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PFT’s Week One Picks

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Florio usually introduces our weekly picks by coming up with some excuse why he’s trailing in the standings.

Well, it’s a whole new year.  Which means I can only mention that Florio lost the regular season, postseason, and Super Bowl last year one more time.

Something tells me I won’t be allowed to write the introduction ever again.

Saints at Packers

Florio’s take: The home team has won the regular-season opener since 2003.  The Saints will be the first team to play in the Thursday night opener three times.  The lockout workouts conducted by the Saints could be the difference against the Packers, who got together as a team during the lockout only to collect their Super Bowl rings.

Florio’s pick:  Saints 28, Packers 24.

Rosenthal’s take: These are the two best teams in the NFC.  Both boast terrific continuity with their players and scheme, especially on offense. The Saints added bulk to their defensive line, while the Packers welcome injured players back throughout their championship roster. It’s a new year, however. And the Saints are my new conference favorites.

Rosenthal’s pick: Saints 31, Packers 28.

Steelers at Ravens

Florio’s take: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has never beaten the Steelers when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger plays.  If the Ravens ever hope to host a playoff game, that streak has to end on Sunday.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 16, Steelers 13.

Rosenthal’s take: The Steelers trot out the same old defense, with nine starters over 30 by year’s end. The Ravens look much different, with big changes to the offensive line, wide receiver, and in the secondary.  For Week 1, that favors the old guys. Mike Tomlin said he expects “James [Harrison] to be James.” I expect Bryant McKinnie to be Bryant McKinnie.

Rosenthal’s pick: Steelers 20, Ravens 14.

Falcons at Bears

Florio’s take: The top two seeds from the 2010 playoff field meet, with the gap between them seemingly much larger in 2011.  But the Falcons could be caught napping with a huge showdown against the Eagles looming, and with even more pressure following a 13-3 regular season that was capped by a one-and-done trip to the postseason.  Though the Falcons likely will finish with a much better record than the Bears, this could be one of those quirky Week One aberrations.

Florio’s pick: Bears 23, Falcons 17.

Rosenthal’s take: The Bears could quickly erase all the bad vibes from the last month with a win over a quality team. Unfortunately, they play a Falcons team that is a lot more versatile on offense with Julio Jones and Harry Douglas emerging. Chicago’s so-so secondary held up last year, but it’s overdue to get exposed.

Rosenthal’s pick: Falcons 24, Bears 20.

Bengals at Browns

Florio’s take: Andy Dalton could end up being a great quarterback.  But it’s too much to expect him to win on the road in Week One of his rookie year, especially with a mediocre receiving corps and a potentially porous secondary.  The Browns quietly are improving, and Colt McCoy could end up being the steal of the 2010 draft.

Florio’s pick: Browns 30, Bengals 20.

Rosenthal’s take: Cleveland’s schedule sets up well for the Browns to be this year’s Tampa Bay. Playing the Bengals twice and the NFC West is a huge bonus. With all the conference realignment talk these days, relegating the Bengals to the NFC West actually makes sense. Perhaps they can be swapped with the Rams if St. Louis climbs above .500 this year.

Rosenthal’s pick: Browns 28, Bengals 13.

Colts at Texans

Florio’s take: Last year, the Colts couldn’t beat the Texans with Peyton Manning.  This year, they don’t have Peyton Manning.  Sometimes, it’s really that simple.

Florio’s pick: Texans 27, Colts 14.

Rosenthal’s take: I’ve given Bill Polian a lot of love over the years for his drafting prowess. This season will prove if Polian was building a true team, or just a bunch of guys around Peyton Manning. The Patriots won 11 games without Tom Brady. It would be surprising if the Colts won more than six if Manning doesn’t return.

Rosenthal’s pick: Texans 24, Colts 13.

Titans at Jaguars

Florio’s take: Apparently, beating the Titans means less to the Jaguars than pocketing $8 million that otherwise would have been paid to David Garrard.  Even with a potentially less-than-top-speed Chris Johnson, the Titans should have enough to sink Luke McCown and company.

Florio’s pick: Titans 17, Jaguars 14.

Rosenthal’s take: The Titans are one of the toughest teams to evaluate. They have new schemes on both sides of the ball, but they also boast a powerful offensive line and Chris Johnson. I’m not sure what the Jaguars do well besides push the pocket with their defensive tackles. Expect the calls for Blaine Gabbert to pick up after this one.

Rosenthal’s pick: Titans 17, Jaguars 13.

Bills at Chiefs

Florio’s take: Former Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey returns to town as head coach of the Bills.  And the Bills could give the Chiefs everything they can handle.  And I wish I had the guts to pick the upset here.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 23, Bills 20.

Rosenthal’s take: Does the preseason matter at all? If so, the Chiefs offense is in huge trouble. No group looked more disjointed. They haven’t solved their receiver issues and the offense line struggled badly. Buffalo’s attempts to improve their rush defense will be tested here. They’ll pass the test.

Rosenthal’s pick: Bills 26, Chiefs 21.

Eagles at Rams

Florio’s take: The Rams have had seven months to come up with a strategy for confounding Mike Vick, who may get frustrated if the offense struggles.  With an emotional return to Atlanta coming in Week Two, Vick and the Eagles could stumble.  But even if they do, they should be good enough to get off to a 1-0 start.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 29, Rams 23.

Rosenthal’s take: This is a rough first matchup for Philadelphia’s ever-changing offensive line. The Rams pass rush is among the league’s best and will have Michael Vick running for his life. Josh McDaniels started fast in Denver as a head coach and he’ll do it again as an offensive coordinator in St. Louis.

Rosenthal’s pick: Rams 24, Eagles 21.

Lions at Buccaneers

Florio’s take: The game that possibly will be the only Week One non-sellout possibly could be the best game of Week One.  And given that the Lions beat the Bucs in their own non-sold-out building last year without Matthew Stafford at quarterback, the Lions should be able to do it again with Stafford on the field.

Florio’s pick: Lions 28, Bucs 27.

Rosenthal’s take: Fun game. Everyone is on the Lions bandwagon and this is the type of game a young improving team should win. Tampa is youngrier. The Bucs are the rare team that has someone to cover Calvin Johnson (Aqib Talib) and a young quarterback with as much potential as Matthew Stafford (Josh Freeman). Plus I know Florio will pick Detroit.

Rosenthal’s pick: Bucs 31, Lions 27.

Panthers at Cardinals

Florio’s take: Cam Newton could end up being a much better quarterback than Kevin Kolb will ever be.  As of right now, Kolb is the better talent — and he plays on the better team.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 35, Panthers 24.

Rosenthal’s take: The Cardinals are favored by a touchdown, which is a little crazy for one of the worst teams in football from 2010 breaking in a new quarterback. Especially when they are starting outside linebackers (Joey Porter and Clark Haggans) that Pittsburgh gave up half a decade ago. DeAngelo Williams will do enough to keep this game close.

Rosenthal’s pick: Cardinals 17, Panthers 14.

Vikings at Chargers

Florio’s take: Someday, this could be the next Jets-Giants rivalry.  As of right now, it wouldn’t be much of a rivalry.

Florio’s take: Chargers 31, Vikings 17.

Rosenthal’s take: Florio thinks the Vikings will be frisky this year. This is a great chance to prove it. Minnesota’s secondary looks shakier than ever and the defensive line no long looks dominant. It’s hard to see Minnesota slowing Philip Rivers down.

Rosenthal’s pick: Chargers 35, Vikings 24.

Seahawks at 49ers

Florio’s take: Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll renew their USC-Stanford acquaintances at a higher level but, for now, on one of the smaller stages.  That could change if Harbaugh can do for the Niners in 2011 what Carroll did for the Seahawks in 2010.  The process begins with the Niners holding serve at home.

Florio’s pick: 49ers 24, Seahawks 20.

Rosenthal’s take: A lot of fantasy owners picked up the 49ers defense this week because it faces Tarvaris Jackson. Just as many owners picked up the Seattle defense because it faces Alex Smith. The 2011 NFC West everyone! (I’ll take the 49ers because they are home and the running game looks good.)

Rosenthal’s pick: 49ers 16, Seahawks 14.

Giants at Redskins

Florio’s take:  Eli Manning may not be a top-five quarterback, but I’ll take him any day against a bottom-five quarterback.  Injuries to the Giants defense and improvements to the rest of the Redskins roster should keep it close, but close won’t matter when it’s time to put this one in the official standings.  (As if it ever does.)

Florio’s pick: Giants 17, Redskins 10.

Rosenthal’s take: I picked the Giants to win the NFC East in July, and was too stubborn to change it when they started losing defensive players every week to injury. Washington’s strong preseason has Redskins fans wildly optimistic despite the strong presence of Rex Grossman. Something has to give here. I’ll say its Grossman giving the Giants turnovers and sacks.

Rosenthal’s pick: Giants 19, Redskins 10.

Cowboys at Jets

Florio’s take: The Jets christened their new stadium in 2010 with a prime-time loss to the Ravens.  The home team faces even more pressure this year, with a visit from the Cowboys on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  Look for the Jets to deliver, thanks to a maturing Mark Sanchez and a Dallas defensive secondary with some holes.  Besides, coach Rex Ryan surely will want to stick it to his twin brother, Rob, even more than usual, given Rob’s recent foot-fetish indiscretion.

Florio’s pick: Jets 24, Cowboys 20.

Rosenthal’s take: The Cowboys may have endured the worst Wednesday practice to start the season of all time. They lost tackle Tyron Smith and cornerback Mike Jenkins came up limping. Dallas is going to regret paying Terence Newman $8 million instead of going harder after Nnamdi Asomugha. Take the Jets going away on what is sure to be an emotional night.

Rosenthal’s pick: Jets 37, Cowboys 23.

Patriots at Dolphins

Florio’s take: This is a no-lose situation for the Dolphins.  After losing seven of eight games at home in 2010 and with the Pats winning all but two when playing both at home and away, no one expects Miami to prevail.  That dynamic could make the Dolphins a little looser and relaxed.  But loose and relaxed likely won’t be enough to overcome the talent gap.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 33, Dolphins 21.

Rosenthal’s take: Florio ranked Miami low in the power rankings, but I think they’ll finish with a winning record, for what it’s worth. (Basically nothing.) Their young defense can be one of the best in the league and will give New England’s offensive line fits in a low scoring game.

Rosenthal’s pick: New England 20, Dolphins 17.

Raiders at Broncos

Florio’s take:The Raiders swept the AFC West in 2010, otherwise losing eight of 10.  This year, the Raiders likely will be better beyond the borders of their division, but it’s too much to expect them to win in Denver against a Broncos team that, while not playoff-ready, quietly is improving.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 26, Raiders 21.

Rosenthal’s take: The Broncos defense can be a lot better right away with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil rushing the passer. Their defensive tackles may get run over on the ground, but that weakness won’t show up as much if they play with the lead. The John Fox/John Elway honeymoon will have legs.

Rosenthal’s pick: Broncos 27, Raiders 17.

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82 Responses to “PFT’s Week One Picks”
  1. milkmandanimal says: Sep 8, 2011 11:21 AM

    The Bucs have “a young quarterback with as much potential as Matthew Stafford (Josh Freeman)”.

    Wait, wait, wait . . . “as much potential”? Freeman put up ridiculous numbers last year on a team that was (A) the youngest in the league and (B) was just wrecked by injuries (particularly to the offensive line). He had a 25/6 TD/INT ratio, was second in the league in rushing for QBs, had five fourth-quarter comebacks, and showed everything you would possibly want in a young QB, and he has “as much potential” as a guy who can’t brush his teeth without separating his shoulder?

  2. mbsbjb3 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:22 AM

    G-Men 1-0!

  3. charmcitysittinpretty says: Sep 8, 2011 11:22 AM

    Flirio I love that ravens pick, rosenthol can shove it, times are a change in’

  4. jw731 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:24 AM

    I gather from the knowledge of the writers here…….Taking stock in these picks is like an unemployed guy reading the wall street journal….

  5. tuckerblair89 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:25 AM

    I didn’t even have to read the picks from Rosenthal. He is so predictable.

  6. jrmbadger says: Sep 8, 2011 11:28 AM

    Bears over Falcons? Wow…. thats just nuts.

  7. Southpaw says: Sep 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    All I’m gonna say to you Gregg, is be ready to eat crow about McKinnie. I will do the same if I’m wrong.

    You’re being really presumptuous about the Ravens O-line… this line is the exact same as it was in 2009, when it was one of the elite lines in the league, with the only difference being McKinnie instead of Gaither.

    I honestly don’t think you watch as much football as you do read stories and stat sheets

  8. stilllovemybungles says: Sep 8, 2011 11:29 AM

    You’re wrong on that bengals/ Browns game…Benson runs for 120 yards, defense gets 3 sacks.. Bengals win 14-10.

  9. madtolive5 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:30 AM

    Rosenthal you are kidding with 37 points by the jets????

    go write for ilovethejets.com

  10. scudbot says: Sep 8, 2011 11:32 AM

    Breesus has arisen, apparently.

  11. deepseabreeze says: Sep 8, 2011 11:34 AM

    I am failing to understand how the broncos even have a chance against the raiders. I take it you didn’t watch any of the games last year?

  12. billyhoyle4real says: Sep 8, 2011 11:38 AM

    Looks like Buffalo could be 2-0 heading into week 3 vs the Hoodie.
    BILLS MAKE ME WANNA SHOUT!!!

  13. boiler72 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:39 AM

    I can’t believe some people think those off-season workouts meant anything. Lame.

  14. dawglbfan says: Sep 8, 2011 11:40 AM

    Their takes didn’t help me any who should I start at flex position this weekend J Graham, Pierre Thomas or Woodhead???

  15. kenhawk says: Sep 8, 2011 11:42 AM

    Hey Mike what’s with posts and thumbs ups/downs still getting deleted?

    Yeah I get the whole thing last year where you were working at cutting down the aggressiveness on the pages, but you can’t say you didn’t bait that.

  16. dawglbfan says: Sep 8, 2011 11:48 AM

    Sorry Bungals Fan but I have a hard time believing Benson is got to get 120 on the Browns with stiff legs from just getting out of jail. If you haven’t noticed we picked up a little guy named Phil Taylor who might have something to say about that as well. And oh yeah Jackson is finally back and 100 percent he only leads the league in tackles during healthy seasons.

  17. souldogdave says: Sep 8, 2011 11:49 AM

    The Raiders will destroy Denver.You’re about as accurate as last year, LOL.

  18. glac1 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:50 AM

    I love the ignorance of the so called “experts”. The less pregame shows and hype I see the better. I turn the tv on about five minutes before kickoff so I can avoid all the “Hollywood” aspect of the NFL.

  19. duanemccoy says: Sep 8, 2011 11:50 AM

    You put the Packers #1 in the power rankings and then both predict them to lose?

  20. voiceofrealism says: Sep 8, 2011 11:50 AM

    “The lockout workouts conducted by the Saints could be the difference against the Packers”

    Anyone who believes in these “lockout workouts” shouldn’t have a profession involved with professional football.

  21. We'reFineThere says: Sep 8, 2011 11:52 AM

    Sunday can’t come soon enough. So tired of hearing how bad the Eagles Oline is when they’ve done nothing but add pieces since last year. No, I don’t think it is a strong unit but it is not as dismal as the haters say.

  22. mdd913 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:56 AM

    This is going to piss off a whole lot of Packer backers who can’t conceive of anyone being their holy annointed invincible (10-6) team.

  23. deadmanwalking47 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:57 AM

    you guys are pathetic pickers,and week 1 will show that!

  24. darthhitman says: Sep 8, 2011 12:02 PM

    milkmandanimal says: Sep 8, 2011 11:21 AM

    The Bucs have “a young quarterback with as much potential as Matthew Stafford (Josh Freeman)”.

    Wait, wait, wait . . . “as much potential”? Freeman put up ridiculous numbers last year on a team that was (A) the youngest in the league and (B) was just wrecked by injuries (particularly to the offensive line). He had a 25/6 TD/INT ratio, was second in the league in rushing for QBs, had five fourth-quarter comebacks, and showed everything you would possibly want in a young QB, and he has “as much potential” as a guy who can’t brush his teeth without separating his shoulder?
    ====================================

    You left out ll those above .500 teams Freeman beat too

  25. galvestontexans says: Sep 8, 2011 12:03 PM

    GO TEXANS

  26. xxxviichamps says: Sep 8, 2011 12:06 PM

    I’m sorry…

    “And given that the Lions beat the Bucs in their own non-sold-out building last year without Matthew Stafford at quarterback, the Lions should be able to do it again with Stafford on the field.”

    Blah, blah, (expletive delete) blah…

    Every seems to forget that Aqib Talib didn’t play in that game and Calvin Johnson made a fool out of his replacement, E.J. Biggers.

    Bucs defense is about to surprise alot of people. I know that none of you have ever heard of Cody Grimm, Quincy Black, Geno Hayes, Mason Foster, Michael Bennett, Frank Okam, Brian Price, Gerald McCoy and the rest of the boys, but you’ll know their names soon enough.

  27. ragebroadhead1 says: Sep 8, 2011 12:09 PM

    You guys just made my day by picking the Saints! I hope you’re right, as this game makes me real nervous. GEAUX SAINTS!

  28. xxxviichamps says: Sep 8, 2011 12:10 PM

    “darthhitman says: Sep 8, 2011 12:02 PM

    milkmandanimal says: Sep 8, 2011 11:21 AM

    The Bucs have “a young quarterback with as much potential as Matthew Stafford (Josh Freeman)”.

    Wait, wait, wait . . . “as much potential”? Freeman put up ridiculous numbers last year on a team that was (A) the youngest in the league and (B) was just wrecked by injuries (particularly to the offensive line). He had a 25/6 TD/INT ratio, was second in the league in rushing for QBs, had five fourth-quarter comebacks, and showed everything you would possibly want in a young QB, and he has “as much potential” as a guy who can’t brush his teeth without separating his shoulder?
    ====================================

    You left out ll those above .500 teams Freeman beat too”

    ===================================

    You left out the fact that this isnt college football…The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks arent San Jose State and Utah State…the Bucs beat the Browns and the Browns killed the Patriots…does that mean the Bucs were better than the Pats? Grow up and open your eyes little puppies…this is the NFL we’re talking about…beating anyone is an accomplishment.

  29. hail74 says: Sep 8, 2011 12:13 PM

    Rex grossman won’t be the reason why we may lose to the giants but rather our inability to stop their run game, if we do that than we’ll be fine as our bottom 5 qb put up 336 yds and 2 tds with a passer rating of 88 against eli the great’s 243,1,83

  30. visible4 says: Sep 8, 2011 12:15 PM

    milkmandanimal –

    You make some good points no doubt. If (yes big if) Stafford can stay healthy he “probably” has a higher ceiling than Freeman and I think that’s what he is eluding too. Stafford’s release is as quick as any QB, his throwing power is as strong as any QB and his accuracy has improved dramatically. But Freeman is definitely the more proven QB, can make plays out of nothing and has accomplished more. Freeman is like Big Ben but Stafford could be more like Rodgers if he stays healthy.

  31. lrt79 says: Sep 8, 2011 12:24 PM

    Julio Jones is “emerging”? The guy hasn’t played a snap yet, but somehow that’s enough to “emerge”?

    I agree about the Bears secondary in a way, but it’s weaker than it was last season with the absence of Danieal Manning.

    However, Tim Jennings will likely remain the most underrated and disrespected corner in the league. The guy ranked, what, 10th or 12th in all the league last season? That’s not superb, but it’s better than the 40+ other guys who started.

  32. blackheld says: Sep 8, 2011 12:24 PM

    Couple things.

    Both of you are essentially saying John Fox can appear, wave a magic wand, and erase all of Josh McDaniel’s destruction in one abbreviated training camp, while the Raiders, who beat Denver twice last year, will backslide and lose, in spite of some small improvements in the draft. Sorry, Nnamdi’s loss is not gonna give Denver that big a swing.

    Someone might score 28 points in the Lions-Bucs game, but if it happens, the Bucs won’t do it. Detroit scored 23 points and beat Tampa last year and knocked them out of the playoffs, with a starting backfield that included Maurice Morris and Shaun Hill, and only two of this year’s back seven starters. Freeman is good, but the Bucs defense is a work in progress, and their offensive line is responsible for Freeman running with the ball so much. Blount won’t carry the ball with Tampa playing from behind, and Detroit is scary when they can ignore the run, and rush the passer.

    I’m gonna predict this is the year that Belichick finally pays the price for playing Tom Brady and a bunch of kids and retreads. Detroit completely handled the Pats’ starters in the preseason, and I’m seeing Brady running for his life and missing open receivers, and everyone but Welker dropping passes. The running game in NE doesn’t scare many people, either, and by the fourth quarter of the Lions game, the Pats’ defensive back seven were pointing a lot of fingers at each other. Good coaching can only improve teams so much.

  33. calloustongue says: Sep 8, 2011 12:28 PM

    So the Saints who got owned by the Seahawks are going to somehow best the top secondary in the league and the Super Bowl MVP? I’ll take some of whatever you’re smoking….

    Won’t. Even. Be. Close.

  34. balewsquare says: Sep 8, 2011 12:31 PM

    “Washington’s strong preseason has Redskins fans wildly optimistic despite the strong presence of Rex Grossman.”
    ————————————————

    I literally LOLed at this! I’m a Bears fan, and you wrote the words that I was thinking!

  35. silvernblackpa says: Sep 8, 2011 12:46 PM

    Broncos will be a better team this year, no question. But that’s not a high hurdle to clear.

    Denver will have a much better pass rush. But they still have Andre Goodman and the corpse of Brian Dawkin starting in their secondary.

    Oh and the Raiders still have Darren McFadden, who basically singlehandedly beat them in Mile High last year.

    Best I can say for them is that it’ll be considerably closer than 59-14. Campbell might actually get a grass stain on his jersey this time.

    Raiders 30
    Bronocs 19

  36. 7pints says: Sep 8, 2011 12:47 PM

    Raiduh fans are delusional. I guess it happens when you’ve been incarcerated for a good portion of your life.

  37. Matt says: Sep 8, 2011 12:50 PM

    I continue to be flabberghasted by all media sources picking Denver over Oakland. The Raiders didn’t just sweep Denver last year, they killed Denver. It wasn’t even close.

    59-14 against Kyle Orton’s offense and 39-23 when the Raiders had nothing to play for (KC had just clinched the division the week earlier). That’s a 61 point margin. 61 points!

    With everything on the line, week one, start of a year where the team has HUGE expectations, do you really think they’re going to lose to a team that they beat by a 61 point margin last year? Really?

  38. hoobsher says: Sep 8, 2011 12:53 PM

    rosey…

    why do you hate the eagles so much?

    it makes no sense to me.

  39. nolarules says: Sep 8, 2011 12:55 PM

    So the Saints who got owned by the Seahawks are going to somehow best the top secondary in the league and the Super Bowl MVP? I’ll take some of whatever you’re smoking….

    Won’t. Even. Be. Close.

    ————————————————–
    As a saints fan, this game is terrifying to me. Not sure why everyone is fogetting how good the defense of the packers was last year. but to say it is not going to be close, come on now. this will be a close one. sadly, I think the champs take the game in the end.

  40. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 8, 2011 1:01 PM

    Rosenthal’s take: Cleveland’s schedule sets up well for the Browns to be this year’s Tampa Bay. Playing the Bengals twice and the NFC West is a huge bonus. With all the conference realignment talk these days, relegating the Bengals to the NFC West actually makes sense. Perhaps they can be swapped with the Rams if St. Louis climbs above .500 this year.

    What “conference realignment talk?” Who’s doing all this talking? Is this referencing the dreaded Los Angeles situation?

    If the Chargers move (please, no), then nothing changes. If the Raiders move (oh, please please no), nothing changes. If the Jaguars move (I can live with this), then nothing changes (our latitude is enough to justify an AFC South team). Even if it’s the Vikings, I find it hard to see how that would affect the Bengals. C’mon, Gregg. You’re reaching quite a bit for a snarky reference here.

  41. cincyalldaway says: Sep 8, 2011 1:09 PM

    @dawglbfan
    Sorry dude, but no way the Bengals loose to Cleveland on Sunday. To many weapons for Dalton to go to and the Oline is opening up holes everywhere for Benson & Scott to run. Hillis will get a few yards but not many against this run D and exactly who is McCoy supposed to be throwing to?? You guys do have wideouts…right???

  42. thephantomstranger says: Sep 8, 2011 1:17 PM

    I’m sure the Chargers will probably win this week, but I remember the last time the Vikings played them and Adrian laid 296 on that booty! 253 in the second half! I wouldn’t mind seeing a repeat of that performance.

  43. dawglbfan says: Sep 8, 2011 1:18 PM

    Greg Little will become the number one after the first quarter in this game and Evan Moore will also make a name for himself this weekend. Robo and Mass will split time at #2 and slot receiver. Plus Josh Cribbs worked out as a receiver for the first time in the off season and I know you sweat whenever he touches the ball.

  44. hendawg21 says: Sep 8, 2011 1:21 PM

    As figures let the hateration begin with what’s gone on in Giantsville you still won’t give my team a chance…well you two so called experts and i’m not sure who determined that can go blow yourselves! With the defensive injuries the Giants have I could see us rushing for the big yards plus with the changes and question mark still on that Giant offensive line old jhas might just have something for old Eli think Orakpo and Kerrigan will both introduce themselves to the other Manning…

  45. dawglbfan says: Sep 8, 2011 1:23 PM

    What weapons are you talking about for Dalton? You know they got rid of TO and Ocho right?
    Ill give you Gresham, but if you think Dalton and Green are going to be on the same page the first game of their career then you must be Mike Brown.

  46. vikefanman2000 says: Sep 8, 2011 1:25 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted at these picks!

  47. marty2019 says: Sep 8, 2011 1:28 PM

    “Apparently, beating the Titans means less to the Jaguars than pocketing $8 million that otherwise would have been paid to David Garrard. ”
    ================================

    If the Jaguars lose to the Titans, it won’t be because they don’t have David Garrard. Anyone who watched Garrard this preseason would see that.

  48. calloustongue says: Sep 8, 2011 1:30 PM

    “As a saints fan, this game is terrifying to me. Not sure why everyone is fogetting how good the defense of the packers was last year. but to say it is not going to be close, come on now. this will be a close one. sadly, I think the champs take the game in the end.”

    You’re terrified for a reason. The Packers cut guys that would tear up your secondary. The only people that have forgotten how good the Pack’s defense is, are the fans of teams desperately clinging to the hope that they have a shot at being the 2nd best in the NFC. It won’t be close. The Packers players are good, but their coaching is phenomenal. We passed on Payton for McCarthy…

  49. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Sep 8, 2011 1:32 PM

    Can you guys pleeeeeease change the font size or color or something when listing the teams, i.e. Ravens vs Steelers in 20 font or in red or something?? It makes reading webpages a lot more friendly. Here’s a site to refer to http://www.w3c.org, in case you want to know how to create a user friendly webpage. Thanks!! Loyal fan.

  50. fcs34 says: Sep 8, 2011 1:34 PM

    Pls god let the regular season start so the Lions bandwagon can start sheding passengers. Bucs – Lions best game of the week? Yeah if everyone else had a bye.

  51. doggz109 says: Sep 8, 2011 1:49 PM

    Love you Raider fans keep bringing up last year vs Denver. I am not going to predict a Denver win but its not going to be another blowout like McDaniels orchestrated last year. Campbell is going to know Elvis and Von quite well by the end of that game. You tellin’ me that Khalif Barnes is actually going to be able to block Von Miller? Keep dreaming.

  52. p4hbiz says: Sep 8, 2011 1:54 PM

    Raiders 69 Broncos 14

  53. dreno322 says: Sep 8, 2011 1:54 PM

    I guess there’s no reason to watch the games, now that we know the winners and losers. I know one game you got wrong, Bengals win with defense 12-3 (Colt McCoy meets Carlo’s Dunlap, Pat Simms and Geno Atkins…not to mention Michael Johnson, Mauluga and Peko) Good luck with that Colt.

  54. p4hbiz says: Sep 8, 2011 1:57 PM

    The Raiders have to many weapons to lose that game against Denver.

    Mcfaddan, Bush, Jones, Ford, Hagan, Moore and Wr. Shielens!

    Von Miller will have a long day chasing those guys around.

  55. mdd913 says: Sep 8, 2011 2:01 PM

    You’re terrified for a reason. The Packers cut guys that would tear up your secondary. The only people that have forgotten how good the Pack’s defense is, are the fans of teams desperately clinging to the hope that they have a shot at being the 2nd best in the NFC. It won’t be close. The Packers players are good, but their coaching is phenomenal. We passed on Payton for McCarthy…

    —————————————————————-

    You Packers fans really are something else. The way you’d talk you are in the middle of a dynasty, a 10-year run of championships.

    Your team went 10-6 last year. 10-6. You didn’t win your division and you almost lost to the Bears third string quarterback.

    I respect your team but reel it in a little. The Packers are no more immune to a letdown or a Super Bowl hangover than anybody else is. You’re not that special. Get over it.

  56. cincyalldaway says: Sep 8, 2011 2:01 PM

    Simpson, Caldwell, Shipley, Gresham, Benson, Scott, and yes most definitley Green! And why would you think that Dalton and Green would not be on the same page but McCoy and his new wideouts will be??? What are you from the “Show Me” state??? Typical Cleveland homer! You’ll find out soon enough!

  57. cincyalldaway says: Sep 8, 2011 2:06 PM

    Not to mention that you guys have only won 1 home opener since 1999.

  58. cincyalldaway says: Sep 8, 2011 2:08 PM

    Well…I guess I did forget about how McCoy is so much more experienced that Dalton with having played a whole 8 more games than he has.

    Yeahhhh…righhhhtttt!

  59. m2karateman says: Sep 8, 2011 2:15 PM

    fcs34 says:
    Sep 8, 2011 1:34 PM
    Pls god let the regular season start so the Lions bandwagon can start sheding passengers. Bucs – Lions best game of the week? Yeah if everyone else had a bye.
    ———————————————————-

    I think not. This will be one of the better games of the week, because both are up and coming teams that feature some excellent players…..players I think you would be more than happy to have on your favorite team. Anyone who says that they wouldn’t welcome Ndamukong Suh, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew, LeGarrette Blount, Mike Williams, Quincy Black or Josh Freeman on their team is a damn liar. Last years game, without some stars, was one of the more entertaining games of the year, as voted on by the fans.

    Stop living in the past.

  60. asublimeday says: Sep 8, 2011 2:34 PM

    Oh you fools hate the bears so much. I think it’s bitterness at how stupid they made you look after you never picked them last year.

  61. asublimeday says: Sep 8, 2011 2:42 PM

    You Packers fans really are something else. The way you’d talk you are in the middle of a dynasty, a 10-year run of championships.

    Your team went 10-6 last year. 10-6. You didn’t win your division and you almost lost to the Bears third string quarterback.

    I respect your team but reel it in a little. The Packers are no more immune to a letdown or a Super Bowl hangover than anybody else is. You’re not that special. Get over it.
    ———————-

    Amen. Wrestle the division crown away from my bears, then act like your farts don’t stink.

    Caleb haine took you to the wire. CALEB HANIE! Cutler wins that game. Greatest show on grass this season, bears win the division.

  62. James says: Sep 8, 2011 2:43 PM

    “Last year, the Colts couldn’t beat the Texans with Peyton Manning. ”

    Well, um, that’s wrong…

  63. scudbot says: Sep 8, 2011 2:51 PM

    asublimeday: Detroit got screwed out of a win over your Bears. Sit down and be quiet.

  64. sullijo1 says: Sep 8, 2011 3:12 PM

    All the Raiders fans out here should go to Vegas and bet the game….they’re convinced that they’ll win by 30, 40, 50 pts…..and they’re GETTING 3 in Vegas.

    Sell all you own, and lay down the $118.20 from doing that on your team!

    But before you do, note that the worst Denver team in 40 years beat KC by 20 last year – sometimes “stuff happens.”

  65. philtration says: Sep 8, 2011 3:14 PM

    jrmbadger says: Sep 8, 2011 11:28 AM

    Bears over Falcons? Wow…. thats just nuts.
    =====================================

    Why?
    What has Atlanta done really?

  66. bozosforall says: Sep 8, 2011 3:14 PM

    scudbot says:
    Sep 8, 2011 2:51 PM
    asublimeday: Detroit got screwed out of a win over your Bears. Sit down and be quiet.

    __
    Kinda like the Raiders got screwed over in the Tuck Rule game.

    Rule or no rule, it was and still is a BS rule.

  67. bozosforall says: Sep 8, 2011 3:16 PM

    scudbot says:
    Sep 8, 2011 2:51 PM
    asublimeday: Detroit got screwed out of a win over your Bears. Sit down and be quiet.

    ___
    I also seem to remember the Vikes getting screwed over in one of the Packer games, meaning that if the Packers had lost that game, they wouldn’t even have made the playoffs. LOL

  68. childressrulz says: Sep 8, 2011 3:20 PM

    asublimeday says: Sep 8, 2011 2:42 PM

    You Packers fans really are something else. The way you’d talk you are in the middle of a dynasty, a 10-year run of championships.

    Your team went 10-6 last year. 10-6. You didn’t win your division and you almost lost to the Bears third string quarterback.

    I respect your team but reel it in a little. The Packers are no more immune to a letdown or a Super Bowl hangover than anybody else is. You’re not that special. Get over it.
    ———————-

    Amen. Wrestle the division crown away from my bears, then act like your farts don’t stink.

    Caleb haine took you to the wire. CALEB HANIE! Cutler wins that game. Greatest show on grass this season, bears win the division.
    ________________________________
    This is hilarious. It will not even be a challenge for the Lions or Packers to take the division crown from the Bears. The Bears will finish last in the toughest division in football. That is right you’re going from first to worst and EVERYBODY outside of Chicago sees it. Prepare for the beatdowns starting this weekend by the Falcons Bears fans it will be legendary. By the way the Packers fans have confidence because the team looks unstoppable with all of the injured players back and the rookies (Cobb).

  69. bucfansouthtampa says: Sep 8, 2011 3:24 PM

    So Stafford, who is not a proven QB (nickname China Doll) will beat out the Buc franchise QB who has been playing straight for 2 1/2 years without being IR’d and without being injured (except for the broken thumbnail during last year’s pre-season). Great analysis.

  70. bigredngreenmachine1418 says: Sep 8, 2011 3:49 PM

    All the Bengals Browns banter is exciting! I don’t expect too much from the Bengals as you never know what a rookie QB is going to do… well usually you know they won’t do much… but it is interesting to look at a couple facts before getting too excited as a Browns fan: McCoy is 2-6. his last 3 games includes losses to all 3 conference rivals. He tossed 6 ints against Balt and Pitt. granted, he was very sharp against Cincy with 2 tds and no ints but they lost 19-17. Why? Well one reason is because the TO factor… the guy some people look at as a loss for us this year, was out that game… so they decided to return to a smashmouth football style… what happened? Benson ran for 150! Should be interesting… gotta figure Browns win a close one but don’t be shocked if Bengals steel one. Love Dunlap’s pass rush last year as a rookie and although he may be good to go, he has not played yet. Can’t wait! Go Cats!

  71. brewdogg says: Sep 8, 2011 3:50 PM

    mdd913 says:
    Sep 8, 2011 2:01 PM
    You’re terrified for a reason. The Packers cut guys that would tear up your secondary. The only people that have forgotten how good the Pack’s defense is, are the fans of teams desperately clinging to the hope that they have a shot at being the 2nd best in the NFC. It won’t be close. The Packers players are good, but their coaching is phenomenal. We passed on Payton for McCarthy…

    —————————————————————-

    You Packers fans really are something else. The way you’d talk you are in the middle of a dynasty, a 10-year run of championships.

    Your team went 10-6 last year. 10-6. You didn’t win your division and you almost lost to the Bears third string quarterback.

    I respect your team but reel it in a little. The Packers are no more immune to a letdown or a Super Bowl hangover than anybody else is. You’re not that special. Get over it.

    —————————————

    You’re barking up the wrong tree there. Trust me on this one. The people you are talking to think that Matt Flynn is better than every starting QB in the league except for the ones who have rings, that the defensive back-ups (meaning Howard Green, CJ Wilson, DJ Smith, Vic So’oto, Sam Shields, and the rest of those guys who weren’t thought of enough to get drafted) should start for half the league, and basically that everyone that stands on the home sideline at Lambeau is the best in the league.

    BTW, in regards to “The Packers cut guys that would tear up your secondary”…..they are all on the Packers practice squad now. Do you think the rest of the league might have a lower opinion of these players than you do?

  72. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 8, 2011 4:58 PM

    “BTW, in regards to “The Packers cut guys that would tear up your secondary”…..they are all on the Packers practice squad now. Do you think the rest of the league might have a lower opinion of these players than you do?”

    -BOOM! Roasted

  73. voyager6 says: Sep 8, 2011 8:54 PM

    Bengals’ defense is better than what you think. They were stout against the run and didn’t blitz much until game 4. Browns still win 21 – 13.

  74. scudbot says: Sep 9, 2011 12:09 AM

    Nice start. Two bad picks.

  75. rocketdogsports says: Sep 9, 2011 11:31 AM

    This just in:
    1.Bengals lose to Browns 24-13.
    2. Colt McCoy humiliates Bengal DB’s.
    3. Hillis/Hardesty run amok.
    3A. Cedric Benso can run for 200 yards and it won’t be enough. Dalton is not ready for primetime.
    4. Carson Palmer runs onto field and moons Mike Brown.

    You heard it here first.

  76. brewdogg says: Sep 9, 2011 12:23 PM

    childressrulz says:
    Sep 8, 2011 3:20 PM

    By the way the Packers fans have confidence because the team looks unstoppable with all of the injured players back and the rookies (Cobb).
    ——————————

    What a gem…. Let’s run down the injured players, shall we?

    Jermichael Finley – For how long?
    Ryan Grant – Splitting carries on a passing team
    Mark Tauscher – cut
    Mike Neal – injured again…Justin Harrell II?
    Justin Harrell – cut
    Spencer Havner – cut
    Brandon Chillar – cut
    Brady Poppinga – cut
    Brad Jones – backup
    Nick Barnett – cut
    Anthony Smith – cut
    Marshall Newhouse – backuup
    Derrick Martin – cut
    Morgan Burnett – Oooohh….a starter….
    Josh Bell – cut

    Yup, it’s almost like another draft class for the Packers…..

  77. MVQB7 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:09 PM

    Gotta love it when the Browns and Bengals homers start talking smack to one another ! The inept vs. the hopeless!

  78. redbirdexpress says: Sep 9, 2011 5:31 PM

    relegating the Bengals to the NFC West actually makes sense. Perhaps they can be swapped with the Rams if St. Louis climbs above .500 this year.

    Leave all Bengals talk from the NFC West ……..thanks!

  79. mineallmine001 says: Sep 10, 2011 4:33 PM

    Bears will be 0-2 when they face greenbay.

    0-3 book it..

    Carolina is thier first win. They lose that and the season is over.

  80. goforgin01 says: Sep 10, 2011 6:44 PM

    It’s not about the Ravens Oline.

    It’s about Farrior or Timmons sitting in the hole, and instead of side-stepping a phantom block from that fat tub of self-aborbed lard in KC…

    …now getting thumped by Leach while Rice jukes Grant.

    Ravens 27 Steelers 17

  81. rickc10m says: Sep 11, 2011 7:10 AM

    The Packers will lose the opener. Well at least your records start Sunday the same, 0-1. Remember the Champs are the Champs until someone knocks them off. Still waiting for that to happen.

  82. dreno322 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:20 PM

    Guess I called that one, it wasn’t 12-3 Bengals but we won anyway…Punching bag Browns layed down, got up briefly then layed down again…just like an old tired dawg! Crawl back in your dawg box and lick your a-ss’s, you’ll feel better. LOL WHO DEY

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