By HCR Staff | Oct. 10, 2019
Are you one of those fans who only watches where the ball is during a game? If you are, that’s okay (we’re not here to judge) but keep in mind there also is a lot more action going on. And that additional action can determine the outcome of a lot of of games.
This is what we see for Week 6.
Weather in New England. Bill Belichick can control a lot of things, but one thing that even he might acknowledge is out of his control is the weather. The New York Giants come into the game with a ton of injuries, and the Patriots also are suffering from their share as well. On a sunny day with no wind, the Patriots should cover this spread without a problem. However, rain and 30 mph wind and gusts are forecast for the game, and in those conditions, the ball can be difficult to handle. These conditions definitely will impact how the game plays out. We believe both teams will have to start the game conservatively, and in our view, this helps the Giants ability to at least keep it close early. Additionally, if New England does go up by two possessions, throwing a wet ball around in a crazy wind probably doesn’t seem like a good way to close out a game. Bettors beware.
One extra day to gameplan makes a big difference in the NFL. Our game of the week here at HCR is the San Francisco 49ers at the Los Angeles Rams. Not only are these teams battling for the division lead, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay are close friends who are locked in a great competition to be considered the NFL’s next best young head coach. In this Week 6 matchup, however, McVay gets one extra day to prepare for a home game, and we think that is going to make a big difference. We expect to see a few more wrinkles in the Rams offense that they previously have not shown. As for the 49ers, it’ll be interesting to see if Shanahan dials up some of their more slow developing plays. Shanahan will be playing with two backup starting offensive tackles and he definitely is going to have to game plan around that.
Marcus Mariota is better than Mitch Trubisky right? Right? Mariota and the Tennessee Titans travel to Denver, and on paper, it appears a winnable game. Some of HCR’s friends believe that Mariota is comparable to Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky…and not in a good way. We want to believe that Mariota is a better player, particularly since he’s been in the league longer. But admittedly, we’re still not sure that Mariota will ever grow beyond what he has done thus far. He looks often like a player who might have hit his ceiling. We think this game is a good measuring stick for Mariota, at least with respect to the Trubisky comparisons. Denver head coach Vic Fangio schemed up Trubisky pretty well earlier in the season, and we’ll see if he can do the same with Mariota.
Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia knows how to beat the Green Bay Packers, and that’s with a highly disciplined pass-rush. What does this mean? It means that Patricia will coach up his defensive line to keep Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers contained in the pocket. So we don’t envision too many hard up field rushes for the Lions, and they’ll make sure they keep contain on the outside. The last thing that Patricia wants is Rodgers running around free and improvising. There are many within the league who think that Rodgers can get a little antsy if he has to sit in the pocket longer than he is comfortable, and it’ll be interesting to see if Patricia goes with this game plan again.