Week 3 NFL Pick: Chiefs-Eagles on Thursday Night and Reid’s Jet Lag Apocalypse
Yesterday afternoon, I found myself in the middle of Amsterdam taking a free Walking Tour of the city with my friend M. Though there were some special pastries happily migrating through my stomach, I did not want to go on a walking tour. Walking tours make me think of cattle, which makes me think of PETA canvassers trying to convince me not to eat beef. (Lol cows. YOU’LL NEVER WIN.)
Anyway, I couldn’t ditch the tour because M was happier than I’d ever seen her. She was fixated on our tour guide, Julian, a dashing tall Aussie with a 7th-grade hair flip that had been her tour guide the last time she was in Amsterdam. This serendipity locked her face in a state of total ecstasy. It was a look I knew—it was the look staring back at me in the mirror every football Sunday.
So, despite having spent the previous night in fitful plane sleep, I trudged through Amsterdam for three and a half hours for M’s sake. I even wingmanned her, and later on, we got a beer with Julian. I’m honestly shocked that he didn’t end up locked in her carry-on when we headed back to the airport for our flight to Tel Aviv.
Oh yeah, I’m in Tel Aviv for the next month. Why? Because M and I somehow convinced our bosses and clients that it was a good idea to let us live/work a block from a beach in one of the most beautiful party cities in the world. We arrived at 3 AM this morning, and I’m still disoriented. No matter how tough you are, jetlag plays tricks on your body and mind. You’re just not right. Which is why I’m picking…
EAGLES (-3) over Chiefs
The Chiefs are facing a double whammy. (Which isn’t a SUBtember sandwich, calm down Mr. Reid). First, it’s going to feel like the game is starting at 10:25 PM for the Chiefs, a time when players’ bodies and minds start to slow down. Plus, there will probably be some sort of apocalyptic weather delay (THANKS OBAMA!) that will move kickoff to between 10:55 PM and 3 AM.
Secondly, the Chiefs have had three fewer days than normal to prepare for Chip Kelly’s offense, which seems like a terrible idea.
And fuck it, let’s supersize this analysis with a third factor going against the Chiefs: Because of the short week, they’re going to get particularly fatigued…not a good thing when you’re playing the hyper-charged Eagles.
Eagles 27 Chiefs 17
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