Sunday, October 21, 2007
posted by OMDQ
My entry in the Awful Announcing NFL Pick 'em League is only a few points off the lead, so I'm doing my best to think through the selections each week and not get too crazy with the picks. Every Sunday, however, there are at least one or two point spreads that make me consider my choice carefully.
This week, despite ample evidence that going against them was sheer folly, I felt that way about taking the Patriots at -17.5. In my mind, there was substantial risk involved.
"They don't play well in Miami," I thought. "It could be a trap game."
Um, no. Turns out, I'm kind of an idiot. 42-7, five touchdowns for Tom Brady, two TD catches for Randy Moss...in the first half. I knew they were good - great even - but I never expected this.
The truly remarkable aspect of the game has been Brady, who appears to be auditioning for a leading role in the sequel to Big Daddy Drew's classic ode to Rex Grossman. Twice today, Randy Moss has been double covered down the field. Twice, Brady has looked downfield, surveyed the situation, and said, "Hell, only two defenders? I can make that throw." And twice, Moss has come down with the ball.
It'll be interesting to see what happens in the second half, if Belichick decides to throw Brady out there to pad the stats some more or if they play it like we did during blowouts in high school and let everyone play a different position. I'm especially excited to see Lonie Paxton play quarterback.