The earth must be off its axis or something. I assume those of you who have been keeping track of the Sunday early games are as dumbfounded as I am. As we already told you when we posted our NFL picks here at LBS, there’s just no easy way to pick against the spread so far this year. Come to think of it, picking straight up is no picnic at the moment either.
If you took the Browns +13 against the Saints and the Bills +13 against the Ravens, good for you. At the half of both games it looks like you made better picks than I did. But if you try to tell me you expected New Orleans to be trailing Cleveland, 20-3, at the half and Baltimore to be behind Buffalo, 24-20 — both at home — then I know you’re just lying through your teeth.
Yet somehow that’s what’s going on at the moment. I just spoke to a wise 89-year-old football expert (who I refer to as my grandfather during the work week), and even he said he can’t remember a year where there was less of a clear-cut favorite in both the AFC and NFC. Yes, he’s still all there. Who are the powerhouses? Who are the Super Bowl favorites? Right now the answer to those questions looks like a simple “nobody.” If these games continue the way they’re going, wish us luck putting together the power rankings on Tuesday.