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I wouldn’t be angry if you were a little angry about how angry I’ve made you with my predictions. I’ve done 2 look aheads this year, the 49ers and Colts, and those have been two ugly games. I called both for wins, the first I thought would be a close game in the 27-20 range. Admittedly, that wasn’t far off… I mean, the wrong team won but, still, not bad. And the Colts? Well, if you turned off the game at half, I was looking like a genius. Unfortunately for us, there are 2 halves in football. So this week, I shall account for both halves, as we look ahead to the Jags.
Let me run some teams by you: Houston, Cinci, Minni, Chicago, Oakland. What do they all have in common? Absolutely nothing. Other than the bit where they all beat the Jags. None of these losses were terribly surprising. The only real surprise here is that the jags somehow managed to beat Luck and the Colts, though to be fair, the Packers did that too for a half.
The spread has the Pack up by 15 points, and for those of you who haven’t mortgaged a house on your gambling debts, that’s a pretty big spread. Not the biggest spread ever (23.5 or 24 depending on how much you care about expansion teams), but sizeable. How sizeable? This sizeable (they have a wiki for everything, don’t they?).
Does this all seem a bit uninspired up to this point? I did just make a joke about the number 15, and it really wasn’t all that good (although you can’t seem to stop clicking on these, can you?). That’s probably because it’s a little hard to get excited right now.
The Packers seems to be on track again, which is always exciting. But they’ve also been one of the streakier, on-and-offier teams this year. I don’t really believe in trap games, but if they exist, this is that. 15 point overdogs, coming off a couple good games, this is the kind of game that McCarthy has found ways to lose time and time again. The man can be absolutely brilliant, but sometimes things happen. I don’t think they will. The Pack are back at Lambeau, which is always good. But for the moment, until I really see this team rolling, I’m keeping it cool.
For the record, I will call this a win. But if my history is anything to go by on these things, I ought to call it a loss.
One last note on this game: the injury report is longer than it’s been all season. This bye week can’t come soon enough (injury report here).