Week 3 of the NFL season is one of the most important weeks of the season, even if it’s not treated that way. As we enter the weekend, 11 teams in the league are either 2-0 or 0-2, meaning seasons could be decided this week.
I’m serious! I know there are still 14 games to go after this week, but we already know that teams that start 0-2 miss the playoffs far more often than not. Teams that start 0-3 are practically dead in the water. So there are five fan bases going into this weekend with that guillotine hanging over their head. I mean, can you imagine it? You spend the entire offseason waiting for the new season to begin. You talk yourself into believing this is the year, and then it’s all over three weeks later?
On the other side of that coin, while it’s not a guarantee, with so many playoff spots in the NFL now, it’s hard to miss the playoffs if you start 3-0. As long as you avoid calamitous injuries or an epic collapse, you’re in an excellent position for a wild-card berth, at the very least. So six teams could achieve that this weekend.
So, as I said, it’s a massive week in the NFL. Unless your team is 1-1, then it’s just another week, but you should probably win to be safe.
Now let’s start this Football Friday with a baseball bet!
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Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. | TV: Apple TV+
- Key Trend: Aaron Judge hits dingers frequently
- The Pick: Aaron Judge to Hit a HR (+265)
Let me start by saying that while I think it’s cool that Aaron Judge has hit 60 home runs, and is one away from tying Roger Maris’ 61 dingers in a single season, the amount of attention being paid to it is a bit much. He’s trying to set a team record. Not the MLB record. That record has been broken multiple times. Whether you like it or not, Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs in 2001. In 1998, Mark McGwire hit 70, and Sammy Sosa hit 66. The following season, McGwire hit 65, and Sosa hit 63. Then, just for good measure, Sosa hit 64 in 2001.
Maris’ once iconic record of 61 home runs in a season now ranks seventh all-time. When Aaron Judge goes deep again, he will be tied for seventh all-time. Yet the coverage it’s getting is akin to Judge setting the all-time mark, and it’s only because he’s a Yankee. If Aaron Judge played for the Oakland Athletics, his 60 home runs would be discussed but wouldn’t garner nearly …….