Well, Week 4 was purtnear a total disaster for old Cousin Red. He went 1-5 with only his undying faith in the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes being rewarded. Colts’ offensive coordinator Frank Reich handing the game to the Texans in OT didn’t help either. Nor did the Cowboys offense actually coming to life – sort of. Or the Patriots remembering that they were the Patriots. Excuses, excuses. Anyhow, that brings Red down to 6-12 for the season – “Stop digging boys!”
Your Game of the Week Game of the Week – Chiefs over Jaguars. If the Andy Reid show (starring Patrick Mahomes and featuring Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and the Sad Sack Defense) can put up 35 points against the vaunted Jaguars defense, then as Keith Jackson used to say – “Katy bar the door!” The Chiefs may be unstoppable. They certainly are resilient as they looked all but dead until a crushing fourth quarter rally left the Broncos wondering “What just happened here?” Chiefs don’t need such heroics this week. Jags chase PM to no avail and cannot score enough points to keep up despite the Chiefs defensive inepitutude. Chiefs 35 Jacksonville 25.
Your Texas Game of the Week – Texans over Cowboys. Red doesn’t really have much choice this week here. Does he pick the underperforming Texans or the hated Cowboys? Texans also rallied against the sad sack Colts to eke out a gifted victory in OT on the road. That cannot hurt, but it may not help much either. Bill O’ the Clown is doing his best Jeff Fischer impersonation this season in taking what should be a relatively talented team and turning them into a loosing snoozefest. Meanwhile the Cowboys broke out of a scoring slump – aided by the Lions’ ineptitude (something that can never be overrated). Still the Boys are averaging a near league worst 16.8 points per game. But given the Texans complete inability to stop the run or the pass (unless there is a sack and please dear God, let there be sacks), Red expects the Cowboys to score a bit more than average this week. Will it be good enough? Red would ramble on a bit more, but it’s time to piss on the proverbial fire and call this one. Houston 21 Arlington 19.
Your National TV Game of the Week – Eagles over Vikings. Eagles are a major disappointment so far but with Ajayi back in the fold and Carson Wentz getting warmed up, the Eagles offense should be following the lead of Guitar Steve Miller (that would be “Fly Like an Eagle” for those of you born after 1980 – and if you are bored go to one of those websites where people tell you how they misunderstood lyrics and put in Fly Like and Eagle – then sit back and guffaw – “Shoot the children with no shoes on their feet.”) Okay, this is supposed to be about football. Vikings defense is moving to the top of the heap and Red swears the Vikings have a quarterback – he just can’t remember who or why he should care. Philadelphia 28 Minnesota 27.
Your Disappointing Game of the Week – Bengals over Dolphins. When two 3-1 teams matchup at this point of the season you would expect to be watching the cream of the crop or at least some decent milkfat. Red isn’t a believer in either of these teams. He believed briefly in the Dolphins last week and see what that got him! But if you were inclined to believe in one of these squads, it would probably have to be the Bengals led by the resurgent Red Rifle and a possibly recharged (at least no longer limping) Joe Mixon. Cincinnati 19 Miami 5.
Your Time Zone Hex Game of the Week – Jets over Broncos. Broncos are hexed this week. Other than that, Red really doesn’t care and neither should you. New Jersey 24 Denver 21.
This Week’s Shit Bowl – 49ers over Cardinals. Speaking of not caring, this week’s Shit Bowl is particularly odiferous featuring two teams that have managed to eke out one win between them. It’s a bit harder to fault the Niners having bet wildly and come up snake eyes so far on J. Garapolo. Now they will be led by C.J. Beathard – a name which Red could have a lot of fun with if it weren’t time to get back to work. The Cardinals made an even worse bet on Sam Bradford and have now turned to Josh Rosen. Even still the Cards are putting up a league worst 9.2 points per game which almost impossible to fathom in the modern NFL. What is really impossible to fathom is that anyone other than diehard fans or gambling addicts will be watching this game. If you fall into one of those categories, please remember to glue the remote to the armrest of the LaZ-boy lest ye be tempted to gag yourself with it during the third quarter of this turgid turd tussle. Santa Clara 28 Arizona 10.