It’s a good thing Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson are friends. That probably made it much easier for the former to accept the fact that the guy he got an autograph from after the game pushed his team into a virtual must-win against Indianapolis. On a short week, no less.
That was a mouthful, but while Watson was posing for pictures with Jackson after that 41-7 embarrassment, Jacoby Brissett and the Colts were quietly snagging the AFC South lead by burying the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That means the winner of this game gets a one-game lead down the stretch and a divisional win, which can be huge for any tiebreaker scenario.
I could’ve just put it like this – this week’s installment of Thursday Night Football could ultimately decide who wins the AFC South when it’s all said and done.
It’s cool to get a primetime game that actually matters again.
Standings aside, there are plenty of betting angles I like in this game. I’m going all totals here, simply due to the volatility that divisional tilts can sometimes bring.
Let’s take a look at a couple of my favorite TNF football plays.