NFL Betting Predictions: Week 11 Opening Line Report and Picks
I’m not one to name winners and losers in a trade. I like to let trades play out. But I’d like to revisit one of the most ridiculous trades in NFL history.
You know exactly where I’m going with this.
On Sunday, DeAndre Hopkins scored the game-winning touchdown for Arizona against the Buffalo Bills on a hail mary, catching the ball above three Bills defenders and securing it for a completed catch and touchdown.
Apparently, at the time of the trade, Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien had a disagreement with Hopkins and wanted him out. These are reports and of course, we don’t know exactly what happened.
Anyway, the trade was this:
DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to Arizona for running back David Johnson, a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and a fourth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Hopkins currently has 67 receptions for 861 yards and four touchdowns. The 67 receptions and 861 yards are second in the NFL this season. In the game against the Bills, he single-handedly won the game with 127 yards receiving and seven receptions, with one being the game-winner.
David Johnson has run the ball for 103 times and 408 yards with three touchdowns on the season and currently has a concussion. Now, the Texans couldn’t predict injury, but it’s now pretty clear that the Texans made the biggest mistake during the off-season.
Many NFL executives called this move by the Texans “a joke” before the season began. Now you can quote me. That trade was a joke. The Cardinals schooled the Texans, and now Houston, even with Watson, are nowhere close to the playoffs this season.
Meanwhile, Hopkins is back with a contender in the Cardinals in a very tough division. He’s got to be the happiest man on the planet.
Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks (+3.5, 58): We saw this game play out already. The Cardinals upset the Seahawks in an offensive shootout. Hopkins had 10 receptions for 103 yards with a touchdown. Just about every big receiver has had big days against the Seahawks secondary. Murray threw for 360 yards and three touchdowns along with an interception. He outplayed Russell Wilson, who threw for 388 yards but had three interceptions to go along with three touchdowns. The Seahawks are struggling a bit, and it’s hard to think that the Cardinals won’t be able to stick around in this game, too. Pick: Cardinals.
New England Patriots vs Houston Texans (+2.5, 48): Sure, the Texans have been bad this season. But they’ve been so bad that they’re actual underdogs against a Patriots team that has won two fluke games. The Patriots, behind Newton, scrambled their way to a win against the Jets and then defeated the Ravens thanks to a tornado on the field. The Texans don’t have a poor offense on paper, but reality is they’re not getting the job done. Plus, the defense, even with JJ Watt, has not lived up to the hype this season. This game is super hard to predict, but I think the Patriots believe they can still make a run for the playoffs, especially with the potential expansion. Pick: Patriots
Green Bay Packers vs Indianapolis Colts (-2.5, 51): How many times have we seen Philip Rivers as a favorite against Aaron Rodgers? The Colts defense has been tremendous, and the Packers offense looked really bad for most of the game against the Jaguars. But the Packers found a way to win. That’s what matters. Rarely do we see two straight poor games from Rodgers. Meanwhile, Philip Rivers has been solid for the Colts. He’s got plenty of weapons and is figuring out ways to utilize them all. Rookies like Jonathan Taylor and Michal Pittman have seen an increased role, and they’re playing well. However, this seems like the perfect let down spot for the Colts with Aaron Rodgers having a field day against a really good Colts defense. Pick: Packers
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