The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a longer shot at BetOnline to win the NFC South (+225), now that folks have had a chance to see Tom Brady running the offense. There were some bumps along the way against New Orleans, with Brady tossing two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Then he took a trip under the bus, courtesy of his new head coach, Bruce Arians. This is is some contrast to what Brady would experience with Bill Belichick, who, as most observers are well aware, does not get mouthy at press conferences. If he was going to get a chewing-out from Belichick, it was going to be in private or at a practice, and not in front of writers. Most people probably expect that the Bucs will bounce back nicely against Carolina, and as a result they are posted as 8.5-point favorites. We’re reasonably confident that Brady will find some chemistry with his receiver corps (take note that Chris Godwin is not expected to play this week), but time will tell whether the Buccaneers can stop a lot of teams from getting into the end zone. It wouldn’t hurt to get Leonard Fournette unleashed as well.
And speaking of those Carolina Panthers, a +2800 longshot in the NFC South, it’s likely to be a long season because of the young defense, which has a ways to go in the secondary. On offense, there are some possibilities. But they seemed to forget about all-around sensation Christian McCaffrey until late in the third quarter of last week’s 34-30 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders (that sounds funny. doesn’t it?). When they used him, they started to get things moving. But there are some people who are learning on the job on this team. You probably heard the name of Joe Brady (no relation to Tom) name quite a bit last season, as the “guru” behind Joe Burrow’s rise to Heisman Trophy status. he went from offensive “consultant” at LSU to offensive coordinator for first-year head coach Matt Rhule with the Panthers. He’d never really called the plays before. Yet here he is. Phil Snow came over from Baylor with Rhule and he is a defensive coordinator, with the vast majority of his experience in the college ranks. So they’ll have growing pains. But they have McCaffrey. And QB Teddy Bridgewater and Brady are well-acquainted from working together in New Orleans.
Could we come up with some kind of a fight song for the Washington Football Team (+575 to win the NFC East at BetOnline)? What would we call a member of that team? A “Teamer”? A “Washingtonian”? And is Daniel Snyder serious about sticking to this nickname? Are we convinced about the great qualities of Dwayne Haskins, because he gave what apparently was a stirring halftime speech last Sunday? We do know that the, uh, Washington guys scored 20 unanswered second-half points to shock Philadelphia. But is that more of a statement about the Eagles right now? After 239 net yards, we are not convinced about the Football Team’s ability to go up and down the field, and this defense, which had eight sacks last week, is going to have a heck of a time catching up to Kyler Murray, who had 91 yards rushing, and oh by the way, found DeAndre Hopkins for 151 yards through the air in the Arizona Cardinals ‘ own comeback effort to beat San Francisco. It may be a tough time “trading” in the desert for the nameless crew from the nation’s capital.
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