against the Eagles 3rd ranked offense. It’ll be a showdown to see who will prevail. Wentz, who has an astounding 3/1 TD/INT ratio, is having a breakout year and has the league buzzing. He’s big, can move, strong arm, basically everything you look for in a franchise QB, he’s got IT. The Panthers have one of the leagues worst turnover differentials at -4 (28th) while the Eagles have the leagues 10th best at +2.
This should be a close one and the big selling point for me is the Eagles play on the road. They’ve gone into Washington against a good team with a top 10 defense and won, into the NFL’s best team and top 2 hardest stadiums to play in on the road (Chiefs) and lost by 7, and went to LA against the Chargers and came away with a 2 point victory.
Carolina’s success recently has been on the road and when home, they were hard to watch. Yes, Cam has looked great in his last 2 starts and he may do well this week but dink and dunk passes aren’t going to win you games against the Eagles who can really push the ball down the field in chunks. I consider the Eagles to be either the 2nd or 3rd best team in the NFL right now but have Carolina lingering between 8-10 only because of their play the last 2 weeks.
Don’t get too high on Cam just yet (yes, I’m still a bit skeptical with no Olsen and Benjamin 3rd on the team in catches), the Eagles have been a team of consistency this year and that speaks more to the composure of a team rather than hot and cold weeks that Cam has given the last year and a half. Take the Eagles as road dogs to cover and I’m going to go out on a limb and say they’ll win in the over, 27-24.