Column: Has there ever been a crazier NFL season? Favorites to reach Super Bowl seemingly change every week – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Sez Me …

In so many ways, the NFL is not passing the nose test. The odor especially is strong on the field. Coco would call it Chanel No. 2.

Foul ball.

Suppose they gave a Super Bowl and the only people who came were Roger Goodell, his entourage, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, zebras, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth?

Well, it would be disappointing, because I don’t know if Al and Cris can sing.

Players? Teams? Travel agents are on hold. No reservations yet.

The Vegas oddsboys are the most uncanny people in America, but picking which two teams will meet in Stan Kroenke’s Inglewood Arms come February is a job for the mystical few with crystal eyeballs.

The NFL season is passing its halfway point, and, as one who’s been watching football since Hopalong Cassady was hopping around the Rose Bowl, this is the screwiest year I can remember.

There is no favorite. Oh, there will be one this week, then another the next.

As I wrote, I’m no fan of weekly power rankings. But I asked Rick “Goose” Gosselin (talkoffamenetwork.com), who puts out rankings and knows more about football than any sportswriter on earth, how his have gone this season. “Weeks 1-2, Bucs. Week 3, Rams. Weeks 4-7, Cardinals. Week 8, Rams. Week 9, Cardinals.”

The Bills were thought to be a favorite. Couldn’t score a touchdown on the miserable Jaguars last week.

The mighty Cowboys? Severely bucked by the Broncos.

The surging Rams? Embarrassed at home by the Titans, who were minus two starting O linemen and Derrick Henry, the best back in football (can’t see Tennessee advancing without Henry).

So the Rams went out and signed always-wanting receiver Odell Beckham Jr., thinking he’s the missing piece. Diva wideouts do not win Super Bowls, but they’ve just lost Robert Woods to a torn ACL, so the acquisition looks better today than it did Thursday. Still, the addition of Von Miller is more important.

The Chiefs, preseason darlings, smell. They beat the Packers, but no chance it happens if Aaron “Dr. Curie” Rodgers plays.

I don’t know. The Cardinals seem like the most complete team, but they lost to Rodgers-led Green Bay, and Kyler Murray, who has remarkable ankles, has ankle problems.

They are terribly hard to play, as are the Ravens, with Lamar Jackson. They John Wayned the Judases, but Baltimore struggles when it shouldn’t (barely beat Detroit), got chomped by the Bengals (another pretender that seems to be falling apart), and then fell hard Thursday night in Miami.

I hate to say it, but when The League isn’t very good, I tend to go where Jim Brandenburg always told me to look — the jockeys. And the best rider among them is Bill Belichick, especially dangerous when he doesn’t ride the best horses (the one year he had Secretariat he got beat).

I don’t like the Patriots very much, but they have a very good defense, rarely beat themselves, have a quarterback in Mac Jones, who, although a rookie, tends not to screw things up, and the AFC is not good.

I worry about them.

The NFL team that used to be here? The Judases/L.A. Lodgers can beat anybody and seemingly lose to anybody. You can’t allow teams 200 yards rushing and expect to be playing in your rented space come February.

And then there’s Tampa, with Tom Brady.

I don’t like this. Brady and Belichick don’t rent. They’re the only ones who own houses in this neighborhood. Don’t bet against the house. …

Legend of The Fall Guy: Jon Gruden is suing the NFL. Hope he’s allowed to chew gum on the long line. …

The Packers didn’t get much Love. …

The Chiefs can’t help but be scary. They’re either an unexploded live bomb or dud. …

To show you how desperate people are for a taste of football, even if it’s undercooked liver, Packers-Chiefs bore was the highest-rated Sunday afternoon game this season. …

It’s doubtful Rodgers even felt the slap on the wrist ($14,650) he got from The League for his “indiscretion.” It’s disgraceful. …

Green Bay fined $300K for its breach of COVID protocol. Or less than $1 per owner. …

CeeDee Lamb was fined $10,000 for waving at (not endangering) an opposing player. …

Hard to really believe State Farm is there for Aaron. …

Miami DBs blitzed Lamar 24 times. He was 2 of 14 on third downs. Copycats hit their Xerox machines. …

What Happens In Vegas Stinks In Vegas Sezment: The Raiders now have released their two 2020 No. 1s — Henry Ruggs III and Damon Arnette. Plus, their head coach. Plus, their president. …

The officiating in Bears-Steelers was an embarrassment to bad officials everywhere, and that covers more ground than the Great Barrier Reef. …

Sean McVay says it’s amazing to acquire a player of OBJ’s skills this late in the season. Maybe there’s a reason? …

The Browns are like The League office. No backs. …

After eight games as Kevin Gilbride, Matt Nagy suddenly is Bill Walsh. …

CFP committee ranks Michigan ahead of Michigan State, concluding “Michigan was the better team.” Sure wasn’t two weeks ago. …

Priorities in Order Dept.: The A’s are putting their managerial search on hold while they concentrate on getting a new stadium built. …

If the A’s aren’t going to Vegas, Sinatra and Ed Graney didn’t, either. …

UCSD men’s basketball beats Cal. Ahead of its time. …

Five Gold Gloves? How did anybody get a hit vs. the Cardinals? Ridiculous. Obviously, defense doesn’t win championships. …

Who votes for Gold Gloves, Tishaura Jones? Who’s she? Mayor of St. Louis. …

It’s time for a designated hitter to get a Gold Glove. …

The Twins were smart enough not to hire Jayce Tingler as clubhouse coach. …

Speaking of the Twins, here’s hoping Tony Oliva rides into Cooperstown on the Senior ticket. I never enjoyed anyone swinging a bat more than I did Tony Oliva. …

Matt Araiza did not punt his freshman year. He punted five times as a sophomore. Marshall Faulk didn’t start at the beginning of his All-American freshman season. What the hell’s going on at San Diego State? …

Arizona is hiring pitching coach Brent Strom, a great three-sport athlete at San Diego High, good guy, and a boyhood curveball nemesis on Washington Elementary’s playground. …

If you could ask Saint Peter one question, what would it be? Mine: How can anyone line up in the neutral zone? …

USD’s men’s basketballers rout La Verne 103-38, angering Shirley. …

What came first for the Aztecs, Montezuma’s revenge or bad free-throw shooting? …

Big Pharma: For magnanimously raising the cost of Alzheimer’s drugs. Are you kidding me?

After last week, are you certain you want athletes to be your children’s role models? Don’t ever doubt Charles Barkley. …

Kareem on Rodgers: “If he ever requires open-heart surgery will he hand the scalpel to romance writers because they know about matters of the heart?” …

Jimmy Kimmel on Rodgers saying if the vaccine is so great why do some people still get COVID?: “For the same reason you’re great and Green Bay hasn’t won a Super Bowl in 10 years.” …

Despite Big Bird’s incessant clucking, turkeys see no reason to get vaccinated this month.