It doesn't help that my favorite team is 0-5 and two season-altering losses in back-to-back seasons were influenced significantly by incompetent NFL employees with no grasp of the NFL rule book -- okay, it really doesn't help and might be a big reason why I'm getting soft here -- but I have seriously contemplated abandoning the NFL.
Their history in ineptitude and lack of awareness for human decency really speaks for itself, but it was this DeAngelo Williams story (and the link to another story within that one) that really got my blood boiling. I get it; this isn't 'Nam, there are rules. But c'mon now (I know, really compelling argument I just made there). I don't know what Williams requested of the league -- he could've asked to wear a pink-tinted bubble for all I know -- but there has to be some alternative the NFL could have recommended so they didn't come off looking like heartless suits, like they always do, and Williams gets to continue to draw attention to a great cause and honor his mother.
It's not just that story or even the Cameron Heyward fine. Really, it's a totality of the circumstances for me with the NFL. The League has tested my moral fibers time and time again and I feel dirty that it has taken me this long to even consider it. And I'm seriously considering it...
Wait, Stafford won his appeal? I'm back!
Let's all gamble and lose together:
SAINTS (+3) over Falcons
At beginning of NFL season, FPI gave Falcons a 2.7% chance to win 1st 5 games this year, lowest probability of any the undefeated teams.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 12, 2015
Bengals (-3.5) over BILLS
Sammy Watkins working on the over-head no-look catches. pic.twitter.com/OhDQpqTeJK— Sal Capaccio (@SalSports) October 15, 2015
BROWNS (+4) over Broncos
With DeMarcus Ware out this week (back), #Broncos HC Gary Kubiak said Shaq Barrett (not Shane Ray) will start at OLB vs. #Browns— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) October 15, 2015
Demaryius Thomas could also be questionable.
LIONS (-3) over Bears
This trajectory? RT @davebirkett: Lombardi on Stafford: "I like the trajectory he's on" pic.twitter.com/WdP65ceKAQ— Pride Of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) October 15, 2015
Dolphins (+2.5) over TITANS
The #Dolphins' interim coach? None other than former #Lions TE Dan Campbell. http://t.co/JyaeQJTVLR— Freep Sports (@freepsports) October 5, 2015
VIKINGS (-4) over Chiefs
#Vikings vs. #Chiefs Preview and Week 6 NFL Picks: While They're Down http://t.co/BcGvC74ty6 pic.twitter.com/sjFIJL6SAa— The Daily Norseman (@DailyNorseman) October 15, 2015
JETS (-6) over Redskins
NFL Offseason Spending #Dolphins: $459M #Chargers: $330M #Chiefs: $313M #Redskins: $303M #Jets: $273M http://t.co/D21zZ4xfxq— Spotrac (@spotrac) October 5, 2015
Cardinals (-3) over STEELERS
Arians: Steelers "just another game." Yes, another game Arians would like to win 56-7. http://t.co/KMRxXl0GTC— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) October 15, 2015
JAGUARS (+1.5) over Texans
"Who is: JJ Watt?" #JeopardySports pic.twitter.com/KJ5LlhlW8P— Jeopardy! Sports (@JeopardySports) October 9, 2015
SEAHAWKS (-6.5) over Panthers
Ron Rivera says Panthers will take a different approach coming off this bye schedule-wise. Carolina still seeking first post-bye W under him— Bryan Strickland (@PanthersBryan) October 5, 2015
Chargers (+10) over PACKERS
#Packers RB Eddie Lacy played FIFA instead of watching the Chargers — his next opponent — on Monday Night Football this week.— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) October 15, 2015
Ravens (-2.5) over 49ERS
Jim Tomsula: "There are no moral victories." http://t.co/la9h5b3Qm3 pic.twitter.com/15jBqt7gBS— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 12, 2015
Patriots (-7.5) over COLTS
Great week for #Revenge narratives: *Patriots-Colts for ball-deflation tattling. *Cardinals-Steelers for Arians' forced "retirement."— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 15, 2015
ICYMI: Tom Brady defends business partner by bashing soda & sugary cereal http://t.co/7dqem4E652— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 13, 2015
EAGLES (-4) over Giants
Giants giving up most pass yds in NFL (304 yards/gm) now will be without best CB Prince Amukamara vs Birds. #Eagles pic.twitter.com/cr14qbD690— John Clark CSN (@JClarkCSN) October 15, 2015
Last week: 5-9
Standings: If you're not first, you're last. I'm last.
JonnieT remains in the top 10 at 40-33. Scriggl, after a rough 3-11, falls to 38-38.
If picking all of the games against the spread isn't your thing, let me know if you're interested in starting a midseason FourPlay Football league. You pick 4 games each week with a teased spread, +14 in your favor. It's a Detroit-based start up so be a part of something local. Also, ask me about becoming a Guru (to replace me)!