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PFT's Week One picks

[Editor's note:  Each week, Rosenthal and I will go head to head, picking the winner of each game.  The guy who does worse each week gets to be the one to copy and paste together the text the next week.  Despite trouncing Rosenthal last year when we divided the games each week, I somehow got stuck packaging up the first set of picks while he drank tequila with Alex Marvez on Bourbon Street.  Let's hope they kept their shirts on.]

Vikings at Saints

Florio’s take:  In 2004, the NFL transformed the Thursday night opener into a belated coronation of the defending Super Bowl champion.  And in each of the five years since then (Patriots, Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Giants, Steelers), the defending Super Bowl champion didn’t spoil the banner-raising party by losing the game.  I’m hoping for a close contest that goes down to the wire (and possibly into overtime, again).  But I’ve got a feeling that the Saints will seize the opportunity to take some of the national attention away from the likes of the Jets, the Cowboys, the Vikings, and the Packers.

Florio’s pick:  Saints 35, Vikings 24.

Rosenthal’s take: The Vikings have only three healthy cornerbacks.  The
Saints still have the Saints rush defense. These two teams know each
other’s flaws, but New Orleans is better positioned to cover up theirs. 
While Brett Favre chilled this offseason, Drew Brees spent more quality
practice time with his talented array of wide receivers.  They’ve all been
with the Saints at least four seasons than, yet they are all 27 and
under.  The Saints will be more ready on day one.

Rosenthal’s pick:  Saints 31, Vikings 17.

Browns at Buccaneers

Florio’s take:  Each team surely has circled the game as one of the few on the schedule that they have a great chance of winning.  But the Browns have looked much better in the preseason, with quarterback Jake Delhomme apparently rediscovering his skills.  And Tampa is a fitting place for Delhomme to launch his career-reclamation tour.  Indeed, he has a lifetime record of 5-1 at Raymond James Stadium.  Suddenly, we’re beginning to understand why Mike Holmgren, one of the mentors of former Bucs coach Jon Gruden, made such an aggressive move to bring Delhomme to Cleveland.

Florio’s pick:  Browns 24, Buccaneers 10.

Rosenthal’s
take
: Bucs fans are convinced their team has been overlooked this
preseason.  This is their chance to prove it.  If Tampa can’t win at
home against the Browns, they won’t be favored again until Week Seven,
against the Rams. The Browns are really the team that’s overlooked. 
They have an identity with a defense that coalesced late last year and a
strong offensive line.  That’s enough to win in Tampa.

Rosenthal’s pick:  Browns 17, Bucs 10.

Dolphins at Bills

Florio’s take:  The four-team AFC East will come down to three teams.  The Dolphins are one of those three teams; the Bills aren’t.  Though anything can happen in Week One (after all, the Bills once spanked the Pats, 31-0, to launch a season that ended with a New England Super Bowl win), the Dolphins are better than the Bills at most positions, and whether it comes from passes thrown to Brandon Marshall or Wildcat runs from Ronnie Brown or a defense that gets a kick in the butt from Mike Nolan, the Dolphins should handle the Bills with relative ease.

Florio’s pick:  Dolphins 27, Bills 13.

Rosenthal’s
take
: Toughest game to pick on the schedule. The oddsmakers want you to
take the Dolphins.  Which means it’s a bad idea.  I predicted the
Dolphins would make the playoffs in the PFT Season Preview.  Which means
they won’t.  Miami couldn’t have had a more deeply depressing August on offense
and the defense remains unsettled.  But a wise man once told me: “Always
ignore August.  And September is the best time for Miami to play in
Buffalo.”

Rosenthal’s pick:  Dolphins 14, Bills 13.

Bengals at Patriots

Florio’s take:  With Tom Brady reportedly on the brink of a new deal and Randy Moss hoping to lay the foundation for one of his own with a huge year, the Patriots’ passing game could look a lot like it did in 2007.  The challenges come on defense, where the Patriots have seen injuries and free-agent departures and trades erode a once-powerful unit.  It won’t be an easy year, but Brady’s will to win should be enough to carry the team to victory in a season opener at home.

Florio’s pick:  Patriots 28, Bengals 20.

Rosenthal’s take: Florio
probably wrote some smart-ass comment about me being a Patriots homer. 
And yet I’m still going to play to expectations.  The line is too big
here, but we don’t think the Bengals yet have the passing game chops to
take advantage of New England’s young secondary.  Logic says Cincy, but
the quarterback-coach edge weighs too heavily in favor of the home team.

Rosenthal’s take:  Patriots 24, Bengals 21.

Colts at Texans

Florio’s take:  The Texans know that, with three good teams in the AFC East and three in the AFC North, a wild-card berth will be hard to come by.  And so they also know that the best path to the playoffs comes from winning their division.  And they get a crack at the team they regard as a rival but that regards them as an annoyance in Week One.  The good news for the Colts?  They won’t have to worry about extending an unbeaten streak in late December with backups.

Florio’s pick:  Texans 31, Colts 30.

Rosenthal’s
take
: It feels like this game means too much to the Texans.  But with
the Colts’ offensive line in shambles, the Texans are catching
Indianapolis at the right time.  Indy has started with blah opening
efforts the last two years.  Even though the Texans secondary won’t hold
up in the long run, Houston can win a shootout in what feels like their
Super Bowl.

Rosenthal’s take:  Texans 34, Colts 31.

Broncos at Jaguars

Florio’s take:  The Broncos finished 2-8 last year.  They’ve lost Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler, Elvis Dumervil, and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.  A rash of injuries has parked a dark cloud over a team that continues to find a large measure of delusion in last year’s 6-0 start and the promise of a rookie quarterback who won’t be playing much at all this year, barring injuries.  The Jaguars aren’t headed for Dallas, but they’ll derive enough of a boost from actually playing in front of a full stadium to strike paydirt in Week One.

Florio’s pick:  Jaguars 20, Broncos 7.

Rosenthal’s take: While
previewing the season for NBCSports.com, I asked Silva if he could think
of anything good that happened on the field for the Jaguars in August. 
We were stumped.  In Denver, Kyle Orton is going to have to carry a
banged-up squad.  We’re strangely confident he can do it and that he’ll
be better in the post-Brandon Marshall era.

Rosenthal’s take:  Broncos 27, Jaguars 20. 

Falcons at Steelers

Florio’s take:  The last two meetings between these two teams have been memorable, with the Steelers winning four years ago in overtime at the Georgia Dome and with the two teams playing to a draw eight years ago in Pittsburgh.  This time around, the Falcons are trying to catch the Saints, and the Steelers are hoping to hold it together until Ben Roethlisberger comes back.  Look for the Steelers to try to grind it out with a running game and a still-strong defense and for the Falcons to try to draw the Steelers into a shootout like the 34-34 outcome in 2002 or the 41-38 finish in 2006.

Florio’s pick:  Steelers 17, Falcons 14.

Rosenthal’s
take
: I take it back. Steelers-Falcons was the toughest game to pick on
the slate.  These are two teams I think are going to the playoffs this
year, with Dennis Dixon’s presence canceling out the Steelers strong
rush defense this week.  I’m taking Pittsburgh out of principle; no
defense that loaded should be a home underdog in Week One. 

Rosenthal’s pick:  Steelers 19, Falcons 17.

Raiders at Titans

Florio’s take:  The Raiders quietly have inspired hope and optimism in Oakland, with Jason Campbell at quarterback and a defense that gradually is improving.  With Chris Johnson, the Titans have the best non-quarterback in the league.  But the question is whether the Titans’ quarterback can continue the latest uptick to his career.  Vince Young’s plunge started two years ago on this same weekend in Nashville during a sluggish performance against the Jaguars.  If Young can’t move the offense against a defense that will be obsessed with stopping Johnson, Young will hear the boos again, and the wheels could fly off faster than anyone had imagined.

Florio’s pick:  Raiders 17, Titans 10.

Rosenthal’s
take
: I really want the Raiders to be good.  I have friends that are
Raiders fans and they’ve lost their grip on reality.  They need some
actual good news, instead of Al Davis spin.  Unfortunately, I think the
Titans really will be good.  They are what the Raiders want to be; big,
physical, and capable of big plays at any moment.

Rosenthal’s pick:  Titans 21, Raiders 10.

Panthers at Giants

Florio’s take:  The Giants closed down their old stadium by taking a beating from the Panthers.  The Giants open their new home with a chance to give a little payback to a team with a decent defense but, until proven otherwise, a subpar offense.

Florio’s pick:  Giants 30, Panthers 21.

Rosenthal’s
take
: The Panthers embarrassed the Giants 41-9 in Big Blue’s final game
at the old Meadowlands Stadium.  If the Giants lose to Carolina again,
Tom Coughlin should have to change jobs with John Fox as punishment.  Or
buy a Giants PSL.  The line is way too big for two evenly matched teams
– the Panthers defense could be the best unit in the game — but we’ll
give the Giants a slight edge at home.

Rosenthal’s take:  Giants 17, Panthers 14.

Lions at Bears

Florio’s take:  I’m tempted to pick the upset here.  The Lions played the Bears tough last season in the first half at Chicago, and I’m not convinced that Jay Cutler is the right quarterback or that Mike Martz’s offense is the right approach.  Then again, the Lions have won two games in two years.  Though I think a surprise could be coming, I’ll play it safe.

Florio’s pick:  Bears 19, Lions 13.

Rosenthal’s take: Matthew
Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Jahvid Best will make the Lions fun to
watch again.  They will score fantasy points.  They will also strain
their neck watching from the sidelines while their overmatched defense
gets run up and down the field.  It’s Mike Martz’s bag of tricks and
false hope week in Chicago!

Rosenthal’s pick:  Bears 26, Lions 20.

Cardinals at Rams

Florio’s take:  Sure, the Rams won only one game last year.  Yeah, they’ll be lucky to win more than four in 2010.  OK, the Rams haven’t beaten the team that used to play in St. Louis in St. Louis since 2004.  But it’s a new era for the Rams, with the passing game possibly waking up while the running game still has Steven Jackson, and coach Steve Spagnuolo using his defensive background to tinker with the other side of the ball.  The Cardinals are moving the wrong way, with key player departures, a still-shaky running game, and real concerns at quarterback.

Florio’s pick:  Rams 17, Cardinals 10.

Rosenthal’s
take
: This is oddly a big game for Arizona.  To scrape out nine wins, they
can’t split with the Rams.  It’s also a big game for the Rams.  If they
can’t win at home in their crappy division, they aren’t going to win
and Rams fan disinterest will reach new lows, Sam Bradford or not.  I
have a lot more faith in Ken Whisenhunt, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie,
Adrian Wilson, Darnell Dockett, and Larry Fitzgerald than most. This is
still a solid Cardinals team.   (Notice how I left out Derek Anderson.)

Rosenthal’s pick:  Cardinals 27, Rams 20.

Packers at Eagles

Florio’s take:  Eagles coach Andy Reid surely would have preferred to launch the post-Donovan McNabb era with a game against a slightly less formidable opponent.  In last year’s home opener, Kevin Kolb got his first career start against a potent Saints team that came to Philly and scored nearly “fitty”.  Though the Eagles ultimately could turn it around and get to the playoffs like they did last year, it could be another long day for Reid and company against one of the best teams in the conference.

Florio’s pick:  Packers 38, Eagles 21.

Rosenthal’s
take
: I just picked the Packers to win the Super Bowl, yet I’m not
remotely confident they will win this game.  Eagles should remain a very
tough out at home, and Andy Reid hasn’t suddenly lost his playcalling
ability because of a slow preseason. My big question: Philly’s pass
rush.  Will Brandon Graham and a rebuilt linebacker group make a
difference? Since “stay away” isn’t an option to pick here, I’ll say no.

Rosenthal’s pick:  Packers 34, Eagles 31.

49ers at Seahawks

Florio’s take:  New Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will find out very quickly that the talent gap isn’t nearly as big as it was when he was coaching one of the best teams at the college level — and that he’s now on the wrong side of it.  If the 49ers are going to end up being one of the worst teams to ever earn a playoff bye, they need to take care of business in the worst division in the conference.

Florio’s pick:  49ers 20, Seahawks 13.

Rosenthal’s
take
: Logic says the beleaguered Seahawks offensive line can’t block
anyone, much less a strong 49ers defense.  Logic also says Seahawks
reclamation project Mike Williams should have turned into a pumpkin a a
month ago.  But logic doesn’t apply here.  The Seahawks may not be any
good this year, but they have made positive steps in the leadership of
their franchise.  Pete Carroll can “win forever” if he only plays home
openers against so-so opponents.

Rosenthal’s pick: Seahawks 20, 49ers 17.

Cowboys at Redskins

Florio’s take:  The Cowboys went 2-0 last year against the Redskins and 3-0 against the team for which their new quarterback played.  Though Dallas was sluggish in the preseason, they’ll get it together in time to rudely welcome a hobbled Donovan McNabb to D.C.

Florio’s pick:  Cowboys 30, Redskins 17.

Rosenthal’s
take
: The Cowboys struggled in the preseason, but they are everything
the Redskins aren’t on offense; explosive, experienced in their system,
and battle tested.  It’s strange to think of the Cowboys as the smart,
veteran team.  But they fit the bill here, even if they aren’t yet at
their best.

Rosenthal’s pick:  Cowboys 20, Redskins 16.

Ravens at Jets

Florio’s take:  The Rex Ryan aim-high-and-talk-big experiment gets started Monday night against a Ravens team that finally has a better offense than defense.  Baltimore coach John Harbaugh gets the first crack at shutting up a team that has done plenty of boasting despite winning nothing.  Unless Darrelle Revis can cover three guys at once, this one is not going to end well for the home team.

Florio’s pick:  Ravens 24, Jets 16.

Rosenthal’s take:
Thank you to the Monday Night Football scheduling gods for putting this
slobberknocker in Week One.  This is going to be sweet and painful.  It
will be fascinating to see if Mark Sanchez’s confidence problems crop
up. In theory, this should be a tasty matchup against a broken-down
Ravens secondary. But Baltimore knows how to cover up weaknesses and Joe
Flacco is visiting Revis Island at the right time.

Rosenthal’s pick:  Ravens 16, Jets 14.

Chargers at Chiefs

Florio’s take:  Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel are reunited for the first time since winning three Super Bowls in four years for a Chiefs team that has a long way to go in order to be competitive — but that quietly is moving in the right direction.  The Chargers have typically started slowly under Norv Turner, barely beating the Raiders in the second game of last year’s Week One Monday night doubleheader.  The fumes of some offseason contract issues (two of which persist) could make it even harder for San Diego to get the pull the lawnmower cord on the 2010 season.  Though they’ll likely eventually win the division, I think they’ll have to dig out of an 0-1 hole to do it.

Florio’s pick:  Chiefs 17, Chargers 14.

Rosenthal’s
take
: The Chiefs should be a lot more fun to watch this year, and we
expect Charlie Weis to help uncork some big plays in Week One with
Jamaal Charles and rookie Dexter McCluster.  The Chargers defense,
meanwhile, needs to figure out what it can do well.  For now, the best
thing it can do is let Philip Rivers get the ball back with enough time
to score a winning touchdown.

Rosenthal’s pick:  Chargers 35, Chiefs 34.

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  1. Nosredna says: Sep 9, 2010 10:27 AM

    CornFlorio and Rosenthal have just proven themselves idiots……
    ’nuff said

  2. ipeefreely says: Sep 9, 2010 10:29 AM

    Both pick Dallas over Washington… good men.

  3. Skins4Lyfe says: Sep 9, 2010 10:30 AM

    The ‘Boys/Skins game is a closer contest than you two make it out to be. Cowboys offensive line is in shambles, Skins will take advantage of it. Skins 24, ‘boys 14

  4. downwithdansnyder says: Sep 9, 2010 10:32 AM

    What were your individual records last year picking games?

  5. zemd says: Sep 9, 2010 10:34 AM

    They disagree on 4 picks

  6. Yamchargers says: Sep 9, 2010 10:35 AM

    If the Bolts loose to the Chiefs ill kiss Florios boyfriend right on the lips!

  7. Bronco4life says: Sep 9, 2010 10:36 AM

    Haha you guys are so cute!
    Thanks for givin’ the Donks some respect tho.

  8. Steeler fans are tools says: Sep 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    If the Raiders can contain CJ then they can win, no problem. I really hope the run defense improved this year. Near dead-last in run def last year.

  9. Florio Splorio says: Sep 9, 2010 10:38 AM

    Excellent work, Gents.

  10. thegoldengod says: Sep 9, 2010 10:40 AM

    Florio–you underestimate Cromartie and Kyle Wilson…and completely overrate Housh/Mason–the Jets may have the most talented trio of corners in quite some time.
    The game should still be close and could go the Ravens way, but Revis doesn’t need to cover 3

  11. jackson says: Sep 9, 2010 10:42 AM

    Florio picked the raiders???? Now I’ve seen it all.

  12. casper67 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:44 AM

    “the Dolphins are better than the Bills at most positions…” And what positions exactly? The Dolphins suck as bad as the Bills…

  13. CT Pats Fan says: Sep 9, 2010 10:45 AM

    Texans to beat the Colts? Really? I mean….really?

  14. Reptar says: Sep 9, 2010 10:46 AM

    Why is everyone picking against the Colts this week? Maybe I’m too much of a homer, I don’t know, but the Texans are 1-15 lifetime against the Colts, a team that is stronger than their Super Bowl-losing squad from last year.
    Not saying the Texans CAN’T win, just saying this feels oddly like one of those media things that’s unnecessarily gaining momentum and will be abruptly shattered Sunday with everyone pretending like they never picked the underdog in the first place. The Texans have a good team this year and could very well make the playoffs, but I’ll stick with the safe odds for now.

  15. kravon says: Sep 9, 2010 10:46 AM

    Since my picks are the only ones that really matter:
    Eagles 17 Packers 41
    Kravon
    PFT Hall of Fame 2010

  16. reno76 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:49 AM

    lil flo…Rams over the Cards…it’s official, you know less about football than ambulance chasing

  17. Jack Acid says: Sep 9, 2010 10:50 AM

    I think the Rams beat the Cards too.

  18. J-Star says: Sep 9, 2010 10:51 AM

    I think Houston will improve this year but Im also suprised both of them picked the Texans to beat the Colts. It may be the best thing for the Colts to drop a game early and not have to worry about the streak again this year. I doubt that loss is to a team in there division.

  19. aec4 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:51 AM

    The Jets could be playing the local HS team, and neither of you would pick them.

  20. CJ SPILLER says: Sep 9, 2010 10:57 AM

    I think they have about half the picks wrong.

  21. Redtrek03 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:58 AM

    When I saw the link on twitter, I turned to my buddy and said, “50 bucks says Florio and his idiot sidekick don’t take the Jets Monday night”. He wouldn’t bet me, and it turns out he was smart not to.
    We talked about how you’d mention Rex’s mouth, how you’d cover up the problems with the Ravens secondary by blaming Sanchez, miss all the real matchups in this game while doing so. Success!
    God you’re predictable, the both of you. If they gave out degrees for Faux Journalism, you’d both be Magna Cum Laude.

  22. Saintsarebest says: Sep 9, 2010 10:58 AM

    well duh, the siants are going to win. thay are going to win all the games. who dat. they are rong on the the packers. they will lose all the games.
    who dat

  23. ilivincin97 says: Sep 9, 2010 10:59 AM

    The line is too big here, but we don’t think the Bengals yet have the passing game chops to take advantage of New England’s young secondary.
    Really? What more do you have to know about the Bengal’s passing game? Palmer, Ocho, TO, Gresham, Shipley..It’s going to be a fun season in the Nati. You won’t keep this team down, but please, keep writting crappy blogs about how they’ll flop. Who Dey!

  24. ejtowne says: Sep 9, 2010 11:04 AM

    Rosenthal: Add 2 points to Buffalo’s score and you’ll be all set. Florio: Did you take in account that Miami has some key injuries on their Defense and that Buffalo is at Home? Ralph Wilson Stadium will be a crazy place to play the first week. There is going to be pandemonium, FANdemonium!! The wagons will circle in Buffalo! Go Bills!!

  25. reno76 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:12 AM

    lil flo…Rams over the Cards…it’s official, you know less about football than ambulance chasing

  26. CJ SPILLER says: Sep 9, 2010 11:13 AM

    No way the Fish beat the Bills at home opening day!!

  27. Jungle Juice says: Sep 9, 2010 11:15 AM

    Stick to the rumor mill cuz you guys suck at this. A lot of blowouts here and the Raiders beat the Titans in Nashville?
    My one Prediction: Bengals beat Patriots 26-20

  28. chc4 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:16 AM

    Uh Florio — the Falcons beat the Steelers in OT 4 years ago. Shouldn’t you know that?

  29. jcjets says: Sep 9, 2010 11:16 AM

    So the Ravens sign TJ a week before the season, and he’s gonna be a big factor? Ravens definitely have weapons with Ray Rice, Bouldin and Mason, but TJ is pretty much done, imo.
    Jets 17 – 14

  30. 7o7Raider says: Sep 9, 2010 11:24 AM

    im surprised florio picked the raiders

  31. afogg0855 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:25 AM

    casper67 says:
    September 9, 2010 10:44 AM
    “the Dolphins are better than the Bills at most positions…” And what positions exactly? The Dolphins suck as bad as the Bills…

  32. 1NationRaiderNation says: Sep 9, 2010 11:28 AM

    wow taking the raiders on the road by 7 against a good Titans team. I hope so, Go Raiders, Go O-Line

  33. justen1 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:32 AM

    “the Dolphins are better than the Bills at most positions…” And what positions exactly? The Dolphins suck as bad as the Bills…
    Really? Well lets see… One of if not THE best Left Tackle in the game in Jake Long, Brandon Marshall, Karlos Dansby to name a few easy ones. The Phins are solid accross the O-line and the Bill O-line is in shambles. Henne may be unproven, but his numbers are comparable to Flacco and Ryan in their first years as starters. The Bills are a mess at QB. Even though it is a division game in Buffalo, I don’t think this game will be very close.

  34. shotpeen says: Sep 9, 2010 11:35 AM

    “Florio’s take: The last two meetings between these two teams have been memorable, with the Steelers winning four years ago in overtime at the Georgia Dome and with the two teams playing to a draw eight years ago in Pittsburgh. This time around, the Falcons are trying to catch the Saints, and the Steelers are hoping to hold it together until Ben Roethlisberger comes back. Look for the Steelers to try to grind it out with a running game and a still-strong defense and for the Falcons to try to draw the Steelers into a shootout like the 34-34 outcome in 2002 or the 41-38 finish in 2006.”
    Actually it was the Falcons who won in 2006 41-38 in OT.

  35. CHIEF ZEE says: Sep 9, 2010 11:40 AM

    Skins vs Boys….I guess you dont think that it all starts on the line huh?

  36. smarty arte says: Sep 9, 2010 11:42 AM

    interesting, no mention of one of the most dynamic receiving duos, along with a #4 defense from last year returning intact, and they both picked the Pats against the Bengals. I guess playing underdog is better. The Pats are old news, they are past their time. They don’t have the talent to match up with Cincy. Bengals by 13.

  37. truthhurts says: Sep 9, 2010 11:43 AM

    So Rosenthal picks the Seahawks over the Niners. No wonder he was such a big loser last year, he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  38. madden42 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:44 AM

    @ afogg0855
    How do you figure they are the worst team in league? They went 6-10 last year IN SPITE of inept coaching. They have a head coach now who knows how to run a practice and is aware of what is going on during the game.
    They could very well be the worst in the division on paper. But there is no question they aren’t the worst in the league.
    Get a clue.

  39. Danwhitmer says: Sep 9, 2010 11:46 AM

    Everyone is focusing on the players in the game with B-More and the Jets. I think more than anything it will come down to play calling. Call the perfect screen play against either aggressive Defense at the right time and it can go the distance, Call a quick slant on a cb blitz and it will go for 30 yrds….. Rex Ryan is a masterful Defensive minded coach, the Ravens have a new and improved passing attack. A battle of play calls it will be! The right ones here and there will make one of these teams look like all stars and the other like fools…
    Go Ravens!!!!!
    Ravens 33 – Jets 24

  40. Hound Dog says: Sep 9, 2010 11:46 AM

    Florio’s pick: Steelers 1, Falcons 14.
    What a tool!

  41. RumorHater says: Sep 9, 2010 11:49 AM

    The Silver & Black will take down more teams than people think this season. Just wait and see.

  42. Deb says: Sep 9, 2010 11:54 AM

    Surprised at Rosenthal’s score in Dolphins/Bills game. Doubt it will be that close. Hope Florio is right about Jags taking Broncos, and Raiders beating Titans. Can’t see Raiders pulling off the upset in Tennessee, but hope they wear down Titans for my Steelers in Week 2.
    Anxious to see home crowd reaction if McDaniels plays Tebow. I’ve grown up w/rabid Gator fans, but adoration of Tebow is cultlike. Gator fans among Jags faithful will cheer him–which could throw off Jags.

  43. cowboys1 says: Sep 9, 2010 11:54 AM

    foreSkins4Lyfe u forgot that mcthrowuponhimself is ur QB now, he couldnt beat the cowboys with a better team last year.

  44. adeem4578 says: Sep 9, 2010 12:01 PM

    The lions will handle the bears this weekend.. mark it down

  45. TwinCitiesTT says: Sep 9, 2010 12:05 PM

    Brees wont get out of the 1st half alive. Do you realize people how Bad ass and pissed off The Vikes Defense is. Payback time who dat nation..

  46. thats_what_she_said says: Sep 9, 2010 12:06 PM

    I like the Texans also, it’s about time that team takes over; FAR from an easy task though with #18 over there.

  47. RC IV says: Sep 9, 2010 12:14 PM

    Eagles24 Packers 20 Vikes 33 Saints 21

  48. thejetsman says: Sep 9, 2010 12:21 PM

    Florio you are sooo dumb, just act like you didn’t just watch the preseason where our 2nd and 3rd corners clearly proved they could cover 1st and 2nd reciever with no problem that now shift a down a spot isn’t that gonna make it easier?????? If your gonna make up an excuse to cover up ur bias atleast come up with something better than that

  49. IV:XXMileHigh says: Sep 9, 2010 12:33 PM

    Florio- The Bronco rookie quarterback you mentioned is the reason the Jags are playing in a sold out stadium. There will be more Tebow fans then MJD fans. Pretty sure that wont motivate them, douche bag! Broncos 34 Jags 17.
    Pull your head out of your ass, you guinie bastard.

  50. Route36West says: Sep 9, 2010 12:35 PM

    downwithdansnyder says:
    September 9, 2010 10:32 AM
    What were your individual records last year picking games?
    You cant really go on that. Florio had a better record then Rosenthal but they picked different games. Most of the time Florio got alot of easier games to pick then Rosenthal. I think the way they are doing it this year will really show who knows more and whos just taking shots in the dark.
    Florio will still probably come out on top not because he knows anything about football but just because Rosenthal is horrible at everything like looking like an adult for example.

  51. Beckzhere says: Sep 9, 2010 12:43 PM

    Don’t sell the Falcons short. Teams live and die by their QB and the Steelers don’t have the stones to beat a 100% healthy Falcons team. Final score is 24-13 and Dennis Dixon is to blame.

  52. foofeiter says: Sep 9, 2010 3:46 PM

    I don’t think I’ll bother to watch tonight’s game. It appears to be set in stone.

  53. Mike Daly says: Sep 9, 2010 6:18 PM

    Rosenthal nails it on the Titans – they can hit, make big plays, and they have a real coach. The Raiders have nostalgia.

  54. willmose says: Sep 10, 2010 9:08 AM

    Who cares about the ‘boys and ‘skins? (Okay, the fans in Dallas and Washington do) If either teams does manage to make the playoffs, it is one and done. I do remember when Dallas and Washington teams actually played good football. Total playoff wins for both teams in the last 13 years: 3. The Rams have 7 playoff wins in that time frame. ’nuff said.

  55. yonk49 says: Sep 10, 2010 12:52 PM

    “If the 49ers are going to end up being one of the worst teams to ever earn a playoff bye, they need to take care of business in the worst division in the conference.”
    I’m tired of all this B.S. 49ers win 20-13 / lose 20-17? WTF are you talking about?
    Load of horse s**t. They will beat them by two to four scores. The Seahawks blow and the 49ers get no respect from these so called “experts.”
    49ers 27
    Seahawks 6
    Book it

  56. WhoPlaysWhere says: Sep 10, 2010 1:05 PM

    TwinCitiesTT,
    How’d that work out for you and the pissed off Viking Defense?
    1st half – Brees “slice and dice”
    2nd half – Running through the D-Line Collander!

  57. Sweet Lou says: Sep 10, 2010 4:26 PM

    so Rosenthal, you think the Niners are a so-so team? That statement is so 2006. Get with the times. Newsflash. The Niners will be good this year.

  58. CanadianPatsFan says: Sep 10, 2010 4:54 PM

    thegoldengod says:
    September 9, 2010 10:40 AM
    Florio–you underestimate Cromartie and Kyle Wilson…and completely overrate Housh/Mason–the Jets may have the most talented trio of corners in quite some time.
    The game should still be close and could go the Ravens way, but Revis doesn’t need to cover 3
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
    Housh/Mason???? What about that guy they call Anquan…not like he’s their best receiver or anything. This proves my point that Jets fans don’t even know football…
    Jets start their Super Bowl Season 0-2…you can bank on that.

  59. Kaleb says: Sep 10, 2010 7:11 PM

    The Ravens aren’t going to be as spectacular as some people think. Jets are going to win this one, probably in a squeaker, but it’s still gonna be a win.
    Packers, meanwhile, are going to win comfortably. Not a blowout, but not close either.

  60. dhrodgers52 says: Sep 10, 2010 11:45 PM

    Canadian Pats Fan,
    You are the biggest moron, please stay in Canada, we don’t need your dumbass on this site with Florio writing all the time.
    Clearly Anquan Boldin is the Ravens best receiver but he will be on Revis Island. So the guy who didn’t mention that assumed those two would be matched up and it would be Wilson/Cro vs. Mason/TJ that would be important to the game.
    Expect 3 rec. 24 yards from Boldin…

  61. denverallday37 says: Sep 11, 2010 12:05 AM

    you guys should do this every week unless you suck at it.

  62. S3gFaw1t says: Sep 12, 2010 10:42 AM

    Bwahahahahahahaha… The Jets will fall… Their arrogance and level of douchebagery won’t be the reason either… I’ve been following them thru training camp.. They suck. That win in the playoff’s last year when San Diego __beat_themselves__ has given them a false sense of being good.. I agree, Revis can’t cover three people and I’m sorry — Sanchez sux. Even if LT stays healthy (let’s face it — he won’t) and has a stellar year, the Jets are in for disappointment.
    I just wish it was already week 4 and we can put the Jets to bed.. I’m sick of hearing about their childish behavior, I’m sick of watching their sack of shiat coach embarrass himself on HBO. I mean come on, how can you spend your entire life around state of the art athletic equipment and trainers and be such a disgusting sack of krap.

  63. Patrick says: Sep 12, 2010 2:59 PM

    NFL Football… The Agony and Ecstasy of Opening Day
    Commentary by Patrick McCormick
    9/12/2010
    I don’t watch a lot of sports on the tube anymore, but I still enjoy a football game now and then. I grew up in Chicago and used to love the Bears. My father had a small bar and restaurant; I would go there to watch the games. It was a lot of fun. I knew all of his customers; many were my friends. It was a great way to kill a Sunday.
    I moved to Sarasota, Florida, in 1993 and started watching Buccaneer football games. They were worse than the Bears; it was just like being home. Then, as if by magic and a lot like the Bears, they won a Super Bowl. To my amazement, they did the same thing the Bears did and promptly broke up their championship team. They have been getting progressively worse each season. It’s been a terrible disappointment.
    Somehow, I survived a succession of dry years watching what I call, “Rope-a-dope-football”, one dumb play after another. They could not score many points, but they wanted to play defensively. How many times can you run the ball up the middle of the field and not gain any yards. You would think the coaches would try a different play. No, they would just keep running the same play until they fumbled the ball.
    I would throw my chips across the room. I’d kick the dog and holler at my kid. Finally, after having my emotions twisted with torment and frustration, I would turn off the television and leave the room. Chug a beer, have a shot, pace around the house; invariably I would go back and turn the TV on again. God I love the game.
    Well it’s Sunday; the season opener. The Buccaneers are playing the Browns at home and there is nothing on my “Honey do List”. I am ready for some football. Got my chips and dip and some cold beer. I even have some brats for the grill. Anxious, I plop down onto the couch to watch the pregame baloney; just like millions of other football bums. I’m drinking a beer and starting to feel pretty good… and then I hear it; No! At first I don’t believe it…I get on the internet and check it out. It’s true!
    The game is blacked out! Those morons couldn’t sell enough tickets; now what. I throw my chips across the room. God, I hate this game!

  64. alix777 says: Sep 12, 2010 4:19 PM

    I just don’t understand why everyone makes such a big deal about Dallas and Romo. Romo has been a starting quarterback for the team for what? Four years now? In that time he has proven that when the games really matter…he chokes. Dallas can get all the star players it wants, but without a confident quarterback they will still falter and fail when it matters. Which is what they have done for the entire tenure of Romo at the helm.

  65. B.O.R. says: Sep 13, 2010 4:25 PM

    Florio,
    Nice pick on Titans-Raiders you d-bag! You’re such a Vince hater it’s ridiculous. This sentence is one of the dumbest and most cynical I’ve read in a while: “If Young can’t move the offense against a defense that will be obsessed with stopping Johnson, Young will hear the boos again, and the wheels could fly off faster than anyone had imagined.”
    Who is “imagining” that “the wheels could fly off”? No one. I hope you maintain your anti VY bias the same way Hoge has so you get to continually eat crow and be discredited throughout your lame excuse for a career. Enjoy the Titans’ 11-5 season and deep run through the playoffs!

  66. B.O.R. says: Sep 13, 2010 4:35 PM

    Nice pick on Raiders – Titans, Florio!
    When will you just issue a mea culpa and admit you’re wrong about Vince Young?

  67. kingaling says: Sep 13, 2010 4:54 PM

    Bucs are 1-0! Suck it Florio and Rosenthall… I realize they did play the Browns but you both picked Cleveland and a win is a win. The Bucs are going to be much better than you guys are giving them credit for and I can’t wait to remind you guys of this every week when you pick against them. At Carolina in week 2 = 2-0 Buccaneers

  68. clintcooper says: Sep 15, 2010 5:47 PM

    ha ha ha Colts lost. I hope they go 0-16.

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