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NFL Week 4 Pressure (Hour 2)

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September 28, 2023 8:15 pm

NFL Week 4 Pressure (Hour 2)

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September 28, 2023 8:15 pm

Onsides/Offsides l Which team has the most pressure to win this weekend? l Most exciting CFB game of the weekend?


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That's and have it delivered for free. Music. Zach's taking on the most polarizing issues in sports. Which side of the line of scrimmage will he end up on? Offside, defense number 69.

It's Onsides, Offsides with Zach Gelb on CBS Sports Radio. Music. Z? I don't think I've ever heard you really just say Zach. I don't think I've ever called you Z. I've heard Z before from you. I'm not a person who just says the one initial. You sure about that?

That feels weird to me. Z? All right, Z? Z-man? I love a man at the end. You go Z-man.

I wasn't expecting though. All right, Zach. Okay, Gelb. I've never heard you just call me by my last name, I will say. You are not to me a last name guy. Oh, I am.

Oh, you couldn't be further wrong than that. Yeah, for me, I don't get Gelb vibe. Everyone Gelb, Gelb, Gelb. Big G, Gelb. Big G, Gelb.

That's all people would call me. Interesting. Yeah. All right. Well, mix that in.

Mix that in as well. Gelb. All right, Gelb.

See, but I don't know. So, on the radio, I don't think people just call me Gelb. Like some callers will call me Gelb. But you know who used to call me Gelb all the time when he would fill in and do Onside, Offside?

And it drove people nuts. Shep, the first time he filled in, he said Gelb, but he said it weird. He was like, Gelb? Like, all right, Gelb. And it was just weird from Shep. How do you butcher Gelb?

That's truly- Only David Shepherd. One of the easiest last names to ever pronounce. I think it was because the way Shep speaks, like, all right, Gelb. How you doing, Gelb?

How you doing? He does whisper. All right. Very, literally, very soft-spoken. Yeah, like, it's not easy when you whisper to say Gelb, like, all right, Gelb.

No, it almost requires you, since you're whispering, to kind of make it G-I-L-B instead of G-E-L-B. But anyway, judging by Shep's social media behavior in the last day, I don't know if you even want to be associated with it. Some of the things he was tweeting out to, what was it, Jason Veritek's wife? I think it was. Did you see these tweets from Shepherd? I did. I did. I did. Shep was going after Jason Veritek's wife because she said, bleep you, Curt Schilling.

That wasn't your place. And if you follow that story, I think- I used to like Curt Schilling. I used to like him as a radio guest, and then he's just become someone that you can't put on the air. And we're not always going to agree, but it's got to a point where it's just been unacceptable, and you couldn't justify having him on, but I would love talking baseball with him. But I saw that Curt Schilling, he revealed that Tim Wakefield has brain cancer and his wife, Tim Wakefield's wife, has pancreatic cancer, which whether he knew from Tim telling him or if it was from a friend, I don't know.

I did hear a little bit of the clip. It was unclear, but Curt Schilling says in the clip, guys, I don't know if Tim wants me to say this and then reveals that Tim Wakefield and his wife both have cancer. So what a POS Curt Schilling is.

But anyway, I just, I thought that was horrible by one Curt Schilling. But anyway, let's continue to keep it moving here. I'm Zach Gilp. If you want to know part of that conversation. And he gave me the Zach, like shut up and move on to the next topic.

You're better than that. That's what Hickey just did there. And Hickey keeps me in line. Sometimes I punch back at Hickey. Sometimes I throw the one, two punch at Hickey. But when Hickey gives me the Zach, it shut the bleep up and let's keep it moving.

So that's what I'll do right now. I will trust Hickey. All hail hot take Hickey. Let's get back on track. Just like Deion Sanders is trying to get back to the winning ways for Colorado. They host big game here. Number eight USC on Saturday morning, 10 a.m. local kick. Now, last week, the buffs were thrashed by Oregon, losing 42 to six. USC does bring to town the number one offense in the country, led by, of course, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Caleb Williams. Big spread in this one, just like last week, 21 and a half points. The Trojans are favored by in both their onsides or offsides. You were taking Colorado and the points this weekend. You remember what I said a few weeks ago? Colorado is going to upset Oregon or USC.

No, no, no, no. They did not upset Oregon. I said Colorado is going to lose to Oregon. And then I said that Colorado is going to beat USC by a score of 41 to 38. So you asked me, am I plus in the points with the Buffaloes?

Of course I am. Plus the 21 and a half. I'm learning from Hickey now.

Hickey is stubborn until he is wrong. And probably Colorado does not beat USC, but I'm going to stomp my feet and I'm going to dig in deep here and I'm going to go down with the Buffaloes, even if that means I get embarrassed after this weekend. Give me Colorado plus the 21 and a half points.

So not to an outright. Plus 21 and a half. Plus 21 and a half points.

And you know what? Bleep it. 41-38. Down go the Trojans. All right, we got a few other big matchups. I'm learning from you. I'm learning from you.

Well, if you really want to learn, put that foot down and say Colorado, throw away those points. Outright Buffs. I did. 41-38 Buffs. No.

All right. We got the upset. 41-38. Calling the shot.

41-38. Rick George, the AD at Colorado has already told the students do not run in the field. I have a hard time thinking that if you were right. They got fined, I'm assuming that's because of the whole Colorado State running on the field. Yes. And I believe they ran in the field for Nebraska too today.

At least Colorado State definitely. They did because I remember because of what happened with Coach Prime in the offseason with the foot surgery. Yeah, I was going to say the toe surgery.

Basically toe surgery, whatever. If there's so many people on the field, he doesn't go to midfield to shake hands. They tell him it's not safe and he has to go into the locker room right away.

And I remember that Matt Ruhle ran to him to make sure that they could shake hands after that game. But I have a hard time if you were right and it's 41-30 to Colorado win. Good luck telling those students.

Don't charge the field. I think we'll see another pandemonium scene in Boulder. What I was going to say, if you are storming the field after beating Colorado State, if you beat USC with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, you almost have to say bleep off to the AD and storm the field. I don't think the AD would be more than fine with it. I feel as if the AD just has to say that. But ultimately, if they're storming the field after a win, I don't think the AD is going to be mad.

I would agree. Give me my theme music. I would love to hear that on Saturday. Coach Prime in the locker room after the game.

He brought his mother in once. I thought that was pretty neat. That was after the Colorado State game. And I don't remember what the connection was with the other older lady that they brought in after the Nebraska game.

But those were some good videos there. Anyway, what do we got here? Alright, so one college football matchup upset here. Can we get any other upsets in college football this weekend?

Let's see. We got number 10 Utah. 4.5 point underdog at number 19 Oregon State. A Friday night matchup. Good one there in the Pac-12. That's probably the reason why I think that the Beavs are 4.5 points.

My favorites in that line has actually risen at least one point from what I've seen from yesterday. Maybe Vegas knows leaning towards no. We had Kyle Whittingham on two weeks ago. And he made it seem that he's been practicing. And he's made it seem that Cam was very close to returning. And I even gave him the analogy, you're almost as if you're a kid right before Christmas.

Christmas Eve, you know you wake up in the morning and the present's right under the tree. And he kind of laughed and agreed. That's a good analogy. And he didn't play in those two games. And last week the feeling was he was going to play. And then didn't play either.

Now they're still undefeated. So I don't know if that's factoring into the conversation as well. When healthy, Cam Rising is a great quarterback.

So the whole thing is bizarre to me. And maybe they're just going to keep on rolling with what they've got until they lose a game. Like, I don't know. I think when Cam Rising's ready, you play him. But he's been in practice the last few weeks. Why is he playing?

So we'll see about his status. Again, the Utes right now, 4.5 point underdogs at No. 19 Oregon State.

No. 11 Notre Dame coming off that heartbreaking gut-wrenching loss to Ohio State. It's 5.5 point favorites on the road over No. 17 Duke.

No. 13 LSU is on the road against No. 20 Ole Miss. Tigers, though, 2.5 point road favorites.

And finally, No. 3 Texas, 16.5 point favorites at home as No. 24 Kansas comes to Austin. Onsides or offsides, Zach, of those four games we just listed, at least one will result in an upset. So, when you mean upset, you just mean that the spread hits or I'm assuming you mean win the game outright, correct? Win the game outright. Alright, so Utah's a 4.5 point underdog at Oregon State.

Huh. I think that's a tough spot for DJ Wengole up against that Utah defense. But, I kinda like Oregon State this week.

I don't know why. Coming off a loss, I'll just roll with them and Utah, those games have been closed the last few weeks. So, that would not constitute as an upset because I have Oregon State winning. Notre Dame is a 5.5 point favorite over Duke. That could be an upset, but I would lean Notre Dame winning the game. LSU's on the road against Ole Miss.

Huh. I'll go with the Tigers of LSU. And then, Texas against, eh, I don't like saying there's not going to be an upset. Because this college football season, you know that there's going to be a lot of upsets, but I'm going to go offsides here when you say there will be at least one upset from the games this weekend.

Let me go through that with you right now. You think Utah beats Oregon State? Yes, I do.

Okay, so there's your upset. Notre Dame, do they beat Duke? Yes. Does LSU beat Ole Miss? Yes. And does Texas survive against Kansas?

Survive is the right word, yes. I think that's going to be a close game. And Lance Leipold is a heck of a coach.

I would like the Jayhawks plus those points there. I don't want to say he could pick any job in the country right now. But I do believe Lance Leipold is one of those guys where if he wants a job, I think he can get it. But if you beat Texas after Texas beat Alabama earlier in the season, that's going to be a lot of national spotlight. And then you start to get into that category of he could really pick any job that he wants in the country if it does open up with Lance Leipold, who is a well-respected college football mind. And we know how tough of a job Kansas is.

Right? Got there. They were 0-9 with Les Miles.

Then he gets in. They're 2-10. Last year they go to 6-7. And this year they're 4-0. And remember, how much did we talk about Kansas last year? And they ended up only being a 6-7 team. It shows you how impressive a job was that he got the six wins last year. Absolutely.

Absolutely. And Michigan State right now, right? A team that needs a head coach. Plenty of others at the end of the year will need a head coach as well. You win a game like this if you are Lance Leipold?

Oh, just sweetening that pot, that's for sure. I would throw him the bag, as the kids would say, if I'm Michigan State. And that price only goes up with a win in Austin this weekend. We go to the NFL. Justin Jefferson is a man who is sick of the trade talk.

Speaking to reporters today, the All-Pro Vikings wide receiver said this. I'm tired of people saying, you know, we're looking into next season, you know, all of the trades and stuff like that. We're focused still on this season. We have a lot more games to go and we have a lot more things to accomplish this season. So, I mean, we're still focused in and we still have that same goal as we had before this season.

And we just need to fix a few things and I feel like we'll be back on track. So onsides or offsides, Vikings fans shouldn't worry that Justin Jefferson could request a trade away from the Vikings. This year?

This year. So let me preface this by saying, I don't think Justin Jefferson is going to request a trade in season. I think Justin Jefferson is one of the more genuine superstars and one of the better superstars that we have in the sports world right now. Not only on the field, but also the way that he interacts with fans, media and whatnot.

I'm a big fan of Justin Jefferson. But the way that you worded it, where you said Vikings fans shouldn't worry that Justin Jefferson could request a trade away from the Vikings. I would be worried if I'm a Vikings fan. Doesn't mean I expect him to request a trade. But you have uncertainty moving forward at the quarterback position after this season.

The team is 0-3 and they have not paid him yet. So until he signs that contract, just naturally as a fan, you worry that he's not going to resign and could potentially leave the team. So I do think that they should worry. I'm not saying it's panic. I'm not saying it's Justin Jefferson's leaving. But there is a level where you worry. So you say Vikings fans shouldn't worry that Justin Jefferson could request a trade from the Vikings.

I would say offside. I always worry until the deal gets done. An NFC North battle kicks off week four. Do you agree with me, by the way, on that one? No, I do think that a deal will get done. I'm not too worried about it, to be honest.

That's weird. Usually you have like the crazy fan take and I thought that was my crazy fan take that I'm always going to be worried until the deal does get done. I think the deal will get done. I'm not too worried about it. And that's probably why I think if you're a Vikings fan. Rest easy. Don't worry. I'm the voice of reason.

I got your back. Yeah. Any words you're holding on to release him, by the way? You know, this guy that listens to us every day and I appreciate him doing so. Stephen and Charlotte, I'm sure you're aware of Stephen and she tweets us a lot.

Yes. So I've been getting a lot of crazy tweets today and I've not been able to see a lot of tweets because our Magic Johnson interview blew up and it got brought up on Bleacher Report. And, you know, our clip that we put out there, it's going viral.

So my mentions are just ridiculous. So the first thing I see when I log on to Twitter is actually a tweet from Stephen, which is crazy because you think I wouldn't see a tweet that is just from someone listening to the show right now. You would think most of the tweets that are coming on in are from this Magic Johnson report. So he tweeted me G-E-L-B, like as if he's chanting J-E-T-S, jets, jets, jets, the Gelpster. And he tweeted me a man that's in a Speedo, very chubby, a lot of man boobs right there and he's jumping up and down.

It's like an older gentleman in a Speedo who is chunky and is doing like a chant. I don't understand that entire part of the tweet. Maybe it's because of the way that we were making fun of how Shep said my name, but that was a bizarre tweet from Stephen.

But I appreciate him listening to us each and every day and each and every night here on CBS Sports Radio. Underscore is my point of I don't know how you butcher saying your last name. Very simple, four letters, sound it out, G-E-L-B. You know what a lot of people call?

Like telemarketers? Gleb. Is Mr. Gleb home? Yep, I'm here.

I got him blegged before. I don't get how they get there. That's just completely changing around all of it. I was going to say dyslexic. I'm not sure if that's even, if you're taking the G and the B, flipping around that bad. Yeah, I don't know. And you know what Uber drivers call me? You would think Zach is an easy name to pronounce, right?

Yeah. Z-H. Every cab or Uber I get into. Z-H, Z-H, Z-H, Z-H, Z-H. Maybe you should meet up.

Maybe they're right and you're wrong. Maybe it's been Z-H the whole time. It's eight letters. Zach Gelb.

And a lot of people mess it up. Like I understand if you hear Gelb and you thought it was Gelb, like G-E-L-P or G-U-L-P, like if you just hear it. But, I don't know, eight letters and if you see it, how you can't say Zach Gelb, you know, whatever. The latest example of when they say the truth is always stranger than fiction, there you go.

You could not even put that in a movie and have it be realistic. Well, no one could mess up your name, right? Ryan Hickey? I don't see how you look at Ryan Hickey and mess that up. That has been so far unmistakable. No one's messed it up. Yeah.

Again, you think Gelb you wouldn't be able to mess up or Zach, but. Just probably a lot of like juvenile, sophomoric remarks on your last name. Oh yeah. Oh yeah. Not from Uber drivers per se. Be a little weird.

But yes, from friends growing up especially, yes. Heard it all. Heard it all folks, I can promise you that.

Alright, week four kicks off in about an hour from now and Lambeau Field as the Lions get set to take on the Packers. Jordan Love- Can I just interrupt real quick one more time? Sure. When did you realize that your last name was used in like a sexual way? Just wondering. Like how long in life did it take you to realize that? Third grade probably. And did you, when someone said it to you and you were like, what the heck is that? Yeah. People, I mean, I didn't have an older brother or sister, so I guess I didn't really, you know, learn as fast as others. So I learned it from classmates who had older brothers, brothers and sisters. Gotcha.

So third grade roughly. And then the onslaught came from there. Hickey's with his peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Call me Hickey.

That's my last name. They're making fun of me. Let me eat some peanut butter and jelly. Let me eat my PB&Js in peace.

The kids in elementary school do not want to do that. Jordan Love has gotten Green Bay off to a 2-1 start this year and has orchestrated the biggest fourth quarter comeback in team history last week, leading the team back from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Saints. Now Detroit enters this game 2-1 as well, and our two-point road favorites. Onsides or offsides? The Lions will beat the Packers tonight.

Go, Pack, go! I like Green Bay to win 27-24, so you ask me the Lions will beat the Packers. Offsides!

And finally, last but certainly not least, the toilet bowl this weekend. Pets the Broncos and Bears facing off against each other with both teams trying to get their first win of the season. It's been a brutal start for Sean Payton, with the defense taking a massive step backwards. And it's been anything but smooth right now for the Bears, including Justin Fields struggling mightily so far through three games. Onsides or offsides? The Broncos need a win more than the Bears.

Oh, this is the easiest question you ever asked me, onsides. Like, does anyone ever care if the Bears lose anymore? We know the Bears suck. The Broncos, I'm not saying anyone thinks they're good, but if you are Sean Payton, and you talk that much smack this offseason, and you start off 0-4 and look worse than what transpired last year with the Daniel Hackett, that's a rough Monday, if the Broncos end up losing to the Bears. Where's your confidence in the Broncos this weekend, Mr. Bronco himself there in hot take-kicky? You said they were going to win 12 wins before the season started?

I will say 70%. The Bears stink. The Bears are the worst team in the NFL. With that said, I can't go 90-95-100 because right now this defense is terrible. You know how last week we identified that Vikings-Chargers could end in a tie? This is a game this weekend that could end in a tie. And another game that could end in a tie this weekend are the Vikings and Panthers. That could be a tie type of game too, where even when the Vikings don't lose, they still find a way to tie. So those are the two games that I've identified this weekend that there's going to be a tie in the NFL. Those could be the two tie games.

But Broncos need to win more than the Bears. Yeah, 100% onsides. Alrighty, Zach Kilp shows CBS Sports Radio.

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Alrighty, this is Zach Gilp Show on CBS Sports Radio. In terms of pressure this weekend in the NFL, who's the team that's under the most pressure? There's pressure on the Broncos to beat the Bears. You can't start off this season 0-4. There's pressure on Jacksonville who's off to a sluggish start at 1-2 and their only win was up against the Indianapolis Colts.

I know the Colts are 2-1 but they're not a good football team. And you play Atlanta who has been up and down as well. I think there's a lot of pressure tonight on the Detroit Lions going up against the Green Bay Packers. You look around the rest of the league, there's pressure on Cincinnati to beat Tennessee to even up your record to go from 1-2 to 2-2. You take a glance at a team like, you know, I'll give New Orleans a pass just because we don't know what's going to happen with Derek Carr. If Derek Carr plays, I would say then there's pressure on New Orleans even though you're going up against a good Tampa Bay team. But it's one of those games where if you're the Saints coming off that loss to the Packers and then if you lose again and you're supposed to be the favorite to win this division and you lose to another team that's in your division in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then you're going to have a lot of questions about the New Orleans Saints. Sure there's pressure on Minnesota to get in the win column.

Looks like Bryce Young is going to play but you just have more talent on the offensive side of the ball with the Minnesota Vikings offense. You should be able to outscore the Carolina Panthers. Clearly there's pressure on the Steelers. You got to take care of business up against a scrappy young Houston Texans team. I think there's pressure on the Chargers this weekend. The Chargers got off to a slow start. They were lucky to win the game and avoid the stupidity of their coach last week in Brandon Staley up against the Vikings. Now you play the Raiders. There's no reason to believe in the Raiders.

So you look around pressure in the NFL. The team that I actually think is under the most amount of pressure this weekend. And it's not a team that I named yet. And this team very well can easily lose this weekend. They can easily lose this weekend. But I do think the Bills have the most pressure on them this weekend. Because when you look at the Buffalo Bills, for a while they were that team to be the team picked to go win a Super Bowl or be in that Super Bowl hunt. And then week one you lose to the Jets when Aaron Rodgers gets hurt in the game. Then you had the last two weeks big time blowout victories up against the Raiders and the commanders. But the Raiders aren't a good team and the commanders are a solid team. But they're not this force of a football team, this juggernaut of a football team. But now you have the Dolphins where it's clear after three weeks of the NFL season, the Pats aren't going to be able to contend in the AFC East.

If you couldn't figure that out before the start of the year, I don't know what you were expecting. The Jets are not going to be AFC East champions because you don't have Aaron Rodgers. So this is a two team race between the Bills and the Dolphins right now inside the AFC East. And I think the Dolphins are the better team. I think the Dolphins are going to win the AFC East this year.

I said that before the year started. But with that being said, not that there is a lot to gain this season from the regular season if you're the Buffalo Bills. Because they're one of those teams that have been thrown in a conversation of let's see if they can get the job done when it means something with how close they've been the last few years. But if you lose to the Dolphins this weekend, which is definitely possible, right?

Look at the three times they played last year. Dolphins beat the Bills when it was in Miami. You lose a close one towards the end of the season in Buffalo. And then the last game of the Dolphins season, which was in the playoffs.

They hit Skylar Thompson and they almost went into Orchard Park and walked out with the victory. So it's not like the Bills are this locked this week up against the Dolphins. But if the Buffalo Bills lose to the Miami Dolphins, it's once again going to be the Dolphins are the best team in the AFC East. The Dolphins right now look like they're the best team in the AFC. And maybe some could argue that they're the best team in the NFL. I still side with Philadelphia and the 49ers before I go to Miami. As I said yesterday, for me is the third ranked team in the NFL through the first three weeks of the season.

But if you are Buffalo and you lose this game, everyone's going to see SAC two and two after the first four games of the season. A team that's good, but not a team that's going to find a way to get over the hump and find a way to get to the Super Bowl. So, Hickey, when you look at all the matchups this weekend, within reason, you know, obviously there's pressure on the 49ers to not lose to the Cardinals. The Cardinals have been scrappy, but is anyone picking the Arizona Cardinals to win that game outright? Even if it's a divisional game, I am not. And I think the 49ers, they're going to win and they're going to win big this week. But when you look at all the matchups, who's the team under the most pressure this weekend? I go to Buffalo because if Buffalo wins, you kind of hold off everyone's conversation now that, hey, Buffalo's not going to win the AFC East this season.

I should go the other way. I think it's the Dolphins. Even though they've been everyone's darling offensively for the first three weeks.

Wait, time out. Just to clarify, under all the teams this week, the Dolphins are the most, the team under the most pressure to win this weekend is what you're saying? Yes, because I think they have the most to lose. With how great they've been so far, I think people can look at the schedule of, well, the Chargers are one and two, not very good, Patriots are not very good, and the Broncos stink. And now you play a real division opponent on the road, and if you put up 20 points, 24 points, and lose 31-24. Are we really going to be crushing the Dolphins? I don't think we would be. I think there would be people losing doubt or questioning the legitimacy of their start. After one loss? Yeah. Oh, yeah. Oh, I don't, if it's a close game and a respectable game for the Dolphins and they lose by a field goal, or they lose by seven points, I don't think people are crushing the Miami Dolphins on Monday because the Dolphins do play the Bills again later in the season, and I don't think anyone right now is expecting the Dolphins to win both of these games up against the Buffalo Bills, but if they go into Orchard Park and they lose 31-24, sure, it's not anywhere close to the 70 points that they put up the week prior or the week one performance where they put up 36 points against the Chargers, but to lose by less than a touchdown to the Bills, I don't think that's a reason why we need to all of a sudden reevaluate the Miami Dolphins and say, oh, let's panic with Miami, they're not actually that good.

I'm actually fascinated by that take, and I want to hear you further explain it. No, I'm not saying panic, but I think questions will absolutely arise more than anyone else losing. I'll go back to last week with the Cowboys. Now, different opponent, Cowboys were everyone's darling the first two weeks. Dominated the Giants, dominated the Jets. Defense was tremendous, offense was rolling. You lose to the Cardinals, now the world is falling. We've seen good teams lose to bad teams before.

It's not unprecedented. But the Bills aren't a bad team. In the NFL, I'm not saying the Bills are a bad team. They're really good. I'm saying the point is, despite the fact that everyone could not stop gushing about the Cowboys the first two weeks, they lose one game and now all of a sudden questions are, oh, how good are they?

How legit are they? Yeah, but that's not apples to apples. If you were the Dolphins and you lose to the Bills, again, they have been, the Bills have been right now the kings of the division. It's been their division lose since Tom Brady left New England. Now all of a sudden it's, well, the Dolphins were great, but can they get up the hump to win the division? I think questions come if they go to Buffalo and lose on Sunday. If I would have told you before the start of the season, the Miami Dolphins would have been 3-1 through the first four games. They play the Chargers, the Pats, the Broncos, and the Buffalo Bills. You would have signed up for that, right?

A lot of people signed up for that. And I'm not saying the Dolphins are a bad team, but also, as we know, expectations change once you start to see the team in action. And so now if you are an offense that's putting up video game numbers left and right, and you go to Buffalo and lay an egg, I'm telling you, Monday there will be questions. But that's not what you said.

Laying an egg is different. The seven, you said seven points. You said what, 31 to 24? That is not, I need to go... 24 points for this offense would be a disappointment.

Don't get me wrong. This offense has been amazing through the first three weeks of the season, but they're not the 0-7 Patriots, okay? They have been great. They've been phenomenal. They've been flawless. You know, the first two of the games, up against the wing, they did not play this great offensive game.

Raheem Mostert had a nice game in that performance. It wasn't like the offense was sensational up against the Pats, but if they lose 31 to 24, I just don't have it in me to then all of a sudden say, you know, give us a call, 855-212-4CBS, how worried are you? Or where do you think the Miami Dolphins are heading?

I would be very happy if I was a Dolphins fan. You know, yeah, you want to win the game this weekend, but if you're 3-1 after the first four weeks and you lose by a touchdown to the Buffalo Bills, like, yeah, you're not thrilled that you lose to the Buffalo Bills, but it's not as if I don't think this team is capable of still doing big things. It's also the Buffalo Bills are a really damn good football team. Well, on that note, on the flip side, then, why are the Bills, in your mind, then, the team that has to, you know, has the most proof in the sense that you picked the Dolphins to win the division, so it's not like you even had high, you know, high, high, high expectations for the Bills.

Oh, very simple. Because the Buffalo Bills have been knocking on the door the last few years. I don't know how much longer the window is open for the Buffalo Bills to go win a Super Bowl. If you are the Buffalo Bills, after an off-season of chaos with Staphon Diggs and Josh Allen and Sean McDermott and Brandon Bean, and you open up the season where the Bills will tell you they still expect to win the AFC East, right? A lot of people, including yourself, picked the Bills, and I was a minority picking the Dolphins to win this division, but still, even with the Jets making a lot of noise, still people picked the Buffalo Bills. If you lose this game to Miami, where last year you didn't even play all that great one time up against Miami, even though you had two wins against them compared to one loss through the first four weeks of the season for Buffalo, that doesn't show me that that's a team that is anywhere close to moving in the right direction. If you lose to the Jets without Aaron Rodgers, and your two wins are the Raiders and the Commanders, who I like, but they're not a great team, and then your first legit test against the Dolphins you lose, it further allows the speculation to continue that the Buffalo Bills, their opportunity to go win a Super Bowl, that may have shut before anyone thought that window was going to shut because the Bills faced a lot of scrutiny. You know, heading into the season of just questions where no one thought they were a bad team, they all thought they were good, a lot of people thought they could win the AFC East, but that's not why you play. You play to go win a Super Bowl, and there's only so many more opportunities the Bills are going to have with this core to go win a Super Bowl.

So, that's the way that I would explain that. It is Zach Gelb's show on CBS Sports Radio. We will take a break. When we come on back, I want to circle back in on the hoops from yesterday, with Damian Lillard, Dane Dolla Time going to Fiserv Forum with the Milwaukee Bucks.

You got Bucks lost. What does this mean, though, this deal for one other prominent player in the league? And could he have finally seen something that makes him say, hmm, I need to now go request a trade? We'll get into who that player is next. KJ Wright from the Seahawks will join us coming up 22 minutes from now at the top of the hour at 8 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Pacific.

And now sitting to the left is a man that did play-by-play for the Yankees. How many weeks was that? Two weeks ago? A couple of weeks ago. Was that really now a couple of weeks ago? Yeah, kind of flew by. I keep getting further and further away from that weekend. So whenever we had to be like locked up at a house when COVID first hit in 2020, I just lost all sense of time. So whenever I don't really know when something happened, I go, it seems recent, like two weeks ago? That is Zach Gelb's way of saying that could be literally two weeks ago, or it could be probably like at most anywhere like two months ago.

No, especially when you're doing different things every day. Like it could have been last weekend or it could have been three weeks ago. Well, I'm not going to ask you, I'm going to ask you a stupid question here. Clearly the experience was awesome, but kind of just describe you're doing play-by-play for the legendary New York Yankees on WFAN in New York. You were in Pittsburgh, I believe, with the Yankees going up against the Pirates.

I know the Yankees stink this year and they've been just a disappointing and a bad lethargic baseball team. But with all those things being said, to kind of make this like into a good story, Emmanuel Bobari, a guy that I've known for a long time, right behind the microphone with Justin Shackle, who used to do my weekend overnight updates. So that's cool to see you two both doing your thing. But kind of just take us through and describe what you were feeling when you're doing those games. And then once the stretch of games ended and you got to reflect on what the three or four games that you did.

Right, right. It was really cool. Like the way I look at it is once I was calling the game and in the flow of calling the game.

You know, the cliche, any other game, it's like any level you're doing it at. That's sort of more or less what it felt like. But then there were moments within the game where I would stop and kind of look around the ballpark and look around my surroundings and be like, wow, this is a Yankee game.

I'm calling the Yankee game on the fan. So then I was like, whoa. And it was like a pinch me moment. But yeah, once I got into the rhythm, it took away the nerves aspect of it because it was just calling a baseball game at that point. Hickey, by the way, I always knew Emmanuel Vivari had a great voice. But now, like just sitting here talking about this and just hearing him talk about things that aren't play by play things.

You could like narrate people's lives. Well, did we do the we did the NFL Films thing a few weeks ago on here. That's right. Well, that was more than a few weeks ago. Now you just write me that now it was like three, four months ago. That probably was a couple of months ago at this point. It feels like a few weeks ago.

But Hickey, I don't know, like just him speaking of like a chill going up my spine here. It's kind of crazy. This voice, a very strong voice.

You have a manual that sounds very serious. Can you ever pull over and listen when you're talking? Well, it's kind of crazy. Like when I hear your voice now, I feel like you could do like a lot of sad death kind of things. Very dark.

Yeah. Can you do like Zach Gelb has passed away? Zach Gelb has passed away. Hickey, I'm not going to lie, when I die, I think I want a manual to speak at my funeral and just kind of do the entire ceremony. What is it, like a eulogy? Yeah, you can eulogize me. I'll write the eulogy. Here's someone else can write it.

I'll deliver it. This bloviating jackass of a talk show host. Will not be missed. Can you give me a hot take? Hickey never gets any takes right. Hot take. Hickey never gets any takes right. Can you give me Penn State football is going to lose to Michigan?

Penn State football is going to lose to Michigan. Hickey, anything you want him to say? Do you know who Sam Elliott is? Sounds familiar. I think when he passes away, you could step in his shoes as a big, deep voice guy, maybe be the voice for Coors. Your voice kind of sounds very similar.

Oh, it's like the banquet beer. Here we go. He has a great mustache. Great mustache.

Manual, I don't know if you can grow any facial hair, but otherwise you'd be perfect. Do you know when Sam Elliott's birthday is? No idea. August 9th, I share the same birthday as him. I'm July 30th.

Ah. So we're within spitting distance of one another. I don't think anyone listening really cares about your birthday or my birthday. No, not at all. So, Hickey, what can we get Emmanuel to say right before we go to the break? I feel like you have something creative up your sleeves here. Penn State will win this year's National Championship. No, no, no, no. That's like too happy. Penn State 2023 National Champs, Emmanuel.

Penn State 2023 National Champions. You ruined the whole thing. There we go. That was horrible. That sounded tremendous. You just ruined Emmanuel's career.

That wasn't good for him. Right now, that's a take of mine. That's attributed to me, that false take. Nice job, Emmanuel.

Way to speak it into existence. Do you do any commercials? You got it. I don't. That's shocking. I'm not connected to V.O.

industry at all. Man, you're exactly right, Hickey. He could do like the most interesting man, what were those commercials? Oh, Dos Equis?

Yeah, Dos Equis. Stay thirsty, my friend. Can you give me a deep, like real deep, stay thirsty, my friends? Stay thirsty, my friends. No, you got to go deeper than that.

Stay thirsty, my friends. All right, we'll work on it. Yeah, we got to work on it. That was forced.

We'll workshop it. Notre Dame, Duke, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State. Some of the games this weekend in college football.

What's the one that you're most excited for? And I'm actually going to go Florida, Kentucky. Kentucky's only a one point favorite in this game. You know, they bring in Devin Leary, Florida to start the season. They had that loss early on to Utah, 24 to 11.

And it was like, all right, what the heck is Billy Napier doing? And then they bounce back to beat Tennessee. I just don't know what to expect from either of those football teams.

I'm a big fan of Mark Stoops. And I feel as if Vegas has no clue what to expect. I kind of think the right play here is Kentucky minus the one point, because I think a lot of people will just see up Florida's ranked. Kentucky's not, even though Florida's 3 and 1 and Kentucky's 4 and 0. And I think people will just take Florida probably on the money line, instead of just plussing the one point because it's irrelevant and they'll end up taking Florida on the money line. I've got to check what the money line is.

But that would be my kind of gut feeling on that. So that game, I think it's going to be very close right down to the wire. So I'm curious to see what's going to transpire between Florida and Kentucky. We talked to this conference before, so I'll go in here, the Pac-12. I'm going to go Oregon State, Utah, Friday night too.

So nice little Friday night isolated window game. Utah on the road with Cam Rising, maybe without Cam Rising. If Cam Rising plays, how limited will he be?

Probably pretty limited. Going against Oregon State and DJ Uwe Ungolay. Kind of an elimination game feel for Oregon State in the sense if you drop two conference games in a row, it turns out at least being a Pac-12 champ probably dashes your hopes there.

So it kind of can separate the true contenders and this one will be a lot of fun on Friday night. Does Auburn give Georgia a fight? Auburn last week lost to Texas A&M 27-10. Wouldn't that be so college football where no one expects Auburn to show up this week and they find a way to show up and keep the game close? Preseason, I thought this was going to be Georgia's hardest test. You watch Auburn's games on offense in the first four weeks, no.

No test. I liked Notre Dame-Duke this week and I think that's going to be a fun game. I'll tell you, Kansas and Texas is going to be a good one too. I would plus the points there with Kansas. I think Texas will prevail, but I would plus the points there with Kansas. And there's going to be intrigue with USC Colorado because USC's defense stinks. So it's going to be how many points can the Buffaloes put up in a spot where no one's going to be picking them after getting embarrassed by Oregon. I actually think that Colorado is going to keep the game close and I think Colorado beat USC a few weeks ago, 41-38.

So why not? Bleep it. We'll stick with the prediction.

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