NFL WEEK 9 THOUGHTS OF A MADMAN. ARE INJURIES HANDICAPS?
Fri, Nov 3, 2023
WEEK 9 "INJURIES" I MEAN HANDICAPS.
THIS STATEMENT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE NFL. THIS IS A CRAZY THOUGHT I HAVE IN MY HEAD.
Teams are balanced through a unique system of handicaps. In this innovative approach, teams are required to sit their star players due to a set of carefully crafted algorithms, although the league publicly states that these players are sidelined due to injuries. This creative narrative provides them with the freedom to shape the league's storyline and maintain a balanced gameplay experience for all teams involved.
The handicaps can be diverse, ranging from tactical restrictions to player limitations, ensuring that each team faces different challenges. For instance, one team might have to play without their stud running-back, while another team could be limited on defense by having to sit their star defensive-end. These handicaps not only level the playing field but also add an exciting layer of strategy and unpredictability to the matches.
By presenting these handicaps as injuries to the star players, you can maintain the illusion of a realistic sports league while secretly orchestrating a dynamic and engaging competition. This approach allows them to craft intriguing plotlines, showcase underdog stories, and surprise the audience with unexpected twists, all while keeping the balance within the league intact.
This is what an imaginary league would look like if it used handicaps to balance the game.
MIA 25 - 26 KC (-1.5) O/U50.5
DOLPHINS WILL NEED TO SIT EITHER TWO
DEFENSIVE STUDS OR TWO OFFENSIVE STUDS
INCLUDING THE RUNNING-BACK.
CHIEFS WILL HAVE ALL WEAPONS ON
DEFENSE AND OFFENSE AVAILABLE.
ARZ 17 - 26.5 CLV (-3) O/U37.5
CARDINALS WILL NEED TO SIT A STUD WR
OR RB IF KYLER PLAYS.
BROWNS WILL HAVE ALL WEAPONS AVAILABLE
INCLUDING THE SPIDERMAN (DW).
YES, DESHAUN'S FAVORITE MOVE IS THE SPIDERMAN.
IF YOU DON'T KNOW, DON'T ASK.
CHI 22 - 26 NO (-8.5) O/U41
SAINTS HAVE TO SIT 4 STARTERS ON
OFFENSE AND 3 STARTERS ON DEFENSE!
TAYSOM HILL WILL QB THIS GAME FOR THE SAINTS.
BEARS WILL GO IN FULLY LOADED
AND FIELDS IS PLAYING.
FLIP THIS SCORE TO A BEARS WIN 26 - 22 SAINTS.
THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE ALL ABOUT
BOTH QBS SETTING RUSHING RECORDS.
THE BEARS ARE THE BETTER COACHED TEAM.
LAR 21 - 14 GB (-3.5) O/U38.5
I HAD A SPLIT ON THIS GAME.
THE OTHER TOTAL HAS THE PACKERS
WINNING LAR 21 - 25.5 GB.
PACKERS HAVE TO LIMIT RB JONES TOUCHES
AND A STUD WR'S TOUCHES OR JUST NOT USE JONES
AT ALL AND THE PACKERS ALSO HAVE
TO SIT TWO STUD DEFENSIVE PLAYERS.
RAMS CAN GO IN FULLY LOADED.
I EXPECT STAFFORD TO PLAY.
THE RAMS CAN'T SPARE ANYONE, EVERYONE PLAYS.
MIN 12 - 28 ATL (-4.5) O/U37.5
ORIGINAL SCORE PREDICTION HAD
MIN WINNING BY 2 POINTS,
MIN 27 - 25 ATL. BUT WITH THE UPDATED SCORE
AND THE QB CHANGES, THE WINNER FLIPS.
FALCONS HAVE TO SIT A LOT OF PLAYERS.
EITHER THEY HAVE TO SIT 2 DEFENSIVE
PLAYERS AND 2 OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OR
1 OFFENSIVE PLAYER AND 3 DEFENSIVE PLAYERS.
THE FALCONS WILL SIT B-ROB AND TIGHT-END PIT.
IT'S ON TAKIS SHOULDERS.
SEA 14 - 26 BAL (-6) O/U44
THIS GAME HAD AN INITIAL SCORE PREDICTION
OF SEA 23 - 15 BAL, STATING SEATTLE WON.
RAVENS HAVE TO SIT 1 STUD DEFENDER
AND 1 STUD OFFENSIVE PLAYER OR
2 STUD DEFENDERS.
TB 26 - 21 HOU (-2.5) O/U40
TEXANS HAVE TO SIT 2 OFFENSIVE STUDS.
BUCS CAN GO IN FULLY LOADED.
WSH 27 - 24 NE (-3) O/U40.5
PATRIOTS HAVE TO SIT 1 DEFENSIVE STUD.
SKINS CAN GO IN FULLY LOADED.
(-2.5) IND 23 - 20.5 CAR O/U44
THE NFL COULD NITPICK THIS AND MAKE THE
COLTS ADJUST BY SITTING AN OFFENSIVE PLAYER
OR A DEFENSIVE PLAYER BUT IT'S CLOSE.
PANTHERS CAN GO IN FULLY
LOADED (WHATEVER THAT MEANS).
DAL 27 - 32.5 PHI (-3) O/U47
IT CAN GO ONE OF TWO WAYS.
DALLAS SITS TWO STUDS ON DEFENSE AND
EAGLES SIT TWO STUDS ON OFFENSE OR
BOTH TEAMS GO IN FULLY LOADED.
THE CATCH? IF BOTH TEAMS AGREE TO
GO IN FULLY THAT MEANS THEY ARE MATCHING UP
DEFENSE TO OFFENSE INSTEAD OF
BALANCING OFFENSES AND DEFENSES
TO MATCH. SOMETIMES WHEN
TEAMS SCRIPT THE GAME
IN THIS MANNER D VS O, ONE TEAM
FAILS TO SCORE MORE THAN
9 POINTS. THE FIRST DRIVES
WILL TELL YOU ALMOST
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.
EVERYONE PICKED EAGLES TO WIN.
NYG 19 - 20 LV (-1.5) O/U37
ORIGINAL SCORE PREDICTION WAS NYG 24 - 29 LV.
GIANTS SIT 1 STUD DEFENSIVE PLAYER OR STUD RB.
RAIDERS SIT 1 STUD DEFENSIVE PLAYER.
BUF 26 - 21 CIN (-2) O/U49.5
THIS GAME HAS THE SAME MAKEUP AS
THE DALLAS - PHILLY GAME.
EITHER BOTH TEAMS ADJUST OR THEY
GO IN FULLY LOADED.
KEEP AN EYE ON THE "INJURY REPORT".
IF IT DOESN'T LIST A STUD DEFENSIVE OR OFFENSIVE
PLAYER FOR EACH TEAM THEN THEY
ARE GOING IN FULLY LOADED.
IF THEY GO IN FULLY LOADED, THERE COULD BE
A TEAM THAT FAILS TO SCORE MORE THAN 9 POINTS.
(-3.5) LAC 23 - 19 NYJ O/U40.5
MY INITIAL SCORE PREDICTION
HAD THE CHARGERS LOSING
LAC 17 - 19.5 NYJ. THE UPDATED
SCORE SHOWS LAC WINNING
BY 4 POINTS WHICH ALIGNS WITH
THE VEGAS SPREAD OF LAC-3.5.
CHARGERS HAVE ALL THEIR WEAPONS
AVAILABLE TO THEM.
JETS HAVE TO SIT 4 STUD DEFENDERS
OR 1 OFFENSIVE STUD RB AND 3 DEFENDERS.