By Jeffrey Beall
Coming off a 5-1 week lets see if the success can continue:
Denver @ New York Jets (Broncos -9.5): Jets don’t have a consistent quarterback anymore and the offense most likely to pick apart a decent Jets defense is Denver.
Washington @ Arizona (Cardinals -3.5): Washington coming off short week and big game against Seattle and have to travel across the country… not favorable.
Chicago @ Atlanta (Falcons -3.5): I’m going to keep riding the Falcons at home because both of these teams are as inconsistent as it gets.
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay (Ravens -3.5): I’m starting to not like these three and a half point spreads
San Francisco @ St. Louis (49ers -3.5): I’ve learned nothing.
San Diego @ Oakland (Chargers -7.5): Because why the hell not Oakland is awful.
I realize I will probably be in the minority with this opinion but as I sit here and watch the end of a game that kicked off 3 hours and 22 minutes ago, I can’t take it anymore…. this sport takes too long.
I love football I really do, I watch every Saturday and Sunday and usually pick up some of the games on Monday and Thursday. An NFL or college football game has 15 minute quarters which equates to an hour of game time yet takes an average of two hours to complete! It is insane how often the clock stops in this game. Soccer games are 90 minutes in game time and between a 15 minute halftime usually take around two hours to complete. There is no reason a sport with a clock that is 30 minutes shorter in game length should take an extra 60-80 minutes on average to complete.
You don’t have to reduce the amount of football on television (nor do I think you ever will). Just reduce how frequently the game clock stops. Stop having so many commercial time outs and only let the clock stop inside maybe the last 5 minutes of each quarter. Might reduce the amount of hits given or received and maybe even reduce injuries.
Again I realize this will fall on deaf (or no) ears but please, please, reduce the length of these games.