For the first time in who-knows-how-long, an NFL weekend passed and I didn't get to watch a lick of it.
So, this week, I want you guys to each post one "football thought" bullet point of the week, and I'll promote the best ones to this top post, for posterity.
Bills at Browns: Suddenly, CJ Spiller is the most productive and explosive back in the NFL. In two games, he's shown ability only hinted at across his 11 starts over his first two years. Over in Cleveland, Brandon Weeden went from the NFL's least effective QB in week 1 to one of its most productive the following week. Mario Williams and the Bills front four has been a bit quiet so far, but I think they might start making themselves known this week. Bills
Jets at Dolphins: Well hello there, Reggie Bush. Maybe that production last year, your first in Miami, didn't in fact represent a peak. Bush has played like a feature back since the moment he left New Orleans, and is looking like he's finally kicking off his career (and at 27, not a moment too soon). It was back down to earth for Sanchez and the Jets last week, not just for their offense, but an underperforming defense as well. I expect that defense will show Tannehill some things he's yet to see, but I'll still pick the team that has the only offensive weapon that's rolling. Dolphins
Patriots at Ravens: Just when the offense starts picking up in Baltimore, the defense has problems. Baltimore's defense is currently ranked 27th in the league. That won't cut it with the Patriots coming into town. New England is playing like New England, albeit with more running game than we've seen since Corey Dillon. It's quite an offense when Aaron Hernandez goes down and no one really bats an eye. I like the Ravens' chances this season, but the defense has to turn around soon, and I don't know that this is the game where it happens. Patriots
Buccaneers at Cowboys: Dallas is favored by 8 points - the second largest spread of the week - which seems to underrate Tampa, if you ask me. Granted, giving up a 500+ yard passing day isn't going to win you much respect. But I expect Tampa will make more of a game of it than the oddsmakers are crediting them for. That said, it's still early. Dallas disappoints the state of Texas every year because they look awesome early. And after getting thumped by Seattle, they have to bounce back ASAP or they won't build up those expectations to crush later. Cowboys
And the die rolls gives up a 3, which means...
Jaguars at Colts: Oh hell. With the offensive line starting 3 bench scrubs (I don't even know who the frack Herb Taylor is) and Daryl Smith still out, I'm not sure even I can pick the Jags. The team's failure to address OL depth in the offseason is biting them squarely in the cheeks right now. Gabbert in week 1 looked like a passer starting to come together, but that next step in development will be hard to come by without some baseline level of protection. Oh hell, Jaguars anyway. Shut up, don't judge me. I said shut up, Gumbie.
I'll edit in last week's pick'em results later this evening.