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CORRECTION: Last week, I was cutting and pasting from several different previews/files with notes I keep on NFL teams and divisions. I cut and pasted a few paragraphs about the Seahawks and Pete Carroll when the TNF game featured NFC West rivals Arizona & San Francisco. I thought I had deleted the misplaced copy, and I was wrong.

My apologies for the mistake. I confess being founder, writer, and editor, and “web master” makes attaining industry standard, clean, professional posts more difficult than I imagined.

I edited the post after initial publication; my Picks for the game were not altered.


What a long, strange trip it’s been, this 2019 NFL campaign.

Is it some cosmic agitation stemming from the landmark centennial year celebrating one of America’s most enduring and beloved cultural institutions, or is the current NFL season just another reminder how random, ironic, and merciless the conspiracy of time and space can be?

Last week, the underachieving, sometimes hard-luck, and too often mind boggling Bolts struck lighting in a bottle in their home high school stadium, torching the 7-1 Packers. The Electricians held Aaron Rodger to 11 points, two first downs, and zero first half points; Rodgers was Green Bays leading rusher with 30 yards. Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa each had a sack and a half and tormented Rodgers all day.

This was the same Charger team that has failed to win back-to-back games this year after posting a stellar 12-4 record in 2018.

Somebody explain that to me, please.

Rodgers suggested in his post game presser, the Packers were starting to believe media opinions they were headed to the Super Bowl. The Chargers believe they’re finally playing up to their potential.

Thanks, that clears everything up.

Meanwhile, in Oakland, nobody knows what to believe. John Gruden came into the locker room, traded away defensive stud, Khalil, Mack and WR Amari Cooper and his Raiders find themselves sitting at 4-4, in the thick of every game, and fielding a potential rookie of the year in RB, Josh Jacobs—who ran over the Lions last weekend.

When division games featuring, unpredictable teams pop up on TNF, I look for the most talented squad with the better QB—that means we’re taking the Chargers, the point, and the Under.

Chargers 24 Raiders 23

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