So, I have a proposition for anyone out there in How to Bet land, and I think it could be mutually beneficial for all of us.
If anyone can come up with a formula to figure out this wacky 2021 National Football League season, I will highlight it on all of the media available to us here at How to Bet.
Now, I am not sure what would be harder to solve: this potential formula, or the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture. You might get a Nobel Prize for figuring out either.
How are you supposed to look at the NFL Week 9 schedule, and tell me that the dead and buried Jacksonville Jaguars would hold Buffalo to just six points in a 9-6 victory? What about those dangerous Denver Broncos (who knew?) holding Dallas scoreless at home for three quarters in a 30-16 win?
The list goes on: the New York Giants turning into the 1986 Giants, beating Las Vegas. The Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, and AJ Green-less Cardinals throwing up 31 on San Fran. The Rams’ offense went silent in a loss to the Tennessee Titans.
What is going on?
Welcome to the midseason mess of the new NFL.
And guess what? It is not going to stop anytime soon. There is way too much parity in the AFC, NFC, and all of the NFL, for these results to stop coming. All you can do is try to ride the crazy waves, and maybe pick the right games that week.
So which games ARE they for Week 10? Have a look below to try to take your best shot figuring it out.
By the way, the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture looks something like this, in case you wanted to take a swing at it.
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Good luck with that one (LOL).
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Well, what do you know, this game MIGHT have some juice to it now. Well, I guess, that is, if you think the Dolphins might be able to slow down Lamar Jackson like they did Tyrod Taylor.
There might (there is, but let’s be nice today) be a few orders of magnitudes, though, between the Houston offense and the Baltimore one. For the Dolphins, is Tua going to play? Will it even matter?
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Here is a game I would have thought would be straight forward before the chaos of Week 10. Both teams had bye weeks in Week 9, and both come in off disappointing losses. But you have to think the Bucs were the team to right the ship during the break, and will come out of it raring to go. They might have gotten healthier as well.
Plus, the Football Team stinks. PICK A NAME ALREADY!
Just when you think you had these teams figured out, they go and pull fast ones on you. How about the Browns, who annihilated the Cincinnati Bengals 41-17. All they needed apparently was a healthy Nick Chubb, and now Cleveland is right back in the middle of the AFC playoff hunt.
Speaking of the playoffs, how about those Patriots? They made Sam Darnold look awful (oh, that isn’t an accomplishment anymore, is it?) last week, and are now 4-0 on the road. Unfortunately for New England, this game is at home, and the Pats are 1-4 there.
Mike White has turned the Jets into contenders! Well, not really, but he has looked pretty good in his limited game time in 2021. This New York team has looked better, but injuries are crushing them.
What has happened to the Buffalo Bills? How can you kick just two measly field goals against a team that is TRYING to get a high pick in the NFL Draft? People might have been wrong about this team.
I have been talking about this Atlanta team as one of the potential surprises in the NFC, and the Falcons keep producing results. They beat New Orleans Sunday, and are in the thick of a playoff race. Are they any good? Maybe not, but do you even have to be in 2021?
Dallas threw up a stinker on Sunday, getting held scoreless for three quarters in an embarrassing home loss to the Denver Broncos. Is that a blip, or a sign of bigger problems? The Cowboys will waltz into the playoffs with no pressure in the division, which might not be ideal.
Isn’t this a much more interesting game than it might have looked before Week 9? The Jacksonville Jaguars beat Buffalo 9-6, and will look to tank the Colts run to .500.
Indy has a chance to get to 5-5 with a victory, and set the stage for a seven-game sprint to the playoffs: go 4-3 over that span, and you might sneak in at 9-8. With the way the season started, I can’t see Indy letting this chance slip.
It is getting to the point where you start to look at the Lions’ schedule and see if they can win a game at any point in 2021. I have to be honest: Detroit might be the first team in NFL history to go 0-17. I just don’t see a win anywhere.
Pittsburgh just keeps chugging along, winning games against bad teams, which is something that may end up in a playoff berth. Are they any good? I don’t think so. But they win games.
The Saints had all the momentum from a big win over Tampa, and then blew it with a loss to the Falcons, which A. gave Atlanta some momentum in the playoff race and B. made it a tougher road for themselves.
Tennessee might be the best team in the league. They have some very good wins, and found a way to get a very big one in Los Angeles Sunday night. Home field and a first round bye is right there for the taking.
As long as Sam Darnold is under center for the Panthers, this team will not contend. I mean, look at this line: 16-for-33, 172 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs, 3 QBR, 26.3 rating. That is brutal.
Whether or not the injured Cardinals play on the offensive side might not matter, but if they do, it could be another big afternoon for Arizona. The Cards can pull basically two games clear of the Rams in the NFC West with a win (before the Monday night game), and can stay on track for a bye and home field.
This is a tale of two different teams coming into this West Coast encounter. Minnesota finds ways to lose close games, blowing a 24-10 third quarter lead with a 34-31 OT loss to Baltimore.
LA got a huge game from Justin Herbert (32-for-38, 356, 2 TDs) in a comeback win in Philadelphia. It would be just like the NFL in 2021 for the VIkings to win this game.
Can anyone figure out either of these teams? Philadelphia has really been too good to be 3-6, with some close losses along the way. Denver I don’t think is any good, but there the Broncos are, at 5-4, in the thick of the AFC playoff battle
Once again, in 2021, I would not be surprised if this was 40-0 either way, or 10-7. I think Denver is better, though.
Who is going to be available to play for these teams? Russell Wilson has been throwing the ball around, after getting a pin taken out of his finger. Aaron Rodgers may still have COVID-19, but he certainly is not vaccinated.
Would you be stunned to see Seattle win this game? Because I would not. But if Rodgers plays, you have to go Green Bay.
Well, well, well, how about this Sunday Night Football encounter?
All of a sudden, the terrible Kansas City Chiefs are above .500, and can make a move to win the AFC West with wins in the next few weeks. Are they as bad as some people say? No way: but I don’t know if they are any good, either. I just think they can get hot.
The Raiders had destiny in their hands, and then went to New Jersey. You can’t lose that game. But they did, and now this becomes a must-win contest.
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I was stunned watching the Rams play Sunday night. They were awful. But maybe it was just the Week 9 blues that went around the league.
San Francisco is rapidly approaching last chance saloon, and I think this might be it: win this, and the 49ers might make a run. Fall to 3-6, and it is probably time to tank and get some more players.
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