Okay, by a show of hands in the air, how many of you muttered, “SAME OLD LIONS” after Matt Prater missed the extra point? How many of you said, “only the Lions can lose a game by missing an extra point”? I am guilty on both accounts, as are many of you fans. We have become totally numb when they do stupid things and lose games in the most bizarre ways.
However, this time the Lions roared back to win this football game over the Indianapolis Colts 39-35. The finish of this game couldn’t be sweeter. The fact Matt Stafford led the Lions down the field to victory was fun to watch. The fact that Stafford got in the face of a couple receivers like Ebron and Jones Jr. showed a little leadership quality that he has been lacking in previous years.
I am not doing cartwheels over this win, but a win is a win in the NFL. The negatives also reared their ugly faces in this football game. The fact Detroit squandered a 21-3 lead is disturbing to me! The game was turning into Deja vu from the loss to San Diego in last year’s opening road game. The defense was so poor at times and the easy touchdown they surrendered before half was as predictable as asking the Fat Guy if he wants cake and ice cream for dessert!
The season has 15 more games and Detroit needs to improve in every phase of the game. However, remember that it took until the sixth game to win their first game so they are way ahead of last year already. The young and upcoming Tennessee Titans come to Ford Field on Sunday looking for their first victory of the season. If the Lions lose the home opener to the Titans in one loud breath we all can scream “SAME OLD LIONS”! I think Detroit defeats the Titans 27-20.
Concerned about Wolverines
The Michigan Wolverines improved to 2-0 with a drubbing of UCF 51-14 in Ann Arbor last Saturday. The Wolverines struggled to run the football, which is a little concerning to me. The Wolverines only mustered up 119 yards on the ground. The Michigan defense allowed UCF 275 yards rushing, which also disturbs me. The difference was that Michigan threw the rock for 328 yards while UCF only had 56 yards in the air. The Colorado Buffaloes will be in the Big House Saturday afternoon. The boys in Vegas have installed Michigan as 20-point favorites. I like Michigan in this one 38-17.
The Spartys have a huge football game at Notre Dame Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The Spartans are receiving no respect from the boys in Vegas, as Notre Dame is a 7.5-point favorite to defeat the Spartans. The Spartans have had some success against the Golden Domers over the last decade. The two teams have basically split the series and have not met since 2013 with Notre Dame winning that game 17-13. The Spartans have dropped the last three contests to the Irish. This will be a tough game for Sparty to win on the road and the defense will have to carry the Spartans. I never count out a Mark Dantonio football team. The win at Ohio State last season without Connor Cook at quarterback proves that. I think this will be a close game but Notre Dame wins in the fourth quarter 24-17.
Critical time for Tigs
The Tigers dropped a critical series to the Baltimore Orioles last weekend and are battling Baltimore for a wildcard spot. The Tigers travel to Cleveland this weekend for a large series and have been spanked by the Indians all season long. This is a huge series that the Tigers need to win.
Out Pick the Fat Guy
My NFL selections were around .500 for last weekend. My best bet was laughable as the Rams scored zero points. firstname.lastname@example.org
BUFFALO – pk over N.Y. Jets
DETROIT – 6 over Tennessee
Kansas City + 2 over HOUSTON
Miami + 7 over NEW ENG.
Baltimore – 6.5 over CLEVELAND
PITTS. – 3.5 over Cincinnati
WASH. – 3 over Dallas
NY GIANTS – 5 over New Orleans
CAROLINA – 13 over San Francisco
Tampa Bay + 6.5 over ARIZONA
Seattle -5 over L.A RAMS
DENVER – 6 over Indianapolis
OAKLAND -4.5 over Atlanta
SAN DIEGO – 3 over Jacksonville
Green Bay – 3 over MINNESOTA
CHICAGO – 3 over Philadelphia