Heading: Jags better than no NFL . . .
Seldom, if ever, can I remember being speechless when it comes to analyzing sports.
Thursday night, as I watched the Jaguars losing 27-10 to the Colts, I realized I had nothing new to say about the team. Bad, bad, bad . . . blah, blah, blah . . . I’ve said the same thing all season.
I listened to the cynical comments from my media colleagues in the press box. I got more of the same leaving Everbank Field from a dozen or more fans.
Then it hit me: Something new, something positive to say about this hapless and snake-bitten team that lacks talent and finds new ways to inflict pain on itself.
Who envies Jacksonville?
The answer is NFL fans in Orlando, Memphis, Birmingham, San Antonio, Columbus, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Portland and even some in Los Angeles.
Indeed, it is better to have an NFL team – even a 1-8 team that shows few signs of getting better – than not have a team.
What, me speechless? Not a chance.
Crystal Ball, Week 10: (I’m already off to a 2-0 start, correctly predicting the outcomes of the Colts-Jaguars and FSU-Virginia Tech games.)
Texas A&M (7-2) at Alabama (9-0) – Assuming ‘Bama QB A.J. McCarron has dried his eyes so he can see clearly, the Tide will continue on the road to winning the SEC and national titles. I mention both because Alabama’s national championship team last year wasn’t the SEC champ. I don’t think the Tide will need another 72-yard TD drive in the final 90 seconds to win, but the Aggies are talented enough to put up a fight for three quarters. Alabama, favored by 13½, wins 35-21.
Kansas State (9-0) at TCU (6-3) – The uncertain health status of K-State QB Collin Klein had the Wildcats as 1-point underdogs when the week started. But once it became clear Klein was much improved the Cats’ expectations changed. It isn’t easy to fool the boys in Vegas. K-State, favored by 7, wins 38-20.
Georgia (8-1) at Auburn (2-7) – The Bulldogs are very good and the Tigers are very bad. The rivalry factor . . . well, it won’t be a factor. It’s time for the Auburn coaches to call the moving vans. Georgia, favored by 14½, wins 56-10.
Falcons (8-0) at Saints (3-5) – The last of the unbeaten NFL teams is whining about not getting respect. The whining will soon stop. This matchup has all of the makings of the perfect NFL upset: Unbeaten team rallying week after week to win close games plays highly regarded team that started poorly but has started clicking. New Orleans, a 3-point underdog, wins 28-24.
Texans (7-1) at Bears (7-1) – The last time the AFC’s top team played an NFC North opponent is got ugly for Houston. The visiting Packers spanked the Texans. I see a repeat. Chicago, favored by 1, wins 24-14.
Last week I was 4-3 picking winners (33-30 overall) and 3-4 against the spread (24-39). A tough year.
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