You would think, based on the headlines, that issues other than gridiron have come to dominate the NFL.
Fights in the stands at games, domestic abuse and drug issues, not to mention political statements, seem to grab far more attention that what is happening on the field.
It gives us great pleasure, therefore, to tip what looks to be the game to watch this week.
That would be the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs play in Arrowhead Stadium, although we doubt that it is called that any more, as NFL stadium naming rights are far beyond the pocketbooks of any arrowheads we know. Just having a mild joke there. The Chiefs’ facility has retained the name. Apparently, no corporate entity considers naming rights to a small, second or third tier U.S. city worth the millions they typically lavish to have their names above the door.
At any rate, the undefeated Chiefs, the only undefeated side remaining in the gridiron competition, are 3.5-point favourites over the Steelers.
The game should provide plenty of entertainment value, regardless. Ben Roethlisberger will be playing with fire in his belly after tossing a career-high five interceptions last week and the Steelers have two of the most electrifying players in the league in running back La’Veon Bell and arguable the league’s best wide receiver in Antonio Brown.
It might be a nice game on which to have a punt. Ladbrokes has 70 markets available, ranging from head-to-head and line betting to some interesting over-under markets to some bizarre exotics.
Another game that holds promise is the Green Bay Packers touring to play the Minnesota Vikings, a Division rivalry that seldom disappoints.
The slumping Patriots play the surprising Jets in New York, another game that holds promise.
The week concludes with the Sunday evening game between the New York Giants on the home ground of the Denver Broncos. Skip that one. The Giants have not won all season and Denver does not seem likely to be willing to entertain stopping that losing streak.