Pro Wrestling’s Josh Mathews: The Sunday That Could’ve Been
You know… I needed seven points on Sunday and the team ahead of me had the same quarterback going into Sunday Night Football. However, I had the QB, but I also had the WR and K and all he had was the QB. I was not worried at all! Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree and Giorgio Tavecchio - all Raiders and playing against Washington on Sunday night and I needed seven points between all three. Oh, and the Raiders minus three, traveling east to play Washington. What a Sunday night it could have been.
What a nightmare it became. Carr got his seven points, but that kept me, still, seven points off the lead. Crabtree came back to earth and scored 1.2 points and the kicker, Tavecchio, who could do no wrong in Week 1, hobbled in four pitiful points and I lost. I am still in second for the league and it is very early, but I wanted this one; I wanted to win two out of the three weeks thus far in the NFL season. Here is that lineup:
How about Dalvin Cook? Not a bad day for the rookie running back. Oh, Travis Kelce, thanks for nothing! How do you avoid that one guy who seems to mess up a lineup every single week? How annoying is it when it happens? Remember, my league is just Sunday games, so while I would have taken Aaron Rodgers last night against the Chicago Bears, I am limited to what we see on Sunday between 1 pm and 8 pm. Who am I going with this week? Let’s dive in. I took a different approach this week and I am not sure how I feel about this lineup.
Going backward… Titans games this season have been boring. I say that with love, but I like my football to be Maddenesque. I want 77-75 and the final 30 seconds to be filled with all the drama in the world. Remember, I am an Oregon Ducks fan and we score in bunches, or at least we used to. So, that is why I am going with the Titans defense. I am expecting this to be a slugfest in the trenches. They’re a good value at defense for me.
I applied the same reasoning for taking Ryan Succop as my kicker. I wouldn’t be surprised to see three or four field goals and it is also a game played inside. So, two reasons to go with Succop.
Witten at tight end is strictly for value. $5,700.00 and I am happy with my tight end for the week. Can’t be any worse than Travis Kelce last week. Seriously, not even 1 full point?
I’m throwing all my WR into one group, and I think I have a solid trio of talent. San Francisco and the Los Angeles Rams were in a thriller last Thursday night, and I am hoping to see that again Sunday for San Francisco against The Birdgang, and that is why I took Larry Fitzgerald. Oh, and he was targeted 15 times against the Cowboys! 15 times. Demaryius Thomas was my last pick as Oakland is 25th against the pass and he is averaging 10 points per game. I will take those 10. I do like Keenan Allen. I like him a lot more against the 27th ranked pass defense in Philly, and I love me some Keenan Allen against an east coast team going west.
At running back, Leonard Fournette was a struggle to go with. I think he is legit, but he didn’t do too much in the blowout win against Baltimore in London - 17 carries for 59 yards and one TD. Maybe he will break something against the Jets. The Jets defense is good, right? Well, they rank 27th against the rush. I will take my chances.
Then I have my two high value, best picks of the week. First, Ezekiel Elliott against the 29th ranked rushing defense in the Rams. Elliot will have his best week of the season, and I think he is the MVP of the week.
Speaking of bad defense… The Indianapolis Colts travel to Seattle Sunday night and bring their 30th ranked passing defense with them. If Russell Wilson needed a stage for a monster game, this is it; Sunday Night Football on a night when the world will be watching, minus the 11 percent that have turned off football (NOT A TOPIC I WANT TO TALK ABOUT NOW!) and Wilson will put on a show.
I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday football and wins big! After thinking it through and writing about my lineup, I won’t change a thing. I think this is the winning week. Let’s just hope that I don’t need seven points heading into Sunday night again.
In college football tonight, I love Washington State getting 4.5 at home against USC. We have two Top 25 teams, National TV, no competition and the world can watch some west coast College Football. Let the weekend begin!
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