5 Reasons You Should Probably Skip Today’s Slate Of NFL Games
Every NFL season, I like to skip at least one Sunday slate of games to take my girl out/do something other than lounge in front of the TV for 12 straight hours. I know, I know. That’s, like, a “Guy Code” violation of some sort. There are only 17 weeks of regular season NFL football, and I shouldn’t really be skipping any of them. But, it’s a pretty easy way to win some brownie points. And, if I’m lucky, I’m back home by 8 o’clock ET and able to catch the Sunday night game anyway. So, it all works out for me.
It’s still pretty early in the 2012-13 NFL season, but this Sunday might be “that” Sunday. Why? Well, for starters, my New York Giants already played the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, so I won’t be missing that game. And, also, have you seen today’s slate of games? Jaguars at Colts? Rams at Bears? Bills at Browns? Lions at Titans? Jets at Dolphins? I mean, need I go on?
This week’s slate of games is weak, to say the least. So, I’m thinking about skipping it altogether. Here’s why you might want to consider doing it, too.
1. The Eagles/Cardinals game is the only game that might actually be worth watching.
And, even that is a stretch. The Cardinals beat the Patriots last week, so we fully expect them to experience a letdown at home against the Eagles. And, if they do happen to win? Well, then they were the home team playing against a team traveling from the East Coast. No biggie.
2. The replacement referees are still in place.
Want to take a stand against the NFL’s replacement referees? Now is definitely the time to do it. A lot of these games are going to be ugly to begin with, and the replacements are only going to make it worse.
3. We could probably tell you who’s going to win every single game today.
Although a lot of the betting lines are pretty close, there are a lot of bottom-feeders playing against playoff contenders this week. We’re sure there will be one or two upsets. But, even if a team like the Buccaneers beats the Cowboys, are you really going to be all that surprised? We doubt it.
4. All of the relatively decent games start after 4PM/EST.
Want to watch a good game at 1PM/EST? Good luck. Even if you don’t plan on boycotting the games today, almost every 1 o’clock game is terrible. The Falcons/Chargers, Texans/Broncos, and Steelers/Raiders all play during the late afternoon. And, you know that you’re going to end up getting called away for dinner during those games anyway, right? So, why even bother?
5. The best game of the entire weekend is on Sunday night.
If you play your cards right and you do everything else that you have to do during Sunday while you’re skipping the Week 3 slate of games, you should still be able to catch a few minutes of the Patriots/Ravens game. And, even if you don’t? Well, it’s only Week 3, and there’s plenty more weeks ahead. If you’re going to sacrifice one week of football this season, let it be this one. We’re sure you’ll survive missing this week’s uninspiring slate of games.