Five National Football League teams won their opening games by double digits. They were the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals.
In second week action, four of those teams lost straight-up and four lost against the point spread.
How about the five teams that were beaten by double-digits in Week One? They were the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans.
Four of those teams were in action yesterday, and two of them won straight-up, Chicago and Tennessee. The fifth team from the group that got blown out last week are in action tonight when the Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions.
While first week results are less often repeated in second week games, they always set up a team for what is to come next. Do you really want to be on the wrong side of tonight’s game by betting against Aaron Rodgers and company earning a quick redemption for last week’s blowout 38-3 loss to the Saints?
So, take the Packers to drill the Lions and laugh all the way to the payout window?
The defending NFC North Division champion Packers and reigning league Most Valuable Player, Rodgers, may have more problems than just a one game blip on their radar. Perhaps, last week’s thumping by New Orleans is a sign for what is to come in Rodgers’ likely last year in Green Bay.
The Packers have mistreated their quarterback for the past two years. First, they didn’t add the impact offensive player the team needed to get over the hump following an NFC Championship Game loss to the San Francisco 49ers two seasons ago. Instead of giving Rodges a playmaker, they drafted what they hope to be his replacement, quarterback Jordan Love.
Then there is the coaching decision that the Packers opponent applauded. With just over two minutes remaining in the NFC Championship Game, Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur opted to kick a near meaningless field goal from inside the ten yard line when Green Bay needed a touchdown and two point conversion to catch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Strike three may have already occurred with this team in Rodgers’ eyes, when they did not negotiate a long-term deal with the three time league MVP this off-season. The drama was worthy of an episode of The Bachelor television show.
After all this dissension between the organization and their star quarterback, Rodgers went out in the opener and led the favored Packers to a 35 points loss while surrendering two interceptions to Sean Payton’s crew.
And now they are favored by double-digits.
What else can the point spread be when Green Bay is meeting a team under first-year head coach Dan Campbell that hasn’t won a game since he took over? Not in the preseason and not last week when they got beat a lot worse on the field than the final score, 41-33, might indicate.
The Lions future is bright. They traded longtime starting quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams and got in return three high draft choices and quarterback Jared Goff, who guided the Rams to the Super Bowl three years ago. With Goff and a bevy of draft selections, the Lions could soon become a contender in the NFC North.
But, right now, they aren’t.
So, this is a case of I don’t want that and I don’t want that.
I don’t want a Packers team that may be on the outs with their quarterback, and I don’t want a Lions team facing a Green Bay squad that is in a prime spot where most teams would respond with a big effort off of last week's shellacking.