It is the third week of the NFL season and nothing is certain. It is like trying to make a decision without all of the information. This causes misguided and unwarranted moves that hurt your team at the end of the year. But we have to try and so we will. For examples of weirdness just look at some of the games last week. Another week with another tie? How did the Arizona Cardinals put up a zero spot? How did Cleveland lose that game? What happened to the Green Bay Packers? Do the Pittsburgh Steelers worry about their defense moving forward? Is Pat Mahomes for real? Since it is too soon it is a perfect time to talk my annual segment of “Contender vs. Pretender.” Sometimes contenders win it all. Sometimes they do not even make the playoffs.
2-0 Who Is a “Contender”? Who Is a “Pretender”?
The perfect season is elusive. However, it is something to talk about.
This year, there are seven teams that are 2-0. Last year there were eight at this time. In the AFC, Jacksonville, Kansas City and Cincinnati appear to be contenders. Miami and Denver appear to be pretenders. In the NFC, the Los Angeles Rams appear to be a contender. Tampa Bay appears to be a pretender. Last year I got it wrong as Philadelphia was called out in this section as a pretender and Philadelphia won it all. Who knew?
My week was all about matchups, causing a Sunday win.
The Sunday Win
I enjoy the Sunday win. I always write about my first Sunday win and it came in my second week. My editor also enjoys it because this article gets posted a little bit earlier. But this week was the week of the matchup.
My team had a matchup with a bit of luck this week. I put in running back James Conner over running back Jay Ajayi. That got me an additional nine points and this combined with tough games by Odell Beckham Jr. and Randall Cobb, who only went for 16 points, propelled me to my second victory in as many tries. This makes me 2-0 and I feel that my year will come and go on the performance of my flex running back/wide receiver/tight end combination. As of right now it is Joe Mixon and Jarvis Landry who both had some injury issues over the weekend. That means picking up a free agent or two yet again. Read up on Doug Coutts’ article. He is ahead of the information on free agents and will serve you well.
My diary entry is all about the Boston Red Sox. I do write about them every year at this time. This year is a little bit different than the last two years.
For the second year in a row I am writing something positive about the Boston Red Sox. The only difference between the team last year is twofold. One is the addition of J.D. Martinez, who is having his best season in his Major League Baseball career. He is a candidate for the Triple Crown with a batting average of .328, 41 home runs and 122 runs batted in. The only other addition to the team is new manager Alex Cora. He played for the team in the mid-to-late 2000s and was on the 2007 World Series team.
Only two changes but the Red Sox have the best record in all of baseball. Their record is 103-47 as of this writing. That is 56 games over .500, and to put it bluntly, the team hits the ball and this team wins regular season baseball games. It just doesn’t make sense to see a team win 103 games with 12 more games to play. Many of the teams that have this type of season do win the World Series but it is not guaranteed. Most famous of these was the 116-win Seattle Mariners in 2001. They did not make it to the World Series but crazy records do seem to get you pretty far. We soon shall see.
The team has won so much that if they do not make it to the World Series it can be only labeled as a huge failure. But the team has issues with seventh and eighth inning pitching. If they sort it out they may be able to go long into a postseason run.
So I will cross my fingers and shut up until October baseball is played out.
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