This entry was posted on Friday, September 15th, 2017
Better Late than Never
Apologies for waiting until the season got under way last weekend kids, but with the (real) football season sizzling away across Europe, there simply wasn’t the time to examine the broad sweep of American football until now. In addition of course, the draft system that makes American sports far more competitive than our own, means that it is often wise to check the form before having a spritz either way.
The early money was certainly going on the Patriots, with some even questioning whether they could replicate the 2007 team in going through the schedule undefeated. Yet an opening night defeat at home to the Chiefs (whose price for the Super Bowl has reactionarily plummeted), has ripped that bet up good and proper. See – it pays to wait.
The doubts over the Patriots were there even before the weekend. Rob Ninkovich had announced a surprise retirement, whilst his replacement Derek Rivers, and top receiver Julian Edleman have both 700-802 succumbed to knee injuries that will rule them out for the season. And injuries now to Hightower and Amendola, only serving to underline that all their injury losses have come at two positions; wideout and edge players.
In the NFC, Seattle still appeal, despite their surprise defeat to the Packers on opening night.