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2021 NFL Week 3 | American Football


In another NFL weekly episode, the lads tackle what was Week 2 in the NFL and preview the upcoming Week 3. The riveting Raiders, the parading Panthers and the disastrous Dolphins, the boys dig into the ups and downs of the round. Also, the boys make their predictions for next weekend. 


Welcome back to the body. The boys are back, chat back for another NFL chat. Today we're splitting up the episode, so the NFL in real life, in the NFL fantasy, is going to be spitted into two, but we're going to be doing it in one chunk. So we won't know the difference, but you will at home. Big Day in Melbourne actually, for those wondering, we have. We've survived an earthquake. We could say that. We can say that now like a think it got upgraded to about a magnitude six, but we weren't like really near the epicenter. So we're all good. But that was a bit of a rogue one. Curtis and mums screaming. Strange stuff was happening, but we're all survives and all is good, except for Betty's Burgers and Chapel Street, but that's just unlucky for that one. I'll introduce the lads before we get into the week to review, where we go through the winners and loses. PILCH. How are you mate? Good. Thanks, mate. It's good to hear and James Curtis back for another episode. How are you good? Thanks, mate. was bed before the way half an hour for pilch. But yeah, fair enough, low blow, low blow on the body. But it was about twenty minutes, but he didn't warn us at thirty, so I'll give him cut off for that. But I'll still an interesting act our winners and loses. I won't start this week because I usually start off. I'll get I'll share the light. We'll go what go to curtis this time. Actually I think we started because last time. Anyway, we'll go with him again. who were your major winners coming out of week two? We'll start off with the Ravens and specifically love Marth. First win over the chiefs and pay him home. So it got to give him credit there being watching a few media outlets say that's like a big step, like a big company to get over. So hopefully sets him up well for the rest of the season, especially given their teams. Pretty compromise given injury. Second one will go with the raiders and car the tour and no, they're looking at ly. They beat Pitt who actually look pretty sourcing in the first, first game the season against against the bills, and I'm gonna be boldy and say car is a genuine MVP candidate right now. He's thrown for over eight hundred yards in the first week. Is Up there with the big boys, and he also sent some stats suggesting that over the last three seasons he's in the category of my homes and Rogers. That only qb's to have less than ten interceptions and over four thousand yards in a season. so He's a bowler. And finally, we'll go with the panthers and Donald Clues, but as well as the raiders, they're looking pretty elite. That again, that to a no Dal throne for twenty six of thirty eight three hundred five yards to days and into and Donald's looking pretty solid and a lot better than he was looking at the jets. Yeah, I've actually doubled up on your second and third ones there. I had the Ravers Raiders in the playoff prediction episode we did before the season. I actually had them just missing out, I think, and I had the steelers on I think, the same amount of wins. So they're going to be wild card rivals for that AFC wild card positions, assuming they somehow don't somehow, like miraculously, be the chiefs to win the division. So that's a pretty big win over them. The stills did have some defensive injuries. I know Tj what injured himself like the first quarter, but to put twenty six points up against that defense, it's very impressive. I was really impressed by...

Henry Rugs, but for a breakout game for him. And I really liked that their attack was a little bit more rounded this week. I think about four or five blokes had over three captures, which is good to see. Hey, I hate offenses who just go through one person, and sometimes the raiders do that, because that's not really sustainable in a in a playoff situation, because they'll just lock down that bloke in your fucked. But yeah, good, good to know that they can share it around a bit. And Yeah, also the Panthers Division rival in the same as if they won this game in a close one, I probably would have mentioned them here because I think the sage just had a awful day on both sides of the footy. But the fact that they absolutely pummeled them, I think it's worth a shout out. And I was looking at that schedule and it's absolutely outrageous. They don't play a team with a positive record from last season until week twelve. Tampers. Yeah, so they played the dolphins in week twelve and until of them they don't play another team. You had to put positive record last year. So I would just I think they're overs and unders right now with the betting agencies is about eight and a half. I would be sticking some on the overs on that one because they're stacked everywhere, every like. Look they're stacked. So that's eleven. Eleven weeks of playing teams with negative records from last year. Let's say they're already two and no like. I could definitely see them go on like eight and three, seven and four, something like that, and yet to think they're not going to get more. They in a half wins like I think that would be tough to do. The take a second half of the season capitulation. Obviously it is only two games, so it's a small sample size, but I think it's not a bad shout and my NFC numbers seven in terms of the Third Wild Carter had ten wins as well. So they're I think they're going to be written that mix just purely because they've had a pretty easy schedule and it's quite frankly, I'm a bit worried for the Texans Anus on Thursday night Footye, this week, pil choss. Who are your winners? Mate, going to have to agree with everything you boys have just said Cuz I had Baltimore and raiders as well. Yeah, very fair. I think they were the three clear winners. Huge monkey off the back for Lamar. Yeah, I'm not going in doing a handstand into the end zone. Bit of a piss though. Fair play to him, but yeah, three definite winners out of that one. The losers. I'll start off of mine. Got a bit more abstract here this week with the losers because I was struggling. There weren't too many teams, based off my preseason predictions, who have really liked their week to result really change my opinion. So I'm going with a position here, and it's just quarterbacks in general. I don't think many quarterbacks had a good weekend. Six of the starters have come or come away with injury designation. Some have been downgraded since then. We've already lost fits from last week and nine QB's had two or more turnovers. So just was not a good one at all, especially for the young quarterbacks. We saw Herbert not not have the greatest game in terms of his box score. Joe Barrow had three interceptions in three plays and then the rookies in like Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence had absolute stinkers. So I don't know, they're in Shit situations that I'm not back like saying the shit players, but they just didn't play well on the weekend. So, yeah, there weren't many quarterbacks coming out of it with the smile on their face. And Yeah, that's quite we're quite rare because usually we're just frothen all the quarterbacks. But yeah, I don't think too many had a good weekend. Then the only team I will pick on this week is the Miami Dolphins. Think I predicted them to win about twelve matches this year and I'm okay with them losing to the bills. I expect the bills to beat them, but to lose thirty five Neil is like actually fucked and they played in...

...the last round of the regular season last year and they also lost by a similar margin. So, especially at home like that's just not on. I was listening to a pro football focus podcast and they actually said statistically, there are Oline had the worst performance ever recorded by any oline ever. So well, I assume since they started recording stats, which I'm not sure when that is. So, yeah, that's pretty outrageous. Obviously to a got hurt, but even before he left the game injured, like they were doing nothing. I think you got sacked twice in and he only had like four attempts. So yeah, Jacobe prissette came in struggled, but yeah, not good signs for Miami. I don't like. I'm it's not the end of the world. They beat the Patriots last year, but this is something they've definitely got to get over because obviously they played the bills twice a year and it's not good to just be getting pumped like this. And then, finally, the officials. That had a bit of stinker this weekend. Two notable calls. The Julio touchdown. First of all, I think the rules absolute rubbish. So, for those who didn't know what happened, the rule is like you can do like the toe tap, so you have to get both feet in, but if you plant your toe and then proceeds like plant the rest of your foot, your heel has to be in as well, like so you could put your you can toe tap and have your toe in but then if you put your heel down and that's our it doesn't count as a couch, which I just don't think that makes any sense. Like if your toes were in in the first place, I think you're all good anyway. So they claim that he is, he'll came down the line, they went to the replays, took maybe four minutes to review it. It went up as a touchdown. There was absolutely no clear evidence either way. I'll admit. You couldn't tell that it was definitely a touchdown or it wasn't, and they said that that was conclusive enough to call a non touchdown. So, yeah, I don't know. Thankfully didn't cost them the game because they came home and took the took the chockey's thanks to the Seattle kicker missing an extra point earlier on the game. But it yeah, that was a bit of a stink. And then also the charges cowboys game. I have to say the officials really took the find out of this one. Like it was still a good game in the end, but there was just so many fouls it was actually outrageous. I think the chargers had about thirteen. They had two touchdowns called back, but the bad call was Herbert was running back in I think it was. That what I mean their last offensive drive. He was running back about ten yards behind the line of scrimmage try to get us throw away and you could probably argue as intentional grounding, because the balls like no where anyone. But they claim that he got sacked just because you was like moving backwards while throwing it, even though that happens, like if you just watch mahomes he throws it like five times a game moving backwards. But yeah, that was a pretty average call at a crucial point. I don't think it really cost in the game, but I think they let themselves down with some ill discipline. But yeah, that was pretty frustrating, I don't think, and that those two calls were like in the space of about twenty minutes as well. So, yeah, wasn't their finest hour for the officials. Pilch, who your biggest losers, mate? And obviously the officials robbed the giants on Thursday night. These rocking about that one, Yep. But my two losers going to have to say the saints, purely beus their office offense, they're entire offense just stinks and just awful loss to the panthers and then Vikings, not necessarily because they played badly, but the kickers missed a twenty five yard after in the game and they're pretty much just cooked their entire playoff chances based off that one kick. So not good. Not Good if you're Vikings Fan. Yeah, and they've got a tough schedule coming up and I didn't actually know this, but apparently they've quite an extensive history of bad kicking chokes,... that would not have been fun viewing. It was a shame because of that we didn't get to see that game on TV here in Australia, but it look like a really interesting game until the fourth quarter both teams sort of just shut the bed. But yeah, they Minnesota not look the worst in the first two rounds but yeah, as you said, playoffs are pretty much already ruled out this early in the season for them. Kurt, who are your loses? Me, I've got a couple different ones. First One's got to be the the jets and Wilson. Obviously it was bit of a stinker for majority of the rookies this week in the qb area, but he had four inchs zero touchdowns. Look Pretty worrful and got a bit of a I wouldn't say ripping or talking to from from the coach, but you know, he said he needs to learn to play some boring football sometimes, which is a bit of a statement I think. And then finally I got the saints and Winston. Winston returned back to his old cell, which was a worry for the saints. You went eleven of twenty two and had two interceptions while having no touchdowns. So think if the saints are going to be good this year it's going to be up to Winston. So they need to ensure that he's back to throwing td's and living therese interceptions. Yeah, like I still know what happened in that game, to be honest, like after watching them a week, one like that's just crazy. I know the panthers defense played really, really well, but yeah, the saints are alarm was cooked. I think Kamara had about eight yards from five carries or five yards from a carry, something like that. Yeah, they just couldn't move anything. The saying is but yeah, that's bit disappointing. They've got a massive matchup this week against the Patriots, which will be a big clash of the arguably the two best coaches in the competition awards. Time. Time to crown some champions of week two. I'll let pilchaw run US off here, mate, who you're a war? Winners for the week. So we're doing AFC and NFC offensive players of the week. Yep, Yep. So I've Gone Barrick Henry and Aaron Jones. Just both enormous games. Jones four touchdowns, three of them receiving touchdowns, which was quite interesting, and then Henry, just as use yourself, pretty much put the entire team on his shoulders. No way they would have got him close to the seahawks without him. And then my rookie offensive rookie of the week. I've given it to Rondel Moore, who looks like an absolute beast of a receiver for the cardinals and looks like Kylamarie really likes them as well. Yeah, I'll just jump in because I have him as well. I'll give you some information about it. Who He is? So He's five foot seven, automatically not the ideal height to be a receiver, but he's absolutely rapid. Second round peak. Then I did some background research. He made a few like publications all American College Team in two thousand and eighteen. This was, I think he's first year in college football. He actually had the most receptions in the whole of college football and this was his first year of college football. You had about a hundred and fourteen receptions and I'll I looked at the kind of people who've cracked a hundred since two thousand and seventeen and they include Jefferson, Pittman Gallop and Davontee Smith. So He's in good company there. Since then, in college he only played seven games because of injury and then last year opted out because of covid so and the second round he could be an absolute steal for Arizona. He had a hundred fourteen yards, including a seventy seven yard td. You also scored another touchdown that got brought back off a little like shovel play. So he looks like a pretty interesting weapon that Arizona Can News Viah I thought I...

...was provided a bit in front that Gm Kurt who who your award winners? I see play the week had me man car as I said before, series MVP Combo, and I think he's showing that he actually is one of the elite qb's in the comp despite being on what in the past has been a pretty average team with a dog shit defense. So think he is showing some prospects there. rotains that MBP form of a few years ago when he was in the conversation. And IFC pay the week, I had myself Kyle Mary. had four hundred yards, three tds, two ints and also add a Russian td. So absolute bowler, being a big play on the fantasy as well. And for offensive rookie of the week, I had myself Mac Jones. He had a pretty boring game, but he kind of did in that Patriots way where yeah, did turn to turn a footy over. Had Twenty two of thirty completions and had a hundred eighty six yards. So I think he deserves it. It creates there and it's his first win in the NFL. Yeah, UND percent. I don't know why I was remember this. I heard this on a podcast today. Because of the hurricane that went through New Orleans, the saints have been on the road for like five weeks and they were saying that it was a big factor behind the weekends capitulation. But Yeah, Mac Jones could tear them a new one on the weekend. We'll see. My award winners. The N IFC I had Cooper Cup, a hundred sixty three yards from nine catches, two touchdowns. Huge reason probably the difference really between the rands and the colts. Obviously whence went down later probably didn't help the colts as chances, but already looks like Human Stafford boys from way back. Another one who I thought, I thought deserved dimension was Tony Pollard. I think without him the charges win that game. You had a hundred nine yards from thirteen carries, including a touchdown, thirty one yards from three catches. He looks insane and looks like it's almost going to be a bit of a time share there, because polarge just that good when he gets involved. Then in the AFC, obviously Derrick Henry just having thirty five carries a loan as ridiculous, but to have five point two yards for carry on those that volume is insane. Also had fifty five yards in the air, which is not bad for someone who apparently can't catch the ball. Three touchdowns as well. And Yeah, as Pilch said, just guide to the boys home after say I sort of I didn't bag him out, but I was saying the times were running the ball too much, but I obviously forgot that he's an absolute fourth quarter beast when it comes to just wearing them down, and him and tanners it on a bit of a show in the last in overtime, in the last quarter in terms of those final drives. They just couldn't make an era really. And then defensive player of the week, I went with a rookie defensive end actually, Gregory Roussou. Never heard of the block in my life. Obviously he's a rookie, but he was part of the Buffalo Front that destroyed the miamio line, so I thought a buffalo man deserved it. He had two sacks and two tackles for a loss. So yeah, pretty impressive there. And also shout out to Mike Edwards, who had to pick six has for Tampi in the space of about three minutes, even though the second one was pretty dodgy because someone just blocked the past and it just flew up in the air and he just came and caught it and rent it in. But yeah, still pretty impressive to do that. All right, onto the week three preview. Feels weird just jumping straight from a week to review till week three preview, but I've actually been telling I'm going to tell you our results for the season, the short bet upset and the bedding spreads that we pick. We had pretty good week and round one we got all of our short bets, most of our upsets, thanks to the...

Dallas Cowboys, and then the spreads bit of a different story. Pilch, it all right, he was in the positive. Being Kurt not so much, but we'll try and rewrite those wrongs this week. Right, sure bet, boys, Curtis, who you lock it in here? Got The cardinals are the JAGS? Jacks Look Pretty Dog shitting that first week, so we went first. Add second week to be fair. So yeah, got it back. There is cardinals with her before from Kayla again. Yeah, assuming that once I'll televised in Australia. I want to see I want to see. Arizona is so bad. They're like one of my favorite teams to watch. But yeah, if they're going to keep playing the Jacks, I don't think we're going to get to watch any time soon. Pilch, WHO's your surebet? May exactly the same. Run cardinals over the JAGS. Yeah, fair enough. So I think we can pens for those two in I've gone differently. This was that was the only other one I was contemplating. As Curtis was saying to me off fair before, there's actually not that many this week, but I've gone the Thursday night game. Just think with the tire or tailor injury. By the way, shoutouts to ty d Taylor, like actually shocking, like I think this is the third year in for that he's injured himself in week two and lost the starting role. So yeah, just sucks for him. Obviously at the charges last year and then in two thousand and eighteen with Baker. So yeah, and he was actually looking all right. But I just think, like, no criticism to this new bloke, but pretty much he's well, it is his first start up against a red hot defense. I just don't see a world where he used to get the Darb and it is Thursday night footy. I don't like picking things on Thursday night foot you because it's always a little bit unpredictable because it usually lower scoring and stuff like that because the short turnaround. But yeah, I just surely Houston aunt scoring double digit points here and I tell you what, I'm not looking forward to that game at all upset of the week. I'll start us off. I've been back and forward with this one all day since I picked it, but I'm backing in my Guart here. I've gone the packers to beat the forts. First game in Sam friend for the year and the packs of paying two dolls forty eight. I was just looking up some stats, because obviously areon rodgers has. The whole thing with forty nine is because he grew up in the area supported them. They had picked one in the draft. The Rodgers went and they took Alex Smith over him, and then robbers famously slid all the way down to twenty four. So yeah, wanted to have a look at the history. There any averages passed? Rating of a hundred and seven against San Francisco? So yeah, I'm backing in a Rogers Clinic. I don't think Sam frand walls. It's a fact that Sam friends offense did not look good at all against Philadelphia and the packers defense isn't in great form at the moment. But yeah, I'll back them in to get over the line and in an interesting one. So that's my upset of the week. Pilch, who you locking in here once again? Exactly the same. I think packers are very good chance to beat. Then miners could just because Rogers is back and they looked back to their best against Detroit. Yeah, it should be an interesting matchup because both sighs like the two matchups, if you get what I mean, a sort of in similar form. Like the forty niners offense hasn't hit their straps yet and well, they played well in week one, but it was against Detroit. And then the packers defense hasn't. But then on the other side of the bull the packers are and the forty nine is d both look pretty good based on the weekends action. Curtis, I'm assuming you're not locking that in because you are forty niners man, so I'm interested to hear what he was going for. A bit of a rogue one. I've gone the charges over the chiefs. I just back back herb in this week. Eckler looked himself last week and you've got some...

...serious confidence in the herb given last with last years performance against the cheeks. And Yeah, I think the charges, I would say I the real deal, but I think they're they're solid. They're solid team and they can knock off the top the top dogs on a given day. Yeah, it's an interesting one from you. I have to say it was staff that that was one of the ones I thought of. Byron. The only thing I don't like about it is that the chief lost last week. Just don't think they'll lose back to that games, but herberts of freaking web so anything that happen, you never know. or at spreads time. I went pretty much one from five last week and I need a re right my wrongs. I've gone fewer this week, so hopefully that means I've concentrated my pigs more and just gone with the good ones. My first one is Arizona. The line is seven and a half. They're obviously favorites. They're playing at Jacksonville. I actually all my pics this week. You're away team, so maybe I'm just a fool and not factoring that in. But yeah, I reckon as Curtis said. But the short bet, I just think what both of you said with the short bet. I just think it's a pretty much a locked W and seven and a half style much that's only still pretty much a touch converted touchdown in the field goal. So yeah, back them in. And my other two are underdogs. This is a roague one because they obviously put on enough slute stinker on the weekend. But the jets at the Broncos, the lines ten and a half. Both have great defenses and that's what I'm hoping keeps it low scoring and hopefully that's why the margin is less than ten to half. Obviously wouldn't pick the jets and head to head, but I can foresee it being like a cheeky nineteen, two twelve sort of situation here for interceptions for the game. Now, stiff on Teddy. And then my final one, bears at the browns. Browns have a few injuries, like Javis land ring stuff. Not sure if Odell's going to play. I think they will make him play. But more importantly, the bears defense looks really, really, really hot right now. I know stuff. It exposed them a couple times on the weekend, but I think all in all it's a good it's a good defense. The browns weren't that convincing actually in their dispatching of the Texans on the weekend. I wanted a bit more. You know, twenty, thirty point dub. They're not necessarily a ten point dub. So yeah, bears the line seven and a half and I reckon they could keep it close in Cleveland. Curtis, what are your spreads that you like? I was really a fan of. Me Need to be fair, so I just had the one the ravens at now you seven and a half. Can just see them when you buy a bit more than that. But yeah, I wasn't really a fan of I need to be fair, so I just kept to that single one. Yeah, that I found this week a bit tougher in all sort of all sections. But then again, I cooked it last week, so maybe maybe lastly was on and I was just a baker. But Peel, chill, you going with here? May Naturally, cardinals seven and a half and packers plus three and a half, and then I'm going to go in the plus five and a half against the titans. Just think that'll be a close game, divisional matchup. I think five and a half is to too big. Yeah, I tell you what, if if I didn't have question marks about whence his health, that was going to be my upset of the week. I definitely think that's a sniff. I'm a little bit concerned about Wenzy, but concerned about went because he stinks, so the backup won't make a difference. Well, I mean, like they'll play Wentz and hems be at twenty percent of Wentz. So that's not positive. When how about is a warrant? Yeah, that's that was my concern.

But like as yeah, you could be right, they could rule them out, but I do like that one. I think. Well, the colts hopefully can put a stop to Derrick Henry. You think they would have a way, given that they have a good defense in their division rivals. But that's going to be a huge game. It's only week three, but that's one of the closer division titles in my opinion. I had the cults actually taking it this year after a couple years of titans getting up. So yeah, that's going to be a big one. Aj Brown looking for a bit of a bounce back game after a stinker on the weekend. So yeah, that's going to be an interesting one to watch. As a key saying, hopefully that's televised in Australia. I don't think the shed just come out for the TV yet. But yeah, so that will do us for today. For the ANA, and how I said Ana, for the NFL review and preview episode. If you feel like it, feel free to check out the fantasy one that would just about to record. But thanks for joining me, lads, and cut you next time. She's.

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