If you were in New York today, you may be hearing some squawking about Jets coach Eric Mangini kicking a field goal with 32 seconds left rather than going for a touchdown. The 35-yard field goal made the score, 24-18, and Mangini then went for a onside kick that failed. It was probably the sound football decision, or at least arguably so. But if the Jets had gone for and made the TD and then went for the onside, they would have at least covered the point spread (they were getting three points).
Another point-spread issue that's been brought up elsewhere, at the Pro Football Talk Web site, for instance, was Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden not saying that he had no intention of playing QB Jeff Garcia for the past two weeks. PFT makes the legitimate point that that is just the type of insider information that can be traded for dough. And that's why the NFL has rules for accurately reporting injuries. Earlier in the year, I criticized Oakland coach Lane Kiffin for withholding information on his starting QB (that did not involve injury, however) and the same goes for Gruden. Especially, Gruden because of the injury business. This kind of gamesmanship is the kind of stuff that sets the stage for scandal.
OK, the record here for the weekend was 2-0. We benefited from Mangini's field goal decision because we selected the Browns. San Diego was our other winner and we were lucky to get it.The season record is 25-19-2.
We like the New Orleans Saints, giving four tonight over the Falcons, especially with Michael Vick being sentenced today, but we're not going to be greedy.