We are somehow a quarter of the way through the NFL season already. It seems like 15 minutes ago we were sitting down to watch the opener in Kansas City, but time is relative these days, isn’t it?
A handful of teams have already distinguished themselves as cross-offs, and the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes appears to be wide open with a number of worthy contestants. We’ve already had the “first coach fired” prop bet settled with Bill O’Brien at + 1,500 taking home the cash. Somehow, eight months ago O’Brien’s Texans were a play or two from putting away the Chiefs and advancing to a home AFC championship game in which they would have been favored. The Texans failed to hold on, of course, and O’Brien’s 22-19 overtime victory against Buffalo the week before ended up being his last as the Texans’ coach.
It never seems to work out when organizations in any sport yield full front-office power to the coach. Doing two jobs at once seems like a recipe for failure. Bill Belichick and the Patriots, as always, are the exception. O’Brien’s dismissal is one heck of a bad beat for anyone who bet Adam Gase to be the first coach fired. The Jets have become unwatchable and reached the point where oddsmakers are daring you to take them. Right bet, wrong result for those who tabbed Gase as the first to go.
Let’s get to the picks for Week 5 ...