Did Matt Schaub make that disastrous decision on a key interception against Seattle last week … or was he the fall guy in a woman’s deadly plot? It’s a mystery, really. We ran across the book cover to “Wild Town”, above, on the Internet, and thought it represented Schaub and the Texans quite well as they travel to San Francisco this week. So why not, we decided, pick a vintage crime noir pulp novel to represent every NFL Week 5 matchup? They’re all below.
These are all real paperbacks, no Photoshops — because Photoshops would take effort, and the real thing is infinitely more entertaining anyway. The titles are probably still available in remote, dusty bookshops, or your grandparents’ attic, or the waiting room of that really dodgy clinic you went to before you got health insurance. And we’ve affixed every synopsis with the time of the game, the network where it can be found, and our pick on who will win, straight up. (Our Matt Rudnitsky will pick against the spread on Thursday). All times eastern, and all games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.
So, happy reading. And please, no spoilers.