Not a spectacular start but a decent one. As you can see, there were lots of very close games and while I picked the winners of every game except the Jets, I still lost a few because my winning team didn’t cover the spread. From what I saw on TV and heard from radio analysts picks, three and two was darn good.
Remember, I’m trying to win games, not just focus on the big or popular games, some of those are just too close to call.
That said, let’s talk about the Kansas City Chiefs.
With a convincing victory over Jacksonville, our Chiefs are now the darlings of Kansas City. Right behind the Kansas City Royals that just two games off a Wild Card playoff spot. Wow. For the first time in years I expect to see nearly every seat full as the Chiefs welcome America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys to Arrowhead. Still, I find it a bit odd that KC is a three point favorite over the Cowboys who beat a much better Giant’s team last week. All I can think is Tony Romo got banged up pretty bad last week and maybe his ribs are worse than we’ve been told. So I suspect this is the reason the Chiefs are favored.
Dallas has way more weapons than the Chiefs on offense. From Dez Brian to Jason Witten, while the Chiefs defense played one of their best games in years, you still have to be suspicious of what appears to be a Dink and Dunk offense. Though Alex Smith looked solid in the first half, he was unable to move the team at all in the second against a weak Jaguar defense, not impressive.
Also of concern is the fact that the Chiefs offense is built around Jamaal Charles both running and passing. But it would appear his season ending injury is always just a play or two away – let’s hope not, but… Also of deep concern is the fact that Smith has yet to throw a deep ball completion to anyone either in pre-season or regular season play.
And while the receiving core looks improved, there’s still no home run hitter. Smith’s going to have to take off and run with the football more often than he may have been planning. The Dallas runs a Tampa 2 system which is built to stop the short pass that the Chiefs offense relies on.
On the bright side, the Chiefs defense was great, especially Justin Houston and Arrowhead will be rocking. This is arguably the biggest game the Chiefs have played in 10 years. There’s a chance the Chiefs can win this game and become a legitimate playoff contender, a team that could win 10 plus games. Remember, they have a weak schedule. A loss likely means the Chiefs will battle to be .500 team.
What do I think?
I say take the Dallas Cowboys +9 and tease it with the Oakland Raiders over the terrible Jags at even.
South Carolina (-7) over Vanderbilt on a tease with Ohio State (-8) over Cal
Louisville (-10) over Kentucky tease with Oregon (-18) over Tennessee
Alabama (-8) over Texas A&M
Dallas Cowboys (+9) over Kansas City tease with Houston (-1) over Tennessee
Atlanta (-1) over the Rams on a tease with Oakland (even) over Jacksonville
San Francisco (+9) over Seattle on a tease with Green Bay (-1) over Washington
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