OK, not too shabby for week 1. 14-16, 87.5% accuracy. Better than all the experts. What was I thinking taking the Redskins over the Giants? Hats off to Mark Sanchez on a great NFL debut. Jay Cutler, why don’t you welcome the Steelers defense to town with a couple forced passes?
ST. LOUIS @ WASHINGTON - Redskins were not that great last week but the Rams were that bad. 28-10 Washington.
HOUSTON @ TENNESSEE – Is it just me or did Houston completely flounder last week? If this is what Kubiak is bringing to the table, it will be a long season in Houston. The Titans played tough against the reigning World Champions last week, but then mysteriously quit blitzing in the 4<sup>th</sup> quarter and OT. The Steelers could barely get a 3<sup>rd</sup> down conversion all game, miracle they won. It will be close but the Titans will win 21-17.
New Orleans @ Philadelphia – This is the game of the week as far as I am concerned. Would like to give the edge to the Eagles at home and their defense looked great last week even without Brian Dawkins, but I am chalking up half their points to Jake Delhomme’s 4 picks. Drew Brees is not going to throw 4 INTs and give the Eagles great field position and points off of turnovers. McNaab is not 100% and is going to play with a cracked rib. Saints by 10 points. Note: 9/20/09 10:30 AM MST - McNaab will sit, Kolb starts, Doesn't matter, still Saints by 10.
New England @ New York– Tom Brady stood tall in the pocket and threw 2 late 4<sup>th</sup> quarter TD’s to win the game for the Patriots. Outstanding performance and he was not timid of the knee at all with pressure all around him. Key factor here is the Patriots run defense. Thomas Jones chewed up 107 yards and rushed for 2 TD’s against the Texans last week. Patriots only gave up 90 yards but Buffalo was missing Marshaun Lynch real bad last week. I think the key to this game will be turnovers. If the Jets can establish a dominant running game early, and play mistake free football, I like them to beat New England on home turf in a close game. If Sanchez is forced to air it out to come from behind, it could be a huge reality check for the rookie. Jets by 3.
Oakland @ Kansas City– The Raiders looked pretty impressive last Monday night against the Chargers. But in true Raider fashion they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory once again. Or did the referees do it for them? Either way, their defense looked soft late and could not stop the Chargers impressive passing game, and Darren Sproles. Which the Chiefs have neither of, passing game or Sproles. If Matt Cassell plays, and can connect with Bowe, they could keep it close, as I expect the Raiders to make some mistakes in Arrowhead because it is a tough place to play. Chiefs by a FG.
Arizona @ Jacksonville – Cardinals have struggled to get anything going in the pre-season and week 1 against the 49’ers. But the Cardinals defense and the Jaguars lack of a pass rush are the key factors here. Arizona by 7.
Cincinnnati @ Green Bay – Experts are over thinking this one. Bengals looked a little rusty. They are going into Green Bay. Lambeau field is a tough place to play. Green Bay has a balanced offense and defense. Packers by 10
Minnesota @ Detroit – Favre won’t have to do much more than hand the ball off this week and complete a few short passes for first downs occasionally. Peterson might get even more than 200 yards this week. Vikings by 13.
Carolina @ Atlanta – Lots of pressure on Jake Delhomme to get a win on the road. Even though Carolina won this road game last year, this year the Falcons get the edge on their new division rivals. Matt Ryan has a breakout game in the Falcons home opener. Falcons by 10.
Seattle @ San Francisco – Will Matt Hasselback re-emerge as a top tier QB this season? Maybe, but they need to go into San Francisco and beat a tough team and their coach Mike Singletary has them believing in themselves right now. I like the Niners by a FG.
Tampa Bay @ Buffalo – Bills moved the ball at will last week and Edwards passed for 212 and 2 TD’s. Tampa is struggling on offense. I like the Bills by 6.
San Diego @ Baltimore – Chargers are on a short week and have to go on the road. Rivers and Sproles impressed me last week but LT did not. The Ravens defense let the Chiefs get a few by the corners last week. Chargers by aTD. Note:9/20/09 10 AM MST - Chargers lost their NT Jamal Williams for the season. That gives the edge to the Ravens running game, Ravens by 3.
Cleveland @ Denver – If Denver continues on improving week by week as we have seen, they should have a good game. Defense needs to play all 60 minutes and Orton needs to have better pocket presence and make good decisions. I think the Browns run defense is soft and we should see Buckhalter and Moreno go for a combined 150. Hillis will not see much action on offense because Spencer Larsen is hurt. Coach will use Peyton on Special Teams and FB occasionally for blocking. If the Broncos can get pressure on Quinn consistently, Broncos win by 7.
Pittsburgh @ Chicago – Think Jay Cutler was frustrated last week, wait until that Steeler pass rush storms through the weak Chicago O-line. Bears defense played a good game last week, but Urlacher is out for the year. Steelers need to get the ground game established. If they get pressure on Cutler they should get plenty of opportunities. Steelers are also coming off a long 10 day rest. Steelers by 6.
New York Giants @ Dallas – Is this the Year Tony Romo will not fade in the stretch? I don’t know, it’s a long season. I picked the Giants to lose last week and I am picking them to lose again this week. Unless they get a lucky bounce off the scoreboard, oh wait, it’s a do-over? What? Cowboys by 7.
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