AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA, October 24, 2013 — Forget everything else. The circus is on the verge of returning. Welcome to Favre-watch 2013.
Yes. Again. Last week Sam Bradford was lost for the season due to injury. Jeff Fisher nixed any speculation that his organization would bring in Tim Tebow. Yet the Rams confirmed that they did call Brett Favre.
Strike up the band. Cue the music. The 4-Ever Man is back in the news.
Favre turned the Rams down, but this does not end the story. What makes Favre-watch is the endless media speculation. Will the grizzled veteran see his five o’clock shadow and play six more months of football?
He said no, but coaching high school football, riding a tractor, and playing with grandchildren is not what a man easily settles into after having cheering crowds sing his name and praises.
One can only imagine if Bud Adams is ordering Bum Phillips to get Favre ready to play on Sunday.
Yes, there is a big wide NFL world out there. No one player is bigger than the game.
Yet for one week, for those who enjoy the ups and downs of “As the Favre turns,” there was enough speculation to merit discussion.
Here is the NFL 2013 Week 8 Preview (all times EST) with the point spreads courtesy of “The Linemakers.”
Thursday, October 24, 8:30 p.m.
Carolina Panthers (-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Tom Hanks has a movie coming out where he singlehandedly takes down a bunch of pirates. This movie is loosely based on the 2013 Buccaneers season. Proof that Hollywood takes liberties is that early on in the movie these pirates get a win in battle. Panthers win but fail to cover
Sunday, October 27
Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (-3.5) — Both of these teams have winning records, and they both play on Thanksgiving. This concludes a desperate attempt to find a storyline about slightly better than average teams who will not be playing in February. Lions win but fail to cover
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-7)— Brandon Weeden has lost his job again, which could give Cleveland a chance. Jason Campbell has been a journeyman, but he has talent. However, going on the road against 7-0 Kansas City is not the place for him to learn the playbook. Cleveland’s punter could wear out his leg. Chiefs win but fail to cover
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-6.5) — Once the Patriots dispatch with fading Miami, Bill Bellichick can get back to crying about the officials from their loss last week. Given that the entire Patriots dynasty began with the “Tuck Rule,” a federal judge will be issuing a gag order on all Boston sports teams from now until eternity. Patriots cover
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (-12)— The Bills are looking on Craigslist for somebody to play quarterback. Sean Payton may need a backup quarterback in case Drew Brees gets tired from throwing touchdowns by halftime. Saints cover
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-6) — The Giants got their first win last week, and the Eagles looked horrendous at home last week. Yet to ask either of these teams to win twice in a row is too much to ask. Eagles win but fail to cover
San Francisco 49ers (-16.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars — The 49ers are getting their groove back, while the Jaguars should move to the everglades since they are quarterback is in desperate need of protected status. Their offensive line does resemble swampland, as their signal callers drown in a sea of muck. 49ers win but fail to cover
New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5) — The Jets are overachieving and the Bengals somehow lead a division where everyone else is underachieving. The Jets beat mighty New England last week, so here comes the letdown. Bengals win but fail to cover)
Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders — The Steelers have won two straight after an awful start but the Raiders may not be the same old Raiders from years past. At home, Terrelle Pryor gives fans reason for hope. Upset special, Raiders win outright
Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos (-13) — Mike Shanahan returns to face his old team that fired him. This will not be as sentimental as Peyton Manning’s return, and coming off a loss Manning will be angry and highly effective. Broncos cover
Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals (-2.5) — The Falcons may have saved their season last week while the Cardinals still have a chance at a top draft pick. Atlanta may be done for the year, but they should be able to delay the funeral for at least another week. Upset special, Falcons win outright
Green Bay Packers (-9.5) at Minnesota Vikings — Will Brett Favre…oh, never mind. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are hitting their stride while Josh Freeman is just learning the Minnesota offense. Packers win but fail to cover
Monday, October 28, 8:30 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks (-10.5) at St. Louis Rams — Seattle still looks like a Super Bowl team, and the Rams have lost Sam Bradford for the year. The Rams were expected to take a step this year, but in all fairness they were not told in which direction. St. Louis fans are focusing on baseball, which the Rams also do not play well. Seahawks win but fail to cover
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