This is a weekly free therapy session I provide for not only myself, but for all football fans. If you’re looking for politically correct, mainstream, polite, NFL content, you’ve come to the wrong place. In fact, on any given week you should be prepared to either agree with me or be offended, belittled, shocked, and insulted.
You can expect to find anger, sarcasm, foul language (I will do my best to refrain), and whatever the hell else I’m feeling come 1 am CST Tuesday mornings this NFL season. So, lie down on your couch and grab your tissue because your NFL Week 9 session has begun…….
As I watched all of the pre-game shows on Sunday morning I saw almost every “expert” pick New England Patriots to win on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Some were even suggesting that it could get ugly for the Steelers. It seemed as if each channel and personality was saying the same thing, “Brady has Pittsburgh’s number” Okay, I realize that the past can lay context clues for the future but you can’t take the past decade into account and leave out the most recent past. Like the past seven weeks of this NFL season.
These “experts” weighed what Tom Brady did to a Pittsburgh team five years ago more than what this team was showing this year. These are two completely different teams from any previous matchups. Listening to the pundits, I couldn’t understand how there was no one taking about a talented, defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh team playing at home?
I was puzzled as if they didn’t realize that Ben Roethlisberger had gone to three Super Bowls and won two, both just one shy of the NFL media’s golden boy. Yes, don’t act like it’s a big secret, the NFL and it’s media protect Brady’s legacy & the legacy of his coach at every turn. If any other team drafted Ryan Mallett, traded for Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth, then cut their big signee from last season (Leigh Bodden), and changed the defense in a lockout shorten year turning it into a 32nd ranked pass defense, they would be crucified. But not only are those facts not mentioned, they are neglected when picking games.
If I didn’t tell you names but I told you that a quarterback that had gone to four Super Bowls and had a receiver that had 785 receiving yards after six games but had a 32nd ranked pass defense was facing a quarterback that had gone to three Super Bowls and had a receiver with 730 receiving yards after 7 games but had the #1 ranked pass defense, who would you pick? Oh, by the way, the team with the first ranked pass ‘D’ and the Super Bowl caliber QB that’s facing the 32nd ranked pass defense also plays on a defending AFC Champion team and the game will take place in his home stadium.
This might not piss you off as much as it does me but it gets under my skin. If I wanted to hear bias New England opinion, I would just listen to Boston sports talk all day or call up Roger Goodell while he’s out to afternoon tea with Robert Kraft. The score (25-17) indicated the game was closer than it actually was. Tom Brady struggled (198 yds) against the Steelers pass defense and Roethlisberger had his way (365 yds) with New England’s. The craziest part is the reaction of the TV clowns. I actually heard one ask the question, “How did this happen?” Seriously?
I expect more out of ESPN, NFL Network, CBS, FOX, and NBC. There is already enough BS having to listen to the former players pick games, always choosing their former teams. If their former “team” was 0-8 and playing the 7-0 Packers they would select their former team. Who wants to listen to that? If they are on a national stage, they need to put bias aside, if not, they need to go back to their local market where they can hometown chants on TV and pick the home team no matter the facts.
Jayson Braddock is an NFL Scout / NFL Writer & On-Air Personality. Jayson is also a football insider for the Dylan Gwinn show on 790 AM in Houston, TX - Listeners NOT in the Houston metropolitan area can hear Jayson on iheart radio or sports790.com. You can also catch Jayson on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Scott Engel and the morning crew every Thursday at 10:30am ET. You may email Jayson directly @ email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @JaysonBraddock